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A journal dedicated to truth, freedom of speech and radical spiritual consciousness. Our mission is the liberation of men and women from oppression, violence and abuse of any kind, interpersonal, political, religious, economic, psychosexual. We believe as Fidel Castro said, "The weapon of today is not guns but consciousness."

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    My son walks in silence
    no noise in his world
    I disturb his sleep with a piss
    rattled his cage
    he smiles rarely
    or laughs
    sleeps all day
    Watches Simpsons
    used to travel to Jerusalem
    Damascus
    study in Egypt
    vacation in Brazil
    Romance in Japan
    now he walks in silence
    used to read New York Times
    hates books now
    friends disappeared
    his girlfriend the silent air
    I am a fly
    invading his world
    he wants me silent
    come see him again
    sometime next year.
    --Marvin X
    from Love and War, poems, Marvin X, Black Bird Press, 1995.
    * Son suffered manic depression. Took his life, 2002 (RIP).

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    Birds zig zag
    black earth
    no one for third picking tomatoes
    birds eat them
    horses graze peacefully
    November sun
    grapes cut
    stillness on vines
    homeless sleep between rows
    some places grapes grow no more
    new homes for escaping urbane
    where will fruit grow?
    Chile Mexico Peru?
    Fire burns pile of aging roots
    smoke ascends
    signaling death
    giving life to next crop.
    --Marvin X

    from Land of My Daughters, poems, Marvin X,
    Black Bird Press, 2002.

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    To Yvette With Love

    You set the alarm clock for dawn
    I didn't want to get up
    floating on your love
    but you said your kids
    wouldn't understand
    if they got up and found me
    in your waterbed
    you said they looked at you funny last night
    when you put your feet in my lap
    where have I been all these months
    why didn't I write or call
    If I think so much about you, you say.
    and what could I say
    Baby, you know how life is
    just trying to survive
    you sure are presumptuous of me
    coming here
    ain't called or nothing in months
    But
    after the rum  popcorn
    after the weed
    after the scoulding and holding
    we retired
    to her waterbed
    her softeness
    screams
    moans
    waterbed sloushing in the night
    we floated as she told me
    how good I felt
    inside of my stuff in her stuff
    she said
    stay in me forever
    and I said
    whispering in her ear
    kissing her lobes
    I said
    I want to stay
    I want to stay
    forever.......

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    First WURD Speaks event of 2013!!!
    Join WURD at The Philadelphia Company for an amazing 2-in-1 Black History Month experience. The first part of this WURD Speaks event is a viewing of the award winning play, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall and directed by Patricia McGregor. Immediately following the play, there will be a captivating discussion titled Black Power Babies: An Intergenerational Discussion Exploring Living the Legacy of a Movement.

    The Mountaintop
    WINNER – LONDON’S OLIVIER AWARD FOR BEST NEW PLAY AND BROADWAY HIT!
    Memphis – April 3, 1968. A gripping re-imagining of the events taking place the night before the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his magnificent and memorable “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, an exhausted and defeated Dr. King retires to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel where he encounters a mysterious and spirited stranger as an epic storm rages outside.
    Black Power Babies
    An Intergenerational Discussion Exploring Living the Legacy of a Movement
    Black Power Babies are the children of men and women active in the black power movement of the 60s -70s that are now leaders in all aspects of society – business, arts, politics, academia, and beyond. Join us as we have multiple parent-child pairs that will give personal accounts and insight on the movement and it’s lasting effects on the world.
    This panel discussion will immediately follow “The Mountaintop” performance.
    Black Power Babies is a Sun In Leo Production that had it's debut in Brooklyn, NY
    VIP Reception
    After the eye-opening experience of “The Mountaintop” and the riveting WURD Speaks discussion on Black Power Babies, we will have a VIP reception where you can unwind with food and cocktails. You’ll have the chance to talk with family, friends and those involved with the production about your experience viewing The Mountaintop and Black Power Babies! If you would like to attend, please purchase the VIP Admission & Reception ticket for $75.
    *****PLEASE READ*****
    Things to keep in mind
    • Admission tickets grant you access to The Mountaintop performance and the WURD Speaks Symposium immediately following
    • WURD MEMBERS, PLEASE CALL THE STATION BETWEEN 9-5 TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS!!!
    • VIP Admission tickets grant you access to The Mountaintop performance, WURD Speaks Symposium and VIP reception with food and cocktails
    • Tickets to this particular performance and event are only available through WURD and not the Philadelphia Theater Company
    • Seating assignments will be given out within a week of your ticket purchase
    • This is by far one of the best Black History experiences in Philadelphia

    We look forward to seeing you there!!!


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    I know the argument
    the fears
    haunting your mind
    scars
    of long ago
    all you sisters sing the song of hurt
    but I like a challenge
    what is greater
    to right the wrongs
    or sing a new song
    I know it will never be the same
    who cares for sameness anyway
    drown me out
    in your quest for identity
    make me a skeleton make me a ghost
    and I will haunt you
    til you see the real me
    loving me
    but I know too
    you can't see the real me
    til you see the real you
    so do your thing
    find that thing in you that must come out
    when you do
    take time
    look for me
    I may still be here
    or somewhere.
    --Marvin X

    from Selected Poems, Marvin X, Black Bird Press/Al Kitab Sudan, 1979.

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    Say Man
    I remember you
    down in the valley
    where old Mexicans
    rode bicycles to town
    Saturday mornings
    and Mama fixed tacos
    Saturday nights.

    I remember you
    on the basketball court
    we played against you
    on your team
    you were the star
    the only nigger
    there were five of us
    we used to laugh
    Man, that nigguh's something else!
    the devils fed you the ball
    you made all the points
    but you needed some brothers
    cause we beat you most of the time.

    I remember you
    when you raised your fist
    you and brother John
    defied the West
    in Mexico City
    the Black Nation's proud
    the Third World
    for as you won
    we shall win
    united
    we shall put our fists
    in the devil's eye
    we shall win
    or we shall die.
    --Marvin X

    from Woman, Man's Best Friend, Black Bird Press/Al Kitab Sudan, 1973, San Francisco.

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    The Black Love Lives Conference March 16, 2013, University of Pennsylvania  - Call for Proposals Extended Email not displaying correctly?
    View it in your browser.
    THE BLACK LOVE LIVES CONFERENCE 
    MARCH 16, 2013
    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA




    The Black Love Lives Conference, in collaboration with the African American Resource Center of University of Pennsylvaniaand the Association of Black Social Workers, Penn Student Chapter will be held on the campus of The University of Penn on Saturday, March 16, 2013!

    OUR PURPOSE: To open a dialogue and present strategies for overcoming the obstacles that prevent successful relationships in our community.

    SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR PRESENTATION
    We are seeking proposals for relationship workshops to be considered for the conference. We are looking for innovative, inspiring, inter-active and engaging presentations that are intended to inform, empower and motivate our participants that fit within a 60 - 90 timeframe. 

    If you are interested in submitting a propsal to conduct a workshop, please fill out the application: (click the link)
    COMPLETE PRESENTER APPLICATION


    The deadline for proposals is DECEMBER 1, 2012.

    **Please note that we are asking those who have previously submitted, to please fill out the form so that all applications are in the same format. You may cut/paste your submitted information.

     
    Areas of focus that you may select (1) from are:
     
    Mental- “How to” get your mind ready for relationship, keep an existing relationship fresh and constantly improve and renew oneself through lifelong learning study.
     
    Physical- “How to” integrate physical health and well-being: diet, nutrition, healthy modalities, yoga and exercise into our busy lives and on into maturity as a part of loving ourselves.
     
    Emotional-  How to heal from emotional wounds from the past and release toxic experiences so that we can contribute to wholesome relationship and family.
     
    Spiritual- Techniques and practices, new and old that promote healthy spiritual growth and expression. (Not limited to any religious affiliations.)
     
     Emotional Freedom Technique
     
    Please take this opportunity to introduce and engage our community with helpful strategies that may save lives and families. You and your practice are valuable resources in out community. We trust this conference will bring us all together and enhance our individual and collective strengths.


    about black love lives

    BLACK LOVE LIVES 
    is a full video exploration of lasting African American love and relationships featuring interviews with 6 couples ranging in age from 20s through 90s. “Despite the despairing national statistics and media reports on black family/marriage, there are many successful relationships and couples in my circle of friends and community. The impetus for the film was my curiosity in learning how they ‘connected’ as well as their personal strategies for making love last,” says director, Nisa Ra.
    (click the title to view trailer)
     

    For More Information on the Conference - Participating, Sponsoring, Attending, Media Coverage, Contact:press@blacklovelives.com

    215-939-2589

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    “I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms,” he said. “The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans.”
    “A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is,” he continued.
    Glover, best known for roles in the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “Angels in the Outfield,” was addressing students at an event being held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Director of Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center, Luke Altendorf, told Campus Reform on Friday that the university was unaware of Glover’ talking points prior to his speech.
    “I had no idea, we really didn’t know that topic was coming up,” he told Campus Reform. “Someone was asking a question about activism, I think that’s where some of that came from.”
    Altendorf declined to say if, or how much the school had paid for Glover’s speech, but said student fees were not used.
    WATCH: Danny Glover says the Second Amendment was crafted by America’s founding fathers to protect slavery
    In the past, however, the university paid Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte $25,000 for their speeches at the same event.
    Altendorf also defended the school’s decision to host those controversial speakers with university resources.
    “We didn’t feel those speakers you are referring to are bad decisions on these topics because we want to foster discussion,” he said.
    The video recording of the event was captured by members of a student group, the Texas Aggie Conservatives (TAC). That group has also created an online petition blasting Texas A&M for its speaker selections.
    Eric Schroeder, chairman of the conservative group, called the event “outrageous.”
    “It should be a time for real reflection and respect,” he said referring to the memorial breakfast for King. “Instead, the university pushes a political agenda.”
    Schroeder also called on university President Bowen Loftin to make up for the event by inviting a conservative speaker of equal star power.
    “We expect President Loftin to stand by his commitment to diversity and fully support our efforts to bring in a conservative speaker to provide an alternative to Mr. Glover’s far left message” said Schroeder.
    http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4582


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    First Church Hosts Lively Author Series

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley hosts an exciting author series in cooperation with Berkeley Arts & Letters.Melissa Mytinger, formerly of Cody’s Books, is the primary organizer for the series along with folks at several of the Bay Area’s independent bookstores.
    Audio files of past events are available on this page.
    Friday, February 22, 2013
    Cecil Williams & Janice Mirikitani
    Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide
    7:30 p.m. · Sanctuary
    Cecil Williams is many things—a civil rights activist who marched on Selma; a philanthropist who has helped raise millions for the poor; a pastor who has devoted his life to spreading the message of God.
    But he is perhaps best known as the face of San Francisco’s famed Glide church, where for the past fifty years he has sparked widespread and revolutionary change for a largely disenfranchised community—and inspired others throughout the country and the world to do the same.
    In Beyond the Possible, Reverend Williams, along with his wife and Glide founding presidentJanice Mirikitani, tells the story of how he transformed a small parish set in “the last circle of Hell” into a groundbreaking community devoted to radical social change. Williams has repeatedly rattled the establishment and clashed with the more conservative factions of the church in order to implement his remarkable yet unorthodox ideas.
    Beyond the Possible is a lesson in universal love, unconditional acceptance, and the power of change from one of the most provocative and revered ministers in the United States.
    Tickets $10 ($5 students) in advance only, at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds.)

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  • 01/20/13--20:50: Article 1

  • PETITION: Urge Congress to Exonerate Civil Rights Leader Marcus Garvey

    To: Frederica Wilson, Congressional Representative and the Congress of the United States of America

    On January 10, 2007, Representative Charles Rangel introduced H. Con. Res. 24 to the 110th Congress: "Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should grant a pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey to clear his name and affirm his innocence of crimes for which he was unjustly prosecuted...
    SEE MORE
    Petition-x 
     
    Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a leader in the human rights movement for people of African descent, was unjustly convicted for crimes he did not commit. Congress should correct this historic injustice and exonerate Marcus Garvey.

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    This scene is from Marvin X's poetic drama In the Name of Love, produced at Oakland's
    Laney College Theatre, 1981, directed by Ayodele Nzinga, Ph.D., with Ayo as the Other Woman,
    Doris Knight Samuels (RIP) as Eternal Woman, and Zayid Mwongozi as Eternal Man. The production was a project of Marvin X's Black Theatre class at Laney. Video recording by Leon Teasley

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    Last chance to register for tomorrow's 
    Reentry Solutions Group Meeting
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Bermuda Room, Richmond Civic Center
     
    Why We Exist:
    The mission of the Reentry Solutions Group is to help create a peaceful, safe, supportive, and just West Contra Costa county by organizing, educating, and mobilizing our community to prevent and heal the harms related to crime and incarceration. 
     
    In doing this work, we recognize and value all members of our community, including those who are involved in the criminal justice system, victims and families. 
      
     
    When: 
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM
     
    Can't make it? Let us know why.
     
    Where:
    Bermuda Room
    Richmond Civic Center
    2533 Nevin Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94804
     
    Lighting streaming through bars
    Dear Marvin,

    What a way to start off the new year!
     
    At tomorrow's meeting of the Reentry Solutions Group,
    we'll review all we accomplished in 2012,
    discuss last week's decision by the Board of Supervisors
    regarding AB 109 funding,
    and begin outlining the course ahead for 2013.
     
    So register now to save your spot at the meeting
    and help continue our string of collective successes so far:
    • We have created and operated an effective and impressive Community Advisory Board that is the model for counties across the state (and you'll find the new member list here).
    • Working collaboratively as community/county partners, we developed an AB 109 Operations Plan that will shape funding decisions for years to come.
    • And just last week, our Board of Supervisors adopted the AB 109 Operations Plan and Budget developed by the Community Corrections Partnership, allocating $5.35 million to invest in community-based programs and alternatives to detention to improve our reentry system. Read a news report here.
    • We'll also continue to develop strategies to move towards the national model of "justice reinvestment." Conceived by theJustice Center/Council of State Governments, this model seeks to direct create a more equitable, effective, and just system of prevention and reentry. Download the 4-page overview here.
    Register now to save your spot and to ensure 
    that you'll be part of the first RSG meeting of 2013!

    Come join the conversation!

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow,

    Rebecca Brown, Project Manager
    Reentry Solutions Group
    510 243-0122

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    We appreciate the scholarship of Dr. Tony Martin (RIP)

    WHO GAVE US A GREATER APPRECIATION OF THE HONORABLE MARCUS GARVEY. Of course for me Martin's book Literary Garveyism: Garvey, Black Arts and the Harlem Renaissance is my favorite. The fundamental impact of Garvey's Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism on the Harlem Renaissance has been underplayed, just as Elijah Muhammad's impact on the Black Arts Movement is only now being recognized, especially by Muslim literary scholars such as Syrian poet Dr. Mohja Kahf. Like none before him, Martin has made us understand Garvey was crucial and critical in spreading Black Consciousness that inspired the Harlem Renaissance and later the Black Arts Movement.--MARVIN X

    Funeral arrangements for Dr. Tony Martin

    Please be advised that the funeral service for Dr. Anthony Martin,
    brilliant scholar, pan-African activist and prolific writer who made us
    all know and appreciate Garvey better, will be held at the
    St Theresa’s RC Church,
    50 De Verteuil St., Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidadhttp://woodbrook.rcpos.org/
    at 9am on Friday January 25,
     2013.

    Marcus Garvey said:

    Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of
    men.

    We will gather to say thanks to Tony for liberating the minds of many
    men and women.

    Khafra

    Books by Tony Martin

    Professor Tony Martin & the Jewish Onslaught
    Incident at Wellesley College:
    Jewish Attack on Black Academics
    by Tony Martin
    This is NOT an official website of Professor Tony Martin. Visit Prof. Martin's website by clicking here.
     
    In 1993, Prof. Tony Martin added the Nation of Islam’s bookThe Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Vol. 1 to his Wellesley College course on Black History. Thus began theJewish Onslaught against him and all Black academics in America.

    Biography
    TONY MARTIN
     has taught at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, since 1973. He was tenured in 1975 and has been a full professor of Africana Studies since 1979. Prior to coming to Wellesley he taught at the University of Michigan-Flint, the Cipriani Labour College (Trinidad) and St. Mary's College (Trinidad). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, Brown University and The Colorado College. He also spent a year as an honorary research fellow at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.

    Professor Martin has authored or compiled and edited eleven books, including 
    Literary Garveyism: Garvey, Black Arts and the Harlem Renaissance and the classic study of the Garvey Movement, Race First: the Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. In 1965 he qualified as a barrister-at-law at the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn (London). He did his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Michigan State University and the B.Sc. honours degree in economics at the University of Hull (England).

    Professor Martin is currently working on biographies of three Caribbean women -- Amy Ashwood Garvey, Audrey Jeffers and Trinidad's Kathleen Davis ("Auntie Kay"). He is also nearing completion of 
    The Afro-Trinidadian: Endangered Species/Oh, What a Nation and a study of European Jewish immigration to Trinidad in the 1930's.

    Incident at Wellesley College:
    Jewish Attack on Black Academics
    by Tony Martin


    In January 1993, I was minding my own business and teaching my Wellesley College survey course on African American History when a funny thing happened. The long arm of Jewish intolerance reached into my classroom. Unknown to me, three student officers of the Jewish Hillel organization (campus B'nai B'rith stablemates of the Anti-Defamation League), sat in on my class and remained for a single period only. Their purpose was to monitor my presentation. As one of them explained in a campus meeting later, Jewish students had noticed 
    The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews among my offerings in the school bookstore. The book documents the considerable Jewish involvement in the transatlantic African slave trade, the dissemination of which knowledge they, as Jews, considered an "anti-Semitic" and most "hateful" act.

    One hour and ten minutes undercover convinced these three young Jews that I was teaching this book as a legitimate historical work. They seemed to think that it belonged rather in the realm of "hate literature."

    There appears to have been some prior collusion between the Hillel students and their adult counterpart, the Anti-Defamation League, for Hillel almost immediately began passing out ADL materials targeting the book. These included, inevitably, an ADL reprint of "Black Demagogues and Pseudo-Scholars" by Harvard University's
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., (New York Times, 20 July, 1992), African America's most notorious Judaeophile. In the weeks and months to come, Gates would be quoted in nearly every attack on my use of the book, as proof that "all" respectable, distinguished and right thinking African American scholars condemned it. The Jews unilaterally anointed Gates with the mantle of head African American scholar in charge of Black academia. He became, in their contrived and wishful thinking, the personification of the entire African American community.

    The Hillel activists left my class and headed straight for the president, dean and associate dean of the college. They then went to the current chair of my own department, Africana Studies. Like their elders (for example in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, by whom Hillel operatives are formally trained in the art of deception and dirty tricks), they evinced a bulldog-like instinct for going after the jugular of their intended victims. For the last three decades of Jewish assaults on Black progress, that jugular has usually meant the economic livelihood of Black people.

    By the time that four of the Hillel executive and their rabbi director came to see me they had already mobilized those they perceived of as capable of doing me grievous economic harm. Their task was made considerably less arduous by the fact that the dean of the college, incoming acting president, outgoing chair of the board of trustees, incoming chair of the board of trustees, head and deputy head of the student government, most of the faculty holding endowed chairs and a goodly portion of the tenured faculty, not to mention sundry other persons in high positions, were all Jews. The dean of the college is also on the advisory board of the Friends of Wellesley Hillel.

    Dr. Martin's Self-Defense

    In January 1993, on the eve of the Jewish onslaught against me (for teaching that Jews were implicated in the African slave trade), I already had some interest in Black-Jewish relations. It is difficult not to, if one teaches African American history. I had also done some research on Jewish refugee immigration to Trinidad in the 1930's and '40's. This research was facilitated by the cordial cooperation of Jewish informants in two Caribbean countries. United States Jews encountered in the course of the research displayed the gamut of reactions, from friendliness to suspicion to hostility. The idea of a Black man turning up at a Jewish archive to research Jewish history proved unnerving to some. (On the other hand, Jewish scholars are a familiar sight at Black archives, not only as researchers but sometimes even as staff archivists. One of the most prestigious of the Black archival repositories, the Moorland- Spingarn Collection of Howard University, is actually part-named after a Jew).

    At one of the Jewish archives I visited, the lady in charge characteristically put me through the appropriate litmus test. "Do you know Len Jeffries?" she asked, with the mien of one presiding over an inquisition. "I wonder if knowing Len Jeffries automatically disqualifies me from using these archives," I mused to myself. But, like George Washington, I could not tell a lie, so I was constrained to be forthcoming. "Yes, I know him," I replied. "We are professional colleagues. I have known him for many years." She was visibly taken aback by this answer and I feared the worst.

    She regained her composure, however, and the interrogation continued. "Have you read 
    The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews?" "I have heard of it," I replied truthfully, "but I have not read it. Funny enough, though, I passed someone selling it on the sidewalk just a few minutes ago." My reading of the book was still a few months into the future, but already I could not fathom what all the fuss was about. "If it is established," I suggested to her, "that white people enslaved Africans, and if Jews were an important part of white society, then why should anyone be upset by a book that illustrates the Jewish role in the slave trade?"

    My innocent question now appears to have been imbued with prophetic insight. Or maybe it was simply a case of famous last words. The fact that I cannot remember with precision what her response was, in an otherwise clearly recollected conversation, probably reflects the imprecision of her answer. She could not come up with a coherent rationale for her denunciation of the book. As I reflect in hindsight on that conversation, with the benefit of six months of the Jewish onslaught to guide me, it seems as if the major Jewish agencies issue edicts, as it were. Then the Jewish rank and file simply fall in line. "Theirs not to make reply,/Theirs not to reason why,/ Theirs but to do and die...." The power of the Jewish leadership over their constituency is impressive indeed, the presence of some dissenting voices notwithstanding.

    But our conversation was not over yet. It was to take an even more unexpected turn. "Have you heard of the Crown Heights riots?" she enquired, referring to tensions between the Black and Hasidic Jewish communities in Brooklyn, New York. A confrontation had been triggered by the unpunished killing of young Gavin Cato and the maiming of his cousin Angela Cato by a Hasidic vehicle, as the children played on the sidewalk in front of their house. A Jewish student, Yankel Rosenbaum, was killed in the ensuing scuffles. "Yankel Rosenbaum was doing research right here," she said. "He was in here every day, reading the files, just like you. He sat at the same table where we have placed your materials." Even with my own personal Jewish onslaught still many months into the future, this revelation proved a sobering one to me. And as I ponder it with the benefit of a tempestuous hindsight, I wonder what inscrutable fate brought me to this archive, to this conversation, to Yankel Rosenbaum's table, at a time when my authorship of a book called
    The Jewish Onslaught would have seemed a bizarre improbability.

    I could not know then that I would ere long be plunged into an intense reading of Jewish and Black-Jewish history, covering many lands and historical periods, as I sought to bring to my situation a more wide-ranging perspective. The onslaught of the last six months now threatens to turn me into an expert on Jewish history. For that I must thank the purveyors of intolerance with whom I have had to do battle of late.

    What I offer here is an involved yet detached look at the onslaught against me, from my unique vantage point as both intended victim and historian. This is written in the heat of battle. Perhaps time, further study and more reflection may either modify or enrich the analysis offered here. But the immediacy of analysis can only be captured now.

    Over the last six months I have been fairly deluged with articles, books, newspaper clippings, letters, unpublished documents and references for further perusal. As if obeying the orders of an unseen force, well-wishers (known and unknown) have seen to it that my crash course in Black-Jewish history should not be wanting in resource materials. Even the senders of hate and hostile mail have fit into the plan, for their clippings have been useful and informative.

    Editorial Statement
    Barely a week after the publication of The Jewish Onslaught,Wellesley's new president, Diana Chapman Walsh, has taken the extraordinary step of issuing a formal denunciation of the new book. In a December 9, 1993 statement disseminated to all students, faculty, staff, alumnae and "friends of the college" she declares as follows -- "We are profoundly disturbed and saddened by Professor Martin's new book because it gratuitously attacks individuals and groups at Wellesley College through innuendo and the application of racial and religious stereotype."

    Due to President Walsh's newness on campus, it can plausibly be surmised that she has relied heavily on the opinions of her advisors. The baleful influence of these shadowy figures is plainly evident in the palpable one-sidedness of the presidential proclamation, in its reliance on sweeping derogatory generalizations and in its inability to support its assertions with documentation of any sort. In all these ways and more the presidential statement is reflective of official and quasi-official approaches of the last twelve months.

    Our new president has squandered a golden opportunity to bring fresh leadership and even-handed tolerance to the present controversy.

    Martin on the Presidential Denunciation of The Jewish Onslaught

    The Jewish Onslaught
     was published as a response to the unprincipled attacks, defamatory statements, assaults on my livelihood and physical threats directed against me for several months. These emanated principally from the Jewish community and its agents and were triggered by my classroom use of a work detailing Jewish involvement in the African slave trade. In The Jewish Onslaught I sought to put my subjective situation into the context of deteriorating Black-Jewish relations of recent decades. I also attempted to evaluate the tactics used against me in the context of the well-documented dirty tricks that the Jewish groups have used against me in the context of the well-documented dirty tricks that the Jewish groups have used against Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, David Dinkins, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Len Jeffries, Black parents in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (Brooklyn) and any number of Euro-American individuals and organizations.
    The Jewish Onslaught is a book of analysis supported by normal scholarly documentation. There is not a single "stereotype" or generalization in it that is not buttressed by evidence, either from my personal experience of the last year or from the historical record. I challenge President Walsh to move from her broad derogatory generalizations to specific instances to prove otherwise.

    President Walsh, like many of the Jewish spokespersons, has a problem with my "recurrent" and allegedly "gratuitous" utilization of "racial or religious identification of individuals...." This is her way of saying that Black people are not allowed to respond to Jews as Jews. Even after being attacked primarily by the 
    Hillel Foundation, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Congress, Jewish Community Relations Council and every Jewish newspaper and spokesperson for miles around, I am supposed to maintain the fiction that the onslaught against me is ethnically and religiously indeterminate.

    A recent article in 
    Black Books Bulletin mentions over twenty books on Black-Jewish relations in the personal library of its author. The author is aware of only two books by Blacks on the subject. If President Walsh (and the Jewish community) are to have their way, then this will forever remain a one-way discourse. I therefore ask again, as I asked in The Jewish Onslaught, "What makes Jews so special? By what dispensation in Adam's will do they enjoy monopolistic privileges over a debate that concerns Blacks as well as Jews? Who has placed them beyond the reach of scholarly enquiry and ethnic identification?"

    President Walsh claims that 
    The Jewish Onslaught "violates the basic principles" of, among other things, the "norms of civil discourse." Yet, in her zeal to uncover "innuendo" in my work she seems to have missed the blatant lack of civility in the many articles attacking me. Is she not aware of Professor Marcellus Andrews' Wellesley News reference to me as a "racist Pied Piper?" Did no one show her his description of Wellesley's Black women as "intellectually weak and morally lazy?" Did Mary Lefkowitz, Mellon Professor in the Humanities, neglect to send President Walsh a complimentary copy of her article in Measure (No. 118, September/October 1993), wherein she maliciously and scurrilously alleged that I called a student "a white fucking bitch?" Lefkowitz alleged further that "The young woman fell down as a result of his onslaught and Martin bent over to continue his rage at her." Did President Walsh not see, in her reading of The Jewish Onslaught, the text of a racist cartoon by a Wellesley alumna in the Boston Jewish Times? The cartoonist designated Black women as "Ms. Washington" (no different than the "Hymietown" remark that Jews claimed to be so scandalized by) and seemed to suggest that Black students be taught from the works of segregationists, Ku Kluxers and pseudo-scientific racists. Did President Walsh not read the Jewish hate mail reproduced in The Jewish Onslaught ? "I hate niggers to my very bone marrow," ran a typical sentence. "Not all Jews debate apes. Some of us want them all to die." I have been a veritable oasis of civility in the present debate.

    I agree with Justice Holmes, as quoted by President Walsh -- "The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market." The Jewish onslaught has consistently striven to stifle the "competition of the market" by its defamatory rantings and its demands for my dismissal. The present presidential proclamation regrettably ranges itself alongside this ignoble campaign.

    But "the competition of the market" has yet managed to assert itself, as can be seen in the steadily shifting positions of the onslaught. From an initial denial that Jews had any role in African slavery at all, there slowly emerged a reluctant admission of minor and peripheral involvement. As the debate intensified and the Jewish denial of the undeniable threatened to expose its adherents to ridicule, the 
    Washington Post (first among major newspapers, to the best of my knowledge), was finally permitted to admit the full extent of Jewish culpability. In a carefully staged (and not at all pro-Black article) of October 17, 1993 the deniers of Jewish involvement in the African holocaust were shown to be as wrong as they could be.

    The present controversy demands honest dialogue, not crude attempts at demonization. If President Walsh desires to extricate herself from the hole into which she has fallen, let her collaborate with me (and with interested students), on the convening at Wellesley College of a serious scholarly conference on the role of Jews in the African slave trade. She can invite Skip Gates, Cornel West and anyone else acceptable to the Jewish establishment to argue their case. I will nominate an equal number of scholars to defend the perspective which I endorse. The spirit of Justice Holmes will be lifted.

    As my mother used to say, "One hand can't clap." As Ray Charles was wont to soulfully sing, "It takes two to tango."

    Anti Martin Hatred

    Internet Threats

    Amherst · An Internet computer message suggested the arming of Jews to kill Blacks immediately following a scholarly address on Black history to the University of Massachusetts community. This threat of violence appeared in the Discussion Group for the National Faculty Network, a collection of college professors throughout the United States. The message was posted to the network the night of the lecture in which Wellesley College professor Tony Martin outlined the oppressive structure of the African slave trade. The computer mailbox address indicated that the writer is a Jewish professor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts who attended the event:
    " Shalom all. I am still shaking right now....I just walked in the door....I know with the Hillel here we are together in a great community -- working on a response to the disgusting events of tonight...but for now I am asking all of you for a response. Learn to operate AK-47, and have good supply of ammunition, so you will be ready when they come to kill us....

    And how do we stop these anti-semites from speaking? I doubt there is a way to stop them from speaking. They are more numerous and more prepared to use raw brute force. Even if you could take them to court and win an injuction against these bastards, it will just be seized upon by the rest of the blacks as further evidence of a Jewish conspiracy against blacks."

    According to campus police, the gathering, sponsored by the Black student organization, was completely peaceful and the participants were law-abiding. Martin is the author of thirteen books and numerous articles and is the world's foremost expert on the Marcus Garvey movement. According to sources, Professor Martin was immediately informed of the threat but would not comment on security operations.

    Jew Stalks Black professor
    Russian-Jewish stalker claiming to be "on a mission" threatened to attack Professor Tony Martin at his Wellesley College office. Martin, whose best-selling book 
    The Jewish Onslaught examines the role of organized Jewry in a slanderous attack on Afrocentricity, was unharmed and not present during the April 21 incident.

    A "profusely sweating" Alexander Nechaevsky, 34, told campus police that after viewing a televised lecture by Dr. Martin he found him to be "rude and a racist" and came to "confront" him about his views. In the lecture Martin outlined the Jewish origin of the Hamitic Myth which claims that Black humans are cursed black by God and which provided justification for the African slave trade.

    Nechaevsky ranted that "he was not a Jewish wimp and that he was from Russia where they know how to handle things." He then conversed at length with a Jewish professor who has led the campus onslaught against Martin.

    Martin said that he is not surprised at the attack. "Part of the Jewish onslaught against Black thinkers is to create an atmosphere of intolerance which leads to violent confrontations."

    Police ejected Nechaevsky and banned him from Wellesley College property. Later, Martin's office received telephone threats saying that "Tony Martin better watch his step."
     



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    “Mumia is the 21st Century Frederick Douglass."
    — Angela Davis
     
     
     

    HELP US FILL THE THEATER 
    STARTING FEBRUARY 1
    Every Showtime, Every Seat
    (tickets on sale starting Jan. 28)

     
     
    With growing anticipation, a contingent of the longest-standing supporters of Mumia and the effort to free him from an unjust incarceration are gathering around the theatrical release of Long Distance Revolutionary. They see this as the beginning of a new groundswell. The potential runaway success of Long Distance Revolutionary in theaters marks the chance to put Mumia back in the consciousness of the mainstream with his ever relevant revolutionary voice in the age of increasing mass incarceration, a marginalized poor, and escalating war. 

    We implore you to reach out to ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia to show up for the opening weekend, February 1-2-3... as well as the rest of the week, at Cinema Village in NYC. We MUST PACK THE HOUSE for Mumia. This may be a film out in the marketplace but it is not our moment, it is his moment and we must make the most of it. Now is the time. 
     
     
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    LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN
    New York, NY — Opens February 1, 2013
    Hudson, NY — February 14-17 & 21-23, 2013
    Princeton, NJ — February 16, 2013 (12:30 PM)
    Seattle, WA — February 22-28, 2013
    Calgary, AB — February 27, 2013
    Montpelier, VT — March 22-31, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA — Opens March 1, 2013

     
     

    A Street Legal Cinema Production
    Written, Directed, and Edited by Stephen Vittoria
    Produced by Stephen Vittoria, Noelle Hanrahan, and Katyana Farzanrad

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    To: Shukuru@aol.com
    Sent: 1/22/2013 3:01:59 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
    Subj: Fwd: DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATER'S 40th Anniversary Kickoff
     
    Dear Friends,
    We cordially invite you to celebrate by attending Dimensions Dance Theater's 40th Anniversary performance. 
    Please help us spread the word. We appreciate your support through the years. Click below to view flyer.
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    President Davis and Reginald James at Sankofa Books, Washington, DC. They hold a copy of their Master Teacher's book The Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables and fables, Black Bird Press,
    Berkeley, 2012. Volume II will be released in 2013.


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    Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asked Obama to stand firm on the issue and warned that releasing Omar Abdel Rahman would be “seen as a major sign of weakness throughout the Muslim extremist world.”
    State Department officials, though, tell FoxNews.com there is no discussion of Rahman being freed and categorize recent chatter as “empty talk.”
    “There are no plans to release the Blind Sheik or transfer him to Egypt,” State Department Spokesman Noel Clay said. “Reports to the contrary are absolutely false.”
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi fueled the speculation recently by saying he’d continue to work toward the release of Rahman, an Egyptian-born militant Islamist, even making his case directly to Obama. 
    Rahman, who is blind, was convicted for his role in supporting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; plotting to attack the United Nations, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels; and plotting to assassinate then-Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., and current Assemblyman Dov Hikind. 
    “I want him to be free, but I respect the law and the rule of law in Egypt and the United States,” Morsi said during an interview with CNN.
    Morsi added that he would ask Obama during a March meeting at the White House to release Rahman on humanitarian grounds or at least ease prison restrictions.
    “There could be things like visitation, assistance, his children, his family, assisting him,” Morsi said. “He is an old sheikh and sick and blind. We need to respect that in this sheikh.”
    McCaul, a former federal prosecutor and counterterrorism expert, fired back and said releasing Rahman would “only serve to embolden our enemies who continue to plot against us.”
    McCaul’s comments align with those made by his predecessor as committee chairman, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. King told Fox News on Thursday that the president should not even "contemplate" Morsi's request, expressing concern that releasing Rahman may have been under consideration. He urged Obama to say "clearly, unequivocally" that Rahman will not be released. 
    Rahman, considered one of the world’s leading theologians of terrorism, is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum-security federal prison in Butner, N.C.
    Chris Burke, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said he is unaware of the federal prison system ever releasing an inmate serving a life sentence at the request of a foreign leader.
    Michael Mukasey, the federal judge who sentenced Rahman to life in prison, said transferring him “to an Egypt already under control of the Muslim Brotherhood and presided over by Mohammed Morsi would be pouring gasoline on a bonfire.”
    Mukasey, who served as U.S. attorney general from 2007-2009 and as a district judge from 1988 to 2006, said even considering a transfer or release would be a “gross betrayal of public trust.”
    Morsi’s calls to free Rahman began almost immediately after being elected president. In his acceptance speech in Cairo, Morsi said he’d work for Rahman’s release.
    “It is my duty and I will make all efforts to have them free, including Omar Abdel Rahman,” Morsi said. 
    The Obama administration has said publicly all along that it is not considering the appeals. 



    Read more:http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/13/egypt-president-renews-call-to-free-blind-sheikh/#ixzz2Imlj8E2s


    US State Department Actively Negotiating with Egyptian President Morsi's


    The US State Department is actively negotiating with Egyptian President Morsi's government about transferring Omar Abdel-Rahman from US custody to Egyptian custody.

    Rahman, also known as "the Blind Sheikh," is currently serving a life sentence in the US for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. But Egypt is pushing for his releasefor "humanitarian and health" reasons.
    The Department of Justice says the possibility of release is ruled out by the fact that Rahman is serving a life sentence. But an unnamed official within the Obama administration has said the custody exchange is being considered regardless.
    Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy believes the deal to release Rahman has already been reached by the administration, and they are just waiting until after the election to announce it. McCarthy believes this is why the DOJ so strongly ruled out Rahman's "release" but said nothing against his "transfer."
    McCarthy was lead prosecutor in Rahman's case. 

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    John Santos at SFJAZZ Center Opening
    CONGRATULATIONS TO SFJAZZ!

    This is a historic day in San Francisco. Tonight is the debut performance for the new SFJAZZ Center, a major cultural institution that will attract visitors to our great City from around the world. Only two days ago, the jazz community and City turned out en masse for a ribbon-cutting ceremony amid glorious sunshine to launch the new building that blends into the cityscape through grand and iridescent walls of glass.
    SFJAZZ AND JHC CONTINUE TO PARTNER
     
    We are especially proud to continue our partnership with SFJAZZ for a second year, this year through a Koret Discover Jazz four-part series on Jazz and Blues Legends of the Bay Area, May 7-28. 
    As SFJAZZ continues to provide a venue with great jazz from around the world, we continue to expand our mission of bringing you the story of how jazz originated in San Francisco, with a special emphasis on the history and culture of jazz born and nurtured in the Fillmore District where our Center is located.
    John and Del Handy, Christine Harris and Kyle Goldman
    John Handy in 1965
    A FEBRUARY 24 SALUTE TO JOHN HANDY
     
    There is no more fitting way to mark our upcoming Fifth Anniversary and the rich history of jazz in the Fillmore, than to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of our best native sons, the legendary John Handy.  Mark your calendars for this special tribute performance and the opening of a two-month exhibit in our Koret Heritage Lobby.  Jazz Historian and JAZZ 91.1/KCSM-FM Sonny Buxton will emcee this special evening with Glen Pearson on keys as bandleaders.  Visit our website for ticket information. 
    ALSO AT THE JAZZ HERITAGE CENTER
     
    Visit our Lush Life Gallery at 1320 Fillmore Street for a stunning exhibit by Ethiopian artists as part of our partnership with the Ethiopian Arts Forum.  The closing reception on February 17, 6-9 pm, will feature a performance by jazz pianist Elias Negash and his Quartet.  Regular Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 4-8pm.
    THANK YOU
          ...for taking a moment to support the Jazz Heritage Center’s efforts to preserve the story of jazz in the Fillmore and the Bay Area.  If you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor of the upcoming John Handy Tribute, please contact christine@jazzheritagecenterorg
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    What is the revolutionary Pan African position on the Euro-American-Chinese occupation of Africa?
    And what can the Diaspora do to stop the military campaigns for the mineral riches of Africa? Do we have drones, nukes, what? Can we tell African heads of state who are now in league with the Euro-Americans not to join the West in its supposed role of stopping the Islamic revolution? Perhaps we should make clear that the Arab Islamists, including the African Arab Islamists, are as much a problem as the Euro-Americans and Chinese, although the Chinese role appears to be purely economic, which is
    nice if there is parity of trade between the Afro-Asians, but too often Chinese made goods destabilize the local economy with pricing and shoddy goods, often imitation cloth such as Kenti in Ghanna.

    But what can we do, those intellectuals, Pan Africanists and revolutionary nationalists here in the belly of the beast. Dr. Nathan Hare and Kwame Toure argued over whether our focus should be to cut off the tentacles or the head of the serpent. Of course our focus must be the home front where our people are suffering greatly, jobless, ignorant, incarcerated, drugged out, diseased, etc.  Think globally but act locally. What can we do down here on the ground in Babylon? If you know, teach! If you don't know learn! The nature of events in Africa is complex with major issues of corruption, religion, tribalism, imperialism from a myriad sources, European, American, Arab, Asian, etc.

    When will Africa be for the Africans? We see reactionary forces occupying Africa. America is placing American troops in 35 African countries. France is now in Mali to stop the Islamists, with American support of course. But does it matter to us whether the Euro-Americans or the Islamists occupy the land, both are known to be devils and destroyers of African culture.

    And what shall we say about the African governments in cahoots with the imperialists or globalists?
    The African politicians appear in lockstep with the colonizers and crusaders seeking control of Africa's precious minerals. From the neocolonialism of the last decades, we seek they are in the mood to make deals with the devil. After all, Kwame Nkruma taught us neocolonialism is colonialism playing possum.

    The African nations collaborating with the occupiers are in the tradition of those who sold us to slavers.
    In many of these nations, the former revolutionaries have turned reactionary, yes, in league with the devil. We can almost say no one in this African quagmire is without sin. Who are the good guys, the African leaders, the Euro-Americans, Arab Islamists, who?

    Perhaps we can say the common people are the good guys, exploited and robbed of their labor and natural resources at every turn. How shall they gather the energy to seize people's power? The African bourgeoise is not about to give up power to the masses, thus the masses must fight internal forces and external forces of every stripe, European, American, Asian, Arab. This will employ sophistication and a broad understanding of all the forces involved, political, economic, religious.


    Malian Front: France Wins First Round of the War, but Now What?

    MALI-FRANCE-CONFLICT
    ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
    Malian youth watch French soldiers drive down a road in Niono on Jan. 20, 2013
    Three days after France sent jets screeching over the white skies of West Africa, a trail of over 50 Islamist-packed vehicles stormed south out of the desert, bypassing the Malian military post at the village of Dogofry and churning off the road into the shrubby bush. The group then split; some continued south, where they looped around to assault a Malian army base from the rear. The others took off on foot, around a swamp, to flank the Malians in battle. The Malian soldiers fought, then fled. Oumar Traore, like most villagers of Diabaly, scurried through the lush green fields to hide. For the next four days and nights, planes and helicopter blades whirred above, as automatic bursts fired back. And then: silence. Traore waited for several hours, then ventured out. The bearded men from the desert had left almost as suddenly as they had swooped in, leaving only charred souvenirs behind. “The bombing was too intense,” Traore said. “There were burnt trucks all around my neighborhood.”
    France won Round 1 of its new war in Africa but not as smoothly as its military planners might have hoped. By the time it had successfully stopped the Islamist advance southward that prompted its intervention earlier this month, the hodgepodge of overlapping Islamist militias had dealt the French a quick lesson: they plan on fighting back.
    The rebels finally retreated because they had no answer to the pummeling from the air. “The French would wait until the rebels had to move, then they’d hit them while running,” said Traore. The rebels tried everything to try to evade the air assault: hiding under trees, camouflaging trucks with mud and branches. They even broke into civilian homes, sometimes knocking down walls, to park their mounted guns in places the French would not bomb. Eventually, they pulled out.
    But, the rebels also exposed a gaping chink in France’s armament: Paris still has no solution for the ground war. The first phase of France’s war in Mali took place in the country’s riverine center. Control a bridge here, a few checkpoints there, and you can secure a site. Not so in the desert, the rebels’ home turf, where France will have to press the fight next. The French need fighters, and the Malian army is not up to the task. Even after the rebels fled Diabaly, the Malian army refused to re-enter for over 24 hours and even then would not spend the night. There was no ground assault on the rebels’ position, even with the French airpower on their side. But so far, France hasn’t shown willingness to do the dirty work either. With the exception of French special forces deployed to assist the air assaults from the ground, the gathering swarm of French troops, now numbering over 2,000 in Mali, stayed south of the Malian lines.
    French insistence on African troops leading the pack has resurrected the U.N.’s original intervention plan: a cobbled-together West African force that does not even exist yet. The U.N. has said such a force would take until September to be deployable, but now their troops are rolling piecemeal into Bamako, Mali’s capital, with new urgency but still without a defined command structure or size.
    One option is for France to secure central and southern Mali and wait the weeks or, more likely, months until the African force is theoretically ready to go. The problem is that time is not on France’s side. The Islamists have ruled northern Mali since last spring, and every passing month grants the rebels’ more time to bolster their one glaring area of weakness: local support, or rather the lack of it. So far, the French intervention is wildly popular in Mali. Malians don’t appreciate the ultraconservative lectures on Islam: 90% of the country is Muslim, and Timbuktu, seized by Islamists earlier this year, was once the center of Islamic scholarship in the Muslim world, and they blame the rebels for their nation’s precipitous collapse.
    But the Islamists are working hard to improve their reputation, especially with the youth. “They offered us money, candy. They told us we could join them. They were not abusive, they were trying to be nice,” said Fousseni Traore, a 19-year-old from Diabaly. Some in Diabaly joined the insurgents during the brief occupation. Northern Mali, ethnically and culturally, is even riper recruiting ground.
    More time also means more room to regroup and prepare for the coming assault, and U.S. officials admit the Islamist coalition, including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, already had too much of it. ”One of the hallmarks of AQIM is that they are generally quite well trained and quite effective, particularly if there’s no counterpressure on them, which there hadn’t been until the French launched their military action,” said State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland about the rebels’ counterstrike. To speed things up, France could try a hybrid approach by putting together a mix of Nigerian and Chadian troops, the most battle-hardened of the contributing countries, to forge ahead by its side as the rest of the African troops are readied and trained.
    France deserves the world’s thanks for stepping in when and where no one else, the U.S. included, would. A collapsed Mali into the hands of Taliban-style hoodlums would have established a sinkhole of terrorism accessible from almost any corner of north, west and central Africa. American doubts that the crisis in Mali had direct national-security implications were profoundly shortsighted: as the Algerian hostage situation and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi showed, Mali’s crisis already extends far past its borders. If no one had stopped the Islamists from taking all of Mali, the resulting calamity for the wider region would have been exponentially grimmer. The moral bravado of the French mission, however, will be of limited assistance on the battlefield as the conflict grinds on. As the French eye Mali’s north, there’s still a lot of sand to sift through.





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