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Haiti: US to Re-Write Haiti Constitution to Better Service the One Percent

by Ezili Dantò

When the U.S. overthrew Haiti’s government in 2004, Washington proclaimed the invasion a “humanitarian” enterprise. Now it turns out that Haiti’s earth and waters are filled with gold and oil. The U.S.-controlled World Bank has volunteered to help rewrite the Haitian constitution, to allow easier access for foreign extraction corporations. Haitians must, as always, “look out for themselves.”

My Wise Country Cousin on Unca Jim

by Raymond Nat Turner

Black South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn is angry about the NSA mass spying revelations – but not at the government. Clyburn thinks it’s all a conspiracy to “embarrass” the First Black President.Baysicklee, he jus’ anotha white house hoe…”

Reparations: The Case For Settlement

by Courtenay Barnett

The recent British monetary settlement with elderly Kenyan survivors of British colonial repression sets a precedent for reparations to all of the Empire’s victims. “The Caribbean has a very strong case to be brought for reparations for the Atlantic African Slave Trade.”

How Complacency, Complicity of Black Misleadership Class Led to Supreme Court Evisceration of the Voting Rights Act

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Did the Supreme Court kneecapping of the Voting Rights Act have to happen? Could black leadership have seen it coming and prevented it? Why didn't they, and what can we do now?

Diversity Survives (Barely), But Affirmative Action is Long Dead

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Diversity” has been given a tentative reprieve by the U.S. Supreme Court, but affirmative action died 35 years ago. “The journey from affirmative action to ‘diversity’ has largely negated African American history as a legal basis for redress. What’s left is the notion that it would really be nice if schools and workplaces looked like the country as a whole” – but you can’t make it happen.

Supreme Court Kneecaps Voting Rights Act: The Real News Network Talks to Bruce A. Dixon

Supreme Court kneecaps the voting rights act... BAR's Bruce A. Dixon on the Real News Network

Real News Network, where you can find much more news updated every day at http://therealnews.com.

Glen Ford: Supreme Court Kills Affirmative Action

Affirmative action barely breathing, and barely affirmative action...  BAR's Glen Ford on the Real News Network

Published June 25, 2013 at the Real News Network, where you can find much more news updated daily, at http://therealnews.com.

Freedom Rider: The World Says Yes to Snowden, No to Obama

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The United States is pitching an international fit, a super-tantrum over much of the refusal of much of the world to let Washington have its way with Edward Snowden. However, America’s “harangues and threats had the opposite effect of making Snowden sympathetic and irritating nations already angry with American arrogance.”

RUN SNOWDEN RUN! Dirty Lies, Dirty Wars, Dirty Secrets

by Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and King Downing

Whistle-blowing can consist of more than simply telling a newspaper about wrongdoing by the State. Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange join the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, in opposing the rule of the unjust. “Some whistleblowers survive, others are murdered or imprisoned, but all are eventually destroyed.”

Walking on the "Wild Side"? 20 Feet From Stardom & the Black Female Gaze

by Sikivu Hutchinson

Who will tell the story of the Black female back-up singers that shaped generations of Black and cross-over music? A new documentary titled 20 Feet From Stardom makes the attempt. “20 Feet” captures the deep travesty of obscurity, marginalization and, often, poverty, that these pioneering artists faced.”

How the ANC's Faustian Pact Sold Out South Africa's Poorest

by Ronnie Kasrils

A veteran of the South African freedom struggle and its Black-led government says the African National Congress’ soul “was eventually lost to corporate power: we were entrapped by the neoliberal economy – or, as some today cry out, we ‘sold our people down the river.’"

VP Cheney, the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

U.S. corporate media routinely invite documented criminals and liars to share their opinions on national policy and comparative morality. Former vice president Dick Cheney, a champion prevaricator, is invited to judge whistleblower Edward Snowden, a man who, unlike Cheney, “has not lied to the American people in order to garner support of the illegal invasion a sovereign country.”

Political Crossover: The Troubling Emergence of "Black Reaganism"

by Colin Jenkins

The nation’s top Black Reaganite is quite open about his admiration for “The Gipper.” President Obama takes every opportunity to praise his racist, reactionary predecessor, and to emulate his politics. So do lots of Democrats of all colors. The truth is, “Reaganism never really left – it merely flowed through the pipelines of neoliberalism.”

The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones?

Obama-Inspired Surrender of Black Leadership Makes Real Criminal Code Reform, Mass Incarceration Rollback Unlikely

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

There's a House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Overcriminalization committed to combing through the federal code looking for ways to lock up fewer people. Should we get our hopes up, or get our fight for justice and rolling back the state on? Will the black misleadership class be any help? Probably not much. Should that stop us? Let's hope not.

Economic & Ecological Transformation of Jamaica & Haiti Pt 1

Part 1 of Ecological & Economic Transformation in Haiti & Jamaica, a Left Forum panel discussion featuring Haitian Labor Activist Kiki Makandal, Teamsters Union 808 leader Christophe Silvera, Colia LaFayette Clark, of HUERA, and BAR contributor Pascal Robert, moderated by Cecile Lawrence, from the Green Party of New York.

Economic & Ecological Transformation of Jamaica & Haiti Pt 2

Part 2 of Ecological & Economic Transformation in Haiti & Jamaica, a Left Forum panel discussion featuring Haitian Labor Activist Kiki Makandal, Teamsters Union 808 leader Christophe Silvera, Colia LaFayette Clark, of HUERA, and BAR contributor Pascal Robert, moderated by Cecile Lawrence, from the Green Party of New York.

Economic & Ecological Transformation of Jamaica & Haiti Pt 3

Part 3 of Ecological & Economic Transformation in Haiti & Jamaica, a Left Forum panel discussion featuring Haitian Labor Activist Kiki Makandal, Teamsters Union 808 leader Christophe Silvera, Colia LaFayette Clark, of HUERA, and BAR contributor Pascal Robert, moderated by Cecile Lawrence, from the Green Party of New York.

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Syrian Press Pass

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The corporate media are the megaphones of humanitarian death, as dispensed by the U.S. and its allies. If Obama says “Assad must go,” the high-paid press do all in their power to make the public crave his blood. “The media are loyal to the system, not to their profession, their readers, or their listeners.”

The Naked Imperialism of Humanitarian Intervention

by Ajamu Baraka

The U.S. imperial juggernaut attempts to bamboozle its home audience with the fiction that its war against Syria is a “humanitarian” venture. “The immediate priority for anti-war, anti-imperialist, human rights activists in the U.S. is to strip away the moral pretext of humanitarian intervention and expose its ugly, imperialist reality.”

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