In this second part of Amandla’s look at the life of Fidel Castro and his role on the African continent, Amandla regular Doug Miller talks to Montreal anthropologist, writer, radio broadcaster and filmmaker Ole Gjerstad who was a witness of the Cuban presence in Angola.
Gjerstad offers a rare first-hand look at the Cuban presence in Africa and how Castro contributed to the liberation struggles on the continent.
Gwen Schulman speaks with Isaac Saney on the relationship of Cuba, under Castro, and Africa.
Isaac Saney is Director and Black Studies Senior Instructor, he holds a PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom. The SOAS is recognized as one the world’s premiere centres for the study of Africa. His teaching has encompassed courses on Africa, the Caribbean, Cuba, and Black Canadian history. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Cuba: A Revolution in Motion (Zed Books, 2004).
Amandla’s Gwen Schulman talked to Pan-African Baraza’s Firoze Manji about his recent trip to Jackson, Mississippi as an official observer to the fact-finding mission being conducted by the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.
The 1988 Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Southern Angola led to the stunning defeat of apartheid South Africa’s military supremacy in Southern Africa, paving the way for Namibian independence and accelerating the demise of apartheid. On the 25th anniversary of this key moment in history, Gwen Schulman talks to Ameth Lô of the Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa on the decisive role played by Cuban forces in the battle and the ensuing changes.
In 1987/88 the battle became an important episode in the Angolan Civil War (1975 to 2002). Between 9 September and 7 October 1987, the Angolan Army (FAPLA), in an attempt to finally subdue the Angolan insurgent movement UNITA in south-eastern Angola, was decisively repelled in a series of battles at the Lomba River by the South African Army (SADF), which had once more intervened on UNITA’s behalf. With FAPLA retreating to their starting point at Cuito Cuanavale, the SADF and UNITA went on the offensive and started the siege by shelling Cuito with long-range artillery on 14 October. A major battle ensued and Angola, fearing a defeat, requested help from Cuba. With Cuban reinforcements, Cuito was held and the South African advance ended after six unsuccessful attempts to overcome the FAPLA-Cuban defences between 13 January and 23 March 1988. The SADF withdrew but continued to shell Cuito from a distance.
Le militant Mohamed Kadamy qui est venu au Forum Social comme membre de l’Association française de solidarité avec les peuples d’Afrique présente un portrait de la situation dans son pays. Répression, arrestations d’opposants politiques dans cette dictature qui jouit d’une situation géostratégique clé dans la corne de l’Afrique. La question se pose : y aura-t-il un printemps djiboutien?
Enseignant à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Aziz Salmone Fall estime que les crises en Somalie, en Libye et au Mali doivent pousser l’Afrique à s’unir. Cette unité doit être matérialisée par la mobilisation d’une force militaire africaine pour libérer le Nord Mali de l’occupation islamiste. Membre fondateur du Mouvement pour les Assises de la gauche (Mag) et coordonnateur de la campagne internationale « Justice pour Sankara », le Pr. Fall est également d’avis que la sécurité et la stabilité du Sénégal dépendront d’une politique proactive panafricaine. Continue reading “Ce qui se passe au Mali doit pousser l’Afrique à s’unir”→
Amandla’s Zahra Moloo talks to Asad Ismi, International affairs correspondent for the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Monitor and author of the radio series “The Ravaging of Africa”. Ismi speaks about the role of US imperial policies in the Sudan and South Sudan.