Freedom Rider: Protesting NATO


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The NATO summit meeting later this month, in Chicago, will be the place “where new Obama administration restrictions on civil liberties will be put into full effect.” Nevertheless, it is necessary to protest NATO’s role as “the armed wing for European and American elites who control the destiny not only of the capitalist nations they represent but of people around the world.” NATO is a club for killers.

Poor Little Haiti to be Fleeced of its Riches


by Dady Chery

Haiti’s mineral wealth is marked for super-exploitation by a Canadian corporation that has already wreaked havoc in the neighboring Dominican Republic. Mining companies claim the gold and silver reserves were only recently discovered, but “the story could just as well be that the mining executives were biding their time and waiting for a non-nationalistic government to take effect before initiating their projects.” The operation requires construction of a deep-water port in Haiti’s northeast, threatening the country’s marine ecosystems.

Not Voting for Obama: We're Not Even Buying a Voting Ticket to the Show


by Ezili Dantò

The author supported Obama in 2008, for the sake of Haiti, the U.S. and the world. But no more. “Under the Obama tenure, indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens is lawful in the land of the free and the brave and Haitians are saddled with George Bush and Bill Clinton.” When a duopoly rules, voting is a sham. Susan Rice takes over the role Colin Powell played for the Bushes while Cheryl Mills is out there pushing the Duvalierist agenda in Haiti previously championed by Bill Clinton's commerce secretary, the late Ron Brown.”

When Will First Lady Michelle Obama Denounce Wal-Mart's Criminal Practices?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Michelle Obama has gained a priceless image as an advocate of exercise and healthy eating. While a previous First Lady was shamed off Wal-Mart's board, Michelle Obama has allowed the giant corporation to leverage her image in its drive to capture more corporate welfare and raise the 27 cents of every US grocery dollar it gets to 30, 40, 50 cents and more. But is it time now for Michelle to divorce Wal-Mart?

Freedom Rider: Journalists in Bed with the President


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

A good time was had by all at the White House correspondents’ dinner. And why not? The corporate media and the White House both serve the same masters: corporate power and U.S. empire. “Is it any wonder that the New York Times, Washington Post and all the networks ignore torture, drone strikes, mass incarceration terror, continued bankster bailouts, high unemployment and endless war?”

You Can Vote, But You Can't Work


by Vijay Prashad

People’s yearnings and destiny make them strive for human rights, while an encrusted and decaying neoliberal capitalism provides neither civil rights nor the material necessities of civilized existence. The old order is done, although not yet gone. “Neo-liberalism is the naked Emperor. The governing ideology of the ruling class is bankrupt.”

Beware the Rotten Fruit of AFRICOM Training


by Mark P. Fancher

The U.S. military command in Africa, AFRICOM, has trained thousands of officers on the continent, including the young captain that overthrew his own government in Mali, this year. “If AFRICOM’s protégés have taken careful note of how the U.S. military is routinely used to try and take whatever the U.S. wants in Africa, often without regard for law, custom or prudence, it is not hard to imagine how or why Amadou Sanogo might do the same thing in his own country.”

Political Prisoner Lynn Stewart on May Day


by Lynne Stewart

On May Day, most especially, the oppressed should remember that “It is the same old white power structure that exploits both labor and race and racial differences for their own advancement.” The task is to “demonstrate convincingly that all the media and all the tricks cannot divide the 99%.”

Why Isn't Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News? Where Is the Black Political Class?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

If some racist made an inappropriate remark about the First Lady or her children our national "civil rights leaders" Obama fans all of them, would be all over that. But standing up for ordinary black children is something our leaders just don't do much any more.  When was the last time you heard Sharpton, Jealous or any of that tribe inveigh against school closings and the creeping privatization of our schools?  

Freedom Rider: The War on Black Women and Children


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

White supremacy is on the offensive, especially against Black women. “Black people are punished for driving, for walking down the street, for having children, for putting their children in school, for acting the way children act, and even for having children who are killed by other people.” There is only one option: “Restart the freedom movement and never let it end.”

When It Looks and Feels Like Totalitarianism…


by BAR editor and columnist Jemima Pierre

The Obama administration has spent the last three years building the infrastructure of a totalitarian police state, that “has surpassed the Bush administration’s attempts to expand executive power by crushing the civil liberties of US citizens.” At the center of the repressive edifice is preventive detention without trial, buttressed by various measures that, effectively, criminalize dissent. Clearly, and methodically, “the US government is preparing for domestic insurrection.”

No FEAR, Chapter 4 continued: The Sound That Freedom Makes


by BAR editor and columnist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo has permitted us to serialize excerpts of her new book, No FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo incurred the wrath of EPA when she protested the agency’s alliance with corporations that were poisoning miners in South Africa. This week, we continue with Chapter 4.

Sudan, South Sudan on the Brink of War Over Oil


by Abayomi Azikiwe

Multiple wars now wrack Sudan and South Sudan, which less than a year ago were one country. Oil fields on the Sudan side of the border, seized earlier by South Sudan, are now back in northern hands. “Within South Sudan itself, there is factional fighting that has resulted in the dislocation of thousands of people in recent months.” South Sudan-allied rebels are on the offensive in the north, with “a military campaign against the Sudan government in Blue Nile state.”

Two years After the BP Drilling Disaster, Gulf Residents Fear for the Future


by Jordan Flaherty

Now is not the time to let BP off the hook for the Gulf oil spill disaster. Environmentalists report “shrimp born without eyes, fish with lesions, and crabs with holes in their shells.” The Obama administration has not acted in the public’s interest. “The US government seemed to protect BP more than coastal communities or the environment.”

Trayvon Killing Reveals Unreconstructed White Nationalism on the March


by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“’Shoot the Blacks’ is a winning political platform.” That’s the message brought home to African Americans by the Trayvon Martin murder and George Zimmerman’s Stand Your Ground defense. Far from a post-racial society, the U.S. is, in many ways, devolving. “So bold have the racists become, they now seek to empower white citizens in general with lethal privileges to defend white space, wherever it is claimed – a reversion to lynch law, on top of police terror.”

Freedom Rider: No Justice for Muslims



by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The U.S. government has been become so brash, so cynical in its entrapments and pure persecutions of Muslims, it is beyond embarrassment. The shameless cannot be shamed. Khalifa al-Kalili tried to hold a press conference to explain that the government was trying to frame him – so they arrested him on other trumped up charges. “A laundry list of people who have been turned into criminals by our government is useless unless a call to action comes along with it.

No Fear, Chapter 4. The Gore-Mbeki Commission: The Sound That Freedom Makes



by Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

The author witnesses sudden death in South Africa, where Blacks had been condemned to social death since the arrival of the Dutch, centuries ago.

Letter to Florida Judge: No Bond For Zimmerman


by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

George Zimmerman has been undercharged and is a flight risk who should be denied bail, says a former human rights and criminal defense lawyer. Bail would also fly in the face of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. “It would be unthinkable for a Black person in Florida to seek bail after being charged with murder in the second degree for causing the death of a white person.”


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