Thursday, October 31, 2013

Time is for the Truth






There are al-Qaeda related groups in China. There is an Islamic insurgency in the Uighur-Xinjiang region of China. There is still the U.S./Saudi/Israeli alliance for changing the Middle East in their image. This alliance worked together as a means to divide or weaken the states of Iraq, Libya Yemen, and Syria (as a means to advance puppet regimes, have fight for regime change, or the advance Western interests in general). The geopolitical strategy for the MENA or the Middle East and North Africa lives on. Back in February of 1982, foreign minister Oden Yinon of Israel published, A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties‘, which outlined strategies for Israel to become the major regional power in the Middle East. He wanted the Arabic states to be divided into sub nations within the realm of war. The regional balkanization plan deals with ethnic, religious, and tribal exploitation. It plays on national divisions in the Middle East. The Ottoman Empire was divided by the U.S., Britain, and France by 1917. The same principles continue now. Even the Saudis deal with the MENA region. The eastern resource rich and low population Xinjang region has an Islamic insurgency there. China has been successful in repelling the insurgency. Various reports indicate the al-Qaeda organization trains about 1 000 mostly Xinjiang-origin Uighurs and other Chinese Muslims every year. Located in camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kirgizstan and elsewhere, this terror training has continued since at least the mid-1990s, for a total of more than 15 years. China is competing against the West for resources in the Middle East. China is Tehran's largest trading partner and customer for oil exports. It takes about 20 percent of Iran’s total oil exports. The West wants Iran to stop uranium enrichment and to stop its nuclear program. Iran supports Shia movements in MENA and in SE Asia plus South Asia. China disagrees with Saudi funding of Islamic insurgencies in their territories. China doesn't want nations to be toppled so easily. The likely result is that China is now poised and almost certain to strengthen relations with Iran. The intensifying Syrian crisis as well as the dangerously out of control US-Saudi-Israeli jihadi strategy, of fomenting sectarian conflict and destroying the nation state in the MENA, will likely prompt China to soon take major initiatives. Due process should be fairly applied to all citizens in the country. The recent injustices against our people in NYC stores show the callous nature of racial profiling and stop and frisk (since it is against the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Stop and frisk is against the banning of unreasonable search and seizures, because an innocent human being should not be subjected to a search at all unless by probable cause). Alternative techniques can be used to fight crime and such stop and frisk actions relate to handling a small portion of all criminal actions in NYC. Those stopped and frisk mostly is going to deal with nonviolent drug related charges. Michael Bloomberg is a reactionary mayor. He said racist comments before. The crime rate of NYC decreased under Dinkins first even. Also, Bloomberg is an authoritarian.

The Grenada war was evil back in the 1980's. The 1983 U.S. invasion of the island nation of Grenada has been horrendous. The Western elite said that Grenada must be attacked to defend their interests. Military action has been used in human history to advance a specific geopolitical agenda. It is part of a hypocritical Western society. Schools and other American functions teach civility among young human beings in school. This is done to prevent bullying and advance a real curriculum in the classroom. Yet, the West celebrates or excuses bullying against nations. The United States has been great bully for decades and centuries against humans of color and nations globally. The U.S. invasion of Grenada was called Operation Urgent Fury by the Reagan administration. It was launched over 30 years ago on October 25, 1983. Grenada made an unlikely target of U.S. military might. Its main product was not oil, but nutmeg. It had a small population, a small navy, and it was smaller in population than Peoria, Illinois. Why was Grenada placed in the crosshairs of the Reagan administration? In 1979, the socialist New Jewel Movement had overthrown the corrupt and unpopular dictator Eric Gairy. It was an almost bloodless coup. By the early 1980's, literacy programs existed. New school and agricultural cooperatives grown were in Grenada. They welcomed Cuban aid: teachers, health professionals, and construction workers on the new international airport who aimed to replace the antiquated and dangerous airstrip up in the mountains. In just four years, unemployment was cut from 49 percent to 14 percent. Instead of advertising cigarettes and booze, colorful billboards throughout the island promoted education: “Each One Teach One,” “If You Know, Teach; If You Don’t, Learn,” and “Education Is Production, Too.” Grenada was having revolutionary changes in their lands and the elite did not like this. The U.S. shows hostility. The U.S. in 1981 created Ocean Venture 81 that detailed a mock invasion of Grenada on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. In October of 1983, the leadership of the New Jewel Movement imploded. Leaders were arrested like Maurice Bishop and violence came about. In these events, the U.S. launched an invasion. There were American and other troops. Reagan claimed that the invasion was intended to rescue the 800 U.S. medical students on the island; even though the medical school’s chancellor denounced the invasion and said it posed a greater risk to students than the turmoil then wracking the island. By a vote of 108 to 9, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the invasion as a “flagrant violation of international law.” The U.S.-installed interim government had abolished the agency to aid cooperatives; eliminated the Centre for Popular Education, the literacy program; shuttered a government-owned agro-industries plant; and returned land from farmers’ cooperatives to absentee owners. So, the invasion was about establishing Western hegemony over the Western Hemisphere. The good news is that we have the truth on our side.



Ted Cruz is wrong. Studies have documented the racial disparities of justice that deals with the Stand Your Ground law. The law has ambiguous wording in them that can be exploited as a means to advance vigilantism. Ted Cruz has made bigoted remarks before. Extrajudicial murder is always evil and repugnant. He is an extremist by praising Jesse Helms. Then Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun said that Helms sang lyrics to the racist song Dixie to her. Helms had twisted thoughts. Many Republicans do not want to be inclusive. They just want to expand their political power base. At the end of the day, fighting against racial discrimination and fighting for equality is all about commonsense. Geraldo is a man who is a character. His views on hoodies are not silly since the vast majority of human beings wearing hoodies are not nihilistic criminals nor are they trying to inflict chaos in America. The President was a constitutional scholar, so obviously he has great intellectual curiosity and he can speak well without a teleprompter. It is always a past time from many from FOX News to spew reactionary views as means to scapegoat the poor, advance racial baiting against minorities, and advance the interests of Empire. Geraldo is still wrong on hoodies and other issues. I listened to him or Obama without a teleprompter during interviews with media figures. I do not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, but the man should not be disrespected unfairly. He or Geraldo gave his opinion and I have my right to mine. Bush even had more vacation time percentage wise than Obama. Single payer is superior to the ACA. The last 2 sentences are offensive since most blacks folks do work. We blacks worked for centuries in this country. Even most of those who voted for Obama do work as well. So, Geraldo is an agent of FOX and he wants to use disrespect instead of showing just respectful dissent like a man.  I said that FOX News promoted lies about the Iraq War and issued poor baiting rhetoric, which are accurate. I have a huge clue about the war. There were dissidents of the Iraq War. The Bush administration (who passed laws that violated human civil liberties and made errors) wanted the Iraq War immediately after 9/11. They worked with the neoconservatives in trying to change the Middle East to be more in aligned with Western interests. Also, many folks voted against the Iraq War and they had Intel too. Also, I never supported Democrats unconditional, so I am an independent thinking man. Hillary, Joe Biden, and others are irrelevant to the issue of the morality of the war. The war was immoral since Iraq was no direct threat to America and it had no massive quantities of WMDs that could threaten America or even many neighboring Middle Eastern nations. I drink no Kool Aid. Some folks worship news from FOX News. FOX News was created, funded, and existed by the establishment. That fact is what the reactionaries hate. I repeat no lies. Bill O'Reilly repeats lies about blacks and others all day and every day. There are tons of independent sources of media that are vastly superior to FOX News. No one is calling the President a god or a King. I do not agree with the war on terror, drone strikes, the Libya campaign, or neoliberalism, so I am not some worshipper of all policies from the current administration at all. Folks are saying that any black human being should be treated fairly and with respect. Nothing more or less. There are numerous studies showing the biases of FOX News and the extreme rhetoric from their hosts. The Project on Excellence in Journalism report in 2006 showed that 68 percent of Fox cable stories contained personal opinions. In a 2006 academic content analysis of election news, Rasmussen Reports showed that coverage at ABC, CBS, and NBC was more favorable toward Kerry than Bush, while coverage at Fox News Channel were more favorable toward Bush. A 2010 Ohio State University study of public misperceptions about the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque", officially named Park51, found that viewers who relied on Fox News were 66% more likely to believe incorrect rumors than those with a "low reliance" on Fox News. Rupert Murdoch is a known figure of the establishment.






The reality of our lives is real. I love it when our people can show great gems about the truth of this situation. We love our Blackness and many folks can't stand it. That is why our struggle and our history inspires us to be more moral and to strive for excellence in our lives. We as black human beings should continue to fight for solutions and have the relentless pursuit for justice for our people. The strength of our ancestors still inspires us. The stories from the Maafa and to Ida B. Wells teach us lessons about our history. We use these stories to remind us that the value of family, the value of community, and the love of the truth are excellent things to embrace in our minds. In the end, the system of white supremacy will be defeated. Our creativity, our rhythm, and our other gifts will always be cherished by us. The light of wisdom and the glorious souls of our black people will continue forth prodigiously. Evil folks may lie, but we will continue to speak the truth that black humanity is diverse in their talents, that black males and black females ought to be respected, and that liberation is what we need including JUSTICE. Africa has great beauty. It is the origin of the great black African human race. For thousands of years, great civilizations are found in Africa like ancient Egypt, Axum, Ghana, Songhai, Mali, Nubia, and other great civilization. These civilizations had governments, infrastructure, languages, religion, and a high degree of cultures. They existed centuries ago and thousands of years ago. So, black human beings did create great monuments, great culture, and great civilizations spanning the long history of humankind. Much of Africa is suffering via imperialism, neo-colonialism, economic exploitation, and other reasons. This doesn't mean that blacks are subhuman, which is a racist lie. Today, there are many Africans who are scholars, researchers, leaders, scientists, and other contributors to world society. Africa has many advanced technological resources, businesses, transportation services, and other modern day entities that are blessings to black Brothers and Sisters. That is why there are great teachers and great engineers today who are Africans. Africa inspires me since my ancestors were great Africans. So, the words from evil folks do not intimidate me. I will fight for Black Humanity and I will always love Africa with all of my Heart, Soul, and Spirit. I will respect the Creator and Black Humanity in general (especially Black Women, who are the most beautiful women in the world). Folks always brings up Rwanda when that genocide is not representative of all black folks in Africa. Also, Europeans played both Hutus and Tutsis against each other for decades before the genocide existed. Europeans caused modern imperialism in Africa not black Africans. Somalia has been harmed by pollution, Western backed dictators, and imperialism. No one is afraid of discussing Africa. The reality is that the vast majority of Africans are not social nihilists. Many nations have issues, but these issues relate to imperfections and other issues (and these issues can be solved). Real Africans are trying to solve their problems. The AIDS pandemic is declining in Africa. Benin is making progress in reducing poverty; Sierra Leone is having more peace. Some seems to omit the economic development in many African nations. He is afraid to address the economic development of Kenya, etc. That is what that race traitor omits. Africa’s economic pulse has quickened, infusing the continent with a new commercial vibrancy. Real GDP rose by 4.9 percent a year from 2000 through 2008, more than twice its pace in the 1980s and ’90s. So, Africa is our homeland. It is the land of our ancestors and I love Africa.



One of the worst tragedies was the death of the Sister Miriam Carey. She was murdered by the police. There are many incidents of human beings suffering from mental illness. They do not receive adequate care, but some of them are looked up at prison. One National Public Radio report estimated this number at 350,000. The problem continues because of the closing of medical centers. There is unemployment, low wage jobs, homelessness, deadly cuts to food stamps, etc. These issues contributed to anti-social behavior among some human beings. The positive outlets for leading healthy lives have been eliminated by a corrupt Western society. Millions are still uninsured in our health care system. Miriam Carey was at the mercy to shoot to kill mentality police. There are still militarized police in the states. Miriam Carey does not deserve to be demonized. She did not exhibit criminal behavior. Any erratic behavior that she may have displayed did not warrant her slaughter. The criminal behavior belongs to the police and the big-business media that defend the cops’ actions when it comes to protecting the status quo of private property and its puppet politicians. So, state sponsored murder overseas in foreign land is evil. Black human beings have unique, dynamic perspectives on issues. That ought to be respected by any fair minded, progressive human being. Many in the mainstream media always stereotype everyone in the black community as being placed into one box, but we are very diverse in our talents, our interests, and our thinking on various subjects. Yet, we are unified in a common heritage, in that our ancestors being from the Motherland, and in a common goal (which is true liberation and justice for our people). Also, I want to mention that it is great to witness Brothers and Sisters refuting the racists and setting the record straight in this forum especially. That shows great unity since we are a community at the end of the day. We are one people. We are all Black and Beautiful. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL.

By Timothy


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Care News


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There is the rally among some from across the political spectrum that deals with protesting against the policies of the NSA. Glen Greenwald is teaming up with groups like Stop Watching, Demand Progress, the Libertarian Party, and Freedom Works to create this protest. Glenn Greenwald is famous for working with Edward Snowden or the exile living in Russia. The mass surveillance of the civilian population across the board is evil and wicked. Freedom Works is a backer of this action. The issue is that it is linked to the likes of Verizon and Big Tobacco. It gets funding form ATandT. How can you be against NSA spying and you are funded by groups that benefit financially from NSA spying explicitly. Other FreedomWorks donors include Philip Morris and foundation controlled by the Scaife family. Freedom Works advances the nefarious Tea Party movement. Tax filings and other records document that they receive funding via the sale of insurance policies via which policyholders automatically become members of Freedom Works. Freedom Works is linked closely to its founder named Dick Armey. Dick Armey is a corporate lobbyist and former Republican Congressman. His former lobbying firm DLA Piper from which he resigned in August 2009, represents Bristol Myers Squibb, among other pharmaceutical companies. Some want the end of mass surveillance of the population, but not the end of the mass collection of the data in the world. There is a difference. You see, CISPA was all about having Big Telecom collect and store all that data, that same data, and then hand it over to various agencies as needed. With all the anti-NSA rhetoric out there right now, it looks like that is going to be the “transparent fix” to the problem. The evil of CISPA is that it allows the Big Telecom to act on suspicious activity themselves. It will grant them the ability to slow or even shut down entire sites based on their suspicion of illicit activities. It granted Big Business immense power over the internet, almost total control, which is why 800 major corporations pushed for it last year and this year as well (coincidentally, right before the “Snowden Leaks”). Now, we know that great wealth, the big corporations, Wall Street, and the major banks have dominated the mainstream political system. One person may have one vote, but a billionaire — by virtue of funding certain candidates — has the equivalent of thousands of votes on Election Day and in the federal and state legislatures and executive offices thereafter. This more closely resembles an oligarchy (or rule by a small group of powerful people and interests) than genuine democracy. We see a weakening of our civil liberties and privacy rights of Americans via many unjust laws spanning years and decades (not just found during the Bush and Obama administration). We need checks and balances not abuses. Even the Democrats should have a responsibility since they have failed to issue an effective counterattack against the reactionaries. Both parties have loved the private enterprise system based on economic inequality at home and imperialist wars abroad. So, we should be independent ideologically and fight for the truth justly in society. We have every right to invest in social programs that can enrich the lives of humanity.  We have the right to advance environment justice. We have the truth on our side. We will never give up. We will win. We will be heard.

The government shutdown taught us valuable lessons. One lesson it taught was about the extremism found in the Tea Party Republicans. Many Republicans were involved in shutting down the government. The shutdown caused real pain to hundreds of thousands of families whose members work for various government agencies (and who have been furloughed doesn't matter to some). There are hedge fund managers who receive perks. Regardless of one thinks about the ACA, the ACA doesn't need to be used as a bargaining chip to end the government shutdown or the debt crisis at all. There are many independent voices that respect the President and his wife as human beings (I love how the Brother loves his Beautiful wife including his family. Both President Barack Obama and First Lady are very strong and very intelligent Black Human Beings who ought to be treated with dignity and with respect), but do not agree with the administration on all issues (like me). The ACA has been passed by Congress, and it has been uphold by the Supreme Court. So, folks should just advocate universal health care via more constructive means without holding the nation hostage.   I am not some Republican. I believe in workers' rights, human justice, and environmental protection. There are strengths and weaknesses with the Affordable Care Act. The law is right to cover those with preexisting medical conditions. There are weaknesses with the law as well. It is a mixed bag system that will still leave millions uninsured. It will leave millions more underinsured. At the same time, healthcare advocates raise concerns. Cash only medicine perhaps will end up excluding many less well-off patients. Everyone should have equal access. Universal single-payer alone provides it. A single payer health care system eliminates red tape and doctors are given true access to patients. Enormous savings are achieved. Universal coverage assures comprehensive affordable care. Predatory middlemen are excluded. Doing so saves $400 billion or more annually. Using it for care instead of profits covers everyone. Powerful interests blocked earlier US healthcare reform efforts. In 1917, 15 states introduced health insurance coverage for all legislation. Eight other human beings established commissions to study the situation. Proposals were weak and confusing. They were dead on arrival. We know that in the 1930's and in the 1940's, government sponsored health insurance resurfaced. The issue was contentious and industry giants blocked change again. Medicare and Medicaid came about with strong effort. It came after WWII when retirees, the disabled, and the unemployed were heavily uninsured. Private insurers and Big Pharma influenced the creation of the ACA. That is just a fact. There should be no corporate domination of the health system. The status quo is evil too. The current health care system as it is now is not working fiscally, medically, socially, or morally. We should never be satisfied with just the ACA. We should fight for something better than that. So, the fight for single payer health care universally for all Americans continues.

Poverty is America is a serious issue still. We know that U.S. food stamp assistance is about to be slashed more. By November 1, benefit payments from the SNAP or the U.S. government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs will be slashed drastically. SNAP is another word for food stamps. The cuts will amount to $5 billion per year. It will be a total of $11 billion through 2016. The average household of three will receive a benefit cut of $29 a month, or $319 per year. 
“The depth and breadth of the SNAP cuts that take effect in November are unprecedented,” wrote Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). “Past cuts have affected specific states or groups, but they have not affected all participants nor been as large as these cuts.” The CBPP noted, “The cut is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three based on the cost of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s ‘Thrifty Food Plan.’” Once the cuts go through, SNAP assistance will amount to less than $1.40 per person per meal, according to the CBPP. One in seven Americans receives food stamp assistance up from 9 percent of the population in 2008 to nearly 14 percent in 2012. The program helps feed 48 million human beings up from 23 million in 2007. The cuts come as a result of the expiration of the 2009 Recovery Act's temporary increasing in food stamp assistance. The Democrats nor the Republicans (in their leadership) proposed serious plans in trying to prevent this at all. The expiration of the extension was not scheduled to take place until 2015. That is when SNAP benefits are slated to increase. Yet, congressional Democrats used $14 billion that was set aside for food stamps to fund other legislation. In 2010 the Democrats promised to restore the funding before the aid extension expired. The Democrats have largely kept silent about the slated cut to food stamp aid, and the White House has made no official mention of the benefit cuts in the past week. The media is heavily ignoring this issue. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal are not readily showing stories on the scheduled cut to food stamp aid during the same period. Over 80 percent of SNAP benefits go to households with incomes below the federal poverty line. That is an abysmally low $19,530 annually for a family of three, and 40 percent of recipients live in deep poverty, defined as below $9,765 annually for a family of three. There has been a radical growth of those with the share of food stamp recipients. Almost one third of SNAP recipients are working in 2010. That is up from less than 20 percent two decades before. Of those that do not work, most are disabled, elderly, or under age. Many folks who receive food stamps rise throughout 2014 according to the projections of the Congressional Budget Office. According to the Congressional Budget Office, three quarters of households who receive SNAP benefits “included a child, a person age 60 or older, or a disabled person.” An average household with SNAP had an income of $731 per month. That is about 8,800 per year, not counting SNAP benefits, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The average SNAP payment per household that year was $287, or $4.30 per person per day. Over 21 million children—more than 1 in 4—live in a household that receives SNAP benefits, according to the CBPP report, and nine million people with disabilities receive SNAP benefits. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are planning more draconian cuts to SNAP. The Democratic budget passed in the Senate earlier this year cuts over $4 billion from the program over ten years. The Republican proposal will make adults between 18 and 50 to either work or attend work training as a means to reapply for benefit. They will institute drug testing for recipients, which is fascist. It will cut 3.8 million people off the program in 2014. The farm bill compromise will harm more social programs. The real incomes of the bottom 40 percent of income earners fell 6 percent between 2009 and 2012. The super-rich get richer while cuts are sent against food stamps, Medicare, and Social Security. The top ten highest-paid CEOs in the United States each received more than $100 million in 2012, according to a survey by GMI Ratings released this week. Two chief executives—Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Kinder of energy firm Kinder Morgan—each received over $1 billion, and the combined pay of the top ten CEOs was $4.7 billion.




Bill de Blasio is poised to be the first Democratic New York City mayor in 20 years. He came from behind to win the Democratic primary election. He has a 50 percentage point lead over his Republican opponent Joseph Lhota. He or Blasio wants to appeal to working people, black Americans, Latinos, and middle class professionals. De Blasio criticized the stop and frisk of blacks and Latinos in NYC. The controversy is what we will do on economic issues if he is elected mayor? Will he confront the finance capital of Wall Street and the plutocrats who run the city economically? His commercials show his unique family. His 16 year old son Dante is right to expose Bloomberg's racist stop and frisk campaign in NYC. De Blasio’s promise to tax the rich and reform the police is being denounced as “class warfare” by Lhota and his press reactionary agents at the New York Post, who summon the specter of New York returning to the fire-swept, crime-ridden 1970s. Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson have used fear mongering to say that even minimal justice for the poor and workers will cause bankruptcy for New York City. It is interesting that now; De Blasio is trying to get money from the same bankers and Wall Street lawyers whose excesses that he has bemoaned frequently. de Blasio recently told a meeting of business moguls in Midtown Manhattan: “Wall Street is our hometown industry.” Wall Street has received record profits while massive poverty still exists in this nation. While Bloomberg’s personal fortune grew from $5 billion to $27 billion during his tenure, today 1.7 million New Yorkers, including 31 percent of children 17 and younger, live below the official poverty line. Approximately 50,000 people across the city–including some working two full-time jobs—spend the night in homeless shelters; over 21,000 of these are children. More than 167,000 families are on waiting lists for public housing, many for as much as ten years. The South Bronx, just a subway ride from Wall Street, is home to the Congressional district with the highest poverty rate in the country. Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s beloved Manhattan is home to the widest income gap of any large county in the country. The facts speak for themselves. The NYPD have executed a siege of ghettoes of NYC and other locations. They have used police brutality. Even federal Judge Shira Scheindlin condemned police racial profiling and stop and frisk in general. It is a shame that de Blasio received an ovation when he called himself a fiscal conservative (in desiring some balanced budget as he negotiates with municipal unions). We know the racism of Bloomberg and reactionary Rudolph Giuliani’s 1990's message of being a man of the people. De Blasio wants to reform the police terror without banning stop and frisk outright. De Blasio’s campaign calls for putting more cops on the streets with greater resources. De Blasio loves New York real estate development. We need affordable housing. Early this year, de Blasio used his Public Advocate office to clamor for an end to a strike by school bus drivers. The popular strike was called off by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 leaders the day after they received a letter from de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller William Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn—all of whom ran in the Democratic mayoral primary—calling on them to end the walkout. Now, the Republicans are filled with union bashers, racists, etc. So, reformism from the Democratic Party never worked neither the reactionary aims of the Republicans. Only revolutionary solutions can work to help society.



The bigots thrive on hate and fear. One thing that they hate is the exposure of their wicked white supremacist system. They thrive on pettiness and evil divisions. One thing that the enemy cannot shut down is the truth. The truth persists. It persisted during the Maafa, it persisted during the 1960's, and it still persists today. The truth is that we as black human beings have every right to advance our interests and to love Africa. The truth is that our BLACKNESS is superior to white racism and white supremacy. The truth is that all through the centuries, dedicated black men and black women stood up and fought for human justice. These truths inspire us. It is the way of oppressor to bash black males and especially black females. Yet, we will never take their bait. We will defend our dignity, fight for the truth, and build in our communities. Morality, righteousness, and justice are in our African DNA. We are Africans as Kwame Ture has said. We are of black African descent. Our ancestors were warriors then and we are warriors now. Our ancestors in spirit give up inspiration and strength to carry forward. We are moving forward not backwards. The white supremacists' deceptive religious lies could not stop us, their crooked police officers cannot stop us, and surely their agenda will surely fail. Black beauty is wonderful. Today, many black human beings are scholars, teachers, lawyers, activists, mathematicians, engineers, athletes, musicians, and a wide spectrum of excellent human beings. The truth is powerful and that is why the enemy can't stand it. Nature is even in opposition to the wickedness of these supremacists. So, it just for us to adhere to Black Love, Black Unity, and Black Power. Our enemy is not each other, but white supremacy. Our enemy is white supremacy. More Brothers and Sisters are waking up. We are learning more about our history, our culture, and our struggle for liberation. We are all black and beautiful with our beautiful black melanin, our great hair, our great creativity (or swag), our great intellects, and our great souls. Folks like Ida B. Wells, my relatives, Dr. King, Malcolm X, Kwame Ture, Fannie Lou Hamer, Cynthia McKinney, etc. give me great inspiration in my life. We are on the right side of history and we will win at the end of the day. I appreciate the words and insights from real human beings. We have every right to stand up strongly against injustice. Those who commit egregious injustices will reap what they sow.  Thinking together, working together, believing in each other, and fighting together for justice are joyful actions to execute. Our freedom is tied up with human freedom as well. I feel more mature about life. I feel more spiritual and we are a great people like always. I will defend black males and black females. A black woman gave me my life via birth and I know many black males who inspired plus educated me on true justice as well. Black women are great human beings just like Black men. BLACK UNITY IS A VERY STRONG FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE. RBG 4 LIFE.



By Timothy

Rwanda Genocide Research

Savant's Words

For the great majority of people of color, racism can have a very deadly meaning. And it is more than a word. Only a white person with an underdeveloped social and political consciousness (but endowed with the very white privilege he/she claims to be nonexistent) can imagine that racism is a meaningless word. If I didn't know better than that I'd be DEAD. Even your naivete is a white privilege.



Even if she IS on welfare that doesn't make her any less of a woman, nor even (except for the narrow minded) less desirable. It is a question of character. And at any rate, it is capitalism which creates social immersion which makes welfare necessary.



I would have JOINED if I'd been old enough, you fascist pig. But my mother was a Black Panther Party supporter, especially after one of your fellow racists offed Dr. King. I sometimes read those old BP newspaper even now.

"All Power to the People!" Yep, that's what it's all about even today. Will plutocrats and racists continue to rule, or will the people wake up and seize their birthright of freedom and self-determination? That's the fundamental question.

I seriously doubt that Dr. King would be ashamed of the way the Black masses (or white masses) speak. He was not a snob. And I doubt that most people in the UK speak the Queen's English.



Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/28/13

Deadlock in America’s War on Syria. Moscow Confronts Washington, Significance of UNSC Resolution 2118

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Weekend News

There have been lawless drone killings for years now. Two UN reports outline this problem. A sixteen year old named Malala Yousafzai is an activist for women's education, a blogger, and a Sakharov Prize winner. She is a Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize recipient. She was a 2013 Nobel Prize nominee. Desmond Tutu nominated her for the International Children's Peace Prize. On October 16, Canada said it plans to grant her honorary citizenship. Obama invited her to the White House. She ironically said that, "Drone attacks are fueling terrorism." “Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.” She is correct. Predator drones kill many human beings. There are remote warrior teams that operate computer keyboards and multiple monitors. In other words, the imperialists murder by remote control. They target faceless victims. They kill indiscriminately. They do so unaccountably. We know that drones are instruments of state terror. Studies document how mostly innocent civilians are killed by them. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is the joint Stanford University International Human rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (SU)/New York University School of Law Global Justice Clinic (NYU) report. It entitled, "Living Under Drones." The dominate Washington narrative claims that drone strikes are precise and effective. Targeted killings “minimi(ze) downsides or collateral impacts,” it says. Doing so makes America safer, it alleges. These views are false since drone attacks kill indiscriminately. Mostly noncombatant civilians are affected. “Living Under Drones” exposes what Washington won’t say. The White House claims that drones haven't caused a huge number of civilian casualties. It claimed that they're targeted or focused at people who are on a list of active terrorists trying to go in and harm Americans. Hard evidence proves otherwise. According to the SU/NYC study: “US drone strike policies cause considerable and under-accounted-for harm to the daily lives of ordinary civilians, beyond death and physical injury.” “Drones hover twenty-four hours a day over communities in northwest Pakistan, striking homes, vehicles, and public spaces without warning.” “Their presence terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities.” Official statements about drone killings keeping America safe are false. Evidence from the SU/NYU study show that at most only 2 percent of victims are high value combatants. Others are mostly innocent civilians. Drone killings fuel resentment. They facilitate anti-American recruitment. Most Pakistanis call America the enemy. Other affected countries view America in the same context. Professor Christof Heyns co-directs the University of Pretoria’s Institute for International and Comparative Law. He serves as UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. He has his September 13 dated UN report. It is entitled, “Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.” It omits offender country names. He clearly holds Washington responsible. “The expansive use of armed drones by the first states to acquire them, if not challenged, can do structural damage to the cornerstones of international security and set precedents that undermine the protection of life across the globe in the longer term,” he said. The report mentions the following: "...The use of drones by states to exercise essentially a global policing function to counter potential threats presents a danger to the protection of life, because the tools of domestic policing (such as capture) are not available, and the more permissive targeting framework of the laws of war is often used instead.” On October 25, General Assembly member states will discuss Heyns’ report. It calls for obeying international law. According to Heyns, he wants nation to follow international law. Countries may not consent “to the violation of their obligations under international humanitarian law or international human rights law.” Reprieve is an UK based human rights group. Its legal director Kat Craig said that the report exposes the evil drone war that is harming innocent civilians. This action is a threat to international security as a whole. The CIA must be held into account of this. Reprieve has clients like young Pakistani children who saw their grandmother killed in front of them. The CIA is made up of terrorists. Ben Emmerson is UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism. His September 18-dated UN report is titled “Promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.” The UN investigators identified dozens of U.S. drone strikes causing civilians deaths and inquire. Doing so clearly violates international law. There should be justice on this issue. There are such incidents in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan and Gaza. “While the fact that civilians have been killed or injured does not necessarily point to a violation of international humanitarian law, it undoubtedly raises issues of accountability and transparency,” he said. Former UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions Philip Alston calls targeted killings “intentional, premeditated, and deliberate use of lethal force (against individuals) not in the physical custody of the perpetrator.” The White House has no moral right to assassinate anyone in the world even American citizens at any time.  Francis Boyle calls drone attacks “murders, assassinations, and extrajudicial executions.” According to Marjorie Cohn: Unlawful drone strikes “not only undermine the rule of law, (they) prevent the United States from reasonably objecting when other countries (target their own) kill lists.” What more proof do we need? There has been a lack of transparency on the total CIA drone situation. The kill lists are highly evil. So, we know that the war on terror is evil and has been evil for over a decade.

We know that the NSA is spying for money, power, and crushing dissent. That is easy to witness. The NSA not only spied on the leaders of Germany, Brazil, and Mexico, but on at least 35 world leaders. The Guardian reported on this. One unnamed U.S. official handed over 200 numbers. These numbers included those of the 35 world leaders whose names are not named. The NSA also spies on the European Union, the European Parliament, the G20 summit, and other allies. The NSA asked government agencies to share their Rolodoxes, so the NSA would have phone numbers for top foreign political and military leaders. There is a confidential government memo that admits that spying didn't help to prevent terrorism. It admitted that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced little reportable intelligence. The leaders of allies such of Germany, Brazil, Mexico, the EU, and G-20 have no ties to Al-Qaeda terrorists; the spying was used for other purposes. The NSA conducts widespread industrial espionage on their allies. This has nothing to with terrorism. That is why there is no evidence that mass surveillance alone has prevented a single terrorist attack. Many top terror experts say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counterterrorism efforts. If NSA spying was really focused on terrorism, our allies and companies wouldn't be fighting back so hard against it. 9/11 is a new era, but spying started before 9/11. There have been many fraudulent excuses used to spy on Americans. Even NSA's industrial espionage has been going on for many decades and 911 still came about. The NSA has been spying on American Senators for more than 40 years. Governments who spy on their own population always use to crush dissent like the agents from the FBI trying to harm the labor, civil rights, anti-war, and other movements for legitimate social change. The NSA is doing the exact same thing that King George did to the American colonists. This influenced the development of the Revolutionary War. Even NSA whistleblower Russell Tice said that the NSA is spying on and blackmailing top American government officials and military officers. Things are wild here. That is why some are legitimately protesting against the nefarious policies of the NSA spanning decades beyond just since the evil, unjustified events of 9/11. It is right for our community to be politically independent. We ought to think for ourselves and not worship either major party at all. Yet, I am not naïve on the vicious nature of the Tea Party Republicans ideologically.

General Giap of Vietnam knew that President John F. Kennedy was going to withdrawal militarily from Vietnam. The Non Aligned Movement of Third World nations wanted to be independent from the machinations of the Cold War. There is an old photograph of North Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Dong, Indian Prime Minister Nehru, and the legendary Chairman Ho Chi Minh himself.  According to Mani S. Kang, Prime Minister Nehru and Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith (an economist and once Ambassador to India) discussed topics. Nehru advised Gabraith to get America out of the dire situation in Vietnam. He said that doing that action would be best for the United States and its then young President. Vietnam fought against the armies of Genghis Khan, the Chinese, and Western imperialists for long centuries. General Vo Nguyen Giap was a famous human being surrounding the course of events during the Vietnam War. The truth is that President John F. Kennedy woke up a great deal in 1963. He had a transformational experience and he saw that peace is superior to war (and the hope and aspirations of all humankind are essential to build up a progressive, enlightened society). The 1963 JFK was radically different from the JFK from 1960. It was Richard Nixon's and Allen Dulles' plans to have the Bay of Pigs invasion not JFK. Mr. Vo interrupted and added, "He was withdrawing from Vietnam."   He then stated in a very clear and firm voice, "President Kennedy was withdrawing from Vietnam in late 1963."   These words came from the son of General Vo Nguyen Giap. This is one piece of evidence out of many that proves that JFK was not going to have a massive military intervention policy in Vietnam. The late President John F. Kennedy was changing on many issues. He made a 1960 speech that believed in religious tolerance and a separation of church and state. Kennedy said the following in the Houston: "...I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all...Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end; where all men and all churches are treated as equal; where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice; where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind; and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood... would not look with favor upon a president working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty. Nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so. And neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test — even by indirection — for it. If they disagree with that safeguard, they should be out openly working to repeal it..."

Both parties have responsibility for the government shutdown. The GOP issued much extreme draconian policies while later the Democrats compromised to a certain degree. Then, a deal was reach that is a short term fix. It doesn't address much of the long term issues of poverty, imperialism, economic inequality, job loss, etc. Now, Michelle Obama is the First Lady. She is an elegant, beautiful, intelligent, and Strong Sister. I respect how the First Lady and the President love each other and their family (despite my disagreements with some of the policies of the White House). I will respect her like any real human being. Any human being ought to be treated with dignity and with respect at the end of the day especially women (So, we have the responsibility to not call women outside of their names and not to mistreat men either). Now, the ACA is a fallible law. It is not the final goal for true health care reform. We should still fight for universal health care among all Americans and all humans of the world. The ACA has strengths and weaknesses. We know them including the problems with the website. So, I think we should not use the ACA as a crutch to say that this is it. No, we should continue to fight for better health care for all human beings. Single payer is superior to the ACA. Health care is not some quaint item reserved for the rich or the privileged. Health care is a human right. It is right for our community to be politically independent. We ought to think for ourselves and not worship either major party at all. Yet, I am not naïve on the vicious nature of the Tea Party Republicans ideologically. Frankly, the 2 victims of racial profiling should advance justice with all of our support in general. There have been numerous stories of unjust treatment against customers of Barneys for a while. Now, the stuff is hitting the fan. Subsequently, the NY CEO has issued an apology. Would he issue an apology if these incidents of racial profiling and overt discriminatory practices were not shown in the national level? We all know the answer to the question. The real issue is about human rights. All humans deserve real respect and equal treatment excluding racial profiling and harmful treatment from anyone. Therefore, the Brother and the Sister should continue with their lawsuits and so forth. Justice is never done unless accountability is made comprehensively. Justice should not be sugarcoated, evaded, nor whitewashed by any token apology. Deeds are more important than token talk. Therefore, our community stands with the victims of Barneys' inappropriate actions. Also, the NYPD is involved in this criminal action as well against 2 black human beings. This confirms the obviously perverted actions of some of the police in NYC. The NYPD needs to clean up its house. The goal of black liberation is always a legitimate goal to advance and support at the end of the day. A real atmosphere charged with not only inspiration, but of action will cause us to win. We should fight economic inequality and imperialism. We should continue to expose stereotypes. We should always condemn female bashing and male bashing too. Justice and human liberty should continue to reverberate in our community, who are filled with the young, the old, and others. We must love our black community (for community is part of the black African cultural identity. Our ancestors are our heroes and they are with us in spirit), strive for excellence, and ally in a communal spirit.

Amilcar Cabral was one of the greatest heroes of black African history. He was a Guinea-Bissuan and Cape Verdean agricultural engineer, writer, and political leader. He was a nationalist thinker. He was a great anti-colonial leader. He led the nationalist movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands. There was the war of independence in Guinea-Bissau. He was assassinated on January 20, 1973 about eight months before Guinea-Bissau's unilateral declaration of independence. He was influenced by Marxism, but he was not a Marxist. He was born in September 12, 1926 in Bafata, Guinea-Bissau from the Cape Verdean parents Juvenal Lopes da Costa Cabral and Iva Pinhel Évora. Cabral was educated at Liceu or the Secondary School Gil Eanes in the town of Mindelo, Cape Verde. He was furthered educated at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon, Portugal. Portugal ironically was the colonial power ruling over Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde for a time. In Lisbon, he founded student movements that wanted to oppose the ruling dictatorship of Portugal and wanted the cause of liberation of the Portuguese colonies in Africa. He came back into Africa during the 1950's. He continued to promote the independence of the then Portuguese colonies. He founded in 1956 the PAIGC or the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (Portuguese for African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) and one of the founders of Movimento Popular Libertação de Angola (MPLA) (later in the same year), together with Agostinho Neto, whom he met in Portugal, and other Angolan nationalists. He led a guerrilla movement against the Portuguese regime from 1963 to 1973. It was one of the most successful wars of independence in African history. He was a hero for capturing territories from the imperialist Portuguese. Cabral set up training camps in neighboring Ghana with the permission of Kwame Nkrumah. Cabral trained his lieutenants through various techniques, including mock conversations to provide them with effective communication skills that would aid their efforts to mobilize Guinean tribal chiefs to support the PAIGC. Cabral allowed his troops to live off the land and work with the populace as a means to be successful. He taught troops farming technologies as a means to feed their tribes ad families. In 1972, Cabral began to form a People's Assembly in preparation for the birth of an independent African nation, but disgruntled former PAIGC rival Inocêncio Kani, with the help of Portuguese agents operating within the PAIGC, shot and killed him before he could complete his project. Yet, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Varde are liberated from imperialists. His influence is similar to the influence from Frantz Fanon and others. He is named after an International Airport in Carde Verde's principal international airport at Sal. There is also a football competition called Amilcar Cabral Cup in zone 2, which is named as a tribute to him. RIP Brother Amilcar Cabral. His half-brother Luis Cabral became the leader of the Guinea-Bissau branch of the party and would eventually become President of Guinea-Bissau. Amilcar Cabral was one of the greatest thinkers in African history. He was a hero and a true black warrior.

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There is even some Hollywood propaganda with the movie called, "Captain Philips." The movie obscures the U.S. crimes in Somalia. It portrays the heroes vs. savages archetype that is common among Western supremacist thinking. The movie is about the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama commercial container ship by Somalia pirates. Pirates have been popularized with the recent Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Those pirates are portrayed as almost heroes when Western pirates abandon their own, kill, and do other horrible actions. Many European pirates centuries ago lack human compassion. Tom Hanks plays the eponymous Captain Philips. He urges the Somali pirates to treat their wounded. He expresses paternal concern for his captors. —“What are you, sixteen, seventeen? You’re too young to be out here doing this”; conveys indignation over the pirates’ conduct—“Is this how you do business? By shooting people?”; and repeatedly tells the hijackers that they could leave, right now, with $30,000, no questions asked. The impression is that the pirates are acting out of greed not desperation. The actors portraying the pirates were Somalis. Many Somalis now are starving. The film shows Philips at the end of the film shown arms tied to the wall. It shows a crucifixion image that falls short of his role as a Christ figure. The ship’s chief engineer told CNN, “it was the captain’s recklessness that steered them into pirate-infested waters.” Crew members said that Phillips pursued this dangerous route in order to save money. Now the crew is suing the shipping corporation for putting them in harm’s way, with Phillips playing a nasty role in the lawsuit. To quote a Businessweek headline on the topic, “Hero of Captain Phillips Movie Portrayed as Villain in Lawsuit." There is great controversy in the film. The Somalis are portrayed as convenient villains for Hollywood in the past. Blackhawk Down viewed the Somalis as ruthless and bloodthirsty. Americans were shown as honoring every life. The facts do not support this narrative. The real Blackhawk Down incident was about 1,000 Somalis being killed as U.S. rangers dropped into a crowded marketplace. The film was so distorted in its depiction of Somalis that the Somali Justice Advocacy Center in California called for a boycott of the movie. They said that “portrays Somalis as violent savages”. The Maersk Alabama was carrying some humanitarian aid, but it ignores the U.S. extensive cries in the region. The U.S. supported the brutal dictator Siad Barre. He lost power in 1991. The U.S. so-called "humanitarian mission" called "Operation Restore Hope" killed 7,000 to 10,000 Somalis. It resulted in a civil war, famine, and political chaos. In 2001 the U.S. closed Al Barakaat or a money transfer company. It was claimed it was used to funnel money to al-Qaeda. The reality is that the organization had no link to al-Qaeda. Thousands of poverty stricken Somalis depended on the money transferred via Al Barakaat from family abroad. Somalia specialist Michel Del Buono stated that the decision to close al Barakaat was “equivalent to killing civilians." The U.S. financed warlords in Somalia as have been found in 2006. These warlords formed death squads that terrorized Somalia. They killed anyone who supported Islamic movements. Some of those captured by the death squads were turned over to the U.S. for money where they were tortured. Religious factions fought the warlords back. The factors are united in the group called the Union of Islamic Courts. The UIC gave aid to the malnourished Somalia. They almost united all of Somalia by 2006. The UIC was seen as by the Bush administration as too independent. So, the U.S. backed Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia. Ethiopia is a great nation with wonderful people. It is just the West used a divide and conquer strategy that pitted black African brothers and sisters against one another (which is one of the sick things that one can do). It was U.S. proxy war with U.S. troops in the ground in 2006. The U.S. air power gave support and the invasion turned into a brutal 2 year occupation. It displaced hundreds of thousands and killed 16,000 civilians. Rob Wise at the Center for Strategic and International Studies says the Ethiopian occupation transformed al Shabaab from a very weak force in Somalia to “the most powerful and radical faction in the country." So, the film never gives the U.S. role in making Somalia a failed state without a coast guard. There have been European, Asian, and Gulf companies dumping toxic and nuclear waste into Somalis coastal waters. These waters are unregulated. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy for Somalia, said, “There is uranium radioactive waste, there is lead, there are heavy metals like cadmium, and mercury, there is industrial waste, hospital, and chemical wastes.” He continued, “Radioactive waste is potentially killing Somalis and completely destroying the ocean.” So, we see that 20 years of famine, civil war, and the destruction of the ocean including fishermen that caused piracy. In 2007 the UN noted that Somalia had higher malnutrition rates, more bloodshed, and fewer aid workers than Darfur. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah described Somalia’s plight as “the worst on the continent." It is easy to see that the West is complicit in the destruction of Somalis for 20 years. Hollywood is wrong for ignoring this history and slandering the Somali people. I reject war and imperialism.

Jeh Johnson is the new head of the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS has been involved in nefarious actions for a while now. The Department of Homeland Security is a lawless, secretive, heavily privatized police and surveillance agency. It has its own prisons. It will have drones soon. It is headed now by an African American, a professed progressive Democrat, a Morehouse man and Pentagon lawyers. He invokes Dr. King as a patron saint when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be against the murderous U.S. global empire. So, the elite use black human beings like Jeh Johnson as scapegoats for the total evil system by allowing them to be placed in positions of power when the masses of black humanity are suffering under the system of white supremacy. It is simple as that. Jeh Johnson was the attorney who claimed in a sworn testimony before Congress in 2009 that his leaders wanted to imprison anybody that they imagined a terrorist (even after those human beings were acquitted by any and all offenses by a civilian court). He wanted to justify the separate drone murders of an U.S. citizen and his son in Yemen. He said that the President had the right to summarily execute anybody that they declared a terrorist. Jeh Johnson used to be a federal prosecutor. He was a Pentagon lawyer. He raised more than $200,000 for the Obama's 2008 campaign and he was rewarded with the post of general counsel at the Pentagon. He was in the Obama situation room in dealing with Al-Qaeda. Jeh Johnson is a Democrat. Now, we know what life we live today. We are not free totally yet. 50 years ago whites were the majority in U.S prison and jails. Yet, black unemployment was double that of whites and the gentrification of black urban neighborhoods was a national problem. There were only a handful of black faces in Congress, and no black behinds in the chairs of big city mayors, state speakers of houses or presidents of senates, and the like. Now we have a thriving and empowered class of more than 10,000 black elected officials on every level --- and that's not even counting the appointed ones, the Jeh Johnsons, the Susan Rices, the Colin Powells – who wield immense power on every level from local counties to the oval office. Still, black unemployment is double of white unemployment, gentrification is a big problem, and the nation's prisons including jails have black human beings in them. The White House is following orders from the 1 percent to increase the military budget, doubled down on Afghanistan, and used drone wars in Africa and Asia. The White House froze wages of federal employees. Also, the reactionaries have scapegoated unionized federal workers and public school teachers. There is the Bush bankster bailout and new legislation that shielded  mortgage fraudsters, telecom snoopers, war criminals, torturers and more. We have gentrification and still high black unemployment. We do not have single payer health care, but the Affordable Care Act including the deportation of 1.1 million human beings (more than any three or four previous Presidents combined). That is why we should stand up for the poor and unions, address black unemployment, and rein in polluters including banksters. We should advocate universal health care and a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants. The DHS has private prisons, border walls, fusion centers showing unfounded rumors, illegal surveillance, and private security contractors. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would oppose this stuff. Jeh Johnson is a Morehouse man, but he wants to be involved in the military industrial complex. Black and Brown human beings should not be profiled. We as a people have opposed the wicked agenda of Empire and we should continue to be opposed to war, Empire, and imperialism. That is why we should be independents since both the Republicans and the Democrats are very similar on issues, except on a few. That is why I am a political Independent. Now, I do realize that folks like Jeh Johnson are not to be blamed for our current situation. I understand the complexities of politics and so forth. We know that the system of white supremacy created this creation. So, we should critique, but place the truth into context.

"SOUL!" was a great show. It is a staple of black culture. It showed Black Power issues on its show all of the time mixed with great music as well. It lasted from 1968 to 1973. It was a public television show. It was courageous and uncensored. Sometimes, the past can inspire us and that show inspires us. It was shown in PBS. It predated Soul Train even. SOUL! was produced at WNET/Thirteen. SOUL! and Soul Train were sphere headed by bold Black men. They saw opportunities to contribute to the community of black people and they created something special for humanity in general. They were successful. Ellis Haizlip was involved with SOUL! and of course Don Cornelius was involved in Soul Train. Melissa Haizlip is trying to create a film on SOUL!, but she needs funds to do so. She is inspired by her late uncle (the poet Umar Bin Hassan). Her film is entitled, "Mr. Soul! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV." The SOUL! show had a lot of content. Melissa held a conference on the show and other issues. The summit include her friends and Black writers including activists like Aboidon Oyewole, Bin Hassan (famous members of the Last Poets), Movement icon Sonia Sanchez, and other folks (like Quincy Troupe, Ericka Blount Danois, and Kevin Powell). There were others there. She lacks money and the daylong conference gave tribute to her uncle (including the Black Power and Black Arts movements). These movements inspire us daily. Ellis Haizlip was slowly reconstructed through clips and memories of stories told. “He knew nothing about television. He didn’t like it. So he was perfect,” recalled Christopher Lukas, former programming director for WNET/Thirteen. Lukas hired Haizlip, a very well-known and –connected theatre producer in Black circles who had what became known as a legendary black phone book of contacts. So Thirteen’s first Black producer evolved Lukas’ idea of a “Black Tonight Show” into “SOUL!” Haizlip produced and Stan Lathan (a famous African American in producing). Thulani Davis said that she was a cool, sly instigator. Haizlip got many different black voices on his show. She followed up questions on the individuals that he interviewed on his show. John H. Bracey, Jr., chairperson of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts at Amherst said Haizlip’s philosophy with the show was that “...all of this (I’m presenting) is going to get us Black, so you (the audience) sort it out...” SOUL! expanded from WNET/Thirteen to PBS. The show gave human beings a platform to voice their views. It allowed George Jackson's mother to appear to talk about her then recently martyred son. Al Green performed there. Miriam Makeba sang her son. The Last Poets chanted words and music. It featured even Louis Farrakhan to talk about controversial topics. “It became a vehicle demanding respect, searching for opportunity and giving voice,” said Price. Sanchez talked about how people would come up to her the day after she performed on “SOUL!” and asked her, “’Aren’t you that lady?’ And I said, ‘Yes, wasn’t we bad?’” Shows like SOUL! and Black Journal existed in the late 1960's as Black public affairs television programs. Others shows came locally and local public including commercial television stations grew nationwide. This came after black human beings rebelled in Detroit, Watts, Newark, etc. between 1967 and 1968. They demanded justice. Lt. Uhara, Julia, and Bill Cosby were great. Also, Johnson suppressed the report that found that white racism caused and fueled riots in America. Today, PBS has been increasingly corporate dominated. It is now taboo for Haizlip to come on the scene on PBS now. We should continue in the Black Liberation and Black Power movements. SOUL! merged Black culture, Black politics, and Black history. This is an important story of Black History. This is our history. This is our culture. So, it is up to the people or us in this generation. We have the responsibility to fight for freedom and to fight for our dignity. Our voices are important and they have a right to be heard.

Brazil's Workers Party government has mobilized troops against striking oil workers. There are striking oil workers with their supporters battling the Brazilian army troops in Rio de Janeiro recently. The army and security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Five protesters were wounded. The troops were mobilized to seal off the beachfront hotel in which the rights to exploit a major offshore oil field were being auctioned off and to disperse protesters demanding the suspension of the sale. The Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (PT, Workers Party) issued a decree last Friday. It mobilized over 1,000 troops to suppress protesters by striking employees of Petrobras or the national oil company. This was in opposition to the privatization of the Libra oil field. Libra is a large offshore oil field. It is estimated to hold between eight and 12 billion barrels of oil deep below the ocean's surface under a thick salt layer. If it is fully operational in about a decade, the Libra field is expected to produce 1.4 million barrels per day. The army troops are dealing with the event. Also, the government has assigned the paramilitary police of the National Public Security Force Força Nacional de Segurança Pública, FNSP) to counter the strikers. The FNSP was organized in 2004 by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to combat drug gangs. The Petrobas workers have worked across Brazil walked off their jobs on October 17. They occupied the Ministry of Miens and Energy in Brasilia. Striker leaders reported that 90 percent participation by oil workers and that strike had paralyzed 15 platforms responsible for 80 percent of Petrobas' output. Also, affected are all Petrobas' 22 refineries. On Friday, there were protest marches in Rio and in São Paulo. The oil workers union (Federação Única dos Petroleiros, FUP) claims that the strike enjoys the support of administrative and contingent workers (terceirização). In alliance with the FUP is the FNP (Federação Nacional dos Petroleiros), a smaller, “radical” federation of five Petrobras trade unions. The FUP and the FNP wanted a 7.68 percent increase in wages or 1.5 percent above the rate of inflation. They want the suspension of the Libra auction. They want to end legislation that would cause a way for the employment of contingent workers throughout the company. This is the first time that the armed forces have been mobilized against domestic protests since the PT took power in 2003. A military regime ruled the nation from 1964 to 1985. Rousseff is mobilizing the troops. Ironically, he was a left opponent. That means that we can not worship foreign and domestic capital to harm the working class. Eleven firms had shown interest in the Libra oil field auction, including the Anglo Dutch Shell, and France’s Total, Spain’s Repsol, China’s state-owned CNPC and CNOOC, India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp, Colombia’s Ecopetrol, PETRONAS from Malaysia, and Japan’s Mitsui investment group. The four firm consortium is Total, Shell, CNPC, and CNOOC. They made the only bid and secured the exploration rights. Total, Shell will each get a 20 percent stake, the two Chinese companies will each get 10 percent, while Petrobras, which is charged with Libra’s management and exploitation, retains 40 percent. At first, the Brazilian government expected some 40 separate oil firms to participate in the auction. U.S. and British energy conglomerates like Exxon, Chevron, and BP bowed out deciding not to join the bidding. Brasilia made an offer. Snowden said that the NSA spied on Roussef and her staff. They have been carrying out industrial espionage against Petrobras. An article in the Buenos Aires daily Página 12 suggested that a Chinese-Petrobras alliance counterbalances this latest interference on the part of US imperialism. Brazil is still dominated by international capital. It has a oil bonanza of its offshore fields. There are real activists in Brazil that wanted change. There are also the police and military forces trying to suppress the rights of workers too.

We now witness shock and awe economics. That means that the political elite have used financial warfare against the American people. We live in the aftermath of the U.S. government shutdown. It is easy to see that groups campaigning against the fallible Affordable Care Act are funded by multibillionaires Charles and David Koch. They oppose it not because they want single payer universal health care. They oppose it since they abhor anything that is even related to public health care sent to the masses of the people (when many Congressmen and Congresswomen receive government health care. Those Congressional leaders are hypocrites if they receive government health care, but reject a single payer system). The austerity deal has been struck among both parties. The Koch brothers via an open letter to Congress want to distance themselves from accusations of a shutdown blackmail conspiracy. The Koch Brothers have their say in U.S. Congress. Yet, the shutdown and the debt ceiling issues has to do with long, complex structural and historical causes. We see threats of a fiscal collapse and uncertainty of the future of the Federal Government itself. The federal government has an unprecedented debt crisis. The debt is gone up 70% since the 2008 financial meltdown and at the same time they are implementing what I would describe as “shock and awe economics” which essentially consists in cutting virtually everything, all the society safety net programs of the US administration. This is what happened in Europe. It is destructive. This policy of austerity caused more impoverished people. The elite want to cuts food stamps, Social Security, and of course, Medicare and Medicaid are the programs which are affected. Meanwhile, of course, Defense and the financing of the war economy remains with a very large military budget. When you look at the big picture, you see that the Republicans and the Democrats share the same economic policy agenda. Each party wants austerity measures since both parties are ruled by the same lobby groups. Wall Street, JP Morgan Chase, and the Federal Reserve Bank (or a private institution that hold a large part of the U.S public debt) influence politics heavily. The elite want to have a massive privatization of the federal system. Even the IMF did something similar when they came into to have the privatization of state assets in favor of private corporations.


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Rahm Emanuel has been showing his cards in the world. He said that he wants to make Chicago a global city. Back in 1968, the reactionary Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley defended the police rioting against anti-Vietnam War protesters that erupted during the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Rahm Emanuel has made himself a mayor of the 1 percent. It is a city that has some of the world's wealthiest individuals and institutions. There are still thousands of human beings in Chicago now that suffer extreme poverty, enduring violence, and political disenfranchisement. Rahm Emanuel was an establishment Democratic figure before he was in the White House. He has been aggressive as mayor and his popularity as mayor had declined. In May of 2013, Emanuel and his handpicked school board closed 50 public schools that were claimed to underutilized.  That is the single biggest schools closure of any U.S. public school district to date, and part of a corporate school "reform" project spearheaded by millionaires who claim they care about the nation's children. There is the book from journalist Kari Lydersen entitled, "Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%." It contrasts stories of everyday Chicagoans and Emanuel's rise to power. The book talks about the growing inequality between the 1 percent and the rest of us (including the political agenda that is driving that inequality). The book describes Emanuel wanting to make the Democratic Party more pro-business and the social safety net being dismantled. The corporate agenda dominates both parties in American society. He is the son of Jewish immigrants. His father was a pediatrician and his mother was a psychotherapist. He grew up in a stable middle class household in the wealthy North Shore Chicago suburb of Wilmettee. He worked with Bill Clinton to allow him to win the Presidency. He was a fundraiser for the 1992 Presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. The acts of welfare reform, NAFTA, crime bills, etc. were reactionary policies that harmed the poor including African Americans. By 1998, Rahm Emanuel joined the investment banking firm of Wassertein Parella. Emanuel loves the Wall Street bailout that corporate America profited from while working human beings paid the price from them. Emanuel love to use the code words of choice, responsibility, efficiency, and reform as a means to justify his neoliberal agenda. So, we know the truth. So, we need radical change in the world. We need revolutionary changes in society as a means to get the liberation that we all need. The age of Reagan is gone. So, racism and plutocracy both must end. We should have a radically democratic and cooperative society. The status quo wants to allow the Republicans to maintain the current system of concentrated wealth and power while allow the Democrats to issue more concessions within the system or liberal reforms. Yet, we should transcend the system and advocate revolutionary, independent changes in the world. But the success of real change, as Fanon observed, lies in the entire order of things being radically changed from the bottom up.


He or Love Olatunjiojo should sue. It is a disgrace that we have to deal with this. The police knew what they were doing. They were trying to intimidate an African man believing that he was ignorant of human civil liberties. Like I have said before, police injustices are in epidemic levels in the States. The cops knew full well the difference between candy and drugs. For them to still pursue this young man and try to cause him to go into jail represents a depravity and sickness among some police officers. A code of authoritarianism and a hatred of civil liberties are cancers that still metastasize in the system of white supremacy (as Brother Edud eloquently exposes). These crooked cops follow the code of corruption beyond the code of silence. They are still harming folks across a myriad of backgrounds and socioeconomic situations. The cop worshippers have no excuse in this regard. Stop and frisk did not prevent crime here. It violated the human rights of the young Brother named Love Olatunjiojo. The boys not men in blue are something else. The Brother should do the thing and make sure that the NYPD is held accountable for real for this injustice. This story is necessary, because for a long time, the police agencies try to sugarcoat their House instead of cleaning up their house. All of us know stories or know loved ones who experienced police brutality or racial profiling. Certainly, we need to end the War on Drugs and the corrupt judicial system as a means to create a fairer system for black humanity, especially for black youth (who are made the scapegoats of crime in the USA). Many reactionaries are hypocrites. Dick Cheney’s new book about his life-saving heart transplant has drawn much fawning coverage. But little attention has gone to the hypocrisy of the ex-vice president accepting expensive government-funded surgeries while endorsing the Tea Party’s campaign to deny health coverage to millions of Americans. His new book is entitled, "Heart." Now, the Tea Party wants to disagree with any government financed health care. The Tea Party is even fighting the expansion of Medicaid for poor families in states controlled by Republicans. That is cruel. In other words, the Tea Party wants to force Americans with pre-existing medical conditions – like, say, a diseased heart – to remain at the mercy of greedy insurance companies that have made a lucrative business plan out of denying coverage to the people who need it most. The federal government has the right to advance the General Welfare of society.






We know that Reaganonomics failed society. Although, the House Republicans among many of their members love it. Some of them took the economy hostage. We need programs as a means to create jobs and rebuilding the middle class and the poor. The reactionary Republicans are licking its wounds about most of the public disapproves of their actions. Some of the Tea Partiers have shown a false narrative on why the U.S. debt has grown and why the economy struggles. We know about the harm done to the economy by many forces. The current $16.7 trillion federal debt is about $11 trillion more than it was when George W. Bush took office. The ex-President George W. Bush was a massive tax cutting and war spending President. Those policies eliminated the surpluses of the Bill Clinton final years and reversed a downward trend in the debt that had threatened to eliminate the debt entirely over the ensuring decade. Amazingly, President Clinton left office in January 2001 with the federal budget in the red by $236 billion and with a projected 10-year budget surplus of $5.6 trillion. The budgetary trend lines were such that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan began to fret about the challenges the Fed might face in influencing interest rates if the entire U.S. government debt were paid off, thus leaving no debt obligations to sell. Greenspan is an Ayn Rand acolyte. He was first appointed by Ronald Reagan. So, Greenspan allied with Bush Jr. to create massive tax cuts that would mostly benefit the wealthy. This action did not solve the issue of paying off the federal debt at all. Bush left office in January of 2009 after the meltdown of an underregulated Wall Street. Talk of a debt free government was not in the air. The debt increased into $10.6 trillion. It was trending rapidly higher as the government tried to avert a financial catastrophe that could have brought on another Great Depression. Reagan in 1981 wanted to use supply side economics or trickled down economy. Reagan's tax cuts increased the federal debt which was $934 billion in January 1981 when Reagan took office. When he departed in January 1989, the debt had jumped to $2.7 trillion, a three-fold increase. And the consequences of Reagan’s reckless tax-cutting continued to build under his successor, George H.W. Bush, who left office in January 1993 with a national debt of $4.2 trillion, more than a four-fold increase since the arrival of Republican-dominated governance in 1981. During 1993, Clinton’s first year in office, the new Democratic administration pushed through tax increases, partially reversing the massive tax cuts implemented under Reagan. Finally, the debt problem began to stabilize, with the total debt at $5.7 trillion and heading downward, when Clinton left office in January 2001. At the time of Clinton's departure, there was the projected ten year surplus of 5.6 trillion dollars. That means that virtually the entire federal debt would be retired. The Bush Jr. administration fought two major wars without paying for them. By August 2008, the debt was over $9.6 trillion, nearly a $4 trillion jump since Bush took office. This was just before the Wall Street crash. The federal government had no choice to increase its borrowing to avert a global economic catastrophe that could have been worse than the Great Depression. This was before the Wall Street collapse in September of 2008.  By January 2009, just five months later, the debt was $10.6 trillion, a $1 trillion increase and counting. Boehner agreed with the Bush tax cuts, the costly Iraq war, and bank deregulation. He denounced Obama for the debt crisis that his own party helped to create. Many deregulation, free trade, and supply policies were facilitated by the Clinton administration. Some of those actions harmed good paying jobs. During the decade of the George W. Bush presidency, the USA had zero job growth. And zero is actually worse than it sounds since none of the preceding six decades registered job growth of less than 20 percent. Even in the 1970's with economic stagflation and political malaise, there was a 27 percent increase in jobs. This was down from 31 percent in the 1960's. Reagan used tax cuts, global free markets, and deregulation. He caused deindustrialization in America. Job growth decreased to 20 percent during the 1980's. More deregulation and free trade agreements came under Clinton. Household net worth declined 4 percent in the last decade, compared to a 28 percent rise in the 1970s. Indeed, across the mainstream U.S. news media, it is hard to find any serious – or sustained – criticism of the Reagan/Bush economic theories. More generally, there is headshaking about the size of the debt and talk about the need to slash “entitlement” programs like Social Security and Medicare. Instead of paying heed to the real lessons of the past three decades, many Americans are trapped in the Reagan/Tea Party narrative and thus repeating the same mistakes. Reaganomics does not work and now we have gerrymandering by the GOP. It was the federal government that essentially created the Great American Middle Class – from the New Deal policies of the 1930s through other reforms of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, from Social Security to Wall Street regulation to labor rights to the GI Bill to the Interstate Highway System to the space program’s technological advances to Medicare and Medicaid to the minimum wage to civil rights. Even the Cheney family was lifted out of poverty by the New Deal. The government have every right to increase taxes on the rich, the ones who have gained the most from cheap foreign labor and advances in computer technology, in order to fund projects to build and strengthen the nation, from infrastructure to education to research and development to care for the sick and elderly to environmental protections. I reject Reaganomics.

Jesus Christ talked about the Kingdom, but it is a Kingdom that the elites did not like. Yeshua was a fierce critic of economic injustice in his time. He wanted a radical redistribution of wealth and a sense of caring for each other. Christians often pray the prayer to God that Jesus taught his disciples, which – at its heart – says: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Jesus was an Israelite who followed the Torah or the Law of God. There was a scene described in Luke. There was a lawyer, who asked Jesus Christ on how to attain the fullest of life. Jesus responded with 2 questions. He said what did the Torah say. He said that how did the lawyer read it. He wanted to tell the lawyer that the Torah must be read in context. He knew about the rural poor human beings in Galilee. The land that they farmed was rich and productive. Yet, it was owned by very rich people who lived in large cities. The people who did that work were treated a little more than slaves. This reality was one that Jesus saw was an extreme injustice, which is a terrible and offensive violation of the Torah. The Torah said that humans should have devotion to one and only God or the God the Israelites. The bulk of the Torah outlined ways on how the Israelites who live with each other and their neighbors. Israelites back then were nomadic. They herded animals and gathered food from the land as many of the Bronze Age Semitic peoples were. They believed that the land was owned by God and God made the land available to his people for their good. Regardless of how one feels about the Torah, it is true that the land totally doesn't beyond to man. Man did not create the land. Only God did, so God owns the land ultimately. After the Israelites left Egypt, they became farmers from herders and gatherers. They were led by folks like Moses and later Joshua. According to the Israelite tradition, their God, Yahveh, laid down strict rules about the land which was distributed by priests to the clans of Israel, but Yahweh retained the title to the land. Leviticus 25:23 states the principle: “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is mine; with me, you are but aliens and tenants.” The use of the land given to Israelites was conditioned. The tenant was obligated to care for the needs of priests, aliens, widows and orphans. Then every 50 years a great redistribution was to take place. All land was to be returned to the priests and reassigned to new tenants. At the same time, all debts were canceled and all slaves were set free. Still, greed existed then and now. According to the Gospel tradition (Luke 4:18), Jesus from the beginning of his teaching demanded/announced a reestablished year of Jubilee (a 50th year redistribution). Only when these teachings of Jesus are put into the context of the Galilean rural poor of the first century CE, can the radical commitment of Jesus to this world be fully appreciated. Today, we know that we have a modern world dominated by capitalism and obscene wealth. We know that true spirituality has nothing to do with laissez faire capitalism at all. Freedom can only come when all humans are free from oppression. Freedom comes by the blood of the Lamb ultimately. We have to work to make justice real in the world. Jesus was aggressive in his criticism of rich people, rulers, religious leaders and corrupt systems. He called for the overthrow of the Roman rulers and for the destruction of the temple hierarchy in Jerusalem. He also called for love of neighbor and unfettered generosity. That is why we must live our lives to advance generosity, hospitality, forgiveness and love are timeless, but the way they are applied is a moving target in ever-changing societies. Today, immigration, health care, minimum wage, social security, prison reform, taxation rates, equality and justice demand the aggressive involvement of every person who dares to pray those words: “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth.”

Life comes and goes in cycles. For our community, the struggle continues. That means that oppression, sexism, and any form of bigotry including injustice have not been totally eliminated in the black community. The events of police brutality, gentrification, and the evils of corporation exploitation remind us that we have to work as a means for us to achieve black liberation. So, the good news is that as long as we have breathe and as long as we are alive, we can fight. We can fight constructively and positively by: speaking out, joining independent organizations who are dedicated to pan-African liberation, learning more wisdom, strive to be better morally, socially, emotionally & spiritually, learn more about including understanding STEM fields, learn more about our black culture and history, develop more solutions, and press on. Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X, and Dr. King taught us about strength. We can use this strength to speak out against anyone disrespecting black males and especially black females. The Black Woman is the giver of our lives. They are our aunts, cousins, mothers, grandmothers, nieces, etc. Therefore, we should praise and defend Black Women. The indigenous Native Americans were exterminated in high numbers. They have been brutalized and abused. They were forced to live in the tragic conditions of reservations. A quaint procedure of a name change of a sports team is a reasonable granted what they had been through (and continue to suffer in a so-called Western contemporary society). The evil slur has been use by bigots as a means to exact a sense of cultural exploitation and make themselves have a false sense of superiority. Human dignity is always superior to sports continuity. The status quo is not what we need. We need revolutionary changes in society where justice is for all, not some, but for all. Human dignity means in the 21st century that despite our technological revolutions in the world, we still have a long way to go in embracing true societal transformations that can enrich the lives of all human inhabitants. At the end of the day, I do agree with a name change.


By Timothy