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The Atbara Moment – A radical website

Writing on roape.net in December 2019, I discuss what a radical website and review on African political economy can do.  “ROAPE’s Leo Zeilig looks at a year that has seen two astonishing uprisings in Africa, and protest movements that have rippled across the globe. The first, in Sudan, started in the small city of Atbara […]

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Mugabe is dead: remember Chiadzwa

In September 2019, for RS21, I wrote an obituary on Robert Mugabe. “The death of Robert Mugabe (1924-2019) is being celebrated by Zimbabweans around the world. The 2008 massacre at the Chiadzwa minefield deserves to stand as a testament to his rule, writes Leo Zeilig. Around the world tens of thousands of Zimbabweans are celebrating the […]

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‘Walter Rodney was way ahead of his time’

Africa is a Country posted an article based on some research on Walter Rodney that I have been doing.  “Rediscovered lectures Walter Rodney gave in 1978 in Hamburg shows a reflective intellectual, thinking critically about postcolonial African governance. Between April and June of 1978, Walter Rodney, then already an important intellectual for his book, How Europe […]

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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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