Obama’s Justice: Holder Fought Prisoner Release, Lynch Backtracks on Killer Cops

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are given false credit for the pending release of 6,000 drug offenders, when in fact “the administration has fought tooth-and-nail to limit and slow the inmate release process.” Meanwhile, the new chief at the Justice Department, Loretta Lynch, has made it clear she “will resist pressuring police to give the FBI detailed reports on killer cops.” These three give Black lawyers a bad name.

Freedom Rider: Putin Bombs Islamic State, Obama Bombs a Hospital

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Better late than never, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has exposed the West’s support for jihadists in Syria and moved to crush Washington’s Islamist proxies, militarily. In front of the UN, the Big Lie was exposed: “The western nations were never interested in defeating ISIS, the child they spawned through their interventions.” The U.S. promptly vented its imperial wrath on helpless hospital patients in Afghanistan.

Imperialism’s Dead-End in Syria Hastened by Russia and China’s Increased Support to Syrian Government

by Danny Haiphong

Russia military intervention in support of the legitimate government of Syria, with the support of Iran, Iraq and China, is a check to the West’s proxy jihadist aggression in the region. “The only choices the US and its allies have in Syria are full-scale military invasion or a withdrawal of aid from the jihadists and a negotiated settlement among all parties, Russia included.”

Privatization, Charters & High Stakes Tests: Arne Duncan's Legacy

by the Real News Network

Professor Pauline Lipman and educator Jose Luis Vilson discuss the legacy of Arne Duncan and what we know about his successor John B. King

Sankarist Spirit Resurges in Burkina Faso

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by Ann Garrison

In 1983, a military clique in Burkina Faso assassinated the anti-imperialist head of state Thomas Sankara, plunging the nation back into the clutches of U.S. and French neocolonialism. The people this year ousted the assassins and their presidential guard, in two mass rebellions. “Anyone who thinks that the presidential guard would have attempted a coup d’état without the knowledge and complicity of the U.S. and France” is blind to the facts.

Obama: Valedictorian of the U.S. School of Lies and Aggression

by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

After 70 years of routine U.S. aggression and lawlessness in the world, Russia has drawn a line in Syria. President Obama’s response is to make veiled threats “to use whatever means are necessary to make Russia’s defense of Syrian sovereignty as impossible as its defense of the sovereignty of Afghanistan.

Al Prentice “Bunchy" Carter” Would Have Rode with Nat Turner

by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali

October 12 is the birthday of one of the most talented and promising young men martyred in the massive State repression against the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. “Unlike Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and George Jackson, Carter has almost been forgotten from the history of Africans in America except for die hards.” But Al Prentice “Bunchy" Carter was a true renaissance man, a man of many talents – and a man of the people.

Time to Imagine: From ‘Disaster Capitalism’ to a System of Our Own

by Cynthia McKinney

The fat cats of the world are getting nervous at the tremendous success they have had in siphoning most of the planet’s wealth into their own pockets. A revolt is brewing against capitalism of all kinds, since the system “has always been about the few and has never been about the many.” The “disaster” variety of capitalism attempts to force “changes advocated by a few that would never be acceptable to the majority in the absence of the crisis.”

Why I Ain't Getting on the Bus for the MMM This Or Any Other Year

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Getting on the bus to DC this October 10? BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon wishes you safe travels, but he ain't coming. “Justice or Else” is a meaningless slogan, he says, and MMM continues a century old tradition of black leadership dependent on an unprincipled pretense of “black unity” so empowered leaders can speak for us while we serve as their mute (unless commanded otherwise) backdrop. 

Blacks Cheer Venezuelan Leader – But Still Support Democratic Party Terror

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Carrying on a tradition begun by Fidel Castro in 1960, Venezuelan leader Maduro came to Harlem, this week, for the opening of the UN General Assembly. When he spoke of U.S. terror in the world, the crowd cheered. But will they break with a Democratic Party and president that, along with the Republicans, are “the birthmothers of al Qaida and the midwives of the Islamic State?” Sometimes, solidarity is even less than skin deep.

Freedom Rider: Putin Trumps Obama at the U.N.

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

With Libya, Iraq and Syria in flames, the president of Russia confronted the world’s most dangerous man in the global hall of humanity. “I cannot help asking those who have caused the situation,” said Vladimir Putin, “do you realize now what you've done?” Obama, the nation-slayer, sneered and mouthed exceptionalist absurdities – unmasked before the world.

The Bernie and Trump Trap: Beyond the Dead-End of Imperial Politics

by Danny Haiphong

“Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are here to rescue the system with a dose of fear and hope.” Trump’s open-air racism instills fear in racial minorities and people who consider themselves “liberal" or “progressive.” Sanders gives them foolish hope that the Democratic Party can be changed from within. Grassroots movement politics is sidetracked, because “presidential elections are where movements go to die, as the anti-war movement exemplified directly after the election of Barack Obama.”

Powerless Whites Want “In” On Chitlin’ Politics

by Mark P. Fancher

Why not a Donald Trump run for the White House? With corporations firmly in control of U.S. society, presidents don’t matter much. In recent decades, the job has been “eagerly accepted by: a Georgia peanut farmer; a politician known as “Slick Willie;” a retired actor who once co-starred with a chimp; a former CIA hack and oil man; his ne’er-do-well son; and most recently a black guy with a smooth rap.”

My Name is Nobody: Religious Fanaticism is a Western Tradition

by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

Europeans and white Americans like to believe that religious fanaticism is endemic to the non-white, non-Christian world, and that they are the guardians of secular civilization. In reality, the historical rise of the West is a saga of fanaticism. In modern times, it was President Jimmy Carter who “started the wave of fanatical reactionary Islam in Afghanistan – to crush a secular regime there and indirectly attack the Soviet Union.”

American Capitalism: A Disaster With no “Moral Center”

by Cynthia McKinney

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney see capitalism through different lenses. Reich thinks the system used to have a “moral center.” McKinney says that’s nonsense: “Business as usual in the United States IS the perpetuation of injustice.”

CBC Monitor Report Card Ranks Terri Sewell Worst Black Member of Congress

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford, with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

Black Agenda Report is once again publishing the annual CBC Monitor Report Card. The former all-time worst Black Congressman, David Scott of Georgia, has passed the torch to a new generation of corporate-bought politicians, represented by Alabama’s Terri Sewell – although Scott remains a close second. Overall, the CBC’s drift to the Right continues, with only 12 members scoring 80 or 90 percent. Not one scored 100, due to their deference to Israel.

Congressional Black Caucus Report Card for 2015, the 114th Congress

by Glen Ford with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

It's been several years since the Black Agenda Report team issued what used to be our annual report card on the Congressional Black Caucus, the cream of our glittering and prosperous black political class.  We apologize, and promise you that will not happen again.

Freedom Rider: Ahmed Mohamed and Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The president that expanded U.S. wars throughout the Muslim world thinks he can make himself appear Muslim-friendly by inviting a kid to the White House. President Obama “makes a mockery of principles such as the right to trial when his agenda finds democracy too inconvenient,” calmly placing people on his weekly Kill List, then pretends to empathize with a teenager victimized by Texas-style Islamophobia.

The Obama Two-Step on Syria

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

President Obama is disavowing his failed strategy to train “moderate” rebels to fight ISIS, claiming the Republicans made him do it. Under Washington’s plan for regime change in Syria, radical jihadists would be used as the ‘boots on the ground’ for the U.S. in Syria,” as they were in Afghanistan. The West’s plans for ISIS and al Qaeda have gone awry, as have U.S. schemes to deploy “moderates” proxies of imperialism.


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