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"Capitalism in Africa has failed": Meet the Socialist Running for President of Zambia

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July 8th 2021

Fred M’membe, leader of the Socialist Party of Zambia, is running for president in the upcoming August election. Can he win? He joins Rania Khalek Dispatches to discuss the failure of capitalist policies on the African continent and how his party's platform can fix it. You can listen to all episodes of Rania Khalek Dispatches anywhere you get podcasts. TIME CODES: 1:35 Zambia Socialist Party platform 3:44 How Zambia's privatized healthcare system failed against Covid 5:51 History of leftism in Zambia and legacy of anti-imperialist revolutionary Kenneth Kaunda 8:40 Fred M'membe's background in journalism and in the South African Communist Party 10:15 Devastating impact of 30 years of neoliberal reforms imposed on Zambia 14:37 How to restructure Zambia's mining economy to serve the people 18:55 State repression against the Socialist Party of Zambia 22:37 How Zambia's struggles fit into broader struggles and resistance on the African continent 25:24 The role of China in Zambia 30:58 Is socialism on the rise in Africa? 36:51 Can a socialist win in Zambia? » Become a patron: -------------------------------- » Like us on Facebook: » Tweet us on Twitter: » Follow us on Instagram: At Breakthrough News we believe in the power of independent media. Five mega-corporations dominate the media landscape — controlling 90% of what we read, watch and listen to. They control the news cycle, to which social media and even most “alternative” media is forced to respond. We are breaking through that cycle. We tell the untold stories of resistance from poor and working-class communities — because out of these stories we will construct a different narrative of the world, as it is and in real time. People’s movements in every corner of the globe are changing history and shifting consciousness. But these movements barely receive any coverage from the corporate media. They need visibility. They need amplification. They need a media arm to break through. We can be that media arm, but only with your help. Become a Patron and join us on the front lines in the battle of ideas. Subscribe and follow us! @BTNewsroom #zambia #africa #BreakThroughNews #BTnews #socialistnews #socialist #raniakhalek #eugenepuryear

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