by Danny Haiphong

What little social safety net exists in the United States is intended more as a protective shield for the rich than a means to sustain the poor. “Social service workers in the US have for years now been trained to work in programs that stabilize poverty, reinforce white supremacy, and amplify the stress and shame of capitalist exploitation.”  

 

The CIA is No Stranger to Africa – But We Wish It Was

Submitted by Mark P. Fancher on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:44

by Mark P. Fancher

The CIA’s activities in Africa go and in hand with the huge U.S. military offensive on the continent. The agency “has maintained a continuing presence on the African continent into the 21st Century, engaging in various nefarious activities, including supporting foes of the Gadhafi government in Libya.”

Black Blogger Revealed as Paid Corporate Hack

Submitted by Yvette Carnell on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:33

by Yvette Carnell

With the advent of the Internet, everyone can aspire to become a journalist. Some will use journalism to become shills for power, lobbyists for corporate interests.

Mass Murder as Political Marketing

Submitted by Dr. T P Wilkinson on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:44

by Dr. TP Wilkinson

The CIA’s infamous program to crush the resistance to U.S. occupation of South Vietnam is largely remembered as a gigantic campaign of assassination that claimed tens of thousands of lives. However, the Phoenix Program is best understood as an extension of U.S. propaganda.

Sugar Hill Play-date v. Oz-low Piece Plan

Submitted by Raymond Nat Turner on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:21

by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

Oz-Low Piece Process allows bombing hospitals, patients in 

Surgery, just as it allows bombing schools, shelters,

Mosques, electric and water treatment plants and homes!

Renisha was on Trial All Along

Submitted by Thandisizwe Chi... on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 23:59

by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Ted Wafer’s defense lawyers spent his entire trial trying to convince 12 jurors that Renisha McBride was guilty in her own murder.

Wall Street is Milking Detroit Dry

Mass water cutoffs are set to resume on August 25, a prelude to privatization of Detroit’s water and sewage department, while plans are afoot to put public parking up for auction. “The underlying agenda” of the state-imposed bankruptcy process is the “sell off of public assets; the destruction of the strength – to the extent it exists – of the labor movement; and the expropriation of public pension funds,” said Abayomi Azikiwe, of the Moratorium Now Coalition. A similar fate awaits other cities across the country, because “the crisis of the overall American capitalist system has worsened and, therefore, there’s more pressure being put on municipalities to extract more wealth for the benefit of Wall Street.”

Black Is Back Coalition to Gather in Philadelphia

The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, which has consistently opposed the corporatist and warlike policies of the Obama administration since its founding in 2009, holds its annual conference in Philadelphia, August 16 and 17. “More and more people are being awakened to the catastrophe that the Obama regime has become, not only for the struggle and rights of African people here in the United States, but for people around the world,” said Black Is Back chairman Omali Yeshitela. The Coalition plans to mount another march on the White House on November 1.

Black Liberation in the Age of Climate Change

Cooperation Jackson, a campaign to bring cooperative economics to Jackson, Mississippi, is one of the legacies of the late Chokwe Lumumba’s brief tenure as mayor of the mostly Black city. The grassroots effort has joined forces with the Climate Justice Alliance, according to veteran organizer Kali Akuno. “We’re looking not only to control the means of production in Jackson – and eventually throughout Mississippi, and beyond – but we’re trying to make sure that we produce goods and services differently than the standard capitalist methods, which are over-reliant on petrochemicals and unhealthy products,” said Akuno.

Mumia: Immigrant-Bashing is Part of Americana

Resentment of new immigrant groups is “as old as the country, itself,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. “Every generation, anxious about their place in this turbulent society, gives new arrivals hell,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. Anti-immigrant sentiment helped fuel a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. “It doesn’t take much to spark it back up again, as we see with the children of Central America.”

CIA Battles to Keep Its Torture Secrets

Congress adjourned without resolution of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s attempt to declassify a 6,000-page report on CIA torture programs. Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, said the agency “destroyed the evidence of its crimes – obstructing justice in the process – and then, when investigated by the Senate, hacked the Senate servers, infiltrated the Senate computer system, stole documents from the Senate, and then filed false allegations with the Justice Department seeking prosecution of Senate staffers.” Arguably, the CIA is “the world’s most successful terror organization,” said Buttar.

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by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The contradiction between the supposed origin of our black political class out of the struggle against Jim Crow and its collaboration with Israeli apartheid can't be resolved. We can only save the good name of our own people by calling out the black US collaborators with apartheid, holding them up to derision and ridicule, by sustaining a storm of disapproval and opprobrium until they and the ethnocratic regime in Israel are no more. 

James Brown: The Hardest Working Asshole in Show Business

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:52

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

James Brown’s music and lyrics are woven into the politics of Black America’s most productive decade, the Sixties. However, JB’s “relationship to the Black people he touched most directly – those who worked for him – was cruel, petty, and contemptuous.”

Freedom Rider: Climate Change – Point of No Return

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:46

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Russian Arctic belches deadly methane as global warming pushes the biosphere beyond the tipping point. We have a choice: revolution or extinction. “The profit motive must be eliminated in favor of managed economies that limit growth, fairly distribute resources, regulate the polluting industries and activities, and end the gross inequalities of this gilded age.”

Long Live Gridlock and Paralysis of Both Big Business Parties

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:50

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

With Wall Street in firm control of both major political parties, why would anyone on the Left want the Republicans and Democrats to make nice with each other and collaborate more closely to pass legislation? We should thank our lucky stars for gridlock, which has prevented President Obama from consummating a Grand Bargain with the GOP.

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Sanctions for Russia and a Green Light for Israel to Continue War Crimes

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:45

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The U.S. is a rogue state whose organs of government at every level are controlled by war criminals and their cheerleaders. That includes “the new liberal darlings Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren” who “give moral and political support to Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Meanwhile, Washington prepares for war against Russia.

 

The Role of US Corporate Entertainment in the Social Control Element of Imperialism

Submitted by Danny Haiphong on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:23

by Danny Haiphong

Don't expect truth or wisdom from entertainers. They work for monopoly media corporations, not for their adoring publics. With a few exceptions, Black entertainers conform to the dictates of Power and view their own “fans” as lower forms of life. “Jay-Z rejected an invitation to speak to [Harry] Belafonte, calling him a ‘boy’ who needed to understand that the rapper's very presence was 'charity' to the Black community.”

 

Reparations – the 800 lb. Bail of Cotton in the Room

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:56

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

It is incontrovertible that the American State and society owes a huge debt to Africans and African Americans. Formulas of calculation and methods of repayment are open to debate, but not the fact of the debt, which is undeniable. White America only escape its vast liabilities by denying the essential humanity of the Black injured parties.

 

BRICS Bank Challenges the Exorbitant Privilege of the US Dollar

Submitted by Horace Campbell on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:04

by Horace G. Campbell

Over 65 percent of the world’s nations keep their foreign exchange reserves in the US dollar, the dominant world currency. The creation of the BRICS Bank and other financial interventions will likely weaken the dollar’s dominance and contribute to the creation a new international economic order.

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