Africa

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

Cape Town Water Wars: A Literal Shitstorm

January 18, 2018

In Cape Town, one of the most unequal cities in the world, poor people are taking the buckets they use for chemical toilets and turning them into weapons, as the water shortage intensifies class conflicts

Conflict in the Dem. Rep. of Congo Leads to World’s Worst Refugee Crisis

December 29, 2017

A flare-up of conflicts between Congolese, Ugandan, and irregular forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused one of the world’s worst refugee crises and also contributed to the killing of at least 14 UN peacekeepers in the Congo in early December

Will New ANC President Ramaphosa Bring Real Change to South Africa?

December 24, 2017

Cyril Ramaphosa, who was recently elected to head South Africa’s ANC, is closely associated with major economic interests in South Africa, such as the Lonmin Mining Company, and is thus unlikely to bring about real change says Patrick Bond

Marikana Massacre Hangs Over South Africa’s New Extremely Rich ANC Leader

December 19, 2017

After a tight race that exposed stark divisions within the party, the African National Congress elected Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid crusader, business tycoon, and key suspect in the 2012 Marikana Massacre is positioned to be the country’s next president. But will he root out corruption, or is he part of the problem?

CNN Crusades Against Slave Trade in Libya, but Knew About It for Years

November 29, 2017

U.S. corporate media “does not report on the slaughter and the persecution of people by these U.S.-backed governments until most of them are dead,” says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford