Africa

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Africa: A Directory of Resources
Thomas P. Fenton & Mary Heffron (eds.)
Book
1988
Africa in Crisis: The Causes, The Cures of Environmental Bankruptcy
Timberlake, Lloyd
Book
Africa in Crisis looks at the causes of African famine and how it is a symbol of a much deeper crisis. African droughts and famines are not just the results of a lack of rain but the end result of a ...
Africa rising? The economic history of sub-Saharan Africa
Olamosu, Biodun; Wynne, Andy
Article
2015
An overview of the economic history of sub-Saharan Africa since independence (around 1960 for most countries).
African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions (Book Review)
Fogel, Ben
Article
2012
This book sets out to place the host of new movements arising across the continent in a singular socio-political context.
An African Village Two decades of change in an African Village: New Internationalist May 2006 - #389
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A look at the lives of people living in African villages and how things have improved.
After the Party: Corruption and the ANC
Feinstein, Andrew
Book
2009
Andrew Feinstein is a former member of the African National Congress, and a critic of corruption within the congress. In his analysis, Feinstein discusses things such as the repression of debate withi...
Apartheid, Militarism and the U.S. Southeast
Seidman, Ann
Book
1990
This is an easy to understand economic report on the joint relation between U.S. policies in Africa and jobs, income and investment in the U. S. Southeast. Seidman examines how the daily realities of ...
The Arusha Declaration
Nyerere, Julius
Article
1967
Tanganyika African National Union's policy on Socialism and Self-Reliance.
The AT Reader: Theory and Practice in Appropriate Technology
Carr, Marilyn
Book
1985
An introduction to appropriate technology, both as an explanation of the concerpt and extensive examples and applications.
Book Review: C.L.R. James, A History of Pan-African Revolt (1939, 1969)
Quest, Matthew
Article
2012
A small and dangerous volume, this republication of C.L.R. James’s A History of Pan-African Revolt is a concise survey of Black freedom struggles in the United States, the Caribbean, and on the Africa...
'Civilising' the 'Blacks'; Why Britain needs to Maintain Her African Possessions
James, C.L.R.
Article
1936
Africans must win their own freedom. Nobody will win it for them. They need co-operation, but that co-operation must be with the revolutionary movement in Europe and Asia. There is no other way out. E...
Class and Colour in South Africa 1850-1950
Simons, H.J.; Simons, R.E.
Book
1969
A historical and sociological overview which provides a critical analysis of the Labour and National movements in South Africa and explores how and why the white working class traded its socialist pri...
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Library: Africa Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Africa.
A Death Sentence For Africa: The Durban Climate Deal And Eight Corporate Media Unmentionables
Article
2011
Carbon emissions, already at their peak, will continue to increase for at least the next eight years, pushing humanity closer to the brink of climate collapse. Rather than address the madness of a glo...
Dilemmas of Domination: The Unmaking of the American Empire
Bello, Walden
Book
2005
Argues that in a not-too-distant future the American empire's hidden weaknesses will pose fatal challenges to American supremacy.
The Earthscan Action Handbook
Litvinoff, Miles
Book
1990
A compendium of the world's major ills with suggestions for remedial action.
An Economic History of West Africa
Hopkins, A.G.
Book
1973
An examination of the economy of West Africa from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
Fighting the poachers on Africa's thin green line
Smith, David
Article
2013
Underpaid, ill-equipped and outnumbered, park rangers fight a one-sided war against vicious gangs of poachers. Hundreds have been murdered in the defence of endangered wildlife, and their deaths leave...
Global Visions: Beyond the News World Order
Brecher, Jeremy; Childs, John Brown; Cutler, Jill
Book
1993
This book seeks to establish how our diverse globalizing world can be turned into a common home. The authors create a dialogue about the two types of globalization occurring in the world: globalizatio...
A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
Ponting, Clive
Book
1991
Ponting tracks the "green" history of the world showing how throughout history civilizations have collapsed when they exhausted the earth's natural resources.
Harvest of Devastation: The Industrialization of Agriculture and its Human and Environmental Consequences
Vallianatos, E.G.
Book
1994
Explains how western farming practices being imposed in other countries harm peasant communities, indigenous cultures, and the ecology.
Liberation, Then What?: Against The Current vol. 124
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2006
In a lucid contribution to our understanding of contemporary Africa, David Seddon and Leo Zeilig recently charted that continent's two waves of popular protest and class struggle over the last 40 year...
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics... and U.S. Africa Command
Turse, Nick
Article
2016
One of the strangest news developments of our time is the way the media now focus for days, if not weeks, 24/7, on a single event and its ramifications. Omar Mateen's slaughter of 49 people at the Pul...
Manifestos, Programs, Visions: Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs
Website
1649
A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
Marxism and Anti-Imperialism in Africa
Website
A collection of writings by leaders of the Anti-Imperialist and Anti-apartheid movement and Marxists in Africa, and documents by and about all varieties of socialism in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A Marxist History of the World part 26: Africa: cattle-herders, iron-masters, and trading states
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Neil Faulkner looks at the early civilisations in Africa and how geography ensured the continent would develop differently from Eurasia.
A Marxist History of the World part 62: The Scramble for Africa
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The imperial competition to control Africa spawned a predatory colonialism of mines, plantations, and machine-guns and propelled humanity towards industrialised world war writes Neil Faulkner.
Mass Communications and American Empire
Schiller, Herbert I.
Book
1971
An in-depth look at international and domestic media, and the effect of capitalism on mass communications.
The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa
Saul, John S.
Book
2005
An indispensable guide to understanding how the resources of that era can be used to contribute to real liberation for the region and for the continent of Africa as a whole.
The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy in Southern Africa
Saul, John
Book
2005
Integrates the concrete observations of a seasoned observer and participant in southern African liberation struggles with analysis of and reflection on the large question of the place of southern Afri...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade
Ransom, David
Book
2001
Ransom suggests that fair, environmentally-conscious trade is not only a viable alternative to unfair free trade, but that it is the way of the future.
Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
Turse, Nick; Englehardt,Tom
Article
2015
The U.S. has been warring with the Islamic State (IS) for more than a year now. The centerpiece of that war has been an ongoing campaign of bombings and air strikes in Syria and Iraq, thousands upon t...
Out of Africa: A Migrant's Story: New Internationalist June 2005 - #379
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
An issue on the story of a nurse's return back to Kenya and the reason why she has worked so far away from home. Also, a discussion on a widespread crisis in international healthcare and the human co...
The People vs. Global Capital: The G-7, NTCs, SAPs, and Human Rights
Book
1994
This book includes testimony presented to the Tribunal, the text of the Tribunal's indictment, and proposals for follow-up to the event.
The Political Economy of Health
Doyal, Lesley
Book
1979
Power and Need in Africa: Basic Human Needs and Development Policies
Wisner, Ben
Book
1989
Ben Wisner makes a case for giving the poor of Africa the means to develop their own future. He shows how a new African renaissance could spring from a radical basic-needs approach. A renaissance whic...
Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa
Lewis, Stephen
Book
2005
This book is a compilation of the 2005 Massey Lectures on the topic of the Millennium Development Goals, with a special focus on AIDS in Africa. Lewis' lectures are personal and passionate in their d...
Revolutionary Traveller
Saul, John S.
Book
2009
John S. Saul draws on a series of his own occasional articles written over a span of forty years which, together with a linking narrative, serve to trace not only his own career as an anti-apartheid a...
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Saving the Tropical Forest
Gradwohl, Judith; Greenberg, Russell
Book
1990
Growing numbers of people around the world are developing techniques and practices to promote the wise use and preservation of our remaining forests. The authors believe that the time has come to impr...
The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912
Pakenham, Thomas
Book
1991
Describes the brief vicious scramble by Europe's imperial powers to seize colonies throughout the continent of Africa. Pakenham strips the impresarios of imperialism of their veneer of Victorian heroi...
The Silent Revolution in Africa: Debt, Development and Democracy
Cheru, Fantu
Book
1990
Cheru ascribes the crisis in Africa to its origins as export-led development rather than the natural factors such as drought and famine. He praises the evolution of ordinary Africans opting out of the...
The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440 - 1870
Thomas, Hugh
Book
1997
A comprehensive history of the Atlantic slave trade in which approximiately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in hou...
The Socialist Register 1969: Volume6: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1969
The Socialist Register 1970: Volume7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Socialist Register 1972: Volume 9: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
The Socialist Register 1980: Volume 17: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
Socialist Register 1992: Volume 28: New World Order?
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1992
Socialist Register 2003: Volume 39: Fighting Identities
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
South Africa's Deadly Decade of HIV Denial: Against The Current vol. 111
Bond, Patrick
Article
2004
The African National Congress has returned to power with an overwhelming majority in South Africa's third post apartheid democratic election. With millions of South Africans dying early because of AI...
Street Level Democracy: Political Settings at the Margins of Global Power
Barker, Jonathan; Cwikowski, Christine; Gombay, Kathrine; Shettima, Kole; Sundar, Aparna
Book
1999
A wide-ranging book that traces the conflicts between global power and local action. People in farming communities, town mosques, city markets, and fishing communities suffer the effects of wrenching ...
Suffering Strong
Mottem, Nicholas
Book
1989
This readable book tells readers much about the underlying causes of hunger in Africa. Through the author's powers of observation, the readers experience the horror of seeing both a starving child and...
Take a STAND Canada. An Interview on the Darfur advocacy group's path to success with director Ben Fine
Stavro-Beauchamp, Laura
Article
2006
An interview on the Darfur advocacy groups's path to success with director Ben Fine.
Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa
Turse, Nick
Book
2015
U.S. military is fighting shadow wars in Africa and claims that Africa is the "battlefield of tomorrow".
Wars for Africa's wealth: New Internationalist May 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
Discussion of the wealth in Africa, and the wars and violence which it has fuelled.
We Are the Poors : Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Desai, Ashwin
Book
2002
Follows the growth of the most unexpected community movements, beginning in one township of Durban, linking up with community and labor struggles in other parts of the country, and coming together in ...
Why we must stop this gay witch-hunt now
Makori, Henry
Article
2014
President Yoweri Museveni has done it. Against widespread expectation raised by his earlier pledge, the Ugandan leader turned around this week and signed into law the contentious Anti-Homosexuality Bi...
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
Book
2007
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.
Year 501: The Conquest Continues
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1993
An examination of the U.S. role in the world placed in the long historical perspective of the 500 years that followed the voyages of Columbus.
Zimbabwe: One state, one faith, one lord
Hove, Chenjerai
Article
The one-party system of Zimbabwe.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Africa Project for Participatory Society
APPS is an anti-racist and pro-feminist political initiative, and is committed to promoting radical social change. APPS is based on the following values: solidarity, self-management, diversity and equ...
Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Briarpatch
Briarpatch is Saskatchewan's independent alternative newsmagazine committed to building a socialist society. We provide an open forum for disadvantaged peoples and support progressive movements workin...
Canadian Crossroads International
CCI fosters global understanding by placing Canadian volunteers in the developing world, placing volunteers from developing nations in Canada, and sponsoring community education programs. Each year, m...
Equitas
Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education is a non-profit organization that advances equality, social justice and respect for human dignity through innovative education programs in Can...
Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
ESSF est une association de solidarit‚ internationale. Traitant d'un large ‚ventail de questions, notre site pr‚sente une information militante sur de nombreuses luttes et campagnes ; ainsi que des ar...
Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa
GRILA's goal is to contribute to the emergence and consolidation of self-directed and self-reliant development in Africa, and to foster international solidarity in support of this form of development....
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KAIROS brings together churches and religious organziations to respond to issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join faith with action for social transformation.
Marxsite
Trotskyist-leaning site with a relatively broad range of resources.
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
North-South Institute/L'Institut Nord-Sud
Provides policy-relevant research on the North-South issues of relations between industrialized and developing countries, in particular monitoring Canada's foreign policy role and its relations with t...
Ontario Council for International Cooperation
OCIC is a coalition of seventy organizations involved in international development and global education in Ontario which are active in Asia, Africa and Latin America. OCIC assists its members to co-or...
Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Guelph
OPIRG is committed to providing students and community members with a socially meaningful outlet for their skills and a hands-on lesson in participatory democracy.
Peace Magazine
Bimonthly publication focusing on peace and justice from a multi-partisan perspective.
PLAN International Canada
Plan International Canada strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of children, families and communities in more than 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central and Sout...
RAP 21
RAP 21 is an electronic network for the African press that exists to facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas and the latest information about the business of newspapers, issues related to press fr...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

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Africa: Cultural Appropriation - When 'Borrowing' Becomes Exploitation
Arewa, Olufunmilayo
2016
The idea of "cultural appropriation" has recently entered mainstream debates about the ways in which African cultural creations are used, borrowed and imitated by others. In fashion, art, music and be...
Africa Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to Africa in the Sources directory for the media.
African Journalists leaders summit outlines strategies to roll back impunity and defend journalists' rights
Sources News Release
2009
Leaders of the Federation of African Journalists have condemned at their biannual meeting in Djibouti on June 23rd, the unsafe and precarious working conditions of journalists in Africa.
Content Magazine - Number 89
September/ October 1978
FAJ says African journalists face series of threats ranging from safety and security, repressive laws, oppressive regimes
Sources News Release
2009
Journalists and media workers in Africa face series of threats ranging from safety and security, repressive laws, oppressive regimes, monopolies, bad labour practices and unfair competition.
IPS Africa Launches Reporting Gender-Based Violence Handbook
Sources News Release
2010
Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa has launched a new handbook for reporters to support sustained media coverage of gender-based violence beyond 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children.
Line in the sand: Africa's 'green wall' aims to stop desert's growth
Villagers will help establish 15km-wide swath of trees as a nature reserve
Caramel, Laurence
2011
The Great Green Wall is a pan-African plan to halt desertification through reforestation.
Live News Africa
A Survival Guide for Journalists
2007
Provides practical information for journalists who plan to travel to Africa for on site work including circumstances of danger specific to the country and then possible consequences a journalist may...
Media Alert West Africa
2006-2007: Annual State of the Media Report
2008
An annual publication on the poltiical, economic and social conditions of the media in West Africa published by the Media Foundation for West Africa.
Slavery in modern Africa
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Slavery in Africa continues today. Slavery existed in Africa before the arrival of Europeans - as did a slave trade that exported millions of Africans to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Persian...
World Press Freedom Day: Statement from the Media Foundation for West Africa
Sources News Release
2009
The theme for this year's celebration of World Press Freedom Day, Media, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, could not have been more appropriate in any other year than this one, particularly for count...

From the Connexions Archives

Inter-Church Coalition on Africa
Organization profile published 1983
Organization
1983
New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.