Toilers face brutal attacks from governments in Africa

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

“Imperialism is determined, it has no conscience, it has no heart,” explained Thomas Sankara, the leader of the popular revolutionary government in Burkina Faso in 1985. “Fortunately the more we’ve discovered how dangerous an enemy imperialism is, the more determined…


Crisis in West Africa rooted in decades of colonial rule

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Thomas Sankara, above, led popular revolution in 1983-87 bringing the toilers to power in Burkina Faso. There is no comparable revolutionary leadership anywhere in West Africa today.

A humanitarian crisis is spreading in the Sahel region of West Africa, affecting the lives of millions of toilers. Over the past few years there has been a sharp increase in operations by various reactionary armed groups, killing thousands of…


Solidarity led Cuba’s fight to defeat Ebola in Africa

NY meeting counters US rulers’ slanders
Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
Inset, March 7 New York meeting, featuring book on Cuba’s role in fighting Ebola in West Africa. Above, from left, Martín Koppel and Mary-Alice Waters, co-editors of book, and Ana Silvia Rodríguez, Cuban ambassador.

NEW YORK — “A people aiming to build a society based on solidarity” — that’s what Cuba’s socialist revolution represents, said Enrique Ubieta, author of Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa. He was addressing a…


How capitalism is revolutionizing parts of Africa

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019
Workers in Equatorial Guinea at Chinese-run construction project march at Oct. 12, 2005, independence day parade in Evinayong. Growth of oil industry has expanded the capitalist class and above all, a working class that has growing self-confidence, pride and a widening scope.

The selection below is from Capitalism and the Transformation of Africa: Reports from Equatorial Guinea by Mary-Alice Waters and Martín Koppel. The title is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. The two authors visited the country in…