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Africa

US out of Somalia!

The US air strikes on Somalia on Tuesday 9th January represent an escalation by the US imperialist warmongers of their interference in the affairs of Eastern Africa. They had recently supported, if not instigated, the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in December, which drove the Islamist forces from Mogadishu: now they have decided to lend more practical support with air attacks on positions of the United Islamic Courts (UICs). Read more...

Making poverty sustainable: the G8, NGOs and debt relief

They came, they marched, they went home enthused and expectant. The 250,000 who packed the streets of Edinburgh city centre on 2 July had been led to believe by the Make Poverty History (MPH) campaign that the eight leaders of the richest and most powerful nations on earth had it within them to take a great leap forward in eradicating poverty in Africa.
Everyone it seemed was on board. A message from Pope Benedict XVI urged the rich countries to “reduce” the debt burden on the poor. International development minister Hilary Benn blessed the march with his presence. Chancellor Gordon Brown, speaking at a Christian Aid and Church of Scotland rally following the march, said that those taking part in the march and Live 8 concerts around the world were participating in “a great moral crusade".
Even prime minister Tony Blair, host to the G8 summit that began four days later, had made it clear that debt relief for Africa and climate change were at the top of his agenda, “the most serious problems facing the world today". Read more...

Workers challenge alliance with the ANC

The three-way coalition between the African National Congress (ANC), the trade union federation (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) has ruled South Africa since the fall of apartheid. The ANC itself has deep roots within the masses and extensive patronage has allowed it to retain support. The flawed policy of the Cosatu leadership and the pro-bourgeois policy of the majority leadership of the SACP have allowed the partnership to continue. Read more...

South Africa: 100,000 miners on strike for better pay

Over the last four days 100,000 workers in South Africa’s gold mining industry have been on indefinite strike, demanding a pay increase of 12% (against the bosses offer of 4.5%), and improvements in working conditions. Read more...

Famine in Niger

Bob Geldof said just before the G8 issued their final statement on debt “forgiveness” for 14 African countries:

"Tomorrow 280 million Africans will wake up for the first time in their lives without owing you or me a penny . . ."

Apart from the unctuous untruth that Africans actually owe “you or me” anything, they might prefer to wake up knowing they could expect a meal that day. In Niger millions will wake up knowing that is unlikely in the extreme. The “sudden” eruption onto the news of a ferocious famine in the west African state has exposed the cruel hoax that “eight men could make poverty history." Read more...

No to UN intervention in Sudan

Rekha Khurana examines the origins of the conflict in Darfur and the international response Read more...

Sudan: no to a "humanitarian" invasion!

On 30 July the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution drafted by the United States threatening sanctions against Sudan if it does not disarm the janjeweed militia in the western Darfur region of the country. The resolution includes a provision permitting the “interruption” of economic, transport, communications or diplomatic measures.” – sanctions by any other name. Read more...

Sudan: government troops and militia out of Darfur!

Currently there is much human suffering in Darfur in western Sudan, including what is, in effect, ethnic cleansing. Well over a million people have been turned into desperate refugees by the Islamist regime in Khartoum, the country’s capital. The government has used bombers, helicopter gunships, paramilitaries from the regular armed forces and an estimated 20,000 janjaweed militia to terrorise the people of the region. Read more...

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