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The Perils of the Politics of Symbolism

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Charleston church massacre has occasioned a revival of symbolic and “reconciliation” politics by old school Black preachers. “They forgive, they call for reconciliation, and they make symbolic demands whose acceptance or rejection will not seriously alter the balance of power.” The Black political class would much rather fight the Confederate flag than confront the police.

Freedom Rider: U.S. Pushes Russia Towards War

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The lies that the U.S. corporate media tell can get us all killed. The United States is pushing Russia, which remains a nuclear superpower, to the brink and beyond – yet Americans are wholly ignorant of the facts and the issues at play. “In 2015 the signs are ominous that something terrible may happen because of an incident in Transnistria or Donetsk or some other locale Americans know nothing about.”

Closing the Historical Circle: White Terrorism at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The commander-in-chief of the greatest purveyor of violence in the world laments the massacre in Charleston. But “Obama just wants to make sure that the violence is state-sanctioned.” He is happy to “send arms to known Islamic extremists in Syria, provide logistical and political support to the Saudi’s brutal and illegal war in Yemen, arm and train neo-Nazi fascists in Ukraine while militarily pivoting to Asia.” The founding slaveholders would approve.

Obama and the Logic of Massacre, from Birmingham to Charleston

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

President Obama took to the airwaves to absolve his administration of responsibility for the Charleston Massacre and endemic racist violence against Black people. But his Justice Department has refused to prosecute killer cops. “The message was clear: black lives have no value and the government would not intervene to protect and defend the black community.” Dylann Roof acted, accordingly.

America’s Slave Empire: The Resistance Movements Against US Prisons

by Chris Hedges

“We are not looking to politicians to submit reform bills,” say prisoners in Alabama, withholding work until they are paid wages. “We aren’t giving more money to lawyers. We don’t believe in the courts.” The penal slave order must be broken. “The kryptonite to fight the prison system, which is a $500 billion enterprise, is the work strike.”

The Fall of a Right-Wing Black Canadian Politician

by Ajamu Nangwaya

The unraveling of Sen. Don Meredith’s political career has nothing to do with Black “progress” in Canada. As a loyal member of the Conservative Party, Meredith supports mining interests that exploit Africa and, domestically, “is not on record opposing any of the anti-people laws of the right-wing regime in Ottawa.”

Dolezal Fakes Black Womanhood, Reveals Depth of White Supremacy in the US

by Danny Haiphong

Rachel Dolezal’s long foray into a fake “Blackness” is viewed by some as an affirmation that race is a social construct that creates false categories of humans. However, the fact remains that “the power structure that rules these categories ensures conditions of exploitation and oppression for an entire class of people, from the womb to what is often an early tomb.” Dolezal’s deceit amounts to a “usurpation and imitation of Black womanhood.”

Does Passing for Black Challenge White Supremacy?

by Mel Reeves

Demands for Rachel Dolezal’s heavily braided head ring hollow, from both Black and white quarters. “Many of those who are distraught over Dolezal’s passing haven’t done as much to advance the cause of racial justice as she has in just two decades of passing.” However, Dolezal “missed an opportunity to really do some good by staying in the skin she was born in and helping to oppose and eradicate racism and discrimination.”

Way Too Little, But Not Too Late: Hillary & Dems Fake the Funk on Voting Rights

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Hillary is getting undeserved praise for her stand on voting rights, which is way too little, and factually less than some of her apologists want us to believe. But she's a Democrat. After blowing the historic 40 year window during which a Constitutional right to vote amendment might have been passed she and her party have no intention of actually leading a fight for voting rights. But it's not too late to start waging that fight ourselves.

Tamir Rice and the Meaning of “No Justice – No Peace”

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Black Lives Matter” has become the default name for the emerging movement against police atrocities against Black people. Whatever the movement winds up calling itself, “the venerable slogan 'No Justice – No Peace' has served as a workhorse of the current protest, and would be an ideal organizing principle if the implications of the slogan were fully understood, rather than simply mouthed."

Freedom Rider: America Prosecutes the World

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The United States government refuses to criminally prosecute American bankers, because they are “too big to jail.” But the U.S. Justice Department is claiming jurisdiction over international soccer, and threatening to rescind and reassign World Cups, because bribes were allegedly paid using U.S. banks. It’s “the latest example of a country determined to exert control over the rest of the world in every possible way.”

Investigation into Tamir Rice Murder: No Bombshells – So Why the Nine Month Delay?

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

The critical facts of 12 year-old Tamir Rice’s 2-second long fatal encounter with a Cleveland policeman are all recorded on video, but that’s not enough for the county prosecutor, who has yet to bring charges against the cop. “Is the delay due to arrogance born of privilege and power or simply defiance of a social movement that places demands upon an intransigent political system?”

The Big Lie Behind the Eritrean Exodus Across the Mediterranean

by the Real News Network

Eritrea is one of the few African nations not part of AFRICOM, which makes it an enemy of the US. To destabilize the Eritrean regime, the EU grants expedited entry and semi-legalization to Eritreans who reach its shores. Hence migrants from across Africa, says Glen Ford, are masquerading as Eritreans, enabling the US and EU to paint a false picture of alleged mass exodus from that country which will serve to justify future interventions.

Why are Y’all So Excited Over Mayor Tory’s Call for an "End" to Carding by the Cops?

by Ajamu Nangwaya

In response to widespread public protest, the mayor of Toronto’s largest city announced a reversal of his support for “carding,” Canada’s version stop-and-frisk. But Mayor John Tory’s alternative appears to be nothing but a sanitized version of the old practice. “Afrikan people would love the cops to just stay away from them, if they are not suspected of committing a criminal offense.”

White Supremacy Continues to Provide Protection for Imperialism

by Danny Haiphong

“The history leading up to the so-called American ‘Revolution’ is riddled with US imperial deception.” The rebellion was actually a counter-revolution by slave owners and land pirates who feared the British Crown would not “allow their profitable white supremacist enterprise to continue.” The result was the creation of the world’s first genocidal, ever-expanding white settler republic.

Modern U.S. Black Mass Movements and the Limits of Nonviolence

by Lorenzo St. Dubois

The “Ferguson movement,” later dubbed the Black Lives Matter movement, is less than a year old, but defenders of the racial status quo are busily posting dire warnings against the dangers of “backlash” against the violence of the oppressed. However, an objective study of the Black movement of the Sixties shows that “riots and peaceful protests rose and fell together in similar timeframes.”

Western-Backed Terrorism in the Congo: Where is General Laurent Nkunda?

by keith harmon snow

Rwanda and Uganda, the U.S.-allied perpetual perpetrators of genocidal violence in the Congo, appear to have launched another false-front guerilla war in the eastern part of the country. General Laurent Nkunda, a veteran mercenary for Uganda, Rwanda and western interests, is the likely field commander. This is not a Congolese “rebellion” in any true sense of the world, but "yet another military thrust by Rwanda and Uganda to destabilize eastern Congo and seize absolute control.” 

Global Capitalism: June 2015 Monthly Update

by Dr. Richard D. Wolff

In the latest installment of his monthly talks in NYC, Marxist economist Richard D. Wolff explains the unfolding pension crisis, the prospects of Seattle's socialst city council rep, unravels some of the webs of deliberate confusion around what capitalism and socialism are and are not, and sheds light upon what the possible ends of our movement might be

Democrats Hope to Bury Black Lives Matter Under Election Blitz

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Democrats hope the Black Lives Matter movement, like the Occupy Wall Street movement, will disappear amid the hype of the coming election season. “The Democrats have mounted a systematic cooption-repression response that will intensify as the election season – and Black cities – heat up.” The Democrats understand that, for the movement to succeed, their party’s power over Black America must be broken.

Cleveland OH and McKinney TX Show Electing Democrats Will Never Restrain or Control the Police

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Black lives don't matter to elected Democrats because the Democratic party is not a membership organization of Democratic “base voters,” it's a vehicle that uses those voters to legitimize the candidates of corporate donors, to whom black lives emphatically do NOT matter.

Freedom Rider: UNAC Shows the Way

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Early in the 21st century, the United States appeared to have a large anti-war movement. But, the huge crowds melted away when a Democrat took his turn as Imperialist-in-Chief. UNAC, the United National Anti-War Movement that was created in 2010, “doesn’t waver and doesn’t make exceptions regardless of who in the two party duopoly occupies the White House.” UNAC also opposes U.S. wars against people of color and the poor, here at home.

Mass Protests Trigger On-Going Investigations of Police Homicides

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

The Washington Post’s effort to tabulate police killings of civilians has discovered that, “among the unarmed victims of police homicides, African-American and Hispanics represent 67% or 2/3rd of all victims.” So far this year, cops have already killed more people than the FBI’s annual estimate. “If police continue to kill citizens at this rate, over 1,000 people will die at the hands of police by the end of this year.”

US imperialism's Stamp is All over Chaos around the World

by Danny Haiphong

U.S. imperialism attempts to forestall its terminal decline by waging war against much of the world. It is an accomplice in all of Israel’s crimes, and “much, if not all, of Saudi Arabia's destruction of Yemen is made in the USA.” Washington threatens war against Russia and “pivots” its military towards China. Domestically, “the Black Lives Matter mobilization has brought the daily murder of Black people by police to the forefront of the US political landscape.”

Feeding the Frenzy: The Sanders Syndrome Hits Home Court

by Paul Street

Attending an Iowa event for Bernie Sanders, Paul Street notes that his crowd is mostly aging left white Democrats who shunned the 2012 Occupy movement, that Bernie Sanders denounces only Republican plutocrats, never Democratic ones or the military budget, and that Sanders' presence ultimately legitimizes Hillary as victor in some kind of "democratic" process.

“Am I free to go?”: The Refuseniks’ Campaign to Resist Police Street Harassment

by Ajamu Nangwaya

“Carding,” Toronto’s version of stop-and-frisk, is opposed by a huge and growing proportion of the city’s population, as well as influential actors among the corporate elite. Yet, the local police oversight body “has given the cops a virtual license to carry out street harassment and racial profiling.” What’s needed are neighborhood-based structures “to permanently organize against the violent behavior and street harassment of the cops.”

Empty Boxes – The West and Ethiopia’s Elections

by Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion

The ruling party in Ethiopia has gotten away with another sham election, this time with very little protest from the western powers, with whom the regime in Addis Ababa is strategically aligned. “The international community provides the regime with carte-blanche to continue its repressive rule,” including suppression of rival parties and oppressed nationalities, and massive land giveaways.

World Soccer Corruption, Africa’s “Illicit Financial Flows” and Elite Silences

by Patrick Bond

Corruption is built into the ruling structures of the United States, which has launched globe-trotting prosecutions of soccer bribery, and South Africa, which is suspected of paying bribes to host the World Cup. But the real costs of sports extravaganzas in South Africa could be as high as $10 billion. “Brazil suffered far worse, with more graft and many more forced removals from Rio’s favelas.”

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