On this week's BLACK AGENDA RADIO, hosts Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey spoke with Omali Yeshitela about a number of topics including the actions in DC this weekend which include the march Saturday on the White House.
Nellie Bailey: This year, the theme is US Out Of Africa. Omali Yeshitela is chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition. He says the US Command in Africa (AFRICOM) is there to prop up foreign, economic and social control over the continent. But Yeshitela says American global rule is in disarray.
Omali Yeshitela: Things are falling apart but it's an extremely dangerous moment as well -- which is one of those things that makes our mobilization so important and even how we've characterized our mobilization: There is no peace, Africa and Africans are at war, US to the world "Comply or Die."
I think it's quite appropriate, looking at what we see, that this chaos -- and some of it even maybe planned chaos -- this false debate that's going on between different sectors of the ruling class who are calling themselves Republicans and Democrats as part of a shell game that they play against the masses of people, with some of them using impoverished and desperate people, in order to make their political point while others are using the same phenomenon to make a point that speaks to reaction and calling on the whole reactionary history of the United States government and the White population of this country. So you've got one sector with a very cynical and callous way of using the poverty, the oppression, even the actions of repressive sector of the bourgeois -- right now Trump represents the public face of that -- so you've got them using those actions to mobilize people, or attempt to mobilize people, for their own benefit which serves capital and not the people. Then you've got people like Trump and the social base that he represents in terms of reaction. All of them, again, using the people. And that's why the Black is Back mobilization is so critical at this moment because it calls on African people to get organized. It calls on Black people to get organized. It calls on us to come to terms with the fact that even when we look at this crisis of imperialism, that there's an escalated aggression that's being made against our people, against the people of the world, and even against the ability of the people to protest against the things that are happening to us. So it's a splendid moment but it's also, like I said, a very dangerous moment. A wounded animal, as you know, as has often been described correctly so, is most dangerous and that's what we're looking at here with the United States government, US imperialism and, in many ways, imperialism in general. But, of course, the hegemon is wounded and that creates an interesting sort of dynamics because everyone who is the friend of the hegemon is not a friend. They're a friend because it's the hegemon, it's got the guns, it's got all the money, it's got all the influence or appears to have but as you see US imperialism showing any signs of weakness in that case you will see -- and we are seeing -- the emergence of other forces who are willing -- even if timidly -- to challenge the hegemon for its own space and for its own interest. It's a very interesting and critical moment in history and the Black is Back is right on time, I think, to be pushing this mobilization.
The Black is Back coalition notes:
Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Glen Ford, Kamm Howard, Ajamu Baraka and Lisa Davis.
BREAKING: BAP has launched its #USoutofAfrica campaign to shut down @USAfricaCommand and end the U.S. occupation of Africa! Read our statement and find out how you can get involved https://blackallianceforpeace.com/bapstatements/usoutofafricalaunch …
Why the need to mobilize?
Because of idiots like this.
This is who Trump is afraid of. The reason more troops are on the border now than currently in Iraq. LOOK.
Debra Messing 'discovers' Iraq. How very Columbus of her. She discovers it to complain that more US troops are on the US border than in Iraq. She's upset that there are not more US troops in Iraq. 15 years and counting of ongoing war and Debra is upset that more US troops are not in Iraq.
To Debra, this passes for 'logic.' Because, to Debra, continued and never-ending war -- hell, war period -- is a-okay and normal. War period? Debra Messing didn't speak out about the Iraq War. It was even a joke on WILL & GRACE. Debra's character protested not getting free noodles. That she protested. She said good people have to care and it was all a joke that she didn't care about war.
That's what the world is up against, selfish bitches who don't give a damn about people dying. The only time people matter to the Debra Messings is when they can be used for political football. So, to attack Donald Trump, Debra suddenly 'discovers' the Iraq War. She's fine with it. She doesn't protest it. She doesn't even call for an end to it. She's glad it's there because it allows her to use it for political football.
Shame on anyone who buys into her crap.
You can call out what Donald Trump is doing without seeking to justify war.
Otherwise, you're just the ridiculous Jim Sciuotto who only mentions Iraq to either endorse it so he can whine about the march or to endorse it so he can whine about the fact that, in two years of being president, Donald Trump has not visited Iraq. (For those who've forgotten, in eight years as president, Barack Obama only visited Iraq once.)
The wars are nothing but political props that the Jims and Debras grab on to repeatedly to try to political football. The fact that people are dying doesn't matter to them. Like the late Barbara Bush, they don't bother their 'beautiful minds' with such things.
Oh, look, here's another stupid bitch.
As Trump plays golf & holds rallies at the expense of taxpayers, he has the nerve to tell our servicemen and women that he can't visit them in Iraq or Afghanistan because he's "very busy". These people are fighting for us! Trump is not! Trump doesn't care!
The US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't fighting "for us." They're fighting because the US government sent them there. Why are they there? Why are they still there?
Those are questions the world is asking but not questions that bother Tiny Ed because he's all about using war as a political football. He's a con artist who defrauded people and the fact that he's part of the 'resistance' should scare any honest participant of that group.
They don't care what happens in Iraq. They don't care about the people of Basra.
The protests are starting again. Already, there's been a sit-in. They were put on hold for the religious pilgrimage but they are returning. Why? Oil rich Basra produces so much wealth for the government of Iraq yet the people in Basra need jobs (the multi-nationals stealing oil from Iraq don't even try to pretend to employ a significant number of locals). The people can't drink the water unless they want to be part of the over 100,000 so far that have been hospitalized for drinking the water. They don't have regular electricity which was a nightmare in the oppressive heat of summer but will also be bad as winter arrives and temperatures drop.
Not only have these issues not been addressed, there's also the appearance -- on the part of Prime Minister Adel Abdul al-Mahdi -- that these issues are not pressing.
This appearance is upsetting politicians in Basra.
4 Iraq MPs protest government failure to honour Basra, Basra has 25 seats in Iraqi parliament "Four Iraqi lawmakers have suspended their membership in the government after no ministers were chosen to represent Basra in the government" https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181102-4-iraq-mps-protest-government-failure-to-honour-basra/#.W9w9id0GT7U.twitter … via @MiddleEastMnt
Again, this is the politicians. The protesters are not making this their fight at present.
Despite walk-outs from Basra MPs over the lack of places in the new Iraqi government cabinet, protesters told BasraPress24 that this is not one of the focuses of their protests:
In fact, let's note the thread.
Former European Parliament member Struan Stevenson offers:
Iraq is now the world's fourth-largest oil producer, with an output of over 4.78 million barrels a day and forecasts that this will rise to 7.5 million barrels by 2024. But industrial-scale corruption by successive Iraqi political leaders has left the country with little to show for its vast oil wealth. Sporadic power cuts, crumbling infrastructure, poor healthcare, wrecked sewerage systems and even water shortages are still the order of the day, as petro-dollars find their way into Swiss bank accounts and the divide between rich and poor escalates dramatically, even in Basra, where most of the oil is extracted.
al-Mahdi reduced the Cabinet to 22 posts and yet still couldn't fill them. He has 14 members of his Cabinet currently. The lie was that he'd make more nominations this week but this week is over and he made no new nominations. Next week?
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