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    Water, WMD – In Detroit…

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Rich terrorists taking vital chemicals away 

    For these parasites their profits hold sway

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    McKinney: West Condemns Whole Regions to Death

    “What we are witnessing” in Syria and Iraq “is a process, a way to apply the death penalty to countries and make it appear to be a domestic, civil conflict,” said former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The same U.S. and Israeli-led process of undermining nations has already dismembered Sudan and destroyed Libya and “will spread to Jordan and Iran,” said McKinney, who served on the defense and foreign relations committees of the House before leaving Congress in 2007.

    U.S. Founded in Slavery and Genocide – But Don’t Tell Obama

    Gerald Horne’s recent book The Counter-Revolution of 1776 “shows how slavery is very much at the heart and core, the driving force behind the decision to break off” from Great Britain, said historian, author and political analyst Paul Street. Horne maintains the Founding Fathers feared Britain might abolish slavery and limit white settler land-grabs. Yet, President Obama maintains that racism is not endemic in the United States. “Nothing will stop Obama from trying to please white folks,” said Street, author of The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power. “I don’t know if he believes this [American historical mythology] crap, or whether he’s being cynical – and I’m not sure it matters.”

    Mumia: California Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

    Death rows could begin to empty in California, where a federal district court has found the ultimate penalty is administered so arbitrarily it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. “I, like few reporters today, know a little something about death row,” said political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, “since I spent almost 30 years on it.”

    Banksters Demand Black Removal as a Condition of Urban Investment

    “Katrina left no doubt about the intentions of the folks who run this country, the financial class,” said BAR executive editor Glen Ford, speaking at a Socialist Action forum in Hartford, Connecticut. “The goal is to drastically reduce the Black populations of the cities,” because “the very presence of large numbers of Black people depresses the value of urban assets.” The mayor of Hartford, a mostly Black and Latino city, wants to build a $60 million baseball stadium as a centerpiece of development. However, such schemes are ultimately intended to bring in whites and displace Blacks and browns, as a “prerequisite” for substantial corporation investment in the future, said Ford, at Urban Hope Refuge Church.

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    What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won't Tell You About Central American Child Refugees

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Why can't Latino politicians and corporate media call the current wave of Central American children refugees, when that's what they plainly are? What's the role of the US drug war, US trained cops and military, and US funded death squads in the violence and poverty that sent them here, and why won't Latino politicians mention that either? And why are none fleeing Nicaragua, which is just as poor as Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador?

    How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Corinthian Colleges is going out of business, and other for-profit rip-offs will follow. However, “The very existence of Corinthian, Phoenix, Ashford and the other gangster institutions proves beyond doubt that the vast bulk of the existing U.S. educational establishment is not serving” Black and poor people. Yes, America needs free higher education, but the excluded classes also need a new system that is not hostile to their very presence.

    Freedom Rider: American and Israeli War Crimes

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    How should one describe the U.S.-Israeli relationship? “Co-conspirators”? “Co-dependents”? “Frenemies”? “The corporate media in the United States and other western nations ignore, minimize or tell outright lies about the ongoing massacre” of Palestinians, but surely the Israeli media would do the same for the U.S. How about “Co-enablers in War Crimes”?

     

    The Big Sell-Out: The Congressional Black Caucus and the Internet

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Before the pivotal elections of 2002, when corporate money started systematically wooing Black Democrats, the Congressional Black Caucus was a consistent voice on the (relatively) leftish side of the Congress. Only a few years later, the Black Caucus was more firmly in the pockets of huge telecom corporations than the rest of the Party. As a bloc, the CBC is no friend of Internet neutrality.

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    Witness to an International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    For more half a century, Israel has gotten away with breaking every international law and covenant in its treatment of Palestinians. “The material basis of the Israeli colonial project is dependent on the continued expansion and expropriation of Palestinian land and the subordination of Palestinian people.”

    Pax Americana vs. The Arc of the Moral Universe

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The United States has savaged Central America for most of its history. America’s crimes against generations of people now redound against the perpetrator. “The unaccompanied minors at our Southern border are Malcolm’s ‘chickens coming home to roost.’”

    Thandisizwe Chimurenga to Cover the Detroit Trial of Renisha McBride's Killer Beginning July 21

    by the Editors

    Where does real journalism come from? It comes from real journalists, people who wake up every day to follow a story wherever it leads, interviewing participants and experts, poring through letters, transcripts and documents. Not so very long ago, journalism was paid for with corporate advertising dollars, and reporters were paid a living wage and backed by powerful institutions. Not any more. The current neoliberal order insists that every human interaction and service must produce a profit for the 1%, or cease to exist. That's where journalism went. The 1% see no profit in an informed public.

    Black Agenda Report will be carrying reports several times weekly from the trial of Renisha McBride, thanks to a real journalist, Thandisizwe Chimurenga, the author of No Doubt: The Murders of Oscar Grant.  Real journalism costs money.  Follow this link to donate to the coverage... you'll be covering the costs of transportation, transcripts and related expenses.  If Thandi worked for the Los Angeles Times, they'd cover all this.  But they don't.  We have to.  All of us.  So follow the link, please, and show some love for real journalism.

    An Ideal Blueprint: The Original Black Panther Party Model and Why It Should Be Duplicated

    by Colin Jenkins

    There is no need to wholly reinvent the wheels of revolutionary struggle in the United States. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense provides a still-useful model. “The party possessed a ‘big picture approach’ that has become a necessity, especially in today's world of globalization, neoliberalism, and multinational corporate power.”

    The US Left’s Obligation to Palestine is to Build an Internationalist Movement

    by Danny Haiphong

    “Israel's political and economic foundation rests on the terror of white supremacy,” a concept quite familiar to Americans. “We need to build campaigns that link Zionist imperialism with struggles everywhere against capitalism and racism.”

    18 Days: Still shaking the world… 

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    You’re the ones we’ve been waiting for—

    Fiery deeds thawing souls on ice, awakening wise 

    Old revolutionaries, political prisoners, smooth-

    Skinned activists, looking, listening, cheering and

    Studying solidarity

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    Global Capitalist Champion Barack ‘Insane’ Obama

    “If African people are going to be free, it’s going to be because we’ve made a revolution,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), at its headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. The APSP kicked off a month-long period of intensive study for party cadre from around the Diaspora. “Finance capital presides over a world economy where 80 percent of human beings on Earth are trying to exist on far less than ten U.S. dollars a day,” said Yeshitela. “This is the relationship that Barack Hussein Obama – we ought to call him Barack ‘Insane’ Obama – is protecting” with his drone strikes, military aggressions and sanctions campaigns.

    Marissa Alexander Supporters to Hold “Stand Our Ground Week”

    Supporters of Marissa Alexander, the Black mother sentenced to a long prison term for using a firearm to warn off an attack by her estranged husband, will hold a “Stand Our Ground Week” in Jacksonville, Florida, July 25 through August 1. Alisa Bierria, one of the organizers, said the issues at stake go beyond the injustice done to one Black woman. “Her case reflects many different kinds of urgent issues,” she said, “including the need to end domestic violence and to take a serious look at the impact of mass incarceration and mandatory minimums in Black communities.”

    Beyond Innocence: Excessive Sentencing

    The Beyond Innocence Project – not to be confused with Barry Scheck’s Innocence Project – is a national coalition of family members of imprisoned people. Organizer Carolyn Esparza, in El Paso, Texas, said the group’s main concern isn’t guilt or innocence, but sentences that far outweigh the crime. “Families are frightened to speak out,” said Esparza, “because when we speak out against the system there’s retaliation against our loved ones in prison.

    Millions Press for Internet Neutrality

    “It’s the plutocrats versus the people,” said Kevin Zeese, of Popular Resistance, assessing the battle to keep the Federal Communications Commission from turning the Internet over to huge corporations. Millions of people have registered their outrage and demanded that the FCC treat the Internet as a “common carrier,” like a public utility. “We have to get mobilized in the streets and show them that we’re going to stop government if they destroy the Internet,” said Zeese.

    Mumia: Palestinian “David” versus Israeli Goliath

    The story of David and Goliath depicted the biblical Jews as underdogs, but the opposite is true in today’s Middle East, said Mumia Abu Jamal, America’s best known political prisoner. “Israel has the most powerful military in the region, and Palestine – an occupied people, a captive people – is David,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. “David has little more than a stone and a prayer.”

    Obama Lets Mass Killers of Africans Off Hook

    The Obama administration claims it will sanction all those guilty of destabilizing the Democratic Republic of Congo, where at least six million people have died since 1996. However, Kambale Musavuli, of Friends of Congo, said the administration is only going after “small time players” and giving immunity to high officials of Rwanda and Uganda, the U.S. allies most culpable in the slaughter. Obama’s Africa policy, said Musavuli, “is even worse than the Republicans, bringing AFRICOM onto the continent, supporting ‘strong men’ and inviting dictators to the White House.”

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    Political Prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin in Declining Health, Urgently Needs Medical Care

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Politcal prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin was one of the leading lights of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960s rural Alabama. Wrongfully accused and falsely convicted of murder in the shooting of two Atlanta deputies, he has been buried alive in the hellhole solitary supermax prison of Florence CO the last dozen years. Though his spirits remain high, he is 70 and in declining health, and urgently needs moving to a medical facility for appropriate care.

    Freedom Rider: Who Prosecutes the Prosecutors?

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    There are many tens of thousands of prisoners unjustly serving sentences “twice as long as any of the Central Park Five victims.” Mass Black incarceration is inseparable from official and societal corruption. Cops and, especially, prosecutors “are never charged when they suborn perjury, falsify evidence, threaten witnesses and use the power of the state in a myriad of ways to prevent mostly poor, black people from getting justice.

     

    4th of July Fireworks, In Marietta GA, and in Gaza

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

    There were flag waving fireworks displays in Marietta GA, where they make the Lockheed F-16s. Some of those F-16s took part in another fireworks display last weekend over Gaza. The fireworks in Marietta smelled like gunpowder and burnt paper. What do white phosphorus, high explosives, depleted uranium, burning libraries and schools smell like?

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    Coming to America: Mercenary Justice

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    There is as yet no legal barrier to wholesale deployment of mercenary soldiers to U.S. cities. Such forces occupied New Orleans in 2005, two years before Blackwater troops massacred Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. Could Times Square be next?

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    The Illusion of Foreign Investment Growth? Africa Must Break With the World Capitalist System

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    African economic growth may be irrelevant, if the fruits of its bounty never reach its people. “If Africa cannot effectively stabilize its own internal situation then no one can honestly say that actual progress is being made which is sustainable.”

    Rethinking the Role of Global Investment in Africa’s Development

    by Yash Tandon

    So-called development “aid” from corporations and banks is inherently corrupt. Genuine development and independence can only be achieved by breaking as much as possible from the global capitalist web. “At the heart of the contemporary civilizational crisis is the reductionist logic that values everything in terms of money.”

    Washington’s Corporate Media and the Imperial War on Korea

    by Danny Haiphong

    There is no limit to the slanders spewed by U.S. corporate media – from so-called journalists to filmmakers to comedians – against North Korea, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. “The racist and inaccurate discourse around the DPRK helps justify the almost daily military operations the US backs in South Korea.” The 60-year long propaganda campaign is “part and parcel of the US imperialist agenda to militarize the Asia Pacific.”

     

    Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble

    by Bill Quigley 

    The most recent crop of veterans is in trouble, especially in terms of joblessness, homelessness and mental health. Is it because vets find it harder to re-enter society, or is the society they are re-entering an increasingly hostile and dysfunctional place?

    Ready for the Wicked Witch of the West?

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    She flies in 2016 with a fleet of “monkeys spring from the mule.”

    Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

    by Arlene Eissen

    The assault of white Venezuelan contra demonstrators on medical student William Muñoz doesn't tell us all we need to know about social cleavage and race in today's Venezuela, but it tells us plenty.  Muñoz was apparently profiled a Chavista because of his dark skin, and nearly lynched, first on the spot, and afterwards in the racist, right-wing and pro US press, which doubled down on behalf of the lynch mob.

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    The White Settler “Patriots” Pro-Slavery Revolt

    Contrary to popular mythology, the white settler rebellion of 1776 was staged, not to establish democracy, but to forestall the abolition of slavery in Britain’s American colonies, according to a new book by Dr. Gerald Horne, a University of Houston professor of history and African American Studies. In The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America, Horne said the American rebels’ motivations were much like those of Ian Smith, the white Rhodesian leader who declared unilateral independence from Britain in 1965 to “forestall decolonization” and an end to white rule. Smith himself said he was “walking in the footsteps of 1776.”

    “Killing Trayvons”

    “Trayvon Martin’s murder wasn’t an anomaly; it’s something that happens all the time, all day, every day,” said South Carolina political activist Kevin Alexander Gray, co-author of the soon to be released book, Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence. The volume features a wide range of authors, including Robin D.G. Kelly, Cornel West, Vijay Prashad, bell hooks and many others. “We wanted to cover, not just the trial, but the epidemic of killings by police and the fact that Black women are also killed,” said Gray. “We even went so far as having some people who may even agree with the jury’s verdict because they thought the prosecution put on such a weak case.”

    Race Casts “Long Shadow” on Education and Employment Prospects

    A longitudinal study of 790 low-income young people in Baltimore found that only 4 percent of Blacks earned a four-year college degree by age 28, far fewer than whites from similar family backgrounds. According to Johns Hopkins University sociologist Dr. Karl Alexander, co-author of the report on the 23-year study, titled “The Long Shadow,” about 15 percent of Blacks in the study group attended four-year college programs, and another 15 to 20 percent spent time in two-year programs, but “the vast majority were unable to see it through” to a bachelors degree for various reasons. “Where race most clearly comes into play is in employment opportunities in the high-skill, high pay employment sector in the construction crafts and skilled trades,” said Alexander. By age 28, 45 percent of white males in the Baltimore study were working in that sector, compared to only 15 percent of Blacks, with whites earning twice as much pay.

    Mumia: Corporate Media “Learned Nothing” from Iraq War

    The U.S. corporate media is once again showing “not even the pretense of objectivity” in its war-mongering coverage of Syria and Iraq, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, in a report for Prison Radio. “They have become heralds of hell” who have “learned nothing” since 2003, when they sold the public on the Iraq invasion.

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    The Superpower and the Caliphate

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Don’t believe the hype that the CIA is behind ISIS’s declaration of an Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. “The Caliphate threatens, not only its immediate adversaries, but the potentates of the Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and the Mother of All Monarchist Corruption in the Arab Sunni heartland, the Saudi royal family.” It also signals the collapse of U.S. strategy in the region.

     

    Why Elections Still Matter, Except When They Don't

     

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Martin Luther King once talked about how a black person in the south was unable to vote, while one in the north had nothing to vote for.  50 years later, the south as become the north too.  The two capitalist parties have gamed and subverted the electoral process to exclude real opposition and to make it meaningless, except for bestowing legitimacy upon their stooges.  So why and when to elections still matter for the left, and when not?

    Freedom Rider: Democratic Blame for SCOTUS Rulings

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    With corporations firmly in control of the electoral process, and the federal judiciary packed with right-wing judges, all three branches of government are in hostile hands. “Americans are fighting for their lives against corporate greed, white supremacy and misogyny because they are at the mercy of the two conservative political parties which control this country.”

    At the Core of the U.S. Supreme Court, A Cabal of Corporate Hit Men

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s concept of corporate “personhood” apparently means that corporate religious rights – corporate gods – trump “the religious or secular beliefs of working people – specifically, working women.”

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    What is July 4th to US imperialism? What is it to the Oppressed?

    by Danny Haiphong

    What does America’s national celebration mean to those under the heel of “Manifest Destiny,” at home and abroad? “For the victims of US imperialism, the 4th of July is indeed a ‘hollow mockery’ and ‘mere bombast, fraud, and deception’ as Frederick Douglass so eloquently put it in his famous speech.”

    Sixty Five Million Left Out of July 4 Celebration

    by Bill Quigley

    America’s incarcerated, homeless, poor – including four million subsisting on less than $2 a day – undocumented migrants and dispossessed aboriginal peoples are excluded from the “patriotic” festivities.

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