The Political Economy of Black Opposition to Free-Trade Neoliberalism

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Despite President Obama’s fierce defense of his rigged trade treaty, “African American organizations have rallied in opposition to the TPP and established its defeat as an immediate priority for black people.” The realities of Black life demand that the job destroying pact be rejected. Already, “large numbers of African American workers and the poor are destined to not be able to secure full time employment during their entire lives.”

Cuba’s Kenia Serrano: U.S. Has No “Moral Authority” to Criticize Anybody on Race

by Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, editor and columnist

Cuba, like the United States, has a long history of slavery and racial discrimination. However, unlike the U.S., Cuba has undergone a revolutionary transformation. “The US government has no moral authority to criticize any other country,” said Kenia Serrano, a Member of the Cuban National Assembly and Director of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples.

Cuba is Fanon in the Flesh: A Living Example of A New Humanity

by Danny Haiphong 

There have been many revolutionaries, and many revolutionary thinkers, but few revolutionary societies have survived as long as Cuba’s. The genius of Frantz Fanon, the Black revolutionary doctor from Martinique, strives to become social reality in Cuba, where “national law enforced strict policies against racism and the Federation of Cuban Women was created to lead the charge to eradicate the sexism.”

Dump “Carding” into the Cesspool of History by Refusing to Talk to the Cops

by Ajamu Nangwaya

In the U.S., it’s called “stop-and-frisk.” In Canada, it’s called “carding,” a practice that “should be cast into the cesspool of history through a mass refusal carding campaign that organizes Afrikans, other racialized peoples, Indigenous peoples, and the white working-class.” Just as importantly, “we need supportive programs to defend members of the community when they assert their right to not give the requested information to the police.”

Studying in the Streets: The Pedagogy of Throwing Bottles at the Cops

by Derek R. Ford

What’s going on the streets and neighborhoods of an awakened and outraged Black America? The author believes the “skirmishes with the cops” in Baltimore “weren't leading up to a big finale; they were rehearsals for a revolutionary event, for something that we can't quite envision yet, but we know is immanent in the present.”

How America’s ‘News’ Media Killed America’s Democracy: TPP & TTIP

by Eric Zuesse

The corporate news media largely ignored the deal forged by the White House and key U.S. Senators to ram through Obama’s world corporate governance bill, TPP, and its transAtlantic counterpart, TTIP. Under the president’s Trans Pacific Partnership, “corporate panels will constitute a new international government, with the power to fine countries for exceeding the regulations that are set forth in these international ‘trade’ treaties.”

British Elections: Deliverance of Liars and the Summoning of Imperial War

by Nu’man Abd al-Wahid

The British Conservative Party won a majority of the Parliament in this month’s elections largely because English voters feared a government that might include Scottish leftists. British imperialism is, if anything, more aggressive than the Americans. “The morning after the news of the election victory, the London Times editorialised a demand for more war on Arabs because it is “time for Mr. Cameron to find his inner Churchill.”

Black Agenda Radio, Week of May 19, 2015

“Corinthian 100” Reject For-Profit School Debt

Former students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges are on debt strike, despite pressures from the U.S. Department of Education to continue repaying loans. “These students were systematically defrauded, preyed upon, and lied to” by the for-profit college enterprise, said Laura Hanna, of the Debt Collective, an Occupy Wall Street outgrowth that represents the Corinthian 100. “They’ve already paid: once, in the form of their own tax dollars, and again by spending years going through a fraudulent system, and the idea that they would have to pay monthly for this disservice is just baffling,” said Hanna. Half a million students, disproportionately Black and brown, have attended Corinthian Colleges, and could claim billions of dollars in any bankruptcy settlement.

Marchers Mark 1985 Police Bombing of MOVE

Thirty years ago, under the watch of Wilson Goode, Philadelphia’s first Black mayor, police bombed a house occupied by the MOVE organization, killing six adults and five children and burning down two blocks of the neighborhood. Pastor Pamela K. Williams, of the Ark of Refuge Tabernacle, spoke at a march and rally marking the May 13th anniversary of the mass killing. Williams and her mother were witnesses: “We saw the police officers hoisting up the canisters of heavy artillery on their shoulders.... We were there when they decided to kill members of our neighborhood.” Williams’ mother had to identify some of the burned bodies. Today, “We must identify everybody that is affected by the atrocities that are perpetrated against us,” she said.

Mumia: Why the Bombing Matters

What happened 30 years ago in West Philadelphia was a “harbinger” of police killings to come, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, who covered MOVE-police confrontations as a young radio reporter. “The visceral hatreds and violent contempt once held for MOVE is now visited upon average people – not just radicals and revolutionaries,” he said, in a commentary for Prison Radio. “When many people stood in silence, or worse, to the bombing, shooting and carnage of May 13th, 1985, they opened the door to the ugliness of today’s police terrorism.”

Abu Jamal is himself deathly ill, held incommunicado at a medical center in Danville, Pennsylvania. “The Department of Corrections is releasing no information about his whereabouts, or his condition, and they’re not letting his lawyer talk to him, his wife see him,” or allowing his doctor to speak with prison doctors, said Prison Radio’s Noelle Hanrahan. Abu Jamal almost died from complications of untreated and undiagnosed diabetes. Prison doctors continue “doing things that are not adequate or correct, so we need to have all our eyes on his care,” said Hanrahan.

Youthful Leaders Emerge from Baltimore and Ferguson

The ongoing struggle in Ferguson “is the second-longest resistance in modern history, second only to the Montgomery bus boycott,” said Rev. Osagyefu Sekou, speaking before a crowd of 1,000 at Baltimore’s Metropolitan United Methodist Church. “This new generation of leadership” represents “all of our children, even when they’re throwing stones at police officers,” said Rev. Sekou, who until recently pastured in Massachusetts. The mass meeting was convened by Baltimore United for Change.

UNAC Conference: Free All Political Prisoners

Lynne Stewart, the people’s lawyer and former political prisoner who was released from federal custody on compassionate medical parole, in January of last year, addressed a national conference of UNAC, the United National Anti-War Coalition, in Secaucus, New Jersey. “The fact that there are so many political prisoners betrays the weakness and ineffectiveness of our movement,” said Stewart, who told the gathering that her cancer is no longer advancing. She called on doctors and lawyers to lend their “pro bono” services to the movement.

Peace activist Johnny Achi, of Arab Americans for Syria, said the U.S. proxy war is buttressed by “the vicious media campaign against Syria,” which circulates stories that are “the reverses of facts.” If the Syrian army falls, said Achi, “then you will have a true genocide in Syria” at the hands of U.S.-supported jihadists and mercenaries.

Good News: TPP in Trouble

President Obama’s forces in the U.S. Senate were first beaten, then regrouped, in his bid to “fast track” the still-secret Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal through Congress. Most Democrats oppose TPP. Kevin Zeese, of Popular Resistance, a key organizer against TPP, believes the scheme can be stopped in the U.S. House. “We already have about 60 to 75 Republicans on our side,” he said. “If we can add 10 or 15 to that, it becomes almost insurmountable.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

TPP, Obama's "NAFTA on Steroids" Fails First Senate Test

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama looked more like the leader of the Republican Party, as Senate Democrats overwhelmingly rejected “fast track” passage of his Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. “Obama is even more dependent on the GOP on trade issues than was his mentor, Bill Clinton,” who pushed through the disastrous NAFTA deal in 1993. Obama retains his hold on the corporate faction within the Congressional Black Caucus.

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.

EU Plans War to Keep Europe White

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

For more than 500 years, Europeans have invaded and looted the planet, yet their home civilizations are deemed so fragile that they must be insulated against the cultures of the formerly colonized peoples. Having created millions of Muslim and African war refugees, the Europeans now gear up to attack the boats that might bring them to Europe.


Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “Black Issue”*

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The Trans Pacific Partner (TPP) that President Obama is trying to ram through Congress is actually a partnership of the global 1% against all the working people of the planet. “The agreement will pit workers in the U.S. – especially Black and Brown workers – into cut-throat competition with exploited workers, this time in Asia.” Black Americans, especially, must say “No” to this rich man’s bill.

“Thanks to our Revolution, the Cuban People will protect Assata Shakur!”

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

When the United States and Cuban began the process of “normalizing” relations, supporters of exiled former Black Panther Assata Shakur worried that her political asylum in Cuba might become a bargaining chip. Cuban officials are quick to dispel such fears. “We made a decision to protect Assata in the past and that decision is not going to change.  Thanks to our Revolution, the Cuban people will protect Assata Shakur," said Cuban member of Congress Kenia Serrano.

Broomstick by Boeing—she’s baaaaack!

by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

“A little poison,” in her depleted uranium

The Iron Lady’s baaaack—in titanium!
Some vile, nightmarish, dream-like crack
But, it’s no dream—she’s baaaaaaaaaack!

A Racially Blind Night in the Life of the “P”BS Newshour

by Paul Street

The rich son of the owner of a major league baseball team seems to have a better understanding of race and class in America than the Black co-anchor of Public Television’s premier news show. John Angelos “placed the real and underlying blame” for unrest in Baltimore “on the investor class’s globetrotting thirst for cheap labor.” Gwen Ifill only wanted to know when the next Orioles home game was scheduled.

Rania Khalek: Many US Police Departments Including Baltimore Receive Training From Israeli Cops, Occupiers, Torturers

by David Swanson

Rania Khalek discusses her reports on Baltimore police training in Israel, Israel targeting children with drone strikes, and Israeli officials openly advocating genocide. Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass.

Britain, Libya and the Mediterranean: The Creation of a Humanitarian Emergency

by Dan Glazebrook

The European Union sees seaborne refugees from North Africa and the Middle East as dangers to European national security. In truth, the exodus is the result of the nation-destroying policies of the West, which is now multiplying its crimes by using the refugee crisis as a pretext to further miitarize Africa.

The Secret Country Again Wages War on its Own People

by John Pilger

Rednecks aren’t just from the United States. Australia’s policies towards it indigenous population are “influenced by the same eugenics movement that inspired the Nazis,” and “Queensland’s ‘protection acts’ were a model for South African apartheid.” The Aussies are engaged in another round of “dispossession by abuse and propaganda, coercion and blackmail” against the aboriginal inhabitants.

Who Won Which War? A fly’s Eye View of the American War Against Vietnam: 40 Years Later

by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

If you believe that there was only one, multigenerational war in Vietnam, then the history of the country has escaped you. One war defeated French and Japanese colonialism. In the next, Washington “sent mainly African-Americans and poor whites to kill ‘gooks’” in the millions, followed by a covert war against the people of the region and, since 1975, a U.S. campaign “to both punish and further exploit the Vietnamese people.”


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