Militarization of U.S. Police is a Reflection of United States Foreign Policy

by Abayomi Azikiwe

“The militarization of U.S. society is as old as the American system itself,” but the policy kicked into a high gear in the mid to late Sixties, to crush Black urban revolt. In Ferguson, the cops revealed themselves as domestic shock troops for capitalism. “These are the same weapons that have been used against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen and other geo-political regions over the last several decades.”

Christopher Columbus Lives On Today Through US Capitalism

by Danny Haiphong

Uncle Sam walks in the genocidal shoes of Christopher Columbus, laying waste to the people’s and resources of the world. “US capitalism's alliance of death is motivating many nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to form a military and economic partnership with Russia and China.” The sea captain from Genoa is a “founding father” of a capitalist imperial system of unrivaled barbarity and destruction.

Moderate Extremism and Extremist Moderation: Symptoms of Structural Illiteracy and Racism in the US-European Empire

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children was “worth it” – meaning, a reasonable price to pay for continued U.S. global dominance. There is no price in “colored” people’s blood and sovereignty that the U.S. Empire is not willing to “pay.” Fortunately, “Russia has done for Syria what the Soviet Union was unable to do for Lumumba’s Congo” – prevent Syria from paying America’s “price.”

Like Syria, Burundi is a War Theater: The China-Russia Axis vs. the US-EU Axis

by Didas Gasana

There is no doubt that the U.S.-led unipolar global order is facing stiff competition from the East. The BRICS block, especially Russian and China, so far presents to the U.S. the most difficult challenge since the U.S. rise to global supremacy. “Deep down in the center of sub-Saharan Africa, Burundi is Africa’s Syria.”

Climate Disaster Hammers Ethiopia

by Thomas C. Mountain

Western capitalists are all the rage about the phenomenal “success” of Ethiopia’s economy. Yet, Africa’s second most populous nation cannot feed its desperately poor people. Foreign money goes largely to prop up “the largest, best equipped army in Africa,” which acts as “the policeman on the beat in East Africa for the USA.”

Massa I Won’t Tell: Why Many Black Athletes/Entertainers Remain Silent on Social Justice Issues

by Solomon Comissiong

We collectively cringe when they speak before the cameras: Black athletes and entertainers mouthing words designed to please racist white fans. “Why should any African/black person cheerlead for other African/black entertainers if they lack the moral courage to lend their voices to critical issues of social justice?”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 21, 2015

Why Not Hundreds of Rise Up October Campaigns?

When the Rise Up October campaign against police violence arrives in New York City for three days of demonstrations, this weekend, the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), based in Newark, New Jersey, will be there in strength. “We’re going to bring family members of victims of police from New Jersey to stand with the family members they are assembling from across the country,” said POP chairman Larry Hamm. Home-based organizing is critical. “We have to build strong movements at the local level, so that we can not only have thousands of people assemble in New York City, but thousands in every city across America,” said Hamm. “What an impact that would have!”

Dr. Cynthia McKinney Prescribes a Heavy Dose of “Non-Traditional” Politics

Former Green Party presidential candidate and six-term Democratic congresswoman from Georgia Cynthia McKinney is encouraging “non-traditional” Black candidates to run for congressional seats all across the country. By that, she means “Chokwe Lumumba-type candidates, people who may previously have rejected being involved in electoral politics but now understand that the goal is to change public policy.” This new Black politics “is not going to come from people who are wedded to the leadership that is responsible for the dire conditions that exist in our communities now,” which she calls “Democratic non-action.” McKinney earned her PhD from Antioch University, this summer.

An African in America Fights to be Black

Dr. Mostapha Hefny emigrated from Egypt in 1978, and became a U.S. citizen. His troubles began in 1987, when the school system in Wayne County, Michigan, insisted that he identify himself as white on a federal form. Hefny refused. He is a Nubian, an ancient and unmistakably Black people whose homeland straddles southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Directive 15 of the federal Office of Management and Budget stipulates that all Egyptians are white, while Sudanese are classified as Black. The decision has wreaked havoc with Hefny’s employment prospects ever since. “We’re going to send our petition to the UN Commission on Human Rights, accusing the government of genocide and destruction of my culture,” he said. “They rob us of our identity, our racial identity.”

Black People Still Being Punished for Siding with Brits in 1776

Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and one of the most prolific and influential scholars of our time, believes the unrelenting nature of racist oppression in the U.S. can be traced to the nation’s founding. Blacks overwhelmingly sided with the British, who promised freedom for slaves that took up arms against the settler rebellion. “When you fight a war, like the Africans did in league with the British, and you lose the war, you can expect to be punished and tormented for all time, including your descendants,” said the author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. Horne’s latest book is titled Race to Revolution: Cuba and the U.S. During Slavery and Jim Crow. A new volume on the Haitian Revolution is due out any day, and Horne is already researching future works on Paul Robeson and Black majority rule in South Africa.


#BlackLivesMatter: Chat Partners with Hillary

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The #BlackLivesMatter organization is now part of the 2016 Democratic Party election machinery, assuming its role as a power broker on behalf of Black people. It’s a familiar historical pattern, except for the speed with which the transition has taken place. “The #BLM philosophy is that therapeutic dialogue with members of the power elite is politically more effective than the presentation of core demands.”

Freedom Rider: French Workers Show How to Fight

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Workers in the United States have learned some painful lessons: that they live on less than their peers in much of Europe and are woefully insecure in their jobs and retirements – if they have jobs and retirement plans, at all. What U.S. workers have not learned – or have forgotten – is how to fight. They can take some tips from the French, who “throw down the gauntlet at any mention of job loss or pay cuts.”

The Million Man March from the Perspective of Millennials: Which Way Forward?

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

They journeyed to the Washington Mall by the hundreds of thousands, as had Black men 20 years before. They were led to believe that an ultimatum had been issued to Power: “Justice or Else.” But, “was the question of ‘Justice or Else’ ever raised or answered by the organizers?”

Confederate Flag Wavers Arrested Under Law Designed to Imprison Blacks

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

A Georgia prosecutor turned the state’s gang law on a group of Confederate flag-waving white supremacists – the first such use of the statute. But that’s no cause for jubilation. “Its one-time use against racist whites does not change the nature of the law as an instrument of mass Black incarceration.” Rather, it makes the gang statue even more dangerous to Black people.


Stein Bop Blues March On Gentrifiers

by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

Unsettling settlers settle settling like sulfur over UN peace talks. Unsettling settlers settle neighborly disputes using police like cavalry and Kit Carson Indian killers going West.

The Movement Lives in Ferguson: Teach For America, Black Leadership, and Disaster Capitalism

by Drew Franklin

Teach for America is a corporate “Trojan Horse” that has deeply penetrated the #BlackLivesMatter organization. Brittany Packnett and Deray Mckesson represent the TFA’s “long game” to develop “a leadership class of its own” – embedded in the upper ranks of an incipient Black “movement.” #BlackLivesMatter has been fundamentally compromised by the TFA, whose goal is “to dissolve school boards, bust teachers' unions, and secure public funding for charter schools.”

The Black Lives Matter Schism: Towards a Vision for Black Autonomy

by Joel Northam

The #BlackLivesMatter organization’s “Campaign Zero” is the “ultimate bastardization of militant resistance” – an absurd catch-all of proposals masquerading as demands. The “campaign’s” authors reveal themselves as “Black petit-bourgeois liberals who legitimately hate the system, but couldn't garner the fortitude to imagine what they would do without it.”

US imperialism's Upside Down World

by Danny Haiphong

Imperialism’s deep general crisis has become acute in Syria, where Russia has checked the U.S.-led proxy war. So profound is the disarray, Republican Donald Trump says “the US should stand down and allow Russia take out the Islamic State, and concedes that “the Middle East would be more stable had the US left Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi alone.” Confusion reigns in the Empire.

Advancing the Anti-Racist Struggle in the Dominican Republic

by Jay Espy

Dominicans and Haitians are the worst paid workers in the Americas. Both are exploited by the same North American and European capitalists, yet they are divided by issues of skin color. Meanwhile, “Dominicans in the U.S, Puerto Rico, and Spain are treated much like Haitians are treated in the D.R.”

Mom, Is It War Yet? Part III: "Terminological Inexactitudes"

by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

The only real challenge to the lies of Empire is to confront the Empire, itself. “The unstated premise of Euro-American domination is that the US and its European vassals constitute the highest stage of human and political development to which all other peoples and cultures naturally must aspire.”

It’s All About Power and Money: The Present State of the ANC

by Dale T. McKinley

The African National Congress has morphed from its earlier transition days as a “modern” bourgeois political party designed to consolidate a class-based system of power overlaid with narrow racial interests to an inveterately factionalized, patronage-centered, corrupt, rent seeking and increasingly undemocratic ex-liberation movement.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 12, 2015

Atty. Gen. Lynch Backtracks on Killer Cop Stats

Black activists are outraged at Attorney General Loretta Lynch for backing away from her predecessor’s verbal commitment to require local police departments to send reports to Washington when they kill civilians. Former attorney general Eric Holder said failure to keep such data was “unacceptable.” But Lynch called the information “minutia.” “It’s an extraordinary statement,” said Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, the renowned whistleblower and activist with Hands Up Coalition-DC. “I guess she considers it bothersome to demand that these police account for the number of people they kill. Who would think, after only a few months, that we would long for Eric Holder to come back?”

Columbia Students Host “Rise Up October” Rally

Dr. Cornel West, a co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, challenged Columbia University students to help build a more just society. “Unfortunately, our universities are not sites that generate the cultivation of courage,” said West, who teaches at the nearby Union Theological Seminary. Young people wind up “forgetting what they ought to be faithful to: something called justice.” The rally was a prelude to huge demonstrations planned for New York City, October 22 through 24.

Students cheered Edward “Noche” Diaz, a key organizer in the Network who was been jailed many times in the fight against police lawlessness. “The moment we’re in right now is something I haven’t seen in my lifetime,” said Diaz. “The ones who are called ‘the worst of the worst,’ the ‘thugs,’ the ‘criminals,’ those who are ‘capable of nothing,’ showed us that they are capable of tremendous courage in the face of injustice and tremendous possibility for a whole new world.”

Hillary Runs Away from TPP

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who boosted the Trans Pacific Partnership corporate trade deal countless times when she was Secretary of State, now opposes the treaty. That’s “very significant,” said Kevin Zeese, of Popular Resistance, part of a broad coalition opposed to TPP. “What it shows is the politics of it,” said Zeese. “She knows which way the political wind is blowing. What she found was: TPP stands for Toxic Political Poison.”

TPP is an Anti-China Weapon

The treaty is “really about trying to build an alternative economic framework to marginalize China” and to “more deeply integrate the societies of 11 Asian Pacific nations into that of the United States,” said Joseph Gerson, author of The U.S. ‘Pivot’ to Asia and the Pacific. “At the moment, for example, in Korea more students are interested in studying in China, where they think their future lies, than in the United States,” he said. “This is an effort to reorient them away from China and towards the United States.” Gerson is director of programs for the American Friends Service Committee, New England.


Obama’s Justice: Holder Fought Prisoner Release, Lynch Backtracks on Killer Cops

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are given false credit for the pending release of 6,000 drug offenders, when in fact “the administration has fought tooth-and-nail to limit and slow the inmate release process.” Meanwhile, the new chief at the Justice Department, Loretta Lynch, has made it clear she “will resist pressuring police to give the FBI detailed reports on killer cops.” These three give Black lawyers a bad name.


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