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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.”

Freedom Rider: Solidarity and the International League of Peoples Struggles

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It’s the age-old question: since the rich are so few, how do they oppress the rest of us, the many? One answer is that the masses are disorganized. “The purveyors of violence and theft depend upon a lack of solidarity and common ground experienced by people around the world.” The International League of People’s Struggles knows that “no American president will change from an imperialist course unless mass movements are coordinated on every continent.”

Freedom Rider: The New York Times Covers Up American Role in Refugee Suffering

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Like its corporate media cousins, the New York Times uses the global refugee crisis to spread propaganda on behalf of the U.S. government, which created the crisis in the first place. The Times scrupulously omits the facts of U.S. complicity in destroying the displaced people’s homelands, while pretending to empathize with the refugee’s plight. It is journalism in service of Power, not Truth.

Freedom Rider: Americans are Poor

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If Americans understood how poor they actually are – on a par with Latvians and Romanians, according to newly released data – they would dump the Democratic Party. With “more black children in poverty than white children,” it’s past time for African Americans to rid themselves “once and for all of their useless political party” which only pretends to fight for working people in election years.

Freedom Rider: White Settler Gentrification

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black urbanites are under siege “because the dictates of capitalism and racism demand that white people return to the cities they fled.” Landlords break every law in the book to rid themselves of Black tenants to make room for the newcomers. Once a neighborhood is penetrated, white settler entitlement goes into high gear to chase out the remainder of Black residents, who are expected “to keep quiet and disappear without complaint.”

Freedom Rider: Black Lives Don’t Matter in Israel

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If you want to observe a racist lynch mob, go to Israel, the “world’s worst apartheid state.” After being shot by police, an innocent Eritrean immigrant was pursued by an Israeli mob that “kicked him, threw chairs and benches at his head and shouted ‘son of a whore,’ ‘break his head’ and more to the point, ‘Kill him!’” But of course, no one will be punished, and the U.S. Black Misleadership Class will say nothing.

Freedom Rider: French Workers Show How to Fight

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Workers in the United States have learned some painful lessons: that they live on less than their peers in much of Europe and are woefully insecure in their jobs and retirements – if they have jobs and retirement plans, at all. What U.S. workers have not learned – or have forgotten – is how to fight. They can take some tips from the French, who “throw down the gauntlet at any mention of job loss or pay cuts.”

Freedom Rider: Putin Bombs Islamic State, Obama Bombs a Hospital

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Better late than never, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has exposed the West’s support for jihadists in Syria and moved to crush Washington’s Islamist proxies, militarily. In front of the UN, the Big Lie was exposed: “The western nations were never interested in defeating ISIS, the child they spawned through their interventions.” The U.S. promptly vented its imperial wrath on helpless hospital patients in Afghanistan.

Freedom Rider: Putin Trumps Obama at the U.N.

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

With Libya, Iraq and Syria in flames, the president of Russia confronted the world’s most dangerous man in the global hall of humanity. “I cannot help asking those who have caused the situation,” said Vladimir Putin, “do you realize now what you've done?” Obama, the nation-slayer, sneered and mouthed exceptionalist absurdities – unmasked before the world.

Freedom Rider: Ahmed Mohamed and Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The president that expanded U.S. wars throughout the Muslim world thinks he can make himself appear Muslim-friendly by inviting a kid to the White House. President Obama “makes a mockery of principles such as the right to trial when his agenda finds democracy too inconvenient,” calmly placing people on his weekly Kill List, then pretends to empathize with a teenager victimized by Texas-style Islamophobia.

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