africa

Bush’s African “success”

April 2008

Lame-duck George W. Bush has finally got some appreciation. It only took handing out a billion dollars during his six-day trip in February to five of the world’s poorest nations. He avoided Africa’s hot spots, instead deciding to “herald success.” During a three-hour stop in Benin, Bush is awarded the Grand Cross of the National… Read more »

Labor Weather Report: a glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle

October 2008

August 2008: South Africans strike Main labor federation COSATU mobilizes millions of workers for a national one-day strike to force government action against soaring inflation. Schools and public transport stop, and mining and other industries are disrupted. August 2008: Rubber workers rock! After 8 decades of struggle Liberian rubber workers win an independent union. A… Read more »

At last: Shell on trial for murder of Nigerians

February 2009

Oil companies are a danger to humanity. They steal, they pollute, they’ve hooked the planet’s people on a nonrenewable energy source, and to enforce their reign, they ravage human rights. The multinational Royal Dutch Shell, which abetted torture and murder in Nigeria, will now finally stand trial in the U.S. for its actions. When Shell… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

February 2010

GLOBAL SOCIALISTS Afghan greetings The Afghanistan Socialist Association (ASA) is pleased to wish you a happy and a triumphant new year 2010. Poverty, unemployment, corruption, violence and finally a fraudulent election are the gifts and achievements of the presence of the “International Community” for the people of Afghanistan. But before the end of 2009, the… Read more »

U.S. evangelicals inflame anti-gay fever in Uganda

February 2010

Like much of what is rotten in Africa, hatred and persecution of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people has its roots in colonialism. Almost all of the numerous anti-gay laws in Africa are left over from European control and exploitation of the continent. Now the European Union and White House are condemning a proposed new… Read more »

The global student revolt

February 2011

In mid-December, paint bombs splattered the Rolls-Royce of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker while students screamed, “Off with their heads!” Thousands demonstrated in London’s Parliament Square. More thousands of students swarmed the streets of Rome, chanting and straining against riot police who blocked the way to Parliament. They lit police vehicles on fire, sending black… Read more »

North Africa’s uneven road to revolution: Role of the working class is key to outcome in Egypt and Libya

June 2011

On Dec. 17, 2010, 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze after being fined for illegally selling vegetables. The flames spread like wildfire across North Africa and the Middle East, as his protest resonated with millions of similarly abused people. Decades of tyrannical rule and extreme economic deprivation had broadly scattered political tinder…. Read more »