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Cops Continued “Coon Huntin’” in Cleveland Despite 2004 Federal Consent Decree

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

No sooner had a Cleveland judge acquitted the only cop charged in the “mass firing squad execution” of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, than the Feds announced their second consent decree with the city in recent years. “It appears the Justice Department’s role is to restate the law and then call it ‘reform’ and a ‘model’ for urban America.”

Freedom Rider: Gentrification and the Death of Black Communities

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Gentrification – the displacement of Black and brown urban residents by more affluent whites – is a function of the same forces that emptied the cities of much of their white populations, generations ago: the movement of capital. Capital wants the cities back, and clears spaces for whites. “The system is stacked in favor of moneyed interests and white people.”

Holder’s Legacy: Corporations Too Big to Jail, Mass Incarceration, Gentrification and Protection of Killer Cops

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

The first Black U.S. Attorney General, like the president who appointed him, entered office with high expectations among Black folks. “We now know what to expect from the Obama administration – nothing.” After years of betrayal, “the families of John Crawford III, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and all the other victims around the country must let go of any illusions that DOJ or the White House is in their corner.”

Susan Rice and Museveni Shake Hands on Crimes in Central Africa

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by Ann Garrison, with Milton Allimadi

The U.S. project to make South Sudan an independent country has descended into catastrophe and mass death. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Washington’s hit man in the region, intervened in the South Sudanese civil war. “Now what we have in South Sudan is a conflict between an invading army, Gen. Museveni’s army and a South Sudanese army.” Museveni’s previous interventions in the Congo left millions dead.

2015 Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

by Bill Quigley 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 declaration that the U.S. was the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world” remains true, today. “We must commit ourselves and organize others to a true revolution of values and confront the corporations and politicians who continue to push our nation into war and inflate the military budget with the hot air of permanent fear mongering.”

The American Liberal vs. The Revolutionary: Exposing the Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

by Solomon Comissiong

Liberals, despite their protestations, remain wedded to U.S. imperial rule in the world. They wish only that it morph into a kinder, gentler imperialism. A Revolutionary knows that the only way change will ultimately come is by way of a sustained social revolution, one that engages a critical mass to work collectively in dismantling injustice and oppression.”

Obama, Master of Diversion, Proposes Bogus Reforms of Militarized Police

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama’s “ban” on certain military hardware and gear is both fraudulent and a diversion from the real issue: the oppressive mission of the police in Black America. The cops who killed Michael Brown and Freddie Gray and countless others “weren’t wearing battlefield outfits, firing automatic rifles, or riding around in tanks. They murder quite efficiently with handguns, batons and their hands and feet, as cops always have done.”

Freedom Rider: Russia Wins

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The leaders of the greatest land and people masses in Eurasia are forging a military, economic and political alliance that will fundamentally alter the world in both the near and long term. Meanwhile, the U.S. remains the bully that many fear, but no one trusts. “America will always turn friends to enemies and suddenly declare that enemies are friends because it is not a true friend to anyone.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Vermont senator and ostensible socialist Bernie Sanders is playing the sheepdog candidate for Hillary Clinton this year. Bernie's job is to warm up the crowd for Hillary, herding activist energies and the disaffected left back into the Democratic fold one more time. Bernie aims to tie up activist energies and resources till the summer of 2016 when the only remaining choice will be the usual lesser of two evils.

Bringing the Crisis to a Head in Baltimore

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The synergy of mass protest and physical resistance to police in Baltimore “scared the powers-that-be to their bones” and set the stage for a summer of organized discontent. “Whatever this ‘movement’ will ultimately be called, it announced its active presence in a major American city – at the beginning of the hot season.”

Freedom Rider: Still No Justice in Baltimore

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black people have been denied even the semblance of justice for so long in the United States, the mere act of bringing charges against police is received as cause for jubilation. However, “there should be no celebrating unless all of the police responsible for Freddie Gray’s death are convicted.” Baltimore was turned into a “sundown town,” with “rioters” held on bail higher than was set for the cops that killed Fred Gray.

Interview of Samaria Rice, Part 2 of 2: “Tamir Was Blamed for Causing His Own Death”

by BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

In this exclusive interview, Samaria Rice speaks courageously about the day that changed her life forever. Her 12 year old son, Tamir Rice was brutally killed by Cleveland, Ohio police on November 22, 2014. Tamir was attacked and killed by police incapable of viewing him as a child playing in a neighborhood community center. Tamir’s assassination illustrates the depravity of white supremacy.

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