#BlackOpinionTurns1: A year of Black Opinion

By BO Editorial Collective It is in an album of jazz classics where revered South African songstress, Thandiswa Mazwai, affectionately known as King Tha, excavates Miriam Makeba’s famous quote about the conqueror and the conquered. Makeba says, “the conqueror writes history. They came, they conquered and they wrote. Now you don’t expect people who came …

Defend Malusi Gigaba!

Defend Malusi Gigaba! Press Statement post BLF  NCC 02 April 2017 The National Coordination Committee  (NCC) of Black First Land First  (BLF) met yesterday to assess the state of our organization and also the state of the nation. The NCC received with great revolutionary joy the news of the reshuffling of cabinet by President Zuma. …

The 10 Victories of President Maduro in 2016

By Ignacio Ramonet In early 2016,Venezuela’s authorities had very difficult problems to solve. Namely, 1) the neoliberal opposition had won the legislative elections of 2015 and controlled the National Assembly, 2) the price of oil, the main export of Venezuela, had fallen to its lowest point in decades, and 3) US President Barack Obama had …

Queen Nzinga, brilliant legacy of decolonization  

In honour of the revolutionary contributions of Queen Nzinga who died  353 years ago Black Opinion is reissuing the following statement published on the Black First Land First blog on 17 December 2015. December 17, 1663 is the death date of Queen Nzinga (Nzinga Mbande). On this 352nd anniversary of her death BLF takes the …

Imperialism in the Philippines. Lessons for South Africa

By Andre Vltchek There is a sense of change in those narrow and desperate alleys of the Baseco slum in the Philippines’ capital Manila. For the first time in many years a beautiful, noble lady visited; against all odds she decided to stay. Her name is Hope. Baseco is a tough, crime-ridden region built from …

Letter to President Zuma from BLF

Dear President Zuma We write this letter with a clear understanding that your presidency is under attack from white settler monopoly capital. This attack is led by the two most powerful families in South Africa – the Oppenheimers using Sipho Pityana as their bulldog and the Rupert family which is more honest in mobilising regime …