Dual War and Repression: Domestic and Foreign Policy on Black People

Dual War and Repression: Domestic and Foreign Policy on Black People

Parallel tracks of US government policy against the Black working class in the US and on the African continent expose much more than incidental similarity but a concerted fatal conspiracy.

For the US, African people globally have no economic value short of being unwitting consumers whose labor-use has expired, and whose resistance to social injustice must be repressed at all costs. This conflict of interests reveals a natural contradiction between North American versus African or Black identities. African-American on many levels is an oxymoron.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command – AFRICOM, created on October 1, 2008. AFRICOM is the re-colonization of Africa by the U.S. and constitutes the new scramble for Africa equivalent to when, in the 1800s, the colonial powers fought over which of them would dominate which parts of the resource-rich continent…

Trump and Bolton’s New Motto: How I Started to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb

Trump and Bolton’s New Motto: How I Started to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb

WITH President Trump’s announcement of the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US is now set to dismantle the entire architecture of nuclear disarmament worked out between the US and the Soviet Union in the 80’s. In 2002, under George Bush, the US walked out of the Anti Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. It is now pulling out of the landmark INF Treaty struck between Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987 that dismantled over 2,700 nuclear-tipped missiles.

The Trump administration has also indicated that it will leave or abandon the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that limits the number of nuclear warheads, the only remaining nuclear arms control treaty now in place. The New START, if not extended, ends in 2021.

Taking a wrecking ball to all the nuclear restraint regimes, or partial disarmament measures, has been the favourite pastime of John Bolton, the current US National Security Advisor (NSA)…

US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … Against Russia

US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … Against Russia

In March 2020, the first unit of production will begin fabricating a series of 500 bombs. As from that time, in other words in about a year and a half, the United States will begin the anti-Russian deployment in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and probably certain other European countries, of the first nuclear bomb in their arsenal with a precision guidance system. The B61-12 is designed with penetrating capacity, built to explode underground in order to destroy bunkers housing command centres…

The U.S. and the World Need a UN That Works

The U.S. and the World Need a UN That Works

U.S. President Donald Trump will command the world’s attention at the United Nations General Assembly this week. After last year’s affirmations of U.S. sovereignty and denunciations of Kim Jong Un as a “Rocket Man on a suicide mission,” who knows what bolts Trump will hurl this time? His chairing of a Security Council meeting on nonproliferation and a U.S. event on the “world drug problem” promise other opportunities for drama…

Disarming the Patriarchy

Disarming the Patriarchy

Countless women and other survivors of sexual violence watched in fury as the misogynist, patriarchal rage of a powerful straight white man whose entitlement was questioned live on television the final week of September. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court and subsequent allegations of sexual assault from several women unleashed a renewed dialogue about assault, survivors, and privilege not just in the United States but also around the world. This fight, which has been elevated throughout the #MeToo era…

United Nations Charter Reform, the Veto, and the Unfulfilled Promise of San Francisco

United Nations Charter Reform, the Veto, and the Unfulfilled Promise of San Francisco

These flaws in the system were already anticipated by the signatories of the UN Charter at the 1945 San Francisco conference. Especially the extensive veto-powers that the P5 had decided to grant themselves provoked fierce opposition. However, the geopolitical balance of power at the time made it impossible for smaller countries to stand up against the driving force behind the Charter, the United States…

SHAME ON US
SHAME ON US

One of my earliest memories is of my mother telling me “Bobbie, if you make a mess, you have to clean it up.” I’ll bet most of you got the same message from your parents. Too bad our national leaders don’t observe the same advice.What immediately comes-to-mind is our recent adventures in Iraq and Libya. Our attempts at regime change have left both nations messed up and in much worse shape than when we invaded…

China: A New Philosophy of Economics
China: A New Philosophy of Economics

The west consistently seeks to undermine the interests of their partners, be it for trade or political agreements; be it partners from the west, their smaller and weaker brothers; or from the east; or from the south, there is always an element of exploitation, of “one-upmanship”, of outdoing a partner, of domination. Equality and fairness are unknown by the west…

P20 – Towards the Creation of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime
P20 – Towards the Creation of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime

During the opening session, Camila López Badra, Executive Director of the NGO Democracia Global and Coordinator of the COPLA campaign, emphasized first the important role of her organization: it is responsible for promoting the project and committed to “develop a legal instrument to ensure the arrest and prosecution of key members of criminal groups”. She added that the COPLA would be “a complementary Court that cooperates with national jurisdictions…

The Pentagon’s Cunning Plot to Militarize the Economy
The Pentagon’s Cunning Plot to Militarize the Economy

Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex — he’s (gasp!) a socialist in the making. His plan is now visibly taking shape — one we can see and assess thanks to a Pentagon-led study with a distinctly tongue-twisting title: “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” The analysis is the brainchild of Trump’s adviser for trade and manufacturing policy, Peter Navarro, who happens to also be the key architect of the president’s trade wars…

A World Without Trade Deficits
A World Without Trade Deficits

John Maynard Keynes needs no introduction as the most important economist of the 20th century. His theories have shaped modern economics like few others. However, his vision for the international trade system, or bancor for short, has been mostly forgotten. As with anything even remotely Keynesian, the idea of bancor had a mini-resurgence in the wake of the 2009 crisis. George Monbiot wrote an article regarding bancor in the Guardian and the governor of the Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan, praised the idea in a speech. But this buzz has since died down. Bancor is a radical rethinking of international trade…

Responding to the Unique Challenge of Nuclear Weapons
Responding to the Unique Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

The destructive capacity of nuclear weapons is beyond imagination, poisoning the Earth forever. These horrific devices place before us every day the decision whether we will be the last human generation. The power to unleash this destruction is in the hands of a small number of people. No one should be holding such power over the very creation, which we regard as a sacred gift for all today and for future generations…

Book List: How the US Creates ‘Sh*thole’ Countries
Book List: How the US Creates ‘Sh*thole’ Countries

In two years, the world has become accustomed to being shocked by the words and actions of United States President Donald Trump. In January of this year, he again showed his lack of diplomacy, tack and common decency, when he referred to many poorer countries as “sh*ithole countries”, asking, “Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries coming here…?”

Thinking Out Loud About Democratic World Federalism
Thinking Out Loud About Democratic World Federalism

The expectations generated by the too-formal, too-insubstantial rhetoric of democracy of North Atlantic industrial societies are interminably prone to the eruption of education, agitation, and organization for actual popular democratization. So, too, expectations of prosperity arising from unsustainable cheap oil, gunboat diplomacy via the military base archipelago, and technodevelopmental exploitation…

Do We Need a World Federalist Party?
Do We Need a World Federalist Party?

Global problems require global solutions—that is the credo behind the global governance and world federalists’ movements. And, in the world we live in today, this credo must also apply to politics. As the far-right movement focuses on pushing the ideas of nationalism and xenophobia throughout the world. The left-wing seems to have fallen short in its reaction to the speed of change in current events.

‘Warp speed’ technology must be ‘force for good’ UN chief tells web leaders
‘Warp speed’ technology must be ‘force for good’ UN chief tells web leaders

He pointed out more than “90 per cent of the data that exists today in the world was created in the two last years,” noting that what while it used to cost $1 million to store a megabyte of data, the current price tag is less than two cents.
Technologies like blockchain – digital records linked together using encryption – or gene testing are now common technologies, he continued. “Artificial intelligence is everywhere, helping to buy and sell shares, helping police surveillance and even helping people to choose their soul mates,” he said. He asserted that technology is yielding enormous benefits…

The San Francisco Promise
The San Francisco Promise

If the world community doesn’t figure out a way to end war, wars will eventually end human life on earth. The human experiment will be over. Let’s do our part to prevent that scenario by working together to strengthen and democratize the United Nation by insisting on the fulfillment of the SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE.

Dual War and Repression: Domestic and Foreign Policy on Black People

Dual War and Repression: Domestic and Foreign Policy on Black People

Parallel tracks of US government policy against the Black working class in the US and on the African continent expose much more than incidental similarity but a concerted fatal conspiracy.

For the US, African people globally have no economic value short of being unwitting consumers whose labor-use has expired, and whose resistance to social injustice must be repressed at all costs. This conflict of interests reveals a natural contradiction between North American versus African or Black identities. African-American on many levels is an oxymoron.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command – AFRICOM, created on October 1, 2008. AFRICOM is the re-colonization of Africa by the U.S. and constitutes the new scramble for Africa equivalent to when, in the 1800s, the colonial powers fought over which of them would dominate which parts of the resource-rich continent…

Trump and Bolton’s New Motto: How I Started to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb

Trump and Bolton’s New Motto: How I Started to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb

WITH President Trump’s announcement of the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US is now set to dismantle the entire architecture of nuclear disarmament worked out between the US and the Soviet Union in the 80’s. In 2002, under George Bush, the US walked out of the Anti Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. It is now pulling out of the landmark INF Treaty struck between Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987 that dismantled over 2,700 nuclear-tipped missiles.

The Trump administration has also indicated that it will leave or abandon the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that limits the number of nuclear warheads, the only remaining nuclear arms control treaty now in place. The New START, if not extended, ends in 2021.

Taking a wrecking ball to all the nuclear restraint regimes, or partial disarmament measures, has been the favourite pastime of John Bolton, the current US National Security Advisor (NSA)…

US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … Against Russia

US Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … Against Russia

In March 2020, the first unit of production will begin fabricating a series of 500 bombs. As from that time, in other words in about a year and a half, the United States will begin the anti-Russian deployment in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and probably certain other European countries, of the first nuclear bomb in their arsenal with a precision guidance system. The B61-12 is designed with penetrating capacity, built to explode underground in order to destroy bunkers housing command centres…

The U.S. and the World Need a UN That Works

The U.S. and the World Need a UN That Works

U.S. President Donald Trump will command the world’s attention at the United Nations General Assembly this week. After last year’s affirmations of U.S. sovereignty and denunciations of Kim Jong Un as a “Rocket Man on a suicide mission,” who knows what bolts Trump will hurl this time? His chairing of a Security Council meeting on nonproliferation and a U.S. event on the “world drug problem” promise other opportunities for drama…

Disarming the Patriarchy

Disarming the Patriarchy

Countless women and other survivors of sexual violence watched in fury as the misogynist, patriarchal rage of a powerful straight white man whose entitlement was questioned live on television the final week of September. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court and subsequent allegations of sexual assault from several women unleashed a renewed dialogue about assault, survivors, and privilege not just in the United States but also around the world. This fight, which has been elevated throughout the #MeToo era…

Trump Blows Up the UN, Metaphorically Speaking

Trump Blows Up the UN, Metaphorically Speaking

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres took pre-emptive strikes against President Donald Trump in his speech at the opening session of the 72nd General Assembly, on Sept. 19, 2017. Rumors were rampant that Trump would deliver a strongly nationalistic speech, reportedly written by Stephen Miller, author of Trump’s more bombastic and nationalist screeds, including the inauguration speech on Jan. 20…

DWF Journey to the United Nations

DWF Journey to the United Nations

On August 21st, leaders of over 300 Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and national representatives from over 100 countries arrived in New York City, New York at the United Nations Headquarters to discuss the future of the global political order. The focus of the conference was to update the UN’s 2030 goals, Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)…

ROLE MODEL

ROLE MODEL

We all need a role model, hero, or mentor. I have had several very important ones in my life. One of them died recently, a woman named Mary Harris. Mary passed-on just 49 days short of her 101st birthday. I served with Mary on the board of the Democratic World Federalists. She attended meetings regularly up until the last few weeks of her long life. Living at her beach home in Pacifica, she climbed up 160 stairs every time she went anywhere and relied on public transportation and friends for rides…

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