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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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The homemade politics of Abahlali Basemjondolo

Dossier 11: The homemade politics of Abahlali BaseMjondolo, South Africa’s shack dweller movement

The shack-dwellers’ movement– Abahlali baseMjondolo, or AbM— is among the organizations of the world’s poor and dispossessed fighting for land reform and dignity. Despite waves of repression by the state, AbM membership now numbers over 50,000 in settlements across the country since their founding in 2006. In an interview with Tricontinental Institute, Zikode talks about […]

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