Sunday, 25 January 2015

first annual MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL - organised by the Malcolm X Movement

the first annual 
MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL
Organised by the Malcolm X Movement

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speakers include*:
ILYASAH SHABAZZ (writer and daughter of Malcolm X)
LEILA KHALED (PFLP / PLO)
BERNADETTE McALISKEY
Dr MOUSSA IBRAHIM (Libyan Resistance)
GERRY McLOCHLAINN (former Irish POW / Sinn Fein)
GEORGE SHIRE (ZANU-PF Liberation War veteran)
GAMAL NKRUMAH (Kwame Nkrumah's Son)
GARIKAI CHENGU (ZANU-PF Youth)
DARCUS HOWE

TAIMUR RAHMAN (Communist Workers Peasants Party of Pakistan)
MINKAH ODOFO (APLO)
AAMER RAHMAN
ARZU MERALI (IHRC)
SWISS (So Solid Crew)
BROTHER OMOWALE
DR LEZ HENRY
SUKANT CHANDAN (Malcolm X Movement)
SARA MYERS (Exhibit B protest)
MALIA BOUATTIA (NUS Black Students)
SAQIB DESHMUKH (Justice for Habib 'Paps' Ullah Family Campaign)

Suggested donation £5

All seven events are being filmed for publication


1. Sat 14 March - 1-630pm Culturlann, Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6AH 

2. Sat 21 March - 2-8pm, Ruskin College, Steve Biko room, OX3 9BZ

3. Sun 22 March - 2-8pm, The Drum, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU

4. Sat 28th March - 2-9pm, Sally Bennis Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

5. Mon  06 April (Bank Holiday) - 230-8pm, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London, E1 6LA

6. Sat 11 April - 5-8pm, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton, London, SW2 1 EF

7. Sun 12 April - 230-830pm - Malcolm X Centre, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8YH

The Malcolm X Movement is a Black & Asian led decolonial anti-imperialist organisation that seeks to unite Global South peoples and diaspora. The Malcolm X Movement (MXM) and supporting organisations is immensely proud to bring to our peoples the first annual Malcolm X Film Festival taking place in SEVEN cities across England including one in Belfast, (occupied) Ireland.

This is the biggest Black & Asian radical event of its kind to take place in England and perhaps western Europe for for the last generation since the mid 1990s. Never before in this time has such an event with such a inspiring amount of speakers and Global support (including from Ilyasah Shabazz, the Black Panther Alumni, the revolutionary Palestinian group the PFLP, the Black Panther Alumni, the Communist Workers & PEasants Party of Pakistan amongst others) taken place in the last 20 years or so.

With the steady but sure increasing power of the Global South against neo-colonialism and the 'colonial matrix of power', with the 'west' increasing its covert and overt global war in an attempt to maintain its hegemonic position and with the directly related microcosm of this global war reflected in the increasing oppression and exploitation of Black and Asian and working class peoples in the west, never has there been a more necessary time for the MXM to contribute to the building of communities of resistance in unity with the Global South.

The MXM has already delivered a free one year liberation school under the initiative of its 'Assata Tupac Liberation School', and has held one public conference entitled 'Strike the Empire Back' in June 2014, see here: http://tinyurl.com/nhhuezf

The MXM is not launching until August this year (2015) when it will organise with supporting organisations the first annual Malcolm X Summer Festival.

We in the MXM take inspiration and leadership from Malcolm X who made it plain himself, advocate uniting all peoples against the 'greatest purveyors of violence in the world' (Dr King Jr) today which is the neo-colonialism: "We have a common enemy. We have this in common: We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator. But once we all realize that we have this common enemy, then we unite on the basis of what we have in common"***

Supporting organisations**:

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Libyan Peoples National Movement
Black Panther Almuni
Communist Workers Peasants Party of Pakistan
Respect Party
Kurdish Students Union
DayMer
Global Afrikan Congress
Hansib Publications
African Peoples Liberation Organisation
Islamic Human Rights Commission
'Rice N Peas' Films
Nu Beyond
Black History Studies
NUS Black Students
Black British Islamic Bureau
Intifada Street
Pan-African Society Community Forum
Justice for Habib Ullah Campaign
Media Diversified 
International Institute for Scientific Research
Muslim Vibe
Global Studies School, University of Sussex
Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform
Migrant Media
Ujima FM
GlobalFaction
I am Hip-Hop
Voice Over Productions
South Bristol Workers Forum
Bristol Ukraine Antifascist Solidarity
5Pillars
Oomk Magazine



*Please note: Not all speakers are speaking at every event of the Malcolm X Film Festival, and at some events some speakers may speak either in person or via live video link. Please check the individual events to see which speakers are speaking

** More organisations can apply to be a supporting organisation to the MX Film Festival, please get in touch if you would like to do so.

***All enquiries, including getting involved in the Malcolm X Movement, should be emailed to 2015mxm@gmail.com

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

ON THE NEO-COLONIAL GENOCIDE FILM: 'AMERICAN SNIPER'



#‎americansniper‬ film, neo-colonial war and representations of the resistant-colonised and the colonisers: this fim is continuing to do what the propaganda arms of the neo-colonialists have always done. Countless yankee films glorifying their genocidal wars against Koreans and Vietnamese have all raised up the 'Humanity' of the genocidal troops while our people are worth nothing but to be raped ('love you long time' and many other such like are disgusting and reprehensible neo-colonial white supremacist anti-female slurs), sexually assaulted, massacred, blown to bits, and our glorious Korean and Vietnamese Communist-led Resistance as thugs, brutes and idiots, when really these comrades of ours are the loftiest in ethics, moral and sacrifice for our peoples. This new 6 oscar nominated film only but continues in this trend.

My concern is NOT that this is another tear and sympathy inducer for neo-colonial genocidal troops, but that we are in danger in playing into the racist sterotypes by failing to support our Resistance today in Syria, Libya, Iraq and elsewhere by being silent on this, or supporting the smaller scale supremacist death squads who are serving 'western' interests on every level, and to think people are supporting this by their support for these very same death squads under the guise of the 'Arab Sting' and the rest.

This film and the general western project is preparing culturally and psychologically people to actively support their neo-colonial project, my main concern and agenda is that are WE preparing our people and the people in the west for OUR current global Resistance and Liberation struggle of our peoples, countries, multi-lateral bodies in this final stage of battling to defeat neo-colonialism once and for all.

A lot of opposition to this film has become another moaning groaning opportunity for empire-liberals (those who talk some lefty 'radical' rhetoric, but give a pass or support the enemy when it comes to the crunch) to embellish their neo-colonial prejudices and pining to be accepted by the left wing of the neo-colonial society. On a connected note, Brian Di Palma's film on Iraq - Redacted- is by far the best film I have seen on Iraq along with the excellent doc-film 'Meeting Resistance'. While Redacted does not explain or point to how Iraqi Al-Qaeda was given direct and indirect support by the brits and yanks, it is still excellent. Meeting Resistance is a VERY important filmic documentary on the Iraqi Resistance.

Please God, unite and inspire the uniting of ALL those forces which strategically sought to unite ALL Iraqi peoples against the enemy, some of whom are split and divided today.

I am / we are the ‪#‎VietnameseSniper‬,

the ‪#‎SovietSniper‬,

the ‪#‎KoreanSniper‬,

the ‪#‎FLNSniper‬,

the ‪#‎PalestinianSniper‬,

the ‪#‎ANCSniper‬,

the ‪#‎BlackPantherSniper‬,

the ‪#‎RobertFWilliamsSniper‬,

the ‪#‎Cuban26JulySniper‬.

I am ‪#‎HumanitysLiberationSniper‬,

the ‪#‎DecolonialSniper‬,

the ‪#‎AntiImperialistSniper‬.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

NEO-COLONIALISM, WHITE SUPREMACY AND eNGLISH & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL



Neo-colonialism, white supremacy and english and international football: I loved playing football in my pre-teens, couldn't play enough of it, morning, lunch and afternoon breaks at school was always a dash to the playground, quickly choosing teams, ripping up the knee area of my school trousers at least once a week (sorry Mum!). Drinking from the water fountains tired and thirsty. I played in the school team as goal keeper and sometimes defence. Sunday afternoons however were very depressing when watching league Football, less so FA cup.

While I loved Ian Rush and esp John Barnes, but the whole culture left me feeling alienated, feeling culturally outside of it all and was another contribution to the terribly lonely, alienated and 'othered' feeling I sub-conciously had ever since stepping onto the plane at nearly the age of 4 yrs old leaving the orange warm glow of the Homeland (Chandigarh, India).

However, when the world cup was on telly, it was a totally different experience, I got SO excited about the African and 'latin' American teams playing, I was mesmerised by the Brazilian football team's skills, Pele was a great hero of mine, his football skills were pure ballet-like poetry in confounding his opponents, and the whole team seemed to gracefully dance to victory after victory.
However, it was Maradona who brought the fire. I still remember my Mother and I watching the glorious 'hand of God' beat the dirty english team that was representing thatcher's neo-colonial offensive across the world and against Argentina and Las Malvinas (so-called 'falkland islands'). Maradona was our (GlobalSouth ppls) attack fighter, so many opposing team players would surround him terrified of his offensive skills, no matter, small, stocky, lightning Maradonna would find a way through and continue to attack. After all his problems Maradona today is a comrade of ours and of Chavez, Castro and all our fighters across the world against imperialism and for socialism.

Thank you Pele and Maradona for helping me understand I don't have to fit in under the neo-colonial assimilationist terror and oppression in the west, that we have a incomparably more beautiful global community who will with grace and sometimes with the 'hand of God' defeat the enemies of our peoples.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Monday, 19 January 2015

SALUTING JIHAD MUGHNIYEH AND ALL THE MARTYRS RESISTING THE nATO-gGC-iSRAELI DEATH SQUAD ARAB STING


Our heroes in Syria and Lebanon, Bilad al-Sham. RIP Martyrs Imad and Jihad Mughniyeh! Martyred by white colonial settler helicopter gun ships. Leaders and Fighters against the nato-gcc-israel and lefty-liberal allied Arab Sting death squad movement. UNITY against the common enemy! - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

HISTORIC MEETING WITH LIBYAN GREEN RESISTANCE Br MOUSSA IBRAHIM (LIVE VIDEO LINK) IN bRITISH pARLIAMENT











MANY THANKS TO NATION OF ISLAM FOR INVITING ME ON THEIR PANEL

Br Mbandaka, Br Student Minister Hilary Muhammad, Sr Sara Myers, Sukant Chandan, Br Mustafa Ali

On Friday 16th January 2015, the Nation of Islam and Brother Student Minister Hilary Muhammad, Minister Lous Farrakhan official representative in Britain held a packed community event at their building in Brixton. Over 200 people were engaged in a dynamic and insightful discussion around the discussion topic of 'is there freedom of speech', as well as addressing other issues such as 'are Islam and terrorism synonymous' and 'is there a war on Islam'.

It was an honour for myself to share a panel at such an event organised by the NoI because, as I mentioned in my address I have a deep respect for the work of the NoI and especially Minister Louis Farrakhan who has played a mentoring role in my life. One of the most inspirational things Minister Farrakhan has done for me is when in early 2011 when the neo-colonialists and their allies in North Africa and the 'Middle East' were conducting a orgy of lynching, raping and destruction under the guise of the 'Arab Spring' Minister Farrakhan joined in with other of our revolutionary global leadership such as Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez in identifying that traumatic episode for what it was: a clear project to destroy one of Africa's greatest countries, leaderships, to wreak a revenge on Muammar Gaddafi's leadership to the global struggle against imperialism, including a massive amount of radical Black and Asian organisations within the leading european countries themselves and his more recent leadership in Pan-African capacity building in the form of the African Union and also developing 'South-South' strategic relations with the rest of the world especially our allies in the souther half of the African continent. 

As I imparted at the event, when it comes to freedom of speech, I witnessed myself what the West really mean by that when the Libyan Jamahirya TV building was destroyed by Nato bombs martyring some 12 brothers and sisters whose only 'crime' was to resist and counter the Nato and allied war of aggression against the Libyan people. 

The event saw other panellists stating clearly that when it comes to freedom of speech this must be contextualised with power relations whereby those higher up in the neo-colonially defined and constructed hierarchy are enabled more freedom of speech whereas the greater victims of the neo-colonial order are denied freedom of speech when that speech is married to relative and resistant power to the same system, and when our speech becomes manifest in effective action we are faced with often deadly responses from the same system of oppression. However, it is only through building our own capacity of organisations, media married to our struggle of Black peoples in the three souther continents of 'latin' America, Asia and Africa can we liberate Humanity from the "greatest purveyors of violence" on the planet today who remains the regimes of Paris, London and Washington. In that endeavor, the NoI have contributed greatly and continue to, and with them I hope we can increasingly work shoulder to shoulder with our peoples and with God on our side. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm





Wednesday, 14 January 2015

REPORT IN PRAVDA ON THE ANTI-NATO LIBYA EVENT IN bRITISH pARLIAMENT (AND ADDITIONAL PICTURES FROM THE EVENT)

Libya: Dr. Moussa Ibrahim speaks

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During a historic event last Monday at the Committee Rooms Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, dr. Moussa Ibrahim, the main media spokesperson of the Libyan Jamahiriya government at the time of the NATO aggression in 2011, spoke publicly in English for the first time after the so-called fall of Tripoli. Dr. Ibrahim, who is still wanted by the NATO powers for committing the "crime" of eloquently defending the truth about the imperialist war on Libya to the international press, joined the event called "Libya: NATO's untold story"  via video link.
 By Linda Housman
"This is a political and moral appeal to each and every one of you", Dr. Ibrahim started his speech. "I address your hearts and minds."
Dr. Ibrahim declared he also spoke on behalf of the Libyan Popular National Movement, which was founded in early 2012 as the political body of the majority of Libyans who support the Jamahiriya, and whose founding declaration can be found here. "We are Green Libyans, we support Brother Leader Muammar Gaddafi, and we make a peaceful initiative to reclaim our country from Al Qaeda and NATO's gangs", he said.
The illegal war on Libya was a full blown media war, Dr. Ibrahim stressed. Throughout the conflict, the racist lie of Black African mercenaries was used to demonize the Jamahiriya. "But not a single African soldier was captured during eight months of war." Meanwhile NATO's rebel terrorists were eager to pose with darker skinned Libyans whom they forced to eat the green flag of the Libyan Jamahiriya.
Other media lies included the "10,000 peaceful protesters who were killed by Gaddafi's forces", which was the basis of UNSC Resolution 1970 and 1973 and of U.S. President Obama's hypocritical statement that "if we had waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world." However, dr. Ibrahim emphasized, "even [former chairman of the NATO-rebels' National Transitional Council] Mustafa Abdul Jalil admitted that only eight protesters were killed before the NATO intervention, not 10,000."
"We asked the West for a fact finding mission to prove the media lies. They had money for this war, but apparently not for a fact finding mission."
"Libya was the main member of the African Union and the main power behind Arab unity", dr. Ibrahim said. "The West knew Gaddafi would not slow down his efforts to unite Africa and the Arab world. France even asked Libya to stop a project for a united African currency, calling it "destabilizing". Now their ultimate goal is to split up Libya in three parts, so that they can totally control these geographically and politically weak regions."
In a quick reference to last week's terrorist attacks in France, dr. Ibrahim said he read several Arabic-language reports saying that the Paris terrorists, who last summer returned from Syria, may have visited Libya and may have received training in Libya, which certainly could be the case as many foreign fighters left Libya for Syria during mid-2012.
Dr. Ibrahim ended his address by pointing out that there are currently two million Libyans, meaning one third of the population, living in exile, often under appalling conditions. "But we are not just crying over Libya. We have the tools to solve this crisis, based on national dialogue in which all Libyans are included. I cannot claim this is going smoothly, but I believe that Green Libya will prevail."
In October 2012, dr. Ibrahim refuted reports of the Libyan prime minister's media office on his capture in Libya by saying in an audio message that he is not even in the country. He said those reports were an attempt to distract people from the Libyan regime's crimes in the city of Bani Walid.  Libya's Deputy Prime Minister, Mustafa Abushagur, subsequently apologized on Twitter for reporting the news of dr. Ibrahim's capture. Ibrahims younger brother, 25-year-old Hassan, however was assassinated by a British Apache gunship in Zawiya during the third week of August 2011.
The "Libya: NATO's untold story" event was hosted by journalist, broadcaster and political analyst Hafsa Kara-Mustapha. Other speakers at the event were dr. Mabruk Derbash, professor at Tripoli university and political commentator, who stated that he opposed Gaddafi on many issues, but now wished that "the problems of the Jamahiriya returned, as compared to what Libya has become, they were hardly problems at all", and Sukant Chandan, coordinator at theTricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform and political analyst who reported from Libya three times during the NATO aggression in 2011.
"We are so colonized that we don't want to listen to the Libyan people, or to revolutionary leaders like Chavez and [Fidel] Castro", the latter pointed out. This also turned out to apply to a few pro-NATO attenders of the event who could not wait to put dr. Ibrahims words out of context on social media. "Mussa ibrahim: asks if the room has only libyans or even foreign journalists ? He probably would put the lying mode" Twitter user @Tajourian wrote, conveniently leaving out dr. Ibrahims addition that he would like to know this because of geographical indications in his speech that might need explanation for non-Libyans.
Many others did value the historic speech of dr. Ibrahim. "Moussa Ibrahim true Libyan hero and patriot !!!!", an exiled Libyan posted on Twitter.
A video of the event will be available on YouTube on the Tricontinental channel soon.