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Saturday, July 14, 2018

CONTENTS: 1. Features  2. Announcements


Trump, trade wars, and the class struggle

The transition to a new era in world politics

Ike Nahem

The author writes about the current trade wars between the United States of America and its allies and their potential impact on global capital. 


BRICS labour: is it time for more class snuggle – or struggle – in an era of repression, austerity and worker militancy?

South African workers prepare to host the BRICS

Patrick Bond

Across the world, trade unions are under unprecedented threat, as just witnessed in the United States where the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision denudes an already weak labour movement of public sector power, for conservatives are aiming at “starving unions of funds and eventually disbanding them altogether.” Where, then, does organisational hope for working people lie?


Neo-slavery in Italy? The case of Nigeria’s migrants in the Boot

Olurotimi Osha

Italy’s race relations between white Italians and its African migrants and black Italians, while not stellar may not be as dire as race relations in America, but economic opportunities afforded to blacks in Italy, is certainly not as promising as in America.


Why would a “normal” person vote for Zimbabwe’s ruling party?

Tendai Ruben Mbofana

There is a question that has vexed me – and, I am sure, so many others – as to why, after being subjected to so much untold suffering for nearly four decades by the Zimbabwe Africa National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), any “normal” person would still prefer to vote for their tormentor to keep on tormenting them.

Soyinka prize in illiteracy

Biko Agozino

On 13 July 2018, the 84th birthday of Olumo Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel Laureate for Literature, I honour him by revisiting a debate that is raging on the Internet over what many call my misreading of his work, especially with reference to my interpretation of his play, Death and King’s Horseman. Literary experts have been marvelling about the “Author’s Note” that accompanies Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka. 

Ottilie Abrahams: an honest and upright person

Harry Boesak

Ottilie Abrahams was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable personalities of contemporary Namibia. She led through example as a political leader, grassroots activist, feminist and educationist from early on in her life.


The voice of the people is NOT the voice of God

Tendai Ruben Mbofana

Over the past seven months, ever since the military coup that ousted former Zimbabwe dictator Robert Gabriel Mugabe in November last year, the country has been inundated with several slogans and mantras meant to legitimise and justify those who took power – however, what is most painful is the use of blasphemy, through the abuse of God’s name for political expediency.

Nuclear power in Africa?

David Himbara and Ann Garrison

Rosatom—Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation—has recently signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with a number of African nations to build nuclear power plants within their borders. I spoke to David Himbara, a professor of international development and African energy activist, about the likelihood of Rosatom actually building these nuclear plants.

Ethiopia hosts AMECEA for the first time in history

Odomaro Mubangizi

The author writes about the importance of Ethiopia hosting the 19th plenary assembly of the Catholic Church’s Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa, in a country rich in religious traditions. 


Igbo independence and Biafran identity

Osita Ebiem

In this essay we will take time to clarify some areas that seem to confuse some people in the on-going Biafra separatist movement in Nigeria. Over the years, as will be expected; the move for the independence of Biafra has undergone some transformations. These changes seem to have created a sort of mixed messages in the minds of both observers and participants. So, at this point it is really important that we try to clarify some of the seemingly ambiguous aspects of the movement. 

“Don’t climb” my property: when marital vows fail in the West

Olurotimi Osha

Foreign apathy towards African notions of being and belonging might be destroying African families living in Western societies.


The six concepts of justice

Adam Smith

There is no definitive model of criminal justice in the United States. Instead, one’s ideas on criminal justice are shaped by philosophical viewpoints, criminological theory, and the most up-to-date research. It is the aforementioned factors that create the six models of criminal justice used today by all areas of the justice system.

South Africa’s working class summit of 21-22 July 2018


Call for papers

A meeting of 40 unions and civil society formations was convened by the South African Federation of Trade Unions on 28–29 June 2018 to broaden participation and to shape the agenda of the Working Class Summit (WCS) to be held on 21- 22 July 2018 at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus. 


China in Africa: Imperialist or Partners in Search of Humanitarian Development

Call for book chapters

Sabella O. Abidde and Tokunbo A. Ayoola

A call for book chapters on the on-going relationship between China and Africa. 




Fidel Castro in Africa: The Political and Historical Understanding of a Man and an Era

Call for book chapters

Sabella Abidde and Charity Manyeruke


A call for book chapters on the legacy of Fidel Castro in Africa. 



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Editors, Pambazuka News

Yves Niyiragira - Executive Director, Fahamu