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Shawn Hattingh: Broken world, broken people – we need a path to a better future

We have to give people that are rightfully angry a home, but one that is healing and progressive and that not only aims for real democracy, mutual aid, belonging, respect, dignity, tolerance, humility and egalitarianism in the future, but as everyday practice

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Shawn Hattingh: South African state represssion

The state’s brutality   In the last year and a half in South Africa, approximately 40 people involved in protests and strikes have been killed at the hands of the police, including at Marikana. Many more people were beaten, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, arrested and some even tortured. The latest person, unfortunately, to Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: South Africa’s rulers have blood on their hands, again

Many people in South Africa were shocked by the death of at least 13 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops when rebels overran their base in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Amongst the public and within the media questions soon started arising around the possible reasons why troops were in CAR Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: Sugar Coating Explotation

Southern Africahas become well known for being one of the cheapest places to produce sugar. Consequently, million of tons are produced in the region every year. Two companies have come to dominate much of this lucrative industry: Illovo Sugar and Tongaat-Hulett. It is little wonder (given how profitable the sector is), that in 2012 these Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: What the Marikana Massacre tell us

The sight of policemen brutally gunning down striking mineworkers at Marikana was truly galling. At the very least 300 rounds of live ammunition were fired at workers (and not only those seen on TV) by the police using automatic assault rifles in a military style operation[i]: the infamous consequences being 34 workers killed and perhaps Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: Beacon of hope or smoke and mirrors?

Introduction   For many people on the left, within and outside of Southern Africa, the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ is seen as a beacon of socialist hope in a sea of capitalist despair [1]. The reason why many leftists feel so strongly attached to this project, and promote it as an alternative, is because they have come Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: Class war and imperialism in Greece

As the crisis in Europe has intensified, class war and imperialism have deepened in Greece. Indeed, the Greek working class has been subjected to further attacks from the local ruling class – comprised of capitalists and high ranking state officials – and imperialist powers. In order to receive the latest ‘bailout’ from the International Monetary Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: The South African state’s 2012 budget

Once again much media fanfare has broken out in aftermath of the South African state’s budget speech.  The business media in particular have fallen all over themselves to highlight how the state will be spending billions of Rands on infrastructure and the development of ‘Special Economic Zones’, supposedly to create employment and help the poor Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: South Africa’s ‘New Growth Path’

It has become common knowledge that South Africa is the most unequal country in the world[i]. Only 41% of people of working age are employed, while half of the people employed earn less than R 2 500 a month[ii]. Worse still, inequality is growing with wages as a share of the national income dropping from Read more…

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Shawn Hattingh: The Role of South Africa’s Ruling Class in the Rest of Africa

[i][ii]When walking down the streets of any town or city in sub-Saharan Africa one of the most striking things is the dominance of South African linked businesses. On almost every corner the neon lights and billboards of companies like MTN, Stanbic, Shoprite, Mr Price, Pick ‘n Pay, Nando’s etc. loom large. Some places, such as Read more…

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