A Certain Amount of Madness: From Endless Protests to Revolution

by Henry Makori

Often too reform-oriented, current activism is incapable of mid-wifing radical transformation. Today’s activism is only mildly disruptive, is fragmented and addresses symptoms, not systems. Its aims are short-term and it doesn't engage the masses. No coherent and convincing alternative visions are proffered. Instead, activists are busy petitioning the same oppressive powers they should be fighting. Africa needs a revolution.

Criminal Nation: Obama and Trump Both Should Be Jailed for War Crimes

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The corporate media feed us fake news and the lawyers provide us with fake legality. A group of former Obama White House lawyers -- the same guys that defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars, and the “proxy” war against Syria -- say Trump has not legally justified his attack on a Syrian airbase. The truth is, the U.S. has waged illegal wars with impunity for most of its existence. Obama’s former lawyers want only to whitewash the crimes.

Freedom Rider: Democratic Party Death Spiral

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democrats are locked in a fatal contradiction: they cannot serve the people and their rich paymasters, too. The people want higher wages, affordable education and the right to healthcare. Instead, the Democrats “engage in wishful thinking that the same tired nostrums would work one more time.” The Democrats only run for office so they can “make deals on behalf of the corporate interests which feed them.”

War, Militarism and No Mainstream Opposition: Different Administration, Same Story

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

If asked, most Americans will say they want peace. But they consistently vote for the two parties of war. “Imperial privilege” allows “the U.S. public to ‘shrug off’ the consequences of U.S. wars. They will destroy whole societies while ostensibly rescuing a few “beautiful babies” -- preferably white ones. We must build a new politics around the provable principle that killing other people is dangerous to one’s own moral and physical health.

Bernie Sanders: Loyal Democrat, Stalwart for Empire

by Danny Haiphong

Bernie Sanders will never break with the Democratic Party and its finance capitalist masters. Progressives have no choice but “to take the genuine demands for a living wage, socialized healthcare, and free higher public education out of the two-party duopoly and into the streets.” Sanders is also totally useless in the fight to save the planet from nuclear conflagration; he “has made his peace with war.”

2 Poems - About How and Why Some Things Work. And Some Others Don't

By BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

In two works of poetry this week, Turner offers cogent observations on two phenomena, one that pretty much works as intended, and another enterprise that despite the wishes of many consistently and predictably goes awry.

Diana Johnstone: Financial Elite Created France's New President, Emmanuel Macron

An interview by Ann Garrison

Three out of four of the top vote-getters in the first round of French elections ran against the economic policies of the European Union. Yet the French and U.S. corporate media claim the election was all about race and “fascism.” Emmanuel Macron is “the whole globalizing elite’s own special candidate” – and bad news for the working class.

An Opening to Challenge Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Conviction

by Linn Washington and Dave Lindorff

Thirty-five yeas after his conviction in the death of a Philadelphia policeman, Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, may have a shot at overturning the verdict, A judge has begun a process that could throw out the results of the original trial. “Supporters of Abu-Jamal are calling Judge Tucker’s discovery order a rare victory in a lengthy string of appeals.”

Review: Black Subjugation in America

by Kim Scipes

On a recent visit to Ho Chi Minh City’s (Vietnam) War Remnants Museum I was reminded Americans have never come to grips with our invasion and war on Vietnam. They have also never come to grips with our own history, specifically how Europeans stole this land from Native Peoples and then built this country on the backs of of African slaves, while institutionalizing white supremacy.

Zuma and the Real Story of the Capture of the ANC and the State

by Dale T. McKinley

The continuity of corporate capture, of corruption, of the arrogance of state and executive power, of the demobilization of the grassroots, is crucial to understanding what Zuma has done and will continue to do. And this rot did not start with the rise of Zuma to the throne. It is deeply rooted in the politics of the ruling ANC party post-apartheid.

The Challenge in Jackson Mississippi: to Govern or to Transform?

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

The political organization of Jackson's first Mayor Lumumba was divided. Some wanted to embed themselves in Mississippi's black political class, while others aimed for a far reaching transformation of the local economy, relying on collective uplift and cooperative enterprises. It's been three years. The eyes of black and working class America are on Jackson Mississippi once again. Will the city be merely governed, or will it be transformed?

Study Shows School Vouchers Hurt Students – But Trump and DeVos Couldn't Care Less

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are old school “segregation academy” politicians with strong ideological investments in private school vouchers. They will not be deterred by a new study that shows the Washington DC school voucher program actually detracts from student achievement. The people of DC never wanted vouchers, but school privatization has nothing to do with democracy.

Freedom Rider: Obama Gets Paid

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Obama opposed reparations for Black slavery, but gladly pockets payback for his work in ensuring that banks are “too big to jail.” Obama has been on the Lord’s of Capital’s payroll, coming and going, having won the presidency with the largest contributions from Wall Street in history. “The fact that his defenders so casually shrug their shoulders and defend kleptocracy ought to be debated.”


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