Africa

UN Declared Humanitarian Crisis in the DRC, President Kabila Rejects Aid

April 9, 2018

President Joseph Kabila insists that there is no humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even as millions of children starve. Kabila “doesn’t want anything to reinforce what is widely understood: that the instability in the country is caused in large part by his refusal to step down from power,” says Friends of the…

Winnie Mandela: ‘The Rebel Within a Rebellion’ in South Africa

April 8, 2018

Ronnie Kasrils, Former ANC Minister of Intelligence, says Winnie was an inspiration to a nation. When the huts were burning and people were bleeding in the streets during the struggle against the Apartheid, it was Winnie that first arrived to be by their side; she was a South African diamond in the rough

The Chinese in Africa

March 13, 2018
One of the key characteristics of China’s foreign policy is mutual respect and non-interference towards Africa’s internal affairs, but should China step in to resolve conflict where human rights violations occur?

A New Chapter in China-Africa Relations

March 8, 2018

The political and economic relationship between China and Africa, which has steadily intensified since the ’90s, is very different than the relationships African countries have had with other capitalist powers. China’s own colonial past is a big factor, says Dr. Zhiqun Zhu of Bucknell University

Capital Flight From Africa: How the Poor Finance the Rich

March 1, 2018

A new World Bank report comparing economic growth among different regions in the world ignores key factors in addressing wealth and inequality in Africa–particularly the wealth that is stashed offshore in developed countries, says economist and author Leonce Ndikumana

IMF’s Structural Adjustment Programs Weaken States They Aim to

February 26, 2018

A new paper from the Political Economy Research Institute discusses how the IMF’s programs undermine the ability of governments in developing countries to properly govern

President Ramaphosa: From Militant Revolutionary to Corporate Magnate

February 20, 2018

The ANC’s revolutionary leadership became low-level allies of international capital–the same capitalist classes that exploited South Africa’s working people, says scholar Horace G. Campbell

South Africa: Criminality and Deep Rot in the ANC Will Continue Under New President

February 18, 2018

South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa has been part of the ANC leadership for decades, aiding and abetting in the very criminality he now pledges to eradicate, says Vishwas Satgar. Watch part 1

Zuma’s Catastrophic Presidency Ends in Forced Resignation (1/2)

February 14, 2018

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned under intense pressure from his political party, the ANC, which ordered him to step down or face a no-confidence vote. Zuma has had a disastrous effect on South Africa’s nascent democracy, but a surging countermovement gives reason for hope, says Vishwas Satgar of Wits University. Watch part 2

Corporate Looting: Sub-Saharan Africa Loses $100B A Year

February 12, 2018

A recently released World Bank report shows that the wealth of sub-Saharan Africa has been steadily declining over the past several decades, as transnational corporations extract mineral wealth without adequately compensating the region, says economist Patrick Bond