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Audio – U.S. Middle East Politics – Tears in the Fabric. – KGNU – Middle East Dialogues. November 23, 2021

November 24, 2021

Patriot Missiles pulled from Saudi Arabia in 2020. Getty Images

Tonight on Hemispheres the Middle East Dialogues with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. This evening Ibrahim and Rob will discuss cracks in U.S. hegemony in the Middle East. Although it is not about to collapse, U.S. global hegemony is waning. The days when a U.S. president (or his representative) could get on the phone and dictate how to resolve a regional conflict appears to be ending. The uni-polar world post the collapse of the Soviet Union is cracking and U.S. control to dictate what happens in the Middle East is changing. A bipolar world is coming into being and it’s local allies in the Middle East – Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey are becoming somewhat more independent as a result. Despite the apparent strength, financial or military, of the United States, it finds its hands tied more and more. What’s the deal? What’s going on? Hear Kazerooni and Prince discuss how the global crisis is influencing Middle East developments in Yemen, Iraq and much more. That’s the Middle East Dialogues on Hemispheres; Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 6pm.

No more U.S. intervention; Respect Ethiopia’s Democracy: No More Support for TPLF Insurrectionists. Aurora Colorado, November 21, 2021

November 21, 2021

 

 

Building the GERD – Ethiopian contribution to Horn of African regional development

Remarks of Rob Prince, Retired Senior Lecturer of International Studies. University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies. 

Just an announcement for starters…

A week from now on Tuesday, November 30 from 6-7… I’ll be interviewing a member of Colorado’s Eritrean Community – KGNU – 1390 AM, 88.5 FM. It’s a part of an ongoing series – Colorado and the Horn of Africa at KGNU’s Hemispheres Program… Last interview was with Nebiyu Asfaw, one of the founders of Taste of Ethiopia…also well worth listening to.

You can ask the Ethiopian brothers and sisters, some of whom listening to whether it worth listening or not…

Since Brother Dawit invited me to make some remarks today I have been thinking about what to say and what not to say…What concerns me most – is the evolution of U.S. policy – not just towards the growing crisis in Ethiopia which Washington had not small hand in helping foment – and whose pressure will continue, but towards the evolution of the entire Horn of Africa…

I think that it is useful to spell out from the outset and briefly where I stand on U.S. African Policy – what it is, and how it needs to change…

– Africa has long been for Europe and North America little more than a source of labor, raw materials – be it food stuffs or mineral wealth and little more. And it is out of that role that Ethiopia and the rest of the Africa are trying to transform itself – using a number of E. Asian models – modified for African circumstances – S. Korea, Singapore, whatever – into a more modern role

– My personal views on the subject actually are, after working with Ethiopian friends here, rather clear.

a. I support the regional integrity of Ethiopia and oppose any attempts – either de facto or de jure – to partition Ethiopia or weaken it in its efforts at increasing socio-economic development which will, in all likelihood, have positive echoes throughout the Horn of Africa specifically and frankly throughout the African continent

b. I fully support the demands of this rally, a part of both national and international demonstrations taking place worldwide.

What are they?

– No more U.S. intervention
– Respect Ethiopia’s Democracy
– No More Support for TPLF Insurrectionists

Succinct, to the point, humane and frankly all anti-Imperialist. I embrace them all and hope you do too.. I am not especially surprised who is sponsoring them…

I want to explore two points of the current situation…
a. the massive, coordinated misinformation campaign, with its daily lies, half truths and open attacks on the Ethiopian government of Abiy Ahmed…
b. a few reflections on what U.S. policy is all about – at least my understanding of it – in Ethiopia in specific and the Horn of Africa in general.

A.

Black Alliance for Peace, Answer – both of whom I want to give both credit and respect for “leading the way” – for seeing, as we say “the forest through the trees” – something many other peace groups at least to date, have not been capable of… as they have drank the “humanitarian interventionalist” cool aid… They have been suckered into believing the news – often little more than official propaganda – of the BBC, CNN, Economist, Democracy Now! or a number of human rights groups whose ties to big money and Washington are too close for comfort are spewing.

Let me focus on two of them for a moment, typical of all of them – the BBC…Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!”

The BBC is seen by many here in the USA as some kind of more objective alternative to U.S. mainstream news sources. Ah if let’s say CBS or the New York Times are painting a certain picture of reality in the Horn of Africa one can always check with the BBC or Amy Goodman to verify or challenge the mainstream media scenario…

Unfortunately that is something of a dead end. When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, the BBC has essentially echoed Washington’s call for war be it in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria or elsewhere.

As for Democracy Now! – while I wouldn’t throw out “the baby with the bathwater” – there is much of value in that program, it’s international reporting is disappointing where it concerns the Middle East and Africa
– It bought into the hysteria that softened public opinion to support the U.S. orchestrated NATO war on Libya,
– it’s reporting on Syria is nothing short of supporting al Nusra, and like terrorist organizations that it refers to as the “moderate opposition”
– and so far on the U.S. hybrid war against Ethiopia it’s reporting, frankly, reflects its continued support of U.S. military intervention (direct or through proxies) based on the false pretext of humanitarian intervention.

Neither the Black Alliance for Peace nor Answer have fallen into that trap… No small achievement.

All this is to say, that there is an unprecedented disinformation, media campaign directed against the Ethiopian government – one that will continue as Ajama Barack noted in recent remarks – for sometime into the future and that we must continue to deconstruct the lies and half truths on what is happening in Ethiopia – to undermine this false narrative and to replace it with a more objective and honest explanation of what is transpiring in the Horn and what the United States is up to there and why…

It is demonstrations like this one, – along with other efforts that have been made – that are beginning to challenge and undermine this false mainstream narrative – along with friends in the Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali Communities here in the USA, and the participation of groups like our rally sponsors here – that will make the difference

B.

Concerning U.S. policy towards Ethiopia – the apparent shift of recent times from being an important “regional ally” to now a full blown adversary… just a few remarks for you to consider..
Mostly here I am responding to certain, ideas, misconceptions as I see it, concerning the policy

1. While no doubt it is the Biden Administration that has intensified its hybrid warfare against Ethiopia it is both naive and misguided as some have done, to blame the Democrats and let the Republicans off the hook.

When it comes to U.S. global geopolitics – America’s attempt to maintain its global empire – the policies are bipartisan. Both parties are involved – certainly at the leadership level – and what they argue over are frankly minor tactical considerations, no more.

Let us remember that before the Biden Administration engaged in its open full scale lovefest with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front that it was none other than Donald Trump in unsettled and racist statements spoke about “shit hole countries” and actually publicly encouraged Egypt bombing Ethiopia’s Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project to freeze it completion

That is one point..

The last point… what is driving U.S. policy today in Ethiopia and Africa as a whole… while there are a number of factors, the one that makes to most sense to me is U.S. competition with China over Africa’s raw materials and natural resources. And it is part and parcel of the current growing U.S. policy – enshrined in a number of key government documents – to deny China its rightful place as a major competitor to Washington on the world scene.

How does Washington – Democratic or Republican Administrations – complete with China in Africa and doesn’t it compete?

– It establishes AFRICOM, whose main mission, far from “fighting terrorism” in Africa is to control and assure U.S. access to the African continent’s rich natural wealth, an organization that should be dismantled as it sows instability and war rather than development and peace.
– Now, through its proxy the TPLF, it tries to stifle rather than enhance Ethiopia’s place as a regional forces for good, for regional prosperity, greater economic and social regional integration.
– U.S. policy towards Ethiopia bares an unfortunate but uncanny comparison to past misadventures – Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and beyond the region its choke hold on Cuba, Venezuela come to mind. The Libyan comparison has been made repeatedly recently, especially by Ajamu Baraka, the Black Alliance for Peace’s co-founder and spokesperson.

If the Biden Administration actually wanted to help Ethiopia – rather than destabilize it – it would help with the financing of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam rather than doing whatever to sabotage Ethiopia’s attempts to get loans from international lending outlets

If the Biden Administration actually wanted to help Ethiopia – rather than attacking China for its infrastructural projects in Ethiopia, it would help build the country’s road and public transportation network rather than covertly and overtly supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation attempts to wreck the country’s development efforts.

Let us prevent Ethiopia from becoming the world’s next Libya – with all the consequences that entails..

– No more U.S. intervention
– Respect Ethiopia’s Democracy
– No More Support for TPLF Insurrectionists\

Thank you

Same demonstration in S. Africa

Walking with “Z” – leader of the Eritrean Community of Colorado

Demonstration in Aurora Colorado Tomorrow (Sunday, November 21, 2021) 14200, E. Alameda 1 pm

November 20, 2021

 

No more U.S. intervention

Respect Ethiopia’s Democracy

No More Support for TPLF Insurrectionists

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This is a nationally sponsored event organized by the Black Alliance for Peace and the Answer Coalition…
I’ll be there, hope you will be too…
I anticipate a considerable turnout from Colorado’s Ethiopian Community. Here is a chance for you to see that Community in all its diversity and strength and see just how marginal and frankly irrelevant is the TPLF that some of you think well of because you read an article in the BBC, saw a report in Human Rights Watch (which has a penchant for encouraging US wars of intervention based on “humanitarian” intervention – an oxymoron if ever that was one) or spoke to one of their friends here in Colorado.
Remarks of Dr. Ajamu Baraka National Organizer and Spokesperson for the Black Alliance for Peace, it, one of the two national organizations sponsoring the national – actually international day of solidarity with Ethiopia.

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Norman Finkelstein on the Six-Day (June1967) Middle East War…

November 7, 2021

Yahya Sinwar – sitting amidst the ruins of his home in Gaza destroyed by a recent Israeli missile attack

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(In 1967) Israel had won a major public relations coup worldwide by learning the fine art of “playing the victim” while in fact it was little more than the aggressor, an image it has been able to cultivate and refine since, regardless of the facts on the ground. This was, I would argue, its greatest political victory.

My Introduction: (November 7, 2021)

This war, or at least the result of it, has fixed the narrative on Israeli relations with its Arab neighbors, and the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations, ever since… That is a 54 year old narrative, the main outlines of which are somewhere between half truths and pure fiction.

Be that as it may, it’s a powerful narrative – the supposedly, small, weak Israel surrounded by its Arab neighbors ready to destroy it. After the 1956 abortive British-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt, it was important for Israel to reshape itself as the victim rather than the aggressor in war, and thus ever since, if the Israelis excel at anything its playing the victim while strangling- or trying to – Palestinian resistance and trying to keep it’s Arab neighbors “in line.”.

There is another myth – common place on ‘points left” that is equally, if you pardon my language, a load of crap – often referred to Israel as “the tail wagging the dog” – that Israel controls and manipulates US foreign policy. No, the “dog” wags its own “tail.” Israel and its committed U.S. supporters DO have influence on U.S. Israeli policy, but when it comes to overall U.S. Middle East (or other) policy, it’s Washington that calls the shots and Israel that at least on the level of geo-political security, follows the orders.

Such thinking by the way, hides the role of the genuine policy makers of U.S. Middle East policy: the arms merchants, energy and construction companies, financial interests who are at the center of both short-term (who should be attacked, overthrown, sanctioned, etc) and long-term U.S. strategic thinking. It buys into the notion – frankly anti-Semitic at its core that the Zionists – and by this many people mean “the Jews” control and dominate U.S. Middle East policy, and not only that, but U.S. global politic… the old myth encapsuled by the Protocols of Zion, a pretext for the pogroms of the late 19th and early 20th century…itself a pretext for greater tragedies.

Read more…

In a tight race, Ethiopians and Eritrean voters in Virginia could be the tie-breakers in choosing the state’s next governor

October 28, 2021

From left to right: Luel Bekele, Yerusalem Work, Tesfa Mekonnen, Ethiopian-American supporters of Terry McAuliffe’s bid to become Virginia’s governor on November 2.

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In 2017 White Supremacists who literally were calling for our community to be sent back to Africa marched in Charlottesville – Donald Trump said they were ‘good people on both sides’ Terry McAuliffe as Governor stood up against wide supremacist and for our community – Glenn Youngkin welcomes support from the very people who want to push us out of our own Country.

At our core we need to stand with those who welcome us – Now we do have other concerns that must be addressed.

With the gubernatorial race for governor of Virginia upon us, the 2021-2 electoral season is upon us. Both the NY Times and the Washington Post have given space to this election suggesting its national importance. According to a recent poll done by the Wason Center for Civic Leadership, the Democrat, Terry McAuliffe and his Republican challenger, businessman, Glenn Alan Youngkin, are in a dead heat, now a few days prior to the November 2 election.

The 2021 and 2022 regional elections are seen as litmus tests for the 2024 presidential contest.It should come as no surprise that major media outlets are watching the Virginia contest. In such circumstances where elections are close, swing voters could make a difference; such is the case with Virginia’s burgeoning Ethiopian and Eritrean Community (who tend to vote similarly). These two communities find themselves working in tandem both in the Horn of Africa and here in the USA. How they vote

The Ethiopian-Eritrean vote in these next few days could decide whether Glenn Youngkin, for all his attempts to appear moderate, nothing less than a Donald Trump surrogate, or Terry McAuliffe, a moderate Democrat with a record to prove it – becomes Virginia’s governor. No doubt, the results will resonate both in 2022 and beyond. Much depends on how these communities vote – historically they vote in large numbers – could determine not only the future of Virginia, but far beyond.

Until recently, as with many other immigrant voting blocks in the USA, Ethiopians and their Eritrean co Read more…

The “Chaotic U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the reposturing of the U.S. policy towards Iran – What’s the deal?” – KGNU, Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. October 26, 2021

October 27, 2021

John Kerry and Jawad Zarif at the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015. Will the USA return to the agreement and respect all of its clauses? Or is the agreement in a state of cryonic suspension, close to dead in the water, being held a float until the Biden Administration can safely discard it?

The following audio is a taped discussion on KGNU – Boulder Colorado – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues hosted by Jim Nelson, featuring Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince, a monthly program now in its eleventh year.

Was the August, 2021 U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan as unplanned and chaotic at it appears?… Or was there some other underlying plan that was hatched beforehand and implemented theee past months. Kazerooni and Prince try to deconstruct mainstream narratives and hypothesis was is actually going on. In the end, they conclude, that from the broader geo-political view point, U.S. strategy in Central Asia – increased subversion in Central Asia and China’s Xinjiang Province continue as do U.S. plans for regime change in Iran… only the details to work out these plans have changed. There are a number of suggestions that, as off the wall as it might sound, that Washington hopes to include the Taliban in these plans.

The 1795 Third Partition of Poland – Watershed for Eastern European Jewish History

October 25, 2021

On October 24, 1795, Austrian, Prussian, and Russian representatives met to dissolve the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, known as the Third Partition of Poland, which ended the existence of an independent Polish and Lithuanian state for the next 123 years.

If you’re Jewish and your family comes from Eastern Europe… this is a part of YOUR history… as well as that of Poland and the areas surrounding it in general.

This might not sound like “news” … but this partition of Poland in 1795, the third in some twenty years or so changed the map of Europe… with Russia, the then Austro-Hungarian Empire and Prussia globbling up the spoils and creating from it a complex fractured geographic cloth of Poland and Lithuania…for all the peoples living there… Poles, Jews, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Rutherians, and others… a fractured soul that frankly has never been put together again as it was.

Until that time, Jews – including all of my family’s ancestors – who come from places with names like Bialystok, Grodno, Prienai and Vilnius – this was the beginning of the long end that would lead to two world wars in the 20th century with their well known unspeakably painful results and an end to Eastern European Jewry as we know it. Jews living in the different zones – Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Prussian controlled areas had quite different experiences from this time on as their realities varied significantly according to which of the three powers was in charge.

Prior to the three partitions ending the Polish-Lithuanian state in 1795, Jews were generally welcomed and protected in eastern Europe, many of them having fled from England, France, Germany, etc driven out by extremes of both Catholicism and just as virulent Lutheranism. They, the Jews were welcomed and found refuge for half a milleneum, maybe more, in Poland-Lithuania..

And then the skies darkened … slowly at first

A fine little volume on this subject which deals with Jews during the inter-war period (1919-1939) but also gives good historical background going back to the above mentioned partitions of Poland: The Jews of East Central Europe Between the Wars by Ezra Mendelsohn. For those wanting more in depth history: Norman Davis’ two volume God’s Playground: A History of Poland.

On this Day, in 1795: the Third Partition of Poland was concluded – It’s worth reading the whole article on this subject…

International Month of Action Against AFRICOM: demand the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Africa, the demilitarization of the African continent, and the closure of U.S. bases throughout the world

October 15, 2021

Saharan Rock Art. It dates from the period before the Sahara became a desert when herding and farming peoples lived throughout the region. No specifid dates but sometime both before and after 10,000 years ago is the approximate period

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(AFRICOM – the U.S. Africa Command – has been in existence now for thirteen years. Hardly noticed in either the mainstream or “alternative” left media with a few notable exceptions, AFRICOM’s presence in Africa “formalizes the [U.S. military]presence in Africa with better coordination and strategic focus for realizing the long term geopolitical goals of U.S. Imperialism in Africa. Those goals are essentially two: 

  1. For the United States to control and dominate the extraction of the continent’s wealth of mineral and other natural resources
  2. To intefer with and undermine the growing Chinese presence in and cooperation with African countries.

Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be posting several articles to honor International Month of Action against AFRICOM, supporting its call for the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from African and the demilitarization of the African continuent. The first of these is an interview with Tunde Osazua, the Coordinator of the U.S. Out of Africa Network, a member of the Black Alliance for Peace’s Africa Team, and a member of the team that produces the AFRICOM Watch Bulletin.) – RJP

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October 1, 2021 marked 13 years since the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) was established. Please join us in our International Month of Action Against AFRICOM to demand the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Africa, the demilitarization of the African continent, and the closure of U.S. bases throughout the world. We urge the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to oppose AFRICOM and support hearings on AFRICOM’s impact on the African continent.

The U.S. Out of Africa Network (USOAN) is the organizational arm of the Black Alliance for Peace’s U.S. Out of Africa: Shut Down AFRICOM campaign which is designed to educate the public about the destructive U.S. hybrid war and imperialist policies perpetrated by AFRICOM. The USOAN aims to raise the public’s awareness about the U.S. military’s existence in Africa, and how the presence of U.S. forces exacerbates violence and instability throughout the continent.

BAP and the USOAN take a resolute anti-colonial, anti-imperialist position that links the international role of the U.S. empire, which is an empire based on war, aggression and exploitation, to the domestic war against poor and working class Black people in the United States. This Month of Action is a contribution to the effort to build a popular movement for demilitarization and anti-imperialism in Africa. Visit the Black Alliance for Peace website for additional resources, like a Toolkit to Shut Down AFRICOM, and to learn more about how to get involved.

U.S. Out of Africa: Voices from the Struggle

AFRICOM Watch Bulletin speaks with Tunde Osazua, the Coordinator of the U.S. Out of Africa Network, a member of the Black Alliance for Peace’s Africa Team, and a member of the team that produces the AFRICOM Watch Bulletin.

AFRICOM Watch Bulletin: How has U.S. military involvement on the African continent changed with AFRICOM?

Tunde Osazua: U.S. military presence in Africa did not begin with AFRICOM. However, AFRICOM now formalizes that presence with better coordination and strategic focus for realizing the long term geopolitical goals of U.S. imperialism in Africa. According to a U.S. Congressional Research Service Study published in November 2010, Washington has dispatched anywhere between hundreds and several thousand combat troops, dozens of fighter planes and warships to buttress client dictatorships or to unseat adversarial regimes in dozens of countries, almost on a yearly basis. The record shows U.S. armed forces intervened in Africa forty-eight times. The countries receiving one or more U.S. military intervention include both Congos, Libya, Chad, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Rwanda, Liberia, Central African Republic, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea.

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The Bogus “Uyghur Tribunal”: Washington’s Buildup to call for a global boycott of the Beijing Olympics?

October 10, 2021

This 41 years ago: Coloradans in Denver pposing the U.S. led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Demonstrating with this group, members of the U.S. Olympic Volleyball team at the time who had trained in Colorado Springs. Might need to get out our marching shoes again against what is shaping up to U.S. calls to boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics, using the bogus “Uyghur Tribunal” as its pretext. (Rob Prince photo – 1980)

During the height of the U.S. conducted Vietnam War, in 1966, an international informal tribunal – the Russell Tribunal – headed up by British philosopher, Bertrand Russell was set up and functioned in Stockholm. Among those leading figures who participated in its deliberations were French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre, along with Lelio BassoSimone de BeauvoirVladimir DedijerRalph SchoenmanIsaac Deutscher and several others. It’s revelations concerning U.S. war crimes in Vietnam – the use of chemical weapons (napalm, phospherous, Agent Orange) plus revelations of U.S. sponsored torture (Tiger cages, other obscene practices) came to light, damaging the U.S. image as some kind of benign exporter of “democracy” in the world, some say forever. All that is documented in Russell’s little volume, War Crimes in Vietnam, a volume which had considerable worldwide impact but which was largely ignored – for obvious reasons – in the USA.

The Swedish Prime Minister who supported holding these hearings in Sweden, Olaf Palme, was soon after assassinated twenty years later, in 1986, (a few weeks before out family arrived in nearby Helsinki for a five year stay). The assassins were never found – of course – although there was speculation that the Palme murder was revenge for the Vietnam hearings in specific and for Sweden’s then more independent foreign policy, independent from both Washington and Moscow at the time.  It certainly discouraged other western nations from holding hearings on U.S. war crimes afterwards.

It’s reputation might have been damaged, but it’s not true that Washington has not appreciated the power of such hearing and of using such a mechanism to turn public opinion against its adversaries.

So we shouldn’t be surprised, that now, a year before the 2022 Peking Olympics – that “an independent” tribunal – but with ample funding from Washington – should be set up, “the Ugyhur Tribunal.” Washington denies that the said tribunal is government funded, but as this article below details, these denials do not hold much water. Washington’s finger prints and government financing are all over it. Besides being used as a pretext to boycott the Peking Olympics, as Brian Berletic notes (see link below) it “may serve to help pressure nations around the globe to roll back ties with China and aid the US in imposing additional sanctions and boycotts.”

Nor should we be surprised that the Tribunal’s final “ruling” will be read in December 2021,a few months prior to the start of February, 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Besides destabilizing the Olympics, the Biden Administration would like to limit the global exposure to the progress China has made in the past decade, having taken an independent development path unsettling to Washinton precisely because it has been so successful.

As the photo above indicates, there was a similar campaign back in 1980 for the United States to boycott the Moscow Olympics (as a result of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan). That one was largely successful but U.S. global prestige was more pronounced at the time. I am willing to bet that Washington’s current attempt to wreck the Beijing Olympics will be an all-round failure, a complete dud with only a few countries worried about the U.S. withdrawing funding getting onboard the boycott train, you know, the same ones who vote against Cuba and Palestine in the United Nations General Assembly.

Read more…

CFJ – Colorado Interviews local Palestinian scholar and activist, Nadine Ibrahim.

October 4, 2021

Nadeen Ibrahim

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I’d like to start with my name. From the moment that I was born, it was the moment that started that spirit, that fiery activism that is largely driven by my Palestinian identity. I like to remind people about where I come from, and who I am because those factors are intrinsic to the passion and motivation that I have for my age.

My name is Nadeen Muaatasem Mamoun Ibrahim Karaja

The reason that I share that name is because that name shares my lineage and it shows my connection with Filistine (Palestine in Arabic), a family connection that has been documented gong back 700 years. In fac the very structures of where my Dad’s tribe, the “Karaj” comes from is right outside of Ramallah. The land has been ours for more than 700 years. My dad is in the process of restoring a lot of those old structures to maintain their integrity.

The second part of my name, al Qassem, is my Dad’s name. Being Palestinian, your name often tells who you are, which family you are a part of,, but also because families come from certain geographic areas, from their names you can tell from where they come in Filistine.

Nadeen Ibrahim will discuss her organizing work and activism, as well as her master’s thesis on how the Israeli government weaponized a variety of land policies to increase and fund settlement construction as a means to change the demographics on Palestinian lands.
Nadeen M. Ibrahim is a seasoned community organizer with more than 7 years of experience in Colorado. She has largely and intersectionally organized for the Palestinian, Muslim, immigrant, and refugee communities, given her identities. Some of her flagship projects include co-founding the Colorado Muslim Leadership Council, Denver Day of Dignity, and Muslim Youth Empowerment Conference.
Her unwavering commitment to advocating for Palestine and Palestinians is driven by her identity. She was born in the city of Jerusalem during the Oslo Accords and maintains deep connections with her family and land in Palestine. Nadeen most recently completed her Master’s of Public Policy at the University of Oxford, England.

Palestinian opposing be expelled from their homes in Sheik Jaffar Neighborhood of Jerusalem

Audio: Israel’s Targeted Assassinations of Iranian Nuclear Scientists: Tactically Brilliant, Strategically Irrelevant with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince.

September 30, 2021

US military bases surrounding Iran. The bases in Afghanistan are being eliminated

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KGNU Hemispheres Middle East Dialogues. Tuesday, September 28, 2021 @ 6 pm Mountain States Time

This week on Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues Kazerooni and Prince discuss the Israeli targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. Effective Israeli deterrent, or strategic waste of time?

Why have some Israeli assassinations of incipient Middle Eastern nuclear programs “worked”, ie, the programs were eliminated, (Egupt, Iraq, Libya, Syria) but the Iranian program is going ahead full steam despite repeated efforts to neutralize it militarily?

Recently the New York Times ran a major piece on the Israeli targeted assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists program entitled “The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Controll Killing Machines“. In fact, since WWII, Israel has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world, be they nuclear scientists or not. In many cases in the past, it could be said that “they work” but more recently, with Iran, they have not worked at all to derail Teheran’s nuclear energy program. Why did these assassinations – nothing short of political murders – work in the past but seem to fail in their objective today?
That and more – KGNU, Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues – Stay tuned.

Israel’s Targeted Assassinations of Iranian Nuclear Scientists: Tactically Brilliant, Strategically Irrelevant with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU Hemispheres Middle East Dialogues. Tuesday, September 28, 2021 @ 6 pm Mountain States Time

September 26, 2021

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iranian nuclear scientist administrator. Assassinated by Israel on November 28, 2021

This week on Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues Kazerooni and Prince discuss the Israeli targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. Effective Israeli deterrent, or strategic waste of time?

Recently the New York Times ran a major piece on the Israeli targeted assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists program entitled “The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Controll Killing Machines“. In fact, since WWII, Israel has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world, be they nuclear scientists or not. In many cases in the past, it could be said that “they work” but more recently, with Iran, they have not worked at all to derail Teheran’s nuclear energy program. Why did these assassinations – nothing short of political murders – work in the past but seem to fail in their objective today?
That and more – KGNU, Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues – Stay tuned.

Are Colorado’s Ethiopians Stampeding from the Democratic Party? What’s the Deal? – Part Two

September 23, 2021

Ethiopian and Eritrean Communities celebrating the appointment of Abiy Ahmed as new Ethiopian Prime Minister. Aurora High School. Aurora, Colorado. July 22, 2018

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Six weeks ago I wrote a blog “Are Colorado Ethiopians Stampeding from the Democratic Party? What’s The Deal?” in response to the Biden Administration’s blatant support for the Ethiopian separatist group, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a group trying to overthrow the current Ethiopian government of President Abiy Ahmed. The details, explanation of Ethiopians bolting from the Dems is described therein for those interested in digging deeper.  At the time, the insight into this tendency came from a series of discussions with of Colorado’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Communities here in the state; that is to say, while I was convinced that the trend exists, the evidence was anecdotal.

It should not be surprising that Washington’s offensive against the Ethiopian government has provoked strong negative reactions among Ethiopia’s American citizens, 95% of which stand with the Abiy government. Of late, Ethiopians here in the USA, have alternated between criticism of Republican and Democratic administrations. Concerning Ethiopia, Washington has pursued an essentially bipartisan policy resulting in constantly shifting voting patterns. As short-sighted and misguided as Biden’s current Ethiopia policy is, in its broader dimension, frankly, there is no difference between that of the Biden Administration from that of the Trump Admininistration. It should be recalled, that Donald Trump in his own inimical manner referred to all Africa as “shithole countries” in one breath and a few breaths later, openly threatened Ethiopia by encouraging Egypt to bomb the nearly completed Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The Biden Administration’s full court press against the Abiy government, that has already included some cuts in aid the beginning of a sanctions program against Ethiopians and Eritreans. One could say with justification that Biden is simply deepening a campaign initiated by Trump and that Washington’s Ethiopia policy is essentially bipartisan. Switching parties, bouncing back and forth between the Dems and Republicans is akin to replacing rotten meat with rotten fish and thinking the switch is a way to address the problem.  No solution in the end.  None.

Whatever, Ethiopian-Americans, like so many other immigrant communities, fixated on events “back home” in a time of crisis, are responding by jumping ship from the Dems to the Republicans. A shortsighted, labile response to the crisis that requires a qualitatively different approach (from where I am sitting), but is common enough.

In the same vein, a new on-line poll, announced on an Ethiopian-American email list, discussion group, People-to-People,(1) concluded that a large percentage of Ethiopian-Americans are indeed changing political horses, switching their voting registration from Democratic to Republican.

If an accurate, Democrats have their work cut out for them, especially in swing states with large Ethiopian populations that tend to vote in high numbers. No? Read more…

Guest Blogger: Denton Collins. Food Aid as a Weapon in Ethiopia, the Death of US Diplomacy and the Power of Brain Washing for State Destruction. Denton Collins. September 19, 2021

September 22, 2021

(A good piece on the misuses of food aid in Ethiopia currently. Like other aspects of “humanitarian aid” it has been so largely weaponized as another tool in the arsenal of U.S. foreign policy as to be essentially the opposite of what it appears to be. It is long and detailed. Worth the read… take the time. RJP)

  • **Please forward this article and findings on these links for USAID and White House, and request comment . Contact your US House Representative and Senator and share this article — a false pretense for supporting TPLF similar to Iraq’s fake WMD is being peddled while we don’t know “Where are the US taxpayers’ billions stolen from Ethiopia?”
  • ∙ The US Embassy in Addis can be reached at ConsAddis@state.gov OR PASAddis@state.gov The US Mission to the African Union can be reached at usau@state.gov

I am old enough to intimately remember Emperor Haile Selassie as the first among world leaders at the side of JFK’s casket in on 25 November 1963. Front. And. Center.

Yesterday, 17 September 2021, will go down in history as the death of this historic relationship dating from 1903. This compelled me to put pen to paper on a foreign policy topic for the first time in years. To my Ethiopian friends, I am with you.

How does one even begin to apologies for the Biden Administration’s humiliating foreign policy record so far? (Within the last 48 hours America has lost historic allies in Ethiopia and France. How poetic that de Gaulle and Haile Selassie are standing side by side above.)

Look at this picture and take a moment for it to sink in. Ethiopians like to say gold in your hand feels like a piece of bronze.

Yesterday, President Biden issued an executive order imposing sanctions on warring parties in Ethiopia — which in reality is targeting the Government of Ethiopia- the most democratically elected in the history of the ancient nation.

It is not the first time that Ethiopia, a nation that has sent diplomatic mission abroad since before the United States existed, has been thrown under the bus by the West. Recall when Ethiopia — one of only a handful of African nations in the League of Nations — was allowed to be overran by the same League that it was member of AND by another League member. Double standards and colonialism have never been part of your vocabulary. Read more…

U.S – Israeli Targeted Assassinations – Pyrrhic Victories, Strategic Losses.

September 19, 2021

Ghassan Suliemani and with former Iranian foreign secretary (and University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies, phd.) Javad Zarif. Suliemani was assassinated by the Trump Administration. Most Americans have no idea how destructive that murder was to U.S. Middle East policy…

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Washington has a long history of exaggerating its victories – political or military – as well as minimizing or simply denying its setbacks or defeats. It also has a long history of face saving damage control when it comes to defeats or just “fuck ups” – like the recent drone killing of an Afghan family of ten that has been in the news. This New York Times article celebrating targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists fits nicely into that pattern. Washington and Tel Aviv might have their hands tied with Iranian shipments of oil to Lebanon (a strategic set back) but at least “we’re” still killing Iranian nuclear scientists! Sick logic, but what else is new?

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Recently the New York Times ran a detailed story about the Israeli  high tech targeted assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhizadeh on November 27, 2020, a murder carried out by a remote-controlled machine gun “equipped with an intelligent satellite system” using artificial intelligence.

Although the article gave the appearance of being a breakthrough in investigative reporting, actually it was nothing of the kind. Most of the information therein had appeared days after the attack in the Iranian press with follow up articles all over the Middle East and beyond. Only in the United States were the details of the event as well as Israel’s long-standing targeted assassination program against Iranian nuclear scientists – was more muted (although there have been articles, especially in the alternative media). What is “new” about the piece is that finally the information is now appearing in an authoritative mainstream media source that remains a kind of unofficial flagship of U.S. foreign policy, the New York Times.

The article is curious in a demented sort of way.

Israeli (and U.S.) bragging that it can assassinate (which means politically murder) anyone in Iran from Fakhizadeh to the five other nuclear scientists it has killed since the program began in 2004 (this according to the article). The normalization of cold blooded murder? The evidence that these assassinations are essentially U.S.-Israel joint operations appears frequently throughout. Israel could not engage in such programs without the green light from Washington. The article claims that in the aftermath of assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guard leader Qassim Suleimani that Iran’s response was “tepid.” Tepid? Almost immediately thereafter, Iran bombed two U.S. military bases in Iraq, the major one be the Al Asad Base in Western Iraq. In so doing it showed to the world, but especially to Washington and Tel Aviv, that it has accurate long range missile capability with missiles that could strike basically undetected over a distance of 800 miles. The other response to the Suliemani murder was that it has resulted in a region-wide campaign to close the network of U.S. military bases enveloping Iran that has included a steady flow of missile attacks against the bases.

Tepid?

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