Freedom Rider: When a Black Mayor Killed Black People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If the purpose of Black electoral politics is to protect African American interests, the Black political class has been a colossal failure. “The disasters of mass incarceration, police murder, gentrification, privatized public schools, and austerity have all taken place on their watch.” Worse than useless, most Black elected officials are collaborators in an oppressive system.

EU Plans War to Keep Europe White

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

For more than 500 years, Europeans have invaded and looted the planet, yet their home civilizations are deemed so fragile that they must be insulated against the cultures of the formerly colonized peoples. Having created millions of Muslim and African war refugees, the Europeans now gear up to attack the boats that might bring them to Europe.

 
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Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “Black Issue”*

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The Trans Pacific Partner (TPP) that President Obama is trying to ram through Congress is actually a partnership of the global 1% against all the working people of the planet. “The agreement will pit workers in the U.S. – especially Black and Brown workers – into cut-throat competition with exploited workers, this time in Asia.” Black Americans, especially, must say “No” to this rich man’s bill.

“Thanks to our Revolution, the Cuban People will protect Assata Shakur!”

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

When the United States and Cuban began the process of “normalizing” relations, supporters of exiled former Black Panther Assata Shakur worried that her political asylum in Cuba might become a bargaining chip. Cuban officials are quick to dispel such fears. “We made a decision to protect Assata in the past and that decision is not going to change.  Thanks to our Revolution, the Cuban people will protect Assata Shakur," said Cuban member of Congress Kenia Serrano.

A Racially Blind Night in the Life of the “P”BS Newshour

by Paul Street

The rich son of the owner of a major league baseball team seems to have a better understanding of race and class in America than the Black co-anchor of Public Television’s premier news show. John Angelos “placed the real and underlying blame” for unrest in Baltimore “on the investor class’s globetrotting thirst for cheap labor.” Gwen Ifill only wanted to know when the next Orioles home game was scheduled.

Rania Khalek: Many US Police Departments Including Baltimore Receive Training From Israeli Cops, Occupiers, Torturers

by David Swanson

Rania Khalek discusses her reports on Baltimore police training in Israel, Israel targeting children with drone strikes, and Israeli officials openly advocating genocide. Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass.

Britain, Libya and the Mediterranean: The Creation of a Humanitarian Emergency

by Dan Glazebrook

The European Union sees seaborne refugees from North Africa and the Middle East as dangers to European national security. In truth, the exodus is the result of the nation-destroying policies of the West, which is now multiplying its crimes by using the refugee crisis as a pretext to further miitarize Africa.

The Secret Country Again Wages War on its Own People

by John Pilger

Rednecks aren’t just from the United States. Australia’s policies towards it indigenous population are “influenced by the same eugenics movement that inspired the Nazis,” and “Queensland’s ‘protection acts’ were a model for South African apartheid.” The Aussies are engaged in another round of “dispossession by abuse and propaganda, coercion and blackmail” against the aboriginal inhabitants.

Who Won Which War? A fly’s Eye View of the American War Against Vietnam: 40 Years Later

by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

If you believe that there was only one, multigenerational war in Vietnam, then the history of the country has escaped you. One war defeated French and Japanese colonialism. In the next, Washington “sent mainly African-Americans and poor whites to kill ‘gooks’” in the millions, followed by a covert war against the people of the region and, since 1975, a U.S. campaign “to both punish and further exploit the Vietnamese people.”

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States and Cities Turn Criminal Justice Screws on the Poor

“Since the recession, states and municipalities are trying to regroup their deficits in the easiest way possible, and poor people are an easy target,” said Karen Dolan, lead author of the Institute for Policy Studies report, “The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty.” The proliferation of fees and fines for minor infractions is occurring “in high poverty, low income areas all across the country,” said Dolan. A recent Justice Department study showed that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and municipal courts “were in the service of collecting money to shore up shrunken budgets.”

Running Left in America

Bernie Saunders, the nominally socialist Vermont senator, is acting as “a left sheep dog, who herds people back into the fold” of the Democratic Party, said Bruce Dixon, co-chair of the Georgia Green Party and managing editor of Black Agenda Report. Dixon was part of a conference on the Future of Left and Independent Politics, in Chicago. “We’ve seen the Bernie Sanders show before, we know how it ends,” said Dixon. “He will fold his tent and endorse Hillary, and whatever you do for Bernie will either benefit Hillary directly, or vanish in a puff of air.”

Angela Walker, who ran for sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, as a socialist and got 67,000 votes against a pistol-packing incumbent, also addressed the conference. She ran “the grassiest of grassroots campaigns” in which “race, gender and class issues were centered.”

Courageous Young Teacher Awaits Board Decision

On May 12th, the Orange, New Jersey, school board will decide whether or not to fire Marilyn Zuniga, a young teacher they suspended for helping her 3rd grade students write get-well cards to political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, who is seriously ill. Zuniga believes the board is “under pressure by the state.” Her own teachers union has also been less than supportive, perhaps due to their fraternal ties to police unions. “I really do believe that we need more teachers who are socially conscious, who are willing to take risks in the classroom,” said Zuniga.

Cuba Will Never Turn Its Back on Assata

“You can be assured that Assata Shakur will never be abandoned by us,” said Ricardo Alarcon, the former foreign minister and president of the Cuban national assembly, speaking in Havana to a U.S. visitors group organized by Code Pink. Alarcon said the former Black Panther’s political asylum status will not be a pawn in negotiations to normalize relations with the U.S. The U.S. and the state of New Jersey put bounties on Shakur’s head. “You have a lot of people in New Jersey who deserve to be in jail, beginning with [U.S. Senator] Bob Menendez,” said Alarcon. “It’s a state that has plenty of criminals, even in the highest offices.”

Kenia Serrano, a member of the Cuban Congress and president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, countered U.S. critics of Cuba’s racial policies. “The U.S. government has no moral authority to criticize any other country in the world, because the capitalist society, the imperialist society, is based on racism, discrimination and the lack of equality.”

U.S. Co-Opts Congolese Youth

The U.S. Agency for International Development is funding certain youth groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo to manipulate that country’s politics, said Kambale Musavuli, of the Washington-based Friends of Congo. “There are real, vibrant youth groups on the African continent,” he said. “But, little by little, they are being co-opted” by a U.S. “pro-democracy” campaign. “They are supporting some youth leaders, because they want to make sure that, no matter what happens, the U.S. will continue to control the Congo” and its vast resources.

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Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Vermont senator and ostensible socialist Bernie Sanders is playing the sheepdog candidate for Hillary Clinton this year. Bernie's job is to warm up the crowd for Hillary, herding activist energies and the disaffected left back into the Democratic fold one more time. Bernie aims to tie up activist energies and resources till the summer of 2016 when the only remaining choice will be the usual lesser of two evils.

Bringing the Crisis to a Head in Baltimore

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The synergy of mass protest and physical resistance to police in Baltimore “scared the powers-that-be to their bones” and set the stage for a summer of organized discontent. “Whatever this ‘movement’ will ultimately be called, it announced its active presence in a major American city – at the beginning of the hot season.”

Freedom Rider: Still No Justice in Baltimore

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black people have been denied even the semblance of justice for so long in the United States, the mere act of bringing charges against police is received as cause for jubilation. However, “there should be no celebrating unless all of the police responsible for Freddie Gray’s death are convicted.” Baltimore was turned into a “sundown town,” with “rioters” held on bail higher than was set for the cops that killed Fred Gray.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed To Give Half Square Mile of Public Land to Tyler Perry on Fake Job Claims, No Public Input

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

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants to give Tyler Perry a half square mile of public land at a ridiculously low price based on fake job creation predictions with no public scrutiny or input. Tyler's existing Atlanta studios have had little or no positive impact on the economic life of their surrounding community. Once again the black political class proves itself every bit as myopic, greedy and anti-democratic as their white counterparts.

 
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Interview of Samaria Rice, Part 2 of 2: “Tamir Was Blamed for Causing His Own Death”

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

In this exclusive interview, Samaria Rice speaks courageously about the day that changed her life forever. Her 12 year old son, Tamir Rice was brutally killed by Cleveland, Ohio police on November 22, 2014. Tamir was attacked and killed by police incapable of viewing him as a child playing in a neighborhood community center. Tamir’s assassination illustrates the depravity of white supremacy.

Anti-Black Racism Exposed in Israel and the U.S.

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Ethiopian Israelis “evoked the spirit of Baltimore” as they protested against racism in the Jewish State, last week. Israel and the U.S. are both settler colonies whose foundational ideologies “justify land expropriation, displacement and dispersal, in the case of Israel, and genocide in the case of the U.S.”

Toronto’s 1992 Yonge Street Uprising: Afrikan Resistance to State/Police Violence

by Ajamu Nangwaya

The Yonge Street rebellion was very much in the mold of Black America’s urban uprisings, sparked by police abuse. The disturbances led to a spate of reforms, some of which were later reversed by a right-wing provincial regime. Corporate media and the political establishment “saw the Yonge Street Uprising as an exercise in hooliganism, criminality and/or opportunism by wayward elements in Toronto.”

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Freddie Gray, and the Lessons of the Dyson Attack on Cornel West

by Danny Haiphong

The Baltimore rebellion is significant, not just because it is the first post-Ferguson uprising in a major Black American city, but because it points up “the weakened political position of the police and its protectors in the Black misleadership class.” The political bankruptcy of that class is personified by Michael Eric Dyson, whose “ultimate loyalty is to Power and not to Mumia Abu-Jamal, Freddie Gray, or oppressed and working class people in the US and elsewhere.”

Saudi Bombing of Yemen By Saudi Mercenaries Will Backfire

by Thomas C. Mountain on the Taylor Report

The bloody, backward, insanely wealthy regime of Saudi Arabia now bombing Yemen is a US client. Saudi Arabia's mercenary armed forces, longtime African correspondent Thomas C. Mountain explains, are Yemeni rank and file commanded by Jordanian officers and US F-16s piloted by Pakistanis. Yemeni ground troops are not much use for invading their native land, and Egypt is reluctant to intervene, so the bombs fall.

 
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U.S. Empire-Building “Interventions”

by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

After World War II, the U.S. rushed to replace European colonialism with its own, corporate variety. When it encountered resistance in Korea and Vietnam, Washington deployed “the strategy and tactics derived from the fundamental principles of white America: Negro slavery and annihilation of indigenous peoples.” But “war” was never declared. Instead, the U.S. developed and refined an elaborate fiction of “intervention” to explain its aggressions.

A Preview of Coming Wars: Do Black Lives Matter in Africa?

by David Swanson


The U.S. military is today the preeminent power in Africa, enjoying freedom of movement throughout the continent. Like night follows day, the U.S. military presence has brought regime change, failed states, political instability and constant warfare. The occupation of Africa has dramatically escalated under President Obama’s watch – with scarcely a murmur of dissent from the Black American political class.

Freedom Rider: American Responsibility For Global Refugee Crises

By Margaret Kimberley

When refugees from the Indian subcontinent, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America and other places risk their lives for a chance at low-wage precarious labor in Europe or the US, it's because of decisions taken at the center of global economic and political power, places like Washington D, London, Brussels and New York.

Lawless President Obama Chides Baltimore “Criminals And Thugs,” Ignores Savagery Of Baltimore Police

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

Freddy Gray made eye contact with a Baltimore cop. He ran like a rabbit so cops chased him like hounds and did what hounds do when they catch a rabbit. They snapped his spine. But the elemental savagery of everyday policing in Baltimore and a hundred other cities is not a fit topic for presidential commentary. The only “criminals” and “thugs” the first black president and for that matter corporate news can see are the citizens in the streets protesting police murder and impunity.

 
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More Dyson V. West: Michael Eric Dyson Ain't No Muhammad Ali

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

 
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BAR Interviews Samira Rice, Mother of Cleveland's Tamir Rice, Part 1 of 2

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

In another of the constant drumbeat of unprovoked police killings, Tamir Rice was summarily executed by Cleveland police last November, for allegedly playing with a toy gun.  Since the killing of her son, his mother Samaria Rice has undertaken 

Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance: Rejecting the framework of the Oppressor

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

To hear President Obama and Baltimore mayor Rawlings tell it, politeness, nonviolence and respect for law and property are the fundamental obligations of those confronting the brazen and lawless violence of police in Baltimore and beyond. This is a truly upside-down reality.

Thousands of RNs to Strike California Hospitals Thursday, Friday Over Safe Staffing, Patient Care Conditions, Health Care Cuts

From our friends at the National Nurses Union

In the real world, things only get better for ordinary people when ordinary people take collective action.  Things get better when we organize and stand up for our own and each others' rights. The National Nurses Union is standing up this week in California and around the country, fighting for safe staffing levels and health coverage for themselves.

Barack Obama Fights to Spread GMO Foods Throughout Europe

by Eric Zuesse

Despite his campaign promises to label GMO and other "frankenfoods" President Barack Obama in office has been the slavish creature of Monsanto, BIg Ag and the profiteers who would hijack and imperil the global food supply.  His secretly negotiated so-called "trade deals" the TPP and TIPP will definitively prevent anti-GMO legislation all over the planet, and place the world food supply at the mercy of his unscrupulous campaign contributors,.

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