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Lynch Law and Summary Executions in Rebel-Held Libya

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The world’s most imperial-dependent, ill-disciplined and whining ‘liberation movement’ is still blaming black ‘mercenaries’ and soldiers from Chad for its failures in the field.” Chad, meanwhile, has officially asked the “international coalition” to protect its civilians from the rebels, who have executed “dozens” of Chadian migrant workers. In rebel-held Libya, black Africans and Gaddafi supporters are the people in need of protection.

The Black Wall Around Barack Obama: Who Does It Protect Him Against?

By BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

The presumption that Barack Obama, no matter what he does or doesn't do, enjoys nearly unanimous black support is a veritable wall around the president. But who does it protect him against? Republicans? Banksters? Tea partyers, warmongers, torturers? Or does it protect him against black people and the left, his supposed base?

Freedom Rider: Thinking Post-Obama

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

History will record that “the benefits to black America from the Obama administration have been non-existent” – and, at some point, African Americans will also have to face the fact. “Never again should one candidate for office, even the highest office of all, give voters amnesia about their history and experience.” Obama fever took all the oxygen out of the room, starving Black people’s brains. It is past time that African Americans became reacquainted with reality: Obama has been a disaster for the historical Black political agenda.

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Defending ‘Our Mother’s Gardens’

 

by Sikivu Hutchinson

On a host of fronts, the counter-revolution is on the offensive against “the revolutionary right of women to control their own destinies.” Under U.S. House legislation, anti-abortion booby-traps are embedded in the tax code, as entrapments. “Women who are audited could be forced to reveal why and how they had an abortion, further ensuring Big Brother’s reign over their bodies and destinies” – a horrific combo of “sexual terrorism and state power.”

President Obama Gets His Groove Back By Attacking Africans

 

by Cynthia McKinney

Even I could not imagine that it would get this bad” under Barack Obama, writes Cynthia McKinney, former Georgia congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate. Abroad, the First Black President murders whole nations and peoples. At home, “Blacks are slipping back more and more into economic and cultural servitude and political irrelevancy,” with Black family wealth now pegged at $2,000 per household, compared to $94,600 for whites.

Jena Six Activist Convicted, Faces Decades in Prison

 

by Jordan Flaherty

In what appears to be a Twenty-first Century example of White Power’s revenge, a key personality in the Jena Six case awaits sentencing on drug charges. Catrina Wallace was among a dozen Black people arrested in Jena, Louisiana, in an air-and-land assault by law enforcement authorities. The dream of racial justice in Jena has reverted to a Deep South nightmare.

Incarceration Nation

 

by Linn Washington, Jr.

Mass Black incarceration is a kind of “punitive backlash” against the gains of the Sixties, and only a "a major social movement" can challenge it. Nowhere on the planet is mass imprisonment more entrenched than in the United States. "The U.S. imprisons more than South Africa did under apartheid.” At every stage of the criminal justice system, Blacks are selected for harsher treatment. "In major urban areas almost one-half of black men have criminal records.”

Obama’s North African War Face

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Whatever happens to Moammar Gaddafi, an independent Libya is not on the U.S. agenda. “Obama hopes to ‘stabilize’ Libya under indirect U.S. dominion through a kind of protectorate involving various ‘international’ entities, on the Haitian model.” The president’s doctrine of “humanitarian” warfare – like his rhetoric – is merely a sweetened derivative of George Bush’s more crudely presented policies. “In the final analysis, Euro-American hegemony means crushing the aspirations of all Arabs in the sand.”

NNPA Defends Endorsement of Predatory AT&T -T-Mobile Merger. And We Answer

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon


What's the mission of the black press? To hear Walter Smith, CEO of the NY Beacon and NNPA Budget Chairman, it's to rep their advertisers, and increase their “corporate visibility.” What happened to informing the pubic, to defending the interests of black communities, to telling the truth without fear or favor? Last week we denounced NNPA's craven endorsement of AT&T's buyout of T-Mobile, which will concentrate three-quarters of the US cell phone market in the hands of two massive and massively predatory corporations. They answered.

Freedom Rider: Attack of the Cruise Missile Liberals

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Americans are warlike – as long as they think they can be victorious. These nominal Democrats and Republicans “differ only on who they want to see doing the dominating.” Today, a Black Democrat is the head killer in charge, allowing the likes of Ed Schultz, Bill Maher and Juan Cole to endorse the criminal assault on Libya. When the chips are down, fraudulent anti-war liberals show their true racist, Manifest Destiny-loving colors. “The true anti-war movement must reawaken itself and hit the streets in the hundreds of thousands.”

When Didn't You Know It, Poet? -- A Black Poet Answers Amiri Baraka

By Raymond Nathaniel Turner

Lots of people noticed when poet Amiri Baraka finally awoke from his Obamaphilic trance last week to issue “The New Invasion of Africa.” Raymond Nathaniel Turner, impresario of Oakland's Upsrurge jazz Ensemble offer's this poetic answer to Baraka's question, “...When will you learn, poet, and remember so you know it...”?

Stop the AT&T - T-Mobile Merger - Petition the Justice Dept, FCC, Congressional & State Black Caucuses

We demand that the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, be halted, whether by the U.S. Department of Justice on anti-trust grounds, by the Federal Communications Commission on public interest grounds, or by the Congress.

Why Obama Attacked Libya

 

by Cynthia McKinney

The former Georgia congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate has led delegations to Libya. She says, “Mr. Qaddafi to this day continues to assist Black political organizations in an effort to keep people of African descent able to exercise their right of self-determination.” Qaddafi should take the U.S. and its Europeans allies to the the International Court of Justice to obtain an injunction against this military action. “I know just the right team of unbought international lawyers to do it,” writes McKinney.

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