Paris, Orlando and Turkey: Displacing the Narrative of Western Innocence

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Far from innocent, the U.S. is complicit in ISIS outrages through its longstanding “strategy to bolster Islamic jihadist forces working with and through Turkey, the Saudi’s, and other Gulf monarchs and repressive states, including Israel.” ISIS is America’s Frankenstein. “It is the people who suffer when these destructive forces unleashed on the world by their Western governments double back on their masters and bring the terror “home.”

Brexit: A Nail in the Coffin of Neo-colonialism in Africa

by Netfa Freeman

Brexit is cause for celebration for the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The European Union is the historical heir to the Berlin Conference of 1884 that divided the world into Euro-North American spheres of dominance. Europe has inflicted immense suffering on the rest of the planet. “Believing Brexit could represent the beginning of the end for international cooperation, is to believe that the world does or should revolve around Europe.”

The Obama Legacy Part 1: Profits for the Monopolies, Healthcare for Those Who Can Afford it

by Danny Haiphong

Barack Obama is busy packaging his “legacy” as the First Black President – which is a fact – and as a “progressive” – which is patently false. His supporters tout the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as his crowning achievement. However, “from its very roots, the ACA was destined to consolidate the corporate insurance and pharmaceutical industry's control over US healthcare.”

Why Didn’t Black People Protest the Acquittal of Accused Freddy Gray Killer? An Interview with Carl Dix

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

News media outnumbered protesters after a Baltimore judge acquitted the cop charged with murdering Freddie Gray. The judge, the cop, the mayor, and the prosecutor are Black. “If Black people get positions of power in the system and use those positions to continue operations of the system and the oppression it brings down on Black people then those are people who need to be opposed,” said Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

When Haiti Defeated the British Empire

by Pascal Robert

The BREXIT referendum showed how the rulers of powerful states can be brought low by the efforts of common people – in this case, the British electorate. However, people from the lowest stratum of global society once brought low the mightiest empires on Earth. “Former African slaves in Haiti did the seemingly impossible and defeated all three of the major European empires of that day to obtain their freedom.”

Obama's AFRICOM Nominee Will Seek Authority to Assassinate

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by Ann Garrison

The next commanding general of AFRICOM, the U.S. Military Command in Africa, wants the authority to assassinate people designated as “terrorists,” without first getting permission of the U.S. president. The question of getting permission from Africans never came up in confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate.

Black Agenda Radio Week of June 27, 2016

BREXIT Panics Ruling Classes

“This cannot be a happy time for those people who run stock markets, big banks, hedge funds and the political system” in the global capitalist economy, said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the noted Duboisian scholar and member of the Black Radical Organizing Committee (BROC). The rulers are “panicked” because Britain’s vote to exit the European Union marks “a rebellion among the British working classes against the ruling elite and against the austerity and globalization” that pits native born workers against immigrant workers.

U.S. Jets Defend al Qaida Jihadists in Syria

The U.S. scrambled  F-i8 fighters to confront Russian war planes that were bombing al Nusra, the al Qaida affiliate in Syria, earlier this month. The Americans “want to protect these forces that they have armed and trained,” the same forces that are “recognized as terrorists trying to destroy Syria,” said Sara Flounders, of UNAC, the United Anti-War Coalition. “There are now 13 countries involved in bombing Syria that have not been invited in by Syria” – all allies of the U.S. “It’s a completely aggressive action, and they’re using it to destroy the infrastructure of Syria,” said Flounders.

Dred Scott and Freddie Gray

“What the system is telling us is that Black people have no rights that their police are bound to respect,” said Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, speaking outside the Baltimore courthouse where a judge acquitted a cop charged with the “depraved heart” murder of Freddie Gray. “This was a modern day lynching, and they just gave us a modern day Dred Scott Decision.” The prosecution has so far failed to win convictions against any of the police officers involved. “These prosecutors must be very good at putting Black people in prison,” said Dix, since 72 percent of Maryland prison inmates are Black. “But, when a cop murders a Black man, all of a sudden they forget how to prosecute.”

Mumia: Look “Beyond Bernie”

The nation’s best known political prisoner said Democrats opposed to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid should “look beyond Bernie” Sanders for inspiration. “For millions of people, the Bernie Sanders campaign has led to a political depression” because the two major parties are led by “the least popular candidates in memory,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, serving a life term in a Pennsylvania prison. However, youthful idealism doesn’t have to die. “Why not form a new political party, a new political movement,” Mumia asked? “Don’t mourn Bernie’s failure to win. Organize!”

Temporary Work Agencies Do Employers’ Racist Bidding

Chicago’s Workers Law Office has sued six temporary employment agencies and their clients for favoring Latino workers over Blacks. “There’s a financial benefit from having a population that does not know as much about their rights in the workplace and is not as willing to fight to enforce those rights,” said Atty. Alva Ayala. One agency provided 5,000 workers to a baking company, 98 percent of whom had Latino surnames.

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Congressional Dems "Sit In" Is A Cynical, Hypocritical Election Year Stunt

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The so-called “sit in” on the floor of Congress is a cynical and hypocritical joke, leveraging the image of the Southern Freedom Movement and piggybacking on secret, arbitrary terror watch and no-fly lists imposed by the Bush-Cheney administration after 911. Where was the sit-in when Congress cut $5 billion from food stamps, the sit-in for a living wage, or against police murders and mass incarceration or the stolen California primary vote?

 
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Democrats in Denial: The Peoples Summit

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The “Peoples Summit” in Chicago might have been a chance for Berniecrats to compare experiences and insights. But summit organizers, afraid to even call themselves Democrats knew they couldn't trust rank and file activists to stick to the script. Instead of hearing activists, they tried to herd them, preaching and exhorting attendees from keynotes and the front of the room to unite and hold their noses if need be for the lesser evil.

Sanders Supporters Need to Split or Get Off the Pot

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Bernie Sanders is trying to figure out how to capitulate to Hillary Clinton and her corporatist masters next month, in Philadelphia. “The Sandernistas – now minus their commandante – can either slither into Hillary’s big corporate tent, or get down to the hard work of building an opposition, social democratic party that reflects the politics of around 40 percent of the U.S. public.” The alternative is perpetual defeat inside the Democratic Party.

Freedom Rider: Orlando Massacre and U.S. Foreign Policy

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The terms “lone wolf” and “self-radicalization” make no sense when the FBI won’t leave Muslim Americans alone, but instead lures them into “terror plots,” and the U.S. provides arms, money and protection for jihadist terror overseas. The FBI tried to entrap – that is, recruit – Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, just as the U.S. recruited jihadists in Syria. “If Mateen’s crime was inspired by ISIS, any condolences coming from President Obama are phony.”

Black 6th Grader Nearly Lynched at School: Officials Deny Responsibility

BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

On a school trip to a ranch, a gang of white students wrapped a rope around Black 12 year-old girl’s neck and almost lynched her to death. Seven white adult chaperones thought the girl’s horrendous injuries did not warrant medical assistance or a call to police. Waco, Texas, is famous for lynchings, a citadel of “utter contempt for black life and the lives of our children.”

UN Report Shows U.S. is Source of Most Refugees and Wars

The Ford Report, on the Real News Network

Pop quiz: Whose cocaine is grown, whose economic policies are running, who pays and equips the armies in, and whose bombs are falling in the countries producing the most of the world's refugees?

Carl Dix on the Freddie Gray Case: “Take to the Streets if the System Lets This Killer Cop Walk”

by BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

If the Baltimore cop on trial for murdering Freddie Gray is acquitted without huge protest “it will signal to the authorities that they can continue to get away with beating us down till we're completely broken,” says Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. Police lawyers contend Gray’s death was a “freakish accident,” but the brutality and torture inflicted on poor Black people “is built into the fabric of this system.”

Blowback Just in Time to Shape US Imperialism's Presidential Elections

by Danny Haiphong

The carnage in Orlando is blowback from U.S.-backed jihadist wars, yet Hillary Clinton, a key player in U.S. sponsorship of jihadists, seeks to profit politically from the horror. So does Donald Trump. “The fear that blowback unleashes has historically given the ruling class breathing room to further its anti-worker, pro-capital agenda.” Blowback is a right-wing wind, and “always ‘trumps’ the material interests of poor and working people in the US.”

Cornel West: Why There Is a Serious Danger of a Right-Wing Revolution in the US

by George Souvlis and Cornel West

“We must choose between a neo-fascism in the making (Trump), neo-liberalism in the decaying (Clinton), and a neo-populism in the ascending (Sanders).” So says Dr. Cornel West, the nation’s most influential Black public intellectual and a key Bernie Sanders supporter. Not only are “the establishments in both the Democratic and Republican parties disintegrating,” says West, but “the neo-liberal sleepwalking in Black America is coming to an end.”

The Racist and Sexist Nature of Brazil’s New Government

by Adam Bledsoe

In the wake of the “soft coup” in Brazil, Interim President Michel Temer has rolled back gains made by Afro-Brazilians. Temer is withholding land titles from quilombos, descended from Black maroon communities, where Blacks can continue “their long-held traditions of fishing, cultivating their own crops, collecting shellfish, and extracting fruits and vegetables from their land in the face of armed antagonists intent on erasing their very existence.”

Why Did America’s Ruling Elites Declare War on the Black Movement?

by Abayomi Azikiwe

1966 was a watershed year, the historical juncture when the “civil rights” movement, which had been largely victorious in ending legally-mandated apartheid in the U.S., was overshadowed by the “Black Power” movement. Stokely Carmichael, later known as Kwame Ture, of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, was at the center of the transformation that led to the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense the same year.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 20, 2016

POP Blasts Cuomo’s Blacklist of BDS Campaign as “Outright Reactionary”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order establishing a blacklist of companies and institutions that honor the campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel is “blatantly unconstitutional,” “smacks of McCarthyism,” and “outright reactionary,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the Newark, New Jersey-based Peoples Organization for Progress. Israeli apartheid “is not just a matter of military repression,” said Hamm. “It’s the denial of rights and equality before the law for Palestinians.” POP endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, and Hamm is a Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Protesters to March and “Fart” Against Hillary in Philly

Cheri Honkala, of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, plans to stage “the world’s largest fart-in” to protest Hillary Clinton’s triumphal speech to the party in Philadelphia, this summer. Honkala said her group will consume large amounts of beans to prepare for the occasion. Philadelphia is eager to accommodate Democrat-sponsored marches during the convention, but has not agreed to permit Honkala’s group to march. “The city is trying to maneuver to have all of Broad Street shut down, just to keep our march from happening” at 3pm on July 25.

Hillary’s Haiti Crimes Might Come Back to Haunt Her

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was responsible for installing Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly’s corrupt and unpopular government in Haiti – a fact that should be embarrassing to her campaign. According to Nikolas Barry-Shaw, a voting rights associate at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Clinton’s handlers want Haiti “to stay out of the spotlight and allow Hillary Clinton’s record in Haiti to go unexamined. The reason there is an election crisis in Haiti,” said Barry-Shaw, “is a direct result of Clinton’s interventions in previous elections that put Martelly in place” in 2011.

U.S. Behaves Like Mafia in Haiti

The U.S. State Department pressured Haitians to accept the results of last year’s rigged elections that would have continued U.S.-backed factions in power. However, massive protests forced the scheduling of new elections for this October. “Basically, what you’re seeing is nothing less than if Al Capone was occupying Haiti, and he had goon squads trying to enforce the rule of the Mafia” over the country, said Pierre Labossiere, of the Haiti Action Committee. “This is how the Haitian people see the so-called ‘international community’ – the U.S., France, Canada, the European Union, and the OAS.”

Postal Service Could Put Payday Lenders Out of Business

Proposed new federal rules would make it somewhat harder for poor people to get payday loans at usurious interest rates. However, the exploitative lenders could be put out of business altogether if the U.S. Postal Service was allowed to provide alternative financial services to the poor “at a fraction of the interest,” said Matt Stannard, policy director of Commonomics USA. “They already have the infrastructure to do that, they have huge economies of scale,” and other countries have successfully provided such services, he said. Instead, bipartisan forces in Washington seem intent on putting the Postal Service out of business.

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