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By Leo Zeilig

Publish yr note: First released may possibly twenty eighth 2002

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

Employing Marxist thought to handle the postcolonial difficulties of a number of assorted nations, specialists learn such concerns because the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt reduction, exchange union activities, and strike motion. contains interviews with top 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 sustaining 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 collage, relocating later to the guts of Sociological learn on the collage of Johannesburg. He has written at the fight for democratic switch, social routine, and pupil activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.

“Cutting-edge.”—Patrick Bond

“This attention-grabbing publication 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 fuel staff, Nigeria

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

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

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1 MARXISM, CLASS, AND RESISTANCE IN AFRICA Leo Zeilig and David Seddon F or almost forty years the ideas of Marxism were seemingly omnipotent in Africa. They dominated every serious intellectual debate about the continent and occupied the minds of those who sought independence. It was assumed that the poverty and underdevelopment of the continent could only be reversed by the application of socialism, or more specifically the Soviet model of economic development, state capitalism. The speed with which the leaders of national liberation movements proclaimed their faith in scientific socialism, or extolled the virtues of African socialism, or saw the future of Marxism in the new governments of China and Cuba, was enough to confuse the most levelheaded.

45 Nowhere has this process been clearer than in the extraordinary wave of protest and strikes that has swept Egypt in the last two years. Mentioned in the chapter on Egypt in this book, which refers mainly to popular protest between 1977 and the 1990s, Egypt has been the setting since 2000 for major demonstrations, one of the most significant of which has been that of the democracy movement that pulled in a INTRODUCTION: RESISTING THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA 21 range of opposition groups under the slogan “Kefaya” (“Enough”).

The Portuguese revolution that followed a military coup in 1975 was both precipitated and inspired by the struggle for national liberation in Africa. Elsewhere in Africa, the early and mid-1970s also seemed to mark a period of political transformation. The strikes, protests, mutinies, and demonstrations that gripped Ethiopia in 1974 turned Addis Ababa into “a permanent seminar. ”32 The unrest spread from the capital to provincial cities, where the demand grew for the dismissal of government officials and even the senile emperor, Haile Selassie.

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