Kali Akuno critiques the notion of ‘humanitarian interventionism” which he describes as an ideological and strategic tool of neoliberalism…..
a tool developed through the auspices of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), under the guiding hand of the US government, to be executed through the UN to allow the imperialist powers to legally and morally interfere in the domestic affairs of weaker nations. Stated plainly, it is colonialism dressed in fine linen. As a practice it gained legitimacy after the imperialist-induced atrocities in Rwanda, Burundi and the former Yugoslav republic in the 1990s to allegedly put an end to crimes against humanity such as ethnic cleansing and genocide. In the wake of these atrocities the UN, under the direction of the US and its European allies, has executed the doctrine of humanitarian intervention in all of the aforementioned countries and the DR Congo, Iraq, Somalia and Haiti
Speaking on the US occupation of Haiti he makes the point of how the “humanitarian intervention” following the January earthquake has aided the policy of containment, the social and political control of the urban and rural working masses of the country. Containment has been further helped by the acceptance of large sections of the Black Liberation Movement, of the lies and distortions perpetuated by the US against Fanme Lavalas and President Aristide. The problem is not just limited to Haiti but one which has implications for social movements across in the global south and the west as more and more people’s struggles are under attack such as the land rights movement in South Africa. To take Akuno’s very valid argument further, what are the implications for the African LGBTI movement which is never mentioned within the Black Liberation Movement or amongst African feminists or any other Black/African social movement? The so called “relief effort” in Haiti is also very tied into religious colonialism as well as militarism. The constant exclusion or rather avoidance of any solidarity with African / Black / POC LGBTI is a deafening silence. As he states the popular movement of the masses in Haiti cannot be left to act alone..
for the allowance of one tyranny is the spawn of a hundred more.
So who and when will the movements of the masses stand against the tyranny of LGBTI peoples in Africa?