Thursday, April 18, 2024

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Featured on "Political Misfits" Radio Program Aired Over Sputnik Radio, for Mon. April 15, 2024

Listen to the podcast of this program featuring Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, discussing the political situations in various African states such as Niger and Ethiopia.

To hear the podcast of this interview in the third segment of the program go to this URL: Iran Responds to Israel, Trump in Court for Criminal Trial (sputnikglobe.com)

Promotional language for this episode says: "Editor of the Pan-African News Wire Abayomi Azikiwe discusses the arrival of Russian advisors and military equipment to Niger after the rupture of longstanding US cooperation with Nigerien forces, Washington analysts calling for a “reset” in the US approach to the African continent, a shootout in Ethiopia's capital between police and a regional militia, reports that 55 million people will deal with hunger in West and Central Africa in the coming months, and a reflection on Sudan after a year of civil war."

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Featured on WPFW Program "Darker Than Blue" for Fri. March 29, 2024

Check out the Darker Than Blue program featuring Abayomi Azikiwe discussing the political situations in various West African states. 

To watch this episode go to the following link on youtube: Luqman Nation Friday Double Feature! Darker Than Blue & (youtube.com)

Promotional language for the program says: "Tonight's Darker Than Blue: D. Musa Springer on popular media & the people  Beyoncé & the Flag; Abayomi Azikiwe on Niger, Senegal and more!"

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Tues. April 16, 2024

Listen to the Tues. April 16, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

To hear the entire podcast of this program go to this link: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/16 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the impact of the Iranian missile attacks on the State of Israel; in the United States there have been demonstrations which block bridges in solidarity with Palestine; Zimbabwe has introduced a new currency; and the humanitarian crisis in the Republic of Sudan is worsening after more than a year of civil war between the two factions within the military. 

In the second hour we pay tribute to African American poet and public intellectual Langston Hughes. 

Finally, we provide more analysis on the situation in West Asia.

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Sun. April 14, 2024

Listen to the Sun. April 14, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

Hear the entire podcast of this episode at the following link: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/14 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

This episode features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the impact of the Iranian missile and drone attacks on the State of Israel; thousands of people have rallied against United States imperialism in the West African state of Niger; experts are identifying risks for infectious diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and the Togolese campaigns for upcoming national elections began yesterday. 

In the second and third hours we look in detail at the Iranian attacks on Israel and other events in neighboring West Asian states.

Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Sat. April 13, 2024

Listen to the Sat. April 13, 2024 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

Hear the entire podcast for this episode by clicking on this link: Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/13 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

The program features our PANW report with dispatches on the launching of Iranian drones against the State of Israel; the Gaza Health Ministry has issued another grim analysis of the situation inside the country; Palestine Islamic Jihad says it is prepared for an extended war; and Russian military advisors have arrived in the West African state of Niger. 

In the second and third hours we review the current situation in West Asia and the efforts by Iran to respond to the attacks on its embassy in Damascus.

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Fri. April 12, 2024

Listen to the Fri. April 12, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

To hear the podcast of this program go to this link: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/12 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com) 

This episode features our regular PANW report with dispatches on a shoutout in Ethiopia between police and a rebel grouping; Niger is to receive security assistance from the Russian Federation; the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has visited the military academy named in honor of his father, Kim Jong Il; and stamps have been issued on the 112th birthday of the late founder Kim Il Sung. 

In the second hour we look at the recently held elections in the West African state of Senegal and the prospects for transformation of the political system. 

Finally, we continue our commemoration of the 126th birthday of Paul L. Robeson (1898-1976). 

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Thurs. April 11, 2024

Listen to the Thurs. April 11, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the podcast of this show go to the following URL: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/11 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com) 

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the assassinations of three sons and several grandsons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh; Sudan's military leader wants to exclude adversaries from any future government; Sudan drones hit border area; and thousands are still fleeing Sudan amid ongoing conflict. 

In the second and third hours we listen to a panel discussion on the situation in Palestine. 

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Wed. April 10, 2024

Listen to the Wed. April 10, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

To hear the entire podcast for this program go to this link: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/10 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

This episode features our PANW report with dispatches on the IDF targeted assassinations of members of the family of Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza; the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed has declared that the international community has lost its moral compass related to the genocide in Gaza; reports indicate that the State of Israel is being defeated strategically in the current war; and physicians in the West African state of Nigeria are leaving the country in large numbers. 

In the second hour we listen to a report on the role of Iran in the Palestinian liberation struggle. 

Finally, we listen to a rare archival audio file of testimony by Paul L. Robeson before the United States Senate in 1948. 

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Sun. April 7, 2024

Listen to the Sun. April 7, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

To hear the complete podcast of this program go to the following link: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/07 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

The program features our PANW report with dispatches on the announcement by the Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF) that they will expand their military activities in the Red Sea; a Palestinian political prisoner has died in Israeli detention; the Senegalese Prime Minister has appointed a new cabinet for the West African state; and Rwanda is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. 

In the second hour we look back on the 126th birthday of Paul L. Robeson (1898-1976). 

Finally, we mark the 60th anniversary of the seminal speech by Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) delivered in Detroit in 1964.

Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Sat. April 6, 2024

Listen to the Sat. April 6, 2024 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

To hear the entire podcast go to this link: Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/06 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

The program features our PANW report with dispatches on the speech by Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary General on the attacks by the IDF on the Iranian embassy in Syria; protests took place internationally in commemoration of al-Quds Day; the West African state of Togo has arrested leading opposition figures; and the Southern African state of Zimbabwe is introducing a new currency. 

In the second and third hours we listen to a panel discussion on the current situation in Palestine.

Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, Featured on Black Agenda Radio

Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of Pan-African News Wire. To hear this interview go to the following URL: The Black Vote and Swing State Michigan in 2024 | Black Agenda Report

He is also a resident of Michigan and a longtime activist there. 

He joins us from Detroit to discuss that state’s Black voters, the Abandon Biden campaign, and the prospects for that all-important swing state in the 2024 presidential election.

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Fri. April 5, 2024

Listen to the Fri. April 5, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the entire podcast go to this link: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 04/05 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com) 

This episode features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the statement made by Yemeni leader Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi that Israel is on the decline; Sudanese former Interim Prime Minister is being charged with anti-state activity; African and Caribbean states are joining together in the demand for reparations; and Kenya makes its case for the African Union Chair in Ghana. 

In the second and third hours we look back on the 56th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

We review audio files from April 3, 4 and 5, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee and around the country.

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Sun. March 31, 2024

Listen to the Sun. March 31, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the complete podcast of this program click on here: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 03/31 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)  

The program features our PANW report with dispatches on developments in Lebanon, United States militarism in Palestine; the future of Senegal amid the election of a new president; and Zambian debt relief. 

In the second and third hours we complete our series honoring International Women's History Month. 

We then look at the prison-industrial complex and the contributions of Assata Shakur.

Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Sat. March 30, 2024

Listen to the Sat. March 30, 2024 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. 

To hear the podcast of this program click on this URL: Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast 03/30 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

This episode features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) appeal for aid to South Sudan; the UN Security Council is set to consider an arms embargo against the Central African Republic; the Pentagon is concerned about its future role in Niger; and there are rapidly deteriorating relations between the Republic of South Africa and the United States. 

In the second and third hours we listen to a panel discussion on the role of women in African politics.

Biden Set to Lose Re-election Over His Genocidal Policy in Gaza: US Journalist

Saturday, 30 March 2024 7:10 PM

US President Joe Biden is set to lose his bid for re-election over his support for Israel’s genocidal policy in Gaza, according to an African American journalist and political analyst.

Abayomi Azikiwe, the editor at the Pan-African News Wire, based in Detroit, the US, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Press TV website on Saturday.

He was commenting on a poll that found that a majority of Americans now disapprove of Israel’s genocidal war in the Gaza Strip as the regime has started to lose support from its great benefactor, the United States, a new poll has found.

US-based pollster Gallup says its new survey shows support for Israel’s atrocities in Gaza dropped from 50 percent in November to 36 percent in March.

At least 55 percent of Americans are now against the war, Gallup found.

Majority in US disapprove of Israel's brutality against Palestinians: Poll

The pollster Gallup says support for Israel’s brutal campaign in Gaza has dropped from 50 percent in November to 36 in March.

“More people in the United States have become starkly aware of the brutal nature of the regime in Tel Aviv,” said Azikiwe.

“Since October 7, the Israeli forces have deliberately attempted to destroy an already deeply distressed and oppressed Palestinian people. Gaza was considered the largest open-air prison in the world having been under siege for many years,” he said.  

“Now the genocidal intent of Tel Aviv has become obvious to tens of millions of people across the United States,” the journalist said.

“At the same time, the solidarity movement with Palestine in the United States has grown exponentially. People have taken to the streets in mass demonstrations against the genocide,” he stated.

“Many university and college campuses are centers for Palestine solidarity efforts. The issue is being debated widely while US President Joe Biden has been labeled by many as ‘Genocide Joe’ for his refusal to halt arms shipments and impose sanctions against the Zionist regime,” he noted.  

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7, 2023, after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the usurping entity in retaliation for the regime’s intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The Israeli aggression has so far killed some 32,623 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and wounded more than 75,092 others.

The Tel Aviv regime has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

According to a Washington Post report, published on Friday, the Biden administration has authorized the transfer of billions of dollars in bombs and fighter jets to Israel in recent days amid the regime's genocidal war against the Palestinians in Gaza. 

Pentagon and State Department officials said the new arms packages include more than 1800 bombs, The Washington Post reported.

The United States has in recent days quietly authorized the transfer of billions of dollars in bombs and fighter jets to Israel.

According to the report, these are 2000-pound devices that can demolish entire city blocks and are rarely used in populated areas. Israel, however, has used them extensively in Gaza.

Last week, the State Department also authorized the transfer of 25 F-35 fighter jets and engines to Israel.

Earlier reports said the US had quietly made more than 100 weapons sales to Israel since the onslaught on Gaza began on October 7.

The arms supplies go against the US call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

“Biden's approval rating overall has significantly dropped largely due to Washington's facilitation of the mass killings of Palestinians. Unless the current policy is changed rapidly, Biden could very well lose his bid for re-election,” Azikiwe said.

“In several US states, Democratic Party primary voters have cast ballots as ‘uncommitted’. The votes in the ‘uncommitted’ column are more than enough to bring about a Biden defeat in November. Although the rhetoric of the White House has shifted, the same genocidal policy remains,” the analyst concluded.

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Fri. March 29, 2024

Listen to the Fri. March 29, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the podcast of this program click on the following link: Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 03/29 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com) 

This episode will feature a report from the United Nations Rappateur for Palestine whose findings support the lawsuit filed by the Republic of South Africa against the State of Israel charging genocide for its war in Gaza. 

Before that we review a rare archival audio file of a panel discussion on the threat of fascism held in July 1969. 

The women represented in this segment were leaders in the revolutionary movement which emerged during the 1960s and 1970s. 

We are continuing our commemoration of International Women's History Month.

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, for Thurs. March 28, 2024

Listen to the Thurs. March 28, 2024 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the podcast of this episode go to this link:  Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast 03/28 by Pan African Radio Network | Politics (blogtalkradio.com)

The program features our PANW report with dispatches on the opposition parties call for demonstrations in the West African state of Togo after the president announced measures to extend his term of office; four people have been sentenced in the assassination of a Tunisian lawyer over a decade ago; West African women farmers are gaining more recognition for their important role in agricultural production; and the security situation in worsening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

In the second hour we feature a panel discussion on the situation in Palestine. 

Finally, we rebroadcast a radio panel discussion from 1968 on the role of African American women in the freedom movement and society in general.

Russians Military Advisors Arrive in Niger While Masses Demand the Immediate Withdrawal of Pentagon Troops

Thousands gather in Niamey calling for the departure of United States drone stations and soldiers.

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire

Tuesday April 16, 2024

Geostrategic Analysis

On Saturday April 13, thousands of people gathered in Niamey, the capital of the West African state of Niger, demanding the dismantling of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) operations inside their country.

This demonstration represents an ongoing struggle in several former French colonies to end the economic, political, cultural and military ties to the imperialist powers.

In addition to the negative influence from Paris, the U.S. has joined their counterparts in France deploying thousands of military personnel under the guise of fighting “Islamic terrorism”. AFRICOM was launched in February 2008 from its base in Stuttgart, Germany.

Over the course of the last sixteen years, the Pentagon has built a military base in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti, also a former French colony. They share this installation, known as Camp Lemonnier, with thousands of French troops.

Other outposts for AFRICOM operations have included Mali, Guinea-Conakry and Burkina Faso which have been struck by military coups since 2020. In Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, the new military-led governments have formed an Alliance of Sahel States. The purpose of the grouping is to enhance the security of these states independent of French and U.S. domination as well as to counter the now lifted sanctioned imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

ECOWAS, a fifteen-member regional alliance of governments, led now by newly elected President Bola Tinubu of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, had been persuaded by the U.S. and France to take a hostile position towards the overthrow of the western-backed administration of Mohamed Bazoum in Niger last July 26. The National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) was formed with widespread support from broad sections of the Nigerien population.

During the change of governments in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, people raised their national flags alongside that of the Russian Federation. Since the military seizure of power within these states, military advisors from Moscow have been requested.

Since the Pentagon-NATO-led counter-revolution in Libya during 2011, the first full-scale operation of AFRICOM, rebel groups have surfaced causing tremendous damage to the stability of various states throughout West and North Africa. These rebel formations operate in a similar fashion as al-Qaeda and the so-called “Islamic State.” Both of these designated “terrorist” organizations have their origins within U.S. intelligence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. 

Although these entities claim they are motivated by Islam in carrying out their attacks, nearly all of their operations target civilians, many of whom are Muslims. The existence of these groupings and the violence they perpetuate provides a rationale for the continued presence of imperialism within their territories. 

The propaganda and psychological warfare of France and the U.S. seeks to make the case for the indispensability of their assistance and occupation in order to fight terrorism. Nonetheless, since the formation of AFRICOM and the escalation of French interventions, the overall security situation in the Sahel and other regions of the African continent has worsened.

The Arrival of Russian Advisors in Niger

Therefore, following a pattern established by other Sahel states, the CNSP government in Niger has requested security assistance from the Russian Federation. Military advisors began to arrive in the uranium-rich state on April 12.

A report published by Al Mayadeen Television based upon an article from Sputnik news agency says:

“Reporting from the scene, a correspondent from Sputnik revealed that Russian experts have landed in Niger in an effort to train local forces on combating terrorism…. The landing of Russia's IL-76 aircraft in Niamey was aired by Nigerien state broadcaster RTN which stated that this update came after a conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and chairman of Niger’s National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland, Abdourahmane Tchiani. The broadcaster announced that the arrival entails the installation of an air defense system through which Russian instructors will provide quality training for the Nigerien military staff.” (https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/russian-experts-in-niger-to-train-forces-against-terrorism)

These developments are creating much consternation on the part of the State Department and Pentagon based in Washington. During March, the U.S. dispatched a high-level delegation from the administration of President Joe Biden to Niamey in a failed attempt to salvage a military agreement allowing AFRICOM to remain in Niger. 

Even after the CNSP leadership declared the military pact with the U.S. “null and void”, the Biden administration officials from the Defense and State Departments continued to speak publicly as if there was still the potential for remaining in Niger. The official position of the Biden administration is that they have not been formally ordered to leave the country.

However, it has been quite obvious for many months that the CNSP government views the U.S. in the same vein as France. The steadfast character of Niger and the two other Alliance States has not only staved off the intervention of an imperialist-backed ECOWAS invasion it indeed prompted Tinubu and his colleagues to invite these three governments to return to the regional grouping. All of the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS have been lifted against the CNSP in Niamey.

By setting a standard for anti-French and anti-U.S. postures in these underdeveloped states, the pro-western regimes in West Africa are concerned that the same pattern could unfold in their countries. Even in Nigeria, which is the most populated state on the continent with ostensibly the largest national economy, problems of hyper-inflation and foreign debt are hampering the capacity of the Tinubu administration to provide a decent standard of living for the majority of people inside the country. 

CNSP Administration Bolstered by Mass Support for Independent Foreign Policy

Since the July 26 seizure of power by the CNSP, there have been demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people in Niger compelling the administration to reverse the path of neo-colonial dominance by France and the U.S. During the April 13 rallies and marches, people held signs telling AFRICOM to leave the historic city of Agadez and return to Washington.

French and U.S. involvement in post-colonial African states have never been beneficial to the majority of the people who are workers, farmers and youth. Irrespective of the vast deposits of strategic resources such as gold, diamonds, uranium, iron ore, bauxite, petroleum, natural gas and other assets such as waterways, agricultural potential and youthful labor forces which constitute in many states the overwhelming majority of people, the annual household incomes are some of the lowest in the world. The imperialists are committed to the maintenance of regimes which serve the interests of the ruling classes within the western industrial states. 

In acknowledging the withdrawal of French troops from Niger, which was completed in March, the same above-mentioned article from Al Mayadeen noted:

“Presently, the U.S. maintains a deployment of 648 troops across two bases in the former French colony. In 2017, the Nigerien government granted approval for the deployment of armed U.S. drones to target militants as part of the Sahel counterterrorism mission. Despite participating with France and other Western allies in withholding aid to Niamey in response to Bazoum's ouster, Washington has asserted that disengagement from Niger is not a viable option. As of September, Germany had approximately 110 soldiers stationed in the uranium-rich nation, while Italy had around 300 soldiers deployed there prior to the coup.”

Therefore, the declining influence of the Pentagon and international finance capital poses a dilemma for Washington, Paris and its NATO allies. In the 21st century, the People’s Republic of China has established partnerships with African Union (AU) member-states which have proved far more resilient than what is being offered by the imperialist centers. 

Since the beginning of the Russian Special Military Operation in Ukraine more than two years ago, many AU member-states have exercised their independence in rejecting the overtures from the Biden administration to line up behind the efforts aimed at bringing down the government of President Vladimir Putin. The AU policy on Ukraine is that the war has negatively impacted food security on the continent.  

In regard to the situation in Palestine, there is overwhelming support among the African masses for an immediate ceasefire and the recognition of an independent state. The Republic of South Africa, led by the African National Congress (ANC), has taken the Zionist regime to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) even though the legal challenge charging Israeli genocide against the Palestinians has been ridiculed by the Biden administration, saying it has no merit. 

All of these factors are shaping the general mood within many African states not limited to the Sahel. With the U.S. pursuing its same unilateral foreign policy, there will surely be a continuing shift away from the forced subservience to Washington and Wall Street.

Iran Retaliates for Embassy Attack Launching Hundreds of Missiles and Drones Inside Occupied Territories


“Operation True Promise” represents Tehran’s response to the targeted assassinations of military commanders and diplomatic personnel in Damascus, Syria nearly two weeks before.

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire

Sunday April 14, 2024

Geostrategic Analysis

Iran has fired hundreds of drones and missiles into Occupied Palestine in retaliation for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) bombing of their embassy in Damascus, Syria on April 1.

Seven people were killed in the attack which was never condemned by the staunch allies of Tel Aviv in Washington, London and Brussels.

The United Nations Security Council failed to condemn the attacks against the Iranian embassy due to the lack of support by the western imperialist states which arm and finance the settler-colonial regime in Israel. Therefore, it was not surprising that the Iranian government was compelled to strike Israel in a major way.

President Joe Biden of the United States has recently declared that Washington’s support for the Zionist state in Tel Aviv was “ironclad.” Just days before, the White House wanted to make it appear as if the administration had fundamental differences with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the way it was carrying out the genocidal onslaught against the people of Gaza. In actuality, there are no disagreements over the maintenance and security of the Israeli regime because it serves as an imperialist outpost in the West Asia and North Africa geo-political regions. 

Since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7, the U.S. has refused to call for a permanent ceasefire in the war. The mass outpouring of opposition to the U.S. arming and diplomatic support to Tel Aviv has further fractured the Democratic Party and its electoral base. The “Abandon Biden” campaign which began in the state of Michigan, has mobilized significant “uncommitted” votes within the Democratic primaries in other key swing states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota. 

This retaliation by Tehran will intensify the level of military tensions throughout the Occupied Territories and the broader regions. Although Israel and the U.S. had anticipated some response from the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), they did not expect that in a matter of hours 400-500 drones and missiles would be launched at Israeli military targets. Despite the much championed “Iron Dome” surrounding the State of Israel, Iranian and other regional sources indicated that more than half of the missiles and drones deployed reached their intended targets. (https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/iran-s-truthful-promise--400-500-missiles--drones-launched-a)

In a statement issued by the IRGC on the character of the strikes against the Israeli regime, it emphasizes:

“In response to the Zionist regime’s numerous crimes, including the attack on the consular section of Iran’s Embassy in Damascus and the martyrdom of a number of our country’s commanders and military advisors in Syria, the IRGC’s Aerospace Division launched tens of missiles and drones against certain targets inside the occupied territories.” (https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/04/13/723627/iran-israel-attack-drones)

Biden in his official response to the Iranian retaliatory attacks, urged the Israeli regime not to respond militarily to the strikes. The logical outcome of a continuing military engagement with Iran would be the enhancement of Pentagon forces in the region and the eventual need for a ground operation. 

Over the last 34 years, the U.S. has been involved in several air and ground operations in the West Asia and North Africa regions. In Iraq and Kuwait during 1990-91, the U.S. deployed hundreds of thousands of troops to ostensibly eject the Iraqi military from Kuwait. Later draconian United Nations sanctions resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

There was the imposition of a “no-fly zone” over Iraq where repeated U.S. bombings of the country were carried out. By March 2003, the U.S. under then President George Bush, Jr. engineered a major build-up in military forces as a precursor to another invasion and occupation. Hundreds of thousands more U.S. troops established bases in Iraq where they faced fierce resistance which continues up until today.

Other bombing operations, occupations and destabilization efforts have occurred in Syria, Libya and Yemen. Due to U.S. and NATO interference, large-scale dislocations have taken place involving up to 75 million people over the last two decades.

Another article published by Press TV said of the current situation that:

“‘Operation True Promise’ was in response to the assassination of seven Iranian military advisors in Damascus on April 1, including a senior IRGC commander in Lebanon and Syria, General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, and his deputy General Hadi Haj Rahemi, the IRGC said in its first statement. In the second statement, the IRGC retaliation came after 10 days of ‘silence and neglect’ on the part of the international organizations, especially the United Nations Security Council, to condemn Israeli aggression or punish the regime in line with Article 7 of the UN Charter. Iran then resorted to retaliatory strikes, ‘using its strategic intelligence capabilities, missiles, and drones’ to attack ‘targets of the Zionist terrorist army in the occupied territories, successfully hitting and destroying them.’" (https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/04/14/723632/irgc-commander-presstv-israel-attacks-again-will-receive-bigger-response)

U.S. Hypocritical Stance on Palestine Has Damaged the Administration 

During the last several months since early October, the Biden administration’s miscalculation that it could avoid the political consequences of facilitating genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza has cost it politically. Most polls reflect the close race for president between Biden and former President Donald J. Trump. Biden is trailing Trump in several polls taken over the last six months and if the administration cannot reverse course on Palestine and other important foreign and domestic problems, it will inevitably fail in November to get reelected.

Even if Biden loses in the upcoming presidential elections, this will not automatically shift the U.S. foreign policy toward the Palestinian question. Trump, who was defeated in November 2020, is also a proponent of Zionism and the suppression of the people within the regions of West Asia and North Africa. It was Trump who illegally moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, Biden did not nullify this move while continuing the arms supplies to the State of Israel.  

Since coming into office in January 2021, Biden has been responsible for initiating two wars. In Ukraine, the Russian Special Military Operation was a direct outcome of the U.S. policy of expanding NATO and weakening Moscow. The ongoing military, economic and political support for Tel Aviv has encouraged the six months genocide in Gaza and other areas of the Occupied Territories. 

In both of these wars, the Biden administration has failed to call for a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement to the fighting. The U.S. sabotage of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine in 2022 has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians. 

Quite similarly in Palestine, all efforts to reach a ceasefire and begin talks over a permanent solution to the problems of national oppression, displacement and genocide have been blocked by the U.S. administration. Consequently, the Biden administration and its calls for ending the war, at least temporarily, is not being matched by its actions which involve provoking resistance groups in Palestine and other contiguous and neighboring states. 

In Lebanon, the role of the settler-colonial regime in Israel has reignited military clashes between the IDF and Hezbollah. Although Biden has threatened the affiliates of the Axis of Resistance ordering them not to attack Israel and its allies, the objective conditions in the entire West Asia region cannot restrain the people from defending themselves against Zionist and imperialist aggression. 

With specific reference to Lebanon, Al Mayadeen reported:

“The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon announced early Sunday (April 14) the targeting of several Israeli military sites in northern occupied Palestine using dozens of Katyusha rockets. In a statement, Hezbollah announced strikes on the Israeli Nafah, Yarden, and Kila outposts in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. It reiterated that the operations were in support of the steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and their brave and honorable Resistance and in response to the Israeli aggression on the southern Lebanese villages and towns, including al-Khiyam and Kafr Kila, which resulted in the killing and injuring of several civilians.” (https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/hezbollah-strikes-israeli-military-bases-with-dozens-of-rock)

Antiwar and anti-imperialist organizations along with Palestine solidarity activists must view the Israeli attacks on Iran as a direct threat to the struggle for peace and national liberation. A regional approach to ending settler-colonialism in West Asia and North Africa is the only real path to victory over racism and genocide.

Nicaragua Files Genocide Lawsuit Against Germany for Arming Israel

International Court of Justice (ICJ) hears claims from the Central American state that those who provide weapons to Tel Aviv are violating the Genocide Convention

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire

Wednesday April 10, 2024

Geostrategic Review

There is another case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a judicial body affiliated with the United Nations, this time filed by the Republic of Nicaragua.

This administration in Managua is led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) which initially came to power as a result of a revolutionary war waged during the late 1970s which defeated a United States-backed dictatorship.

In December of last year, the Republic of South Africa headed by the African National Congress (ANC), a longtime ally of the FSLN, filed a legal claim at the ICJ charging the Israeli regime with violating the Genocide Convention due to its war policies in Gaza. In a hearing on January 26 when the preliminary findings were read by the ICJ, the Court ruled that the charges of genocide by South Africa were plausible.

Since late January, the ICJ has amended its decision by saying that the Israeli government must allow delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. However, the situation has worsened in Gaza over the last several months. 

Germany is one of the leading suppliers of weapons to Israel. Politically, the German government has refrained from criticizing the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) since the beginning of the latest phase of the war on October 7.

These developments follow the pattern set by the U.S. which is the staunchest ally of the Zionist state. Nonetheless, over the last six months, there has been an outpouring of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Billions around the globe have expressed their sympathy with the deplorable conditions under which the Palestinians have endured. 

While the imperialist states in Western Europe and North America are sending thousands of tons of weapons to the IDF and therefore facilitating the genocide in Gaza, the fighting has spread to other parts of the West Asia region. On the northern border with Lebanon, Hezbollah resistance forces have engaged in running battles with the IDF. Iraq and Syria are witnessing the launching of missiles and drones from their territories against Tel Aviv and Pentagon soldiers stationed illegally at bases in the area. 

Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF) personnel are attempting to impose a blockade against Israeli-linked cargo vessels traveling through the Red Sea in solidarity with the people in Palestine. These efforts by the Axis of Resistance forces throughout the region have prompted an escalation in U.S. military presence. U.S. and British warplanes have staged a series of bombing operations against Yemen.

Progressive and revolutionary organizations within and without governments are speaking out loudly in defense of the Palestinian people. This holds true for Latin America as well. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Republic of Cuba in conjunction with Nicaragua and others have condemned the genocide in Gaza along with those who are enabling the mass murder of Palestinians in Washington, London, Paris and other Western European capitals. 

The state-run British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported in an article on the lawsuit filed against Germany by Nicaragua noting:

“Germany is accused of breaching the UN genocide convention by sending military hardware to Israel and ceasing funding of the UN's aid agency. Berlin rejects the claims and will present a defense to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday. In 2023 some 30% of Israel's military equipment purchases came from Germany, totaling €300m ($326m; £257m). The allegations build on a separate case taken by South Africa in January, where judges in the Hague ordered Israel to take ‘every possible measure’ to avoid genocidal acts. The court also ordered Hamas to release all hostages taken from Israel during its 7 October attacks immediately…. Nicaragua says Germany's arms sales to Israel, which totaled $326.5m last year - a tenfold increase on 2022 - make it complicit in Israel's alleged war crimes. Components for air defense systems and communications equipment accounted for most of the sales, according to the DPA news agency.” (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68759146)

In addition to the outright murder of Palestinians, the number that stands now at more than 33,000, there is widespread destruction of neighborhoods, markets, hospitals, schools, universities, religious institutions and the overall infrastructure of the Gaza Strip. Estimates suggest that over 60% of buildings have been damaged or destroyed, dislocating 1.5 million people from their homes.

Food is being utilized as a weapon against the Palestinian people. Leading aid organizations and nutrition experts have assessed the current situation as a famine. The Nicaraguan case states that the ICJ must demand that Germany act now to halt all arms sales to the Israeli government.

Legal Challenges are Important in Multifaceted Struggle for Palestine Liberation 

The genocide has faced opposition internationally through mass demonstrations, conferences, electoral campaigns, boycotts and other means. One powerful tool is the courts, particularly the ICJ which has international standing. 

Most people do not believe that the courts alone can bring about the conditions for the end to the genocide against the Palestinians. However, when such cases are filed alongside the utilization of mass tactics and the continuing resistance of the Palestinians and other contiguous states in the West Asia region, its effectiveness can be realized through the legal exposure of the crimes committed against humanity and the Israeli dependency upon imperialism, whose interests it serves. 

The Republic of Namibia, which has made strong statements in support of the Palestinian struggle, was brought into being as a modern liberated state in 1990 as a result of a diversity of tactics including a case decided by the ICJ in 1971, which called upon the white-minority apartheid regime based in the Republic of South Africa, to leave Namibia, then known as Southwest Africa. Namibia’s leading liberation movement, the South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) waged political, legal, educational and armed campaigns to win their independence.

One source on the legal significance of the Namibia case against apartheid South Africa says:

“On June 21, 1971, the ICJ handed down its opinion. It held, by 13 votes to 2, that, given that the continued presence of South Africa in Namibia was deemed illegal, South Africa was under an obligation to withdraw its administration from Namibia immediately and thus put an end to its occupation of the Territory.” (https://academic.oup.com/book/27389/chapter-abstract/197186121?redirectedFrom=fulltext)

Despite this ruling by the UN Court, it would take another 19 years of protracted revolutionary struggle to win independence for Namibia. The pressure built up against the racist apartheid regime in Southern Africa domestically and internationally forced the system to change. 

In the 20th century, South Africa and its neighbor Namibia, are examples of the convergence of national, regional and international forces in a battle against oppression and genocide. During this period, the plight of the Palestinians has gained wider attention sparking solidarity efforts aimed at finding a sustainable solution to the crisis.  

This movement is being led by the people of Palestine themselves. The courage and persistence shown by the people of Gaza has inspired others such as the Nicaraguan government to play an important role in ending the extermination of the Palestinians.

The Nicaraguan case is demanding urgent action as pointed out by Al Jazeera:

“Nicaragua has requested five provisional measures, including that Germany ‘immediately suspend its aid to Israel, in particular its military assistance, including military equipment’.

It also calls on the court to order Germany to ‘reverse its decision to suspend the funding of UNRWA.’ Germany said in January it was halting funding pending an inquiry into Israeli accusations that several UNRWA staff members took part in the October 7 assault.” (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/8/icj-to-hear-nicaragua-case-against-germany-for-facilitating-gaza-genocide)

These attacks on UNRWA illustrate the genocidal character of the war. The targeting of an UN humanitarian agency is symbolic of the objectives to eliminate the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The imperialist war policy in Palestine is indicative of the designs drawn up for decades to attempt the recolonization of Asia, Africa and Latin America. To defeat the contemporary thrust of the West to reclaim its global hegemony, it will require a world movement working to build a just and democratic world system.  

Iran Deputy Ambassador to the UN Condemns Israeli Attack on Embassy in Syria

Tel Aviv carried out an airstrike in Damascus killing seven and wounding others.

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire

Wednesday April 3, 2024

Geostrategic Analysis

A deadly airstrike on the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Damascus, Syria has prompted outrage throughout the West Asia region.

This attack continues a long line of atrocities committed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the United States Pentagon.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) identified two of the deceased as Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, along with his deputy General Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi being among the seven people killed in the IDF attack. 

Washington and Wall Street are the largest backers of the settler-colonial regime which has occupied Palestine for more than three-quarters of a century. Despite the façade of disagreements between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Joe Biden, weapons are continuing to flow into Israel for the genocidal war against the Palestinian people in Gaza and throughout the entire Occupied Territories. 

Iran demanded a hearing before the United Nations Security Council on April 2 where Deputy Ambassador Zahra Ershadi spoke for the government in Tehran. The leadership inside Iran have vowed to retaliate for the Israeli bombing of its embassy in Syria.

In a report published by Press TV on April 2 about the Security Council hearing explained that:

“Addressing the event on Tuesday in New York, the U.S., Iran’s mission to the UN called on the world body to categorically denounce Israel’s violation of international regulations. Zahra Ershadi, Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said Israel is seeking to escalate tensions in the region while avoiding full responsibility for its actions. She said the regime defies Security Council resolutions and shows disregard for its international obligations.

She added that Monday’s crime also clearly breached the basic principle of diplomatic and consular immunity, as well as the 1961 Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and the 1973 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes.” (https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/04/02/722965/UNSC-holds-emergency-meeting-on-Israeli-attack-on-Iranian-consulate)

Obviously, the Zionist state has no regard for international law and norms governing relations between governments. A Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza has been disregarded by the Netanyahu administration. Although the U.S. Ambassador Greenfield abstained during the vote, the White House and State Department decided that it would not be opportune to veto yet another ceasefire resolution. 

Political opinions related to the Biden administration’s pivotal role in the Gaza genocide has seriously damaged its bid for reelection. Mass demonstrations throughout the U.S. and within other imperialist states has illustrated the growing discontent over the unconditional support provided to the State of Israel. 

The deaths in Damascus did not occur within a political vacuum. Inside Gaza tens of thousands of people have been massacred by the IDF including children, women, the elderly and infirm. Hospitals have been bombed into rubble along with places of worship, schools, universities, businesses, transportation infrastructure, residential areas and aid distribution centers. 

Nonetheless, the Palestinian people have remained determined to resist the occupation and its most recent military onslaught. Ten different brigades are fighting the IDF in the Gaza Strip inflicting casualties and damage to military hardware. 

The Hezbollah resistance movement based in southern Lebanon has been engaging the IDF in solidarity with Gaza. Yemen has imposed its own blockade on Israeli ports prompting numerous airstrikes by the Pentagon and the British Royal Air Force. Other resistance organizations in Syria and Iraq are launching missiles and drones at U.S. and Israeli targets. 

This persistent resistance by the Palestinians and their allies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen has caused frustrations in Tel Aviv and Washington. In their efforts to maintain Israel as an outpost for imperialist interests in West Asia and North Africa, the ruling class in the U.S. has sought to suppress criticism related to its foreign policy on the Palestinian question. 

A clear indication of the will to be free and independent of imperialist influence was a conversation held between Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Syrian counterpart President Bashar al-Assad. The two leaders agreed that the attacks in Damascus on the Iranian embassy are acts of desperation by the Zionist regime. Both the Iranian and Syrian presidents committed their governments to continue supporting the resistance in Palestine and throughout the entire region. 

However, failed efforts by the Biden administration, Britain and the European Union (EU) to shift the narrative on the Palestinian situation, has been countered by the Republic of South Africa which filed a lawsuit during late 2023 charging Tel Aviv with violations of the Genocide Convention. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the charges of genocide by the African National Congress (ANC) government in South Africa are plausible.

Each military and political setback on the part of Tel Aviv and their imperialist facilitators will breed further acts of state-sponsored terrorism aimed at dampening and degrading the capacity and willingness to struggle among the oppressed. Nonetheless, if developments over the last six months are an indication of the mood among the people in West Asia and internationally, the ability of imperialism to maintain its hegemony in the region will be seriously weakened.

Security Council Session Hears Condemnations of Israel

During the discussions before the UN Security Council on April 2, several governments spoke out against Tel Aviv. Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian issued a statement calling upon the Security Council to denounce Israel for its actions in Damascus. 

In the same Press TV article quoted above, it explains the session emphasizing:

“Moscow said Israel’s actions are set to fuel the ongoing regional conflict further and must immediately stop. Slamming the ‘flagrant violation’ of Syria's sovereignty, UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia told a Security Council meeting that Russia was ‘of the view that such aggressive actions by Israel are designed to further fuel the conflict. They are absolutely unacceptable and must stop.’ China’s envoy also condemned Israel’s attack as a grave violation of the UN Charter and international law and a breach of the sovereignty of both Syria and Iran. The Security Council session was held at the request of Russia over the Israeli strike on Tuesday afternoon.”

Tel Aviv and Washington have remained quiet about the attack on the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital. This approach to foreign policy can only spark more widespread opposition inside and outside the U.S. 

Palestine, Iran and Presidential Politics

In a recent Gallup Poll of adults and registered voters in the U.S., only 27% of those surveyed approved of Biden’s policies in Palestine and throughout the West Asia region. Even among Democratic Party voters, only 47% approved of his handling of the situation in Gaza and other territories in neighboring countries.

Many people today are questioning the historic approach to Palestine by the U.S. seeing that it is only resulting in more deaths, destruction and displacement. In regard to Iran, tensions have remained between Tehran and Washington since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 

Iran has weathered a consistent storm of sanctions, military strikes, diplomatic antagonism and psychological warfare by successive administrations in the White House and within Congress, irrespective of party affiliations. During this 45-year period of attempted destabilization and overthrow of the Iranian government, the country has grown in influence and infrastructure. 

An Axis of Resistance spanning the West Asia territories from Palestine to Yemen and Iran now poses a serious threat to the imperialist domination of the region. Anti-imperialists, antiwar organizers and peace activists as a whole must view the crisis in Palestine as part and parcel of the struggle against imperialism. 

Despite the negative U.S. media propaganda against Iran, Yemen, Syria and Iraq, these states have an inherent right to self-determination and sovereignty. It should not be the role of the ruling class interests in the U.S. to impose governments on the peoples of other geopolitical regions.   

This hegemonic thrust by imperialism has already brought about tens of thousands of deaths and millions of civilians displaced since October 7. People around the globe have no alternative other than escalating their protests demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and the military disengagement from the entire region.  

After Six Months Daily Massacres Continue in Gaza

Growing numbers of people in the United States and Internationally express outrage at the ongoing siege by Tel Aviv and Washington

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire

Saturday April 6, 2024

Geostrategic Review

Since October 7, 2023, the United States foreign policy position on the Palestinian Question has come under fire by billions of people around the world.

President Joe Biden, who is seeking reelection for a second term in November, has had his approval rating drop substantially due to the White House handling of the Gaza situation among other issues. 

For months the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has vetoed several resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. It was only in the most recent vote during late March 2024 that Washington abstained. 

Yet despite the passage of the resolution demanding a halt to the genocide perpetuated by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the carnage of the Palestinians and others attempting to assist them has persisted resulting in the deaths of over 33,000 people, the majority of whom are women, babies, young children, seniors, the disabled and seriously infirm. Even within the U.S. Congress, a growing number of politicians are in support of a ceasefire, a drive which was led by Michigan Congressional representative Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Although there is a public appearance being crafted by the corporate media and the Democratic Party leadership in the White House and the Congress suggesting that there is a growing rift between the U.S. government and Israel, the reality is that weapons are still flowing into the Zionist state which are being utilized to slaughter the Palestinians. The continuing weapons supplies from the Biden administration is by no means a secret since reports have been published widely in the mainstream media. 

Public Pressure Prompts Congressional Letter

The Palestine solidarity movement in the U.S. and around the world has been demanding a halt to weapons sales to Tel Aviv. In response to these protest actions for an immediate ceasefire and the breaking of all ties with the racist regime, dozens of Democrats within the House of Representatives have signed a letter calling for an end to arms sales to the IDF.

These weapons are not only massacring Palestinians along with international aid workers in Gaza and other areas of the Occupied Territories, the IDF recently killed seven people in an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria. The U.S. has occupied areas of northeastern Syria over the last decade in an effort to weaken and overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad. 

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on the letter signed by the Democratic Congresspersons, including former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California, noting:

“U.S. representatives of the Democratic Party, including the former speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called on U.S. President Joe Biden to stop arming the Israeli entity. Reuters quoted a letter by congressmen, addressed to Biden and his secretary of State Anthony Blinken demanding the cessation of arms transfers to Israel. They also called on the Biden administration to conduct a special investigation into the Israeli airstrike, which killed seven employees of World Central Kitchen (WCK) charity last Monday. ‘Given the recent attack on humanitarian workers and the worsening humanitarian crisis, we believe it is not justified to approve arms transfers to Israel,’ they said. Last Monday (April 1), the Israeli occupation forces bombed a convoy of the World Central kitchen organization in Deir al-Balah city in the central Gaza Strip, killing 7 people of various nationalities, including British, Australian, American, Canadian and Polish.” (https://www.sana.sy/en/?p=328586)

In the New York Times on April 5, it was reported that there were 40 Congresspersons who had already signed the letter to Biden. It was the IDF bombing of the truck carrying food assistance from the World Central Kitchen which prompted the message to the White House.

Of course, this is not the first time that food and other forms of humanitarian assistance has been used by the State of Israel and the U.S. as weapons in an imperialist war. The refusal to recognize the situation in Gaza as genocide is to solidarize with the intentions to eliminate the entire Palestinian population.

The Palestinians and their organizations are viewed by Washington and its allies within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as “terrorists.” However, the genocidal measures enacted by the Zionist state for nearly 76 years are recognized by the West as “legitimate” because they serve the interests of imperialism. 

West Asian states such as the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran have never attacked the people of the U.S. Their only “crime” according to the corporate and imperialist governmental controlled media, is that they are in solidarity with the oppressed peoples of Palestine and other geo-political regions. 

The letter written by the Congressional members was attached to a New York Times article published on April 5 which reads in part:

“Given the horrifying facts on the ground, we are also greatly concerned by your recent decision to authorize an arms transfer to Israel, which reportedly includes 1,800 MK-84 2,000-pound bombs, 500 MK-82 500-pound bombs, and 25 F-35A fighter jets. The MK-84 2000-pound bombs have been linked to multiple mass casualty events in Gaza and are capable of killing or wounding people more than 1,000 feet away. We are also concerned by recent reports that the administration is considering authorizing another $18 billion arms transfer to include dozens of F-15 aircraft. In light of the recent strike against aid workers and the ever-worsening humanitarian crisis, we believe it is unjustifiable to approve these weapons transfers. We again strongly urge you to withhold any offensive weapons transfers until the investigation into the airstrike is concluded and, if it is found this strike violated U.S. or international law, those responsible are held accountable. And we again urge you to ensure that any future military assistance to Israel, including already authorized transfers, is subject to conditions to ensure it is used in compliance with U.S. and international law.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/05/us/politics/democrats-israel-aid.html)

Nonetheless, it is not the aid agencies which are suffering the brunt of U.S.-Israeli aggression in Palestine and throughout the region. The overwhelming burden of imperialist-militarism in the region is being borne by the Palestinians and their contiguous states.

Until the focus is placed upon the necessity of liberating Palestine and the creation of an independent sovereign state, there can be no sustainable peace. The establishment of a unitary Palestinian nation and the withdrawal of imperialist forces from neighboring areas would open the way for ending all instability throughout the West Asia region.

Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Gaza

The focus of the struggle to end the war in Palestine must be placed upon reversing the Zionist occupation and imperialist interventions. The State of Israel is given unconditional support by the U.S. and other NATO countries for the central purpose of maintaining hegemony in West Asia and North Africa.

Palestinians and their neighbors in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran are suffering the most casualties and displacement in the region. The objective of the State of Israel and the ruling class in the U.S. is to remove the Palestinian population from Gaza and the whole of Palestine.

Al Mayadeen reported that on April 5 while a letter is circulating in the U.S. Congress talking about placing “conditions” on arms transfers, Palestinians are still being displaced, wounded and killed:

“Occupation forces also launched multiple shells toward the southwestern neighborhoods of Khan Younis, located in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, simultaneously with Israeli warplanes conducting raids on the central and western areas of the city. On the 182nd consecutive day of aggression on the Strip, the Health Ministry in Gaza reported that the Israeli occupation committed a total of 5 massacres against Palestinian families in 24 hours only, killing 54 and injuring 82. This increased the total number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since the Israeli aggression on Gaza started on October 7 to 33,091, in addition to 75,750 injuries.

Compounding the devastation, some victims are still trapped under rubble and on roads, presumed dead, with the Israeli occupation hindering the arrival of ambulance and civil defense teams.” (https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/martyrs-and-injuries-reported-in-gaza-in-beginning-of-day-18)

Consequently, while the members of the U.S. Congress and the White House are contemplating how to ensure the reelection of a Democratic administration, the major issue of ending the genocide in Palestine still remains secondary within imperialist ruling circles. Palestine solidarity activists must keep their focus on achieving a permanent ceasefire and the halting of arms shipments immediately.

Electoral Redistricting Battles Rage Across the United States

Federal judicial panel has approved new borders in Michigan while struggles continue in other states

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire

Saturday March 30, 2024

Political Review

A controversial redistricting map drawn up in 2021 by a supposed independent commission resulted in the domination of the Michigan State Legislative seats and Gubernatorial office by the Democratic Party after the 2022 elections. 

This shift in the fortunes of the Democrats was the first time they have been in complete control of the state government in four decades.

The idea behind the independent commission was the result of a petition campaign and state-wide referendum in 2018 to change the way districts are drawn. The idea was to place an impartial body over the process taking it away from the incumbent political officials in Lansing, the state capitol.

However, a number of African American voters filed suit against the redistricting commission saying that the new map diluted the overall electoral power of their communities. The claims of the African American voters were upheld by a federal court decision in December which ordered yet another redrawing of districts. These newly drawn districts are scheduled to be in place for the upcoming November state legislative elections in Michigan.

In a March 27 article published by the Associated Press it says:

“The original lawsuit contesting the Detroit-area seats was filed by a group of Black residents who argued that the map diluted their voting power. The group had similarly opposed the newly submitted map, saying it favors incumbents elected under the previous map and doesn't include enough majority-black districts. The three-judge panel disagreed in its approval of the map and pointed to the fact that the new ‘plan created three majority-black districts, whereas before there were none. Federal law provides us no basis to reject the Commission’s remedial House plan,’ the panel wrote in an 11-page decision released Wednesday. Six state Senate districts will still need to be redrawn by a later deadline due to senators’ terms not expiring until 2026.” (https://www.michiganpublic.org/politics-government/2024-03-27/federal-judges-approve-redraw-of-detroit-area-state-house-seats-ahead-of-2024-election)

At present the State Legislature is deadlocked between Democrats and Republicans due to the abandonment of two seats by politicians who were elected to municipal offices. With 2024 being a presidential election year, Democrats are anticipating that they will be able to secure a slim majority in the State House. 

Other Factors Which Could Reduce Voter Participation in Michigan and Other States

Nonetheless, discontent over the handling of several issues may place these assumptions in question. There is widespread dissatisfaction over the Democratic President Joe Biden’s handling of the genocidal onslaught in the Gaza Strip in Palestine. During the Democratic primary in Michigan 101,000 people cast their vote as “uncommitted” as a means of expressing their rejection of the White House position on the Palestinian question. 

Also, despite the campaign talking points asserting that the economy is performing to the benefit of the majority of the population, many working people are suffering as a result of the rising prices for gasoline, heating, electricity, water, food, clothing, rents and mortgage rates. The federal minimum wage has not been increased by Congress since 2009, some fifteen years ago. At present the federal minimum wage stands at a grand total of $7.25.

Any increase in salaries for most working class people has been gained through protest actions, strikes and the demand for labor within certain sectors of the economy. The increase in the federal minimum wage in 2009 took place amid the worst capitalist downturn since the Great Depression. Millions of working families lost their homes after the collapse of the real estate markets stemming directly from the mad drive for megaprofits by the banks and other financial institutions during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Another major issue for African Americans is the failed promises by Biden when he was running for president in 2020 to pass legislation aimed at reforming the police services. The George Floyd rebellions of that year was one of the motivating factors for the large turnout among African Americans and other oppressed communities aimed at removing former President Donald Trump from the White House. 

The campaign pledge by Biden to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act never materialized. This act was designed to counter the monumental restrictions placed on access to the ballot in the aftermath of the Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court of 2013 decision which struck down the enforcement provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Against Lawsuit to Redraw Congressional Districts

A recent unanimous decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit filed by Democratic voters to throw out a Congressional map adopted by Republicans over a decade ago, has placed the outcome of the upcoming 2024 election in doubt. The Wisconsin high court is now composed of a Democratic majority and the decision to change the boundaries of federal districts will maintain a configuration which favors Republican politicians.

A report published by the Associated Press during early March noted:

“The decision leaves the state’s current congressional district boundaries in place for the November election. The decision not to hear the congressional challenge comes after the court in December ordered new legislative maps, saying the Republican-drawn ones were unconstitutional. The GOP-controlled Legislature, out of fear that the court would order maps even more unfavorable to Republicans, passed ones drawn by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. He signed those into law on Feb. 19 and urged the court to take up the congressional map challenge. The Elias Law Group, which filed the congressional challenge on behalf of Democratic voters, said the court’s decision on the legislative maps opened the door to them revisiting the other maps. But the court declined to take up the case. It did not give a reason in the unanimous unsigned order.” (https://pbswisconsin.org/news-item/wisconsin-supreme-court-declines-to-hear-congressional-redistricting-challenge-requested-by-democrats/)

Wisconsin is a key battleground state where the results of the presidential elections in November could be pivotal in deciding who will occupy the White House and the Congress. The state was lost by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 along with others such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Later in 2020, all of these states went to Biden securing a firm lead for him in the national elections. However, the issues related to the Gaza genocide, police-community relations and the capacity of unions to organize remain unresolved.    

CBS News in a report on the mood of African American voters in Milwaukee and other areas in the state emphasized that:

“President Biden's winning coalition in 2020 was led by Black voters, particularly in major cities in battleground states. But this time around, there are signs that his support among this bloc of voters has softened. A CBS News poll in late February showed 76% of likely Black voters said they backed his reelection bid, down from 87% who voted for him in 2020. The more than a dozen Black voters and organizers interviewed by CBS News in battleground states have shared a sense of disappointment about the impending rematch of the 2020 presidential election, with worries it will translate to voters staying home in November.” (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-voters-battleground-states-biden-2024/)

In combination with restrictions on voting rights for African Americans and other people of color, the lack of enthusiasm for a Biden reelection are the greatest threat to the Democratic Party. Despite the economic statistics related to unemployment, if the people are not feeling this purported progress, it will not translate into a massive turnout in November for the presidential, congressional and state legislative contests.

Hopefully, the results of the 2024 elections will prompt a broad-based discussion on the future role of voters from the national oppressed and working class electorate. Whether Biden or Trump wins the elections in November, the social conditions of the majority within society will not change fundamentally until there is an independent political formation which can speak and act in its own names.