Albert Woodfox, as one of the Angola 3, he was in isolation longer than any other American. Then he came home to face his future. By Rachel Aviv “What does it feel like to be free?” Woodfox asked. “How do


South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left

  South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left By Leonard Gentle From website. With the claims that a new trade union federation will be launched in March 2017, it is appropriate to draw up a balance sheet of the


The problem with the past is that it doesn’t pass: on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

The problem with the past is that it doesn’t pass: on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution Posted on 2/13/2017 by Por Boaventura de Sousa Santos* This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (RR) and also the 150th


Manufactured Consent – Power, Media and Think-tanks

Manufactured Consent: Power, Media and Think-tanks Corporations don’t just shape our politics or economics, they also seek to change public opinion to serve their interests. Which corporations play the biggest role in shaping knowledge and news? What do they fund?


Deconstructing Decolonisation

Deconstructing Decolonisation – Can racial assertiveness cure imagined inferiority? The reader of the short critique of decolonisation I’m about to give should keep in mind the question of what might lie behind the embrace – almost miraculous in its sweep


Strike interdicts upset the balance

By: Amandla! correspondent From: Amandla! Issue No.49/50  DECEMBER 2016 Section 23 of the 1996 Constitution entrenches the right of every worker to strike. The Labour Relations Act (LRA ) gives content to this right, and takes it further: as long

Leave supporters hold banners and flags as they stand on Westminster Bridge during an EU referendum campaign stunt in which a flotilla of boats supporting "Leave" sailed up the River Thames outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. A flotilla of boats protesting EU fishing polices has sailed up the River Thames to the Houses of Parliament as part of a campaign backing Britain's exit from the European Union. The flotilla was greeted by boats carrying "remain" supporters. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

It’s time to really take control

On how the left must match the anti-establishment rhetoric of the right, but with a different politics by Andrew Dolan from Red Pepper From Brexit to Trump, 2016 brought political upheaval that shook the liberal democratic order in Europe and


The implosion of Venezuela’s rentier state

From Amandla 49/50. By Edgardo Landers. This is an edited version of a summary published on the website of the Transnational Institute. You can find the full paper here. The implosion of Venezuela’s rentier state The current crisis of the


The crises in steel and mining and what they mean for the South African economy

By:  Sam Ashman From: Amandla! Issue No.49/50  (DECEMBER 2016) The crises in steel and mining and what they mean for the South African economy The core of the South African economy has been hit by significant crises in the steel


Climate denial, Trumpism and neo-liberalism

[William I. Robinson, 12/12/2016, Alainet, from Systemic Alternatives] There is more than meets the eye in President-elect Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, is a notorious climate change denier. He is


Building a progressive majority: Left strategy after the Brexit vote

After the EU referendum we are seeing both horror at anti-migrant sentiment and pandering to it, writes Joseph Todd – but only a radical economic offer can carve a way through (June 2016) Building a progressive majority: Left strategy after the


Deconstructing ‘white monopoly capital’

From Mail & Guardian By Khadija Patel 27 Jan 2017 00:00 “White monopoly capital” is a recurring theme in contemporary political discourse. But a Google search of the term returns results that variously describe it as a bogus grouping or

Trump's first week as president
Whether by design or accident, this dust storm of news has partially obscured what policy changes Trump has actually made. And these are what really matter. To that end, we have begun a weekly feature that will recap some of the most important concrete actions taken by the Trump administration. Here is week one

Everything Donald Trump Did in His First Week as President

By: George Zornick and Zoë Carpenter Source: The Nation It’s been a dizzying week—but it’s crucial to keep an eye on what’s really happening. 
The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency has been overwhelming—a flurry of executive orders, appointments, bizarre tweets,

Obscene Inequality – Eight men’s wealth equals half the world
New and better data on the distribution of global wealth – particularly in India and China – indicates that the poorest half of the world has less wealth than had been previously thought. Read More

Obscene Inequality – Eight men’s wealth equals half the world

From: Climate & Capitalism An ecosocialist journal (Adapted from Oxfam International News Release, January 16, 2017) The gap between rich and poor is far greater than previously reported, because the poorest half of the world has even less wealth than


Defend our right to strike!

From Amandla! Issue 25 The South African Constitution proclaims that everyone has the right to strike. The entrenchment of this right was bought at a high cost by the majority of working men and women through, amongst others, the use


Rightful Radical Resistance: Mass Mobilization and Land Struggles in India & Brazil

Originally published by International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict This ICNC Academic Webinar took place on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST. This live academic webinar was presented by Kurt Schock, Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs, Rutgers


Reparation, Remembering the past, Shaping the future:

Slavery, slave trade and colonialism I am particularly honored to speak face a such audience and I would like thank the government of Gambia for the invitation and the organization of the colloquium and particularly its representative, Mamadou Tangara, who,


Why we need a living wage campaign

Editorial from Amandla! Issue No.20 | JULY/AUGUST 2011 The ideologues of business have started a systematic and sustained campaign against the wages and the laws that protect workers. The job crisis is central to their campaign and deregulation is their

Noam Chomsky speaking to Occupy Harvard (Feb 12)

Noam Chomksy: Socialism in an Age of Reaction

Socialism in an Age of Reaction: As he approaches ninety years old, Noam Chomsky’s bibliography just keeps expanding. Fortunately for the international left, he also continues giving interviews. Chomsky sat down for a conversation at his office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Interviewed by

General secretary of Numsa Irvin Jim briefs media, 07 February 2013, on its central committe meeting in Newtown, Johannesburg. Picture: Ayi Leshabane

Q&A with Numsa General Secretary, Irvin Jim

From Amandla! Issue No.33 | MARCH/APRIL 2014 Amandla! (A!): At Numsa’s Special Congress in December you voted to hold socio-economic strikes, the first of which is coming up on 19 March to oppose the Employment Tax Incentive. Could you describe


A Cuban view on Fidel Castro’s legacy

A Cuban view on Fidel Castro’s legacy Musician Eliane Correa reflects on the fading revolution (November 2016) (Image by Gorupdebesanez on Wikicommons) My mother called me from Havana to tell me that she woke up startled because she couldn’t hear a


Castro’s Legacy and Impact

By Avi Chomsky and Gregory Wilpert, The Real News Network From ZNet A TRNN interview with Aviva Chomsky on the occasion of Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday that discusses his impact on Cuba and the global revolutionary movement. GREGORY WILPERT, TRNN: Welcome


South Africa avoided dreaded junk status – but S&P’s arguments are also junk

By Patrick Bond, Professor of Political Economy, University of the Witwatersrand Originally From The Conversation South Africa avoided dreaded junk status – but S&P’s arguments are also junk The whole economically-aware population of South Africa is celebrating that the three main ratings


History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, has died aged 90. Here is an extract from Tariq Ali‘s introduction to The Declarations of Havana, Verso’s collection of Castro’s speeches. On 26 July 1953 an angry young lawyer, Fidel Castro, led a


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