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No Honourable Goddamn Stereotypes

Lynnda Wardle reviews An Ounce of Practice in the Glasgow Review of Books An Ounce of Practice by Leo Zeilig is a hugely enjoyable, ambitious bildungsroman following the life and loves of left-wing academic Viktor Isaacs, and his relationships with a group of activists in London and Zimbabwe. The book is framed by the economic insecurities of the 2008 […]

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Fanon’s Radical Psychiatry

My article on Frantz Fanon in Critical and Radical Social Work has been made free to access for six months. The article Frantz Fanon’s radical psychiatry: the making of a revolutionary is available here. Please feel free to share the link and read the article. ‘Frantz Fanon was a psychiatrist and revolutionary. Born on the Caribbean island of Martinique, he studied in France and […]

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The Bread of the Poor

Review: Jörg Wiegratz Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-Cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda (Rowman & Littlefield: 2016). In some of the most powerful and engaging passages in Capital in 1867 Karl Marx wrote about the systematic fraud at the heart of market relations. Fraud, adulteration of food (a topic close to Marx’s heart) and corruption, […]

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Mugabe’s fall creates a chance for real change in Zimbabwe

We should celebrate the fall of Robert Mugabe. But hypocritical governments like Britain’s that are now attacking him supported him for years, writes Leo Zeilig. Real democracy has to be rooted in popular struggles inside Zimbabwe – and such movements have a powerful history. A moment came on Saturday 18 November which thousands of Zimbabweans […]

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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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