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Knocking Down the Pillars of Neoliberalism

This article was published in the Morning Star on 22 June, 2017.  ON JUNE 8 cleaners, who had been on strike at the London School of Economics (LSE) for seven weeks, in a dispute that has spanned 10 months, won. They won each of their demands. The cleaners were members of the United Voices of […]

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‘There are no foreigners here except the bosses’: Precarious workers strike back

A version of this blogpost was originally published by RS21 Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century – news, analysis, comment and campaigning from socialist activists based in the Britain By eight in the morning on Tuesday last week it had already been raining for a few hours. I had turned up early for the strike and […]

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‘From London to Harare: an activist yearning for an ounce of practice’

Heike Becker reviews An Ounce of Practice for The Conversation a novel that ‘tells a gripping tale of an intellectual leftie from London, a group of southern African activists in Zimbabwe and England, and the emotional battles of living and acting in the struggles of the 21st century… An Ounce of Practice succeeds as an imaginative engagement […]

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Burkina Faso: from Thomas Sankara to popular resistance

Arguably the résistance populaire across Burkina Faso in September 2015 against the coup led by members of the old regime was as significant as the uprising that toppled Blaise Compaoré in October 2014. In a  recent Briefing in the Review of African Political Economy I attempt to unpick the significance and extent of the popular resistance. […]

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From the Archive: Ruth First and South Africa

Despite not having been updated for several years there is invaluable historical material, archive documents, films clips and interviews on the Ruth First website on the struggle against Apartheid. Several interviews and videos are particularly interesting, including a lecture by Albie Sachs:     The event Albie spoke at was the thirtieth anniversary of Ruth […]

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Revisiting Frantz Fanon

A new book by Leo Zeilig focuses on one of Africa and the modern era’s most celebrated revolutionaries, whose views remain influential long after his death. This is an extract from The Conversation. Many people spoke well that day. Delegates had come from across the African continent to independent Ghana for the All-African Peoples’ Conference […]

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Societies of Southern Africa

The celebrated historian of South Africa, Shula Mark, writes about the seminar series she ran for years at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London.  The seminars were vital for revisiting, revising and interrogating Southern African history and pulling together an extraordinary generation of exiled researchers and writers who have helped shaped our understanding of Southern […]

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Frantz Fanon: The Militant Philosopher of Third World Liberation

This month sees the publication of my biography of Frantz Fanon, here is the publishers blurb: ‘Frantz Fanon is best known as one of the leading twentieth-century political thinkers and activists against colonialism and imperialism and as the author of the iconic book “Wretched of the Earth”. Leo Zeilig here details the life of Fanon […]

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Sankara’s murder

To say that Thomas Sankara was isolated is a dreadful understatement. It was his very political exclusivity that generated the total separation from organisations, groups, parties and trade unions who could have supported his initiatives and defended the ‘revolution’ against the military. By 1987 Sankara was only really vulnerable to counter-coups from within the military. […]

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Understanding Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara is no longer a name that evokes bafflement, confusion, faint recognition. There is renewed interest in the life, struggles and work of this West African revolutionary. Much of the interest in Sankara, who was murdered at the age of 37 in Burkina Faso, the small landlocked West African country, stems from what has […]

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