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    Justice for Eric Garner? From the Justice Department? Don’t Hold Your Breath

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. Justice Department’s routine refusal to prosecute killer cops is based on an erroneous interpretation of the law. The feds claim that wrongful police homicides cannot be prosecuted unless the cops intended to violate the victim’s constitutional rights. But the federal courts have ruled that such conduct constitutes “‘open defiance’ or ‘reckless disregard’ for the constitutional rights of the victims.

    The CIA is No Stranger to Africa – But We Wish It Was

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The CIA’s activities in Africa go and in hand with the huge U.S. military offensive on the continent. The agency “has maintained a continuing presence on the African continent into the 21st Century, engaging in various nefarious activities, including supporting foes of the Gadhafi government in Libya.”

    From Puppet Soldiers to Puppet Journalists: AFRICOM Grows Its War Machine

    by Mark P. Fancher

    AFRICOM’s primary project is to transform the militaries of the continent into dependencies and pawns of U.S. foreign policy. It’s second most import objective is the hide Washington’s actual intentions behind a “humanitarian” mask – such as participating in the search for Nigerian schoolgirls from Boko Haram. Some African journalists are eager to be part of the ruse.

    Africa Beware of Imperialism’s Fatherly Advice

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Washington’s military tentacles daily tighten their grip on Africa, in ever deepening collusion with France. “Allowing the U.S., France and others to essentially take charge of Africa’s militaries creates or maintains an almost childlike dependence on imperialist forces.”

    The Field Negroes’ Agenda: Reclamation, Reparations and Repatriation

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The author believes African liberation and the fall of U.S. imperialism can be achieved by triumph of the “Three R’s”: Reclamation, Reparations and Repatriation. In terms of day to day struggle, that translates as “pressuring the U.S. military out of Africa, assisting on the return of Africa’s land and mineral wealth to Africans, and supporting the unity of a truly independent African continent.”

    Expected Budget Cuts Won’t Cure the Deadly AFRICOM Disease

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM, becomes more entrenched on the continent by the day. American drones bases dot the landscape and U.S. troops interact constantly with their African counterparts. Africa has collaborated in its own occupation. “There has been increasing cooperation between African militaries and U.S. forces, and it has allowed AFRICOM to gain a more secure foothold on African soil.”

    Innocent Kenyan Blood Drips from Imperial Hands

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The carnage at a Kenyan shopping mall is a direct result of U.S. policy in Somalia. In 2006, Washington and Ethiopia invaded Somalia, overthrowing a moderate Islamic government and plunging the country into a war that has killed hundreds of thousands and left millions displaced. Kenya later joined the invaders, further escalating a U.S.-led conflict that has finally reached deep into Nairobi.

    Zimbabwe Pursues Economic Justice Despite U.S. Fickle Friendship Folly

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Newly re-elected Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has again defied the imperial wrath of the U.S. and Great Britain, with his announcement “that the government will seize foreign banks and mines and redistribute them to local investors.” Such actions can get one killed, but Mugabe is no easy target for the West’s secret services. He has a popular base, and a loyal armed forces.

    The U.S. Military’s Mind Games in Africa: No Bullets, But Lethal

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. Military Command in Africa – AFRICOM – is a highly sophisticated force for domination of the continent. AFRICOM is adept at “manipulating news and commentary on the Internet, especially social media,” portraying itself as an ally in “the fight for Africa’s liberation from the grip of terrorism.” Don’t believe the hype.

    Memo to the International Criminal Court: Put Up or Shut Up About Not Targeting Africans

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Is the International Criminal Court guilty of “international racial profiling”? The ICC has managed to indict only Africans for crimes against humanity, “while ignoring numerous civilian deaths caused by U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan and other crimes committed by non-Africans.”

    Mali Invasion Shows That “Adieu” Does Not Always Mean

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Whether rightists or “socialists,” all French governments believe in their inalienable right to dominate Africa. French troops are on the move in Mali and the Central African Republic, and not long ago overthrew the regime in Ivory Coast. If the colonial era has passed, somebody ought to tell Paris – and French-speaking Africans – the news.

    Arab/Black Conflict: A Colonial Gift to Africa That Keeps on Giving

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. and European media frame “racial” conflicts among the peoples of Africa as endemic to the continent, rather than a legacy and tool of colonial rule. However, “the crisis in Mali is not a simple conflict between two racial groups that can’t get along, even if race is somewhere in the mix.”

    Bad News for Africa: 3,000 More U.S. Soldiers are on the Way

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The United States plans to permanently station a U.S. Army brigade on African soil, beginning next year. Is this the start of something big – and ominous – or “only a benign creeping U.S. military presence in Africa?”

    The People’s Rage in South Africa

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    South Africa did not complete its revolution with the transfer of government power to Black hands in 1994. The Marikana mine massacre shows that imperialism “will not tolerate any disruption in the flow of profits from the exploitation of highly valuable natural resources.” The question now comes to a head: Will the poor majority of South Africa tolerate a Black government that defends the interests of imperialism?

    Africa’s Deadly Spy Infestation

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The expanding U.S. spy infrastructure in Africa, including a network of landing strips to service a fleet of intelligence-gathering aircraft, is inherently hostile to African self-dermination. That’s because “those who dictate U.S. intelligence policy make decisions on the basis of where access to oil and valuable minerals is threatened, or where an African leader has in some way resisted the imperialist program.” Washington is establishing the structures to recolonize Africa, in the guise of anti-terrorism.

    Beware the Rotten Fruit of AFRICOM Training

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. military command in Africa, AFRICOM, has trained thousands of officers on the continent, including the young captain that overthrew his own government in Mali, this year. “If AFRICOM’s protégés have taken careful note of how the U.S. military is routinely used to try and take whatever the U.S. wants in Africa, often without regard for law, custom or prudence, it is not hard to imagine how or why Amadou Sanogo might do the same thing in his own country.”

    Uganda Or Somalia? Get Your Story Straight, America

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. and Uganda are playing a cynical game of musical chairs in Africa. The Americans send Green Berets to Uganda, ostensibly to help the beleaguered Ugandan military hunt down Joseph Kony’s LRA guerillas, while the Ugandans send thousands of soldiers to Somalia to prop up the U.S.-backed government in Mogadishu. “The U.S. has no real interest in the LRA, but is drawn instead to oil fields in Uganda and South Sudan.”

    Hell No, We Won’t Go To War Against Africa!

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Elders and other influencers discouraged Black youth from becoming fodder for the Iraq war, but what of the looming U.S. imperial wars in Africa? The U.S. Africa Command propagates the lie that it only “advises” friendly forces on the continent, but “at the same time establishes bases in the Central African Republic and South Sudan” as part of a purported mission to hunt a guerilla force in the region. U.S. ground wars in Africa may be upon us before there is a chance “to throw up an anti-recruitment barrier around the community.” The education process must begin now, and become permanent.

    Obama’s Tragic Rorschach Perceptions of the Law, Africa and Military Intervention

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    President Obama uses his training as a constitutional lawyer to find opportunities to spread violence and impose U.S. imperial will on Africa. He makes war against Libya and then denies having done any such thing. He sends troops to Uganda and other central African nations, at precisely the time when Uganda is discovered to possess huge reserves of oil. Are the soldiers there to protect Uganda, whose army is quite capable, or is it there to draw a line against China’s commercial “advance into the Congo basin.”

    Africom Unmasked, Unwanted and Vulnerable

    by Mark P. Fancher

    All African nations except Liberia have so far refused U.S. requests to establish a U.S. Africa Command headquarters on African soil. But “AFRICOM is likely to continue nibbling away at Africa’s resistance through projects like the National Guard partnership program” with African militaries. “Mass resistance must take place in the U.S. as well,” if Africa is to be spared further U.S. penetration and militarization.

    Wanted: A New People’s Vision for Mining and Drilling in Africa

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Multinational corporations claim that the problem with Africa is corruption. But the most corrupting influence in Africa is the multinational corporation. Africa's mines have enriched everyone but Africans. Yet, “the people are never allowed to even consider the prospect of booting foreign corporations out of Africa altogether.”


    The African Liberation Struggle is a Grassroots Thing

    by Mark P. Fancher
    African decolonization began with dreams of prosperity through unity, best articulated by Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah. But Nkrumah was toppled by forces backed by the U.S., and the vision of a United States of Africa faded. “Nevertheless, the demand for African unity by Africa’s grassroots has been incessant,” fed by yearnings from the grassroots.

    AFRICOM AIN’T THE PEACE CORPS

    by Mark P. Fancher
    The U.S. military’s AFRICOM forces pretend their mission on the continent is humanitarian. In reality, AFRICOM is the sharp edge of U.S. imperialism, a killing force eager to impose American dominance. The military command “locks Africa into a state of dependency and maintains favorable political and social conditions for U.S.-based corporations that exploit Africa’s natural resources.”  This is not a bug in the system.  It's a defining feature of it.

    Freedom Fighters or Criminals? AFRICOM Doesn’t Care.

    by Mark P. Fancher
    AFRICOM extends its tentacles on the east and west coasts and deep into the interior of the continent. Its mission: “to keep Africa safe for western corporations that need access to the continent’s oil and mineral resources.” All indigenous opposition to imperial policies and interests is deemed “criminal” or “terrorist” – whether along the internationally exploited shores of Somalia or in the oil-rich delta of the Niger River. As African Liberation Day approaches, we must understand that “AFRICOM…is really all about building the capacity of western corporations to hold fast to Africa.”

    Why Imperialism Needs Proxies to Do Its Dirty Work in Africa

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    Despite resistance from virtually every nation in Africa, the U.S. continues to seek a home for its Africa Command, AFRICOM. The lure of African oil and other resources causes Washington to devise various schemes to dominate the continent - especially the recruitment of proxies to do the Americans' bidding. A central Washington political thrust in Africa revolves around the Darfur region of Sudan, where Colin Powell first charged that genocide was occurring. What the U.S. really wants is regime change in Sudan, and control of its oil resources. "AFRICOM is made to order - provided it can overcome the near unanimous opposition that it faces from Africans the world over."

    Africa, AFRICOM and Proxy Imperialism

    by Mark P. FancherAFRICOM

    Imperialism ain't easy. Times change, and the neocolonial exploiters have to stay on their toes. They must encourage "the illusion of independence" in the formerly colonized world, the better to maintain effective economic control. "Enter Africa Command - better known as AFRICOM," whose "mission is to conduct ‘sustained security engagement through military-to-military programs, military-sponsored activities, and other military operations as directed to promote a stable and secure African environment in support of U.S. foreign policy."  The key phrase is, of course "in support of U.S. foreign policy," a point that has not been lost on African nations.

    House Slaves, Field Slaves and the Obama Predicament

    HouseMansionPaintingby Mark P. Fancher

    How does a present day House Negro behave? Would such
    people recognize themselves as successors to the House Slaves of old? Could one
    become president of the United States? What about the political heirs to the
    Field Slaves? And where would one find the Big House in the modern era? "Barack
    Obama's efforts to enter the biggest of big houses in American politics,"
    writes the author, "has allowed us to see in the clearest way possible that the
    price of access is doing whatever it takes to make white people like you." Huge
    numbers of African Americans agree with "every word Rev. Jeremiah Wright has
    uttered," while at the same time Black support for Obama is near-unanimous. Where
    does "house" end and "field" begin?

    Kip’s Folly: A Black Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa

    by Mark P. Fancher

    From Clarence Thomas to Colin Powell to Condoleezza Rice - and many more African American mercenaries in between - U.S. rulers have had little problem finding Black front men and women for their intrigues and adventures. And so it is with Africom, the U.S. military's newly debuted Africa Command, under Army General William E. "Kip" Ward. Designed to establish "an expanded western military presence in Africa for the purpose of securing domination of the continent's oil and other natural resources," Africom "possibly poses the most lethal threat to Africa and African people in the modern era." General "Kip" Ward's Black presence cannot change the nature of the beast.

    Somebody Needs to do Some Time for Katrina Crimes

    by BAR contributing editor Mark P. Fancher

    The United States rejects the rule of international law, refusing to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, while claiming moral authority to pronounce unilateral judgment on the behavior of other nations and world leaders. According to the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the state crimes committed against African Americans in the aftermath of Katrina, alone, are ample ground for prosecution of a host of officials in an international court of law. These criminals will be in the dock, August 29, at the International Tribunal on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in New Orleans. Hang ‘em high.

    African Women, White Men, Sex and Don Imus

    FancherLilKimby Mark P. Fancher

    The notion that Don Imus was somehow inspired by African American culture to casually refer to Black female athletes as "nappy-headed hoes" amounts to an inversion of history. White racism and male chauvinism shaped the image of Black females - and males. For centuries, this culture countenanced mass rape of Black women and emasculation of Black men. Unfortunately, this culture has also influenced the thinking and behavior of some segments of Black America - an internalization of self-hatred. But make no mistake about the root cause of the pathology: a horrific history of dehumanization of African Americans of both sexes.

     

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