Africa

The last French soldiers leave Niger.

West African coups: Just changing masters

Paul Martial — Mali, then Burkina Faso, and finally Niger have experienced coups d’état. Some see the coup leaders as new heralds of Africa’s liberation. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.
Kenya protests

Kenya: Everything must fall, everything must change

Njuki Githethwa writes that the current regime in Kenya has been struck a devastating blow by the uprising of youth. But success will depend on how well placed social forces and revolutionary organisations are to extend this uprising.
Kenya protests

Smartphones and dance-moves: How the anti-people legislation in Kenya was beaten by the people

Armed with smartphones and dance moves, Gen-Z took to the streets to redefine Kenyan protest culture. Angela Chukunzira writes about a protest movement in Kenya that has changed the country.
ANC DA GNU

South Africa’s ‘Government of Neoliberal Unity’ is constructed on shaky ground

Patrick Bond — Given declining living standards, an elite transition will not stick nearly as well as Nelson Mandela’s 1994-99 reign. It may be a matter of just months before the centre can no longer hold.
South Africa votes

ANC’s crushing electoral defeat: A nightmare of coalitions, splits and neoliberal crisis

Gunnett Kaaf — Voters have rejected the ANC, but other mainstream parties are not viable alternatives to exit the neoliberal crisis. That’s why South Africa is in the throes of a deepening political and social crisis.
Kenya protests

Kenya: A TikTok revolution? (plus Kenya: The vibe is giving Kipchoge)

Rasna Warah — Kenyan youth are leading popular protests against regressive tax reforms that will worsen the country’s cost of living crisis.
ZASO

Zabalaza for Socialism (South Africa): Down with the Government of National Unity; unite and defend workers and the poor

Zabalaza for Socialism — The elections of May 29 and the inauguration of the Government of National Unity (GNU) mark a critical shift in the country’s political landscape.
Mazibuko Jara

The ANC and South Africa’s radical left, 30 years after the first post-apartheid elections: An interview with Mazibuko Jara

Mazibuko Jara looks at the African National Congress’s (ANC) prospects of holding onto power after 30 years in office, and how some of the new right and left forces are likely to fare.
A Sudanese woman chants slogans during a demonstration demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy, outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on April 12, 2019.

The struggle for Sudan: A primer

Khalid Mustafa Medani — The current protracted conflict in Sudan is threatening the very foundation of the Sudanese state and hence the stability of the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.
Marx et al

From the genocide in Palestine and Ukraine to the fascist threat: Working toward a revolutionary, Marxist-Humanist response

Today’s global capitalism is sinking into unimaginable levels of barbarism. Nowhere is this barbarism more glaring than in Israel’s genocide in Gaza
anti-ANC protest

The ANC and South Africa's 2024 elections: A nightmare of coalitions, splits and neoliberal crisis (plus: Amandla!: Elections 2024 — A wake up call for the left)

Gunnett Kaaf — The African National Congress is certainly fighting its most difficult election since the dawn of democracy in 1994.
South Africa ballot paper

South Africa: The way forward for the left (plus: Zabalaza for Socialism — Building Towards a Movement for Socialism

Niall Reddy — The May 29 national election is going to have a profound effect on shaping the political landscape in South Africa and therefore on how to construct a Left party.