November 2015 - ROAPE
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November 2015

The first essay in our special issue on Radical Agendas in South Africa argues that the liberation struggle that culminated in 1994 and saw the emergence of a formally democratic South Africa and a population apparently liberated from oppression and, theoretically, from penury, has not been, in its essentials, so very liberatory after all. In subsequent essays, Vishwas Satgar, Shireen Hassim and others write about South Africa's radical possibilities....

Femi Aborisade asks what is the root cause of the pervasive poverty across Africa. In this blog he argues that we have a duty to continue to explain that there is a relationship between poverty and politics. Framing these questions within a radical political economy analysis remains vital. With a focus on Nigeria the blog looks at the sort of political agenda that needs to be adopted to reverse the continents underdevelopment....

In this blog Hannah Cross argues that we need to overcome the illusion that clandestine immigration is a choice - something to be liked or disliked, or that it is positive or negative, rather than an inevitable and sometimes tragic outcome of the predatory nature of the world economy. The promotion of counter-narratives, solidarity and defence of migrants goes to the heart of democratic struggle....

In the first of three essays, Gary Littlejohn outlines the context in which the recent widely publicised BRICS initiatives have been taking place. In particular, the inauguration of new international banks is seen as a response to the dominance of Western finance capital and the failure of the so-called ‘Washington Consensus’ neoliberal orthodoxy that has produced negative economic effects worldwide, but nowhere more so than in developing countries....