Thursday, 27 November 2014

BLACK PANTHER / BLACK LIBERATION ARMY VETERAN SEKOU ODINGA FREE!


former fbi pig quoted in the article below of trying to equate our Black Panther veterans is nothing but a predictable lie and manipulation from that agency. The Black Panthers and the veterans today of that glorious struggle are nothing like nato's head choppers and death squads across the 'Muslim world'. No, the Black Panthers and veterans are builders of capacity of freedom organisations and services and struggles of our peoples. They strategically allied to the global struggle against neo-colonialism at the time, build 'serve the people' programs, and were standard bearers of raising our Liberation Struggle, not facilitating our own destruction as the death squads do.  - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Black Panther Released From Prison

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A Black Panther who spent the last 30 years behind bars for his role in the deadly Brinks armored car robbery and for trying to kill six police officers during a Queens shootout was welcomed out of prison by family and friends at the National Black Theater Tuesday evening.

Sekou Odinga, 70, also known as Nathaniel Burns, a leading member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army during the late 1960s, was paroled Tuesday from Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in upstate New York.

Police arrested Odinga for attempted murder in 1981 after a shootout in Queens with six officers, which investigators believe was related to the robbery of the armored Brinks car. The Oct. 20, 1981 heist at the Nanuet Mall left two police officers and a security guard dead.

Odinga was carrying a license plate that had been linked to the Brinks robbery and police officers found a bullet from the gun of one of the officers killed that day, according to media reports at the time.

Odinga was also accused of springing fellow BLA member Assata Shakur, who was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper, from a New Jersey prison. He was convicted of both crimes in 1984.

For friends who think of Odinga as a freedom fighter, Tuesday was a moment of celebration.

“It’s an emotional day for us,” said Yaseem Sutton, 64, a Black Panther who frequently visited Odinga in prison. “I think you can compare it to Nelson Mandela being released.”

But for law enforcement officials, Odinga’s release was a bitter pill to swallow.

“Society says he has paid his dues, but this reminds me of letting al-Qaida members out of jail and they immediately join ISIS,” said Kenneth Maxwell, former FBI case agent on the Brinks robbery case.

“If you think this hard-core domestic terrorist revolutionary is going to be a valuable contributor to society, I don’t think so.”

Inside the theater Tuesday night, a group of about 40 people waited for Odinga to arrive. There were two chairs and a microphone in the front of the room and several rows of audience seating.

“This is a victory to a lot of us,” said Tarik Haskings, who said he spent 17 years in prison for robbing a bank and assaulting two police officers, whom he referred to as "enemy soldiers."

Some saw it as a time for reflection, given Monday’s grand jury decision on the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., which has sparked protests in New York and across the country.

“It’s kind of ironic that after a night of rebellion we have one of our soldiers coming home,” Sutton said.

Odinga and his family members declined to speak to reporters Tuesday.

Members of the audience were asked not to record or take photographs of Odinga’s speech. A reporter was escorted from the theater before Odinga arrived.



fBI's PARANOIA ABOUT MARILYN MONROE's COMMUNIST SYMPATHIES



"“She told us about her strong feelings for civil rights, for black equality, as well as her admiration for what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting and McCarthyism and her hatred of J Edgar Hoover.”"

Was Marilyn Monroe secret communist?  

SCREEN goddess Marilyn Monroe was scrutinised by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for suspected communist sympathies in the months before her death.


Files newly released by the FBI reveal her circle of close friends were concerned about her friendship with a wealthy socialite known for his socialist views. The actress spoke of her admiration for activities in China and her anger at the McCarthy era witch hunt against suspected communist sympathisers in Hollywood. FBI agents also noted that Monroe had spoken about her hatred of FBI chief J Edgar Hoover. The FBI files, which were released under a Freedom of Information Act inquiry in the US, do not contain any new information that might shed further light on her suspicious death in August 1962. It has long been accepted that Monroe took an overdose of pills, but conspiracy theorists have speculated for 50 years about the involvement of the Kennedy family. Monroe was a former lover of President John F Kennedy and his brother Bobby.
Suspicion has lingered that Monroe, who died at 36, was somehow deliberately drugged.

However, the files reveal for the first time that the FBI, which monitored the lives of many Hollywood celebrities including Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, was worried about her increasing leanings towards the left.

They first began monitoring her after the success of her 1955 film Seven Year Itch, which made the actress into the world’s greatest sex symbol.

Their concern was prompted by a friendship with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, great-great-grandson of the US railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was disinherited by his wealthy family for his leftist views.

Field had fled to Mexico rather than face arrest for suspected communist sympathies. Monroe met him during a shopping trip to the country to buy furniture and the FBI was tipped off about a “mutual infatuation” that had developed between the couple.

The FBI files say: “This situation caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe’s entourage and also among the American Communist Group in Mexico.”

The file also revealed that Monroe had tried to get a visa to visit Russia, along with other stars.

It also contains several news stories and references to Norman Mailer’s biography of the actress, Marilyn, which focused on questions about whether she had been murdered by the US government.

Shortly before her death, however, FBI chiefs wrote that there was no clear evidence that she was a communist sympathiser or a member of the Communist Party.

“Subject’s views are very positively and concisely leftist; however, if she is being actively used by the Communist Party, it is not general knowledge among those working with the movement in Los Angeles,” an entry in Monroe’s FBI file in July 1962 states.

When the files were obtained by The Associated Press earlier this year, it asked for the removal of redactions as part of a series of stories for the 50th anniversary of her death.

The unredacted files reveal just how assiduously the FBI was monitoring the actress for ties to communism in the years before her death in August 1962.

Monroe’s file was opened in 1955, focusing on her travels and associations and looking for any signs of left wing views.
The entry concerning intelligence that Monroe and other entertainers requested visas to visit the USSR that year had originally been almost completely blocked out.

Her friends became concerned for her after she met Field, who was living in Mexico with his wife.

His autobiography says he and his wife accompanied Monroe on shopping trips and meals, but he only mentions politics once during a passage about dinnertime conversations.

“She talked mostly about herself and some of the people who had been or still were important to her,” he wrote in the book, which is called From Right to Left.

“She told us about her strong feelings for civil rights, for black equality, as well as her admiration for what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting and McCarthyism and her hatred of J Edgar Hoover.”

Other celebrities on the FBI’s watch lists included Charlie Chaplin and Monroe’s former husband Arthur Miller.

It was also involved in investigations about crimes against celebrities, including threats made against Elizabeth Taylor and an extortion case involving Clark Gable.

For many years, the FBI files on Monroe have intrigued investigators, biographers and others who are not convinced that her death at her Los Angeles home was a genuine suicide.

A 1982 investigation by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office found no evidence of foul play after reviewing all available investigative records, but it noted that the FBI files had been “heavily censored”.

Those words intrigued the man who performed Monroe’s autopsy, Dr Thomas Noguchi.

While the investigation found that he conducted a thorough autopsy, Noguchi has conceded that no one will ever really know all the details of Monroe’s death.

The FBI files and confidential interviews conducted with the actress’s friends that have never been made public might help, he wrote in his 1983 memoir, Coroner.

“On the basis of my own involvement in the case, beginning with the autopsy, I would call Monroe’s suicide ‘very probable’,” Noguchi wrote.

“But I also believe that until the complete FBI files are made public and the notes and interviews of the suicide panel released, controversy will continue to swirl around her death.”

ON DECOLONISING MEMORY



Decolonising memory: a british soldier was walking through a town in Helmand province in Afghanistan a few years ago. An Afghan elder asked him: "you here to burn and destroy our town again?". The soldier was confused, and thought the british army hasnt done that at all. The elder was referring to 1897 when the british did that. There was a funeral held in a northern mining town in england in recent years, an elderly woman visited the said grave side and spat on it, for the person buried was a 'scab' (sold out) the Miners and General Strike in 1926. I say these two stories to encourage that we reconnect to our histories, and let our histories both the trauma and victories, inform our present day struggles. We don't need to re-invent the wheel, the shining path is there, it's only neo-colonialism internalised which keeps us from re-connecting. This is a major and primary part of our on-going inter-generational liberation struggle. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

PFLP - PALESTINIAN REVOLUTIONARY ORGANISATION - STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF FERGUSON PROTESTS


2014

nycfergThe Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine stands with the people of Ferguson, and throughout the streets of the cities of the United States, who have taken to the streets once more after the prosecution and the U.S. legal injustice system as a whole failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown in cold blood, meaning that he will not face trial or prosecution for this state-sanctioned murder of a young Black man by the police.
This comes as no surprise; the United States’ legal system is historically and at present a perpetrator of massive violence and imprisonment against Black people, just as U.S. imperialism is such a perpetrator against people and nations around the world.
As Palestinians, we are familiar with the injustice of colonial, racist courtrooms, mechanisms of a racist state, that sentence our people to prison en masse while wrapping the perpetrators of crimes, murders and genocide against our people in a cloak of “legality.”
And this system which we recognize all too well from the occupation regime in Palestine has learned well from this same system and structure which has existed for centuries in the United States, the key ally and strategic partner of the occupier.
We see the police forces in the United States, long a mechanism of state terror against Black people and other oppressed communities, escalating their oppression and impunity with massive militarization and military equipment – and we know that the occupation state is working hand in hand with US security agencies to provide training in yet more aggressive “security” tactics, tested in Palestine on our people for export around the world, particularly the United States, to be used against oppressed peoples and movements in struggle.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes the family of Mike Brown and all of the countless Black martyrs whose lives are taken by police in the United States, including Tamir Rice, 12 years old, and Akai Gurley, 28, in the past week. And we stand with the resistance of all of the people taking to the streets, in Ferguson and across the United States, demanding justice, and with the Black liberation movement and its long struggle, and urge all Palestinians and their friends and supporters to join these demonstrations and build stronger and deeper links of mutual struggle with these critically important movements.
We reaffirm and repost below our statement on the struggle in Ferguson and the Black movement for liberation:
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PFLP salutes the Black struggle in the US: The empire will fall from within

mikebrownIn light of the police murder of the martyr Michael Brown and the ongoing struggle in Ferguson, Missouri, in the United States, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes and stands firmly with the ongoing struggle of Black people and all oppressed communities in the United States.
Comrade Khaled Barakat said in an interview with the PFLP media outlets that “Police brutality, oppression and murder against Black people in the U.S., and against Latinos, Arabs and Muslims, people of color and poor people, has never been merely ‘mistakes’ or ‘violations of individual rights’ but rather are part and parcel of an integral and systematic racism that reflects the nature of the political system in the U.S.”
“Every time a crime is committed against Black people, it is explained away as an ‘isolated incident’ but when you see the massive number of ‘isolated incidents’ the reality cannot be hidden – this is an ongoing policy that remains virulently racist and oppressive. The U.S. empire was built on the backs of Black slavery and the genocide of Black people – and upon settler colonialism and the genocide of indigenous people,” said Barakat. “The people of Ferguson are resisting, in a long tradition of Black resistance, and we support their legitimate resistance to racist oppression.”
“As people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Arab World see the brutality of the United States outside its borders, these communities confront its racist and colonial oppression within the borders of the U.S. The two are inextricably linked,” said Barakat. “We also see U.S. exploitation and plunder of people’s resources around the world. And inside the United States, Africans, Latinos, Filipinos, Afghans, Arabs who have suffered war and imperialism at the hands of the United States outside its borders are the same communities who face criminalization, brutality, exploitation, isolation and killings and murder at the hands of the state. We see the targeting of migrants and refugees inside the U.S. after their countries have been ravaged by imperialism, war and exploitation by the same ruling forces.”
Barakat noted that “Mass imprisonment and incarceration has been a central tool of racist control in the United States. One out of every three Black men in the U.S. will be imprisoned; every 28 hours a Black person is killed by the state or someone protected by the state. Palestinians know well the use of mass imprisonment to maintain racist domination and oppression and breaking the racist structures of imprisonment is critical to our liberation movement. We salute Mumia Abu-Jamal and all of the political prisoners of the Black liberation movement in U.S. jails and call for their immediate freedom.”
Furthermore, he said, “since the earliest days of the Black movement in the U.S., from slaves revolting for freedom to the civil rights movement and beyond, Black people, organizations and movements have faced severe state repression, targeting, incarceration and killings at the hands of the state. U.S. domestic intelligence agencies such as the FBI, who target Palestinian and Arab communities for state repression, have for years focused on attacking Black movements, leaders and communities as a central project.”
ferguson-hands-in-the-air“Racism, poverty and oppression are the predominant scene faced by oppressed nations and communities in the United States. Black people in the United States are in fact under siege. And just as we demand the end of the siege on our Palestinian people, in Gaza and everywhere, we demand an end to the siege of institutionalized racism and oppression in education, jobs, social services and all areas of life, and support the Black movements struggling to end that siege.”
“When we see the images today in Ferguson, we see another emerging Intifada in the long line of Intifada and struggle that has been carried out by Black people in the U.S. and internationally. The Palestinian national liberation movement salutes the Black liberation movement, and has learned so much from the experiences of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, the Black Panthers, Sojourner Truth, and generations of Black revolutionaries who have led the way in struggling for liberation and self-determination,” said Barakat.
“The struggle inside the United States is an integral part of the struggle against imperialism – in fact it is central, as it is taking place ‘in the belly of the beast.’ This is also the case for the struggle of Indigenous peoples and nations throughout North America, where settler colonial powers have been built through land theft and genocide, yet where indigenous people have always resisted and continue to resist today,” he said.
“Every victory inside the United States and political achievement by popular movements and liberation struggles is a victory for Palestine and a victory for a world of human liberation. Those who think that the fate of people in the United States lies with the ruling class parties, the Republicans and Democrats, until the end of time, are living in an illusion. So too are those who believe Palestine can find freedom by seeking alliances or guarantees by those who oppress Black people,” said Barakat.
inti“The Black struggle is leading the world in the struggle for an alternative political system that will bring U.S. empire to defeat. We know that this will happen only through struggle, through organization of people, emerging from uprisings and communities rising in anger against injustice,” said Barakat.
“The anti-racist movement and anti-Zionist movement are not and cannot be separated. Fighting against racism means fighting capitalism; fighting against capitalism means fighting for socialism,” Barakat said.
The Front encourages all Palestinians, and especially our Palestinian community in the United States, to continue and intensify their efforts in support of the Black liberation movement, from joining actions in support of Ferguson and in honor of Michael Brown, to long-term and sustained joint struggle and mutual solidarity with the Black movement. There are long histories of this work, and it is critical for all of our communities to expand and deepen our links of struggle and solidarity.
The PFLP sends its revolutionary greetings, its solidarity message and its salutes to the struggling people of Ferguson on the front lines confronting U.S. empire, and to the generations upon generations of Black struggle. Our Palestinian liberation movement is part of one struggle with the Black liberation movement. This has been a position of principle for the Front since its founding; we reaffirm this stand today and will always do so until both of our peoples – and our world – are liberated.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

102 YR OLD INDIAN WOMAN TALKS OF HER EXPERIENCE AS INDENTURED LABOURER IN SURINAME





Mrs. Ramlali Awadhbihari, from Basti, kidnapped into indenture, tells her story in an extraordinary interview from the 1980s. She's described as the longest-living indentured laborer from Suriname. She was 102 when interviewed. In the second part, she's in a nursing home in the Netherlands. Her family tells her the shawl she's wearing has the name of God written on it. "It comes from India," they tell her. "Cover me with it in the name of my country," she replies

CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY TO INVEST AND BUILD NEW ANC CADRE SCHOOL

Then-South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe meeting with 
Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last year.

South Africa’s Ruling ANC Looks to Learn from Chinese Communist Party

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The party of Nelson Mandela has chosen the site for a new school that will be based on Chinese Communist Party political education

Most South Africans don’t visit Venterskroon, a former gold-mining town, unless they are going there on vacation. It was the site of an inconclusive battle between the British and the Boers in 1900 but today the handful of mostly white landowners harvest pecan nuts or raise cattle while vacationers trek in the bush and fish in the Vaal River.

But the sleepy Afrikaner village is about to be transformed. It is slated to become the home of the African National Congress’ (ANC) new political leadership school, a project inspired and financed by the Communist Party of China, a burgeoning partnership of ruling parties on different continents that is causing concern in South Africa and beyond.

The ANC Political School and Policy Institute, which will include a swimming pool, halls, a fitness center, a pharmacy and a small shopping center, is due to be built on what is now a farm, which the ANC bought in 2010. Construction has been postponed while funding and planning issues are addressed.

The ANC says the institute will be modelled on the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong in Shanghai, one of the Communist Party’s leadership and governance schools where party members and foreign guests attend classes on “revolutionary traditions,” learning everything from Marxist theory to media management.

In July, a Chinese delegation led by Tian Xuejun, China’s ambassador to South Africa, travelled to Venterskroon to see the site. They met with ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture and the ANC’s Chairman of Political Education, to discuss $75 million in funding. (The Chinese embassy in South Africa did not respond to requests for comment.)

“We’ve been talking to people around the world, our friends; the Communist Party of China is one of those,” says Mthethwa. “We said to them, ‘Now look, we know that you have a political school, how did you start it?'”

The ANC’s courting of China has caused concern in the West. “In the worst case scenario, Chinese money in significant amounts and influence could tip the ANC in the wrong direction,” says Peter Pham, Africa analyst at the Washington-based Atlantic Council. “With the ANC being the way it is, if there is a heavy hand in the support, potentially it could result in shifts in governmental policy.”

The domination of South African politics by the ANC, and its members, known as cadres, can make South Africa seem like a one-party state, says Patrick Heller, international studies professor at Brown University. “Like any party in power for too long — the ANC has won every election since 1994 with over 60% of the vote — the ANC has amassed a tremendous amount of power. That power is increasingly centralized. That party itself is increasingly less accountable,” says Heller. “It’s hard to think of any better example of a cadre-based political party than the Chinese Communist Party but it’s the wrong model because at the end of the day it’s an authoritarian one,” he says. “Developing close personal relationships between the ANC and the Communist Party of China means you’re basically greasing the wheels and making it easier for the Chinese state and Chinese entrepreneurs. That is definitely not good. You want good bureaucratic management of these issues, not crony capitalism.”

As far as China is concerned, says Alexander Beresford, African politics lecturer at the University of Leeds, funding the ANC’s political school does not violate its non-interference policy, as the relationship is at a party-to-party level. “It’s not necessarily regular state-to-state relationships, Pretoria to Beijing style, but having other channels of influence,” says Beresford. “Exploiting these party-to-party channels gives it a strategic advantage over Western powers.”

China has been reaching out to ruling parties in other African countries also. In his book China and Africa: A Century of Engagement, former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn chronicles how China has offered political education training for parties including Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF and Namibia’s SWAPO. “It is provided at the request of African ruling parties,” says Shinn. “They may still prefer elements of Marxist-Leninist organizational structure, or at a minimum, the once-popular philosophy of African socialism.” The arrangement is usually an exclusive one. “China does not provide similar training for African opposition political parties,” says Shinn. In return, China wins friends and favors, he says, gaining “influence at the highest levels of government.”

The school is part of a bigger ANC strategy to counter the widespread corruption and nepotism the party has seen since Nelson Mandela was elected the country’s first black president in 1994. The ANC declared 2013-2023 the “decade of the cadre,” with the goal of putting every party member through some kind of political school. “Every cadre of the movement must have integrity for our people to have confidence,” said Mantashe in a 2013 ANC newsletter. “We must be bold in dealing with deviant behaviour.”

Whether the political training will help South Africa and other African governments end corruption in government is a different question. China has a network of political schools and yet it is still experiencing massive graft scandals involving senior officials.

The ANC is prepared to take that risk. And it will do so no matter what its critics say. The ANC’s partnership with China’s Communist Party, Mthethwa says, is its own business: “Nobody will dictate to us who our friends are.”

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