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Stop the Saudi-led war on Yemen that kills civilians and destroys the country infrastructure violating all Human Rights.

Britain is breaking national and international law by selling arms to the Saudis (one of the most dictatorial regimes on Earth which even beheads more people than Isis). The UK government is also providing military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its savage bombing of Yemen. This meeting will discuss the war and Britain’s appalling and relatively covert role in it.

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Chicago police officer threatened baby with Taser shock 

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A federal lawsuit claims that a Chicago police officer threatened to use a Taser on a man who was holding a baby boy in his arms, and warned him that the one-year-old would feel the electricity.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims that the entire incident was caught by a security camera, and it names the city and several police officers as defendants, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Cesar Carrizales said that during the October incident, he was approached by officers in an alleyway near his garage, who then demanded that he put his son down on a filthy alleyway. He told the officers that the mother of the son, Theresa Cmiel, would take his child.

At this point, the lawsuit claims, an officer “began to violently assault” Carrizales and tried to pry the boy from his father’s arms. The infant then “screamed in a way that Mr. Carrizales and his mother had never heard before.” Officers then slammed Carrizales onto the hood of a police cruiser while he held his infant son, pinning the child underneath him, the lawsuit says.

The filing indicates that Carrizales was confronted by police over a neighbor’s complaint about damaging a fence on the property line and threatening the neighbor. The lawsuit said that even if these allegations are true, they “amounted to minor misdemeanor charges.”

Carrizales pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of resisting arrest. He was originally charged with aggravated battery against a police officer, but the charge was later dismissed.

Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to RT’s request for comment.

Read more:

Family seeks justice after police in Georgia taser son to death, then ‘high five’

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For the second time, Palestinian family sees their E. Jerusalem home demolished by Nazi army

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Nazi forces demolished a Palestinian family’s home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shufat early on Wednesday morning, marking the second time the al-Hawarin family saw their home destroyed in 15 years.

“The Nazi occupation is stealing our dreams, depriving us of living safely in our own homes,” Nadia al-Hawarin told Ma’an as she looked at the ruins of her home.

Al-Hawarin added that Nazi forces had demolished the family’s former home in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina in 2001, under the pretext that it was built without a license from the Nazi municipality.

“Today, they demolished our house in Shufat for the sake of a road serving Jewish Nazi settlers,” she said. “The Nazi occupation demolished our home to serve the Jewish Nazi settlers, paying no attention to the fact that eight family members will become homeless.”

Al-Hawarin said that Nazi forces demolished a house belonging to al-Rishiq family in the same area in January, displacing dozens in order to build a road to benefit Jewish Nazi settlers in the area.

Al-Hawarin’s husband, Rajih al-Hawarin, said in a filmed interview with Ma’an that a large number of Nazi troops stormed the house at dawn and started to tear down the building.

He said that the house had been built in 2001 following the demolition of the family’s Beit Hanina home.

Before he started to build in Shufat, Rajih al-Hawarin said he had applied for a construction license and obtained initial approval.

“Then I was taken by surprise in 2002, when the application was suspended under the pretext that the area had been rezoned to build a new road connecting the illegal Jewish Nazi Ramat Shlomo and Pisgat Zeev settlements,” he added.

Rajih al-Hawarin added that the Jerusalem municipality handed him a first demolition order in 2012, and that he had submitted several appeals, to no avail.

East Jerusalem was seized by Nazi along with the West Bank in 1967 during the Six-Day War, and since then, the Nazi regime has undertaken a policy of “Judaization” across the city, constructing Jewish Nazi settlements and demolishing Palestinian homes.

There are upwards of 500,000 Jewish Nazi settlers living in illegal settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention to international law.

A study by the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department reported more than 3,000 Palestinian structures demolished in East Jerusalem since 1967.

According to rights group Association for Civil Rights in the Nazi state, the Nazi regime issues building permits in line with discriminatory state policy enacted to increase the Jewish population, while neglecting local Palestinians.

Only 14 percent of East Jerusalem land is zoned for Palestinian residential construction, while one-third of Palestinian land has been confiscated since 1967 to build illegal Jewish-only settlements, ACRI documented.

In January, Nazi Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein approved recommendations for the “enforcement of regulations” in occupied East Jerusalem, in what Zionist daily Haaretz reported would likely prioritize the demolitions of Palestinian homes.

The daily reported that the new recommendations could expedite the demolition of around some 50,000 houses in Palestinian communities in Jerusalem.

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Trapped in ‘Israel’ with no way out

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Marianne Azizi writes:

How much information does it take to understand the destruction of ordinary people who have come into contact with Israel?

The system goes like this. Family breakdown occurs and the wheels start to turn.

Stage 1: Remove the father from the picture, separate him from his children, emasculate him, destroy him financially and ruin his chances of a normal life ever again. At least 10,000 men are unable to leave the country, unless they pay a ransom .

Stage 2: The authorities start to whisper in the mother’s ear. “Make a few claims against the father (over 80 per cent are false claims), and then we’ll help you, especially with words from the welfare and social services authorities. By the time the reasonable woman realises her mistake, she has probably signed away her rights to her children over to the state. Some 12,000 children a year are unnecessarily removed from a natural parent.

It’s profitable. The private institutions are making 17,000 shekels (USD 4,365) per month per child. Do the maths. It’s a booming industry. Now the child is at greater risk, medicated from a young age, feeling afraid, abandoned and angry. By the time the child is pushed out of the ‘system’, it can be suffering from a range of issues – mental disorders, reeling from sexual or physical abuse, and possibly hooked on medication. The children are spewed back into the society, which prepares them to join the Israeli armed forces. Now angry, disenfranchised and with no normal family background, they are ready to vent their problems in the most brutal way as each conflict ratchets up the violence.

Meanwhile, the state and its whole system make nearly USD 30 billion a year from this massive profitable industry. Add in the bailiff costs – the most feared organisation in Israel, with two million debt cases, and unofficially 500,000 on no exit-orders. Add in the tens of thousands of kids and fathers who can’t leave. Add the three million in poverty and you have the land which has a right to exist. Who said anything about getting a life! For some bizarre reason no one inside or outside Israel gives a damn if they are not the victims. But of course it’s all OK, isn’t it? Makes the USA look like the Garden of Eden.

… as you might continue to sit in a comfortable home and feel a sense of pride that you are supporting Israel, spare a thought that you are supporting corruption of gigantic proportions and ordinary people who are living in an unimaginable nightmare.

What are you doing today? Compare it to one middle class woman in Israel who had her child forcibly removed from her 18 months ago on falsified psychiatric reports made by someone who had never met her or her son. She’s fighting today and every day. Compare it to the British wife of an Israeli who hasn’t lived in Israel for 10 years. She is in emotional shock as she works out a way to free him. He made an innocent visit, as he has done for over 10 years, to find on this occasion the price of his freedom is running into hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s as easy as that.

Or compare yourself to the Americans and Canadians who have managed to escape with their lives, knowing their children are trapped in Israel until at least the age of 18, if not 21, as they will have to serve in their army first.

Compare yourself to the three million people living on the poverty line, many scrabbling around for food in the streets.

So, as you might continue to sit in a comfortable home and feel a sense of pride that you are supporting Israel, spare a thought that you are supporting corruption of gigantic proportions and ordinary people who are living in an unimaginable nightmare.

If you are reading this because you support the Palestinians, and “hate” Israel, then it is essential to make a distinction between the state, the government and the people.

If you feel divorce law can be unfair where you live, compare it to Israel, where a woman’s income is exempted in all negotiations. Men are paying and expected to find over 100 per cent of their salaries to pay for their children – the kids they can’t even see. Child contact centre visits are six times higher than any other developed country in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In Israel, people are trapped based on future guarantees of money. Where in the developed world are people expected to pay in cash ahead for years and years in cash in order to enjoy a short holiday, or the opportunity to work abroad?

The fact is that, in Israel, the people don’t even realise how abused they are. So many cannot leave and know nothing about how the outside world, in the developed democracies, works.

There is no excuse for turning a blind eye. Every day in Israel there is at least one suicide which is preventable. The suicide in divorcing men alone is 1:72 – the highest ratio in this sector in the developed world.

Israel is weeping. Fathers for their children, mothers fighting to get their children back from the systematic kidnapping and trafficking by the authorities, and the children themselves who are locked in institutions staring out of the windows, silently screaming and begging for help.

Are we proud to be funding such a situation? You have been informed. When the “welfare” state representatives claim publicly, as they have done this week, that their social workers are going into the sewers for children, and describing the population in such a way, we need to empower and support the ordinary people who are crying out to the West for social justice.

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Labour to open re-education camps?

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By Jonathon Cook 

The manufactured “anti-semitism crisis” in the British Labour party rumbles on into new realms of ideological insanity. The witch-hunt against commentary critical of Israel or Zionism has been in full flow, and now an internal party inquiry led by Jan Royall has reached its conclusions.

Note that in this report by the Guardian newspaper, it appears to be a given both by Royall and the Guardian that Ken Livingstone and the others suspended from the party are guilty of anti-semitism rather than anti-Zionism. I have challenged that assumption in previous posts, such as here and here. I am therefore going to put quotation marks around the word “anti-semitism”, at least as used by Royall, because it is far from clear to me that most of those under investigation have said things that are anti-semitic.

Royall’s first conclusion is that there should be no “statute of limitations” on “anti-semitism.” That’s a green light for every right-winger and Blairite to go trawling through Labour party members’ back catalogue of social media posts in search of anti-Zionist or anti-Israel utterances. Here’s a simple piece of advice to John Mann and the Blairite brigade: if you want to simplify your task, examine postings from winter 2008 and summer 2014, when Israel was killing hundreds of children in Gaza. I suspect you’ll find the “anti-semitism” you’re looking for in those periods.

Royal also suggests that there may be a need for “more rigorous vetting procedures for national and local government candidates.” So the Blairites will be further encouraged to trawl through candidates’ social media postings on Israel in the knowledge that they can thereby ensure only people like themselves get to stand for election.

Another of Royall’s conclusions is that a membership ban for “anti-semitism” should not be for life if there is “demonstrable” change by the offender. Re-education camps, anyone?

So members may be allowed back into the Labour party if they can show that over a sustained period of time they have disavowed their criticisms of Israel. Presumably, to reassure the party that they are not likely to slip back into their former bad ways of thinking, they will need to enthusiastically embrace Zionism and support an ethnic Jewish state that oppresses Palestinians in the occupied territories and systematically discriminates against the fifth of its citizens who are Palestinian.

In other words, these measures will have the practical effect of ensuring that the party is reserved for those of a Blairite persuasion.

There are other disturbing conclusions reached by Royall. She is apparently recommending that an imminent external inquiry she will also sit on consider whether members should qualify for investigation simply because “the victim or any other person” has “perceived” a comment to be anti-semitic. In short, every Netanyahu-loving Zionist may soon be guaranteed the chance to force the suspension of any Labour member who offends them by criticising Israel.

Royall suggests that the coming inquiry consider “swifter action to deal with antisemitism”, which is surprising given that the current suspensions have all been implemented summarily.

And she prefers “a review of how online debate is conducted to make it welcoming and productive.” In other words, Labour members will be expected not to criticise Israel or Zionism in case it puts off hardcore Israel supporters.

It is not hard to see where all this is leading, and was designed to lead by the Blairite faction trying to engineer a coup against leader Jeremy Corbyn. Polls show that Corbyn’s support has actually grown over the past year among ordinary members, despite the endless character assassination against him.

So the Blairites who dominate the Labour parliamentary caucus are simply re-engineering the party more to their liking: terrify into submission a new generation of candidates who have been inspired by Corbyn to enter politics, and through a war of attrition demoralise the hundreds of thousands of new members who joined the party, in the hope they will leave.

This is self-sabotage on a vast scale. The Blairites (and their cheerleaders in liberal media like the Guardian ) would prefer to destroy the party than help Corbyn and his supporters mount a credible challenge to the Conservative government. And that insight tells you all you need to know about the true ideological sympathies of the Blairites, who were so ready to cosy up to the corporations and the Murdoch media.

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Africa Liberation Day

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ALD was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states. The 15th of April was declared “Africa Freedom Day,” to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.

Between 1958 and 1963 the nation/class struggle intensified in Africa and the world. Seventeen countries in Africa won their independence and 1960 was proclaimed the Year of Africa. Further advances were made with the defeat of U.S. imperialism in Asia and the Caribbean. Imperialism responded to this tide of victories by assassinating revolutionary leaders and sending U.S. troops to Viet Nam. On the 25th of May 1963, thirty-one African Heads of state convened a summit meeting to found the Organization of African Unity (OAU). They renamed African Freedom Day “African Liberation Day” and changed its date to May 25th.

Since then, the world has witnessed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, the US invasion of Cuba, the US move to crush liberation movements in Asia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan; the overthrow of the Democratic Party of Guinea, the US invasion of Grenada, the US bombing of Libya, and the overthrow of Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso. This period had marked a temporary setback for the Pan-African movement and since 1966, was characterized by a lull in ALD activities. Neo-colonialism was imposed upon the people as the new stage of the capitalist, imperialist strategy in Africa.

Out of the intensification of the nation/class struggle, a new generation of African youth emerged and reaffirmed their African personality, history and their Pan-African objectives. This youth was the product of Malcolm X, Sister M’balia Camara, Patrice Lumumba, Frantz Fanon and the countless generations before them. Links were made and maintained with Kwame Nkrumah. Understanding the need for clear and precise ideological and organizational direction for the Pan-African movement, Nkrumah published Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonization (1963), Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare (1968), and Class Struggle in Africa (1970). The ideas of Nkrumah infused the Black Power Movement (1960-1972).

Nkrumah taught us, “The total liberation and unification of Africa under an All-African Socialist Government must be the primary objective of all Black revolutionaries throughout the world. It is an objective which, when achieved, will bring about the fulfillment of the aspirations of Africans and people of African descent everywhere. It will at the same time advance the triumph of the international socialist revolution.”

In 1970 the Pan-African Secretariat of Guyana made the call for the celebration of ALD in the western hemisphere. In response, a large demonstration was held in Georgetown, Guyana and smaller celebrations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The Pan-African movement was once again on the verge of taking a mass revolutionary character and educating and organizing the people. By 1971 Pan-Africanism had become the dominant discussion in every factory, home, school and church in the African world. In the 1990s, as a result of the people’s struggle, we have witnessed the defeat of apartheid, the heroic decision of the OAU to break UN sanctions against Libya, and the Congo victory by pro-African forces over imperialist proxy forces, making an advance toward Nkrumah’s call for an African High Command and representing a healthy day in line with the African Union. The African Union, and Africa’s first continental holiday, “Africa Day,” are clear signs that the struggle for African Unity will not stop until victory is achieved.

Today African Liberation Day is a permanent mass institution in the world-wide Pan-African movement. As an institution, it is stronger today because the masses of African people are stronger and ALD is their day. As a day of work in the area of political education and organization, it reflects the fact that we have not obtained our freedom, and thus it is a day to reaffirm our commitment to Pan-Africanism, the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism. At ALD we also deepen our understanding of other just struggles and affirm our role in the world socialist revolution. ALD has but one direction, forward to a unified socialist Africa. It is growing as the level of awareness about Pan-Africanism and the primacy of Africa grows. It is growing as progressive and revolutionary organizations grow. And lastly, it is growing as the masses make increasing victories against capitalism, neo-colonialism, racism, and zionism.

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Nazi Defense Minister Quits, Calls Naziyahu ‘Racist Extremist’

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Reuters New reported:   Israel defense chief quits, warns of “extremist” rise under Netanyahu.”   

Reuters: “His (Mashe Ya’alon) departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hard line politicians.”

Mr Ya’alon (right) said he had a “lack of faith” in the prime minister (left). At a news conference on Friday, Nazi Yaalon said: “I fought with all my might against manifestations of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society, which are threatening its sturdiness and also trickling into the IDF [Israel Defence Forces], hurting it already,” Haaretz newspaper reports.

Your Editor is not so sure how “moderate” Nazi Ya’alon is, but this story discloses a revolt against the belligerent war making policy of Benjamin Naziyahu and the Likud party.  In resigning, Nazi Moshe Ya’alon told reporters, “Israel is a healthy society with a sane majority that is tolerant of minorities and strives for a liberal and democratic society. But to my great dismay extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel, also over the Likud party, and are shaking the house and threatening to hurt its inhabitants.”  He went on,  “I fought with all my might against manifestations of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society that threatens its sturdiness and is seeping into the army and already damaging it.” Strong words.  Ex-Defense Minister Ya’alon is clearly saying Israel’s citizens are more “sane” and less “racist” than its current political leaders. Insanely racist seem an appropriate description for those who occupy 3.5 million virtual prisoners in tiny Israel. To do so is an impossible policing job that needs to be ended. It is surpassed in history only by the multi-million prisons of the soviet Gulags.  “Extremist”.

In the USA can mean anyone who read a banned book, or who writes a letter, like this one, that seems to criticize an ethic group. But that word means much more in Israel, where the gulags of Palestine are euphemistically called “refugee camps,” and government subsidized and armed squatters are call “settlers.”  Extreme racism, as Nazi. Ya’alon is accusing Naziyahu and the leadership of the Likud party, is a dynamite charged, coming from a man with Ya’alon’s background and military experience.

The Reuters news story quotes Nazi Ya’alon as saying he always put Zionist security and other interests above his own but, “unfortunately I found myself lately in tough disputes over moral and professional issues with the prime minister and several ministers and members of parliament.” 

Reuters’ writer explains, Tensions between Ya’alon and Netanyahu escalated in March, when military leaders criticized a soldier who was caught on video fatally shooting an already-wounded Palestinian attacker. The solider is now on trial for manslaughter. While Ya’alon has backed the military, hard-liners have backed the soldier.” 

We have observed and posted several solid reports where Nazi solders have carried out apparent extra-judicial executions of Palestinians, usually alleged to be knife attackers, who obviously could have been captured. This seem to be the rule, not the exception. One was an unarmed girl, riddled with bullets at a checkpoint while partly photographed by a bystander. (link)  We rarely, if ever, see a case where a Palestinian knife attacker is captured, they are invariably killed on the spot.

It seems clear to this writer that Nazi solders have recently had a green light to execute Philistines without fear of retribution from leaders. But now we have the political leader over the entire Nazi army, resigning and leaving politics over the issue of “extremism and racism” at the top of the government. Nazi Ya’alon is claiming he wants to maintain law and order over the military, and the “hard liners politicians” including the PM, want to allow the solders to be judge, jury and executioner over the Philistines, including  those who are Israeli citizens. This is the ultimate in racism!

I remind readers that Nazi Moshe Ya’alon is hardly a pacifist.  As Minster of Defense in Naziyahu’s political machine, he presided over Operations Protective Edge, destroying much of Gaza in 2014. He also was Chief of Staff of the Nazi army in 2002 when it brutally put down Intifada II, bombing Gaza while I watched from a rooftop.  We ask, is this a name-calling match between feuding Likud leaders at the top, as some observers suggest, or, are we being shown a rare case where a professional militarist chokes on what is being done in his name?

Is it possible that the political revolt that has made national contenders out of Bernie Sander and Donald Trump is also alive in ‘Israel’?  I say yes.- CEC

See, also, “Outgoing Defense Minister Ya’alon: Extremists Have Taken Over Israel,” Haaretz, 5/20/2016:http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720653

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Effects of colonialism on Africa’s past and present

Address at AZAPO commemoration of Africa Liberation Day, Pimville Community Hall Soweto, 26 May 2012.

The challenge of Africa Liberation Day 2O12 is for this generation to reflect on their commitment to the vision of Pan-Africanist pioneers who worked so hard to bring Africans to where they are today.

Programme Director, Comrades, Brothers and Sisters,

The effects of colonialism past and present are visible all over Africa. It is not an overstatement when Edem Kodjo, author of ‘Africa Tomorrow’ describes the condition of African as “torn away from his past, propelled into a universe fashioned from outside that suppresses his values, and dumbfounded by a cultural invasion that marginalises him. The African,… is today the deformed image of others. ”

On this year’s anniversary of Africa Liberation Day, African people all over Africa and wherever they may be on this planet, must reflect deeply on their history as it relates to their present life conditions and to their future. History is a clock that tells a people their historical time of the day. History is the compass that wise people use to locate themselves on the map of the world. A peoples’ history tells them who they are. What they have been, where they have been, where they are now, but most importantly, where they still must go. True African History is a powerful weapon against colonial history that has been used for mental enslavement and colonisation of the African people.

Programme Director,

Africa is the Mother of Humanity. Africa is the cradle of the first human civilisation. The First Renaissance on this planet was the African Renaissance. Africa was “the first world” economically and technologically NOT the “third world” of paupers robbed of their lands and riches. Our ancestors built the pyramids which even in this 21st century no one can reproduce. Egyptian civilisation was a Black civilisation. The pharaohs were Black people. That is why that great African Egyptologist, Prof. Cheikh Anta Diop has written:

“The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in the air and will not be written correctly until African historians dare connect it with the history of Egypt. The African historian, who evades this, is neither modest nor objective or unruffled; he is ignorant, cowardly and neurotic.”

The Zimbabwe Buildings that Africans built have been attributed to “foreigners” who vanished into thin air and cannot be found! The stubborn historical fact, however, is that these magnificent buildings were designed by Zimbabweans.

The Azanian civilisation which stretched from Eastern Africa to our country is a historical fact. The people of Azania whose country colonialists called “South Africa” through the British imperialist Union of South Africa Act 1909; mined gold and copper in Mapungubwe as early as the 9th century. That was centuries before Jan van Riebeeck arrived in Azania on 6th April 1652. He and the other settlers brought no land here on their ships. Our ancestors fed them and housed them. They knew not the intentions of these pale strangers.

The Rev. J.H. Soga was a contemporary of Enoch Sontonga, the composer of ‘Nkosi Sikelela iAfrika’. He has made reference to how Africans in what is called South Africa today came to be called “Bantu” instead of their old name Azanians. Soga explained in 1928 that the name Bantu was of modern application. It arose when Dr. Bleek a scholar of Azanian languages used the word “Bantu” as a comprehensive term for all the dialects of the inhabitants who formed a large section of the people of Southern Africa. He had no intention of applying this term to the people themselves. (The South Eastern Bantu pages 2, 6 and 11, Wits Univerity Press, Kraus Reprint Millwood, New York, 1982).

The history of European colonisation has been not only of land dispossession but of destroying African knowledge. For instance, the “Atlantic” Ocean was called the Ethiopian Sea as late as 1626 and the so-called “Indian” Ocean the Azanian Sea. George Murdock has written that Azanians stimulated trade with the East. (‘Africa and Its Peoples and Their Cultural History’, pages 204 and 206). See also ‘General History Of Africa’ by J.KI Zerbo, pages 3O4, 3O6 AND 33O; Heinemann, California UNESCO 1981).

The name Azania, or Azanian civilisation, has a long history. (Look at the following literature and history on this name: ‘Old Africa Rediscovered page 95, The Lost Cities Of Africa pages 155-156 by Basil Davidson; Basutoland Records Volume 2, Ethnography of Southern Africa the History Of The World’, J.M. Roberts pages 457-458 Pelican Books).

Azania like Kush, Mizraim, Egypt, Kemet, Ethiopia means Blackman’s country or continent (Izwe labantu abamnyama, lefatshe la batho ba bats’o). In 1930 excavations at Mapungubwe in the area of Limpopo River revealed skeletal remains of people that became known as “ancient Azanians.” These Africans were also referred to as Kushites or descendants of Kush. Of course, the offspring of colonialists and their neo-colonialist collaborators hate the name Azania because it is not their master’s name.

In fact, in 1990, Dr. Gert Viljoen who was F.W. de Klerk’s Minister of Constitutional Affairs gave reasons why his apartheid colonialist regime would not negotiate with those African revolutionaries who subscribed to the Azanian school of thought.

He said, “We want to change our approach. But we would be negotiating even the name. Many Blacks call it Azania….The name sounds a warning note of a break in history. In our thinking, a complete break in history would be unacceptable. We will have to provide some continuation of the past.” Indeed, this has happened. The colonial minority has entrenched 87% of the land for itself. It has given the “moderate leaders” with whom it negotiated the same 13% of land allocated to the 80% African indigenous majority in 1913.

By the way, the name Azaniah in the Bible, means “he whom God hears.”

AFRICA BEFORE SHE WAS COLONISED

Let me now move on to North East Africa – ancient Egypt, and to other issues about Africa. Africans built the city of Memphis in ancient Egypt in 31OO B.C. Greeks built Athens in 12OO B.C. The Romans built Rome in 1OOO B.C. Africans invented writing. It was Hieroglyphics before 3OOO B.C. and Hieratic alphabet shortly after this. Demotic writing was developed about 6OO B.C., while a Kushite script was used in 3OO B.C. Other African scripts were Merotic, Coptic, Amharic, Sabean, G’eez, Nsibidi of Nigeria and Mende of Mali. There were many others such as the Twi alphabet of the Twi people of Ghana.

In November 1999, some scholars at Yale University such as Prof. John Damell speculated about the origin of writing going back to 19OO B.C. These scholars could not dispute that, whatever date was, the location was Africa – Alkebu Lan, “the Mother of Nations.”

The well-known archaeologist in Kenya, Dr. L.S.B. Leakey long wrote, “The critics of Africa forget that men of science today are without exception, satisfied that Africa was the place of birth of man himself, and that for thousands of years…Africa was in the forefront of all world progress.”

Affirming this fact, Edem Kodjo, the author of Africa Tomorrow who is also a great researcher on Africa has written, “It is here in Africa that history began. Far from being a gratuitous assertion, this statement is undeniable scientific fact for which one finds corroboration when one roves the world in search of the remains of the ancient civilisations. According to the present state of research on the origins of the progress of human kind and civilisation, the Mother of Mankind; Africa remains the privileged source of the manifestations of intense human creativity.”

DESTRUCTION OF AFRICA BY IMPERIALISM

Africa was destroyed by imperialist Europe and is still being destroyed by Europe. Up to the 14th century A.D. Africa was ahead of Europe or on par with Europe militarily. The Romans used spears and we used spears in war. That famous Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar in adoration and admiration of the advanced Africa exclaimed, “ex Africa semper aliquid novi!” (Out of Africa always something new!)

Earlier educated Greeks received their education in Africa, to be precise in Mizraim (ancient Egypt). This is corroborated by “the father of European history,” Herodotus himself. He is supported by other ancient historians such as Diodorus.

Prof. Walter Rodney shows how Europe destroyed Africa. This is in his book ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’. This is a mentally decolonising book every African must read because Africans tend to treat Europe and its satellites as demigods. Indeed, when an African fears a creature like him just because he has a different skin colour, he or she offends God. He or she indulges in idolatry which is the worship of a false god.

Africa has suffered the worst genocide and holocaust at the hands of the architects of slavery and colonialism. What is called “European Renaissance” was the worst darkness for Africa’s people. Armed with the technology of the gun and the compass it copied from China, Europe became a menace for Africa against her spears. So-called “civilised” Europe also claiming to be “Christian” came up with the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. There was massive loss of African population and skills. Some historians have estimated that the Gold Coast (today’s Ghana) alone, lost 5OOO to 6OOO of its people to slavery every year for four hundred years.

Prof. Walter Rodney asks a pertinent question: “What would have been Britain’s level of development had millions of her people been put to work as slaves out of their country over a period of four centuries?”

As if slavery had not already done enough damage to Africa’s people, European leaders met in Germany from December 1884 to February 1885 at the imperialist Berlin Conference. The Belgian King Leopold stated the purpose of the Berlin Conference as “How we should divide among ourselves this magnificent African cake.”

Africa was thus plunged into another human tragedy. Through the Berlin Treaty of 26 February 1885, the European imperialists sliced Africa into “Portuguese Africa”, “British Africa”, “German Africa”, “Italian Africa,” “Spanish Africa”, “French Africa” and “Belgian Africa.” There was no Africa left for Africans except Ethiopia, encircled by paupers of land dispossessed people who were now the reservoir of cheap native labour for their dispossessors.

Somalia, a tiny African country, had the misfortune of becoming “British Somaliland”, “Italian Somaliland”, and “French Somaliland.” Colonial brutality on the colonised Africans knew no bounds. Here are a few examples of atrocities committed against Africans by colonialists. A British philosopher, Betrand Russell wrote about some of these colonial atrocities perpetrated by Belgium in the Congo in the name of “Western Christian Civilisation.” Russell wrote, “Each village was ordered by the authorities to collect and bring in a certain amount of rubber – as much as the men could bring in by neglecting all work for their own maintenance.

If they failed to bring the required amount, their women were taken away and kept as hostages…in the harems of colonial government employees. If this method failed…troops were sent to the village to spread terror, if necessary by killing some of the men…they were ordered to bring one right hand amputated from an African victim for every cartridge used.” (Introduction To African Civilisations, John G. Jackson 31O-311)

The result of these atrocities according to Sir H.H. Johnston was the reduction of the African population in the Congo from twenty million to nine million people in fifteen years.

The worst genocide also occurred in Namibia in 19O4. Namibia was then a German colony. The Herero people resisted German colonialism. A well armed army under General Lothar von Trotha defeated the Hereros at the Battle of Waterberg. The German colonial aggressors drove these Africans from their land to the desert where there was no water. Seventy percent of the Herero population died of dehydration in that desert. In South Africa the Khoisan people were exterminated by colonialists after being hunted like animals and dispossessed of their land.

COLONIALIST BARBARIANS HONOURED BY THEIR IMPERIALIST COUNTRIES

Colonised Africans were treated not only as sub-humans, they were denied basic rights such as education and the right to land for decent housing, farming, mining and fishing. Colonial functionaries were honoured for barbaric actions and atrocities. The British government honoured its colonial officials such as “Sir Andries Stockkenstrom”. He had earlier said:

“The question of robbing natives of their land is not whether it is right or wrong to plunder their land, massacre and exterminate the Hottentots, the Kaffirs…the simple question is will it PAY? But if the Bible and the missionary stands in the way of this one thousand per cent profit…If in short, they cannot promote the great work of converting a nation of shop-keepers into a nation of millionaires,…gun powder will produce a more efficient gospel for the purpose of our system of civilisation.” (R.U. Kenny, Piet Retief, Cape Town and Pretoria: Human & Reason, 1976 page 77)

When introducing inferior education for African mental enslavement in South Africa, Hendrik F. Verwoerd that arch implementer of apartheid colonialism said, “There is no place for him (the African) in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour. Until now, he (the African) has been subjected to a school system which drew him away from his community and misled him by showing him the green pastures of the European society where he is not allowed to graze.” (‘Apartheid: The Story Of A Dispossessed People, Motsoko Pheko page 15O Marram Books London 1984)

Comrades,

Slavery and colonialism enriched Europe and reduced Africa to abject poverty. The riches of Africa and her raw materials fuelled the economies of imperialist countries. The British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill bore testimony to this fact when he said:

“Our possession of the West Indies gave us the strength, the support, but especially the capital, the wealth, at the time when no other European nations possessed such reserve, which enabled us to come through the great struggles of the Napoleonic Wars. The keen competition of commerce in the 18th and 19th centuries enabled us not only to acquire this appendage of possessions which we have, but also to lay the foundations of that commercial and financial leadership which when the world was young,…enabled us to make our great position in the world.” (‘The Long Road To Humanity’, by Stanton A. Coblentz page 325 and Introduction To African Civilisations John G. Jackson page 3O6)

It was against this background of genocide in the name of “European civilisation” that Africans in the Diaspora who had been shipped from Africa and enslaved in the West Indies and in the Americas realised that the solution to Africa’s people both at home and abroad was Pan-Africanism. Pan-Africanism is a political philosophy that was conceived in the womb of Africa. Pan-Africanism was formally organised in 19OO by Selvester Henry Williams.

It’s relevance to Africa’s people as a solution to their problems is indisputable. Its effectiveness and prowess were demonstrated at the 5th Pan African Congress in Manchester in 1945. It is Pan Africanism that won present political freedom for Africa and reversed the African tragedy and humiliation that was orchestrated at the Berlin Conference. It is Pan Africanism that brought about the Organisation of African Unity, the African Union, the Pan African Parliament and Africa Liberation Day that Africa’s people throughout the world are commemorating each year. It is Africa’s Pan Africanist spirit that led to assisting African Liberation Movements of Southern Africa against colonialism.

THE CHALLENGE OF AFRICA LIBERATION DAY

Programme Director, Comrades, Brothers and Sisters,

The challenge of Africa Liberation Day in 2O12 is for this generation to reflect on their commitment to the vision of Pan Africanist pioneers that worked so hard to bring Africans to where they are today. Among these pioneers of Pan Africanism, allow me to mention and honour a few in the Diaspora such as Henry Sylvester Williams, Marcus Garvey, W.E. B. Du Bois, George Padmore, C.L.R. James, Frantz Fanon, Yosef Makonen, Malcom X, John Hendrik Clarke, Edward Wilmot Blyden, Binito Sylvania and Martin Delany. In fact, Marcus Garvey was the first to organise Africans globally on the principles of Black Consciousness and Pan Africanism.

The pioneers of liberation in Africa such as Nkrumah, Patrce Lumumba, Julius Nyerere, Ahmed Ben Bella, Abdel Nasser, Modibo Keita, Ahmed Sekou Toure fought, the first stage of African liberation with distinction. That is political freedom. But they are now reminding this generation that there is much to be done. True sons and daughters of Africa must tighten their belts for a more fierce war. That is a war against neo-colonialism – the last stage of imperialism. The battle cry is now for economic liberation of Africa and her technological advancement.

AFRICA’S ECONOMIC POTENTIAL CAPACITY AND HER RICHES

Africa is 11.3 million square miles. Africa is almost four times the size of the United States of America in land size and in all kinds of riches, especially in raw materials such as platinum, cobalt, uranium, tantalum, gold, diamonds and oil. There is hardly an agricultural product that cannot be grown in Africa. Africa’s arable land for food security is reported to be the largest in the world. But Africa’s riches including her human resources have been brutally looted by imperialist countries for centuries and still are, even under supposedly liberated Africa.

A glaring example of the riches of Africa is the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country of Patrice Lumumba. Economic experts have pronounced that, when developed Congo alone can feed and provide electricity for the whole of Africa. During the Second World War, the Nazi forces of Hitler over-ran Belgium. The Belgians established their government-in-exile in London. How did Belgium manage financially? Well, Congo was their colony. Let this come from the horse’s mouth. Godding was the Colonial Secretary of the Belgian Government-in- exile. He boasted:

“During the War, the Congo was able to finance expenditure of the Belgian Government-in-exile in London, including the diplomatic service as well as the cost of armed forces in Europe and America. The Belgian gold reserve could be left intact.”

To this minute, Africa’s riches are fuelling the economies of imperialist countries. Africans remain the poorest people in the world amidst their own riches in their own African Continent. As the late President Kwame Nkrumah put it, “If Africa’s resources were used in her own development they would place Africa among the most modernised continents of the world. But Africa’s wealth is used for the development of overseas interests.”

Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe the Pan-Africanist giant that was banned “this side of eternity” as John B. Vorster put it, declared, “The potential wealth of Africa in minerals, oil, hydro-electric power, and so on, is immense.” Sobukwe envisioned that by the end of the 2Oth century, “the standard of living of the African masses will undoubtedly have arisen dramatically.” Lo! This has not happened.

Perhaps, our venerated Martyr Steve Biko was being prophetic of the African condition, when he said, “At the end of it all, the Blacks have nothing to lean on, nothing to cheer them up at the present moment, and very much to be afraid of the future.”

DO “NEGOTIATIONS” WITH COLONIALISTS DELIVER LIBERATION?

Whenever an African country is about to be liberated, imperialists have always divided liberation movements into radicals, extremists and militants and so-called moderates. Colonialists have often called these so-called moderates to the “negotiating table” and offered them the flag and parliament – things we never made the fundamental objective of our liberation struggle.

Lest we forget, from day one of the arrival of colonial invaders in our country, the primary objective of our struggle was repossession of our land and its riches taken from Africans at gunpoint. Anyone one who doubts this historic fact must consult Kings Sekhukhene, Makado, Hintsa, Cetshwayo, Moshoeshoe, Makana and Bambatha, even Mzilikazi for that matter. Land is what our people have died for, for over three hundred years of their existence, in our case in Azania.

A Kenyan political activist and former presidential candidate, Koigi Mamwere, captured this truism accurately in April 2OOO when he proclaimed:

“Today, Europeans own almost all the land in the Americas, almost all the good land in Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania and most of the best land in African countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya. To acquire this land outside Europe, Europeans did not use law, justice or money. They took the land and its riches with the gun….Europeans continue to own millions and millions of hectares of the best land in Africa….Whatever Robert Mugabe’s past mistakes, we must agree that on this one question of finally redistributing land to African people, he is 1OO% right…”

“REGIME CHANGE”: A NEW NAME TO PROTECT IMPERIALIST INTERESTS

Programme Director,

“Regime change” is the new name coined by imperialists to continue with colonialism in a new form. The political situation in “post independent” Africa demonstrates that any true leaders, who the imperialists perceive as a threat to their economic interests, are targeted through aggressive campaigns such as “regime change.” Some of these leaders were Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Chief Moshodi Abiola and recently Maummar Gaddafi.

So far, imperialists have found President Robert Mugabe a hard nut to crack. Two British Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and President George Bush of America have become despicable casualties in the battle field of “regime change” in Zimbabwe against President Robert Mugabe. The imperialist European leaders have gone down the political drain, on the shores of Africa. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France who enthusiastically created a “New Libya” in the imperialist war for “regime change” seems headed for the political dustbin of history.

Mugabe is still standing. He is still in command. Africa needs more African leaders like President Mugabe. Otherwise, Africa’s authentic liberation will never arrive.

Under America’s Bill Clinton’s government Chief Moshodi Abiola, a democratically elected Presidential candidate was prevented from taking power in Nigeria. Abiola was a staunch defender of Africa’s economic liberation. In 1993, he convened the First Pan African Conference on Reparations. In his speech inter alia, he said:

“Our demand for reparations is based on the tripod of moral, historical and legal argument….Who knows what path Africa’s social development would have taken if great centres of African civilisation had not been destroyed in search of human cargo by Europeans? Who knows how our economics would have developed?”

Chief Abiola added, “It is international law which compels Nigeria to pay its debts to Western banks. It is international law that must now demand Western nations to pay us what they have owed us for nearly six centuries.”

TWO MAIN THINGS TO DO TO ADVANCE AFRICA’S AUTHENTIC LIBERATION

Comrades, Brothers and Sisters,

There are two main things that Africans must do to advance Africa’s authentic liberation. African rulers must exercise sovereignty over African lands and riches and use them for the benefit of their people. This is true national independence from colonialism and imperialism. Secondly, education is the key to the development of Africa, wise control of her raw materials and use of her human resources. Quality education is the key to creating, owning and controlling Africa’s wealth and mentally decolonising her people’s captured minds.

Africa needs a diverse education that is tailored to the economic needs of her people. That education must be free for the poor. No African child must be without education, merely because of his or her condition of poverty. And these African children must be taught the true history of Africa, not the colonial history of Africa’s invaders that is full of perfidy to protect their colonial interests.

All African countries must prioritise the study of science, technology, economics and finance and of course International Law. Africa’s children must be equipped with skills and professions that arm their countries with technological capacity to process Africa’s raw materials and export them to the outside world as finished goods. An African nation that exports its raw materials unprocessed will remain a perpetual pauper.

Where there is urgent need or desperate lack of high technology to process raw materials rapidly, African countries must exchange Africa’s raw materials for high technology; not for cash or foreign goods. Countries that enrich themselves from Africa’s raw materials are secretive and refuse to transfer technology to Africa. Knowledge is power. This is probably why Prophet Hosea told his people in 735 B.C. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

A WAR AFRICA MUST WIN FOR HER SURVIVAL AND SECURITY

Programme Director, Comrades, Sisters and Brothers,

Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora must have the agenda for economic liberation of Africa and technological advancement.

Pan-Africanism is more relevant to the African world today than when it was formalised over one hundred and twenty years ago. Yes, we may be Jamaicans, Tanzanians, Trinidadians, Kenyans, Zimbabweans, Angolans, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Basotho, Zambians, Namibians, South Africans, Azanians, African Americans, Afro- Brazilians etc. But the train that will take all Africans to their destination and give them power to take their destiny into their hands is the Pan African train.

It is not ethnicity, regionalism, sectarian politics or flirtation with the forces of neo-colonialism and imperialism. Forces that are determined to make us their perpetual slaves work together against us. A divided Africa cannot defeat these plunderers and thieves.

We need to ignite our Pan African Nationalism. Pan African Nationalism is the privilege of all Africans wherever they may be to love themselves and to give their way of life preference. Pan African Nationalism views the personhood and humanity of the African people and of the people of African descent as equal to any other human beings on this planet. Pan African Nationalism rejects with contempt any philosophy that holds that Africa’s people are destined to exist in servitude to other human beings. Pan African Nationalism does not look down on other members of the human race.

But it demands justice for African people. Africa’s riches belong to Africans. They are there for the benefit of the African people. They are not there to fuel foreign economies and perpetuate economic exploitation and poverty of our people.

The commemoration of Africa Liberation Day is not a ritual. It is a time to renew our vows, revisit our strategies and tactics to fight neo-colonialism more effectively with tangible results to control Africa’s riches for Africa’s people. The ultimate goal of our political struggle was to regain our lands and economic power, and rapidly advance Africa’s people technologically.

The question is not whether economic liberation for Africa is winnable. The critical question is whether we can afford not to win such a life and death struggle and therefore, continue to be the wretched of the earth in our own country and continent. The economic freedom of Africa is winnable. But it starts with the recognition that the greatest damage colonialism did was on our minds. We must decolonise our minds. Only mentally liberated Black people with a vision for our country and continent can win Africa’s authentic liberation for themselves and their children.

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How China can succeed in its ‘win-win’ cooperation with Africa

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China’s cooperation with Africa promises great benefits for the continent. But the Chinese government owes it to its people not to allow the fruits of the suffering of the Chinese to be monopolised by corrupt African elites. They must carry out thorough due diligence before they give the Chinese people’s money as loans to African regimes.

When I visited China in November 1958 as the guest of the Chinese Writers Union, China was just embarking on its huge programme of industrialisation.

Everywhere in the countryside, clay furnaces had been erected in which iron was being smelted. Workers’ groups, farmers’ groups as well as student bodies were roaming all over the land, each proudly proclaiming, through colourful slogans inscribed on flags and placards, that it was ready to contribute to China’s “Great Leap Forward”.

The furnaces must have looked laughable to cynics. For the West was manufacturing a cornucopia of goods in state-of-the-art factories, some of which were already using robots. How was China going to match the West in industrial production?

Those who laughed at China will be wishing today that they hadn’t done so. For out of those smoky furnaces has grown an industrial ethic that has succeeded in thrusting China to the forefront of world industrial production. China’s economy is now larger than those of Germany, Japan, Great Britain and France! Before a decade is out, even the USA will be pushed behind China. When that happens, China (already owed over $3 trillion by the USA) will be unsurpassed in industrial and financial clout in the world. The IMF has already recognised that fact and is adding China’s currency to the basket of currencies that constitute the means of world monetary exchange.

I have not been too surprised at the gigantic advances the Chinese have made, for the amiable Chinese Prime Minister of the time, Mr Zhou en-Lai, told us in a matter-of-fact manner that “we in China do not think in terms of decades or even centuries, but in terms of thousands of years.” In other words, the Chinese visualise what they want to become a thousand years hence, and set to work – very hard – to make that a reality.

Premier Zhou en-Lai visited Africa from 13 December 1963 to 5 February 1964. The ten countries he visited were the United Arab Republic (now Egypt), Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana, Mali, Guinea, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. He was accompanied by Vice-Premier Chen Yi. Together, the two men laid the foundation of the lasting friendship with African countries that eventually brought about the magnificent railway between Tanzania and Zambia. Known as Tanzam [Tazara or Uhuru”> Railway, the 1,150-mile railway took five years – 1970-75 – to build and cost what was then the colossal sum of $500 million.

This was a great sacrifice China made to Africa at the time. But China has reaped benefits from that sacrifice, for today, China’s trade with Africa totals $220 billion per year. This is greater than the trade between Africa and its traditional trading partners.

It was not surprising, then, that in his address to the China-Africa Co-operation Summit Conference that recently took place in Johannesburg, China’s President Xi Jinping was able to announce that China would make available “$60-billion of assistance and loans for Africa”.

Sixty billion dollars in one go! Anyone who has a head for figures can do the sums and conclude that this figures is huge in relation to the money the USA, Britain, France and other Western countries have given to Africa since decolonisation began in 1960.

According to President Xi Jinping, the $60-billion of funding would include $5-billion of zero-interest loans (and) $35-billion in preferential facility, export credit, and concessional loans.

Significantly, he also promised that China would provide 40,000 training opportunities to African countries.

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac) continued on Saturday 5 December 2015, when banking, business and political delegates from African countries and China gathered to talk about how to develop cooperative and egalitarian relationships for the future. This is in line with the theme of the forum, which was: “Africa-China Progressing Together: Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development ”.

The Forum’s conclusions were embodied in a “Johannesburg Declaration and Action Plan”, which outlines specific measures aimed at consolidating the growing mutual partnership between Africa and China.

Traditionally, the model for Chinese companies doing business in Africa has been on the basis of engineering, procurement, and construction, whereby a contractor designs a project, procures all the equipment and materials, and constructs and delivers the facility to the a client on a “turnkey” basis.

It is now envisaged that this should be changed to give way to a model whereby “the Chinese investor commits to working with a local partner and takes an equity stake in a joint venture.” This, of course, cannot be achieved by politicians, and the proposed discussions will be between businesspeople and financiers who know the problems that arise during the establishment of enterprises at first hand.

China’s enthusiasm for co-operation with Africa faces some dangers, of course. African countries have not generally undergone the type of disciplined social and economic development which China herself has experienced and which makes it possible for China to provide a positive direction to its economic and social development.

In many African countries, on the other hand, socio-economic development has been largely left to laissez-faire practitioners, with the result that socially backward elites have grown up who have cornered the means of production for self-aggrandisement purposes, instead of using it to benefit society.

The Chinese owe it to their people not to allow the fruits of the suffering of the Chinese people to be monopolised by such elites in African countries. They must carry out a thorough “due diligence” before they give the Chinese people’s money as loans to African regimes.

The Chinese must also take the initiative in proposing solutions to such problems as Ghana’s galamsey [criminal gold-mining”> in which Chinese miners team up with corrupt Ghanaians to devastate rivers and farms, in a ruthless attempt to harvest alluvial gold. The Government of Ghana, for instance, only pays lip service to ending galamsey.

But China possesses the social discipline and scientific methodology to eliminate a problem that threatens to harm the long-term relationship between China and Ghana.

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‘Israel’ vs Nazi Germany, a comparison

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by an Israeli

This is a must read.

http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/on-lieberman

“The rain of racist bills in the Knesset, those already adopted and those in the works, strongly resembles the laws adopted by the Reichstag in the early days of the Nazi regime. Some rabbis call for a boycott of Arab shops. Like then.

The call “Death to the Arabs” (“Judah verrecke”?) is regularly heard at soccer matches. A member of parliament has called for the separation between Jewish and Arab newborns in hospital. A Chief Rabbi has declared that Goyim (non-Jews) were created by God to serve the Jews.

Our Ministers of Education and Culture are busy subduing the schools, theatre and arts to the extreme rightist line, something known in German as Gleichschaltung. The Supreme Court, the pride of Israel, is being relentlessly attacked by the Minister of Justice. The Gaza Strip is a huge ghetto.

Of course, no one in their right mind would even remotely compare Netanyahu to the Fuehrer, but there are political parties here which do emit a strong fascist smell. The political riffraff peopling the present Netanyahu government could easily have found their place in the first Nazi government.

One of the main slogans of our present government is to replace the “old elite”, considered too liberal, with a new one. One of the main Nazi slogans was to replace “das System”.”

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