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Solidarity with Africa, or Obama? You Can't Have Both

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    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    A new organization will attempt to mobilize African American solidarity with the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East. But that would mean confronting the First Black President. “The unprovoked war on Libya, where U.S.-backed racists massacred Black Libyans and African migrant workers, should have provoked a clear break with the president’s policies, as Dr. King broke with President Johnson over Vietnam.”

     

    Solidarity with Africa, or Obama? You Can't Have Both

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    It has largely been inconceivable for African Americans to remain silent in the face of global injustice.”

    A new organization has been called forth, to “break the silence” among African Americans on the unfolding sagas in North Africa and the Middle East. In a “unity statement” circulated last month, the initiative invokes the “Pan-African and Black Internationalist tradition” of support for liberation struggles worldwide in the 19th and 20th centuries, citing Black American “opposition to the US occupation of Haiti, opposition to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, supporting (and serving in) the anti-fascist struggle in the Spanish civil war, supporting the independence struggle of the Indian subcontinent and those of African former colonies in the aftermath of World War II, solidarity with the Cuban people, opposition to US involvement in Indochina, the struggle against South African apartheid and the list could go on to delineate numerous other struggles and efforts.”

    The statement was drawn up by former TransAfrica president Bill Fletcher; Mark Harrison, of the United Methodist Peace with Justice Program; Felicia Eaves, Co-chair of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation; and Rev. D.A. Lams.

    African American opposition to U.S. foreign policy “has often come at some cost,” said the conveners, “such as when Dr. Martin Luther King spoke out against US aggression in Vietnam in 1967.” However, “it has largely been inconceivable for African Americans to remain silent in the face of global injustice.” Blacks in this country “have a special role in speaking out against enemies of peace, justice and democracy, both foreign and domestic.”

    Fifty-five activists had affixed their signatures to the document.”

    The new formation, called African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa, describes the Arab Spring as “a global altering process that has unleashed forces in struggle against neo-liberalism, neo-colonialism, and despotism. It has served as an inspiration for resistance movements in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in Europe (against neo-liberal/austerity economics), and here in the USA with the Madison, Wisconsin demonstrations in early 2011 and more recently the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Together movement.”

    The organizers say they are committed to “advancing the demand for a democratic foreign policy on the part of the USA that is based on mutual respect, non-intervention in the affairs of other nation-states, recognition of national self-determination and repairing the damage that it has created through its imperial foreign actions.”

    Bill Fletcher and his colleagues call their statement an “opening salvo” and “invite questions and principled, constructive dialogue.” As of two weeks ago, 55 activists had affixed their signatures to the document, including people closely associated with Black Agenda Report and many others whose opinions we respect. Our contribution to this discussion must begin by pointing out what is painfully obvious: that Black America, including much of what in previous decades passed as the African American Left, has shamefully shirked its responsibilities to the besieged peoples of Africa and the Middle East under the Obama presidency. This is not solely a failure of traditional Black American internationalism; the Black Left has also been all but neutralized, domestically, providing no effective critique of the Obama administration’s tenure. Until the advent of the First Black U.S. Presidency, it had, indeed “largely been inconceivable for African Americans to remain silent in the face of global injustice.” However, the installment of a Black face in the nation’s highest place has turned out to be our Achilles Heel, short-circuiting our connections to the Black radical tradition and our internationalist and Pan-African legacies.

    The Black Left has also been all but neutralized, providing no effective critique of the Obama administration’s tenure.”

    The unprovoked war on Libya, where U.S.-backed racists massacred and “purged” Black Libyans and African migrant workers – a war that Obama told Congress was not a war at all, since no Americans were known to have died – should have provoked a clear break with the president’s policies by the Black Left, as Dr. King broke with President Johnson over Vietnam, in 1967. It would “largely have been inconceivable” that Dr. King or Malcolm X – or most living Black leftists, prior to Obama’s election – would have countenanced the gang-rape of Syria by the United States, Europe and the royal thieves of the Persian Gulf. Washington’s response to the “Arab Spring” has been to cement its alliance with the most backward Arab regimes and to arm Salafists and jihadis on a scale rivaling the CIA’s shaping of the mujahedeen in Afghanistan into a global movement in the early 1980s. It is a recipe for chaos and mass murder in the near term and an awesome “blowback” not too far in the future. Obama has made a deal with the devil – which is also the way his jihadi allies see their relationship with the U.S. Clearly, “a global altering process” is underway, involving a wholesale American assault on the most fundamental concepts of international law and national sovereignty, all in the name of “humanitarian intervention” – a Bush invention, now a full fledged Obama doctrine, his answer to the “Arab Spring.”

    The U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM, has tightened its grip on the continent.”

    If such a realization is embedded in the language committing Bill Fletcher and his colleagues to “advancing the demand for a democratic foreign policy on the part of the USA that is based on mutual respect, non-intervention in the affairs of other nation-states, recognition of national self-determination and repairing the damage that it has created through its imperial foreign actions” – then we welcome it, and would be glad to help shape future proclamations and mobilizations. We shall see.

    Under President Obama, and especially since the assault on Libya, the U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM, has tightened its grip on the continent. The African Union mission in Somalia is, as the Los Angeles Times recently reported, an American-run affair. AFRICOM holds routine maneuvers with almost every military in Africa. The few countries that do not have military relations with AFRICOM, notably Sudan, Eritrea and Zimbabwe, are treated as enemy states in their own neighborhoods. Although U.S. trade with Africa continues to decline relative to China, India, Brazil and other emerging powers, Washington intends to dominate the continent by force of arms – through its own growing presence, and AFRICOM’s intimate local military partners, which now include most of Africa’s armed forces. AFRICOM needs no formal base of operations (although it has a large permanent presence in Djibouti), because it is already embedded in African armies. The African Union has, in some ways, already been “captured” by the Americans.

    This is the overarching truth of U.S.-Africa relations, today. China does not threaten or subvert any African country; the U.S. and Europe are a menace to all of them. Understanding American intentions, based on their conduct (specifically, Obama’s imposition of war and chaos in Africa), how would an energized African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa suggest the U.S. go about “repairing the damage that it has created through its imperial…actions” in the region?

    How about: U.S. Out of Africa, Hands Off Syria?

    BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    The african hit list

    China's biggest trading partners in Africa:

    1. Angola
    Oil export
    21%

    2. South Africa
    Diversified economy
    18%

    3. Sudan
    Oil export
    7%

    4. Nigeria
    Oil export
    6%

    5. Egypt (NATO/Saudi spring)
    Diversified economy
    6%

    6. Algeria
    Oil export
    5%

    7. Libya (NATO/Saudi spring)
    Oil export
    5%

    8. Republic of the Congo
    Oil export
    4%

    9. Morocco (GCC country exempt from Saudi spring)
    Diversified economy
    3%

    10. Benin
    Agriculture
    2%
     
    http://www.focac.org/eng/zfgx/t820242.htm

    Main African sources of oil for China:

    1. Angola
    2. Sudan
    3. Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)
    4. Equatorial Guinea
    5. Nigeria
    6. Gabon
    7. Algeria
    8. Libya (NATO/Saudi spring)
    9. Liberia
    10. Chad
    11. Kenya
    12. Uganda

    http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2011/04/13/the-geopolitics-of-china-a...

    You know what would be interesting

    Is if this group expressed sympathy's for the people of China, Iran, Syria, and the Shia/Alawite muslim world, along with the sympathy's for the ordinary arab peoples who are getting slaughtered.

    If you're an African nation trying to do business and development deals with Iran and/or China: You are a target!

    These maps should give you an idea of the destablization/regime-change hit list:

    Iran in Africa

    http://www.economist.com/node/15453225

    China in Africa

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7086777.stm

    Forget the NATO/Saudi spring.

    The goal of the NATO/Saudi spring is to rile up some nihilist youth and radical Islamist in order to replace arab socialism with right-wing political Islam (Muslim Brotherhood), and kick the Chinese and Iranians out.

    All of these "arab spring" countries will be turned over to the Gulf Cooperation Council (al-qaeda).

    The main question is: will this new coalition be speaking out against attacks against the resistance bloc: The Iranian people, the Syrian people, the Shia/Alawites, and denouncing the Gulf Cooperation Council (al-qaeda)???

    I see the headline on this report was enough to scare people away from commenting:

    "Freedom Rider: Defend Iran!"

    http://blackagendareport.com/content/freedom-rider-defend-iran

    Why FUK-US NATO & GCC Attacked Libya_Looking Beyond Oil...

    ,Libyan Oil was definitely part of the reason why the US  NATO & the GCC targeted Khadaffi, but their objectives go far beyond just plundering Libya's oil. The US & EU want to break China's & Russia's influence in the world, especially RE: Africa [likely the main reason for AFRICOM] which is part of Zig-Zag Brzezinski's 'Grand Chess-board' strategy of encircling & cutting Russia & China off from resources [also known as Full Spectrum Dominance]. Thus their assault on Libya last yr should also partially be seen in this context.  -

    Then there's the fact that Khadaffi was likely the biggest obsticle to AFRICOM & the biggest supporter of the ideal of African Unity. Khadaffi was in the process of  establishing Africa's own development bank, w its own money backed by gold, so Africa would no longer be at the {non}mercy of the likes of World Bank & IMF- entrapped & over-whelmed by odius foreign debt- & thus forced to accept sovereignty eroding IMF type SAP progs. Its note-worthy that Libya had the highest living-standard in all of Africa [& for most Arab countries too] & had virtually NO foreign debts! Khadaffi largely paid for Africa's own communitcations satellite which meant that it would NOT be forced to continue paying the  EU ex-colonial powers exorbitant rates for routing [& monitoring] calls between African countries. This was all achieved because Libya's banking system & oil corp was nationalized [IE: not privatized so US & EU corps could plunder Libya's wealth & resources]- which is a direct affront to the doctrine of global neo-liberal so-called 'free-market' capitalism.

    Last but not least there was Libya's Great man made river  roject [Khadaffi understood that the one fluid more important than oil is water- especially in a desert] that potentially could have {re}'greened' much of the Sahara. And also the ruthless murder of Khadaffi coupled w the racist nature of the FUK-US NATO & GCC backed AL-CIAeda afilliated NTC rebels, ended his efforts of championing the unification of so-called 'Mid-Eastern' largely Arab N.Africa w so-called 'Black' Sub-Saharan Africa. The US, NATO [& now Turkey & the corrupt GCC monarchies] has used / is using this nefarious tactic of provoking & stoking ethnic, racial, religious, sectarian strife to effectively break-up [disintegrate] the targeted regimes & nation-states of Iraq, Sudan, Libya & now Syria.  And Yet O-Bomb-em, even though he's allegedly a son of a native born African- is fully complicit in the US NATO imperial / white supremacist on-slaught on Africa!!!

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