Freedom Rider: 1961 Paris Massacre

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The French will tell you that this month’s ISIS attack inflicted the biggest death toll on Paris since World War Two. They would be lying. Fifty-four years ago, French police massacred hundreds of Algerians right in the heart of the city – and then pretended it never happened. France has enslaved much of the world, and clings to its remaining semi-colonies. The government in Paris “has millions of deaths on its ledger.”

No More American Thanksgivings

by Glen Ford

“The core ideological content of the holiday serves to validate all that has since occurred on these shores – a national consecration of the unspeakable, a balm and benediction for the victors, a blessing of the fruits of murder and kidnapping, and an implicit obligation to continue the seamless historical project in the present day.”

Imperialism's "Chickens Come Home to Roost" in Paris to Fuel War and Repression

by Danny Haiphong

For nearly 40 years the U.S. and its allies have played “a dangerous game of carrot and stick with terrorist forces” in the Arab and Muslim world, using them as proxies to destroy secular governments. Now it’s blow back time. “ISIS and the jihadist network plan on turning their guns toward the states that fathered them – one of many signs of the decline of the imperialist system, a process that began in the late 1970’s.”

Obama Needs to “Pivot” to the Crisis at Home

by Cynthia McKinney

President Obama risks getting whiplash from all the global pivots he’s executing. Meanwhile, the One Percent continue to suck the economy dry in a “massive theft that has seen more wealth of Black America stolen than at any time since the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” Obama should start pursuing justice at home, and call a halt to U.S. “plunder, division, and warmongering in Asia.”

To Protect and Serve Who? Mumia’s New Pamphlet on Organizing to Abolish Police Violence

by Suzanne Ross

The nation’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, has weighed in on the debate over how to control the police. The former Black Panther “uses the Marxist analysis of the police as the enforcers of the will of the ruling class, and “how that role continues in the post-slavery period to this day.” Economic exploitation and police repression are also racial in character, with the police playing a role not much different from the KKK.”

Russia: Attempting a Bridge to Africa

by Kester Kenn Klomegah

While Russia's interest in sub-Saharan Africa is nothing new, Russian authorities have realized that it’s time to move back primarily to reclaim its economic footprints and to find old Soviet-era allies, but that step comes with new challenges especially from other foreign players and the changing internal political and economic conditions in Africa.

The Sports of Empire

by Norman (Otis) Richmond

Sports has traveled the world on the fortunes of empire – and the misfortunes of the conquered. “’Thanks’ to imperialism, Africans in the Western Hemisphere were involved in baseball, cricket and football/soccer.” 

“Black Lives Matter” Groups Hoping for a Big Payday

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

This week, the billionaires that fund the Democratic Party and its satellite organizations will decide which of the “Black Lives Matter” groups will get paid to lead the Black “movement.” The #BlackLivesMatter network and Campaign Zero are eminently qualified for funding, having “already been accorded the status and privileges of constituent Democratic Party organizations.” Who else will make the corporate cut?

Freedom Rider: Solidarity and the International League of Peoples Struggles

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It’s the age-old question: since the rich are so few, how do they oppress the rest of us, the many? One answer is that the masses are disorganized. “The purveyors of violence and theft depend upon a lack of solidarity and common ground experienced by people around the world.” The International League of People’s Struggles knows that “no American president will change from an imperialist course unless mass movements are coordinated on every continent.”

The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The white world views French victims of ISIS as more valuable – more human – than the thousands of Arabs, Kurds and Africans murdered in terror attacks, or the billions of people exploited, enslaved and exterminated by Europeans over the past five centuries. “The ‘lie of white supremacy’ has distorted the personalities, lives and the very ability of many white people to grasp reality.” France is anything but innocent. Neither is the U.S.

Following the Underground Railroad: A Black Man Seeks Asylum in Canada

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Ever since the founding of the United States, many Black people have clung tightly to their claim to citizenship in the racist Republic. However, Kyle Canty, a Black man from Oregon, is seeking asylum from U.S. white supremacist violence in Canada. In doing so, “he has disturbed the centuries-long premise of unconditional African-American commitment to American citizenship – regardless of the intensity of oppression.”

Paris Terror Attacks Are French Chickens Coming Home to Roost, Predictable Blowback of France's Recent and Historic Murderous Misadventures Around the World

by the Real News Network

Glen Ford explains that terror attacks against French civilians are chickens come home to roost, the predictable blowback of centuries of French imperial war and colonial oppression, and of recent French participation as junior partner in the US fomented oil and resource wars in the Middle East and around the world, in which countless nonwhite, non-French civilians have perished, with little public notice.

Weaponized Condolences of a Warfare State

By BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Terror attacks against French civilians have become the excuse du jour for the US surveillance state, for ramping up drone murders of other civilians, and military boots on the ground everywhere from Syria to south Philly.

Zionism, Anti-Blackness, and the Struggle for Palestine: Jemima Pierre on the Boycott

by Jemima Pierre

The lynching of an African at an Israeli bus station, last month, was no isolated incident. The Eritrean immigrant was shot, kicked and beaten to death “just because of his skin color.” Last year, an “Israeli man stabbed an eighteen-month-old Eritrean girl in the head with scissors as she was being held in her mother’s arms at the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv” – more evidence that Zionism is “an explicit racial project.”

NATO and the Dangerous Escalation of US imperialism

by Danny Haiphong

If World War III comes, NATO will likely be the source of the conflagration. “The parasitic rulers of the imperial system have calculated that a march to war with Russia and China is a necessary precondition to US dominance.” NATO has become imperialism’s global strike force. “The NATO-backed destabilization of Libya provided the blueprint for the current proxy war in Syria.”

Beirut, Baghdad and Paris: The Colonial Racialized Hierarchy of Terrorism's Victims

by Sukant Chandan

When French, British or U.S. citizens die in terror attacks, the victims are humanized. However, when the West slaughters people of color, the victims are anonymous. ISIS behaves similarly. “The common thread between European racism and these assymetric mirror reflections of them is that certain categories of people are worthy of humanity, and then there are other groups of people who are expendable, who can be massacred without trace or justice.”

I’ve Already Seen This Movie: Eritrea and the “War by Media”

by Daniel Wedi Korbaria

A U.S.-scripted drama demonizes Eritrea as a world-class “human rights” violator whose citizens are fleeing for their lives to Europe. The Europeans, on U.S. orders, create the human flood by “granting political asylum to Eritreans...beckoning more and more unfortunate people from all over Africa, especially Ethiopians, who of course declare to be Eritreans upon entry to Europe.” Justice demands a “Nuremberg trial of the Press.”

The People Demand Treatment for Mumia and 10,000 PA Inmates Suffering from Hepatitis C

by Marilyn Kai Jewett

Legions of labor leaders, elected officials and health professionals demand that Pennsylvania prison officials immediately begin treating Mumia Abu Jamal and approximately 10,000 other state prison inmates suffering from the Hepatitis C virus. The nation’s best known political prisoner nearly died earlier this year, and “faces an increasingly serious risk of suffering from fibrosis and cirrhosis, liver cancer, complications of his diabetes and eventual death.”

Rewind: Is Jazz America’s Greatest Artform?

by Julian Cola

The United States is expert at expropriating other people’s property: land, bodies and culture. It has expropriated jazz, alienating the art form from the people that created it, who are blandly labeled “Americans.” “This citizenry tag name, seemingly innocent and harmless at first sight, wholly dismisses the sociopolitical minefield in which these artists mastered their craft.”

Black Mis-Leadership Vs. African Revolutionaries: White Supremacy Elevates One, While Trying to Suppress the Other

by Solomon Comissiong

Black politicians (who are almost all Democrats) have no principles, no ambitions other than to “build their shacks of power within the Democratic Party’s political plantation.” Brainwashed Black Democrats care nothing for the universal values of social justice and peace. “Whenever a Republican wages an imperialist war black people protest, however when a Democrat does it, they exhaust every avenue to find an excuse for those wars.”


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