Gaslighting 1.1 Billion Africans

Benjamin Attia and Morgan Bazilian The majority of the Congolese population doesn’t have access to electricity. (Eduardo Soteras, AFP via Getty Images) Today’s global energy inequities are staggering. Video gamers in California consume more electricity than entire nations. The average Tanzanian used only one-sixth the electricity consumed by a typical American refrigerator in 2014. Globally, the top 10 percent of countries consume 20…

Indigenous Intellectuals?

Ollantay Itzamná Abya Yala, Buen Vivir, Intellectual Aymara Perspectives. … the term intellectual is highly epistemicidal (it annuls other forms of producing knowledge), colonial (it reproduces relations of racial domination), scriptocentric (it annuls unwritten knowledge), individualistic (it annuls the community as a subject of knowledge because of its predilection for successful writers/individuals), papyrocratic (it privileges…

Mapping Faultlines: The Dilemmas of Non-Alignment

Newsclick’s Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about the history and legacy of the Non-Aligned movement which marks 60 years. He explains the role NAM played over the decades, especially in strengthening the force of decolonisation. He also analyses the challenges before the group today.

Fascism: The American Dream

Tristan Graham Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution. George…

Mercenaries in Mali: From Russia Without Love

Mark P Fancher During the 1930s and 1940s, movies that featured the character Tarzan told far-fetched tales about an extraordinary white man who moved more easily through the African bush than the wildlife indigenous to the Congo region. In fact, elephants, lions, apes, and all other living creatures were loyal subjects of this white man,…

The Return of Coups in Africa: Is this a Footprint of Neo-Colonialism in the Continent?

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza For African democracy (and the perceived lack thereof), coups d’état have constituted perennial notoriety that has not portended an organic molding of contextual African democracy in the postcolonial era. Coups in Africa (particularly since the 1960s) have fortified stereotypes of poverty, poor governance, and a savior mentality as watered down from Western…

Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine and the Scandal of the Centuries

Salimah Valiani, PhD African nations might have produced a patent free vaccine that would have benefitted the whole world. Instead they purchased patented vaccines which enriched pharmaceutical corporations outside of the continent. This article is based on an interview conducted with Professor Christian Happi on August 30, 2021, as well as reports and articles hyperlinked…

20 Years After Durban: Africans and Afro-Descendants Colonized or Emancipated?

Mireille Fanon Mendes France The 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) is an opportunity to analyze the state of African descended people. Reparations for centuries of crimes against humanity must still be paid. At the end of the Durban -2001- conference, the international community, many NGOs, social movements and members of what…

South Africa: Not Even the Dead

New Frame Our history of violence accumulates into the present as time slips by, and taints the future too. There must be decisive action against all political murders, old and new alike. South Africa is one of the most violent countries on the planet. We have the highest rate of rape recorded anywhere in the…

Why Canada Must Confront the Myths of its Imperial Past

Yves Engler The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1886-1889) emerging out of the dense forest onto the plains of Africa. Led in part by Canadian William Grant Stairs, the expedition helped Belgian King Leopold II conquer the resource-rich Katanga region of the Congo. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Troubling history of the Royal Military College and its…