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A Revolutionary Speech: Patrice Lumumba and the Birth of the Republic of Congo

By: 
Ludo de Witte

A Revolutionary Speech: Patrice Lumumba and the Birth of the Republic of Congo

Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first democratically elected Prime Minister, was executed 55 years ago on 17th January, 1961. He had been beated and tortured in a culmination of two assassination plots by the Belgian government and the CIA, ordered directly by President Dwight Eisenhower to ‘eliminate’ the charismatic leader, with the cooperation of British intelligence and Katangan authorities. 

Silencing America as it prepares for war

By: 
John Pilger

The 2016 election campaign is remarkable not only for the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders but also for the resilience of an enduring silence about a murderous self-bestowed divinity. A third of the members of the United Nations have felt Washington’s boot, overturning governments, subverting democracy, imposing blockades and boycotts. Most of the presidents responsible have been liberal – Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

Lessons from the Orignal War on Coal: Class Conflict and the Fossil Economy

By: 
Dayton Maritndale

In Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, Andreas Malm seeks to determine how and why coal came to uphold “our commerce and our state.” This is not merely an academic exercise: Malm hopes the early days of fossil power might provide some clues as to how the coal industry became the destructive behemoth it is today. If we know how the fossil economy came into being, he suggests, we might be better prepared to end it.

Towards a New Anti-Capitalist Politics

By: 
Jerome Roos

An in-depth assessment of the current malaise of the international left and speculations on a way forward, rooted mainly in struggles over everyday life (reproduction of capital), restoring the commons, and renewing democracy.  From the founder of ROAR Magazine (roarmag.org), but this is a more accessible link to the article, I think.

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