South African Elections 2009

East African Opposition, Really? | by Andre Vltchek

East African Opposition, Really? | by Andre Vltchek

In the three Western outposts of the eastern part of Africa – Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya – the opposition had either been totally smashed or is rotting in jail. Alternatively, it has 'ceased to exist'. In East Africa, those who are in power and those who want to be...

Knowledge. The final frontier

Some suggest that unemployment rates are high because of laziness or a dependency effect created by social grants, but numerous studies have failed to find empirical support for these claims. The one drum of this kind that continues to be beaten is the claim that...

South Africa’s New Apartheid | by Sabine Cessou

South Africa’s New Apartheid | by Sabine Cessou

A group of building workers relaxed on the pavement in central Cape Town, enjoying their lunch break. Every minute was precious; nobody was in a hurry to get back to work. "They pay us peanuts," said a bricklayer with a gold tooth. On the equivalent of $1,470 a month,...

The Third Intifada? | by Uri Avnery

Is this the third intifada? This question was raised this week by a number of Israeli security experts. And not only by them – their Palestinian colleagues were almost as perplexed. All over the West Bank, Palestinian youth threw stones at Israeli soldiers. All the...

Two years after Fukushima | by Pierre Rousset

The triple disaster of 11 March 2011 constituted a major turning point in contemporary Japanese history — its political impact is not however unequivocal. It has provoked a radical break in the way in which many Japanese people perceive the authorities and...

The Revolution Begins Today | by Daniel Chavez

By definition, a revolution is a collective process, not a one-man endeavour. While the social and political legacy of Hugo Chávez is remarkable, the Bolivarian Revolution has been intrinsically tied to him as the leader. With Chávez's death, the Boliviarian...

Hugo Chávez and Me | by Tariq Ali

Hugo Chávez and Me | by Tariq Ali

Once I asked whether he preferred enemies who hated him because they knew what he was doing or those who frothed and foamed out of ignorance. He laughed. The former was preferable, he explained, because they made him feel that he was on the right track. Hugo Chávez's...

Chavez isn’t Chavez | by Irene León

Chavez is now a red, overflowing tide of love and commitment, which flooded the streets of Caracas mourning. Chavez is a town that Constitution in hand, starred in a peaceful revolution, with a roadmap ethical, political, social, economic and cultural sovereign. The...

Hugo Chavez, Dream Maker | by Eva Golinger

Most of what you read or hear in mass media about President Hugo Chavez is always negative, his faults exaggerated, his discourse distorted and his achievements ignored. The reality is quite different. Hugo Chavez was beloved by millions around the world. He changed...

Chávez’s Legacy | by Mark Weisbrot

Bertrand Russell once wrote about the American revolutionary Thomas Paine, "He had faults, like other men; but it was for his virtues that he was hated and successfully calumniated." This was certainly true of Hugo Chávez Frias, who was probably more demonized than...

Hugo Chavez Frias – visionary, fighter, companero

The Australian Socialist Alliance released this statement on March 6. The Socialist Alliance in Australia expresses its deepest sympathies with the people and government of Venezuela on the death of Companero Hugo Chavez Frias on March 5. His passing is a huge loss...

Why socialists need feminism | by David Camfield

Why socialists need feminism | by David Camfield

The relationship between socialism and feminism has been getting more attention in online discussions recently. This is both for good reasons — such as the article by Sharon Smith of the International Socialist Organization in the US that looks critically at how the...

Letter From Haiti: Life in the Ruins | by Amy Wilentz

Letter From Haiti: Life in the Ruins | by Amy Wilentz

Sometimes you can't help but be sickened by the behavior of certain international organizations helping Haiti recover from the devastating January 2010 earthquake—hit, that is, by a wave of real physical nausea. The other day, I spent an afternoon in the displaced...

End rural slavery in South Africa!

End rural slavery in South Africa!

During the month of November last year, the world watched farm workers strikes, particularly those working in vineyards in the Western Cape Province, in South Africa. They were protesting against exploitation and poor working and living conditions on farms, demanding...

The Weirdness Closes In

The Weirdness Closes In

On the face of it, Mamphela Ramphele's long political Calvary has not seemed so strange. It has been clear ever since she returned to South Africa, flushed with neoliberal propaganda and plugging effortlessly into the right-wing smear campaign against President Mbeki,...