#FreeWestPapua; A Hidden Black Colony Struggles for Independence

by David A. Love

The Indonesian province of West Papua is, in reality, a colony, an occupied land whose indigenous people are regarded as monkeys because they are Black. This hidden colony, its land and people exploited, has been the victim of racial oppression and a slow-motion genocide that has claimed half a million lives over the course of five decades. The Melanesian people of West Papua continue to die, and their struggle for independence continues. 

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Why Spend Time Writing “The Man Who Fell From the Sky” When the World Is in Crisis?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

In November 2018, I published my first novel, a murder mystery entitled The Man Who Fell From the Sky. In the years that led up to its publication, I would frequently encounter some interesting responses from friends on the Left when I mentioned that I was writing a novel. As I regularly note, the responses fell into three general categories:

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Afro-Venezuelan Struggles for Constitutional Recognition

When elected president of Venezuela in 1999, one of Hugo Chavez’s first major undertakings was to rewrite the country’s constitution as a mass-democratic process. Despite the optimistic and revolutionary re-visioning of the constitution, certain silences remain particularly glaring. Paramount among these is the constitution’s failure to recognize its citizens of African descent in the same or similar manner as it does its indigenous citizens. 

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Saharawi Vision

Note de l’éditeur: Le Sahara occidental est un territoire qui occupe une grande partie de la côte nord-ouest de l’Afrique, de la Mauritanie au Maroc. Le territoire s'étend à l'est, formant une petite frontière avec l'Algérie. Le Sahara occidental est un territoire disputé depuis sa libération de la domination espagnole dans les années 1970, après quoi il a été rapidement réoccupé par une invasion marocaine en 1975. Le peuple sahraoui se bat depuis pour l’indépendance et l’autonomie. L'Ambassadeur Malainin Lakhal est Sahraoui, écrivain et diplomate.

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Militarization of US Africa Policy

Depuis le 11 septembre 2001, l’orientation générale du Gouvernement des États-Unis vers l’Afrique est de plus en plus définie par la militarisation des relations américano-africaines. En 2003, l’administration George W. Bush a établi la première base américaine permanente sur le continent à Djibouti. En 2007, le commandement américain pour l’Afrique (AFRICOM) a été créé.

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