The Congressional Black Caucus long ago lost its moniker as the “conscience of the Congress.” For example, only 19 percent of Black people view Israel as an “ally.” Despite that and in complete obedience to Israel, the CBC recently signed a letter urging Trump to keep U.S. troops in Syria at the behest of Israel. The white-supremacist, settler-colonial state of Israel has trained police forces in every U.S. state in the brutal tactics it uses to suppress the Palestinian people. That combined with the CBC overwhelmingly approving the 1033 program that distributes military-grade weapons to local and state police departments and then voting to label assaults on police a hate crime seals the majority of the CBC’s place as compradors. This support for Israel is the latest in a long pattern of betrayal of the Black Radical Tradition, which holds the U.S. state in contempt. Read Glen Ford’s latest analysis in Black Agenda Report.
In other news, the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, was set ablaze Friday after demonstrations had set off against the president’s plans that have been criticized as privatization measures. Protesters reportedly chanted “American trash, American trash.”
Then BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley basically says “I told you so” in her latest piece on the recently leaked report from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). It reveals what we already knew—the Syrian government was not behind last year’s supposed chemical attack, which the United States and its European allies used as the pretext for last year’s bombing. There’s collusion alright, but it’s not between Trump and Russia—it’s between the U.S. government, the corporate media and even the NGOs, to bury the truth whenever it gets in the way of their war plans.
Writer Nicholas Ayala brings up the value of international solidarity, connecting Syria’s externally generated destabilization with the attempted coup in Venezuela. Ayala writes, “In order to combat the global imperialist system, we must build a cross-national movement led by its survivors… The nations of the Global South will never be weak when the solidarity between the billions suffering from imperialism unites to struggle for freedom and equality in the face of capitalist exploitation. We must learn from these fights that international solidarity to resist global imperialism is the key to defeating the bourgeois enemies.”
In Colombia, Jesus Santrich was freed last week after being wrongly held. His imprisonment put the 2016 peace agreement in jeopardy. The struggle in Colombia is crucial to understanding the struggles in the rest of the African diaspora.
Finally, please sign this petition demanding the U.S. Department of State recognize the agreement. Popular Resistance, in collaboration with other groups, is also organizing a mass rally at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 15 to demand an end to the gangsterism.
Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Black Alliance for Peace
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