Author: Ernie Tate

Ernest Tate is a long-time socialist activist living in Toronto. His memoir, Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 1960s, recently published, is about the history of the left in Canada and Britain.

  • Thomas Sankara Commemoration

    30th Commemoration of the Assassination of Thomas Sankara: Which way forward for Africa & the Caribbean? Thomas Sankara, Pan-African revolutionary and former President of Burkina Faso (1983-1987) had a vision for the sustained and dignified progress of his country, the “land of the incorruptible.” During his short period of rule in Burkina Faso, the country … Watch video »

  • NAFTA Redux

    The new Trump administration has made the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States, a major issue in its relations with its two neighbours. Recently, Trump has threatened to tear it up. With his standard nationalist demagogy, he claims “previous bad trade deals,” have cost the United States many … Keep reading »

  • Review: I Am Not Your Negro

    Now and then, and despite its capitalist and racial biases, our culture throws up something that can speak quite eloquently and uniquely about the times we’re living through. In this case, I’m referring to an amazing documentary film that has been released recently, “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, an acclaimed Haitian director with major films to his credit. This latest work is well worth seeing and has been well received here. Keep reading »

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    Thomas Sankara and Burkina Faso’s ‘Black Spring’

    Thomas Sankara: An African Revolutionary by Ernest Harsch, Ohio University Press, 2014, 163 pages, $18.56. A press report in 1983 that a popular uprising in Upper Volta, a small and poor land-locked country in Western Africa had led to an obscure, but charismatic army officer becoming head of state was truly inspiring news for all … Keep reading »