Up Front, for January 24, 2013 - 7:00am
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It's important to me that you cover issues on the African Continent. So, I thank you for doing so, but I absolutely do not agree with any of the guests that have been on any of the KPFA Programs this week speaking on Libya and Mali with the exception of Professor Michel Chossudovsky on “Guns and Butter.” None of these guests, with the exception noted, this week has been able to clearly express what I think should be the proper analysis from an African or African-American or progressive anti-imperialist prospective.
Here is my request and suggestion to get a progressive perspective:
1. Professor Gerald Horn, http://www.uh.edu/class/history/faculty-and-staff/horne_g/index.php
2. Mr. Glen Ford of http://www.blackagendareport.com/
3. Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, http://omaliyeshitela.org/
4. Professor Tony Monteiro, Professor of African-American Studies at Temple University, http://commentariesonthetimes.wordpress.com/tag/temple-university/
5. Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the website Global Research, http://www.globalresearch.ca/?context=listByAuthor&authorFirst=Michel&au...
6. Mr. Eric Draitser of the website http://www.stopimperialism.com/
7. Dr. Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D. http://tarpley.net/speakers-bureau/
8. Former Congresswomen Cynthia McKinney, http://www.allthingscynthiamckinney.com/
These are some of the progressive voices out there, but conversely, anyone who works for the US Government past or present should be put very low on the list with the exception of someone like a Cynthia McKinney. US officials may have a vested interest in promoting, justifying and may have been architects of an imperialist policy visa-vi Africa.
The guest who said he thought that “Libya is better off” post Gaddafi is an outrageous thing to say. Tens of thousands of native Black Libyans have been ethnically cleansed from their towns and villages.
This subject has been well documented on the internet.
With regard to your guest speaking on Mali, we get the same outrageous kind of statement that “it looks like imperialism, but it's not.” There is a total media blackout in Mali. The US and Britain are providing heavy equipment and troop transport for the French invasion force. So, this doesn't meet the smell test. The US, Britain, France and NATO created the problem by 69 days of bombing that smashed the Libyan State. The UN almost unanimously authorized the African Union to lead a military intervention force, but France unilaterally went in with the support of Britain and the US to rescue “Poor Mali.”
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