By Gabriel Black, 18 September 2018
While China’s role in Africa has grown significantly in the past two decades, the United States and its allies remain the principal issuers of debt.
By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2018
A fragile truce prevails in the Libyan capital of Tripoli following fierce fighting last week. The city’s Mitiga airport remains closed and fighting is continuing in the south of the city.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 September 2018
While aid has always been about Britain’s geo-strategic interests, in future it will be used not to alleviate poverty, but to boost Britain’s business interests.
By Felix Gauthier, 30 August 2018
Presented as an act of humanitarian charity, Canada’s intervention in Mali is aimed at laying claim to huge swathes of Africa’s mineral riches.
By Alejandro López, 24 August 2018
The catastrophe unfolding in Morocco is a direct result of the EU’s “Fortress Europe” policy and shutdown of other entry routes into Europe.
Railworkers strike in UK while Iranian rail strike continues
10 August 2018
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By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2018
Mnangagwa, who came to power in a coup against President Robert Mugabe last November, advances himself as the strongman required to restore the order necessary for resumed investment by the major corporations.
4 August 2018
Some 10,000 footwear workers in south Africa are in the third week of a bitter strike over wage demands.
Strike by South African footwear workers as South African and Nigerian telecom workers walkout
21 July 2018
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By Eddie Haywood, 2 July 2018
Recent reports have confirmed the deadly effects of pervasive air pollution, which is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children across Africa every year.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 June 2018
President el-Sisi has unleashed an extensive crackdown on all forms of dissent and political expression that far exceeds the worst excesses of Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown by the mass uprising in February 2011.
As French airport workers and Iranian lorry drivers strike, class struggle spreads in Africa
1 June 2018
By Eddie Haywood, 16 April 2018
Highlighting the predatory aim of AFRICOM’s presence in the region is the Niger defense minister’s admission that the US forces “wage war when necessary.”
By Eddie Haywood, 31 March 2018
Thousands turned out in the capital Accra to oppose a deal that would allow for a significant expansion of the US military’s presence in the West African nation.
By Eddie Haywood, 28 March 2018
AFRICOM has been preparing for a massive escalation of armed drone flights conducted across the African continent from its recently constructed base in neighboring Niger.
By Roger Jordan, 21 March 2018
Canadian mining companies have more than $1 billion invested in Mali and according to a 2014 estimate, more than $30 billion invested across Africa.
By Eddie Haywood, 17 March 2018
On December 6 last year, Green Berets coordinating a military operation with Nigerien forces, killed 11 militants near the town of Diffa, close to the Nigerian border.
Argentine teachers, public workers unions call another limited strike
13 March 2018
By Eddie Haywood, 12 March 2018
At the heart of the walkout are lecturers’ low salaries and overall deteriorating conditions of the Kenyan public university system.
By Francis Dubois, 8 March 2018
The capital of Ouagadougou was shaken on March 2 by an attack by two commando squads on the French embassy and Burkinabe army headquarters.
By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2018
Two things recommend Ramaphosa to the world’s bourgeoisie—his fabulous wealth and the fact that he earned it through a readiness to deal ruthlessly with the working class.
By Nick Beams, 16 February 2018
The Johannesburg stock market welcomed the new regime with a surge of more than 3 percent, as the rand hit a three-year high against the US dollar.
By Eddie Haywood, 14 February 2018
The Zuma government has been characterized by corruption and nepotism while presiding over a deteriorating economy, conditions which have made foreign investors nervous.
By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 6 February 2018
The year-old civil war in central Congo’s Kasai provinces is now producing more refugees than the wars in Iraq and Syria.
By Genevieve Leigh, 29 January 2018
Local government in Cape Town, South Africa continues to implement drastic water saving measures in a last-ditch attempt to stave off a complete water shutoff.
By Eddie Haywood, 15 January 2018
The move is of a piece with the global effort to censor oppositional and alternative viewpoints on the Internet.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 January 2018
More than 200 miners in northern Zimbabwe have been on strike since the end of December protesting the fact they have not received their wages for more than a year.
Regional transport workers strike in Netherlands
5 January 2018
A 24-hour strike involving some 12,000 workers hit bus and train service on Thursday in the Netherlands to demand better pay and working conditions.
By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2017
Poverty and mass unemployment force thousands in eastern Morocco to risk their lives in abandoned coal mines, which Jerada residents call the “mines of death.”
Israeli workers protest job cuts
29 December 2017
By Eddie Haywood, 21 December 2017
Since coming to power in 1994, the ANC has represented a corrupt layer of the black elite, ruling at the expense of the masses of workers.
By Eddie Haywood, 16 December 2017
The announcement marks a further escalation of Washington’s military offensive in Somalia which has been ramped up over the last year, including the deployment of 500 special forces personnel.
By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017
The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.
By Francis Dubois, 2 December 2017
Faced with the disastrous results of the imperialist wars in Libya and the Sahel, the European Union is proposing to intensify its neo-colonialist and military interventions.
By Chris Marsden, 27 November 2017
The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Zimbabwe curb “excessive government spending” and impose massive austerity cuts to “restore fiscal and debt sustainability.”
By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2017
The Egyptian government has declared that the attack in the northern Sinai is the deadliest in the country’s modern history.
By Chris Marsden, 24 November 2017
The goal of the new Zimbabwean president, Mnangagwa, is to impose an adrenalized version of the capitalist policies that have already created so much suffering.
By Eddie Haywood, 24 November 2017
The official US military deployment in Somalia has increased to more than 500, the largest contingent of soldiers in the country since 1993.
By Eddie Haywood, 21 November 2017
The Zimbabwean military appears anxious to avoid its intervention provoking any popular movement among the masses.
By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2017
It is China's support for the coup, rather than a supposed desire for a "democratic transformation," that accounts for the cautious reaction in the United States, Britain and other Western powers.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2017
The spreading war in the Sahel, which flows from the 2011 NATO war in Libya, threatens to plunge the entire region into a broader war and humanitarian crisis.
By Eddie Haywood, 17 November 2017
Poverty and the lack of access to health care plays the largest role in the severity of the current epidemic.
“They are waging war when necessary”
By Eddie Haywood, 2 November 2017
Washington has claimed that the 800 US special forces personnel stationed in Niger are restricted to providing training and surveillance assistance.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2017
The general’s “slip of the tongue” served only to further expose the military escalation being carried out behind the backs of the American people.
By Eddie Haywood, 31 October 2017
The poll took place within an atmosphere of police violence and acts of intimidation, which almost certainly originated with forces loyal to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.
By Eddie Haywood, 28 October 2017
The tour happened against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s expansion of US military operations on the continent.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2017
American imperialism is preparing to inflict upon the African continent the levels of carnage that it has already wrought upon the Middle East, where entire societies have been shattered.
By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2017
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, held an hour-long press briefing Monday in an effort at damage control.
By Eddie Haywood, 20 October 2017
Underpinning the operations of American, French and German forces in West Africa is the desire to control the region's deposits of uranium, minerals and oil.
By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 17 October 2017
Twin bombings in central areas of Somalia’s capital of MogadishuSaturday killed at least 302 people and injured 300 others, with thedeath toll expected to climb.
By Eddie Haywood, 14 October 2017
The October 4 killings of four US Green Berets in Niger has provided a rare glimpse into far-reaching American military operations which have been conducted almost entirely in secret.
Killings of four elite soldiers in Niger highlight vast scale of American military operations in Africa
By Eddie Haywood, 7 October 2017
The deployment of troops to Niger is an element of the “scramble for Africa,” which was commenced by Obama and is being continued under Trump.
By Eddie Haywood, 30 September 2017
The inclusion of Chad represents an escalation of Washington’s imperialist offensive in the Sahel region and across the African continent.
By Eddie Haywood, 22 September 2017
Trump addressed the assembled African leaders on behalf of the American financial oligarchy to which he belongs.
By Eddie Haywood, 4 September 2017
The unprecedented ruling marked the first time a high court anywhere in Africa has overturned a presidential election result.
By Eddie Haywood, 16 August 2017
Twenty-four people have been killed by police since Friday’s announcement declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner over his challenger, Raila Odinga.
By Eddie Haywood, 12 August 2017
The hotly-contested election for president has been marked by allegations of election fraud and an intensified police state atmosphere.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2017
The imperialist war in Mali, spearheaded by France, is aimed at seizing control of the massive energy reserves in the West African country.
By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2017
China’s military involvement in Africa takes place amid rising geo-political rivalries that threaten its considerable investment in, and trade with, Africa.
By Timotheos Gaist, 8 July 2017
Calls are growing in US ruling circles for wider war in the desperately impoverished, immensely strategic Horn of Africa nation.
“The measures we are taking are intended to safeguard the IMF program”
By David Brown, 7 July 2017
Lungu has enacted dictatorial measures in order to suppress social opposition to upcoming IMF austerity measures.
By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 17 June 2017
US military commandos are presently involved in over 100 missions simultaneously across the African continent, according to internal Pentagon documents.
By Johannes Stern, 16 June 2017
Ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, the German government is working systematically to expand its global political and economic relations.
By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 8 June 2017
China’s expansion of economic investment in Africa is part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, through which Beijing seeks to revive a modern day Silk Road connecting China and Asia with Europe.
By Eddie Haywood, 27 April 2017
Conflict between the Congolese military and a local militia has resulted in a mass internal displacement in the Kasai Province, with millions fleeing the region for Angola and other areas of the Congo.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 April 2017
The American military is “war-gaming procedures to work in a famine-type environment,” according to AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser.
By Eddie Haywood, 8 April 2017
The growing number of training exercises and operations coordinated by AFRICOM point to a “pivot to Africa” and make clear Washington’s aim of imperialist domination of the African continent.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 April 2017
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is at the center of the US government’s neocolonial agenda for Africa.
By Laurent Lafrance, 25 March 2017
The document says soldiers need “heavy weapons” to confront child soldiers and must be psychologically hardened so as to be ready to kill them.
By Eddie Haywood, 23 March 2017
The horrific labor practices uncovered in the DRC are not an isolated occurrence but rather the predominant reality inflicted by the capitalist system on workers around the globe.
By Eddie Haywood, 21 March 2017
Few details have been released of the “Return to Work Formula,” which is merely a draft proposal and not a binding agreement.
By Eddie Haywood, 16 March 2017
The head of the African command warned the US Senate that more military resources are needed to pursue Washington’s predatory interests on the continent.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017
Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.
By Eddie Haywood, 7 March 2017
Five thousand doctors employed in public hospitals across Kenya have been on strike since December, citing low pay and dreadful working conditions.
3 March 2017
By Thomas Gaist, 1 March 2017
Six years after the US-backed partition of Sudan, the newly autonomous, oil-wealthy South Sudan is beset by spreading famine and a raging civil war.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 February 2017
Starvation and malnutrition are menacing the lives of 10-15 million people in the Horn of Africa countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
By our reporters, 17 February 2017
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By Eddie Haywood, 3 January 2017
The US deployed at least 1,700 elite soldiers to 33 nations across the African continent in 2016, more than twice the number deployed in 2014.
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By Eddie Haywood, 13 December 2016
After conceding defeat following the December 1 presidential election, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh reversed course, announcing that he now rejects the results.
2 December 2016
By Laurent Lafrance, 16 November 2016
Canada’s defence minister travelled to Mali and Senegal last week to finalize plans for Canada to join French-led counter-insurgency operations in France’s former African colonies.
By Laurent Lafrance, 24 October 2016
Under the guise of promoting peace and fighting “Islamist terror,” Canadian imperialism is preparing to advance its growing economic and geopolitical interests in Africa.
By Johannes Stern, 11 October 2016
The official propaganda cannot disguise the fact the German ruling class is pursing its economic and geostrategic interests in Africa, which is rich in raw materials.
By Eddie Haywood, 24 September 2016
Washington’s concern is for the vast mineral wealth of the Congo, and for the existence of a reliable and pliant regime in Kinshasa to facilitate its exploitation.
By Joe Williams, 26 August 2016
A protest at the Olympics by marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa drew attention to the ongoing government repression in Ethiopia.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2016
The military operation is empowered to conduct offensive operations against units loyal to both the government and the opposition.
By Roger Jordan, 16 August 2016
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed that Canada will soon announce a major military intervention of “long-duration” in one or more African countries.
12 August 2016
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 6 August 2016
The Indian and US militaries are partnering in the training of African officers to lead and train troops deployed on UN “peacekeeping” missions.
5 August 2016
By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2016
While nominally directed against ISIS, the fresh eruption of American militarism is more broadly aimed at stamping US dominance throughout the region.
By Ben McGrath, 16 July 2016
While portrayed as a rescue mission, the deployment of additional Japanese troops to Africa marks an expansion of Japan’s role on the continent.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 July 2016
At their latest meeting in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, EU interior ministers agreed on speedier deportation of refugees and closer cooperation with African dictatorships.
24 June 2016