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Colonial War Crimes in Africa

by Jemima Pierre

The western-manipulated International Criminal Court, which has indicted only African leaders, tries to give the world the impression that barbarity descended on the continent when the white colonists left. But four aging Kenyan “Mau Mau” freedom fighters, demanding reparations, are forcing Britain to acknowledge the savagery of white settlers and soldiers. “The generation of Africans who fought against colonialism is dying without recognition of their fight or their suffering at the hands a racist colonialism.”

Killing Gaddafi's Grandbabies

  by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

When the U.S. and Europeans needed a way to get on the “right” side of the Arab Awakening – and thereby crush it – they chose to re-demonize Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi as the evil from which the Euro-Americans would rescue North Africa. “Gaddafi was perfect, having long existed in cartoon form for western consumption.” Killing Gaddafi’s son and three grandchildren was no crime, since “in American eyes they are no more different than satanic versions of Daffy Duck’s cartoon nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.”

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Killing Spree

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Obama is certainly living the thug life, an international gangster without parallel. What is to lesser humans a planet is, to Obama, a spherical theater of war, a free-fire zone. With two more notches in his gun, the First Black President is ensuring that Black Americans will be viewed as just another brand of ugly, violent Americans set loose on the world. And “the Peace Prize winner will once again give a lofty, well written speech about why it makes no sense to be peaceful.”

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.”

Dragging Malcolm X to Obamaland

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Manning Marable’s rendition of Malcolm X’s life should be read very carefully, so as not to confuse Malcolm’s evolving worldview with the late Columbia University professor’s left-reformist politics. “Marable tries to convince us that Malcolm must have contemplated a reformist political path in his mind, if not in practice.” The author’s mission is to discredit revolutionary Black nationalism as outdated and primitive. Black Democratic Party activity and support for President Obama are hyped as the new Black Power.

Freedom Rider: The Guantanamo Files

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Obama has turned out to be George W. Bush’s imperial twin, largely identical on “war on terror” policies – as the recently release Wikileaks files on Guantanamo attest. Both presidents rate as hypocrites and liars. “The Obama administration remains committed to continuing the Bush era military tribunals, using hearsay and evidence acquired under torture as evidence.”

Obama’s Depraved Indifference

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama seems positively eager to dismantle the safety nets put in place in the Thirties and strengthened by a Black-led movement in the Sixties. He calls it “Winning the Future” – a future that “holds nothing but further pain and decline for Black America.” By virtually all indices, Black fortunes have plummeted under the First Black President, whose policy is to let the (chocolate) chips fall where they may.

Of Fools and Sycophants: Haiti’s Presidential Selection

by Jemima Pierre

The U.S. corporate media, echoing President Obama, would have us believe that Washington has brought “democracy” to Haiti – when, in fact, the U.S. stole democracy from that country through coup and invasion, in 2004. The fundamental question: “How can a non-sovereign country, under military occupation, claim to independently call and run free and fair elections?” The winner, Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, is clearly a foe of deposed president Jean Bertrand Aristide – “a position that must have played a role in the U.S. decision to choose him as president.”

Freedom Rider: Don’t Vote for Democrats

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Every day it becomes clearer that Democrats and Republicans are united in resisting the will and material interests of the people. “The issue of real importance to them is maintaining the empire, and that means destroying what little is left of the rights of all citizens, and empowering corporations and wealthy individuals even more.” This is the real basis for Obama’s quest for “unity across the aisles” and “reforms” that amount to surrender. But, “Social Security and Medicare don’t need reform, they need to be defended.”

An Ivory Tower Assassination of Malcolm X

by Kamau K. Franklin

Although much of the negative reaction to the late Manning Marable’s new bio of Malcolm X revolves around the book’s rehashed allegations of Malcolm’s homosexuality, the recasting of the slain leader’s core political beliefs is more disturbing. “Marable’s backers say he wants to ‘humanize’ Malcolm” – as if the “Black Panther of a Man” is not human enough. In Marable’s telling of the story, Malcolm is finally reduced to merely another “anti-racist social justice soldier” – a character with a striking political resemblance to the biographer.

Barack Obama: Our Barabbas, an Assimilated Mess of Pottage

Nathaniel X. Turner

Just as Esau in his day sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, we have come to pretend that a race-neutral pathological liar and finance capital callboy and his status-striven wife hold the answers to our destiny as a people.” Esau never regained his inheritance, and the same disaster may befall Black America. “As I watch the social safety net being destroyed for generations to come, I can still hear African Americans saying it was worth this to have a black man in the White House.”

West Makes Ivory Coast Safe for Cocoa

by Kalundi Serumaga

At the heart of the conflict over the presidency of Ivory Coast is the question: who is a legitimate citizen of a country whose economy has pulled in millions of workers from around the region? A deeper problem: “Should Africans embrace the artificialities in which they live for the sake of preserving the foreign-owned economies that underpin them.” Increasingly, African presidential contestants fit the description of “two bald men fighting over a comb.”

Awakening From Obama's Seductive Spell

by Gary Olson

Barack Obama is no mystery to Paul Street. His new book “documents that Obama has been consistently to the right of center throughout his public career and is doing what he was groomed to do.” The same policies that were deemed so noxious under a white Texan, George W. Bush, “become perversely acceptable for many 'progressive' and other citizens when carried out by an eloquent and urban black Democrat from Chicago.”

Freedom Rider: Earth Day is for Black People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

In the minds of some, Earth Day is a throwback to the “flower politics” of another age. But “the dangers of global climate change are worse than any calamity that was imagined in the 1960s and 1970s.” Multitudinous and overlapping environmental threats include the looming prospect that “the Gulf Stream may cease to exist” – a catastrophe for North America and Europe. African Americans are widely aware of the scourge of environmental racism – a non-issue 40 years ago.

Al Sharpton & MSNBC Shrink the Black Agenda

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In the two hours of MSNBC’s corporate-sponsored “Black Agenda” featuring Al Sharpton and Ed Schulz, hosts and guests mentioned the Pentagon, its multiple wars and trillion dollar budget not even once. In their imaginary world, these have nothing to do with the funds not available for Medicaid, Medicare, education, jobs, or social security. The “black agenda” as handed down by Rev. Al is to shut up and support the president, thus limiting and dooming black politics to irrelevance.

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