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    The Need for an Ethical and Political De-Colonization of Human Rights: A Reflection on International Human Rights Day

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The ethos of Western-based “human-rights” groups rests “on a stratification of humanity” with European “civilization” at the apex. What the world needs is a people-centered human rights “based on the communitarian principles of social solidarity, cooperation, non-discrimination in all social relationships, collective public ownership of the earth’s resources, respect for difference” and self-determination and dignity of all peoples.

    The Darren Wilson Non-indictment: Resistance to Oppression is a Human Right!

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S. State, corporate media and slavish elements of the Black community are determined to paint the most spirited resistance to white supremacy as illegitimate. Pay them no mind. “The task of the African American resistance movement is not to worry about sitting down with white people infected with the disease of white supremacy, but to build the capacity of black poor and working class folks to resist.”

    Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans

    by Ajamu Baraka

    “If Congress can give unanimous consent to the murder of more than 2,000 people in Gaza, the majority of them women and children, why would anyone think that those same people would really care about a few hundred African Americans who are being murdered annually by police forces?” U.S. rulers care no more for African American lives than for the “natives” it slaughters in its endless foreign wars.

    Sanctions for Russia and a Green Light for Israel to Continue War Crimes

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S. is a rogue state whose organs of government at every level are controlled by war criminals and their cheerleaders. That includes “the new liberal darlings Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren” who “give moral and political support to Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Meanwhile, Washington prepares for war against Russia.

     

    From Victim to Colonial Settler: Shifting the Paradigm on Israel

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    U.S. and western European popular support for Israeli aggression against Arabs is rooted in racist, colonial notions of “’white man’s burden,’ ‘manifest destiny,’ the ‘doctrine of discovery,’ and ‘American exceptionalism’ – expressions of the arrogant pathology of the white supremacist worldview.” It is imperative to undermine the “innocent settler” narrative “that justifies Israeli state and settler violence.”

    Witness to an International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    For more half a century, Israel has gotten away with breaking every international law and covenant in its treatment of Palestinians. “The material basis of the Israeli colonial project is dependent on the continued expansion and expropriation of Palestinian land and the subordination of Palestinian people.”

    Iraq, Libya, Syria: Three reasons African Americans should oppose U.S. intervention in Africa

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    As the U.S. tightens its military grip on Africa, “it is absolutely imperative that we embark on a massive educational campaign with our folks that will expose the real intentions of the U.S. on the continent and worldwide.” There is nothing “humanitarian” about U.S. intentions. “The plan for Africa is being written in the blood of the people in Iraq, Syria and Libya.”

    Elections in Syria: The People Say No to Foreign Intervention

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    After three years of a war financed, armed and manned by the U.S. and its allies, the Syrian people cast ballots wherever it was possible. The U.S. position is that Syria’s vote is illegitimate because of the conflict, but Ukraine’s elections are legitimate despite that country’s armed conflict. It is clear that the U.S. objective in Syria “is more death, more war and more chaos.”

     

    From Benghazi to Boko Haram: Why I support the Benghazi Inquiry

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    You can’t understand the threat posed to Nigeria by Boko Haram, or the ghastly destruction of Syria over the past three years, outside the context of “the vicious NATO obliteration of the state of Libya.” One huge crime begets many consequences, including the death of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi. The Left should be outraged at Obama policies – in North Africa, in Syria, and in backing neo-fascists in Ukraine.

    Corporate Oligarchy or People’s Democracy: Countering the Elite Agenda

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    Even the tepid and formulaic kind of democracy previously permitted in the United States is too constraining for the Lords of Capital. “In its arrogance, the oligarchy is exposing the class character of the state and providing left forces a potent weapon for building oppositional consciousness.” For the Left, “it is absolutely necessary to maintain whatever democratic space still exists while struggling to expand those spaces and rights.“

     

    Left-right White Solidarity? A comment on the New Face of 21st Century Neo-Fascism – Part One

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S.-European “Left’s” tepid – and even supportive – response to NATO’s destabilization of Ukraine reveals the deep workings of white supremacy on the “western” mind. We face the specter of a “left-right convergence” to save the global imperial project. How else to explain widespread “leftist” acceptance of racist doctrines like “humanitarian intervention” and “responsibility to protect?”

    Ukraine and the Pathology of the Liberal Worldview: An African American Perspective

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S. supported far-right forces in Ukraine against what they called the “dictatorship” of the elected president. But, “there was no outcry against the governor of Michigan when he engineered the passage of anti-democratic legislation that allowed him to impose a one-person dictatorial regime over the people of Detroit.” The contradiction is “rooted in the disease of white supremacy.”

    The Syrian Subterfuge part two: The Case for Humanitarian War- Again

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S. is once again preparing to play its “humanitarian” military intervention card in Syria, with the help of corporate media. Washington’s real goal is cold-blooded: “Generalized mayhem, reducing the population to dependence on their networks and territorial dismemberment have all moved the administration toward realization of its strategic objective.”

     

    Let Them Eat Symbols: Obama’s Plan for the Long-Term Unemployed

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    A deep social crisis is upon us, and the rulers know it – their system created it. “Obama’s feel good rhetoric and his Administration’s minimalist program of 'promise zones,' corporate funded jobs programs that don’t actually employ anyone and rhetorical concern for income inequality, are preemptive moves geared to mitigate any demands that might emerge for fundamental reforms or radical change.”

    Planning for War and Deception: How the Obama Administration celebrates the King Holiday

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The Americans are playing a deadly and cynical game at the Geneva II conference on Syria, sabotaging the talks in order to set the stage for more warfare and terror. In this sick equation, diplomatic failure is victory: “the U.S. moves closer to their real strategic objective – regime change or the dismemberment of the Syrian state.”

    Syria Peace Conference: the Obama’s Administration Orwellian Subterfuge

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    It is difficult to call this week’s gathering in Montreux, Switzerland, a “peace conference” on Syria, since the U.S. and its allies are determined to change the regime by force of arms. Washington has forged an “unholy alliance with its “Wahhabi allies from Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda,” who act as America’s “boots on the ground.”

    The Budget Deal and Neoliberalism: The U.S. and South African Connection

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    Capitalism has made good use of the world’s two most prominent Black men. Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela served as the faces that defused Black opposition to the neoliberal agenda. “What mattered in South Africa in the 90s as it does in the U.S. today is a relatively stable environment in which state power is used to realize the interests of national and international capital.”

    The Need for an Ethical and Political De-Colonization of Human Rights: A Reflection on International Human Rights Day

    By Ajamu Baraka

    Can human rights rhetoric be deployed in the service of empire? You bet. In the current state of the planet, asserting human rights without fighting for local and global transformation is at best hollow, and at worst hypocritical, because the principal violators of these rights are global and transnational economic and social systems.

    The Bi-Partisan Disappearance of Race and Class

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The ruling elites in both parties are bent on reducing the power and living standards of labor and increasing the dominance of Wall Street. Pervasive racism makes their job that much easier. “We are not going to be able to reverse the four-decade-long assault on the working class if we don’t confront and overcome the influences of white supremacist ideology.”

    An African American Perspective on U.S. Exceptionalism

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    Russian leader Vladimir Putin caused great consternation when he countered President Obama’s assertions of American “exceptionalism” in the pages of the New York Times. But the crimes of the United States are no secret to those who have been “invaded, enslaved, murdered, subjected to systematic racist dehumanization and colonized” by America.

    Humanitarian Intervention: The Human Rights Gift That Keeps on Giving to U.S. Imperialism

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    So-called “humanitarian” military intervention is nothing more than “a convenient cover for rationalizing and justifying continued Euro-American global hegemony through the use of armed interventions to refashion local realities in line with Western geopolitical interests” – racist, imperial domination by another name. The U.S. has deployed the doctrine to become “the quintessential Rogue State.”

    President Obama Should Not Be Welcomed at March on Washington Commemoration

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The Black “leaders” that invited the commander-in-chief of the racist global capitalist order to the Washington Mall, later this month, are committing a desecration. “It brings a clear message, even though it is not acknowledged on a conscious level, that the highest aspiration and possible achievement for an African American is to be able to serve white power – to be a servant.”

    We Condemn Massacre of Egyptian Civilians and U.S. Military Ties

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The author, a member of the Green Shadow cabinet, says the “U.S. government is deeply implicated in the murder, injury and arrest of thousands of Egyptians, perpetrated by the military regime using U.S.-supplied military equipment and U.S. trained military personnel.” President Obama needs to call the coup by its name – and defund the Egyptian generals.”

    The Military Coup in Egypt: Requiem for a Revolution That Never Was

    by Ajamu Baraka

    In the two-and-a-half years between the ouster of Mubarak by the Egyptian military and the ouster of President Morsi by that same military, no revolutionary process occurred. Yet, “the emotional response to seeing hundreds of thousands of people on the streets seems to have created a case of temporary insanity,” an imagined revolution in which the “military and the people are one.”

    From Egypt to Syria: Is The Gulf Cooperation Council the Tail That Wags the U.S. Dog?

    by Ajamu Baraka

    It is possible that the coup in Egypt was not a U.S.-initiated affair but, rather, a sign of declining U.S. influence in the region. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who hated deposed Egyptian President Morsi, may have promised Egypt’s generals they would replace U.S. military aid, if necessary. “Perhaps we can no longer just refer to those states as merely client states of the U.S.“

    The Naked Imperialism of Humanitarian Intervention

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S. imperial juggernaut attempts to bamboozle its home audience with the fiction that its war against Syria is a “humanitarian” venture. “The immediate priority for anti-war, anti-imperialist, human rights activists in the U.S. is to strip away the moral pretext of humanitarian intervention and expose its ugly, imperialist reality.”

    Syria and the Sham of “Humanitarian Intervention”

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The doctrine of “humanitarian” military intervention “has developed into the most effective ideological weapon the liberal human rights community provided Western imperialism since the fall of the Soviet State.” In truth, it is simply an updated form of the “white man’s burden” – and a license to wage war against all who stand in the way of U.S. domination of the globe.

    The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era: A New Awakening or Political Theater?

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The corporate media only cried foul when their own perceived privileges are threatened, even as President Obama’s “approach to civil liberties turned his administration into act three of the Bush administration.” The bourgeois press are now discovering that marginalized peoples are not the only targets of the national security state.

    U.S. Guilty of Genocide in Guatemala Should be Real Headline

    by Ajamu Baraka

    Now that former Guatemalan president Efrain Rios Montt has been convicted of genocide, it’s time for the “hegemonic puppeteer,” the United States, to be put on trial. “U.S. officials were fully aware of the pogrom against the Ixil people in the mountains of Guatemala at the very moment that the U.S. government was involved in training and arming the Guatemalan military.”

    “Operation Ghetto Storm”: The New Face of U.S. Fascism

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The pace quickens in the killing of Black people in the U.S. Operation Ghetto Storm, a new report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, clocks the rate of extrajudicial executions of African Americans at one every 28 hours – up from last year’s report titled Every Thirty-Six Hours. The murder of Blacks is integral to “the government’s overall strategy of containing the Black community in a state of perpetual colonial subjugation and exploitation.”

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