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Freedom Rider: Boycott America, Not Russia

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Obama’s personal boycott of the Winter Olympics is the height of hypocrisy. Washington provides arms, aid and diplomatic protection to some of the most homophobic regimes on earth. “There are at least ten nations considered American allies that have anti-gay laws far more harsh than Russia’s.”

Gangster Corporate Contract for Takeover of Detroit

by Thomas Stephens

Wall Street, corporate Republicans and Democrats and the lawyers that serve them have structured a contract that guarantees “a realigned, restructured, pillaged, decapitated and misruled” Detroit. The document, newly revealed in these pages, is a template for subjugation of urban America.

We Have an Anti-imperialist Obligation to the People of Haiti

by Ajamu Nangwaya

The arc of justice is made to bend through solidarity with the oppressed. Solidarity with Haiti means fighting for an end to “the cycle of Western military interventions, coups and/or propping up of anti-democratic, anti-people regimes; and an end to the local elite’s and foreign capital’s exploitation of the people.”

The Absurdity of Post-Racial Theory in Racist America

by Danny Haiphong

The very suggestion that the U.S. has entered a “post-racial” era, represents a racist assault. “The Commander in Chief and Attorney General may not have white skin, but their policies in relation to mass imprisonment and the economy have exceeded expectations for the white imperial ruling class for whom they ultimately work.”

Treme Rewrites Post-Katrina History. And That’s a Good Thing.

by Jordan Flaherty

The HBO show Treme has joined the television ancestors. History will decide the series’ ultimate significance – a verdict that cannot be left to the ratings, which are incapable of gauging shows about “race and racism, about Black culture in our cities, and the displacement of that culture by gentrification and class warfare.”

“Operation Afro-Dilution”: Michigan’s Plan to Flood Detroit with Upscale Immigrants

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

It is the general consensus among white people that Detroit’s problem is, too many Blacks. Michigan’s governor has a solution: flood the city with upscale green card holders. “An infusion of global migrants would enable Detroit’s corporate masters to market the metropolis as a ‘cosmopolitan’ urban cocktail, as opposed to the nation’s largest ‘Chocolate City.’”

Freedom Rider: Modern Day Lynching

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It often seems that the American national pastime is murderous assault on Black people. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s tally of one racist homicide every 28 hours is surely understated. The more Blacks die, the harder some whites push for broader latitude to kill them. There is no reciprocity in Stand Your Ground. “Self-defense means nothing when a black person asserts that right.”

Let Them Eat Symbols: Obama’s Plan for the Long-Term Unemployed

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

A deep social crisis is upon us, and the rulers know it – their system created it. “Obama’s feel good rhetoric and his Administration’s minimalist program of 'promise zones,' corporate funded jobs programs that don’t actually employ anyone and rhetorical concern for income inequality, are preemptive moves geared to mitigate any demands that might emerge for fundamental reforms or radical change.”

Rwanda’s Peacekeeping Operations: A Poisoned Pill that Blackmails the West

by Theogene Rudasingwa

Under dictator Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s military is highly paid for peacekeeping duties in Darfur, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Haiti – despite its role in the death of millions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The West depends on Kagame as its man in Africa, and in return gives impunity to his criminal network. 

Judge Rhodes to Detroit: Don't Pay the Banksters

by Tom Stephens

The judge in Detroit’s disastrous bankruptcy process has, at least temporarily, blocked the wholesale transfer of much of the city’s assets to predatory bankers. But public dialogue must be made to focus on “cancellation of the debt allegedly ‘owed’ to the banks by Detroit,” so that the people can seize “new opportunities to build a new city.”

Letter to Obama: America’s Selective Memory and the Cuban Five

by Piero Gleijeses

Washington’s selective memory of Cuba’s role in the world – and America’s own sordid past and present – prevents its leaders from seeing reality clearly. But President Obama witnessed first hand that Africa remembers who its friends are. “While the Cubans were fighting for the liberation of the people of South Africa, successive American governments did everything they could to stop them.”

American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Before the nation and the world, President Obama pledges to take “action” against “economic inequality,” while simultaneously holding secret negotiations on a Trans Pacific Partnership trade scheme that will quicken the pace of the global Race to the Bottom, deepening economic inequalities. “Lies of omission are even more despicable than the overt variety, because they hide.”

Barack Obama, the State of the Union and the Prison State

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

For a generation now, predatory policing, the war on drugs and the prison state have been government's most frequent intersection with young black Americans. The gossip before this year's State of the Union was that the president would now do by executive order all those good things Republicans have blocked him on the last 3 years. Does that include reining in or rolling back the prison state? Should we hold our collective breath?

Freedom Rider: State of the Union: Awful

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Do not expect honesty, accuracy, or even a semblance of reality from U.S. presidents’ reports on the State of the Union. Better to call it the State of Delusion address. So, skip the charade, here are the facts: “The state of the union is not very good for anyone except the ruling 1%.”

Planning for War and Deception: How the Obama Administration celebrates the King Holiday

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The Americans are playing a deadly and cynical game at the Geneva II conference on Syria, sabotaging the talks in order to set the stage for more warfare and terror. In this sick equation, diplomatic failure is victory: “the U.S. moves closer to their real strategic objective – regime change or the dismemberment of the Syrian state.”

Solidarity & Sustainability: An Interview with Sokari Ekine

by Peter James Hudson

The Nigerian social activist and writer holds forth on poverty and foreign meddling in Haiti and repression against homosexuals in Africa and the Diaspora. On Haiti: “Some people made a lot of money in the aftermath of the earthquake and a small few are still making money but the poor are being erased.”

Outsourcing Haiti: How Disaster Relief Became a Disaster of its Own

by Jake Jonston

Billions of dollars have been directed towards Haiti earthquake relief – and most of the money has circled right back into the pockets of foreign corporations and NGOs. Hundreds of thousands remain in tents or dangerous dwellings. Yet, “by September 2013, nearly four years after the earthquake, only 7,500 new homes had been built and 27,000 repaired—an incredibly small achievement.”

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