Ajamu Baraka: “Land and Freedom NOW!”

Ajamu Baraka

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – While Jill Stein’s guerrilla campaign among the Amish people continues to gather steam, she has chosen a new comrade-in-arms, already deeply engaged in struggle in the so-called “Black Belt”, or “New Afrika”: Ajamu Baraka.

“Land and freedom NOW!” screamed Ajamu Baraka to a cheering crowd of supporters in Jackson, Mississippi, who were waving portraits of Chokwe Lumumba and red, black, and green flags. “Afrikans in this country need to stand up and embrace a real revolution: A national democratic revolution for our people on our land, which we worked as slaves and on which we are still third-class citizens!”

The Black radical’s fiery rhetoric did not spare the feelings of white reformist figures from across the mainstream US political spectrum: “Hillary Clinton’s not going to protect you from fascists like Trump, and neither would Bernie Sanders. They’re all loyal servants of imperialism, and our people have got to stand up for ourselves, liberate ourselves, by any means necessary.”

In spite of his closeness to Jill Stein, he emphasised the need to avoid any illusions about the nature of the system against which the Afro-American people are fighting: “It doesn’t really matter to us who the president is, this system is our enemy, and we’ve got to defeat it. Even if Comrade Jill Stein wins, she won’t be able to change the status quo for our people unless we get organised! We’ve got to recognise Yankee imperialism for what it is: A parasitic enemy of oppressed peoples, including us. This country is built on top of our sweat and labour, our blood and tears! And we’re going to liberate it with our blood and sweat, and really free ourselves, once and for all! Now are you with me?”

Reaction to the speech from the crowd was enthusiastic, but the reactions from the broader US Left, including Afro-American radicals, were mixed:

“Ajamu Baraka is a bourgeois nationalist, no matter what he says,” claimed known Hoxhaite and vocal defender of the DPRK (“in spite of its clear revisionism”) Beyoncé Knowles, between songs at her sold-out concert last night: “Black people do need to question the very core of this system, but the road to ‘Black liberation’ is socialist revolution itself. The police are bourgeois police, the KKK were funded by the big bourgeoisie. This entire country is an imperialist centre with the power to hold Black people down because of capitalism: Racism itself is a product of capitalist attempts to divide the workers.”

“Slay, queen!” yelled APL National Spokesperson Alfonso Casal from the side of the stage, waving a Marx-Engels-Lenin-Stalin flag, as pounding electronic drums announced the start of the next song, to which he enthusiastically bounced, singing along to every word.

“That is completely backward,” responded Ray Light of the Revolutionary Organization of Labor at a secret press conference attended predominantly by ICOR-affiliated foreigners. “Most of the facts are correct, but the Afro-American right to liberation is not dependent on a time table of socialist struggle by the proletariat of the oppressor nation. On the contrary, Afro-American national liberation will deal a powerful blow to imperialism, strengthening the hand of the oppressor nation proletariat.”

Following the delivery of this incisive analysis, he threw a smoke bomb into the crowd and disappeared into the night.

Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative, stated that “Jill Stein, even without Ajamu Baraka, is herself doing the job of dividing the working class that so resolutely united behind Bernie Sanders during his campaign. The real answer is Kshama Sawant.”

“Kshama Sawant, Kshama Sawant, Kshama Sawant,” she concluded.

Cornel West, friendly uncle of the US Left, stated that he had not “been paying much attention to what he said particularly, I’m just glad that after that awful Bernie Sanders business, me and Brother Ajamu can be friends again.”


Subcomandante Stein Begins Guerrilla Campaign


THE JUNGLES OF PENNSYLVANIA – It has been a few weeks since “people’s rule” was established in rural Pennsylvania by the Jill Stein campaign, in an apparent tactical manoeuvre meant to unite the dissatisfaction drawn from the fallout of the Sanders campaign with the decades long struggle of the local “Amish” people against central state authority and capitalism.

“These people are fighting to preserve their very way life from the onslaught of neoliberalism, which is destroying our planet,” explained Subcomandante Stein. “These are people who are at one with nature. Can the morning dew carry a gun for the revolution? The whispers of the trees in Pennsylvania tell me it can.”

“The urban revolutionaries of the US can learn a lot from the Amish people, who work communally, who respect our Mother Earth, and who reject the capitalist commodification of women in all forms,” Stein explained.

The local community has been drawn in at all levels into the Greens’ radical democratic project. Local Amish and non-Amish alike have begun to reject Clintonite control of political representation and natural resources. Direct democratic initiatives have aided in earning the local people’s trust, but also in helping to reshape the Greens’ programme for the US at large, which now incorporates demands for land reforms and opposition to zippers.

Amish communities in other states have been inspired by the success of Jill Stein in Pennsylvania, and have been leading many of their “English” neighbours away from the Clinton campaign in light of Bernie Sanders’s defeat and statements of support for Clinton. In Indiana, there are reports of armed clashes between roving bands of Amish and neo-Nazis, in which both sides are reported to exchange German language battle cries and Bible quotes.

Subcomandante Stein has taken to frequent media appearances in Amish villages, where she gives statements of solidarity with ETA, and condemns Clinton as “a representative of the neo-liberal status quo which gave birth to Trumpite fascism” and “the face of English tyranny against the noble Amish people”. Worker’s Spatula’s local correspondent asked for a concrete example of Stein’s claim that “the Amish people have taught [her] to look at the world in a new way.”

“Over time, I have come to understand how important their traditional faith is to them. Many of them believe the Holocaust was punishment by God against the Jews for rejecting Jesus. Instead of explaining fascism with left-wing terminology, I learned to explain it to them in terms of God punishing Europe for sinful political centrism. I argued for the use of Kalashnikovs against Trumpites in theological terms. They are God’s warriors against the sins of America, and Clinton is one of the worst sinners.”

The success of the Green campaign has led Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson to change his tactics as well: He is now to be found at Native American-owned casinos, arguing against “the white man’s government” and in favour of free market reforms which will allow Native Americans to become rich and buy back their land from the palefaces.

The Turkish Yeşiller ve Sol Gelecek Partisi has quickly capitalised on the Stein campaign to gain recruits. “Finally,” Eylem Tuncaelli, the woman co-spokesperson for the party was quoted as saying, “we have something going on so people in the HDK and HDP will pay serious attention to us. It’s not all about you, Figen!”

As of press time, the entire YSGP had been taken into custody for questioning on suspicion of having made propaganda for the terrorist state of Pennsylvania, which is being held up in the Turkish media as proof of a Gülen-Öcalan connection.

Next Catastrophe Looming for Cizre


CİZRE, TURKISH KURDISTAN – The Kurdish town of Cizre in Turkey gained international notoriety due to the Turkish state completely cutting off the whole city from the outside world and imposing a 24-hour curfew for 8 days. The details of the plight of the people in Cizre are now slowly emerging and it appears that at least 23 civilians have been killed.

This is clearly terrorist propaganda, as Turkish officials have informed the public that no harm at all was done to civilians and it was only PKK terrorists that were killed. Apparently the whole focus of the operation was some 150 to 200 militants supposedly hiding in the city. It is only logical to punish all of the 120,000 people in the town towards this goal. Also, it is now clear that among the dead were a 35-day old baby and several people aged 70 to 80. This is clear evidence of PKK trickery, recruiting babies and old men to fight. A 75-year old who was killed by a sniper apparently left the house saying “I am going to get some bread, I’m old, they are not going to do anything to me.” The Turkish state is far too careful to be fooled so easily.

After the siege was finally broken after massive protests, a new catastrophe loomed on the horizon for the impoverished town. A delegation of the German Green Party including chairperson Cem Özdemir has apparently made its way to Cizre and already begun to harass the people with its liberal blabber. After the first impressions, Özdemir commented on Facebook: “The weapons must remain silent. The place for a solution of the Kurdish Question is the Turkish parliament.” An elderly Kurdish woman from Cizre responded: “Sure, it’s been working so well until recently. The PKK should really just lay down their arms and trust the Turkish state…” An anonymous spokesperson of the Kurdish urban guerrilla organisation YDG-H added: “Er, sure, we invite Heval Cem to spent a night with us protecting our neighbourhoods. If he still thinks that we can just politely sit down over tea with the state… then there’s nothing more we can do to help him.” Özdemir is also known to have demanded that the Kurdish movement distance itself from the PKK – a statement whose meaning was incomprehensible to the Kurdish movement at large.

Turkish President Erdoğan commented on the events at a press conference where only select journalists known to be admirers of the President were allowed in: “Which one of them is there? The woman, what was her name? Claudia Roth, I think? Well, if it’s her, tell her that it is none of her business. If it’s Cem, well… He might be born in Germany and pretend to be German, but we all know he is a Turk. So he will be eventually tried as a traitor when I have control over all the Turks in the world, and all the so-called ‘non-Turkish’ Muslims as well, of course.”

A journalist, who might have wanted to ask a critical question (or perhaps not), was yanked away by security forces after he opened with “Mr.President, I would like…” because his tone reportedly implied a critical question. He is now on trial for “propaganda for a proscribed terrorist organisation.”

One of the leading cadres of the PKK, Mustafa Karasu, commented in his interview with Med-Nûçe TV. In the interview he declared that the PKK is ready to negotiate a cease-fire if the conditions are right. “That’s not new, though, we’ve been saying that forever. But look, the other side, Erdoğan, he does not want a cease-fire and he made that pretty clear. Now, about Cem Özdemir: Does he actually know what he is talking about? Clearly not. But whatever, weren’t they all in love with Erdoğan who was presumably democratising the country? Magician that he is, he democratised it straight into dictatorship. So, forget Özdemir, but remind him of his words the next time he encourages NATO to bomb a country into oblivion.”

David Harvey, recently detained on the ground of being mistaken for Karl Marx, had a proposition for the Turkish state: “Why don’t you besiege the city for a day of two while the Green Party delegation is there. The Kurdish people are tough enough to make it through that, they’ve made it through worse for decades now. But maybe the Green Party delegation will shut their mouths as a result.”

MLPD leader Stefan Engel was somewhat upset that Worker’s Spatula even engaged with these events. “You are covering the revolution! Why do you even care about these bourgeois hacks? But yeah, you’re right, Cizre might be suffering the next humanitarian catastrophe, so that needs to be covered. By the way, I had requested an enquiry as to whether or not the entire town wants to join ICOR – do you know if there are any developments in that regard?”