A Critical Retrospective of the ANC/Nelson Mandela’s Contradictory Legacy, Post-Apartheid South Africa, and Piero Gleijeses’ Havana’s Policy in Africa, 1959-76: New Evidence from Cuban Archives
Piero Gleijeses: Havana’s Policy in Africa, 1959-76: New Evidence from Cuban Archives — .PDF
- Anthony Monteiro: Nelson Mandela, The Contradictions Of His Life And Legacies
- Mike Ely: Nelson Mandela’s contradictions—The need to divide one into two
- Nepali Maoists (UCPN-M): A Critique of Negotiated Betrayal in South Africa
- Ron Jacobs: Don’t Blame Mandela for Our Failure
- Nigel Gibson: The Limits of Black Political Empowerment — Fanon, Marx, ‘the Poors’ and the ‘new reality of the nation’ in South Africa
- Post-Apartheid South Africa and Neocolonialism
- Jemima Pierre: Reconciliation is Not Decolonization
- Karen Wald: Mandela thanks Cuba for its solidarity
- Nicole Sarmiento: Cuba and the South African anti-apartheid struggle
- Cuito Cuanavale: How Cuba fought for Africa’s freedom
- Carlos Martinez: Cuito Cuanavale 25 Years On: Revolutionary Internationalism and the Struggle Against Colonialism and Apartheid
- Nelson Mandela ‘proven’ to be a member of the Communist Party after decades of denial
- Nelson Mandela: “An ideal for which I am prepared to die” (Mandela made this statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme Court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20, 1964)
- Shiv Sethi: The Marikana Massacre — Structural failure of post-apartheid South Africa
- Mike Kuhlenbeck: Obama’s hypocrisy regarding Nelson Mandela
- John Millington: Liberals Cannot Claim Nelson Mandela
- Brian Becker: It was the CIA that helped jail Nelson Mandela
- Vishwas Satgar: Reclaiming the South African Dream: Analysis of Post-Apartheid South Africa 17 Years On
- Jerome Roos: South Africa’s untold tragedy of neoliberal apartheid
- Lal Khan: South Africa’s ‘freedom’ dripping in blood
- Peter Murray: Unfinished Revolution — Post-Apartheid South Africa shows the need to take on capitalism at its roots
- Charlie Kimber: Brief Retrospective of Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
- Louis Proyect on Dear Mandela: An oustanding 2011 documentary on current-day struggles in South Africa
- A brief look at 2011 documentary, Dear Mandela
- Patrick Bond: South Africa — Public sector strike highlights post-apartheid’s contradictions
- Inequality in post-apartheid South Africa
- 'Uneven and combined Marxism' within South Africa’s urban social movements
- Visions of Freedom: New Documents from the Closed Cuban Archives
I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.
—Nelson Mandela, “An ideal for which I am prepared to die” (1964)
Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Edward Said, Nationalism, Colonialism, and Literature
The three essays constituting this volume were originally published as individual pamphlets by the Field Day Theatre Company, in Derry, Northern Ireland. Each deals with the question of nationalism and the role of cultural production as a force in understanding and analyzing the aftermath of colonization. The authors’ diverse perspectives are demonstrated by the essays’ respective titles: Eagleton, “Nationalism: Irony and Commitment”; Jameson, “Modernism and Imperialism”; and Said, “Yeats and Decolonization.” The essays have implication beyond their immediate topics, bearing upon questions of feminism, decolonization, and modernism to illuminate problems that belong to other groups and regions. In his essay, Terry Eagleton identifies two decolonizing stages: the achievement of national autonomy and personal autonomy. Frederic Jameson discusses the problematic relationship between the Third World and the “First World.” Edward Said focuses on the poetry of Yeats and the role it played in the “liberationist” movement of decolonization.
Jacques Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other, or The Prosthesis of Origin
The book operates on three levels. At the first level, a theoretical inquiry investigates the relation between individuals and their “own” language. It also explores the structural limits, desires, and interdictions inherent in such “possession,” as well as the corporeal aspect of language (its accents, tones, and rhythms) and the question of the “countability” of languages (that is, their discreteness or factual givenness).
At the second level, the author testifies to aspects of his acculturation as an Algerian Jew with respect to language acquisition, schooling, citizenship, and the dynamics of cultural-political exclusion and inclusion. At the third level, the book is comparative, drawing on statements from a wide range of figures, from the Moroccan Abdelkebir Khatibi to Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and Emmanuel Levinas.
Since one of the book’s central themes is the question of linguistic and cultural identity, its argument touches on several issues relevant to the current debates on multiculturalism. These issues include the implementation of colonialism in the schools, the tacit or explicit censorship that excludes other (indigenous) languages from serious critical consideration, the investment in an ideal of linguistic purity, and the problematics of translation. The author also reveals the complex interplay of psychological factors that invests the subject of identity with the desire to recover a “lost” language of origin and with the ambition to master the language of the colonizer.
—Translated by Patrick Mensah
Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said
The Darker Nations (Vijay Prashad, full PDF) ↘
Posted on Aug 6th (4:31pm), 1 year ago
This is a great history of the Third World & the Non-Alignment Movement, and anyone who isn’t familiar with that history should really read this. Prashad is one of my absolute favorite academics in cultural studies (his other books, Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity and The Karma of Brown Folk, are also well worth the purchase). Prashad has a really great way of telling the stories of the Third World (before it became synonymous with poverty and “The Global South,” while it was in its incarnations as a political movement among recently decolonized nations), and there’s a lot to be learned from ideas of non-alignment.
This book has been foundational for me and my personal studies as well; right now a portion of my work addresses pop culture and the Third World movement in the post-IMF SAP days, with attention to socio-spatial shifts in everyday resistance and music, and builds off of some of Prashad’s closing arguments in this book. There’s definitely a lot to think about in The Darker Nations, and I really strongly urge everyone to read it!
Ashis Nandy, The Savage Freud: The First Non-Western Psychoanalyst and the Politics of Secret Selves in Colonial India (exceprt from The Essential of Ashis Nandy)
Psychoanalysis in its early years reflected these changes in India’s intellectual climate. The discipline came to represent something more than a therapeutic technique that could be adapted to the mental health problems of India’s burgeoning, partly decultured, urban bourgeoisie, even though that is how Bose often viewed it, especially when writing for his international audience. Psychoanalysis also had to serve as a new instrument of social criticism, as a means of demystifying aspects of Indian culture that seemed anachronistic or pathological to the articulate middle classes, and as a dissenting western school of thought that could be turned against the West itself.