Archive | April 27, 2011

From Liberation to Re-enslavement

From Liberation to Re-enslavement

By Hwaa Irfan

Sometimes, when something happens, one cannot comment, because it knocks the wind out of our sails. One maybe stunned for a while afterwards, knowing the wrongness in which something has prevailed, but yet unable to comprehend the extent to which we allow ourselves to be enslaved again, and again, and again.  That is the fuel of colonialism, the fuel that keeps it burning, because there are always enough people to do the work for the oppressor. Always it takes a burning reality to present its self in one’s life to recognize the silenced inner voice – until then, one remains enslaved while the balance of the universe remains compromised.

In psychoanalytical terms, the stair is the symbolic spine of the house. As we look at this artwork of Peter Brooker we see a vicious circle ascending like a Tower of Babel. As one moves around the streets of Cairo, the youth who are 200% behind the January 25th Revolution stand out a mile. They stand with wisdom as their spine, defending what is right and confronting what is wrong in everyday life within the culture of respect of their elders, but not allowing for abuse of that culture of respect. They fill the spaces where the police remain invisible trying to add some order with respect whether it is the traffic on the streets, or a black foreigner who is caught in the web of racist existence that still remains post January 25th. They stand up for the rights of all regardless of faith, and add meaning to what it means to be Egyptian, what it means to be human, and what it means to take responsibility for one’s dreams. This is in the midst of still far too many Egyptians who are all too ready to take their own rights, but do not acknowledge the rights of others, including the water rights of their up-river neighbours past Sudan denied by a dam that was built by the same system that the Revolutionary Youth Coalition still seek to rid from Egypt!

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
’cause none of them can stop the time” – Bob Marley

Some do feel they can stop the time like a news reporter on an Egyptian state T.V. channel who reports the developments on the stock exchange like football results, and then is flabbergasted by the needs of the Palestinians when he stated: “We have got our own problems!”

Those who carry on before exploiting others are happy that the Ivory Coast has been re-enslaved again. For them there is no regime change, and the U.S. remains the means by which they can continue ignoring that the U.S. is in fact bankrupt, and the American people with a growing exception seem to be more enslaved than them.

“Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom
’cause they all I ever had
Redemption songs, redemption songs.”

But the redemption songs of the Ivory Coast remains un-sung, and no one else seems to singing as the international elite, France in particular believes it can breathe again.

“Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.”

The Ivory Coast is classified as one of 14 Francophone zones, with amenities : the airline, telephone, electricity, water companies, some banks remaining under French control, with France maintaining a stranglehold on the Ivorian commerce preventing a realized independence.

Maritime – The main operator is French, Bollore, Saga, Delmas controlling the port of Abijan, the main transit port of West Africa.

Railway – The Ivorian-Burjino railway is controlled by the French company Sitarail, which controls the tobacco and rubber industry.

Construction –  Along with public works is controlled by French company Bouygues

Oil – 160 petrol stations, is owned by the French oil company Total, which also has 25% of the shares of the top Ivorian oil refinery Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage, and controls the supply of bitumen.

Telephone – The main shareholder in Cote d’Ivoire Telecom and Societe Ivoirienne des Mobiles is French Telecom…
And cars, pharmaceutics, and new technology is monopolized by Groupe Compagnie Francaise de l’Afrique de l’Ouest de Cote d’Ivoire, along with exports and retail trade now taken over by Pinault-Printemps-La Redoute group. Oh, and don’t forget the sweet gold riches earned by the West from Ivory Coast’s raw chocolate!

The Ivory Coast is an example of Haiti today, and the Doctrine of Discovery in process, with the Ivory Coast as a profitable colony for the neo-colonists with only a direct investment of €3.5 billion. To Ivorian M’Bra Akroman the French bombing of Ivorians backed by the U.N. is unforgettable:

“Obama’s position in the Ivorian electoral crisis sent us a clear message that we as Africans do not matter. What’s another 100,000 dead Africans to the cause of the NWO??? yes this is what it’s all about and the NWO agents want to make an example out of us for all the zealous patriots worldwide who would dare to fight for their right to own their land.”

Admittedly, the nightmare that Ivorians were put under by the mental slavery of their own, and the bombs of the neo-colonial puppeteers, was enough to make some Ivorians betray their own, but was it not the whole point. France was the first to bomb Libya, and France has now proven itself a worthy partner of the Rat Pack: US-UK + France; boosting U.S. confidence over its ‘stay’ in Libya, while other countries pay U.S. domestic bills. Egpyt’s interim government played wisely when the International Monetary Fund rushed to offer a loan by not accepting, as the IMF makes the same moves towards Ivory Coast as it did in the past when Alassane Outtara a former IMF CEO, and former Prime Minister of Houphouet-Boigny (where Outtara administered an IMF deal that plunged Ivorians into poverty the true intent of the international elite towards Ivorians remains crystal clear to the blind!

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfil de Book.
Won’t you help to sing
Dese songs of freedom? –
‘Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs –
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.”


Akroman, M. “Ivory Coast Native: “Obama Cares Little for Blacks.”

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