South Africa: Apartheid-era tactics reflect the crisis of the government

Written by Ben Morken Monday, 17 October 2016

Stellenbosch marchEvents over the past week have deepened and accelerated the political crisis. In addition to the relentless student protests for free education, the so-called “war within the government” has intensified. This political turbulence is shaking the country to its foundations.


South Africa: Dramatic student protests - a harbinger of revolutionary developments

Written by Ben Morken Thursday, 13 October 2016

Feesmustfall - StudentSpaza week has seen a dramatic escalation in the student protests which have flared up on a national scale over the past four weeks. The protest movement is sweeping across the country and shows no signs of abating. Protests of the scale and scope of these have not been seen since the student uprisings of the mid-1980s.


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.


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