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Nigeria: The meaning of the recent suicide bomb attacks in Nigeria

Written by Musa Atiku, Workers' Alternative Tuesday, 02 December 2014
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Civilian JTF-Jordi Bernabeu Farrus-thBoko Haram has carried out a number of suicide bomb attacks, such as the one that took place in Maiduguri in northern Nigeria earlier this week, in which 78 people were killed. Over the last four years, suicide bombings have become one of the avowed weapons of the right-wing Boko Haram insurgency campaign in Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country. Musa Atiku explains the background to all this.

 

Togo and Gabon: winds of revolution spread from Burkina Faso

Written by Ben Morken Tuesday, 25 November 2014
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togo3A revolutionary situation is currently spreading across West Africa. Over the last few days and weeks, big movements of the masses have shaken the regimes of Togo and Gabon to their foundations. It is clear that these are not isolated events. Rather, it is part of a revolutionary wave which has the potential to engulf the entire region.

 

South Africa: Beware, Cosatu, of being buried at Nkandla*

Written by Mphumzi Maqungo, National Treasurer of Numsa Monday, 24 November 2014
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To properly understand and locate the underlying factors that have led to the fragmentation of Cosatu, one needs to go no further than the South Africa Communist Party.

   

Why NUMSA is Being Expelled: Comment to Comrade Ngobese's Article

Written by Hamid Alizadeh and Jorge Martin Monday, 24 November 2014
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Numsa logoThe expulsion of NUMSA from the COSATU trade union confederation, is one of the most significant events in the African class struggle in the whole of the past period. It clearly exposes the reactionary character of the present COSATU leadership who are willing to tear the union apart rather than allow a militant union to remain within its ranks, even if this means paralysing the workers’ movement in order to preserve their own privileged positions.

 

South Africa: SACP’s divisive role in the fracas within Cosatu

Written by Castro Ngobese, National Spokesperson of Numsa and a former member of SACP Monday, 24 November 2014
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As a party that purports to stand for the unity of workers, one expected that the South African Communist Party (SACP) would do its utmost to avert the implosion that is tearing the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) asunder.

   

South Africa: COSATU right wing class collaborators expel NUMSA - Time to fight back!

Written by Ben Morken and Jorge Martin Wednesday, 12 November 2014
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Numsa logoIn the early hours of Saturday morning, 8 November, the Central Executive Committee of South Africa's largest labour federation, COSATU, voted by a margin of 33 to 24 to expel its biggest affiliate, NUMSA from the federation. This decision will have far-reaching consequences not only for COSATU, but for the liberation movement and the direction of the class struggle.

 

Burkina Faso: One leader after another overthrown by revolutionary masses

Written by Ben Morken Tuesday, 04 November 2014
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protesters4The situation in Burkina Faso has been moving at lightning speed since the revolution erupted on Thursday, 30 October. Not only did the revolutionary masses overthrew the hated Blaise Compaoré, but also his hand-picked successor, general Honoré Traoré, just a few hours later. Since then the regime has been reeling. Meanwhile, the military tops, some reactionary elements within the opposition and the major imperialist powers have been scrambling to hatch some kind of a deal to pacify the masses and restore some sort of bourgeois normality.

   

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