Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 24, 2020

Isabel dos Santos and the African lumpen-bourgeoisie

Filed under: Africa,capitalist pig,Counterpunch — louisproyect @ 10:57 pm

Isabel Dos Santos, 46, with her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo, 47, in Cannes in May 2014

COUNTERPUNCH, JANUARY 24, 2020

Thirty years ago, I was part of a Tecnica delegation that visited the African National Congress headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. We were there to discuss the feasibility of a technical aid project for the ANC and the frontline states with Thabo Mbeki, the future president of post-apartheid South Africa. Back then, the term frontline referred to a group of other sub-Saharan nations that were also fighting for liberation.

Chief among them was Angola that had defeated the Portuguese colonial army and gained independence in 1975. However, peace did not ensue. Three rival guerrilla armies began to fight for control over the newly liberated country. The international left identified with the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Unfortunately, the MPLA had to contend with both the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). Israel backed the FNLA, an alliance that most would view as unsavory. However, China also backed the FNLA, which only goes to show that Maoism had its own unsavory aspects. As for UNITA, it was wholly reliant on CIA support and guilty of the same kind of war crimes the Nicaraguan contras were carrying out.

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1 Comment »

  1. Mandela and the ANC did NOT take power when the USSR still existed, he was released from prison in 1990 at a time when the USSR still formally existed but was falling apart and took power by winning the 1994 elections, a time when the USSR and its block were already a thing of the past. This blog doesn’t get along with history very well.

    Comment by Maximilian1979 — January 30, 2020 @ 2:03 pm


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