Displaying all posts for Abayomi Azikiwe

South African autoworkers strike key industry

By September 12, 2013

Workers’ struggles continue in South Africa despite the successful resolution of strikes in the automotive and mining industries. Auto industry settlements were reached between the National Union of Metalworkers Union of South Africa and BMW, Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota, Mercedes and General Motors. Union negotiators resolved the work stoppage by obtaining an 11.5 percent salary […]


Study reveals AFRICOM’s reach

By September 11, 2013

Journalist Nick Turse’s study, entitled “AFRICOM’s Gigantic ‘Small Footprint,’” reviews the increasing role of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) at TomDispatch.com. It illustrates why this issue should become a major focus of Western peace, anti-war and anti-imperialist movements. Little attention has been paid to imperialist interventions in the oppressed African nations. Although there have […]


South Africa mine bosses to cut thousands of jobs

By September 5, 2013

South African workers are continuing their struggles against the bosses. Strikes are spreading from the mines, automobile plants and air transport technology stations to construction sites. On Sept. 3, thousands of members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are scheduled to march through Pretoria to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of […]


Pentagon deepens role in Africa

By September 4, 2013

As the corporate media focuses on the current war drive against Syria, Washington’s militarist policies toward Africa continue to go relatively unnoticed by the public. Oil and other strategic resources imported into the United States from the continent are motivating an increase in Pentagon troops in Africa and the latest development: the hiring of private […]


Workers’ strikes span Africa

By August 29, 2013

While developments in Egypt in the aftermath of the military coup and massacres of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have dominated the Western media, recent strikes have erupted there and elsewhere on the African continent. Egyptian workers at Suez Steel have battled their bosses since July 23. The work stoppage prompted military forces to arrest union leaders […]


50th anniversary rally renews call for jobs and freedom

By August 28, 2013

Tens of thousands of people from all over the country traveled to Washington, D.C., Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. A myriad of movements, organizations and causes were represented […]


Real voices behind the 1963 March on Washington

By August 21, 2013
Aug. 28, 1963, Washington, D.C.

August 28 is the 50th anniversary of that fateful 1963 day in Washington, D.C., when 300,000 people marched and rallied demanding jobs and freedom. Although the corporate media often reference this monumental historic event, the actual march, the circumstances leading up to it and the organizations and personalities represented have largely been lost in people’s […]


South Africa one year after Marikana tragedy


South Africans have commemorated the first anniversary of the Marikana massacre where 34 mineworkers were shot dead by provincial police in Rustenburg on Aug. 16, 2012. The miners had been on an unprotected wildcat strike that had been marked by violence between security forces and the workers, as well as clashes involving rival labor unions. […]


South Africa commemorates National Women’s Day

By August 18, 2013

August 9 was the anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March on Pretoria, an event that attracted 20,000 women to protest the pass laws that were a hallmark of South Africa’s racist apartheid system. The period of 1952-56 has been characterized as the “Defiance Campaign Against Unjust Laws.” The people organized mass mobilizations against the racist […]


Zimbabwe defies West

By August 8, 2013
Robert Mugabe

Africa’s ZANU-PF wins in landslide Zimbabwe held national harmonized elections on July 31 that returned President Robert Mugabe to office for his seventh term since independence in 1980. The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party won more than two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly, giving the party the capacity to form its own […]