YCL South Africa on second wave & new variant of COVID-19: “It is not just the virus which is killing people”

The Young Communist League of South Africa, the sister organisation of Britain’s YCL, has issued a statement on the mounting second COVID-19 wave in their country and on the new variant of the virus which is also affecting Britain.

Humanitarian situation worsens in Ethiopia as PM Abiy focusses elsewhere

As a humanitarian crisis threatens to spiral out of control in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ignored the conflict to open a new highway in the south of the country. Ahmed won huge praise and a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating peace agreements for long-standing conflicts against internal rebel forces in Ethiopia and against their neighbours Eritrea. International praise of him has made way for criticism since the beginning of November however. His heavy-handed response to tensions with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has led to an outbreak of violence.

Libya: 10 years on

A decade on from the NATO backed coup in Libya which resulted in chaos, Islamist militias, slave markets and a migrant crisis, Challenge correspondent Ellis Hassan Garvey, speaks with Mohamed Benayad, a refugee forced to flee Libya and now living in Turkey, to counter the way Libyans and the Green Libya are portrayed in Western media.

Sudanese Communists fight for democratic gains & against normalisation of relations with Israel

Sudan’s Forces for Freedom and Change alliance has issued a statement condemning the process of normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel announced earlier this week.

Africa and the politics of water

Access to clean water, for drinking and sanitation, is denied to a growing number of people in many countries. According to the
World Health organisation half the population of the world will live in water-stressed areas by 2025. Parts of Africa are already experiencing the effects of severe water scarcity – caused by a combination of climate change, the impact of interference with river catchments, industrial pollution of water sources, and urbanisation unsupported by infrastructure, as well as the effects of conflict on public health provision.

Africa & the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is being exacerbated by the deep-rooted poverty, underdevelopment, and instability which affect the 55 countries and 1.3 billion people of the African continent – a legacy of colonial domination, post-colonial exploitation of people and resources and imperialist economic, political and military interventions today.