French President Macron visits the hangman of Cairo

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 30 January 2019

Macron’s visit to Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a warning that his government intends to drastically step up repression of the “yellow vests” and broader popular opposition.

Zimbabwe’s government cracks down on protest over fuel price increase

By Stephan McCoy, 18 January 2019

President Emmerson Mnangagwa finds himself at the head of a government that is increasingly viewed with hostility by the Zimbabwean population.

Analysis of Congo election data points to “huge fraud” in vote tally

By Eddie Haywood, 17 January 2019

An extensive set of data leaked to the Financial Times has revealed a clear case of massive electoral fraud.

Felix Tshisekedi declared victor in disputed presidential election in Congo

By Eddie Haywood, 14 January 2019

Heavily-armed riot police were deployed outside the electoral commission’s headquarters in Kinshasa ahead of the announcement.

After attempted coup in Gabon, government imposes internet and media broadcast blackout

By Eddie Haywood, 11 January 2019

The imposition of a complete blackout of internet and broadcast services has long been utilized as a tool of repression by the Bongo government.

Insurgent Gabon soldiers shot dead in foiled coup attempt

By Eddie Haywood, 9 January 2019

The coup attempt occurred days after the US deployed 80 troops to Gabon to protect “US assets in the event of violent demonstrations” in nearby Congo.

German AfD parliamentarian joins weapons drill of far-right group in South Africa

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2018

Petr Bystron, an AfD member of the Bundestag, took part in shooting exercises of the far-right paramilitary “Suidlanders” during an official parliamentary trip to South Africa.

Dozens killed in protests against austerity and repression in Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2018

That Sudan’s ruling elite has responded with such ferocity to these demonstrations testifies to the depth of the economic and political crisis.

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Fight by rail guards at UK rail franchises continues

28 December 2018

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South Africa Sibanye miners’ strike made illegal

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21 December 2018

Some 15,000 workers at three mines operated by Sibanye’s three gold mines are continuing a strike that has now been declared illegal based on allegations of violence on the part of workers.

China’s $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa in context

By Gabriel Black, 18 September 2018

While China’s role in Africa has grown significantly in the past two decades, the United States and its allies remain the principal issuers of debt.

Civil war clashes erupt in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2018

A fragile truce prevails in the Libyan capital of Tripoli following fierce fighting last week. The city’s Mitiga airport remains closed and fighting is continuing in the south of the city.

May stakes out Britain’s imperialist ambitions in Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 7 September 2018

While aid has always been about Britain’s geo-strategic interests, in future it will be used not to alleviate poverty, but to boost Britain’s business interests.

Canadian troops deploy to Mali to prop up pro-Western puppet government

By Felix Gauthier, 30 August 2018

Presented as an act of humanitarian charity, Canada’s intervention in Mali is aimed at laying claim to huge swathes of Africa’s mineral riches.

Two migrants die as Morocco unleashes crackdown on behalf of Spain and the European Union

By Alejandro López, 24 August 2018

The catastrophe unfolding in Morocco is a direct result of the EU’s “Fortress Europe” policy and shutdown of other entry routes into Europe.

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Railworkers strike in UK while Iranian rail strike continues

10 August 2018

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Zimbabwe: Violence follows disputed re-election of President Mnangagwa

By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2018

Mnangagwa, who came to power in a coup against President Robert Mugabe last November, advances himself as the strongman required to restore the order necessary for resumed investment by the major corporations.

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4 August 2018

Some 10,000 footwear workers in south Africa are in the third week of a bitter strike over wage demands.

Strike by South African footwear workers as South African and Nigerian telecom workers walkout

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21 July 2018

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Air pollution leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 2 July 2018

Recent reports have confirmed the deadly effects of pervasive air pollution, which is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children across Africa every year.

Egyptian dictator el-Sisi intensifies state repression

By Jean Shaoul, 25 June 2018

President el-Sisi has unleashed an extensive crackdown on all forms of dissent and political expression that far exceeds the worst excesses of Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown by the mass uprising in February 2011.

As French airport workers and Iranian lorry drivers strike, class struggle spreads in Africa

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1 June 2018

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Washington seeks permanent deployment of special forces brigade to Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 16 April 2018

Highlighting the predatory aim of AFRICOM’s presence in the region is the Niger defense minister’s admission that the US forces “wage war when necessary.”

Protests erupt in Ghana over US military agreement

By Eddie Haywood, 31 March 2018

Thousands turned out in the capital Accra to oppose a deal that would allow for a significant expansion of the US military’s presence in the West African nation.

US carries out first drone strike in southern Libya

By Eddie Haywood, 28 March 2018

AFRICOM has been preparing for a massive escalation of armed drone flights conducted across the African continent from its recently constructed base in neighboring Niger.

Canada deploys “peacekeepers” to wage war in Mali

By Roger Jordan, 21 March 2018

Canadian mining companies have more than $1 billion invested in Mali and according to a 2014 estimate, more than $30 billion invested across Africa.

Pentagon concealed role of US special forces in deadly Niger offensive

By Eddie Haywood, 17 March 2018

On December 6 last year, Green Berets coordinating a military operation with Nigerien forces, killed 11 militants near the town of Diffa, close to the Nigerian border.

Argentine teachers, public workers unions call another limited strike

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13 March 2018

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Kenyan universities petition court to declare lecturers strike illegal

By Eddie Haywood, 12 March 2018

At the heart of the walkout are lecturers’ low salaries and overall deteriorating conditions of the Kenyan public university system.

After Burkina Faso bombing, France pledges to step up war in Sahel

By Francis Dubois, 8 March 2018

The capital of Ouagadougou was shaken on March 2 by an attack by two commando squads on the French embassy and Burkinabe army headquarters.

The inauguration of Ramaphosa and the degeneration of the ANC

By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2018

Two things recommend Ramaphosa to the world’s bourgeoisie—his fabulous wealth and the fact that he earned it through a readiness to deal ruthlessly with the working class.

Ramaphosa installed as South African president

By Nick Beams, 16 February 2018

The Johannesburg stock market welcomed the new regime with a surge of more than 3 percent, as the rand hit a three-year high against the US dollar.

South Africa’s ANC votes to remove President Jacob Zuma

By Eddie Haywood, 14 February 2018

The Zuma government has been characterized by corruption and nepotism while presiding over a deteriorating economy, conditions which have made foreign investors nervous.

Surging violence and political crisis in Congo

By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 6 February 2018

The year-old civil war in central Congo’s Kasai provinces is now producing more refugees than the wars in Iraq and Syria.

Cape Town, South Africa to become first city in the developed world to run out of water

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 January 2018

Local government in Cape Town, South Africa continues to implement drastic water saving measures in a last-ditch attempt to stave off a complete water shutoff.

US AFRICOM blacklists reporter Nick Turse as “not a legitimate journalist”

By Eddie Haywood, 15 January 2018

The move is of a piece with the global effort to censor oppositional and alternative viewpoints on the Internet.

Zimbabwe graphite miners strike at former German-owned mine

By Dietmar Henning, 8 January 2018

More than 200 miners in northern Zimbabwe have been on strike since the end of December protesting the fact they have not received their wages for more than a year.

Regional transport workers strike in Netherlands

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5 January 2018

A 24-hour strike involving some 12,000 workers hit bus and train service on Thursday in the Netherlands to demand better pay and working conditions.

Protests erupt in Morocco after two die working in abandoned mine

By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2017

Poverty and mass unemployment force thousands in eastern Morocco to risk their lives in abandoned coal mines, which Jerada residents call the “mines of death.”

Israeli workers protest job cuts

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29 December 2017

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South Africa’s ANC taps multi-millionaire ex-union chief Cyril Ramaphosa as leader

By Eddie Haywood, 21 December 2017

Since coming to power in 1994, the ANC has represented a corrupt layer of the black elite, ruling at the expense of the masses of workers.

AFRICOM envisions two years of open-ended warfare in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 16 December 2017

The announcement marks a further escalation of Washington’s military offensive in Somalia which has been ramped up over the last year, including the deployment of 500 special forces personnel.

Amnesty International report exposes EU role in mass torture of refugees in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017

The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.

At Abidjan summit, EU and France intensify neo-colonial scramble for Africa

By Francis Dubois, 2 December 2017

Faced with the disastrous results of the imperialist wars in Libya and the Sahel, the European Union is proposing to intensify its neo-colonialist and military interventions.

IMF lays down the law for Zimbabwe post-Mugabe

By Chris Marsden, 27 November 2017

The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Zimbabwe curb “excessive government spending” and impose massive austerity cuts to “restore fiscal and debt sustainability.”

Terror attack on Egyptian mosque kills at least 235 worshippers

By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2017

The Egyptian government has declared that the attack in the northern Sinai is the deadliest in the country’s modern history.

The way forward in Zimbabwe after Mugabe

By Chris Marsden, 24 November 2017

The goal of the new Zimbabwean president, Mnangagwa, is to impose an adrenalized version of the capitalist policies that have already created so much suffering.

US expands military offensive in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 24 November 2017

The official US military deployment in Somalia has increased to more than 500, the largest contingent of soldiers in the country since 1993.

Zimbabwe: Defying calls to step down, Mugabe faces impeachment

By Eddie Haywood, 21 November 2017

The Zimbabwean military appears anxious to avoid its intervention provoking any popular movement among the masses.

Campaign to force out Mugabe escalates in Zimbabwe

By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2017

It is China's support for the coup, rather than a supposed desire for a "democratic transformation," that accounts for the cautious reaction in the United States, Britain and other Western powers.

France intensifies intervention in West Africa with launch of Sahel G5 force

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2017

The spreading war in the Sahel, which flows from the 2011 NATO war in Libya, threatens to plunge the entire region into a broader war and humanitarian crisis.

Bubonic plague ravages Madagascar

By Eddie Haywood, 17 November 2017

Poverty and the lack of access to health care plays the largest role in the severity of the current epidemic.

“They are waging war when necessary”

Niger defense minister exposes US military role in West Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 2 November 2017

Washington has claimed that the 800 US special forces personnel stationed in Niger are restricted to providing training and surveillance assistance.

General lets slip US escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2017

The general’s “slip of the tongue” served only to further expose the military escalation being carried out behind the backs of the American people.

Kenyan president declared winner in election re-run amid low turnout

By Eddie Haywood, 31 October 2017

The poll took place within an atmosphere of police violence and acts of intimidation, which almost certainly originated with forces loyal to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

UN Ambassador Haley visits Africa amid US military escalation, social catastrophe

By Eddie Haywood, 28 October 2017

The tour happened against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s expansion of US military operations on the continent.

Washington exploiting Green Beret deaths to escalate Africa intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2017

American imperialism is preparing to inflict upon the African continent the levels of carnage that it has already wrought upon the Middle East, where entire societies have been shattered.

Trump, Pentagon shaken by mounting crisis over Niger deaths

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2017

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, held an hour-long press briefing Monday in an effort at damage control.

US and European military operations in West Africa set the stage for broader war

By Eddie Haywood, 20 October 2017

Underpinning the operations of American, French and German forces in West Africa is the desire to control the region's deposits of uranium, minerals and oil.

Bombings kill hundreds in Somali capital

By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 17 October 2017

Twin bombings in central areas of Somalia’s capital of MogadishuSaturday killed at least 302 people and injured 300 others, with thedeath toll expected to climb.

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

By Eddie Haywood, 14 October 2017

The October 4 killings of four US Green Berets in Niger has provided a rare glimpse into far-reaching American military operations which have been conducted almost entirely in secret.

Killings of four elite soldiers in Niger highlight vast scale of American military operations in Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 7 October 2017

The deployment of troops to Niger is an element of the “scramble for Africa,” which was commenced by Obama and is being continued under Trump.

Trump adds Chad to renewed travel ban

By Eddie Haywood, 30 September 2017

The inclusion of Chad represents an escalation of Washington’s imperialist offensive in the Sahel region and across the African continent.

Trump outlines Washington’s “scramble for Africa” during UN luncheon with African heads of state

By Eddie Haywood, 22 September 2017

Trump addressed the assembled African leaders on behalf of the American financial oligarchy to which he belongs.

Kenyan Supreme Court voids presidential election, ordering new poll

By Eddie Haywood, 4 September 2017

The unprecedented ruling marked the first time a high court anywhere in Africa has overturned a presidential election result.

Kenyan police violently quell opposition to disputed election

By Eddie Haywood, 16 August 2017

Twenty-four people have been killed by police since Friday’s announcement declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner over his challenger, Raila Odinga.

Kenyan elections take place under threat of crackdown

By Eddie Haywood, 12 August 2017

The hotly-contested election for president has been marked by allegations of election fraud and an intensified police state atmosphere.

Mali war spilling into Burkina Faso, Niger

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2017

The imperialist war in Mali, spearheaded by France, is aimed at seizing control of the massive energy reserves in the West African country.

China establishes military base in Djibouti

By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2017

China’s military involvement in Africa takes place amid rising geo-political rivalries that threaten its considerable investment in, and trade with, Africa.

Trump escalates US drone war in Somalia

By Timotheos Gaist, 8 July 2017

Calls are growing in US ruling circles for wider war in the desperately impoverished, immensely strategic Horn of Africa nation.

“The measures we are taking are intended to safeguard the IMF program”

Zambian President Edgar Lungu seizes emergency powers

By David Brown, 7 July 2017

Lungu has enacted dictatorial measures in order to suppress social opposition to upcoming IMF austerity measures.

US Special Forces will wage war in Africa “for at least a generation”

By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 17 June 2017

US military commandos are presently involved in over 100 missions simultaneously across the African continent, according to internal Pentagon documents.

German government hosts major conference on Africa

By Johannes Stern, 16 June 2017

Ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, the German government is working systematically to expand its global political and economic relations.

Tensions between US and China threaten catastrophe for Africa

By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 8 June 2017

China’s expansion of economic investment in Africa is part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, through which Beijing seeks to revive a modern day Silk Road connecting China and Asia with Europe.

Discovery of mass graves highlights bloody scramble for Congo’s resources

By Eddie Haywood, 27 April 2017

Conflict between the Congolese military and a local militia has resulted in a mass internal displacement in the Kasai Province, with millions fleeing the region for Angola and other areas of the Congo.

US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula

By Thomas Gaist, 24 April 2017

The American military is “war-gaming procedures to work in a famine-type environment,” according to AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser.

US intensifies military training operations across Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 8 April 2017

The growing number of training exercises and operations coordinated by AFRICOM point to a “pivot to Africa” and make clear Washington’s aim of imperialist domination of the African continent.

Trump administration plans economic and military offensive against Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 3 April 2017

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is at the center of the US government’s neocolonial agenda for Africa.

Canadian Armed Forces’ document calls for “heavier weapons” to confront child soldiers in Africa

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 March 2017

The document says soldiers need “heavy weapons” to confront child soldiers and must be psychologically hardened so as to be ready to kill them.

Reports expose widespread use of child labor in the Congo

By Eddie Haywood, 23 March 2017

The horrific labor practices uncovered in the DRC are not an isolated occurrence but rather the predominant reality inflicted by the capitalist system on workers around the globe.

Union sells out striking Kenyan doctors

By Eddie Haywood, 21 March 2017

Few details have been released of the “Return to Work Formula,” which is merely a draft proposal and not a binding agreement.

AFRICOM spearheads escalation of US “scramble for Africa”

By Eddie Haywood, 16 March 2017

The head of the African command warned the US Senate that more military resources are needed to pursue Washington’s predatory interests on the continent.

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017

Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.

Doctors strike highlights catastrophic health care crisis in Kenya

By Eddie Haywood, 7 March 2017

Five thousand doctors employed in public hospitals across Kenya have been on strike since December, citing low pay and dreadful working conditions.

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3 March 2017

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South Sudan civil war causing widespread famine

By Thomas Gaist, 1 March 2017

Six years after the US-backed partition of Sudan, the newly autonomous, oil-wealthy South Sudan is beset by spreading famine and a raging civil war.

Famine threatens millions in the Horn of Africa as Washington prepares expanded war in Somalia

By Thomas Gaist, 21 February 2017

Starvation and malnutrition are menacing the lives of 10-15 million people in the Horn of Africa countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

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20 January 2017

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6 January 2017

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US Special Operations troop deployments in Africa surged in 2016

By Eddie Haywood, 3 January 2017

The US deployed at least 1,700 elite soldiers to 33 nations across the African continent in 2016, more than twice the number deployed in 2014.

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30 December 2016

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The Gambia president refuses to accept election result

By Eddie Haywood, 13 December 2016

After conceding defeat following the December 1 presidential election, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh reversed course, announcing that he now rejects the results.

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2 December 2016

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Canada’s plans to wage war in Africa take shape

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 November 2016

Canada’s defence minister travelled to Mali and Senegal last week to finalize plans for Canada to join French-led counter-insurgency operations in France’s former African colonies.

Canada to partner with France in waging war in Africa

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 October 2016

Under the guise of promoting peace and fighting “Islamist terror,” Canadian imperialism is preparing to advance its growing economic and geopolitical interests in Africa.

Merkel promotes the return of German militarism to Africa

By Johannes Stern, 11 October 2016

The official propaganda cannot disguise the fact the German ruling class is pursing its economic and geostrategic interests in Africa, which is rich in raw materials.

Unrest in the Congo: Political turmoil rocks Kinshasa

By Eddie Haywood, 24 September 2016

Washington’s concern is for the vast mineral wealth of the Congo, and for the existence of a reliable and pliant regime in Kinshasa to facilitate its exploitation.