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Arndt Hopfmann asks what the legacy of the Russian Revolution can tell us about industrialisation and radical political transformation in the Global South, and in Africa in particular. He argues that there are lessons for the political economy of development and industrialization policies that must be learnt if we are serious about radical transformation today....

Heike Becker reports on the important Rosa Luxemburg conference in Berlin, which focused on Africa. However, the conference left her feeling profoundly uneasy. How can an event that claims to “question power” on the continent ignore the popular movements, mostly of young people, against authoritarian regimes, against enduring racism, austerity, and myriad forms of social inequality? Whose power, she asks, is not questioned?...

In a major critique of David Harvey's work, the radical political economist John Smith takes on Harvey's claim that the “East” is now exploiting the “West,” a statement, he argues, that is backed up by nothing more than his authority. Harvey could not be more wrong, or about a bigger issue. The root of Harvey's error is his denial that the global shift of production to low-wage countries represents a major deepening of imperialist exploitation....

In the latest blogpost on the ROAPE/Third World Network workshop in Accra, Elisa Greco argues that uncovering and documenting rural and urban struggles which often do not make the headlines is one of the key tasks of activist-intellectuals. Analysing the contradictions internal to these struggles, she argues, requires a ruthless analysis of their internal contradictions and necessitates a sustained optimism of the will....

A recent ROAPE blog provided evidence of some negative impacts of the agricultural reform in Rwanda, and several ROAPE articles have critiqued claims of success. Chris Huggins author of a new book, Agricultural Reform in Rwanda: Authoritarianism, Markets and Zones of Governance, critically examines the political economy of contemporary agricultural reform in Rwanda....

ROAPE and Third World Network-Africa's workshop in Accra in November 2017 had about sixty participants, and gave us the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas in a reasonably small gathering. We believe that we are some way towards crafting a preliminary agenda for radical political economy on the continent, and drawing into the journal (and website) researchers and activists. We have included here some photos of the workshop. ...

In this blogpost, Cemal Burak Tansel and Brecht De Smet introduce a ROAPE Debate Special Issue on the Egyptian revolution. Edited by Cemal Burak Tansel, the issue debates the process of revolution and counter-revolution, the agency of ‘the people’ and of the ruling classes in times of popular revolt. roape.net readers can access the articles for free by logging-in / registering on the Briefings and Debate page of the website....

David Seddon reviews the extraordinary events in Zimbabwe, which saw the end of Mugabe's 37 year rule. Ordinary people of Zimbabwe, who have experienced decades of repression and hardship, are rejoicing and are optimistic, but very soon, Seddon argues, there must be a renewed, popular struggle for the future of Zimbabwe....