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On 25 March, the activist, researcher and writer Lila Chouli died less than a year after receiving the news that she had an incurable illness. Pascal Bianchini and Leo Zeilig write about the work and life of this committed and determined researcher, who spent years working on Burkina Faso and researching the country's history of resistance and revolutions....

From the days they spent together as students at UCLA, Ed Steinhart remembers his comrade and friend Martin Legassick. It was at UCLA that Martin established the first anti-apartheid organisation in Los Angeles, continued his extensive research on South African history and his work on political economy that marked him as a major thinker and leftist writer on the politics of Africa. This is a moving and personal account of friendship and political activism in early 1960s California. ...

In this challenging discussion of student movements and universities in Africa and India, Amrita Pande, Faisal Garba and Ruchi Chaturvedi ask how can university communities’ articulate forms of just belonging, which counters new hierarchies and old? How can we undo the legacies of colonialism and the inequalities of a growth-based model not in a way that simply overturns old hierarchies to place the ones on bottom on the top, but in a way that possibilities of such stratification are themselves displaced. ...

In this far-ranging analysis of recent events in South Africa, Elizabeth Cobbett argues that a ‘soft’ coup is effectively taking place. Cobbett argues that an ‘oligarchical coup’ is being carried out by wealthy families and senior ANC figures, with Zuma at the heart. The Gupta family’s power to replace key ministerial positions is a graphic example of the operation of this coup, as the wider ANC remain passive or, through Zuma, complicit. ...

Written in 1978 from inside a Mozambican prison camp Wilfred Mhanda’s devastating Treatise, published for the first time with roape.net, exposes the reality of Zimbabwe’s so-called war for liberation. Known by his nom de guerre, Dzinashe ‘Dzino’ Machingura, Dzino explains that the guiding principle of the Zimbabwean nationalist movement was the pursuit of personal and clique power and not the attainment of revolutionary ideals. Mhanda presents an extraordinary, critical view of the liberation struggle, providing a Fanonian analysis of the role of the so-called liberators of contemporary Zimbabwe. This invaluable, unpublished text is introduced by David Moore. ...