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Splits at top over India’s Covid crisis

Splits at top over India’s Covid crisis India’s hard right prime minister Narendra Modi is finally feeling the heat after weeks of Covid-19 devastating the country.

Covid-19 vaccine—who will be to blame if the poor are again left to die?

Covid-19 vaccine—who will be to blame if the poor are again left to die? The rollout of Covid-19 vaccination programmes helps governments claim they are in control of the coronavirus pandemic. But the vaccine isn’t for everyone—the poorest are being left behind. And ultimately the scheming of powerful states and pharmaceutical firms put everyone at risk

Anti-apartheid hero Ronnie Kasrils slams South African police attack on disabled people

Anti-apartheid hero Ronnie Kasrils slams South African police attack on disabled people There is anger in South Africa after police water-cannoned poor, black, disabled people while a government minister looked on.

A year since the first Covid-19 death, global rulers have failed to contain coronavirus

A year since the first Covid-19 death, global rulers have failed to contain coronavirus Monday marked one year since the first Covid-19 death in Wuhan, China.

Strike in South Africa - ‘We are prepared for war over peanuts increases’

Strike in South Africa - ‘We are prepared for war over peanuts increases’ Over three million workers in South Africa’s four largest trade union federations held a national strike on Wednesday of last week.

The Rhino Conspiracy—a novel that’s more than a thriller

The Rhino Conspiracy—a novel that’s more than a thriller The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain follows a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle taking on corruption in the governing elite

Virus grows as world leaders prioritise profits

23 June 2020
Coronavirus is set to reach a horrifying new milestone this week—10 million cases and a death toll of 500,000.

Thousands in Oxford call for Rhodes statue to be torn down

10 June 2020
Around 4,000 people gathered on Tuesday to call for the removal of the statue of the racist and imperialist Cecil Rhodes that fronts Oriel College in central Oxford.

Moffie—an unsettling film about gay repression under apartheid

01 May 2020
Moffie, a new film released to Curzon Home Cinema, is about two soldiers in apartheid South Africa struggling with their sexuality

International round-up: Protests in Paris, Israeli attacks hit Palestinians and Cape Town food fightback

21 April 2020
 

Lockdowns lead to police brutality and repression in many African countries

06 April 2020
Widespread poverty and lack of public health services make coronavirus a huge threat to people in Africa. But they also face ferocious attacks from state forces

Coronavirus means ‘survival of richest’ in Global South, say South African shack dwellers

02 April 2020
The effects will be even more harrowing if the virus spreads through the vast pools of extreme poverty in the Global South. 

Strikes and repression spread across the African continent

30 March 2020
Workers have suffered repression and evictions to try and stop the spread of the virus, but there has also been fightback in the form of strikes.

An imperial disaster

24 March 2020
If coronavirus rips through countries ravaged by imperialism, it would spell catastrophe for millions.

Massacre that exposed apartheid—60 years after Sharpeville

20 March 2020
Sixty years ago this week the small township of Sharpeville in South Africa hit the headlines around the world. In 1985 Socialist Worker’s Alan Gibson looked at what happened.

Thousands join protests in South Africa against violence towards women

10 September 2019
Women say that the government does not keep them safe from rape and assault, and are demanding urgent action from the authorities

How South African mine workers struck against sexual harassment - and won

30 June 2019
On 19 June, 290 members of National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa at Lanxess Chrome Mine commenced an underground sit-in strike. The strike was against sexual harassment and in solidarity with dismissed co-workers.

South African elections show need for struggle

10 May 2019
The ruling ANC did badly in South Africa’s elections this week. Charlie Kimber says building up resistance is the way forward

South Africa—birth of a party that says it stands for revolution

07 April 2019
The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party has been formally launched in South Africa.

Death toll of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa is the result of appalling capitalist priorities

25 March 2019
Hundreds, and probably thousands, of people have died as a result of Cyclone Idai.

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