Submitted by Pachamama
Massa day done!
As the newly minted President of Mauritania heads to Washington DC to kiss the ring of the titular head of global arrogance, chattel slavery remains as pernicious and unremitting as ever. Of course, there are several gradations of present day slavery as suborned by capitalism, but chattel slavery represented a deviation from any kind of inhumanity hitherto known to man. Maybe Obama will raise this issue with Abdul Aziz, not that it would make any difference though, for the chattel slaves of Mauritania, Mali and Niger are not known to have any relationships with the powerful ‘gay rights lobby’ in Obama’s America. For their interests are to misguide us from focusing on historical wrongs and elevate their fetish to a supreme status within a set of ‘newly’ defined global norms. Those kinds of personal relationships are largely incomprehensible to the vast majority of African peoples, at least within our ancestral homeland.
Remember, this is the same Obama who was laughed out of the room when he had the audacity to suggest to African leaders that they should forget all of their problems and focus on his ‘new’ form of cultural imperialism – homosexuality. His attempts to deceive them with issues of bedroom business were merely the glove wherein the hidden iron fist of a perpetual colonialism and the global expansionism of militarism in the form of AFRICOM on African soil. And the Arab elites are again acting as ‘handmaidens’ for this new wave of domination of North Africa, and all the rest. So when this so-called gay agenda is to be deployed in a cultural war against African peoples our real issues cannot see the light of day. Chattel slavery still benefits America’s friends in the region and we, as African people remain deaf to the words of our Great ancestor, John Henry Clarke. Clarke argued that African peoples have no friends and never did, and he is right!
Submitted by St George’s Dragon
…temporary experiences of one generation could influence the behaviour of future generations…
It has been a mystery up to now how things experienced during the lifetime of an animal (and that includes humans) can affect their descendants. Traditional biological theory says that lifetime events cannot have an impact on future generations as genetic inheritance relies only on the mixing of genes from the parents – and those genes are fixed and unaffected by events.
There have been clues from scientific studies in the past which show that the frequency of some illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and obesity are affected by the experiences of previous generations. For example, the children of women who were starving during pregnancy in the Second World War grew up with an increased risk of developing cancer and diabetes. In animal studies, the effects of stress persist for three generations. Until now there has been no mechanism identified by which the effects of lifetime events can affect subsequent generations.
Work by Isabelle Mansuy of the University of Zurich has now identified a mechanism in mice which appears to do just that. She has shown that fragments of miRNA are produced and passed on in sperm in response to stress or long-standing lifestyle factors such as overeating or lack of exercise.
An article by Sir Ronald Sanders submitted by Ras Jahaziel
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday April 12, 2013 – In 1838, British slave owners in the English-Speaking Caribbean received £11.6 (US$17.8) billion in today’s value as compensation for the emancipation of their “property” – 655,780 human beings of African descent that they had enslaved, brutalised and exploited. The freed slaves, by comparison, received nothing in recompense for their dehumanisation, their cruel treatment, the abuse of their labour and the plain injustice of their enslavement.
The monies paid to slaves owners have been studied and assembled by a team of Academics from University College London, including Dr Nick Draper, who spent three years pulling together 46,000 records which they have now launched as an internet database. The website is: ucl.ac.uk/lbs.
Fathers strung up by the necks and roasted for fun
Do you remember the slave castles on the west coast of Africa?
Any people that can lock a living soul in solitary confinement for 40 years are identical in spirit to those Satans that locked away naked Africans in dark sweltering dungeons downstairs while holding prayer meetings upstairs. It is the exact same thing that they did in those dungeons of yesteryear.
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Wealthy families all around the UK still indirectly enjoying the proceeds of slavery.
Dr Draper added that the database’s findings may have implications for the “reparations debate”. Barbados is currently leading the way in calling for reparations from former colonial powers for the injustices suffered by slaves and their families
– The Independent
There was the revelation on the weekend that UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s slave owning ancestors were among other wealthy families who received repatriation payments in the millions of pounds when converted to today’s value. It seems ironic that these families would have encountered no significant roadblocks to get compensation for participating in the heinous act of slavery BUT those who are descendants of slaves are ignored by Britain which to this day continues to benefit from wealth earned from slavery and we (Barbados) continue suck salt.
There are the apologists who will proffer the rebuttal that this was a time when to own slaves was not regarded as a wrong, in fact it was institutionalized. It is the same explanation which Christians offer to explain why slavery was part of a way of life described in the Bible. Some also argue that It is also explains why the French exacted millions from Haiti.
It is the height of insensitivity shown to our ancestors by a predominantly Black country that Barbados refuses to engage in a rich debate about exacting reparations from countries which engaged in slavery. The irony is that Prime Minister Cameron and others of his ilk now occupy authority positions in governments and are able to levy APD taxes etc to the detriment of Barbados. Some things never change.
Read the startling revelation on The Independent website
Submitted by Ras Jahaziel
Blacks Still searching for equal rights and justice in 2012
A CRIME WHOSE ENORMITY IS WITHOUT PARALLEL IN HUMAN HISTORY WHERE ARE WE TODAY ON THE MAP OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY?
What do we tell our children about the cause for the shameful condition of Africans today? How do we explain our present dependency on other races to feed us, clothe us, and employ us? How do we continue to say that slavery is past and yet even in the twenty-first century SLAVE-TRAPPERS, CHAINS, AND PRISON CELLS STILL HAUNT THE PATH OF OUR PEOPLE? Can we afford to forget the past? or should we use it as a road-map to measure how far we have come today?
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Submitted by Terence Blackett
On Monday January 17th marked the 25th anniversary of The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – a day that saw “multi-racial” groups breaking bread together; political leaders setting aside their partisan politics to speak of the need for greater unity (even if only just so glibly); sprinkled with the solemn tributes and affirmations as well as the pontificators who lauded the name of MLK. Somehow you could feel this sense of fuzziness, and for a moment, you thought that some of the rival factions were literally going to break out in the singing of “kumbayah” my lord…
Sadly, the dust always settles and the smoke finally clears and it’s back to business as usual with the customary wrangling, infighting and squabbling over every inch of social terrain. It’s seems that after “THE DREAM” comes the cold, bitter morning of reality and we are somehow shocked into this polarized sense that we simply do not see eye to eye and are incapable of getting along.
A pedantic lurch back through the mid to late 1950’s and 1960’s history carries a stark reminder of a time when as Black folks our parents and grandparents faced in many ways a myriad of social pressures – monetary, political and religious alienation which has contributed and has been responsible for the psychic scar that remains a blot on the landscape of Black empowerment. This has due in part to the contemporary eyes of postmodernity through which we view that recent historical past but especially for those who were not privy to live through it. But even if we did, the memories have faded to a mere shadow of what life was really like. What does stand out is the socio-sexual revolution of the 60’s – and although this seismic shift in the last  years has defined the latter half of the 20th century, we are seeing its resultant social metamorphosis now in the 21st century.
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