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South Africa miners’ strikes, poverty and upcoming elections

By February 20, 2014
Platinum mine workers in South Africa, Jan. 30.

National elections will be held in the Republic of South Africa on May 7. The ruling African National Congress, after two decades in power, hopes to maintain control of the post-apartheid state. The ANC, a liberation movement turned into a political party, has held enthusiastic rallies in various parts of the country. An election manifesto […]


Malcolm X and global Black struggle

By February 19, 2014
Malcolm X

In March 1964, Malcolm X announced his official departure from the Nation of Islam. He had spent 12 years working on behalf of the organization led by Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm had been suspended and silenced for 90 days after he delivered an address at the Manhattan Center on Dec. 1, 1963, entitled “God’s Judgment of […]


Mandela, the ANC and the African-American struggle

By February 17, 2014

With the death of Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, 2013, the impact of his life and political work was recognized not just by the people of South Africa and the African continent but oppressed and struggling peoples throughout the world. People of African descent outside of Africa cherish the legacy of Mandela that remains an […]


Fifty years after ‘war on poverty,’ class divisions widen

By February 14, 2014
Poor People's March at Lafayette Park and Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., June 1968.

Some five decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” class divisions inside the U.S. are widening. Today, the conditions of poor and working people are rarely addressed in Congress, the White House or the boardrooms of the transnational corporations and financial institutions. President Barack Obama touched on this issue during his […]


Pentagon intervention in Africa grows

By February 13, 2014

Developments in Central and East Africa have dominated news coverage of Africa since December. The split within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), a close ally of Washington, and the deployment of French and African troops in the Central African Republic have led to an escalation of Pentagon involvement in these states. The U.S. […]


Fannie Lou Hamer remains a symbol 50 years after Freedom Summer

By February 7, 2014
Fannie Lou Hamer

More than 1,000 student volunteers, along with rank-and-file workers and professionals from the northern and western cities of the U.S., traveled to Mississippi and southwest Tennessee in the summer of 1964 to assist African Americans in their decades-long struggle to acquire the right to vote. This effort became known as “Freedom Summer.” The volunteers worked […]


South African platinum strike continues amid threats of more layoffs

By February 4, 2014
South African miners during strike in Marikana on Jan. 30.

Feb. 3 — A government mediation team is seeking to resolve the ongoing strike in the platinum industry in the Northwest Province of South Africa. Talks were suspended until Feb. 4 as the world’s leading platinum mine producers remain stifled by strike activity which began Jan. 23. This strike involves production at the world’s three […]


Anti-NATO forces retake areas in southern Libya

By January 29, 2014

For nearly seven months in 2011, NATO planes — particularly from the U.S., France, Britain and Canada — carried out a massive bombing campaign in Libya intended to overthrow the government of Muammar Gaddafi. After getting the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Libya and then another authorizing a […]


South Africa struggles continue in platinum mines

By January 23, 2014

An 11-week strike by 7,000 members of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has resulted in a settlement granting them a raise of 9.5 percent. The strike against Northam Platinum facilities at Zondereinde was a major challenge for the NUM in the face of intransigence by the bosses and competition from the rival Association […]


Dr. King’s struggle legacy and today’s crisis of the cities

By January 20, 2014

The federal holiday that commemorates martyred civil rights, social justice and peace activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes on added significance this year in light of the renewed attacks on municipalities throughout the United States. Workers and students in public educational institutions are facing massive layoffs and school closings, while local government employees […]