Oyotunji Village: A Trip To Africa In The United States

April 25, 2017

Nashville, Tn

By: Ini-Herit Khalfani

The oldest living African tradition on stolen soul exist in the small county of Sheldon. It is home to the Yoruba and known as the Oyotunji Village. It’s minutes off the highway, a half mile off a dirt road, and sits on about 15 acres of land. To the east of the Royal family lives and the west of the village several Priestesses and Priest live. In the center is where all the activity takes place and to the north of the land sits a rice plantation. The village still harvest its own food growing the essentials necessary to sustain life through farming. The spirit of the ancestors still dwell along an area not to far from the coasts of the Atlantic ocean where it is known in history as some of the earlier ports where our Ancestors entered onto this stolen land. Out in front of the Village before the gates sits a sign and that sign reads ” You are leaving the U.S. You are now entering the Yoruba Kingdom. In the name of his Efuntola, Peace welcome to the sacred Yoruba village built by priest of the Vodun cults as a tribute to our ancestors. These priest preserve the customs, laws, and religion of the African Race. Welcome to our land.” You immediately feel the spirit of this village upon entrance.

As the story of this village is told in a tour it’s eldest King was the 1st priest on United States soil to be named priest. He has as many as 14+wives and 22+kids and the population was as many as 250 people. The newest King of the village is a youthful 26 years of age and has 4 wives and 5 kids. I’m not advocating for polygamy or suggesting one should adopt every aspect of the village what I am advocating for is a sense of self perspective, and the ability to restore the African community paradigm by re-establishing those important cultural practices of our ancestors. In this we will find a sense of pride and accountability by giving ourselves a chance to heal within and out, but most importantly to reclaim a sense of perspective that we lost after being kidnapped and held against our will.

The entire land has been built by hand from every sense of the word. It’s painted every 2 years and continues to have multiple festivals a year pertaining to its original historic African practices. All over the Village we see the elegance of Africa embedded in the culture of the Yoruba. The women of the village hold an esteem position as Priestess which out number the amount of men priest. The village is also known for its mentor-ship with young African ladies as it is important to uplift the African woman as she is intended to be. You do not notice disrespect, misrepresentation, or commercializing a culture in this village. It’s ability to exist on foreign soil as a sovereign Nigerian nation should speak for itself. Yes the Greco-Roman European police feds or whoever are not welcome on the land and will be met with confrontation if they do not have permission from the King to enter. They have their own flags that hang high in the festival hall on the land and with honor will fight to protect its sovereignty.

One of the most mind-boggling things about this village is not too many people even know it exist. Yes it is a lot of Blacks that live in the state of South Carolina that have absolutely no idea that this village rest near the shores of the Atlantic coast. They maintain their culture by speaking the native language of the Yoruba, its names, dress, religious or spiritual practices, and maintaining it all by continuing the most important aspect uplifting the Black Woman. When people say let the Ancestors speak here is a place the Ancestors speak and they speak to the Village daily.

As Africans in America we can learn a lot from the people of Oyotunji, because they are centered in Africaness which the rest of us struggle to obtain daily. This key principle is why people like our Ancestors Doctors: Francis Cress-Wesling, Amos Wilson, John Henrik Clarke, Yosef Ben Jochannon, Chancellor Williams, J.A. Rogers, John G. Jackson, and many more fought and continue to fight to liberate the African mind and encourage one to know their story and remain centered in its perspectives. What we must do is take the knowledge and wisdom of our dear Sisters and Brothers of the village and implement them within our communities and combat the struggles we still face within. Remember it takes a village and that African concept has always been our greatest strength, and that is something that we must get back to in order to combat everything we face as a people today to change our tomorrow.

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Rastafari Is A Revolutionary Movement

So, in essence, RASTAFARI ORIGINATED AS A REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT that took shape beginning in the 1930’s in Jamaica amongst the poor and downtrodden. It grew out of the determination of Afrikan people to RESIST and eventually OVERTHROW THEIR OPPRESSORS and REBUILD Afrikan High Culture. Its original focus was and, hopefully, remains one of Afrikan Liberation!

There’s a lot of b.s. out here today regarding Rastafari. Rastafari was created and emerged at a particular time in history, in a particular place, among a particular people for a particular purpose. Born in Jamaica among the poor ascendants of enslaved Afrikans in the early 1930’s, it grew slowly and deliberately until exploding into international consciousness in the late-1960’s and early-1970’s thanks to reggae music.

The pillars of Rastafari are:

  1. Afrikan people must remember and reclaim their Afrikan Identity;
  2. Human beings are innately divine;
  3. Afrika is the Sacred Homeland of Afrikan people;
  4. Knowledge of Afrikan history and culture is critical to gaining knowledge of self and the re-emergence of Afrikan High Culture;
  5. Afrikan people must return home to Afrika to once again live prosperous lives in Justice, Truth and Love;
  6. The Afrikan woman is the Nurturer of Human Life and should be respected as such;
  7. Emperor Selassie and Ethiopia are revered;
  8. Pan-Afrikanism and Afrikan nationalism are essential to achieving Self-Determination for Afrikan people; All Afrikan people are One and will once again rise to Power;
  9. Nature is the source of all knowledge and wisdom;
  10. Rastafari is Anti-Racist, Anti-Colonial, Anti-capitalist, Anti-Zionist, Anti-Slavery and Anti-War.

THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE IS NOT A FOUNDING DOCUMENT OF RASTAFARI! The founding documents of Rastafari such as the HOLY PIBY by Robert Athlyi Rogers, THE PROMISED KEY by Leonard P. Howell, and THE ROYAL PARCHMENT SCROLL OF BLACK SUPREMACY by Fitz Balintine Pettersburg still exist and can be read today by anyone interested. Many of those who were directly involved in the birth and evolution of Rastafari are still alive. There are many Rastafari thinkers who have discussed and written about the origins and Deep Thought of Rastafari. Consequently, there is no excuse to spread false doctrine.

Rastafari got its spark from Marcus Garvey’s prophecy that a king would be crowned in Ethiopia that would mean the liberation of Afrikan people was at hand. IT DID NOT EMERGE DIRECTLY FROM THE BIBLE. THE BIBLE WAS USED LATER TO JUSTIFY THE PROPHECY AND SUBSEQUENTLY IT CONTINUES TO BE USED.

Today, there are people all over the planet who claim Rastafari and know nothing about it. Many of them see it as a modern day “hippy culture” that merely engages in smoking marijuana, singing, dancing and listening to music. They do not acknowledge the founding ideas of Rastafari and insist on substituting pop culture in its place. This is particularly true of non-Afrikan “rastas” who have infiltrated the culture and profit from it 24-7.

Unfortunately, there are too many “rastas” who water down the revolutionary message of Rastafari in order to sell records and make money performing and djaying.

The following quote from the political analyst Horace Campbell is relevant:

“In his commentary on the Rastafari, George Lamming joined the ranks of those members of the Caribbean community who correctly noted that the Rastafari movement carried with it a certain continuity from the days of slavery, a continuity of resistance and confrontation with white racism. THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT, IN ALL ITS CONTEMPORARY MANIFESTATIONS, CHALLENGES NOT ONLY THE CARIBBEAN BUT THE ENTIRE WESTERN WORLD TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY, THE REALITY OF WHITE RACISM AND THE PERMANENT THRUST FOR DIGNITY AND SELF-RESPECT BY BLACK PEOPLE. THE RACIAL CONSCIOUSNESS WHICH WAS STAMPED YESTERDAY IN THE UNIVERSAL NEGRO IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, AND WHICH IS TODAY ENCRUSTED IN THE LOCKS AND BEARDS OF THE RASTAFARI, STANDS AS A POTENT FORCE IN THE STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE (emphasis mine).”

“Race consciousness remains an integral part of the class consciousness of African peoples as long as Euro-American culture seeks to harmonize the economic and political domination of black peoples with attempts at destroying their cultural personality. Such a harmonizing project of dehumanization started in the era of the slave trade, when the day-to-day atrocities were unified by a cultural assault—whether French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese or British—to impose European ideas and values on the dominated Africans.”

“In the face of cultural resistance—manifest in religious practices, the preservation of African languages, African medicinal and healing crafts, and musical forms of communication—and open slave revolts, the slavers deepened their racist theories, building upon the original biblical justification for racial inferiority with the kind of pseudo-science which led to the theories of Arthur Jensen (that black people were genetically inferior to white people).”-Horace Campbell (“Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney, Page 1”


So, in essence, RASTAFARI ORIGINATED AS A REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT that took shape beginning in the 1930’s in Jamaica amongst the poor and downtrodden. It grew out of the determination of Afrikan people to RESIST and eventually OVERTHROW THEIR OPPRESSORS and REBUILD Afrikan High Culture. Its original focus was and, hopefully, remains one of Afrikan Liberation!

Don’t get it twisted!!

References:

  1. Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter – http://tinyurl.com/zafebw3
  2. The Holy Piby – http://tinyurl.com/TheHolyPiby
  3. The Promised Key – http://tinyurl.com/ThePromisedKey
  4. The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy – http://tinyurl.com/RoyalParchmentScrollOfBlackSup

The Black Power Awards Celebrates Black Excellence In The Community.

By Nyah Amara

November 11, 2016 10AM

The Black Power Awards Celebrates Excellence In The Community.

One of the most important keys to restoring Black Excellence restoring a sense of community whereby we support, inspire, and celebrate the achievements of others. In many ways, the internet has prevented us from connecting  and establishing authenticate relationships based on mutual respect, honor, and accountability. Instead, it has encouraged hate, ridicule, and has become a safe haven for individuals looking  to minimize the achievements of others. In the past, we believed in community,  therefore we fostered relationships, we encouraged face to face contact, and we believed in good character and accountability. Today, it’s seems the internet has become a breeding ground for people suffering from internalized racism, mental illness, PTSS, and all sorts of character issues  looking to project their internalized hate to the world. If we haven’t learned anything from this cyber community, by default  we’ve learned to  appreciate the value of face to face contact, love, commandery, respect, and community engagement. All of  which, has always served as the backbone of our culture. This week,  let us step away from the chaos of the internet and break free from the hatred to reflect on what needs to be done. Let us reflect on the past and  identify ways to restore our heritage. This week,  let us take the time to reflect on the importance of relationships and communities. This week, let us celebrate the men and woman who have worked tirelessly to improve our community by educating us on our health, on condition as Africa people, and  educated us on ways to overcome racism and white supremacy. This week, let us celebrate those who advocate for social justice, education, and cultural rejuvenation.  This week, let us reflect on the community, the family, the men, the women, and the children who depend on us for answers. This week, let us reflect on solutions. This week, let us ponder on the wise saying  that half of being successfully is just showing up. Understanding that being in the moment has the power to change relationships, open doors, and restore broken hearts. This week,  let’s us take the time to be present in Atlanta and support the Black Power Awards. Remembering  the African Proverb “if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” . This week, let us network, celebrate each other, and acknowledge our accomplishments. This week, let’s us Support DJ and the Black Power Awards family as they acknowledge excellencey in the Black Community.

Peace

Voices of Fire

Mission: Voices of Fire blog purpose is to educate, inform, and the persuade the reader towards adopting a more sound approach to history with the overall goal of redefining what it means to be conscious. 

The Time Is Ripe For Internal Revolution

In his most recent article, “Wall Street and the Pentagon: Pre-Mature Political and Military Ejaculations,” geopolitical analyst James Petras discusses the recent failure of American and European capitalists (AECs) in imposing their will on Argentina, Brazil and the Philippines to shore up their declining influence on “Latin America” and Asia. Over the past 30 years or so, AECs have largely changed their mode of production from manufacturing to F.I.R.E (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) while still relying on the petrodollar. In 1960, 24% of all American workers worked in manufacturing.  Today, that number has declined dramatically to 8%. Today, the U.S. economy is marked by high unemployment, unsustainable national and personal debt, dysfunctional institutions including government bodies at all levels, the criminal justice system at all levels, public education, health care and brutal economic inequalities. This along with the concomitant economic rise of greater Asia, especially China, has seriously undermined the effective global power of the AECs, perhaps permanently.

Another very important factor in the AECs loss of global power is the recent emergence of alternative global mass media outlets. The appearance of mass media outlets such as al Jazeera (1996), founded and financed by Qatar, Telesur (2005), a multi-state funded, pan-American media platform largely sponsored by Venezuela, RT (2005), a Russian TV news platform, CNC World (2010), a Chinese satellite and cable network, means that AECs are no longer in exclusive control of the planet’s cultural narrative.

Even that staunch imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski has been warning the AECs that the global masses are more politically awakened that at any time in human history; that these same masses can no longer be bullied and brainwashed as easily as before, consequently, the game is changing to the detriment of the capitalists. Brzezinski once argued along with other brash imperialists, that AECs must control central Asia in order to maintain their economic hegemony. This led to the invasion and ongoing conventional and hybrid wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine and Afghanistan, key nations in Asia’s “soft underbelly.” Yet, despite 25 years of war, AECs have been unable to impose their will in the ‘middle east.’ They have merely continued to drain their treasuries, especially America, France and England, and amplify global disdain for capitalism.

In other words, American and European capitalists no longer dominate this world. Their failing economies and their becoming merely another “voice in the crowd” in terms of global mass media (propaganda) means that “poor” nations in the southern hemisphere now have an opportunity change their miserable circumstances.

Globally, Afrikans should consider the following action steps (in no particular order):

1. Purge key institutions of corrupt individuals and practices

2. Repudiate all debt created by former colonizers, corrupt politicians and financial institutions

3. Create a PUBLICLY OWNED central bank with branches throughout the continent that will finance science, technology and infrastructure projects

4. Immediately join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank

5. Strengthen economic relations with other nations especially greater Asia, Russia, Brazil, the Caribbean, etc.

6. Develop an Afrikan currency backed by precious metals and other natural resources

7. Develop an Afrikan Centered continental public education system with particular emphasis on science and technology

8. Put an end to asymmetric economic relations with other nations, especially AECs

9. Create and nurture economic and cultural ties with Afrikans throughout the Scattering

The time is ripe for the long over due INTERNAL REVOLUTION that Gil Scott-Heron talked about almost 50 years ago in, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” AECs are under tremendous pressure due to the powerful economic and political shifts taking place globally. They are reeling from economic recessions, military failures and internal decadence. The question is, “Can we make the internal changes necessary to escape the capitalist trap of corruption, slavery, racism and war?”

One thing’s for sure, the required internal transformation entails rejecting capitalism, capitalist values and other anti-Afrikan ideologies and accepting Afrikan Centered HUMAN VALUES. It means totally reconstructing the Afrikan personality to fit current circumstances. Anything less means failing our posterity.

Let’s stay focused!

References:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wall-street-and-the-pentagon-pre-mature-political-and-military-ejaculations/5554587

American Primacy And It’s Geostrategic Imperatives: Key Quotes From Zbigniew Brzezinksi’s Seminal 1998 Book – http://www.wanttoknow.info/brzezinskigrandchessboard

Applied Pan Africanism

The Study of Applied Pan Africanism

A phrase I stole from Tdka Kilimanjaro, Applied Pan Africanism is action over rhetoric. It is the work displayed by our Pan African family.

The Pan African movement has evolved into many different Ideologies, However, because of the bold action of African Women and Men on the continent and throughout the world, we can study their footsteps. We can analyze each organization within the movement, and we can break down each detail until we fully understand its quantitative and qualitative properties. Next, we can extract the information, synthesize it and use it to help develop new techniques, technology and solve modern day issues.

We should approach the study of Applied Pan Africanism as a discipline of African centered education that applies current scientific knowledge, to understand the social, economic and material phenomenon, by examining the historical trends of the Pan African movement.

CAPTURING HISTORY

“SEBA, A Researcher’s First Handbook, by KMT Press states;

“Objective realities unfold in history. Everything is in motion. Research must capture these processes in their entirety and thus become a reflection of this objective reality. If this is accomplished successfully, the essence of the subject matter will be mentally modeled and therefore reproduced as in a mirror.”

If we can properly capture each development within the Pan African movement, we can diagnose the problems that plague the movement and solve each issue efficiently.

If you study the history of the electron theory, you will see that many men and women participated in this theory. It did not originate as a perfect theory, there were many mistakes made along the way. However, through consistent efforts, the study of the electron evolved into some of the greatest discoveries in human history. We have to approach the Pan African movement in like manner, from its humble beginnings, its peaks and valleys and the triumphs and failures have to be studied until we can use all the information to accomplish our goals.

THE PROBLEM STATEMENT

One of the major problems within the Pan African movement is our dependency on European and Asian science and technology. In order for us to build a modern Civilization, we have to be in control of our means of production. We have to control the development of our resources, and not rely on our oppressors to provide for us.

One such example is the Akosombo Hydro-Electric project. This was a hydro-electric dam located on the Volta river in Ghana.  The project was conceived by an Australian geologist Albert Kitson. It was financed by the American Corporation Volte Aluminum. It was also financed by The U.K, The World Bank and The United States of America. The construction of the dam was done by an Italian firm called Impregilo.

This is a prime example of Neo-Colonialism. Ghana gained Independence politically from the U.K. in 1956, however, they had to utilize the Colonizers money and Technology to help empower their Nation. A recipe for disaster. Insufficient planning resulted in the relocation of the communities into lands that were not capable of providing for their farming lively hood and traditions. The people of the area suffered a great loss, while the Neo-colonial forces benefitted substantially. The dam was completed in 1965 and Nkrumah was thrown out of office in 1957 by a coup de tat orchestrated by the C.I.A.

Although the dam moved the region into the industrial age, it did not empower African people enough to overcome Neo-Colonial forces.

BRIEF SUMMARY ON HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM

The solution to this issue is to make sure the people are just as important as the project itself. Also, make sure the people are scientifically and technologically educated enough to play major roles in the growth and development of our Civilizations.

By examining this event, we can learn lessons in Nation building. Only if we use the principles found in the Scientific Method. What is the problem? What books, articles, who can we interview  to assist in the research? How can we apply the lessons? Once we have formulated a hypothesis from the information, we can test the hypothesis. Once tested, we apply the information and start the process over again.

We should use history as a tool, by understanding the evidence of our historical past, we can uncover trends that can become predictable and make the proper adjustments.

Pseudoscience and Ethnocentrism in Service of European Capitalist Imperialism: A Brief Look at the Cultural Ideas of Dr. Philip Njemanze

So, we have an Igbo ethnocentric neuroscientist employing pseudo science to ease the cognitive dissonance inherent in the forced marriage of Igbos to Christianity. This predicament is to be found throughout Afrika and the Scattering and is very dangerous especially coming from a scientist trained in the “west.”

The written cultural works of Dr. Philip Njemanze outside his professional specialty of neuroscience are an outstanding example of dangerous pseudoscience motivated by religious and ethnocentric blind spots. Dr. Njemanze is a globally respected neuroscientist and has done groundbreaking research in the areas of Brain Control Systems (Neurocybernetics), Hemispheric Lateralization and Brain-Cardiac Control Systems.

Dr. Njemanze has written a book, “IGBO MEDIATORS OF YAHWEH CULTURE OF LIFE,” in which he asserts that Igbos built the pyramids, invented helicopters, airplanes and light bulbs, were the original jews and that Igbo glyphs hold the key to deciphering the Mdw Ntr. He is not a trained linguist yet he takes Hebrew words and force-fits them into Igbo culture by finding similar words with convenient meanings.

In one of the bios read by this writer, Dr. Njemanze states that he is from a “royal” family. Perhaps, this indicates that he is Nri or ascendant from local leaders loyal to Nri cultural authority. If so, this helps to explain his ethnocentrism. The Nri were the cultural and spiritual soul of Igbo land. They were arbiters of the culture and sciences developed from ancient times to ensure the survival and prosperity of the people. The remarkable thing is that the Nri’s authority was enforced not by violence but by cultural authority. They had traveling ambassadors called mbùríchi whose mission was to maintain ties between the Nri and other Igbo ‘nations’ and serve as authorities on Igbo culture. Also, Nri leaders, called Eze, were not autocrats and had to answer to a council composed of highly trained and respected community members called Ndi Nri.

So, perhaps Dr. Njemanze sees the need for someone to mediate the culture clash between Igbo culture, that is, Ọmenala Ndị Igbo, and the Abrahamic religions, especially Judaism and Christianity? Today, most Igbos, like many west Afrikans, are Christian with a small minority claiming to be the original jews. The capitalist European, specifically English, introduced Christianity into Igbo land in the mid- 19th century to massive indifference on the part of the people. It failed until the invading English imperialists extended their military and political authority over Igbo land via a series of wars beginning towards the end of the 19th century and extending into the early 20th century. It’s clear that had English capitalists not been successful in conquering Igbo land, Christianity and Judaism would not dominate in Igbo land today.

With the foregoing in mind, it is difficult to overstand why Dr. Njemanze would employ mental gymnastics and outright pseudoscience to further cement the unhealthy relationship between Christianity, a clearly imperialist project by English capitalists to control the cultural narrative in Igbo land, on the one hand and Omenali Ndi Igbo, on the other. Perhaps he IS answering the ancestral call of his ancestors that reside in his DNA and seeks to, at least, make the continued practice of Christianity by Igbos less of a contradiction? Or, perhaps he is merely an ethnocentric Igbo who has been conquered by religion, and is thus compelled to further the imperialist project of English capitalists.

So, we have an Igbo ethnocentric neuroscientist employing pseudo science to ease the cognitive dissonance inherent in the forced marriage of Igbos to Christianity. This predicament is to be found throughout Afrika and the Scattering and is very dangerous especially coming from a scientist trained in the “west.” Imagine the tremendous contribution Dr. Njemanze would make towards Afrikan Self-Determination if he were to advocate that Igbos should abandon Christianity and Judaism in favor of Ọmenala Ndị Igbo? We will NEVER achieve self-determination as long as we maintain these “forced marriages” whose soul objective is to control our cultural narrative.

Time to rid ourselves of these imperialistic “religions” once and for all.

Afrika for the Afrikans…those at home and abroad! – Marcus Garvey

Here’s a link to a video of Dr. Njemanze explaining his book, “IGBO MEDIATORS OF YAHWEH CULTURE OF LIFE.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyIT9Hx7UFw

References:

Colonialism and Christianity in West Africa: The Igbo Case, 1900-1915, F. K. Ekechi

Igbo Mediators of Yahweh Culture of Life: Volume 1:Learn to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs and UFO Writings, Dr. Philip Njemanze

The Response of Greater Asia to NATO Aggression

There’s no question that nations act in their own interests and seldom from sentiment. While it is agreed that no one has clean hands, the Russians and Chinese quite rightfully see the capitalist assault on western Asia as a direct threat.

Let’s begin by looking at the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which was formed in 1997 and “dissolved” in 2006. It’s leadership included capitalist knuckle draggers like William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Devon Cross, Bruce Jackson and John Bolton. Their stated goal was “to promote American global leadership.” They asserted that, “American leadership is good both for America and the world.” It is important to note that 10 of the 25 people who signed the PNAC’s founding document served in the administration of George W. Bush, including, brace yourself, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. We all know the role they played in prosecuting the invasion of Iraq.

In September 2000, the PNAC released a document entitled, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for A New Century”. One of the major themes in this document is that America must be preventive in its approach to maintaining the preeminent position on the global stage. They asserted that, “At present the United States faces no global rival. America’s grand strategy should aim to preserve and extend this advantageous position as far into the future as possible. There are, however, POTENTIALLY powerful states dissatisfied with the current situation and eager to change it, if they can, in directions that endanger the relatively peaceful, prosperous and free condition the world enjoys today (emphasis mine).”

There is evidence that what the PNAC advocated was nothing less than a ‘global counter intelligence program.’ For example, in their founding document, they say, “The Defense Policy Guidance (DPG) drafted in the early months of 1992 provided a blueprint for maintaining U.S. preeminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests.” How does a nation go about, “precluding the rise of a great power rival?” Well, the purpose of the FBI’s counter intelligence program (COINTELPRO) was, “…to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of Black Nationalist, hate-type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder.” The FBI went on to identify Dr. King as, “…the most dangerous Negro in the future of this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security…IT MAY BE UNREALISTIC TO LIMIT TO LEGALISTIC PROOFS THAT WOULD STAND UP IN COURT OR BEFORE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES (emphasis mine).” Clearly, the FBI was condoning illegal activities against all organizations, even “nonviolent” ones, in it’s effort to derail the just and righteous struggle of Afrikans in America and “prevent the rise of a Black Messiah.” The members of the PNAC were determined to push America to conduct a similar program against, “…potentially powerful states dissatisfied with the current situation.”

We must also keep in mind that America is the most warlike nation the planet has ever seen, having spent 222 out of 240 years since 1776 at war. That’s 93% of its existence as a “nation.” As we know, America was founded on war and slavery and most of the wars fought have been colonial and/or imperialist.

The current conflagration in western Asia is also an imperialist assault with multiple aims but the central impetus is, as stated by the PNAC, to prevent any challenge to American supremacy through aggressive, militant actions and hybrid warfare. Hybrid warfare is a military strategy that combines conventional warfare, irregular warfare and cyber warfare. This tactic is currently being used by America against Venezuela, Ukraine, Brazil, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Niger, Mali, South Afrika, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indigenous Americans, China, Russia, North Korea and other nations viewed as a threat to its hegemony. Needless to say, this tactic is also currently being used against Afrikans in America in our struggle against police terror.

There is also an economic component to America’s aggressive militancy on the global stage. America is desperate to derail the economic integration of Eurasia. Let’s focus on China’s “Silk Road Economic Belt” (SREB). The aim of this program is, “…the integration of the region (east, central and west asia, and Europe) into a cohesive economic area through BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE, INCREASING CULTURAL EXCHANGES AND BROADENING TRADE.” Russia is a very willing and important partner to China’s infrastructure building initiative. This is an economic initiative that clearly features heavy investment and diplomacy rather than the rank militarism of American and European capitalists (AECs).

China and Russia have forged strategic and economic ties in such organizations as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in response to the aggressive posture and activities of AECs under the guise of NATO. China and Russia view the ongoing destructive wars prosecuted by America in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia as direct threats to their sovereignty and stability. All of these wars are ILLEGAL under international law, as was the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities against Black Nationalist and other organizations cited above.

Keep in mind also that America unilaterally withdrew from the landmark 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002. In his remarks on December 13, 2001 about the decision, George W. Bush said, “Today, I have given formal notice to Russia, in accordance with the treaty, that the United States of America is withdrawing from this almost 30-year-old treaty. I have concluded the ABM Treaty hinders our government’s ability to develop ways to protect our people from future terrorist or rogue-state missile attacks.” America invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003.

It is clear that America has been very consistent in terms of how it has engaged other nations since it’s founding. It has sought to impose its hegemony, and has enthusiastically used any and all means, legal and illegal, to achieve its goals. Yes, it’s true that no nation or individual has clean hands, however, America stands head and shoulders above other nations when it comes to illegal wars and imperial wars of conquest.

Comparing America to Greater Asia, that is, China and Russia, is like comparing Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Hillary’s (America’s) eagerness to use military force, well-documented corruption, questionable character, neoliberal and neoconservative ties and heavy support from ruthless capitalists make her much more of a threat than Donald Trump (China and Russia).