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Lessons from the Russian Revolution

Lessons from the Russian Revolution An edited extract of a talk by Vivek Chibber Strategic lessons that we can learn from older experiences such as the Russian Revolution are very, very important, because in my view, we are today witnessing


What Does It Mean to be a South African Marxist, 100 Years after the Russian Revolution?

What Does It Mean to be a South African Marxist, 100 Years after the Russian Revolution? By Andrew Nash | Amandla Magazine Issue 54 | October 2017 It is not too much to say that the Russian Revolution made South


Kenya: A tradition of stolen elections

Kenya: A tradition of stolen elections By Firoze Manji | Amandla! Magazine issue 54 | October 2017   A few days after the elections held in Kenya on 8 August, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that the


Justice for whistle-blowers

Justice for whistle-blowers Koketso Moeti | Amandla! Magazine Issue No. 41 | SEPTEMBER 2015 In 2007, ANC councillor Grisham Bujram was shot dead by a bodyguard and lover of the then-mayor of Dundee. The killing was carried out using the


W(h)ither the Students?

W(h)ither the Students? Christopher Morris | Amandla! Magazine Issue 54 | October 2017 As I sat down to write this article, news of police moving in to squash protest at Cape University of Technology (CPUT) had just blown up over


Media Freedom in South Africa: the two-part formula for securing freedom of expression

Media Freedom in South Africa: the two-part formula for securing freedom of expression By Julie Reid | Amandla! Magazine Issue 54 | October 2017 In October, those of us working in the media sector and related fields pause to remember


By way of an introduction: The stages of the 1917 revolution (Part 2)

By way of an introduction The stages of the 1917 revolution (Part 2) By Francois Vercammen The revolution of October 1917 At the start of September the pendulum swung to the left as sharply as it had swung right at


By way of an introduction: The stages of the 1917 revolution (Part 1)

By way of an introduction The stages of the 1917 revolution (part 1) By Francois Vercammen During February 1917, in the midst of war, the autocratic Tsarist regime in Russia was overthrown by mass demonstrations. Eight months later, in October,


New cycle of resistance to neoliberalism in Argentina

New cycle of resistance to neoliberalism in Argentina by Émilio Taddei from Buenos Aires translated by Rachel Mash | Amandla! Website | September 2017 In Argentina, the beginning of 2017 was marked  by an increase in social conflict and protest action


New labour federation and the gender question

New labour federation and the gender question By Asanda Benya | Amandla! Magazine Issue 52 | May 2017   A few weeks ago we saw the launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu). At inception, it became


“But he is politically important”: silencing women in activist spaces – reflections on #menaretrash Amandla Forum

But he is politically important”: silencing women in activist spaces – reflections on #menaretrash Amandla Forum Camalita Naicker | Amandla! Magazine | Issue 53 The #menaretrash Amandla! Forum happened in a room full of people from political parties, social movements,


Corruption – a network of profiteers

Corruption – a network of profiteers Hennie van Vuuren | Amandla! Issue No.41 | SEPTEMBER 2015 ‘Pay back the money!’ These four words have come to be the rallying cry for executive accountability in South Africa. President Jacob Zuma bears


The state of labour 20 years later

The state of labour 20 years later By Niall Reddy | Amandla! Magazine Issue 34 | June 2014 To pose questions about the conditions of labour under South African democracy is to question the success of the ANC’s national project


Land at the centre of President Zuma’s Radical Economic Transformation

Land at the centre of President Zuma’s Radical Economic Transformation By Mercia Andrews | Amandla! Magazine Issue No. 53 | JULY 2017 “Access to land is a key priority for people in the countryside. We will therefore review the appropriateness


The missing women of Marikana

The missing women of Marikana by Camalita Naicker Often When the history of ‘big’ events is recorded, after a while the stories with specific details are often eroded and obscured. They are made to fit easily into a certain kind


Migrant Marikana: the shifts in the migrant labour system

Migrant Marikana: the shifts in the migrant labour system Micah Reddy | Amandla! Issue No. 32 | October/November 2013 The Marikana massacre and unrest on South Africa’s mines in 2012 elicited a flurry of analysis, much of it superficial and too


“All power to the Soviets!”: Reflections on reading The History of the Russian Revolution in 2017

“All power to the Soviets!”: Reflections on reading The History of the Russian Revolution in 2017 Sam Tilley | August 2017 Leon Trotsky’s The History of the Russian Revolution analyses the build-up to and happenings of both the February 1917


Invisible hands: Women of Marikana

When we think of Marikana we think of the infamous event that took place on 16 August 2012, leading to the death of 34 striking miners. Scholarly analysis takes this further than the event to broader labour–capital relations. While useful, the


To the radical student activist: Zuma Must Go

To the radical student activist: Zuma Must Go Thabang Bhili | 08 August 2017 It is true that some of the left and liberals have thus far, romanticized and exaggerated the possible outcomes of the campaign. We need to be


Declassified: Apartheid profits – Who funded the National Party?

Declassified: Apartheid profits – Who funded the National Party? Open Secret | Daily Maverick | 01/08/2017 While researching the recently published book Apartheid, Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, Open Secrets collected approximately 40,000 archival documents from 25 archives


Radical Municipalism: The Future We Deserve

Radical Municipalism: The Future We Deserve by Debbie Bookchin | ROAR MAgazine | July 2017 Im the daughter of two longtime municipalists. My mother, Beatrice Bookchin, ran for city council of Burlington, Vermont thirty years ago, in 1987, on an explicitly


Mining Charter is a reflection of what ails South Africa

Mining Charter is a reflection of what ails South Africa By Christopher Rutledge | Amandla Magazine Issue 53 | July 2017 From a Minister picked from obscurity to do the bidding of a powerful patronage network, to the entrenchment of


Are Traditional Courts Bill fears justified?

By: Monica de Souza Louw From: Amandla! Issue No. 51 | March 2017 We thought the Traditional Courts Bill was dead. After more than two years of struggle against it, civil society and rural activists celebrated their victory when it


A Popular Hegemony – Students and Struggle

Entering a new round of struggles, bruised and smarting from a defeat, students across the country are coming to realise that this year may prove decisive in the battle for free, decolonised education. The current lull in protest presents an

 
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