O.J. Simpson and Imperialism, Sudan, and the Congo

Although he was a prolific professional running back in U.S. football during the 1960s and early 70s, most people today will remember African (Black) Orenthal James (O.J.) Simpson as being either the person who was framed for, or got away with, the June 1994 murders of his European (white) ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. I grew up in the same depressed San Francisco, California, U.S. neighborhood as O.J.  As a nine year old child I remember chasing O.J. down in front of Kezar Stadium 1971 for an autograph only to be quickly dismissed for a couple of . . .

The Democratic Republic of Congo in Crisis

For the last 100+ years that phrase has been repeated so often that it has become institutionalized as if conflict and the Democratic Republic of Congo (or truly any part of Africa) are inseparable entities. This view of the DRC is unquestionably reinforced by capitalist dominated narratives that consistently seek to absolve colonialism and capitalism for all ills connected to Africa, instead blaming all of the issues in the DRC today on corrupt leadership as if that leadership operates within a vacuum without being systemically manipulated and coerced by international imperialism. Kwame Ture was fond of saying that “capitalism lies . . .

Palestine, Panama, the DRC: Impact by Extraction

As the West becomes increasingly dependent on the natural resources within Black and Indigenous territories, the tactics used to extract said resources have become inconceivably violent. In the case of Palestine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Panama, imperialist powers have made it clear that the survival of civilians is inconsequential to the profits of resource extraction. The assault on Palestine is inseparable from the fresh water and oil fields that the Israeli government is insistent on controlling. Similarly in the DRC, the massacre and displacement of thousands stems from mining companies and their profit-maximizing goal of extracting cobalt . . .

Africa is Burning! DRC In Environmental Crisis

“No matter what they say now about highways and hospitals and penicillin, whatever was done in those colonies was not done for the natives. And the Belgians may not know this, but the natives do. What happened was very simple.” “You cannot walk into a country and stay there as long as the Europeans did and dig coal and iron and gold out of the earth and use it for yourself…By and by, it’s inevitable that someone will make a connection between the machines you have and the power you have.” James Baldwin, 1961 Much attention is paid to the . . .

Picture of a protest

Hashtag Activism and US Imperialism

The abundance of “hashtag activism” has created a false sense of importance for the everyday individual being driven by weaponized empathy to speak out about a cause or injustice happening internationally. This false sense of importance, brought on by the use of hashtags as awareness, is ignited by already held biases about the colonized world, which inevitably leads to both overt and covert calls for western intervention to “save” whoever has been deemed needing of saving.  The use of hashtag activism has certainly all but replaced in-person community organizing. It has allowed an array of people across the country and . . .

US war crimes in Somalia

Ukraine, War Crimes and White Power

Neither Bill Clinton nor George W. Bush nor Barack Obama, Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be held to account for drone attacks on Somalia, or for continuing the destruction of the Somali state. In a just world the Obama administration’s destruction of Libya in 2011 and the ongoing humanitarian crisis would be prosecuted as a war crime.  The Democratic Republic of Congo has the highest death rate of all, with some 6 million people killed when Uganda and Rwanda, U.S. proxies, invaded that country in 1996. NATO is far from the defensive alliance it claims to be. It is an aggressor and must be dismantled. . . .

Kamala Harris and Antony Blinken flank Joe Biden as he gives remarks about US imperialism in Afghanistan

The US Isn’t Done With Afghanistan

strengthen and expand their economic relationships across Central Asia. Maintaining U.S. hegemony in the region will require obstructing and undermining these relationships. . . .