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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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Hamza Hamouchene on Frantz Fanon

On 1 March The Sunday Independent in South Africa carried a feature on Frantz Fanon. The article was an extract from Hamza Hamouchene’s excellent chapter in the collection of Fanon’s writings that I recently published, Voices of Liberation: Frantz Fanon. Hamza writes, ‘More than five decades after his death, the question seems to be: Why […]

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Não vamos esquecer

Last year the Review of African Political Economy published a Special Issue on the South African revolutionary Ruth First. From her early teens Ruth was involved in the struggle against apartheid. In exile she became a startling analyst of Africa’s independence and the continents attempts at radical transformation. Below is the editorial to the issue. […]

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