Inside the Secret World of US Commandos in Africa

Nick Turse, Sam Mednick in Ouagadougou and Amanda Sperber in Nairobi United States Special Operations forces (SOF) — including Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Marine Corps Raiders — are the US military’s most highly trained soldiers, specialising in counterterrorism, counter-insurgency, and “direct action” combat raids, among other missions. Their operations are shrouded in secrecy….

The Lessons of South Africa’s 1956 Women’s March

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat August 9 is celebrated as National Women’s Day in South Africa. It marks a massive march on that day in 1956 by tens of thousands of women who were protesting against apartheid-era pass laws. The day is all the more significant this year as between February and April, two million of…

Right-Wing Violence Against Mapuche People in Chile Widely Condemned

Tanya Wadhwa Carabineros repressed a march in support of the Mapuche hunger strikers and against the racist violence that took place on August 1. Photo: Radio Kvrruf On the night of August 1, groups of right-wing extremists, armed with sticks and stones, violently attacked the members of the Mapuche community, who had occupied four mayoral…

Fanon and the ‘Rationality of Revolt’

Nigel C Gibson We inhabit extraordinary times, times in which we are acutely aware of the intensity of what political thinker Frantz Fanon called “the glare of history’s floodlights”. Around the world, the pandemic has thrown new light on old inequalities. From the United States to Brazil and South Africa, it is those who had…

Black Labor from Chattel Slavery to Wage Slavery

Sam Marcy Black August commemorates the Aug. 7, 1970, raid on the Marin County Courthouse led by young revolutionary Jonathan Jackson, and the Aug. 21, 1971, assassination of Black Panther prison organizer George Jackson at San Quentin Prison. Every year, revolutionaries use this month to uplift the Black liberation struggle, especially the cause of political prisoners. …

‘The Politic of Blood’: Political Repression in South Africa

Kerry Ryan ChanceAn Anti-Eviction Campaign activist gazes at the construction site of the Delft transit camp, a ‘temporary relocation area’ for people evicted from shacks closer to the city. March 2009. Political Repression in South Africa In his famous speech from the dock in April 1964, Nelson Mandela spoke of ‘revolutionary democracy’ rooted in precolonial…

State Terrorism in Chile Against the Mapuche

Florencia Lagos Neumann Chile is one of the countries with the highest number of infected people in the region: 2,000 daily, and the world leader in the number of infections per million inhabitants. In response the government resorts to the old strategy of diverting attention to another conflict by applying the shock doctrine. In this…

Cuba’s Medical Brigades in Africa Embody a Long Tradition of Solidarity

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat The Cuban medical contingent in Cape Verde. Photo: Cuba News The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the interdependence of nations, with its global spread triggering a Great Lockdown of life as we know it. As front line workers stepped up to wrestle with this lethal virus, Cuba’s deployment of hundreds of medical…

Berta Cáceres in Her Own Words

Asís Castellanos and Adrienne Pine Berta Cáceres, photo provided by Silvio Carrillo and used with permission of COPINH. Much of what has been written about Lenca/Honduran activist Berta Cáceres has focused on her identifications as an Indigenous woman and as an environmentalist. While neither is false, those two facts alone paint an anemic picture of…

Violent Attacks on Shack Dwellers Continue in South Africa

Peoples Dispatch The eKhanana Occupation in Cato Manor was attacked by the Metro Police, the Anti-Land Invasion Unit and Calvin & Family Security. They destroyed 13 homes, seriously injured thee people and stole building materials, money and cellphones. Photo: Abahlali baseMjondolo Two shack dwellers have been hospitalized after the South African police, along with a…

The Henry Reeve Brigades and the Fruits of Revolution

The COVID-19 global pandemic is a historic event. And the reactions to this event show the true character of a nation and its social, political, and economic systems. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Cuba, whose renowned Henry Reeve International Brigades, with their health solidarity missions in 70 countries, have inspired a campaign to…