Why I Ain't Getting on the Bus for the MMM This Or Any Other Year

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Getting on the bus to DC this October 10? BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon wishes you safe travels, but he ain't coming. “Justice or Else” is a meaningless slogan, he says, and MMM continues a century old tradition of black leadership dependent on an unprincipled pretense of “black unity” so empowered leaders can speak for us while we serve as their mute (unless commanded otherwise) backdrop. 

Blacks Cheer Venezuelan Leader – But Still Support Democrat Terror

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Carrying on a tradition begun by Fidel Castro in 1960, Venezuelan leader Maduro came to Harlem, this week, for the opening of the UN General Assembly. When he spoke of U.S. terror in the world, the crowd cheered. But will they break with a Democratic Party and president that, along with the Republicans, are “the birthmothers of al Qaida and the midwives of the Islamic State?” Sometimes, solidarity is even less than skin deep.

Freedom Rider: Putin Trumps Obama at the U.N.

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

With Libya, Iraq and Syria in flames, the president of Russia confronted the world’s most dangerous man in the global hall of humanity. “I cannot help asking those who have caused the situation,” said Vladimir Putin, “do you realize now what you've done?” Obama, the nation-slayer, sneered and mouthed exceptionalist absurdities – unmasked before the world.

The Bernie and Trump Trap: Beyond the Dead-End of Imperial Politics

by Danny Haiphong

“Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are here to rescue the system with a dose of fear and hope.” Trump’s open-air racism instills fear in racial minorities and people who consider themselves “liberal" or “progressive.” Sanders gives them foolish hope that the Democratic Party can be changed from within. Grassroots movement politics is sidetracked, because “presidential elections are where movements go to die, as the anti-war movement exemplified directly after the election of Barack Obama.”

Powerless Whites Want “In” On Chitlin’ Politics

by Mark P. Fancher

Why not a Donald Trump run for the White House? With corporations firmly in control of U.S. society, presidents don’t matter much. In recent decades, the job has been “eagerly accepted by: a Georgia peanut farmer; a politician known as “Slick Willie;” a retired actor who once co-starred with a chimp; a former CIA hack and oil man; his ne’er-do-well son; and most recently a black guy with a smooth rap.”

My Name is Nobody: Religious Fanaticism is a Western Tradition

by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

Europeans and white Americans like to believe that religious fanaticism is endemic to the non-white, non-Christian world, and that they are the guardians of secular civilization. In reality, the historical rise of the West is a saga of fanaticism. In modern times, it was President Jimmy Carter who “started the wave of fanatical reactionary Islam in Afghanistan – to crush a secular regime there and indirectly attack the Soviet Union.”

American Capitalism: A Disaster With no “Moral Center”

by Cynthia McKinney

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney see capitalism through different lenses. Reich thinks the system used to have a “moral center.” McKinney says that’s nonsense: “Business as usual in the United States IS the perpetuation of injustice.”

CBC Monitor Report Card Ranks Terri Sewell Worst Black Member of Congress

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford, with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

Black Agenda Report is once again publishing the annual CBC Monitor Report Card. The former all-time worst Black Congressman, David Scott of Georgia, has passed the torch to a new generation of corporate-bought politicians, represented by Alabama’s Terri Sewell – although Scott remains a close second. Overall, the CBC’s drift to the Right continues, with only 12 members scoring 80 or 90 percent. Not one scored 100, due to their deference to Israel.

Congressional Black Caucus Report Card for 2015, the 114th Congress

by Glen Ford with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

It's been several years since the Black Agenda Report team issued what used to be our annual report card on the Congressional Black Caucus, the cream of our glittering and prosperous black political class.  We apologize, and promise you that will not happen again.

Freedom Rider: Ahmed Mohamed and Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The president that expanded U.S. wars throughout the Muslim world thinks he can make himself appear Muslim-friendly by inviting a kid to the White House. President Obama “makes a mockery of principles such as the right to trial when his agenda finds democracy too inconvenient,” calmly placing people on his weekly Kill List, then pretends to empathize with a teenager victimized by Texas-style Islamophobia.

The Obama Two-Step on Syria

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

President Obama is disavowing his failed strategy to train “moderate” rebels to fight ISIS, claiming the Republicans made him do it. Under Washington’s plan for regime change in Syria, radical jihadists would be used as the ‘boots on the ground’ for the U.S. in Syria,” as they were in Afghanistan. The West’s plans for ISIS and al Qaeda have gone awry, as have U.S. schemes to deploy “moderates” proxies of imperialism.

Clinton Calls U.S. Policy in Syria a "Failure"

by The Real News Network

In a rare instance, Black Agenda Report's Glen ford actually agrees with Hillary Clinton that US Syria policy is "a failure." But it's the same strategy the US has pursued in the region the last 3 decades, under Republicans and Democrats alike.

What Color is Your T-Shirt? Race, Class, Empire, and White Democrats in a Liberal Campus Town

by Paul Street

Bernie Sanders is beloved among the “white middle class campus town progressive Democrats” in places like Iowa City, Iowa, who live quite different lives than the largely Sudanese and Congolese workers at the county’s major factory. “Both Sudan and the Congo are countries in which the United States has instigated long wars, consistent with its broader program of destabilization across Africa” – policies that Sanders would continue, as president.

Black Eugenics: How the Black Mis-leadership Class of the Early 20th Century Supported Sterilization of the Black Poor

by Pascal Robert

Throughout African American history, members of the Black elite have blamed the Black poor for “bringing down the race,” thus giving aid and comfort to white racists. “Calls by Negro reformers to improve the quality of the race often imbibed eugenic language.”

Eritrea: Where Muslims and Christians Live in Peace

by Thomas C. Mountain

Western media claim that religious hatreds have wracked the Middle East and Africa from time immemorial. But lethal fractures are not intrinsic to these societies, nor are they inevitable. The multi-ethno-religious – yet proudly secular – nation of Eritrea, is proof.

What NEW World Order?

by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

The current world older is nothing new. It is more than a half millennium old, having begun in 1492 when western Europeans began their conquest and enslavement of the rest of the planet. The order that white people created “has been nothing but a collective death sentence for the non-white world.”

WTO is a War Machine

by Yash Tandon

The World Trade Organization, controlled by a new empire that still disfavors the Global South, broadens the gap between influential and developing nations. With a neocolonial system implicitly in place, if small and middle-sized countries do not 'follow the rules' as dictated by the Big and Powerful nations, then they are subjected to sanctions. Sanctions are acts of war.

In Defense of the Panthers: Why the Film "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" Should be Put Down, and the Book "Black Against Empire" Picked Up

by Danny Haiphong

The author endorses former Panther leader Elaine Brown’s critique of the movie, However, Blacks Against Empire, the acclaimed book on the Party, meets his approval as “actual historical analysis that is useful for those seeking lessons from the lived struggle of the Panthers.”

Police “Training” is the Problem: They are Trained to Oppress Blacks

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Black people don’t need more “training” of the cops that patrol their communities. What’s needed is a new mission for the police – one that is radically different than the current armed occupation – and Black community control over both the project and the personnel. U.S. police are already well trained – in containing, controlling, terrorizing and incarcerating Black people. “For decades, the essential U.S. police mission has been military in nature.”


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