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Anti-Imperialism, Pan-Africanism and Nkrumah’s Ghana: The Historic Role of Shirley Graham Du Bois

by Abayomi Azikiwe

A longtime leftist, Shirley Graham Du Bois had as much influence on her famous spouse he did on her. Both their lives ended in exile. Shirley Graham Du Bois explained to Africans: “Not only have the imperialists and racists robbed, plundered and ravaged this fruitful continent, but they have employed every means of degradation, oppression and shame to humiliate Africans and all the children of Africa.”

The Global Dimensions of the Life and Legacy of Malcolm X

by Abayomi Azikiwe

The world cannot realize stability unless the drive for global domination by imperialism is overthrown. This truism was at the heart of Malcolm X?s struggles. The awareness and activism of people inside and outside the U.S. must be harnessed into a movement committed to fundamental transformation of the exploitative and oppressive system.

Why Did America’s Ruling Elites Declare War on the Black Movement?

by Abayomi Azikiwe

1966 was a watershed year, the historical juncture when the “civil rights” movement, which had been largely victorious in ending legally-mandated apartheid in the U.S., was overshadowed by the “Black Power” movement. Stokely Carmichael, later known as Kwame Ture, of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, was at the center of the transformation that led to the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense the same year.

Africa Liberation Day: Pentagon and CIA Continue to Destabilize the Continent

by Abayomi Azikiwe

African Liberation Day is always a cause for celebration – but also for sober assessment of how far off the goal of continental liberation remains. The great pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah warned that, if Africa did not unite, “imperialists would reverse the minimal gains made by the national liberation movements and political parties.” More than a half-century later, U.S. troops operate in the vast majority of African nations.

US Foreign Policy in Africa and the 2016 Elections

by Abayomi Azikiwe

The pace of U.S. meddling in Africa has increased tremendously under the Bush and Obama administrations, yet U.S. policies in Africa are non-issues in the current presidential campaign. “Pentagon, State Department and CIA interventions in Africa have done more to destabilize the continent rather than create the condition for full independence and sovereignty.” Black leaders have proven useless to the defense of African lives, rights and resources.

The Coup Against Nkrumah and the Role of African Americans in the African Revolution

by Abayomi Azikiwe

African American political organizations played a key role in influencing Kwame Nkrumah from the 1930s, until his removal from power in 1966 and beyond. Although the coup was designed by the U.S. to halt the advance of the African Revolution and the internationalization of the struggle of African Americans, solidarity efforts accelerated from the late 1960s through the 1990s when the last vestiges of white-minority rule were eliminated in South Africa and Namibia.

Militarization of U.S. Police is a Reflection of United States Foreign Policy

by Abayomi Azikiwe

“The militarization of U.S. society is as old as the American system itself,” but the policy kicked into a high gear in the mid to late Sixties, to crush Black urban revolt. In Ferguson, the cops revealed themselves as domestic shock troops for capitalism. “These are the same weapons that have been used against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen and other geo-political regions over the last several decades.”

Burkina Faso Courts Allow Exhumation of Thomas Sankara Remains

by Abayomi Azikiwe

During his four years as head of a revolutionary government in Burkina Faso, Captain Thomas Sankara captured the imaginations of Marxists and Pan-Africanists throughout the world. He was assassinated by treacherous comrades in 1987. The exhumation of his body could shed light on the circumstances of Sankara’s death, and breathe new life into his program for African liberation.

Rev. Edward Pinkney Convicted of Five Counts of Felony Forgery by Berrien County Jury

by Abayomi Azikiwe

An all white jury in Whirlpool's company town, Benton Harbor MI overcame an astounding lack of evidence to convict Rev. Edward Pinkney of forgery on petitions to recall the city's mayor. It's the latest in a long series of willful political prosecutions of Rev. Pinkney. It must not stand.

The Illusion of Foreign Investment Growth? Africa Must Break With the World Capitalist System

by Abayomi Azikiwe

African economic growth may be irrelevant, if the fruits of its bounty never reach its people. “If Africa cannot effectively stabilize its own internal situation then no one can honestly say that actual progress is being made which is sustainable.”

Detroit Citizens Say No to Bankruptcy

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Detroit’s dictatorial Emergency Manager is attempting to railroad the Black metropolis into bankruptcy for the benefit of predatory bankers. However, the people of Detroit, in public hearings and in the streets, “are saying that the municipality is not a private corporation and that people have a vested interest in maintaining their jobs, salaries, healthcare benefits, pensions and city assets.”

Libyan Rebels and International Criminal Court Battle Over Gaddafi’s Son

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Libya, delivered into the hands of lawlessness by the U.S. and its NATO allies, refuses to turn over Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, to the International Criminal Court. Meanwhile, the ICC, which confines its prosecutions to Africans and “has been utilized to bolster imperialist aims and objectives internationally,” was soundly rebuked at a meeting of the African Union.

Sudan, South Sudan on the Brink of War Over Oil

 

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Multiple wars now wrack Sudan and South Sudan, which less than a year ago were one country. Oil fields on the Sudan side of the border, seized earlier by South Sudan, are now back in northern hands. “Within South Sudan itself, there is factional fighting that has resulted in the dislocation of thousands of people in recent months.” South Sudan-allied rebels are on the offensive in the north, with “a military campaign against the Sudan government in Blue Nile state.”

Mali in Crisis: Timbuktu Taken by Tuareg Forces

by Abayomi Azikiwe

The ancient city of Timbuktu is embroiled in a conflict that is a spillover of last year’s NATO assault on Libya. “With the political & economic situation in Libya becoming extremely hostile towards Black Libyans & Africans from other parts of the continent, thousands of Tuaregs relocated back inside of Mali.” Tuareg forces stated “they want a separate homeland for the people of the north of the country.” while, Mali’s military, which overthrew the country’s elected president, faces sanctions from its West African neighbors.

Imperialist-driven War on Somalia Raises Casualties

 

by Abayomi Azikiwe

America’s African proxies are waging a “three-prong attack in several regions” of Somalia, in a war instigated by George Bush in late 2006 and expanded by Barack Obama. In that time, Somalis have suffered two catastrophic humanitarian crises that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. U.S. drones have killed hundreds in the current offensive, involving troops from Kenya, Ethiopia, and mostly Ugandan and Burundian soldiers fighting under African Union auspices. The Al Shabaab resistance continues to put up a determined defense. “The current military interventions in Somalia harbor a strong strategic underpinning,” given the discovery of large oil deposits in the country.

South African President Attacks United Nations Over War Against Libya

 

by Abayomi Azikiwe

The President of South Africa began his rotating month as president of the UN Security Council with a rebuke of the world body’s relationship with African states. “Although South Africa voted in favor of UN Resolution 1973 that authorized a so-called ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya, the action was clearly designed to engineer the destruction of the country and the overthrow of the government of Col. Muammar Gaddafi.” The UN claimed it acted to protect civilians, but “there was never any real evidence of the massacre of Libyan civilians by the Gaddafi government.”

UN, NATO War Crimes in Libya Sparks Anger and Continuing Resistance

 

by Abayomi Azikiwe

The imperialists are attempting to convert Libya into a protectorate of the U.S., Europe and Persian Gulf royalty. “The world’s most powerful military and political alliance had resolved to overthrow a politically stable regime.” But the people have not been pacified. In Bani Walid, “tribesmen say their men are already trying to regroup into a new insurgency movement.”

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