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Hillary Clinton’s Syria Revenge

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Had Hillary Clinton been elected, she would likely have turned the Syrian war into a global conflict within weeks of taking the oath. However, Clinton may yet prevail. “With Donald Trump now dutifully in synch with the War Party, the U.S. has countered the Syrian-Russian-Iranian-Turkish ‘de-escalation’ in Syria with a major escalation: ‘no-go zones.’

Freedom Rider: Endless Propaganda

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Big Lie works. The Democrat/War Party concocts several howling lies per week, amplifies them endlessly in the corporate media, and then repeats the process the next week with a new batch of lies against targeted states and Donald Trump’s associates. Meanwhile, the Democrats offer absolutely nothing of substance. They want “to get back into power without presenting any policies that the people want to see enacted.”

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle Part II

by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

From her vantage point in SNCC, Karen Spellman saw the birth of the modern Black Power Movement. She says “most Black people equated the concept of Black power with Black pride, Black consciousness, self-determination, controlling our own destinies and an end to repression.” Whites and conservative Blacks generally viewed the movement negatively, “as a direct challenge to white authority and the status quo.”

The Cuban Revolution: Still in Motion

by Danny Haiphong

The author’s recent trip to Cuba confirmed his confidence in the power of people to transform their lives. It is also clear that “the US government has not stopped its ceaseless attack on the Cuban Revolution and probably never will as long as the US possesses an imperialist system.” Nevertheless, every Cuban he spoke to “reiterated how the revolution remains non-negotiable.”

Ra Was Right

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Some artists write poems and novels.  Others paint and perform.  Some build imaginary worlds you can immerse and lose yourself in.  Some bring messages from the future, prophesying, fortelling the fates of this one.  Our poet recalls one of these...

Never Mind the Real Russia, It’s All about Trump: An Interview with David Swanson

by Ann Garrison



Anti-war activist and author David Swanson told the author that party partisanship fuels the anti-Russian obsession among rank and file Democrats. “If the Democratic Party had made a grand cause of friendship with Russia and disarmament and ending nuclear weapons madness, then liberal supporters of the Democratic Party would be out there saying, ‘Let's be friends with Russia.’"

National Strike in Buenaventura, Afro-Colombia

by Esther Ojulari

Black people in the Choco region of Colombia marked the National day of Afro-Colombian Heritage, May 21st, with massive protests against economic and political violence. The community around the port city of Buenaventura “has been on general strike demanding that the government fulfils basic human rights to water, education, health, culture, land and freedom from racism and violence.”

In the Light of African Liberation Day Imperialist Rats Will Run Away

by Mark P. Fancher

The heroic African guerilla struggles against colonialism are history. The African present is dominated by AFRICOM, the U.S. military octopus with tentacles deep in the militaries of supposedly independent African states. “If Africa’s enemies have retreated like cowardly rats to the safety of their offices and boardrooms, then it’s time for us to drag their deliberations and plans out into the light of day -- African Liberation Day.”

Soft Coups in Latin America: The Cases of Ecuador and Bolivia

by Chicago Alba Solidarity

The U.S. government has manipulated indigenous and environmental organizations for its own, regime-change purposes in Latin America. “The US seeks to overthrow democratically elected presidents through media campaigns of lies and half-truths, inciting social discontent, delegitimizing the government, provoking violence in the streets, economic disruptions and strikes.”

Hail Emmanuel Caesar! The Bankster Macron and Pax Francais in Africa

by Thomas C. Mountain

The blood of millions stains France’s colonialist hands, crimes that dwarf and mock its claims to authorship of “liberty, fraternity and solidarity.” The new bankster-in-charge in Paris is dedicated to wealth accumulation through looting, understanding that “the continued super exploitation of Africa is essential to the maintenance of the French economy.”

Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike Enters Day 37

by SAMIODUN, the Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network

Completely unnoticed by US corporate media, 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners are engaged in a hunger strike, a literal fast to the death demanding human rights in Israeli prisons and jails.  As with most actions undertaken by prisoners, their tools and options are seriously limited. Most options are in the hands of the authorities, and those of us outside the walls.  They're standing up.  We know where the Congressional Black Caucus stands.  Where are you standing?

Jeff Sessions, Eric Holder and Mass Black Incarceration -- Revisited and Revised

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Attorney General Jeff Session is a nightmare, but Eric Holder, his Black predecessor, was among those that opened the door to racial profiling, “pretext” traffic stops, and mandatory minimum sentences during the Clinton era. The vaunted criminal justice “reforms” that are credited to Obama and Holder are so ephemeral, they have been wiped out by a single Jeff Sessions memo.

Freedom Rider: No Tears for the FBI

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Pity the poor FBI agents. Reportedly, the morale of the secret police has suffered since their former director, James Comey, was cashiered by President Trump. If the FBI has, indeed, been rendered ineffectual, that’s a blessing. “We can only hope that their condition is so serious that they no longer want to target individuals and groups for surveillance, arrest and imprisonment.”

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle

by BAR Editor and Columnist, Dr. Marsha Adebayo

When did the “Civil Rights Movement” morph into the “Black Power Era” -- or is that a false dichotomy. The best testimony on that question comes from those who participated in the process – people like Karen Spellman, an early activist with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and currently co-director of the Black Power Chronicles.

Peace Activists Confront Amy Goodman on Biased Syria Coverage

by Ann Garrison

Amy Goodman, the producer and host of Democracy Now!, has long angered much of her progressive audience with her biased coverage of the proxy U.S. war against Syria. A Veterans for Peace chapter wants to give Goodman a piece of their minds. “The warmongers in Washington seem determined to use the story of Assad bombing his own people with chemical weapons. The MSM plays that story big time, and Amy Goodman echoes it on DN.”

Trump Picks the Al Capone of Vote-Rigging to Investigate Federal Voter Fraud

by Greg Palast

The 2016 election was stolen -- not by some Russian-Wikileaks plot, but the old-fashioned, made-in-the-racist-USA way, by massive suppression and theft of the Black vote. Donald Trump has chosen the architect of the “Crosscheck” scheme to head a commission to investigate election fraud. “As Crosscheck spreads, it will undoubtedly poison the count in the fight for Congress in 2018.”

Malcolm X in the 21st Century

by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali

Had he not been assassinated, Malcolm X might still be among us, speaking Truth to Power and marking his 92nd birthday. If you want to emulate Malcolm, you might start by carrying around his recommended list of exploratory equipment: “a notebook, a dictionary, a thesaurus, a book of synonyms and antonyms, an etymology text, a library card, and an open, willing mind.”

A Certain Amount of Madness: From Endless Protests to Revolution

by Henry Makori

Often too reform-oriented, current activism is incapable of mid-wifing radical transformation. Today’s activism is only mildly disruptive, is fragmented and addresses symptoms, not systems. Its aims are short-term and it doesn't engage the masses. No coherent and convincing alternative visions are proffered. Instead, activists are busy petitioning the same oppressive powers they should be fighting. Africa needs a revolution.

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