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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....

Patrick Bond writes how the World Bank is blinded by its own dogma and unable to see the extent of South African poverty.To do so would violate the Bank’s foundational doctrine, that states the central problems of poverty can be solved by applying market logic. It is only by breaking with the logic of the market that real gains can be made for South Africa's poor....

South African writer and academic Heike Becker looks at South Africa's extraordinary student movement that in 2015 brought down symbols of colonialism and exploitation, fought against fee increases in higher education and called for the end of racism and of neo-liberal outsourcing practices of support services at universities. She asks if this was South Africa's 1968. ...

Over the last three years Ben Radley has been working on a documentary, We Will Win Peace, which is a critique of campaigns often led by western advocacy groups on ‘conflict minerals’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with their dominant narrative that has placed western consumers at the heart of the solution. In this blog Ben unpicks some of the issues involved. ...

Gary Littlejohn writes how the outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America, has spread across some 23 countries and has caught international health agencies by surprise. It has now shown up in recent months in Cape Verde, so it has returned to Africa after circling the globe eastwards in less than 70 years. Littlejohn asks what are the lessons from Africa for defeating the virus....

On the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution Brecht De Smet writes that the events in 2011 remain an inspiration for contemporary radical politics. However the counter-revolutionary Egyptian state holds the mirror up to the core countries of the West, which can recognize their own policies in the peripheral, broken reflection of an authoritarian, debt-ridden, and unstable regime....

Poursuivant notre collaboration avec Afriques en Lutte, Bruno Jaffré écrit que le Burkina a voté pour d’anciens proches de Blaise Compaoré renversé pourtant à la suite d’une puissante insurrection populaire. Cela, Jaffré écrit, peut paraitre paradoxal mais ce résultat est pourtant logique en regard de la réalité de la situation politique du pays. ...

With the launch of our our new website we reflect on how the Review of African Political Economy was established in 1974. ROAPE was founded with the aim to ‘examine the roots of Africa’s present condition’ and problems such as inequality and dependency. Yet, the Review did not seek to promote scholarly research for its own sake, but instead sought to engage with the actions required for transformation. ...