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In November 1961 thirteen Italian airmen were murdered in the chaos of Congolese power struggles that followed independence from Belgium, the Italian artist Alberto Burri commemorated the men by producing a collage, Grande Sacco. Following a retrospective of Burri's art Meredeth Turshen considers the Italian, African and colonial history that lives behind Burri's work....

Raymond Sango writes about the Chiadzwa mining area in Zimbabwe, describing the dramatic ‘diamond rush’ following the expiration of DeBeers mining licence in 2006, the massacre of informal workers in the area in 2008 and the ‘looting’ partnership between government bureaucrats, Chinese and other foreign companies which has limited the potential of diamond production to improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans...

Claims of rigging aside, Uganda’s opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) clearly made significant inroads into various regions in the country’s recently concluded general elections. This achievement was particularly striking in the Acholi sub-region where voting highlights the limits of money and intimidation, and the importance of persuasion. ...

In this intensely personal and moving celebration of Martin Legassick, John Saul writes about his friend and comrade. It is, John says, to Martin Legassick’s enormous credit that he has kept the banner of real socialist common-sense, of class-struggle common-sense, aloft over and against the banner of capitalist “common-sense.”...

Martin Legassick's death has robbed us of an important Marxist political economist. ROAPE Online publishes his remarks prepared for the closing plenary of the World Association of Political Economy forum on 21 June, 2015 upon being awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award in Political Economy for the Twenty-First century....

Martin Legassick (20 December 1940 – 1 March 2016) was a revolutionary socialist, brilliant researcher, teacher and mentor. He was an outstanding scholar and a pioneer of radical revisionist history in South Africa and a comrade and contributor to ROAPE. Here we post tributes to him and links to some of his work....