Pandemic Reveals Crisis of US Imperialism
“I think what we are looking at is a severely wounded, crippled US imperialism as the chief hegemon of world capitalism,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. The coronavirus epidemic “brought the crisis of this economy into bold relief,” said Yeshitela, while China continued its rise “as a major contending force that was rapidly overtaking the US economy – and most of Europe,” as well.
Only a “Transformational” Electoral Politics is Useful
Ajamu Baraka, national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate, said electoral politics should be treated as a “strategic question” for the Black liberation movement, depending on its usefulness in putting forward “transitional demands.” The larger mission is to build “independent political formations” that “ultimately will arrive at a socialist transformation.” Baraka said organizers should avoid “bourgeois” electoral politics that fails to confront capitalism and “colonial” rule.
AFRICOM Causes Humanitarian Crises on Two Continents
Under the guise of helping fight the Boko Haram, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has helped the French-speaking West African government of Cameroon wage war against its English-speaking population, causing thousands to flee to Mexico in hopes of emigrating to the United States, said Joe Penny, a reporter for The Intercept. “There are now camps of people living at the [US] border with next to no resources,” including large numbers of Cameroonians, as well as Haitians, said Penny, author of an article titled “Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers at the Border are Fleeing a US-Backed Military.”
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