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In February this year, during a protest against the lack of accommodation for poor students in Cape Town, South Africa, students and members of the #RhodesMustFall movement set alight paintings considered to be ‘colonial artwork’. In a conversation with the artist Faith Pienaar, anti-apartheid activist and judge Albie Sachs reflects on the meaning of art in troubled post-apartheid South Africa. ...

ROAPE's Leo Zeilig talks to Yao Graham about radical political economy in Africa, structural transformation and the legacy of neo-liberalism on the continent. In the short video clip included in the interview Graham speaks about the struggle for justice and change in Ghana. Graham is the co-ordinator of Third World Network in Accra, Ghana and the Africa Editor of ROAPE....

Last year witnessed one of the strongest El Niño events since the 18th century. Gary Littlejohn writes about the consequences for Southern Africa and Mozambique in particular, noting that the ensuing drought in parts of Africa continues with serious impacts on food security. Knowledge that could have mitigate the worse effects of the El Niño was discarded by a discredited neo-liberal orthodoxy, a zombie theory that keeps coming back from the dead, with fatal consequences for the poor. ...

In this article Palash Kamruzzaman and Ben Tantua argue that the cognitive world of ‘militants’ and ‘militancy’ in the Niger Delta is embedded in a complex web of formal and informal interactions with political actors and military elites which give significance and sustenance to the conflict. The article attempts to unpick some of the motivations and dynamics at work....

One of the central concerns of our roape.net project on popular protests in Africa is to provide an appreciation of the extent to which the instances of popular protest and social movement can increase the scope for sustainable social, economic and political development, and even, on occasion to contribute to the transformation of the very conditions of continental political and economic life. In this post we republish an important article by François Houtart assessing the problems (and lessons) from South America of building a post-neoliberal alternative....

In October 2014 the World Bank presented its “South Africa Economic Update No 6” concluding: ‘The fiscal system is already achieving a lot of redistribution, and there is little space left in the government’s purse to do more to alleviate poverty and inequality via fiscal policy.’ The report became a part of the ideological foundation of the 2016/17 budget, which fell short of protecting 16 million South Africans from real cuts in their social grants. Dick Forslund exposes the fundamental errors in the report....