Eritreans win right to challenge the corporate use of conscript labour in a Canadian court

In a recent ruling in a British Columbia appeals court, 3 Eritrean refugees pushed back against Canadian mining company Nevsun Resources, and convinced a court to hear their claims that Nevsun has been using conscript labour at its mine in Bisha, Eritrea. Gwen Schulman talks to Eritrean activist Daniel Tseghay about this important, precedent-setting case.


Zimbabwe at a crossroads – What next?

Zahra Moloo interviews Obert Madondo about recent political events in Zimbabwe, including the swearing in of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president of the country. Obert Madondo is the Ottawa-based founder and editor of the independent publications, the Canadian Progressive and the Zimbabwean Progressive. He is also a photographer and former development worker who was involved in Zimbabwe’s opposition movement before moving to Canada.

Interview of Gertrude Hambira, former head of Zimbabwe’s General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union

Gwen Schulman interviews Gertrude Hambira who was the former head of Zimbabwe’s General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union, before she fled for her life after producing a documentary critical of Mugabe’s land reforms. She now lives in Winnipeg.

Africa & the Global South : the struggle for climate justice

Christian Aid’s Mohammed Adow explains the key demands of Africa and the rest of the global South at the UN climate conference in Bonn. Produced by Terna Gyuse.

The uncertain future of Kenya

Zahra Moloo talks to renowned Kenyan investigative journalist John Allan Namu, on the political uncertainty in Kenya right now, land grabs and much more.

François Compaore, brother of ex-Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore, arrested in Paris

The former dictator of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore with his brother François Compaoré

Gwen Schulman in conversation with Ameth Lo about François Compaoré, the reviled brother of former Burkinabé president Blaise Compaoré, and the international warrant for his arrest that may just be catching up with him.

Kalushi : The Story of Solomon Mahlangu

Wednesday September 27, the Gala Opening of the Montreal Black Film Festival featured Kalushi – The Story of Solomon Mahlangu directed and produced by south African film-maker Mandla Dube. Ole Gjerstad and Doug Miller reviewed the film for Amandla listeners. A must see for the history and the excellent quality of the production and acting by an all South African cast. Doug also interviewed another South African film-maker, Joseph Oesi, who read a message from his friend, Mandla Dube, at the Gala about his goals and hopes for the film.

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Kalushi is a true story about nineteen-year-old Solomon Mahlangu, a hawker from the streets of Mamelodi—a ghetto township outside Pretoria, South Africa. He is brutally beaten by police. Following the 1976 Soweto uprisings, Kalushi exiles himself to join the liberation movement. He returns from military training in Angola en route to his mission, where his friend and comrade Mondy loses control and shoots two innocent people on Johannesburg’s Goch Street. Mondy is severely beaten and tortured; Kalushi is forced to stand trial under the common purpose doctrine. The state seeks the highest punishment from the court: death by hanging. Kalushi has his back against the wall and uses the courtroom as a final battlefield. His sacrifice immortalizes him into a hero of the struggle and an international icon of June 16, 1976.

Système Franc CFA: Tutelle économique et sous-développement durable

Yacine Mansar réalise une entrevue avec Ndongo Samba Sylla, économiste du développement à la Fondation Rosa Luxemburg à Dakar (Sénégal).

M.Sylla livre son analyse sur les tenants et les aboutissants d’une monnaie coloniale qui n’a plus de raisons d’être, si ce n’est de continuer à assurer les intérêts de la France dans la zone Franc et de maintenir dans un état de sous-développement durable les 14 pays qui partagent cette monnaie. Il nous propose dans cette entrevue ses réflexions sur des pistes de sortie du Franc CFA, sortie qui selon lui est impérative non seulement d’un point de vu décolonial et souverain mais aussi d’un point de vu démocratique.

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Unlearning and Remembering: Putting History back into the struggle against mining exploitation in Tanzania


Gwen Schulman talks to journalist Zahra Moloo about her article “All That Glitters: Neoliberal Violence, Small-Scale Mining, and Gold Extraction in Northern Tanzania,” in the recently published collection Against Colonization and Rural Disposession, edited by Dip Kapoor .

Rising tensions at Canadian mining site in Madagascar

Madagascar has thrown its doors open to foreign mining interests and Canadian mining companies have stepped right in, to ill effect.

Gwen Schulman talks to Jamie Kneed of Canadian Mining Watch on growing tension between farmers in Vohitsara, in Eastern Madagascar, and Canadian company DNI Metals exploring graphite ore deposits in the country.