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25 July 2014

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One year since the military coup in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 5 July 2014

The coup revealed the essential problem of the Egyptian revolution: the chasm between the elemental anger of the Egyptian population and the absence of political leadership.

US troops have secretly been deployed to Somalia since 2007

By Thomas Gaist, 5 July 2014

Officials made clear that the US intends to escalate its military intervention in the strategic Horn of Africa.

More questions than answers after US commandos seize Benghazi attack suspect

By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattala has been living openly in his home district in Benghazi for the past two years, while denying any role in the attack on the US mission in which four died.

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30 May 2014

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South African miners speak: “We are striking so our children don’t also end up with nothing”

By our reporters, 29 May 2014

The World Socialist Web Site conducted an interview with two South African miners.

Libya plunging towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2014

The coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli.

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23 May 2014

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CIA-linked general launches Libya coup bid

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2014

General Khalifa Haftar launched his armed actions as the Pentagon positioned a US Marine task force for a possible intervention.

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16 May 2014

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Washington sends military personnel to Nigeria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2014

The Obama administration has seized upon the vicious kidnapping of Nigerian school girls to provide the cover of a “moral crusade” for an escalating US and European military intervention in Africa.

EU Africa summit plans increased European military intervention in Africa

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 April 2014

The summit dispatched more troops to the French-led war in the Central African Republic, amid a broader escalation of European imperialist intervention in Africa.

South Africa’s platinum strike in its 10th week

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 10 April 2014

Some 70,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union have been on strike at the three largest platinum producers since January 23.

South African police evidence in tatters as Marikana Commission enters phase two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 April 2014

At the Farlam Inquiry into the police murder of 34 striking miners in Marikana, evidence was heard that the victims were surrendering when they were killed.

ANC and its competitors stir up racialism in advance of South African elections

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 3 April 2014

Some 500 people joined an African National Congress march in Cape Town on March 26 to demand better sanitation, housing and land from the ruling Democratic Alliance.

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21 March 2014

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14 March 2014

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28 February 2014

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North West police commissioner appears before inquiry into Marikana massacre

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 27 February 2014

Evidence belies the testimony of Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo that the massacre at the Lonmin mine in 2012 was not a premeditated bloodbath.

Freed “illegal” miners face imprisonment and deportation in South Africa

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 24 February 2014

Abandoned mines around Johannesburg, often improperly secured by mining companies, are a magnet for laid-off workers, and the sites of numerous fatalities.

South African unions vie for control of militant workers

Part one

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 20 February 2014

This is first in a two-part comment on the manoeuvres of South Africa’s trade unions to contain the growth of militancy in the working class.

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14 February 2014

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Robert McBride appointed as South Africa police watchdog: The ANC’s “answer” to police brutality

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 11 February 2014

Police brutality is rising amid protests that show no sign of abating.

South Africa: Economic Freedom Fighters target voters fed up with African National Congress

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 29 January 2014

The EFF, led by ex-ANC leader Julius Malema, have targeted North West province's Madibeng municipality over water shortages amid the district’s worst drought in 80 years.

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24 January 2014

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Japanese PM’s aggressive diplomatic push in Africa

By John Watanabe, 16 January 2014

The trip was aimed at expanding Japanese influence in Africa and curbing China’s presence in this strategically vital region.

Hundreds drown fleeing continued fighting in South Sudan

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2014

As many as 300 people drowned when an overloaded ferry that they had boarded to flee fighting in the city of Malakal sank Tuesday in the White Nile.

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10 January 2014

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Attempt at ceasefire as military buildup continues in South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 28 December 2013

What is portrayed as a conflict within the world’s newest state is part of the imperialist balkanisation of Sudan to control its oil and mineral wealth.

US military forces mobilised amid South Sudan crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 December 2013

A possible US-led intervention force is being readied in the context of heightened great power rivalries across Africa.

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20 December 2013

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13 December 2013

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22 November 2013

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8 November 2013

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25 October 2013

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France to intensify military intervention in Central African Republic

By Kumaran Ira, 24 October 2013

As sectarian fighting intensifies against the Seleka groups that seized power with French and US support in March, Paris is intervening to prop up the regime.

Libyan prime minister abducted in retaliation for US raid on Tripoli

By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2013

The kidnapping highlighted the impotence of the neo-colonial regime set up by NATO after the war in Libya two years ago.

US raids Libya and Somalia, capturing alleged Al Qaeda planner

By Alex Lantier, 7 October 2013

US forces raided the Somali town of Barawe and the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where they captured alleged Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby.

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4 October 2013

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Fighting continues for third day in Nairobi, Kenya mall attack

By Thomas Gaist, 24 September 2013

Kenyan authorities claimed to have retaken a Nairobi mall stormed by Al Shabab militants as Western officials and media warned of the spread of similar attacks.

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13 September 2013

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16 August 2013

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Mali holds presidential election amid ongoing French intervention

By Pierre Mabut, 9 August 2013

The election was organized in order to provide a pseudo-democratic rationale for France's invasion and ongoing neo-colonial occupation of Mali.

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26 July 2013

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19 July 2013

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12 July 2013

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5 July 2013

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Obama in Africa to defend US strategic and profit interests

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2013

Obama’s three-nation tour, touted as a promotion of trade and “democracy,” is aimed in large measure at countering the growing influence of China.

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28 June 2013

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21 June 2013

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Libya destabilised by factional and military infighting

By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2013

The massacre of 31 people by the Libya Shield Force, an Islamist militia, was the worst single death toll since the end of the 2011 NATO-led civil war.

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7 June 2013

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31 May 2013

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Kenyan president moves to slash wages, continue war in Somalia

By Thomas Gaist, 30 May 2013

The Kenyan president is advancing an agenda of wage cuts and continuing Kenya’s role in the imperialist proxy war in neighboring Somalia.

Libya’s General National Council passes Political Isolation Law

By Jean Shaoul, 24 May 2013

Armed Islamist militias forced parliament to pass the Political Isolation Law, outlawing officials who had worked for Gaddafi from holding office.

Security forces fire rubber bullets at striking South African miners

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2013

Police fired volleys of rubber bullets at striking South African miners at a mine owned by Lanxess Chrome Mining Ltd on Tuesday, near the city of Rustenburg.

Britain’s victims during Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising expect compensation

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2013

Thousands of Kenyans are expecting to receive reparations for the abuses they suffered at the hands of British imperialism during the suppression of the Mau Mau resistance movement.

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17 May 2013

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Suid-Afrika se Marikana mynwerkers hou wildcat staking

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 May 2013

Duisende Lonmin platinum mynwerkers in Marikana, Suid-Afrika het vandeesweek begin staak om protes aan te teken teen die uitvoering-styl moord op die organiseerder van die Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

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10 May 2013

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26 April 2013

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19 April 2013

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Britain’s involvement in assassination of Congo’s Lumumba confirmed

By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2013

A senior British politician has revealed Britain’s involvement in the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first prime minister.

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29 March 2013

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Agang offers no alternative for South African working class to ANC

By Mike Jones, 26 March 2013

Agang, the new political formation established by former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele, offers no alternative for the South African masses to the parties of big business.

Seleka rebels seize capital of Central African Republic

By Thomas Gaist, 26 March 2013

A coalition of rebel militias took the capital city, Bangui, over the weekend, with tacit support from France and the US.

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22 March 2013

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15 March 2013

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8 March 2013

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Washington steps up Africa intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2013

The Obama administration is “markedly widening its role” in the French-led neo-colonial war in Mali.

South African police murder Mozambican taxi driver

By Mike Jones, 5 March 2013

Opposition grows to the killing of 27-year-old taxi driver, Mido Macia, by South African police on February 27.

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1 March 2013

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US troops to Niger: A new stage in the scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2013

With the deployment of US troops and drones to Niger, a new stage in the imperialist recolonization of Africa is now in progress.

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22 February 2013

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15 February 2013

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The role of Germany in the war in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013

Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.

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8 February 2013

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Britain makes its own military push into Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2013

Britain is to send at least 350 military personnel to Mali and West Africa in a direct challenge to French efforts to dominate the region.

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1 February 2013

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Britain, US escalate war aid as France advances into northern Mali

By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2013

Britain has pledged to deploy troops to Mali and the US is planning a base for drones as the imperialist intervention in the Sahara escalates.

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25 January 2013

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Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 24 January 2013

Thirteen days after starting a war in Mali, France is boosting its military presence amid reports of civilian and ethnic-based killings by French and allied forces.

Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 January 2013

Amid the French offensive in Mali, the imperialist powers are laying out plans for a lasting neo-colonial intervention in all of Western Africa.

French Left Front promotes war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 22 January 2013

France’s Left Front is supporting President François Hollande’s decision to launch a war in Mali, while issuing tactical criticisms of his policies.

Standoff continues in Algerian hostage crisis

By Alex Lantier, 19 January 2013

The standoff at the Tinguentourine natural gas site in Algeria has continued amid mounting international tensions over France’s war in Mali.

France escalates Mali war amid Algerian hostage crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2013

France has increased its troop deployment in Mali to 1,400, amid a hostage crisis after Islamist militants seized an Algerian natural gas complex to protest the war.

2013 and the new Scramble for Africa

By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2013

US aims in Africa centre on securing hegemony over the entire continent, a conflict in which its chief rival is now China.

France launches ground offensive in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 January 2013

French ground troops have attacked rebel forces holding the small town of Diabaly, near the border with rebel-held northern Mali.

South African police fire on striking farm workers

By Joshua Lumet, 11 January 2013

Confrontations between striking farm workers and South African police and private security guards have left several people wounded and some 50 arrested.

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4 January 2013

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US retools terror war in scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2012

The Pentagon’s announcement that it is forming a new Africa brigade is a clear indication that US imperialism is escalating its interventions on the continent.

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21 December 2012

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Junta forces Malian prime minister to resign

By Ernst Wolff, 15 December 2012

Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the country’s military junta on Monday night.

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14 December 2012

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Mass protests against referendum on new Egyptian constitution

By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2012

Over a hundred thousand people demonstrated in Cairo yesterday against a referendum scheduled for December 15 on an Islamist constitution that enshrines the authority of the military.

Mursi calls on military in Egypt crisis

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2012

Army officers have been given the power to arrest civilians to maintain “public order.”

Tunisian UGTT union calls one-day national strike

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 December 2012

The UGTT union has called a one-day national strike for December 13, amid rising working class protests and clashes with right-wing Islamist groups.

Protests spread throughout Egypt against Islamist dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2012

Mass protests against the US-backed Islamist government of President Mohamed Mursi spread throughout Egypt yesterday.

Trade unions shut down South African farm workers strike

By Iqra Qalam and Jashua Lumet, 8 December 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called off a strike in the Western Cape Province in a bid to contain growing anger and resistance among farm workers.