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Dear Black America: It's Past Time to Wake Up

 

by Solomon Comissiong

Black people in the U.S. “are locked in struggle with white supremacy, institutional racism and oppression.” At the same time, however, they embrace the brown face of the ultimate front man for Power: Barack Obama. This is a formula for community incoherence and defeat.

Black Misleadership Class Pretends It’s Ready to Fight the Power

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Established Black organizations now claim they are ready to make demands of the First Black President. But are they serious? “What Marc Morial of the Urban League, Ben Jealous of the NAACP, Al Sharpton and others have outlined are issue-based suggestion boxes for the president’s perusal.” They're not about to “demanding” anything.

Hatership VS Black Leadership in the Age of Obama

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When you criticize black leadership, and especially the president from the left, the establishment has no answer, they call you “a hater.” But has our current black leadership outlived its usefulness? And if so, what's a “hater” to do?

Freedom Rider: Susan Rice and American Evil

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Some African Americans associate racial progress with Black people achieving “the right to perform the evil acts which were once the reserve of whites.” The ascension of Black secretaries of state marks “the first time that black Americans began to look the other way and excuse their government’s inhumanity.”

American Militarism Threatening To Set Off World War III

 

by Professor Francis A. Boyle

Massive lawlessness by the U.S. government, at home and abroad, requires a response of civil resistance. “Today’s civil resisters are acting for the express purpose of upholding the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, human rights, and international law.” The resistance is lawful. The U.S. government officials are the outlaws!”

Why Is Cuba’s Health Care System the Best Model for Poor Countries?

 

by Don Fitz

Cuba has become a world-class medical powerhouse with very limited resources, while “the US squanders perhaps 10 to 20 times what is needed for a good, affordable medical system.” As a result, the Cuban infant mortality rate is “below that of the US and less than half that of US Blacks,” and Americans can hardly claim to have a health care system.

Roots of Evil: Capitalism

 

by Herbert Salit

All Western societies are based on large-scale oppression and systematic theft, much of that dependent on the use of, and the threat of the use of, force, that is, armed robbery.” So, why all the fuss and worry about the decline of the West?

Why Couldn't Unions Stop RIght To Work Legislation in Michigan?

In a stealth maneuver last week, the Michigan legislature passed right to work legislation, intended to strip the nation's few remaining unions of their ability to hire staff and be politically active. The Real News Network interviews Jane McAlevey, a successful union organizer to explain how this happened & what it means.

The Shameless Vacuity of Susan Rice's Black Boosters

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Africa doesn’t matter, U.S. wars don’t matter, nothing matters to the Black Misleadership Class except the sickly prestige of basking in the (distant) glow of power. Susan Rice’s “Black boosters embrace an abettor of genocide and endless military interventions as one of their own – and indict themselves.”

Freedom Rider: Latinos Lead the Way

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Latinos make up barely ten percent of the electorate, and have only emerged as a major national political presence in recent years. Yet, they are outclassing Blacks at every political juncture. “The victory of young Latinos and Latinas did not come about because of altruistic motives from the administration, but because of a carefully planned and very courageous public campaign.”

Massacre in Cleveland: Lynch Law Was Never Repealed

 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

America’s “unwritten law” dictates that nothing unusual is happening when 13 cops shoot 137 bullets at an apparently unarmed Black couple in Cleveland, a Black-run city. Ida B. Wells, who fought and chronicled lynching at the turn of the 20th century, would feel horribly at home.

An Interview with Cornel West on Occupy, Obama and Marx

 

by Shozab Raza and Parmbir Gill

Fresh from his winning debate at Oxford, Dr. Cornel West discussed a ranged of subjects with two graduate students. “More and more these days, race is taking a class form because you’ve got a black middle class that is often times indifferent to the black poor.”

Britain and America Target DR Congo

 

by Antoine Roger Lokongo

It’s now an “open secret” that the U.S. is plotting the dismemberment of the Democratic Republic of Congo, through Washington’s proxies Uganda and Rwanda. “This is not a Congolese civil war, but a continuation of a 16-year aggression by its two neighbors, financed and directed by the United States and Britain.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton: “Friends of Haiti?”

by Marty Goodman

The Clintons’ crimes against Haiti go back two decades, making Bill singularly unsuitable to act as United Nations envoy to Haiti. “Bill’s friendly relations with Haiti’s current President Michael Martelly, who is linked to Duvalier-era thugs and their kin, is well known.”

The Death of Jordan Davis: Is it Open season on Negroes?

 

by Doshon Farad

Another unarmed 17 year-old Black male shot dead by a Florida white man. Are white men really so terrified by the presence of Black males, or “is black life, specifically that of black males, seen as valueless?” Or both?

December 4, 1969 -- Nothing but a Northern Lynching: The Assassination of Fred Hampton

by G. Flint Taylor
Observations of one of the attorneys who represented the families of survivors of the murderous December 4, 1969 raid by the FBI and Chicago police on the home of Fred Hampton, Deputy Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. 

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