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An Interview with René González, of the Cuban 5

by Netfa Freeman

René González is the only member of the Cuban Five to be released from prison since their arrest in 1998. His verdict on the U.S. criminal justice system: “The judges are stupid dogs. That’s what they are, most of them. They don’t have any sense of justice at all. And when a political guy ends up being a defendant, what falls on him is the whole hatred of a system that is unjust in itself.”

Expected Budget Cuts Won’t Cure the Deadly AFRICOM Disease

by Mark P. Fancher

The U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM, becomes more entrenched on the continent by the day. American drones bases dot the landscape and U.S. troops interact constantly with their African counterparts. Africa has collaborated in its own occupation. “There has been increasing cooperation between African militaries and U.S. forces, and it has allowed AFRICOM to gain a more secure foothold on African soil.”

From 'Old Detroit' to Delta City: RoboCop's Dystopia in Detroit

by Sean Posey

In the future as depicted in the RoboCop movies, Detroit’s people struggle against the tyranny of corporate rule. That future is about to arrive, way ahead of schedule, as wealthy predators scheme to build a new city in Detroit’s downtown and waterfront, a “free market utopia, ideal for corporate growth.”

Blood on their Hands, Blood in their Mouths: Corporate Media Collaborators in Mass Murder

by Solomon Comissiong

The ideological spectrum of U.S. corporate media is so narrow, the light of truth seldom penetrates. All are “politically right of center, however, some, like Fox ‘News,’ blatantly promote themselves as further right than the rest.” Their collective criminality presents a unique danger to humanity at large.

From the Bullet to the Ballot: An Unfavorable Review of a Work on the Black Panther Party

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Historians are supposed to help us make sense of the world, by illuminating the forces and trends that shape the lives and destinies of ordinary people. But historians in the service of power do something else. Whether carelessly or carefully, they omit and distort to come up with histories that justify today's establishment as the inheritors of a noble tradition of struggle on the part of ordinary people. It's time for more people's histories of our movement, and of the historic Black Panther Party. Regrettably, this is not one of them.

Reconciliation is Not Decolonization

by BAR columnist Jemima Pierre

Nelson Mandela certainly led an inspirational life, but the “liberation” of South Africa has been the continent’s most spectacular failure. Mandela and his party “reneged on their own Freedom Charter which promised that land, the national mineral wealth, the banking systems, as well as all other industry and trade be nationalized and used to the benefit of South Africa’s majority.”

Nelson Mandela, The Contradictions Of His Life And Legacies

by Anthony Monteiro

Nelson Mandela lived a long life, with 3 careers, one before he was locked up, another while in prison, and a third after his 1990 release. Dr. Anthony Monteiro reflects upon the life, the lessons and the legacies of Nelson Mandela.

Eyewitness to America Betraying Mandela's South Africa: The Gore - Mbeki Commission

by Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Nelson Mandela's ANC leadership negotiated the form of the new South Africa on two tracks, the political wrangling in one set of meetings, & the decisions on the nation's economic future separately at another location, headed by Thabo Mbeki. The results were predictable, as Miriam Makeba said: "We got the flag, but they got to keep the money."

The Need for an Ethical and Political De-Colonization of Human Rights: A Reflection on International Human Rights Day

By Ajamu Baraka

Can human rights rhetoric be deployed in the service of empire? You bet. In the current state of the planet, asserting human rights without fighting for local and global transformation is at best hollow, and at worst hypocritical, because the principal violators of these rights are global and transnational economic and social systems.

The Souls of Black Boys

By Sikivu Hutchinson

Black males are now down to about 1% of current UCLA freshmen. It's neoliberal California, where black boys are destined for marginal labor if they're lucky or pipelined to prison if they're not. Still, community activists in Los Angeles are fighting back, trying to nurture and prepare the next generation of black organizers, scholars and intellectuals.

Two Parties, One Game: Barack Obama's War on the Poor

by Pascal Robert

Enabled by the progressive chorus which barks furiously at evil racist obstructionist Republicans but ignores Democrats enforcing austerity on the poor, President Barack Obama has carried on the proud Democratic party tradition of campaigning to the left, but governing from the right, imposing neoliberal policies that Republicans could only dream of.

Detroit on the Auction Block

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

With startling speed, a bankruptcy judge has moved Detroit to the auction block, with the banksters pre-positioned to pick the bones of the Black metropolis. Racism makes Wall Street’s mission infinitely easier. “Detroit is the golden opportunity to shape anti-democratic legal precedents that can be applied, nationwide, with the least resistance from the white American public.”

Freedom Rider: Blaming Black People in Detroit

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Detroit has been delivered to the bankruptcy vultures, with a foreign bank first in line to scavenge the carcass. Yet, corporate media and white public opinion appear to consider the catastrophe to be the fault of Black “shiftless bums who must pay a price for just about anything that the reptile racist brain can imagine.”

Deleting Corporate Power: Dominant Media’s Superficial Coverage of Problems with Obamacare

by Paul Street

Corporate media criticism of ObamaCare is mainly limited to the failures of its website. But the whole machinery has been rotten from its conception in a right-wing think tank. ObamaCare “is dedicated to a vision of ‘change’ that leaves the corporate and financial oligarchy free to extort massive profits.” It is working quite well for the insurance giants, whose stocks are up by 200%-300%.

Desmond Tutu on the International Criminal Court

by Edward S. Herman

Desmond Tutu’s defense of the International Criminal Court ignores the ICC’s record as an annex of white imperial power. The former South African archbishop defends the ICC’s selective prosecution of Africans and those who anger the western powers. In truth, the “ICC may have black representatives, but it is not a black court in its ultimate power and it does not represent the ‘interests of the [black] people.’”

Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide

by Yoichi Shimatsu

Genocide is not only an ongoing policy of Israel, but is embedded in the institutions and history of the Zionist State, according to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. The verdict provides “a lawful alternative to the current response of so-called humanitarian intervention, invasion, occupation and regime change” promoted by the U.S. and its allies, who are also complicit in Israel’s crimes.

Lynching as a Misdemeanor

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Four white San Jose State University students who assaulted a Black teenager for nearly two months have been charged only with misdemeanors, when their crimes actually constitute “felonious battery, terroristic threats, and kidnapping.” The corporate media portrayed the “racist assaults and threats of lynching as nothing more than white rites of adolescent passage” – like “hazing” and “bullying.”

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