Hillary Clinton’s Emails and the Crisis of Legitimacy

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The Hillary Clintons of the country may feel safe from prosecution, but the system that protects them has entered a deep crisis of legitimacy. U.S. criminal penalties are the harshest in the industrialized world, yet the rich and their servants enjoy infinite impunity. Clinton personifies the rot at the top of society, and the lies that are told to the bottom.

 
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The Obama Legacy Part 2: Economic Policy Wall Street Could Count On

by Danny Haiphong

Barack Obama has been Wall Street’s ace in the hole his entire presidency. He waged war against Social Security, food stamps and other entitlements and doggedly pursued a “Grand Bargain” with Republicans. Bankers, his main constituency, “were given a get out of jail free card” – plus trillions of dollars in free or dirt cheap money. “Barack Obama was the most effective evil finance capitalism could buy.”

Whitewashing Libya: House Report on Benghazi Reveals Nothing, Hides Everything

by Eric Draitser

Republicans in the House “investigated” Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi attacks for years, but ignored “the connection between the CIA facility and mission in Benghazi and the smuggling of arms and fighters from Libya to Syria.” The real crime is that “the US harnesses terrorism, using it as one of the most potent weapons it has against nations that refuse to submit to the will of Washington and Wall Street.”

On The Fourth of July, Thank the Most Important Founding Father: Haiti’s Jean-Jacques Dessalines

by Pascal Robert

The United States owes a large portion of its continental size to Haitian freedom fighters that defeated Napoleon’s army at the turn of the 19th century. Had the Haitian’s not succeeded in liberating their island from the French, Napoleon’s New Orleans-based forces might have reconquered Britain’s former colonies on the eastern seaboard. The Louisiana Territories were, in a sense, purchased with Haitian blood.

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Philadelphia Anti-Police Terror Activists Gear Up to Shut Dems Down

The city fathers in Philadelphia have sanctioned Democrat-friendly demonstrations during the party’s national convention, later this month, but have yet to issue parade permits for activists of the People of Color DNC Resistance Against Police Terrorism and State Repression or Shut Down DNC. “We are organizing, not just in the Black community, but in the brown community, as well,” said Erica Mimes, of the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice. “We’re raising the Palestinian issue, the issues in Puerto Rico. We’re going to organize and speak directly to the issues that impact our communities the most, because that’s what’s being forgotten by this entire congregation of activists coming into the city.”

Trump’s Billions, and Sanders’ Small Contributors, Made Political History

Donald Trump’s personal fortune allowed him to spout “a solid dose of racism and sexism,” but also to “talk about a lot of things that nobody had in ages in the Republican Party,” such as “dumping on Wall Street” and pointing out that “you don’t need to cut Social Security or be at endless war with Russia,” said Dr. Thomas Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, at Boston. Ferguson is author of Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Politics. “If he loses this general election,” said Ferguson, “Trumpism could disappear as fast as it descended on us. You’ve got to be a real billionaire to thumb your nose” at the GOP establishment. Ferguson noted, however, that Bernie Sanders did succeed in funding a historic Democratic primary campaign with small contributions.

Mass Incarceration in Palestine and the U.S.

“The U.S. government is helping to fund the Israeli occupation of Palestine – that is, the apartheid wall and the apartheid court system, to the tune of about $3 billion a year,” said Nyle Forte, a young Newark, New Jersey, minister and PhD candidate who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Palestine. Forte and other activists, including political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, will address “The Politics of Incarceration in Palestine and the U.S.,” July 15, at New York City’s Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Educational Center. Forte said Israeli imprisonment of Palestinians rivals U.S. levels of Black incarceration. Like Israel, “the U.S. is becoming, more and more, a national surveillance state,” he said.

4th of July Highlights Litany of U.S. Crimes

“The United States is the only country to use a nuclear weapon, now has a military presence in over 100 countries,” and “kills people at will,” said BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley. “The Congress says nothing, the corporate media says nothing,” and “the two major parties collude” in silencing dissent against U.S. atrocities abroad, said Kimberley. “Everywhere, from Gaza to Somalia to Afghanistan – and I’m leaving many nations out – the U.S. is responsible for terrible crimes.”

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International House Negroes Defend European Union

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The international House Negro is a bi-product of 500 years of European plunder and conquest of the planet. When the European Union was threatened by the exit of Britain, “house Negroes of all colors on both sides of the Atlantic acted like their own worlds were coming to end.”

International House Negroes Defend European Union

 
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Freedom Rider: The Good News of Brexit

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

In calling for the vote on BREXIT, the British guardians of the financial powers-that-be have shot themselves in all four feet. Trillions have been lost in money markets, “the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is on hold for now, and NATO provocations against Russia will take a back seat.” The U.S. is losing its Trojan Horse in Europe. “Let the sun finally set on the British Empire.”

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.”

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