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Obituaries

Vladimir Shubin celebrates the extraordinary life of an African scholar, activist and diplomat. Vasily Grigoryevich Solodovnikov, who died last year, spent decades working with African liberation movements. He worked tirelessly for the liberation of Southern Africa, and movements for colonial freedom across the continent. Shubin celebrates a legendary figure who was the first Russian citizen to be awarded the South African Order of O.R. Tambo....

Samir Amin, a ROAPE contributor and comrade, died last week, we post tributes from some of his comrades, students and friends. Ray Bush, Peter Lawrence, Issa Shivji, Ndongo Sylla, John Saul and Natasha Shivji celebrate the work and life of a rebel in the Marxist citadel. As Ndongo Sylla points out, Amin's life quest was to mark out what alternative paths can lead the ‘wretched of the earth’ towards an authentic human civilisation that capitalism can only refuse them. ...

Heike Becker writes about Claude Lanzmann’s close encounter with Frantz Fanon in 1961, and his fierce anti-colonial activism. Becker argues that we must remember the French filmmaker for more than his engagement with the European holocaust experience and his controversial support of Israel. Lanzmann took an ardent anti-colonialist stand against France’s colonial war in Algeria. ...

Peter Waterman, who died on 16 June, remained committed until the very last to internationalism and the key role that labour must play in any transformation to a post-capitalist order. In this obituary for roape.net Peter Cole writes how Waterman appreciated, better than most, the failures of Marxism and the Soviet Union. Writing for years about Africa, Waterman relentlessly promoted international solidarity, as a force, a movement, and a theory. Cole celebrates the exemplary life of a scholar-activist. ...

In this moving tribute to the writer and teacher Barbara Harlow who has recently died, Christopher J. Lee looks at the work of a women who dared to treat dispersed worlds, such as Palestine, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, and South Africa within a single framework. Harlow wrote about the conditions of political injustice, literature and liberation, writing with passion and commitment about the South African revolutionary Ruth First. ...

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. ...