Freedom Rider: Detroit and Iraq

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Race to the Bottom under global, militarized capitalism creates communities of shared misery. Increasingly, it is almost as dangerous to be inside U.S. borders as on the outside. “Iraq was invaded with soldiers, guns and bombs. Detroit was invaded by the corporate ‘suits’ who made a fast buck for themselves.” Both are plundered by the same bandits.

 

Freedom Rider: Detroit and Iraq

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

All of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s incompetence could not have created the ongoing occupation of Detroit by the thieves in high places.”

The ugly face of empire and disaster capitalism is visible all over the world. Detroit, Michigan, was once a thriving city but was sent into a tailspin by the deindustrialization of the United States, white flight, and institutional racism which blamed black people who were in fact the victims of catastrophe. The coup de grace was delivered by big banks like UBS, Bank of America and Barclays, which sold risky derivatives schemes to corrupt Detroit politicians. When the financial deal inevitably headed south, the banks were the creditors first in line for a payout.

Far back in that line were the workers and people of Detroit. The emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, whose very position they had voted against establishing, rules the city. The new mayor is a figurehead and the people have no representation as the Republican governor and emergency manager remake the city for capital and the gentrifying settler class.

A world away in Iraq, a nation is crumbling under the weight of eleven years of violent occupation by the United States. The once developing nation is now a ruin, with all of its infrastructure and systems from health care to education destroyed by western avarice. The prime minister who was chosen with America’s blessing, Nouri al-Maliki, has now become an inconvenience and faces a bleak fate.

In the United States, residents of a major city must plead to the international community for the right to access water.”

The Bush administration and now the Obama team determined that promoting one side in sectarian political disputes would make for a smooth running and profitable occupation. Instead they brought war between Sunni and Shia and with goal of knocking down more dominoes, continued to fund jihadists who always upset their plans. Now Maliki is being told to get out of office if he wants help in crushing the enemies that America made for his country.

Just as Iraq’s infrastructure has been destroyed, Detroit residents now live without basic services which ought to be regarded as the right of every human being. In the United States, a country which boasts of its high level of advancement, residents of a major city must plead to the international community for the right to access water.

In a city already on the brink, the powers that be chose to pressure struggling people to pay increased fees for water. They have also used harsh and sometimes improper methods to deprive even those who have paid their bills. No one can survive at all without water to drink, and one cannot survive very well without water for cooking, cleaning and sanitation. Very powerful people in boardrooms and government offices made decisions that turned Detroit into an Iraq in America’s midst and now sneer at pleas for mercy.

Desperate Detroiters represented by the Blue Planet Project, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Food & Water Watch and the Detroit People’s Water Board, have made their case to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water. They issued a report which outlines the latest scheme to destroy Detroit as a city and as a home to poor and working people. The plan will ultimately privatize the water system and make Detroit another location for prime real estate and riches for the few.

Very powerful people in boardrooms and government offices made decisions that turned Detroit into an Iraq in America’s midst and now sneer at pleas for mercy.”

President Obama and his cohorts in the Democratic and Republican parties will go to any lengths to prop up the empire, but do little to help people in need. American allies in Ukraine or Iraq and other countries receive astronomical sums of money in order to help maintain Manifest Destiny. Poor people in Detroit and the rest of the country are not so lucky. They are seen only as obstacles to putting the rule of capital firmly in place.

Iraq was invaded with soldiers, guns and bombs. Detroit was invaded by the corporate “suits” who made a fast buck for themselves. The end result is the same for Michiganders and Iraqis alike. They end up suffering in a plundered society while other people make out like the bandits that they really are.

The organizations which reached out to the U.N. took an important step in changing the Detroit narrative. Politicians and the corporate media dismiss the city’s troubles as the fault of incompetent black people. All of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s incompetence could not have created the ongoing occupation of Detroit by the thieves in high places. The outreach to the United Nations is important for another reason. It points out that millions of Americans live an existence far from the myth of the great country. They are struggling to survive just like millions in the so-called third world. It is the gangsters who run the show in Baghdad and in Michigan too.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

 

7 Comments

Wondering

I wonder if the citizens of Detroit who have their water shut off are then fined for having this happen to them.  In Little Rock, Arkansas, it is illegal to have any one of your utilities disconnected.  They have teams of neighborhood watchdogs who go around checking houses to see if anyone is disconnected, and if you're caught, you're issued a citation and have to appear in court, where you will be given a fine of several hundred dollars.  I know, because I was fined because the grass in my yard was too tall (they had to measure it with a ruler).  I had to appear in 'environmental court', which was packed with other po' folks being fined for, essentially, being poor. It was horrifying.  I ended up spending 3 days in jail because I couldn't pay my fine.

No, I didn't see a single

No, I didn't see a single industrial polluter there, just us po' folks. Mostly elderly people of color, and single moms like me. I don't know why this is even legal.  They could take the judge's salary, and the other costs of running this court, and use it to help people get their utilities turned back on.  Of course, it never occurs to the Gargoyles in Power to try and lift people up.

Sad and scary situation in

Sad and scary situation in this so-called land of freedom, democracy, and all that.  It's a return of debtors' prisons.  And the empire has the gall to point fingers at Libya (before they killed Gadaffi), Chavez's Venezuela, Cuba, etc.  No one in those countries got thrown in jail for being poor.

Peanut is something highly

Peanut is something highly popular in the United States and in fact this legume is consumed in several different ways such as plain salted form, roasted form, in cocktail snacks, in the form of peanut butter, etc. Some even simply boil unshelled peanuts along with a little salt and then shell them as they pop them into their mouth. One pod of peanut comprises two to three kernels,http://www.cheapdress2014.com/ which are loaded with loads of nutrients. 

One may ask what exactly is the e juice composed of. The e liquid is primarily a flavor that has been mixed in glycerin or propylene glycol as its major component. The propylene alcohol is safe, as it has been approved by FDA as a food additive. It sounds like you have certainly done your research to that end though. As for POF   even if you have the symptoms you may still be able to have children just fine, I think mostly it would affect your time left to decide to have children. Fertility issues are also common with carriers so again,Sexy Prom Dresses something to consider. 

Kidney InfectionA kidney infection typically starts in the urethra or in the bladder. If not treated properly, the urinary infection spreads to one or both kidneys. If you have an infection anywhere in your body, there's a chance that it can spread to the kidneys. 

The allergic reaction can actually get worse the more you are exposed and your skin can become more sensitive to it over time. As an outdoors kind of girl, I was always busy running through woods, swinging and climbing trees, fishing, hiking, kick ball, softball and the all the rest of outdoors things kids like to do during the summer in fields and wooded areas. I was especially susceptible to getting infected when visiting the farm while playing in the cow fields and surrounding woods. 

As mentioned earlier, the middle name should blend well with the first name and surname.Designer Wedding Dresses 2014 The number of syllables in the first name and the middle name should be different. Avoid a middle name that rhymes with the first name or which has same vowel in the end, like Anna Emma, this may end up in teasing.

cheap gucci belts

legend 11s , jordan legend 11s ,legend 11s 2014 , retro legend 11s , pre order legend 11s , 378037-117 , air jordan 11 legend blue , legend blue 11 , jordan 11 legend ,jordan 11 legend blue , legend 11 , 378037-117 , legend blue 11 , air jordan 11 legend blue , retro legend blue 11 , jordan 11 legend , jordan retro 11 legend , legend blue 11s, jordan 11 legend blue , retro legend blue 11s , jordan 11s legend , air jordan 11s legend blue , 378037-117 ,legend blue 11s ,jordan legend 11s , jordan legend blue 11s ,legend 11s , 378037-117 , cheap legend blue 11s ,cheap legend 11s ,legend blue 11 , jordan legend 11 , jordan legend blue 11 ,378037-117 , air jordan 6 black infrared, jordan 6 black infrared, jordan 6 infrared, black infrared 6, infrared 6, jordan infrared 6s, jordan black infrared 6, 384664-023

air jordan grey toe 13s ,jordan grey toe 13s ,cheap grey toe 13s , grey toe 13s ,grey toe 13 ,retro jordan grey toe 13s ,jordan grey toe 13s , cheap grey toe 13s , grey toe 13s , grey toe 13 , black infrared 6s ,jordan infrared 6s ,infrared 6s ,jordan infrared 6s , infrared 6s, jordan 6s black infrared , black infrared 6s 2014, 384664-023 ,black infrared 6s , gamma blue 11s ,gamma blue 11 , air jordan 11 gamma blue , jordan gamma 11s , jordan 11 gamma blue ,black infrared 6s , air jordan 6 black infrared , infrared 6s ,jordan 6 black infrared ,black infrared 6s 2014 , 384664-023 ,jordan 6s black infrared ,cheap black infrared 6s ,384664-023 ,legend blue 11s ,jordan legend 11s ,jordan legend blue 11s ,legend 11s ,378037-117 ,jordan 13 grey toe , retro 13s grey toe , jordan 13s grey toe , grey toe 13s ,grey toe 13

jordan 13s 3m ,air jordan 13s 3m , air jordan 3m 13s ,retro 3M 13s ,3M 13s ,air jordan 3M reflective , jordan 3m 13s , jordan 13s 3m , jordan 13 3m , air jordan 13s 3m ,air jordan 3m 13s ,jordan 6 infrared, jordan 6 infrared black ,infrared 6 , jordan 6 black infrared , black infrared 6 , 384664-023 , jordan infrared 6s , infrared 6s 2014 , infrared 6s , jordan infrared 6s 2014 , black infrared 6s ,384664-023air jordan 13 "3M" , 3M 13s ,air jordan 13 retro premium , jordan 13 retro premium ,jordan 13 "3M" , jordan 3m 13s

jimmy choo outlet , jimmy choo ,jimmy choo shoes outlet, jimmy choos ,jimmy choo , jimmy choo outlet, jimmy choo shoes , jimmy choo shoes outlet , jimmy choos ,red bottom shoes ,red bottoms , jimmy choo outlet ,red bottom heels , new balance , new balance shoes ,new balance outlet , new balance factory outlet , new balance shoes outlet , new balance , new balance shoes , new balance outlet , new balance factory outlet , NB outlet ,NB shoes store , jimmy choo shoes , jimmy choo outlet , jimmy choo , jimmy choo sale , jimmy choo outlet sale

Giuseppe Zanotti shoes , Giuseppe Zanotti , Giuseppe Zanotti outlet , Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers , Giuseppe Zanotti , Giuseppe Zanotti shoes , Giuseppe Zanotti outlet , Giuseppe Zanotti sale , Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers , herve leger dresses , herve leger outlet , herve leger online , herve leger outlet online , herve leger , herve leger dresses , herve leger outlet , bandage dresses , herve leger dresses outlet , herve leger outlet , herve leger dresses , herve leger , herve leger dresses ,bodycon dresses , bandage dresses , body con dresses , bodycon dress , bandage dresses , bandage dresses boutique , bodycon dresses , herve leger dresses , gucci belts ,Christian Louboutin Daffodile

christian louboutin shoes ,christian louboutin so kate ,louboutin so kate ,black so kate, so kate shoes ,air max 2014 ,cheap air max 2014, cheap air max , nike air max 2014 ,air maxs 2014 cheap max 2014 ,air max shoes 2014 , nike free ,nike free run , nike free runs ,free runs ,free run, cheap nike free run ,nike free run shoes , nike free run online, red bottoms, red bottom shoes , red bottom heels ,red bottoms uk , red bottom shoes uk ,cheap gucci belts , gucci belts online , cheap gucci belts online , jimmy choo outlet, jimmy choo shoes outlet, jimmy choo sale ,jimmy choo outlet sale, bandage dresses ,party dresses, bodycon dresses , herve leger dresses ,gucci belts ,cheap gucci belts , cheap belts ,cheap mens belts

Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers , replica designer shoes ,cheap designer shoes ,designer shoes, designer shoes for sale ,fake designer shoes, replica designer shoes ,cheap designer shoes ,designer shoes , designer shoes for less , fake designer shoes ,replica designer shoes, cheap designer shoes ,designer shoes, designer shoes for less, designer shoes online, designer shoes cheap , jimmy choo shoes, jimmy choo outlet, jimmy choo ,jimmy choo shoes outlet , jimmy choos ,jimmy choo shoes , sport blue 6s , sport blue 6 ,air jordan 6 sport blue , jordan 6 sport blue , sport blue 6s 2014 , air jordan 11 ,air jordan 11 legend blue, legend 11 ,jordan 11 legend blue , jordan 11 legend ,

infrared 23 11s , infrared 23 6s , jordan infrared 23 11s , jordan infrared 23 6s ,Christian Louboutin outlet, designer shoes uk ,cheap designer shoes ,designer shoes ,cheap designer shoes uk ,discount designer shoes ,gucci belts , cheap gucci belts ,cheap belts , cheap gucci belts uk ,gucci belts uk ,Giuseppe Zanotti , Giuseppe Zanotti shoes ,Giuseppe Zanotti outlet ,Giuseppe Zanotti sale, Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers ,Giuseppe Zanotti uk ,Giuseppe Zanotti shoes uk ,new balance shoes outlet , Giuseppe Zanotti, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti outlet ,Giuseppe Zanotti sale, gucci belts outlet , new balance , new balance shoes ,new balance outlet, new balance factory outlet ,new air jordan 11 ,new jordan 11 , new jordan 2014 , air jordan , jordan infrared 23

legend 11 , jordan 11 legend blue , jordan 11 legend , air jordan 11 legend blue , legend blue 11 , jordan legend 11 , jordan legend blue 11 , 378037-117 , pre order jordans, pre order jordan 11, legend blue 11s, pre order 2014 jordans, jordan 6 black infrared , pre order jordan 6 black infrared , jordan 6 infrared , black infrared 6 , infrared 6, jordan infrared 6, 384664-023, pre order legend blue 11 , legend blue 11, air jordan 11 legend blue, jordan 11 legend blue, legend 11, jordan legend blue 11, jordan 11 legend, 378037-117, air jordan 6 black infrared, jordan 6 black infrared, jordan 6 infrared, black infrared 6, infrared 6, jordan infrared 6s, jordan black infrared 6, 384664-023

Pages