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Africa

Nigerian workers need workers party

The continuing crisis in Nigeria, expressed in four general strikes in four years, has led the Nigeria Labour Congress to launch a Labour Party. This is an important organisational step as it gives the workers their own alternative to the ruling class parties such as Obansanjo’s People’s Democratic Party. Read more...

General strike against Obasanjo

On 9 June, workers in Nigeria launched a three day general strike in protest against the governments 20 per cent hike in the price of oil to the equivalent of more than 20 pence a litre. The average income the equivalent of about 50p a day. Nigeria is the eighth biggest oil producer in the world and cheap fuel and kerosene for heating is the only benefit the mass of ordinary Nigerians receive from their natural wealth. Read more...

Zimbabwean workers must force Mugabe from power

The United States and Britain are taking the first steps towards forcing through “regime change” in Zimbabwe. George Bush’s envoy, Walter Kansteiner, is currently touring southern Africa, canvassing support for a bloodless coup which would see former finance minister Simba Makoni replace President Robert Mugabe and call new elections. Read more...

Famine in Malawi: who is responsible?

Famine is stalking Africa. Fourteen million people face starvation if food does not reach them within the next few months.

In Zambia, more than two million people need emergency food aid. A combination of crop destruction by white farmers and President Mugabe’s political terror have left five million people in Zimbabwe desperately needing food. The people of Ethiopia are in the midst of a famine far greater than the one in the mid-1980s that led Bob Geldof to launch Live Aid. Read more...

Nigeria: miltary rule and repression

Keith Spencer reviews “This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis.” by Karl Maier, Penguin Press pbk.
The aborted Miss World competition and the deaths of more than 200 people have reinforced in the West the idea that Nigeria is a land being ripped apart by religious and ethnic hatreds. Read more...

Zimbabwean workers: break from the MDC

As Zimbabwe approaches the March presidential elections the beleaguered regime of Robert Mugabe has been adding to its arsenal of repression. In the past year hundreds of his opponents have been beaten up detained and mistreated or killed. Savage anti-union laws have been passed. The most recent violation of democratic rights is a new press law which gags the non-government media. Read more...

The destruction of Nigeria

Keith Sellick reviews This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria by Karl Maier, Penguin Press Read more...

Mugabe plays populist card

Cain Nkala’s body was found in a shallow grave outside Bulawayo on 13 November. He had been abducted a week earlier by men armed with Kalashnikovs.
Nkala had been the chair of the local war veterans’ association. At his funeral, President Robert Mugabe railed against foreign terrorists masquerading as journalists, and the violence of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Read more...

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