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  Keep a stiff upper lip because you shall need it as your cities crumble for the death angels march

 with no mercy, a lesson they learned from you. The only difference is that you claim to value

life but the death angels care nothing for life and there are no innocents in their world.

 

 

Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America / Woman: Man's Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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London Bridges Falling Down

By Marvin X (El Muhajir) 

 

Not only has the sun set on the British empire but the sons of her colonial slaves are out to avenge their impoverished fathers and mothers. Yes, call them devils for their evil desires and actions to seek retribution for centuries of rape, mass murder, mutilation, and simple genocide.

During the four centuries of European slavery, how many innocent men, women and children were crucified in the name of Jesus and capitalism? When they toiled in the sun of Africa, Asia, and the Americas, were they not simple human beings whose only desire was to care for their families and loved ones—how often did they even bother to revolt against their enslavement for life?

But today the world appears utterly horrified that the descendants of colonialism have decided to seek vengeance in the name of their God and peoples, no matter what the moderates, the uncle toms and uncle abdullahs, think of their barbaric actions. Were not the Europeans barbaric in the Congo, South Africa, in Arabia and India, in the Americas with their black codes and slave catchers, lynching, raping of men, women and children?

Did the Europeans and their colonial collaborators ever think the day would come for Justice to raise her hand and strike death blows into the hearts of the masters as they went about their daily round—eating, drinking, sporting, playing, working, praying?

The death angels don't care about any of these goings on. Throughout the centuries of your oppressive regimes in Africa, Arabia, India and the Americas, did you ever give the subject peoples a day of respite, a moment to wipe the sweat off their brow? You gave them nothing but more slavery, suffering, and death.

And as you have done, so shall it be done unto you.

Keep a stiff upper lip because you shall need it as your cities crumble for the death angels march with no mercy, a lesson they learned from you. The only difference is that you claim to value life but the death angels care nothing for life and there are no innocents in their world.

The moderates are mostly your puppets, your colonial administrators who have benefited from the enslavement of their people. What right to life do they deserve? Yes, those who worship the beast shall be destroyed with the beast. Your moderation is submission to continued enslavement and colonialism—even your feigned religiosity is reactionary poppycock. You are one billion Muslims, yet you cannot liberate Palestine. To hell with your prayers and your pilgrimage to Mecca. When you march to Jerusalem one billion strong, that is the day Islam shall be redeemed from the devil, yes, from you fake imams who preach mysticism while your people wallow in poverty, disease, and ignorance.

You are glad to send your sons to Iraq as suicide bombers because it is better they fight the Crusaders than fight you and your reactionary regimes in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Sudan, and places where you have delivered your oil fields to the global bandits in exchange for liquor and European women.

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speaking truth to govts.

                                          By Marvin X

Jail. prison.

the big yard.

outside my door in the hood.

the warden everywhere.

the snitches.

life in danger going to the store.

will I make it back home.

bullets through living room window.

funerals. what is prison. a cell. a drive. a walk.

be careful what I say to you. homeland security

is listening. what's new. black codes been here.

jail is a state of mind.

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Marvin X is the author of In the Crazy House Called America, essays, and Wish I Could Tell You the Truth, essays, Black Bird Press. Contact him at mrvnx@yahoo.com

posted 12 July 2005

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"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich." Napoleon Bonaparte

Marvin X and His Parables

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Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America

 Woman: Man's Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

A film directed by Gini Reticker

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a captivating new film by director Gini Reticker. It exposes a different story angle for the largely forgotten recent events of the women of Liberia uniting to bring the end to their nation's civil war. This film is amazing in the way it captivates your attention from the earliest frames. It doesn't shy away from showing footage of the violent events that took place during the Liberian civil war. But the main story of the film is that of Leymah Gbowee and the other women uniting, despite their religious differences, to force action on the stalled peace talks in their country. Using entirely nonviolent methods, not only are the peace talks successful, but Charles Taylor, the president of Liberia, is forced into exile leading to the first election of a female head of state in Africa. The women of this film are truly an inspiration and no one can fail to be moved by the message of hope that comes through clearly in this film.Amazon Reviewer

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Mighty Be Our Powers

How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

By Leymah Gbowee

As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.—Beast Books  / Pray the Devil Back to Hell

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Book of Sins

By Nidaa Khoury

Khoury's poetry is fired by belief in the human and the spiritual at a time when many of us feel unreal and often spiritually hollow.—Yair Huri, Ben-Gurion University 

Written in water and ink, in between the shed blood. Nidaa Khoury's poems take us to the bosom of an ancient woman  . . . an archetype revived. The secret she whispers is 'smaller than words.'—Karin Karakasli, author, Turkey

Nidaa Khoury was born in Fassouta, Upper Galilee, in 1959. Khoury is the author of seven books published in Arabic and several other languages, including The Barefoot River, which appeared in Arabic and Hebrew and The Bitter Crown, censored in Jordan. The Palestinian poet is studied in Israeli universities and widely reviewed by the Arab press. The founder of the Association of Survival, an NGO for minorities in Israel, Khoury has participated in over 30 international literary and human rights conferences and festivals.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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