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Race, Politics, and Late Obamanism

by Paul Street

We can’t wait to wave the tail end of Obama goodbye – a president who “has said and done less about racial inequality than any American chief executive in recent memory.” Obama has proved one thing beyond question: “If we’re going to get a radical politics, including a radical black politics, back in this country, we have to drop out of major party electoral-ism and bourgeois identity politics once and for all.”

“Hands Off” Edward Snowden and all Whistleblowers, “Hands Off” the Privacy of Americans

by Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and King Downing

Edward Snowden has the nation and the world a great service in revealing the the government’s mega-surveillance of the U.S. public. “The Obama administration should honor, not punish, him or anyone else who has stood up for the Constitution and against corruption.”

What Could YOU Do With Your Own Community Radio Station?

by Prometheus Radio

In a matter of days, the federal government will release the final details and application procedures for nonprofit community entities to become local low-power FM radio broadcasters.  It's the outcome of a 15 year struggle, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The application window will occur in October.  Are you ready?

President Obama’s Insecure National Security State

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

President Obama’s defense of the very surveillance policies he campaigned against in 2008 “fails the laugh test on a number of levels” – including the legal presumption of innocence. “Where is the basis of ‘probable cause’ to proactively search the records of millions of Americans who have never engaged in any illegal activity let alone activity of a ‘terrorist’ nature?”

Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues

by Eric Draitser

The West, especially Great Britain and the U.S., are treating Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections as another opportunity to destabilize the country. Since the revolution, Zimbabweans “have charted a course of self-sufficiency that allows the country and its elected officials to be less dependent on foreign powers,” while the opposition “speaks with “the voice of London, Washington and Wall Street.

The Pain Rush in Haiti

by Ezili Dantò

The crime against Haiti is seen in the poverty of its people, victims of horrific crimes at the hands of the European tribes. “The Haiti struggle is cleared of cognitive dissonance only when you factor in structuralized white supremacist hatred – its genocidal germs, guns and steel.”

What’s Really on Trial in George Zimmerman’s Case?

by Eric Mann

There is a subscript to the Trayvon Martin murder trial: the impossibility of Black innocence. Instead, the system itself must be placed on trial. “We have to roll back the endless web of laws that have put one million black people in prison and millions more in probation and parole.”

Two-Tier U.S. Immigration: The Lautenberg Amendment Legacy

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s legacy includes legislation that gave special immigration status to Jews and evangelical Christians from the former Soviet Union, including access to a range of government services. While U.S. doors are shut to millions of Black and brown would-be immigrants, the opposite was true for Lautenberg’s favored groups.

Shameless Son Andy Young's “Foreign Aid” Scam Evaporates Amid Charges of Malfeasance, Insider Dealing

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Former civil rights figure and ex-Atlanta mayor Andrew Young took part in a perfectly legal “foreign aid” scheme that might have used taxpayer money to start a private equity fund, but instead unraveled amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Let's hope it's the final act in Andy's career as a corporate whore.

Freedom Rider: Et tu Bill Thompson?

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bill Thompson, the Black candidate for mayor of New York City who endorses stop-and-frisk and has reactionary Republicans collecting money for his campaign, is betting that Black people are chumps. “The powerful lobbyists and their clients are making sure that Bloombergism will continue without Bloomberg” – with a Black face. Haven’t we seen that movie before?

Libyan Rebels and International Criminal Court Battle Over Gaddafi’s Son

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Libya, delivered into the hands of lawlessness by the U.S. and its NATO allies, refuses to turn over Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, to the International Criminal Court. Meanwhile, the ICC, which confines its prosecutions to Africans and “has been utilized to bolster imperialist aims and objectives internationally,” was soundly rebuked at a meeting of the African Union.

Syria and the Sham of “Humanitarian Intervention”

by Ajamu Baraka

The doctrine of “humanitarian” military intervention “has developed into the most effective ideological weapon the liberal human rights community provided Western imperialism since the fall of the Soviet State.” In truth, it is simply an updated form of the “white man’s burden” – and a license to wage war against all who stand in the way of U.S. domination of the globe.

Memo to the International Criminal Court: Put Up or Shut Up About Not Targeting Africans

by Mark P. Fancher

Is the International Criminal Court guilty of “international racial profiling”? The ICC has managed to indict only Africans for crimes against humanity, “while ignoring numerous civilian deaths caused by U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan and other crimes committed by non-Africans.”

Why Black Liberals Need to Reclaim The Black Agenda From The Black Church

by Yvette Carnell

The Black Church’s central role in the African American Freedom Movement, is a myth. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “himself lamented the ‘apathy of the Negro ministersand their interpretation of Christianity,” writes the author. In fact, “the presence of culture crusaders, who substitute morality wars for politics, has a demobilizing impact on black movement politics.”

Open letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys

by Alice Walker

The African American writer Alice Walker is urging songstress Alicia Keys to act in the spirit of her own people’s history of social action, and cancel a scheduled concert in Israel. “We changed our country fundamentally,” said Walker, “and the various boycotts of Israeli institutions and products will do the same there.”

Perpetual War – and Obama’s Perpetual Con Game

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama’s perpetual scam machine is in high gear – which signals another expansion of war and war-powers accumulation. The president played the reluctant warrior who doesn’t really want the limitless powers he has arrogated to himself. But, what he’s seeking is formal authorization to escalate the U.S. offensive against world order and civil liberties.

Medals to Birmingham's 4 Little Girls, Sleazy Billionaires to the Cabinet: Brand Obama VS Real World Obama

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The president signed off on medals for the 4 little girls murdered in a Birmingham church bombing 50 years ago. In the same week, he justified the secret drone murder of Somali, Yemeni & Pakistani children, appointed a union-busting, gentrifying Chicago billionaire to his cabinet and justified further drone wars with another secret legal memo. Which is the real Barack Obama, and where does all this come from?

Freedom Rider: Chickens Roost in Woolwich

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Two British-Nigerians frightened the great former colonial empire to death by nearly beheading a soldier, in London. Yet British and other western politicians have far more blood on their hands than the young Africans. “This killing was no more awful than those committed by the military from the U.S. or other NATO nations.”

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