The State of South African Political Life by Achille Mbembe, 19 September 2015

28 September 2015

In these times of urgency, when weak and lazy minds would like us to oppose “thought” to “direct action”; and when, precisely because of this propensity for “thoughtless action”, everything is framed in the nihilistic terms of power for the sake of power – in such times what follows might mistakenly be construed as contemptuous.

And yet, as new struggles unfold, hard questions have to be asked. They have to be asked if, in an infernal cycle of repetition but no difference, one form of damaged life is not simply to be replaced by another.

New Species Of Human Discovered In South Africa by Justine Alford( National Geographic Magazine), 10 September 2015

11 September 2015

photo credit: A reconstruction of Homo naledi’s head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans. University of the Witwatersrand, National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation.

Lessons that can be learnt from dockworkers who helped bring apartheid to its knees (The Conversation), 18 August 2015

18 August 2015

Today’s complex global economy has brought new forms of worker exploitation. And globalisation has made workers ever-more precarious. For example, factory workers in Bangladesh toil long days in buildings that could very possibly collapse and kill them. Foreign guest workers in the Arab Gulf have no legal protections from physical abuse.

The extraordinary growth of the SACP by Ian Beddowes (Politicsweb), 16 July 2015

24 July 2015

SACP growing at an unprecedented rate!

But being a communist is not only about embarking on a lifelong study, it is about changing the world!

The 3rd Special National Congress of the South African Communist Party (SACP) was convened in order to deal with rapidly changing conditions both within the Party and within South Africa.

Stance on Bashir deserves a bashing by Esebius McKaiser (Cape Times), 18 June 2015

Sometimes there is just no gen­tle way of re­spond­ing to ridicu­lous­ness. Many South Africans, in­clud­ing the ANC, but also South Africans who are not members of the ANC or any other party, have come up with bad rea­sons why it was a good thing for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to be allowed to run away to his country before we could arrest him here in South Africa.Let’s examine the defenses that popped up:

Christian Missions and the Emergence of Nationalism in Angola by Iracema Dulley

17 June 2015

In sub-Saharan Africa, many of the leaders who took part in the anti-colonial liberation struggle and the administration of post-colonial African nations were educated in Christian missions. A concise list of such people would include actors such as Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Samuel Nujoma, and Eduardo Mondlane. In Angola, Agostinho Neto, Jonas Savimbi, and Holden Roberto were all educated in Christian missions. The relationship between mission education and political leadership is therefore not a random one.

Solidarity Peace Trust by James Muzondidya

3 June 2015

One of the dominant and recurring themes in civil society discourses around the revival and strengthening of the Zimbabwean civic movement is the issue of social movements. At almost every Civil Society Organization (CSO) workshop/meeting that has been convened since July 2013, there has been a general consensus amongst CSO leaders, policy and strategy advisors and research practitioners that there is a critical need for the civic movement to reconnect with its social base in order to remain relevant, legitimate and powerful.