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Peace in our time?  Really?
Is the Trump Administration preparing for war in Syria and North Korea?

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

Thursday, April 20, 2017

By the time this column appears, the American naval task force led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, will be in the Sea of Japan, on the Western side of Japan, yet within range of North Korea.  We’ll know more then about what the Trump Administration is up to, and whether or not either side has upped the stakes in the Middle East.

Many believe “American first” does not include others’ civil wars, as in Syria.  On the other hand, others believe that we must act morally in the face of genocide and the use of chemical weapons.  How do we avoid the extreme of progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson, when he was president, who urged, in 1917, that America enter World War I, in order “to make the world safe for democracy?”  That set up World War II.

Candidate Donald Trump said stay out of Syria.  President Trump bombed Syria.  Was it measured or a warm up?  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is being portrayed as a tough talking Secretary of State representing the Trump Doctrine. Whatever the doctrine is, the American people will never confuse it with the Monroe Doctrine.  We suggest the Trump Administration has a clear and precise policy on what they want to do, how they want to do it, and when they want to do it, whether incrementally or in sudden bursts.

As the world grows more dangerous each and every day, a catastrophic mistake would cost the lives of thousands of young Americans in military action, even though Donald Trump, before his election, criticized President Obama for even talking about taking military action in Syria.  There is no commitment by the American people to engage in a two front war, Syria and North Korea, 6,677 miles from the USA.  Do we stay home, send troops, or turn to drones and long range missiles to influence their thinking?

Trump drew a “red line”.  The Iran, Russia, Hezbollah communique, supporting Syria and its actions, drew its own “red line” vis a vis USA action.  They did not condemn Syria for its genocide nor its use of chemical weapons.

We are dealing with foes with nuclear capability:  Iran, North Korea, China and Russia.  China and Russia would consider an attack on North Korea as a threat to their individual national security.  We see this clearly when we take a look at the world map. 

The United States will be hard pressed, militarily and economically, to carry out a two front war, with adversaries who not only have a nuclear capacity but the wherewithal militarily to engage in a prolonged conflict.  Let us remember, irrespective of whether a democrat or republican, that politicians and the industrial military complex told the American public that Iraq and Afghanistan would be a walk in the park.  That was over 13 years ago.  We now have special forces on the ground in Syria.  Will that escalate to setting the world afire?

This President needs to educate himself about what foreign affairs are really about.  Foreign affairs are not renditions of the Apprentice.  “You’re fired” has potentially catastrophic consequences.  A two front conflict will basically eat up all of the funds, all of the budget for infrastructure, for jobs, for health care, for American well-being in general, and, most tragically, preventing the President’s promise to take care of the inner cities, which would happen if he switches to cities that are over 6,000 miles away.

With the wrong mind set, a miscalculation could set the world on fire, something that none of us would be able to live through.

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Monday April 10, 2017
Published, MSR, Thursday, April 20, 2017
Posted,TMS, Thursday, Apri 20, 2017, 1.15 a..m.


Is Barack Obama a felon?
Obviously not!

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In the last couple of weeks, there has been a certain eeriness in regards to the allegations by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, that his constitutional rights were violated by the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. 

Sadly, there are many who want to believe that President Barack Obama had finally miss-stepped after what had been an unblemished 8 years as President of the United States of America.

In fact, far too many in the African America community and in the Democratic Party did not appear to be as bothered by the allegations as they should have been.

But it is quite clear that there are far too many who want the allegations to be true that Barack Obama had violated the Constitution, and by extension, the law of the land, and that his legacy and his reputation would at long last be changing.

But it is our sense that President Barack Obama has not violated the constitution nor the reputation of Donald Trump and his administration, nor has Barack Obama betrayed the American people. 

That former national security advisor Michael Flynn is negotiating for immunity in exchange for testifying before both the Senate and House Intelligence committees, raises serious questions and concerns regarding seeming violations of the Constitution and the law by the extreme right on the other side of the political aisle.

These are dangerous and difficult times for the United States of America, and only through strength of purpose and commitment to truth will this country survive.  What I see happening, as of the writing of this column, is a potential mirror image of Water Gate.  Right now, the meeting on a dark night on the grounds of the White House by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sounds like a new version of Deep Throat.

As African Americans, we are concerned for the damage that was attempted to be imposed on the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.  For too many in certain quarters, the response is too easily to just point the finger at the Black guy.  This is not a game.  We are talking about the future of our democratic institutions in the United States of America, as we have said before in this column over the years. 

Today, Vladimir Putin, seeming commissar of the East, has to be pleased at the job of the fracturing of the west by its seeming new commissar, Donald Trump.  It is just that serious.  Again, this is not a game.  It could be fatal to a nation now more fragile since than the days of Watergate.

In fact, as I have reflected on the African American political giants that existed in this state over the past decades, I urge the reader to reflect on Minnesota’s African American giants, and ask where are today’s?

Who comes to mind in your thinking?  The past Minnesota giants in my mind include Cecil Newman and Nellie Stone Johnson, and past national figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary McCloud Bethune, Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins, and many other giants in their time in the history of America. 

It has always been said that there are too many strong voices and pure personalities to allow this nation to go down in flames.  Let us hope that is true, as we are faced with a significant challenge regarding the well-being and future of this nation.

 May the hand of the Almighty rest on the shoulders of his nation, as we work to survive the potential fracturing of our democratic institutions.

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Monday March 27, 2017
Submitted Friday, March 31, 2017
Published, MSR, Thursday, April 13, 2017
Posted,TMS, Thursday, Apri l3, 2017, 3:35 a..m.


The Big 10:  The Whitest Coaching Conference in America

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

Thursday, March 23, 2017

“Black coaches vanish from Big Ten, once a model for diversity in college basketball,”read the 3-6-17 Star Tribune headline.  Sub-headline: “Black coaches becoming a rarity in big-time college basketball.”  The significance of this article is seen in the fact that it is 2,393 words long. 

Significant or just another “Minnesota Nice” move to gloss over racism and anti-diversity, or another Star Tribune “Minnesota nice” drive-by to confess and then go back to business as usual, until the next confessional, as Black American students continue to be used to make money and to entertain the majority white population? 

At the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, both Charles Hallman and myself have written on this for years.  How will the Star Tribune follow up on this exposure of the corruption of values and fairness:  the disappearance of Head Coaches in the Big Ten football and basketball:  “Once a national leader in the hiring of black coaches, the Big Ten is now the only major conference without one”)?  Is this just another empty report about an empty diversity policy backed by empty promises?

Besides anti-diversity and anti-fairness, this report also exposes the stupidity of how racism and bias lead to bad programs.  Most head coaches are former players.  “74 percent of players in power conferences were nonwhite last season … up from 67 percent in 2008,” whereas Black head coaches in the big six conferences as a whole dropped from 33% to 17%, with the Big Ten zero %).  How do you win when the criteria for great coaching, to paraphrase Martin Luther King in reverse, is the color of their skin not the content of their coaching knowledge and drive?

In our 5 columns (2013 – 2015), we wrote how Tubby Smith was being forced out as head basketball coach at the University of Minnesota for manufactured reasons to slander him and his reputation, caused by the then white AD and a white woman sports writer.

90% of NCAA Athletic Directors are white.  As in the “old days,” too many want coaches that look like them. These great institutions of higher learning scream diversity from their classrooms and rooftops, yet turn their backs on diversity in practice throughout their universities, as diversity is something for the rest of us, but not for them.  And thus these fourteen Big Ten universities have all white basketball head coaches:  Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa, Indiana, Rutgers, Maryland, plus these four that have never had a Black Head Basketball Coach, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois and Nebraska. 

The Black Coaches Association warned the NCAA a decade ago that the college sports of football and basketball were on a path to total segregation.  This will cause unrest.  Players may want to “be like Mike,” but not ADs.  Black players (the field hands) are needed to make significant money for the white intuitions.  In exchange they get lower graduation rates.  This is not a positive message to send young Black collegians, male and female, who will be future leaders.

Both professional basketball and football are sliding down the same slope of nullification and reversal regarding Black administrators and coaches.  Qualified players continue to be doomed to be merely entertainers for boosters, alumni, and rowdy students enjoying their big, new stadiums.  And its not about a “promotion path”:  Bill Russell, Doc Rivers, and Jason Kidd, went from being a player one year to head coach the next.

The Big 10 Conference, as other sports, want the Head Coaches to be white, no matter that many white coaches can’t stand up in quality to many Black coaches.

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Monday March 13, 2017
Published, MSR, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Posted,TMS, Thursday, March 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

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Editor's note: Here are earlier columns on this issue:

March, 08, 2017: Another Audit of the People’ Stadium Authority. It's about time
August, 20, 2015: Hey Tubby, Norwood is gone! Hey Amelia, why Now? Why so much left out? [with links to columns above]
March, 26, 2015: Its Tubby Smith’s fault, or is it? Gopher season is over.
March, 27, 2014: Was it Tubby Smith’s Fault? Gophers miss NCAA Basketball Tournament.
April 10, 2013 Column: Congratulations, Tubby! Texas Tech hires Tubby Smith while U of M keeps looking. [Includes links list of 15 articles on this Tubby "situation" in Star Tribune, ESPN, others].
April 03, 2013 Column: Thank you Tubby for an excellent run! Tubby Smith: a man of principle and integrity.


Another Audit of the People’ Stadium Authority. It’s about time.

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The meeting of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s Board on Friday, February 24,
ushered in a new regime change, as Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz was announced to be  the Authority’s new Chair.  This change came as no surprise to any who have followed our coverage of the Authority and predecessor like bodies (see list below of 28 columns, 2005-2015).

The 2-24-27 Star Tribune by Rochelle Olson, creates the the new game of ?who is next?” following the departure of Michele Kelm-Helgen and Ted Mondale.  Those wondering include those in both the white and black communities who have denied and covered up our reporting.

As we stated in our column of June 27, 2012, the MSFA faced “one of the greatest challenges in the history of Minnesota and its legacy of civil and human rights.”  Sadly, Minnesota failed again in this chapter of civil and human rights as well.  The Star Tribune concentrated on abuse of stadium suites use, instead of unkept promises to communities of color and falsification of documents to make it look like promises were kept for all who were invited to sit at the stadium table. 

The  Minnesota legislature’s auditor and the Republican controlled senate indicate they will take a closer and more detailed look at the awarding of contracts, and the failure or success of equity commitments of the previous administration.   New Chair Blatz was identified by the Star Tribune reporter as the one asking questions regarding contracts and equity, noting that for over four years even Commissioner Barbara Butts Williams had never asked any pertinent questions about any aspects of contracts and definitely not about equity.

It is quite obvious that some commissioners and staff of the MSFA are growing nervous about the legal questions raised around how well the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority dealt with issues of equity and contract awards, and the consequences of these questions.

But we warned of this (see especially 2015 column 5/7.  2014 columns 1/15,  2/12 and 8/13.   2013 columns of 1/16 , 1/23, 6/26, and 9/4.   See also 20 columns, 2005-2011, in Solution paper #46, 11/2//11, on “Disparity / Compliance Studies.”)

The legislative auditor has already recognized that documents have been shredded or lost, as discovered in their search for crucial documents of the MSFA, in order to answer what happed to the legislature’s promises to communities of color that we would receive appropriate and meaningful opportunity in the construction of the $1 billion people’s stadium?

Will this new investigation finally expose the failure of inclusion in the demolition and construction of the $1.1 billion people’s palace, called US Bank stadium?

There will be a need for great care by those who have stayed on to explain to the new Chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority of the inconsistency in attempting to put Humpty Dumpty back together after his great fall.  

Humpty Dumpty represents the base information to compare against the false documentation given to the public and the tax payers of the State of Minnesota. Will we now hear all the fairy tales about how much opportunity there will be for people of color to be involved  in 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis and other events to be part of the future of the peoples stadium? 

We put into play a couple of months ago the so-called prosperity in which the African American community participated.  Where is it, really?   Instead, so much violence, and so many heartaches. 

Maybe some of the new commissioners can help us with that as they respond to the legislative auditor, who is clearly a man on a mission

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Monday, February 27, 2016
Published, MSR, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Posted,TMS, Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:55 p.m.


A fragile America.  Really?
An America in fear.  Maybe?

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

February 23, 2017

As FDR said in his 1933 innaugural address, “there’s  nothing to fear but fear itself.”

This is our 8th column on Donald Trump since 3-9-16 (see list at our blog entry of November 8, 2016), as we join in the national pasttime of trying to understand the man who challenged us with “vote for me, What do you have to lose?

With the sudden request by President Trump for his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, February 13, 2017, to resign (the same as being fired), we see cracks appearing in the organizing foundation of the new Trump Administration.  Will we win or lose?

Flynn made several telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, December 26 and 27, 2016, when President Barrach Obama, by Constitution, was still President of the United States, which was routine for new administrations. As with Nixon and Clinton, their error (character flaw) was lying about an act, not the act itself. 

We  made notion of a great transgression in an earlier column  in January.  Flynn is but one of many problems the Trump Administration is is having to deal wth, as of the writing of this column.  Here is a quick list:

And the list goes on.  In fact, it is so perillous that even Americans who voted for Trump are fearful that he may be ovelyr matched by the demands of his office.  These problems  are not only damaging to his legacy but also damaging to the security of the United States of America. 

To remove a National Security Advisor after 24 days on the job, makes many Americans uncomfortable, adding to the divide right now between the President and the people., even those who voted for him.

Donald Trump  holds the key to the national security vault:   pushing the wrong button or combination of buttons puts all Americans in danger.  Some observers say Trunp won’t have a ”first 100 days” to hit the ground running.  This column agrees.  We haven’t named Vladamir Putin or Russia because until Michael Flynn is questioned by congress we’ll have no idea as a nation why Russia feels so comfortable in reading the intent of the United States before the United States knows what its intent is.

We all pray for our republic, because we all know as the nation goes so goes our future. We hope the Triump Administration  has the wherewithal and the honest intellect to follow in the footsteps of previous presidents who have safely guided this nation.

We hope and pray that new ideas and advisors will set this new president on a correct path.  Whether republican, democrat, or independent, we all want to be comfortable in our own homes in  a nation that provdes comfort for its citizens.    Anything other than that will be disastrous tor the citizens of this nation.

May God continue to bless this great nation. We speakof the God that is worshipped by many nations, religions, and faiths, who all have a stake in the future of the nations of the world.    May God give this nation strength to bring its mesage into line.

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Monday, February 13, 2016
Published, MSR, Thursday, February 23,, 2017
Posted,TMS, Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:30 a.m.


February, 13, 2017: A job well done by the MPD and the Beeks family

A job well done by the MPD and the Beeks family

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
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and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

February 23, 2017

Ever since the tragic events of May 2016, the Beeks’ family has carried out a tenacious and passionate quest to bring about justice for their grandmother/mother and loved one. 

Chief Janae Harteau, Assist chief Cris Aronson, the head of dthe Homicide Unite, Lt. Zimmerman, and detectives Green and Tomsen (SP), deserve the respect and appreciation for a job well done. 

When the suspect, who we identify only as JE, was taken into custody, and the Beeks family was asked to come to police headquarters on late Monday morning, there was a strong sense of appreciation and relief on the part of the family.

Detectives Green and Tomsen (SP) under the supervision of lt. Zimmerman, stayed the course.  It was not easy.  There was silence.  There was resistance.  There was fear.  But Ms. Beeks’ loved ones particularly her daughter (SPELL) held visuaos, marched, and, most importantly, knocked on doors thorughut th Northside community, and asked the citizens to step up to the plate to bring  justice to another senseless act of violence, that took the life of a grandmother, who had worked herself o provide safety within a community tha has seen too much vioenc, be it no or so Minn or downtown, where w ehae had two homicides already and at least seven others shot who did not die.

The Beeks family and the Minneapolis police department, under the leadership of Janae Harteau, showed a commitment and a tenaciousness that sometimes is lacking when justice is being sought by the a famer community.  Let us say at this point in this column that hopefully the county attorney will see fit to also, at long last, charge the suspect in the tragic murder of a two year old Af Amer baby on the streets of this ity in the early summer of 2016. 

Ms. Beeks, deserves justice and the two year old child, Baby Jones, likewise, aloing with this baby sisgter who was also wounded  equally to be provide with justice  ad let it b conveyed to a c mmunity that race does not make a difference inequal protection under the law.  It is so important, that as this column goes topress,, that there is a sense, as we said earlier, that the quest for justice was achieved in the death of Ms Beeks and It will be achieved in the death of a two year old black chid on the streets of this city.

Chief Harteau said on the afternoon of January 3rd, it was a combination of a concerned community and a dediated police department that brought about the apprehension of the suspect and a strong sense that the MPD ad the comujity work together and brought  justice to the able of hope.

It is someone ironic, in closing, that four days before the announcement that Chief Harteau was on national tV, NBC, talking of the importance of the community the police and all others who should be concerned, coming together and working together.  It is quite clear that the hand of dthe Almight was on the shoulders of dthe Beeks family in their quest for justice.

Our prayers go out for Gov Daynton.

Gov fainted

Stay tuned.

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Mpls. police arrest suspect in death of grandmother caught in gang crossfire
The shooting of Birdell Beeks last May had galvanized her North Side neighborhood. By Libor Jany Star Tribune

Written Monday, January 30, 2017
Submitted Wednesdday, February,1, 2017
Published, MSR, Thursday,February 8, 2017
Posted,TMS, Monday, February13, 2017, 9:50 pm.



January, 19, 2017, #2: Could we be on a path toward a red America?

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
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and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

January 19, 2017

Those of my generation remember the 1950s and the two fear-causing terms, HUAC (the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Un-American Activities Committee, and the name of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican, from Wisconsin. HUAC was created in 1938 “to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties.”

It used to me that “red” meant communist countries.  How is it that the Republican Party is now call the red party?

McCarthy, HUAC, and the zealous anti-communists of America destroyed and ruined the lives of thousands of Americans deemed “fellow travelers,” code for “dirty commies,” who were perceived as threats to the security of the United States during the post-World War II “cold war” that featured the rattling of the nuclear saber. Trillions of dollars were spent in building a nuclear stock pile, angering China and North Korea, who fought the United States to a standstill that resulted in the country being divided into North and South Korea. 

The period from the end of the second world war to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was a period of mistrust and concern about the future of humanity on this planet. As we see from a recent poll, many are not alone in asking if that mistrust and concern of many is now back, 25 years later, as a recent Quinnipiac poll reported only 37 percent approval rating of the incoming president, with concerns of his seemingly trusting and respecting the Russian Federated Republic and its leader, Vladimir Putin.

What would former presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, have thought of the seeming love affair between the newly elected president of the United States and one of the worlds’ greatest tyrants? It appears we once again see the reality of repudiation by skin color, as White Russians are approved while Chinese, North Koreans, Vietnamese, and Cubans, all of which have been under the control of Communist Russia and its communist agenda, are repudiated.

I know some readers of this column will pretend to be offended by what I write, especially if they are too young to remember “better Red than Dead.” Prominent American heroes like Senator John McCain and strong anti-communists like Senator Lyndsay Graham, warn us that the new leadership appears to favor the re-emergence of the dangerous path of Red America, as President-Elect Donald trump appears to be acting more and more as the new Commissar of the United States of America, offering respect for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Communist philosophy. Nonetheless, McCain and Graham will relunctantly vote for his cabinet nominees, hoping for the best, and hoping there will not be a repeat of when fear caused lives that to be lost over a 50-year period in the fighting to stop the emergence of communism.

Some wonder if  the only problem the Trump Administration has with communism is that of he non-white color of  China, North Korea, Vietnam.  Some think we ma be becoming a red nation, which would make Joseph Stalin proud of what some see as a successful mission of Vladimir Putin, who was trained by the Russian Secret Service, which is like an ongoing version of the SS of Nazi Germany.

The future, as always, is empirically unavailable, yet some ask are we drifting toward catastrophe? As there is not much difference between the two forms of socialism labeled fascism and communism, what is really being weighted for the days after January 20?

Are commitments being made to Russia by the incoming administration, and if so, aw ask about any committments, whether to Russia or others, how will these commitments impact Black America?

May patriotism against the forces of evil not become an endangered species in our United States of America.

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Monday, January 9, 2016
Published, MSR, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Posted,TMS, Monday, January 23, 2017, 1:30 a.m.


January, 05, 2017 #01: Betrayal in the Middle EastThe End of the Two State Solution?

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
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January 5, 2017

Since 1863, Black Americans have been waiting for the fulfillment of the language of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.  The Palestinian people have long awaited their own “let my people go.”

The Western Powers of Europe and its allies recrafted and reshaped the Middle East after World War I, giving each European power a piece of the Middle East, called “Mandates.”

The Palestinian Arabs, after World War I, became nomads, people wandering in the wilderness, pushed out of their homes, pushed off their and every day by western powers.

At that 1919 conference was Chaim Weizmann, who along with fellow secular Zionist Jews, sought a piece of the region called Palestine.  After World War II, the Zionists lobbied for a Jewish state, seeking a place to protect the migration of millions of Jews from the Ukraine, East Poland and Bella Ruse.  It is all documented in the archives of history.

In 1947, the Mandate areas were given full statehood, including the UN adopting a two-state solution for two new states from the British Mandate:  Israel and Palestine (see UN resolutions 181 and 182).  Here, as in America, “leadership” interrupted.  The Jewish and Palestinian people wanted it.  The Jewish leaders reluctantly accepted it.  The Palestinian leaders refused.  Palestinian leaders, claimed Israel had no right to exist as a state, despite some land bought and owned by the secular Zionist movement for that purpose. 

The parallel with the Palestinians and Arabs in the Middle East and to the African Americans in the USA:  so-called “leadership” enriches themselves by blocking the freedom the majority of the people want (witness the lack of progress in our American inner cities and the Palestinian enclaves of the Middle East). South Africa made it work.  It can be so with Black Americans and Middle East Palestinians.  Peace will not come until a formula for peace is both generated (and many have been), and implemented (so far leaders have refused).

Much continues to be been written that twists and distorts history at the expense of the Palestinian people.  The Palestinian people continue to be told that the Two State Solution would occur and there would be peace in their time.  They still wait.  Our inner cities still wait.

It is unfortunate that President Obama’s recent choice not to veto a UN resolution about Israel and Palestine is being interpreted as stabbing Israel in the back.

At the Peace Conference in Paris, France in 1919, the decision makers, with the exception of the Japanese who were an ally to US, France, and Britain in the 1st world war, were white Christian nations.  Leadership on both sides knows what they are doing, as they continue to betray the doctrines of trust and integrity.  We need to be concerned in America and the black community, as promises about greater opportunity, and greater respect appear and then are again withdrawn.

Many activities, many conferences, many conflicts and many lives have been lost over the past nearly 60 years, all in the name of peace.

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 50+ Solution Papers.

Written Monday, December 26, 2016
Published, MSR, Thursday, January 5, 2016
Posted,TMS, Thursday, January 5, 2016, 4:32 p.m.


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