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If You Embrace Assata, You Must Fight the Black Misleadership Class

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Donald Trump’s lynch party seeking the extradition of Assata Shakur from Cuba includes every U.S. president -- most especially Barack Obama, who doubled the bounty on her head and demanded “that a home-grown Black revolutionary and escaped political prisoner be returned to captivity.” As for the Congressional Black Caucus, there is “no chance that the CBC as a body will protest either Trump’s persecution of Shakur or his general policy on Cuba.”

Freedom Rider: UNAC Brings Power to the People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The United National Anti-War Coalition, which held a national conference last weekend in Richmond, Virginia, “does not change its organizing principles based on who controls Congress or who sits in the White House Oval Office.” All oppressions are intertwined. “The fight for a living minimum wage and the fight against interventions abroad must therefore be addressed together because they are in fact part of a whole.”

Philando Castile, Charleena Lyles: The Body Count in the U.S. War against Black People Continues

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Add the name of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant woman from Seattle, to the list of victims of the U.S. State. Her name will soon move down the column, since killer cops “are inherent in the logic of repression that has always characterized the relationship between the U.S. racist settler-state and black people.” Killing Black people comes easily, especially at this stage of capitalism in which their labor is no longer needed.

Capitalism Kills, Socialism Heals

by Danny Haiphong

Death is a for-profit enterprise. In defense of capitalism, the ruling classes are prepared to kill on a staggering scale. “It is estimated that since World War II, US wars have murdered between 20-30 million people worldwide.” The rich wage economic and political warfare against public health systems in every country under their control. In contrast, Cuban “life expectancy has gone up decades” since the 1959 revolution.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party, and the UK’s Socialist Surge

by Ann Garrison

The resurgence of a more genuinely “left” Labor Party under Jeremy Corbyn has lefty Americans wondering if the magic can be exported. It’s not likely, as long as the Democrats can sucker almost everyone to the left of Citibank. The UK may have a leftist prime minister before the U.S. gets a real left party. New elections could be called late this year, “which raises the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister sooner rather than later.”

Mayor-elect Lumumba: Jackson “to be the Most Radical City on the Planet”

by Anna Wolfe

Chokwe Antar Lumumba and his supporters won a second chance to make Jackson, Mississippi, the city that tests the limits of what can be accomplished in a mostly Black city under U.S. bourgeois democracy. Like his father, who died less than a year before capturing city hall, the young Lumumba embraces the radical label. “We all need to be prepared to be as radical as the circumstances dictate we should be."

A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago

by Ashley Finigan, Caine Jordan, Guy Emerson Mount, Kai Parker

The University of Chicago, the famous center of laissez-fair capitalist economics on the city’s South Side, was endowed by one of Mississippi’s worst slaveholders. Reparations are in order, but the process must be “a function of what black communities demand as payment to forgive an unforgivable debt.” The thief does not have the right to choose the method of restitution.

Trump Cuba Policy: What Will Happen in Coming Months?

by Arnold August

Donald Trump’s position on Cuba flies in the face not only of national and world opinion, but also the wishes of the U.S. corporate class, which generally wants more trade with the island. For example, “the powerful accommodations-networking firm Airbnb is not expected to take this lying down, nor are the major U.S. airlines companies or the giant online travel company Expedia.”

Ethiopia: Collective Punishment by Internet Clampdown

by Alemayehu G. Mariam

Shutting down and criminalizing use of the internet has become a weapon in the government’s cyber warfare strategy against the Ethiopian people, particularly the youth. The internet is making it exceedingly difficult for dictatorships to cling to power and rule tyrannically. It has created a walless, borderless, wireless, seamless, restless and fearless world.

Why Bernie Sanders is an Imperialist Pig

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Leftish Democrats insist they can reform the corporate-run, Russia-obsessed Democratic Party from the inside, but most pay little attention to war. However, “War is not a side issue in the United States; it is the central political issue, on which all the others turn.” Some think Bernie Sanders should run with the Peoples Party. But, “Sanders is a warmonger, not merely by association, but by virtue of his own positions.”

Freedom Rider: Under the Democrats’ Bus

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democrats continue their decades-long lurch to the right. The party funds right-wing congressional candidates in hopes of appealing to Trump voters, but resists its own supporters’ calls for single payer health care and other reforms. The treachery provokes hardly a peep of complaint from Black politicians, who are busy searching for lurking Russians. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has been “hanging out with royalty in the United Kingdom.”

What is "the Resistance," Anyway?

by Danny Haiphong

Who is “resisting” what, and on whose behalf? Among folks that claim to be leftists, resistance has become a catch-all term that is “useless” – or worse – “without definition.” Much of the so-called resistance owes allegiance to Hillary Clinton, a true champion of the One Percent. The War Party’s troops also claim to be “resisters” -- resisting the very idea of peaceful coexistence with Russia and an end to U.S. regime-change wars.

Victory for the Black Struggle in Buenaventura, Colombia

A Report from the Black Alliance for Peace

The three-week strike in Buenaventura was a collective human rights struggle which challenged neoliberalism head on. “The strike involved 117 social organizations, from cargo boat operators, to taxi drivers, to business people, evangelical churches, women’s groups, young people’s and student groups and national and local organizations dedicated to the defense of the ethno-territorial rights of Afro-descendant and indigenous communities.”

Jeremy Corbyn Wants to Lay the White Man’s Burden Down

by Ann Garrison

There was a time when the sun never set on Britain’s aggressions and thefts around the world. But Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbin rejects that role for his nation. Is that quaint or corny? “Not to the Yemeni families dying of cholera, U.S.-made cruise missiles, British-made cluster bombs, or other Western weapons of mass destruction. Or to Syrians, Iraqis, Libyans, Palestinians, Somalis, North Koreans, Rwandans, Burundians, or Congolese.”

What’s Hidden Behind the Walls of America’s Prisons?

by Heather Ann Thompsom

The U.S. penal system is like a cosmic Black Hole: far more massive than its counterparts anywhere else in the world -- with 2.3 million behind bars, 4.5 million on probation or parole, and up to 100 million U.S. citizens with a criminal record – yet largely invisible to the general population. “For those without press credentials, finding out what is happening behind bars remains virtually impossible.”

America's Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

by Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Maureen Nandini Mitra

Most people realize that prisons are bad for the bodies and minds of the inmates. However, the vast U.S. prison gulag is also a huge source of pollution for surrounding communities. “Federal environmental regulations bar many of the types of pollution and contamination happening in prisons, but state and federal agencies seem to have little incentive to enforce these laws with regard to prisoners.”

100th Anniversary of Hubert Harrison’s Founding of the Militant “New Negro Movement”

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The modern Black liberation movement can be said to have begun with the founding of Hubert Harrison’s Liberty League, in Harlem, a century ago. The League demanded that lynching become a federal crime, and that Blacks defend themselves from racist attack. “Harrison advised ‘Negroes’ who faced mob violence in the South and elsewhere to ‘supply themselves with rifles and fight if necessary, to defend their lives and property.’"

Dumb Donald Thinks He’s Pulled the Plug on ISIS and Al-Qaida (and the CIA?)

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Donald Trump appears to think he’s convinced the Saudis “to reject jihadist terror and to punish Qatar for its support of ISIS and al-Qaida.” Trump is not very bright. The Gulf kings and emirs back jihadist terror for self-preservation, and the U.S. supports al-Qaida because it has no other options in the region. “If the jihadists are defeated in Syria, they will vent their most intense fury on their former sugar daddies in the Gulf.”

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