A Cold War Seance with Andrew W.K. and a 1955 Cadillac

Andrew W.K. is a musician, nightclub owner, children's show host, motivational speaker, and news commentator who has penned tracks such as, "Party ‘til you Puke," "Party Party Party," "Long Live the Party," "It's Time to Party," "Party Hard," "Big Party," and "Dance Party."

He says of art and entertainment, "I want my jaw to be on the floor completely out of my comfort zone. In life we are fortunate to have comfort, so art and entertainment should take us away from that."

So, what does former Secretary of State Dean Acheson have to do with Andrew W.K.'s latest album? More than you would think. The album, '55 Cadillac, is an instrumental piano album inspired by his experience with the title car. The car, it turns out used to be owned by architect of the Cold War, Dean Acheson.  And W.K. thinks his spirit may have lingered.

"The only time the car ran well was when my wife was in it," W.K. said. "I wondered if the car was somehow... It didn't want me to own it."

He said maybe he didn't fit the idea of an ideal person to Acheson, explaining why the car didn't work for him. On the other hand Acheson did share a room with legendary composer Cole Porter in law school, so maybe he had an affinity for musicians, W.K. said. "Maybe Dean Acheson has been watching down on me," he said. "But I'm no Cole Porter."

Oddly enough, W.K.'s views on global governance aren't that far removed from Acheson's. "I am very interested in where things are headed," said W.K. who has been closely following the events at the UN. "The idea of a centralized world government, a one world civilization appeals to me."

He said he would like to see people to start identifying by planet rather than nation, pointing to the internet as a place where globalism exists, where people act more as citizens of the world.

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Public opinion turning against AFRICOM?

Recent U.S. military activity in Somalia is causing ripples throughout the African community. AFP is reporting that Monday's closing of the American embassy in Pretoria, South Africa was due to threats from an al-Qaeda splinter group seeking revenge for Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan's death last week in Somalia.

Last week's raid in Somalia signifies a shift in US policy toward the region, and may be linked to the increasing militarization of AFRICOM since its inception in 2007. Officials continue to argue its role is as a "force for peace." However, the perception by others is increasing negative. Recently, the American National Conference on Black Lawyers petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder to dismantle the operation in an open letter blasting AFRICOM as:

"A military command that is designed to facilitate warfare. In the context of African politics, the mere presence of AFRICOM will be perceived as an act of aggression that will decrease, not increase, the likelihood of peaceful resolution of conflicts."

The embassy threat could be the beginnings of  increased hostility toward U.S. interests in southern Africa, opening up a new counter-terrorism arena rather than pre-empting one.