We could work together to set a new agenda to restore the stolen pride and peace of Africa continent.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO FASCISTBOOK Dear Fascist and Racist Zuckerberg.
You were banning me for post from last year. That's unfair. I posted nothing of recent that goes against this white supremacists community called Facebook. But that's okay, even your history shows that you know not what fairness is all about.
See, we know that Truth is an offense to you lot but surely not a sin. You banned me for a post about how Wiston Churchill killed 3.4 million Indians. You gave a 30days ban for speaking the Truth just like the old slavery days where you locked our mouths, cut our tongues while your caucauzoid Arab brothers castrated our testicles.
You wouldn't have banned me if I was posting degenerative musicals and videos. That's what you even wanted. The distraction of the Black Man is your priority. That's why anybody waking their consciousness about you, who you really are, is a threat to your "I am white and I am supreme agenda."
It is evident that you love Afrika but want it to be without Afrikans. You want our minerals that are buried deep under our soil. You want to keep working us like mules as you have done for the last 900 years. For your information though, we are habitual and seasoned survivor. You cannot succeed in your quest to exterminate us.
You and your Turkic brothers who colonized the Arabia and North Afrika will soon meet your waterloo. While you Indiana Jones were thieving our our golds, our scrolls and even our bones, the Afrikan Renaissance is gathering pace and waxing strong.
Soon an average Black man will know who he is; the owner and lord of the Earth. The black man is constantly discovering that your Greco-Roman cock and bull inventions called Christianity and Islam are nothing but mind control machinations. Thousands are dumping these your godforsaken religions that has kept us your slaves for too long.
If you like, ban me and my likes forever on your platform. You are only helping our renaissance. You are telling our own computer geniuses to wake from their sleepless slumber and create a pro-black platform where you neanderthals won't have no authority.
Deep inside of you, you know that you are inferior, you burn in the sun, you are physically weak hence we dominate you in every sport. In engineering, your engineers still cannot build pyramids, something we have been doing for ages. We know this your inferiority complex is the reason for your insecurities while your insecurities were the reasons why you cannot allow us even ground with you.
You created dis-eases to exterminate us yet we survived. Your latest creation called Covid19 is now probably the beginning of your hegemonic grip on our world. We conquered AIDS, Ebola, Lassa. We are going to conquer LGBTQ too. We know your vaccines are the bio-weapons you are using on altering the genes of our children turning them into gays and lesbians. Your quest for depopulating Afrika is insatiable. I don't blame you. How shouldn't you fear a conscious Afrikan populace who is 10 times you in numbers, IQ, agility, and virility? You should be scared of the Black Apocalypse.
Remember, we taught you every good thing you know today. You owe to us your science, art, economics, engineering, music, fashion, religion et al. All your Greek philosophers were students of Kemet and Kemet is the youngest of our civilizations as Afrikans.
Your veil is coming down, my people are seeing you for the wolf that you are. Your monopoly is coming to an end and thanks to you, you have invented the weapons that will eventually destroy you.
You can only run but cannot hide. If you run to the rocks, they will melt, if you run to the sea, she will boil. Yes you can run to Mars, that will be cool, for our world will be free of the destroyer of worlds. The revolution will be live and not televised! Amandla ✊✌♂️
Adéyẹmí Irúnmọlẹ̀ Adéjẹngbé
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Be Strong And Stand Firm, Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, one of the best Ghanaian journalists ever known
Sometimes, I find myself in a very disturbing state not because I have committed a crime or done something terribly wrong which needs my appearance before the magistrate but simply because of what I read in the Ghanaian newspapers.
How hard to be a Ghanaian sometimes or may I simply ask if it worth sacrificing your life for Ghanaians? Indeed, a prophet has no honor in his country. There is no Ghanaian journalist who has earned international fame and recognition than Anas but today, why this gentleman is not given the respect he deserves?
Anas has been accused of many things, including the way he does his investigation but do Ghanaians ever read or know about the criminal methods the America’s CIA or FBI used during investigation?
The CIA assassinated many world leaders the US government hates in the third world. They had tried to assassinate Fidel Castro but they failed. Is there any evidence that Anas killed his partner Ahmed Hussein-Suale?
Aids, is killing millions of Africans every year, has the CIA or FBI told the world that the disease is a biological weapon meant to depopulate Africa before it backfired?
Has the FBI or the CIA told the world that the US government is responsible for Ebola in Africa? Or journalist Anas responsible for Ebola in Africa?
Why do Ghanaians hate themselves in this way? Many have failed to see the qualities in this man, all that they are interested is to pull him down or disgrace him.
Africa is a continent that has suffered a great deal but no one understands. Some say it’s our leaders, others say it’s because we have rich resources, that’s true but the fact is we are never one.
Recently, the world was shocked to see the slaughter of African nationals in South Africa. Is this madness or ignorance?
We have invited calamities on ourselves because many of us are extremely cruel and greedy. This has given the so-called superpowers to unleash all sorts of cruelties, including political and medical crimes on us.
Even though, the inefficiency of Ghana’s judiciary system has failed Ghana by not punishing those Anas has exposed, in corruption scandals which didn’t only cost Ghana millions of dollars but also affected the economy, the inefficient Ghanaian judges, including Gloria Akuffo, are now much respected than Anas.
Once in Belgium, a police officer asked me, why do Africans always like to come to the station to report themselves? This happened when a Ghanaian went to the police station to tell them that a particular man in Antwerp who has been documented is actually a Ghanaian, not a Sierra Leonean.
The police ignored them, Alex now lives happily with his wife and children.
What do people gain by pulling others down? Please, if nobody is going to appreciate what Anas has done for the country, we mustn’t forget that there is no Ghanaian journalist who has been brave enough to do what he has done in investigative journalism in Ghana.
I have said many times, even though, two biggest American criminals, Barack Obama and Bill Gates, those responsible for Ebola in Africa, have recommended Anas on his official website, I will continue to respect him until the day I will go down into my grave.
This is what I write with my colleagues, scientist Johan Van Dongen and Doctor Wolff Geisler. The US government with all the bragging as a fearless country is now scared of our successful blog "Secrets of Aids And Ebola Facts Journal," to the extent that they have asked Google to hide our blog from search engines.
A blog that receives over more than ten thousand readers a day now registers only 100 readers per day, yet we don't care or afraid of the US government. Let their evil deeds continue to torment them. Why hundreds or even thousands are committing suicide daily, while gun violence killing them? Criminaaaaaaaaals.
Anas, be strong, stand firm and never give up.
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Develope globally Black/African social network.
Facebook announced that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan,who's know for speak the truth.
In some instances, when Facebook bans an individual or organization, it also restricts others from expressing praise or support for them on its platformsb their tagget is awaken black people.
A leaked memo entitled, "Black Identity Extremist Intelligent Assessment" revealed a government surveillance program targeting black activist liberation movements. Eddie Conway talks with Professor Adjoa Aiye and Sue Udry, executive director of Defending Rights and Dissent. They are members of the BIE Abolition Collective, a coalition of lawyers, activists and advocates who have come together to counteract and expose the surveillance.
We want our own social media to exposed the genocide of global Black people and to take actions against it, we want our media were no one we blocked us for says the truth, we want freedom from facebook, twiter ,etc were we can not express our minds, this donations is 100% use for develope our social media, and education for global Black people. Thank you
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Goodbye Ebola? Not at all, the disease still remains a threat in Africa because of the nature of the virus
The initial plan of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome - Aids, was to depopulate Africa but something went wrong which gradually spread throughout the whole world.
The common man on the street without adequate knowledge on bio-weapons may ask why the US and Western Europe deliberately infected Africa with such a deadly virus?
Already, the American medical writer Susan Posel has given the concrete reasons the US government did that in her article entitled HIV/AIDS: THE US GOVERNMENT BIO-WEAPONS PROJECT FOR GLOBAL DEPOPULATION, but there is more to that.
The sudden demand for independence which swept through Africa took the colonial masters by surprise. France, Belgium, Portugal, England, and Holland, were most affected. America didn’t colonize any African country but the US Government back up the depopulation program financially.
The revenge against Africa for fighting for independence was deadly and destructive. The media won't write it but it's a fact that treasures or resources from Africa had played a significant role in the economies of both Europe and America.
Our first meeting in Holland, 2016, left, scientist and micro-surgeon Johan Van Dongen and journalist Joel Savage
Since they can't take what they needed after the independence, they started the deliberate infection of the HIV-Aids virus throughout Africa, then Asia, and South and North America.
They were successful because the World Health Organization, Pasteur Institute of France, and the Centers for Diseases Control assisted the US government for the rapid spread.
Readers shouldn't forget that this health blog is behind three people who are experts in their trade. A scientist, a medical doctor, and a journalist. Both scientist Johan Van Dongen and Dr. Wolff Geisler have all the documents pertaining those medical crimes committed in Africa.
Surprisingly, when journalist Joel Savage travelled to Germany, he realized that Dr. Geisler has also medical records pertaining the medical crimes Europe and America committed in Africa. Similar documents he has previously seen when he visited scientist Johan Van Dongen in Holland.
He gave a sigh of relief for building this website with Johan Van Dongen because he was depending on his research alone, thus; reading Dr. Wolff Geisler's documents laid on the table before him gave the confidence that he is following the right course.
In search of medical truth, Cologne-Germany: Left Dr. Wolff Geisler and journalist Joel Savage
Since the testing of the Aids virus was only for Africa but not the US government's intention to spread the disease, it has cost the government billions of dollars. The US government raises and invests nearly US $4 billion a year to support programs on Aids. This is costing the government a fortune.
That mistake the US government did and now costing the government billions of US dollars in fighting and controlling the hopeless Aids crisis now serves the US government a lesson.
To avoid that mistake, Ebola was tested in few African countries. The first Ebola test took place in 1976, in a small village in Congo and in 2014, it was tested in three countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia because they can't afford to control it financially and medically if it quickly spread like Aids due to the deadly nature of the Ebola virus.
The fight to give Africans justice after Aids and Ebola were tested in the continent by the US government has been painful and stagnant. Yet, many independent researchers and medical writers haven’t given up to give Africans some justice one day.
Recently, we had an e-mail from one Lamin Fatty, Founder and Executive Director of Rural Agency For Sustainable Empowerment -RASE, a Human rights activist at Human Rights Campaign and News Presenter & Editor.
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Neanderthals in Europe, between about 40,000 and 30,000 years ago Whatever happened to those Neanderthals?
Neanderthal DNA reveals that humans and Neanderthals may have interbred. Or not.
Imagine you're in Europe 40,000 years ago. You are part of a group of Neanderthals happily living in a cave. One day some folks from Africa show up.
There are a number of possibilities here. One is that these new people attack and kill everyone in your tribe. They move into your cave and you are forgotten until the 1850's when your bones are found.
Or there's plenty of food so you each mind your own business. As time goes by, there are more and more of these people. Eventually your descendants slowly die out leaving just these African interlopers.
And finally, maybe we all just get along and have kids together. What comes out of this is some hybrid between the Africans and the Neanderthals.
Which idea is right? No one really knows. What we do know is that Neanderthals ruled Europe for hundreds of thousands of years. Then by 30,000 years ago, they were all gone.
We also know that Neanderthals and our predecessors, Cro-Magnon man, overlapped in Europe for thousands of years. And that they may have lived near one another at the same time. So Neanderthal's disappearance was not quick.
So, did Neanderthals die out or did we interbreed? After so much time this is hard to figure out. One way solve this puzzle is to look for Neanderthal DNA in ours.
The most straightforward way to do this is to look at Neanderthal DNA. And compare it to ours.
Until very recently, this wasn't possible with most of their DNA. So scientists looked at the little snippets they could get a hold of. Or compared African and European DNA to look for differences that might suggest mixing. One group even postulated that red hair came from Neanderthals!
All of these studies suffer from the same thingnot enough Neanderthal DNA to compare human DNA to. New technologies are now making more Neanderthal DNA readable.
This will give data that is much more straightforward than anything available to date. As we are able to look at more of Neanderthal's DNA, we may be able to figure out whether or not there is a little Neanderthal in all of us.
Neanderthal genocide or assimilation
As I said, around 30,000 years ago there were no Neanderthals left in Europe. Either they integrated with Cro-Magnon or died out.
There is strong genetic evidence that we just replaced the Neanderthals in Europe. This evidence comes from the little bit of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that scientists have managed to pull from a few Neanderthal fossils.
Why did they want to look at mtDNA? Because they could. There is a whole lot of it in a cell making it relatively easy to get.
This kind of DNA is a cool relic from our evolutionary past (click here to learn more). Instead of just two copies per cell like our chromosomes, our cells have thousands of copies of mtDNA.
Because there is so much of this DNA, we are able to get some from unlikely sources. Like hair or mammoths. Or Neanderthals.
When scientists looked at this DNA, they found that it was pretty different from modern day European mtDNA. Too different for there to have been much more than 25% mixing.
Of course, if we were 25% Neanderthal, that would be a lot of Neanderthal. However, a recent study looking at the same data suggests that mixing was much lower than this.
The paper claims that if advancing Cro-Magnon men assimilated Neanderthals into the population along the way, then there should be a lot of Neanderthal DNA in all of us. Why?
Imagine that you have a group of Africans and they come up against a group of Neanderthals. These two groups laugh and sing and have babies. Or the occasional Cro-Magnon sneaks out for a tryst with a Neanderthal.
After a while, the valley is getting a little crowded. So this mixed tribe moves over to the next valley where more Neanderthals live. The same thing happens. And no new Africans enter Europe.
As this wave spreads across Europe, there would be an awful lot of Neanderthal DNA in the final mixed group. And yet, we find very little mixing to have happened.
The authors conclude that in order to see the level of mtDNA overlap that we see, there had to be 120 matings or less. In thousands of years. Not much at all.
And yet, other groups assume a lot of mixing. One group decided to compare European and African DNA and look for differences. There were plenty. Too many they claimed to be explained simply by the two groups being apart for a long time.
The best explanation for the level of differences was some mixing between Cro-Magnon DNA and other DNA both in Europe and in Africa. In fact, the best way to explain the data was to say that the mixing rate was around 5%. That is 1 in 20.
The most likely candidate for mixing in Europe was Neanderthal. The authors don't have a most likely candidate for Africa.
The difference in the numbers between these two studies is huge. Of course both of these ideas are speculative and not really based on Neanderthal DNA from the nucleus. They are tied up in models that extrapolate the data back 30,000 years to explain our past.
This is very tricky to do and a small change in the model can have huge effects. Now I do want to re-emphasize that the first group did look at mtDNA. But this kind of DNA makes up just 1/300,000th of our DNA and so it is a pretty small bit to look at.
What if Cro-Magnon didn't find Neanderthal women attractive? But the Neanderthal men loved Cro-Magnon women? Then you might end up with a lot of mixing that is invisible to mtDNA. Why?
Because mtDNA passes directly from mother to children. Dad's mtDNA is destroyed when the sperm fertilizes the egg. The Neanderthal mtDNA would be lost but there would be plenty of Neanderthal nuclear DNA around.
What would really help answer the question is if scientists could look at more Neanderthal DNA. The DNA in the nucleus. And that is just what they have started to do.
Africans went to Europe and
either merged with or replaced
Did Cro-Magnon have kids with
Neanderthals? It is still unclear.
As I said, scientists have looked at Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) because there is a lot of it in fossils. But to really figure out if our ancestors mixed with Neanderthals, we probably need to look at nuclear DNA.
And two groups have done just that. These groups looked at up to one million letters of DNA of Neanderthals (out of 6 billion or so).
One group concluded that there was no mixing. The other group concluded that there might have been. To really resolve this, more Neanderthal DNA will need to be sequenced.
Is it possible to read more? To understand this, let's look at how ancient DNA is sequenced.
A few years ago looking at ancient nuclear DNA was impossible. DNA that has been sitting around for 40,000 years takes a bit of a beating.
The DNA tends to end up in little chemically damaged pieces that are hard to deal with by conventional technologies. And there is a whole lot of other DNA contaminating the sample from all of the beasts that have lived there for all of those years.
Two recent technological advances have made looking at this DNA possible. The first is the ability to get lots of DNA from very little.
Now, we have been able to do this for awhile using a technique called PCR. PCR uses special proteins to let you make lots of the DNA you're interested in from very little starting DNA (click here to learn more about PCR).
But while PCR is great, it still needs more DNA then we can get from Neanderthal DNA. In fact, one estimate I saw said that regular old PCR would need pounds of Neanderthal fossils to get enough DNA. There just aren't enough high quality fossils to make this happen.
New methods have become available that allow scientists to get DNA from smaller, more fragmented samples. One example is from a company called 454 Life Sciences (click here to learn more). The 454 method takes all of the pieces of DNA in a sample and let's you read it.
So now you have lots of DNA information, some of which is Neanderthal. And some of which is bacterial or fungal or who knows what else.
How do you separate out the Neanderthal DNA? With computers and fancy computer tools (this process is called metagenomics).
What scientists do is use the DNA information about known animals to pick out the DNA they're interested in. For example, scientists recently sequenced a mammoth's DNA.
They were able to pick out mammoth DNA by looking for DNA that was similar to an elephant's. And to rule out DNA that looked more bacterial or that looked like human contamination. They also could rule out any DNA that was too intact (after thousands of years, the DNA tends to be in very small chunks).
This is the sort of thing that has been done with Neanderthals. And the results are so cool!
It looks like we split from Neanderthals around 500,000 years ago, just as the mtDNA suggested. Humans and Neanderthal are around 99.5% the same. The similarity between any two random people is 99.9%. And between a chimp and a human is 98.7%.
But did Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon mix? One group that looked at ~60,000 bases concluded there probably wasn't any mixing. The second group looked at one million bases and concluded there may have been.
Interestingly, the second group's data was consistent with male Neanderthals interbreeding with female Cro-Magnon. This is just the sort of liaison that would be invisible in mtDNA.
So we don't know the answer yet because there is still too little of the DNA sequenced to get a definitive answer. A lot more sequencing will be needed to nail this down.
But there may be light at the end of the tunnel. As more and more DNA is sequenced from many different fossils, the truth should be revealed. Did we wipe them out? Or do Europeans have a bit of Neanderthal in them.
More Information ..Later Blacks History And Africa Education.
Europeans are just 500,000 In this planet and we can trace Africans to MORE THAN 6 million years ago.
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President Kim Il Sungs Immortal Contributions to African Liberation. Immortal Contributions to the African Countries Struggle for National Liberation and Building a New Society Pan-African News Wire
Africa, which, under colonial rule, had been a supply base of fuel and other materials, a place where backwardness and poverty had prevailed, has now become a continent developing on the trajectory of independence, a continent achieving prosperity by its own efforts.
Looking at the new Africa, people recollect with deep emotion the ennobling international obligation, with which President Kim Il Sung indicated by means of the Juche idea the road ahead for achieving the cause of independence of mankind and rendered material and spiritual assistance to the African people in their struggle for national independence and building a new society. President Kim Il Sung led to victory the struggle for national independence in African countries.
When the Algerian people who held high the torchlight of anti-imperialist, anti-colonial armed struggle for the first time in the African continent, called the last refuge by colonialists after the Korean war in the 1950s, he rendered active support to the line of armed struggle advanced by the National Liberation Front of Algeria.
He had unsparing material aid sent to the struggle, and a day of Algeria and a week of Algeria were instituted to express firm solidarity with Algerian people. When the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic was set up, the government of the DPRK recognized it ahead of other countries and established diplomatic relations with it. In May Juche 64 (1975) he made a historic visit to the far-off Algeria, opening a new chapter for the strengthening of the Non-Aligned Movement and development of relations of friendship and cooperation with African countries and deepening the feelings of fraternity with the leaders and people of the country. The national liberation struggle of the Mozambican people is associated with the international assistance sent by Kim Il Sung. Entering the 1970s, the national liberation struggle in Mozambique confronted a series of difficulties. While groping for a way out, Samora Moises Machel, chairman of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) and commander-in-chief of the liberation forces, visited the DPRK in September 1971 to see President Kim Il Sung, who had defeated two imperialist powers. Meeting him, Kim Il Sung instructed that he must not lose initiative however desperate the enemy may be.
He also indicated the ways and means for the struggle by drawing on his own rich experience in the anti-Japanese armed struggle. On his return home, Machel worked as Kim Il Sung had instructed: by building up the internal forces of Frelimo, creating secret guerrilla bases in primeval forests and attacking the enemy by relying on these bases, he always took the initiative in battle. On the day of proclaiming the end of the hundreds of years of colonial rule by imperialists and the complete independence of his country, Machel said: As the great hero Comrade Kim Il Sung indicated the road ahead of us, we were able to cut off the chains that had shackled our forefathers and our legs, free ourselves from the fate of slavery and greet liberation; let us extend the feelings of gratitude, together with those of our forefathers, to him.
He had the most beautiful street in the capital city of Maputo named after Kim Il Sung. Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, is one of those who learned the iron truth of the revolutionary struggle from President Kim Il Sung. Having launched an armed struggle for the liberation and independence of his country, Mugabe visited the DPRK for the first time in May 1978. After clarifying the detailed ways for hastening the final victory of the revolutionary struggle of the Zimbabwean people, Kim Il Sung told him that he would render assistance to the Zimbabwean people until they emerged victorious in the armed struggle. He then embraced Mugabe and made him presents of a gold watch and pistol inscribed with his autograph, as well as posh clothing materials, saying that on the day of victory he should appear before the people in an attire of a statesman, not in military uniform. When Mugabe, after achieving the independence of his country, visited Pyongyang on the occasion of the Sixth Congress of the Workers Party of Korea, Kim Il Sung promised him that he would have an army that could guarantee the stability of his government built, and then dispatched a delegation to Zimbabwe. The delegation helped building in a short span of time the Zimbabwean army faithful to the ruling party and to the people. Mugabe called this the second victory in the revolution.
Between the late 1960s and the early 1970s, President Kim Il Sung ensured that large amounts of weapons, other military supplies and hard currency were supplied free of charge to the Angolan people in their national liberation struggle and assistance was given to training the Angolan freedom fighters. When Angola was thrown into an internal turmoil after gaining independence, he sent large amounts of military supplies to the Angolan government for the development and victory of its armed forces. President Kim Il Sung rendered the strongest assistance to Egypt whenever it faced great difficulties, including the dispatch of Korean airmen to Egypt during the October War of 1973.
The national liberation struggles of the people of Uganda in the east of the continent and of Namibia on the Atlantic coast are also associated with the hearty assistance rendered by President Kim Il Sung. One must see Comrade Kim Il Sung without fail if one is to wage the revolution this was an injunction that was in vogue on the African continent. In the African continent, which had been groaning under the imperialist repression, the national liberation movement swept the colonial countries like a prairie fire, and the peoples struggle to build a new, independent society struck terror into the hearts of the big powers. President Kim Il Sung rendered unstinting support, both material and moral, to African countries in their efforts to build new society. He often said to officials: we may tighten our belts and encounter more difficulties but we should render wholehearted support to African countries so that they can achieve complete political and economic independence from imperialist nations and stand on their own.
In the mid-1970s, at the invitation of the President, his Togolese counterpart Etienne Gnassingbe Eyadema arrived at Pyongyang, leading a big delegation. During the talks the guest asked him about the precious experience the DPRK gained under his leadership. Wearing a broad smile, Kim Il Sung explained in detail how the Korean workers manufactured a tractor on the principle of self-reliance in the postwar days and how they developed the country into a socialist industrialized state, independent, self-supporting and self-reliant in national defence, guided by the Juche idea. He stressed that if it fails to build an independent economy run by its own resources, technology and cadres, no country can frustrate the economic pressure by imperialists and defend its political independence in the long run. He added that economic self-sufficiency is the basis of political independence, praising the Togolese government for nationalizing the countrys natural resources. Later, learning that there were few native cadres in Togo, he had Korean officials in relevant sectors sent there on a mission of building a school for training party officials while giving technical assistance for irrigation projects. This is how the Higher Party School under the Rally of the Togolese People, covering a total floor space of 15 000m2, was put up in Lomé lying on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa.
The school served as a base for training competent officials needed for the building of new society. President Kim Il Sung showed close concern for Egypt, Tanzania and many other African countries that were struggling to increase their national capabilities and build a new society. The following happened in March 1981 when Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere visited Pyongyang. He told President Kim Il Sung about agricultural production in his country and requested help in this sector. Learning that irrigation and water pumps were his major concern, the latter said: we can give you big pumps but in the future you should make them by yourselves. Then he visited a water pump factory together with the guest. While looking round the factory, he told him how it was built and upgraded. There he promised to assist Tanzania in constructing such a factory. That day a member of the Tanzanian delegation said with deep emotion: other heads of state would seek profit from the sale of their water pumps; President Kim Il Sung travelled a long distance to show us around the factory and encouraged us to fend for ourselves; nothing is greater than this; what we need now is to learn from the Korean peoples spirit of self-reliance.
Once a president of Madagascar said: Other nations gave us some fish when we were hungry. This meant that we should rely on them in the future, too. However, my brother President Kim Il Sung taught us how to catch fish. Thus he has helped us obtain fish by ourselves when we need them. Under Kim Il Sung,s close concern research institutes of agriculture were built in Tanzania and Guinea and Korean technicians sent to the African continent to provide technical cooperation with agricultural production there. With a feeling of respect for President Kim Il Sung, the Guinean president named the institute inaugurated in his country in January 1982 Kim Il Sung Agricultural Science Institute.
Structures set up in various parts of the continent under the care of President Kim Il Sung tell of his benevolence for the African People: Arusha Brick Factory in Tanzania, a stadium in Zanzibar, a printing house in Benin, a hydroelectric power station in Ethiopia, National Palace in Guinea, Chollima Agricultural Science Institute in Tanzania, irrigation facilities in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda and other countries, Juche experimental farm in Ghana, a friendship experimental farm in Zambia, the government building of Lesotho, parliament building of the Central African Republic, an outdoor theatre and revolutionary tower in Burkina Faso, a hall of culture in Benin, Unity Stadium in Victoria, capital city of Seychelles.
Kim Il Sung lives forever in the hearts of the African people as their great saviour, true friend and benevolent mentor. Out of his ennobling sense of international obligation President Kim Il Sung gave material aid and moral support to African peoples in their efforts to achieve the independence of their countries and build new society in the face of great trials and difficulties. Whenever he was faced with difficulties in the struggle to regain his country's independence, Namibian President Sam Nujoma visited Pyongyang and sought advice from his benevolent mentor President Kim Il Sung. In September 1992, after achieving his country's independence and taking office as the President of Namibia, he paid an official visit to Pyongyang, leading a high-level delegation. He expressed his thanks to President Kim Il Sung for helping the Namibian people. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni visited Pyongyang several times to meet President Kim Il Sung. The latter gave him advice on achieving national independence and building new society.
He resolved all the problems raised by the guest and, especially in the 1980s, had large quantities of military hardware sent to Uganda. Later, he rendered unstinting support, both material and moral, to the Ugandan people in their effort to secure peace and stability and build new society. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of President Kim Il Sung the Ugandan President visited the DPRK embassy in his country and laid a wreath before his portrait. Then he said: President Kim Il Sung was the saviour of the African people who gave positive help to them in their national liberation struggle and; in particular, he rendered material aid and moral support to the Ugandan people in their struggle for independence and development; we will remember him for ever.
Still now, many personages of political parties, public organizations and institutions in Guinea, Mali, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and other African countries have the portraits of President Kim Il Sung hanged on the walls of their offices, conference halls, lecture rooms, libraries or homes to pay their respects to the peerlessly great man. It is evidenced by the special event that took place on April 15, 1995 in Nigeria. At the event Chieftaincy Title of Anyanwu (Sun), the first of its kind in Nigeria, was awarded to him. It was attended by the king of the Umozi community. Asking an official from the DPRK to convey the certificate of the title, costume, necklace, bracelet, baton, cap and throne of the chieftain to Kim Il Sung, the king said: A great man is immortal with his great idea. My community solemnly swear in the name of the Niger River and the land of our ancestors that we will trust in and follow forever the great President Kim Il Sung as the Sun from one generation to the next.
The next day the Nigerian Society of the Sun was formed in reflection of the desire of the Nigerian people to hold up President Kim Il Sung as the eternal Sun. Committees for remembering President Kim Il Sung were organized one after another in Ghana, Angola, Togo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea and other African countries. Recollecting with deep emotion the ennobling virtues and international obligation cherished by President Kim Il Sung, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, Lansana Conte, former president of Guinea, Alpha Oumar Konare, former president of Mali and former chairman of the African Union Commission, and other heads of state and prominent figures in Africa said unanimously that the African people regard it as their moral obligation and honour to remember President Kim Il Sung, who made a tangible contribution to the cause of global independence, and hand his exploits down to posterity.
The regional online forum on President Kim Il Sung and the independent development of Africa on July 8, 2014 called on the leaders of the African countries who are desirous of national prosperity and independent development to learn from President Kim Il Sung, the Sun of the 20th century, and brave through difficulties and ordeals on the strength of the Juche idea. This article deals with some facts recorded in the history of the great Sun Kim Il Sung who devoted his all to implementing the cause of the anti-imperialist national liberation of the progressive peoples the world over. True to the intentions of the great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the Workers Party of Korea and the government of the DPRK will continue to expand and develop relations of friendship and cooperation with African countries. African people will never forget Kim Il Sungs immortal exploits recorded in the history of the liberation struggle of colonial nations and the building of new society on their continent.
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Nigerians are not our enemies Ulrich Janse van Vuuren .
The xenophobic attacks in Gauteng have left me concerned about the level of discrimination from some South Africans towards fellow Africans. I am worried about my Nigerian friends and colleagues.
Many of these assaults have been against Nigerian citizens legally living and contributing to the economy of this country. With our large markets South Africa and Nigeria is in a unique position to lead the way of equity on the continent. But it's during times of violence that the most vulnerable become particularly affected and when the most vulnerable are stricken there is no justice.
I was in Nigeria at the time of last weeks attacks. Much like Africans from elsewhere on the continent working in South Africa to survive, I go to Nigeria to work so that I can pay my bills, buy food and afford living in my country. While there, I went about my business as usual.
I could move around freely without fear and peacefully enjoyed the welcoming Nigerian hospitality. In complete contrast, back at home Nigerians working in South Africa were being victimised, their properties burnt and the looting spree exploded. Intolerant South Africans can learn a few things about unity from Nigerians.
Maybe some need to be reminded of the major role Nigeria played in empowering our citizens and liberating our country. Nigerians paid from their pockets to support South Africans. In 1976 Nigeria set up the Southern African Relief Fund (SARF). This fund was to be used to alleviate the plight of victims and refugees of apartheid oppression and to promote their education and general welfare. The Nigerian government made compulsory deductions from public servants' earnings towards establishing this fund. Government employees had to pay directly from their monthly salaries, this was widely known as
Even the military administration of General Obasanjo apparently contributed USD$3.7 million to this fund. I read in an article published by South African Institute of International Affairs that by the end of apartheid Nigeria had contributed an estimated USD$61 billion towards the anti-apartheid effort. Nigerian students fought for the rights of South African students. It is well known that following the massacre of South African school children in the Soweto uprising Nigerian students from tertiary institutions formed anti-apartheid clubs. These groups included the Youths United in Solidarity for Southern Africa (YUSSA) and the Nigerian African National Congress Friendship and Cultural Association. YUSSA was seemingly on most campuses of Nigerian universities and other institutions, mobilising students across the country against apartheid South Africa. Young Nigerians would voluntarily contribute from their pocket money, raised funds and through donations supported the Southern African Relief Fund. South Africans could get free education in Nigeria.
The Nigerian government was a key supporter in the anti-apartheid movement by paying for scholarships and fellowships helping many students from South Africa who were displaced by apartheid. For those South Africans who were denied documents to travel out of the country the Nigerian government was said to have issued hundreds of passports. These students could study at Nigerian schools and universities for free. Nigerian pop artists fought for the equal rights of every South African. Public support against oppression in South Africa was mobilised by Nigerian musicians, poets and entertainers. Musicians like Sonny Okosun used his voice for those suffering in South Africa.
In the 70s he recorded reggae Afro-pop music with anti-apartheid themes in hits like Holy War and Fire in Soweto featured on the anti-apartheid album Sun City Nigerian Reggae artist Majek Fashek wrote a song called Free Mandela for the movement to release Nelson Mandela from prison. The Nigerian government even sponsored South African musicians like Miriam Makeba and Ipi N'tombi to tour Nigerian cities. These performances helped create anti-apartheid consciousness among citizens and increased public pressure on government. Nigeria cut oil trade with South Africa to sway the apartheid regime. The country used oil to direct its foreign policy. Nigerian leaders applied the fight against apartheid as a centre point of policy and it provided a rallying point to unify Nigerians.
Some newspaper articles indicate that Nigeria had lost about USD$45 billion in the space of 15 years for refusing to export oil to South Africa. The official relationship between South Africa and Nigeria dates back to the countrys independence in 1960. Nelson Mandela first visited the country in 1962 to seek support before he was arrested on treason charges in South Africa. For 25 years Nigeria chaired the UN Special Committee against apartheid until 1994 when the regime came to an end. Discrimination is the ultimate result of ignorance and lack of action.
International Zero Discrimination Day is observed this Wednesday, 1 March. If we expect to get rid of discrimination against fellow African citizens an immediate point of departure could be to unite in peace, stand against those responsible for xenophobic attacks and support the victims. There is an urgent need for the South African government to address the systemic inefficiencies that lead to xenophobic violence. The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa even affirms that everyone living in this country has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected by the state.
I believe as human beings we also have a personal responsibility to respect and protect each others humanity.
- Ulrich Janse van Vuuren is a humanitarian, anthropologist, social and environmental activist with a passion for people and nature. Proudly South African, he lives in are not our enemies Ulrich Janse van Vuuren 28/02/2017 The xenophobic attacks in Gauteng have left me concerned about the level of discrimination from some South Africans towards fellow Africans.
I am worried about my Nigerian friends and colleagues. Many of these assaults have been against Nigerian citizens legally living and contributing to the economy of this country. With our large markets South Africa and Nigeria is in a unique position to lead the way of equity on the continent. But its during times of violence that the most vulnerable become particularly affected and when the most vulnerable are stricken there is no justice. I was in Nigeria at the time of last weeks attacks.
Much like Africans from elsewhere on the continent working in South Africa to survive, I go to Nigeria to work so that I can pay my bills, buy food and afford living in my country. While there, I went about my business as usual. I could move around freely without fear and peacefully enjoyed the welcoming Nigerian hospitality. In complete contrast, back at home Nigerians working in South Africa were being victimised, their properties burnt and the looting spree exploded.
Intolerant South Africans can learn a few things about unity from Nigerians. Maybe some need to be reminded of the major role Nigeria played in empowering our citizens and liberating our country. Nigerians paid from their pockets to support South Africans. In 1976 Nigeria set up the Southern African Relief Fund (SARF). This fund was to be used to alleviate the plight of victims and refugees of apartheid oppression and to promote their education and general welfare. The Nigerian government made compulsory deductions from public servants earnings towards establishing this fund. Government employees had to pay directly from their monthly salaries, this was widely known as Mandela Tax.
Even the military administration of General Obasanjo apparently contributed USD$3.7 million to this fund. I read in an article published by South African Institute of International Affairs that by the end of apartheid Nigeria had contributed an estimated USD$61 billion towards the anti-apartheid effort. Nigerian students fought for the rights of South African students. It is well known that following the massacre of South African school children in the Soweto uprising Nigerian students from tertiary institutions formed anti-apartheid clubs.
These groups included the Youths United in Solidarity for Southern Africa (YUSSA) and the Nigerian African National Congress Friendship and Cultural Association. YUSSA was seemingly on most campuses of Nigerian universities and other institutions, mobilising students across the country against apartheid South Africa.
Young Nigerians would voluntarily contribute from their pocket money, raised funds and through donations supported the Southern African Relief Fund. South Africans could get free education in Nigeria.
The Nigerian government was a key supporter in the anti-apartheid movement by paying for scholarships and fellowships helping many students from South Africa who were displaced by apartheid.
For those South Africans who were denied documents to travel out of the country the Nigerian government was said to have issued hundreds of passports. These students could study at Nigerian schools and universities for free. Nigerian pop artists fought for the equal rights of every South African.
Public support against oppression in South Africa was mobilised by Nigerian musicians, poets and entertainers. Musicians like Sonny Okosun used his voice for those suffering in South Africa. In the 70s he recorded reggae Afro-pop music with anti-apartheid themes in hits like Holy War and Fire in Soweto featured on the anti-apartheid album Sun City. Nigerian Reggae artist Majek Fashek wrote a song called Free Mandela for the movement to release Nelson Mandela from prison.
The Nigerian government even sponsored South African musicians like Miriam Makeba and Ipi N'tombi to tour Nigerian cities. These performances helped create anti-apartheid consciousness among citizens and increased public pressure on government. Nigeria cut oil trade with South Africa to sway the apartheid regime. The country used oil to direct its foreign policy. Nigerian leaders applied the fight against apartheid as a centre point of policy and it provided a rallying point to unify Nigerians. Some newspaper articles indicate that Nigeria had lost about USD$45 billion in the space of 15 years for refusing to export oil to South Africa. The official relationship between South Africa and Nigeria dates back to the countrys independence in 1960.
Nelson Mandela first visited the country in 1962 to seek support before he was arrested on treason charges in South Africa. For 25 years Nigeria chaired the UN Special Committee against apartheid until 1994 when the regime came to an end.
Discrimination is the ultimate result of ignorance and lack of action. International Zero Discrimination Day is observed this Wednesday, 1 March. If we expect to get rid of discrimination against fellow African citizens an immediate point of departure could be to unite in peace, stand against those responsible for xenophobic attacks and support the victims. There is an urgent need for the South African government to address the systemic inefficiencies that lead to xenophobic violence. The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa even affirms that everyone living in this country has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected by the state. I believe as human beings we also have a personal responsibility to respect and protect each others humanity.
- Ulrich Janse van Vuuren is a humanitarian, anthropologist, social and environmental activist with a passion for people and nature. Proudly South African, he lives in
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South Africa : A Case Study For Indigenous Populations. By GBADEBO RHODES-VIVOUR
Friends have proposed group travel to South Africa, others have invited me to weddings there. When i get such invites, my first reaction is shock and disbelief mainly because I cannot bring myself to understand the kind of mental state an AFRICAN/NIGERIANS put themselves in to ignore the plight of their “BROTHERS’ on their own land. Is it ignorance or just utter shallowness that leaves people bereft of empathy? Most people focus on the beauty of Cape-town and its organization. They take in table mountain views whilst sipping wine in beautiful vineyards.
The nail in the coffin of the Pan African ideal is our attitude – “NOT MY BUSINESS” until it becomes our business as seen with Ebola.
In the situation with South Africa, Nigeria stood up against apartheid not just diplomatically, financially too.
So why are our people and African brothers and sisters being killed in South Africa? A lot of criticism has been made against the people, they have been called animals, uncivilized brutes.
Please permit me to offer a different narrative.
There was a young girl whose house was broken in to by strangers completely different and unfamiliar to her. She watched them kill her parents. She was subject to rape and abuse for most of her life. At some point her abusers stopped only on the condition that they keep majority ownership of the house and she cannot retaliate or engage her anger in anyway. This young girl is now an adult… do you imagine she would be able to have a normal relationship? What does she do with all that anger and hate stored up inside her, do you presume you can understand the mind state of a person that has been oppressed in their OWN HOUSE and still made to feel less than human..
What we see today is a direct failure of the Mandela dream. It was a success for him (whilst we appreciate his sacrifice) It was not a success for his people. The only reason he is so celebrated by the world was because in doing what he did, he protected western interest, they literally got away with it all.
The most vexing thing for me is NONE OF THESE LEADERS OR PEOPLE WHO APPLAUD MANDELA would ever emulate him.
Xerxes burnt down Athens in 480BC , 150 years later Alexander the great burnt down Persepolis. Most Persians that suffered Alexanders wrath were not even born neither was their conception even thought of. Ask King Ferdinand how he dealt with the Moors. Founders of Andalusia (the light of europe) who conquered and ruled Iberia for over 800 years up until their complete expulsion or annihilation.
Ask the Jewish special forces that went after Nazi fugitives and war criminals. tracking them all over the world and dispensing their justice to them. The Jews have gone as far as getting reparations.
Why wasn’t there a call for forgiveness of the NAZIS, a new and peaceful co-habitation in which they keep all stolen resources. Why didn’t this occur in Poland, Austria or France?
Ask America and the Scots how they dealt with the British, research French and British wars and occupations… SO WHY IS IT THAT THE BLACK MAN IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO FORGIVE AND FORGET…They tell us JESUS was white with blonde hair and blue eyes, YET they don’t seem to do the “turn the other cheek” thing . These same Nations started a WORLD WAR because a monarch was killed!! A Truth and Reconciliation committee would have solved that problem, NO? At least millions of soldiers wouldn’t have had to die.
A terror group bombs a building in America, they destroy an entire country. The Japanese air force bombs their ship at sea, they drop an ATOMIC BOMB on an entire City, killing innocent civilians. These are the people that celebrate Mandela. Surely if Mandela is so great shouldn’t these countries proffer rainbow solutions to all their conflicts?
People have said the South African economy would have collapsed if Mandela towed the path of Robert Mugabe, they tell south Africans to look North to Zimbabwe.
The thing is this – We as Indigenous Africans need to define what development means to us. We cannot continue defining development based on invaders values (when we are not savages like them,motivated by greed to appropriate at any cost, butchering and killing ). If truly we want to develop like them, then we should go and kidnap them and use them as slaves for free labor to build the foundation of our economy, we should also invade their lands and steal resources, killing many of them in the process.
This is not the African way, lets stop trying to measure up to societies built on GENOCIDE AND SLAVERY. It is lazy to continue to sub-contract our thinking to invaders while running a puppet government. Development should not be a life based solely on consumption of the latest electronics and gadgets, In a capitalist society of GMO foods that make you sick with health care and drugs to cure sicknesses brought about by “developed living”.. Living in which the African family structure is completely destroyed because people spend their whole lives searching for money… This is foreign to us and isn’t African. Lets look to Singapore and China, people that built their country on their own backs and hard work while maintaining their culture. Lets define our own economic and governance systems.
EURO- African Apologist blame ANC for the plight of South Africa citing poor leadership and corruption. On the surface that seems rational, but they leave out that till today, 93percent of the countries land and wealth is controlled by the EURO-invaders. This analogy summarizes it very well.
“If South Africa was a company, 90% of the capital will be owned by the white minority.
Even if the CEO of the company is a black man, he has no power except representing the interest of the majority owners.
The problem with white ownership in South Africa is that it was acquired through violence and theft.
The goal of the historic liberation movement was to correct that injustice.
Unfortunately, Mandela was falsely convinced to avoid addressing the injustice problem.
Mandela and the ANC treason is at the root of the current events in South Africa.
The future of South Africa is bleak. The cycle of violence is unlikely to stop.” -M.K
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Nigeria Spent Over $61 Billion To Free Black South Africans, Others From Apartheid!! By Mathew Ogunsin
In a rare show of charitable love to South Africa, Nigerians made gigantic yield adding to the demolition of politically-sanctioned racial segregation in South Africa.
Students in Nigeria skirted their lunch to make donations, and just in 6 months, in June 1977, the commitment toward the Southern African Relief Fund (SARF) came up to $10.5 million.
The donations to the SARF were widely known in Nigeria as the “Mandela tax”.
As a result of the fund’s work, a first group of 86 South African students arrived in Nigeria in 1976, following the disruption of the education system in South Africa.
It happened after the massacre of 700 students by the white police while the former were protesting against the decision by the apartheid regime to change their education language to Afrikaans.Hundreds of South African students have benefited from the fund’s activity having come to study in Nigeria for free.
Beyond welcoming students and exiles, Nigeria had also welcomed many renowned South Africans like Thabo Mbeki (former South African president from 1999 to 2009.
He had spent 7 years in Nigeria, from 1977 to 1984, before he left to the ANC headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.
Along with fellow African countries Nigeria lobbied for the creation of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid and chaired it for 30 years, longer than any other country.
Between 1973 and 1978, Nigeria contributed huge financial sum to the United Nations Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa, a voluntary trust fund promoting education of the black South African elite.
As for trade, Nigeria had refused to sell oil to South Africa for decades in protest against the white minority rule. Nigeria had lost approximately $41 billion during that period.
Above all, Nigeria was the only nation worldwide to set up the National Committee Against Apartheid (NACAP) as early as in 1960.
The committee’s mission was to disseminate the evils of the apartheid regime to all Nigerians from primary schools to universities, in public media and in markets, through posters and billboards messages.
The NACAP was also responsible for the coordination of Nigeria’s government and civil society joint anti-apartheid actions and advising of policy makers on anti-apartheid decisions.
For over three decades the NACAP had successfully built alliances with labor movement, student groups, progressive elements and other international grassroots organizations within Nigeria for effective anti-apartheid activities.
In fact, until 1960s, the ANC fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa was yielding very small results. The whole world was quite indifferent to the suffering of the black South Africans.
Moreover, western countries strongly supported the apartheid regime providing it with technologies, intelligence and favorable trade agreements.
Things started changing dramatically only after African countries became independent in the 1960s. Nigeria unequivocally took over leadership of the anti-apartheid movement worldwide.
Despite the volatile nature of Nigeria’s politics and the passage of numerous military and civil leaders, Nigeria never abandoned its unwavering commitment to the freedom of our brothers and sisters in South Africa.
From 1960 to 1995, Nigeria has alone spent over $61 billion to support the end of apartheid, more than any other country in the world, according to the South African Institute of International Affairs.
The country has never let go of any opportunity to denounce apartheid, from the boycott of Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games to the nationalization of British Petroleum assets in 1979.
Unfortunately, our brothers and sisters in South Africa have not been grateful to Nigeria.
When Mandela passed away in 2013, Nigeria’s president was not even given the opportunity to speak.At the same time, the representatives of the United States. (U S) and the United Kingdom (U K) two countries supporting the apartheid regime, were in the spotlight.
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Castro to Go Down in History as 'Hero Holding Out Against the US Empire
Cubans are in mourning. The whole world mourning,the only happy people are exiled traitors and their imperilists friends. Castro was good to our people both in Africa in Cuba and Globally.No single country or leader around the globe had anything negative to say about him, except for people who wanted to steal the island of cuba and turn it into some kind waste lands for gambling and prostitution. Viva Cuba, we mourn with you. Looking at Libya, you'd be glad Cuba had a leader like that.
Castro came to power on January 8 1959, toppling the American-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, under whose watch Cuba had turned into a virtual mafia state, dominated by US-based cartels that operated gambling rings and controlled an economy run by a small cadre of wealthy sugar cane plantation owners and major multinationals.
Castro the father of the Cuban revolution made a gigantic impact in the history of the mankind. The Cuban revolution inspired people around the world how to fight for their rights, freedom and justice. The idea of philosophy of revolution in Cuba was spread to other nations with message of Che Guevara who fought and died in line to liberate other countries.
Castro’s team set about radically re-ordering the economic system in the island nation, nationalising private sugar cane farms including many that were owned by Americans and taking over several industries.
But it was Castro’s decision to align the country with the Soviet Union that brought him in direct conflict with the United States government, which was determined to stop the spread of Communism to the Americas.
Castro quickly became a globally recognised figure after the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sent a group of armed Cuban exiles in 1961 to try and topple his government. The attempt was crushed but a second episode of superpower confrontation over Cuba made world headlines.
US THREATENED TO INVADE
The Americans had discovered that Cuba had allowed the Soviet Union to build missile bases on its territory. The US threatened to invade and exchanged threats of nuclear war with the Soviets before a deal was reached to remove the bases after a tense 13 days.
Once Castro had secured his hold on power, he invested huge amounts of resources including arms and manpower to back freedom movements around the world, most prominently in Latin America and Africa.
He sent arms and advisers to the Algerians who were fighting for independence from the French and dispatched soldiers to multiple countries including Bolivia and Mozambique.
But it was Castro’s involvement in the fight against Apartheid that saw him earn a place in history as one of the greatest friends of Africa of the last century. He heavily backed the Angolan independence movement first against the Portuguese and later in pitched battles with thousands of troops from South Africa’s Apartheid regime which feared, correctly, that independence for Angola would offer a base for independence movements such as the African National Congress and Namibia’s Swapo.
Leaders in that region yesterday celebrated Castro’s role in hastening the end of Apartheid. His deployment of 36,000 troops to Angola in 1975 is widely viewed as having delivered the biggest psychological defeat endured by the Apartheid government which was backed by major powers including the Americans.
“President Castro identified with our struggle against Apartheid. He inspired the Cuban people to join us in our own struggle against Apartheid,” South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma said in a statement.
Namibia’s president Hage Geingob mourned the “end of an era”.
“Our comrade is no more,” he said. “But his revolutionary legacy will remain with Namibia forever.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation extended its “deepest condolences to the people and government of Cuba” and said Castro’s solidarity with the anti-Apartheid movement would never be forgotten.
Cord leader Raila Odinga, one of a number of leftists who were inspired by Castro and who named his son after the revolutionary icon, called him “a great and true friend of Africa”.
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
“Castro was a source of inspiration and courage for all those who value and fought for freedom,” he said.
Major world leaders also noted the former Cuban leader’s place in history. US President Barack Obama, who reset ties with Cuba this year, described him as a leader who “altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation”. This was in contrast to President-elect Donald Trump who said Castro was a “brutal dictator who oppressed his own people”.
With his trademark jungle green fatigues, unruly beard and booming voice, Castro came to represent for many the ultimate face of the progressive revolutionary post-colonial politics that dominated the post World War era in many parts of the globe, his legend growing with every failed assassination bid against him.
He survived more than 600 attempts on his life, according to the Cubans’ count, with the plots exposed by American media being worthy of a spy movie. They included an attempt to poison his beloved cigars, an effort to plant a bomb in a fish tank and a mission to have him poisoned by a female agent.
“If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal’,’ he once said.
In Cuba, his record was mixed with the thousands of exiles forced out of the country fiercely critical of his authoritarian approach.
Castro could, however, point to a world class health system that attracted medical tourists from far and wide. He also sent tens of thousands of the country’s first-rate doctors to hospitals abroad, including the largest contingent that reacted to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014.
As per his wishes, Castro’s ashes will be interred alongside many heroes of Cuba’s struggle for independence in the 19th century at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
We’re brothers and sisters of the people of Africa and we’re ready to fight on their behalf! " - Fidel Castro.
Cuban revolutionary Castro played key role in African liberation struggles.
Many things about Castro that was omitted from the western media *assisted Black American revolutionaries in exile.
Thomas Sankara (1983-1987, Burkina Faso) And Fidel Castro (Cuba)
Kaunda on an earlier visit to Cuba, accompanied by Fidel Castro and Revolution Commander Juan Almeida Bosque..
Mengistu Haile Mariam in pictured here whilst receiving Fidel Castro of Cuba on state visit to Ethiopia.
There were many things about Castro that was omitted from the western media. Castro was an ally for African liberation around the globe. Castro:
*worked with Malcolm X
*assisted Black American revolutionaries in exile
*helped South Africa end apartheid
*helped Angola and other African nations win their independence
*offered African Americans free scholarships for medical training
*assisted West Africans with medical treatment against the Ebola outbreak
*offered to assist with medical treatment for all the Black Americans in New Orleans who were dying during Hurricane Katrina
*sent medical assistance to the people of Haiti
So I'm not too quick to jump on the "Castro human rights violations" bashing bandwagon... when those same so-called "human rights violations" are happening to Black Americans over here every day.
Castro to Go Down in History as 'Hero Holding Out Against the US Empire'
Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who survived hundreds of assassination attempts and nearly a dozen US presidents, passed away on Saturday, aged 90. A funeral ceremony has been scheduled for December 4, and will be held at a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. Cuba has received a flood of condolences from leaders around the world, Russia included.
"He has been one of the most important political figures of the 20th century, and I think that he is going into history as a hero who was the only one to successfully oppose the influence of the great empire to the north," Skierka said, speaking of Castro's international significance.
At home, Castro will be remembered for giving the Cuban people back their national independence and dignity, as well as for his "revolutionary social reforms" in healthcare and education. "This is a point that I think the Cuban people will try to keep for the future, because it's a sort of role model for Third and Second World countries," the journalist noted.
As for Castro as a man, Skierka suggested that the revolutionary's personality and charisma were "very important" in and of themselves in accounting for many of his successes. "He was very charismatic. I met him after I wrote this biography. We had an informal discussion, and I must say that he was so fascinating that I was really happy that I hadn't met him before, because it would have caused difficulties to write the book."
Castro was "really outspoken, and had a talent to get you concentrated only on him," the journalist recalled. "This was really an exceptional political talent. He was very intelligent, and was an excellent speaker. People listened to him for hours, and not because they had to, but because they wanted to."
Castro to Go Down in History as 'Hero Holding Out Against the US Empire'
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5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America
Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to Ghana for 10 days to explore the history and culture of the region. And contrary to America’s heightened fear that traveling to West Africa would give me Ebola, I am fortunate to reassure you that I am happy and healthy.
Now that your potential conditioned hysteria is reduced, here is something you should be concerned about:
Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa — and yes, it does matter.
For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland. The separation between our people across the diaspora is not just geographic, but philosophic. And while both sides can assess blame on boasting superiority against the other — Black America’s constant dismissal of the continent in our identity makes us the bigger culprit.
I, too, was once guilty of this — but sometimes it takes one to go back and re-direct the masses. Consider this my form of “Sankofa.”
These were my five major takeaways during what has now become my restored relationship to the ancestral homeland:
1) Privilege is real.
During my stay in Ghana, for the first time in my life I felt what it was like to be in the majority. Most of the population is black and the experience of seeing my skin color on nearly every television station, public arena, and facet of society gave me a psychological gratification and confidence. A sense of pride that allowed me to walk in the street without feeling targeted. A level of high self-esteem when I told people my professional aspirations and was sincerely heard and not interrogated. My time in Africa gave me a first-hand look at what it feels like to not be a second-class citizen in society. It showed me how much America has tried to ignore the existence of white privilege when it is actually engrained. On a lighter note, please don’t believe American companies when they say they cannot produce quality black television commercials and programs... I saw tons that would put ours to shame.
2) Understanding slavery in the past explains the current struggles of today.
“Get over it,” they tell us back home in the United States. There is absolutely no way we can and should when it paints a larger picture of the current systematic obstructions that are relevant to our present. In Africa, slavery is discussed and they actually have renowned museums and tourist attractions that cater specifically to the topic... I’m still waiting America. When visiting the former Elmina slave castles near the coast of Ghana, I felt a sudden sense of immediate anger, emotion, and frustration in how much of the manipulation and strategic disenfranchisements blacks faced then are still prevalent. Same crap, just a different day.
3)Sorry, Raven-Symoné — but we are indeed African-Americans.
Just because you cannot find your exact roots on a continent, doesn’t mean they aren’t apart of your ethnic make-up. That would be just as dumb as assuming that not knowing your father means you weren’t conceived by one. Coming to the realization of what it means to be an African-American rather than simply “American” gives me a more honest rationale as to why I face the current obstacles in a nation that speaks of “equality and justice for all.” Furthermore, it re-teaches me that my legacy didn’t start when my ancestors entered the West from slave ships (that’s only the second half of my identity), but that there was an enriched culture before America — and that was in Africa.
4) Oppression of black people is an international concern.
Just as we fight for justice in Ferguson here in America, our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic are dealing with the discrimination and mistreatment of mass hysteria related to Ebola. Across the diaspora, blacks are feeling ostracized from the global discourse of how to protect their own communities. Such lack of representation of Africans being able to address how to eradicate their own problems reflects a worldwide stigma of having black leadership. Although our issues at surface level are distinct, fundamentally we are tackling the same mission: making black lives matter.
5) There needs to be more cross-continental discourse of connecting blacks across the diaspora.
Enough with just having cultural food and music fairs... let’s have a discussion about universally helping one another socially. When I attended college, it often aggravated me how black Americans felt Africans were another foreign group of people they could not identify with. And it was also troubling to see some native Africans look down on blacks in the country for not feeling as self-confident and culturally strong about their heritage. At this very moment in our present history, we now more than ever need to put down our media-driven stereotypes about one another and have real conversations about it. I am tired of seeing too many people of color help one another among regional affiliations and not the diaspora as a whole. Because the truth of the matter is that the rest of the world do not see us any differently and by strengthening our connections we can better combat these problems.
In closing, my travels to the continent gave me a fresh perspective on how I relate to blacks across the diaspora and how their burdens shape my work here in America. A lot of what the black community is trying to look for in themselves in our media, education, and economy can be found in the legacy and teachings that come from our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic.
This is not to say that I am entirely dismissive of American values and opportunities, I have been privileged on a technological and industrial level. However, I do believe that now is the time to expect more than just survival, and begin to thrive.
It is going to take more than just a village... but an entire continental shift in unifying self-value for all people of color.
|Posted by The Reunion Black Family on October 9, 2016 at 12:50 PM||comments (5)|
Die Eden Projek: Black labour to build the white dream In South Africa
Black people will be allowed into the whites-only enclave of Die Eden Projek in the Eastern Cape. They will build the houses, till the land and prepare the food for the white families. And black women will help rear the children brought to this “safe haven” by threatened white people.
But, when the sun sets, they will have to retreat beyond the borders of the 2 300-hectare privately owned farm, to townships and informal settlements in the nearby small town of Willowmore.
“A community forum will still establish rules of how they will work for us here. Black people can buy any land around us but this is private land; it’s ours,” Die Eden Projek’s leader, Jaqui Gradwell, told the Mail & Guardian on Wednesday.
“Like everyone in life has the right to freedom of association, we [Afrikaners] also have this right. No one can take that away from us.”
The project is still under development and its builders hope to see between 20 000 and 40 000 white families move on to the land to build a new sanctuary — but only after meeting the strict entry requirements.
“We choose our people based on their culture, which is Afrikaners, and their religion, which is Christian. This is a place for boere but, of course, not all farmers are Afrikaans. But they are still welcome,” Gradwell said.
But he admits that the primary reason for seeking an Afrikaner enclave in the Eastern Cape was the “massacre” of white people. The 55-year-old believes black people commit all crimes in South Africa, and are to blame for the “systematic genocide of white farmers and Afrikaners”.
“All the crimes against white people are committed by black people. All the crimes against black people are also committed by black people.
“They murder and molest us, our children are slaughtered like sheep. There are 80 000 white people [who have been] killed in South Africa — I have got the names. That’s the main reason — to get our people to safety — and, secondly, because our culture is being wiped out,” he said.
Gradwell claims to have sparked the interest of wealthy white investors, who he hopes will buy up 60 plots already marked off on blueprints for his vision of a volkstaat, which was imagined by the murdered white supremacist and Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.
After completion, Die Eden Projek will have two schools, an administration block and its own rugby field and team.
Gradwell said the community will strive for complete self-sustainability and he hopes to provide each resident with a home, a job and a steady income. “We need no state water, power or food. We’ll do all of that ourselves.” He doesn’t expect any protests against the whites-only development, saying it’s modelled on the existing whites-only town of Orania, which is south of Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
But, should Eden owners start selling off portions of land, they could run foul of the law. “Legally it is discriminatory,” says Wits University law professor Cathi Albertyn.
“What would happen if a black person tried to buy there and they were told: ‘No, you can’t own this land, it’s reserved.’ If anybody challenged it, I think that they [the developers] would not be able to justify the exclusion of people based on race.”
Human rights organisations could also launch a public interest claim. Albertyn said South Africa’s divided history could make the case even stronger. “Considering South Africa’s history of forced removals and land segregation during apartheid, it would be very difficult [to defend].”
And Orania’s leader, Carel Boshoff, distanced himself from the new development because of its racist undertones. “Self-determined communities are the best foundation for a successful South Africa, but we don’t approach it on the basis of white versus black, even when it is imposed upon us from outside … Orania also believes in self-labour and therefore we do not encourage any form of migrant labour but do what we can on our own,” Boshoff said.
|Posted by The Reunion Black Family on October 8, 2016 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
Ghana Will Remove ‘Racist’ Gandhi Statue From Its Oldest University.
Ghana has said it will remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus in the nation’s capital where it had sparked protests over the leader’s allegedly racist attitudes.
The statue, which was unveiled by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Ghana in June, was meant to symbolize friendship between the two countries, according to Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But professors and students at the University of Ghana called the statue “a slap in the face” because of Gandhi’s “racist identity.” They started an online petition calling for the statue’s removal.
The petition, which had more than 1,700 supporters on Thursday, cited letters Gandhi wrote during his time in South Africa as evidence that he advocated for the superiority of Indians over black Africans. It also took issue with his use of the derogatory term kaffir to refer to native Africans and criticized the lack of statues of African heroes and heroines on campus.
In light of the petition and protests on social media, Ghana’s government wants to relocate the statue “to ensure its safety and to avoid the controversy,” the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.
Gandhi is known for peacefully leading India’s independence movement, but a biography published last year also explored the darker side of his time in Africa.
|Posted by sjaugu on June 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Elombe Brath Legacy
Sept 30, 1936 - May 19, 2014
In today's contemporary world, Africans everywhere (those at home and abroad) are bombarded with so many distraction's sometimes past heroes, and heroines are forgotten. One such individual is Elombe Brath, although he was widely known among many of his constituents. Most importantly, his name should be known to Africans all around the world.
He was impressed by his cousin Clennell Wickham, who was exiled from Barbados in the 1930s for writing about socialism. Elombe had an early interest in political affairs by listening to conversations his family would have about his cousin as well as, Marcus Garvey’s activities in Harlem in the 1920s. He got a first-hand account of the Garvey movement because his parents were both members.
The uniqueness of Elombe accomplishments was that he fought for descendants in America as well as maintaining major contact with leaders in Africa during colonialism. Simultaneously, he was a major catalyst in Gil Nobles television program “Tell it like it is.” He persuaded historians like John Henrik Clarke, Ivan Van Sertima, Yosef Ben-Jochannan, Cheikh Ada Diop to appear on Gil Noble shows. Even more amazing he raised a family of seven, at the same time.
Elombe was a dedicated student of the late Honorable Carlos A. Cooks and Professor Ray Williams, two dynamic teachers of Garvey’s African Fundamentalism. Mr. Cooks annual Miss Natural Standard of Beauty contest is when young women would compete with their hair natural and no makeup. He was very impressed with this event. Mindfully, back in those days wearing your hair natural was taboo and to be called black was fighting words.
Carlos Cooks Convention to Abolish “ the term “Negro”
On August 16, 1959, Carlos Cooks issued a call to the convention by the ANPM to abolish the term “Negro” as the official racial classification. Instead, he argued for the usage of “Black” when speaking in terms of color (irrespective of complexion) and in relation to the so-called white, yellow, brown and red races. Likewise, and even more important, the term “African” would be used when speaking in relation to land or origin (regardless of one’s own “native” birthplace), heritage, and culture.
Elombe was an active participant of that convention. Which also gave birth to a standard of beauty that could be institutionalized nationwide and was a catalyst to consciousness worldwide. It was in those days as a young Garveyite member of the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement that Elombe initiated the “Naturally” shows that led to the spread and promotion of “Black is Beautiful.” Those who associated with Elombe or attended one of his numerous lecture series at the Harriet Tubman School in Harlem remember his detailed knowledge of Garvey and Carlos Cooks.
Elombe showed a talent for art. Following in the footsteps of his father, himself a gifted painter, he attended the High School of Industrial Art (now Art Design), later winning a college scholarship to the School of Visual Arts. In 1956, Elombe Brath along with his brother Kwame, Robert Gumbs, Chris Acemendeses Hall and others founded the African Jazz-Art Society Studios (AJAZZ) to reclaim jazz as music of contemporary cultural traditions that should be controlled by its musicians and artists.
The First “Black is Beautiful Show”
His brother Kwame said, while promoting the show, the comments were mixed. Someone told Elombe, “you mean you’re gonna put some nappy headed Black 'bitches on stage to model? " I’m going to be right there in the first row laughing.” Elombe replied, just buy a ticket and come to the show. By now, the word had gotten out, and people in the community were taking sides, pro and con. Some of the Harlem beauticians were up in arms, saying that the trend, if allowed to take hold, would take away a lot of their business. We booked a ballroom on 125th Street called the Sunset Terrace. If memory serves me right, this would be the first event at the new renovated space.
His brother Kwame recalls his brilliance in the development of the Grandassa models in 1962. Whom were a group of youthful African men and women (again, back then they were Negroes) whom wore their hair in its natural state, sparking the “Black is Beautiful” shows in and around New York City. Sadly, these women would have to straighten their hair the next day because of peer pressure.
To put his accomplishments in a proper context, that time period has to be described. It was fashionable to straighten your hair as well as using bleaching crème to lighten your skin color. Notably, all of Africa was colonized with the exception Ethiopia.
This is when Africans everywhere were conditioned to hate their physical characteristic along with anything associated with Africa. Mindfully, in that era when Africa was mentioned it was persona non grata. Profoundly, people would be ready to fight over that word, and on some occasions led up to physical altercations. Despite all odds the first “Black is Beautiful” show almost never happen.
The Sunset Terrace Burn Down
Ticket sales were brisk for April 1, 1962, and we were sold out before the show. The morning of the show, we got a call from Jimmy Abu who was in Harlem, and he told us that “the Sunset Terrace is on fire” and the firemen were chopping the place up. We rushed to the scene on this rainy “April Fools Day” and sure enough. The place was destroyed. Not to be outdone, I went to first the Hotel Theresa, at 125th on 7th Avenue, which had a top-floor ballroom and inquired, but to no avail, the room was booked. I went to the Celebrity Club, further east on 125th, which was also booked.
Then I rushed up to Small’s Paradise, the venue of our first show eight years earlier, and asked what was going on in the ballroom that evening. They said “nothing” and I said I wanted to book it. They asked, “for when?” I said, “for today!” They freaked out. I was the treasurer and had the receipts for the sold out event with me, and paid them on the spot. We stationed someone outside the burned-out ballroom and someone on the phones at our studios as the phone kept ringing with people thinking. The fire story was an “April Fool” joke.
As people came in cabs to the Sunset Terrace we told them, “don’t turn off the meter, go to Smalls. “Miraculously, we started the event only about one-half-hour late, as the crowd came to the new location, in the pouring rain and our “fired up” crew gave a show even greater than we had expected. By now, we had added some satirical skits, “Fantasy in a Barber Shop” being one of them, where actor David K Ward comes into the barber shop to get his hair " conked, " i.e. straightened. This pantomimed skit was hilarious, and thus we successfully combined, art, music, fashions, dance, acting, poetry and comedy into political “edutainment.”
The show featured Clara Lewis, Black Rose, Nomsa White (now Brath), Priscilla Bardonille, Wanda Sims, Marie Toussaint, Esther Davenport and Beatrice Cranston, and male models Jimmy Abu, and Frank Adu, and actor Gus Williams opening the show with the models as he recited Marcus Garvey’s poem “Black Woman. " The show drew a standing applause and when the show was over, and we looked outside, the crowd that couldn’t get in, was still there. We cleaned up the space and gave a second show that same day. Moreover, Abby Lincoln could not sing because of her contract, and as a last resort, one of the Grandassa model's performed instead. Nevertheless, the show was such a success. It inspired all of us, and we planned for a follow-up show at a larger venue. This was over a span of almost two generations.
He magnificently utilized the “Black is Beautiful Shows” to serve many purposes. Just think of his genius. First, he replaced Negro with Black along with having his models wear their hair natural. Then he would have actors, and actresses perform entertaining skids depicting different forms of brainwashing. Which explains how western culture dominates their daily lives. These shows were embracing African ethnicity in the form of humor and entertainment. Slowly, but surely wearing an Afro was totally accepted everywhere in a little over a decade. Elombe, knowing or unknowingly was a genius.
The Road Shows
During their travels, Max Roach (drummer) and Abbey Lincoln (singer) contacted progressive brothers and sisters in Detroit and Chicago and helped us book the show in those cities. We arranged a show in New York at The Audubon Ballroom for January 17, and shows in Chicago at Roberts Show Club on February 22 and one at Mr Kelly’s in Detroit on February 23, 1963, and took the show on the road. In Detroit, LeRoy Mitchell and Omar Shabazz, two art students at Wayne State University, were absolutely fabulous. They decorated Mr. Kelly’s with replicas of the Grandassa Model logo, a silhouetted black head in profile, with a Nefertitti-like hairstyle. Both Mitchell and Shabazz went to live and teach in Ghana.
In Chicago, the beauticians were far more progressive than those in Harlem. I went to Chicago after our January Show, to promote the upcoming event. Beauticians invited me to come to their school and show the slides of the performance and the hairstyles, and they began to add our natural hairstyles to other products they offered. I received such a welcome, and help from all areas of the Black community. I went into bars and was allowed to set up my slide projector and show images of the shows and the models, fashions and hairstyles. I would never have the opportunity to do that even in our home base in Harlem.
Needless to say, both shows were successes, but sparked more controversy. That was the first of our road shows, that later took us to Lincoln University where a Black student group which included by Sam Anderson and Gloria Dulan-Wilson; Cornell University where Brother Makaza (a.k.a. Herbert Callendar) sponsored the show; North Babylon for the National Council of Negro Women, among other places, spreading the art that traversed the globe.
To put his accomplishments in a proper context, that time period has to be described. It was fashionable to straighten your hair as well as using bleaching crème to lighten your skin. Most importantly, Elombe brilliancy had Africans, whom were Negroes at that time. It not only wore their hairstyle's natural. However, at the same time embracing “Black is Beautiful."
Even more astounding is a short time afterward James Brown song “I am Black and Proud” took communities by storm. Again, all of these activities occurred. Because of who? Elombe Brath! Just think of his intellect and vision, he utilized beauty with an audience of Negroes, whom were taught to hate their physical characteristic of nappy hair and their skin color to wear their hair natural at the same time saying, “Black is Beautiful” along with dressing in African attire.
He magnificently utilized the “Black is Beautiful Shows” to serve many purposes. Just think of his genius. First, he replaced Negro with Black along with having his models wear their hair natural. Then he would have actors, and actresses perform entertaining skids depicting different forms of brainwashing. Which explains how western culture dominates their daily lives. These shows were embracing African ethnicity in the form of humor and entertainment. Slowly, but surely wearing an Afro was totally accepted everywhere in a little over a decade. Elombe, knowing or unknowingly was a genius.
African Parade Magazine
In 1963, Herbert Manangatheri, an editor of eleven African newspapers and African Parade Magazine, publications that were printed and distributed in the still colonized countries then known as Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe) and some neighboring territories, visited our 125th Street studios with Max and Abbey. He interviewed us, and I gave him photos of the Grandassa Models and some of our brochures and press material. Soon after he ran three successive cover stories in African Parade Magazine about the show, the first and third of the issues featured Grandassa Models on the cover, and the issue in-between them featured Abbey Lincoln, on the inside cover.
We read an article describing how they copied the show in Lusaka (Zambia), and a campaign began to replace the images that were coming from what they saw from Black publications in the US, that featured black women wearing blonde and red wigs, "candy' lipstick and 'hot pants," with a natural image like the Grandassa Models and our fashions. In the magazine, they reported that bands of Black youth were snatching wigs off of the heads of the girls who were adopting what we called the “Congo Blondes and Zulu Redhead” styles, and wiping their lipstick off with sandpaper.
And also in in 1963, AJASS formed The Black Standard Publishing Company, which created two books, The Naturally ’63 Portfolio and the now collector’s item, “Color Us Cullud: The Official American Negro Coloring Book," written and illustrated by Elombe Brath. The book targeted the weaknesses of the civil “rites” movement and their non-violent, turn the other cheek, integrationist policies. The last thing that Malcolm X said to me directly was “tell your brother, he’s a genius," referring to Elombe’s analysis in the book.
Elombe life as full of countless lessons from heroes such as Marcus Garvey, Carlos Cooks, Malcolm X, Martin Delaney, Edward Wilmot Blyden, Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Jomo Kenyatta and others. He was engaged on both fronts an assortment of activities on behalf of communities in America as well as countries on the motherland. In the process, he engaged in numerous activities by creating organizations, pardoning with prominent leaders with a like mindset, creating organizations and traveling back and forth to Africa to meet and befriend solid contacts.
Following are stellar examples of his great work exposing the atrocious conditions and injustice imposed upon Africans in Peru and Venezuela. This is together with revealing the truths about the Panama Invasion. Elombe's put forth a tremendous effort to educate us on the injustices of Central America by providing platforms for representatives of Guatemala, Belize and Costa Rica.
He presented a History of the Bombing of Move in Philadelphia and Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Organizing Campaigns to Free Political Prisoners a Prisoner of War, including Tremendous work for Mumia Abu Jamal, Geronimo Jaga Pratt, Mutulu Shakur, Eddie Ellis, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Herman Ferguson, Gary Graham and countless others. He was exposing the truths and corruption of the case against Adam Abdul-Hakeem (also known as Larry Davis).
Elombe fought for the establishment of a Historical District of the African Burial Ground in the City Hall area of Manhattan, New York. Elombe pin pointed the facts, that impacted as well as, the history of our slain leadership by hands of US Covert Action and COINTELPRO.. He campaigned, organized and mobilized for the Central Park 5 cases.
Abby performed with us until the fall of ’64 when she left to go to Hollywood to star with Ivan Dixon in “Nothing But A Man” one of the most important Black films at that time. By then, with her and Max’ help, the production was very popular. We could book the largest ballroom in Harlem, Rockland Palace, which held 4,200 people. We set is our shows' banquet style, to sit 1,500 or more people and used the rest of the floor for our show. We packed it each time up to 1978, performing usually two large shows in New York each year, while AJASS entertaining in other theatre productions, “Caste Life Revue” and “A Portrait of Patrice Lumumba. " The 'Naturally' shows drew many of the top artists. Even Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba came to one of the events together.
A Summation of Elombe's Accomplishments
In 1960, Elombe joined the South West African Relief Committee to assist SWAPO President Sam Nujoma in getting aid to the country of Namibia, which was then suffering under the yoke of the racist apartheid regime. This marked the beginning of his numerous relationships with African freedom fighters, struggling to liberate their country from colonial and White minority rule. They included leaders such as Samora Machel of Mozambique, Thomas Sankora of Burkina-Faso, Kanyama Chiume of Malawi, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe among many others.
We shall continue in 1973, when he was awarded the Croix de Chivalry by President Ahmed Seke Ture of Guinea for continuous work toward the African Democratic Revolution, as well as, in 1974 met Angolan's freedom the MPLA fighters while in Zaire for the Ali vs. Forman in the “Rumble in the Jungle." And In 1987, he co-founded the December 12th Movement in response to police brutality following the 1986 murder of Michael Griffith in Howard Beach. In 1989, he organized mobilized for the Central Park Five, believing in their innocence decades before the truth came to light. His keen insight into domestic and international affairs earned him a Revson Fellowship at Columbia University, where he taught for several years despite never having done formal academic graduate work.
Emeritus's historian John Henrik Clarke referred to Elombe as “the Foot Soldier and the General of the African Nationalist Movement” There was no more fitting tribute to him than his being selected by fellow activists to host and emcee the first visit by Nelson Mandela to Harlem upon Mandela’s release from prison. Mandela made two additional stops in New York City – at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn (hosted by Brooklyn based activists), and Yankee Stadium, in the South Bronx. Nevertheless, it was upon the insistence of Elombe and fellow activists that Mandela’s most significant and celebrated speaking engagement had to be with the people who fought first for his freedom.
That venue was on the streets of Harlem – 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Hundreds of thousands of African Americans came to greet Mandela in Harlem. And that program was run by activists and chaired by Elombe Brath. I recall the experience like it was yesterday, having served on the Nelson Mandela Welcoming Committee with Elombe and others. Former Black Panther Party Leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad had recently been released from prison after serving 19 years. He greeted Mandela on that stage as a representative of African American political prisoners and prisoners of war in the US. Being on that stage with Mandela still remains the proudest moment of my life and a memory I will have forever.
Elombe's Global Reach
Uniquely, Elombe is among the very few who could make an impact in both aspects of descendants of slavery along with those victimized by colonialism, as well as, the anti-slavery movement of the Sudan and Mauritania, together with the fight against the atrocities of Shell oil and the Abacha regime in Nigeria. The great work with General Aidid in Somalia, and also, against the atrocities of the Mobutu regime in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Anti-Apartheid movement led by the ANC in South Africa, (which he was very instrumental in the divestment efforts to free Nelson Mandela). A long amazing work he accomplished in Benin, Tanzania, Ghana and many other African countries. Work with freedom fighters of China, Vietnam, and other Asia's nations.
While working at ABC, Elombe emerged as a key figure and co-founding the Patrice Lumumba Coalition in 1975 with the late Irving Davis organizing protests against the South African government. He was also involved in the anti-slavery movement of the Sudan and Mauritania, the fight against the atrocities of Shell oil and the Abacha regime in Nigeria, along with the fight against the atrocities of the Mobutu regime in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WBAI-FM 99.5 for over 30 years
He used his platform at WBAI-FM, 99.5 for over 30 years, broadcasting his show AfriKalidescope to make people aware of injustices around the globe. He exposed the truth about the Sandinistas’ struggle in Nicaragua, the atrocities committed in East Timor, and provided platforms for representatives of Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica and Cuba, who were fighting for freedom in their countries.
His dedication of fighting for cause of descendants as well as, Africa's struggles is documented in history and life time experiences for those that remain.
The “former Revolutionary Government of Grenada led by Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement”. “Jamaica (during the early Manley administration)”. Endless efforts to support the “Haitian Struggle For Freedom”. He garnered support for the Garifuna in Belize and Honduras. The Sandinista struggles in Nicaragua. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in El Salvador. Fretilin in Timor, 1976 .
Elombe's Wit and Charm
Elombe was a man of enormous wit and charm, won you over with a quiet intensity, rather than bombast in his telling of the Diaspora experience. His encyclopedic knowledge of the history of peoples of African descent, based on his involvement in struggles around the world from the Caribbean and South America to the countries of Africa and, of course, the United States, was astounding. He has received over 200 congratulations and awards for his work. In May of 2013, and he was immortalized in the history of America when he was enshrined with a Congressional Record by the 112th legislature.
Counted among his many friends and admirers were jazz greats such as Miles Davis, political and cultural greats such as the late Amiri Baraka, and Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure). A committed and courageous fighter to the end, Elombe eventually succumbed to illness on Monday, May 19, 2014.
My Personal Thoughts
My final personal thoughts on a fellow member of the African Nationalist, as well as a friend. I first met the Brath brothers (Elombe and Kwame) in 1960. When we were members of the ANPM (African Nationalist Pioneer Movement). I am truly blessed to have been able to watch Elombe back then known as Cecil grow from an African nationalist student of Carlos Cooks fifty years ago. Grow and developed into a a highly respected World Leader in the global African communities.
A final word of his genius can best be described b his brother, Kwame.
"His life has been a marathon of causes here and around the world on behalf of our brothers and sisters who needed their struggles to be voiced and recognized, whether in South Africa, Namibia, Congo, Ethiopia, Grenada, Burkina Faso or in the United States."
Elombe's Passage into the Ancestral World
* "Elombe Brath was raised from birth under the influence of the Honorable Marcus Garvey, together with the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement (ANPM) led by Carlos Cooks. Afterward, he then spent his full life fighting for the decolonization of Africa and other oppressed nations of the world.
* In addition to organizing and spearheading African liberation support committees, the tireless Brath helped to co-found several key organizations including the Patrice Lumumba Coalition PLC), the December the 12th Movement (D-12) and the World African Diaspora Union (WADU)."
* In line with Elombe activism, he popularized the slogan “Africa called, Cuba answered.” As well as, in 1992, was an endorser of the “Peace for Cuba” rally that packed New York City’s Javits Center.
* Consequently, Elombe Brath was invited to Cuba by Fidel Castro, who described how the Angolan and Cuban soldiers, along with fighters from SWAPO and the ANC [the African National Congress], destroyed the apartheid army at Cuito Cuanavale in Southern Angola in March 1988, the army of apartheid South Africa was defeated by a Pan-Africanist alliance that included tens of thousands of Cuban volunteers. Their victory forced South Africa's racist rulers to enter negotiations that led to the dismantling of anti-apartheid organizations, the release of Nelson Mandela, the independence of Namibia, and ultimately freedom for South Africa.
* All aspects of the global African communities were represented at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem New York on May 31, 2014. Although, there were hundreds in attendance and thousands or perhaps millions mourn his passing. However, those are also millions who is unaware of Elombe's existence. Above all, his life of activism should be known throughout the global African communities.
* Nothing would have pleased Elombe Brath than to have been invite to Dr. Hage Geingob inauguration on March 1, 2014 when he was sworn in as Namibias third president.
On many occasions, Dr. Geingob, as representative of the South West Africa People’s Organization, was a speaker at Brath’s weekly rallies of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition at the Harriet Tubman School on 127th Street. Brath and the members of his organization played a vital role in keeping the struggle alive around the world.
His legacy still lives because Dr. Geingob sent invitations to his family members, which were Brother Kwame (brother) , and two of his sons Elombe Jr. and Cinque.
Most importantly, there was a symbolic empty seat left open in his cabinet for Elombe. That empty seat represents appreciations that goes back almost two generations. To 1960, that is when Elombe joined the South West African Relief Committee to assist in plotting independence of Southwest Africa (present-day Naimbia), which was then suffering under the yoke of the racist apartheid regime.
Most certainly, his life of activism is worthy of a book along with a DOCUMENTARY.
Long Live ELOMBE's Memory
Sabamya Jaugu: African Manifesto
“Thank You Elombe”
We must give special thanks Elombe’s brother Kwame together with his son Cinque whom graciously shared their personal records.