The Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro passed away on Friday 25th November. I am not going to provide an account of the Cuban Revolution, rather I just wanted to pay a brief, but heartfelt tribute to Castro, without deifying him or pretending that he was perfect, which is a common tendency when people write about people they admire. Why do I admire Castro? Is it because I am a Communist or Marxist revolutionary? No, certainly not. I admire him because he was one of the few true friends, in terms of significant political leaders, that Afrika has had during the 20th century. Whilst some of the Afrikan leaders of the ‘frontline states’, during the apartheid era in South Africa, either sat passively by or in some cases, actively co-operated with the apartheid regime, such as the arrogant neo-colonial lackey Dr Hastings Banda who “… was careful never to appear radical in front of the former colonial masters and pleased the British government by maintaining trade and contact with South Africa, condemning his fellow African leaders more than he did apartheid.” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-dr-hastings-banda-1296534.html Fidel Castro put Cuban forces into battle against colonial regimes in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Angola. Much Cuban blood was shed on the battlefields of Southern Africa in aid of Afrikan liberation.
A great example is the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. “The battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the Cuban intervention in Angola is one of the turning points in Southern African History. It led to the movement of powerful Cuban armed force, into the west, towards the Namibian border. The fighting in the south western part of Angola led to the withdrawal of the South African, ANC and Cuban presence in Angola, and to the Independence of Namibia.” http://www.sahistory.org.za/topic/battle-cuito-cuanavale-1988 This battle was hugely significant in that it not only led to the withdrawal of South African troops from Angola and independence of Namibia, but it also destoyed the aura of invincibility surrounding the South African Defence Force (SADF), and was a significant contributory factor in the release of Nelson Mandela and end of apartheid in South Africa.
You have to put this all into context by remembering that the white world vacillated between overt and covert support for the apartheid regime, as perhaps best exemplified by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher referring to the Afrikaners as “our kith and kin” during a state visit to the UK by the then South African leader, the despicable war criminal, PW Botha. In global terms Cuba is a small island nation with a small population and which has been under economic and political attack by the United State ever since the revolution in 1959. Over the years there were more than a dozen documented assassination attempts against Castro by various US governments and yet despite living in the shadow of a hugely powerful; hostile neighbour, Castro had the vision and commitment to reach out to African people in Afrika, the Caribbean and other parts of the world and lend direct practical military, economic and medical aid. Just take the example of the massive earthquakes in Haiti where Cuba sent teams of doctors and the US sent in hordes of soldiers. That is a direct legacy of Fidel Castro and also illuminates the Euro-American mindset of always coming to conquer. Cuba even offered to send in medical teams in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina whilst the US government once again sent in teams of soldiers to face down a non-existent threat from the stranded, mostly Afrikan residents of New Orleans. Over the years Cuba has run a program giving free medical training to African-Americans.
Castro should also be remembered for his strenuous attempts to wipe out racism in Cuba. I should be clear that he did not succeed in this, but it was not for the want of trying. Racism is still alive and kicking in Cuba as you can see by the behavior and attitudes of many of the European Cubans who migrate to the US from the island. Since, as I have mentioned many times before, racism is a normative part of European culture, all Castro could do was to suppress overt manifestations of racism in Cuba, but he could never kill its cultural root. I recall an Afrikan woman telling me of her holiday to Cuba, which took place in the last 10 years, and how she was constantly asked for her ID on the private beach associated with the hotel she was staying in and how it was regularly insinuated that she was a prostitute. You also have all of the skin color and shade issues in Cuba as is found in places such as Jamaica, UK, US etc. as well as the same European beauty ideal.
Human Rights – We have to speak about human rights because this will be the biggest criticism made of Castro. Did the Castro government suppress people’s human rights? To my mind the answer is obviously yes, however I think again we have to look at this in context. What do you think is going to happen when you lead a tiny nation with the most powerful nation on Earth as a very hostile near neighbor which is making every attempt to not only overthrow your government but also to directly kill you? It would be naive to think that you can have an open society under such abnormal conditions. Just take the failed ‘Bay of Pigs’ invasion in 1961 as an example of US hostility http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13066561 No one knows for sure how Cuba would have developed if it was not faced with the ongoing US economic embargo designed to impoverish the Cuban people and destabilise the Cuban government.
The Future – With the transition of leadership to Fidel Castro’s brother Raul in 2008, the lifting of the US economic embargo and the flow of US money into Cuba which will become a tidal wave, the future for Cuba is likely to be Back to the Future. Prior to the revolution Cuba was a playground for the rich and famous from the US, a place where the Mafia could launder money and centre for gambling, drugs and prostitution. I predict that in 5-10 years Cuba will be transformed. There will be huge infrastructure investment in the key tourist areas with hotels, casinos, theme parks etc popping up and a massive spike in property prices in these areas. Cuba will become one of the top holiday destinations for US citizens and will become a hotspot for sex tourism. Some Cubans are going to make significant amounts of money, whilst the US transnational corporations are going to make a killing. Cuba will become yet another neo-colonial island in the sun.
Article written by Ifayomi Grant
Is Donald Trump a white nationalist? He has gotten support from the Ku Klux Klan and other white power groups. This is a great video by Bhekizitha Zulu. He gives an interesting reason about why he voted for Donald Trump. And also how it may help black people in the long run. Can black people benefit from a Trump presidency?
Recording artist Mary J. Blige has an interview with Hillary Clinton on Apple music. It’s a real embarrassment. When I first saw this video a few days ago I was blown away! Mary J. Blige has sold millions of records and has millions of fans. Many people respect her. But she really lost my respect and others after this. She’s singing the song American Skin by Bruce Springsteen. She looks like a singing fool singing to this racist white woman. Hillary Clinton doesn’t give a damn about the plight of black people. She doesn’t care about cops killing black people. The Democratic party has always taken advantage of black people. They take our vote for granted because the Republicans are more overtly racist. But the Democrats are no better. Look at Clinton’s face while Mary’s singing. She has that fake look of concern on her face. Clinton doesn’t care about black poverty,unemployment or mass incarceration. She is just listening to this fool to give the impression that she cares about our struggle. She is no different than Donald Trump.
I guess Blige wanted to imitate Roland Martin. In the last buffoonery post I showed Martin buck dancing with Clinton. This is what black people have to do now? Is this the only way we can get politicians to listen to our problems? This is so damn disgraceful. I bet Clinton had to hold in her laughter listening to Blige. When will we realize that these politicians wont save us? If a biracial President didn’t do anything for you…what makes you think Clinton or Trump will? Come on black people!! Wake up now! Only WE can change our destiny. All the singing,begging,buck dancing and clowning around will not save us. And these white people don’t respect us when we behave like this. Let’s not follow the pattern of people like Mary J. Blige and Roland Martin. We can do better than this.
This video is very disturbing to me. Roland Martin is supposed to be a respected journalist. Many black people watch him on TVOne. Many black people trust him to bring them important information to the black community. Dancing with Hillary Clinton?? Teaching her how to do “the wobble”? This is pathetic! This is buffoonery to the highest degree. This man looks like s damn clown buck dancing for Clinton like that.
This is a very sad pattern for our people. Roland Martin kind of reminds me of those old Shirley Temple films back in the 1930’s. Temple used to sing and tap dance with Mr Bojangles all the time. Why are we always singing for these white folks? Why do we love to sing and tap dance for our oppressors? It’s like we are scared to tell them the truth about themselves. These people need to be put in check. This is the behavior of dysfunctional people. We need to confront these racist people for their racist behavior. Not sing for them. If I was face to face with Clinton I would give her an earful. But I can guarantee you I would NOT be dancing with her. This is bad look for you Roland. You went out like a damn buffoon! I will never forget this foolishness.
The Democratic National Convention is being held in Philadelphia this week. And there are Haitian immigrants outside the convention accusing Clinton of defrauding Haiti of billions in earthquake relief money and destabilizing the nations economy and state institutions.
Mainstream media has moreover tried to ignore this most significant part of the Clintons’ background. It is where Bill and Hillary Clinton spent their honeymoon. But since then, the poor island nation has become a source of undue enrichment for friends and family of the Clintons and they themselves.
When the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exacerbated the devastation to their own benefit. In the end, billions of dollars donated by individuals from countries all around the world, weeks upon weeks of top story attention on any and every news agency around the world, left Haitians not just where they began, but in worse circumstances.
Bill Clinton was head of the United Nations Envoy to Haiti and managed himself to head the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC). It was a commission of Haitian and international actors who would coordinate more than $13 billion [US] in earthquake relief and reconstruction money. It wouldn’t take long before members of the commission began complaining about being shut out of discussions and planning.
By all accounts, the money and what it was meant to do never really reached the Haitian people. While the Clinton Foundation only puts 10% of its donations towards charity, the IHRC was a real racket for Clinton pals, 1% went towards Haitian groups and agencies on the ground. All that is transparent is that the money didn’t go to Haiti, beyond that the trail goes cold.
The money for earthquake relief was funneled massively to friends of the Clintons, who so happen to be donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign.
It was a major kickback scheme. Even the projects that were expected of the Clinton cronies didn’t match up to their billing and barely endured a year. The State Department Inspector General would release a scathing report of waste, poor oversight, to a degree all but criminal.
Hillary Clinton, as the U.S. Secretary of State, sent her Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, to Haiti in January 2011 and according to live, on-air radio, testimony by the Director General of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council at the time, Mills changed the election results to favor a raunchy musician who had finished in fourth place.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) paid a group, that a month prior on December 7, 2010, staged riots in the cities of Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes. It was exactly this disorder, by a group that would be funded by USAID to the tune of $100,000 [US], that the Clinton State Department would use as basis for its intervention in the elections and changing of the results of the will of the Haitian people.
Furthermore, for 5 years, the musician-turned-president attempted to install a totalitarian regime in Haiti by not organizing elections. One by one Haiti’s institutions fell as elections were not held. All local townships fell in December of 2011. A third of the Senate in May of 2012. And ultimately, a second third of the Senate and the entire Chamber of Deputies on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, January 12, 2015.
In the absence of checks and balance, Hillary Clinton’s younger brother obtained one of two of the first gold mining contracts awarded by Haiti in more than 50 years. The other went to members of the totalitarian regime.
Haiti went from a democracy of 5,000 elected officials in 2010 to a totalitarian regime in 2015. By the time Americans go to the polls to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president this November, Haiti still will not have not one legitimately elected official in office. From the lowliest township up to the presidency, a representative government in Haiti is absent.