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    Code Black Alert: The Execution of John Crawford III – Killer Cops are Back on the Street

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    In 21st century America, cops kill Black people with both impunity and sickening regularity. A Green County, Ohio, grand jury recently issued a Kill-a-Black-Man-for-Free card to the officers who shot 22-year-old John Crawford III without warning at a Wal-Mart. “The question is, When have European-Americans not found it ‘reasonable’ to kill black folks?”

    Stop the Political Persecution of Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas Once and for All

    by Danny Glover

    In a case that “reeks of political persecution,” the U.S.-backed regime in Haiti holds Jean Bertrand Aristide, the country’s only popularly elected president, under house arrest. The curtailment of Aristide’s movements is part of parcel of the denial of basic democracy to Haiti’s people since the 2004 coup, first enforced at the point of U.S. Marine bayonets, and now backed by “peacekeepers” of the United Nations.

    My Wise Country Cousin on Hate Speech

    My Wise Country Cousin on Hate Speech:

    by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

    The Commander-in-Chief’s *Annual NASA
    Umph, umph, umph, de hate speech de Commanduh preach
    Soun’ lak, feel lak finguh nails on a chalkbowd, dat screech
    ‘Bout toxic as anything Dr Gobbuls an’ ol’ Striker teach—
    Lak WHITE fosforus providin’ cover, so de 1% can leech
    Puttin’ Dr Martha Lutha Kang’s dream waaay outta reach
    Commnaduh gibbin’ his Annyule Nigga Ain’t Shit Speech!

    The Sharpton-ization of American Imperialism: Obama Administration's DOJ to Train "Community Leaders" to be Snitches for Empire

    by Danny Haiphong

    The U.S. government has finally invented a national “snitch” program big enough to encompass the treachery of Al Sharpton. Under the new program, “community leaders” are taught to identify and rat-out radicals in their midst – a task for which Sharpton serves as the perfect role model. “Sharpton is committed to defusing potential Black rebellion on behalf of the Obama Administration.”

    South Africa’s Unfinished Revolution

    A Review by Benjamin Woods

    Nelson Mandela’s rise South Africa’s presidency did not constitute a revolution, but simply a transition to nominal Black electoral political power. A new party promises to make good on the promises of the Freedom Charter, through socialism. “Even the red uniform of the EFF with matching berets is a nod to historic and contemporary revolutions such as in Venezuela.”

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    No Indictment in Cop Killing of John Crawford III at Wal-Mart

    Student leaders in Ohio plan further mobilizations in the wake of the failure of a Green County, Ohio, grand jury to indict the police who shot 22-year-old John Crawford III, on August 5. Crawford was killed while talking on his cell phone and handling a toy air rifle on display at the store. “I’m a direct reflection of John Crawford,” said Jovan Webster, of the Ohio Student Association. “I’m around the same age, same color, same culture. Me holding a candy bar is threatening in America.”

    Change of Mayor in New York, but No Change in Police Behavior

    Statistics show that New York City police arrested virtually the same number of Black and brown people on petty “quality of life” charges in 2014 as during the previous year, despite the intervening election of “liberal” mayor Bill de Blasio. “The current NYPD is continuing the same harsh, aggressive ‘broken windows’ type of policing that characterized the [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg years,” said Robert Gangi, executive director of the Police Reform Organizing Project.

    Bias Against Black Women and Girls Not a Priority

    A new study released by the National Women’s Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund says more attention needs to be paid to specific bias against Black females. The report is titled “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity.” According to the law center’s Fatima Goss Graves, “the suspension rate for African American girls is around 12 percent, which is far higher than any other group of girls and higher than most groups of boys.” Black women are the only major group for whom joblessness has not declined, and 43 percent of Black women without a high school diploma live in poverty.

    Palestine and Ferguson: The Parallels of Oppression

    The Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Center, formerly the Audubon Ballroom, hosts “The World Stands with Palestine” rally on October 11, in New York’s Harlem. “There are so many parallels” between the plight of the Palestinian people and the oppression of Blacks in the U.S., said Dr. Robyn Spencer, professor of history at Lehman College and an organizer of the rally. “The reality of occupation; economic underdevelopment of Palestinian territories; the ways in which daily life is militarized; the cultural appropriation – the parallels are really strong,” said Dr. Spencer. The lineup includes Mumia Abu Jamal, Rebel Diaz and a host of other speakers and cultural icons.

    Don’t Cheer Obama Just Because You Hate ISIS

    Speaking to a teleconference of UNAC, the United National Anti-War Coalition, activist academic Dr. Vijay Prashad said peace forces must challenge those who think “imperialism is a hammer that can be used for the purposes of the Left.” The same argument was made in 2011, when the U.S. and its allies bombed the government of Muammar Gaddafi out of existence, resulting in disaster for the people of Libya, said Prashad, a professor of history and international relations at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Obama Displays Phenomenal “Chutzpah” at UN

    Paul Street, the author and activist who has followed Barack Obama’s career since the early days in Chicago, says the president reached new heights of hypocrisy and “chutzpah” at the United Nations, last week. Obama claims to be “outraged at the brutality of ISIS,” said Street, but the U.S. “killed 500,000 Iraqi children through economic sanctions in the 1990s.” The president cites ISIS’s “Network of Death,” but “the U.S. maintains more than 1,000 military installations across more than 100 sovereign nations. Is that not a ‘Network of Death?’” Street is author of The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power.

    Mumia: The U.S. is the Architect of Destruction

    Everything Washington touches turns to chaos and death, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. Libya and Iraq “are horrific examples of U.S. interventions that have plunged both societies into deadly hell-scapes,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. Obama’s war in Syria promises more suffering for the country’s people, who Washington treats as “collateral damage.”

    Atlanta Hosts Celebration of Rwanda’s Criminal Regime

    “Rwanda Day” – a public relations event showcasing an economy fueled by the systematic plundering of neighboring Congo’s resources and the slaughter of six million Congolese – was nevertheless a popular destination for some Black American notables, who registered their approval of Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame. The warlord’s regime has amassed lots of loot, said Black Agenda Report managing editor Bruce Dixon, and the Black political class “wants a cut.”

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    Will America's Black Political Class Join In the Spoils of the Rape of Congo? Andy Young & Jesse Jackson Say It's OK.

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The table set with the loot from 5 million dead in neighboring Congo, the largest genocide on earth since World War 2, Rwandan president Paul Kagame is inviting America's black political class to join him in the profitable spoils... contracts, careers and more, blessed by the likes of Andy Young and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

    The Big Switch: Obama Preparing to Bomb His Way to Regime Change in Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The U.S. bombing campaign over Syria has two objectives: (1) “ISIS must be punished, to reduce its appeal to the jihadist rank and file, who make up the bulk of effective fighters arrayed against the Syrian state; and (2), jihadists that remain loyal to their paymasters must be rewarded with victories on the battlefield, through U.S. air power. Obama will switch quickly to direct air aggression against the Syrian State.

    The Black Caucus “Left” Wing Crumbles Before Obama’s War Machine

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    It took just three years for most Americans to conclude that George Bush’s war in Iraq should come to an end. But, after three years of failure in Syria, Congress has given Barack Obama another shot. “The reason Obama’s wars have such longer shelf-life, is that Democrats will not oppose him, including such luminaries of the Black Caucus left wing as John Conyers and Maxine Waters.”

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    Freedom Rider: An Evening with Nicolas Maduro

    By BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Venezuelan President Maduro, in the spirit of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, visited the Bronx on his way to the United Nations General Assembly opening session. Maduro is eager to speak to Americans about “social struggle,” even as the U.S. government attempts to strangle his country’s revolution. Heroic Venezuela, “whose only crime is to ... try to transcend capitalism.”

    My Wise Country Cousin on the Congressional Black Caucus

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Dem Negroz par-tay livin’ hi on de hog—
    We’s han to mouf, shot down lak a dog!

    My Enemy’s Enemy Is Not My Friend

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The United States military doesn’t scare ISIS, which welcomes a showdown. Even Muslim foes of ISIS know that U.S. policy in the Middle East is “about carving up continents like pieces of meat, installing compliant dictators, and violently removing them when they no longer serve a purpose.”

    The Democratic Party Should Lose its "Lesser Evil" Privileges

    by Danny Haiphong

    Desperate to keep control of the Senate, the Democrats are appealing to Blacks and others whose interests they have routinely betrayed. The political monopoly of the two business parties traps the non-rich classes in a dead end. “Workers and oppressed people must choose between the imperatives both Parties agree upon or accept prevailing social conditions.” Whichever side wins, the people lose.

    High Time to Build a Movement of Solidarity to End the UN’s Occupation of Haiti

    by Ajamu Nangwaya

    For ten years the people of Haiti have been subjected to foreign rule and denial of their most basic human rights. Solidarity with Haiti must be expressed in action. “We need to be nimble and swift in putting together initiatives demanding an immediate withdrawal of the UN’s army of occupation.”

    15 US Lawmakers Ask Haiti Senate to Make Way for Mock Elections

    by Ezili Dantò

    As if overthrowing Haiti’s democratically elected government and stealing the country’s sovereignty were not enough, a gaggle of U.S. congresspersons are attempting to intervene directly in Haiti’s election processes. Haitian patriots totally reject their meddling. “The people of Haiti are LOUDLY and most democratically asking for an END to the US occupation of Haiti behind UN guns.”

    Why the U.S. Government Assassinated Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Reviewed by Roger Hollander

    Roland Sheppard’s classic book on the killing of the two giants of the Black Freedom Movement of the Sixties has been reissued. Sheppard witnessed Malcolm’s assassination, and recognized the hit man later that day “walking freely” into an office in a Harlem police station. The government believed that, to preserve the system, Malcolm and King must die.

    Ebola, Cholera and the Epidemiology of Anti-Blackness – Or, Black Lives Don’t Matter

    by BAR editors and columnists Peter James Hudson and Jemima Pierre

    Mass Black death results from degrading diseases like cholera and ebola because the powerful white world believes Blacks deserve no better. “The response to cholera in Haiti and Ebola in West Africa has been strikingly similar”: feigned concern but substantive neglect and contempt for people brought low by historical and cotemporary global white supremacy.

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    Obama Plans “Rebel” Assault on Damascus Under U.S. Air Cover

    The “real objective” of President Obama’s latest mobilization in the Middle East is to deploy U.S. air power to support a renewed “rebel” assault on Damascus, the Syrian capital, from the south, said veteran human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. Washington’s plan remains “to engage in regime change in Syria,” which is why it gave ISIS and other jihadist groups “the green light” to ravage that nation for the last three years. The U.S. is “playing with forces that they think they can control, but history has already proven that those forces have agendas of their own” and are not controllable, said Baraka, an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report.

    Ohio Students Press for Federal Intervention in Police Killing of John Crawford III

    Twenty-three year-old John Crawford III was shopping at a local Wal-Mart in Green County, Ohio, examining a toy air rifle on display and talking on his cell phone, when police shot him dead, August 5. The Ohio Students Association and two other young people’s organizations, fearing a whitewash by an “old boys network,” have launched an extended campaign to compel the U.S. Justice Department to enter the case. The state attorney general was a prosecutor in Green County, as is his daughter, and the officer that shot Crawford killed another man in 2010, but was never indicted, said student organizer James Hayes. “Young people are coming of age at a time where this violence is so common, it’s predictable,” said Hayes. “We’re in this for the long haul; we’ve got our eyes on the prize.”

    U.S. Prison Population on the Rise Again

    The nation’s prison population increased slightly in 2013, after a three-year downward trend. Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, points out that the recent period of decline “only happened after nearly 40 years of record historic rises in the inmate population to more than two million people behind bars.” Three states – New Jersey, New York and California – were responsible for much of the previous decreases, with California under court order to reduce its prison population. Those who thought mass incarceration could be cured by “tinkering around the edges” of the system, were wrong, said Mauer. “This is the result of centuries of a racist history, particularly in the justice system.”

    “Rwanda Day”: Propaganda Based on Lies

    Thousands flocked to Atlanta to celebrate – or protest against – “Rwanda Day,” a yearly public relations event staged by the Rwandan government of dictator and warlord Paul Kagame. The minority, Tutsi-dominated regime and its western backers claim Kagame’s military stopped the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and then brought prosperity to the country. But the truth is far different, said Claude Gatebuke, a genocide survivor and executive director of the African Great Lakes Action Network. Rwanda’s relative prosperity is based on “billions of dollars in diamonds and coltan and other minerals stolen from” the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwandan and Ugandan troops unleashed a genocide that has claimed six million lives.

    Aristide Under House Arrest in Haiti

    Former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide, who was overthrown by the U.S. in 2004, is under house arrest on orders of a judge allied with the U.S.-backed current president, Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly. The vague charges against Aristide – of stealing public funds while in office – are “completely bogus” and create a climate reminiscent of “the bad old days” under the Duvalier dictatorship, said Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee. Labossiere said it’s all part of a scheme to “smear Fanmi Lavalas,” Aristide’s political party, and once again “banish them from elections” – or to cancel elections altogether and allow Martelly to rule by decree.

    Mumia: The Lures of War

    The 2008 version of Barack Obama looked to many “like the antidote to the bellicosity of George W. Bush,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. But, once in office, “the lures of war have been almost impossible to resist.” The U.S. has reportedly launched 94,000 drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. How many people have died? “We don’t know,” said Abu Jamal – and most Americans “don’t care.”

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    Naming-and-Shaming the Black Caucus

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Silence implies assent, which is why activists in Washington, DC, will loudly and clearly denounce the Congressional Black Caucus for its collective crimes against Black people, social justice and the cause of world peace. The “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” will give the Black lawmakers the credit they deserve for supporting Apartheid Israel, working to end Net Neutrality, and militarizing local police.

    The Black Political Class? The Congressional Black Caucus? These Joes Ain't Loyal

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Why does the Congressional Black Caucus endorse Israeli apartheid? Why do our black mayors embrace gentrification, our civil rights organizations side with their funders, and our black generals and diplomats orchestrate genocide in Africa? Whoever, whatever they're loyal to, it's not the interests of African American or African people. What can we do about it?

    Freedom Rider: Theodore Roosevelt and American Racism

    By BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

    As a settler state built with stolen labor on stolen land, the US has found it necessary to invent a fake history sanitizing and justifying its genocidal wars of conquest and empire. The currently airing PBS series Roosevelts: an Intimate History fulfills this need by mostly ignoring Teddy Roosevelt's venal and vicious racism and the pervasive criminality of his family and class.

    Who’s Your Daddy, ISIS?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Poor little ISIS, the orphan with so many fathers. President Obama is trying to assemble a coalition of parents to kill the wayward child, but some of the other baby-daddies are busy fighting among themselves over who is going to bring up the next generation of jihadists. Where did it all go so very, very wrong?

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    Red Salute to Cousin, Comrade Wayne Pharr

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Living on 81st and 83rd Streets between Avalon and
    Central we learned the Devil wore dark blue, not red,
    Delivered hell up South, out South in black and white

    "Celebrating Hispanic Heritage" is Latino For "No Democrat Is Safe"

    by Roberto Lovato

    Candidate Barack Obama promised Latino voters an accessible road to citizenship for the undocumented. He has delivered 2 million deportations, and with his Latino enablers, nearly as many excuses. Will Hispanic Heritage Month be the time to call out the Latino political class for being just about as venal, slavish and useless as the black political class?

    Sign the Petition! We Demand the Congressional Black Caucus Denounce Apartheid in Israel & Endorse Network Neutrality

    Despite its constant and relentless celebrations of our people's historic Freedom Movement, the CBC's claim to stand for the interests of African Americans is an empty brand, for lease to whichever corporate donor willing to pay the price. Demand that the CBC revoke its deal with the devil and stand against apartheid and ethnocracy in Israel, and side with the people over the telecoms by embracing network neutrality, the reclassification of broadband internet to a public utility available to all without corporate toll booths, or so-called fast and slow "lanes".

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    And Then Came Sharpton: Helping Keep Blacks in Their Place

    by Paul Street

    Al Sharpton polluted the air of Ferguson, Missouri, on a mission to restore peace and tranquility, i.e., the racist order. He castigated Blacks for indulging in self-pity, “as if engaging in days and nights of street battle with the forces of white supremacist order and marching in the street under the banner ‘No Justice, No Peace’ is ‘sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves.’”

    Cities of Opportunity? When Walmart and a Mayor Meet

    by Seth Sandronsky

    The Black mayor of Sacramento, California, claims he runs an Opportunity City. But Kevin Johnson solicits big dollars from Wal-Mart, the anti-union megacorp, which is also a sponsor of his wife, Michelle Rhee, the fire-breathing hit-woman for school privatization. Opportunities for whom?

    Globalization Advocates Were Wrong: The US-NATO Alliance is the Heart of Imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong

    “Globalism” was a cute term coined as a cover for worldwide corporate expansion and penetration. With the U.S. has the sole superpower, globalism shows its true face: imperialism, a system that “is in permanent crisis and can only be maintained by the war-making capabilities of nation-state alliances.” Washington’s “coalitions of the willing” now wreak chaos, war and destitution around the globe.

    Ethiopia: Desalegn’s distraction?

    by FikreJesus Amahazion

    Ethiopian strongman Hailemariam Desalegn, like the late dictator (and darling of Washington) Meles Zenawi before him, threatens to overthrow the government of neighboring Eritrea. The regime in Addis Ababa has plenty of reasons to divert attention from its internal problems: ethnic rebellions, grinding poverty, scandalous land giveaways and forced relocations, and upcoming elections that few will regard as fair and legitimate.

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    “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” Rally

    The Israeli bombing of Gaza “was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back,” said Asantawaa Nkrumuah Ture, an organizer of a “Shame on the CBC” rally set for September 24 in front of the Washington Convention Center, where the Black Caucus opens its annual legislative conference and gala. “It’s well past time for us to hold them accountable.” The protesters want to “start a conversation, nationally,” said Nkrumah Ture, “not only regarding the Black Caucus’ support of apartheid Israel, about also their position on Internet neutrality, their ties with corporate America,” and the CBC’s overwhelming vote, in June, to continue militarization of local police forces.

    Motive: Black. Penalty: Death

    When Duane Buck faced sentencing on a murder conviction in a Houston courtroom, the judge allowed “expert” testimony that Blacks were inherently more dangerous than whites. On August 29, a federal judge called the testimony “repugnant and dangerous,” but upheld the death sentence, anyway. “It is absolutely shocking, it is stunning, it is appalling and it sets a terrifying precedent,” said Christina Swarns, litigation director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is handling Buck’s appeal. “This is asking a jury to rely on race to impose a death sentence.”

    New York City Needs Justice, Not More Police Training

    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton defended his “Broken Windows” policing policies before the New York City Council, claiming there’s nothing wrong with the NYPD that $30 million in training and 1,000 more cops can’t cure. Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton, disagrees. “The police department is one of the most trained in the world,” said Trujillo. “Training isn’t the issue. The systemic culture of brutality, which is reinforced by institutional racism, is really the conversation we need to be having.”

    Obama Targets Syria, Not ISIS

    President Obama’s bombing offensive in Iraq and Syria “brings humanity closer to world war than we have been, maybe, in 80 years,” said scholar and activist Dr. Anthony Monteiro. Although purportedly aimed at ISIS, Washington is actually targeting the Syrian government, Iran and, ultimately, Russia. Obama’s arming of so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels is a farce, said Monteiro. “There is no ‘moderate’ opposition to the Assad government. It is all extreme, gangster, thuggish militants who are funded by some of the very nations that are part of the ‘coalition of the willing.’” Dr. Monterio is fighting his termination from the African American Studies department at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

    U.S. Proxy Wars Empower Jihadists and Nazis

    “The United States is essentially contracting out its wars” in Libya, Syria and Ukraine, said Eric Draitser, an independent political analyst and publisher of StopImperialism.com. “The proxy wars that the United States has begun all over the world are part and parcel of a larger imperial agenda” dating from U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Central America. The Islamic State “is a by-product of U.S. foreign policy, just as the Nazis in Ukraine are a by-product of U.S. foreign policy,” said Draitser.

    September Surge in EEOC Case Dismissals

    Every year about this time, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismisses tens of thousands of discrimination cases, citing “lack of evidence” and a perennial backlog. “There is no backlog,” said Ricardo Jones, a former chief investigator for the EEOC in New York. “There’s been 15 years of not paying overtime” to deal with legitimate complaints, while the money “has basically gone to managers.”

    Black President Doesn’t Respect Black Culture or History

    Dr. Donald Smith, a founder of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, will be honored at a conference on Education for Liberation in the African American Tradition, in New York, October 10. Dr. Smith said Black history and culture is disappearing from classrooms around the country. “The major challenge begins in the White House, with a president who does not believe in Black culture as being essential to the education, not only of children of African descent, but of all American children,” said Smith.

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