Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cosmic Fear

 Cosmic Fear

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are
presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it
is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks



                                   Surprising events

                    Washing away                            
                    Historical tide
                    The direction they
                    Who knows
                    I am certain
                    Cosmic Fear
                    Evaginate it
                    On plain
                    With finesse
                    Try to fluster
                    Like gnomic
                    To fluster
                    Fact of
                    People in
                    Every slot
                    Of ‘’Addition’’
                    Cosmic Fear
                    Covering its dwarf
                    Image with fake
                    His disgust
                    For us pretending
                    With his
                    Cosmic Fear
                    Tried to stride
                    Any authority
                    Name himself
                    ‘’King of kings’’
                    Without peoples
                    Making us
                    Taking away
                    With every
                    In this 21st Century
         On planet earth
         Trump ant eating
         Testing Sugary
         Donald With
         Imperial Hijab
         Cosmic Fear
         Make us fear
         The feathers
                    Useless Straw 
                    Cosmic Fear 
                    Jumping oceans
         Mountains hills
         Circling the Globe
         Selling us
         For the
         Highest Bidder
         The merchant of
         Testing the
         Irony of cruelty  
         With the gold
         Gold Chain
         Cosmic Fear!!!
         Cosmic Fear!!!
         Cosmic Fear!!!

By Yilma Tafere Tasew,
Sunday 2nd  December 2018
Wellington, New Zealand

Monday, April 23, 2018


By Hama Tuma

I wanted to write this article since last week but put it off due to lack of time.  Netanyahu accepted a UN plan to end the deportation threat on 37,000 African refugees and I almost abandoned the idea of writing this article. Thanks to the extremist consistency of the prime minister (who rejected the UN plan ) here I go with my article.
Shame on you Mr. Netanyahu for staining the history of your people. I have never been a sympathizer of right wing Israeli governments and the recent wanton killing of at least 32 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza and the wounding by live fire of more than 2000 has solidified my stance. Netanyahu,I still dare to hope, has not much to do with the ethical and moral standard of the people of Israel . The planned deportation of some 40,000 African asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda is pure and simple and crude racism. African asylum seekers were called infiltrators and like cancer, a wall built to keep them out (why are people like Netanyahu and Trump obsessed with building walls to divide people?), hoarded into a desert camp, and treated like less than dirt. The more the insult against the refugees the more the ones uttering them bring to mind the Nazi enemy of the Jews . Israel had earlier shown its naked racism while dealing with Ethiopian Jews or Bette Israelis. An incident that brought the Nazis to mind was when the blood of the Bette Israelis was deemed impure.  The coarse side of Israel has been highlighted by hardliner Netanyahu who is egged on by none other than the racist buffoon in the White House.
There is no question that Sudanese and Eritreans are deserving refugees who should be given asylum rights. The chief Rabbi did call them monkeys but they are actually human beings if the vulgar person really wants to know. How can a chief Rabbi stoop to such low racism? How can such people resemble the Nazis? In other words, sad to note how soon they have  forgotten history. Persecuted Jews were among the first refugees in the world. The majority of Israelis do want to throw out all Africans and probable all Arabs too. The American Jewish Community also kept silent for years as Africans were brutalized and subjected to racism in Israel. Now, Netanyahu has gone further to state that African refugees are worse than the Jihadists who are considered  anti Israel. It is claimed that the presence of African refugees in Israel will create imbalance in the makeup of Israeli identity. The chosen race will be tainted black? The pure blood will become impure? Contempt for Africans can only besmirch the Israeli soul but it is the driving factor for Netanyahu's measure. Thanks to continued pressure, first among which by Israelis themselves, Netanyahu accepted the UN plan of sending half the refugees to the West and to give the other half temporary papers. It was not long before his right wing and hardliner allies cried foul and forced him to retract. Which means the deportation plan is once again on and refugees will either be deported or imprisoned. It is a crime.
Racism in Israel is nothing new. Jews from the East and West are not treated equal. Israel resisted to recognize Bette Israelis, black Ethiopians, as Jews. They were only accepted in 1984 for political reasons and then subjected to racism mistreatment ever since. There is a region in Israel that has banned all Africans from its soil. Bette Israeli women have been given birth control pills   to impede their giving birth and increasing the black population. Netanyahu has become so emboldened that he now insults and boasts against Africans in English. He had been seen walking hand in hand in Southern Tele Aviv with racist gangs and anti African group leaders. Canadian journalist and film maker David Sheen has been documenting for years the ethnic cleansing of Africans by Netanyahu's Israel. Here is what he wrote:
"Since 2012, the number of non-Jewish refugees from African countries in present-day Israel has shrunk from a peak of approximately 64,000 to fewer than 46,000.
Israel’s successful efforts to reduce the number of Africans living in territory it controls must be recognized for what it is: ethnic cleansing."
He added:
" For unlike in the case of Israel’s protracted conflict with non-Jewish Arabs, which is often framed as a hard-to-understand and harder-to-solve war over territory, here there is no narrative that can convincingly shield the Israeli government from accusations of base racism.
The phenomenon of non-Jewish immigration — called, simply, “immigration” in the rest of the world — is new to Israel, having only reached quantities of any significance between 2006 and 2012. During those years, about 60,000 Africans fleeing political persecution, military dictatorships and ethnic cleansing — mainly from Eritrea and Sudan — sought asylum in Israel. Every one of them crossed into Israel by foot and immediately surrendered themselves to IDF soldiers patrolling the border, as required by international law: the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
While many countries make efforts to limit the number of asylum-seekers breaching their borders, millions have managed to refuge in Africa, Asia, Australia, America, and Europe. The Netanyahu government has sought not to constrain the number of non-Jewish asylum-seekers in Israel, but to reduce their number to zero. Outside of Israel, 70 percent or more of Eritreans and Sudanese are granted refugee status. By contrast, Israel has granted refugee status to only two Eritreans, and it has not granted refugee status to even a single Sudanese.
In a transparent attempt to maintain the appearance that it is not deporting refugees back to more of the horrors that they fled from, the Israeli government’s policy is, in the words of former Interior Minister Eli Yishai, to “make their lives miserable,” until they give up and agree to self-deport. To that end, it does not permit almost any asylum-seekers to work, so that they have no legal way of providing for their own sustenance. In December, the government began to round African asylum-seekers out of Israeli cities and into a vast desert detention center, for an unlimited period of time, so as to further immiserate them.
 (Sadly enough--HT) one of those Ethiopian-Israelis, Member of Knesset Shimon Solomon,  is complicit in the government’s war on African asylum-seekers. All the members of his Yesh Atid party present at the Knesset plenum voted with the rest of the government to strip African asylum-seekers of their freedom and lock them up in the desert detention center.
A sustained propaganda campaign by top political officials has branded the African asylum-seekers in the eyes of the Israeli people as spreaders of disease, and even as a threat on par with nuclear bombs. Although official police statistics continually demonstrate that Africans have a far lower crime rate than native Israelis, the entire community is tarred in the media as inherently criminal, inflaming grassroots racism. As a result, a January poll revealed that 80 percent of Jews now want the government to physically remove all African asylum-seekers from Israeli population centers.
After a Sderot rabbi boasted that he successfully shut down an African church, convinced locals not to rent apartments to Africans, and patrolled city streets in order to drive the Africans out of town, he was invited by a government faction to repeat his ‘successes’ in Tel Aviv, and given a budget to do so. After a ruling Likud Party member of Knesset incited a thousand-person anti-African race riot in Tel Aviv by calling Africans a “cancer” — and then apologizing, not to Africans, but to cancer victims, for comparing them to Africans — Prime Minister Netanyahu promoted her to head the committee that decides the fate of those same Africans.
None of these facts are hidden from the Israeli public as they are hidden from the American public. Just the opposite: in Hebrew, the government proudly announces each new anti-African measure, since they have broad popular support and can be converted into political capital."
Pure and simple racism . The land grab and recent killings of Palestinians in the Gaza do not make the Israeli face any more presentable.Racism is ugly. Netanyahu is enjoying the full supportof the racist in the White House and this means that the suffering of the Afrian refugees/asylum seekers is going to increase to no end. Rwanda and Uganda should publicly stop their nefarious work and agreement with Israel . The civilized world,as Netanyahu and his allies lack this qualification, should put pressure on Israel to stop the racist crimes against Africans. Racism and xenophobia are a curse on all those who espouse them. Allying with the devil and criminals to achieve one's narrow purposes is also a crime. Israel should respect the asylum rights of black Africans.
There is a proverb in Hebrew which says shame induces on us to fear sin. I say to the sinners, Netanyahu and his allies, shame on all of you. בּוּשָׁה וְחֶרְפָּה [וּכְלִמָּה]; חרטה עמוקה

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Travails of Mother Africa

The Travails of Mother Africa

By Hama Tuma

It is not the first time that French presidents take to the stage to belittle and insult Africa. Former president Chirac admitted that Africa was crucial for the existence of France, though he did complain of our “noise and odors”. His successor, Sarkozy, the man who is beleaguered by a court case alleging he took millions from Libya’s Kaddafi for his election bid years ago, said of Africa: it has not passed the door of civilization. Forget Songhai, Timbuktu, Axum, Zimbabwe, Ghana etc… Sarkozy’s successor, the bankers’ boy Macron, said the serious problems of Africa are due to our mothers who give birth to so many children. There we were wondering if our underdevelopment had anything to do with French and Western imperialism, anything to do with the billions that France itself takes from our continent.

On top of it all, came the trumped up …hole of a story. It is actually not very surprising that African dictators (is there really another type we know?) are welcoming and also hailing the very white presidents that are calling our continent names. When the dangerous and racist clown who calls himself the president of the USA called quite a few African countries shitholes the silence from these quarters was also, expectedly, deafening. It takes one to know one as it has been said. To put it bluntly, I am not wounded by the insult. It is very true that shithole presidents backed by shithole Trump, and his predecessors, have turned our countries into centers of despair, poverty, corruption and decay. The dictators we have are god sons of American and other imperialisms–with China added as of recently. Nationalist leaders like Lumumba, Machel, Nkrumah, Cabral, Um Nyobe, Pierre Mulele, Ernest Ouandie, Sankara and more were all killed or ousted by imperialists. The Belgian colonialists killed close 15 million Congolese, the Germans massacred the Herero, Italy slaughtered more than a million Ethiopians, the crimes of the British and French were very grotesque and well known. A whole continent was raped, pillaged and devastated by American and Western imperialism. This is just for background, for the plunder of Africa by imperialism is still in progress in almost all the countries that have been turned into shitholes by imperialism itself. And let us point out again that super power America is being ruled now by an ignoramus who has no moral high ground to judge Africa, the helpless victim of the West since the slave trade and brutal colonialism.

Many times we Africans have been told we are lazy and determined to stay poor and ignorant. If the continent was peopled by Japanese and Israelis it would have been prosperous said one of the self appointed expert on our species. Bill Gates and others want to impose harsh birth control on us so that we do not pose immigration problems on Europe. All this assumes that Africans are doomed to stay underdeveloped and the reason for this has nothing to do with the conditions imposed upon us by imperialism of all sorts. Even if we give them the benefit and accuse only our dictators, who brought and backed these dictators? When Belgium and the CIA plotted and caused the murder of Patrice Lumumba it was their puppet Mobutu who took power and totally sold the rich Congo to the West and caused the problems that still plague the country. The ongoing carnage in the East of the country is caused by greedy multinational companies going after gold, diamond, coltan, etc. France’s role in Chad, Niger, and so called Francophone countries is well known as is that of the oil hungry US in Equatorial Guinea. Who brought to power and sustained the dictatorial Tigrean group in Ethiopia? Inept, Washington creates monsters like Al Qaeda itself that turn against it in due course of time. Without the backing of western imperialism, Africa’s dictator would not have brutalized our countries and sold us repeatedly to the highest bidder. Our mothers are not our problems, Mr. Macron and Bill Gates. You all are. You do not have to read Walter Rodney on How Europe Underdeveloped Africa–you know it too well. Africans are hard working and the people are its strength.

That said, if Trump insults our countries we should not be surprised or hurt at all. The truth does hurt often. The buffoon is a professional bumbler and has made outrage his middle name. In Ethiopia, we call people like him, rude to their core and racist, shit mouths. But we do not utter this word as it is also considered rude. Unlike Trump, we are too polite to shoot from the mouth all the s…t that just pops up. Africa has continued to be the playground of robbers and plunderers. A new scramble is going on with China as the rival of the imperialist devils we used to know. Africa is trampled upon like grass by the thieving elephants so to say. If the robbers leave us alone Africa would fare fine and take its rightful place in the world. Consider the following article:

The New Colonialism examines the operations of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with mining or energy interests in Africa. 101 LSE-listed companies have such operations in sub-Saharan Africa – covering 37 countries in total. Most of the 101 companies are British: 59 are incorporated in the UK, and 12 others are incorporated in Guernsey and Jersey – British tax havens. Others operate from London despite being incorporated elsewhere, with 25 incorporated in tax havens. These companies play a dominant role in the plunder of major minerals and energy resources from Africa. They control resources worth more than $1 trillion:

• 6.6 billion barrels of oil
• 79.5 million ounces of gold
• 699.3 million carats of diamonds
• 3.6 billion tonnes of coal
• 287 million ounces of platinum,
• huge reserves of gas, copper, silver, cobalt, bauxite and other minerals.

Tax havens, high interest on loans, tax dodging, utilizing the IMF to cripple the African economy, degradation of the climate, taking billions out of Africa, spreading corruption — every year Africa loses close to $ 50 billion to the West. Racism and paternalism (like Gates warning Nigeria to shape up or…) have also taken their tolls. The role of France in West and Central Africa is similar until today–merciless plunder, military aggression racist arrogance. Such is the problem of Africa–not our mothers, not our laziness or color. The pillar of Fortress Europe is none other than France. Take the dictator in Djibouti where both America and France (amongst many others including China) have military and drone bases. Africa and specially the Horn of Africa have been turned into war centers. What developmental aid? Debt for sure. Carnage certainly. The war on Libya has destabilized Northern and Western Africa. War mongering imperialism is Africa’s main problem. Who ruined Haiti? There was a time when most military coups in Africa were organized by Britain and France. If we let go this can be a very long litany the inventory of blood is too long.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

What Is To Be Done No. 26: YOU DON'T

 March 21, 2018
What Is To Be Done
No. 26


 “You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself”

Malcolm X

“The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his [or her] worth”

Mary McLeod Bethune

 YOU DON’T        

Today walking in the streets of Wellington, a young lady of African Origin coming from the opposite direction, we looked at each other. I said ‘hi’ she said, ‘do I know you?’. Then, ignoring her anger, I said ‘I am from Ethiopia’. Then she said she is from France, saying (as usual) she is late for work. We said to each other ‘nice to meet you’.
We became the scapegoats for every wrong that goes on in their country.
For me Mother Continent Africa will be more than enough to make us lead rich, peaceful, prosperous lives. When the West goes out of Africa, genuine children of Africa will go back to build our continent with our sisters and brothers who are suffering there already.
That is the time we can say to those who are ashamed of their identity, like the young lady of today, “you don’t know us’’. To the Western Asians and Middle Eastern Exploiters - we will see you in a few years’ time. When we can see you/us as equal partners trading goods and services in equal terms.

The above photo show 44 leaders of African countries after signing the “African Continental Free Trade” agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, 17-21 March 2018. This meeting was hosted by Paul Kagame, the life time President of Rwanda. Kagame washed his hands in the blood of Congolese, Burundian and Rwandan people. He is a human rights violator who tortured and murdered journalists and members of opposition groups. Most of these leaders are the ‘same grain in a different container’. After all, Africa doesn’t need free trade for the Continent at all. Africa needs unity towards Pan-Africanism. Africa needs ancestral land to be returned for the black farmers.
Africa needs freedom, democracy, people’s governance, self-rule in the gown of democracy which will fit the Continent harmoniously. Made and designed by her genuine children.
Recently I read and watched a video of Ethiopians protesting in Geneva, Switzerland. The umbilical cord of Global Mafia. The centre of charity business. The centre of global criminal banks.
Protests and lobbying are not the answer to our political problem. Unless we wanted the blessing of the UN, the West, and other rich countries. Like they “allowed” the current authoritarian regime to move into the palace in the 1990s. Please!!! My fellow sisters and brothers of Ethiopia, my homeland, don’t sell our country. With a deal, you can lobby at the corridors, toilets, drinks and hotels. Don’t sell our integrity. Where do we see other sister/brothers of black Africa doing as we do in this global mafia’s area?
 I went to my favourite book shop, Unity Books in Wellington, to attend a book launch. One girl from the guests came to me gave me a hug, which is a cheer for my lonely depressing life. I recognized her - she was participating with me at Wellington and Aotearoa Peace+ Movements in the early 2000s after 9/11. She asked me if am currently active with peace movements. I said ‘no, I don’t want to cry for others’ wounds unless we cry for all the wounds, including mine’’. She was expecting elaboration. I kept quiet, turning our attention to the book launch ceremony
Protest and activism has become racist. Even those young activists took activism as a fashion, after a while changing their direction. Some of them to charity business - that is where the money flows like water. Which will take them to “adventure’’ freely without much expense. The good salary pays student loan quickly, buys a house, while having “fun” overseas. I am not against this but no one commits to the struggle for human justice - to alleviate human suffering.

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Yilma Tafere Tasew,
Wellington, New Zealand