South Africa

Reflecting on the Legacy of Congressman Ron Dellums: A True People’s Warrior

August 5, 2018

Ron Dellums was first elected to Congress in 1971, when he stood with the Panthers. Then the Marine veteran launched a Vietnam war crimes investigation and was singularly responsible for legal sanctions against South Africa. We are joined by Bob Scheer to reflect on the legacy of Congressman Ron Dellums, a true people’s warrior

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

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

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

BRICS Summit in China: A Missed Opportunity

September 6, 2017

Patrick Bond, who held a keynote address at the BRICS counter-summit in Hong Kong, says that critics consider the 9th BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, a missed opportunity to challenge corporate-led globalization

Africa

June 19, 2017
June 16 marked the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, in which hundreds of students were killed and which represented the beginning of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, eventually leading to its downfall