AFRICOM-NATO and the Militarization of Africa

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Africom will destroy Africa Africom will undermine the United Nations and the African Union It will deeply divide Africa into moderates and militants Africom is a handy imperialist tool for regime change It will be used to install puppet governments on the African people to serve the interests of imperialism
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Pan-Africanism

Pan-Africanism is generally taken to mean that set of political ideas asserting that Africa is a single entity which must unite All the peoples of the continent are fundamentally similar They all bore the yoke of colonialism not to mention slavery just as today they all suffer the exactions of neo-colonialism The peoples of Africa have a common struggle against a common enemy which dominates and exploits them all imperialism Also there is in Africa a profound cultural unity which thanks to Pan-Africanism proves that the African peoples share a common destiny and Pan Africanism To promote the well-being and unity of African peoples and peoples of African descent throughout the world and To demand self-determination and independence for African peoples and other subject races from the domination of powers claiming sovereignty and trusteeship over them and To secure equality of civil rights for African peoples and the total abolition of all forms of racial discrimination and To strive to co-operate between African peoples and others who share our aspirations

Makandal Daaga is a Trinidad and Tobago political activist and former revolutionary

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Makandal Daaga is a Trinidad and Tobago political activist and former revolutionary he Raising the level of the black conciousness which changed employment practices in banks and other parts of the private sector and led to the development of state enterprises and Enhancing the growth of a sense of nationalism, culture and race relations in the post-independence period with the formation of Pegasus in 1962, NJAC in 1969 and the historic March to caroni in 1970 and Spearheading the growth of Emancipation to the Caribbean, Western Hemisphere and Africa Three issues Makandal Daaga is committed to address in Laventille West The transfomation of the environment from one of violence and crime to one of peace, goodwill and communal unity and Instilling a sense of self-reliance, confidence and a deeper sense of economic and social development Returning Laventille to its former state of being a spiritual and cultural centre of Trinidad & Tobago Makandal Daaga (formerly Geddes Granger) was born in Laventille, Trinidad, where he resides up to today with his wife Liseli and their four children His intellectual brilliance was demonstrated at an early age when he was awarded a scholarship to attend St. Mary’s College. At an early age he displayed outstanding ability not only in academics but also in sport debating and public speaking In 1962 he formed an organisation named Pegasus which made a great impact on Trinidad and Tobago This organisation comprised some of the most brilliant, influential and prestigious personalities in Trinidad and Tobago at the time It presented national awards to artistes honoured national heroes and instituted the Model United Nations programme involving secondary school students Pegasus organised many educational and cultural programmes nationally and sought to develop national unity and a true sense of independence Makandal Daaga went on to attend the University of the West Indies (UWI) and became President of the Guild of Undergraduates In 1969 whilst being President of the Guild he formed an organisation which has made its mark on Trinidad and Tobago the Caribbean and the international arena This organisation was the National Joint Action Committee popularly known as NJAC and NJAC is well known for the 1970 revolution in Trinidad and Tobago when thousands of people led by Makandal Daaga and NJAC demonstrated continuously for 56 days, from February to April demanding fundamental societal change in the interest of the people and the nation Consequently a State of Emergency was declared on 21st April 1970 and Makandal Daaga and NJAC leadership were imprisoned He was also imprisoned on several other occasions in the 1970s in his struggle for betterment for the people He was also banned from the United States and a number of Caribbean islands The 1970 revolution, however, impacted not only on Trinidad and Tobago but swept through the Caribbean and brought about fundamental political, economic, social, cultural changes Under the leadership of Makandal Daaga, the National Joint Action Committee has been able to impact fundamentally and positively on national life and national consciousness – whether the political, social, religious, cultural, educational or other aspects and in so doing, making a positive contribution to national development An historic contribution was the movement that he led at the helm of NJAC for the unity of the two major races in Trinidad and Tobago, the Africans and the Indians who were victims of the divide and rule policy of the colonial masters and which the local politicians perpetuated The March to Caroni on March 12, 1970 was most instructive as it showed the bonds of love and brotherhood that can exist between these two peoples Under the banner of Indians and Africans unite thousands of Africans marched to Caroni and bonded with their Indian brothers and sisters of Central Trinidad under the leadership of Makandal Daaga and the National Joint Action Committee and One of the significant achievements of the National Joint Action Committee in recent times based on the initiative of Makandal Daaga has been the Internationalisation of the Commemoration of August 1st, Emancipation Day After NJAC had successfully campaigned to have August 1st declared a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago (this came to being in 1985) Makandal Daaga in 1996 initiated a campaign to be spearheaded by one of the institutions of NJAC the Caribbean Historical Society to have August 1st commemorated as Emancipation Day in the region and throughout the world He believed that this would serve as a focal point around which Africans throughout the world could rally and focus Today the political leader of NJAC and the Chief Servant Makandal Daaga continues to lead an organisation which like himself remains committed to positive change in the interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean There are indeed very few leaders who have been able to so profoundly affect the landscape of political, social and cultural life in the Caribbean and to impact on the international arena as Makandal Daaga has been able to do

30th Anniversary – Maurice Bishop (29th May 1944 – 19th October 1983): The Fight Against Fascism Continues

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Maurice Bishop became Grenada Prime Minister after seizing power from his predecessor Eric Gairy in a coup while Gairy was out of the country on business (March 1979) In the course of his administration Bishop had formed several organisations: the People Revolutionary Government of Grenada (P.R.G.G) People Revolutionary Army (P.R.A) New Jewel Movement (N.J.M) just to name a few.  This development was triggered while studying in the UK  And although he majored in the subjects of Law and Economics it was during this period that he got heavily influenced into campaigning against racial discrimination in Britain as well as being proactive with the Black Power movement of the USA So in the eyes of the Grenadian Population things were looking positive and bright for Bishop once he took charge until he aligned himself with Cuba This initiated an alliance where various projects were to be carried out that he thought would benefit the island  One of the projects involved was the construction of a new international airstrip that was to be located in the southern region of the island.  This was a project that was once proposed by the British while the country was still colonised However it did not favour well with the US, who, as far as they were concerned, believed that it was a plan to be served as a landing strip to accommodate Russian military aircraft etc As well as US opposition, Maurice was also getting a hard time with those within his own administration who thought that these projects and organisations were a waste of the taxpayer money A proposal for joint leadership was refused by Bishop It was in the first week of October 1983 when things grinded to a halt Bishop was placed under house arrest by the Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard His incarceration didn’t last very long once the people got news as to what had happened The protesting got to such a height that he was immediately released  But within two weeks of the protest Bishop as well as close family members and a part of his administration were rounded up once again and taken into custody They were all placed against a wall outside of where they were confined and got massacred by a firing squad later that day  Finally an invasion by the US ultimately took place October 25th, stopping all Cuban participation on building the airport strip and Maurice Bishop will rise up in history as the bravest leader the Caribbean has ever had in recent times.  His stance in favour of working class rights, women rights, and education as well as his stance against racism, Apartheid and sex discrimination has already been noted by those of us who are conscious and concerned in the affairs of the diaspora Come to think of it these ideals are a carbon copy of Thomas Sankara blueprint policies to elevate all of Africa Unfortunately we are living in times where all great revolutionary thinkers get cut down in their prime by their peers especially peers that are suppose to be working with you side by side, each day  The airport was built and was named Point Salines International Airport but was renamed in honour of the New Jewel Movement leader “Maurice Bishop,” in 2009 and Here is a an excerpt from a speech on fascism by Maurice Bishop “the extremely undemocratic, repressive and corrupt nature of the puppet Regimes carefully trained and promoted from among local professionals and bureaucrats by Imperialism to maintain their presence on the backs of our people is a very consistent Caribbean condition”

Truth About ICC

The failure of ICC to compel the United States, Russia, China and several other major countries to join the ICC has compromised its effectiveness and non-partisanship And Why Africans ratified to this so-called International Criminal Court which is a hypothetical and a rule of hypocrisy And We all know ICC respect/fear only the major powers and allowing them to enjoying jurisdictional rights and decrees of unlimited power and ICC became selective when initiate its indictments Targeting only leaders from the Third world which mainly Africans you can see Some people like Bill Clinton and George Walker Bush had done dozen of war crimes against humanity and crime of aggressions against other sovereignty states But eventually they all abscond war crimes and walked away cleaned hands as prudent heroes And The formation of Security Council and its five permanent members reflect the discriminatory power structure that existed since from the end of world war II the time when much of the world was under colonial Intrinsically the creation of UN-Security Council was designed with a purpose to furthering political inequality between the West vis-a-vis the Third World

The Herero and Namaqua Genocide

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The first genocide of the 20th century is a relatively unknown one: the genocide on the Herero and Nama people of Namibia Namibia (then known as German South-West Africa) was colonised by the Germans In 1904 the Herero people rebelled against German colonial rule and later that year the Nama people would do the same The German army led by general Lothar von Trotha fought against both with the explicit purpose of murdering all of the Herero and Nama people, von Trotha had stated:
“I destroy the African tribes with streams of blood Only following this cleansing can something new emerge, which will remain” In total from 24,000 up to 100,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama died Most Herero and Nama people were driven into the Namib desert and prevented from returning by the German army Many died of starvation and thirst Survivors the majority of whom were women and children were eventually put in Concentration Camps where the German authorities forced them to work as slave laborers for German military and settlers and Many Herero died of disease overwork and malnutrition Camps such as that in Windhoek showed mortality rates as high as 61%. The mortality rate in the camps reached 45% in 1908 The death rates are calculated at between 69 and 74% Shootings, hangings and beatings were common and the sjambok (a whip) was used by guards who treated the forced labourers harshly Fred Cornell a British aspirant diamond prospector, was in Lüderitz when the Shark Island extermination camp was being used Cornell wrote of the camp:
“Cold – for the nights are often bitterly cold there – hunger, thirst, exposure, disease and madness claimed scores of victims every day and cartloads of their bodies were every day carted over to the back beach, buried in a few inches of sand at low tide, and as the tide came in the bodies went out, food for the sharks” The extermination camp on Shark Island, in the coastal town of Lüderitz was the worst of the German South West African camps German Commander Von Estorff wrote in a report that approximately 1,700 prisoners had died by April 1907, 1,203 of them Nama In December 1906 four months after their arrival, 291 Nama died (a rate of more than nine people a day) Missionary reports put the death rate at between 12 and 18 a day; as many as 80% of the prisoners sent to the Shark Island extermination camp never left the island In these concentration camps German anthropologist Eugen Fischer conducted medical experiments on race using children of the Herero people and mixed race children of Herero women and German men Dr. Bofinger also conducted experiments and injected Herero suffering from scurvy with various substances among them arsenic Around 3000 skulls and severed heads were sent to Germany for experimentation It would take more than hundred years and years of negotiation by a Namibian ambassador for Germany to return the skulls to Namibia so they could finally be buried After the Namibia genocide Eugen Fischer didn’t have to stand trial instead he became chancellor of the University of Berlin were he taught medicine One of his students was Josef Mengele who -as most people will know would perform gruesome experiments on children in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the Shoah The genocide on the Herero and Nama people has basically been ignored in popular history None of the people who took part in it had to stand trial for their horrible crimes. It took Germany 100 years to finally issue a formal apology (in 2004) In 2011 the skulls of Herero and Nama genocide victims were finally returned from German universities to Namibia so they could be buried

King Leopold II of Belgium He owned the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa

Take a look at this picture Do you know who it is? Most people haven’t heard of him But you should have When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures he killed over 10 million people in the Congo His name is King Leopold II of Belgium He owned the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa he settled on the Congo He bought it and enslaved its people turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation He disguised his business transactions as philanthropic and scientific efforts under the banner of the International African Society He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture and his private army Most of us aren’t taught about him in school We don’t hear about him in the media He is not part of the widely repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II) He is part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of the white supremacist narrative in our schools It doesn’t fit neatly into a capitalist curriculum Making overtly racist remarks is (sometimes) frowned upon in polite society but it’s quite fine not to talk about genocides in Africa perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs And There Is a Wikipedia page called Genocides in History The Congolese Genocide isn’t included The Congo is mentioned though What’s now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo is listed in reference to the Second Congo War (also called Africa World War and the Great War of Africa) where both sides of the multinational conflict hunted down Bambenga and ate them Cannibalism and slavery are horrendous evils which must be entered into history and talked about for sure but I couldn’t help thinking whose interests were served when the only mention of the Congo on the page was in reference to multi-national incidents where a tiny minority of people were eating each other (completely devoid of the conditions which created the conflict no less) Stories which support the white supremacist narrative about the sub humanness of people in Africa are allowed to be entered into the records of history The white guy who turned the Congo into his own personal part-plantation, part-concentration camp, part-Christian ministry and killed 10 to 15 million Congolese people in the process doesn’t make the cut and Leopold was just one part of thousands of things that helped construct white supremacy as both an ideological narrative and material reality Of course I don’t want to pretend that in the Congo he was the source of all evil He had generals and foot soldiers and managers who did his bidding and enforced his laws It was a system But that doesn’t negate the need to talk about the individuals who are symbolic of the system But we don’t even get that And since it isn’t talked about, what capitalism did to Africa all the privileges that rich white people gained from the Congolese genocide are hidden The victims of imperialism are made like they usually are invisible