The revolutionary reawakening of Burkina Faso

Written by Ben Morken Friday, 31 October 2014

protestersThe West African country of Burkina Faso exploded into a full blown revolutionary situation on Thursday, October 30, with tens of thousands of people storming the parliament and other government buildings, setting them ablaze, ransacking government offices and sending politicians, including long serving president Blaise Compoaré fleeing.


South Africa: NUMSA breaks with tripartite alliance, sets up socialist united front

Written by Ben Morken in South Africa Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Numsa logoThe National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) announced on Monday that it is severing ties with the tripartite alliance of the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and COSATU, the trade union federation. It also announced that it is setting up its socialist "United Front" on 13-16 December this year.


Nigeria: The Economic Downturn, 2015 and the Crisis of Alternative

Written by Editorial Board of Workers’ Alternative - Nigeria Monday, 13 October 2014

Nigeria revolutionAs a result of the increased domestic production of shale oil, the US has slashed crude oil imports from a peak of almost 14 million barrels per day in 2006, to slightly above 7 million barrels per day. Crude oil imports from Nigeria, one of the principal sources of light crude, were also slashed from more than one million barrels per day in 2010 to zero in July 2014. This figure is unprecedented since Nigeria started exporting oil about 40years ago.


South Africa: Malema exposes government corruption in parliament

Written by Ben Morken Friday, 26 September 2014

South Africa: Malema exposes government corruption in parliamentThe 5th parliamentary term has been unlike any of the  others in the last 20 years of bourgeois democratic rule. In the four months since the elections in May,  parliament has suddenly become a real focal point of attention.


South Africa: Two hundred thousand metal workers on strike - bosses respond with lockouts

Written by Ben Morken in South Africa Wednesday, 02 July 2014

numsa-strike-thOn Tuesday, 1 July, hundreds of thousands of metalworkers went out on strike in the engineering and metals sectors, bringing the industry to a complete standstill. The strike involves small, medium and large companies, with more than 220,000 workers at about 10,500 workplaces. Some of the big companies that are affected includes Bell Equipment, Dorbyl, Murray and Roberts, Scaw Metals and Reunert.


South Africa: Lessons of the platinum miners' strike

Written by Ben Morken Monday, 16 June 2014

miners-thThe longest strike in South Africa’s history has ended. For nearly five long months, platinum miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) held out against the arrogance and intransigence of the platinum mine bosses. On Thursday the business press  broke  the news that an “in principle agreement” had been reached between the platinum mines and the union. The markets and the national  currency made strong gains in response. On the same day the workers indicated at mass rallies in Rustenburg that they would accept the latest offer of the mining houses. The companies and the union are expected to sign the agreement soon.


Nigeria: Final victory for student militant after 14 years!

Written by Ola Kazeem Thursday, 12 June 2014

In 1998 a number of students were arrested at the University of Ilorin for organising protests against hikes in student fees. They were held in prison for over a month and this website campaigned for their release at the time. One of the students involved in that struggle was Rasheedat Adeshina, a leader of the student union. The price she paid for daring to protest was that although she passed all her exams brilliantly, her degree certificate was never released by the authorities. It has taken 14 years, but finally she has won.


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