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World Economic Forum hosted by Nigeria amid internal security crises

By May 6, 2014

Africa’s leading oil-exporting state and most populous country, Nigeria has been designated by the West as Africa’s largest economy, yet the security situation inside the country is deteriorating. The Pentagon recently concluded naval maneuvers off the coast in the Gulf of Guinea, and cooperation on military and intelligence affairs with the United States has reached […]


Mabel Williams: A legacy of struggle & community service

By April 30, 2014
Mabel Williams and Robert F. Williams led a campaign for self-defense that shaped the 1960s.

Funeral services were held in Detroit on April 25 for Mabel Robinson Williams, the widow of African-American revolutionary Robert F. Williams. The couple had settled in Lake County, in Michigan’s western region, after returning to the United States in late 1969 from exile in the People’s Republic of China. The couple were leaders of the […]


Six unelected men deliver blow to Civil Rights

By April 29, 2014
35,000 marched on Washington D.C., in April 1978 to ‘Beat Back Bakke,’ an attack on affirmative action.

The unelected U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a sharp blow to rights won through mass struggles against racism. In a six-to-two decision on the Schuette vs. BAMN case on April 22, the high court upheld a Michigan referendum about a constitutional amendment that placed a ban on affirmative action. The so-called “Michigan Civil Rights Initiative” […]


Economic growth, development and class struggle in Africa

By April 25, 2014

Despite claims that Africa is experiencing one of the highest growth rates in the world, growing class divisions and rising consumer prices are having disproportionate negative impacts on working people and the poor. Countries that are the focus of reports of phenomenal growth such as Nigeria and Ghana are undergoing internal crises related to the […]


U.S. expands military operations in Africa, EU joins in

By April 24, 2014

Reports indicate that the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is expanding its operations on the continent. A series of naval maneuvers and exercises are currently taking place in West Africa. AFRICOM was formed in 2008 by the George W. Bush administration and has been expanded and enhanced under President Barack Obama. A series of naval operations […]


Judge says Detroiters owe banks $85 million

By April 17, 2014

The ruling on April 11 in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy by Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes awarded an $85 million payment to two banks that are heavily implicated in the financial ruin of Detroit and other cities throughout the United States. Rhodes ruled that the third negotiated attempt to terminate an interest-rate swap agreement […]


National Urban League report illustrates decline in employment and wages for African Americans, Latinos/as

By April 16, 2014

Even though the administration of President Barack Obama has said that the Great Recession has been over for four years, large-scale unemployment and underemployment persist in  African-American and Latino/a communities. The annual National Urban League report, “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” makes the not-too-surprising claim that the underemployment rate for African-American workers is 20.5 […]


Gathering in Brussels undermines African unity

By April 9, 2014

EU-Africa Summit may lead to increased imperialist interventions The EU-Africa Summit on April 2-3 in Brussels was not attended by several key African leaders from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Eritrea and Sudan. The European Union bypassed guidelines set down by a leading organ of the African Union, the Peace and Security Council, in convening and […]


Several African states boycott EU summit

By April 7, 2014

The planned April 2-3 summit between the European Union and African nation-states has met with controversy and rejection. The republics of Zimbabwe and South Africa, two very important states in Southern Africa that won independence through formidable mass and armed struggles, have stated that their leaders will not attend the gathering in Belgium. Controversy surfaced […]


South Africa platinum strike: Mine bosses threaten layoffs

By April 5, 2014

Efforts by South Africa’s government, led by the African National Congress, to initiate mediation between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and the mine owners failed, leaving no end in sight to the platinum mining strike. The recent strike, after nearly two years of conflict in the platinum sector, have cost the bosses $1 […]