Monday, 15 July 2013

No Justice for Trayvon

RIP Trayvon Benjamin Martin sunrise Feb 5,1995-Sunset Feb 26, 2012
The Verdict is in and despite every evidence on the side of the victim and deceased young Travyon Martin, the justice system failed to convict George Zimmerman on murder charges in the death of 16 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. It took some 44 days for Zimmerman to be arrest after a protest from supporters of Travyon and human rights activists. On the heels of continual gun violence by vigilantes, crazed gunmen and terrorists, Zimmerman's Not Guilty verdict by an all female and all white jury (with the exception of a juror the media is having difficultly identifying if the juror is Hispanic or black or both), a six person jury that was half its usual size of 10 to 12 jurors. It  has not only angered the whole nation literally but it has sadden many parents whose children (not only African American but of many colors) who are the same age as Travyon or younger now have to be more cautious with their safety. The children are discussing or watching the aftermath of the trial and hearing Trayvon's story. Parents across the country both moms and dads are not only anxious but more fearful of their children facing the similar fate as Trayvon via first hand police brutality and violence from an officer or another Neighborhood watchdog member who equates a child wearing a hoodie or any clothes with being a suspicious or potential criminal. Than justify using a weapon on a child through a state sanctioned stand your ground rule. Children live in a world that seems to disregard them as innocent until proven otherwise...Unless they are children of color. Since Emmet Till's murder in 1955, white police officers, neighborhood watchmen, self proclaimed cops and law enforcement trainees have generally been found not guilty or served short prison terms for murdering African American men, woman and children. The justification given for shooting or tasering dead sons and fathers or cousins has ranged from being threatened, he had a weapon or he looked suspicious. Even if the person being shot was minding their own business or sitting in a car with friends as the case with Sean Bell who was killed on his wedding day or mistaken wrongfully for a criminal ie Amadou Diallo.  The original fear Florida's local government and police forces of a mass riot in the aftermath of the court's failure to indite George Zimmerman did not happened. Instead mostly peaceful protests across the country has occurred. There have been nationwide protests across the United States by both parents and children who remind the country and the world that Trayvon was someone's son, baby and everyone's son. The injustice has also been broadcast across the world to show people outside the United States that the American justice system is and was not made equal for all Americans particularly children and men of color.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow-Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Protesting for Trayvon Martin and Genuine Justice in United States

Pan African News wire: Special worldwide Radio broadcast on Response to acquittal of George Zimmerman

Images of Protest: Rally for Trayvon Martin across the US 

John F. Kennedy & Civil Rights/Human rights

Eisenhower and 1957 Civil Rights Act

White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman

Slain and Discarded: Open Season on Black Boys After a Verdict like this

Killing an African American teenager

Travyon will happen again and again

I am Sean Bell: African American boys, men, women and girls reflect on his death and policy brutality

Giving a convicted murderer back his gun.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Egypt: One year president, a coup and another revolution?

It appears that Egypt has reached a new record among African countries for having the shortest term president deposed by the military after less than a week of a 100,000 strong protest in Cairo, Alexandria, El Arish and elsewhere across the country. Who will replace the former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is still a question many people inside and outside Egypt are asking. Can the current protest that ousted Morsi in less than week be considered the dawn of another revolution? The unfinished revolution of January 25, 2011? Now the protests in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities continue despite the death of 54 people massacred by the military while demanding the return of Morsi. Anger and frustration at politician's lack of understanding or empathy for its constituents goes back centuries not only in Egypt but elsewhere in Africa and around the world. Protesting political leaders is one thing but to literally overthrow of a president who has served only one year in office brings to question if this will be the fate of future presidents and elected officials who may or do not belong to the military. Are Egyptians so dissatisfied with the slow social economic development that when frustration reaches a boiling point, new leaders or incumbents will be overthrown and not given a chance to reach possible reelection?Do revolutionaries and their supporters see cycles of protests as the only way to implement a revolutionary political system? Can today's revolutionaries learn anything from previous revolutionary groups and peoples from the 1950s onwards to 1980s to build a genuine political system that representative of all members of society not just in the major cities but in the Egyptian countryside? Is there a blueprint for avoiding continual polarization along political and religious lines in Egypt?

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1921 by Hassan al Banna the grandfather of Tariq Ramadan, a renowned Swiss author, lecturer and university professor of Islamic studies and Muslim societies in Europe and the West as well as North Africa and the Middle East. The Brotherhood grew from a small organization into a political organization throughout the 20th century emphasizing the revival of Islam in a conservative if almost puritanical form as a method to counterbalancing Communism, Westernization and overreaching secularization in Egypt and other neighboring countries. The Islamic revival concept (that morphed into a new term by the 1970s as "Political Islam") not only influenced religious Egyptians but also conservative and secular groups and organizations fighting colonial powers and regimes in 1950s to today to implement a Pan Arab or Pan Islamic (based on the Caliphate and Ottoman Empires that spread from North Africa to India) government to cover most of the Islamic nations around the world. The stereotyped terrorist groups Hamas, Hezbullah Republican Guard in Iran were influenced by the Brotherhood's ideology and concepts. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are offshoots of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. Throughout its existence, Brotherhood members were arrested by every Egyptian president up to Morsi's time beginning with mass arrests, exiles and torture under Gamal Abdel Nasser's leadership despite Nasser's Pan Arab, anti colonial and nationalist leanings. The brotherhood had gained sympathy from marginalized and poor Egyptians in the cities and countryside who had been jailed, repressed by military forces loyal to government or ignored by political leaders with the aid of the Egyptian military (backed by the United States) who is now cheered by the latest anti-Morsi protesters as aiding in Morsi's overthrow without using excessive force against the people. Since Morsi's rule, the Brotherhood has lost support from ordinary Egyptians who see Morsi and the organization as no different from Mubarak's 30+years rule. The  Egyptian Military under the titled of SCAF Supreme Council of Armed Forces had ruled the country for a year after Mubarak's overthrow in 2011. Like Morsi, the military disregard rights of Egyptians as they kept protesters against the military rule imprisoned, torture and in fear of facing arrest or harsh reprisals for demanding rights and freedom to live. The highlight of Morsi's presidency was reforms added to the Egyptian Constitution which many Egyptians saw as only a cosmetic approach that didn't truly address the needs of society as a whole.

Enough said Carlos Latuff

US Controlling both sides of Egyptian Coup D'Etat