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    Porcine Doctrine

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Breathe
    Relax
    Aim
    Sight
    Squeeze

    Off bulls eyes on ‘suspects’ backs
    ’10 rings’ in ‘suspects’ chests
    Off bulls eyes on ‘suspects’ backs
    ’10 rings’ in ‘suspects’ chests

    Strangling the Axis of Resistance: Corporate Media Bashes Venezuela’s Maduro to get to Syria

    by Danny Haiphong

    The U.S. corporate press has stepped up its attacks on Venezuela, which is due to take a seat on the UN Security Council, next year. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro opposes the U.S. proxy war against Syria, insisting that only an alliance that respects Syria and Iraq “can truly defeat...all of the terrorist forces that have emerged like a Frankenstein, a monster nursed by the West itself."

    Kagame, the War Criminal: BBC Documentary Questions Popular Narrative of Rwanda's Calamity

    by Peter Erlinder

    The United States and Britain have for 20 years covered up the true story of the genocide in Rwanda. Finally, a BBC documentary shows how Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame assassinated two Presidents and massacred hundreds of thousands to seize power, and then invaded and looted the neighboring Congo, causing millions more to die – all with the complicity of the U.S. and UK.

    Eritrea: Doing Mining Right in Africa

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    Tiny Eritrea, which won a long war of independence from Ethiopia, has incurred Washington’s wrath because of its refusal to become trapped in western military and financial entanglements. Among the slanders is that Eritrea uses slave labor in its gold mines. The author asked people who work in the mines “if they ever considered themselves to be ‘slave labor’? They were rather insulted.”

    Rocketship to Profits: The Super-Rich Shape Education in Their Own Image

    by David Bacon

    The mega-profiteers of Silicon Valley market a privatized brand of education that “is predicated on paying minimal attention to anything but math and literacy, and even those subjects are taught by inexperienced teachers carrying out data-driven lesson plans relentlessly focused on test preparation.” Education must become a business, they say: "If you want to cure – really cure – a problem in society, you need to come up with a sustainable solution, and that means making money."

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/06/14

    New Youth Party Demands West Finance Ebola Fight

    Events in Ferguson, Missouri, have inspired formation of “an alternative party of young people of color” in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In its first major demonstration, set for October 16, the Young people’s Freedom and Justice Party is “demanding that the U.S. government and the western world provide the funding for drugs for treatment” of Ebola “and that they move with all deliberate speed,” said Sara Osman, one of the organizers. The party is comprised of college and high school students as well as youths who are not in school.

    Black Is Back Coalition to March on White House November 1

    In November, 2009, President Obama’s first year in office, the newly formed Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations held its first rally and march on the White House. “I think, five years later, even the most die-hard Obamites would have a serious problem trying to ignore the criminality of this regime, or to separate what the United States government is doing under Obama from anything it’s done under George W. Bush or any of the other criminals who have occupied that office,” said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. The Coalition holds a rally and march on the White House on November 1, followed by a teach-in at Howard University the next day under the theme “Peace Through Revolution.”

    U.S. Intelligence Agencies Were Aware of ISIS’s Plans

    Far from being in the dark about ISIS’s capabilities and goals, the CIA was well aware of the jihadist’s plans to attack the Iraqi city of Mosul and seize much of the country, according to journalist Nafeez Ahmed, author of the Guardian newspaper article “How the West Created the Islamic State.” The U.S., Britain and the Gulf oil monarchies were plotting regime change in Syria even before the outbreak of demonstrations against the government, in 2011. The same countries that have been “supporting and financing and manipulating” Islamist militants are now “being mobilized to fight the very enemy they created,” said Ahmed, author of Zero Point, a novel that actually predicted the events now unfolding in Iraq.

    Washington’s Incessant Lies

    U.S. foreign policy seems full of contradictions because “they are at war with the world and have to constantly hide their aims and their goals, and can turn on the very forces that they create,” said Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center. But, said Flounders, “what they’re telling the people of the world is always a lie. Always.”

    Rally Makes Connection Between African American and Palestinian Struggles

    On October 11, hundreds will gather at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabbaz Center, in Harlem, to affirm their solidarity with Palestinians under the Israeli apartheid regime. “The World Stands with Palestine” rally will highlight parallels in the plight of Blacks in the U.S. and Palestinians under occupation. The Center is housed on the site of Malcolm X’s assassination, in 1965. “Malcolm would have been an African internationalist,” said hip hop artist and activist M-1. “To have the rally in the former Audubon Ballroom completes the cycle.”

    Black Politicians Silent and Ineffectual: Throw Them Out

    One looks at the images from Ferguson “and sees in an instant that there is a war against Black people,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. What are Black politicians doing? “Many, if not most, have been silent,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. “A new, militant, responsive politics must arise, built by the young who are clear-eyed and committed.”

    Detroit: Water Cut-Offs Lead to Evictions

    Pastor Ray Anderson, of the House of Help church and community center, joined with the grassroots Water Brigade to halt the water cut-offs that have affected hundreds of thousands. Before long, the city cut off the House of Help’s water, too. “A lot of people are losing their homes when their house goes into foreclosure because of the water bill,” said Pastor Anderson. “I believe it’s a God-given right for us to have water,” especially since Detroit sits on the Great Lakes, the greatest reservoir of fresh water in the world.

    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Click here to download the show. Length: One hour.

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    Eric Holder’s Damnable Legacy: Impunity for the Rich and the Death of Due Process

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    “Eric Holder and his boss have done incalculable damage to the life prospects of Black people.” Nevertheless, African Americans are eager to give high marks to a man who has demolished due process and the rule of law and given the white filthy rich impunity from prosecution. Holder has also “helped set the stage for a new wave of assaults on urban Blacks and their electoral rights as a class” through his assent to disenfranchisement of Detroit.

    Eric Holder: Like the Rest of the Black Political Class – Powerful But Powerless When It Comes to Black Interests

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The fulsome praise heaped upon Eric Holder at the announcement of his impending resignation is fake history. Some of it exposes the contradiction between the black political class's alleged mission to represent the black masses and its actual practice which is another thing entirely. And some of it is just plain self-serving silliness.

    Freedom Rider: Good Riddance to Eric Holder

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Blacks and very fuzzy liberals magnify outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s modest, mainly verbal, accomplishments while apologizing for his monstrous crimes against civilization and the rule of law. “The only thing more noteworthy than the horror of the president proclaiming his right to kill at will was the lack of reaction to the attorney general’s bizarre assertion” that due process does not require access to the courts.

    US Headed For “China Syndrome” Meltdown in Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    America’s crimes, and its failures, are uniformly described as “mistakes” – so as not to tarnish the national mythology with the truth. However, contrary to President Obama’s assertions, the U.S. “mistake” in Syria was not to “underestimate” ISIS, but the CIA’s failure to control its own jihadists. The result is “a China-Syndrome of holy war that has left Washington’s regime-change-by-proxy scheme in ashes.”

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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.”

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 9/29/14

    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.”

    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Click here to download the show. Length: One hour.

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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?

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