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A Second Wave of Genocide Looms in Congo, with Susan Rice on Point

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Susan Rice is a woman of ghastly accomplishments: suppressor of the facts on genocide in Congo, and chief U.S. warmonger in Africa. Yet African American politicians rush to her defense, as a role model for young Blacks, especially women.

Freedom Rider: Why White People Get Mad

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Thanksgiving myth teaches (white) Americans that they are the kindest, most generous people on Earth – and, if you don’t believe that, they will tear you limb from limb. “The celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday is not only a celebration of slaughter but it is used to this very day to keep all Americans secure in their love of white supremacy.”

Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous Should No Longer Be Invited to the White House

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous may do a lot of good for the White House, but what about the actual conditions of Black people? “It saddens me to see our most powerful civil rights leaders bowing to a racist American power structure by giving Democratic leaders carte blanche to leave the black community in ruins.”

Humanitarian Coverup: Why is Obama Silent Over the New Congo War?

 

by Shamus Cooke

The United States is a silent partner in the latest bloodshed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, under siege by so-called M23 “rebels” controlled by U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda. “It’s likely that the Obama administration will jump into action as soon as his M23 allies complete their military objective of regime change, and re-open the Congo’s military wealth to U.S. corporations to profit from.”

The Tragedy of Goma: Shame on UN and Rwanda’s Western Allies

 

by Theogene Rudasingwa

Rwanda and Uganda, Washington’s closest allies in central Africa, are embarked on the full conquest of their neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following the capture of Goma, “Rwanda is now poised to take Bukavu in South Kivu, and most likely will be lured into DRC's tempting but dangerous belly, as far as the capital, Kinshasa.”

1776, The Slaveholders’ Revolution: A Review of "Negro Comrades of the Crown"

 

by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

Blacks posed a military threat to the slaveholder’s plans for an independent America. “Horne’s history of African-Americans fighting on the side of Great Britain against the United States and its racist regime shows that the continued hostility of the United States government at all levels toward African-Americans is not the product of mere cumulative prejudice against people of color.”

Disconnecting the Dots on Israel-Palestine: Is Apartheid Only A Crime When Committed Against Blacks?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Most of the world supported the struggle of African Americans against Jim Crow during the Freedom Movement. Most of the progressive black leadership in this country spoke out against the apartheid regime, advocating boycotts, divestment, sanctions against apartheid South Africa. Where are they today on apartheid Israel?

Obama’s Mideast Policy Burns

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. believes it can manipulate jihadi fighters in a holy war against the West’s enemies in the Muslim world. However, “Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza threatens to unravel the Salafist-Qatari-Saudi-NATO axis, for one simple and irreducible reason: there is no place for the racist settler state in this post-Arab Spring equation.”

Freedom Rider: American Guilt in Gaza

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Israel is often described as a regional superpower, but the whole world knows that’s only because the Jewish State is backed to the hilt by the global superpower: the U.S. The fruits of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, “the carnage, the broken bodies, and the dead children can all be laid at America’s door.”

Arab/Black Conflict: A Colonial Gift to Africa That Keeps on Giving

 

by Mark P. Fancher

The U.S. and European media frame “racial” conflicts among the peoples of Africa as endemic to the continent, rather than a legacy and tool of colonial rule. However, “the crisis in Mali is not a simple conflict between two racial groups that can’t get along, even if race is somewhere in the mix.”

Obama's Second Term: Four More Years of Groundhog Days

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama has nearly consummated his long courtship with the GOP, yet Black and labor leaders continue to pretend that he is a bulwark against austerity. In an even more nightmarish version of Groundhog Day, "the behavior of the Black and labor leadership actors remains the same, as the economic and political landscape crumbles around them.”

Freedom Rider: Grand Bargain is the Satan Sandwich

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Obama is taking his case for a grand austerity bargain with the Republicans on the road, moving us “closer to eliminating the threadbare safety net.” Not so long ago, it would have been inconceivable that a Democratic president barnstorm the country, “loudly and publicly demanding support for making right wing fantasies come true.”

How Both Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Eric Dyson Tricked the Black Community

 

by Yvette Carnell

African Americans “leaders” – or “liars,” in the case of Reverends Sharpton and Dyson – did a great disservice to their constituencies by failing to pressure President Obama. “These men selfishly took advantage of their proximity to power, and successfully used it as leverage for their personal brands, at the expense of the black community at large.

Demographic Blowback: Race, Class and the Election

 

by P. Sainath

Race, far more than gender, was the key to Obama’s reelection. “White women still gave Romney a greater share of their vote than they gave John McCain in 2008.” But the big winner was money: both candidates had plenty of corporate donors.

I’m Black and I Want More “Stuff” and “Things”: An Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly

by Jesse Hagopian

The arch-racist Bill O’Reilly believes Blacks expect to receive “a cornucopia of benefits” from the newly-reelected president. However, it’s about four years late for that. African Americans know they’ll have to fight – and work – to get what they deserve, as has always been the case.

Human Rights, Neo-liberalism and Mass Incarceration

by Benjamin Woods

If African Americans are – finally – prepared to fight their way out of the current crisis, they “must develop a set of tactics, strategies, and objectives to improve their deteriorating condition, particularly in the arena of mass incarceration.” A “human rights” strategy would serve us well.

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