Cowardly Black Caucus Reacts to Israeli Insults, Ignores Israeli Apartheid

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The CBC is silent when Israel passes discriminatory laws, steals Palestinian land, or punishes Palestinian civilians with power and water cutoffs and blockades. Like the rest of Congress, the CBC endorsed the murderous Israeli assault on Gaza. CBC's threatened walkout on Netanyahu's address to Congress isn't because they disapprove of Israeli apartheid funded by US tax dollars. It's only because Bibi insulted the First Black President.

The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

As U.S. imperialism loses its capacity to compete outside the military sphere, its foreign policy options shrink, accordingly. “Since the U.S. is superior to the rest of the world ONLY in military terms, Washington finds its ultimate advantage in turning the whole world into a battlefield.” Permanent War follows the same logic as a death cult. In fact, one created the other – literally.

Freedom Rider: An Angry White Man Kills Again

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Craig Hicks was a dangerously belligerent man who lived in an apartment with a wife, four handguns, two shotguns and six rifles. His whiteness protected him from police attention or public censure. Hicks seems to have held a range of political views, “but more than anything Hicks was serious about being a white man.”

What Do Europe's Podemos and Syriza Movements Know That Many US Black Activists Don't?

By the Real News Network

Young activists in Greece and Spain are making great strides because they've been able to do something black activists in the US have not. The European left has abandoned their so-called socialist parties, the equivalent of US Democrats. But until black activists step firmly outside the Democratic party in the US, their movements will shrivel, be betrayed and die, because that's what the Democratic party is --- where movements go to die, BAR executive editor Glen Ford observes.

Obama’s Legacy: Permanent War and Liberal/Radical Accommodation?

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

A “left” that is not anti-imperialist is a phony left, but that’s what passes for radicalism in the U.S. Fortunately, Black Lives Matter activists “are making the connection between violence and militarization in the internal colonized areas of the U.S. and the state violence being waged by the U.S. state beyond its’ borders.”

A Barbaric Lynching In the Dominican Republic

by Ezili Danto

Many citizens of the Dominican Republic appear to define their national identity largely in opposition to the Blackness of Haiti, with which it shares the island of Hispaniola. Both nations have also been repeatedly invaded by the United States, whose influence has added another layer of pathology to Dominican racism: lynching.

Brian Williams – Just A Cog In The National Disinformation Machine

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

NBC has punished its multimillion dollar anchorman for lying to the people about his personal history. But the corporate media produce and transmit lies of momentous import all the time. “Brian Williams’ mistakes due to the ‘fog of memory’ or his lies are just a very small part of a much larger scheme of lies perpetrated by the network he serves.”

Loretta Lynch is Condoleeza Rice With A Law Degree

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In private practice Loretta Lynch was a “white collar crime specialist” keeping banksters, tax evaders and money launderers out of jail. She did exactly that at Obama's Justice Department, passing get out of jail cards in the biggest money laundering cases in history. She's pro-death penalty, against legalizing weed or demilitarizing cops, sees no evil in drone murder, war crimes or runaway surveillance. And she's the next Attorney General.

The Complexities of Black Community Control of Police

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Black Lives Matter movement has been remarkably successful in drawing tens of thousands of young people into direct confrontation with the coercive powers of the State: the police. One of the hardest tests lies ahead. “The principles undergirding Black community control of police are in stark conflict with the narrow vision of democracy upon which U.S. law is based.” Something has to give. Will it be bourgeois legality, or justice?

Freedom Rider: War is Peace in Ukraine

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

In its drive to eliminate all rivals, Washington does not hesitate to plunge the planet into war and economic catastrophe. “The capitalist nations want to make the world ungovernable in order to secure their place at the top of the international food chain.” Ukraine is trampled underfoot in the process.

Loretta Lynch: She’s Black, and That’s All the Black Caucus Cares About

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

What has the first Black U.S. attorney general accomplished? Nothing more nor less “than what Bill Clinton or any other center-right white corporate Democrat” would have done in service of the rich. His replacement seems cut from the same careerist cloth – and might be to the right of Holder. For the Congressional Black Caucus, however, it's sufficient that Lynch is “an African American legal scholar.”

Blacks Launch Class Action Suit Against Ferguson & Jennings MO Alleging Discriminatory Over-Policing

by the Real News Network

Blacks have launched a class action suit against the towns of Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri, demanding compensation for disproportionate traffic tickets, fines and jailings. BAR executive editor Glen Ford discussed the case on the Real News Network.

Action Alert –Prison Officials Denying Russell Maroon Shoatz Treatment for Prostate Cancer – Call Prison Today

by the Editors

Political prisoner and former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz #AF3855 was informed that he had prostate cancer on December 9, 2014. Prison medical staff has not provided any treatment to date. Cancer does not wait for the prison bureaucracy. Maroon’s health, his life, and his rights are being violated every moment he is denied necessary cancer treatment.

Please click the link below for the numbers of his jailers who you can call to demand his prompt treatment.

Haiti Continues To Resist Barack Obama Installed Dictatorship And Military Occupation

by Ezili Danto

Through 11 years of military occupation, the Haitian people have never stopped demanding the return of their national and human rights. “As world gas prices go down, and as the Haiti elites continue to block popular demands for sovereignty and participatory democracy, the demonstrators are boycotting businesses and agitating against the high cost of living, low wages and domestically high gas prices.”

Human Experimentation at Guantanamo: David Swanson Interviews Marine Sgt. Tom Hickman, Author of Murder at Camp Delta

by David Swanson

Is the US engaged in ghastly human experimentation at Guantanamo? Absolutely, says US Marine Sgt. Tom Hickman a tower guard supervisor the night in 2006 when three detainees, tortured beyond endurance apparently succeeded in taking their own lives. Hickman is the author of Murder at Camp Delta: A Staff Sergeant's Pursuit of the Truth About Guantanamo Bay. Catch David Swanson's show eavery week on SoundCloud.

Welcome To Neoliberal Chicago, the Privatized City of the Future

A radio interview courtesy of This Is Hell Radio, by Chuck Mertz

Chicago elects a mayor Feb 24. Barack Obama cut commercials for privatizer Rahm Emanuel? Rahm gave Chicago an “Infrastructure Trust Board” appointed by the mayor with power to overrule all local laws. His public schools chief invests heavily in privatizing companies, and everything but sunshine is privatized. Welcome to neoliberal Chicago. Chuck Mertz on This Is Hell interviews Rick Pearlstein, author of How To Sell Off A City

South of the Border: A Hugo Chavez Biography

A documentary film by Oliver Stone

Filmmaker Oliver Stone's 2013 biography of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez details the origins and hopes of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, along with the ceaseless US campaigns of subversion to reverse it. Currently the US has lowered global oil prices in an act of economic warfare it hopes will accomplish what other means have not. The Bolivarian Revolution continues, as Chavez put it, “Peaceful, but armed.”

Black Agenda Radio – February 9, 2015

How to Get Racism Out of the Criminal Justice System

Michael Brown and Eric Garner died because of the actions of individual police officers, but “the broader issue is the excessive levels of contact that people of color have with the criminal justice system,” said Nazgol Ghandnoosh, research analyst for The Sentencing Project, in Washington. Ghandnoosh is author of the study, “Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System.” She said “excessive contact and excessive punishment happens at all stages” of the system, from arrest, trial, sentencing and incarceration.

NYPD Goes Machine Gun Crazy

Blacks and civil liberties advocates were shocked at New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton’s plans to establish a 350-man, machine-gun toting Strategic Response Group to deal with both terrorist attacks and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Bratton has also endorsed raising the punishment for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony. Both measures are “public threats to protesters,” said Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton. If resisting arrest is made into a felony, it could act as “a checkmate” against claims of police brutality, said Trujillo, because it’s harder to sue cops for brutality when you’re facing felony charges.

The Long Death Penalty

“America’s prison problem isn’t going to be fixed by a few timid reforms around the edges,” said Kenneth Hartman, executive director of The Other Death Penalty Project, which advocates on behalf of the tens of thousands of men and women facing life in prison without possibility of parole. The nation must decide if it is wrong to dehumanize and torture human beings as a matter of policy, said Hartman. Nearly seven million Americans are under some form of criminal justice system control, a population larger than every U.S. city except New York.

Remembering Phil Africa

Memorial services were held for imprisoned Move Family member Phil Africa, who died under suspicious circumstances while serving a 30 to 100 year sentence in the 1978 death of a Philadelphia policeman. “His life is an example of true resistance,” said Pam Africa, a veteran organizer who is active with both the Move Family and the campaign to free political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. Demonstrations are set for May 13 to mark the 30th anniversary of the police bombing of the Move Family home that killed 11 people, including women and children. “Stand up, continue to fight,” said Pam Africa. “We’re gonna shut this mother down” on May 13th.

“Sweet Mickey” Should Step Down in Haiti

U.S.-backed Haitian president Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, who has been ruling mainly by decree, promises to hold elections by the end of the year. But, will they be free and fair? “He can’t hold even an honest carnival, much less an election,” said Kim Ives, an editor of Brooklyn-based Haiti Liberte newspaper, quoting Senator Moise Jean-Charles. Martelly was “shoe-horned” into the presidency by the United States and United Nations occupiers, in 2011. “That is why most of the opposition is calling for Martelly to step down and for the UN to leave before elections are held,” said Ives.

Towards a Socialist South Africa!

Irvin Jim, secretary general of South Africa’s metalworkers union, NUMSA, the nation’s largest union, recently granted a series of interviews with Paul Jay, of the Baltimore-based Real News Network. NUMSA is leading a campaign to form a genuinely socialist political party to challenge the pro-capitalist African National Congress government. “We need the full implementation of the Freedom Charter,” the 1955 document advocating collective ownership of basic industry and finance and redistribution of the country’s land, said Irvin Jim. The South African regime is becoming more repressive, he said. “We are championing the interests of the working class. Yes, there is a risk of being killed, but we can’t be preoccupied by that.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

How "Progressive Black Democrats" in Your Town and Moral Monday in GA Fight For Us. Not.

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In Atlanta, black and progressive Democrats are congratulating each other for introducing what they call a criminal justice reform package, hailed by Moral Monday. But hype aside, the actual contents of their proposals reveal the deep contempt of the black misleadership class, and its progressive Democratic lawmakers for the plight of people and communities victimized by the prison state.

Oprah and Sharpton Attack Black Lives Matter Movement

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

When prominent members of the Black Misleadershp Class start ranting and raving against the new movement, you know it must be doing something right. Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey are attempting to “infantilize the young activists by framing the conflict as generational, rather than substantive.” In reality, it’s about Power. Sharpton is a servant of Power, and Oprah can only stomach a movement that reveres the opinions and privileges of Black billionaires.”

Freedom Rider: ISIS – A US-Saudi Chicken Come Home to Roost

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Obama brought along his highest profile minions to honor the dead King of Saudi Arabia, America’s partner in creating the international jihadist network. U.S. corporate media enthusiastically joined in singing the praises of absolute feudal rule and oil-financed terror. “The media get their marching orders straight from the White House.”

Detroit-Style Black Removal Coming to New Jersey

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The disenfranchisement of Detroit and other largely Black cities in Michigan has gone so well – for corporate and banking interests – former emergency manager Kevin Orr is hiring himself out to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Orr’s next target: Atlantic City, an ailing gambling town whose residents are overwhelmingly non-white. Seaside property can be quite profitable – once you chase the poor folks out of town.

Repression and a Green Light for Murder: The Government “Shout Out to the Africans Out There”!

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The gears of racial repression are turning – loudly! New York City is creating a huge, machine-gun toting special police unit for dual use against “terrorists” and Black Lives Matter demonstrators, while the U.S. Justice Department will soon formally announce that the bar to indicting killer cops is insurmountable. The State is declaring that “it is now open season when it comes to policing and controlling the dangerous class of poor and working class black people.”

Trial of LAPD Officer for the Death of Alesia Thomas Set To Begin This Month

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

It's a fact that #BlackWomenAreMurderedByPoliceToo. This month in Los Angeles will be one of the rare instances a police officer comes before a judge for such a killing back in 2012. The victim was one Alesia Thomas, a mother of two who had earlier left her children at a Los Angeles police station.

Malcolm X Was Right About America

by Chris Hedges

Malcolm X, who was assassinated on February 21, 1965, recognized a half century ago that capitalism is a dying social system. “As the nations of the world free themselves, then capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker,” said Malcolm. “It’s only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.”

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