africa

Zimbabwe: former colonial powers still casting a villainous shadow

June 2007

After more than a decade of crisis, Zimbabwe is in horrific economic collapse. The people suffer from inflation of 1,700 percent, poverty and unemployment of 80 percent, widespread hunger, a healthcare system and infrastructure in ruins, climbing infant and maternal mortality, and one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection in the world. Life expectancy… Read more »

Somalis win against government bullies

August 2007

Last summer, guns drawn and shields raised high, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents and a multitude of other police agencies raided Somali immigrants’ homes in Seattle and other cities, arresting dozens of men. The DEA’s press releases blared that a dangerous drug smuggling ring had been eliminated. This summer, with less fanfare, a deflated government… Read more »

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 »