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By Leo Zeilig

“Cutting-edge.”—Patrick Bond

“This interesting booklet fills a vacuum that has weakened the believers in Marxist resistance in Africa.”—Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, basic secretary of the nationwide Union of Petroleum and ordinary gasoline staff, Nigeria

“[An] first-class collection.”—Socialist Review

“Read this for suggestion, for the experience that we're a part of an international movement.”—Socialist employee (London)

“Grab this publication. hugely recommended.”—Tokumbo Oke, Bookmarks

This choice of essays and interviews stories category fight and social empowerment at the African continent.

Employing Marxist thought to deal with the postcolonial difficulties of a number of diversified nations, specialists learn such concerns because the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt aid, alternate union hobbies, 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 self sufficient media middle in Zimbabwe in the course of 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 heart of Sociological learn on the college of Johannesburg. He has written at the fight for democratic swap, social hobbies, and scholar activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.

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