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By Leo Zeilig

“Cutting-edge.”—Patrick Bond

“This interesting 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 common fuel employees, Nigeria

“[An] very good collection.”—Socialist Review

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

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

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

Employing Marxist idea to handle the postcolonial difficulties of numerous varied international locations, specialists learn such concerns because the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt aid, alternate union pursuits, and strike motion. comprises 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 through 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 guts of Sociological study on the college of Johannesburg. He has written at the fight for democratic swap, social activities, and pupil activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.

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