Jordi Martorell reviews this new book by Patrick Bond and Masimba Manyanya. It traces the
economic history of Zimbabwe over the last 100 years but pays special attention to the
last 20 years since the coming to power of Zanu-PF. But while they make a damning
condemnation of the IMF and their policies that have wrecked the Zimbabwean economy, the
authors are proposing reformist solutions of tariff barriers and exchange controls, which
will not solve the main problem which is the over-exploitation of the workforce. There is
no way forward on a capitalist basis.
We publish this translation of an article that originally appeared in the last issue of La Riposte,
the Marxist journal in France. The article analyses the role of French
imperialism in the latest conflicts, and looks at the perspectives for
future French involvement in the region.
The conflict in the Western Sahara is an important question for revolutionaries in the Maghreb not only from the theoretical point of view (taking into consideration the importance Marxism gives to the right of self-determination), but also from the political and practical side of the issue (as it is impossible to carry out the tasks of the socialist revolution in the region without putting forward a clear Marxist and internationalist understanding of the national question).