The Chávez Hypothesis: Vicissitudes of a Strategic Project

Mural reads: “Nobody surrenders here. Commune or Nothing”. (Archive) Bolivarian University Professor Chris Gilbert argues that Hugo Chávez is the heir to Lenin’s political legacy in espousing a strategic vision for transition to socialism on the basis of the commune. What does Chavism really stand for? What are its main accomplishments and its main failures? …

Vandana Shiva on the Real Cause of World Hunger

Image: Vandana Shiva BO Staff Writer Vandana Shiva, the revolutionary leader, physicist and organic farmer, cautions that “intensive chemical farming” causes global hunger and converts biodiverse land into monocultures which in turn are not economically sustainable for farmers and does not respond to the nutritional needs for local consumption. In a 2009 interview she starts …

Gates Foundation agriculture project in Africa flunks review

By Stacy Malkan The first major evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s controversial efforts to expand capital-intensive, high-input agriculture in Africa found that the 15-year-effort has failed to achieve its goals of improving food security. The Gates-led Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) aimed to transform agriculture in Africa by increasing …

Lenin and Biko on consciousness

Image: Stephen Bantu Biko & Vladimir Ilich Lenin By Andile Mngxitama Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness Movement was basically a movement of the intelligentsia, the middle class university students. This intelligentsia was rooted in the black working class by family and by life. The apartheid reality pushed the black middle class into the same conditions as …

Happy birthday Nadezhda Krupskaya!

Krupskaya giving a speech to Red Army soldiers in 1919 By BO Staff Writer Nadezhda Krupskaya, revolutionary Bolshevik leader, beloved wife of Vladimir Lenin, was born on this day in 1869. It’s her 153rd birthday. Krupskaya joined the Russian revolutionary socialist movement in 1890 and became a Marxist student society member. She undertook both overt …

Invocation: 15.01.2020

Image credit: Azah Philosophies and Reflections via Facebook By Mpho Tinyiko Azah Mphago We summon forth the spirit of our ancestors – it is through the sounds of the horn (phalafala), the cowbell, or through the burning of Impepho, the ululations, the clapping of hands and stamping of feet whilst singing chants in a circular …

Law Firm Racism

Image: Facebook By Matodzi Ramashia So, you have graduated cum laude from one of the top law universities in the country and have been offered articles with a Big Five law firm. Following years of struggle, you are eager to finally embark on your career as a legal eagle. You battle to conceal your excitement …

Who Is An Illegal Immigrant In South Africa?

By Botsang Modimo-wame Moiloa Yesterday, Thursday 1st August 2019 marked exactly one week since I penned a piece below registering my sadness regarding how the Tshwane Metro Police Department sang praises for confiscating what is termed illicit goods. I had shared the piece with one WhatsApp group that I belonged to named TNF and with …