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In the third in a series of blogs for roape.net, writer and activist Lee Wengraf exposes some of the myths about corruption in Africa. The notion of “African corruption” persists despite the reality of widespread and established practices of illicit activity in the West, and, crucially, the contribution and culpability of Western corporations and governments to ‘African’ corruption....

In the latest interview for roape.net, Nigerian socialist Abiodun Olamosu talks about his early activism, the challenges for the radical left, Marxism and politics in contemporary Nigeria. He argues that there is a need to develop a real pro-poor alternative in the arena of mainstream electoral politics, and for the working class to mobilise across the country. ...

In this moving tribute to the writer and teacher Barbara Harlow who has recently died, Christopher J. Lee looks at the work of a women who dared to treat dispersed worlds, such as Palestine, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, and South Africa within a single framework. Harlow wrote about the conditions of political injustice, literature and liberation, writing with passion and commitment about the South African revolutionary Ruth First. ...

In this far-reaching interview, ROAPE’s Ray Bush argues that the products and commodities that rural people produce must sustain local demand and local needs, rather than produce export crops to generate foreign exchange on the international markets. The foundation of any modern society has to be the basis of generating sufficiently and appropriately priced food stuffs from local markets. This is the path, he argues, to a real alternative for societies in the Global South....

In a new book on the neoliberal moral economy in Africa, Jörg Wiegratz writes how there has been a high intensity of moral-economic interference of foreign, especially Western actors to promote a particular capitalist moral order in contemporary African societies. In this blog-post introducing his book, Wiegratz argues that the moral economy of a country is not just made by domestic but also foreign forces, and, that given morals are in many ways an outcome of politics....

Christopher Hope argues that the dependency school, more than any other approach in economics, tried to understand economic development in a given location through an understanding of global capitalism. Yet today, he argues, such an international dimension is often lacking in the contemporary analysis of African economies. Is it time to return the dependency approach?...

Kenyan doctors have been on strike since 5 December last year. Judy Karagania, a doctor involved in the campaign, writes for roape.net about a vital fight for Kenya’s public health care system. The government, she writes, refuses to properly fund doctors salaries amid collapsing public hospitals, rising living costs and concessions to private medicine. ...

In a major interview ROAPE’s Hakim Adi discusses his work, activism and politics. Adi has spent year’s researching the African diaspora, Pan-Africanism and communism in the 20th century. On the anniversary of the 1917 revolution he explains that the significance of 1917 is not so much as how it helps us understand the past, or as a way of understanding Africa’s history, but rather that it shows that the alternative can be created in the present and future....