In this seminal essay originally published on this website in 2009, Dr Hakim Adi challenges the false narrative around Holocaust Memorial Day. January 27, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army in 1945, is commemorated as Holocaust Memorial Day internationally.
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Europe sheds crocodile tears for Africa
I only gave voice to words of freedom and brotherhood, words they couldn’t accept. Just words. – Patrice Lumumba
Neither state nor individual terrorism is justifiable. But when the European rulers issue self-serving statements that the violence in Brussels is an attack on Europe – and further are silent on the terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen – then they too must be condemned and the issues gone into soberly. It is these rulers themselves whom, as the statement of CPC(M-L) points out, “block the peoples of Europe from sorting out the problems of nation-building in the 21st century, starting by disavowing the colonialist past and imperialist present of the big European powers and dismantling the U.S.-led aggressive military alliance NATO.”
For the information of readers, we are reproducing an article from our archives by BARRACK MULUKA on how Belgium disavowed its colonial past; the assassination on January 17, 1961 of one of Africa’s most outstanding independence leaders, Patrice Lumumba of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2001, an official inquiry in 2001 produced a painstaking account of how officials, ministers and even Belgium’s King Baudouin either plotted to kill Lumumba just months after independence or were aware that others were doing so. The American president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had long given the green light for the CIA to plan the elimination of Lumumba, according to Madeleine Kalb in her book, Congo Cables, published by Macmillan in 1982 based on leaked State Department cables.
Under the reign of terror instituted by King Leopold II of Belgium (who ran the Congo Free State as his personal fief from 1885 to 1908), the population of the Congo was reduced by half — as many as 8 million Africans (perhaps even 10 million, lost their lives. Today, Belgium is providing “logistical support” as does Canada for the French military occupation and plunder of Mali, the aggression against Libya and the support of “jihadi” terrorists to overthrow the secular government of Syria.
Recolonization of Africa: US military missions reach record levels after Pentagon inks deal to remain in Africa for decades
2044 or Bust –The U.S. military’s battlefield of tomorrow. In 2014, the U.S. carried out 674 military activities across Africa, nearly two missions per day, an almost 300 per cent jump in the number of annual operations, exercises, and military-to-military training activities since U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) was established in 2008. The number of security cooperation activities skyrocketed from 481 in 2013 to 595 last year. NICK TURSE,* TomDispatch.com Continue reading