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Ras Menelik
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« on: March 30, 2009, 05:33:45 PM »

REVOLUTION IS ABOUT THE LAND, WITHOUT THE LAND THERE IS NO REVOLUTION

The true BLACK POWER PAN AFRIKANISTS must stand up and fight for the total
liberation of Zimbabwe and Afrika at large by any means necessary. Zimbabwe has been under siege ever since the government of Zimbabwe under the leadership of HIS EXELENCY THE HONOURABLE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE GABRIEL MUGABE started the programme of taking back the land which was stolen from InI by European colonialists from Britain who are the former colonial power in  Zimbabwe. It is a revolutionary action taking the land back from colonialist and give it to the landless indigenous people who were dispossessed of their land through the barrel of the gun by these vampires from Europe. Afrika belongs to the Afrikans who are black people. Zimbabwe must be defended and advanced by InI BLACK PEOPLE who love InI black self from these forces that has been trying to destabilize that country with the aim of reversing the land programme and colonize Zimbabwe again. The revolution is about the land, and without the land there is no revolution. Zimbabwe is a source of inspiration to InI who are still living in the settler colonial territories like here in Azania. Zimbabwe proved once again that InI Afrikans with confidence of the self and self determination InI can defeat these forces that are always downpressing InI and exploiting InI natural and human resources. Afrikan people all over the world must rally around Zimbabwe and help Zimbabwe in this situation of desperation which was caused by the imperialists who always want InI to bow down to them and allow InI to be used and misused by them for their own interests. All the liberated zones must be defended and advanced by InI against the babylon forces which are around InI trying to kill and destroy InI vision of creating Afrika in InI own image. Let InI not forget what happened to Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Samora Machel, Thomas Sankara, Amilcar Cabral, Bantu Biko, Mangaliso Sobukwe, Marcus Garvey, Peter Tosh, Malcom X, Khalid Mohammad and many other revolutionaries who stood for the legitimate interests of Afrikan people. President Gabriel Mugabe is one of those elects that come from that Afrikan revolutionary lineage of Afrikan warriors who are sent to redeem InI BLACK NATION from colonial rule, landlessness, and out of starvation spiritually and physically. InI must stand up for Zimbabwe so that InI cannot loose the gains that InI have achieved under this revolutionary leadership.
BLACK POWER
RASTAFARI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                             
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Ras Menelik
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009, 08:25:45 AM »



Does Mugabe Have A Point?

By Chinweizu

July 2008




What is going on in Zimbabwe is not just an election crisis, it is a war. Britain is inflicting a war of recolonization on Zimbabwe under the guise of promoting democracy. For the last seven years, Britain, with its European and Diaspora allies— The EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA-- has waged economic war on Zimbabwe through sanctions and sabotage: after all, these are classic weapons of economic war. Britain has been making propaganda war on Zimbabwe through a demonization and disinformation campaign in the global media. Britain has been waging political war on Zimbabwe using its MDC agents to fight elections. And frustrated by its failure thus far to effect regime change in Zimbabwe, Britain is gearing up to make military war on Zimbabwe, either through a UN intervention, or through a unilateral invasion, or by prompting the MDC to start an armed struggle against the Zimbabwean government.


After Britain failed to persuade the UN Security Council to impose UN sanctions on Zimbabwe, Gordon Brown made it clear on the BBC [July 15, 2008] that he is determined to maintain “political pressure” on Zimbabwe until it “returns to democracy”. And on that same day, in its program “World have your say” which was broadcast from the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, the BBC presenter openly went about inciting the MDC refugees there to go home and take up AK-47s and begin an armed struggle.


And back in 2007, there were reports, by Grands-Lacs Confidentiel, that at a camp in Rusoma on the border between Rwanda and Tanzania, British and American instructors were training mercenaries recruited from Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe itself, to invade Zimbabwe.


What is all this for? Black Africans need to understand what exactly is going on if they are to do their duty towards their Black kith and kin in Zimbabwe.


Contrary to the impression long created by British propaganda, the principals in this war or crisis are not Mugabe vs. Tsvangerai but Zimbabwe vs. Britain; and first Tony Blair and now Gordon Brown vs. Robert Mugabe. Tsvangerai is simply a creature and puppet of Britain. The MDC is simply the local political mercenaries that Britain is using to wage its war on the people of Zimbabwe.


Despite the assertions of the sanctioners, their sanctions do not target just Mugabe and his cronies. They have targeted the entire Zimbabwe population. They have done so from the start. For example. It was reported in 2002 that “a ship carrying fuel intended for Zimbabwe was unable to offload its cargo at the port of Beira in Mozambique. British Petroleum, which owns the fuel storage facilities at the port, refused to accept the fuel because Zimbabwe owed the firm $3 million. Approximately 70 percent of Zimbabwe's fuel is shipped from Libya through the port of Beira, where it is transferred to pipelines. The lack of foreign currency has prevented Zimbabwe from meeting its payments to British Petroleum, and [this] could mean a near-total cutoff of fuel, bringing down production in virtually all sectors of Zimbabwe's economy.” We are, perhaps expected to naively believe that the lack of foreign exchange which led to BP’s interdiction of fuel supplies was a result of sanctions that targeted just Mugabe and his cronies! Or was that the direct effect of land reform and mismanagement, as all the woes of the Zimbabwean economy are alleged to be? Well, land redistribution does not produce fuel shortages or cause factories to shut down: when manufacturers deliberately fail to supply goods, despite being supplied with foreign and local currency by the government, that is sabotage, not land reform or mismanagement by government. When syndicates organize the smuggling to Mozambique of locally grown sugar and cattle, while acute shortages afflict the people, that is sabotage or economic warfare, not mismanagement or land reform. Thus we must understand that the acute shortages driving the astronomical inflation are the result of regime change sanctions and sabotage rather than land reform.


And what has been the purpose of it all?


We should recall that former US Assistant Secretary of State on African Affairs, Chester Crocker said in a 2005 testimony to the US Senate for the Zimbabwe Democracy Act [i.e. sanctions and regime change legislation] "To separate the Zimbabwean people from ZANU-PF we are going to have to make their economy scream, and I hope you senators have the stomach for what you have to do." (Democracy Now!, April 1st, 2005). And that is precisely what is happening. The economy is indeed screaming, by enemy design. The enemy intended to so torture the Zimbabwean people that they would reject ZANU-PF at the polls.


Having failed to do so, they are scheming to either invade Zimbabwe or to fund an armed struggle there. All this is allegedly to return Zimbabwe to democracy; to punish its leadership for election violence, alleged election rigging and violations of “human rights”. That can hardly be the true motive. After all, aren’t the UK and the USA on cozy terms with other election riggers, e.g. Mwai Kibaki in Kenya, who happen to be obedient servants to imperialism? So, what are Mugabe’s real and unforgivable sins that have called forth such premeditated torture of the Zimbabwean population?


Top among his sins are:

1] the expropriation of land from the white settlers whose ancestors had stolen it by force a century earlier. If Mugabe completes his land restitution project, his example might give blacks ideas on what to do, in Namibia and South Africa especially!

2] the indigenisation of the mining industries by taking over 51% of their shares for indigenous Zimbabweans; and that

3] Mugabe "balks at reforming his unproductive state-dominated economy", as

The Washington Post, in an editorial on February 1, 2000, complained.

This was a reference to Mugabe’s breaking away from the neo-liberal tutelage and doctrines of the IMF and pursuing “socialist” policies of state domination of the economy. In this post-Soviet era, departure from the orthodox neo-liberal “free market” doctrines is an unforgivable heresy.


If Mugabe gets away with all this and succeeds, Zimbabwe, like Cuba, would become a model for other countries on how to escape the economic stranglehold of neo-colonialism. Zimbabwe would become an example, terrible for imperialism and its exploitation of Black Africa. So there you have it. It is to forestall the domino effect of the ZANU-PF example that Zimbabweans are being tortured with sanctions and threatened with war. Shouldn’t Tony Blair and Gordon Brown be charged to the ICC in De Hague for these crimes against black humanity?


We must put the current crisis in the context of developments since Rhodesia declared UDI in 1965 and touched off the 15 years Zimbabwean liberation war, the Chimurenga, to recover the land.


The Lancaster House Conference was called to save the imperialists from the humiliation of an unconditional surrender by the white Rhodesians to black insurrectionists. Something like that had not happened since Haiti’s victory over Napoleon’s army in 1803. At Lancaster House, ZANU-PF was robbed of the fruits of its battlefield victory over the white settlers. That agreement, which Mugabe was forced by other African countries to accept, delayed the takeover of the land for an initial ten years. Then Mugabe was persuaded by the Commonwealth Secretariat to hold off on summary land reclamation—lest the sight of it happening in next door Zimbabwe should cause white fright and intransigence among the white settlers in South Africa and jeopardize the struggle against Apartheid. Thus for 15 years, ZANU was obliged to put off any radical land reclamation process. Then, in 1997, in the new post-Soviet global political climate, Britain was emboldened to explicitly renege on the Lancaster House Agreement. It thereafter moved to completely reverse the battlefield defeat of its white Rhodesian kith and kin. This was true to the old Elizabethan tactic of defusing a crisis by delay and deceit. Lancaster house was an example of the rule that imperialism negotiates only when on the verge of being defeated, and only for the purpose of robbing its adversaries of victory. Then when it has recovered its poise, it will assuredly counter attack. This post 1979 saga illustrates Cabral’s dictum that “compromises with imperialism are counter-productive.”


Given these fundamentals of the Zimbabwe case, what is our correct Pan-Africanist duty?


First of all, we should not base our views on Zimbabwe on the propaganda disseminated by a western media which serves the agenda of imperialism. It is distressing to see African newspapers serving as megaphones for Africa's imperialist enemies. Pan-Africanists, including pan-Africanist media, parties and governments, urgently need to start depending on our own sources in formulating positions on all issues. This is in keeping with Cabral’s sacred principle that we should be absolutely independent in our way of thinking and acting; and in tackling questions and answering them.


Secondly, Pan-Africanism, to the extent that it is still an anti-imperialist movement, cannot accommodate itself to this imperialist offensive, but must mobilize support for an anti-imperialist Zimbabwe. Its struggle for economic decolonisation should be applauded and given even more support than Black Africa gave to fraternal struggles for political decolonisation.


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It is heartening that African efforts to resolve the election crisis between ZANU-PF and the MDC are going ahead. But what will be required to make them succeed?


Since the MDC is merely a puppet of the British Government, no negotiated settlement is possible unless Britain instructs Tsvangerai to accept it. We need, therefore, to focus on how to end, not just the foreign instigated electoral conflict, but also the underlying war between Britain and Zimbabwe over land and the decolonisation of the Zimbabwean economy.


So long as Britain persists with its sanctions and with threats of inspiring an armed struggle by MDC, so long as Britain insists on returning Zimbabwe to the colonial status where a few white settlers held half of Zimbabwe’s best land, so long as Britain insists on installing a government subservient to itself in Zimbabwe, we must realize that there will be no settlement before unconditional victory by either the British recolonizers or the Zimbabwean anti-colonialists. For ZANU-PF’s exemplary project of economic decolonisation to succeed, a global anti-war movement is called for to constrain Britain from fomenting armed conflict in Zimbabwe. Fostering such a movement is our third Pan-Africanist duty to Zimbabweans

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Chinweizu is a Black Power Pan-Africanist; the author of The West and the Rest of Us, Decolonising the African Mind, and other books. He is the co-founder of the Committee Against Arab Colonialism in Black Africa [CAACBA].
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009, 04:43:37 PM »

REVOLUTION IS ABOUT THE LAND, WITHOUT THE LAND THERE IS NO REVOLUTION

The true BLACK POWER PAN AFRIKANISTS must stand up and fight for the total
liberation of Zimbabwe and Afrika at large by any means necessary. Zimbabwe has been under siege ever since the government of Zimbabwe under the leadership of HIS EXELENCY THE HONOURABLE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE GABRIEL MUGABE started the programme of taking back the land which was stolen from InI by European colonialists from Britain who are the former colonial power in  Zimbabwe. It is a revolutionary action taking the land back from colonialist and give it to the landless indigenous people who were dispossessed of their land through the barrel of the gun by these vampires from Europe. Afrika belongs to the Afrikans who are black people. Zimbabwe must be defended and advanced by InI BLACK PEOPLE who love InI black self from these forces that has been trying to destabilize that country with the aim of reversing the land programme and colonize Zimbabwe again. The revolution is about the land, and without the land there is no revolution. Zimbabwe is a source of inspiration to InI who are still living in the settler colonial territories like here in Azania. Zimbabwe proved once again that InI Afrikans with confidence of the self and self determination InI can defeat these forces that are always downpressing InI and exploiting InI natural and human resources. Afrikan people all over the world must rally around Zimbabwe and help Zimbabwe in this situation of desperation which was caused by the imperialists who always want InI to bow down to them and allow InI to be used and misused by them for their own interests. All the liberated zones must be defended and advanced by InI against the babylon forces which are around InI trying to kill and destroy InI vision of creating Afrika in InI own image. Let InI not forget what happened to Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Samora Machel, Thomas Sankara, Amilcar Cabral, Bantu Biko, Mangaliso Sobukwe, Marcus Garvey, Peter Tosh, Malcom X, Khalid Mohammad and many other revolutionaries who stood for the legitimate interests of Afrikan people. President Gabriel Mugabe is one of those elects that come from that Afrikan revolutionary lineage of Afrikan warriors who are sent to redeem InI BLACK NATION from colonial rule, landlessness, and out of starvation spiritually and physically. InI must stand up for Zimbabwe so that InI cannot loose the gains that InI have achieved under this revolutionary leadership.
BLACK POWER
RASTAFARI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                             




Dear Bro Rass Menelik .  Hundred percent I agree with you for the defiination you have given and in philosophy adherent to your vision :  REVOLUTION IS ABOUT THE LAND, WITHOUT THE LAND THERE IS NO REVOLUTION and besides that you really have opened the minds of some of us to contimue to add futher more on to elaborate on more factors to continue to defend ourselves on our Land or Land pieces . That is to say , permit me to add to our readers of the or perhaps of the foundamental steps , if ever to talk more of Revolution -----



Revolution



The idea and concept of revolution is commonly associated with upheaval, the violent overthrow of the reigning powers, a bloody vengeance by the oppressed upon the oppressor and so on. This thinking is a case of putting the cart before the horse as well as not being aware of the ethics of true revolution as opposed to rebellion.



The seizing of power from those who have used it for their own narrow ends is not revolution, it is the preliminary step. Clearing away what is an obstacle for true revolution. True revolution is the process of realizing the vision of an equitable, just and humane society.



It is the work of organizing amongst ones community – be it a family, village, town or nation – a new and just way of life. Dealing with the arduous task of cleansing oneself of all remnants of the cannibalistic thinking, which continues to live in the mind of oneself and the community as a result of prolonged oppression.



It is the art of organising the society to provide the necessities of life in an environment when there is no longer a system which offers food and clothing at the cost of subservience and the surrender of ones human dignity and freedom.



Revolution involves ethics. It asks questions such as: once we have stripped our tormentor of the power to harm and subjugate us, are we to allow ourselves to be possessed by the spirit of hate and vengeance ? What is the basis of the struggle, is it driven by hunger and nothing else or is it to manifest our dignity as human beings and allow us the space to explore our full potential as sovereign beings upon the planet earth ? 



The phase of struggle is unfortunately near unavoidable as oppressors all through history have rarely seen reason ; to oppress is basically the epitome of irrationality, as empires rise and certainly they fall .



Revolution is therefore a social process encompassing all spheres of society. The individual and their perspective, the economics of the society, the politics and last but not least the inter personal relations on a individual and collective level.



The struggle whether a strike, a riot, a war of liberation, a overthrow is not and cannot be the revolution. It merely clears the way and the human cost of such actions are always high, and therefore they should only be undertaken with a deep understanding of the pain and sacrifice they will require, and always with the aim striving to maintain human dignity even in an arena, that struggle creates. It requires a will to undertake an unpleasant task not in the spirit of blood thirst but with the solemn mood of one who acts through necessity and faith in the process to come.



The vision of the new society must be already formed before hand. It must be spread studied discussed and debated. It is only in common we form revolution. It is not a few intellectuals who sit on high and guide the masses. Vision may come from one, two or ten people. But it must be embraced by the critical mass for it to become Revolution.


Please , more views and talks on this  to come on  ----- 

 





 
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