Sunday, 31 May 2015

Scandalous FIFA and bosses who get away with it

Politics of FIFA Scandal

The ongoing FIFA Coruption scandal has now landed several countries' sports officials in hot water. Corruption and double dealings in FIFA are nothing new and go back further than 1990. Even the family friendly World Cup isn't free of dirty tricks and politics. The head of FIFA Sepp Blatter has yet to be punished despite being one of the top men accused of corruption. Blatter was widely elected again (beating Prince Ali) by several Asian, African and American countries from their respective regional football confederations due to Blatter bringing the World Cup hosting to the majority of the world outside of Europe. It still does not excuse his actions and the blatant impunity he is leveraging as he begins his third term as FIFA head. The legendary French footballer Michel Platini just shrugged off the news of the scandal at first. However, Platini has also urged Blatter to resign.

Anyone who has witnessed the aftermath of a corruption scandal or murder trial for that matter knows that any business leader or head of a corporation faces punishment or more get a lower sentencing due to arm twisting. The point is even the businessman and corporation aren't free from facing their well deserved punishment for taking bribes, insider trading, fixing matches or worst. The fact that Blatter hasn't been punished but receives a slap on the hand, says a lot about the preaching of integrity and democracy often hyped by FIFA at the World Cup, confederation cups and other sports venues. Trinidad and Tobago and other American confederation heads were among the first to be called out and currently being chased to be arrested despite the corruption going well to the top of FIFA.

The irony with the United States' interest in wanting to capture the corrupt officials in charge has brought complaint from across the world. It is seen as U.S. hegemonic double edge sword of law commanding the rest of the world what to do and how to carry out a proper trial. Football or as it's known in the U.S. soccer isn't as popular as basketball, baseball and hockey coming in top three.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

EU war plans to keep Europe White

EU Plans War to Keep Europe White

Undeterred. An migrant family on the high seas by Afghan cartoonist Shahid Atiqullah. From the Cartoon Movement

For more than 500 years, Europeans have invaded and looted the planet, yet their home civilizations are deemed so fragile that they must be insulated against the cultures of the formerly colonized peoples. Having created millions of Muslim and African war refugees, the Europeans now gear up to attack the boats that might bring them to Europe.

EU Plans War to Keep Europe White

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The thousands of deaths at sea are crimes of Europe and the United States.”
The United States has been the big, bad leader of the imperial world for so long, we may sometimes forget that most of the evils that beset our world have their origins in Europe, a small corner of the Earth that has for 500 years grown fat off the blood and resources of the rest of the planet. This Europe is a greedy little place, most of whose inhabitants believe they have somehow earned what they have stolen from the world’s darker peoples, and that they are entitled to continue stealing in perpetuity.
In 2011, in league with the United States, European members of NATO launched a totally unprovoked 7-month bombing campaign against Libya, resulting in the murder of Col. Muammar Gaddafi and the empowerment of Islamist jihadists throughout the northern tier of the African continent. Col. Gaddafi had warned that the Euro-American aggression would turn Libya into another Somalia, with vast numbers of people desperately fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea to escape the turmoil. Gaddafi was right, of course. Not only has Libya been reduced to a state of sheer anarchy and terror, but thanks to Europe and the United States, Hell has descended on Syria, and conditions in Somalia have grown even worse. The Europeans and their American cousins are intent on wiping out every vestige of civilization in the Muslim world – all the while spouting the same twisted, racist logic that they have employed for half a millennium: that Muslims and Africans are unsuited to civilization, and must be guided by the white hands of Europe, for their own good.

Col. Gaddafi warned that the Euro-American aggression would turn Libya into another Somalia.”
The refugee crisis, the thousands of deaths at sea, are crimes of Europe and the United States. The Euro-Americans are just as unquestionably guilty as the arsonist who sets the fire that causes apartment dwellers to jump to their deaths from high windows to escape the flames. Now, the nations of the European Union, all 28 of them, are backing plans to launch air and naval attacks against boats in the ports of Libya and on the high seas, to make sure that the refugees that Europe and America have created do not wind up on European shores. This new war against Libya will not be to destroy a secular regime, or to grab oil fields, but a war to keep Europe white. On this the Europeans can unite. They argue only about how to distribute among themselves the Muslim and African refugees that somehow do manage to make landfall. They must be scattered across the map. European civilization is a fragile thing. Although the British, French, Spaniards, Portuguese, Belgians, Dutch, Danes and Germans have looted, raped and massacred every people they have encountered since the early 1400s, their own societies cannot tolerate more than a token exposure to former colonized cultures. In addition to the riches of the world, the Europeans demand racial exclusivity on their home turf.
So today, they prepare to beat back by military force the most desperate victims of previous Euro-American crimes. And they have the colossal gall to call it a “humanitarian” operation.
For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to
Now add economic crisis and popular right wing and even liberal scapegoating of migrants to migration tragedy you barely scratch the surface of migration issue in Europe. 

West Papua's fight for self determination

A future possibility an independent and self rule West Papua (on the left) at home with Papua New Guinea in Melanesia aka South Asia.

 The Story of West Papua is rarely talked about or mentioned in discussions about the rights of self determination of occupied and oppressed people around the world. Everyone knows the story and struggle of Palestinian, African American, Tamil peoples to live as free people and as dignified human beings. Even the Aboriginal people of Australia and East Timor's struggle against violent Indonesian military rule against Timorese people is now known around the world.

There are hundreds of thousands of islands in the Pacific Ocean. The only time they seem to make the news especially in the United States is when the Ring of Fire is awaken leading to a tsunami, a hurricane or an earthquake. Most of the time, Pacific islands and archipelagos are regarded as a relaxing, breathtaking tourist destinations on par with the Caribbean islands' beauty. However, the Pacific islands have unique histories and cultures that go beyond the tourist brochure.

West Papua is a province of Indonesia's far east and part of the wider Pacific region known as Melanesia in the South Pacific bordering Australia to the East and North. Why is this region named Melanesia? The majority of the people of the New Guinea Island, Solomon Islands, Fiji. Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea are darker people resembling African peoples from mother continent and Aboriginal peoples. They are the descendants of the first migrants ie the Africans who gradually left Africa for Asia and other parts of the world. The Pacific Ocean didn't halt Africans from traveling to the Pacific islands hundreds of thousands of years ago. Its not coincidental that West Papuans or other Melanesian people look, "Black" in many people including Indonesians' eyes. Although Indonesians like many South Asian people are many shades of brown and black. West Papuans share similar culture, art and languages with PNG and Australian Aboriginal people. They are also the indigenous people of their island nations. In neighboring countries such as Philippines, Malaysia and Andaman Islands (India) the indigenous people or original people are darker people who live in the rural areas of their homelands. Papuans like the Aboriginal and original peoples in Phillipines fought against the arrival of European colonizers and conquistadors to their homelands. No people would tolerate occupation no matter the benefits. The West Papuans' fight against European colonialism and genocide is not different from the current fight against Indonesian policy of military force and genocide against West Papuan identity and culture. Indonesian racism against indigenous West Papuans in their homeland have only upped the need for West Papua to be fully liberated from Indonesian rule and become fully self determination with no conditions to appease Indonesia.

Backyard Separatists

Indonesia is home to multi ethnic groups and cultures spread out over thousands of island. It is famous for being the most populous Muslim countries in the world. Indonesia has a history of rebellion across the archipelago. The Indonesian people rose up against the Dutch in the mid 20th Century to demand their rights to self rule and an immediate end to Dutch and other European rule for some 300 years. The Portuguese, Dutch and Australian had controlled Indonesian islands, waterways around the region and Indonesian leaders. Indonesia is also home to a couple of low intensity separatist movements from Aceh in Western Indonesia's Sumatra island which calmed after 2004 Tsunami to Maluku Islands. The Maluku people traded with the Portuguese in 15th century and eventually fought against Dutch and Indonesian rule for most of the 20th century. From 1950-1963, Maluku Islands had formed the Republic of South Malukus but was largely unrecognized.  East Timor gained its independence from Indonesia in 2002 after a brutal 25 year old military occupation that saw the death of 100,000 Timorese. Both East Timor and West Papua .

It was only 50 years ago that Indonesia was seen as torch of Third World liberation movement and the champion of the Global South. The 1955 Bandung Conference in Indonesia led to the formation of the Non Alignment Movement that served as a beacon for many countries who wanted to remain independent from the USSR and US/Europe sphere of influence throughout the Cold War. These countries pushed decolonization, non aligned economic and political cooperation, revival of indigenous history, culture, government and society that would benefit and address the people's needs instead of foreign or political interest. The Non Alignment Movement's blueprint remains an inspiration for the BRICS countries today.

West Papua has witnessed the jockey over control of the island. Bordered by its most famous neighbor Papua New Guinea, West Papua is often glazed over as a resource rich province of Indonesia. Its identity is mistaken as Indonesian while Papua New Guinea's unique identity and culture is recognized. Indonesian settlers . Whether or not the settlers legal or illegal doesn't spring up on West Papua's legal status in international law. Indonesian government knows the importance of being able to control the access to West Papua's resources and the island's future fate. In the middle of foreign and Indonesian interest in resources are the West Papuans whose needs and struggle are often ignored in regional and international discussions on Asia's resources, BRICS' role in local affairs or the future of Asia. West Papua's status and future referendums on independence and self rule has not been finalized. However, that has not stopped the Melanesian Spearhead Group for voting on West Papua's membership into the regional block. Membership gives West Papua a voice in the region and in one day in the ASEAN block.

Soldiers of Empire

Many Pacific islands including West Papua have faced long periods of military occupation by every empire and foreign power attempting to control the resources and strategic waterways needed by super powers to support their power, respective societies or standard of living. The United States holds over 600+ military bases around the world and over 100,000+ military personnel are stationed in Asia. This includes friendly allies such as South Korea and Japan. The people of Okinawa have been fighting for justice for Okinawan women and girls who have been raped and assaulted by US servicemen from 1990s onward. Only a few of have been fully persecuted. The continual presence of US military base on the island angers most Okinawans for what the bases represents: Hegemony and arrogance, misogyny aimed at local women, super power dictating the foreign policies and defense of an ally against the wishes of the majority citizens of the host country. On the small island Diego Garcia, the Chogasian people have been in over a half century old legal battle with the United Kingdom and U.S. governments for the right to return to their homeland Diego Garcia. In the early 1950s, the British with help from the Americans rounded up and removed the Chogasian people from their island (a British colony) to build an illegal foreign military bases and supply route to monitor Soviet Union's military or sea maneuvers. Sound familiar? The Chogasians were denied from returning in mass from their exile in London and Mauritius. Only a few Chogasians remain in Diego Garcia today. Many other Pacific islanders and African islanders have stories with similar or slightly different outcomes. The trauma and denial of justice is still universal. 

The U.S. is currently moving its military equipment closer to China to monitor Chinese activities and claims to islands in the South China Sea. The Asian region has become militarized over the last several decades from fears of nuclear aggression and attempts by US and NATO to check China and by extension Russia's defense pacts and soft power influences in the region. The US fears also exist in the Middle East and Africa. 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Redefining Pan Africanism from Nkrumah to Musaveni

The article below was originally published by Trayo A. Ali at Sudan Tribune. Ali writes for Sudan Tribune. Pan Africanism has long been a rally cry for many African leaders and visionaries going back a 100+ years. Pan Africanism went beyond simply calling for unity of all African peoples. It seeks to build up Africa and the African Diaspora with human capital, wealth and real self sufficiency and self reliance. With all the struggles Africa and Africans have faced in the motherland and abroad, many ordinary Africans have reiterated that redefining Pan Africanism and implementing a practical blueprint on the ground is long overdue. No one needs to reinvent the wheel but creativity and learning from past mistakes and taking a leap of faith/risks is greatly needed to again get the wheels of Pan Africanism going in Africa, Caribbean, African America and Afro Asia/Europe. As truth be told, a people united can never be defeated. Speaking with one unified voice and sharing similar experiences of being pushed aside does have an advantage that is being overlooked. Enjoy the read.

On the need to redefine Pan-Africanism from Nkrumah to Museveni

By Trayo A. Ali

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”- Charles Darwin

May 25th is African Day. On May 25-2015 the African Union (AU) representing respective member states hoists the flag, make toast in a cozy cool environment and issue statements in celebration for the occasion of fifty two years of African Unity. This seemingly comfortable situation confronts two other situations.

The first is the reality where the story of the average African citizen whose security and welfare are supposed to be the primary intention of this celebration is totally absent from any considerable deliberations. Rather, he or she is handcuffed and chained with shackles of endless civil wars, constrained by racial marginalization, refugee anxiety, haunted by genocide trauma, alienated by gender segregation, hostaged and oppressed by extremism of religious prosecution, poverty, illiteracy and diseases.

The second situation lies in between these two extreme poles where the Pan-Africanist activists are in busy mood preparing for the 8th Congress of Pan-African Movement. They are motivated and driven by the “Grand D ream” of the visionary pioneers of the continental cause such as Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyrere, Patrice Lumumba, Nelson Mandella and their flag bearers, the new breed of Pan-Africanism led by Yoweri Museveni and the late Meles Zenawi.
The dream is that, by way of Unity and Solidarity we achieve our Liberty and Dignity and translate it to the Welfare of African people.

To effect the 8th conference (after Kampala 7th in 1994), several calls and Initiatives made by concerned pan-Africanist activists throughout the continent and in the Diaspora. Considerable discussion is generated and analysis, comments, suggestions and proposal made, certain reactions, criticisms and sentiments, denouncements, claims, counter claims and affirmations ignited. Some regional conferences were also held. Such activities are of healthy nature and considered welcome exercise as it represents a level of emerging maturity in reflecting a whole mosaic and divergent views and stream of ideas of the ever evolving complex reality.

But the underlining point that can be detected from such such a perplexing mood is the confirmation for the need for redefining the idea of pan-Africanism all together on both procedural and substantive aspects for purposes of reenergization and revitalization. The evolving reality dictates a thorough review and reexamination that should cover among other issues the conceptual aspects, methodological, ideological, scope of operation, identification of challenges, strategic agenda, resources and related experiences. Such a review should also take into consideration a set of questions such as: What Pan-Africanism should now means, or should mean to an ordinary man? What it should entail? Who are the interest groups? How it should be operationalized in practical terms? Who should be involved and at what level? What are the new issues of today’s realities that need to be incorporated in the redefining process? How can we make it relevant, viable and sustainable? Which of the examples and experiences we should creatively emulate, pan-Europeanism, pan-Americanism, pan-Arabism, pan-Islamism or what? What were the unfeasible concrete challenges emerged over time? How can we rationalize the ever evolving complex reality?

(1) Back to the drawing board: redefining the concept is the starting point

Answers to the above questions will still remain elusive under the whole process goes under critical scrutiny.
It’s important to note that the Pan-Africanism is not a monolithic ideological movement. Although the founders and the flag bearers all insisted on the issues “unity, social justice, dignity integrity and welfare of the black man” the idea remained an amalgam of values, notions, ideas, assumptions and set of principles. Even from the most enduring writings and presentations of W.E. Du Bois, Padmore, Chiekh Anta Diop, and Walter Rodney they have not tend to put the idea into a rigid ideological box.
Their terms of reference are always been the idea of African civilization, culture and values that cherish the inseparability of freedom, liberty, equality, diversity, secularism that preserve African identity and character.

Thus in the absence of formal colonialism in its traditional sense, the creative approach to the idea should be based on a firm and disciplined understanding of these set of values to redirect the focus.
With the kind of political consciousness growing, I wonder, if we continue to compromise on some very provocative positions such as one uttered by the former Egyptian president, Gaamal Abdel Nasser in his book “The philosophy of the Revolution” when he said: “We cannot, under any condition relinquish our responsibility in helping, in every way possible in diffusing the light of civilization into the farthest part of the virgin jungle”.

(2) Methodology you apply

The methodology is important and among other issues it involves organization, setting of structures, and assignment of responsibilities, resource mobilization and accountability.
The 8th conference is only the movement’s third to be held in the continent. The Fifth congress was in Accra (Ghana) in the 1950s, the Sixth was in Dar el Salam (Tanzania) in 1974 and the Seventh in Kampala in 1994.
Obviously two important issues are coming out from this. One is the issue of finding a friendly and hospitable venue. Thus it’s clear that had not been Nkrumah’s Ghana, or Nyrere”s Tanzania or Nuseveni”s Uganda there would not been any conference taken place at all in the Continent. The lesson here is that it’s important to have a friendly, like minded and caring government in power.
Unfounded or unnecessary confrontations do not serve the larger purpose. Political maturity requires separation of friends from the strategic foes.
The second matter arises here is that of permanent structure or mechanism. It’s important to break the kind of mode operandi that operates under a loose and ad hoc arrangements. Well organized but not bureaucratic institutional thinking is important in terms of generating new ideas and resource mobilization. Methodology also involves reaching out different categories of constituencies including lobbying governments. To survive, a vibrant Movement needs an informed grass root base and support.

Dissemination and popularization of clearly articulated political culture is of paramount important for the consumption of ordinary African about solidarity, unity, dignity, peace and welfare. Women, youth, political parties, civil society, Trade Union, the media, and the minorities participation is an an imperative choice. The AU itself is to be partner in the process.

(3) Challenges to be identified
Hydra headed challenges are engulfing the continent. They are the same old problems but posed by relatively different actors.
Slavery is still persisting in places like Sudan, ethnic based wars are ravaging with fatal effects, genocide is a new menace, radical Islamism is mushrooming and occupying space in African body politics, while terrorism is encircling the continent’s geo-politic.
Two personal experiences are relevant down here in my reflections. First is a provocative statement made by a former foreign affairs minister of Sudan when in 1995 he told on point blank his counter parts from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Eretria that “It was the white man’s colonialism that stopped the unhindered penetration of Islamization and Arabization in Africa, and with the departure of colonialism, the grand mission of marching will resume from Cairo to Cape. We are here for that and we are here to stay.” I happened to meet this ex-minister and when asked him how dare was he to make that kind of statement, he just shook his head but could not say anything.

(4) Dynamic agenda you need

The Pan-Afrcanist movement, like the “Pan-European” movement and organizations did, it should also influence the AU agenda and make it more relevant and reflective of the reality. Producing policy options and alternative agenda make difference and make the movement relevant. For example the movement should not shy away from vocally bringing out relevant issues such as genocide, international justice, Islamic radicalism, combating terrorism, poverty eradication onto the AU agenda. But resorting to the classical methods of work ala kind of blind criticism does not work.

(5) The need to emulate other success stories

For the “ideal dream” of Unity, Dignity, and Prosperity to be materialized it’s important to emulate other successful experiences and role models. For the European Union to reach the way it is, its cardinal ideas on went through rigorous examinations and different phases of self assessment and redefinitions. Thus dynamic thinking is required. “Building-block” type of thinking is crucial. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana use to say that “the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked to the total independence of Africa”. But now after half a century the new reality is spelling different priority issues. The issue id independence (which formally achieved) does not top the agenda. How to build viable building blocks that has the ability to respond to today’s challenges and transform the situation is the issue. The Pan-Africanist movement is therefore to consider the issue of regional integration that constitutes a viable building block.
We may all recall the debate within the then OAU on the eve of transforming it into the AU. It was president Museveni of Uganda who countered Kaddafi’s “hash-mash” approach and attitudes. Museveni articulated a more mature, rational and pragmatic strategy of “bottom-up” approach while Kaddafi was attempting to impose “top-down” super continental government. The Pan-African movement is in challenge to adopt a kind of more pragmatic approach and disseminate that public culture.

(6) Concussion

To conclude my remarks, I am to observe that, when colonialism was driven out through the front door, other ignorant and different enemies are sneaking into through the back window.
As closing remark I am also to recall my second experience that I encountered. It was indeed an insult to some staunch Pan-African intellectuals like the late Dr. Chiekh Anta Diop. It was a story about how pro “Pan- Islamist” professor at Khartoum University in my days and how much he use to detests, hates, disdains and loathes two things in his life till he passed away. He used to publicly say that he doesn't want to hear about two things: “Nubian civilization” and “Pan-Africanism”. For him the Nubian Civilization is “an evil deed of a black magic” and it reminds him “pre-Islamic Arabian culture“, and Pan-Africanism is “an invocation of pagan spirit of Nubian Civilization”. One unfortunate thing he ably did was to dissolve our only “Pan-African Students Friendship Club”, outlawed, banned and our premises virtually handed over to “Islamic Call Association”, the organization that preaches Islamic State and “Pan-Islamism”.

The Pan-African movement now needs more refined, realistic, pragmatic approach.
The author is a free-lance researcher on African Peace and Development (A-PAD).He is reachable at Email:

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Palmyra Syria's heritage on verge of destruction

Palmyra the city of empires

ISIS has threatened another UNESCO world heritage site in Syria. Located in Syria's Homs governorate, the ancient city of Palmyra, over 4,000 years has witnessed periods of peace as well as aggressive wars and violence before. The Parthians, Persians, Assyrians, Romans and Syrians among other peoples have pass through and contributed to Palmyra's heritage throughout the centuries. Palmyra is mentioned in the Bible and in the Assyrian Annals. It was and remains a city of diversity. Even the original Islamic Caliphate that ruled Syria from 7th to left the city intact and contributed to the architecture building hilltop fortress and walls but respecting for the most part the architectural marvels that came before it. Palmyra city itself was also protected from harm. Palmyra is also known as Tadmur in Syria today. Many refugees from neighboring villages and towns had raced to Palmyra/Tadmur for refuge fleeing the war and ISIS. Now they will lucky have to flee again.

RT News Palmyra, Syria Battle

The metropolis of the Syrian Desert

ISIS have been purposely targeting Syria and Iraq's cultural heritage and memory outdoing even Taliban's destruction of the large Buddhist statutes at Bamiyan, Afghanistan. The city of Nimrod and Hatra monuments were grotesquely destroyed and filmed for the world to see. The larger artifacts were sold to foreign bidders most likely to end up in the museums in Western countries or an obsessive art collector's personal collection. Warped by the literalist interpretation of Wahhabism, ISIS has committed cultural genocide by physically erasing any pre-Islamic heritage and national symbols meant to unite Syria and Iraq. A few years back, an Egyptian wahhabi Sheik Morgan Al Gohary threatened to destroy another world/African heritage the Pyramids and Sphinx without recanting his threat. One can only imagine if ISIS and its takfiri cousins manage to spring up in Egypt or Sudan and start wrecking 5,000+ years of African and world heritage and society. Even the Ottomans didn't destroy the Hagia Sophia when Mehmed II and Ottoman Army entered Constantinople in 1453. The quest for revenge and show off immense power and control. The Hagia Sophia and Grand Mosque of Cordaba (which was spared from being destroyed by Spanish Christians after the 1492 Expulsion of Moors from Spain. It is both a cathedral and mosque but is known as La Mezquita) have both served as heritage monuments of conquest and coexistence between multiple faiths and cultures. Palmyra like Syria is also a crossroad of diverse peoples and a metropolis that has survived in spite of threats. 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Rohingya Muslims stranded boat people

Rohingya, The Hidden Genocide Al Jazeera Investigates

Unwanted people?

The Rohingya Muslims, citizens of Myanmar have been written off as stateless people by their own government. Chased out of their home region Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma), the Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia searching for any safe refuge. The Bangladeshi government has denied Rohingyas any opportunity to stay long term in Bangladesh. Malaysia has only allowed a few Rohingya families, many women and children to stay in the Malay archipelago. As the massacres and ethnic cleansing has continued into a low intensity tit for tat by Rohingya's own neighbors in Rakhine egged on by xenophobic Buddhist monks. The Myanmarese government has remind numb and deaf to the cruel treatment of their own citizens. Every few months, Rohingyas are pushed out of their temporary places of refuge from refugee camps or safe areas along borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar or Myanmar-Thailand.

Tired Rohingya people turned away in Bangladesh.

Stranded at sea

Other fed up Rohingya have crowded boats sailing from Bangladesh to Indonesia's Aceh and the Malucca Straits searching and appealing to Indonesian and Malaysian governments to put aside their politics and let them stay in their respective countries. Having turned their back on the desperate refugees and neighbors, the Indonesian and Malaysian governments have excused the Rohingyas' pleas for refugee protection as manipulation by human traffickers. With pressure from the UN, the Indonesian government has slowly begun rescuing stranded Rohingya at sea. Many Rohingyas left discrimination and religious persecution in Myanmar, have relied on human traffickers to crisscross borders and travel by sea for safety. Many innocent women, children and men stranded on the sea ways between Bangladesh, Indonesian-Malay archipelago have been starving and dehydrated for the past three days. The stranded Rohingyas are in the same boat as their African and Arab counterparts traveling by boat to the shores of Europe. No matter where the frustrated boat people may be on the Mediterranean or in the Malucca Straits, governments have proven that national security politics and treating migration as a hidden form of terrorism has blinded many governments and societies to compassion and solidarity for migrants, asylums and refugees.

Myanmar's place in Asia. Surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean, Myanmar has been isolated for most of its history to punish the now removed military Junta. Nevertheless, China has reached out to the most isolated countries in Southeast Asia, Myanmar included. China has been mute on the plight of the Rohingya and other refugee/migrant crisis occurring in the Southeast Asian region ie Afghan, Syrian and Indonesian refugees locked up in detention centers in Australia. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

African Lives Matter and Migrant Rights

Author's Note: the words migration and immigration are used sporadically throughout the article. Both words aren't meant to be used interchangeably since each word has completely different context and meaning in the U.S., Europe and Africa.

BAJI: Transformation Solidarity Webinar-Why Migrant Rights must show up for Black Lives Matter

BAJI or Black Alliance for Just Immigration, is a migrant and human rights organization based in Brooklyn, New York with local offices and activists across the United States. BAJI has fought for the human rights of African Americans, African, Caribbean and Latinos in the United States and around the world. Understanding the long standing injustices, racism, inequalities that exist worldwide whether it be economic, financial or political, African Americans and the African Diaspora have worked together to fight against anti-African systemic racism and exclusive institutions that scapegoats Latino, African and Caribbean migrants in United States and Europe.

When discussions of immigration (legal and illegal) come up in the United States, Caribbean and African migrants are often left out of the conversation or ignored completely with the debate solely focused on Mexican and Central American migration. However, South America and most of Asia are also absent from the immigration discussion. Exception being China and Phillipines. The stereotypical immigrant image in the United State is either Mexican or Central American woman, man or child. Many people do not know that there are also over 100+ million Afro-Latinos living across the Americas including the Caribbean.

Frontiers of Racism

What does racism & White Supremacy have to do with Immigration?

Occasionally Cuban migrants will be mentioned alongside Cuba-United States relations going back before the Cuban Revolution. Where Cubans fleeing their home country is concerned, the United States has a long standing Dry feet, wet feet policy that reeks of bias when Haiti, Cuba's next door neighbor figures into play. Haitian immigrants who arrive to Florida via migrant boats are often denied the fast track to permanent residency and same special protections given to Cuban migrants. Many Haitians have been turned away by U.S. Coast guards or drowned before reaching the U.S. shores which is 90 miles away from Haiti. There is a straightforward political bias to Cuban migrants' special treatment vs Haitians. The Wet feet, Dry Feet policy is unique to the United States and rarely exist anywhere else. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Russia on Victory Day, remembering World War II

Victory Day Remembrance and parade in Moscow in its entirety RT Special Coverae

World War II is remembered as the Great Patriotic War in Russia. Whereas in the United States World War II is seen and though of as something of the "good war." Europeans and Russians in particularly have more of a mixed view. Russia or the Soviet Union lost 26 million people both civilians (majority) and soldiers from 1940-45. It's the most of any country involved in the global war against Nazism and fascism. The 70th anniversary of Victory Day is being celebrated across Europe in general over the weekend. Russia just as the Soviet Union before it takes great pride in having defeated Nazi Germany and halting the Wehrmacht's bombardment of Russia. Not learning from Napoleon's defeat some 200 years ago, Adolf Hitler and the wider Nazi regime's military assumed that a war of attrition with Soviet forces in Leningrad and Stalingrad would bring the Soviet power to its knees or at least exhaust Stalin into giving into Nazi military power. However, the Nazi regime didn't anticipate the push Soviet Union received from the harsh Russian winters, Josef Stalin's refusal to back down and the continual man, mechanical and financial support given by the Soviet government and people towards the war effort. The Soviet people starved across Russia and its satellite states. St, Petersburg, Leningrad and countless of Soviet cities inside Europe and Baltic states were bombed to oblivion by Nazi airplanes and depopulated purposely aimed at traumatizing Soviet civilians. Stalin is widely blamed for his paranoia and megalomania that led to the death of millions throughout the 1920s-1940s. Nevertheless, it was the wider Soviet Union's perseverance and nationalism that can still be seen in the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day parade that saved Soviet Union from Nazi occupation.

Soviet World War II Experience

The most famous photo of Red Army soldiers rising the Soviet flag over a destroyed Berlin. The final road to this famous pic was literally Hell on Earth for the Soviet Union. The Soviets had to fight through Nazi attempt to eliminate them from the Russian landmass and cities at the Eastern Front. Until the start of the Cold War, the Red Army were seen mostly in the West as a trusted ally. Once the post war allied occupation of Germany and Eastern Europe came into full effect in 1945 onwards, animosity mushroomed between the Soviet Union and Western countries. We can still see the animosity towards Russia today. Pic from Western Civ WWII. 

The Inglorious war

The surviving World War II veterans are proud of their victory over Nazism. However they are weary of the current war of words and war taking place in Ukraine. When today's generation listens to WWII generations' thoughts on war and defense they will noticed that there is cautionary warnings about long lasting wars or psychological effects of war trauma on civilians in war zones like Syria, Libya, Donetsk or Iraq. The WWII veterans carry the psychological scars and some still have nightmares of the war and civilian causalities 70 years later.

For all the talk about respect for freedom and fighting against brutal ideology of superiority, Western leaders were entirely absence from Moscow's helluva display of military might and booming nationalism on Saturday's Victory Day remembrance celebrations. The boycott didn't stop the Chinese President or Indian official from Modi's office from flanking Russian President Vladmir Putin at the parade. China, India and Russia have been enjoying financial, political and economic brainstorming and cooperation with one another. The relationship between the three BRIC countries are pretty cordial despite the amicable disagreements on how foreign policy issues and regional power relations should be handled. Both Russian and international media were present in Moscow. The journalists especially Russia Today correspondents were having a field day at the events.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

African Migration SaharaTV Nigeria

African Migration to Europe SaharaTV

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Ethiopian Israels protest for equality for all in Israel

Holding up traffic so society can hear the protesters

Considering the treatment Ethiopian Israelis receive from the Israeli police and society, discrimination and racism across Israel extending to occupied Palestine, is it little wonder that Ethiopian Israelis have protested for equality for all? Ethiopians clashed with police in Tel Aviv after holding up traffic to protest years of racism and discrimination against Ethiopian Israelis. Many Ethiopians both the elderly and youth often feel alienated and out of place culturally and politically in mainstream Israeli society despite being born in the country, speaking Hebrew and serving in Israeli army. There are many non European Jews living in Israel who aren't considered as "fully Jewish" by the Rabbinate and wider society.

Press TV: Ethiopian protest erupts into violence in Tel Aviv

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Dia de los trabajadores

Manifesticacion por Antonio Berni

Trabajamos para vivir!
No vivemos para trabajar!

Origen del Dia de los Trabajador

Feliz dia de los trabajadores

Friday, 1 May 2015

Africans catching hell all over

Baltimore Explained by Spanish cartoonist Miguel Villalba "El Chicotriste" 

Pan African fight against global racism 

Whether in the United States or in the Mediterranean to the Motherland (ie Somalia, Libya and Sudan) and Israel, African people are catching hell all over the world. American police have shown their true colors over the past year with the murders of several unarmed African American men ranging in age from their 20s to 50s who were shot, beaten or had a part of their body broken. The heaviest pain came when 12 year old Tamir Rice was shot dead by the police playing with a toy gun. Baltimore to Philadelphia and Minneapolis are rightfully up in arms and rising their anger to the world against the mass killings of African American men and boys. The media hasn't helped with replaying the old, negative stereotypes of African American men as violent thugs, as African migrants to Europe as an existential threat and demographics.

 In Israel, Ethiopian Jews, one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world isn't seen as Jewish enough along with Sudanese are seen as "cancers and infiltrators" in Israeli society. The Western countries want Africa's resources to keep their societies propped up but don't care for the people who are caught up in the man made wars and chaos caused by NATO led and proxy wars by Western allies. Jewish Ethiopian Israelis have been segregated, discriminated against across Israel in the same manner as occupied Palestinians. Ethiopian women have been forcibly sterilized while Israel insists that racism against non European Jews does not exist the Middle East's only democracy. After all how can Israel be racist towards non white Jews including Arab Jews when the country is Jewish itself? Israel's subtle racist legal system towards Palestinians and Ethiopian Jews as well as African migrants is also showing its own colors. The world is hearing more about Israeli treatment towards Africans. Ethiopian Israelis are protesting today against long standing police brutality against their community in Tel Aviv and Negev where many Ethiopians live.

Afrisynergy News: 
Fox News Gets Deserved Whipping From Baltimore Residents-Must Watch!

Europe and Asia once admired Africa

Just reading history, one will notice that several centuries backs, African rulers, travelers and writers interacted on equal or higher footing with the wider world. Many African peoples were going in and out of Europe long before the Renaissance. Ethiopia was one of the earliest countries in Africa known to Herodotus, Greek historian. . Medieval Europeans were interacting with Africa and African Diaspora beginning in Greek and later Roman times. European admired the wealth and fascinated by the stories of a rich Saharan Africa prior to Colombus, slavery and colonialism. Mansa Musa, the Malian Emperor whose large empire and impressive entourage became legendary for giving away so much gold during Musa's Hajj to Mecca, is regarded as one of the riches men in human history. Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta traveled across half the known world in his lifetime surpassing Marco Palo. Battuta became one of the earliest medieval travelers to reach West Africa and spend an extensive time there. China and Africa were trading with one another in the 15th century as well. The first human migrants leave Africa and pass through Asia were Africans which makes them the parents of humanity. Its amazing to see how African people and African continent have drifted over time from being the first to the last. The current chaos or frascaso in Africa and Middle East does not mean the world is coming to an end. African and Asia peoples are trying to create solutions to local problems and wars facing them. If the US/EU and Israel could stay out of the way of independent regional economic/social banks and systems that are currently being planned.

The Young Turks on Nigerian Army's rescue of 300 girls and women

PS: On the one year anniversary of the 300+ Chibok girls kidnapping, African Americans raised their voices and protested for the release and safe return of the young girls and students still lost with Boko Haram. The Nigerian Army has finally stepped up and rescued close to 500 kidnapped women and girls from Boko Haram in hops of finding the Chibok girls. Many Americans across the U.S. are continuing to protest against the murders of African Americans in cities as far from each other as Minneapolis and Orlando. It is a wonder why the African Union and Ecowas or Codesa have been mute on the recent killings in the United States. Where is the Pan African condemnation of violence against African migrants in Europe, African Americans in the United States or discrimination towards the African Diaspora in many parts of the world?