Ajamu Baraka on Foreign Policy



Link the domestic with international to avoid US-centrism

Baraka says that the Green Party is an ideal hub for him to continue to work towards his objective of a radical, racial democratic governance. "One of the things we want to emphasize in our campaign is linking the domestic with the international. We don't want to be US-centric; we want an electorate of people to understand the role of the US in the world so they don't so easily fall prey to nationalism and end up supporting imperialist adventures in various parts of the world," Baraka explained.
Source: TeleSurTV.net on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 3, 2016

Served on Amnesty International board & human rights groups

Jill Stein, the Green Party's presumptive presidential nominee, has chosen human rights activist Ajamu Baraka as her running mate. Baraka was founding executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network's Committee on International Affairs.

He's served on boards of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He's also served on boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique and the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights.

Stein described Baraka as "a powerful, eloquent spokesperson for the transformative, radical agenda whose time has come--an agenda of economic, social, racial, gender, climate, indigenous and immigrant justice. Ajamu's life's work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Source: Miami Herald on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 2, 2016

American exceptionalism is revisionist fairy tale

For many of us, the story of American exceptionalism is an alien story, a children's fairy tale spun from the fertile imagination of revisionist historians, a tale wherein indigenous people were sidekicks to lone rangers, the African slave trade was an unfortunate aberration that was corrected by Lincoln, children did not work in factories, women were not slaves to men, socialists and communists were not harassed and jailed, US citizens of Japanese descent were not placed in concentration camps and Dr. King would have approved of Obama's warmongering.

It is that story which informs the thinking of Pres. Obama when he declares that the US 'has been the anchor of global security' i.e. the provider of an indispensable safety net without which transcontinental chaos would have ensued. In his version of exceptionalism, the brutal war in Vietnam was a war to free the Vietnamese people from communism, and the millions of people who died in Iraq were worth the price to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

Source: Pambazuka News OpEd by 2016 vice-presidential hopeful , Sep 26, 2013

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