Sunday, November 29, 2015

TARIQ ALI ON WHY US LIBERALS BACK GLOBAL WAR, US-CHINA RIVALRY IN AFRICA, AND THE WESTERN DESTRUCTION OF LIBYA (MFG 054)


Author-activist-artist on Christopher Hitchens selling out, why the US didn’t wage war against Iran, and why corporate journalists are simply drones for war

Tariq Ali is an internationally renowned radical activist, author, and atheist. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Ali lived in exile since the 1960s in opposition to Pakistan’s then-military dictatorship. A novelist, Ali has published four books of his “Islamic Quintet" which portray Islamic civilisation counter to Western orthodoxy, and the first two volumes in his "Fall of Communism" trilogy. Hes also written for the stage and the screen.

A longtime editor at the New Left Review, Tariq Ali has written and edited numerous books on history and politics including the classic The New Revolutionaries, The Clash of Fundamentalisms which investigates US power and its role in the creation of global terrorism, Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope, and his recent book, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad, available from Verso.

In our conversation, he discusses, among many topics:

  • Why US liberals back Barack Obama’s agenda for global war
  • The US-China rivalry across the African continent
  • What would likely have resulted from what then seemed nearly inevitable: an American war against Iran
  • The complexities of the Western destruction of Libya and the re-demonisation of Qadhdhaafi

Many thanks to the International Centre at the University of Alberta for arranging the interview. Ali spoke with me in the lobby of the Hotel MacDonald on January 29, 2012. Note that Ali spoke with me a full year before the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

AMY GOODMAN ON DEMOCRACY NOW’S MISSION, CANCELLING THE INTERNET KILL-SWITCH IN EGYPT, THE SCAM OF FOREIGN AID, AND BEATING MSNBC (MF GALAXY 053)


Maverick journalist on torrenting for democracy, what connects the Egypt Revolt, and the occupation of Palestine, and whether future USA is friendly or fascist

Amy Goodman has hosted Democracy Now! since 1995. It’s heard and now watched across the world on the web, and broadcast from over 1200 stations. Harvard graduate Goodman first received widespread attention for her work while she was covering the Indonesian army’s mass-killing of Timorese demonstrators.

Increasingly since 1995 she and Democracy Now! have been at the forefront of American progressive reporting on war, peace, and social justice issues that corporate news cannot or will not cover. Amy Goodman is the author of four books including Breaking the Sound Barrier, an anthology of her columns. She’s won numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award, often called the Alternative Nobel Prize. 

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This episode’s conversation is from the archives of the Grand Lodge of Imhotep in Edmonton. Amy Goodman spoke with me by telephone on February 17, 2011, a mere 15 days after the Canadian magazine Adbusters called on pro-democracy activists to occupy Wall Street, more than a year before the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, and two years before the seemingly unstoppable rise of DAESH or ISIL.

We discussed:

  • Democracy Now’s pioneering use of then-new file-sharing hacks back in 2003 to smuggle footage out of US-occupied Iraq, and their workarounds to get news out of Egypt during the kill-switch blackout of the anti-Mubarak uprising
  • The relationship between the Egypt Revolt and the occupation of Palestine
  • The scam of so-called “foreign aid” that instead of helping poor people overseas is actually corporate welfare feeding the super-rich at home
  • How and why Democracy Now! is available to more people than is MSNBC
  • Her commentary during the Egyptian Revolt as to its nature, aims, and likely results, and why she chose to call the ouster a revolution, and
  • Whether major change to the United States will come from progressives, or from fascists

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

RUNOKO RASHIDI ON AFROCENTRICITY, AFRICAN PRESENCE IN EARLY EUROPE AND ASIA, AND HISTORICALLY TOURING THE AFRICAN PLANET (MFG 052)

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Even today, Hollywood’s Pink-Washing produces Whitesupremacist revisionism of African civilisations through work such as The Gods of Egypt, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and the HBO series Rome whose second season visits Greek-occupied Egypt.




Fortunately, numerous scholars and activists have dedicated their lives to erasing such lies and restoring the truth about the Africanity of world-shaping ancient civilisations such as Ancient Egypt.



One such scholar-activist is Runoko Rashidi, an historian and world traveler who for decades has investigated the ancient migrations of Africans out of the mother continent and across the world. His work highlights the civilisations they founded and the titans they produced, especially in early Asia and Europe. He’s lectured in over 50 countries, and his articles have appeared in more than 75 publications.


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Rashidi is the author of the books Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations, The Global African Community: The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific, and A Thousand Year History of the African Presence in Asia. With Ivan Van Sertima he co-edited The African Presence in Early Asia. For years he hosted educational tours of archeological sites.



In today’s episode, Rashidi discusses:



  • The influence on him of the great scholar Ivan Van Sertima, author of They Came Before Columbus
  • The Dalit nation, or so-called “Untouchables” of India
  • His appraisal of the how the weakest links in the Afrocentric academic movement are mirroring the mistakes of Eurocentric scholarship
  • The contemporary scholars whose work he admires
  • Continent-shaking Africans in European and Asian history, and
  • The astonishing ancient Indian civilisations of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro



This episode’s conversation is one of the last interviews I recorded for my CJSR show Africentric Radio. Until now, it’s been entombed in the archives of the Grand Lodge of Imhotep—so I’m delighted to bring it forth by day for you. Runoko Rashidi spoke with me by telephone from his home in Los Angeles on February 26, 2012.


I began as I often do by asking him to talk about his favourite teacher. His response is powerfully introspective, revealing, and refreshingly honest.


 




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  • How to preserve the archeological remnants of ancient African civilisations in the face of cultural Arabisation and war, and
  • The historical guided-tours he leads of West and North Africa, Europe, and Asia, and how some people learn or change as a result
 
If you enjoyed this episode of MF GALAXY, be sure to download the previous two shows: Black Athena Author Martin Bernal on the African Origin of Ancient Greece, and Black Spark, White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilise Ancient Europe, with author Richard Poe

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