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Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.

Freedom Rider: Gay Still Isn’t the New Black

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If “gay is the new Black,” then it would follow that gays would now be dedicating their collective lives to the struggle against mass Black incarceration, gentrification, austerity, war and capitalist predation. Don’t hold your breath. “Fighting these issues means taking on the ever present elephant in the room, the persistent belief in Manifest Destiny and the right of white Americans to control whatever and whomever they want.”

No ‘Je Suis Charleston’?: The De-Politicization of Black Oppression

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Where was the worldwide revulsion at the racist terror attack in Charleston? “Obama sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and lulled into a stupefying silence black voices that should have demanded answers as to why the Charleston attack was not considered a terrorist attack, even though it fit the definition of domestic terrorism.” As a result, “the political space for international solidarity with the plight of African Americans was significantly reduced.”

The 26th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba Launched in Washington, DC

by BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

“We act not just in defiance of our government, but in obedience to our conscience,” declared Rev. Lucius Walker, founder of IFCO, the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization and initiator of the group’s shipments of medical supplies to Cuba. This year’s Friendshipment Cuba Caravan is once again defying the U.S. embargo of the island that “has produced one of the healthiest and most educated communities across the globe.”

How Poor Black Lives Matter to U.S. Capitalism Today: Reflections on “The New Jim Crow”

by Paul Street

The U.S. mass incarceration regime measures Black lives by the value that can be derived from their imprisonment. “The ‘new Jim Crow’ is about disciplining a deindustrialized Black lumpen proletariat and turning it into a largely inert, deindustrialized profit-source whose 'value added' comes mainly from the mere fact of its captive existence.”

Key Failures of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare an Obstacle to Universal Health Care

Key Failures of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare an Obstacle to Universal Health Care

by our friends at This Is Hell Radio

Trudy Lieberman: “We are replacing a crisis of un-insurance with a crisis of under-insurance, and we’re going to find people with very high deductables and very high cost-sharing as the years go on, because we haven’t controlled the underlying cost of care.”

Capitalism and Racism are About Who Rules: Analyzing Power in the Here and Now

by Danny Haiphong

“Even if the second flag of white rule (the ‘American’ flag being the first) eventually comes down, the racist system that produced the Confederacy remains upright.” Symbolism is important, but only if the forces behind the symbols are understood. The real question is: Who rules? “The Black Lives Matter movement is charting a direction that inevitably leads to a struggle for power.”

President Obama is a Traitor to the Black Race: An Open Letter

by Thomas Ruffin, Jr.

The First Black U.S. President perpetuates the modern-day slavery of mass Black incarceration; “espouses, like Rush Limbaugh, an allegiance to ‘American exceptionalism;’” refuses to pardon U.S. political prisoners; makes war on Africa; and has spent two terms in office serving the interests of corporations. “If that be the case, then why elect a black man or black woman president?”

Restorative Justice for Albert Woodfox and the Black Panther Party – An Interview with Prof. Angela A. Allen-Bell

by Angola 3 News

The release of Albert Woodfox, the last of the Angola Three still in prison, has been delayed by the State of the Louisiana and a compliant federal court. Woodfax, the Black Panthers, and the whole nation needs “collective healing from a number of social traumas, such as lynchings, racist medical, educational and criminal justice practices, and all of the vestiges of slavery.”

Africa Must Leave the ICC

by Dr. David Hoile

The International Criminal Court is “an inept, corrupt, political court that does not have Africa’s welfare at heart, only the furtherance of Western, and especially European, foreign policy and its own bureaucratic imperative.” Adding insult to injury, the ICC is incompetent. “The Court and the prosecutor have been making things up as they go along.”

The UN vs Eritrea

by Thomas C. Mountain

The United Nations, under the imperial sway of the United States, continues its vicious sanctions against Eritrea, an African country on the Red Sea that seeks only to claim its place as an independent nation. President Obama wants to name Eritrea’s nemesis as head of USAID. “Gayle Smith helped launch the Ethiopian invasion of Eritrea which culminated in a May-June 2000 war that left almost 150,000 dead Africans.”

The Confederate Flag is Not the Only Thing That Should Be Abolished

by Solomon Comissiong

The Confederate flag is only the tip of the iceberg of bigoted symbolism that permeates the nation’s popular and official culture. “United States society is riddled with racist imagery that ultimately extols men who were devoted slave masters, white supremacists and/or mass murderers.

The Perils of the Politics of Symbolism

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Charleston church massacre has occasioned a revival of symbolic and “reconciliation” politics by old school Black preachers. “They forgive, they call for reconciliation, and they make symbolic demands whose acceptance or rejection will not seriously alter the balance of power.” The Black political class would much rather fight the Confederate flag than confront the police.

Freedom Rider: U.S. Pushes Russia Towards War

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The lies that the U.S. corporate media tell can get us all killed. The United States is pushing Russia, which remains a nuclear superpower, to the brink and beyond – yet Americans are wholly ignorant of the facts and the issues at play. “In 2015 the signs are ominous that something terrible may happen because of an incident in Transnistria or Donetsk or some other locale Americans know nothing about.”

Closing the Historical Circle: White Terrorism at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The commander-in-chief of the greatest purveyor of violence in the world laments the massacre in Charleston. But “Obama just wants to make sure that the violence is state-sanctioned.” He is happy to “send arms to known Islamic extremists in Syria, provide logistical and political support to the Saudi’s brutal and illegal war in Yemen, arm and train neo-Nazi fascists in Ukraine while militarily pivoting to Asia.” The founding slaveholders would approve.

Obama and the Logic of Massacre, from Birmingham to Charleston

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

President Obama took to the airwaves to absolve his administration of responsibility for the Charleston Massacre and endemic racist violence against Black people. But his Justice Department has refused to prosecute killer cops. “The message was clear: black lives have no value and the government would not intervene to protect and defend the black community.” Dylann Roof acted, accordingly.

America’s Slave Empire: The Resistance Movements Against US Prisons

by Chris Hedges

“We are not looking to politicians to submit reform bills,” say prisoners in Alabama, withholding work until they are paid wages. “We aren’t giving more money to lawyers. We don’t believe in the courts.” The penal slave order must be broken. “The kryptonite to fight the prison system, which is a $500 billion enterprise, is the work strike.”

The Fall of a Right-Wing Black Canadian Politician

by Ajamu Nangwaya

The unraveling of Sen. Don Meredith’s political career has nothing to do with Black “progress” in Canada. As a loyal member of the Conservative Party, Meredith supports mining interests that exploit Africa and, domestically, “is not on record opposing any of the anti-people laws of the right-wing regime in Ottawa.”

Dolezal Fakes Black Womanhood, Reveals Depth of White Supremacy in the US

by Danny Haiphong

Rachel Dolezal’s long foray into a fake “Blackness” is viewed by some as an affirmation that race is a social construct that creates false categories of humans. However, the fact remains that “the power structure that rules these categories ensures conditions of exploitation and oppression for an entire class of people, from the womb to what is often an early tomb.” Dolezal’s deceit amounts to a “usurpation and imitation of Black womanhood.”

Does Passing for Black Challenge White Supremacy?

by Mel Reeves

Demands for Rachel Dolezal’s heavily braided head ring hollow, from both Black and white quarters. “Many of those who are distraught over Dolezal’s passing haven’t done as much to advance the cause of racial justice as she has in just two decades of passing.” However, Dolezal “missed an opportunity to really do some good by staying in the skin she was born in and helping to oppose and eradicate racism and discrimination.”

Way Too Little, But Not Too Late: Hillary & Dems Fake the Funk on Voting Rights

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Hillary is getting undeserved praise for her stand on voting rights, which is way too little, and factually less than some of her apologists want us to believe. But she's a Democrat. After blowing the historic 40 year window during which a Constitutional right to vote amendment might have been passed she and her party have no intention of actually leading a fight for voting rights. But it's not too late to start waging that fight ourselves.

Tamir Rice and the Meaning of “No Justice – No Peace”

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Black Lives Matter” has become the default name for the emerging movement against police atrocities against Black people. Whatever the movement winds up calling itself, “the venerable slogan 'No Justice – No Peace' has served as a workhorse of the current protest, and would be an ideal organizing principle if the implications of the slogan were fully understood, rather than simply mouthed."

Freedom Rider: America Prosecutes the World

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The United States government refuses to criminally prosecute American bankers, because they are “too big to jail.” But the U.S. Justice Department is claiming jurisdiction over international soccer, and threatening to rescind and reassign World Cups, because bribes were allegedly paid using U.S. banks. It’s “the latest example of a country determined to exert control over the rest of the world in every possible way.”

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