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Swazis call for change

In rebellion on March 28, 2011 at 6:48 am

Louise Redvers, Mail & Gaurdian

A groundswell of anti-government feeling, including calls for an uprising next month, has gripped Swaziland after more than 8000 people staged a demonstration last week demanding that Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini and his Cabinet resign. Read the rest of this entry »

The signs of the defeat of Libyan revolution

In The Politics of Politics on March 27, 2011 at 9:12 am

Saoud Salem, LibCom

In a few hours, the UN Security Council will decide to start air strikes against Libya. France has said that it is ready to start the bombardment from tonight.

We condemn this international resolution, if it is realized. And we totally reject any foreign intervention in Libya, whatever shape it may take, especially a French one. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt: “We have your best interests at heart”

In The Politics of Politics on March 27, 2011 at 8:07 am

Reports from the Egyptian Uprising

The streets are emptied, it would seem. After last night, mostly-Coptic Christian protestors in front of the TV Building in Maspero Square demonstrating against sectarianism and unfair treatment of Copts have cleared out. Some of their demands were indeed met, and it appears that the Army High Council met with several representatives of the Church and protests who agreed to disband the sit-in. Read the rest of this entry »

Haiti Abstains

In The Politics of Politics on March 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

Dan Coughlin, The Nation

Despite a massive UN mobilization, Haitians stayed away from controversial presidential elections in large numbers on March 20, raising serious questions about the legitimacy of the government poised to take power. Read the rest of this entry »

New Wikileaks Cables Show Extent of US Opposition to Aristide March 19, 2011

In The Politics of Politics on March 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

Aftenposten

Not long after former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide landed in Haiti yesterday, ending an exile begun in 2004 by a US-backed coup d’etat, Kristoffer Rønneberg at the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten posted online 13 new private diplomatic cables from the US government relating to Aristide and Haiti, from the Wikileaks Cablegate set. Read the rest of this entry »

An interview with Mazen Kamalmaz by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.

In Revolt, The Politics of Politics on March 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

The struggle of the Libyan people, as part of the wave of popular rebellions spreading like fire in all of the Arab world, is taking a really dramatic turn, with the people advancing their struggle against a regime bent on staying in power by whatever means necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

No Land! No house! No vote! Voices from Symphony Way

In Cities, Moments of Grace, Revolt on March 11, 2011 at 9:16 am

Pambazuka

In 2007 hundreds of families living in shacks across the new ‘integrated’ township of Delft in Cape Town were moved into houses they had been waiting for since the end of apartheid. But soon they were told that the move had been illegal and they were kicked out of their new homes. They built shacks next to the road opposite the housing project and organised themselves into the Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Personal reflections on being arrested in Zimbabwe

In The Politics of Politics, we shall be the prey and the vulture on March 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Kubatana

An interview with one of the recently released detainees arrested for attending a meeting organised by the International Socialist Organisation.

What were you thinking when you were arrested?
I came to the conclusion that the government is in a state of panic. [With] the events that are taking place in North Africa, they wouldn’t want such a situation here in Zimbabwe. Read the rest of this entry »

Abahlali baseMjondolo Statement of Solidarity with the Haitian People

In Moments of Grace, The Politics of Politics, we shall be the prey and the vulture on March 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Abahlali baseMjondolo Statement
10 March 2011

Abahlali baseMjondolo Statement of Solidarity with the Haitian People

When we began our struggle in 2005 we said that struggle was a school. We declared that each settlement was not just a land occupation that had been organised under apartheid and that now had to defend itself against a democratically elected state aiming to drive the poor out of the cities. Read the rest of this entry »

Manyi and his ilk bring SA nothing but shame

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on March 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Jacob Dlamini, Business Day

IT SEEMS unfair to call the recent exchange over race between National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel and government spokesman Jimmy Manyi a duel — unfair, that is, to Manuel. A duel suggests an equivalence of sorts, a fight that takes place literally on common ground and follows commonly established rules. Read the rest of this entry »

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