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Mauritius oil spill

Oil spill threatens disaster for Mauritius

The Japanese-owned (Mitsui-operated) MV Wakashio was en route to Brazil from China to fetch iron ore from a port owned by the notorious mining company Vale. Here the ship is seen having run aground near Blue Bay, one of the area’s most pristine sites for coral, already threatened by bleaching due to the climate crisis. […]

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Follow LIBYA-UNREST-BLAST-BENGHAZI A security officer inspects a damaged car after a bomb explosion which targeted a former Kadhafi regime officer, in Benghazi, on November 7, 2012. A car bomb exploded in Libya's second city of Benghazi late November 7, wounding an officer who had served in the regime of slain leader Moamer Kadhafi, a local security official told AFP. Hussam al-Raaid, a former officer of the toppled regime's reviled internal security services, was wounded when his booby-trapped vehicle exploded outside his house, the official said on condition of anonymity. AFP PHOTO / Abdullah Douma

Time is not on our side in Libya

Haftar, who was once an intimate of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is now prosecuting a seemingly endless and brutal war against the United Nation’s recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and led by President Fayez al-Sarraj.

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Labour strike at Buckey’s Estate, St Kitts. (Source: https://libcom.org/library/labour-rebellions-1930s-british-caribbean-region-colonies-richard-hart)

World makers of the Black Atlantic

My sense, while reading this book, was of a twentieth century tradition now ripe to be reclaimed and revived, since, like Du Bois and his generation, we will surely need now to grasp the deep roots of our multiple crises if we are to be free of them and deliver a world to our children […]

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Painting is by Hakim al-Hakel, one of Yemen’s most distinguished artists. He is now in exile in Jordan.

Witnessing the hell that a migrant can face

The Saudi-UAE war on Yemen has been going on for five years. Despite recent peace talks leading to an improvement in aid distribution, the violence has escalated in certain key districts of Yemen over the past two weeks. Since January, 35,000 Yemenis have been displaced from their homes, an indicator of the dangerous situation in […]

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Marxism and the Climate Crisis

Marxism and the Climate Crisis: African Eco-Socialist Alternatives

There is a rich inheritance of emancipatory Marxism in Africa, which includes Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Samir Amin, Sam Moyo, Harold Wolpe and many others. Today, Satgar argues, the challenge is to defeat carbon capitalism accelerating the climate crisis and fomenting exclusionary nationalisms and for this there has to be a return to Marx.

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Catastrophe is upon us – the grim view from Southern Africa

Catastrophe is upon us–the grim view from Southern Africa

The word catastrophe is being used more and more by institutions reporting on the effects of extreme weather in the two regions of Africa, Southern and South Eastern Africa, and of late Australia. The word means a number of things: tragic; fiasco; utter failure; sudden and violent change in a feature of the Earth. All […]

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A security officer inspects a damaged car after a bomb explosion which targeted a former Kadhafi regime officer, in Benghazi, on November 7, 2012. A car bomb exploded in Libya's second city of Benghazi late November 7, wounding an officer who had served in the regime of slain leader Moamer Kadhafi, a local security official told AFP. Hussam al-Raaid, a former officer of the toppled regime's reviled internal security services, was wounded when his booby-trapped vehicle exploded outside his house, the official said on condition of anonymity. AFP PHOTO / Abdullah Douma

Libya is being torn apart by outsiders

Ghassan Salamé is the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. He took over this job in 2017, six years after the catastrophic NATO war on Libya. What Salamé inherited was a country torn into shreds, two governments in place—one in Tripoli and one in Tobruk—and one civil war that had too many […]

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President Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara

President Thomas Sankara: A 70th birthday tribute

Thomas Sankara’s passion was Africa’s advancement; his experimental field was Burkina Faso. What President Sankara wanted to see in Africa, he strategized, mobilized and implemented in Burkina Faso. He would then present his successes to African leaders, while encouraging them to surpass his achievements.

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The growing threat of water wars

In 2015, United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which include an imperative to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Yet, in the last four years, matters have deteriorated significantly.

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