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Global military intervention, rebellion and strife

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer- | Last updated: Dec 25, 2019 - 1:12:54 PM

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The global picture of the United States in 2019 was marred by an incoherent foreign policy and an erratic leadership style that has negatively affected America internationally.

At the end of 2019 America is an empire in decline drowning in a national debt of over $23 trillion that is climbing by the hour. Although it is still the top economic power worldwide, America is losing ground and becoming increasingly isolated under the unpredictable leadership of recently impeached President Donald J. Trump. Analysts say America and the larger White world is taking desperate measures globally to remain powerful.

“We have to look at it as a global environment that is very dangerous to the interest of Black people in the U.S., but oppressed people and nations globally,” said Ajamu Baraka, national organizer of Blacks for Peace.

Mr. Baraka told The Final Call the falling of America is part of a wider threat to White world supremacy. Although there is growing friction between Western powers, he said there is an “axis of dominance” made up of the U.S., the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union that concluded the only way to maintain global dominance is through the use of force.

“Therefore 2019 has been a year of direct and indirect military interventions, destabilizations and assaults on the international order,” explained Mr. Baraka.

A cursory look at the regions of the world shows conflicts or nations on the brink of war with America somewhere involved. Observers note that the U.S.—the largest purveyor of arms sales worldwide—has increased its budget for the Department of Defense to an astronomical $738 billion for fiscal year 2020.

Middle East tensions

In the Middle East it was the ongoing Israeli / Palestinian conflict, the U.S. backed war in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia and the uptick of saber rattling towards Iran with a disunified destabilization campaign and threat of war.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, in a June 2019 interview while in Riyad, Saudi Arabia said, there is an aim to divide and destroy the Muslim World. He explained President Trump’s desire to sell the Sunni nations weapons of war lends to the aim to destroy the Muslim world.

“Every nation should be able to defend itself … its territory …its air space, but when we are being armed to the teeth and the intention is to protect ourselves from one another, that’s a problem,” Minister Farrakhan said.

“So, in the United Arab Emirates there’s a problem with Yemen and Saudi Arabia. There’s a problem with Iran and Saudi Arabia or with the Sunni Arab community there are problems.”

The Minister has warned against division and enjoined settling differences to avoid the mischief making of making enemies inside the House of Islam with “intentions to arm us, not against Israel” or “against the evil planning of other super-powers.”

Western Hemisphere

In 2019 the Western Hemisphere experienced upheaval in several nations that observers attribute to U.S. meddling and interference. In the Caribbean, the U.S. is actively propping up governments like in Haiti where this year marked intensified demonstrations to oust their U.S.- backed president Jovenel Moise.

In Latin America, Washington is actively toppling other governments that have popular legitimacy like Venezuela and Bolivia where it supported the November overthrow of its Socialist President Evo Morales.

“What that reveals, is that throughout 2019 the U.S. continues to be on the wrong side of world history … of the struggle for liberation by people throughout Latin America,” said Seth Donnelly, author of “The Lie of Global Prosperity.”

In a Final Call telephone interview Mr. Donnelly compared it to the historical U.S. government response to people struggling for self-determination inside its borders like the indigenous Native Americans and Black people. It’s not surprising that we’ve seen a massive contradiction in 2019 of how the U.S. has acted in Latin America, he observed. “But, it is we are seeing new levels of hypocrisy,” explained Mr. Donnelly.

This year also saw the uprisings in the region of indigenous people versus a White elite in positions of power and influence.

“In all of these examples, Bolivia, Venezuela, Haiti, we see the U.S. perpetuation of White supremacy on a global level,” added Mr. Donnelly.

The Asia Pacific

Hostilities reached dangerous levels with violent protests engulfing the streets of Hong Kong. The Asia Pacific also experienced a worsening U.S. trade war with China, the world’s second largest economy, which experts say has wider implications.

“If the U.S. and China don’t get their relationship right, the chances of reaching agreement on a wide range of other critical issues—nuclear weapons, the South China Sea, Taiwan, the climate crisis, Korean peninsula security—are virtually nil,” said Mel Gurtov, professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University on his self-published blog.

U.S.-North Korea overtures toward diplomacy and relations continued unraveling. The U.S. heading the rotating chair on the UN Security Council held North Korea to task Dec. 11 for recent rocket launches that violated agreements between the two countries. The agreement included security guarantees from Washington while North Korea committed to a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But North Korea blames America for not keeping its commitment and fomenting hostility in the peninsula and gave Washington by year’s end 2019 to resuscitate stalled denuclearization talks.

“It depends on the U.S. whether the DPRK-US negotiations will become a window of opportunity or an occasion that will hasten the crisis,” said Kim Song, a North Korean senior official addressing a late September meeting of the UN General Assembly.

The U.S. global loss of friendship is from Mr. Trump’s antagonistic relationship with many world leaders that continues to take a toll. According to a 2019 Pew Research survey conducted among people in several countries, the U.S. is still considered a top ally, but among others it’s their greatest threat—even where the U.S. is the most named top ally.

In Mexico, 56 percent of those polled say the U.S. is the greatest threat, while 27 percent cite the U.S. as their most dependable ally. Other recent Pew surveys found that Mexicans have “almost no confidence” in President Trump.

The report author noted countries where people named the U.S. as a threat include Turkey (46 percent), Argentina (40 percent), Brazil (18 percent), Nigeria (14 percent) and Tunisia (12 percent).


For Africa, the courting of foreign powers continued in 2019 while China has made noted inroads economically on the continent beating out a lagging U.S. in the competition of influence. This year Russia held a major Africa Russia Summit. Though Western financial media interpreted the summit as less than substantial, reported “after restoring Russia as a key power in the Middle East, President Vladimir Putin is turning his attention to Africa to raise Moscow’s profile in the struggle for geopolitical influence.”

On a significant note Africa received a high volume of its descendants in 2019 returning to the continent recognizing the Year of Return 2019 initiative of the government of Ghana. It marks 400 years of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Jamestown, Virginia, and is being used for Blacks in the Diaspora to reconnect with the continent.

There were also conflicts throughout 2019 in Africa like ongoing civil strife in Libya, South Sudan, Niger and other places. This year also saw a continuation of military to military relationships between the U.S. and various countries resulting in American troops in Africa.

“In 2019 the conflicts that have been generated by the U.S. and primarily France will continue,” said Mr. Baraka.