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Author: roape1974

The killing of the Nigerian trade unionist, Alex Ogbu, emerges from a clear strategy of shoot to kill against the opponents of the Buhari regime. Since the fall of the price of oil, which provides the main income for the government, poverty has increased in Nigeria, and the poor face an increasingly violent and brutal regime....

Nigerian trade unionist and activist, Lai Brown, argues that annual debt servicing in the country has a debilitating impact on the poor. In a country with poor health services, massive youth unemployment and broken health and education facilities, the Buhari regime is seeking an additional multi-billion dollar loan. The vicious cycle must be broken....

On the anniversary of the assassination of the Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba on 17 January 1961, Brooks Marmon argues that the impact of the murder reverberated most strongly in the white settler dominated territories of southern Africa. The nationalists of Southern Rhodesia (today’s Zimbabwe) were disgusted by Lumumba’s death and the involvement of the officially departed colonial power. ...

The Review of African Political Economy ]announces a small research grants competition for African scholars and/or activists based in Africa. The competition is based on the premise that a shortage of funding for critical research is one of the problems faced by Africa-based scholars and activists wishing to carry forward a radical political economy agenda....

Nnimmo Bassey calls for us to pay attention to the disastrous impacts of climate change already being experienced in Africa. The need for action demands that the continent breaks with the futile dash to be like the rich, industrialised and polluting nations and interrogate the notion of development and growth in a finite world. Real action must start now....

ROAPE’s Leo Zeilig looks at a year that has seen two astonishing uprisings in Africa, and protest movements that have rippled across the globe. The first, in Sudan, started in the small city of Atbara in December last year. The second major event of the year was the climate strikes around the world. Though these protests were smaller in Africa, the continent remains deeply affected by the consequences of human-made climate change. Zeilig asks what a radical journal and website like ROAPE can do? ...

One year ago, in December 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo went to the polls after a delay of two years. The election saw president Joseph Kabila cede office to his opponent Felix Tshisekedi in a shift that was widely interpreted to be a compromise deal cut to exclude his popular rival. Zoë Marriage describes how international interventions, donors and the international mineral markets are deeply linked to the extension of presidential power, and to the shaping of conditions for violence. Despite resistance, and the new government, the international political economy built on four centuries of violent extraction in the Congo remains in place. Altering power relations at an international level is essential....

For years illegal capital flight from South Africa has resulted in a staggering loss of wealth for the country. For roape.net Ben Fine investigates efforts to curb these flows of wealth. He argues that capital flight not only shifts resources elsewhere as is commonly presumed, it also shifts speculation elsewhere – capital flight is financialised....