SAA workers strike update

Photo credit: BusinessLIVE By BO Staff Writer South African Airways (SAA) workers are demanding a rise of 8 % in wages; insourcing of workers; and the ending of all retrenchments. Following unsuccessful negotiations on their demands they have been have picketing outside the SAA Kempton Park head office since Friday, 15 November 2019. They have …

‘Memory against forgetting’: For the unknown indentured

Photo credit: Navayana “Prof Ashwin Desai is one of the most exciting sociologists of South Africa.He wields his pen with great capacity, awakening the archive. It’s people like him that makes one want to write… Steve Biko knew this story too well. Hence his definition of Black” – Andile Mngxitama, President of Black First Land First By …

Chile’s Protesters Have Won a Path to a New Constitution

Demonstrators march through Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 12. Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images Here’s why they want to replace the dictatorship-era document. By John Bartlett SANTIAGO, Chile—Every evening for the last month, Camila Arroyo has been out on the streets of Santiago to air a growing list of frustrations. As soon as she arrives home from work …

Bolivia expels Cuban & Venezuelan officials, aligns with US foreign policy

Photo credit: Caitlin Johnstone By BO Staff Writer Evo Morales was removed from power in Bolivia by a rightwing coup last Sunday and replaced by a U.S. backed dictatorship led in the interim by Jeanine Anez. Prior to the coup, leftist countries such as Venezuela and Cuba were strategic allies of Bolivia. The puppet dictatorship …

A tribute to Rubin Rashid Hare

By Molaodi Wa Sekake In 2013, me and my comrade, my classmate, my confidante, Phezukonke Mthethwa, established an organisation at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Howard College campus, called Society of Commons. This was meant to organise young, particularly Black working class, students to collectively reflect on their conditions. Over and above our ideas as …

Do you think parliament is irrelevant?

By Andile Mngxitama If you are one of those people who believes that parliament is totally irrelevant, can you please explain why blacks the wolrd over had to always put up big struggles to get the right to vote? Why didn’t whites just give blacks this right? Also answer this, why is the Freedom Front …

The Coup That Ousted Bolivia’s Evo Morales Is Another Setback for Latin American Socialism

Exiled former Bolivian President President Evo Morales waves upon arrival at the Historic City Hall in Mexico City on Nov. 13, 2019. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images By Elise Swain A turbulent weekend roiled Latin American politics as a coup in Bolivia forced President Evo Morales aside on Sunday and, days earlier, former Brazilian …

Education is the answer?

By Andile Mngxitama I wonder if they still introduce students to the “sociology of schooling” in the humanities. I often listen to half baked politicians saying that education is the answer. It’s not! In a racist hierarchical anti black society like South Africa, education only reproduces the same system. Oh yes, they do allow a …