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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:45

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 14:37

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:18

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.”

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 02:53

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 01:13

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 18:45

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.“

 

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?”

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 17:49

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 23:10

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.”

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:58

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

Submitted by Ajamu Baraka on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:40

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.”

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.

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