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Freedom Rider: Barack, Hillary and the Libya Crime

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It took two warmongering politicians to unleash the “shit storm” that the U.S. created in Libya: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Yet, Clinton, the number two player in the aggression, takes all the weight, while Obama acts as if he was nowhere near the scene of the war crime. Obama takes no responsibility for the terror he has loosed on Africa. “Boko Haram’s strength and ability to terrorize Nigerians is the direct result of the Libyan crime.”

Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press. “Vladimir Putin’s name appears nowhere, but the corporate media used his image repeatedly to drum up interest in what is an otherwise newsworthy story.” Americans are conspicuous by their absence from the story. That’s because rich people in the U.S. can avoid taxes “legally in Wyoming, Delaware or Nevada.”

Freedom Rider: Hillary Clinton is No Worse than Barack Obama

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Progressive enthusiasm for Bernie and antipathy for Hillary is impressive – until one recalls that most of these folks were ga-ga over Obama not so long ago, and that Clinton and Obama are political twins. Obama is revered like a saint, “despite his record of neo-con imperial murder, bankster bail outs, destruction of the public school system, and maintaining mass incarceration while pretending that he doesn’t.” Hillary is Obama – with a cackle.

Freedom Rider: Democrats and the SCOTUS Scam

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Obama “legacy” will likely include the appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court justice that Republicans would welcome – if only Obama hadn’t been the appointer. Federal judge Merrick Garland is a former prosecuctor whose politics suits Obama’s core conservative instincts. The president is leaving office just like he came in, pulling a “bait and switch” on his Democratic base and blaming the Republicans for making him do it.

Freedom Rider: Protesting Trump and Hillary Too

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democrats want to make Donald Trump’s racism the only campaign issue, to divert attention from their imperial wars and the global race to the bottom. Trump is a GOP outsider, but the Democrats “eagerly conspire with Republicans on governmental austerity and none of them are anti-war.” The left shouldn’t be suckered into making Trump the paramount issue. “The low hanging fruit of open bigotry should not be the only galvanizing force for progressives.”

Freedom Rider: Bernie Sanders and the End of the Democratic Party

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If Bernie Sanders supporters are serious about making fundamental change, they should start a new party, one that does more than run in billion dollar elections every couple of years. Hillary Clinton’s impending primaries victory “is an opportunity to break with a system which is incapable of being truly democratic.” The alternative is to “do nothing but sulk in the event of a Clinton nomination or try once more to reform the unreformable.”

Freedom Rider: Bye Melissa

by BAR editor and columnist Margaret Kimberley

When Melissa Harris-Perry publicly announced her resignation from MSNBC, the cable network that serves as the Democratic Party's house organ, she vowed not to be tokenized or silenced. But of course, the rich owners can silence whoever they want with the flip of a switch, just as Harris-Perry tried “to silence black people” and Edward Snowden “if doing so suited the purposes of the system in general or the Obama White House in particular.”

Freedom Rider: Obama Forever and Ever

by BAR editor and columnist Margaret Kimberley

Obama is supposed to be a lame duck, but we are seeing a resurgence of his propaganda juggernaut. With the help of phony revolutionary Russell Simmons and shameless opportunist Van Jones, the Obama brand will be marketed in perpetuity. Obama enlists the young and the old to cry and dance for his benefit, so that he can "build libraries, make money and dispense patronage" ad infinitum, in service to the interests of the corporate and financial classes.

Freedom Rider: Black Politics and Bernie Sanders

by BAR editor and columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democratic presidential primary has turned into a real battle, but not ideologically, since “there is no leftist among the Democrats.” Hillary Clinton clings to Barack Obama like a life raft, mentioning his name 21 times in a debate with Bernie Sanders, while the Congressional Black Caucus clings to Hillary like a dollar bill. The historical Black political consensus on peace and social justice is nowhere represented in the “quadrennial circus.”

Freedom Rider: America’s Endless Wars

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

There is no “peace” wing in either the Democratic or Republican parties. “Not only has Obama declared unending war against the rest of the world, but so has the rest of the two party duopoly.” When the warmongers scream “Jump,” the only question leaders of either party ask is, “How high?” It’s a matter of tone, not substance. “The Republicans openly brag about aggressions while Democrats dissemble and use weasel words to pretend they won’t do the same thing.”

Freedom Rider: The Problem of Bernie Sanders and the “Left”

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bernie Sander’s near-tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa is fanning the fantasies of those who never cease to disbelieve in transforming the Democratic Party “from below.” What is certain, is that corporate evil-doers will still rule both wings of the duopoly at the end of the quadrennial game. “Revolutionaries don’t exult over Bernie Sanders vis a vis Hillary Clinton because they know that great change comes from mass action and not the ballot box.”

Freedom Rider: Flint, Michigan and Democracy

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Disaster capitalists demand – and get – government subsidies to carry out their crimes. However, the poor victims of corporate mayhem can’t count on their elected officials to demand even modest compensation. Flint, Michigan’s mayor “could have demanded full restitution for property owners and free health care for residents poisoned by the water supply.” Instead, she “acted like the supplicants that all black politicians end up becoming.”

Freedom Rider: Return of the “Happy” Slave

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

How does a writer make slavery a light and breezy read for children? By presenting a story that’s comforting to white bosses at corporate publishing houses, that’s how. The same racial hierarchy that prevailed under the slavocracy calls the shots in today’s book selling industry. The rules haven’t changed: don’t make Mr. Charlie angry, or hurt Miss Ann’s feelings.

Freedom Rider: The U.S. Starves Syria

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

In preparation for talks on Syria this month, the U.S. corporate media is pretending to be concerned about the Syrians of Madaya, caught between the lines of a war deliberately begun by the United States and its allies. “Every time a president says that Saddam must go or Gaddafi must go or Assad must go a new terror is created for unfortunate people in a far away place.” Madaya is one of those many, many places plunged into misery by the U.S.

Freedom Rider: Black Community Control of the Police and the Politicians

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Like macabre clockwork, prosecutors and their grand juries refuse to indict killer cops – most recently in the case of Tamir Rice. The Black response has been woefully inadequate. “Every announcement of a killer cop going free sets off a sad parade of ultimately useless activity.” These atrocities will not cease until “the police know they will answer for their crimes” and passive Black politicians are “consigned to political oblivion.”

Freedom Rider: San Bernardino and Government Terror

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The official version of events lacks credibility in most cases of domestic “terrorism,” and the San Bernardino shooting is no exception. “Several eye witnesses described shooters or suspicious persons fleeing the scene as three white men wearing black military type clothing.” Plus, the FBI opened the Farook’s apartment to reporters just two days after the killings – unprecedented speed, showing more concern for publicity than a search for truth.

Freedom Rider: Rich Countries Subvert Climate Change Talks

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The recent Paris talks on climate change failed utterly to slow the planetary slide towards extinction. The human-induced heat wave will continue to build. President Obama and other world leaders “say they want to reverse fossil fuel emissions and yet they agreed to what amounts to a 3 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase.”

Freedom Rider: Syria and World War

Freedom Rider: Syria and World War

by BAR Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

Boundless American greed, warlike hubris and imperial muscle flexing are at the bottom of the wave of regfugees fleeing sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, at the roots of genocidal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, and behind the simmering crisis in Ukraine.  For the world's only superpower there seem to be no limits, no counting of costs or consequences

Freedom Rider: 1961 Paris Massacre

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The French will tell you that this month’s ISIS attack inflicted the biggest death toll on Paris since World War Two. They would be lying. Fifty-four years ago, French police massacred hundreds of Algerians right in the heart of the city – and then pretended it never happened. France has enslaved much of the world, and clings to its remaining semi-colonies. The government in Paris “has millions of deaths on its ledger.”


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