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The Obama Legacy Part XI: The Highest Expression of Counter Insurgency

by Danny Haiphong

After smashing the Black Liberation Movement, the U.S. ruling class” proceeded “to bury Black politics in the graveyard of the Democratic Party.” They met with great success in nurturing a Black misleadership class to counter the Black radical tradition. The Black caucus in Congress collaborated in mass incarceration and imperial war, offering not to slightest resistance to Wall Street’s Black servant in the White House, Barack Obama. 

What Does Black Lives Matter Want?

by Robin D.G. Kelley

“A Vision for Black Lives” is a plan for ending structural racism, saving the planet, and transforming the entire nation—not just black lives,” writes the author, a noted Black public intellectual. The wide-ranging document, prepared by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) with input from 60 organization, “emphasizes community control, self-determination, and ‘collective ownership’ of certain economic institutions,” as well as police violence.

The Blood-Spangled Banner: An Anthem for Slavery, Genocide and Empire

by Jon Schwarz and Sam Husseini

The U.S. was born in slavery and genocide, so it is no wonder that its anthem puts to music its claim to stolen land on behalf of the “free” – as opposed to the slave and the vanquished native. But the U.S. was also conceived as a White Man’s Empire, primed for endless expansion. Thus, the same anthem celebrates the defeat of the “turban’d head” of Muslims in North Africa. Two articles address the racist, imperial obsessions of Francis Scott Key.

Provoking Nuclear War by Media

by John Pilger

Washington’s so-called “humanitarian” military intervention policy dates to its demonization of Yugoslavian socialist leader Slobodan Milosevic, who has since been judged innocent of war crimes. The corporate media is a tool of the War Party. “It is they who dispense the propaganda and videos that becomes news in the US and Europe, guarantee a one-sided ‘coverage’ of Syria,” and create a climate for war with Russia and China.

Western Corporate Media ‘Disappears’ over 1.5 Million Syrians and 4,000 Doctors

by Eva Bartlett

The corporate media claim there are almost no doctors in left in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. That’s a lie. More than 4,000 doctors actively serve the 1.5 million people in government-controlled Aleppo, and the Syrian government continues to pay doctors in the terrorist-controlled eastern area. Civilians die every day from jihadist attacks, but “nobody speaks about what is happening in the western part of Aleppo.”

Unworthy Victims: Houthis in Yemen and Hutus in Burundi

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by Ann Garrison

The U.S. reserves for itself the right to decide which nations and peoples are worthy to exist. Washington gives thumbs down to Hutus, who make up the vast majority in Burundi and Rwanda, and condemns the Houthis, a significant part of Yemen’s population. “The U.S. and its allies have deemed the Tutsis to be ‘worthy victims,’ the Hutus ‘unworthy victims.’” The same goes for Houthis targeted for death by the Saudis.

Clintonite Conspiracy Theories

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Hillary Clinton’s agents warn darkly of “conspiracy theories” that might trip up her presidential bid. What they really fear is the release of more damaging facts in the next round of Wikileaks documents. Therefore, the Clintonites are attempting to “poison the well of public discussion,” preemptively, “in order to immunize Clinton from future factual disclosures.” The real conspirators – to make war on the world – reside in Hillary’s “Big Tent.”

Freedom Rider: The Clinton and Powell War Criminal Charade

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Hillary Clinton, with help from her collaborators in corporate media, is trying to shift the blame for her email crimes to her predecessor, Colin Powell. The two exchanged private server notes at a “reunion of war criminals,” including Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger. Clinton’s sycophants scurry to her defense, since she is the meal ticket for those “beholden to Democratic Party success to stay on the gravy train.”

The Obama Legacy Part VIII: The War Summation

by Danny Haiphong

By any rational measure, Barack Obama has been the consummate War President, having “accelerated the growth of the US military state in all regions of the globe.” Obama “mastered the murderous art of drone warfare in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and surrounding nations to an extent unseen in the Bush era,” mobilized legions of jihadists as foot soldiers of imperialism, provoked China and Russia, occupied most of Africa and subverted Latin America.

Assuming the Risk of Blackness

by Bryan K. Bullock

The purported “risks” that police voluntarily take are transferred to their Black and brown victims, who have no practical protections.  Legal settlements do not balance the scales. “They only serve to transfer the risk of policing onto the backs of tax payers or unto the insurance policy the municipality may have for such occasions.” Black and brown people “must lead the charge and make concrete, enforceable demands given the stakes at hand.”

Ajamu Baraka, “Uncle Tom,” and the Pathology of White Liberal Racism

by Eric Draitser

CNN’s Chris Cuomo acted as if Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka had committed a crime in calling President Obama an “Uncle Tom.” However, “even a cursory analysis of the term, the context in which it was used, and Cuomo’s intent in raising the issue, not only vindicates Baraka’s usage of Uncle Tom, it reveals the deep-seated racism of Democratic party shills, and American liberals in general.”

Black August

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

August is a month to assess and build upon the legacy of Black people’s resistance to the armed repression of the U.S. state and its agents. The author, the nation’s best known political prisoner, wrote this article August 4, 1993.

Is This the Beginning of the End for the Private Prison Industry?

by James Kilgore

The Obama administration’s announcement that it would phase out private federal prisons is symbolically important, but will affect only a small slice of the nation’s huge incarcerated population. “Bodies will simply be relocated to existing federal prisons.” The biggest impact of private prisons is in state systems, especially immigrant detention centers, which are 62 percent private.

Katrina Pain Index 2016 by the Numbers: Race and Class Gap Widening

by Bill Quigley 

When much of Black New Orleans was forced out of town in the wake of Katrina, the powers-that-be welcomed the opportunity to make the purge permanent. Today, “there are 95,625 fewer African Americans living in New Orleans now than in the 2000 Census.” The state of Louisiana “continues to rank dead last in poverty, racial disparities and exclusion of immigrants.” 

Why Ajamu Baraka? Why Vice President? And Why the Green Party?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

What does the Green Party nomination of longtime Black Agenda Report contributing editor Ajamu Baraka for Vice President mean for the Green Party and the 2016 presidential election?  Is he just a black face on the ticket, or is it really time to begin organizing in black and brown communities outside the matrix of the bankrupt black and brown misleadership class? 

Yes, Obama and Clinton Created ISIS – Too Bad Trump Can’t Explain How It Happened

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Clinton supporters rejected out of hand Donald Trump’s charge that she and Barack Obama “created” the Islamic State -- and even Trump seemed to retreat from his statement. But, a solid case can be made that Obama and Clinton were, indeed, the "most valuable players" in spawining ISIS. Moreover, it is an historical fact that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia created the international jihadist network from which al Qaida and ISIS sprang, almost four decades ago.

Freedom Rider: Liberal Hate for Stein and Baraka

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

So-called liberals and “progressives” have caught the Mad Democratic Cow Disease, frothing at the mouth at those who would resist the coronation of the corporate warmonger, Hillary Clinton. They flail with McCarthyite fury at both Donald Trump and the Green Party presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka. “Liberals are now quite deranged and applaud a woman who will crush their feeble agenda as soon as she says the oath of office.”

The Obama Legacy Part VII: The Deporter in Chief

by Danny Haiphong

Donald Trumps racist rants against immigrants have overshadowed the fact that “more undocumented immigrants have been deported under Obama's rule than any other in history” -- and that Hillary Clinton “has championed militarization and the deportation of Central American children alongside Obama.” The Obama administration laid the groundwork for Donald Trump’s immigrant-mania “by escalating the US government's war on the undocumented.”

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