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Friday, November 17, 2017
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Freedom Rider: AFRICOM is the Question
Black Agenda Report
By Margaret Kimberley
“They use ludicrous terms like ‘gold star family’ and make the case for continued American aggression around the world.”
The desire to be affirmed by American society has dangerous consequences for black people. This pernicious dynamic creates the inclination to worship any black face in a high place or to defend questionable activity. The death of special forces Sergeant La David Johnson in Niger is a case in point. Donald Trump’s racism and stupidity prevented him from performing the simple task of conveying appropriate condolences to Johnson’s widow. The ensuing brouhaha focuses on what Trump said in the phone call overheard by Congressional Black Caucus [CBC] member Frederica Wilson.
Almost no one is asking about the fact that American troops are stationed in Africa at all. Few people realize that such a thing as the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM ) exists and that the military forces of most African nations have been under the de facto control of this country since the George W. Bush administration.
There is similar silence about the role that the United States played in bringing groups designated as terrorists into nations such as Niger and Mali. The decision to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in Libya is directly responsible for Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda affiliate groups gaining a foothold throughout the region. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and their NATO partners in crime were not just responsible for the deaths of thousands of Libyans, slavery in that country, and an ongoing humanitarian crisis. They are responsible for bringing state sponsored terror to the entire region.
“The military forces of most African nations have been under the de facto control of this country since the George W. Bush administration.”
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017
Living in the midst of imperial collapse
- After two buses (from Brunswick to Portland and Portland to Boston) I am now in Boston South Station waiting for Amtrak train to New Haven. I speak tomorrow at a peace conference that will be held at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut. Looking forward to being there with everyone. Peace organizing in Connecticut has a long and strong tradition.
- I selected this photo above because it depicts so well all that is wrong with the US these days. Our addiction to fossil fuels, denial of climate change (that largely is a result of this addiction), endless war to control oil and natural gas around the world, and the mounting drug addiction of the American people as they face moral and spiritual neglect by the corporate oligarchies that run the country.
- To illustrate that point just yesterday the House of Representatives in Washington voted for a colossal tax cut for the top 1%. This tax cut, and increases in taxes for the working class, will widen the national debt and put the few remaining social programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in further danger of being impaled in order to give the rich even more profits. It's a clear sign of a decaying empire in the final stages of collapse. People are very dispirited right now as they have come to understand that our 'democracy' has been drowned under the backwash of corporate money.
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