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  • Double standards: where are the calls for a no-fly zone over Gaza?

    Gaza under attackThe Israeli government cynically launches military attacks as elections approach, safe in the knowledge that it always gets away with just a caution, at worst, from the 'international community'

  • A Marxist History of the World part 95: Oil, Zionism, and Western Imperialism

    British support for the Zionist movement led to the foundation of Israel in 1948. In conjunction with US imperialism, the Israeli state is an enduring source of oppression in the Middle East

  • Miners victorious in South Africa

    Black labour in post-apartheid South Africa has entered a new era of independent trade unionism and militant class struggle, argues Neil Faulkner

  • Nato's Afghan exit strategy in crisis as 'green-on-blue' attacks rise

    nato training afghanThe West's entire Afghan strategy has been thrown into chaos as increasing 'green-on-blue' attacks by members of the Afghan military and police cause Nato to suspend training

  • South Africa: trouble for the ANC

    The South African ruling party's record in government is dire. With the people's disillusionment deepening, the Marikana massacre could mark a turning point for the ANC

  • South Africa: the story behind a brutal police massacre

    Marikana masacre in South AfricaThe massacre of 34 people in Marikana has been broadcast widely. Anita de Klerk looks behind the headlines

  • Somalia is not for sale

    According to the British government ‘Somalia is the world’s worst failed state’ and ‘directly threatens British interests’. Muna Hassan argues why the West should keep their hands off Somalia.

  • Afghans say the occupation has failed and NATO must go

    afghan protestThe crisis of western intervention in Afghanistan is described by Mitra Qayoom in this transcript of her speech delivered to last weekend’s Stop the War Coalition Conference.

  • A Marxist History of the World part 62: The Scramble for Africa

    Cecil RhodesThe imperial competition to control Africa spawned a predatory colonialism of mines, plantations, and machine-guns and propelled humanity towards industrialised world war writes Neil Faulkner.

  • South Africa: Ayanda Kota arrested and assaulted

    Ayanda Kota, Chairperson of the Unemployed People's Movement and Counterfire contributor has been seriously assaulted by a group of police officers in the Grahamstown police station. He was dragged, bleeding from at least two wounds, and with his clothes torn from his body, to the holding cells.

    For some months he has been under open police surveillance and at times has been threatened and insulted by the police. The police have been watching his mother's house and have searched it looking for him. Their behaviour has been very rude, threatening and aggressive.

    Today Ayanda was summoned to the police station. He popped out of a meeting organised by Masifunde and the Rural People's Movement with his six month old son and a comrade. He was called to the police station because a lecturer at Rhodes, who has publicly engaged in strange and aggressive behaviour on a number of occasions, laid a charge of theft against Ayanda after he misplaced a book that she had leant him. Ayanda did not steal the book - he mislaid it. This is something that happens all the time to people that share books. Perhaps another comrade picked it up and forget to return it. Perhaps it was left in a taxi. These things happen. Ayanda has made it quite clear that he is willing to replace the book.

    As soon as Ayanda met Constable Zulu, the officer that had summoned him to the station, Constable Zulu said that he was taking him straight to the cells. Ayanda said that he wanted to show the officer text messages on his cellphone to the lecturer at Rhodes offering to replace the book but the officer insisted that Ayanda was going straight to the cells. Ayanda then asked to be able to take his son home first. At that point Constable Zulu lunged at Ayanda very aggressively. Ayanda raised his arm in an instinctive gesture of defence following which Zulu began to assault him with blows to the head. Three or four other police offices then joined the assault. Ayanda was on the floor for most of the duration of the assault which went on for some minutes. This happened in the presence of his six year old son who of course was traumatised.

    The assault was brutal, entirely unecessary and accompanied by, in Constable Zulu's case, an obvious sadistic delight. A police secretary who witnessed it all burst into tears.One of the police officers made a sarcastic remark about Ayanda being the newsmaker of the year in the local paper. This was plainly no ordinary arrest.

    This is a bogus charge that most certainly does not justify arrest. There was nothing to justify the assault. This is a simple attempt on the part of the police to misuse a ridiculous charge laid by someone well known for strange and erratic behaviour in order to intimidate an activist and the movement that he represents.

    The police are not here to protect society. They are here to protect the ruling party from popular dissent. This is not an isolated incident. Poor people's movements have been constantly subject to this sort of behaviour at the hands of the police for many years now.

    UPM will try to visit Ayanda in the holding cells and will mobilise to get him medical attention tonight and to support him in court tomorrow. The movement is currently looking for a lawyer. Of course civil and criminal charges will be laid against Constable Zulu and all the other police officers who joined this assault.


  • Cables from Kabul: The inside story of the West's Afghanistan campaign

    Sherard Cowper-Coles is an unrepentant, twenty-first century imperialist who longs for the days of the British Raj. His new book reveals his inability to accomplish anything in Afghanistan except help the US reestablish its hegemony in the region.

  • Africa after Egypt: the fight for change continues

    This year has been a year of resistance and revolution in Africa, not just in North Africa but across the entire continent. It has exposed brutal dictatorships, and has brought hope to millions, argues Tansy Hoskins.

  • No Easy Path Through the Embers: resistance and repression in South Africa’s shack settlements

    Richard Pithouse discusses state-sanctioned repression of the popular movements rooted in the shack settlements of post-apartheid South Africa.

  • Save The Africa Centre: Emergency Protest

    Save The Africa Centre: Emergency Protest, Thursday 11:30am (Sign the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/44717.html ) What is the Africa Centre? It’s a building in Covent Garden called the Africa Centre (see http://africadatabase.org/index.htm), which is run by a charity of the same name. It has a 40 year history of being a vibrant site for maintaining and projecting [...]
  • Ivory Coast: The Spoils of Colonialism

    The political confrontation in Ivory Coast is not moving towards any solution. The election farce is not just an Ivorian problem, but a symptom of the more general crisis of post-colonial Africa.

  • Africa: the revolution spreads

    Facing economic ruin and food shortages, and inspired by the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, people in the rest of Africa are taking to the streets. This year will see elections in 20 African nations, including Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Real change, however, looks set to happen outside the polling stations.

  • The Middle East at the Crossroads: Tony Cliff on Israel

    Tony Cliff

    Shortly after leaving Palestine in 1945, Tony Cliff wrote this seminal article about the foundations of Israel and Western imperial intervention in the Middle East. He locates hope for the future in the workers and the poor across the region.

  • A Marxist History of the World part 26: Africa: cattle-herders, iron-masters, and trading states

    Nok terracotta headNeil Faulkner looks at the early civilisations in Africa and how geography ensured the continent would develop differently from Eurasia.

  • No More Normality: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Wikileaks revelations.

    US marineThe new set of classified war logs released by Wikileaks confirm what was already known about the war in Iraq: massive civilian casualties, widespread use of torture, official denial and cover-up.

  • Behaviour change and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

    Prevention efforts that ignore the broader economic, political and social factors that encourage high-risk sexual practices will be limited in stopping the spread of HIV.

  • South Africa in 2010: a history that must happen

    The social weight of organized, mobilized workers is beginning to consolidate in South Africa. The recent public sector strike was a shining example, writes Trevor Ngwane.

  • Another side to the World Cup in South Africa

    world cupThe World Cup has been touted as one of the greatest achievements in South Africa since the end of apartheid. In reality, it has brought into sharp focus glaring divisions.

  • The struggle to free Palestine - Timeline with John Rees

    Stop the War officer John Rees provides a short history of imperial intervention in the middle east and the ongoing struggle of the Palestinians to regain their homeland

  • Brother Minka Pan African Community Forum Stop Police Violence Rally 23 05 09

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