How Much Should the West Pay Africans as Reparations?

Richard Oduor Oduku There have been countless attempts over the past 30 years to arrive at a ballpark figure for reparations. However, history shows that Africans should focus more on how the question of “how much?” is framed. What can be paid is largely dependent on who Africans ask for reparations, where they ask, and…

Decolonization is a Material Struggle

Alieu Bah Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children. . .” —Amilcar Cabral Decolonisation is not a theoretically…

Religious Fundamentalism and Imperialism in Latin America

Tricontinental The entrance of the community building serves as a reminder and commemoration of the work and life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Colonia Dolores, San Salvador, El Salvador. (Alison McKellar / Flickr)  The church is responsible for a litany of injustices — and today Christian rhetoric is used to defend a violent neoliberal capitalism. But…

The Labor of Land

Rama Salla Dieng In order to better resist contemporary, neocolonial accumulation, we need to historicize land grabs in Africa. Contemporary land grabs and agricultural investments have generated huge attention. The transformations in land tenure, production and social reproduction in the aftermath of land rushes have generated a rich literature. A central question is about labor, and its implications for…

Kyeretwie Opoku: ‘We Must Unite Our Continent’

Peoples Dispatch Kyeretwie Opoku, Convener of the Socialist Movement of Ghana addresses the West African People For A New World conference. Photo: WAPO conference In his opening address at the West African People For A New World conference in Ghana, Opoku discussed the necessity of building working class unity in the region Last week, members…

Reject Anti-Intellectualism

 Erica Caines A disingenuous trend is reemerging, bastardizing concepts of “accessibility” to attack and suppress radical efforts at political education. The focus on consistent ongoing political education is shot down as disconnected from the needs of the people. But these critiques should be seen clearly for what they are: anti-intellectualism masquerading as a faux concern for the…

Steps to a Socialist Pan-African Movement

Nicholas Mwangi A recently published book by Vita books publishers Essays on Pan-Africanismedited by Shiraz Durrani & Noosim Naimasiah contains essays on Pan-Africanism written by Pan-Africanist intellectuals at various times. In its preface, Prof. Issa Shivji says writings on Pan-Africanism never become dated for the desire of Africans globally for freedom continues burning, sometimes dimming into…

Unity and Resistance to Imperialism Drive the West African People’s Conference

Prasanth R. Kyeretwie Opoku of the Socialist Movement of Ghana gives the inaugural address of the West African People’s Conference in Winneba, Ghana. Photo: Prasanth R. Political parties, trade unions and people’s movements across West Africa are meeting in Ghana to develop a common understanding of the challenges facing the region and to devise strategies…

Decolonization, Multipolarity, and the Demise of the Monroe Doctrine

William Camacaro and Frederick Mills Mapuche protest in Chile, using signs in their language, defending their right to cultural independence and land recovery. Credit photo: Pressenza International News Agency “It is no longer possible, in the case of America, to continue with the Monroe Doctrine nor with the slogan ‘America for the Americans.’” – Andrés…

What Does the Future Hold for Burkina Faso?

Vladimir Danilov It is deeply regrettable but it should be stated that the topic of Africa has been largely ignored by the world political elite in recent times whose attention has been predominantly occupied by other themes. Although it is on this continent that the most horrific misfortunes of mankind are unfolding with mass starvation…

Surrounded: An Ethnography of New Colonialism

Yusuf Serunkuma Julius Nyerere demanding complete independence from the British Empire in 1961 ROAPE contributor Yusuf Serunkuma asks if the pillage we are witnessing on the African continent—mostly from the 1980s-onwards—is worse than the exploitation of the 1884-1960s, where is the resistance? Serunkuma writes that even after decolonisation has been achieved (the academy decolonised, stolen artefacts…

The Garden and the Jungle: Coloniality, Knowledge and Development in Africa

Eyob Balcha Gebremariam Europe’s assault on the rest of us, who were exterminated and expropriated, millions who were enslaved and died resisting European occupation, continues today – recently, and graphically, re-stated by the European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell. Eyob Gebremariam exposes the language and practice of coloniality, which sustains inequalities at the global level and has done…

Thomas Sankara – Decolonization, Love, and Trust in the People: A New Humanity for Ending Oppression

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza Thomas Sankara understood that liberation—embodying the whole process of decolonization — originates from the admission that the oppressed have internalized the oppressor. Colonial oppression in Africa did not end with the attainment of political independence. Rather, direct colonial domination on African peoples by the colonialist bourgeoisie of Europe and the United States…

Ten Theses on Marxism and Decolonization

Tricontinental Violet Parra (Chile). Untitled (unfinished), 1966. Embroidery / natural burlap. 136 x 200 cm. The works of art in this dossier belong to Casa de las Américas’ Haydee Santamaría Art of Our America (Nuestra América) collection. Since its founding, Casa de las Américas has established close ties with a significant number of internationally renowned…

Mali vs. Ivory Coast: When Dignity Must Confront Pro-Western Outsourcing

Mikhail Gamandiy-Egorov The current crisis between Bamako and Abidjan goes beyond the strictly West African regional framework. It is in fact and above all a confrontation between two diametrically opposed visions. The first is based on national sovereignty and pan-African values, while the second remains in a position of subcontracting in favor of Western neo-colonialism….

World’s Largest Imperial Power Sponsors Calls for Russia to ‘Decolonize’

Daniel Kovalik Native American protesters and supporters gather at the Black Hills, now the site of Mount Rushmore, on July 3, 2020 in Keystone, South Dakota. © Getty Images / Micah Garen The United States, the most powerful colonial empire in modern history, is sponsoring a discussion on its adversary’s ‘imperialism’ On June 23, 2022,…

An Analysis on Ukraine-NATO Conflict with Russia

Abbas Muntaqim amerikkka is the biggest threat to humanity and the planet. Through it’s evolution as a settler colonial regime that enslaved Afrikans and committed genocide against the indigenous peoples and Afrikans, it has become an imperialist power house. Waging wars from Iraq, to Vietnam, to Korea, to Africa. There is no bounds to amerikkkan…

The Settler Blindness to the U.S. Empire’s Internal Violence

Rainer Shea Settler-colonialism creates a blindness among the colonizers. There’s a disconnect between what settlers see, and what’s actually happening in their surroundings. This can be the case even for settlers who consider themselves sufficiently educated on white supremacy. The colonial contradiction on this continent—and therefore the class contradiction that proletarians of all colors have…