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Freedom Rider: Gay Still Isn’t the New Black

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If “gay is the new Black,” then it would follow that gays would now be dedicating their collective lives to the struggle against mass Black incarceration, gentrification, austerity, war and capitalist predation. Don’t hold your breath. “Fighting these issues means taking on the ever present elephant in the room, the persistent belief in Manifest Destiny and the right of white Americans to control whatever and whomever they want.”

Freedom Rider: U.S. Pushes Russia Towards War

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The lies that the U.S. corporate media tell can get us all killed. The United States is pushing Russia, which remains a nuclear superpower, to the brink and beyond – yet Americans are wholly ignorant of the facts and the issues at play. “In 2015 the signs are ominous that something terrible may happen because of an incident in Transnistria or Donetsk or some other locale Americans know nothing about.”

Freedom Rider: America Prosecutes the World

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The United States government refuses to criminally prosecute American bankers, because they are “too big to jail.” But the U.S. Justice Department is claiming jurisdiction over international soccer, and threatening to rescind and reassign World Cups, because bribes were allegedly paid using U.S. banks. It’s “the latest example of a country determined to exert control over the rest of the world in every possible way.”

Freedom Rider: UNAC Shows the Way

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Early in the 21st century, the United States appeared to have a large anti-war movement. But, the huge crowds melted away when a Democrat took his turn as Imperialist-in-Chief. UNAC, the United National Anti-War Movement that was created in 2010, “doesn’t waver and doesn’t make exceptions regardless of who in the two party duopoly occupies the White House.” UNAC also opposes U.S. wars against people of color and the poor, here at home.

Freedom Rider: Who is on the Left?

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Much of what calls itself “left” in the United States is phony – “left” only in the most relative, but not substantive, sense. It exists only in juxtaposition to the Republican boogieman, and has made no real break with “America’s horrendous tale of conquest, race based terrorism and numerous other oppressions.”

Freedom Rider: Gentrification and the Death of Black Communities

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Gentrification – the displacement of Black and brown urban residents by more affluent whites – is a function of the same forces that emptied the cities of much of their white populations, generations ago: the movement of capital. Capital wants the cities back, and clears spaces for whites. “The system is stacked in favor of moneyed interests and white people.”

Freedom Rider: Russia Wins

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The leaders of the greatest land and people masses in Eurasia are forging a military, economic and political alliance that will fundamentally alter the world in both the near and long term. Meanwhile, the U.S. remains the bully that many fear, but no one trusts. “America will always turn friends to enemies and suddenly declare that enemies are friends because it is not a true friend to anyone.”

Freedom Rider: When a Black Mayor Killed Black People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If the purpose of Black electoral politics is to protect African American interests, the Black political class has been a colossal failure. “The disasters of mass incarceration, police murder, gentrification, privatized public schools, and austerity have all taken place on their watch.” Worse than useless, most Black elected officials are collaborators in an oppressive system.

Freedom Rider: Still No Justice in Baltimore

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black people have been denied even the semblance of justice for so long in the United States, the mere act of bringing charges against police is received as cause for jubilation. However, “there should be no celebrating unless all of the police responsible for Freddie Gray’s death are convicted.” Baltimore was turned into a “sundown town,” with “rioters” held on bail higher than was set for the cops that killed Fred Gray.

Freedom Rider: American Responsibility For Global Refugee Crises

By Margaret Kimberley

When refugees from the Indian subcontinent, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America and other places risk their lives for a chance at low-wage precarious labor in Europe or the US, it's because of decisions taken at the center of global economic and political power, places like Washington D, London, Brussels and New York.

Freedom Rider: Michael Eric Dyson: Crab in a Barrel

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Michael Eric Dyson wasn’t just defending President Obama when he unleashed his torrential rant against Cornel West. Dyson was demonstrating his loyalty to Power, in general. “Dyson’s infantile need to reveal personal details about his one-time friend is based on his own vindictiveness but also on a desire to stay in the good graces of the powerful people West has admonished.”

Freedom Rider: Skip Gates and Sony Exposed by Wikileaks

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

“Intellectual entrepreneur” Henry Louis Gates is in the business of packaging history to fit the needs of the rich and powerful, from Wall Street to Hollywood. He conspired with the CEO of Sony to whitewash Ben Affleck’s ancestry of slaveholder taint. In America, the truth-tellers are fugitives and professional liars are role models.

Freedom Rider: Cuba, Iran and American Lies

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

U.S. policies that were once thought to be written in stone have crumbled, over the years, in the face of the intended victims’ resistance. Vietnam triumphed, despite three million dead. Cuba has held out against empire for more than half a century. Iran remains a power in its part of the world. And “the Syrians proved that resistance is not futile.”

Freedom Rider: Why Al-Shabaab Kills

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The whole world knows of the horrors inflicted on Kenyan civilians by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab. But, the “corporate media tells Americans little if anything about Somalia’s road to ruin,” paved by the United States and its Ethiopian and Kenyan allies. “If there were true justice in this world the United States and its puppets would not only have to leave that country but make restitution as well.”

Freedom Rider: American Hell for Yemen

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The U.S.-spawned whirlwind of carnage and destruction has wrecked the societies of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, yet most Americans feel themselves blameless. “The people, the corporate media and the political system all accept that their government has the right to intervene in the affairs of other nations and that it is always right and moral in its claims.” They behave like zombified cogs in an imperial death machine.

Physical Murder and Political Asphyxiation: The Story of Danielle Hicks-Best

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

An 11 year-old Black girl is raped twice by men and winds up jailed and institutionalized for years by a callous and predatory system. The abomination lays bare the thin line that many African-American children and families tread “between physical murder and spiritual death.” Washington DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier must be made to answer for the crime. Meanwhile, “behind the scenes in the courts and judicial system, the bodies are piling up.”

Freedom Rider: Uncle Tom Celebrities

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

A young singer who dresses like a bellhop considers himself to be the “new black.” A rapper-actor-songwriter operates under the delusion that racism is like a love affair gone bad. A TV and movie heartthrob invites whites to call him “nigger.” Where do we get these celebrity mutants, and “what good are awards and ratings and record sales if the people who gain these successes stab us all in the back?”

Freedom Rider: 47 Republicans and Israeli Control of Congress

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

When it comes to Israel, the line separating Democrats from Republicans is essentially non-existent. Not one congressperson of either party will risk the wrath of the pro-Israel lobby. “To date, 15 Democrats have at various times expressed a willingness to go along with the Republicans and end any chance for negotiations with Iran.” If Obama’s own administration was not engaged in the talks, he’d probably be opposed, too, in deference to Israel.

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Final Insult to Michael Brown

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder bestowed impunity on the killers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and then journeyed to Selma, Alabama, to explain how great it is to have Black faces in such high places. Half a century has passed since “Bloody Sunday,” yet Black people’s life prospects remain irrelevant to the powers-that-be.

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Final Insult to Trayvon Martin

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Eric Holder and Barack Obama have shown themselves incapable of delivering elementary justice to Black people. Instead of indicting Trayvon Martin’s killer, the president invited the teenager’s parents to the White House for Black History Month. The nation’s two most powerful Black men get lots of love from African Americans but give nothing in return. “It is an awfully vicious cycle and people like the late Trayvon Martin pay the price.”

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