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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.“

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