South Africa: Civil Society, Human Rights Organizations Call for Urgent Intervention to Protect Abahlali baseMjondolo

PRESS STATEMENT 14 SEPTEMBER 2022 CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS FOR URGENT NATIONAL INTERVENTION TO PROTECT ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO On Friday, 9 September 2022, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) sent a letter concerning the ongoing attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo to various members of the South African executive and legislature, as well as commissioners of regional…

SADC Rejects Anti-Russian Bill in United States Congress

Abayomi Azikiwe 16-member regional organization in Southern Africa exerts in independence from Pentagon war in Ukraine Geopolitical Analysis A recent gathering of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has expressed its displeasure with recent legislation making its way through the United States Congress which is aimed at punishing the continent for its diplomatic and trade…

Marikana’s Legacy: Justice Denied and Capital’s Greed

August 16 marked 10 years since the brutal massacre of protesting mining workers in Marikana in South Africa. In all these years, the families of victims have not received justice and the links between the state and mining capital remain strong. What is the state of the mining sector today and what are the demands…

South Africa: Decent Health Care Requires Dignified Attention to Each Patient

Richard Pithouse 17 April 2021: Permaculture activist Ntsika Mateta from Ngqwele village near Qonce in the Eastern Cape holds a carrot plant he is using for seed production to support rural residents in establishing communal and household vegetable gardens. (Photograph by Bonile Bam) Yogesh Jain, a communist doctor practicing in rural central India, recently visited…

Manufacturing Consent: How the United States Has Penetrated South African Media

Ajit Singh, Roscoe Palm In recent weeks, South African public discourse has been focused on concerns about alleged Chinese influence in the country’s media landscape. However, these conversations have tended to overlook the already existing spheres of influence within South African media. Politically motivated sponsorship of prominent South African media outlets by the United States dates…

Xenophobia Escalates in South Africa

Richard Pithouse Members and supporters of a coalition of organizations under the banner of Kopanang Africa march against xenophobia in Johannesburg in March 2022. Photo: Gopolang Ledwaba With no national force with the vision and power to offer an emancipatory alternative to politics that turns neighbors against each other, the country is on a knife…

South Africa’s Energy Crisis Escalates

Brian Kamanzi Photo via World Bank Photo Collection Behind rolling power cuts in South Africa loom deep-seated socioeconomic issues worsened by the rich countries of the world On the morning of June 27, 2022, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop steward David Fankomo joined his fellow members at the picket line outside Eskom’s Emalahleni office…

India, BRICS in Cold War Conditions

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR The phone conversation on Friday between Prime Minister Modi and Russian President Putin conveyed a big signal, coming on the morrow of the release of the new Strategic Concept by NATO which called Russia the alliance’s “most significant and direct threat.” The readouts from Moscow and New Delhi both highlighted the two…

Behind the Tin Curtain: BRICS+ vs NATO/G7

Pepe Escobar Once upon a time, there existed an Iron Curtain which divided the continent of Europe. Coined by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the term was in reference to the then-Soviet Union’s efforts to create a physical and ideological boundary with the west. The latter, for its part, pursued a policy of containment against…

From Economy to Outer Space: Conclusions of the 14th BRICS Summit

Paul Antonopoulos The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met on June 23 in the context of the BRICS Summit amid major shifts in the geopolitical and economic order following the Russian military operation in Ukraine and the consequential sanctions from the West. The summit was held in a virtual format for…

Land in South Africa Shall Be Shared Among Those Who Work It

Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research In March 2022, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a ‘hurricane of hunger’ due to the war in Ukraine. Forty-five developing countries, most of them on the African continent, he said, ‘import at least a third of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia, with 18 of those import[ing] at least…