Slutty Professor Strikes Again!

Slutty Professor Strikes Again!

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Ronald Reagan once called the presidencey "the role of a lifetime." The current occupant of the White House has proven that he is no slouch either at role playing and reinventing himself as he goes along...

COP 21 in Paris: No Climate Reparations, No Economic Retooling, Militarization and Business As Usual

by The Real News Network

Even before the recent killings in Paris, reports Kali Akuno, the Un Conference on Climate Change in Paris was calculated to ignore input from civil society. President Obama declared there would be no climate reparations, no massive retooling of economies, nothing but business as usual.

Dyson Sings a Song for Hilary Clinton, Exploits the Black Lives Matter Movement

by Danny Haiphong

If the presidency of Bill Clinton brought black America “bad policy” reasons Michael Eric Dyson, and that of Barack Obama brought “no policy”, then certainly a Hillary Clinto presidency will yield “good policies” for black America. That's about as deep and detailed as Dyson bothers to get in “Yes She Can”, his latest wet kiss to Hillary's camp.

Causes and Consequences of the Socialist Loss at the Polls in Venezuela

Causes and Consequences of the Socialist Loss at the Polls in Venezuela

by Tamara Pearson, Telesur English

The US-backed opposition to Venezuela's Sociaist Party swept the December 6 elections, achieving a two thirds supermajority in that nation's legislature.  

AFRICOM: America's Empire of Military Bases in Africa

AFRICOM: America's Empire of Military Bases in Africa

by Nick Turse

The Pentagon claims to have only a single US military base on the African continent.  This is an outright lie.  the number of US military installations, training missions, military exercises and deployments on the African continent has soared in recent years under the Obama administration, and the Pentagon has taken active measures to conceal the depth and breadth of its African activities.  

Youth Leads the Struggle in Chicago

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The supremely arrogant Mayor “Rahmbo” Emanuel has been temporarily chastened by the drumbeat of protests against the killing of Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by a Chicago cop. Even much of the local Black Misleadership Class has found it necessary to “take a stance in opposition to Mayor Emanuel and the white corporate forces that he represents” – if only for the moment. Young people must stand fast with their “transformative demands.”

 
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The Neo-Liberal Assault on Black Lives from Baltimore to Buenaventura Colombia

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Black people in Baltimore, USA, and Buenaventura, Colombia, are oppressed by the same monster. “In both cases, the effects of capitalist globalization have resulted in massive displacement of black populations; increased poverty; economic marginalization of black labor and state and private violence.” Colombian death squads have sent Danelly Estupiñan a message.

Negroes Need Not Apply: The EU-Africa Malta Conference

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Desperate to stem the “blackening” of the white homeland, the European Union last month offered billions in bribes to African governments to keep their citizens at home. “The goal of the ‘cash on the table’ deal was to place the responsibility for denying Africans refugee status in Europe on the shoulders of African countries.”

Reflections on Multiracial Identity on Another Thanksgiving Passed

by Danny Haiphong

The U.S. imperial domain floats on raw force and fairy tales. One myth “paints the U.S. as a safe haven for people of different backgrounds instead of the genocidal settler state that it is.” Another tale holds that multi-racial identity “carries with it new experiences with racism not yet easily understood or dealt with.” The truth is, the U.S.is racist to the core, and “proponents of multiracial identity possess little interest in solidarity.”

Rwanda Conscripts Burundian Refugees into New “Rebel Force”: An Interview with Jeff Drumtra

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by Ann Garrison

Rwandan Tutsi dictator Paul Kagame came to power as a leader of a Uganda-based rebel army that invaded Rwanda, plunging the nation a into civil war that ended in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Now Kagame’s Rwanda is recruiting refugees from neighboring Burundi into a rebel army that will eventually invade Burundi. Another “genocide” could be in the making – with full U.S. knowledge and collaboration.

South African TV Breaks Promise to Marikana Widows

by amandla.mobi

Three years ago, police massacred 34 striking miners at Marikana, South Africa – a watershed event in the growing resistance to the African National Congress government’s neoliberal policies. With the ANC deeply implicated in the massacre, the South African Broadcasting Corporation has resisted airing the award-winning film on Marikana, Miners Shot Down. The miners’ widows have refused to take “no” for an answer.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 30, 2015

Two Rights Groups Refuse to Sign Off on Sentencing “Reform” Bill

Legislation is moving through the U.S. House and Senate that would retroactively shorten sentences for crack cocaine possession and, its backers claim, substantially roll back mandatory minimum sentences for other crimes. However, the National Urban League and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) are refusing to give their blessing to the Sentencing Act, which actually expands the list of crimes subject to mandatory prison terms. The bill “will have a disproportionate effect on minority communities,” according to FAMM president Julie Stewart. “They have created a new class of crime that can now trigger” a sentence of 25 years, she said. Gun possession and crimes of domestic violence would also carry mandatory penalties.

New Film in the Works on Black Panther Party

Former Black Panther Party chief of staff David Hilliard and Emmy Award-winning director Dante James hope to have a documentary on the party completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the BPP’s founding, next September. “Our film is not going to be a response or reaction” to The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, directed by Stanley Nelson, Jr. and distributed by PBS. “For many, many years,” said James, “the corporate media has defined the Black Panther Party from the outside-in.” This time, the party will by defined, not by “fringe or part-time party members, but by people who were there from the very beginning, who knew and worked with Huey P. Newton.”

First Cop Goes on Trial in Freddie Gray Killing

The manslaughter trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter began on Monday, the first of six cops charged in the death of Freddie Gray, last April. Porter drove the police van in which Gray was fatally injured. Jill Carter, a Maryland state legislator and lawyer, told The Real News Network that some of the cops should have been charged with murder. “We all saw in the video that an assault happened prior to Freddie Gray ever being placed in the van,” said Carter. “If there was an illegal arrest that was contemporaneous with an assault, I would argue that would be first degree assault and attempted murder, with cumulative charges for everything that happened after that.” Baltimore erupted in street rebellion in the wake of Gray’s death.

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From Hanrahan to Daley to Alvarez, Protecting Killer Cops is a Chicago Prosecutorial Tradition

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

If there's any justice the political career of Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez will end with the November 2016 election. But we should remember that Chicagoans threw Cook County States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan out of office over the 1969 assassination of Fred Hampton, and not much else changed. It will apparently take more than running candidates in elections to overthrow the Chicago tradition of prosecutors enabling and abetting its killer cops.

 
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Israelis – Not Muslims – Cheered in Jersey City on 9/11

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In debunking Donald Trump’s big lie about Jersey City Muslims celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center, the corporate media have told an even bigger lie of omission. There was, indeed, shameless cheering on the banks of the Hudson River on 9/11. But it was by young Israelis, as was widely reported at the time. Fourteen years later, corporate media are covering up for Israel – which makes them even bigger liars than Trump.

 
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Freedom Rider: 1961 Paris Massacre

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The French will tell you that this month’s ISIS attack inflicted the biggest death toll on Paris since World War Two. They would be lying. Fifty-four years ago, French police massacred hundreds of Algerians right in the heart of the city – and then pretended it never happened. France has enslaved much of the world, and clings to its remaining semi-colonies. The government in Paris “has millions of deaths on its ledger.”

No More American Thanksgivings

by Glen Ford

“The core ideological content of the holiday serves to validate all that has since occurred on these shores – a national consecration of the unspeakable, a balm and benediction for the victors, a blessing of the fruits of murder and kidnapping, and an implicit obligation to continue the seamless historical project in the present day.”

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