Pavan Kulkarni
Kenyan left prepares for mass protests against controversial constitutional amendments

The amendments introduced by president Uhuru Kenyatta are, according to critics, aimed at cementing an opportunistic alliance with opposition leader Raila Odinga, and subverting the spirit of the constitution. The provisions have been struck down by a court

The near total strike in Lesotho’s garment sector enters fourth week

Protesting against the government’s failure to review the minimum wage for two consecutive years, 38,000 of roughly 40,000 workers in Lesotho’s garment industry have downed tools since May 14

AFRICOM military’s exercise: The art of creating new pretexts for propagating US interests

Phoenix Express 2021, the AFRICOM-sponsored military exercise involving 13 countries in the Mediterranean Sea region, concluded last week. While its stated aim was to combat “irregular migration” and trafficking, the US record in the region indicates more nefarious interests

Suspected police hand in death of youth in Swaziland sparks mass protests

The alleged role of the police in the death of Thabani Nkomonye has led to huge protests. Security forces attacked his memorial service and arrested student protesters, including Bafanabakhe Sacolo, secretary general of the Swaziland National Union of Students

South African dockworkers to boycott Israeli ships until total liberation of Palestinian people: Union

The dockworkers continue to boycott work on the Israeli ship Zim Shanghai which arrived at Durban port on May 20. All ships carrying cargo to and from Israel will be boycotted by dockworkers, South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) told Peoples Dispatch

Prison is a university for activists, says Abahlali’s George Bonono who was released on bail

George Bonono spoke to Peoples Dispatch about the conditions in prison and reminisced about the struggles of the shack-dwellers movement’s eKhenana occupation.

Bail plea hearing of Abahlali’s George Bonono postponed; movement calls charges a pack of lies

Shack-dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo has claimed that the state is buying time by seeking postponements as it has no evidence against George Bonono and two other members accused of conspiring to commit murder 

Civil society groups in Chad set to protest French-backed military takeover

Following the death of long-time president Idriss Déby, his son, Mahamat Déby, seized power on April 20 at the head of a military junta. Opposition parties have called for a civil disobedience campaign

Court hearing of Communist Party of Kenya members postponed to Monday

The court hearing of 12 members of the Communist Party of Kenya who were detained on Wednesday has been postponed. The police action against them came as the party was organizing a movement against the skewed COVID-19 strategy of the government

Death toll from armed clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur State rises to 132

The violence over the past weekend in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan’s West Darfur State, has led to over 130 deaths and over 200 injuries. Behind these clashes lie failures in the peace process involving the transitional government and rebel groups

Lack of political will and IPR rules stand in the way of mass vaccination for COVID-19

A proposal made by India and South Africa in October last year to waive certain Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of COVID vaccines has gained massive support across the world. Despite its potential to prevent millions of avoidable deaths, the US and its allies continue to block the proposal at the WTO.

India’s Central Warehousing Corporation workers protest demanding reinstatement

As many as 318 workers were dismissed without notice from the Central Warehousing Corporation plant in New Delhi in January. Some of the workers protested on Tuesday demanding their immediate reinstatement

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