Archives for May 2019
Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai, Sanctions and Capitalism
By Mafa Kwanisai Mafa , email@example.com
About a month ago Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were devastated by a tropical cyclone which has been described as one of the worst disasters ever to strike the southern hemisphere .Approximately 2.6 million people were affected in the three countries. Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds up to 170km/ph., it then proceeded into inland Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and took more than 1000 people and others unaccounted for across the countries. Torrential rainfall washed away road networks in Zimbabwe. The United Nations called it possibly the worst ever weather related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.
Western capitalists are to blame largely for climatic changes that causes natural and environmental disasters .Poverty which is a result of the diabolic and pernicious economic sanctions has made the poor to build poor and weak structures which do not withstand the heavy winds and storms.
The economic prescriptions of the IMF and World Bank has forced countries like Zimbabwe to reduce their budgets on social services as they wish to impress and attract investors and credit lines in line with the neo liberal path which the country has embarked on .Sanitation , emergency services , disease outbreak prevention will be poorly resourced and often times we lose lives that could have been saved .From the statistics of the past natural disasters in poor counties like Haiti and New Orleans they have the highest death tolls compared to rich countries. The Civil Protection Unit of Zimbabwe developed the National Flood Plan Management framework which because of non-availability of resources was not fully implemented .Very little budget is allocated for disaster management.
The Donald Trump Administration and EU have extended their sanctions on Zimbabwe despite its reforms and capitulation to neo liberal dictates in the form of austerity measures .This means Zimbabwe must brace for further economic turmoil because of the renewal of sanctions. To further exacerbate the situation, Zimbabwe is facing drought and trying to recover from the gory effects of tropical cyclone Idai which has killed many and displaced thousands. The entire infrastructure of the Zimbabwe is a disaster .If Zimbabwe was not under sanctions its response to Cyclone Idai could have been much better .It shows that by imposing sanctions the US was deliberately out to harm the people of Zimbabwe as it is impossible to defend oneself with hands tied on your back. Every nation under US sanctions has failing healthcare, dwindling government coffers, failed service delivery, food and basics shortages to the extent that Iran took the US to the International Court of Justice where in October 2018 the ICJ ruled that US must stop restricting medical and basic supplies to Iran. What is the impact of ICJ ruling on Zimbabwe medical system?
Tropical cyclone brings vital lessons, it’s a stark reminder of the deadly effects of greenhouse effect. The hotter world means more damaging cyclones because they draw their energy from the oceans. , the hotter the ocean , the more powerful the cyclones will be .Hotter oceans and melting ice cap also mean ocean level rise , this means cyclones spin faster , do more damage and have more energy they get into the interior. Governments are failing to take climate change seriously .It is a threat to humanity and its environment.
The in equalities within the poor global south are caused by the capitalist economic systems of the rich North The legacy of colonialism and apartheid still manifest in most of the African and third world countries , this has adversely hampered human development and economic development .The poor and the working class in these poor countries must push for climate justice .The global North are the biggest culprits in environmental degradation and carbon emissions , this is what is causing natural disasters.
The rich countries have technology of early warning systems and disaster management and preparedness and it is only the poor countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique who bear the brunt of the effects of natural disasters with biggest number of casualties. The western capitalism must give poor nations debt relief and allow then to chart their economic path using their own natural resources .Zimbabwe at independence adopted the Rhodesian debt whose money was used kill the black people in their quest for freedom and self-determination. South Africa also adopted the Apartheid debt which it is still paying up to this day, paying a debt whose money was used to oppress them and butchered them with impunity.
With so much resources at their disposal these countries would be able to redistribute their wealth equally and resources for putting up flood defenses, social services and investing in appropriate technology. Humanitarian assistance though its welcome but it’s a curse to African development .African countries have the capacity to stand on their own if they are allowed to chart their independent path. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which is assessing the damage on food crops estimate that about 200 000 Zimbabweans would need urgent food aid for the next three months .Most of the food aid which is provided on humanitarian grounds is genetically modified which pause a serious health risk to the local people.
The US military teams are contemplating sending rescue teams to Mozambique, this is sacrilegious when they are butchering people all over the world in unprovoked wars .Most countries are suffering and millions dying through their direct or proxy wars and economic sanctions. Mozambique must deny them entry into their country.
Because of the rapacious nature of capitalist economic system which has no regard for the environment we are now confronted with an environmental crisis that threatens to undermine the basis of civilization and survival of human species. Global climate change is potentially the most catastrophic and symptoms of the crisis .There is now a global consensus that the emission of greenhouse gases which is caused by use of fossil fuels which global capitalism has relied upon as the main source of energy supply. Global temperatures are precariously rising.
China is now the biggest player in the global capitalist economy and it has overtaken the US as the biggest carbon emission emitter .China and US combined account for 40% of the global emissions of carbon dioxide worldwide .If the levels of emission do not subside the world will experience more extreme floods , droughts and storms , disappearance of the Arctic ice cap , dramatic cuts in food yields and the drying out of the Amazon rainforest .Notwithstanding all the looming catastrophe world gas and coal production is surging.
The root cause of the climate change is capitalism, an economic system that thrives on exploitation of human beings and the natural environment .The world if it is to survive needs an alternative world system that values social equity, justice and environmental sustainability. Humanity and the natural environment is under threat because of the capitalist system which is based on private ownership of the means of production .The crisis of humankind requires putting an end to capitalism .Capitalism is only concerned about profit.
The great danger today with the way in which these environmentalist topics are being addressed is that they are being used with a short term political objective in mind. Many researchers and scientists are reaching a conclusion that there is a tendency towards climate warming. More organisations and political parties are being formed on the pretext of fighting against global warming without any practical result .There is a deliberate diversionary from the real polluters by asking citizens to be responsible and make them understand that they must take care by throwing plastic materials into different waste bins and that they should stop buying cotton buds from supermarkets because they are terrible source of pollution.
Capitalists pollute billions of tonnes of oil into the China Sea, while a citizen throws three cotton buds into the wrong bin .Are we going to save this planet through these everyday actions I believe it’s a claptrap. While many politicians , world leaders and big corporations speak about the future effects of climate change , poor and impoverished nations are already struggling to battle the consequences of rising global temperatures .They speak as if it’s a future problem , but its already here and happening .
The poor are not causing the problem but they bear the brunt of climate change .They are suffering from drought and suffer in worst storms because they cannot afford to build houses that can withstand storms or escape to higher ground .Governments encourage citizens to do one green action a day but ordinary citizens are not the root cause of climate change. Extreme weather disasters are becoming more prevalent around the world be it Zimbabwe or elsewhere. Capitalism is the biggest culprit .Lets save our environment and nature from global capitalism.
STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF AFRICAN LIBERATION DAY
The Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre (KNAC) today joins Africans worldwide in marking African Liberation Day 2019.
African Liberation Day is rooted in the 1958 Conference of Independent African States, convened in Ghana by Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah as the first Pan-African gathering on African soil. The eight participating countries – Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Tunisia, Liberia, Sudan, Ghana and Morroco declared 15th April, the day of the Conference, as African Freedom Day. This was later changed to 25th May 1963 when the Organisation of African Unity was founded. The day has since been celebrated each year.
In December last year, KNAC in collaboration with the Pan-African Federalist Movement convened more than 500 Pan-Africanists including from the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and North America to mark the 60th Anniversary of the 1958 All-African People’s Conference. The theme for the Anniversary was “Africa Must Unite: the mission for our generation”. This captured the imperative for the political and economic unification of African and Caribbean states, that would include African people worldwide. We also affirmed the growing recognition by all that African unity is the pre-requisite to the prosperity of all Africans wherever they are.
Today, as we mark African Liberation Day, we reflect on the works of our Pan-African heroes – the likes of Edward Blyden, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore, W. E. B. Du Bois, Cheikh Anta Diop, Amilcar Cabral, Sekou Toure, Julius Nyerere, Haile Sellassie, Gamal Nasser, Al-haj Malik Shabaaz (Malcolm X), Martin Luther King Jr. and many others. While doing so, we revisit the imperative for our economic liberation, which remains unaccomplished, and can only come about through unity. Writing in I Speak of Freedom, Kwame Nkrumah declared, “I believe strongly and sincerely that with the deep-rooted wisdom and dignity, the innate respect for human lives and the intense humanity that is our heritage, the African race united under one federal government will emerge not as just another world bloc to flaunt its wealth and strength but as a Great Power whose greatness is indestructible because it is built not on fear, envy, or suspicion nor won at the expense of others but founded on hope, trust, friendship and directed towards the good of all mankind”.
By African Unity, we mean the original call by the founding leaders namely a Union Government with a central military command, a common economic plan, and a unified position on international affairs. With a combined population of more than 1.5 billion people, Africans will form one powerful nation in control of her people’s destiny, proud of her heritage and spiritually fortified with a common purpose.
KNAC acknowledges the statements of solidarity from Pan-African Organisations, activists, freedom fighters, and all well-wishers on the occasion of African Liberation Day. Let us dedicate ourselves to mobilise and organise towards our ultimate goal of the economic and political unification of Africa.
God bless Africans at home and abroad!
God bless the African Nation that must be!
DÉCLARATION À L’OCCASION DE LA JOURNÉE DE LA LIBÉRATION AFRICAINE
Le Centre panafricain Kwame Nkrumah (KNAC) se joint aujourd’hui aux Africains du monde entier pour marquer le Jour de la libération de l’Afrique 2019.
La Journée de la libération de l’Afrique a ses racines dans la Conférence des États africains indépendants de 1958, convoquée au Ghana par Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, en tant que première réunion panafricaine sur le sol africain. Les huit pays participants – l’Égypte, l’Éthiopie, la Libye, la Tunisie, le Libéria, le Soudan, le Ghana et le Maroc ont déclaré le 15 avril, jour de la Conférence, la Journée de la liberté de l’Afrique. Cela a été changé par la suite au 25 mai 1963, date de la création de l’Organisation de l’unité africaine. La journée a depuis été célébrée chaque année.
En décembre dernier, le KNAC, en collaboration avec le Mouvement fédéraliste panafricain, a réuni plus de 500 panafricanistes, originaires notamment des Caraïbes, d’Amérique latine, d’Europe et d’Amérique du Nord, à l’occasion du 60e anniversaire de la Conférence du peuple afro-africain de 1958. Le thème de cet anniversaire était «L’Afrique doit s’unir: la mission de notre génération». Cela traduisait l’impératif d’unification politique et économique des États d’Afrique et des Caraïbes, qui engloberait les peuples africains du monde entier. Nous avons également affirmé que tous reconnaissaient de plus en plus que l’unité africaine était la condition préalable à la prospérité de tous les Africains où qu’ils se trouvent.
Aujourd’hui, alors que nous célébrons le Jour de la libération de l’Afrique, nous réfléchissons aux œuvres de nos héros panafricains: Edward Blyden, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore, WEB Du Bois, Cheikh Anta Diop, Amilcar Cabral, Sekou Toure, Julius Nyerere, Hailé Sellassie, Gamal Nasser, Al-haj Malik Shabaaz (Malcolm X), Martin Luther King Jr. et beaucoup d’autres. Ce faisant, nous réexaminons l’impératif de notre libération économique, qui reste inachevé et ne peut se réaliser que par l’unité. Kwame Nkrumah a déclaré: «Je crois fermement et sincèrement qu’avec la sagesse et la dignité profondément enracinées, le respect inné pour la vie humaine et l’intense humanité qui est notre héritage, la race africaine unie sous un gouvernement fédéral. émergera non pas simplement comme un autre bloc mondial affichant sa richesse et sa force, mais comme une grande puissance dont la grandeur est indestructible car elle est construite non sur la peur, l’envie ou la suspicion, ni gagnée aux dépens des autres mais fondée sur l’espoir, la confiance et l’amitié et dirigé vers le bien de toute l’humanité ».
Par unité africaine, nous entendons l’appel originel lancé par les dirigeants fondateurs, à savoir un gouvernement d’union doté d’un commandement militaire central, d’un plan économique commun et d’une position unifiée en matière d’affaires internationales. Avec une population combinée de plus de 1,5 milliard d’habitants, les Africains formeront un pays puissant, maître du destin de son peuple, fier de son héritage et spirituellement fortifié dans un but commun.
Le KNAC prend acte des déclarations de solidarité des organisations panafricaines, des militants, des combattants de la liberté et de tous les sympathisants à l’occasion de la Journée de la libération de l’Afrique. Engageons-nous à nous mobiliser et à nous organiser pour atteindre notre objectif ultime d’unification économique et politique de l’Afrique.
Que Dieu bénisse les Africains, chez eux et à l’étranger!
Que Dieu bénisse la nation africaine qui doit être!
Longue vie au Jour de la libération africaine!
DECLARACIÓN SOBRE LA OCASIÓN DEL DÍA DE LA LIBERACIÓN AFRICANA
El Centro Panafricano Kwame Nkrumah (KNAC) se une hoy a los africanos de todo el mundo para conmemorar el Día de la Liberación Africana 2019.
El Día de la Liberación de África se basa en la Conferencia de Estados Independientes de África de 1958, convocada en Ghana por Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah como la primera reunión panafricana en suelo africano. Los ocho países participantes: Egipto, Etiopía, Libia, Túnez, Liberia, Sudán, Ghana y Marruecos declararon el 15 de abril, el día de la Conferencia, como el Día de la Libertad Africana. Esto se cambió más tarde al 25 de mayo de 1963, cuando se fundó la Organización de la Unidad Africana. El día se ha celebrado cada año.
En diciembre del año pasado, KNAC, en colaboración con el Movimiento Federalista Panafricano, convocó a más de 500 panafricanistas, incluidos los del Caribe, América Latina, Europa y América del Norte, para conmemorar el 60 aniversario de la Conferencia de los Pueblos de África de 1958. El tema del aniversario fue “África debe unirse: la misión de nuestra generación”. Esto capturó el imperativo de la unificación política y económica de los estados de África y el Caribe, que incluiría a los pueblos africanos de todo el mundo. También afirmamos el creciente reconocimiento por parte de todos de que la unidad africana es un requisito previo para la prosperidad de todos los africanos, dondequiera que estén.
Hoy, al conmemorar el Día de la Liberación Africana, reflexionamos sobre los trabajos de nuestros héroes panafricanos, como Edward Blyden, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore, WEB Du Bois, Cheikh Anta Diop, Amilcar Cabral, Sekou Toure, Julius Nyerere, Haile Sellassie, Gamal Nasser, Al-haj Malik Shabaaz (Malcolm X), Martin Luther King Jr. y muchos otros. Mientras lo hacemos, revisamos el imperativo de nuestra liberación económica, que sigue sin cumplirse y solo se puede lograr a través de la unidad. Al escribir en I Speak of Freedom, Kwame Nkrumah declaró: “Creo firmemente y sinceramente que con la sabiduría y la dignidad profundamente arraigadas, el respeto innato por las vidas humanas y la humanidad intensa que es nuestra herencia, la raza africana unida bajo un gobierno federal”. surgirá no solo como otro bloque mundial para hacer alarde de su riqueza y fuerza, sino como una Gran Potencia cuya grandeza es indestructible porque no se basa en el miedo, la envidia o la sospecha, ni se gana a costa de otros, sino que se basa en la esperanza, la confianza y la amistad. y dirigida hacia el bien de toda la humanidad ”.
Por Unidad Africana, nos referimos al llamado original de los líderes fundadores, a saber, un Gobierno de la Unión con un comando militar central, un plan económico común y una posición unificada sobre asuntos internacionales. Con una población combinada de más de 1.500 millones de personas, los africanos formarán una nación poderosa que controlará el destino de su pueblo, orgullosa de su herencia y fortificada espiritualmente con un propósito común.
KNAC reconoce las declaraciones de solidaridad de organizaciones panafricanas, activistas, luchadores por la libertad y todos los simpatizantes con motivo del Día de la Liberación Africana. Dediquémonos a movilizar y organizarnos hacia nuestro objetivo final de la unificación económica y política de África.
¡Dios bendiga a los africanos en casa y en el extranjero!
¡Dios bendiga a la nación africana que debe ser!
¡Viva el día de la liberación africana!
Juventude Africana Amílcar Cabral – JAAC (or Amilcar Cabral African Youth) held an African Liberation Day Ideological Seminar in the capital of Guinea-Bissau on 22 May 2019. Among those in attendance was Revolutionary Pan-Africanist Sainey Faye from The Gambia. The seminar was held at the Amilcar Cabral University. On 23 May 2019 there was an ALD Radio Programme on a Revolutionary Pan-Africanism show that Comrades Imani (JAAC/PAIGC) and Sainey participated in. Sainey has also visited with Legendary Hero/Liberation War Veteran and Organiser Teodora Gomes
Justice for Mbobda!
Call for our demonstration on the African Liberation Day #JusticeForMbobda
On the 21st of April 2019, the African student Tonou Mbobda was killed by a racist and brutal assault by “security“ forces of the University Hospital Hamburg (UKE), Germany. The act of violence occurred on Sunday morning in the Department of Psychiatry, at building W37 of the UKE. Tonou Mbobda did not want to take the prescribed medication and on that morning he went out of the building. He had volunteered to go in to the hospital and was free to leave the building whenever he wanted.
According to eyewitnesses, Tonou Mbobda sat outside on a bench and relaxed. He had shown no aggressive behavior when the staff of the UKE „Security“ tackled him and threw him to the ground. The witnesses also report that he was tortured and kicked with their knees until he lost consciousness and was given an injection. He was also fixed and strangled on the ground. He complained that he could not breathe before losing consciousness. After unsuccessful resuscitation attempts on the ground, Tonou Mbobda was taken to the emergency intensive care unit of the UKE in an ambulance, where the resuscitation attempts continued.
The machine which enabled his heart to beat again in the meantime, was shut down on Friday 26th of April, and his death was officially confirmed.
After the attack, the UKE made no effort to contact the family of Tonou Mbobda, to inform them and to provide clarification. On the contrary: the UKE first spoke publicly about a „medical incident“ and refused to give further communication concerning the incident. They quickly began to justify the crime: they degraded and criminalized the victim, drawing the picture of a „dangerous“ and mentally ill black man, who was himself responsible for his murder. From the beginning, they denounced and stigmatized his fellow patients and denied the perceptual ability of the various witnesses. They relativize the violence and protect the perpetrators until today.
Instead of investigations, the hospital management pretends that Tonou Mbobda, who went to the UKE without physical pre-existing conditions, could have died without the attack. The medical and political leaders continue to be indifferent, defensive and have still not come to any conclusions.
Structural anti-black racism is the main reason for the killing of Tonou Mbobda, and the handling of the crime. The Hamburg University Hospital is a white institution – racist practices and the corresponding impunity of the perpetrators already have a historical continuity there.Iin the 20th century, the skulls of Africans and other oppressed peoples who were murdered, were gathered and kept in the UKE.
We also recall more recently, Achidi John, who was tortured to death in December 2001 by a doctor of the UKE. He was forcibly fed an emetic by a probe. Also in this case, up till today no responsible person has been held accountable. Instead, they have been promoted: Politically responsible persons like the former senator for domestic affairs, Olaf Scholz, is now German Vice Chancellor; those involved from the UKE are now the director of the institute (Klaus Püschel), and senior physician (Ute Lockemann) in forensic medicine. Ironically, the body of Tonou Mbobda is going to be examined in this same forensic department of UKE.
Any one of us People of African heritage could have been a victim of these crimes, which reflect the racist and inhumane perception of us as “aggressive“, “violent“, and generally suspicious . Regardless of external circumstances or personal situations, we are then subjected to brutal or even lethal force instead of compassion. Racism is a system of dehumanization and hierarchization. It is the ideology of white supremacy, a conceived justification for violence, exploitation and oppression, violence through enslavement, colonialism and imperialism.
The fight for justice for Mbobda is inextricably linked to the daily and worldwide struggles against a whole system of racist oppression. This system has now claimed another victim and we mourn with the entire family and friends from all over the world. We will honour the memory of the murdered. It is our task to provide clarification, justice and responsibility, to defend ourselves against the systematic racist oppression at all levels in this society, as well as any stigmatization and coercion of mentally burdened people and to advocate for the clarification of racist and inhumane crimes.
The Black Community calls for a nationwide demonstration in memory of Tonou Mbobda on African Liberation Day, May 25, 2019!
The African Liberation Day is celebrated annually in large parts of Africa and among the African Diaspora. It is an expression of our ongoing quest for liberation, unity and self-determination.
On May 25, 1963, numerous African states founded the „Organization of African Unity“ in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), calling for the „African Liberation Day“, later to be called „Africa Day“. This day is an expression of the African struggle for justice and anti-colonial resistance.
On this day, the combined strength of the unity of all Black people on the Continent, and in the Diaspora, is the focus of our daily and diverse struggles. The work of complete liberation and unification of Africa is far from over. Furthermore, in Africa there are still boundaries that were created by the former colonial masters in 1884/1885 in Berlin. During this age of neo-colonialism, our natural resources and labor are still exploited by foreign powers and the elites.
Presently, Black people around the world are being disrespected, abused and killed.
To fight back, we must join forces, stand together, enlighten ourselves, coordinate our abilities and shape our lives with self-determination and in solidarity – no one will do anything for us, we must take it into our own hands!
Only unity and the collective struggle for freedom give us the means to expose the system of white supremacy. To expose their racist crimes, to hold the perpetrators accountable, to demand reparations and to bring about justice and peace for our murdered ancestresses and ancestors.
In times of global warfare, economic plundering, continued environmental destruction, and the emergence of openly racist and inhumane positions, we encourage all Black people and people of solidarity to exhibit a forceful presence on this day against racism and xenophobia, heteronormity and repression, exploitation and oppression, and continuous global destruction of our culture and environment.
We call for an end to war and expulsion, an end to the murderous fortress of Europe, an end to the theft of our life force and resources. We call for an end to the systematic, institutional racism and the everyday racism that destroys and at times ends the lives our sisters and brothers in camps and jails, police stations and hospitals, on streets and squares.
DECLARATION – JUSTICE – RESPONSIBILITY!
Saturday, 25.05.2019 | 12.00 clock
Location: UKE – Building W37 / main entrance
D-20251 Hamburg, Germany
TOUCH ONE – TOUCH ALL!
Black Community in Hamburg ( blackcommunityhamburg.blackblogs.org )
Black Community in Germany
-Africa United Sports Club e. V. ( africaunited-sports.de/aufruf-zur-demonstration-am-tag-der-befreiung-afrikas )
-Afrika Unite! Study Collective
-CECAM e.V. ( https://cecam-ev.de/en/home )
-Ta Set Neferu
-Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh
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Almost all revolutionary and progressive parties have their own websites, Facebook, Twitter, etc.. Below are just a few of them.
Cuba: (daily in Spanish and English as well almost daily in French, Turkish and Portuguese)
World News:, (especially Africa, Asia and Latin America.24 hours per day in Spanish and English as well almost daily in French and Portuguese);
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Worldwide Pan-African Movement (WWPAM)
Cuba: Communist Party of Cuba (in Spanish, but you can use translate.google.com)
Venezuela, United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV: (in Spanish, but you can use translate.google.com)
Monthly Review (of socialist texts)
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