Burkina Faso Salutes the People of Chad

21 January at the Thomas Sankara Centre for African Liberation and Unity, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Ladies and Gentlemen, journalists, distinguished guests in your ranks, It’s a real pleasure and honour for us to have you at the Centre Thomas Sankara for this press conference dedicated to raising the voice of our country’s pan-Africanists in support of the martyred brother people of Chad, the land of Toumaï, the ancestor of humanity. Some may ask why we, the people of Burkina Faso, want to support our Chadian brothers and sisters. First of all, we are super-exploited countries within the framework of the . . .

Examining Black Income Inequality in the US

In this nation, the American dream is nonexistent. Over 18 million Americans are living in abject poverty as a result of America’s wildly unequal wealth distribution, while the middle class has all but vanished due to wage stagnation and inflation. Half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, still working 40 hours a week. We were directed to go to school and earn degrees to prepare for the new technological advancements of a fast-paced economy. But the ruling class in this country is directly invested in keeping wages low and maintaining this system of economic insanity. Transformative technological change, led by . . .

On Opportunism

The term “Opportunism” has taken on a general definition: “taking opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle.” He was accused of “political opportunism”, implying a certain mercenary, ‘end justifies the means’ mentality. In this case, it is an individual personality characteristic – “He is an opportunist.” We also see opportunism as an essential feature of capitalism and imperialism, which seeks to use every opportunity to enrich the bourgeoisie at the expense of the people. This is the opportunism of corporate or state entities that pursue profit by every available means. In this struggle of ours, the . . .

Zionism is Against Africa & Africans

Before we begin, I want to acknowledge that I am sitting on LennI Lenape land, on Turtle Island; this acknowledgement must be the place we start from, to address the contradictions we are discussing this evening.  As our session is discussing the negative effects of zionism upon our African population, at home and abroad; I shall open with a couple of quotes from Nelson Mandela- now lionized as ‘a man of peace and compromise,’ but was a direct enemy of the west and its allies, placing him on the U.S. terrorist watch list until 2008.     From Mandela: “If one has . . .

A Materialist Guide to Media Literacy

Materialism: A Grounded Analysis In exploring the notion of critical media literacy, the Marxist concepts of base and superstructure and Antonio Gramsci’s theory of cultural hegemony provide an essential framework for understanding the complex dynamics of media, power, and ideology. I’ve long engaged with these concepts frequently, not because I’m a broken record with only a single track working; it’s because these are part of the same source material and concepts that were ideologically foundational to Walter Rodney, Frantz Fanon, and many of my own foundational intellectuals. A necessity of our political education and study has to be not only . . .