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    Freedom Rider: Jackson, Sharpton, Holder and Ferguson

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Those who seek justice for Michael Brown should ignore Reverends Jackson and Sharpton, who serve only themselves and Power. One man can order a federal prosecution of officer Darren Wilson. It’s not Eric Holder, but the attorney general’s boss. “If there is no federal prosecution of Darren Wilson, the political disaster of the Obama presidency will be made crystal clear.”

    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.”

    Reasserting Our Humanity in a State of Pre-Liberation

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends

    What’s different about Ferguson? The people of that small city “reject Al Sharpton's, and Jesse Jackson's, and Eric Holder's entreaties to work within the system,” because they know the system is rigged. Hopefully, it is a difference only of degree, and the rest of Black America will become similarly enlightened.

    Fo’ an ignut-ass Facebook ‘friend’

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    The Drone Ranger, Deporter-in-
    Chief is a vocalist—ventriloquists
    Hands up his ass, making his
    Mouth move, a mechanical man
    Sitting on knees war profiteers
    Lap-dancing Lockheed-Martin

    Ferguson - Revolt vs. Revolution – The Fire Next Time

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    Will the confrontation that is building in Ferguson and across Black America burst forth as a venting of frustration and rage, or gather the mass and velocity of a mighty movement for fundamental social transformation?

    Bobby Hutton’s Hands Were Up

    by Michelle Renee Matisons

    The modern history of militarized U.S. policing begins with the Black Panther Party’s stand against state repression in Oakland, California, where “Lil’ Bobby” Hutton became one of its first martyrs. When today’s cops “preemptively” brutalize and kill young Black people, “they are warning the next generation of Bobby Huttons to stay home and be afraid.”

    Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson

    by Bill Quigley

    Expect the police to deploy their dirtiest tactics against post-grand jury demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri: Provocateurs, snatch squads, false arrests, intimidation, kettling, church raids, noise torture, arrest of reporters – and that’s before the tear gas and rubber bullets.

    Beyond Midterms: Moment of Opportunity for the Left, Not Disappointment

    by Danny Haiphong

    The Democrats are, at least temporarily, in the toilet, and it’s up to a rejuvenated left to flush them. “The people are not yet ready to pull the plug on imperialism, but at the same time expect nothing from it.” That means there is a fertile environment for those willing to fight for transformational social change. “The demise of the Democratic Party is an opportunity to change the dominant narrative.”

    The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack on BBC Documentary on Rwanda

    by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    Rwanda has banned the BBC for airing a documentary that reveals the Big Lie told by Paul Kagame and his cronies about what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Kagame and his RPF have for 20 years concealed their primary role in setting off the genocide – in which most victims were Hutus and not Tutsis, contrary to State propaganda amplified by international media and powerful

    enablers. With publication of a new book, this Big Lie is being dismantled.

    The Obama Administration.... Standing Up For Poor and Working People Since... Never

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Federal court judges ruled workers forced to stand in line without pay several hours each week before leaving work deserved to be paid. Amazon.com, their boss disagreed and it's now in the Supreme Court. So why did President Obama's Justice and Labor Departments each file briefs agreeing with Amazon and other wage-stealing retailers that bosses should have more freedom to define “work” in ways that allow them to force more unpaid labor from their workforces.

    Freedom Rider: Obama's Feet To The Fire? Not Likely. Not Ever.

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Talk about holding President Obama's feet to the fire was always empty noise, as many making it surely knew. In fact the US political system provides few or no ways for anyone except the wealthy to influence what legislators, judges, governors or presidents do, and many ways to ensure that those (s)elected to high office are disposed to protect the rights of the 1% against the 99%. Clearly, the First Black President is only serving his corporate masters, not serving us.

    Midterm…Mo’ Power to the People!

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    “Universal suffrage is thus the gauge of the maturity of the working class.
    It cannot and never will be anything more in the modern state; but that is enough."
    —Marx or Engels?

    Corporate media doesn't tell you these things, lots more happened last week than Republican vs Democrats. Big Oil lost referenda in Denton TX, and parts of Ohio where residents banned fracking, in Richmond CA where Chevron sought to hijack local government, and other places besides.

    Rev. Edward Pinkney Convicted of Five Counts of Felony Forgery by Berrien County Jury

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    An all white jury in Whirlpool's company town, Benton Harbor MI overcame an astounding lack of evidence to convict Rev. Edward Pinkney of forgery on petitions to recall the city's mayor. It's the latest in a long series of willful political prosecutions of Rev. Pinkney. It must not stand.

    Voters Ban Fracking In Texas, California, And Ohio

    by Mike Gaworecki

    Most election coverage tells only about the 2 capitalist parties. But last week saw the beginning of a wave of towns and cities where citizens, against overwhelming amounts of oily cash, passed fracking bans in parts of Texas, Ohio and California. Sometimes elections really do matter.

    Leading Palestinian-American Activist Rasmea Odeh Now a U.S. Political Prisoner

    by Sarah Lazare

    Palestinian activist and torture survivor Rasmea Odeh was found guilty of an immigration violation on Monday by a U.S. federal jury in Detroit, following what her supporters say was an unjust trial for trumped up charges aimed at crushing political movements.

    Fighting Sex Trafficking or Punishing Women?<

    Fighting Sex Trafficking or Punishing Women?

    Originally published at Truthout.org.

    It's time to ask whether new laws targeting "human trafficking" really protecting women, or do they simply criminalize sex workers and consumers while justifying the further expansion of America's vast police and prison states?

    Midterm Madness! Zombie Dems VS Zombie Repubs, Zombie Consensus Wins Again!

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Democrats lost almost everywhere this midterm, and where they won it wasn't good news for the 99%. Pension-cutting, privatizing, mass incarcerating tax-the-poor and coddle-the-rich Democrats like the incumbent governors of California and New York are pretty hard to tell from Republicans. Both are part of a zombie consensus, animated by something other than the will of the people.

    Freedom Rider: The Working Families Party Must Go

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo loves to show his disdain for the left, including the fake left represented by the Working Families Party (WFP). Cuomo “expanded the number of charter schools and bragged about giving tax relief to corporations and wealthy people.” When the gutless WFP endorsed him, anyway, Cuomo created an even more bogus “party” to compete with them. Amid all this fakery, the only left choice was the Greens.

    The Real News Network: Feds Impose No-Fly Zone Over Ferguson's No-Justice Zone

    By the Real News Network

    #DC Ferguson and Kenny Nero, Jr: On the Front Lines of Fighting Police Terror in Washington, DC

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    Activist Kenny Nero, Jr., of the DC Ferguson Movement, wants to “stand in solidarity with the victims of violence in Ferguson while standing in solidarity with victims of police brutality, harassment, terror or other misconducts.” That means fighting for community control of police – and much more. “The challenge of my generation is to revolutionize society in order to experience civilization.”

    Black Is Back On Track

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Taking up some slack
    Resisting an attack
    Off the mule’s back
    Out the cul-de-sac
    Trane back on track—
    BLACK IS BACK!

    Zombie Politics Takes Center Stage After Midterms Debacle

    By Roberto Lovato

    The first black president never explicitly promised blacks ANYTHING, the logic of some apologists goes, so we're foolish to expect anything. But what of the Latino community, to whom he promised a road to citizenship and delivered instead a vicious policy of 2 million deportations and counting, shattering families and communities on an unheard of scale?

    Song Parody: Teaching White People What Racism Means

    by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.

    See harmful loan schemes and tricks black folks go through
    Criminal justice makes prison work fruitful
    Sentence black guys with the long stints they’ll bring
    Greenbacks accrue from high speculating

    Ebola in Africa: A Product of History, Not a Natural Phenomenon

    by August H. Nimtz

    There is nothing inevitable about the Ebola epidemic now devastating parts of Africa. Colonial rule left and neoliberal western domination left Africa largely bereft of public health services. Liberia, a semi-colony of the U.S., is “one of the world’s leading rubber producers,” yet “there are not enough rubber gloves to protect its citizens from the scourge.”

    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.

    Freedom Rider: The World Must Judge America’s Human Rights Abuses

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    For Black people in America, getting justice has little or nothing to do with facts or evidence or common sense. White supremacy trumps all, even if the president and the top federal lawman are Black. “Obama and attorney general Eric Holder have no intention of prosecuting police murder, no matter what videos or other evidence show.”

    Code Black Alert: Vonderrit Myers “Shot in Back” – Slave Patrol Officials Continue Disinformation Campaign

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    “The St. Louis police department is engaged in a massive cover-up, falsifying documents, perhaps tampering with materials and iniquitous lying” in the death of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers. Nevertheless, the police version of events is rapidly falling apart, with the evidence showing Myers was shot six times in the back while running away.

    Estranged Careerists of the Corporate Black Cash-hounds (CBC)

    by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Once upon a time the CBC called itself the "conscience of the congress". That, observers our poet in residence, was a long time ago indeed. CBC stands for something quite different these days.

    Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History

    ​by Danny Haiphong

    U.S. imperialism is a House of Horrors, churning out monsters of its own making, the clank of its decaying bones sounding an epochal death knell. “The horror stories emanating from the corporate media will not stop until there is a mass understanding of the source of the overall nightmare: the US ruling class.”

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