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Obama’s New Job: Guardian of Official Lies

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Having spent eight years telling lies about who the U.S. was fighting in its so-called “War on Terror” (secular governments) and who it was allied with (jihadists), ex-president Obama must now ensure that these lies become part of the “common base line of facts” shared by all Americans. “Fake news” must not be allowed to interrupt the flow of the official (false) narrative. That’s how “legacies” are made, and how power is preserved.

Freedom Rider: Do Americans Have No Shame?

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Putting aside the lack of any proof of Russian interference in U.S. elections, Americans have some nerve complaining about outside meddling when they have violated the sovereign rights of much of the planet. Americans owe the world heartfelt acts of contrition. “There ought to be a march of apology from Americans to people in Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and yes in Russia too.”

Purity Over Principle: The Left's State of Purgatory

by Danny Haiphong

It is difficult to speak of a “left” in the U.S., given the inability of people who call themselves leftists “to lend critical support to oppressed nations under siege” – the sacred duty of any genuine Left. Instead, pseudo-leftists join in dehumanizing the victims of U.S. aggression. “The lack of spontaneous anger surrounding US warfare is a product of the nation's imperialist and white supremacist foundations.”

The Democrats Delivered One Thing in the Past 100 Days: Disappointment

by Cornel West

The nation’s best known Black public intellectual says it’s past time to dump the Democrats and build a real opposition to Trump. A new party is needed. “If a class-conscious multi-racial party attuned to anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-militaristic issues and grounded in ecological commitments can reconfigure our citizenship,” says Dr. Cornel West, “maybe our decaying democracy has a chance.”

The Massacre of Hutu Refugees in Rwanda: An Interview with Rene Mugenzi

by Ann Garrison

Thanks to lies told by U.S. presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, much of the world believes only Tutsis died in the Rwandan genocide. No one has been prosecuted for “the systematic massacre of hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Hutus.” Instead, the West lavishes praise, weapons and money on the mass executioner, Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Major Challenges of New Orleans Charter Schools Exposed at NAACP Hearing

by Bill Quigley

Former Obama education chief Arne Duncan declared that Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to New Orleans schools, which switched to a nearly all-charter system. But, Black students, parents and teachers told an entirely different story to an NAACP hearing. Charterization has “created a set of schools that are highly stratified by race, class and educational advantage.”

A New Agenda in Jackson, Mississippi

by Sarah Jaffe

Chokwe Antar Lumumba wants to finish the work his father began as mayor of Mississippi’s capital city. “No longer should we just buy someone’s agenda, listen to how they are going to do all these great things for us, only to find ourselves disappointed in the end result,” says Lumumba, a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Lumumba and Cooperation Jackson believe that community-based initiatives “will change the order of the world.”

Africa’s War Lord Queen; The Bloodstained Career of Liberia’s Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson

by Thomas C. Mountain

If all you know about Liberian President Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is what you read in the U.S. corporate media, you probably think she is a Nobel Prize-winning reformer. In fact, Sirleaf is a U.S. imperial puppet whose hands are steeped in blood, the “right hand woman“ of deposed warlord Charles Taylor, and a servant of multinational banks.

From Colonialism to Trumpism: Remembering Aimé Césaire

by Abraham Ramirez

Americans and Europeans speak of the drift towards fascism, as if the empires they have built on the tombs of the non-white peoples were not the incubators of Hitlers -- and incarcerationist Clintons, bombing Obamas and Trumps. “They tolerated Nazism before it was inflicted on them, they absolved it, shut their eyes to it, legitimized it, because, until then, it had been applied only to non-European peoples.”

I Feel Blessed to Have Encountered Darcus Howe

by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali

Darcus Howe, the Trinidad-born nephew of C.L.R. James, touched many lives. A member of the British Black Panthers and an organizer of street protests in London, Howe became a noted broadcaster and writer. The author first met Howe in New York in that crucial year, 1968.

Maxine Waters Loses Her Mind to “Anti-Russia Dementia” – Like the Rest of the Black Caucus

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Not one Black member of Congress seems prepared to challenge the fraudulent U.S. pretext for bombing Syria – or the war, itself. Maxine Waters is the saddest case. “Who knows how Maxine Waters would vote on Trump’s air strike on Syria, since she is under the crazed delusion that Trump and Putin are in cahoots on the gassing and the retaliation?” Those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad -- with Anti-Russia Dementia.

Freedom Rider: Obama and Clinton Brought Slavery to Libya

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

According to international observers, “African migrants are being openly bought and sold in Libya” – yet another consequence of “R2P,” the pernicious doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect.” No one is protecting Black Africans from the bestial forces let loose by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Libya in 2011. “America’s first black president is responsible for slavery taking place in a once prosperous African country.”

Which Side Are You On? The Western Left's Obsession with Empire

by Danny Haiphong

The left has always been small in the U.S., but now much of it cannot be called “left” at all. Jacobin throws its weight behind the jihadists waging holy war in Syria on behalf of US imperialism and its junior partners” – a reflection of “the infantile state of the anti-war left in the US.” Imperialism has a twisted, phony left face. “Rather than defend Syria's self-determination, many in the West have bought into the imperialist narrative.”

MIT Professor Says Top U.S. Officials Fabricated Intelligence to Justify Attacking Syria

by Ann Garrison

A top scientist in weaponry and the physics of explosions at the nation’s foremost institution of technology says the chemical event that the U.S. used as a pretext to attack Syria could not have happened the way the White House says it did. MIT Professor Emeritus Theodore Postol says the bogus U.S. reports indicate “a willingness to use intelligence claims that are false to make political points and political arguments.”

For the Planet and Humanity to Survive / can't make this up

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

This week our poet in residence offers a brief meditations upon where and what sorts of bombing ought to be allowed, if any, and upon the lapse of White House mouthpiece Sean Spicer's descent from manufacturing fake news into promulgating fake history....

Caribbean Reparations Movement Must Put Capitalism on Trial

by Ajamu Nangwaya

The English-speaking Caribbean is seeking reparations for slavery from the colonial powers. But why stop there? “If we are going to throw the book at capitalism for chattel slavery, we are morally and politically obligated to do the same for the wage slavery of capitalism under which the Caribbean working-class is currently being exploited.” Reparations should be used to build people power in the region, ultimately to overthrow capitalism.

Justice Deferred: The 15 Year Anniversary of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission Verdict

by Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion

With the backing of the U.S., Ethiopia has “continued to militarily occupy large swathes of Eritrean territory and sustain a policy of unremitting aggression and hostility toward Eritrea.” Washington promotes turmoil, imposing unjust sanctions on Eritrea -- sometimes called the “Cuba of Africa” – to punish the country for “its principled adherence to the border ruling and for Eritrea’s opposition to misguided US policies in the Horn of Africa.”

A report from the Brazilian protest movement you won't read about in the New York Times.

by our friends at This Is Hell

While 500,000 Brazilians march in protest of post-coup legislation which will impoverish the elderly and families by raising the retirement age to 74, well beyond the country's life expectancy, the NY Times and establishment coverage in the US ignores and distorts events, concealing from US citizens the hand of policies dictated from Washington.

#BlackLivesMatter Introduces a New Visa Debit Card, and Revives the Toxic Old Myths of Black Capitalism

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The old myths that African Americans are poor because we don't spend wisely invest or save enough have been demolished many times. Black unemployment and poverty are core features of US capitalism and can’t be cured by black banking or shopping with black businesses. So why has #BlackLivesMatter teamed up with shady black bankers to introduce a #BlackLivesMatter debit card in a campaign that boosts the fake economics of black capitalism?

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