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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.

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