By Leo Zeilig
“This attention-grabbing e-book 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 typical gasoline staff, Nigeria
“[An] very good collection.”—Socialist Review
“Read this for concept, for the feel that we're a part of an international movement.”—Socialist employee (London)
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This number of essays and interviews reports classification fight and social empowerment at the African continent.
Employing Marxist idea to handle the postcolonial difficulties of numerous diverse nations, specialists study such matters because the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt aid, alternate union activities, 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 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 collage, relocating later to the guts of Sociological learn on the college of Johannesburg. He has written at the fight for democratic switch, social pursuits, and pupil activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.
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