| Demonstrators marched in PortauPrince on February 14 2021 | MR Online Demonstrators marched in Port-au-Prince on February 14, 2021, to protest against the government of President Jovenel Moïse. (AFP)

Why Human Rights in China and Tigray, But Not in Haiti, Palestine or Colombia?

Originally published: Black Alliance for Peace (July 12, 2021 )  | - Posted Jul 16, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden and the Democrats have been playing the “Black Lives Matter” tune on their fiddle. Biden even raised the issue of Black Lives Matter during his presidential campaign. But, just days after Biden was sworn into office, his administration lent support for the Haitian dictator, Jovenel Moïse, who stayed in office past his term to the dismay of the Haitian people, who flooded the streets in protest.

Now, Moïse is dead and the United Nations has decided who will be the new president of Haiti. We see the racist irony. The people of Haiti have not been allowed to weigh in. The white rulers have made their decision, as the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) stated in its July 9 press release.

And while the director of Colombia’s National Intelligence Agency and the director of its national police’s Intelligence Division are in Haiti to investigate the role of Colombia in the assassination, those agencies have not launched investigations into police forces and paramilitary elements involved in the recent killings of peaceful protesters in Colombia, a client state of the United States.

Accepting the recommendation from the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti that contested Prime Minister Claude Joseph would be the new president is the ultimate in Western arrogance. The white West is continuing its white-supremacist narrative that the predominately African/Black population of Haiti cannot govern itself. What is really going on is the U.S./EU/NATO Axis of Domination is working through the “Core Group” to ensure Haiti remains subordinate to its interests. The United States remains in the lead of that axis.

That is why we say Biden and Democrats could care less about Black lives.

In fact, Biden was famously quoted in 1994 as saying, “If Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn’t matter a whole lot in terms of our interest.”

Is this the man and are Democrats the people Africans and other colonized people around the world are supposed to trust with our lives?

No, they are committed to one thing: The perpetuation of the pan-European colonial-capitalist project that has been underway for more than 500 years. That ideological foundation explains why they do not believe in the inherent dignity of all human beings. Hence, the double standard in place: The pretense of democracy and the rule of law for them and colonial fascism for the nations and peoples of the global South.

This is why the white West’s deployment of “humanitarian intervention” because of the “Responsibility to Protect” is so cynical. The West is responsible for the barbaric treatment and conditions colonized peoples have faced for centuries. The U.S. ruling class has shown nothing but contempt for the lives of workers inside its borders and for the millions worldwide who live in abject poverty as a result of the global U.S.-dominated capitalist-imperialist system.

Why the concern about Muslims in China while Biden and Democrats greenlight Israel’s war crimes against predominately Muslim Palestinians?

Whenever the United States raises humanitarian issues—be it in the Horn of Africa or in China—we know it can only mean one thing: The United States has strategic interests that have nothing to do with the humanity of the people they pretend to care about.

That is why BAP will continue to tell the truth, no matter the consequences.

PRESS AND MEDIA

On the June 29 episode of WPFW (89.3 FM-Washington, D.C.)’s “Voices With Vision,” co-host Craig Hall put together a special mix in honor of the 80th birthday of our late elder-comrade Kwame Ture. Netfa Freeman, who represents BAP member organization Pan-African Community Action (PACA), interviewed Sara Flounders about the little known case of Alex Saab, a Venezuelan diplomat who the United States has subjected to extraordinary rendition—meaning kidnapping, imprisonment and torture—in Cape Verde off the Atlantic coast of Africa, part of the ongoing U.S. policy targeting Venezuela. Craig and Netfa kicked the show off with a short exchange about how the United States is a rogue state, representing the biggest threat to peace and security on the planet. This episode included a portion of the song, “North Star,” by Mumu Fresh featuring D Smoke, and the song, “Never Ever Submit To Authority,” by the Antibalas’ Afrobeat Orchestra.

The July 6 episode of “Voices With Vision” aired Netfa’s remarks from a rally in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on the 19th birthday of Tamir Rice—one of the many but not forgotten victims of police terror. Margaret Kimberley, senior columnist at Black Agenda Report, provided commentary on defunding the police. PACA members revisited Dhoruba Bin Wahad’s essay, “Toward Rethinking Self-Defense in a Racist Culture,” addressing what they believed they didn’t get right the first time. Political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal shared a tribute to longtime MOVE member Consuewella Africa, who recently passed away and became an ancestor after a lifetime of struggle.

BAP’s members appeared in bourgeois and alternative press and media outlets in the wake of Moïse’s assassination. BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka appeared on RT America; BAP Haiti/Americas Coordinator Jemima Pierre was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, which was reprinted in Lookout Santa Cruz. Jemima also appeared on the BBC World News and Radio Sputnik’s “By Any Means Necessary;” and “Pod Damn America.” BAP member Chris Bernadel appeared on WBAI Evening News and “The East Is a Podcast;” BAP member Nnennaya Amuchie and Chris were featured on KPFA Evening News; Jemima and Chris appeared on Breakthrough News’ “The Freedom Side Live;” BAP Haiti/Americas Committee member Rebecca Bonhomme appeared on WPFW’s “Sex, Politics & Religion with Jamila Bey”Netfa Freeman appeared on Press TV; and Common Dreams cited BAP’s work.

The July 7 press release remarking on Moïse’s assassination was reprinted in Libya360Dissident VoiceOrinoco TribuneGlobal ResearchHood CommunistAlliance for Global JusticeThe New Dark Age and Canada-Haiti Information Project.

The July 9 press release commenting on the UN appointing Haiti’s new president was reprinted in Space4PeaceGlobal Research and Black Star News.

New BAP member Pascal Robert interviewed Haitian philosopher and sociologist Paul C. Macombe on his “This Is Revolution Podcast.” Pascal also appeared on The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder, where he broke down Haitian history and class dynamics to help explain the current situation.

BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley appeared on a panel 88 minutes into Radio Sputnik’s “The Critical Hour” to discuss Haiti, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC endorsing Nina Turner’s opponent and U.S.-Cuba relations.

Onyesonwu Chatoyer of BAP member organization All-African People’s Revolutionary Party-New Mexico sat down with Obi Egbuna, Jr., for the organization’s “Pan African Weekly News” livestream to discuss their lifetime of political work and the necessary comradery (not solidarity) needed with Cuba right now.

Hood Communist co-editors (some of whom are BAP members like Erica Caines and Onyesonwu) had the opportunity to attend a historic press conference, where they spoke with newly appointed Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations H.E. Ambassador Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta. The conversation was published on Hood Communist.

The June 24 joint statement on the Tigray situation in the Horn of Africa that BAP’s U.S. Out of Africa Network and BAP member organization Horn of Africa Pan-Africans for Liberation and Solidarity (HOA PALS) issued was reprinted in The Ethiopian HeraldAll AfricaGhanaNewsBlack Star NewsMonthly ReviewGlobal ResearchHood Communist and Black Agenda Report.

Netfa spoke to “By Any Means Necessary,” co-hosted by Sean Blackmon and BAP member Jacqueline Luqman about Tigray. Meanwhile, HOA PALS member Yohana Beyene discussed on Radio Sputnik’s “Political Misfits” the ongoing crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Netfa was quoted in the Final Call’s article, “U.S. Role in Africa Driven by Lust for Resources, Not Fear of Terrorism.” Netfa also discussed 104 minutes into Radio Sputnik’s “The Critical Hour” how amid U.S./European colonialism and oppression, many North African nations are turning to Russia, China and even Turkey for economic expansion. Starts at 104:20 into the show.

Why Human Rights in China and Tigray But Not in Haiti Palestine or Colombia | MR Online | July 10 Philly 4 Palestine rally | MR Online

BAP member Deandra Jefferson spoke at a July 10 Philly 4 Palestine rally, which starts at the 17:57 mark. BAP member Nicholas Johnson served as a marshal during the march. Pictured below are from left to right, Deandra, BAP member Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture and Nicholas at the rally and march, as well as a close-up of a sign (left) they held that says, “No Occupation of Haiti, No Occupation of Palestine!”

BAP Solidarity Network Coordinator Julie Varughese discussed 15 minutes into Radio Sputnik’s “The Critical Hour” the implications of more than 1,000 Afghan soldiers fleeing into Tajikistan as Taliban insurgents marched into northern Afghanistan.

Netfa wrote an article for Black Agenda Report titled, “Community Control of Public Safety: Building a Transitional Program for Power.”

The Black Myths Podcast hosted by BAP member Too Black on Black Power Media’s YouTube channel will feature a debate on Community Control of Police on July 20.

BAP Coordinating Committee member Erica Caines and BAP-South member Salifu Mack appeared on BAP Solidarity Network member Ramiro Sabastían Funez‘s YouTube show, “Unmasking Imperialism,” to discuss right-winger Candace Owens and break down her comments about race and class in the United States as well as her role as a shill for the Zionist, evangelical and pro-war forces.

Margaret Kimberley’s column for Black Agenda Report on the myth of July 4 is titled, “The Terrible Origins of July 4th.” Margaret also discussed trauma and oppression in Black America on the Fred Hampton Leftists podcast.

Hood Communist Radio held a discussion on its Telegram channel with its readers, honoring the work and revolutionary love of BAP members Jacqueline Luqman and the late Abdusshahid “Baba” Luqman, founders of independent media outlet Luqman Nation.

EVENTS

July 14: PACA‘s next Assata Shakur Study Groups (ASSG) event on Community Control of the Police will be held at 7 p.m. ET. Register here.

TAKE ACTION

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