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    Marvin X Reading at University of Chicago Sun Ra Conference, May 21,22, 2015
    Oh, Sun Ra, Master Teacher of the Black Arts Movement, Mythologist, Linguist, Philosopher





    In honor of Sun Ra
    Parable of Black Man and Block Man
    The Parable of No
    Dope by Amiri Baraka, read by Marvin X, accompanied by
    Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson and David Boykin, et al. Chicago Musicians


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     OH, Patrice Lumumba
    we love you
    standing tall against global white supremacy in the Congo
    blood diamonds
    minerals so nigguhs can talk on cell phone bout
    where you at
    where you at
    where you at......
    Joy energy strength
    resist resist resist
    rise up rise up rise up
    don't give up don't give up don't give up!
    resist resist resist
    no mo clowns, passive ass nigguhs without balls to confront white supremacy
    It's not that you are physical faggot, you are a mental faggot
    a mind in perpetual gender identity crisis
    confused on the master slave relationship
    in love with the master
    total submission
    no resistance
    the white man is God Almighty
    I am his slave I love him
    will kill for him
    my lover keeper
    white man!
    resist resist resist
    Paul Robeson said, "I am the artistic freedom fighter !"
    and so we are
    standing on the ancestors
    Kemit
    Yoraba
    Hausa
    Ibo
    Shabazz
    standing tall
    in Egypt we came to the Square with blankets 
    in front of tanks, we did this.
    reactionaries will never lay down their butcher knives, never turn into Buddha heads.
    Wait. wait. wait. don't forget the killers who taught, dope dealers who showed me love, hey!




    Zena Allen, BAM Master Poet Marvin X, Tarika Lewis, violinist, first female member of the Black Panther Party; Linda Johnson, Master choreographer/dancer in the Bay. She is Marvin X's favorite choreographer, although he has worked with other Bay Area choreographers, including Raymond Sawyer, Ellendar Barnes, Judith Holton, Wisteria.
     
    Sun Ra said, "Sometimes you can be so right you wrong. The perfect man is a laughing stock. All work and no play makes Jack very dull. Yes, Jack is very very dull."

    Truth is, can I talk about those who mentored me?
    The worst people in the world.

    Seriously, who taught Marvin X?

    Alonzo Batin, Guru of the San Francisco Black Arts Movement. Alonzo recruited the BAM poets and theatre people into the Nation of Islam, Batin recruited the key members of Black Arts West into the Nation of Islam: Marvin X, Ethna X, Hillary X, Duncan X! Did Alonzo Batin have power over us? Alonzo taught us practical Islam. He said, "If drugs will bring you together with your people, then do drugs with them."

    As per drugs, Marvin X has this to say, "I agree with the Harm Reduction Model, do drugs but don't harm yourself, don't neglect your wife and children, your community, the revolution. Need a wake up, go ahead, but don't spend the whole day getting loaded, then you gotta problem and you need to take up your post in the Liberation Movement of your people.

    --Marvin X, aka Nazzam Al Sudan El Muhajir
    5.19.15











    Marvin X loves young people! He is a child in a man's body as John Bradshaw would say. He is full of passion, idealism, romanticism, but ever a free thinker, don't  even think about altering his thinking. Marvin X thinks while making love: "Wow, wouldn't it be better if there was another freak like you? Two freaks is better than one, right?"

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    Marvin X, the itinerant, peripatetic poet, left no doubt he is the human earthquake in a concert at the University of Chicago in honor of Sun Ra, Black Arts Movement Master Musician, philosopher and father of Afro-futurism or Black Sci-fi, the man who claimed he was from outer space. The concert included original members of Sun Ra's Myth-Science Arkestra, Marshall Allen and Danny Thompson, along with Sun Ra conference planner, musician David Boykin, bassist Rollo Radford and drummer Isaiah Spencer. The conference was a celebration of Sun Ra's 101st earthday. Marshall Allen will be 91 on Monday, Marvin X, 71 on Friday, May 29.

     Marvin X and Sun Ra outside Marvin's Black Educational Theatre, Fillmore District, San Francisco, 1972.
     Chauffeur picking up Marvin X at O'hare airport for ride to University of Chicago

     After the Sun Ra men began the set, they were soon joined by David Boykin and Marvin X. According to several members of the audience, the music was not focused until Marvin X began reading, then the music became melodious and lyrical.

     Sound Check: Bass player Rollo Radford

     Sound Check: Drummer Isaiah Spencer and Sun Ra Arkestra member Danny Thompson


     Sound check: Marshall Allen, 91, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra

    Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra

     Members of the roundtable discussion on Sun Ra and Afro-futurism: Denenge Akpem, Ytasha Womack, Breanna Champion, Marvin X and David Boykin



    Sun Ra musicians Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson and poet Marvin X, BAM associates since 1968.

     Ancestor Amiri Baraka reading with bassist Henry Grimes

    Marvin X's rendition of Amiri Baraka's poem DOPE was a killer. The great writer Gregory Tate said,
    "Marvin's reading of Baraka's poem DOPE was a monster!"  Thomas Stanley, Sun Ra scholar, author of The Execution of Sun Ra, said, "Marvin's reading of his own poems and DOPE was awesome. I had no idea!"


     Scene from Sun Ra's film Space is the Place, screened on Thursday at University of Chicago. Film was shot in Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area, 1972, during the time Sun Ra and Marvin X lectured in Black Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The two also worked in the community at Marvin's Black Educational Theatre in the Fillmore.



    Sun Ra: Astro Black Mythology and Black Resistance Symposium with a keynote address by Thomas Stanley

    Description
    On the occasion of his 101st birthday, we invite you to join us for a screening and symposium that will explore and unpack the connections between the ideologies of Black resistance movements and the "cosmic" philosophies of accomplished composer, jazz pianist, band leader, and poet, Sun Ra. The symposium will both reflect upon and anchor the philosophical foundation of Sun Ra's Astro Black Mythology in a contemporary conversation around Afro-futurism and movements such as #BlackLivesMatter.

    Participants include:
    D. Denenge Akpem
    Breanna Champion
    William Faber
    Anthony Reed
    Greg Tate
    William Sites
    Ytasha Womack
    Marvin X

    This symposium is organized by David Boykin, 2013/14 Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artists-in-Residence, leader of the David Boykin Expanse, and founder of Sonic Healing Ministries, in collaboration with the University of Chicago.
    Sponsored by the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, the Julie and Parker Hall Endowment for Jazz and American Popular Music, the Department of Music, and the Deputy Provost for the Arts.



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    After reading at Chicago's African Liberation Day, Winnie Mandela High School in South Shore, the indefatigable poet ended his Chicago tour at the recording studio. At ALD, he performed For the Women and Amiri Baraka's classic DOPE.

    African Liberation Day marchers

    The ALD audience was ecstatic. They approached Marvin X after his reading by reciting lines from AB's poem:
    uuuuuuuuuu
    uuuuuuuuuu
    uuuuuuuuuu
    It must be the devil
    it must be the devil
    it must be the devil
    cain't be rockefeller....
    it ain't the police
    must be the devil
    must be the devil
    ooowow, oooowow.....

     Poet Lasana Kazembe accompanied Marvin X on this communal project, including an  upcoming CD.

    Letter from Dr. Lasana Kazembe
    Bro. Marvin X,

    Peace. It was truly a pleasure meeting and reading with you at Eliel's place last Saturday (Transition East) in Chicago.

    We are looking forward to forging something positive and powerful in the space.

    Please take good care. Talk soon.

    Peace,

    Kazembe


    --
    Lasana Kazembe, Ph.D.
    "A person is a person because there are people."
     
    Marvin X replies to Lasana Kazembe
    Dear Brother,
    I am overwhelmed by the hospitality and love in your community throughout my visit,
    from the University of Chicago, African Liberation Day and our recording session. I was on a majic carpet ride and floated all the way back to the BAY AREA. The chauffeur was on time departing and the plane was on time, and when I arrived in Oakland, the person who picked me up at the airport wasn on time. What more can one ask in this life? Again, you brothers were beautiful and you should know I appreciate you all who participated in the recording session and I know this project will be a positive contribution in the Black Arts Movement tradition. Peace and Love, Marvin X
     
     Marvin X reading Amiri Baraka's Dope

    Chicago musicians and poet Kazembe accompanying BAM Master in recording studio: left to right Marvin X, Eliel Sherman Storey, sax, David Boykin, sax, Tony Carpenter, percussion, Lasana Kazembe, poet

     Marvin X reading from his collection Land of My Daughters

     Sax men  Eliel Sherman Storey and David Boykin

     Marvin X, Toney Carpenter, percussion and poet Kazembe
    Marvin X reading What is Love and Dreamtime

    Marvin X leaves Chicago to be a featured author at the Sacramento Black Book Fair, June 5, 6,7, 2015. The poet and his Chicago artists are available for concerts  nationwide. Call 510-200-4164.

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    Nobody wants nobody free
    we love slaves
    we are love slaves
    I love you madly
    I will kill faya
    Kill you faya
    I love you madly
    you are mine
    I am yours
    we own each other
    your pussy is mine
    my dick is yours
    this is called marriage
    also chattel slavery
    personal property slavery
    not real estate
    no W.E.B. DuBois
    personal property
    chattel real
    ownership is the question and the answer
    you do not need to own me
    I do not need to own you
    I am yours willingly
    You are mine Willingly
    Alas, I am your love slave
    like those artists with Sun Ra
    they agreed to be in the Sun Ra jail!
    Even I agreed. I am his disciple even now
    trying to understand the full glory of his mythology
    I have begun the First Poet's Church of the Latter Day Egyptian Rivisionists
    Sun Ra taught me this
    yes
    Latter Day Egyptian Rivisionists
    the contradiction is this
    artists impose their  creative mythology on lowly humans
    who say Wake Up to What?
    who say
    in an August Wilson play, "I don't have all the answers. I don't even know the questions, sometimes."
    Even Sun Ra who denied freedom in the quest for discipline
    the most free spirit we know is who? Sun Ra! Ra Ra RA RA!
    Artists need to know our thoughts are beyond the beyond
    sometimes not for the common people the workers students unemployed uneducated
    artists are dreamers of the worst kind
    we sit imagining possibilities and impossibilities
    Baraka said we artists live a privileged life
    so I say be careful about imposing the creative mythology and ritual on the common people.
    Be careful as you deliver beauty and truth.
    And yet would the people know how beautiful they are except for images of artists
    poets
    dancers
    musicians
    painters
    architects
    To transcend Sun Ra, I say let us be free with discipline
    not free to be free
    as in a capitalism freedom
    free trade
    wage slavery
    stolen land minerals
    for what
    minerals for cell phones so we can say Where you at? Where you at? Where you at?
    Don't own me
    I will not own you
    we are together because I can laugh with you
    we dialogue in poetry
    so beautiful
    I can read your mind
    you read mine
    no lies up in here
    be with me because we are we
    it is what it is
    they say.


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    Sun Ra taught me there are two kinds of music, spiritual music devoted to the Creator of the Universe and P and D Music, i.e., pussy and dick music. Alas, my pamphlet Mythology of Pussy and Dick is reaching young and old people with a healing message. Of my 30 books, this 18 page pamphlet has caught the attention of the world.






    Marvin X at Chicago recording session

    Nobody wants nobody free

    Nobody wants nobody free
    we love slaves
    we are love slaves
    I love you madly
    I will kill faya
    Kill you faya
    I love you madly
    you are mine
    I am yours
    we own each other
    your pussy is mine
    my dick is yours
    this is called marriage
    also chattel slavery
    personal property slavery
    not real estate
    no W.E.B. DuBois
    personal property
    chattel real
    ownership is the question and the answer
    you do not need to own me
    I do not need to own you
    I am yours willingly
    You are mine Willingly
    Alas, I am your love slave
    like those artists with Sun Ra
    they agreed to be in the Sun Ra jail!
    Even I agreed. I am his disciple even now
    trying to understand the full glory of his mythology
    I have begun the First Poet's Church of the Latter Day Egyptian Rivisionists
    Sun Ra taught me this
    yes
    Latter Day Egyptian Rivisionists
    the contradiction is this
    artists impose their  creative mythology on lowly humans
    who say Wake Up to What?
    who say
    in an August Wilson play, "I don't have all the answers. I don't even know the questions, sometimes."
    Even Sun Ra who denied freedom in the quest for discipline
    the most free spirit we know is who? Sun Ra! Ra Ra RA RA!
    Artists need to know our thoughts are beyond the beyond
    sometimes not for the common people the workers students unemployed uneducated
    artists are dreamers of the worst kind
    we sit imagining possibilities and impossibilities
    Baraka said we artists live a privileged life
    so I say be careful about imposing the creative mythology and ritual on the common people.
    Be careful as you deliver beauty and truth.
    And yet would the people know how beautiful they are except for images of artists
    poets
    dancers
    musicians
    painters
    architects
    To transcend Sun Ra, I say let us be free with discipline
    not free to be free
    as in a capitalism freedom
    free trade
    wage slavery
    stolen land minerals
    for what
    minerals for cell phones so we can say Where you at? Where you at? Where you at?
    Don't own me
    I will not own you
    we are together because I can laugh with you
    we dialogue in poetry
    so beautiful
    I can read your mind
    you read mine
    no lies up in here
    be with me because we are we
    it is what it is
    they say.



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    Dear Friends, Supporters, and Programming Editors:
     
    Regarding the attached media releases, please consider promoting and covering the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival taking place on Sunday, June 21, 2015, from 11am-7pm, in the city of Berkeley     
     
    2015 participants, please note on your social sites your performance at the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival.
     
    We are accepting vendor applications up to the day of the event.
     
    Looking forward to seeing you all there!
     
    Delores Nochi Cooper
    Publicity Chair
    Berkeley Juneteenth Association, Inc.
     
    FYI, Marvin X will autograph books at Berkeley Juneteenth. Look for his booth!
     
     

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  • 05/26/15--08:49: ISIS: An American creation
  • Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

    Tyler Durden's picture




    From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant - and belligerent - source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war. The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:
    If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus, LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama's new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that "such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa."
    But it's one thing to speculate; it's something entirely different to have hard proof.
    And while speculation was rife that just like the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to achieve its own geopolitical and national interests over the past two decades, so ISIS was nothing more than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this.
    That may all have changed now when a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.
    According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the "leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
    According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to “isolate the Syrian regime.” 
    And not just that: as we reported last week, now that ISIS is running around the middle east, cutting people's heads of in 1080p quality and Hollywood-quality (perhaps literally) video, the US has a credible justification to sell billions worth of modern, sophisticated weapons in the region in order to "modernize" and "replenish" the weapons of such US allies as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq.
    But that the US military-industrial complex is a winner every time war breaks out anywhere in the world (usually with the assistance of the CIA) is clear to everyone by now. What wasn't clear is just how the US predetermined the current course of events in the middle east.
    Now, thanks to the following declassified report, we have a far better understanding of not only how current events in the middle east came to be, but what America's puppermaster role leading up to it all, was. 
    From Nafeez Ahmed: Secret Pentagon report reveals West saw ISIS as strategic asset Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion', originally posted in Medium.
    Hypocrisy

    The revelations contradict the official line of Western government on their policies in Syria, and raise disturbing questions about secret Western support for violent extremists abroad, while using the burgeoning threat of terror to justify excessive mass surveillance and crackdowns on civil liberties at home.
    Among the batch of documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit, released earlier this week, is a US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document then classified as “secret,” dated 12th August 2012.
    The DIA provides military intelligence in support of planners, policymakers and operations for the US Department of Defense and intelligence community.
    So far, media reporting has focused on the evidence that the Obama administration knew of arms supplies from a Libyan terrorist stronghold to rebels in Syria.
    Some outlets have reported the US intelligence community’s internal prediction of the rise of ISIS. Yet none have accurately acknowledged the disturbing details exposing how the West knowingly fostered a sectarian, al-Qaeda-driven rebellion in Syria.
    Charles Shoebridge, a former British Army and Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism intelligence officer, said:
    “Given the political leanings of the organisation that obtained these documents, it’s unsurprising that the main emphasis given to them thus far has been an attempt to embarrass Hilary Clinton regarding what was known about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in 2012. However, the documents also contain far less publicized revelations that raise vitally important questions of the West’s governments and media in their support of Syria’s rebellion.”

    The West’s Islamists

    The newly declassified DIA document from 2012 confirms that the main component of the anti-Assad rebel forces by this time comprised Islamist insurgents affiliated to groups that would lead to the emergence of ISIS. Despite this, these groups were to continue receiving support from Western militaries and their regional allies.
    Noting that “the Salafist [sic], the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI [al-Qaeda in Iraq] are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria,” the document states that “the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition,” while Russia, China and Iran “support the [Assad] regime.”
    The 7-page DIA document states that al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the precursor to the ‘Islamic State in Iraq,’ (ISI) which became the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,’ “supported the Syrian opposition from the beginning, both ideologically and through the media.”
    The formerly secret Pentagon report notes that the “rise of the insurgency in Syria” has increasingly taken a “sectarian direction,” attracting diverse support from Sunni “religious and tribal powers” across the region.
    In a section titled ‘The Future Assumptions of the Crisis,’ the DIA report predicts that while Assad’s regime will survive, retaining control over Syrian territory, the crisis will continue to escalate “into proxy war.”
    The document also recommends the creation of “safe havens under international sheltering, similar to what transpired in Libya when Benghazi was chosen as the command centre for the temporary government.”
    In Libya, anti-Gaddafi rebels, most of whom were al-Qaeda affiliated militias, were protected by NATO ‘safe havens’ (aka ‘no fly zones’).

    ‘Supporting powers want’ ISIS entity

    In a strikingly prescient prediction, the Pentagon document explicitly forecasts the probable declaration of “an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.”
    Nevertheless, “Western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey are supporting these efforts” by Syrian “opposition forces” fighting to “control the eastern areas (Hasaka and Der Zor), adjacent to Western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar)”:
    “… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).”
    The secret Pentagon document thus provides extraordinary confirmation that the US-led coalition currently fighting ISIS, had three years ago welcomed the emergence of an extremist “Salafist Principality” in the region as a way to undermine Assad, and block off the strategic expansion of Iran. Crucially, Iraq is labeled as an integral part of this “Shia expansion.”
    The establishment of such a “Salafist Principality” in eastern Syria, the DIA document asserts, is “exactly” what the “supporting powers to the [Syrian] opposition want.” Earlier on, the document repeatedly describes those “supporting powers” as “the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey.”
    Further on, the document reveals that Pentagon analysts were acutely aware of the dire risks of this strategy, yet ploughed ahead anyway.
    The establishment of such a “Salafist Principality” in eastern Syria, it says, would create “the ideal atmosphere for AQI to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi.” Last summer, ISIS conquered Mosul in Iraq, and just this month has also taken control of Ramadi.
    Such a quasi-state entity will provide:
    “… a renewed momentum under the presumption of unifying the jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria, and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers one enemy. ISI could also declare an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of territory.”
    The 2012 DIA document is an Intelligence Information Report (IIR), not a “finally evaluated intelligence” assessment, but its contents are vetted before distribution. The report was circulated throughout the US intelligence community, including to the State Department, Central Command, the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, FBI, among other agencies.
    In response to my questions about the strategy, the British government simply denied the Pentagon report’s startling revelations of deliberate Western sponsorship of violent extremists in Syria. A British Foreign Office spokesperson said:
    “AQ and ISIL are proscribed terrorist organisations. The UK opposes all forms of terrorism. AQ, ISIL, and their affiliates pose a direct threat to the UK’s national security. We are part of a military and political coalition to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and are working with international partners to counter the threat from AQ and other terrorist groups in that region. In Syria we have always supported those moderate opposition groups who oppose the tyranny of Assad and the brutality of the extremists.”
    The DIA did not respond to request for comment.

    Strategic asset for regime-change

    Security analyst Shoebridge, however, who has tracked Western support for Islamist terrorists in Syria since the beginning of the war, pointed out that the secret Pentagon intelligence report exposes fatal contradictions at the heart of official pronunciations:
    “Throughout the early years of the Syria crisis, the US and UK governments, and almost universally the West’s mainstream media, promoted Syria’s rebels as moderate, liberal, secular, democratic, and therefore deserving of the West’s support. Given that these documents wholly undermine this assessment, it’s significant that the West’s media has now, despite their immense significance, almost entirely ignored them.”
    According to Brad Hoff, a former US Marine who served during the early years of the Iraq War and as a 9/11 first responder at the Marine Corps Headquarters in Battalion Quantico from 2000 to 2004, the just released Pentagon report for the first time provides stunning affirmation that:
    “US intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a US strategic asset.”
    Hoff, who is managing editor of Levant Report— ?an online publication run by Texas-based educators who have direct experience of the Middle East?—?points out that the DIA document “matter-of-factly” states that the rise of such an extremist Salafist political entity in the region offers a “tool for regime change in Syria.”
    The DIA intelligence report shows, he said, that the rise of ISIS only became possible in the context of the Syrian insurgency?—?“there is no mention of US troop withdrawal from Iraq as a catalyst for Islamic State’s rise, which is the contention of innumerable politicians and pundits.” The report demonstrates that:
    “The establishment of a ‘Salafist Principality’ in Eastern Syria is ‘exactly’ what the external powers supporting the opposition want (identified as ‘the West, Gulf Countries, and Turkey’) in order to weaken the Assad government.”
    The rise of a Salafist quasi-state entity that might expand into Iraq, and fracture that country, was therefore clearly foreseen by US intelligence as likely?—?but nevertheless strategically useful?—?blowback from the West’s commitment to “isolating Syria.”

    Complicity

    Critics of the US-led strategy in the region have repeatedly raised questions about the role of coalition allies in intentionally providing extensive support to Islamist terrorist groups in the drive to destabilize the Assad regime in Syria.
    The conventional wisdom is that the US government did not retain sufficient oversight on the funding to anti-Assad rebel groups, which was supposed to be monitored and vetted to ensure that only ‘moderate’ groups were supported.
    However, the newly declassified Pentagon report proves unambiguously that years before ISIS launched its concerted offensive against Iraq, the US intelligence community was fully aware that Islamist militants constituted the core of Syria’s sectarian insurgency.
    Despite that, the Pentagon continued to support the Islamist insurgency, even while anticipating the probability that doing so would establish an extremist Salafi stronghold in Syria and Iraq.
    As Shoebridge told me, “The documents show that not only did the US government at the latest by August 2012 know the true extremist nature and likely outcome of Syria’s rebellion”?—?namely, the emergence of ISIS?—?“but that this was considered an advantage for US foreign policy. This also suggests a decision to spend years in an effort to deliberately mislead the West’s public, via a compliant media, into believing that Syria’s rebellion was overwhelmingly ‘moderate.’”
    Annie Machon, a former MI5 intelligence officer who blew the whistle in the 1990s on MI6 funding of al-Qaeda to assassinate Libya’s former leader Colonel Gaddafi, similarly said of the revelations:
    “This is no surprise to me. Within individual countries there are always multiple intelligence agencies with competing agendas.”
    She explained that MI6’s Libya operation in 1996, which resulted in the deaths of innocent people, “happened at precisely the time when MI5 was setting up a new section to investigate al-Qaeda.”
    This strategy was repeated on a grand scale in the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, said Machon, where the CIA and MI6 were:
    “… supporting the very same Libyan groups, resulting in a failed state, mass murder, displacement and anarchy. So the idea that elements of the American military-security complex have enabled the development of ISIS after their failed attempt to get NATO to once again ‘intervene’ is part of an established pattern. And they remain indifferent to the sheer scale of human suffering that is unleashed as a result of such game-playing.”

    Divide and rule

    Several US government officials have conceded that their closest allies in the anti-ISIS coalition were funding violent extremist Islamist groups that became integral to ISIS.
    US Vice President Joe Biden, for instance, admitted last year that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Turkey had funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Islamist rebels in Syria that metamorphosed into ISIS.
    But he did not admit what this internal Pentagon document demonstrates?—?that the entire covert strategy was sanctioned and supervised by the US, Britain, France, Israel and other Western powers.
    The strategy appears to fit a policy scenario identified by a recent US Army-commissioned RAND Corp report.
    The report, published four years before the DIA document, called for the US “to capitalise on the Shia-Sunni conflict by taking the side of the conservative Sunni regimes in a decisive fashion and working with them against all Shiite empowerment movements in the Muslim world.”
    The US would need to contain “Iranian power and influence” in the Gulf by “shoring up the traditional Sunni regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan.” Simultaneously, the US must maintain “a strong strategic relationship with the Iraqi Shiite government” despite its Iran alliance.
    The RAND report confirmed that the “divide and rule” strategy was already being deployed “to create divisions in the jihadist camp. Today in Iraq such a strategy is being used at the tactical level.”
    The report observed that the US was forming “temporary alliances” with al-Qaeda affiliated “nationalist insurgent groups” that have fought the US for four years in the form of “weapons and cash.” Although these nationalists “have cooperated with al-Qaeda against US forces,” they are now being supported to exploit “the common threat that al-Qaeda now poses to both parties.”
    The 2012 DIA document, however, further shows that while sponsoring purportedly former al-Qaeda insurgents in Iraq to counter al-Qaeda, Western governments were simultaneously arming al-Qaeda insurgents in Syria.
    The revelation from an internal US intelligence document that the very US-led coalition supposedly fighting ‘Islamic State’ today, knowingly created ISIS in the first place, raises troubling questions about recent government efforts to justify the expansion of state anti-terror powers.
    In the wake of the rise of ISIS, intrusive new measures to combat extremism including mass surveillance, the Orwellian ‘prevent duty’ and even plans to enable government censorship of broadcasters, are being pursued on both sides of the Atlantic, much of which disproportionately targets activists, journalists and ethnic minorities, especially Muslims.
    Yet the new Pentagon report reveals that, contrary to Western government claims, the primary cause of the threat comes from their own deeply misguided policies of secretly sponsoring Islamist terrorism for dubious geopolitical purposes.


    Dr Nafeez Ahmed is an investigative journalist, bestselling author and international security scholar. A former Guardian writer, he writes the ‘System Shift’ column for VICE’s Motherboard, and is also a columnist for Middle East Eye. He is the winner of a 2015 Project Censored Award, known as the ‘Alternative Pulitzer Prize’, for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for his Guardian work, and was selected in the Evening Standard’s ‘Power 1,000’ most globally influential Londoners.
    Nafeez has also written for The Independent, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Scotsman, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Quartz, Prospect, New Statesman, Le Monde diplomatique, New Internationalist, Counterpunch, Truthout, among others. He is the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It (2010), and the scifi thriller novel ZERO POINT, among other books. His work on the root causes and covert operations linked to international terrorism officially contributed to the 9/11 Commission and the 7/7 Coroner’s Inquest.

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  • 05/26/15--09:56: SUN RA SPEAKS - HIS POETRY

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    Marvin X and Sun Ra taught at the University of California Berkeley, Black Studies, 1971. In fact, Sun Ra told Marvin X he would be teaching at UCB, though Marvin X didn't believe Sun Ra because in 1969 Gov. Ronald Reagan had  removed Angela Davis from teaching at University of California, Los Angeles  and Marvin X from lecturing at Fresno State University.  He removed Angela because she was a Black Communist and Marvin X because he was a member of the Nation of Islam who'd refused to serve in Viet Nam war against the peace loving people of Viet Nam. Marvin X and Sun Ra collaborated on a musical production of Marvin's first play Flowers for the Trashman, musical version named  Take Care of Business or TCB. They produced a five hour (normal for a Sun Ra conert) at the Harding Theatre on Divisadero Street, San Francisco, including a cast of fifty musicians, actors and dancers, dancers under choreographers Ellendar Barnes and Raymond Sawyer. Concert was without intermission.


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    A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher’s big band. While attending Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, he had a out-of-body experience during which he was transported into outer space. As biographer John Szwed records him saying, “my whole body changed into something else. I landed on a planet that I identified as Saturn.” While there, aliens with “little antenna on each ear. A little antenna on each eye” instructed him to drop out of college and speak through his music. And that’s just what he did, changing his name from Herman Blount and never looking back.

    Whether you believe that story, whether Sun Ra believes it, or whether his entire persona is a theatrical put-on should make no difference. Because Sun Ra would be a visionary either way. Combining Afrocentric science fiction, esoteric and occult philosophy, Egyptology, and, with his “Arkestra,” his own brand of free jazz-futurism that has no equal on earth, the man is truly sui generis. In 1971, he served as artist-in-residence at UC Berkeley and offered a spring semester lecture, African-American Studies 198, also known as “Sun Ra 171,” “The Black Man in the Universe,” or “The Black man in the Cosmos.” The course featured readings from—to name just a few—theosophist Madame Blavatsky, French philosopher Constantin Francois de Chasseboeuf, black American writer and poet Henry Dumas, and “God,” whom the cosmic jazz theorist reportedly listed as the author of The Source Book of Man’s Life and Death (otherwise known as the King James Bible).

    Now we have the rare opportunity to hear a full lecture from that class at the top of the post. Listen to Sun Ra spin his intricate, bizarrely otherworldly theories, drawn from his personal philosophy, peculiar etymologies, and idiosyncratic readings of religious texts. Hearing him speak is a little like hearing him play, so be prepared for a lot of free association and jarring, unexpected juxtapositions. Szwed describes a “typical lecture” below:
    Sun Ra wrote biblical quotes on the board and then ‘permutated’ them—rewrote and transformed their letters and syntax into new equations of meaning, while members of the Arkestra passed through the room, preventing anyone from taping the class. His lecture subjects included Neoplatonic doctrines; the application of ancient history and religious texts to racial problems; pollution and war; and a radical reinterpretation of the Bible in light of Egyptology.
    Luckily for us, some sly student captured one of those lectures on tape. For more of Professor Ra’s spaced out presentation, see the Helsinki interview above, also from 1971. And if you decide you need your own education in “Sun Ra 171,” see the full reading list from his Berkeley course below, courtesy of the blog New Day.
    The Egyptian Book of the Dead
    Radix
    Alexander Hislop: Two Babylons
    The Theosophical works of Madame Blavatsky
    The Book of Oahspe
    Henry Dumas: Ark of Bones
    Henry Dumas: Poetry for My People eds. Hale Charfield & Eugene Redmond, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press 1971
    Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, eds. Leroi Jones & Larry Neal, New York: William Morrow 1968
    David Livingston: Missionary Travels
    Theodore P. Ford: God Wills the Negro
    Rutledge: God’s Children
    Stylus, vol. 13, no. 1 (Spring 1971), Temple University
    John S. Wilson: Jazz. Where It Came From, Where It’s At, United States Information Agency
    Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan: Black Man of the Nile and His Family, Alkibu Ian Books 1972
    Constantin Francois de Chasseboeuf, Comte de Volney: The Ruins, or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires, and the Law of Nature, London: Pioneer Press 1921
    The Source Book of Man’s Life and Death (Ra’s description; = The King James Bible)
    Pjotr Demianovitch Ouspensky: A New Model of the Universe. Principles of the Psychological Method in Its Application to Problems of Science, Religion and Art, New York: Knopf 1956
    Frederick Bodmer: The Loom of Language. An Approach to the Mastery of Many Languages, ed. Lancelot Hogben, New York: Norton & Co. 1944
    Blackie’s Etymology
    Countless other free courses from UC Berkeley can be found in our collection, 1100 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.
    via Dangerous Minds and audio courtesy of Sensitive Skin Magazine
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    Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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    In this interview, Sun Ra gives us the full range of his mythology. His music is a demonstration of his mythology or an enactment, i.e., ritual is an enactment of myth. --Marvin X



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    Black Bird Press News & Review: Photo essay by Afrah: Marvin X ends Chicago tour at South Shore recording studio



    Bro. Marvin X,

    Peace. It was truly a pleasure meeting and reading with you at Eliel's place last Saturday (Transition East) in Chicago.

    We are looking forward to forging something positive and powerful in the space.

    Please take good care. Talk soon.

    Peace,

    Kazembe


    --
    Lasana Kazembe, Ph.D.
    "A person is a person because there are people."

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  • 05/26/15--18:28: Marvin X back in da Bay

  • Wish somebody could hep me
    hep me
    back in da bay
    made it out Chicago
    Chicago gave a nigguh love
    Chicago style
    smooth love
    cool love
    love a nigguh love
    Chicago style
    treated a nigguh first class
    nigguh love first class treatment
    wow
    ouuuuouwwow
    baraka style
    gave them Dope
    baraka style
    they loved it
    must be the devil
    must be the devil
    ain't capitalism
    ain't Chase
    ain't Rockefeller
    must be the devil
    ain't nigguhs
    ain't Africans
    we sold ourselves into slavery right
    the King didn't sell us
    we sold ourselves
    put ourselves on the slave ship
    marched down to the shore
    wavying the red flag
    we marched through the door of no return
    yes, the door of no return
    imagine
    door of no return
    but then we returned
    tears moans
    but no white supremacy
    except in African face
    a little relief from raw colonialism
    black face white supremacy
    a little less stress
    black face white supreamcy
    black flag Nkrumah said
    National anthem Nkrumah said
    colonialism playing possum
    who own the banks
    who own the land
    who own the minerals
    must be the devil
    must be the devil....
    --Marvin X

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