Colonialism destroyed the “Third World Quarterly”

By BO Staff Writer The following article by Vijay Prashad titled “Third World Quarterly row: Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism”, was previously published on the scroll.in website and is reissued below by Black Opinion: “The author explains why he resigned from the editorial board of the journal after it published an …

#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 …