Archive | August 2014

Who owns Antarctica?*

Who owns Antarctica?*

Antarctica the only continent on our earth whereby colonialists do not have to kill the population in one form or another in order to rape the land of its natural resources has been balkanized without spilling blood. The hands of our unelected global governors are itching under the myth of climate change, which if 1+1=2 means the ice would melt away to reveal her natural resources. Referred to as ‘advanced technology’ which means fracking they are drooling despite an indefinite ban on mining.

However, nature is stranger than fiction. The ice has been thickening, not melting. This has been recorded as far back as 2002 when a study by Joughin and Slawek Tulaczyk, a professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz from data from special ground-based satellites revealed over a 14 year period that West Antarctica that temperatures had fallen since the mid-80s . In 2013 the coldest period in 200 years was registered. With ice getting thicker and thicker the result has been first snow in a century in Argentina, Paraguay and southeastern Brazil for example.

It isn’t just a big slab of ice waiting to be ripped off. We wouldn’t want anything less than the wisdom of Mother Nature, for Antarctica as it acts as our earth would be hotter, and it provides 70% of a much needed commodity freshwater, especially with Japan dumping its nuclear toxins into an increasingly lifeless Pacific Ocean, drives circulation in all of the world’s oceans, drives atmospheric circulation (regulating our earth’s temperature).

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Heavenly Signs: New Structures Evolving!?

Earth Raising its Own Defence against Powerful Solar Storms*

Is the Sun and Earth Synchronizing?*

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Ebola Casualties Reduced Down to One in Nigeria with the Help of Naturopathic Treatment*

Ebola Casualties Reduced Down to One in Nigeria with the Help of Naturopathic Treatment*

With W.H.O. rubbing their hands metaphorically speaking at the thought of 20,000 Ebola victims alive/dead with/without CDC’s patented GM drug financed by the likes of Soros & Gates; and CNN’s Nigeria Struggles to Cope With Ebola Outbreak an image is portrayed of this oil-rich populous nation it is a wonder that this disease has not spread more than it actually has.

In Dubai, they disinfected their planes (is it that easy) when a Nigerian woman who transited there died to find that what she died of was cancer, not Ebola.

We are being given the impression that ZMapp or some other GM vaccine is being flown in to support treatment, and in some cases this is so, but Nigeria has been using/or also using a naturotherapy treatment, Nanosilver as developed by a Nigerian physician as announced by their Minister for Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu.

A Nigerian health official inspects arrivals at Murtala Muhammed international airport in Lagos amid fears of an Ebola outbreak. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP

By Fredrick Nwabufo

Health minister, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, says there is only one case of Ebola disease in Nigeria now. He announced on Tuesday that the disease has been successfully contained, although “not eliminated”. Responding to TheCable’s question, the minister said that the disease had been successfully restricted to Lagos, adding that of only one person was positive of the virus “as of today”. “As of today, Nigeria has 13 cases of Ebola virus disease. That is including the index case- the late Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer,” Chukwu said.

“Five did not survive, however two more Nigerian patients have been discharged. Both of them health workers, were discharged yesterday. This brings the number of those discharged now to seven. “As I speak to you Nigeria has only one case of Ebola virus. “This is thus far an indication that Nigeria has contained the virus.”

Chukwu also disclosed that 129 people who had contact with people who had direct contact with Patrick Sawyer (the Liberian- American who brought the disease into the country) under surveillance for Ebola had been found not to have the deadly virus.

“The 129 people under surveillance have completed the 21 days incubation period of the disease without developing symptoms. However, there are still 128 secondary contacts under surveillance,” Chukwu said.

He assured Nigerians that the government would do its best in protecting its citizens.
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Related Topics:

Ebola In Nigeria: Should We Be Worried?

Ebola Victim Lives to Tell the Tale*

A Cure for Ebola They Don’t Want You to Know About!!*

What Does Ebola, Gas and Oil Have in Common?*

Ebola as a Bio and Psych Warfare from Soros and Gates*

U.S. Patenting of GM Ebola ‘Bundibugyo Virus’*

Ironic that a Leading Expert In Ebola Died On Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight*

The Miracle and Irony of Ebola in Sierra Leone*

Priest with Ebola Dies Despite Zmapp*

ZMapp Doesn’t Save Congolese Doctor from Ebola*

CDC is Rather Cool about a Brain-Eating Disease in the Water Supply*

CDC is Rather Cool about a Brain-Eating Disease in the Water Supply*

By Noel Brinkerhoff

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of a brain-eating amoeba in the water supply for the Louisiana communities of Reserve, Garyville and Mount Airy.

The Naegleria fowleri amoeba got into St. John the Baptist Parish’s Water District No. 1, which provides water for about 12,500 residents.

CDC officials say ingesting water containing the amoeba is harmless because it cannot infect a person through the digestive system, but the contaminated water can prove fatal if it comes into contact with nasal passages, which is how it travels to the brain.

A four-year-old Mississippi boy contracted the amoeba while visiting St. Bernard Parish last year and later died.

“St. John is now under an emergency order to perform a 60-day free chlorine burn on the water system, in which the water lines are infused with free chlorine. That is a stronger, faster-acting disinfectant than the normal infusion of chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia,” Littice Bacon-Blood reported for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. As a precautionary measure, the St. John school system closed off all the water coolers in its schools.

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And St. Bernard has the same problem

And so does St. John’s Parish…


Naegleria fowleri amoeba causes Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis also known as PAM, which causes damage to the central nervous system and the brain.  This disease is extremely rare and has low survivor rates, proving how harmful this tiny amoeba can be.

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Do we have a “medical Edward Snowden?”

Bubonic Plague Western United States*

Four Cases of Plague Found in Colorado*

UK and Ireland Fail to Stop Action on 800 Babies*

UK and Ireland Fail to Stop Action on 800 Babies*

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Pope Francis Health and Resignation!?

Another Law Passed to Prevent Any Paedophile Connection to British Royalty*

British MP Describes Pressure to not Expose Pedophiles in Parliament*

British Family Courts: Protecting Children from the Baby Snatchers*

Corporations are Also Giving Up on the U.S*

Corporations are Also Giving Up on the U.S*

By Nick Giambruno

Don’t be surprised to lose if you don’t make an effort at being competitive.

And if you go out of your way to make yourself less competitive, expect to lose.

If that sounds like simple common sense, that’s because it is.

But it’s also exactly what the US has been doing for years—enacting tax policies that sabotage its global economic competitiveness.

It’s like trying to get in shape for a marathon by going on an all-McDonald’s diet. (Speaking of McDonalds, check out this funny video spoof of what their commercials should really look like.)

Here are two major reasons why the US is lagging in the global economic marathon:

  1. The US has the highest effective corporate income tax rate in the developed world (see chart below).
  2. Unlike most other countries, which only tax domestic profits, the US taxes the earnings of foreign subsidiaries of US companies when the money is transferred back to the US. This has had the effect of US corporations keeping over $1.9 trillion in retained earnings offshore to avoid the crippling US corporate income tax.

These “worst in the developed world” tax policies are clearly hurting the global competitiveness of American companies.

Being deemed a “US Person” for tax purposes is like trying to swim with a lifejacket made of lead.

It should come as no surprise that an increasing number of productive people and companies are seeking to shed this burden so they can keep their heads above water.

At this point, it’s more than just a trickle—it’s an established trend in motion.

And I don’t see anything that would reverse it. On the contrary, given the political dynamics—ramped-up spending on welfare and warfare policies, as well as an “eat the rich” mood—taxes have nowhere to go but north. And that means the exodus will continue.

Three Cheers for Walgreens

Over the past couple of years, dozens of high-profile US companies have moved abroad (or seriously considered it) to lower their corporate income tax rate and to access their offshore retained earnings without triggering US taxes.

Among them are Medtronic, Liberty Global, Sara Lee, and Omnicom Group—the largest US advertising firm—to just name a few.

Earlier this year Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, sought (but was ultimately rebuffed) to move abroad, which would have cut its tax bills by as much as $1 billion a year.

The strategy these companies are using is known as an inversion. It’s where a US company merges with a foreign company in a jurisdiction with lower taxes and then reincorporates there. Current US law allows for this if the foreign shareholders own at least 20% of the combined company (though some are trying to raise the minimum to 50%).

Now, despite the howls and shrieks from upset politicians and the mainstream media about these companies being “unpatriotic” and “un-American,” they’re doing absolutely nothing illegal. Inversions are totally acceptable within the current rules of the US Tax Code.

Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa has said, “These expatriations aren’t illegal. But they’re sure immoral.”

I beg to differ.

Why would anyone want to give the destructive bureaucrats in DC a penny more than is legally required? As far as I’m concerned, not only is there nothing wrong with going where you’re treated best, there’s also an ethical and moral imperative to starve the Beast.

And now the latest high-profile company to consider putting the Beast on a diet is Walgreens.

Walgreens is considering reincorporating in Switzerland as part of a merger with Alliance Boots, a European rival. The net effect for would be to reduce Walgreens’ tax rate to 20%, down from around 31% now. The move is estimated to save around $4 billion over the next five years.

What really has the politicians scared is that inversions have started to snowball.

The New York Times quoted an international tax lawyer stating that “it takes one company with enough public recognition to start [a] domino effect.”

Walgreens could be the company that triggers a domino effect. If Walgreens were to move, it would gain a significant competitive advantage against its rivals. CVS, Walgreens’ main competitor, paid a 34% tax rate in recent years. Can CVS really compete with Walgreens if the latter is paying 20%?

Probably not. And that will only lead to more inversions.

Another Way to Starve the Beast

Remember, US companies are not globally competitive because of these two unique burdens:

  1. The US has the highest effective corporate tax rate in the developed world.
  2. Unlike most countries, which only tax domestic profits, the US taxes the earnings of foreign subsidiaries of US companies when the money is transferred back to the US.

We have already seen how inversions can reduce #1, but they also offer huge benefits in terms of #2.

Reincorporating abroad allows companies to permanently avoid paying US taxes on foreign earnings. It also allows companies to access their retained earnings offshore in ways they couldn’t before without triggering punishing US taxes.

Medtronic, for example, has accumulated $20.5 billion of untaxed earnings in foreign subsidiaries. By reincorporating abroad, Medtronic can access that money without getting slapped with US corporate income taxes, which would save it billions.

For companies like Medtronic and Walgreens, reincorporating abroad seems like a no-brainer.

Contrary to the government propaganda, the villains in this story aren’t the companies seeking to diversify abroad to remain globally competitive. The villains are clearly the spendthrift politicians who enact these “worst in the developed world” tax policies, which create very compelling incentives for these companies to leave the US.

It’s Not Just Companies Saying Sayonara

While the US should be enacting policies that make it attractive for productive people and companies to come to the US—rather than driving them away—don’t hold your breath for positive change. It’s more likely that nothing but more taxes and regulations are coming.

But as we have seen with companies like Medtronic and Walgreens, companies have options too.

And it’s not just multibillion-dollar corporate entities that have options. Individuals operating on a modest scale can also reap enormous benefits by diluting the amount of control the bureaucrats in DC (or any country) wield over them. International diversification is the solution.

You do this by moving some of your savings abroad with offshore bank and brokerage accounts, physical gold held abroad, owning foreign real estate, and establishing an offshore company or trust.

Obtaining a second passport is an important part of the mix as well.

You probably can’t take all of these steps, and that’s fine. Even taking just one will go a long way to reducing your political risk and giving you more options. In many cases, you don’t even have to leave your living room.

Think of it as your own personal insurance policy against an out-of-control government.

However, things can change quickly. New options emerge, while others disappear. This is why it’s so important to have the most up-to-date and accurate information possible when formulating your international diversification strategy. That’s where International Man comes in.

To keep up with the best strategies, you might want to check out our Going Global publication, where they are discussed in great actionable detail.

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U.S Banks Avoid Taxes By Creating Foreign Subsidaries*

Actor Wesley Snipes Freed After 3 Years for Refusing to be Taxed*

Why I am Leaving the U.S.*

U.S. and Wasted Talent!

Billionaires Dumping their U.S. Stocks*

750,000 U.S. Households have gone off-the-Grid

CFR’s Hold on America

Barbarism Rules: Mind Control and Satanism in America*

America’s Underground City

U.S. Erosion of the Civil Rights of Women

U.S. 17 Million Running Short of Food!*

Fact Stranger Than Fiction: Has the American Dream Become a Nightmare!*

Left to Beg or Steal on the Streets of America!?

American Family Farm and Access to Healthy Food Under Attack

Americans Saying No To Corporate Grocery Control: Demand For Farmers Markets Booming In United States

Stellar Wind the Program for Personal Data on Americans!

Syria and the New American Century

Iraq: U.S. Corporations Killing Citizens

Colonialism in Disguise: Farmers Sued for Reusing Monsanto Seeds*

Colonialism in Disguise: Farmers Sued for Reusing Monsanto Seeds*

By Christina Sarich

Where is the justice? Since 1997, Monsanto has filed 145 lawsuits, or on average about 9 lawsuits every year for 16 straight years, against farmers who have “improperly reused their patented seeds.”

The biotech giant hasn’t lost a single case, either. Not one. This includes when farmers tried to sue Monsanto over cross-pollination of their organic crops with GMO seed. For example, a federal court dismissed one of those cases, saying that it couldn’t protect Monsanto against unfair lawsuits should they side in the farmers’ favor.

What about unfair business practices? What about 92% of people saying they want their food labeled if it contains genetically modified ingredients? What about the right of farmers to grow food from seed that hasn’t been altered to turn it into a DNA freak show?

The lawsuit representing over 300,000 farmers who wanted the right to grow organic food was also dismissed on the grounds that the plaintiffs had been sued by Monsanto! The judge said the farmers’ reasons for suing the biotech giant were ‘unsubstantiated.’ When Monsanto released a statement to the press, they said the plaintiffs had:

“overstate[d] the magnitude of [Monsanto’s] patent enforcement,” noting that Monsanto’s average of roughly 13 lawsuits per year “is hardly significant when compared to the number of farms in the United States, approximately 2 million.”

If these facts are representative of a country that has utterly lost its governing bodies to thieves and murderers, then I don’t know what it will take to recover our food supply.

Monsanto was given a foot in the door back in 1930 with the Plant Patent Act. Patents – whether on new plants or biotech traits – allow the creator of the technology the opportunity to commercialize their innovation and to obtain a return on their investment of time and money.

And while plant patents aren’t all bad, Monsanto and biotech have turned Mother Nature on her head. Seed patents to this extent should never have been allowed to happen. Monsanto isn’t even protecting their ‘intellectual’ property any more, they are grossly infringing on farmers’ rights to grow good food.

Our courts are even telling organic farmers they have to rely on Monsanto’s assurances on the company’s website that it will not sue them so long as the mix of GMO to non-GMO is very slight, but what if they don’t want a mix at all? Monsanto can’t control wind, rain, pollinating insects, and cross-contamination carried out by nature for neighboring farms.

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Related Topics:

Occupy World: Chilean Farmer Wins Case against Monsanto*

Farmers of El Salvador Block Monsanto Seeds*

Argentina: Activists Brings Monsanto Plant to a Halt*

TPP: Controlling the Worlds Food Supply*

Mayans Win Legal Battle Banning Monsanto’s GM Soya*

Sri Lankan President Bans Monsanto’s Weedkiller that Causes Kidney Disease*

Monsanto Must Pay $93 Million after Poisoning Town*

BJP Government Gives the ‘Green Light’ to Monsanto and the Biotech Conglomerates*

Monsanto Poisoning by Glyphosate – Two Children Dead and Counting*

Deltapine’ the Name of Monsanto’s GM Cotton*

Monsanto: Controlling Our Food Supply

Legal Action Against Monsanto for GM Aubergines

Monsanto and Bill Gates: More Superbugs in the Making!

Occupy World: Just One Man Fought Monsanto and Won!

Mother’s Grief Spearheads Anti-Monsanto Movement*

From the Seed – Dinner Table, to be under EU Control

Assata Criminalized for Revealing the Agenda*

Assata Criminalized for Revealing the Agenda*

And so it is that Pluto has revealed its last card, the race card, though we have yet still to get a handle on the others cards revealed… Pluto has been here to help us in our inner sojourn, a sojourn to reconnecting to our truer, and higher selves.

There is the Truth, and there is the Agenda…

This levelling began at the time of the beginning of the global economic crisis, in January 2008, and will go on until around face March 2023, which shows how much work has to be done because slow-moving Pluto remains in Capricorn until then! The last card needed a lot of help from the throat chakra of our earth, south of the Middle East through the abominable act of Israel on Gaza. This awakened our suppressed voices around the world aided and abetted by 3 consecutive Super Moons, which enabled the community of Ferguson to yelp. The police murder of a particular unarmed black youtb added to the plight of Gaza and gave the oppressions faced within the ‘developed’ Western world a face. That face has been known by the awakened within the African-American community particularly from the Civil Rights Movements since the 1960s which led to a 40 year introduction to what is now referred to as the unelected arm of global governance…

By Les Blough

“It didn’t matter what position you took, it mattered that people related to those positions, that people understood what you were saying, that people supported you…. The government perceived us as a threat because they understood that we were serious, they understood we were serious and they understood also that we were becoming a more sophisticated opposition.”
–Assata Shakur

Writing an adequate review of Assata Shakur’s autobiography that captures the essence of this woman and her history is no easy task. The story of her life beginning in early childhood to her life and work as a leading Black Revolutionary in the US to the present day is so packed and refined with fascinating, frightening and fire-eating details that one is only left to select from the gold for there is no dross to exclude. This review contains some of the salient portions of Assata’s life and it would be regrettable for anyone read it as an alternative to her lustrous book. The first edition of her book was published in 1988 and this second edition in 2014 by Zed Books Ltd, 7 Cynthia Street, London N1, 9jF, UK.

 Racist Amerika

Looking at White Racist Amerika through Assata’s brown eyes is an experience for which “white” Americans will be ill-prepared. In his foreword to the book, Lennox S. Hinds, one of Assata’s attorneys, writes:

“Assata leads us all to understand more about the society we live in. Clearly, it was the racism riddling every aspect of the early life of this sensitive, intellectually gifted, and life-passionate child, as she struggled to establish her own identity, that led her to seek solutions to the catastrophic impact of racism and economic oppression on all people of color in the United States. It is racist America that provides the context for the making of this Black revolutionary.”

Assata’s honesty is self-evident to the reader and her writing, intensely personal. Her fierce defense of Blacks, Latin Americans and all People of Color leaves the reader wordless. “ASSATA” alternates chapters between stories of her private personal & family life and those of her adult life as a revolutionary in the ‘70s, beginning with the latter in the first chapter. In the second chapter, even her birth in 1947 in the Bricktown section of Jamaica, New York begins with, “The FBI cannot find any evidence that I was born. On my FBI Wanted poster, they list my birth date as July 16, 1947, and in parenthesis, ‘not substantiated by birth records’.” Later, her life at her grandparent’s house in Wilmington NC included at once, delightful childhood memories and her first experience with racism.

“For me, the beach was a wonderful place, and to this day there is no place on this earth that I love more” and her first confrontation with racism begins not with white southern racists but instead, of how it affected the way that Blacks viewed themselves. [On the beach that Blacks were permitted to visit], “Many would say, ‘I can’t stand the sun … I’m too Black already, I ain’t goin’ out in no sun.’ It was amazing the number of people who said they were too Black already” and about children’s intra-Black fights she writes, “But behind our fights, self-hatred was clearly visible. ‘Nappy head, nappy head, I catch your ass, you gonna be dead …. You think you Black and ugly now; I’m gonna beat you till you purple … You just another nigga to me. Ima show you what I do with niggas like you … You better shut your big blubber lips …”

 

“We had been completely brainwashed and we didn’t even know it,” she writes, “We accepted white value systems and white standards of beauty and, at times, we accepted white man’s view of ourselves. We had never been exposed to any other point of view or any other standard of beauty.”

But in early development, her grandmother prepared Assata to reject this negative self-image and develop into a fortress that the white establishment was never able to penetrate or break down, even by use of its courts, police brutality and torture.

Grandmother: “Who’s better than you?”
Assata: “Nobody.”
Grandmother: “Who?”
Assata: “Nobody.”
Grandmother: “Get that head up.”
Assata: “Yes.”
Grandmother: “Yes, who?”
Assata: “Yes, Grandmommy.”

Arrest and Murder Conviction

The first chapter of Assata’s autobiography begins with her only arrest that actually led to a conviction which was jury-rigged. That conviction followed many other fabricated charges for which she had been arrested, tried and acquitted, charges including, kidnapping, bank robberies and murder. In 1973 on the New Jersey Turnpike, the police ambushed and shot her 3 times, leaving her for dead and killed her friend, Zayd, Shadowed by death in the hospital, she asked for her family and the police responded,  “Oh, you got a family, do you? Is your mother a nigger whore like you?” But no worries, Assata’s replies to these sorts of inane insults bring a smile to the reader. She calls them pigs uniformly and hurls stinging invectives at them, some of which they are too stupid to grasp or left unable to ‘get’ her splendid sarcasm. When they send in a priest to give her last rites she orders him away and writes, “i don’t know want anybody’s last rites. I am not going to die, and even if i do die, i’m not going to die nobody’s hypocrite.”

But she gradually survived grave injuries to the disappointment of her captors and began gain strength and read books like, Black Women in White Amerika and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Her book projects some of the power of her own poetry and the first chapter ends with her:

STORY

You died.
I cried.
And kept on getting up.
A little slower
And a lot more deadly.

And more deadly Assata became. Not deadly as the killer the US government and liberal media made her out to be but rather, as a formidable Black Revolutionary by peaceful means. Years before that attack and arrest by NJ police, she found her footing as a young Black woman and eventually an organizer, first serving the Black community in NYC, later as a leading member of the Black Panther Party and upon leaving the Panthers, a leader in the Black Liberation Army. Her revolutionary work for the BPP and BLA was dedicated to the “crimes” of providing free food to Black children in NYC barrios and health care in the Black community and helping to organize against racism and oppression. But because of her intelligence, passion, power and leadership this young Black woman was targeted as a threat to the mighty US government at federal, state and local levels. One of her attorneys Lennox S. Hinds, provides the set and setting:

“As is now clear, a carefully orchestrated intelligence and counterintelligence (COINTELPRO) campaign was conducted by the FBI in cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies to criminalize, defame, harass, and intimidate Assata beginning at least in 1971. By the time Assata Shakur was shot and captured on the New Jersey Turnpike on May 3, 1973, she was wanted for a number of serious crimes.”

Her Lawyers

Assata had a series of lawyers over the years and her book credits each one for their generosity and service. Two are of special interest for this review. One is Stanley Cohen who was found dead in his apartment “after he was discovered to have found prosecution documents hidden from the defense.” An initial report stated that Cohen was, “a victim of trauma,” a finding that was later changed to death by “natural causes” and NYPD took all records for Assata’s legal defense from her dead attorney’s apartment, “as evidence.” Assata writes, “we never got the real cause of death, whether or not he was murdered.”

The other is Evelyn Williams, Esq., the woman who advised and stood by Assata over the years. As her defense attorney, Evelyn Williams was repeatedly subjected to humiliation and brutish treatment by the courts and as her loving aunt, she provided Assata with refuge and guidance throughout much of her youth.

Convicted by the Media

Just as the corporate media supports racism, oppression and war today, they worked hand-in-glove with the government to destroy Assata. Publications by the New York Daily News and New York Magazine stand as examples. The Daily News repeatedly showed full page ads (apparently paid for by tax dollars) with her photo accusing her of 2 bank robberies in 1971 and 1972. The second one came even after she was acquitted of both robberies.

“Hungrily, i read every word of the article. I stared down at my picture on the front page of the Daily News. The paper said i was wanted for questioning in relation to the machine-gunning. ‘Shit!’ I walked aimlessly around in circles. I couldn’t believe it, but I was looking at it. ‘You’ve got to get out of here sister,’ my friend said. ‘Where am I supposed to go’?”

On February 12, 1973, four months after the police shot her on the New Jersey Turnpike and before her trial, New York Magazine had her tried and convicted with their cover story, “Target Blue. The Story Behind the Police Assassinations,” providing intimate details of the BLA with a picture of Assata Shakur. After 9 dismissals and acquittals, Assata was finally convicted on March 25, 1977 for first degree murder of the NJ State police officer and for 7 other related felonies. A police officer who survived the shootings first testified that he saw Assata with a gun and later admitted that he lied under oath but the damage was done. As with many in US prisons today, her conviction actually took place in the public media before she ever entered the court room.

Assata’s History of US Slavery

In the 12th chapter of her book, Assata’s penetrating insight into the popular views of slavery in the North and the South, economic conditions of the time and the myth of Lincoln’s election and emancipation of the slaves, enlightens the most ‘learned scholars’ of US history. In one paragraph of her view of US slavery and the civil war Assata writes,

“Many of us have misconceptions about Black history in amerika. What we are taught in the public school system is usually inaccurate, distorted, and packed full of outright lies. Among the most common lies are that Lincoln freed the slaves, that the Civil War was fought to free the slaves, and that the history of Black people in amerika has consisted of slow but steady progress, that things have gotten better, bit by bit. Belief in these myths can cause us to make serious mistakes in analyzing our current situation and in planning future action.”

The Panthers

Many on the Political Left know nothing more than superficial and often romantic ideas about the Black Panther Party of the ‘60s and ‘70s. While a member of the BBP, Assata was a leader and internal critic of the Party and of important figures like Huey Newton. Her insight and fearless criticism of the internal conflicts and the external government and media oppression provide invaluable lessons for all would-be revolutionaries today. She lays bare the egoism, male chauvinism and in-fighting for power & control and outright ignorance within the BPP of the ‘70s. These eviscerate leftist groups today who fail for the same reasons, all to the pleasure and often by design, of the U.S. government and their intelligence agencies.

Sadism Cloaked in Blue

The words “base,” “lewd,” “brutal” and “depraved” come to mind as descriptors of Assata’s treatment during her many years in US jails and prisons. Lennox S. Hinds, wrote that Assata,

“… understates the awfulness of the condition in which she was incarcerated” and “in the history of New Jersey, no woman pretrial detainee or prisoner has ever been treated as she was, continuously confined in a men’s prison, under twenty-four hour surveillance of her most intimate functions, without intellectual sustenance, adequate medical attention, and exercise, and without the company of other women for all the years she was in custody. In 1979, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights reported a “consistent pattern of gross … violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of certain classes of prisoners in the United States because of their race, economic status, and political beliefs.”

The 12 international jurists who examined Assata’s case wrote,

“One of the worst cases is that of ASSATA SHAKUR, who spent over twenty months in solitary confinement in two separate men’s prisons subject to conditions totally unbefitting any prisoner. Many more months were spent in solitary confinement in mixed or all-women’s prisons. Presently, after protracted litigation, she is confined a Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in maximum security. She has never on any occasion been punished for any infraction of prison rules which might in any way justify such cruel or unusual treatment.”

This treatment continued for years after the 1979 UN report. The US government only allowed proper medical care for her complicated pregnancy after a protracted legal battle that ended with a furious, racist judge when he was forced to allow her treatment by a private gynecologist after a prison doctor told her, “Well, I can’t force you to do anything, but my advice is to have an abortion. It will be better for you and everyone else.” Assata’s “gracious” reply to the good doctor is served with priceless verbal daggers! During the full bed rest required for the duration of her pregnancy in the notorious prison at Riker’s Island, she was put on a weak “pregnancy diet” and chained to a bed post. After her brief post-partum period in the hospital, she was returned with swollen breasts to Riker’s Island where she was denied personal hygiene, gang-beaten on the floor and chained, arms and legs by prison guards. Details of this monstrous treatment are left for Assata to tell in the reading of her book.

Transfer to Federal Prison for Women, Alderson West Virginia

On April 8, 1978 Assata was transferred to the maximum security unit of the Federal Women’s Prison in Alderson, West Virginia,

“… in the middle of the west Virginia mountains and it seemed as if the mountains formed an impenetrable barrier between the prison and the rest o the world. It had no airport, and to reach it, days of travel were necessary. The trip to alderson was so expensive and difficult that most of the women received family visits only once or twice a year.”

Assata’s description of the prison is one to which I can attest. I was once obliged to visit that rathole many years ago and slept in a vacant cell on a night when a number of women escaped into the surrounding rattlesnake infested mountains. Assata defined the prison population as, “the nazis, the ‘niggah lovers,’ and me.” The prison is known for its other “infamous” prisoners in history like the wife of Machine Gun Kelly and Tokyo Rose and is said to hold, “the most dangerous women in the country.” But Assata was only “dangerous” to a racist government being threatened at the time by social movements organized to bring it down.

In 1978, the maximum security unit at Alderson was closed and Assata was transferred back to the Clinton Prison for Women in New Jersey. In a daring armed escape, Assata left the Clinton Prison and went underground. She somehow survived under the protection of revolutionary comrades until 1984 when she was granted political asylum by the Cuban Government. In her book, Assata tells the joyous story of the first visit in 1985 from her daughter, Kakuya, who now lives with her mother in Cuba.

Assata still strikes fear in the Heart of the Beast

Cuba consistently rejected numerous US government attempts to have her extradited and the United States of Amerika still wants her dead after all these years. Angela Y. Davis, Ph.d., Black author and intellectual revolutionary today, wrote in her forward to Assata’s book,

“During the late 1990’s the racist hysteria directed against Assata was resuscitated when the New Jersey State Police prevailed upon Pope John Paul II to use the occasion of his first trip to Cuba as pressure for Fidel Castro to extradite Assata. As if this were not enough, New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman offered a $50,000 reward – later doubled – for Assata’s return, and Congress passed a bill calling on the government of Cuba to initiate extradition procedures.

“In an open letter to the Pope, Assata asks a question that should concern all of us: ‘Why, I wonder, do I warrant such attention? What do I represent that is such a threat?’ We would all do well to seriously ponder her questions. Why, indeed, was she constructed by the government and mass media as a consummate enemy in the 1970’s, only to reemerge at the turn of the century as a singular target of governors, Congress, and the Fraternal Order of Police? What ideological work has this representation performed?”

“Twenty-five years later, the retailoring of the image of Assata as enemy is even more damaging, omitting the original political context and representing her as a common criminal – a bank robber and murderer. This lifting of her image out of the past for very contemporary purposes serves to justify the consolidation of a vast prison industrial complex, which Assata herself has described as, ‘… not only a mechanism to convert public tax money into profits for private corporations [but also] an essential element of modern neoliberal capitalism.’ In her view, this new formation serves two purposes: ‘one, to neutralize and contain huge segments of potentially rebellious sectors of the population, and two, to sustain a system of super-exploitation, where mainly black and Latino captives are imprisoned in white rural, overseer communities’.”

In 1998, the US State Department offered to lift the Cuban embargo in exchange for the return of 90 U.S. political exiles, including Assata.

On May 2, 2005 the FBI used the 32nd anniversary of the NJ Turnpike shootings to classify Assata as a domestic terrorist and increased the bounty for her head to $1 million, the largest reward placed on an individual in the history of New Jersey. In the same month, Fidel stated that Washington, “wanted to portray her as a terrorist, something that was an injustice, a brutality, an infamous lie.” In 2013 the FBI made Assata the first woman on its list of “most wanted terrorists” and doubled the bounty to $2 million hoping to attract a killer to penetrate Cuba’s protection of this heroic woman.

This book review only sweeps the surface of Assata’s story. We strongly encourage Axis of Logic readers to PURCHASE and digest Assata Shakur’s important and enlightening book.

Affirmation
I believe in living.
I believe in the spectrum
of Beta days and Gamma people.
I believe in sunshine.
In windmills and waterfalls,
tricycles and rocking chairs.
And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts.
And sprouts grow into trees.
I believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
I believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.

I believe in life.
And i have seen the death parade
march through the torso of the earth,
sculpting mud bodies in its path.
I have seen the destruction of the daylight,
and seen bloodthirsty maggots
prayed to and saluted.

I have seen the kind become the blind
and the blind become the bind
in one easy lesson.
I have walked on cut glass.
I have eaten crow and blunder bread
and breathed the stench of indifference.

I have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, if i know any thing at all,
it’s that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.

I believe in living.
I believe in birth.
I believe in the sweat of love
and in the fire of truth.

And i believe that a lost ship,
steered by tired, seasick sailors,
can still be guided home
to port.
– Assata Shakur

Source*

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