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The myth of 1994 – women, resistance and power in South Africa

Roberto Sirvent interviews Koni Benson about her new book Crossroads: I Live Where I Like, that tells a sidelined story of the creation of the city of Cape Town, and the central role of movements led by African women in campaigning for public services. Benson speaks about how today there are over 2 million people in informal settlements, in a so-called ‘World Class’ city in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ - the great myth of the 1994 miracle.

“The international forces against Sankara were too much” – Victoria Brittain in conversation with...

Radical journalist Victoria Brittain discusses the life of Thomas Sankara with Brian J. Peterson. Peterson has written a biography which recounts in detail the life, politics and assasination of the Burkinabé revolutionary. The book sheds new light on the responsibility for Sankara’s murder. Brittain and Peterson talk about his work, and the project of transforming Burkina Faso in the 1980s.

Liberia’s Pan-Africanism: a reappraisal and interview with D. Elwood Dunn

Brooks Marmon introduces the work and life of D. Elwood Dunn. Dunn, a Liberian intellectual and former politician interviewed by Brooks, asserts Libera’s position in the pan-African, anti-colonial world in the 1970s. While Liberia was associated with moderate states in the 1960s, Dunn sees Liberia, under William R. Tolbert, as a progressive force helping to shape Africa’s post-colonial political trajectory.

Breaking the influence of international capital in Africa – an interview with Japhace Poncian

ROAPE interviews the Ruth First prize winner Japhace Poncian about the crippling influence of international capital on the continent, resource nationalism, and the need for Africa to break its dependence from foreign direct investment and technology and to harness its own resources. Japhace argues that Africa must build up its own technical, financial, and human capacities to master its own fate.

Economics and politics for liberation: an interview with Ndongo Sylla

In an interview with ROAPE’s Leo Zeilig, writer, researcher and activist Ndongo Samba Sylla speaks about his work, French imperialism in Africa, and the struggle for economic and political liberation in Senegal and the continent. Ndongo continues Samir Amin’s search for anti-capitalist political alternatives, grounded in a radical analysis of trends and developments across Africa, and the Global South.