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In a scathing appraisal of Liberia’s president ahead of elections in October, Robtel Neajai Pailey and Korto Reeves Williams argue that the over-glorification of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a feminist icon is deeply troubling. Sirleaf’s 12-year presidency has actually served the interests of a small, elite group of women and men in politics and upheld long-standing patriarchal norms in Liberia....

In the first of a two-part blogpost, Matt Swagler considers how the Russian Revolution drew the attention of Black intellectuals and workers from Africa and across the African diaspora. He argues that the revolution cemented the importance of Marxist ideas in debates about colonial and racial liberation for decades to follow. For a time the revolution showed that the struggles to liberate Africa from colonial rule and struggles against capitalism in the imperial countries were integrally linked. The second part of the blogpost will look at the influence of the Soviet Union on African liberation movements after World War II....