South Africa: The Politics of Blood

Richard Pithouse It has been just over five years since the South African state massacred thirty-four striking miners under the washed out blue of a winter afternoon. That event has come to mark a decisive rupture in the standing of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa and abroad. During the mass struggles…

Defining Independence at the Twilight of Empire

Danny Haiphong “Movements for self-determination must be judged on the concrete pressure they place to either unite the oppressed or empower the imperialist order.” It appears that wherever one looks in the world, the imperialism is crumbling. Spain has been thrown into chaos by the call for Catalonia’s independence. The Kurdish oligarchy in Iraq is…

Ugandans Resist Land Grabbing and US-backed Dictatorship

An Interview with Phil Wilmot Ann Garrison “One man essentially wants to exploit all the wealth of the country for himself.” Eighty-four percent of the population of Uganda are rural subsistence farmers. They are resisting both rampant land grabbing and US ally General Yoweri Museveni’s attempt to rule for life. I spoke to Phil Wilmot…

The United States and the Axis of Evil

Elson Concepción Pérez | internet@granma.cu When Iraq formed part of the “axis of evil” – that hegemonic and criminal view created under the George W. Bush administration – the “solution” of the “good folks” from Washington was to bomb and invade the Arab nation. According to data from international organizations, the aggressor forces killed, maimed…

Ethiopia: A Threat to Peace, Security and Stability in the Horn Region

Sophia Tesfamariam At the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, gave lip service to “multilateralism” and international principles. Hailemariam Desalegn said: “…Geo-political tensions reminiscent of the cold war are increasing; the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is posing real threats to global peace and security; terrorism and…

Che: Asking Nothing in Return

In only 39 years, the young man from the city of Rosario accomplished something not achieved by many who lived a century. He became part of the people’s history and remains so today. Yenia Silva Correa | informacion@granma.cu Che’s Bolivian Diary contains entries from only the first week of October – the final days of…