Welcome to the
November 2015 Vol 21
Slavery, King Cotton and
the Industrial Revolution
They just wanted to civilize the world, teach it Christianity, save souls and take native peoples under their protective wings as the children of God: “Let us subdue savage Africa by JUSTICE, by KINDNESS, by the talisman of CHRISTIAN TRUTH” . And if the colonialists made a few bucks doing it the entire better. The colonial powers are collectively saying that they deserve to carry no guilt or shame. They have no responsibility or obligation nor owe any reparations for the past. In fact, they greatly resent even being reminded of their ancestors’ trespasses and their continuing transgressions. It is time that the world forgets; get over it, stop making excuses and deny it ever happened. The empires are still protecting what they see as their turf. Colonization was the deliberate policy of extracting raw materials from colonies. The raw materials were taken by the use of force and gun-boat diplomacy. Raw materials were taken from colonies so that they could be used to feed the industrial revolution and the economic development of the more powerful countries.
WTO is a War Machine
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is holding its tenth Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Nairobi from 15 to 18 December. This is the first of six blogs I intend to write before the conference. The objective is to analyse the ever-changing dynamics of the WTO and to raise the voice of democratic forces – from Africa and beyond – to try and influence the outcome of the Nairobi MC10. Why is that important? Because the processes and outcomes of MC10 are subject to manipulation – like all previous WTO Ministerials have been – by the big and powerful trio: the United States, the European Union and Japan. .
“Wars on Terror” The Rebirth of Fascism
“Show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care.” – Popular conservative Sun (a British daily newspaper) commenting on the homeless war refugees from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc. who are fleeing their militarily de-stabilized and devastated countries after their homes and homelands had been reduced to bloody rubble by soldiers obeying orders from their commanders (including NATO and American “interventionism” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc, etc).
A Teachers Thanksgiving
This is a particularly difficult introduction to write. I have been a public schools teacher for twelve years, and I am also a historian and have written several books on American and Native American history. I also just happen to be Quebeque French, Metis, Ojibwa, and Iroquois. Because my Indian ancestors were on both sides of the struggle between the Puritans and the New England Indians and I am well versed in my cultural heritage and history both as an Anishnabeg (Algokin) and Hodenosione (Iroquois), it was felt that I could bring a unique insight to the project.
Voodoo supreme chief Max Beauvoir of Haiti dies at 79
The Voodoo supreme chief Max Beauvoir has died in his homeland of Haiti, where the mixture of beliefs from west Africa and Catholicism is recognized as an official religion. He was 79.
A government statement said Beauvoir died on Saturday in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince after an illness. The cause of death was not immediately known.
On his Twitter account, President Michel Martelly described Beauvoir’s death as a “great loss for the country”.
Born in 1936, Beauvoir was a biochemical engineer who earned degrees abroad and became a Voodoo priest when he returned to his Caribbean homeland in the 1970s.
Actor Danny Glover slams UK PM
Glover is in Jamaica at the invitation of chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles who penned an open letter to Cameron ahead of his visit to the island last week, urging him to answer the loud calls for reparations.
Addressing the Jamaica Parliament, Cameron announced a package of over £360 million (US$545.8 million) of bilateral aid for the region, but said that while slavery was and is abhorrent in all its forms and “has no place whatsoever in any civilized society and Britain is proud to have eventually led the way in its abolition”, no reparations would be coming from his country.
France still robbing its 'former' African colonies
We always accuse the leaders of African countries of being corrupt and of not working in the interest of their citizens. However, even if they wanted to be honest leaders, they would not be able to do so.
Why? I have encountered very interesting information that sheds light on this controversial issue.
In this short article I will try to explain how African countries that were colonized by France are still beholden to their colonizers. The current relationship between African countries and France prevents successful African development and sovereignty.
What The Chinese Really Think About Africa
AFRICANGLOBE – China’s ambitions in Africa are well-documented. Its annual trade with the resource-rich continent recently surpassed $200 billion, and Chinese agencies and firms have invested heavily in building badly needed roads, railways, and public buildings. Meanwhile, more than 1 million Chinese have reportedly left home to seek their fortunes in African nations.
By Arthur Chatora on September 24, 2015 — South Africa celebrates Heritage Day today, the day used to be known as Shaka Day in commemoration of one of the most famous African warriors and king to ever grace South Africa
Moroccan Survey: African, But Not Completely
This question is rhetorical when looking at the globe: the kingdom is situated at the peak of the continent, and it sprawls itself along the top of the Sahara desert all the way down to sub-Saharan Africa. It is disconnected from Europe by a small channel, which — although barely 14 kilometers [9 miles] wide — serves as a constant physical reminder of both its proximity to and its remoteness from the economic and cultural fortress that is the European Union.
Speaking of “Africanness” is far more imposing when studying Morocco’s natural linguistic space. The majority of its inhabitants are Amazigh-speaking; it shares a common language with 20 million Berber speakers spread across five million square kilometers [about 2 million square miles] of land from Egypt to the Canary Islands and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Niger river. They all live in the same continent. They’re all Africans — whether they are Soussis, Rifains, Kabyles, Tunisians, Libyans, Egyptians or the Tauregs of Niger and Mali.