National Sections of the L5I:

Africa

After Mobutu: fight for a workers republic of Zaire

On Saturday, 17 May, President Mobutu’s regime in Zaire finally fell. With scarcely any resistance, the troops of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo Zaire (ADFL) marched into the capital, Kinshasa. Jeremy Dewar looks at the consequences of Mobutu’s fall. Read more...

Mobutu’s final days in Zaire

EARLY MAY saw the Mobutu regime in Zaire enter its death throes. The rebel forces of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo Zaire (ADFL) continued to close in on the capital Kinshasa. Read more...

Nigeria: reject election farce

"We need a revolution like in Ukraine or the Philippines” was the call made by the opposition in the aftermath of the corrupt presidential elections last month. Read more...

Mugabe clings to power

So far 18 people, including two white farmers, have been murdered and over 1,200 farms squatted in Zimbabwe. Thugs from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU-PF) have attacked pro-democracy rallies. There is now clear evidence that the Central Intelligence Office (CIO - Mugabe’s secret police) and sections of the army have been at the heart of the organised violence. Read more...

Nigerian Elections: No vote for bosses’ parties!

Violence erupted in Nigeria around the council elections on 14th April. Now with the presidential elections coming next week amid allegations of corruption, the hoped for democratic breakthrough looks doubtful. Unfortunately, there is no one party standing that will defend the interests of the working class and challenge the power of capital. Here Keith Spencer and Luke Cooper analyse the elections and argue that, such were the working class struggles of recent years, there should have been a working class party for whom to vote – but this outcome has been sabotaged by the trade union bureaucracy. Read more...

Guinea: general strikes show workers can and must take power!

Four general strikes of 60 days in total during the past year have posed point blank the question: who rules society? The workers have defied martial law and faced down army terror tactics, leading the Guinean masses against the misrule of President Lansana Conte and his cronies. Read more...

Zimbabwe: Mugabe kills and tortures to grab another seven years in power

On Tuesday 13th March, pictures of Morgan Tsvangirai, his face swollen and bruised, his head bearing a six-inch gash, were beamed around the world. The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change had been arrested the previous Sunday, as he stepped up to address a thousand-strong rally opposing President Robert Mugabe’s ruthless misrule. He had been subsequently beaten and tortured by the police, and hospitalised. Read more...

Bamako - two forums collide

The first of the polycentric WSFs took place in Bamako, capital of Mali, from 19th to 23rd January. Estimates vary at between ten and twenty thousand attending.

Reports, in the French weekly Rouge, suggest there was a sharp contrast between the stars of the “international social movements” - the academics, NGO fulltimers, and politicians, both Malian and French - and the representatives of the often semi-clandestine trade unions, peasant organisations, youth and women’s movements, and ethnic minority rights groups. Read more...

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