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CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR

CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR

Bruce Baigrie interviewed the author, Matt Huber Amandla!: Your recent book is titled Climate Change as Class War: Building Socialism on a Warming Planet. Can you explain what you mean by that? Why is class so important here? MATT HUBER: The title is very explicitly...

Soundz of the South

Soundz of the South

Amandla! spoke with Anele Selekwa Amandla!: Could you give us a little bit of the history of Soundz of the South (SOS), like when you started, why you started, where you are from as a collective?  Anele Selekwa: We started in 2008 as a loose collective of activists,...

THE JUST TRANSITION IS THE TASK OF AN ACCOUNTABLE STATE

THE JUST TRANSITION IS THE TASK OF AN ACCOUNTABLE STATE

JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE BEGINNING of COP27, Inger Anderson, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, made a staggering assessment of the global response to the climate crisis: “We had our chance to make incremental changes, but that time is over....

The Alliance is dead – long live the alliance

The Alliance is dead – long live the alliance

ONE OF THE KEY RESOLUTIONS OF Numsa’s 2013 special congress was to bring into existence a United Front to act as a popular, working class-based alternative to the ANC. By 2016 it had run its course. In 2018, following a successful one-day strike, Saftu initiated the...

The Alliance is dead – long live the alliance

TAKING BACK THE JUST TRANSITION

The latest edition of Amandla is out! Issue 85/86 of Amandla magazine has a special feature on the Just Transition. Highlights of some of the articles: According to Andile Zulu, AIDC Energy Democracy Officer, South Africa’s climate finance deals, and its current...

TUNISIA: THE ROAD TO AUTOCRACY

TUNISIA: THE ROAD TO AUTOCRACY

DURING THE WINTER OF 2010-2011, the Tunisian people rekindled a flame that was thought to have been extinguished forever - that of a popular revolution against corrupt and dictatorial regimes. The shock wave spread in the region (Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Syria, Yemen,...

OPT OUT OF COP27 AND BUILD AN ALTERNATIVE

OPT OUT OF COP27 AND BUILD AN ALTERNATIVE

This is an edited version of an article first published in Daily Maverick. THE 27TH MEETING OF THE UN’S Conference of the Parties – otherwise known as COP – is now only months away. So it is timely to ask: who benefits from these gatherings of world leaders who...

Expect little from Kenya’s elections

Expect little from Kenya’s elections

ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 2022, THE Supreme Court of Kenya upheld President William Ruto’s victory in the recently concluded general election that was held on 9th August. Ruto’s main competitor, Raila Odinga, stood as the candidate of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition....

Angola’s illegitimate elections

Angola’s illegitimate elections

IT WAS AUGUST 18TH, SIX DAYS before the election. Incumbent President João Lourenço was delivering a speech to a rather apathetic public in Benguela province, southwestern Angola. In it he described the country’s unaligned civil society as “lumpens and thieves”. Such...

WHAT ABOUT WHITE WORKERS?

WHAT ABOUT WHITE WORKERS?

HOW DID THE END OF APARTHEID affect South Africa’s white workers? An excellent question. And the answer can go a long way towards explaining some of the more virulent politics evident today. But the question is rarely asked because – so the assumption goes – there are...

GREEN EXTRACTIVISM and the green frontier

GREEN EXTRACTIVISM and the green frontier

AS WE EMERGE FROM THE pandemic, the impact of Covid-19 has exacerbated the converging social, economic, and ecological crises, which emerge from the systemic and colonial legacy of extractivist patriarchal capitalism. These crises include climate, ecological and...

The quiet vanguardism OF THE LEFT

The quiet vanguardism OF THE LEFT

WHEN WE THINK OF NORTH stars, we think of a destination we feel we are striving for. The South African Left lacks a north star today. The truth of contemporary South African politics is that the anti-apartheid struggle was the great unifier of progressive forces. It...