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    Obama’s Dead End Criminal Justice “Reforms”

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The Obama administration shot double-barreled blanks in its response to the Black Lives Matter movement, “Both the Justice Department’s action in Ferguson and the Task Force report are indicative of the ineffectuality of what passes for criminal justice “reform” in 21st century America.” The Mass Black Incarceration State is incapable of meaningful reform. What’s needed is Black community control of the police.

    Free the Corinthian15 – From Student Debt

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The Obama administration claims it wants to halt the predatory practices of for-profit colleges that “exploit the poor and bilk the state.” But, even as it shuts down Corinthian Colleges, the administration continues to demand that its students repay their federal loans. The Corinthian 15 refuse to pay for having been robbed and exploited.

    The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    As U.S. imperialism loses its capacity to compete outside the military sphere, its foreign policy options shrink, accordingly. “Since the U.S. is superior to the rest of the world ONLY in military terms, Washington finds its ultimate advantage in turning the whole world into a battlefield.” Permanent War follows the same logic as a death cult. In fact, one created the other – literally.

    The Complexities of Black Community Control of Police

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The Black Lives Matter movement has been remarkably successful in drawing tens of thousands of young people into direct confrontation with the coercive powers of the State: the police. One of the hardest tests lies ahead. “The principles undergirding Black community control of police are in stark conflict with the narrow vision of democracy upon which U.S. law is based.” Something has to give. Will it be bourgeois legality, or justice?

    Oprah and Sharpton Attack Black Lives Matter Movement

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    When prominent members of the Black Misleadershp Class start ranting and raving against the new movement, you know it must be doing something right. Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey are attempting to “infantilize the young activists by framing the conflict as generational, rather than substantive.” In reality, it’s about Power. Sharpton is a servant of Power, and Oprah can only stomach a movement that reveres the opinions and privileges of Black billionaires.”

    Changing the Guard in Black America

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    It’s been so long since Black America has experienced a grassroots movement, most folks don’t have a clue how to measure its success. The Black Lives Matter campaign has already accomplished a fundamental task, despite the lack of indictment against Michael Brown’s killer. “The movement has unmasked Obama as the Oppressor-in-Chief and exposed the Black Misleadership Class as fawning accomplices to the dehumanization of the rest of us.”

    State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    President Obama says things are looking up for America – which is exactly how Wall Street sees it. For the seventh time, Obama assessed the state of the nation from the perspective of a “center-right presidency whose real accomplishment has been to re-inflate the Wall Street casino, flush the last vestiges of secure employment out of the economy, and put the imperial war machine back on the offensive.”

    A Real Socialist Party for South Africa?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The rich Black capitalists of South Africa’s ruling party and their counterfeit communist partners will soon have to confront real socialists. The nation’s biggest union “is pressing ahead with a conference on creating a united front and, possibly, a political party to build socialism in South Africa.” “Political power without economic power is an empty shell,” says metalworkers union leader Irvin Jim.

    Black People’s Grand Jury Indicts Cop for First Degree Murder of Michael Brown

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    A mostly white grand jury, manipulated by a racist prosecutor, will not have the last word in the death of Michael Brown. “We cannot trust our children, the future of our community, in the hands of this establishment that has proven to us over and over again its disregard for black life,” said one of the prosecutors for the Black People’s Grand Jury. The indictment is “an exercise in self-determination, a collective response to a collective assault on a people.”

    Cops Threaten a Blue Coup in New York City

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    New York City’s cops “threaten mutiny if the State does not stick up for the men and women who do its dirty work.” The police say they are now on a “wartime” footing – as if a state of a war has not existed between police and Black America for the past two generations.

    Getting Rid of Al Sharpton and the Misleadership Class

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The young activists of the Ferguson “movement” may have altered the course of Black and U.S. history, “Thanks to the liberating model of Ferguson, there is the opportunity to thoroughly discredit the Black Misleadership Class” and move forward towards transformational change.

    It’s Not the Law, But Prosecutors, That Give Immunity to Killer Cops

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Attorney General Eric Holder, like his local counterparts, claims that “the law” renders him helpless to prosecute killer cops. That’s bogus, says the ACLU, which maintains there is no insurmountable bar to charges of police “reckless disregard” and “open defiance” of victims’ constitutional rights. But, don’t expect Holder to budge. “Police impunity is the domestic counterpart of the legal immunity that U.S. military personnel enjoy overseas.”

    The New Movement: Are We There Yet?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    A new movement is being born, but yet to be named. Unlike its historical predecessors, this struggle is primarily directed against the police, the armed, coercive organs of the state. Some degree of violence is inevitable. “In the final analysis, cities will almost certainly have to be rendered ungovernable before the State will accede to substantive people-power demands.”

    Ferguson: It is Right to Resist, By Any and All Means Necessary

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Having failed to head off the beginnings of a Black mass movement, the Black Misleadership Class and the White House cite violence in Ferguson to discredit youthful activists. However, “any movement that defies police power and rejects the legitimacy of the state – including its prosecutors and grand juries – will inevitably commit acts that are deemed illegal and which are accompanied by some level of violence.”

    Political Prisoners Seek Justice at UN Committee on Torture

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Supporters of U.S. political prisoners, most of them former Black Panthers and all of them senior citizens, faced off against the assembled bureaucracy of the United States, at a meeting of the UN Committee Against Torture, in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. The U.S. Human Rights Network spoke truth to power, while the official Washington delegation “engaged in non-stop obfuscation, semantic contortions, and bald denials of fact.”

    For Moment, the World Embraces the Cuba Model – and Slaps the Empire

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The United Nations’ yearly vote against the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba has evolved into a “singular opportunity for all the world body’s members to chastise the superpower that seeks full spectrum domination of the planet.” The Cuban model of behavior in the world – exemplified in the fight against Ebola – was ceremonially saluted, while “the world’s biggest economic and military power could neither buy nor bully a single ally” except Israel.

    Detroit: The Dispersal of Urban Black America Begins

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Detroit’s bankruptcy drama is a cover for ethnic and class cleansing. The city’s accelerated Black-removal plan came under scrutiny of United Nations rapporteurs, who found evidence of racial discrimination and human rights abuses. “The water disconnections and housing foreclosures are coordinated prongs of a hyper-aggressive gentrification pincer movement.”

    Obama’s Cynical, Stilted Response to Ebola vs. Cuba’s Magnificent Mobilization

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    President Obama initially offered Ebola-afflicted West Africa “a paltry $22 million to set up a 25-bed field hospital in Liberia at a time when literally thousands of beds – and health care professionals – were needed if there was to be any hope of containment.” Cuba, on the other hand, “fielded the single biggest medical force on the Ebola frontline...totally showing up the United States.”

    VP Joe Biden Accidentally Tells A Little of the Awful Truth

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Vice President Joe Biden was forced to apologize to Arab emirs and kings for blaming them for arming and funding the Islamic State. He neglected to mention his own boss’s complicity. “Biden spoke from a state of deep denial, a visceral refusal to accept that the United States is no longer capable of controlling the chaos it has inflicted on the Middle East.”

    Eric Holder’s Damnable Legacy: Impunity for the Rich and the Death of Due Process

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    “Eric Holder and his boss have done incalculable damage to the life prospects of Black people.” Nevertheless, African Americans are eager to give high marks to a man who has demolished due process and the rule of law and given the white filthy rich impunity from prosecution. Holder has also “helped set the stage for a new wave of assaults on urban Blacks and their electoral rights as a class” through his assent to disenfranchisement of Detroit.

    The Big Switch: Obama Preparing to Bomb His Way to Regime Change in Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The U.S. bombing campaign over Syria has two objectives: (1) “ISIS must be punished, to reduce its appeal to the jihadist rank and file, who make up the bulk of effective fighters arrayed against the Syrian state; and (2), jihadists that remain loyal to their paymasters must be rewarded with victories on the battlefield, through U.S. air power. Obama will switch quickly to direct air aggression against the Syrian State.

    Naming-and-Shaming the Black Caucus

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Silence implies assent, which is why activists in Washington, DC, will loudly and clearly denounce the Congressional Black Caucus for its collective crimes against Black people, social justice and the cause of world peace. The “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” will give the Black lawmakers the credit they deserve for supporting Apartheid Israel, working to end Net Neutrality, and militarizing local police.

    The Treasonous 32: Four-Fifths of Black Caucus Help Cops Murder Their Constituents

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Fully 80 percent of the 40 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus refused to defund the Pentagon’s militarization of local police departments. That means, 32 Black lawmakers are “conscious collaborators with the Mass Black Incarceration State that dehumanizes, frames, imprisons, humiliates, tortures, maims and kills Black people for a living.”

    Ferguson Demands a New Black Politics

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    If Ferguson represents a new beginning for Black movement politics, then any electoral efforts must aim to “create governments whose promise to the people is to cease cooperating with the machinery that enforces the New Jim Crow.” It emphatically does not mean the Democratic Party, “which has encaged Black politics for roughly the same period as the Mass Black Incarceration State has encaged Black bodies in the world’s largest gulag.”

    Black Folks are Going Nowhere Until We Discard the Misleadership Class

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The movement in Ferguson has, once again, showed that the Black Misleadership Class acts as the “soft power” for the Mass Black Incarceration State, complimenting the “hard power” of the “world’s most formidable police and prison system.” This perfidious class “rushes to tamp down emotions in places like Ferguson and prevent Blacks from attempting to ‘occupy’ their own communities through genuine civil disobedience or other means.”

    Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    If the people of Ferguson, Missouri, had remained “calm” in the police killing of Michael Brown, the nation would not be discussing the “militarization” of the police forces. “All the nation’s police departments are following the same drill, with the same tools and weapons, under the same mandate: keep the Blacks in check.” Black folks need to liberate some territory.

    The Empire Reaps the Jihadist Whirlwind

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    For more than three decades, the U.S. has deployed Islamic fundamentalist surrogates to fight its imperial wars in Muslim lands. Now, the world’s most successful jihadists have turned on their former masters – and will soon go after the Gulf oil states. “The Caliphate has taken the ideology to its logical and ghastly conclusion, and dares to challenge the legitimacy of its former funders, staunch allies of the ‘Crusader’.”

    James Brown: The Hardest Working Asshole in Show Business

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    James Brown’s music and lyrics are woven into the politics of Black America’s most productive decade, the Sixties. However, JB’s “relationship to the Black people he touched most directly – those who worked for him – was cruel, petty, and contemptuous.”

    The Role of US Corporate Entertainment in the Social Control Element of Imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong

    Don't expect truth or wisdom from entertainers. They work for monopoly media corporations, not for their adoring publics. With a few exceptions, Black entertainers conform to the dictates of Power and view their own “fans” as lower forms of life. “Jay-Z rejected an invitation to speak to [Harry] Belafonte, calling him a ‘boy’ who needed to understand that the rapper's very presence was 'charity' to the Black community.”

     

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