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From Heroes to Villains: NOPD Verdict Reveals Post-Katrina History

Submitted by Jordan Flaherty on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 09:36

by Jordan Flaherty

Guilty verdicts against New Orleans cops in the infamous Danziger Bridge murders of innocent Black citizens may lead to far reaching changes in law enforcement – and not just in New Orleans. “The Justice Department is looking at federal oversight of the NOPD, a process by which they can dictate vast changes from hiring and firing to training and policy writing.” Other cities may soon come in for similar attention. The NOPD was long known as the most violent and corrupt big city police force in the country. “For years every check and balance in the city’s criminal justice system failed to find any fault in this or other officer-involved shootings from the days after the storm.”

Freedom Rider: Six More Years of Obama

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 09:31

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It seems only a Republican president can free us from the downward Obama spiral of the Democratic Party. “When the ruling class who hire and fire politicians chose a black Democrat to serve as president, they pulled off what can only be thought of as stroke of genius, the perfect crime if you will.” House and Senate Democratic leaders Pelosi and Reid vow to appoint “Super Committee” members who will cut entitlements. All principle has evaporated. “If current trends continue, gay marriage will be legal but Social Security and Medicare will no longer exist.”

Eritrea: An Island of Food in Africa’s Horn of Hunger

Submitted by Thomas C. Mountain on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 07:45

by Thomas C. Mountain

Drought kills, but spiraling food prices can also bring hunger. While Ethiopia exported food for cash as drought and famine loomed, Eritrea is like “an island the size of Britain where affordable bread is there for all and slowly but steadily, life gets better.” Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, “basics like wheat, barley, sorghum and chick peas become so expensive malnutrition rates for children spike.” Naturally, Ethiopia is a U.S. client state, while Eritrea is on the American hit list.

Barack Obama and the Debt Crisis: a Successful Con Game Explained

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 13:48

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

What just happened? Did Barack Obama just save the world, and us from a looming debt catastrophe? Or has he just played good cop to the Republican bad cop in an elaborate hoax staged to circumvent the will of the American people and deal mortal blows to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security?

Ruin-Nation: The Obama Catastrophe

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 09:31

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

After two and a half years of waging war against the Left half of his own party, while seeking a “Grand Consensus” with the GOP, President Obama has finally set “in motion a rolling implosion of Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society.” The final vote on the debt ceiling measure – actually a ruse to impose savage cuts in social spending – saw a substantial portion of the Congressional Black Caucus put the president’s prestige above their constituents’ vital interests. Ninety-five House Democrats, including 15 Black Caucus members, “voted for the certainty of losing trillions of dollars for tens of millions of needy citizens, rather than risk the possibility of unknown financial dislocations.”

Freedom Rider: Ruling Class Victory

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 05:49

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Left to their own devices, the Tea Party and the rest of the Republicans could not possibly have done such damage to the legacies of the New Deal and Great Society as was wrought, this week. The Black Democrat in the White House tipped the scales, catastrophically. “Neither Ronald Reagan, George Bush nor George W. Bush dared to move as much to the right as Barack Obama.”

Justice Department is Hiding Something on Malcolm X Murder

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 05:39

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Forty-six years after the assassination of Malcolm X, a large segment of Black America believes the FBI played a part in the Black leader’s death. But the first Black U.S. attorney general refuses to reopen the case, and the FBI has claimed for 30 years – amazingly – that it never investigated Malcolm’s murder. If the FBI is to be believed, “there can be only one reasonable conclusion: that they knew exactly what happened at the Audubon Ballroom, and either facilitated it or criminally failed to prevent a capital crime from occurring.”

World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death?

Submitted by Thomas C. Mountain on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 05:25

by Thomas Mountain

To hear the corporate media tell it, the Shabab resistance in Somalia is to blame for the drought and famine. But ten million people are threatened in the neighboring Ogaden region of Ethiopia, largely populated by ethnic Somalis, many of whom are at war with the Ethiopian dictatorship. Ethiopia restricts the movements of foreigners in the Odaden, yet the World Food Program continues to operate there, as a partner with the regime.

Whose Black President?

Submitted by Paul Street on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 05:13

by Paul Street

In retrospect, we should have seen it all coming: the Black corporate politician wreaking havoc on the progressive legacy through a working alliance with the GOP. In fact, some of us did see it coming, including the author, who had Obama’s number, early on. “The deeply conservative Obama governed from the big business-friendly, Teapublican-accommodating center-right,” and pushed forward in his quest to savage entitlements at a time when Republicans weren’t even suggesting cuts to Social Security: this was something Obama apparently desired for its own sake.”

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

So why won’t the president call Republican and bankster bluffs and shut down the phony debt ceiling crisis? Why won’t the Republicans take yes-may-I -have-another-tax-cut-for-the-rich for an answer? And why won’t president Obama stand up and fight for the poor and working people who voted for him in their tens of millions, who have made his career possible.

A Defining Moment for Africa: North Atlantic Terrorists Will Be Defeated in Libya

Submitted by Gerald A. Perreira on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 11:15

by Gerald A. Perreira

The Euro-Americans of NATO don’t seem so confident, anymore, about driving Moammar Gaddafi’s government into oblivion. “One thing is clear, if Qaddafi did not have mass support he could not be resisting this barbaric onslaught so effectively.” The U.S., France and others have begun talks with Tripoli, a sign that “the ‘Coalition of Demons’ is crumbling, with major differences surfacing amongst members on how to proceed with this ill-fated mission impossible.”

Bad “Bitches,” True Women

Submitted by Sikivu Hutchinson on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 11:03

by Sikivu Hutchinson

The Casey Anthony trial caused such consternation in white America because it “underscores how deeply the ideal of white womanhood is steeped in reverence for white motherhood” – as opposed to “the dark uncivilized Other of Africa, Asia and Latin America.” Yet the “violent moral policing” of non-white women is a central chapter in the American story. Women of color face “racist drug enforcement and sentencing policies, coupled with mainstream assumptions of bad black motherhood.”

More Fake Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia, And A Real Answer

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 14:54

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

How do you reform the “criminal justice system” without acknowledging systematic torture, endemic corruption, pervasive racial and class bias, the failure of the war on drugs, and the massive economic and social devastation it wreaks upon entire communities? The answer is you don't. You create a “Criminal Justice Reform Commission” of insiders and consultants, keep the public at bay, and focus on making the prison state cost less. For “reformers” like this, the only thing US prisons have done wrong is spend too much money.

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Van Jones and Rebuilding The Dream got lots of media, lots of praise from Democrats, lots of hate from Republoicans. But is it what it claims, a movement to confront the Tea Party, make Democrats responsible to their base, ready to fight for jobs and justice? Or is it just the Van Jones brand, joining forces with the MoveOn.Org email marketing scheme?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In Georgia, where prisoners staged a brief and courageous strike for their human rights last December, the state's new governor is talking “prison reform.” But the vision of Georgia's new commission on criminal justice reform seems to be less about healing the wounds caused by racist hyper-incarceration than saving the state money. What kind of “prison reform” does that lead to?

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