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Obama Administration Boycotts U.N. Conference on Racism, Imperialists Walk Out During Ahmadinejad Speech

Obama Administration Boycotts U.N. Conference on Racism, Imperialists Walk Out During Ahmadinejad Speech

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On April 20th, the so-called United Nations opened its first World Conference Against Racism in eight years. The United States announced ahead of time that it would boycott the conference; similar announcements were made by Israel, Germany, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. Were it not for the terrible oppression that people around the world face due to imperialism, the fact that a global conference on racism is being boycotted by the Obama administration would merely seem ironic. Malcolm X, a Black nationalist and internationalist, was an early proponent of elevating racism as an international human rights issue.

While “race” is a false paradigm originally imposed by Western oppressor nations to justify their transnational rampage, greater awareness and intolerance for ‘racial’ oppression often makes racism a useful rhetorical device when employed by the oppressed. The only head of state to attend, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, used the occasion to deliver a scathing critique of Western imperialism. Making the speech extraordinary however, delegates from the European Union collectively walked out during his speech. The Obama Administration claims it wouldn’t attend because the event would single-out Israel. (1). Ahmadinejad’s actual speech and the response it garnered highlight the real reasons behind the West’s collective rebuff.

Ahmadinejad used the occasion to question the legitimacy of the U.N. Security Council and its commitment to humanity. “Look at the Security Council which is the legacy of World War I and II. Based on what logic have they been given the right to veto?,” Ahmadinejad asked. “When there is legal discrimination and the law-making centre is a source of bullying and force instead of justice and fairness, how can one expect to achieve justice and peace?”

Ahmadinejad also juxtaposed imperialism’s shallow condemnation of “racial discrimination” with its flagrant oppression of the vast majority of humanity. All of this led up to this statement and prompted the Western delegates to walk out:

“After the Second World War, by exploiting the holocaust and under the pretext of protecting the Jews they made a nation homeless with military expeditions and invasion. They transferred various groups of people from America, Europe and other countries to this land. They established a completely racist government in the occupied Palestinian territories. [delegates walk out] And in fact, under the pretext of making up for damages resulting from racism in Europe, they established the most aggressive, racist country in another territory, i.e. Palestine.”

Ahmadinejad didn’t say anything new or remarkable; he was speaking for the Palestinian masses whose voices are systematically excluded from typical international dialogue, including representation in the U.N. The boycott and walk-out by the West simply demonstrates that imperialism has nothing but contempt, accompanied by arrogance, for the oppressed Palestinian masses.

Barack Obama has made a big show about dialogue and open debate. The U.N. Conference Against Racism was just that, a U.N. sanctioned conference with no authoritative power. In reality, Obama is committed to liberal ideas such as ‘dialogue’ only when it furthers the interests of U.S. imperialism. The recent World Conference Against Racism provided an unusual global platform to speak out against U.S. imperialism, thus the Obama administration went out of its way to wreck it.

Rather than continuing the legacy of Malcolm X, Barack Obama spits on it. Malcolm X sought unity with the world’s people in order to fight oppression globally. Barack Obama on the other hand actively works to strengthen to imperialist system which oppresses the world’s people. Obama and the West’s flagrant anti-Palestine, anti-oppressed, ultra-reactionary posturing should both forever shatter the idea of ‘race’ and racism as central features of global oppression and put the revolutionary attention of the global masses where it should be, fighting the U.S.-led capitalist-imperialist system.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/18/U.S.racism.conference/index.html

http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/61690

http://www.un.org/members/list.shtml

Ahmadinejad speech: full text http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8010747.stm

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Obama Signs Stimulus Bill, Escalates War in Afghanistan

Obama Signs Stimulus Bill, Escalates War in Afghanistan

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As part of a country-wide tour, Barack Obama arrived in Denver to sign the 787 billion dollar “economic stimulus package.” The bill was signed at a private media event held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Obama sycophant Governor Bill Ritter laughably described the event as “historic.”

The event was used to pimp Blake Jones, President of the Denver based Namaste Solar Energy Inc. The Obama-backed package includes provisions for renewable energy and “green jobs,” topics at the forefront of the media spectacle. For his part Jones didn’t skip a beat when it came to hopping on the “green” social-fascist bandwagon:

“And we’re at a crossroads. We cannot afford to be left behind. We must seize this opportunity to make sure that United States takes a leadership position in this movement.”

And, “…with every green job we create, our nation takes one step closer toward achieving energy independence, strengthening national security, bolstering the economy, protecting the environment and improving public health, all [at] the same time.”

Though Obama’s speech was mostly rosy rhetoric designed to make Amerikans feel good about themselves, he made sure to qualify this happiness by saying, “…we know we can’t power America’s future on energy that’s controlled by foreign dictators.” What Obama is really saying is that Amerika can’t rely on oil and other resources that are subject to the increasingly revolutionary Third World masses.

Obama’s real economic stimulus package was announced the next day: an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Before any bridges get built, 17,000 troops will be joining the already 33,000 stationed in the war torn country. The domestic solar panel industry notwithstanding, the real engine of the U.S. economy is the exploitation of the Third World.

Both of Obama’s efforts, the so called “economic stimulus package” and his blatant escalation in Afghanistan, will do little to help Amerika in the long run. Be it 50,000 or 100,000 troops, the people of Afghanistan will continue to resist. This latest escalation will only lead to increased tension in Pakistan and throughout the Middle East. Furthermore, any aggressive action by U.S. imperialism is met by politicization and resistance the world over. Two days after Obama announced the escalation, the President of Kyrgyzstan signed a bill giving the U.S. 180 days to vacate the Manas airbase. Currently transporting 15,000 troops and 500 tons of cargo a month to and from Afghanistan, Manas is the U.S.’s only airbase in Central Asia. For all its mighty desperation, U.S. imperialism will be increasingly burned by fires provoked through its own actions.

Sources:

http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_11712939
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0902/17/cnr.07.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/washington/18web-troops.html
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_11745825

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MSH: President Barack Obama Continues to Outsource Terror

President Barack Obama continues to outsource torture

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President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that extends the CIA’s ability to carry out renditions. (1) Obama has chosen to continue the Bush administrations controversial “torture by proxy” policies that have come under fire even by the bourgeoisie. To those paying attention, it is no surprise that Obama’s message of change is empty rhetoric. In ordering Guantánamo Bay Prison closed, but extending renditions, Obama’s change is exposed as merely cosmetic — the current administration has no problem with torture when it is able to keep a lid on the media exposure. Newsflash: Obama is just another face, for the same old murderous system. (2)

“Rendition” is where the CIA targets those it dislikes, then, with no due process, the CIA kidnaps them, takes them away to black sites, often in other nations, where the suspect is interrogated and tortured. One of the most famous cases is that of Maher Arar. Arar’s Kafkaesque nightmare began at a JFK International stopover on September 26, 2002. (3) Arar, a Kanadian citizen, was kidnapped by FBI agents from the airport and denied the ability to speak with a lawyer. Over the next ten months he is confined to solitary confinement in a roughly one meter by two meter Syrian “grave.” He is forced to endure beatings and torture outsourced to Syria by the U$:

“This moment is still vivid in my mind because it was the first I was ever beaten in my life. Then he asked me to open my left hand. He hit me again. And that one missed and hit my wrist. The pain from that hit lasted approximately six months. And then he would ask me questions. And I would have to answer very quickly. And then he would repeat the beating this time anywhere on my, on my body. Sometimes he would take me to a room where I could, where I was alone, I could hear other prisoners being tortured, severely tortured. I remember that I used to hear their screams. I just couldn’t believe it, that human beings would do this to other human beings.

And then they would take me back to the interrogation room. Again another set of questions, and the beating starts again and again. On the third day the beating was the worst. They beat me a lot with the cable.” (4)

This is the supposed “change” that Obama represents. This is the great hope that so-called “new communist movement” activists whipped themselves into a frenzy to support in the last election cycle. New face, same old imperialism.

Notes.

1. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5636297.ece

2. http://monkeysmashesheaven.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/is-barrack-obama-a-house-negro/

3. http://www.counterpunch.org/arar10272006.html

4. ibid.

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