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?

Oh No No, You’re Political, We Can’t Do That!

a Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The nonprofit industrial complex basically owns the US social movement and the spaces in which it operates. In the realm of most places people can hold public meetings it enforces a curious standard of what is and is not “political.”

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.”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of May 15, 2017

UNAC and Black Alliance for Peace Blast U.S. Subversion of Venezuela

The newly founded Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) and the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) issued a joint statement denouncing U.S. “destabilization” and “attempts to cause regime change” in Venezuela. “We share the objective to revive the anti-war movement -- the anti-imperialist movement in the U.S.,” said BAP organizer Ajamu Baraka, the veteran human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate. “We are, of course, committed to peace, but we understand that there can be no peace without justice, and that means people have to be prepared for struggle,” said Baraka.

Bizarro World: Faux “Leftists” Shill for the FBI

Purported “progressives,” apparently driven mad by Donald Trump, demonstrated this month in support of former FBI director James Comey. “It was disheartening to see left forces so anxious to combat Trump, they were actually supporting Comey,” said UNAC activist Sara Flounders. This strange strain of “leftists” seem to have forgotten the oppressive history and practice of U.S. spy outfits. “We have to be clear,” said Flounders. “All of these agencies are about absolute repression, subversion and assassination.”

U.S. Prisons: Geriatric Injustice

One out of every 7 of the nation’s prison inmates is serving a life sentence, according to a report by The Sentencing Project. For Blacks, the proportion of lifers is in 1 in 5. Despite a growing consensus for prison reform, “We see life sentences continue to accumulate,” said senior research analyst, Ashley Nellis. Most people “age out of bad behavior” in their 20s and 30s, “so incarcerating them for decades past that point serves no public safety benefit,” she said.

Mumia on Neoliberal Barbarism

Noting that Pennsylvania has locked up more juveniles for life than any other state, political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal excoriated Bill Clinton for pushing through his draconian anti-crime bill of 1994. “Children were cast into the hells of adult prison while the newly rich neoliberal class drank champagne and enjoyed the good life,” said Abu Jamal.

Don’t You Dare Call Malcolm X a “Civil Rights” Leader

What Malcolm X “was saying 50 years ago is just as relevant today as it was then,” said Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, an advisory board member of New York City’s Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Educational and Memorial Center, where the martyred leader’s 92nd birthday will be celebrated on May 19th. A “homogenized version” of his life and work depicts Malcolm X as a “civil rights leader of the 1960s,” said Imam Rashid, but Malcolm “used to make it clear that he was not a civil rights leader, but rather, a human rights leader.”

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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.”

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