Quote of the week
'..The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...'- Alexandre Dumas - Diaspora
Democrats: do they secretly want to loose?

I am not speaking of ALL democrats but of some powerful cabal within the Democratic Party. Why should they want to loose? That is the wrong question. We have to ask: under which circumstances do they want to win?  Here the question arises whether if they could only win by changing their agenda would they rather loose? We have had a similar play in the UK where it is alleged that a strong party group in the Labour Party…

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Is the West Christian?

Much discussion of history, particularly the history of the development of Europe and its impact on the rest of the world takes as its starting point that Europe is Christian. This is an assumption that needs to be openly challenged. Claims of a Christianity vs Islam conflict and  mosts claims about the underlying valuea of the West start from the assumption that the West is Christian. The concept of apostolic succession allows the Catholic church to say ‘we are…

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TRUMP – Dry Run for general represssion

There appears to be  a lot of commentators who are asleep at  the wheel lately. What is happening in the US is a dangerous rerun of the past. In Chicago & Detroit many years ago during a  severe crash the  corporations laid off  their black workers under cruel and severe conditions. The White workers showed no solidarity. Clearly they thought that it was better for them to keep their jobs and for the black workers to take the hit….

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Wikipedia – Native American Lives Matter

Following our earlier blog we have found further astonishing examples of the hold of alt.right editors on the content of Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_genocides_by_death_toll,  if we look at the list of genocides,  the total death toll of native Amerians is between 12,000 and 120,000 and only occurred in California. Even Adolf Hitler knew better and praised the  US where Americans  had ‘gunned down the millions of Redskins to a few hundred thousand,and now keep the modest remnant under…

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‘The Economist’ dog-whistle hypocrisy on a grand scale!

On 9 July, in a piece entitled: ‘Segregation still blights the lives of African-Americans’ The Economist wrote: “If something isn’t done, and done in a hurry, to bring the coloured peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty, their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed,” Martin Luther King Jr told striking workers the day before he was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1968 black Americans had only just realised formal…

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NHS is a Crime Scene: Covid-19 and ethnicity in UK & US

Independent Sage has produced a report on the impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minorities. This is quite breathtaking….and disappointing Recall Boris Johnson diverting attention to pre-existing conditions and comorbidity as he scrambled to channel Dr Fauci. Many contributors to this report had no time for such baseless and evidence -less speculation. However there are strange and contradictory statements in this report. claims that  among the ‘likely’ causes are overcrowding, yet ONS figures show overcrowding is greater in Asian families…

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Wikipedia – racism and hazing in the editorial suite: Black Lives Matter

There has been many  individual complaints to us  about the culture of Wikipedia editors. There is a strong contingent of alt.right editors who haze pro Black contributions. These people appear to be well funded as they have endless time to revert edits and make snide comments at all times of day and night.  One contributor informed us that she had made over 50 edits/contributions and every single one was reverted without clear explanation. Sometimes the only comment was ‘controversial’…

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Bim Afolami – follow up

We spoke about Bim  recently (https://african-century.org/bim-afolami-a-great-disappointment/ ) but overlooked a small matter. We were desperately trying to be as charitable as possible. We attributed some foolish comments to Club table talk. But there were some statements in that interview which cannot be excused so easily. In defence of Cecil Rhodes’ statue he said that it should be remembered that  several Black Africans have become recipients of the Rhodes scholarship! Cecil Rhodes, a staunch believer in white supremacy and that…

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Bim Afolami – a great disappointment
Bim Afolami

I had such high hopes of Bim. He is bright , personable and engaging. Quite an ambassador. Today, 23 June 2020, on the BBC he revealed a rather shallow side of his nature. Asked about  the tearing down of statues he commented that  if we tore down statues of  all racist imperialist politicians there would be none left in UK. He smiled and thought he had made a witty point, not a huge gaff. Let me show where this…

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Cornel West – prophet or turncoat?
Prof Cornel West

Cornel West was once considered part of a triptych including  Skip Gates, and Anthony Appiah, representing the Black Academy. This triptych can be viewed as  either the leading edge of the Black Academy or a rogue’s gallery. Let us put this in context so as to understand the connection with Trump.  We need to understand the historical dynamics that generated this context.  For several decades ‘the conservative moment’  involved suppressing dissent of both left and right  by denying it…

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