South Africa: Rising anger as mass student protests return

Written by Ben Morken Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Feesmustfall - StudentSpaza Tuesday, 20 September, mass student protests erupted across the country after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities can raise tuition fees by up to 8% next year.


South Africa: The local government elections - a shift in the political landscape

Written by Ben Morken Monday, 05 September 2016

2016 municipal elections - By Bl1zz4rd CC BY-SA 4.0The recent local government election results represent a decisive shift in the South African political landscape. It comes in the wake of years of ferocious class struggle in which all the contradictions of South African society have come to the surface in an explosive way. The result of these elections provides us with a snapshot into this process in which the collective mood of anger, frustration and disillusionment among the masses are the dominant features.


Zimbabwe: mass protests shakes the regime to its core

Written by Ben Morken Monday, 11 July 2016

zimbabwe mapOver the last few days the Southern African country of Zimbabwe have experienced escalating protests which shook the Mugabe regime to its core. Sporadic protests have broken out over the last few weeks because of a severe shortage of cash. But over the last few days these protests have increased in intensity.  Dramatic scenes have played themselves out as  workers, civil servants and small traders took to the streets to protest against the latest crisis. This culminated in a national stay away on 6 July by public sector workers who have not received their wages for June.


South Africa: ANC in unprecedented crisis ahead of the local government elections

Written by Ben Morken Thursday, 23 June 2016

Jacob Zuma - World Economic Forum  Matthew Jordaan CC BY-SA 2.0Just slightly more than six weeks ahead of the 2016 Local government elections, the ANC is to battling on many fronts to contain the fallout from a deep political crisis. The party is deeply divided and in its weakest state ever. It is not only struggling to contain the wider social, economic and political crisis, but it is also forced to fight to manage the internal factional battles which is threatening to tear it apart.


Africa's Pinochet: The case Hissène Habré and the role of US Imperialism

Written by Ben Morken Monday, 06 June 2016

Hissene Habre-credit Abdulmunaem BinarafaOn Monday 30th May, a special tribunal in Dakar, Senegal, convicted former Chadian dictator, Hissène Habré on several criminal charges including crimes against humanity, committed during his brutal eight years in power. He was also convicted of war crimes, rape, sexual slavery, torture and kidnapping. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.


The EFF before the elections - necessary remarks on the manifesto

Written by Ben Morken Tuesday, 17 May 2016

floyd shivambu and julius malema floyd shivamby credit floyd shivambuAt a mass rally in Soweto on April 30th the Economic Freedom Fighters launched their manifesto for the August 3rd local government elections. This was a big event with a sea of red filling Orlando Stadium. For the working class people, the students and the poor who were in attendance, it was an opportunity to listen to Malema’s speech, in which he made the manifesto public.


Nigeria facing historical crisis: The fuel price hike and the Buhari regime

Written by Musa Bashir and Ola Rashy in Nigeria Monday, 16 May 2016

no-fuel credit-public-domainShips are presently sitting outside Nigerian ports with two and half million tonnes of refined fuel but are not unloading their cargo because local buyers cannot access enough dollars to pay for the importation. Planes are not taking off from airports in Nigeria due to lack of aviation fuel. Police have been stationed at petrol stations. The country is facing the most serious crisis in its history.


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