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Race, Class and the World Cup in Brazil

by Mike LaSusa

The Brazilian government and big business wanted the World Cup very badly. But the people wanted better public services – especially the majority that identify as non-white. “Government studies have shown that people who identify as black or brown make incomes that are less than half those of their white counterparts and they are much more likely to lack access to basic services like security, education, healthcare and sanitation.”

Brazil-Afrikan State Collaborations and the Tokenization of “Cultural Affinity”

by Wangui Kimari

There’s lots of talk about the cultural ties that bind Brazil, the economic dynamo, to Africa, ancestral home to half Brazil’s population and current source of much of its imports. However, “if this was a relationship premised on deep ‘cultural affinity’ as is often stated, Afrikan states would ask Brazil why Afro-Brazilians are consistently being killed by genocidal police/militarized forces.”

Latin America Unites to Tell Uncle Sam “Hands Off Venezuela”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Washington smelled blood when the successors to Hugo Chavez won by only a small margin in Venezuelan elections. The U.S. refused to recognize the results, gearing up for regime change. However, “Latin America quickly united to blunt the Yankee offensive in its tracks.” Washington must be taught, repeatedly, that it does not have a backyard to its south.

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Throwing BRICS at the U.S. Empire

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

History has placed the BRICS nations on the path of confrontation with a superpower in decline. Washington is prepared to strangle the world into submission, or drown it in chaos. “Objectively, the United States has positioned itself as the great and implacable impediment to global development.”

The Other Black History: The Maroons and Zumbi dos Palmares

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

African slaves in the US, the Caribbean and Brazil ran away whenever they could. In favorable situations, escaped slaves called maroons were able to form villages and settlements and defend themselves against their former masters. The most successful maroon settlement was Brazil's Palmares, which held out for a hundred years ending in 1695

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Brazil’s Haitian Training Ground

by BAR editor and columnist Jemima Pierre

When there’s a need to gain national prestige, curry favor with imperial power, or seize the opportunity to train your soldiers to occupy other people’s countries, why not try Haiti. To prove it can play with the big imperial boys, the United States and France, Brazil took on a major role in imprisoning the Haitian nation. “Brazil is participating in the usurpation of Haitian sovereignty – and the usurpation of Haitian sovereignty is an affront to the sovereignty of all Black People.”

Black Consciousness in Brazil

by Italo Ramos

New census data show two million more Brazilians now describe themselves as black than did so ten years ago, when “they had said that they were not blacks, but 'mestiços' or 'mulattos,' a category more favored, socially.” This is, the author believes, a significant number, proof of the deep impact of the black consciousness movement and Brazil's relatively recent affirmative action programs. At the same time, “slowly but consistently, white people are admitting the real face of a segregationist and racist Brazil.”

The Latin American Revolution, Part 4 of 4: Toward Integration

By Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz

After being bled for 500 years by the colonial and neocolonial empires of the North, the nations of Central and South America are defying their former masters and shaking off imperial domination. They are proceeding toward multinational cooperation and integration, forging their own ties in finance, resource sharing, media, economic development and medical research. Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz explain how and why despite clouds of lies, threats, bribes, coups and rumors of war , Uncle Sam is powerless to stop them.

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Freedom Rider: America Kills Peace

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Nothing scares the United States more than the possibility that peace might break out. Turkey and Brazil committed an unforgiveable sin, by finding a way to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear fuel stocks. The U.S. pushed the agreement aside, preferring to move closer to war – as if that is Washington’s desired result.

 

The Olympics and Rio's Black Poor

the real rioA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The gentry-pursued Black and poor population of Chicago got a reprieve from the Olympic committee last week. Now it's Rio de Janeiro's turn to invent clever ways to clear out the shantytowns so the games may begin without the distractions of poverty. Walls are already going up around the favelas, to keep the dark hordes from spoiling the sports.

Let the IMF Die

let it dieby C. Uzondu

The International Monetary Fund, that instrument of torture deployed to strip developing nations of their ability to function as sovereign governments, is on it’s death bed. It should be allowed to die and be buried. Yet imperialist circles hope to resurrect the IMF under cover of the current economic crisis. “For imperialism, this is an opportunity to re-impose imperial control. It is a critical moment to reinvest in the capacity of the IMF to impose the ‘debt trap.’” If the IMF zombie rises from the grave, “it means that the runners and the dishwashers, the workers and the unemployed, the peasants and the landless of the world have much work to do. We have to increase the ideological and political work against any and all new attempts to grant this quack doctor a new lease on life.”

 

Lula Puts Blue-Eyed White Bankers in Their Place

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "squirmed" as Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva - "Lula" - blamed the global economic crisis on the "irrational behavior of some people that are white, blue-eyed" and "have demonstrated they know nothing about economics." And the non-white world cheered. Da Silva called for creation of a new, "London Consensus" at the G20 summit meeting - "an unmistakable slap at what was once called the ‘Washington Consensus' - an American euphemism for the days when Washington could impose its economic dictates on all of Latin America and much of Africa and Asia."

Economic Inequality: The Foundation of the Racial Divide

dmby Dedrick Mohammed

Today’s economic inequality is the direct result of Europe’s 500-year-long subjugation of the rest of the planet’s inhabitants. Even when corrective measures are undertaken, such as in the New Deal response to the Great Depression, widening economic disparity is often reinforced by the same “blue-eyed” elite that created the crisis. The identical forces that have plunged the world into financial meltdown are responsible for the fact that, in the U.S., “Blacks and Latinos have less than 15 cents for every dollar of wealth held by the median white family.”

Bahia, Brazil,1798: The Revolution of the Black Jacobins

 by Mário MaestriBrazilMullatoWithGun

Brazil, with the largest Black population outside of Africa, once showed promise of becoming a planetary powerhouse of racial equality and social democracy. In the revolutionary period following France's declaration of the "Rights of Man," Brazilians of all hues and many classes were stirred to action - "conspiracy" - to overthrow Portuguese colonial despotism based on slavery. In the forefront were Black slaves and freemen, and "colored" artisans and soldiers who schemed to achieve a nonracial society in the southern hemisphere. They were repeatedly betrayed by a multi-racial caste of informers, and by an ambitious white elite that "dreamed about the independence of Bahia," the center of Brazil's slave trade and economy, "but were afraid about the liberation of the captives."

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