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A thread for a forgotten continent. Post anything related to:

Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic (CAR)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Cote d’Ivoire
Equatorial Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Sudan


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After 30 years of rule by the African National Congress, South Africa is ripe for political change in next month’s elections.

The party of Nelson Mandela that led the fight against apartheid made initial strides in dismantling racist laws, firing up the economy and increasing access to health and education.

But the ANC’s performance over the past decade has been dismal: The economy barely grew as power cuts and logistical snarlups stifled output; the unemployment rate stands at 32%; crime and corruption are endemic.

So it may seem counter-intuitive that the rand tanked when a shock poll showed ANC support falling to 37%, down some 20 percentage points from five years ago — itself the worst result since the end of White minority rule.

The poll’s methodology has been questioned, but most other surveys show the party losing its parliamentary majority on May 29, albeit by a smaller margin.

If these snapshots are accurate, then coalition government looms. That doesn’t bode well if the municipal experience is anything to go by, with several coalition-governed cities suffering halts to water delivery, refuse collection and other basic services as partners wrangle over power.

More worrying for investors is the prospect, however distant, of the ANC allying with the Economic Freedom Fighters party, which proposes nationalizing mines and placing all land in state custodianship. In an interview yesterday, EFF leader Julius Malema indicated that he’s open to joining a government including the ANC.

There are also concerns that the newly formed uMkhonto weSizwe Party backed by discredited former President Jacob Zuma may join any coalition.

Zuma’s time in office was marred by the looting of billions of dollars of taxpayer funds and the systematic hollowing out of state institutions.

If political change is indeed coming for South Africa, then all those clamoring for it need to brace for the turbulence ahead.


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Since everyone on leftypol is always most curious on LGBTQIA+ positions:

The EFF affirms and celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) persons and all people of diverse sexual orientations.
The EFF also acknowledges the existence of other evolving acronyms and terms which people use to describe their gender, sexuality, and sex characteristics. Although there has been some progress on LGBTQIA+ equality in South Africa, there is much more to be done as LGBTQIA+ people face a number of challenges in accessing their rights and are vulnerable to discrimination and hate-motivated violence.
The intersection of gender, race, and social class makes LGBTQIA+ persons even more vulnerable to discrimination and hate-motivated violence. With black lesbian women being the most vulnerable to sexual violence, and more specifically to what is called 'corrective rape,' which is a gruesome act of violence against lesbians and queers. LGBTQIA+ persons are often discriminated against in the labour market, in schools, hospitals, and churches, and they are at-risk group for poor mental health.
They experience depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide at a higher level than the general population. Therefore, more aggressive public awareness campaigns aimed at positively changing social norms which declare LGBTQIA+ sexual preferences as abnormal are needed.
The EFF works tirelessly to eliminate the inequalities that LGBTQIA+ people face due to sexual orientation and trans status. In relation to LGBTQIA+, the EFF government will ensure that the following key interventions are made: The EFF government will raise awareness of the specific
needs of LGBTQIA+ people by developing programmes on gender and sexual diversity.
The EFF government will monitor & address homophobic hate crimes and introduce harsher sentences for such crimes.
The EFF government will introduce ‘X’ gender markers in official documents to enable non-binary people to be legally recognized.
The EFF government will provide training to health and social professional staff on LGBTQIA+ identities that address barriers faced due to sexual orientation, trans status; this will extend to the amendment of sex description laws that will empower the Home Affairs department to expedite ID alterations for all applications of transgender people.
The EFF government will ensure LGBTQIA+ people have equal access to public services.
The EFF government will ensure that LGBTQIA+ people have fair and equal access to reproductive and fertility services.
The EFF government will provide necessary funding for LGBTQIA+ inclusive education.
The EFF government will ensure all learners leave school with a thorough understanding of gender & sexual diversity
through age-appropriate teaching at all levels, embedding learning within the curriculum.
The EFF government will ensure better access to services by addressing homophobia, biphobia, & transphobia within public services, and ensure access to free gender-affirming treatment in all healthcare facilities.
The EFF government will provide gender-neutral toilets and changing facilities in all public spaces.
The EFF government will ensure that frontline police officers receive training on LGBTQIA+ issues so that they can accurately record cases of anti-LGBTQIA+ hate crimes.
The EFF government will ensure that gender-based violence services are adequately funded so that they have enough resources to support LGBTQIA+ survivors.
The EFF government will establish LGBTQIA+ support services across the country, including in rural and township areas.
The EFF government will work with sporting codes to end LGBTQIA+ discrimination in sports, to ensure that LGBTQIA+ people can fully participate in grassroots and community
The EFF government will amend the Facilities Regulations Act and related regulations to enable the implementation of gender-neutral toilet facilities in schools, public facilities, and workplaces to benefit transgender populations and people outside of the gender binary.
The EFF government will amend the Child Care Act and related legislation to impose penalties for unfair discrimination against LGBTQIA+ individuals in relation to adoption processes.


Can someone tell me about Zimbabwe. What was it and what happened?


>Zimbabwe is a landlocked country of southern Africa. It shares a 125-mile (200-kilometre) border on the south with the Republic of South Africa and is bounded on the southwest and west by Botswana, on the north by Zambia, and on the northeast and east by Mozambique. The capital is Harare (formerly called Salisbury). Zimbabwe achieved majority rule and internationally recognized independence in April 1980 following a long period of colonial rule and a 15-year period of white-dominated minority rule, instituted after the minority regime’s so-called Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965.


I think they meant about Mugabe.
>Having dominated Zimbabwe's politics for nearly four decades, Mugabe was a controversial figure. He was praised as a revolutionary hero of the African liberation struggle who helped free Zimbabwe from British colonialism, imperialism, and white minority rule. Critics accused Mugabe of being a dictator responsible for economic mismanagement and widespread corruption and human rights abuses, including anti-white racism, crimes against humanity and genocide.


kill the settler, kill the boer (gigabased)


mugabe was very average as far as 20th century postcolonial leaders go. anyone telling you he was a principled anticolonial communist is lying, anyone telling you he was an evil genocider of whites who personally ran the country into the ground is lying



It'd be really cool if Senegal ended up joining the Alliance of Sahel States (so they aren't landlocked anymore) but I'm not sure if they want to invite the hostility from ECOWAS


Besides South Africa, which other countries currently have socialist or left wing parties gaining popularity?


El Sissy will liberate Palestine in two more weeks comrades


US follows France out of Africa
A shaort update on developments in West Afica. >Russia for security
>China for infrastructure
>West gtfo
The future looks brighter.


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Every 60 seconds in africa a minute passes




Very cool, are these the people who did the kill the boer song?


when will at least one country in Africa become communist? I'm waiting for 123 years now


The day any country in the world becomes "communist"
For now, we can only wait for a dictatorship of the proletariat.
Angola still has its "communist" flag.


I meant dictatorship of the proletariat(socialism slowly replacing capitalism with communism, by having the working class as the dominant class and oppressing the bourgeoisie slowly into non-existence, and by consequence also abolishing the state since the state is only an apparatus of class violence and bla bla bla bla bla) instead of actual communism

I'm stiilll waiting 123 YEARS and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED


Ethiopia, Angola, Mozambique?


uh idk? they look pretty bourgeois to me except for the designs of the flags and coat of arms of angola and mozambique


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I've been visiting Algeria every year since my mother's side of the family lives there. It's such a militarist partriarchal capitalist shithole. The roads begin alright in Algiers but the further you go south the more fear creaps in your mind you're gonna crash somewhere because the roads are fucked and there is no phone stations. Even some beaches are guarded by the military if you wanna go there and there isn't a single bigger city where you won't met a porky trying to control and overlook what you're doing. Don't get me started on how fucking afraid women have to be to go out when it's getting darker. My wife and I went to a local port and some guys really tried harassing her. Thank goodness I wasn't alone with her. The homeless are everywhere and most have to work till late hours when they're not in the military or a police man. This country needs to get rid of capitalism.


but Haz says Algeria is socialist


They are not anymore, but they were in the past. Ethiopia was marxist leninist


I see… It was probably either CIA or the fall of the USSR that lead to their collapse I think


Man, I wish because the sense of community and everyone wanting to help eachother out (when you meet someone normal) is actually greater than any european shithole I've ever visited.
>but Haz says


sounds just like brazil tbh


>Man, I wish because the sense of community and everyone wanting to help eachother out (when you meet someone normal) is actually greater than any european shithole I've ever visited.
still sounds like brazil


Burkina Faso is having an interesting time at first glance, does anyone know more about what is happening


<no article nothing
>what happening?
In what regard retard?



>The attackers were reportedly wearing uniforms with Zairean flags. In videos surfacing on social media, they claimed that they “want to change the situation in the management of the republic.”
>According to unconfirmed local media reports, the leader of the attackers was Christian Malanga, who was known as a staunch government critic, and an active member of the Congolese diaspora in the US.


One of the white guys involved in the coup attempt is a weed entrepreneur, made me immediately think of that book Bayou of Pigs about druggie Nazis and klansmen teaming up with Rastafarians to overthrow the govement of Dominica in the early 80s


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What's the situation in Congo like? Any rising up of the working class for a revolution?


Rwanda and to a lesser extent Uganda pillaging the east of the country, if you wanna see socialist politics on the march look to Zambia and SA


Yeah I got similar vibes from this one. Or a bit like the plot to overthrow Obiang in Eq. Guinea but that had more professional people. These guys seemed like washed-up goons. Much more of an outright criminal / money thing I suspect.

The Israelis being involved is something I can believe, but I don't get U.S. vibes from this because the DRC government is pretty pro-U.S. from I understand. They vote with Ukraine in the U.N. and say anti-Russian things. They've also said that Rwanda is behaving towards the DRC like Russia is behaving towards Ukraine to build Western support to pressure Rwanda. It's not like a regime that NATO has a problem with, y'know?


Also the "WE DON'T HAVE TIME" is saying you don't have time to think or analyze because that takes longer than firing off a tweet. In relatively recent history, all it took to start a civil war in some of these countries was a few million dollars and a couple dozen guys. I read a book about one of these wars and mercenaries recently and the motivations were just completely mercenary, ideology wasn't a factor. There were even cases like the MPLA, the Marxist-Leninist party that won the Angolan civil war, hiring Afrikaans-speaking Boer mercenaries to eliminate UNITA which they had previously fought for when they were soldiers in the Apartheid regime in South Africa.


One of four Southern African anti-Imperialist states, they went to the shitter partially because of sanctions and primarily cause Mugabe and his party is corrupt to the boot. Reason why they're handpicked as "the failure" is because, funnily enough, they're the only one that failed. Angola, Mozambique and Namibia are all still poor (primarily because literally all of them were in civil wars till 1992) but are prospering and growing rapidly, while Zimbabwe didn't (but no longer, they're still inflation ridden but are growing fast too)


What's going on in Zambia right now?


Zambia's socialist party was the fastest growing political party two years ago, was met with a lot of repression but where's there's repression there is strength and fear from the establishment


pls zambia come liberate the first world


Sorry dog you're just gonna have to settle for listening to Witch and Amanaz for now


Aren't they trying to nationalize oil production and shit?


>Zambia's socialist party was the fastest growing political party two years ago
Now they're dead I imagine?


>Aren't they trying to nationalize oil production and shit?
There was a coup by young army officers last year which have made nods to a more Sankaraist vision, with the asigned transitional PM being a well known pro-sankara socialist radio/TV personality.
There has been talk of nationalisaiton and so on but the main issue now though is the insurgency and trying to form regional links, as several of these regional countries are realising they are really to small to survive independently in competition.


Haz is a fucking retard who claimed to have 10 years of being a Marxist theorist while only being 20 years old, anyone who can't see he's full of shit wasn't very smart to begin with



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Anyone got sources on how the Boer republics functioned? Anything from general books on the topic to articles describing specific subjects are welcome.


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based tbqh
uploaded these in this order so it looks like a "great success!" meme


>I've been visiting Algeria every year since my mother's side of the family lives there. It's such a militarist partriarchal capitalist shithole.
I like reading "what is like to live in X" country on Quora because you'll see a description like "Algeria is a fascinating mix of traditional and modern culture, stunning natural beauty, and warm hospitality" (checks out though) and then the next post is a local person who's actually from there who says that Algerians like to slavishly copy people from richer countries (just the bad parts though, not the humanism or critical thinking) so you'll encounter violently homophobic guys walking around with rainbow LGBT pride shirts.


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Zambia is the free terrory of Africa!


>Burkina Faso


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It's crazy how hot Nigeria is but I only hear about it because I follow some accounts on Nigerian twitter.


It's a big continent. That's not all the landlocked countries in Africa either. Being landlocked isn't a big problem, look at Europe. Abiy's just trying to distract from all the other problems by whining about a non-existent problem. The fuck does he need a navy for when his army is so shit he can't even defeat FANO.


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The Eisenhower wasn't in the Red Sea just for Yemen. Based Black Agenda Report contributor noticing. https://blackagendareport.com/ one of the premier sources for reporting on Africa.


All the buisness and international press is pushing for an ANC-DCA governemnt.
How do you feel about seeing the ANC publichly shoot itself in the head anions?


It looks like Senegal is joining the other Sahel states.
Does anyone else think it more and more looks like important change and future is on the cards for Africa in general, or am i to optimistic?


probably too optimistic but i hope so too anon. time to learn french


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I think there is hope for south and central africa too, anon. the EFF is an explicitly communist party and polls almost 2M votes after competing only 3 national elections and advocate for a south and central Africa but eventually a pan-african union.
So yea, good news, you don't have to learn french. :)


Too optimistic. Nothing ever happens


<Mired in a devastating, ultraliberal policy of austerity, Nigeria's President Bola Tinubu is now facing an "indefinite general strike". Economically strangled, victims of murderous attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram and the criminal practices of the multinational Shell, Nigerians can't take it anymore! A triple crisis that is totally predictable, since it is directly linked to the "conditional" loans that Africa's most populous country has contracted with the IMF and the World Bank…

>On May 31, Nigeria's two main trade unions, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade-Union Congress (TUC), called an "indefinite general strike" to demand a substantial increase in the minimum wage and protest against the massive decline in living standards.

>The government's ultra-liberal policies, applauded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have led to hellish inflation and a rapid massification of poverty. Inflation stood at 30% in 2023 and reached 33.6% in April 2024, with the immediate consequence of families no longer being able to feed themselves and going without eggs, meat or milk.

>Obeying the IMF's so-called "recommendations", which are in fact injunctions, the government had already decided, as soon as it came to power a year ago, to put an end to fuel subsidies, with the immediate effect of tripling fuel prices. This was just one of the measures suggested by the IMF.

<Forced austerity

>Other neoliberal measures, such as the lifting of all restrictions on the foreign exchange market and austerity measures for the public sector, have also been implemented since last year on the pretext of restoring public finances.

>These measures are being ruthlessly implemented in a country where 40% of the population is already below the poverty line, according to the World Bank's own figures.

>As the population sinks ever deeper into survival, the IMF, in its latest report, rejoices and congratulates the Nigerian government: "Nigeria has embarked on the path of ambitious reforms under the new administration of President Bola Tinubu, with the aim of restoring macroeconomic stability and supporting more inclusive growth."

>Negotiations on the minimum wage were eagerly awaited. The minimum wage is currently 30,000 naira (around 20 euros), while the unions are demanding that it be raised to 494,000 naira (around 300 euros).

>Unsurprisingly, the strike was well attended, with major power cuts, air traffic disruptions, complete closure of schools, and more. The scale of the strike forced the government to reopen negotiations, and the unions to call a truce for the duration.

<The consequences of submission to the IMF

>Nothing is settled, however, and the IMF and World Bank continue to press for no let-up in austerity reforms.

>Thus, for example, on June 14, the World Bank granted a loan of 2.25 billion dollars, specifying: "The key is to maintain the momentum generated by President Bola Tinubu's new economic policies, which place the country on a new path that can stabilize its economy and ultimately lift its people out of poverty".

>In concrete terms, this new path, welcomed by the World Bank and the IMF, led last May to a doubling of electricity prices. It was this last outrageous measure that triggered the anger of the unions and the people.

>What is happening in Nigeria is what has already happened to many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America that have followed the "recommendations" of the International Monetary Fund to obtain loans.

>The logic behind the conditions imposed by the IMF is always the same. Namely: the withdrawal of the state, privatization of public services, the end of support for basic necessities, and so on.

<IMF and World Bank: objective allies of terrorism

>The withdrawal of the State and public services, and the massive impoverishment of the population, are a key breeding ground for terrorist groups who are attempting to destabilize the country, as they have throughout the region. Unsurprisingly, they have taken advantage of this social crisis to re-launch their offensives.

>Several suicide attacks were carried out in Borno state, one of the strongholds of the Boko Haram group, on Saturday June 29, with a very heavy toll presented as follows by the state police report: "So far, eighteen people, including children, men, women and pregnant women, have been killed in the attacks […], nineteen other victims are also seriously injured".

>Mass pauperization and the despair it engenders are one of the key elements present in all the countries where terrorist groups have established a foothold. In this sense, neoliberalism and its economic policies, imposed by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, are objective allies of terrorist destabilization.

>Moreover, advocating the withdrawal of the state and the privatization of public services prevents the state from being able to build the nation. These measures lead to the virtual abandonment of certain regions in order to concentrate resources on sites that are profitable for multinationals. These structural reforms isolate certain regions, undermining national unity and creating a feeling of abandonment in vast areas of the country.

>An effective fight against terrorist destabilization can only be waged with popular support. It requires the presence of the State and its assumption of the role of producer of national unity and cohesion.

>Moreover, economic insecurity often leads people to withdraw into their own ethnic or community group, with a tendency for inter-community tensions to develop. This is borne out by Amnesty International's latest report, published on June 26, which estimates that 2,500 people were killed in clashes between herders and farmers in Benue State alone (for the period from January 2023 to February 2024).

<Shell's polluting ravages

Finally, the injunction of the IMF and the World Bank to base all development on private capital alone, and essentially on multinationals, leads borrowing African states to abandon all control over private investors in the hope of welcoming more of them. In this respect, the example of the Shell multinational is caricatural.

>For decades, this multinational has been criticized for its dangerous and criminal practices, which are described as follows by the Nigerian NGO HEDA: "Frequent oil leaks from its infrastructure and inadequate maintenance and clean-up practices have contaminated water tables and drinking water sources, poisoned agricultural land and fishing reserves, and seriously harmed the health and livelihoods of local people".

>Today, Shell wishes to sell its activities to another company, on terms that have been denounced by Isa Sanusi, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria:

>"There is a great risk that Shell will pocket billions of euros from the sale of this business and walk away, leaving the victims of harm without recourse, in the grip of continuing abuses and damage to their health. Guarantees and financial assurances must be put in place to remedy existing contamination without delay, and to protect people from future damage, before this proposed sale is given the green light. Shell cannot be allowed to shirk its responsibilities in terms of pollution clean-up; it must repair the very significant damage it has caused in the region."

>This example alone underlines the fact that African states and nations don't need less state, as imposed by the IMF and the World Bank, but more state; in other words, patriotic states pursuing self-centered development policies and nation-building policies.

Saïd Bouamama



That’s not the entire story. Yes tinubu’s policies led to societal-level damages, but the crisis faced would’ve happened without cuts, because the country’s economy was running on subsidized imports and oil revenues. Currently the national currency has stabilized without needing anymore subsidation, more anti corruption programs are being enacted, and the inflation rate is slowing down and set to decline for the first time in decades.


Additionally, part of why the debt got so bad over there is due to the countries poor tax collection methods. Most of taxes Nigerians pay never reach the governments of that place, which means the revenue most municipal, state, and federal organizations need to pay off the loans and manage the country. If you want a stat of the disparity in tax revenue the governments receive there compared to what they should be receiving here are these numbers.

Estimated sum of tax revenue (2023): $63 billion
Sum based off the Tax-to-GDP average in industrialized economies: $162 billion


Where in Africa could I legally purchase a hippopotamus in good condition?


It's nowhere close to Christmas


I don't need the hippo for traditional reasons.


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While in West and East Africa a wave of virulent anti-gay sentiment sweeps the region, in Namibia gay sex was just decriminalized. This continues southern Africa's reputation for being the most socially liberal area of the continent. In 2010 gay sex was illegal everywhere in the region bar South Africa (where not only gay sex is legal but also marriage) but since then it has been legalized in Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana, Angola and now Namibia.

What do you guys think are the reasons for Southern Africa taking a different tack to the general reactionary trend against homosexuals in the continent? Religious background, colonizing powers, native social structures, combinations of all these and more?


Sub-saharan africa might have maintained their matriarchical tribal systems compared to the more patriarchical north, conquered by one empire or another for centuries. This might have made them less bigoted toward sexual and gender minorities, but i dont know.


Also the northern half of africa has lots and lots of evangelical (cia-aligned) christian missionaries compared to the southern part (which has remained more pagan) as well as islamic theocracy. That probably plays a role too.



While the ANC and SWAPO have their issues, they are some of the few leftist anti-colonial political formations that surived the 20th century, without those countries getting coup'd in favor of some pro-Western foreign policy, straight-up reactionary schizo dictator. Btw, this also applies to Angola where LGBT rights also have improved significantly. I think it's a reckoning akin to what has happened in Cuba.


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>Sub-saharan africa might have maintained their matriarchical tribal systems compared to the more patriarchical north
West and East Africa are also in Sub-Saharan Africa, anon.
Southern Africa isn't really pagan. Most of the population is some kind of Protestant, including very often Evangelical which is curious because as you say Evangelical groups in Africa very often have ties to those in the US (and American Mormons) who are more than happy to bankroll anti-gay campaigns and I would find it hard to believe that they simply skipped southern Africa as a playground for their project.

Interestingly, neither Angola nor Mozambique are Catholic majority as I would've expected since they were colonized by Portugal but they do have a large Catholic minority. Mozambique also has a large Muslim population in the north and the coast.


>Also the northern half of africa has lots and lots of evangelical (cia-aligned) christian missionaries compared to the southern part (which has remained more pagan) as well as islamic theocracy.
Don't forget that Muslim fundamentalism also Glows brighter than the sun. Without CIA and Saudi monies, Wahabbiism and other tendencies like it would be on the fringe of Islam.


Interesting. Would you say there are other countries where something similar might've happened if revolutionary government hadn't been toppled?


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>While the ANC and SWAPO have their issues, they are some of the few leftist anti-colonial political formations that surived the 20th century,
Anon… Why say such horrid things?


I lived in Djibouti years and years ago, pretty swell country, very interesting cause they basically accept any military base or investment regardless of the country asking (well I think once they refused a naval base from Russia because they really burned themselves with half of the world by invading Ukraine), anyways will be a fun place to be if WW3 breaks out. Very little worker organization though, thug government is supposed to be socdem but really they under invest all the money they get from foreign militaries and using khat to dumb down the population and make money on the side.


I don't think khat actually makes you dumber since it's a stimulant, that's like saying coffee makes you stupid


Even if it's a mild stimulant, it's just that people will chew khat hours and hours on end, spend a lot of their money on that and do nothing else all day. Probably also impairs cognitive abilities with long term heavy use.


What about the SWAPO?


Yemenis do it all day and it doesn't stop them from fucking Israel's economy


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I only tried khat once. It was alright but it's like a mild ass stim as you might imagine doesn't hold a candle to amphetamines and refined cocaine and shit. I hear traditionally they just chew coca leaves as well but I bet even that is more strong. If you get addicted to a pussy as drug like khat that's not the khat's fault.


I've only seen videos of djbouti but it looked like shit. Like a crappier version of Ethiopia but exspensive becayse all the burgers and frogs and such are stationed there.


>$10 for milk
Ok these numbers are fucked but I've heard multiple spurces confirm djbouti food is way more exspensive.



Grocery prices are worse in Nigeria and much of Canada. At least the guys over there get to have a treat every once in a while. Here in leafland, a small box of pizza can be $25-30+ CAD each.


Kenya or NATO's new agent

<Described as a "good student" by the IMF, William Ruto was forced to back down in the face of the Kenyan population's anger - not without violent police repression, which resulted in over 30 deaths. In question: the Kenyan president's decision to increase the tax burden, triggering a surge in the price of basic necessities. Internationally, under pressure from Joe Biden, the "good student" Ruto sent a contingent of a thousand Kenyan soldiers to Haiti. Their mission: to "restore order" on the small Central American island, plagued by structural political instability and a bloody gang war… Add "war to war": there's no doubt that NATO has found its new zealous agent in East Africa.

>In our last column, we described the responsibilities of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in the deteriorating living conditions of the Nigerian people, on the one hand, and their security situation, on the other. The situation in Kenya is unfortunately similar, confirming that the same causes produce the same effects.

>At the root of the savagely repressed popular protests was the presentation on June 13 of the 2024-2025 draft budget, which provided for the increase of numerous taxes and the creation of new ones, in line with the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund.

>In particular, the plan included the introduction of a 16% VAT on bread, and another 2.5% annual tax on private vehicles. This new tax pressure was the last straw in a wave of popular anger against President William Ruto.

>As a reminder, Kenya's new president was elected in August 2022 on the promise of defending the country's most modest citizens. As soon as he took office, Ruto immediately fell in line with the IMF's austerity recommendations, raising income tax and health contributions last year and doubling VAT on fuel.

<New IMF budget: 30 new deaths

>The announcement of the new budget immediately aroused popular anger, particularly among young people. Demonstrations against the budget multiplied and gradually massified, quickly taking on the name "Occupy the Parliament".

>After several demonstrations suppressed by tear gas and water cannons, the one on Tuesday June 25 was bloodied by live ammunition fired by the law enforcement. That day, demonstrators in the capital Nairobi succeeded in breaking into parliament, prompting live ammunition in return, resulting in more than 30 deaths and dozens of injuries…

>Although President William Ruto is, of course, primarily responsible, his budgetary choices must be seen in a broader context, that of pressure from the World Bank and the IMF due to Kenya's indebtedness.

>In January 2024, these two institutions decided on a third increase in loans to Kenya, bringing them to a total of 4.4 billion dollars for the period 2021-2025.

>At the beginning of June, as Kenya's draft budget was being prepared, a new agreement was signed between the Kenyan government and the IMF for a total of $976 million. This generosity comes with conditions, namely an increase in government budget revenues, the privatization of state-owned enterprises and a reduction in public spending.

<The murderous "good student"

>The business insurance organization COFACE presents this pseudo "aid" from the IMF and World Bank as follows:

>"The budget deficit is expected to continue to decline in 2024. Under the IMF program, Kenya will continue its fiscal consolidation. The government mainly plans measures to boost revenue (18% of GDP), such as a doubling of VAT on fuel and an increase in income tax […] Privatization of enterprises could also be an additional source of revenue".

>The Kenyan president is considered a "good performer" by the IMF and World Bank, as evidenced by the words of Antoinette Monsio Sayeh, the IMF's deputy managing director, when the loan was granted in January: "The IMF continues to support the authorities' efforts to maintain macroeconomic stability, strengthen policy frameworks, withstand external shocks, advance key reforms and promote inclusive and green growth."

>This laudatory acknowledgement was the reward for the Kenyan president's statements announcing, two months earlier, new taxes to the tune of $1.8 billion, following the announcement a few months earlier, in September 2023, of the privatization of 35 public enterprises.

<A first popular victory

>The scale of the popular mobilization forced the Kenyan government to withdraw its draft budget.

>Announcing this decision, he explains as follows: "After listening carefully to the Kenyan people, who have said loud and clear that they want nothing to do with this Finance Bill 2024, I bow my head and will not enact the Finance Bill 2024, which will therefore be withdrawn".

>Suddenly discovering that other resources are possible, the Kenyan government orders "the immediate implementation of new austerity measures to reduce expenditure, starting with the office of the president and extending to the whole government, reduce presidential operating expenses, eliminate executive power appropriations to meet social needs". This retreat is merely tactical, however, as there are no plans to call into question the global agreements with the IMF and the World Bank.

>The current crisis is unfolding at a time when Kenya is increasingly presenting itself as a reliable international ally of the United States.

>During William Ruto's visit to the United States last May, President Joe Biden announced that he was elevating Kenya "to the rank of a major non-NATO ally".

<Amplifying the war in Haiti

>This status is supposed to grant military and economic advantages. In fact, the honouring of Kenya is the reward given to William Ruto for having agreed to send a contingent of 1,000 Kenyan soldiers to Haiti, a decision that Joe Biden presents as follows: "Our joint work on Haiti is helping to pave the way for reducing instability and insecurity".

>In reality, it's simply a matter of illegally placing Haiti under tutelage. Coincidentally, on the very day that blood was shed in Nairobi, the first contingent of 400 Kenyan soldiers landed in Haiti. By sending these troops, the Kenyan government is responding to the request of Haitian Head of State Ariel Henry, who came to power without an election - following the assassination of Jovenel Moïse in July 2021 - and is rejected by most of the population and dozens of parties, unions and associations.

>Reacting to this Kenyan mission to Haiti, a group of Haitian associations sent an open letter to African heads of state, asking them to intervene to "convince Kenya of the need not to allow itself to be dragged into the murderous logic of the imperialist powers".

>Likewise, the U.S.-based Black Alliance for Peace denounced the Kenyan intervention as "Western imperialism in blackface".

>The Kenyan crisis is an analyzer of Western strategies in Africa, aimed at maintaining neo-colonial dependence through debt, and building up proxy states to maintain order where necessary for its interests.

Saïd Bouamama



I'm far from an expert on the situation over there, but that sounds like unacceptable imf apologia.

>economy was running on subsidized imports and oil revenues

huh, yeah, using your oil profit to subsidize your basic necessities is a good thing actually

>more anti corruption programs are being enacted

funny how its always one of the talking point of the imf despite the fact the countries under their yoke since decades stay super corrupt.

>the inflation rate is slowing down

if all the prices of basic necessities is raised by crushing taxes rather than inflation, I fail to see how thats good. Inflation is generally worse for the well off than for the poor.

yeah I dont think comparing tax to gdp with western economies makes sense
the debt likely got so bad because of usual neo colonial bullshitery, and the imf play a major part in it


Anon I don’t think you realize how bad on a societal level resource-based subsidization is. South America, MENA, and in the coming months/years Africa are all dealing with a shitload of materialism, corruption, and debt, because of the lack of motivation and willingness to invest in industry their governments have as a result of that financial policy. Resources alone cannot sustain an economy forever. Just take a look at how Canada (my country) is doing now that it’s being forced to fix its oil dependence through immigration and deregulation over much of its industries. I get the political-level looting, the colonial histories of these countries, and the corruption, but doing at least one thing to bring a country like Nigeria closer towards Autarkyism over its vital industries is better for the country (and the planet), even if it causes short-term harm. Current news I’ve gathered over the country have seen the current FG putting more money in roads, factories, farms, and domestic markets (you know, shit the country needs to avoid neocolonialism and endless financial headaches) more than it ever has been in its history. Additionally, the FG has implemented stricter controls of tax money over local governments. Unlike before, where local governers could expect to be as corrupt as they want and have the FG bail them out, how governors are fully autonomous and are subjected to stricter penalties from their citizens and the FG for fucking up.

I can’t tell you how much all that shit is helpful for that country. I wish something like that would happen here to force some sort of meaningful change, because the US is leaving us as our economy stagnated from the resource reliance and cronyism.


>huh, yeah, using your oil profit to subsidize your basic necessities is a good thing actually
uygha oil is going out the door, this year is probably peak demand, OPEC countries will try to reduce production as long as they can to maintain high prices but the writing is on the wall and the more organized oil producers are diversifying their investments fast to not get fucked when it all comes tumbling down. This is not a policy that is sustainable


>how bad on a societal level resource-based subsidization is
cant be worse than using the money to pay the imf debts

> lack of motivation and willingness to invest in industry their governments have as a result of that financial policy

that just compradors and neo colonialism, its not about using your oil money to help the population. Ofc using it to develop local industry is better, but thats not actually the alternative, the alternative is lining the creditors pockets. Countries not subjected to imperialism like norway didnt have that problem.

>Nigeria closer towards Autarkyism

wtf, why would autarkysm be a goal

>is better for the country (and the planet), even if it causes short-term harm

again, its not the alternative, which would be clear if you had read the article. It short term harm AND long term harm because its not used to build up the nation.

>muh planet

greenwashed imperialism

>Current news I’ve gathered over the country have seen the current FG putting more money in roads, factories, farms, and domestic markets

the article posted talk of cutting public spending and privatizing public assets (and causing instability). If you have sources contradicting it (and from left or even marxists would be even better), go ahead and post it.

>governors are fully autonomous

huh, somehow I dont believe its the kind of thing that reduce corruption…

>have the FG bail them out

one of the interest of a state is to reduce the inequalities on the territory and using the richer part to develop the poorer parts. What you're describing sound like a mini-balkanization enrobed with nice words of vague "anti corruption" and "fiscal responsibility", typically the rhetoric used to hide naked neo colonialism

>I can’t tell you how much all that shit is helpful for that country.

you're telling it, but I dont see no source, and the fact you claim the imf policies are good and will stop neo colonialism makes me very suspicious. The fact workers orgs fight this and have mass strikes tells me its unlikely all this is done in their interest.

>I wish something like that would happen here to force some sort of meaningful change, because the US is leaving us as our economy stagnated from the resource reliance and cronyism.

where are you from ?

> oil is going out the door
this decade ? no. Next decade ? no.

>this year is probably peak demand

I've heard that every year the last ten years

>This is not a policy that is sustainable

again, when the alternative is using this money to pay back western capital instead, I dont see the benefit. Venezuela for example try to use some of its revenue to build up industry, but they didnt need a world bank austerity program to do it (although fighting imperialists also brings its own challenges)


I’m from Canada man. I follow news often, and when I heard about the crisis I spent a lot of time on Nigerian news networks finding whatever information I could about their government’s response to it. Knowing why the country is in the state it’s in, and how it compares to here, I only have good things to say about whatever decisions their federal government takes to combat the crisis with the information I’ve gathered. If you want the information I got about Nigeria, just follow TVC Nigeria, a writer called Chinua Achebe, and africanews. Best fucking sources you could get about anything Nigerian.

As for the local government thing, yeah that’s actually a step in the right direction so much that the Nigerians I’ve seen on Nigerian forums like nairaland are in majority support of it.


Update on Nigeria


To keep things short, I will provide this summary. The Nigerian political levels are identified as being local, state, and federal. Local governments (LG) manage smaller territories and number 773 in their population. Recently the country’s Supreme Court worked with Bola Tinubu’s administration to cut federal funding towards LGs. In response, an estimated 437 LGs have been identified as in severe need for funding. The reason for why this specific number was found was because the federal government (FG) has removed all funds towards LGs that formed undemocratically.
It’s been known for many Nigerians that the country was very corrupt, but such a staggeringly high number of blatantly undemocratic and incompetent management is terrifying for such a highly populated country. Fortunately, these same governments are now going through financial and political restructuring to better serve the interests of their citizens and to comply with federal law. Nigeria’s current restructuring may become a model for neighbouring states facing similar crises with corruption and resource dependence in the coming months-years.


Breakthrough news just live.


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ITT: post ur rarest slovos


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Thoughts on South African Communist Party? Is it better or worse than EFF?


>I’m from Canada man. I follow news often, and when I heard about the crisis I spent a lot of time on Nigerian new
huh, didnt expect a canadian to be that interested with nigeria. But comparing canadian economy or policies to africans one is pretty stupid, I hope you realize it. Just cause you also have natural resources doesnt mean the situation is remotely similar.

>Best fucking sources you could get about anything Nigerian.

bro are you for real, TVC Nigeria is owned by the nigerian president, basically state sponsored news, and africanews is a west (specifically french) based news corporation serving western porky and african compradors. No wonder you end up defending imf policies like a retard if your sources are this shitty, Im baffled you think you're well informed.

Chinua Achebe might be a cool writer, I dunno, but he is dead since 10 years and so absolutely irrelevant to news. A forum vibe also doesnt mean shit.

For now I will consider your input worthless and rather take the word of people I actually trust and are in accord with the unions doing mass strikes


One of my favorite Joes! :)
>Thoughts on South African Communist Party?
It's complicated. They're part of the tripartite alliance and have very much been marginalized since the neo-lib faction of the ANC took power. There are still many based comrades in it however, people such as Solly Mapaila (vidrel from few days ago) who is still relatively radical despite being part of the old-guard, having been a MK member in his youth, still actively keeps the ANC's feet to the fire, from yday, for example: https://www.news24.com/citypress/politics/eff-agrees-with-sacps-mapaila-that-anc-would-be-better-off-with-them-in-gnu-instead-of-the-da-20240717
<Is it better or worse than EFF?
It's complicated. It's worth noting though that some of EFF's core leadership came out of the SACP Youth League.

Canadanon is a known schizo who's very braindamaged by spectacle, to be clear.


also nigerian president is a western puppet helping imperialism and involved in corruptions scandals, so much for the anti corruption rethoric
>ECOWAS chair Bola Tinubu spent years laundering millions for heroin dealers in Chicago, and has since been ensnared in numerous corruption scandals.
>Documents reviewed by The Grayzone reveal Tinubu as a longtime US asset who was named as an accomplice in a massive drug running operation that saw him launder millions on behalf of a heroin-dealing relative.

You can hardly get more comprador than this guy


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Oh, and sorry, to get more of a feel here is an interview with the current Youth League leader, Mzwandile ThaKhudi.


journalists when the dictator is pro-west:


please explain to me why you feel qualified to make up shitty fan fictions about africa when you dont even know its most basic regional terminology


historically based but mostly impotent in the present.


>tfw you constantly hear about how this guy is tuning rwanda into singapore or some shieet but then checked out its hdi and it's not even in the medium category


Another banger from the man with the midas touch, the cic:


Our hero in the fight to secure the Congo


<SACP expresses its solidarity with People's Republic of China against imperialist interference and provocation by the United States
Still got it.



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