Wednesday, January 20, 2021

BAR discusses Patrice Lumumba

"Patrice Lumumba" is the topic again.  On this week's BLACK AGENDA RADIO, he is one of the issues covered.



 Source: Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Margaret Kimberley, along with my co-host Glen Ford. Coming up: We hear a lot of discussion these days about the history of genocide against Black Americans, but many people are still unaware that Black leftists presented a petition to the United Nations charging the U.S. with genocide, 70 years ago. And, Patrice Lumumba, the first elected prime minister of the Congo, was assassinated 60 years ago, with the collaboration of the United States. A group of scholars marked the occasion with a discussion of Lumumba’s political legacy.   But first – it’s been one helluva year, politically and on the public health arena. The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations held a national conference, last week, to sum up the changes and challenges that emerged in 2020.  Black Is Back is a Coalition of organizations. Betty Davis is a New York City activist who chairs the Coalition’s Community Control of Education Working Group. She says Black folks need to seize control of their local education budgets. Ajamu Baraka is a veteran activist who ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket in 2016. He’s national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace, which is part of the Black Is Back Coalition. Baraka told the Coalition’s year-end conference that U.S. imperialism was clearly in disarray in 2020. In 1951 Black entertainer and activist Paul Robeson and other Black leftists presented a petition to the United Nations demanding that the United States be held accountable for a long list of crimes against its Black population. The petition was titled “We Charge Genocide.” Last week, Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly joined other Black activists and academics to commemorate the events of 70 years ago, in an online seminar.  Dr. Burden-Stelly is a professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College, and part of the team that produces BAR’s Black Agenda Review. She reminds us that U.S. government atrocities against Black people have never stopped.   Also present to commemorate the “We Charge Genocide” petition of 1951, was Dr. Trevor Ngwane, a lecturer at the Center for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Ngwane is co-author of the book, “Urban Revolt, State Power and the Rise of People’s Movements in the Global South.” He says Black South Africa is quite familiar with colonial perpetrators of genocide.   Sixty years ago, the legally elected prime minister of the newly independence Democratic Republic of the Congo was assassinated as a result of plots orchestrated by the United States and its European allies. The Friends of Congo celebrate January 17 as Patrice Lumumba Day. To mark the occasion, activists and academics held on online seminar, moderated by Dr. Samuel T. Livingston, Associate Professor and Director of the African American Studies Program at Morehouse College. Among the speakers: Ludo De Witte, a Belgian sociologist and historian and author of his book, “The Assassination of Lumumba”;  Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, a professor of African and Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Ira Dworkin, associate professor of English at Texas A&M University. Dworkin is author of “Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State.” He Black Americans immediately recognized the assassination of Lumumba as a crime against all people of African descent.


This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  We take a look at the stupidity.

Picking up from yesterday, press whores and fan bois never learn.  Chris Willman of VARIETY.  I was nice yesterday, I didn't single out any of the whores by name.  But Chris learned enough to grasp that he couldn't blindly praise Phil Spector, the convicted murderer.  So, instead, he offers an embarrassing column that questions his sanity.  That would include the praise he heaps on the late Jack Nitzsche -- a roll dog of Phil's who did a lot of the arrangements for Phil.  You know what else he did?  He beat Carrie Snodgrass with a pistol, threatened to kill her and her son and then he raped her.  Little man, if you're looking for a hero, it's not going to be Jack Nitzsche.  

It's a sad time for little men with tiny penises and a desire to terrorize women.  Back in 1973, the landscape was so different, wasn't it?  Back then, the hideous Chris Hodenfield, writing about the stars of a TV variety show, could work in this little 'gem' in an article for ROLLING STONE, "Many of my friends favor the belief that after work, Sonny beats the s[**]t out of her with a tire iron." "Her" is Cher.  Oh for the days when the fan boyz could be as misogynistic as they wanted.  These days, these same boyz have to pretend it's something other than hatred of women that keeps so many women from being inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Shirley said an e-mail -- a lengthy one -- came in stating that David Geffen getting hit by Phil Spector was fine because David "didn't know anything about music until the eighties so in the seventies he was just an idiot and Phil Spector knew what sold."

Phil Spector knew what sold in the sixties.  In 1974, Phil didn't know what sold.  In 1974, David headed ELEKTRA/ASYLUM.  David started ASYLUM and then it was merged with ELEKTRA and David was over both.  In 1974, David's label saw the release of many hit albums including Carly Simon's "Hotcakes" (featuring the hits "Haven't Got Time For The Pain" and "Mockingbird"), Joni Mitchell's COURT AND SPARK, the Eagles' ON THE BORDER, Jackson Browne's LATE FOR THE SKY and Bob Dylan's PLANET WAVES.  

David knew music.  

Does anybody know Iraq?  I think often that it's a bad thing that Iraq gets so little attention from US media.  Then I catch the nonsense JACOBIN served up 'on' Iraq.

Felix Biederman 'protested' online.  Does he "shampoo" online as well?  That would explain the hair.  "Protesting" online is nothing to brag about.  He never went to a protest.  So why is he on the show?

I saw the video -- didn't stream it -- last night.  I think JACOBIN has serious issues with Ana and that they need to drop her.  So I've been avoiding noting JACOBIN.  But I slept on it and thought, "It's Iraq.  We should note it."  And then I streamed it.

What a stupid and wasteful discussion.   Everyone knew, the unwashed Felix says, that the war was going to last forever.  Oh hell, no, you little piece of crap.  I stated at THIRD years before 2008 that the site (THIRD) would end in 2008 and that the Iraq War would still be going on.  Jim will tell you he thought I was wrong about the war still going on.  We were going to elect Democrats to both houses of Congress and they were going to end the war!!! Readers of THIRD also rejected my assertion.  It's not fun being a Cassandra and Felix is an idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about.  (I've never encountered the bathing-challenged Felix before this video.)

So it's nearly 18 years after the start of the Iraq War and apparently we still can't acknowledge the Iraqi people -- we can't acknowledge how they've suffered or how they continue to suffer.

Let me be clear to the two dumb women hosting -- your giggles in the face of the Iraqi dead and the birth defects, in the face of a land of widows and orphans?  It's embarrassing and it's shameful.  The lives of the Iraqi people are not a joke.  How disgusting that they thought they could treat the subject like that.  It's a lot like Bully Boy Bush with his jokes "Those weapons of mass destruction have to be around here somewhere."

It wasn't funny when War Criminal Bully Boy Bush tried to turn the Iraq War into a joke and it's not funny when Felix tries it.

Heaven forbid that we have a mature and real discussion about Iraq, heaven forbid that we talk about the realities that the Iraqi people continue to deal with as a result of the US-led Iraq War that destroyed their lives and their country.

Felix is an idiot wanting to tell jokes.  But you're the hosts.  Try to maintain some dignity.  This isn't a joke topic.

And it's very telling how quickly the thread of Iraq is lost so that they can focus on how Donald Trump said mean words about John McCain.

I'm really damn tired of this nonsense.  It's shameful.

And I don't know why, in 2021, JACOBIN is letting a guest call people "pu**ies" and do so as an insult?  That's what we're doing now in 2021 -- from 'woke' JACOBIN?

I'm sick of the sexism and I'm sick of the stupidity.  

And two female hosts going "Yeah, yeah" over and over to everything a sexist and uninformed man says is really sad as well.

Today?  Joseph Haboush (AL ARABIYA) reports:

Multiple explosions were heard south of Iraq's capital overnight Monday in what reports suggest may have been US or Israeli airstrikes on Iran-backed militias.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) said it was not aware “of any strikes in Iraq,” according to a Reuters reporter in Washington.

AAJ TV states 9 people were killed in the explosions with "dozens more elected."  The US Embassy in Baghdad Tweeted the following:

We are seeing reports of potential explosions near Jurf as-Sakhr, south of Baghdad. We can confirm that no U.S. personnel or assets were in the vicinity of Jurf as-Sakhr and that there was no U.S. involvement in this alleged incident. --Embassy Spokesperson

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