AFRICOM - The U.S. Africa Command

AFRICOM is the West’s standing army on the African Continent as a guardian of multinational corporations and the natural and human resources that keep North America and Europe on top. Remember, Europe eats from Africa. AFRICOM claims its mission is “anti-terrorism” – a catch-all, “convenient excuse for AFRICOM to interfere with legitimate efforts to achieve." On February 6, 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced to the Senate Armed Services Committee that President George W. Bush gave authority to create the new African Command. AFRICOM put itself in charge of 53 countries in Africa--excluding Egypt.

During his first three months in office, Donald Trump approved major expansions of the US Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) interventions in Somalia, Libya, Nigeria, and several other unnamed Central and West African countries.

Trump reportedly favors giving US commanders in Africa wide latitude to wage war in complete secrecy, and without direct authorization from the civilian government. The White House has granted American ground forces expanded powers to call in airstrikes against large areas of Somalia, which were officially declared “areas of active hostilities” subject to “war-zone targeting rules” by the Trump White House.



The United States is home to 5% of the global population, but in 2017 held 25% of the global prison population. Michelle Alexander describes Mass Incarceration as "The larger web of laws, rules, policies, and customs that control those labeled criminals both in and out of prison." The 13th amendment rendered slavery illegal with the exception of prisoners. After slavery, many laws were passed in order to target the Black populations in America, like the Jim Crow Laws. This led to mass incarceration.  A grant was filed in 1995 that offered a monetary reward to prisons to increase the prison population. 

The demonization of marijuana laws imposed by the Reagan administration led to overcrowding in state and federal prisons. Between 1980 and 2011, the state and federal prison population increased from 316,000 to 1.5 million, with another 700,000 in locally run jails. The largest private prison companies known as CCA and GEO Group realized there was big money to be made by signing contracts with states that simply didn’t have the resources to imprison the influx of non-violent drug offenders. 

Private prisons contributed big sums of money to Pro-Donald Trump groups.  In 2016, out of the 2.4 million people incarcerated in the US--15,000 are minors, 12,000 of which were jailed for offenses most Americans would not consider a crime. They are behind bars because of technical violations. Technical violations constitute not being able to meet probation, or parole requirements. 3,000 minors are behind bars for "status offenses", offenses that for adults would not be considered crimes such as truancy, running away, and incorrigibility.

Medicaid Block Grants & Trump's Healthcare Bill

According to AARP, 65% of seniors in US nursing homes are covered by Medicaid.

Medicaid is best known as the collaborative federal/state health insurance program covering the cost of care for low-income Americans. Many assume the average Medicaid beneficiary is an able-bodied adult, but the true picture of a Medicaid recipient is quite different. According to AARP, 65% of seniors in nursing homes in the United States are covered by Medicaid. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that Medicaid pays for 39% of American children’s health insurance. And MedPAC reports that over 9 million people with disabilities receive services from healthcare to home care through Medicaid.

Literacy not a Right!
Water not a right!
Healthcare not a Right!


Attorneys for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit against the State of Michigan filed by students in the Detroit Public School System and claim that literacy is not a legal right in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Attorney General asked a federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit arguing Detroit Schools are obligated to ensure that kids learn how to read and write. The state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit says: "There is no fundamental right to literacy."  The Governor says the state must provide for schools, but there's no obligation to make schools work.


Detroit — U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes refused to block the city from shutting off water to delinquent customers for six months, saying there is no right to free water, and Detroit can't afford to lose the revenue. Behind the lies cynicism, the message was clear: people do not have the right to water any more than they do to food, shelter, health care or any other vital necessity. In capitalist America, if you do not pay for something, even something as essential as water, you will have to do without it. The shut-off of water service has reached 100,000 Detroit residents has generated national and international attention. The scenes of young mothers, children, the elderly, sick and low-income workers deprived of water for drinking, cleaning and cooking—in what is supposed to be the richest country of the world—have provoked astonishment and revulsion.


With the failure of the Republican led legislation for a repeal/replace of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), information started spinning in the media outlets. Did you know that Congressmen whose salary is $174,000 annually have to choose the ACA as their healthcare provider but receive a $10,000 subsidity towards premiums? Citizens who earn $94,000 per year from a 4-family household receive no subsididies.

Did you know that after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, by George (Baby) Bush, all Iraqi citizens receive free healthcare under the "Nation Building" Policy? Once the US bombs and devestates a country, then private contractors are assigned to re-build the terrain and everything else in its path so it is like new?

Health is more than an economic good; that it is in fact an essential human right; therefore, this right places a specific obligation on every member of society to ensure that every other member has his health needs met. Since health resources are scarce, society must decide who pays for the program, how resources will be distributed, and how costs will be contained. This decision must not come from the free market but should come from a dialogue and a shared moral consensus.



Trump and Minimum Wages

“We are a country that is being beaten on every front,” President Donald Trump said. “Taxes too high and wages are too high." "We’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”  Trump has called for the elimination of the federal minimum wage which is $7.25 per hour.  The President said, “We can’t have a situation where our labor is so much more expensive than other countries that we can no longer compete,” 

SYRIAN CRISIS: Trump and Netanyahu Lead US to Brink of Another Oil War in Golan Heights

Israel is in violation of the UN Charter, illegally occupying the Golan Heights after the Israeli army took the Syrian land in the 1967 Six Day War.  In 1981, the UN Security Council passed UN Resolution §497, which declared, “The Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.”  On March 22, 2017, in Washington, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson convened a US Ministerial conference of something the Trump Administration calls the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS.  

A New Jersey oil company, Genie Energy, has been given permission to drill for oil on the Golan Heights. Genie Energy is no “penny stock” run-of-the-mill oil company. Its board of Advisors includes Dick Cheney. A large oil deposit with significant quantities has been found-- an oil stratum 350 meters thick in the southern Golan Heights. On average worldwide, strata are 20 to 30 meters thick and is 10 times as large, which could make Israel self-sufficient in energy. The problem that exists--THE LAND BELONGS TO SYRIA--NOT ISRAEL.