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Zimbabwe Pursues Economic Justice Despite U.S. Fickle Friendship Folly

by Mark P. Fancher

Newly re-elected Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has again defied the imperial wrath of the U.S. and Great Britain, with his announcement “that the government will seize foreign banks and mines and redistribute them to local investors.” Such actions can get one killed, but Mugabe is no easy target for the West’s secret services. He has a popular base, and a loyal armed forces.

Remembering the Night before The March On Washington: When Dr. W.E.B Du Bois Was Called Home By the Ancestors

by Obi Egbuna Jr.

A giant passed into history the day before Dr. Martin Luther King made his “Dream” speech in 1963. W.E.B. Du Bois had broken with a Democratic president 15 years before. “This put Dr. Du Bois in the exact same position that Dr. King was in when he decided losing back door access to Lyndon Johnson's White House was a small price to pay in order to stand on the side of peace and justice.

The Best Americans: Black Americans

by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.

MLK wouldn’t be smiling at him

He’d be crying

Present-day marches

In DC he would not attend

If he had to share a dais with Obama

He would defy the views of Obama

He’d pray for him

Call him a stone-cold killer

Dr. King Was A Man, “The Dreamer” Is A Zombie

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Gary Younge points out that King's “I Have A Dream” speech wasn't offered as the penultimate moment of his career till after his death. Those who offer it were the same corporate media honchos who first elevated, then slimed and slandered King the last year of his life. “The Dreamer” too is their construct, as far from the man who lived and died as an ordinary person from a brain-eating zombie.

The Dreamer With a Kill List

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The most powerful – and violent – man in the world was made the star of the commemoration of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King. “The grave-markers of the martyrs of the Black Freedom Movement – in their thousands – have been reduced to cobblestones on the road to the Obama presidency.”

Freedom Rider: American Hell for Syria

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

With the imminent attack on Syria, Barack Obama prepares to add to his personal legacy of illegal wars based entirely on lies. The corporate media will eagerly sell the newest U.S. aggression, starting with the absurd premise that Syria would launch a chemical attack “when it is winning the war fomented by the United States, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other gulf monarchies.”

NEW BATV: Cornel West on "Obama Plantation" / Dixon: MSNBC's Black Talking Heads / Ford: U.S. Conquers Africa

Cornel West: Washington March Organizers are Part of the “Obama Plantation”; Says Sharpton Attempts to “Contain Black Rage”, Jay-Z an Example of the “Re-Niggerization of the Black Professional Class.”

Bruce Dixon's Open Letter to Melissa Harris-Perry, Toure, Joy Ann Reid: Stop the Hate, Grow Some Guts

Glen Ford: US Military Conquest of Africa "All But Complete"

King, Obama, and the Inner Core of Despotism

by Paul Street

Dr. Martin Luther King was a social revolutionary who preached that “a storm is rising against the theprivileged minority of the earth” that will result in a “just distribution of the fruits” of the planet. Barack Obama “has made it clear that Dr. King’s unpaid promissory note will remain un-cashed under his watch.” The First Black President disgraces the podium from which Dr. King spoke 50 years ago.

Katrina Pain Index 2013: New Orleans Eight Years Later

by Bill Quigley

The “new” New Orleans that developers hoped to construct when 100,000 poor Black people were purged from the city is still a place of daunting poverty. “African American households in the metro New Orleans area earned 50 percent less than white households.” By almost every measurement, only the rich and white have prospered.

Living Under the Cloud of Stop-and-Frisk in Washington DC

by Seema Sadanandan

Black children in poorer sections of the Nation’s Capitol grow up under constant hyper-surveillance of police. The armed occupation of their communities is anything but benign. “A community’s desire to be free from crime is not an invitation to treat all men in that community as suspects.”

March Against the Genocide of Black People in Brazil

by Wangui Kimari

Recent police excessive force against mass demonstrations in Brazil should not overshadow institutional state violence directed against the nation’s poor Blacks. “Many Black communities in Brazil are living in a state of siege” – levels of mass-produced death that can justifiably be called genocide.”

The Black Mis-Leaders' Love-Fest with Power on the Mall

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The commemoration of the March on Washington has been ruined. President Obama, the global assassin, protector of Wall Street, and reigning Great Mass Incarcerator, will star in the production on the National Mall. “Dr. Martin Luther King serves as a mere prop in the ceremony.” In their embrace of Power, the organizers have desecrated the Black American legacy of struggle.

Who Will Lead A Movement Against the Prison State, If Not the Formerly Incarcerated?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The black political class, whose leaders will be on the podium at this week's 50th anniversary observation of the March on Washington are not going to lead any movement to roll back mass incarceration or the prison state. It's just not in them, not even to use the limited power that they do have to curtail its most savage abuses.

Freedom Rider: Sex Tapes and Butlers

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Racist propaganda comes in many forms, and from many sources. Russell Simmons and Lee Daniels are well-paid Black purveyors of the anti-Black propaganda arts. Daniel’s turns history and truth on its head in The Butler, while Russell Simmons depicts Harriet Tubman as a whore who turns tricks for freedom.

Massacre in Egypt Hastens Demise of U.S.-Jihadist Alliance

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The secularists and leftists that backed the military’s coup in Egypt “cannot escape culpability for Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi’s current and future crimes.” But the clock is also ticking on the decades-long U.S. strategy to deploy Muslim jihadists as foot soldiers for imperial objectives in the region. The unholy alliance will shatter – and usher in the Mother of All Blowbacks.

Blame the Illegal Military Occupation for the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

by BAR editor and columnist Jemima Pierre

In addition to killing thousands of Haitians through the introduction of cholera into the country, the United Nations “is generally understood as the force propping up the illegitimate governments of Haiti over the past 9 years, particularly the US-chosen Michel Martelly.”

President Obama Should Not Be Welcomed at March on Washington Commemoration

by Ajamu Baraka

The Black “leaders” that invited the commander-in-chief of the racist global capitalist order to the Washington Mall, later this month, are committing a desecration. “It brings a clear message, even though it is not acknowledged on a conscious level, that the highest aspiration and possible achievement for an African American is to be able to serve white power – to be a servant.”

Dr. King’s “Dream” vs. Obama’s Realpolitik

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

The commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington will go silent as a bell rings the exact moment when Dr. Martin Luther King addressed the crowd. But MLK would himself be silenced in the current political environment. “Those within the African American community who are engaged in stifling honest, fact-based, critical analysis of the administration’s policies would not allow Dr. King on the dais.”

We Condemn Massacre of Egyptian Civilians and U.S. Military Ties

by Ajamu Baraka

The author, a member of the Green Shadow cabinet, says the “U.S. government is deeply implicated in the murder, injury and arrest of thousands of Egyptians, perpetrated by the military regime using U.S.-supplied military equipment and U.S. trained military personnel.” President Obama needs to call the coup by its name – and defund the Egyptian generals.”

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