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Significant archives are under threat in Cape Town’s fire. Here’s why they matter so much.

The African Studies collection consists of an astonishing collection of works related to Africa. These range from works published from as long ago as the 1500s through to the present day.

Significant Archives Are Under Threat in Cape Town's Fire. Here's Why They Matter So Much.

Firemen walk through the burnt out remains of Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, April 20, 2021 | REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

A wildfire on the slopes of South Africa’s Table Mountain has wreaked havoc at the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus. Among the sites of historical significance that have been damaged is the Jagger Library. The library houses rare and specialist collections, such as the important African Studies collections. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked UCT academic Shannon Morreira to share her insights on what the loss means for the historical records held by the university. Continue reading

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This Day. A reflection on Amílcar Cabral, Portugal and NATO

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Amílcar Cabral (1924-1973)

By TONY SEED

Originally published on January 20, 2019 on this blog and Stop Foreign Intervention in Africa , a website organized by activists opposed to foreign intervention in Africa on a military, economic, political and cultural level. 

On January 20, 1973, Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral, leader of the national liberation movement in Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde in West Africa, was assassinated, just months before Guinea Bissau won its long independence struggle against Portuguese colonialism.

Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, part of the ancient Mali Empire; parts of this kingdom persisted until the 18th century. Other parts of the territory in the current country were considered by the Portuguese as part of their empire. Portuguese Guinea was known as the Slave Coast, as it was a major area for the exportation of African slaves by Europeans to the western hemisphere.

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Paying the debt to Africa: On the 45th anniversary of Cuba’s Operación Carlota

Cuban and Angolan soldiers at the front

Cuban and Angolan soldiers at the front

By ISAAC SANEY*

First published November 5, 2015

“The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the peoples of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character…Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonizers. They have shared the same trenches with us in the struggle against colonialism, underdevelopment, and apartheid.” –Nelson Mandela Continue reading

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The Englishman who invented the concentration camp

Demonstrations have broken out on Canada to condemn U.S. racist concentration camps. It was in Canada in 1916 that the city of Berlin, Ontario was renamed Kitchener at the height of racist attacks on residents of German origin and Mennonite faith during the height of the first imperialist world war, a consequence of “top down” “war=driven propaganda.” But who was this Kitchener?

The Irish-born inventor of the concentration camp, Horatio Herbert Kitchener.

By NIALL O’DOWD, Irsihcentral

There has been heated discussion on the term “concentration camp” since allegations by Democrats that such camps are soon going to start operating with migrant children in southern U.S. border areas. Continue reading

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This day. Assassination of Steve Biko

“The greatest weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”

Bantu Stephn Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness movement, died in Pretoria, South Africa on 12 September 1977. Born on 18 December 1946, he was the first president of the South African Students Organisation (SASO), which he co-founded in 1968 – a year of global protests; the anti-Vietnam war protests, huge civil rights demonstrations and student protests. Continue reading

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Mandela is dead: Why hide the truth about apartheid?

A refelection by FIDEL CASTRO

Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro

(December 12, 2013) – Maybe the empire thought that we would not honor our word when, during days of uncertainty in the past century, we affirmed that even if the USSR were to disappear Cuba would continue struggling. World War II broke out on September 1, 1939 when Nazi-fascist troops invaded Poland and struck like a lightning over the heroic people of the USSR, who contributed 27 million lives to preserve mankind from that brutal massacre that ended the lives of 50 million persons. Continue reading

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Mandela: We admire the achievements of the Cuban Revolution

Speech by Nelson Mandela, Moncada Day Rally, Matanzas, Cuba, July 26, 1991

After 27 years of imprisonment by the racist/fascist apartheid system, Nelson Mandela chose Cuba as one of the first countries outside of Africa and the first Latin American country to visit. During that visit he delivered the following speech outlining Cuba’s decisive contribution to the South African liberation struggle. Continue reading

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Mandela is an unsurpassable example for Latin America and the Caribbean

• Speech given by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the funeral honours for the historic leader of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, December 10, 2013, Year 55 of the Revolution Continue reading

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Mandela: Madiba is gone – The struggle continues

Nelson Mandela addresses a jubilant mass rally of 100,000 people in Soweto, February 13, 1990,  two days after his release from 27 years of political imprisonment by the racist apartheid regime of South Africa, his freedom the result of sustained political action and armed struggle in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela addresses a jubilant mass rally of 100,000 people in Soweto, February 13, 1990, two days after his release from 27 years of political imprisonment by the racist apartheid regime of South Africa, his freedom the result of sustained political action and armed struggle in South Africa.

By ISAAC SANEY

Historic march by 20,000 women in Pretoria against the racist pass laws, August 9, 1956, today commemorated as Women's Day in South Africa. The women chanted the phrase “wathinth’ abafazi, wathinth’ imbokodo” which translates as “you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

Historic march by 20,000 women in Pretoria against the racist pass laws, August 9, 1956, today commemorated as Women’s Day in South Africa. The women chanted the phrase “wathinth’ abafazi, wathinth’ imbokodo” which translates as “you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

TML (Dec. 7) – ON THURSDAY EVENING DECEMBER 5, Nelson Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. The life of the man known to the anti-apartheid movement as Madiba spanned almost the entire existence of the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC was founded under British colonial rule in January 1912 and it was within it that Madiba would play many leadership roles. The ANC provided the umbrella under which all those opposed to white minority rule, from revolutionary communists to trade union activists to dispossessed township youth, came together and worked out a program of struggle aimed at achieving black majority rule. Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela passes away

July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

THE Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its deepest condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, to the people of South Africa and to the African National Congress at the sad news of the death of Nelson Mandela. Mandela passed away on December 5 at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, “the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,“ adding that he “passed on peacefully.” Mandela played a legendary role in the anti-colonial struggle of his people and in ending the cruel apartheid regime. He became the first black president of South Africa. He remained true to his principles and, to the end of his days, he continued to stand with all those who helped South Africa win freedom. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” Zuma said. “Our thoughts are with the millions of people who embraced Mandela as their own and who saw his cause as their cause…. This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.” Mandela will be accorded a state funeral, Zuma said, and national flags will be lowered to half-mast.

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Symposium: Africa’s Unknown War – Apartheid Terror, Cuba and Southern African Liberation

cubafidelmandelaThis two-day event commemorates the 25th anniversary of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, a decisive moment in the struggle against apartheid. Featuring visiting scholars and activists from Cuba and elsewhere who participated in Cuba’s anti-apartheid action.

William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto, 45 Wilcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario Continue reading

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Symposium Announcement – Africa’s Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba & Southern Africa Liberation

September 27 & 28, 2013,

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Mandela Fidel

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The notion of the ‘Jewish state’ as an ‘apartheid regime’ is a liberal-Zionist one

The charge of apartheid serves as a diversion | GARY ZATZMAN

Poster of the Halifax Symposium on Palestine, March 15-16, 2003.

The cause of Palestine consists of the restoration of the national rights of the Palestinian people and enabling the Palestinians to exercise their right of self-determination in their own territory. Theirs is the territory illegally mandated to Great Britain by the League of Nations in 1920-21 and subsequently “partitioned” by the United Nations in 1947 to establish a so-called “Jewish state” enclave for the Zionist movement. Enabling the Palestinians to exercise their right of self-determination in their own territory means implementing the Palestinians’ right to return to their lands and to be restored in the property/properties that were taken from them in the course of acts of conquest by the Zionist movement, and in clear cut violation of international law, during 1947-48 and again in June 1967. Continue reading

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