Africa

Threat of Ryanair strikes across Europe; Kenyan public workers in 15 counties are set to walk out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 August 2019

More workers at Ryanair have voted to strike as the job action by Portuguese delivery drivers continues and Kenyan public sector workers are set to walk out Tuesday.

UK Ryanair pilots vote to strike; South Africa’s bank workers two-day national stoppage; Kenyan construction workers wildcat strike over pay and conditions

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 August 2019

Ryanair pilots in Britain have given an 80 percent strike mandate while south African bank workers plan to protest massive job losses and Kenyan workers struck the multi-billion-shilling Thwake Dam construction project.

French-backed Libyan militia airstrike kills 42 civilians

By Alex Lantier, 7 August 2019

The bombing in the city of Murzuq was carried out by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which relies on support from Paris and Washington as well as Egypt.

South African jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim returns with The Balance

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2019

This latest work stands out as an unusually open and humane collection of songs in a genre that has been lacking in those elements far too much in recent years.

UK Heathrow airport strike continues as pilots vote to strike; South Africa dockers defy unions

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 July 2019

In South Africa, dockworkers are continuing a two-week go slow in defiance of the unions.

UK Heathrow airport strike continues as pilots vote to strike; South African national rail strike; unions denounce South African dockers’ unofficial go-slow

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 July 2019

Some 4,000 workers carried out a two-day strike at London’s Heathrow airport while strikes continue in South Africa where dockworkers are continuing a two-week go slow in defiance of unions and rail workers carried out a one-day nationwide walkout.

“Amazon is a murderer and has to be stopped”

Amazon call center worker in Rabat, Morocco speaks out against company harassment

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2019

Ismaila N’Diaye, a 32-year-old former Amazon customer service employee in Rabat, said the life of his family has been torn apart by the company.

UK hospital in week-long strike; National strike threats on South Africa’s railways and Nigeria’s public sector

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 July 2019

Staff at Bradford hospitals struck against plans to transfer them to the employ of a private company, while thousands of South African railroad workers and Nigerian public workers are on strike.

Zimbabwe unions threaten general strike as walkouts spread in Nigeria

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 July 2019

The main Zimbabwe union federation has threatened a nationwide strike over the devaluation of currency while Nigerian dockworkers are set to strike this week over nonpayment of back wages joining civil servants and polytechnic staff.

Mass protests resume against Sudan’s junta

By Jean Shaoul, 2 July 2019

Protesters were met Sunday with tear gas, stun grenades and live ammunition that killed at least seven people and injured 181 more.

Italian and French dockers refuse to load ship to protest Saudi Arabia war in the Yemen; UK Bridgend Ford workers strike vote against closure

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 June 2019

Protests against the Saudi war in Yemen continued by French and Italian dockworkers, while Ford workers in Britain voted 83 percent for strike action against threats to shutter the facility.

At least 95 killed in massacre at Sobane Kou village in Mali

By Will Morrow, 12 June 2019

This is the latest in a series of massacres amid growing ethnic conflicts in Mali provoked by the French and German occupation of the country.

General strike against military regime brings Sudan to a standstill

By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2019

Photos and video posted on social media showed empty streets and shuttered markets across the country.

French Nutella workers strike, Tram and metro workers’ stoppage in Greek capital

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 June 2019

Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government’s attacks on public transportation.

Military junta launches counter-revolution in Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 6 June 2019

The counter-revolutionary bloodbath has killed some 100 people, including an eight-year old child, and injured hundreds more since Monday.

Military massacres protesters in Sudan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2019

Dozens were killed and hundreds wounded Monday after troops broke up a sit-in in Khartoum with live ammunition.

South African elections

Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote

By Eddie Haywood, 13 May 2019

The election marks the first time in the ANC’s post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.

Egypt stages referendum to institutionalize General Sisi’s dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2019

The consolidation of the bloody police-state dictatorship enjoys the support of both Washington and the major European powers.

Pre-emptive military coup ousts Bashir to protect Sudan’s elite

By Jean Shaoul, 12 April 2019

Awad Ibn Auf, the minister of defence and deputy president, declared a three-month state of emergency, putting the country under military rule, and said that the army would oversee a two-year transitional period leading up to elections.

Libya’s descent into civil war: The bitter fruit of the pseudo-left's pro-imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2019

The escalating civil war in Libya has served as one more demonstration of the criminal role played by the pseudo-left proponents of “humanitarian” imperialist intervention.

Libya on the brink of all-out civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2019

Eight years after the US and NATO launched a war for regime-change under humanitarian pretenses, conditions for the masses in Libya remain catastrophic.

Algerian army purges intelligence agencies as anti-regime protests grow

By Alex Lantier, 9 April 2019

Amid growing popular distrust of the army, the army is firing top intelligence officials implicated in the regime’s crimes during Algeria’s bloody 1992-2002 civil war.

Mass protests in Algeria follow Bouteflika’s resignation

By Will Morrow, 6 April 2019

As protesters denounced the fraudulent military-backed transition, the army released a statement yesterday threatening any opposition to its interests.

Sixth Friday mass protest in Algeria demands fall of the regime

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2019

After the army brass tried to defuse the situation by moving to impeach President Bouteflika, protesters called for bringing down the regime and the army.

Protests against Sudan’s al-Bashir regime enter fourth month

By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2019

The protests take place amid the most sustained challenge to al-Bashir’s rule since he seized power in a 1989 coup.

Ogossagou massacre exposes rising bloodshed in European-occupied Mali

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2019

Under occupation by French and German troops, Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, is being torn apart by bloody ethnic violence.

Extreme social crisis ravages Mozambique in wake of Cyclone Idai

By Eddie Haywood, 30 March 2019

The devastation in the storm’s wake has produced a full-blown humanitarian crisis, exposing the impoverished conditions already present before Cyclone Idai hit.

Thousands of young Moroccan teachers assaulted by anti-riot police

By Nancy Hanover, 26 March 2019

Contract teachers have struck the Northern African country of Morocco since March 3 and mass protests have escalated.

Historic humanitarian disaster unfolds in southeast Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai

By Niles Niemuth, 22 March 2019

The powerful storm has tragically exposed the dire social and economic conditions facing millions in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar.

Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi face a humanitarian catastrophe in the wake of Cyclone Idai

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 March 2019

Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, reported that more than 1,000 people had been killed by high winds and widespread flooding.

Over one million protest extension of Bouteflika’s term in Algeria

By Will Morrow, 16 March 2019

Reports indicate that the demonstrations were even larger than last Friday, when more than one million people protested in Algiers alone.

Socialist Workers Party seeks to derail movement against Algerian regime

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 16 March 2019

Algeria’s Socialist Workers’ Party seeks to tie protests to discredited bourgeois parties and block a revolutionary working class challenge to the regime.

16 March 2019

The working class enters into struggle in Algeria

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2019

The eruption of mass workers protests against the Algerian regime vindicate the ICFI’s struggle against Pabloite tendencies that claimed this regime would build socialism.

Algerian regime pledges fraudulent political “transition” as strikes spread

By Will Morrow, 12 March 2019

While Bouteflika has pledged not to seek a fifth term, this is to be achieved by postponing elections and extending his current term indefinitely.

Algerians in France protest in solidarity with strike wave in Algeria

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 12 March 2019

On Sunday, Algerians organised protests again in Paris and Marseille, a week after a protest of 1,000 Algerians took place in Montreal, Canada.

Boeing jetliner crashes in Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers and crew

By Eddie Haywood, 12 March 2019

The Ethiopian air disaster comes just five months after an Indonesian Lion Air passenger jet of the same model crashed, killing all 189 on board.

Uganda’s social media tax leads to sharp drop in internet users

By Eddie Haywood, 9 March 2019

The government of President Yoweri Museveni, in power for three decades, regards social media with intense hostility and suspicion.

Algerian workers in France speak out against Bouteflika regime

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

The anger that is erupting in mass protests against the Bouteflika regime in Algeria has provoked a wave of support in France.

Algerian protests continue after Bouteflika launches presidential bid

By Will Morrow, 5 March 2019

Speaking for the former colonial power, Le Monde published an editorial demanding that Bouteflika step down and warning that the situation risks spinning out of control.

Mass protests erupt in Algeria against Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term

By Alex Lantier, 2 March 2019

Amid a strike wave across North Africa, workers in youth are protesting across Algeria.

Strike wave shakes North Africa

By Kumaran Ira, 2 March 2019

After the “Arab Spring” in 2011, a new wave of strikes and demonstrations is shaking Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

Zimbabwe-South Africa summit: The Butcher of Marikana meets the Crocodile

By Stephan McCoy, 28 February 2019

Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cyril Ramaphosa will meet in the Zimbabwean capital next month against a backdrop of deepening economic crisis and rising social discontent in both countries.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

South African gold miners’ strike at Sibanye in third month, Kenyan striking nurses defy back to work order

22 February 2019

As the strike by workers at Sibanye gold mine continues, the company announced the closure of two mines costing 7,000 jobs. Meanwhile Kenyan nurses are defying a back to work order by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Thousands of teachers attacked by riot police in Morocco

By a reporter, 21 February 2019

The confrontation came in the midst of a general strike of Moroccan workers on the eighth anniversary of a revolt that was part of the 2011 “Arab Spring.”

Flooding of mines in Zimbabwe leaves 24 dead, dozens more missing

By Eddie Haywood, 21 February 2019

The mining tragedy comes amid an immense social and economic crisis wracking Zimbabwe, with skyrocketing inflation and mass unemployment.

Nigeria election commission abruptly postpones presidential poll

By Eddie Haywood, 18 February 2019

The contest between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and chief rival Atiku Abubakar is in a virtual dead heat, with each candidate expected to take an even number of votes.

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa government clamps down on popular opposition

By Stephan McCoy, 18 February 2019

The ZANU-PF regime has responded to rising social discontent by unleashing the military.

Union federation stages national strike in South Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 14 February 2019

Tens of thousands of workers participated in the walkout, bringing economic activity to a near standstill across the country.

Five killed, 22 feared trapped in South African mine explosion

By Samuel Davidson, 13 February 2019

The explosion was at a mine owned by the Gupta brothers, who have close ties to former ANC leader and South African President Zuma.

Sudan’s anti-government protests enter sixth week

By Jean Shaoul, 31 January 2019

President Omar al-Bashir can count on the support of the region’s dictators, all of whom hate each other but fear their own working class more.

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.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Fight by rail guards at UK rail franchises continues

28 December 2018

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South Africa Sibanye miners’ strike made illegal

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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.

035 Zimbabwe

4 August 2018

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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.