africa

Justice requires return of Zimbabwe’s stolen land

October 2000

IMPERIALIST POWERS, the International Monetary Fund, and multinationals are bellowing over Zimbabwe’s move to expropriate half the land of white commercial farmers and give it to landless peasants and veterans of the 1970s war of liberation. But since the farmers hold 70 percent of the arable land, all of it robbed from Africans, this action… Read more »

Violence in Liberia: the role of imperialism

October 2003

On August 11, combat-weary Liberians understandably welcomed Nigerian troops as “liberators” after 14 years of civil war. That the Nigerians were a proxy for Uncle Sam is suggested by the fact that 2,300 Marines stood by watchfully in warships off the coast of Monrovia, the capital city. On the surface, it seems as if U.S…. Read more »

AIDS in Africa: Bush’s bogus plan

August 2004

As AIDS wreaks devastation on the African continent, imagine a health service organization that’s reluctant to give out condoms to people who are HIV-positive but instead seeks to stem HIV transmission by promoting abstinence and monogamy. Welcome to the world of PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), George W.’s “feel good” proposal rolled out… Read more »

Africa: Cotton farmers challenge subsidies in rich nations

December 2005

In recent years, cotton farmers in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and other West African nations have seen the prices they fetch for their crops plummet. Many farmers already struggled on less than $100 per year; dwindling earnings mean they now face a crisis of food and livelihood. And governments reliant on revenue from cotton exports… Read more »

Tragedy in Darfur: unraveling the real causes

December 2006

A few years ago, what people in the U.S. knew about Sudan, the largest country in Africa, likely came from the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Most had never heard of Darfur, the suffering, tumultuous region in western Sudan. Today, Darfuris are caught in a grim conflict that has killed up to 400,000 people and displaced… Read more »

Wildcat strikes sweep the garment industry

April 2007

Wildcat strikes, conducted by workers who are overwhelmingly women, have hit the garment industry in several countries. The actions, which include everything from walkouts to factory occupations, most recently hit Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, and Bangladesh. Last year, a wildcat strike wave also hit Vietnam. The strikes show how terrible conditions still are in the clothing… Read more »

The bombing of Somalia: U.S. grabs for power in Horn of Africa

April 2007

Why is the U.S. Air Force strafing southern Somalia? Why is the carrier USS Eisenhower in the Indian Ocean? What possible threat is Somalia to the U.S.? The White House claims the right to attack other countries to get suspected al-Qaeda members. But no al-Qaeda operatives were hit on Jan. 8, the first acknowledged U.S…. Read more »