Patrick Bond: Dennis Vincent Brutus, 1924-2009

World-renowned political organizer and one of Africa’s most celebrated poets, Dennis Brutus, aged 85, died early on December 26 in Cape Town. Even in his last days, Brutus was fully engaged, advocating social protest against those responsible for climate change and promoting reparations to black South Africans from corporations that benefited from apartheid. He was Read more…

Patrick Bond: Cultivating African Anti-Capitalism

W hen it comes to anti-capitalist resistance, the most economically marginalized sites are among the most interesting. Not because the greatest number of militant activists are out in force—but because the trials and tribulations they overcome along the way, and the consciousness they express, teach us vital lessons about uneven capitalist development. Consider the African Read more…

Patrick Bond: Zimbabwe Lurches Toward a Pauper’s Burial

Patrick Bond Last year, I spent June rambling the roads of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands mountains. The human warmth of the Shona people and physical beauty of the rural landscape are world-class. But last June was a tragic time because of the decay of Robert Mugabe’s once-liberatory nationalist politics. Exhausted, corrupted, desperate, and prone to violence, Read more…

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