Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Fame whores do no one any good

Why are so many people publicity whores?


If I served on the trial of Derek Chauvin and was happy with the verdict, I'd keep my big mouth shut after the trial.  Some can't and, as a result, the verdict may be set aside.


Jonathan Turley:

The conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was undermined this week after the previously anonymous Juror #52 went public with interviews to discuss his experience on the jury and support the movement to curtail police abuse. The problem was not the public disclosure of his identity (which jurors can elect to do) but what his self-identification triggered on the Internet. A picture soon emerged showing Brandon Mitchell wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt with a reference to the death of George Floyd. The image was raised as contradicting his answers in voir dire and raising an appellate question as to juror bias that could be used to challenge the conviction.

The photo trending on social media was originally posted on Facebook in August 2020 and shows Mitchell wearing a hat that says “Black Lives Matter” and a T-shirt that says “BLM” with the words, “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” a common reference to the death of Floyd. The photo was posted by his uncle Travis Mitchell with the caption “The next Generation being socially active representing in DC my son Marzell, my nephew Brandon Rene Mitchell, and brotha Maurice Jauntiness Johnson.”

There is, of course, nothing wrong with the photo and it reflected the pride of his uncle when they went to march in Washington to commemorate MLK’s famous 1963 “I have a dream” speech. The march emphasized the campaign against police abuse and obviously many protested the killing of Floyd. Mitchell insists that he did not go to protest the Floyd killing.

The issue is really how Mitchell answered the voir dire questions.   


His need to be a whore for fame has put the verdict in jeopardy.  

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

 Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  Another attacks on a base with US troops in Iraq, the Turkish government, meanwhile, is using chemical weapons in Iraq -- is anyone going to protest that?



MIDDLE EAST EYE reports, "Two rockets were launched at an Iraqi air base hosting Americans on Tuesday - the third such attack to take place in as many days. The attack came as a US government delegation visited Baghdad."   The US delegation was headed by Brett Blue Balls McGurk.  AFP reports:

Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, perceived by pro-Iran factions as too close to Washington, on Tuesday discussed the presence of 2,500 US soldiers based in Iraq with US envoy Brett McGurk.

The men know each other well -- Kadhemi, in his role as head of intelligence, a position he retains to this day, worked closely with McGurk when he was the US-led coalition's representative.


Mustafa al-Kadhimi's Twitter account notes:


ئيس مجلس الوزراء
@MAKadhimi
يستقبل الوفد الحكومي الامريكي الذي ترأسه منسق البيت الابيض لشؤون الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا السيد بريت مكغورك، وضم مستشار وزارة الخارجية الامريكية السيد ديريك شوليت، ومساعد وزير الخارجية لشؤون الشرق الأدنى السيد جوي هد ...
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ANI notes, "An Iraqi Army source anonymously told Xinhua that the rockets were fired at the air base from al-Biyader village east of the town of al-Baghdadi, some 190 km northwest of the capital Baghdad."  Staying with violence, Joseph Trevithick (THE DRIVE) reports on the exposure of a previously unconfirmed US drone program in Iraq:


The U.S. military has confirmed that the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, or other U.S. government entities operating in cooperation with it, has been flying a new type of drone in the Middle East that is designed to be extremely quiet and have an innocuous outward appearance. The new details about the Long Endurance Aircraft Program have come to light after one of these unmanned planes, derived from the Pipistrel Sinus powered glider, crashed at Erbil International Airport in Iraq last year.

The Long Endurance Aircraft Program (LEAP) drone in question, identified only as AV009, crashed at Erbil on July 24, 2020, according to a heavily redacted copy of the official accident report that The War Zone obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The unmanned aircraft suddenly and unexpectedly pitched nose down while coming in to land at the airport after a sortie. The drone hit the ground, bounced back up into the air, and then came back down, eventually coming to rest alongside the runway. The mishap resulted in the front-mounted propeller striking ground and the landing gear collapsing. It also caused significant enough damage to the right wing that fuel leaked onto the ground. 


Still on violence, Turkey continues to wage war in and on Iraq.  The world looks away.  Why?  Amberin Zaman (AL-MONITOR) reports:

Iraq has formally complained -- yet again -- over Turkey’s escalating military presence on its soil. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday that it had summoned the Turkish charge d’affaires and handed him “a protest note” over “violations of Iraqi sovereignty” arising from the May 1 visit by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar to a Turkish military base in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey responded that it fully respected Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity and signaled its intention to carry on the operation, saying it was in line with efforts to eradicate rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Akar, who was accompanied by Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler and Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar, was briefed by local Turkish commanders about Turkey’s latest offensive against the PKK. “Operation Claw Lightening” is focused on Metina, a mountainous area bordering Turkey.

Akar said 44 PKK fighters had been killed so far. “Our struggle against terrorism will continue until every last terrorist is neutralized,” he said.

A day prior to Akar’s tour, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced that Turkey would be establishing a new base in Metina and that it would be used to monitor and curtail the PKK’s movements between its main bases in the Qandil mountains bordering Iran and those to the west in Yazidi-dominated Sinjar on the Syrian border.

 

ALJAZEERA notes:


Iraq summoned Turkey’s envoy in Baghdad to protest the visit by its defence chief to a military base in northern Iraq as Turkish troops continue a cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters there.

The Iraqi foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday it handed the Turkish charge d’affaires “a protest note” over “violations of Iraqi sovereignty” by defence minister Hulusi Akar’s trip to the Turkish facility.

Akar visited the Turkish base in northern Iraq on Saturday – accompanied by Chief of the General Staff General Yasar Guler and Turkish Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar – to supervise military operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) armed group.

According to the statement quoted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, the Turkish diplomat was told Baghdad “categorically rejects the continuing violations of Iraqi sovereignty … by the Turkish military forces”.

Baghdad has protested Turkey’s military operations on its soil various times in the past.


I'm sorry, Amnesty International, where the f**k are you?  Human Rights Watch, same question.  And a waiving middle finger to all the frauds and fake asses like CodeStink who refuse to speak up.  Are we just supposed to ignore the criminality of this Turkish government action?  The same way we're supposed to ignore the violations of international treaties when the Turkish government uses chemical weapons on the Iraqi people?  AHVAL reported last week:


Turkish military forces have used chemical weapons during the bombing of several areas in northern Iraq, an official from the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), a Kurdish umbrella group, told British newspaper the Morning Star.

Turkey used the weapons three times this week, in the Amedi district and mountainous areas in Dohuk, said KCK Spokesman Zagros Hiwa, the Morning Star reported on Tuesday.

Hiwa said the chemicals were employed in attacks on tunnels used by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for four decades. The PKK, labelled as a terrorist organisation by the United States and European Union, has established bases in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which it uses to launch attacks on Turkish territory.


Last week, US President did a brave thing and a long overdue thing when he called out the Armenian genocide carried out by the Turkish government from 1915 through 1923.  Are we going to have to wait 100 years or so before what's going on right now can be called out?


At what point do we all agree that the Turkish government has crossed a line?  Iraq's government has objected repeatedly to the actions of hte Turkish government.  It is illegal for Turkey to be carrying out military operations in Iraq.  This is terrorism carried out by the Turkish government.  Why aren't we all objecting?  Why are we so silent on this and pretending that it's not taking place?  It's outrageous.  


Michael Bouvard Tweets:

 

while Turkey seriously occupied the lands inside iraq, which Turkish military is outside of Turkey's borders, set up military stations just like an occupying military, and have been there since 1996, first in Bamarni region, but now over two dozens. Iraq is complaining? to whom?


And he Tweets:

Turkey's forced upon PKK as a condition withdraw to Iraq, to sit at the peace agreement negotiations in Oslo, now Turkey attacking PKK taking the armed conflict outside its borders but regionalizing it for other Govs to involve, not only Iraq but USA, Russia, Iran & Syria too


In the world of stupidity, US Senator Chris Murphy puts his ignorance on display:


This was the best part of the trip - having lunch with Connecticut National Guard troops stationed in Jordan. Funny side note - I’ve met with Jay Cruz from Meriden during all 3 of his deployments, in Iraq, Kuwait, and Jordan. It’s like I’m following him around the world!
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No, it is not a funny note.  It's a reality that Murphy chooses to ignore.  He is a US Senator and it's pathetic that he'd rather try to crack (what passes to him for) wise then do his job and stop letting the US military be sent over and over to the Middle East.  Chris Murphy is a failure as a lawmaker and that's not "a funny note," that's a sad truth.


We'll wind down with this from Gleen Greenwald which is posted at INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE:


" One of the primary plagues of corporate journalism, which I have documented more times than I can count, just reared its ugly head again to deceive millions of people with fake news. When one large news outlet publishes a false story based on whispers from anonymous security state agents with the CIA or FBI, other news outlets quickly purport that they have “independently confirmed” the false story, in order to bolster its credibility (oh, it must be true since other outlets have also confirmed it).

This is an obvious scam — they have not “independently confirmed” anything but rather merely acted as servants to the same lying security state agents who planted the original false story — but they do it over and over, creating the deceitful perception that a fake story has been "confirmed” by multiple outlets, thus bolstering its credibility in the public mind. It was the favored tactic for spreading debunked Russiagate frauds and is still used. One of the most vivid examples occurred in December, 2017, when CNN falsely reported what it hyped as "a major bombshell”: that Donald Trump, Jr. had advance access to the WikiLeaks archive. Within an hour, NBC News’ Ken Dilanian and CBS News both claimed they had “independently confirmed” this fairy tale. When it turned out that it was a complete lie, all based on a false date on an email to Trump Jr., these outlets embarrassingly corrected it hours later and then simply moved on as if it never happened, never explaining how multiple outlets could possibly have all “independently confirmed” the same blatant falsehood.

On Thursday night, The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources (of course), claimed that the FBI gave a "defensive briefing” to Rudy Giuliani in 2019, before he traveled to Ukraine, that he was being targeted by a Russian disinformation campaign to hurt Joe Biden's candidacy, yet he ignored the FBI's warnings and went anyway. The Post also claimed that the right-wing news outlet OANN was similarly briefed. The claim about Giuliani not only predictably ricocheted all over social media and cable news — where, as usual, it was uncritically treated as Truth — but it was shortly thereafter “independently confirmed” by both NBC Newsde facto CIA spokesman Ken Dilanian along with The New York Times.

What was the problem with this story? It was totally false. The FBI never briefed Giuliani on any such thing. As a result, The Washington Post had to append this "correction” — meaning a retraction — to the top of its viral story:

The Washington Post, May 1, 2021

At first, The New York Times attempted to quietly change the story to delete the false claims without noting they were doing so. But upon being pressured, they finally faced up to what they did and posted their own retraction at the very bottom of the story that reads: “Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing.” In their self-glorifying jargon, the Paper of Record did not spread Fake News — perish the thought — but merely "misstated” the truth. Meanwhile, NBC News, at the top of its false story, posted this explanation for why Dilanian got the story completely wrong:

An earlier version of this article included an incorrect report that Rudolph Giuliani had received a defensive briefing from the FBI in 2019 warning him that he was being targeted by a Russian influence operation. The report was based on a source familiar with the matter, but a second source now says the briefing was only prepared for Giuliani and not delivered to him, in part over concerns it might complicate the criminal investigation of Giuliani. As a result, the premise and headline of the article below have been changed to reflect the corrected information.

This credibility carnage was so glaring that even CNN acknowledged that “the corrections are black eyes to the newsrooms which have aggressively reported on Giuliani's contacts with Ukrainians in his attempts to dig up dirt on then-presidential candidate Joe Biden.” But there have been so many similar "black eyes” like this one, indeed far worse ones, over the last five years, and they never change anything that causes these "black eyes” because they want to do this: spreading disinformation is their function. Indeed, as I have asked almost every time these debacles happen: how is it possible that these same outlets keep "confirming” one another's false stories?



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  • FACEBOOK isn't the only nightmare

    Jonathan Turley:


    In 1964, Stanley Kubrick released a dark comedy classic titled “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” The title captured the absurdity of getting people to embrace the concept of weapons of mass destruction. The movie came to mind recently with the public campaign of Facebook calling for people to change her attitudes about the Internet and rethink issues like “content modification” – the new Orwellian term for censorship.

    The commercials show people like “Joshan” who says that he was born in 1996 and grew up with the internet.” Joshan mocks how much computers have changed and then asks why our regulations on privacy and censorship cannot evolve as much as our technology. The ads are clearly directed at younger users who may be more willing to accept censorship than their parents who hopelessly cling to old-fashioned notions of free speech.  Facebook knows that it cannot exercise more control over content unless it can get people to stop worrying and love the censor.

    There was a time when this would have been viewed as chilling: a corporate giant running commercials to get people to support new regulations impacting basic values like free speech and privacy. After all, Joshan shows of his first computer was a “giant behemoth of a machine” but that was before he understood “the blending of the real world and the internet world.”

    The Facebook campaign is chilling in its reference to “privacy” and “content modification” given the current controversies surrounding Big Tech. On one level, the commercial simply calls for rethinking regulatory controls after 25 years. However, the source of the campaign is a company which has been widely accused of rolling back on core values like free speech. Big Tech corporations are exercising increasing levels of control over what people write or read on the Internet. While these companies enjoy immunity from many lawsuits based on the notion of being neutral communication platforms (akin to telephone companies), they now censor ideas deemed misleading or dangerous on subjects ranging from climate denial to transgender criticism to election fraud.

    Moreover, Facebook knows that there is ample support for increasing censorship and speech regulation in Congress and around the world. Free speech is under attack and losing ground — and Facebook knows it.

    That's scary.


    You know what else is scary?  How little the Electronic Freedom Foundation has done to protect privacy online.


    That's scary but not surprising.  In 2005, C.I. attempted to adress privacy issues and the gathering of information about visitors who went to various websites.  Their response was tepid at best, moronic at worst.


    We need to face that fact that the problem isn't just the tech giants, it's also many of the organizations that are supposed to be working to protect our liberties and rights online.

    "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

    Monday, June 4, 2021.  We look at past issues -- Camp Ashraf and the violence in the US against Iraqi girls and women -- while discussing COVID.


    This won't be a long snapshot and I'll explain why and why it's being done so late.  By seven tonight, I'd told myself I'd write it.  It's not my job to tell anyone how to conduct this or that aspect of their life.  Self-censorship is also not a good thing.  I'll give two examples on that regarding this site.


    First, Camp Ashraf residents.  They were non-Iraqis trapped in Iraq as a result of having lived there before the fall of Saddam and being disarmed after the US-invasion.  They were asked by the US government do disarm and promises were made that then were not kept.  US Gen David Petraeus was not thrilled (to put it mildly) that the Ashraf community would be attacked repeatedly after disarming -- with the Iraqi government either looking the other way or taking part in the attacks.  Petraues was bothered by many things in that situation including that the decisions taken had left the US mimlitary responsible for defending the Ashraf community.


    The Ashraf community were part of a larger group of Iranian dissidents who were  not in Iraq.  It was a group that many in the press were not sympathetic to and made no effort at all to be impartial in their coverage.  (THE NEW YORK TIMES was particularly hideous in this regard.)


    How do you cover this group here?  A group most in the press called a cult, etc?  


    We did it by focusing solely on the Ashraf community in Iraq.  


    We were not defending the group's beliefs (or alleged beliefs) and we were not defending their actions (or alleged actions).  We were dealing with the law and the US government had a responsibility -- a legal one -- once they chose to enter into negotiations with the Ashraf community about disamring.  


    This could be a long responsibility/obligation.  The People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) could use their members in Iraq, for example, to wage war or cause strife or any number of things.  I didn't want to be part of that and we weren't part of that.  And when the PMOI contacted this site wanting some form of assistance, I noted it here in the next snapshot and that this was not our role and we would not be engaging.  And that may be one reason that unlike Howard Dean and two other people, I wasn't targeted by the FBI.  (The three people targeted were all prominent Democrats who had held office and who were defending the rights of the Ashraf community.)  Also true, I was informed by a friend who was then AG that my e-mails had been monitored and that there was no reason to question me but, as a friend, he urged me to continue to draw a very strong line between the Ashraf community trapped in Iraq and the PMOI.


    No one would defend the Ashraf community for the longest time and when the three Democrats did, the targeting of them pretty much ensured that others wouldn't step forward.


    We drew our lines clearly.  We were not here to promote the PMOI and we were not going to feature their propaganda (all groups put out some form of propaganda -- including the NRA and the ACLU).  We were not going to get caught up in the beliefs or practices of the Ashraf community in Iraq because various press outlets were using those two topics to ridicule and to turn the group into 'the other.'


    Our focus was solely on the obligations under US and international law -- obligations ont he part of the US government.  And we weren't going to get trapped on some road where 20 years later we were still referring to those obligations.


    By that, I mean, we weren't going to be allowing the Ashraf community to be used by the PMOI for 20 years.  The US government could be done with their obligation immediately -- and I made that point here and I made it on the phone and face-to-face with various officials in Barack Obama's two administrations (a point that carried much more weight after the 2013 attack/massacre on the camp residents).  It wasn't the US government's obligation to get each resident of Camp Ashraf a stunning apartment in Paris with a view of the Chaps Elysees.  It was their obligation to make a sincere effort to find locations that would be safe for the residents.  To find them, to locate those places, to ensure that they stood a chance.  But if the Ashraf community chose to play Goldilocks and insist that this one was too cold and that one too hot and . . . 


    No.  


    If they were provided the opportunities to make a home elsewhere and they elected not to take it, then the US government's obligations were no more. After 2013's attack, this point was reflected in the approach the US government was now taking.


    It helped that Hillary Clinton was no longer Secretary of State by then because she was completely ignoring the law -- and being found in contempt by US courts as a result.  She'd been repeatedly ordered by the courts to provide this or that documentation, to provide the basis for her decision not to attempt to help the residents, to this and to that.  Was she just inept?  I have no idea but the notion that she was this wonderful expert and so qualified to serve as president depended upon a lot of stupidity including of how she skirted the law, she ignored rulings by the US courts and she basically refused to update her thinking on any issue her husband had taken a stand on the 90s.  (Bill had targeted the PMOI when he was president in the 90s.)


    To this day, I have never offed a personal opinion on the people who were part of the Ashraf community and I hope I never will.  This was a legal issue and that's how we approached it -- by focusing on the law.  If a legal reality changed or appeared that it might have changed, we didn't look the other way, we covered it.  We made our position about what the law was and we were very clear that the US government could discharge their obligation at any time by doing it's job.  If it did that job and the Ashraf community refused to leave, the obligation was nullified.


    Another issue we had to tackle was the attacks in the US carried out by Iraqis.  I don't mean attacks on the government, I mean attacks on family members -- usually just the female family members.  There was still a huge prejudice against Iraqis in the early days of the war.  So if someone was being charged with this or that in the US, did we note it here?


    At first, I said no.  Like the animal sacrifices being carried out by the Iraqi government (with the complicity of the US government), we didn't cover it.  A new government building was unveiled in Iraq?  There was a good chance that an animal was 'sacrificed' (killed).  That wasn't our dance.


    But in terms of censoring on actions in the US?


    What I quickly (re)discovered was that when girls and women are attacked, everyone will do everything in their power to protect a man who honestly should have no protection.


    You've got PTS or some other trauma from the war and you beat the s**t out of your wife?  


    I'm sorry, did you mistake for Rachel Maddow?  I'm not going to cover for that abuser. Let Rachel bring the idiot on twice and one week and treat him like he's Forest Gump -- which she did -- despite the public, legal documents presented in court that he'd not only repeatedly beat the woman after he returned from the war but he'd also beat before he ever shipped overseas.


    In the case of Iraqi girls and women living in the US and attacked b Iraqi men -- maybe a girl was run over by her father in his car?  We couldn't ignore that.  A culture of silence was not going to be encouraged by this site because anti-Iraqi attitudes were prevalent in the US.  So we covered the attacks in the US on Iraqi girls and women.  

    If we start looking the other way, it's just not going to work


    So with that in mind, I've been sick all day since this morning because I got the first COVID shot.  Am I sick because of the shot?  No, I'm sick because many health issues.  


    And I'm writing about it because I'm seeing a smug attitude online in the last two weeks by a bunch of idiots prattling on about medical issues when they have no training.


    You do see me offering medical opinions here or trying to shame anyone into doing something.  I'm not a medical expert and I have no training in that field.


    Now I have studied the law and I'm find offering legal arguments -- and those arguments have been solid and, oh yeah, I've never been wrong on the outcomes -- whether it was the SOFA or what have you.  I can argue the law.  (And, as I like to point out, when any of the idiots who were offering contrary legal advice can claim to have broken a multi-figure contract with a corporation and walked away from it with the full amount of money being paid out, then they can talk to me about the law.  But watching a few episodes of THE PRACTICE isn't going to make you someone who knows the law.)


    On masks, I've stated that I wear one and I've stated why -- my many health issues of late.  I have not condemned grown ups for not wearing them.  My job does not include telling grown ups what to do and, due to may own health issues, I am fully aware that some people truly cannot wear them.


    In terms of getting the vaccine, I was always going to get it, the issue was when.  My oncologist, my endo doctor, my pcp and other doctors had various reasons for why I should wait.  For example, when it was first available, I was due to have surgery on my eyes.  The surgery had been postponed repeatedly due to the return of the cancer and due to blood sugar issues (severe blood sugar issues that required me to get regular shots in both eyes every six weeks -- from my retinal eye doctor -- I actually three eye MDs -- not optometrists -- and all three are surgeons -- I've accepted the fact that if I live more than 3 years more, I will probably be as blind as poor Mary Tyler Moore was when she did her last acting role -- guesting on HOT IN CLEVELAND -- a performance that no one seemed to notice required her to be seated -- no one appeared to register that Mary never stood or walked that entire episode because she honestly couldn't see) since February 2020.  Finally, we were going to be able to do it at the end of December.  That's when the vaccine then became available.  Having had to repeatedly postpone the surgery due to medical issues, it was the opinion of five of my doctors that I shouldn't get the vaccine just yet.  I shouldn't do anything to jeopardize the surgery taking place.  

    After that, there were other reasons including my oncologist wanting me to finish a six week cycle of medication before doing any vaccine.  That was completed last week.  So I scheduled my COVID vaccine for this Monday.  (I have to another one in 28 or so days.)  Immediately after the shot, my blood sugar dropped to the point that I passed out.  After I came to, I couldn't even stand up on my own.  I had to grip the wall, a chair, a friend's arm for the next hour.  I then went to sleep.  At seven p.m., I woke up and thought "Oh, I've got to write about this."  And planned to, booting up the laptop but before it was booted up, I was putting my head down for 'just a moment.'  Instead, I slept several hours.  


    Even with this reaction -- which was anticipated by my endo doctor -- I would have the shot again.  That's me.  I can't make that decision for anyone else.


    But there's been a lot smugness from a lot of stupid Americans of late.  Posting your celebratory selfies of you getting a vaccine isn't really compassionate or caring when so many in the world have no access to the vaccine.  The people of Iran, for example, have had their government attempting various ways to get the shots -- now they'll be using money that can't leave Iraq to purchase shots.  


    But chalk that up to basic stupidity -- that nah-nah-nah, look what I got!


    To assume you know what someone else needs or requires medically?  That's just stupidity.  It's stupidity if you have no medical training.  Even if you do, if you don't know the person's medical history, it's stupid of you to try to weigh in.


    I can't speak to what anyone else should do.  You're not my child, my children are grown adults and they may ask advice from time to time but they always make their own decisions.  If I'm not going to tell them what to do, I'm not to stick my nose into the business of strangers.


    I had the vaccine and will have the second shot and I'm sure that I'll be sick after that one too.  I'm doing that because it's what feels right for me and it's what my medical team advises.  What's right for me may not be right for others.  


    These 'experts' who get online and try to shame others for not getting a vaccine are real idiots.  A) You don't have medical training so sit your tired ass down.  B) If your goal is really to get people to have the vaccine, grasp that shaming is not going to work or be an effective strategy.  You just come off like a smug know it all who never learned to mind their own business.


    This thing has been handled wrong from the very beginning and Joe Biden was getting it wrong before he ever became president.  He preached to an off-key choir and they embraced him but his comments were not helpful in encouraging people to get the vaccine.


    I'm referring to many things but we called out his 'trust the science' nonsense.


    Trust the science?


    Well science changes.  It's not a Platonic dialogue that we read and study and argue over meanings but the actual words were set in stone centuries ago.  Science is an ongoing process.  And most people are smart enough to grasp that.


    Politicians should have been smart enough to grasp that, in a pandemic, you're not making an argument for science or reality-based or whatever some smug asshole thinks is the superior cross to hang from.  In a pandemic, you should be attempting to reach as many people as possible. 


    It should have been 'trust your doctor.'  Many people in this country do not know a scientist -- unless we're enlarging the definition so broadly to include high school science teachers.  Most do know a doctor.  Most trust their doctor or they wouldn't see her or him.


    You need to utilize your language and enhance your communication skills if you're trying to persuade someone.  Instead, we saw the same nonsense from the 'cultural elites' -- what did we call those jerks when Bully Boy Bush was in office?  I can't remember and to be honest, I've had to stop in the midst of this to take another nap.  So I need to wrap this up to get this posted.  (And it's not a dictated for a change so I'm responsible for all typos.)  


    I get it, your lives are lousy so you tape on your own video and post it to YOUTUBE and pretend like you did something when all you did was create another barrier to communication.  You tried to shame someone when shame doesn't work -- if it did, you wouldn't be posting your uninformed opinions on YOUTUBE, now would you?


    I've had a very bad reaction to the shot.  Not caused by the shot but as a result of several pre-existing conditions.  I'm not going to be part of a conspiracy of silence.  I'm aware sharing may make some people rethink getting the virus -- and maybe they should.  I'm also aware that if we talk honestly to one another, we breed trust.


    Shaming and bullying really doesn't work for most of us.  It never works on me. Various people have tried to bully me regarding what positions I take here or what I'll cover here.  It won't work.  It's never worked on me.  That's why I could speak out against the Iraq War when few in the US bothered to.  It's why I'll do my blocking and hit my marks if -- IF -- it makes sense to me and feels natural.  If it doesn't, you're not going to persuade me by trying to bully me.  I've stood up to directors who've left others in tears.  


    Some people are not going to get the vaccine in the US.  It should be free -- in the US, in every country.  But money play into not getting it for some.  Some people won't get it because they don't trust the government -- a valid position when you grasp how often the government has lied.  There was a push -- by NPR -- recently to mock and shame African-Americans who were skeptical about the vaccine because of the way the US government had used medicine (or 'medicine') in the past to target that community or experiment (without informed consent) on that community.  I don't get where NPR -- one of the many outlets that lied the nation into war back in 2002 and 2003 -- has any standing when it comes to hectoring others.  It would be stupidity for members of a community that have regularly and repeatedly been damaged and harmed by their own government not to have skepticism when certain claims are now made.  Some people don't like shots and/or needles.  Some people have health issues that may mean the vaccine is not a viable option for them.


    If we don't encourage a public dialogue on these issues, nothing's going to be accomplished.  This needs to be an ongoing, public dialogue in which people can be heard.  It's a global emergency -- still, it's still one.  And there will be no buy-in unless people are listened to, are allowed to share and until a bunch of idiots who are too damn stupid to grasp how fortunate they are stop mocking and trying to shame others.  It's a pandemic, we all need to be talking.  Stop using shame and bullying to try silence others or force to conform to what you want them to do and be.


    I'm going to stay up for about 20 more minutes if I can and get some things from the public e-mail account to post throughout the morning.  If I wake up feeling the same tomorrow morning, I'm going back to sleep and I'll try to have a snapshot up by 5:00 pm.  If I feel find when I wake up, the snapshot will go up at it's usual time.


    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Jonathan Turley

    Jonathan Turley:

     
    This week Women’s Studies Professor Donna Hughes was publicly condemned by the University of Rhode Island for writing an op-ed that criticized what she called the LGBTQ ideology. The op-ed actually criticized the far right as well for what Professor Hughes calls extreme “ideological fantasies” but the university only objects to her criticism of LGBTQ views from a feminist perspective. The university also warned that, while “faculty have the same rights, obligations, and responsibilities as other American citizens” under the First Amendment those rights are not “boundless.”
    We previously wrote about academic freedom issues at University of Rhode Island due to its Director of Graduate Studies of History Erik Loomis, who has defended the murder of a conservative protester and said that he saw “nothing wrong” with such acts of violence. Loomis also declared that “Science, statistics, and technology are all inherently racist because they are developed by racists who live in a racist society, whether they identify as racists or not.”
    Hughes actually begins and spends much of her op-ed criticizing the far right and its violent history and ideology. However, she then criticizes what she calls similar fantasies on the far left. In doing so, Professor Hughes was espousing a view shared by other feminists that aspects of LGBTQ writings undermine feminist values and goals. She argues that “The American political left is increasingly diving headfirst into their own world of lies and fantasy and, unlike in the imaginary world of QAnon, real children are becoming actual victims. The trans-sex fantasy, the belief that a person can change his or her sex, either from male to female or from female to male, is spreading largely unquestioned among the political left.” She added that “[w]omen and girls are expected to give up their places of privacy such as restrooms, locker rooms, and even prison cells.”
    From a free speech and academic perspective, the issue is not the merits of this argument but the decision of the university to issue a public condemnation.

    I don't agree with Donna Hughes' interpretation of what's taking place but she has every right to make that argument. I think she's on the wrong side of history but, eventually, aren't we all? Germaine Greer is a critic of the trans movement. I disagree with her but she has every right to make the argument she's making as well. I think I'm in the right because I believe in expanding rights. But they can argue that, as feminists, they are supporting women as they would be normally. I consider people who are transitioning into women or have already transitioned to be woman. That's a point Donna and Germaine would disagree with me on. That is their right. We need to have these conversations. In the feminist movement, we have been having them for some time. For example, Gloria Steinem slammed trans-women back in the early 70s. In the time since then, a number of us who have different opinions have spoken our piece. It has allowed all women to be at the point today where it is not just a few of us defending transwomen. We made our points for years and had every right to do so. Now Donna and Germaine are in the minority view and they have every right to argue their points.

     "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

     Thursday, April 29, 2021. Today, we focus on the Kurds and the Turkish government.

    AP reports, "Turkish warplanes were continuing on Wednesday to strike suspected Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, while commando troops were conducting a search and sweep operation, Turkey’s defense ministry said, as the military pressed ahead with its latest incursion into the neighboring region."  AP gets the wording right: "suspected."  Suspected.  Also should include "populated" because that's what these areas under assault are -- populated. We deface humanity when we ignore that reality.  There are many ways that we ignore reality with regards to the Turkish government's never-ending assault on the Kurdish people.  "Five PKK terrorists were neutralized in drone strikes in northern Iraq, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Thursday."  ANADOLU AGENCY is a good example of an outlet that regularly ignores reality and defaces humanity.  In an AA report carried by HURRIYET DAILY NEWS, we are told that two Turkish soldiers were "killed in northern Iraq.  In another AA report, we are told "Five PKK terrorists were neutralized in drone strikes in northern Iraq, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Thursday."  The five people -- who had not been convicted of any crime nor stood before a judge and jury -- were killed.  Not neutralized.  Killed.  Via a drone, they were killed.  They were at or near their homes and they were killed.  


    Wording matters.  How the story is told matters.  The Turkish government is a bully.  There was a brief period where Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared willing to try to find some peace for both sides in the conflict.  That was in 2013, that' how long ago it was.  He persecutes Kurds in Turkey and he tries to kill them in Iraq.


    The PKK is not the problem anymore than the IRA was the problem in Ireland.  The PKK, like the IRA before it, was a response, not an initiating action.  We tell our children, "Actions have consequences" but then we want to ignore that truism when we're talking about adults.

    But the ones talking certainly aren't adults.  Omer Ozkizilcik offers a column at TRT entitled "Drones and checkpoints: Turkey's blueprint for success against PKK in Iraq."  That's complete and utter nonsense on every level  In fact, it's one outright lie after another.


    For example, the KRG is part of Iraq so the notion that checkpoints in Iraq, carried out by uninvited Turkish troops could ever be a success is just outright stupidity.  


    And it's a lie to even speak of ''success.'  This conflict has been going on for decades now.  Aaron Hess (International Socialist Review) described the PKK in 2008, "The PKK emerged in 1984 as a major force in response to Turkey's oppression of its Kurdish population. Since the late 1970s, Turkey has waged a relentless war of attrition that has killed tens of thousands of Kurds and driven millions from their homes. The Kurds are the world's largest stateless population -- whose main population concentration straddles Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria -- and have been the victims of imperialist wars and manipulation since the colonial period. While Turkey has granted limited rights to the Kurds in recent years in order to accommodate the European Union, which it seeks to join, even these are now at risk." 


    1984 it began, 2021 it's still ongoing.  Who can honestly call any recent efforts at killing a "success."


    No one. 

    This is not success, this is not peace.  


    What is it?  A government that's allowed itself to stick to a hideous position and now has its back against the wall and is unable//unwilling to reset.  


    Turkey has long been an power of empire.  The Kurds?  They have no homeland, the largest ethnic minority in the world without a homeland.  They have been attacked and targeted for decades and decades.  The PKK is a response to the attacks.  You can't win a conflict when you dehumanize the other side.  The PKK isn't afraid to go down and no one wants to be the adult in the room to make that point.  


    Death is not a fear  They believe that they are engaged in a struggle on behalf of the Kurdish people.  They are willing to engage in and endure the cycle of violence because they believe that their efforts are the only thing that will end the ongoing persecution of the Kurds.


    Look at the battle in northern Iraq.  Drones, War Planes and armed troops are utilized by the Turkish government.  All that military might.  And it hasn't scared off the PKK -- a rag-tag roupd with no national resources or aid to back them up.  But in the face of those odds, the PKK continues to engage in the conflit.


    They are led by a sense of purpose.


    More and more, the Turkish military has no purpose.  It's killing Kurds (on the orders of the Turkish government) and the lies of the Turkish government have been used too many times to be easily swallowed now.


    Reality is that Turkey -- and other neighboring countries -- have harmed the Kurdish people and victimized them for decades.  They got away with it for a very long time.  But now there is an awakening taking place in the same way that there was on the Palestinian issue.  The roots of the conflict are not noble nor are its aims. 


    There's no real sense of purpose in it for the Turkish military at this point.  The government lied repeatedly -- a "noble" lie to use Plato's terms -- but a noble lie can't be used indefinitely.  It has an end date.  And the point of questioning has arrived.


    The PKK is a response to how the Kurds have been treated and are being treated.  Lies don't last forever.


    Five days ago, US President Joe Biden issued the following statement:


    Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination. We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms.
     
    Of those who survived, most were forced to find new homes and new lives around the world, including in the United States. With strength and resilience, the Armenian people survived and rebuilt their community. Over the decades Armenian immigrants have enriched the United States in countless ways, but they have never forgotten the tragic history that brought so many of their ancestors to our shores. We honor their story. We see that pain. We affirm the history. We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated.
     
    Today, as we mourn what was lost, let us also turn our eyes to the future—toward the world that we wish to build for our children. A world unstained by the daily evils of bigotry and intolerance, where human rights are respected, and where all people are able to pursue their lives in dignity and security. Let us renew our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities from occurring anywhere in the world. And let us pursue healing and reconciliation for all the people of the world. 
     
    The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.


    It was a genocide.  And while liars like Cenk Uygur have repeatedly attempted to lie and distort reality, stronger and smarter voices like Heidi Boghosian have led on this issue for years now.  


    The genocide took place 104 years ago.  Not only are liars like Cenk unable to admit reality, so is the Turkish government.  


    Madeline Roach (TIME) notes:

    The U.S. is now among 30 countries, including France, Germany and Canada, that have formally recognized the Armenian genocide, according to the Armenian National Institute. Other U.S. allies, including the U.K. and Israel, have not. Turkey’s foreign ministry said that Biden’s statement “opened a wound” in Ankara-Washington relations and “deeply injured the Turkish people,” in a statement, according to the Financial Times.

    But to Armenians, the statement was a long-awaited acknowledgement of an atrocity against their people they believe has been persistently understated. Over a century later, the events are “primary identity markers” of Armenians around the world, says Mary Kouyoumdjian, a 38-year old Armenian-American composer based in New York. “It means we are constantly looking to the past. I think my generation experiences survivor guilt,” she says. 

    [. . .]


    Simon Maghakyan, a human rights activist and lecturer in international relations at the University of Colorado, Denver, says that Biden’s statement was an important step in “healing the Armenian community’s intergenerational trauma”. During the genocide, his great-grandfather, who served in the Ottoman army in World War I, fled to Syria, where he met his future wife, an Armenian refugee. They later settled in Soviet Armenia, where Maghakyan’s parents were born. In 2003, Maghakyan’s family moved to the U.S.


    REUTERS notes:


    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on President Joe Biden to immediately reverse his declaration that 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, a move he said was upsetting and diminished bilateral ties.

    Biden's historic declaration on Saturday has infuriated its NATO ally Turkey, which has said the announcement had opened a "deep wound" in relations that have already been strained over a host of issues.

    In his first comments since Biden's statement, Erdogan said "the wrong step" would hinder ties and advised the United States to "look in the mirror," adding Turkey still sought to establish "good neighborly" ties with Armenia.

    "The U.S. President has made baseless, unjust and untrue remarks about the sad events that took place in our geography over a century ago," Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting, and repeated a call for Turkish and Armenian historians to form a joint commission to investigate the events.


    104 years later and instead of moving to maturity, Erdogan can only throw a tantrum in public.


    You never should allow yourself to be painted in a corner.  But that's what Erdogan does repeatedly and why there is still no solution to the conflict with the PKK.


    In other news, we've been covering the case of Robert Pether this week -- the Australian citizen tossed into prison in Iraq.  The Australian government has been a failure in protecting one of their own citizens.  Christopher Knaus (GUARDIAN) reports:


    The family of a businessman arrested in Iraq say the Australian embassy assured him he would be safe before he travelled to Baghdad to resolve a contractual dispute with the nation’s central bank.

    Mechanical engineer Robert Pether, 46, was detained three weeks ago in Iraq after travelling from Dubai on behalf of his firm to revive a stalled project to build the Central Bank of Iraq’s headquarters.

    He was held in solitary confinement and given no access to a phone or computer, his family alleges, and was not told what he was charged with or the reasons for his detention.

    Pether’s wife, Desree, said her husband had had concerns about his safety before travelling to Iraq and called the Australian embassy to discuss the situation.

    He had been invited back to Iraq by the bank and was assured it was ready to resolve the dispute.

    Desree said her husband asked the embassy specifically if there was any risk that they would arrest him. The embassy told him no, according to Desree.

    “Three days before he left Dubai he rang the Australian embassy in Baghdad and he explained the situation and he said: ‘My employer is having a dispute with the client. Is it safe for me to travel there for a meeting to resolve the issues? Am I at any risk of being arrested or anything like that?’

    “The embassy in Baghdad said: ‘No, no, they can’t do that. You’re fine.’ ”

    We'll wind down with this statement Black Alliance for Peace issued earlier this month:


    The ruling class has long deployed propaganda meant to obscure the rule of capital and normalize capitalist interests as the general interest of society. But lately, the liberal Western intelligentsia has elevated that deployment to a science.

    The concept of humanitarian intervention and its logical derivative, the Responsibility to Protect, have proven to be one of the most innovative ideological weapons ever produced. By combining normalized assumptions of white Western civilizational superiority and the liberal anti-authoritarianism encoded in the DNA of the liberal project, imperialism has been able to win broad support for everything from direct military interventions and drone warfare to punitive sanctions against whole societies. These actions are framed as defending human rights, and even as “democracy.”

    The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has consistently from its inception attempted to confront this ideological weapon. We named it for what it is: The 21st century version of the “white man’s burden.” We have sought to shed light on the white supremacist nature of the white man's burden's murderous consequences, in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Africa as a whole, and in Latin America, where NATO has expanded.

    We have continued our work in solidarity with the peoples of Haiti, who are in a life-and-death struggle with a U.S.-supported regime and a U.S.-supported president, Jovenel Moïse. He ironically got the full support of the Biden-Harris administration and Democrats when he refused to leave office at the end of his term. We say "ironically" because just a few weeks earlier, Democrats were squealing about the possibility of Trump not leaving office.

    On the issue of Afghanistan, BAP has been consistent and clear in demanding an end to that war and full compliance with the peace accord that required the United States to withdraw all forces from the country, including its mercenaries called private contractors, as well as NATO, its ally in white global supremacy.

    And then we come to China. It is the new enemy, not because they are demonstrating by just existing as a nation the contrasting limitations and contradictions of the capitalist model to provide basic things, like protection against a pandemic. No, China has been deemed the enemy because they are so-called “human rights violators" with an “authoritarian” government that just released a report documenting old news: The United States has been the main threat to international peace since the end of the Second World War.

    Who will save us? It will not be the Western saviors who align with their rulers. It will be us, the colonized and oppressed, the workers and peasants, the newly emerging “peoples” who recognize the primary contradiction in the world today is between the colonial-capitalist world order and collective humanity.



    PRESS AND MEDIA

    The April 6 episode of “Voices With Vision,” kicked off with BAP’s call for an “International Day of Action on Afghanistan” which was held on April 8. Netfa Freeman, who represents BAP member organization Pan-African Community Action (PACA) on BAP’s Coordinating Committee, and co-host Craig Hall, got a chance to speak with Comrade Brother Eugene Puryear of the Party for Socialism & Liberation, fresh from his trip to Haiti, where he was able to tell them first-hand what is happening on the ground as the uprising against Jovenel Moïse and U.S. imperialism grows stronger. In the second half, they chopped it up with BAP member Dr. Jared Ball on the issue of anti-Black multiracialism in commercial media. But as is customary, the show began with a commentary by political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal as he fights through poor health to talk about the environment of oppression that the wretched of the earth live under at the hands of the state.

    The April 13 episode of “Voices With Vision” began with a deeper dive into BAP’s call for the United States to withdraw from Afghanistan as the original May 1 deadline to get out of the country—troops and all—gets closer. BAP member Jacqueline Luqman of “Luqman Nation” had some choice words on that, followed by BAP Solidarity Network Coordinator Julie Varughese. Then in the second half, a special segment on the crypto currency, Bitcoin and anti-imperialism. For that, Netfa and Craig speak with Liberation Psychologist and activist Nozomi Hayase. This episode included beats "Wild Wild West" by Kool Moe Dee, "The 4th Branch" by Immortal Technique, "Banksters Paradise (A Bitcoin Song)" by Mr Maphs, and "Behind These Prison Walls" by David Rovics.

    BAP called for an International Day of Action on Afghanistan on April 8 before the Biden-Harris administration announced the September 11 troop withdrawal, which violates the agreement between the Taliban and the previous administration. Julie joined hosts Jacqueline and Sean Blackmon on Radio Sputnik’s “By Any Means Necessary” to discuss the day of action. Then Julie and BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka were on Black Power Media with Jared the morning of the International Day of Action on Afghanistan. BAP also published an article in Black Agenda Report titled, “Biden-Harris Look Ready to Keep U.S. in Afghanistan—Say No!

    Julie then joined Radio Sputnik’s “The Critical Hour” 31:09 minutes in to discuss Biden’s announcement that the United States will withdraw troops September 11, a possible tactic to provoke the Taliban to resume attacks, thereby requiring the United States to delay withdrawing U.S troops from Afghanistan.

    Black Agenda Report Contributing Editor Danny Haiphong announced the International Day of Action on Afghanistan at the start of an April 4 webinar titled, "Yellow Peril and Red Scare: Forum on the Rise in Anti-Asian Racism."

    Journalist Richard Medhurst did an episode of his YouTube series about the International Day of Action on Afghanistan. You can watch it on his Twitter page. Ajamu’s public-service announcement on the International Day of Action on Afghanistan was played 14:30 minutes into Popular Resistance’s “Clearing the Fog.”

    Black Alliance for Peace Solidarity Network member Matt Almonte gave a presentation on April 7, 2021, to a group of students at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, New York. He explained Afghanistan's history leading up to the United States invading the country in 2001 for its "War on Terror." Matt also discussed the use of women's rights to justify the war and occupation.

    Sobukwe Shukur of BAP member organization All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) reflected on Bobi Wine's meeting with Juan Guaido in a Hood Communist piece titled, “Why Bobi Wine Met With Juan Guaido.”

    Egypt and Sudan rejected an Ethiopian proposal to share data on the operations of the "Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam," its hydropower dam on the Blue Nile, after negotiations this week between the three countries in Kinshasa ended without progress. Netfa contextualized the issue.

    Netfa joined Radio Sputnik's "The Critical Hour" to discuss Haiti 74:01 minutes into the show. NNV News also interviewed Netfa about Haiti 45 minutes in.

    Workers World newspaper highlighted BAP's Haiti rallies in a recent article.

    Ajamu was one of the featured speakers at a No Cold War international webinar titled, “For a Peaceful Pacific: opposing NATO's military aggression.” He discussed the U.S. military global command system alongside allies and members of Indigenous communities of the Indo-Pacific region.

    Ajamu was interviewed on Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford discussing the importance of de-centering Europe from discussions of fascism in a segment titled, “Black Alliance for Peace: Fascism Born in the Colonies, Not Europe.” A transcript also was published in Hood Communist.

    BAP member Erica Caines spoke at an emergency press conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal on April 15 alongside Marc Lamont Hill, Angela Davis and others.

    Margaret appeared on the Fred Hampton Leftists podcast to discuss the Black political agenda.

    BAP member organization Ujima People’s Progress Party criticized the Black misleadership class in a Hood Communist article titled, “The Black Working Class Must Defend Itself, Not the Black Misleadership Class.” Hood Communist has remained permanently banned from Twitter without any explanation.

    Danny Haiphong laid out why revolutionaries should critique the Democratic Party in a Black Agenda Report article titled, “Criticizing the Democratic Party is not “Privileged: It Is the Duty of a Revolutionary.”

    EVENTS

    April 11-22: Join California actions to bring home political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who recently has been hospitalized.

    April 22: Join BAP's next webinar, "The Role of Culture in Resistance and Revolution." Register today.

    April 22-25: Join the "Post-Capitalism Conference: Building a Solidarity Economy." Register here.

    April 24 (1-4 p.m.) and April 25 (1-3 p.m.): PACA and Black Lives Matter-DC will rally outdoors in Washington, D.C., for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 67th birthday. Speakers, food, drink and musical entertainment will be available. Please wear a mask.

    April 28: The Claudia Jones School for Political Education, Black Women Radicals and the Paul Robeson House & Museum are hosting an evening with Professor Dayo Gore who will speak on her book, "Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War." Register here.

    April 29: Pencil in your calendar 7-8:30 p.m., EST, for the BAP Solidarity Network's webinar, "#MayDayAfghanistan: Building a People's Movement to End U.S. Imperialism in Afghanistan and Around the World." Check our events page for registration information in the coming days.

    TAKE ACTION

    • Sign BAP petitions calling for an end to the 1033 program and peace in Afghanistan.

    • Dedan Waciuri, who represents Black Workers for Justice on BAP’s Coordinating Committee, is being charged for inciting a riot and damaging government property. Sign this petition to demand charges be dropped.

    • Our brother, former political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim, faces the possibility of re-incarceration for filling out a voter registration form. Sign this petition to demand charges be dropped.

    • The Black Latina Girls and Women Fund was created by BAP member organization AfroResistance, a Black Latina women-led organization in the service of Black Latinx women in the Americas. This fund offers financial support by giving money directly to Black Latin womxn, girls and femmes who are experiencing severe financial need across the region, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether in Brazil, Colombia, United States or Panama, Black Latina girls, women, and femmes are organizing in their local communities in the fight against several forms of state violence. You can donate here and people are encouraged to use the hashtag #BlackLatinaGWFund.

    • Sign up to join BAP’s U.S. Out of Africa Network to receive the bi-weekly AFRICOM Watch Bulletin in your inbox.

    • Make sure you keep up with us throughout the week by subscribing to our YouTube channel, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Instagram and Twitter.


    No Compromise, No Retreat!

    Struggle to win,
    Ajamu, Charisse, Dedan, Erica, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Nnamdi, Paul, Rafiki

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