Pambazuka News 678: Harming Africa: Boko Haram and the Obama legacy

After eight years of electoral boycott, Abahlali baseMjondolo controversially decided to support the Democratic Alliance in South Africa’s 2014 National and Provincial Elections. The shackdwellers’ movement claims to have suspended ideological concerns and to have made this choice on strategic grounds. The author suggests that this is not the case.

African Liberation Day will be celebrated in Africa and around the world on Sunday, 25 May, 2014. Its objective is to advance the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism.

South Africa’s largest shack-dwellers’ movement decided to back the Democratic Alliance in last week’s election, citing frustration with the ruling ANC over the last 20 years. Although they knew that ANC would not lose the election, the shack-dwellers were intent on weakening the party


The terrorist group Boko Haram is a vital element in the fight over state power by various political groups in Nigeria. Both Nigeria’s continued politics of corruption and the Al Qaeda link to Boko Haram point to a grim future of continued insecurity


The American president likes to hector those he believes are not ‘on the right side of history’. But a look at his administration’s engagement with Ethiopia and Africa reveals that in fact Obama is on the wrong side of history