Black Agenda Report 2 November 2018: Obama Occupied Africa, Russiagate is “The Big Lie,” Policing in Canada, Mumia on Empire

26 November 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Obama Militarily Occupied Africa 

“In the 8 years that Barack Obama was president, “AFRICOM went from 3 military bases to 84 bases” on the continent, said Paul Pumphrey, co-founder of Friends of Congo, speaking at a conference against US and NATO bases in Dublin, Ireland. Between 1996 and 2006, the US-backed regimes of Rwanda and Uganda, “by UN estimates, killed over 6 million people in Congo,” said Pumphrey.

Russiagate is “The Big Lie”

With the CIA on point, U.S. militarists are implementing Joseph Goebbel’s formula to reignite the Cold War. “You tell a very big lie, and tell it over and over again, and it becomes the truth,” said Ron Ridenour, author of The Russian Peace Threat: Pentagon On Alert.

Policing is More Than Clubs and Guns

For Black people, policing is spread “across multiple state institutions,” including social welfare agency surveillance and school-to-prison pipelines, “and we can trace that history back to slavery,” said Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Mumia on the Twilight of Empire

The US became the world’s sole superpower “without a mask,” said the nation’s best known political prisoner. “We saw its true, angry, contemptuous face snarling at the Third World, hostile to its European ancestors, and dismissive of Latin America,” said Mumia Abu Jamalin a report for Prison Radio.

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