By Leo Zeilig
“This interesting ebook fills a vacuum that has weakened the believers in Marxist resistance in Africa.”—Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, normal secretary of the nationwide Union of Petroleum and ordinary gasoline staff, Nigeria
“[An] first-class collection.”—Socialist Review
“Read this for notion, for the experience that we're a part of a global movement.”—Socialist employee (London)
“Grab this e-book. hugely recommended.”—Tokumbo Oke, Bookmarks
This number of essays and interviews reports category fight and social empowerment at the African continent.
Employing Marxist conception to deal with the postcolonial difficulties of numerous diversified nations, specialists learn such matters because the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt reduction, alternate union events, and strike motion. comprises interviews with best African socialists and activists.
With contributions from Leo Zeilig, David Seddon, Anne Alexander, Dave Renton, Ahmad Hussein, Jussi Vinnikka, Femi Aborisade, Miles Larmer, Austin Muneku, Peter Dwyer, Trevor Ngwane, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Tafadzwa Choto, and Azwell Banda.
Leo Zeilig coordinated the autonomous media heart in Zimbabwe throughout the presidential elections of 2002 and, sooner than this, labored as a lecturer at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He then labored for 3 years as a lecturer and researcher at Brunel college, relocating later to the guts of Sociological study on the collage of Johannesburg. He has written at the fight for democratic switch, social routine, and scholar activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.
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