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    The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack on BBC Documentary on Rwanda

    by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    Rwanda has banned the BBC for airing a documentary that reveals the Big Lie told by Paul Kagame and his cronies about what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Kagame and his RPF have for 20 years concealed their primary role in setting off the genocide – in which most victims were Hutus and not Tutsis, contrary to State propaganda amplified by international media and powerful

    enablers. With publication of a new book, this Big Lie is being dismantled.

    Who’s Your Daddy, ISIS?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Poor little ISIS, the orphan with so many fathers. President Obama is trying to assemble a coalition of parents to kill the wayward child, but some of the other baby-daddies are busy fighting among themselves over who is going to bring up the next generation of jihadists. Where did it all go so very, very wrong?

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    Obama Schemes to Attack Syria, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    “If Obama was serious about wanting to crush ISIS, the best and most logical ally would be Syrian President Assad, whose army has so far prevailed against every flavor of jihadist the U.S. has been able to throw at it.” But the U.S. remains intent on overthrowing Assad, and will conjure up a pretext to attack Syria under cover of fighting ISIS.

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    Obama and ISIS in Dance of Death

    The growing U.S. bombing campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria serves no one but war profiteers, said veteran anti-war activist David Swanson. “I know that ISIS had to be aware that slitting throats on camera would result in more bombing, just as President Obama had to be aware that blowing men, women and children up with 500-pound bombs would result in slitting throats,” said Swanson, publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.Org. “The beneficiaries of escalation, which is entirely predictable, are the weapons makers.”

    Black Strategies Must Include Self-Defense

    “First and foremost, it is right for our people to rebel,” said Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and co-author of the groundbreaking report “Operation Ghetto Storm,” which documented extrajudicial killings of Black Americans under color of law. “I think it boiled over in Ferguson as a result of a transformation in our people’s consciousness, especially our young folks,” said Akuno. “They’ve had enough of the brutality, of being systematically excluded.” Black community self-defense must be part of any organizing strategy. “This has been part and parcel of what we know we have to do in the face of white supremacy and in the face of the brutality that the capitalist system has reserved for us, in particular.”

    Black Passivity is Mentally Unhealthy

    Political protest is therapeutic for Black Americans, said Dr. Vernellia Randall, professor emeritus of law at the University of Dayton and author Dying While Black. “I want us to be less passive, I want us to engage in civil disobedience” – and not the kind of protest-like activities sanctioned by the authorities. “If they’re telling us, Here’s how you can protest, then that, to me, is not civil disobedience,” said Randall. “If you are coloring within the lines that the establishment establishes, then you are putting no pressure on the establishment.”

    Cuba Should Join in Fight for Slavery Reparations

    The young United States was a horrible example of democracy, but it did lead the way in the business of human trafficking. “After the establishment of the United States, it quickly became the leader in the African slave trade to Cuba,” said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston and author of Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. “They also became the leader of the African slave trade to Brazil, helping to account for the fact that Brazil has more people of African descent than any other nation outside Nigeria,” said Horne, who hopes to enlist Cuba in “our journey to claim reparations for the enslavement of Africans in the Americas.”

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    The Real “Dirty Wars” in the Horn of Africa

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    While western progressives kept track of Obama’s drone wars around the world, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis starved to death in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, as a consequence of state policy. The Ethiopian prime minister who engineered the genocide-by-famine “was later eulogized at his funeral by none other than Susan Rice, presently National Security Advisor to Barack Obama.”

    The Empire Reaps the Jihadist Whirlwind

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    For more than three decades, the U.S. has deployed Islamic fundamentalist surrogates to fight its imperial wars in Muslim lands. Now, the world’s most successful jihadists have turned on their former masters – and will soon go after the Gulf oil states. “The Caliphate has taken the ideology to its logical and ghastly conclusion, and dares to challenge the legitimacy of its former funders, staunch allies of the ‘Crusader’.”

    Sugar Hill Play-date v. Oz-low Piece Plan

    by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Oz-Low Piece Process allows bombing hospitals, patients in 

    Surgery, just as it allows bombing schools, shelters,

    Mosques, electric and water treatment plants and homes!

    Kidnapped Girls Become Tools of U.S. Imperial Policy in Africa

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The “humanitarian” U.S. military occupation of Africa has been very successful, thus far. “The Chibok abductions have served the same U.S. foreign policy purposes as Joseph Kony sightings in central Africa.” Imagine: the superpower that financed the genocide of six million in Congo, claims to be a defender of teenage girls and human rights on the continent. If you believe that, then you are probably a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Kagame: Murderer of Millions in Congo and Rwanda

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    In what may be the world’s most bizarre spectacle, notables from around the globe this year pay homage to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, as if he is the savior of Africa. “For 20 years, Kagame has posed as the soldier who stopped the Rwandan genocide, when all evidence and logic point to him as the main perpetrator of the crime.”

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    U.S. Deploys More Special Forces in Search of Kony, Africa’s Stand-in for Osama bin Laden

    by executive editor Glen Ford

    The latest deployment of U.S. Special Forces aircraft to central Africa is an escalation of an effective U.S. occupation of the continent, via AFRICOM and subservient indigenous armies. “AFRICOM’s mission is to lock the continent in a cage of steel, to imprison it in the imperial orbit.” President Obama casts Joseph Kony in the role of Africa’s Osama bin Laden, to justify the military buildup.

    Obama: Putin-Baiter and Preventive Detainer

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    President Obama has thrown international law into history’s dustbin, torn up the U.S. Bill of Rights, and is mapping millions for possible future detention. “One court order + one suspect number + three hops = everybody remotely involved in anti-war activity.”

    Amiri made me think…

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    What muthafracker would

    Bomb the Motherland and

    Call it humanitarian? Mc Cain?

    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.”

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 1/6/14

    Lynne Stewart Rings in New Year on the “Outside”

    People’s lawyer Lynne Stewart called her New Year’s Eve compassionate release from a Texas federal prison a “true victory” of the people. The Obama administration “would not give an inch, and we would not give an inch, and it worked out in the end that they blinked,” said Stewart, who served four years of a ten-year sentence for zealously defending her client. “It’s a victory for the people because the people adopted me as their heroine. I’m determined to fight the cancer, I’m determined to become an activist again.” Stewart is battling Stage Four breast cancer.

    Human Rights” Needs Redefinition

    “The potential of the human rights ideal has been hijacked by western powers” to “justify their continued hegemony,” said Ajamu Baraka, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network. What’s needed is a “people-centered” approach to human rights, one that rejects exploitation of humankind. So-called “humanitarian” military intervention under the doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) “is no more than a 21st century re-articulation of the White Man’s Burden,” said Baraka.

    Washington DC Moves Toward Pot Decriminalization

    The District of Columbia, which racks up more arrests of Black people for marijuana possession than any other major population center, will soon pass “one of the most progressive decriminalization bills in the country,” said Seema Sandanandan, program director for the Nation’s Capital chapter of the ACLU. The legislation would set the penalty for possession of an ounce or less of pot at a $25 civil citation. It would also forbid police from using the scent of marijuana as a pretext to search people, said Sandanandan.

    What NAFTA Has Wrought

    In the two decades since President Bill Clinton pushed his North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress, “NAFTA has completely devastated United States manufacturing,” causing the loss of five million jobs and tens of thousands of factories, said Alisa Simmons, field director of Public Citizens’ Global Trade Watch. The organization’s report, “NAFTA at 20,” details how “trade agreements are designed to serve corporations, not the people,” said Simmons. President Obama’s proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is shrouded in secrecy, is even worse: “NAFTA on steroids.”

    Assassination and Mass Killing in Congo

    Many Congolese suspect assassins killed popular army Col. Mamadou Ndala, who was considered a hero in the war against Rwandan-backed rebels, according to Kambale Musavuli, of Friends of Congo. Ndala was uncompromising in his pursuit of M-23 fighters, with whom the Congolese government signed yet another accord, late last year. In Kinshasa, the capital city, at least 100 youthful followers of a political preacher were killed by security forces after they seized a television station and accused President Joseph Kabila of being a “Rwandan imposter.” “The Congolese people are caught in a very vicious circle,” said Musavuli. “They have an illegitimate, oppressive government” and “neighbors who support and arm rebels.”

    Mumia on Winnie Mandela

    Nelson Mandela’s former wife Winnie, who was banned as a non-person during much of her husband’s long incarceration, was demonized after the end of formal apartheid “because she wouldn’t agree to a new political dispensation that left most Africans exploited,” said U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. In a commentary titled “For the Love of Winnie,” Mumia wrote: “For millions and millions of people, her brilliance, her beauty and her courage were like a torch in the mountains. Indeed, she is adored.”

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    Desmond Tutu on the International Criminal Court

    by Edward S. Herman

    Desmond Tutu’s defense of the International Criminal Court ignores the ICC’s record as an annex of white imperial power. The former South African archbishop defends the ICC’s selective prosecution of Africans and those who anger the western powers. In truth, the “ICC may have black representatives, but it is not a black court in its ultimate power and it does not represent the ‘interests of the [black] people.’”

    Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide

    by Yoichi Shimatsu

    Genocide is not only an ongoing policy of Israel, but is embedded in the institutions and history of the Zionist State, according to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. The verdict provides “a lawful alternative to the current response of so-called humanitarian intervention, invasion, occupation and regime change” promoted by the U.S. and its allies, who are also complicit in Israel’s crimes.

    R2P As An Instrument of Aggression

    by Edward S. Herman

    “Responsibility to Protect” is a bogus doctrine designed to undermine the very foundations of international law. It is law rewritten for the powerful “The structures and laws that underlie the application of R2P exempt the Great Power enforcers from the laws and rules that they enforce on the lesser powers.”

    Black America More Pro-War Than Ever

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    During President Obama’s run-up to war with Syria, “African Americans were, for the first time in polling history, the most bellicose major ethnicity in the United States.” How could such a political role-reversal come to pass? “The progressive, peace-seeking African American worldview is out of sync with the deep imperative to support the First Black President.”

    The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones?

    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.”

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    Rice and Power Turn Blind Eye to Congo Genocide

    President Obama’s choices of Samantha Power as United Nations ambassador and Susan Rice for National Security Council chief should trouble “those of us who are concerned about Africa” because they were “the two most aggressive individuals in the intervention in Libya,” said Maurice Carney, executive director of Friends of Congo. “Congo serves as a massive inconvenience for the likes of Power and Rice,” because U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda are implicated in the genocide of millions in that country, site of “what the United Nations, itself, says is the deadliest conflict in the world since the Holocaust,” said Carney.

    Rice, Power Implicated in Libya Genocide, Assault on Syria

    Renowned professor of international law Francis Boyle says Susan Rice and Samantha Power were among those most responsible “for slaughtering 50,000 Libyans under the pretext of Responsibility to Protect [R2P]. We saw outright genocide inflicted on the black citizens of Libya and black foreign guest workers…these people were outright exterminated,” said Boyle. “These are the same people who will be pushing [R2P] against Syria.”

    Tell Harvard: Stop Polling Black People

    Eighty-six percent of Black respondents told a Harvard/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation poll they were “satisfied” with their lives – but the numbers do not mean Blacks are doing well, said South Carolina author and activist Kevin Alexander Gray. In southern poor communities “people used to sweep the dirt in their front yards,” said Gray. “They didn’t have lawns, but they swept the dirt because they wanted to keep up appearances. Some of these polls are like sweeping dirt in the front yard.” Harvard should refrain from polling African Americans, since it doesn’t “know how to measure well-being in the Black community,” said Gray.

    Detroit City Council Useless

    The Detroit City Council has remained largely passive while an appointed Emergency Financial Manager considers auctioning the city’s assets to pay corporate creditors. Local people’s lawyer Tom Stephens says the council is “willing to compromise with power” as long as “they keep a seat at the council table, and are still getting their salaries. I think, at this point, short of, perhaps, human sacrifice, they’re willing to go along with pretty much anything.”

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    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.

    Genocide Toll in Somalia Revised Upward

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    A quarter million Somalis died in the great drought of 2011, according to a new report. “The death toll represents an American crime against humanity; just one chapter in an ongoing genocide that began in December, 2006.”

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    War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity: The story of U.S. Exceptionalism in Iraq

    by Ajamu Baraka

    A decade after the US attempt to “shock and awe” humanity and usher in its new “American century” more than a million Iraqis are dead, and trillions of dollars have been squandered, while the high ranking architects and enablers of these monstrous crimes are still riding high...

    R2P and Genocide Prevention

    by Diana Johnstone

    Humanitarian” military intervention under the dubious doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is designed to negate international law regarding the sovereignty of nations, in order to justify aggression. “War is transformed into a chivalrous action to rescue whole populations from ‘genocide.’”

    Book Review: Obama’s War Against Libya

    by Stephen Gowans

    For eight months in 2011, the U.S. and its NATO allies waged aggressive war against the sovereign state of Libya, to the cheers of much of what passes for the Left in the imperialist countries. Maximilian C. Forte’s book “presents a multi-factorial account, which invokes elements of the hunt for profits, economic competition with China and Russia, and establishing US hegemony in Africa.”

    The Shameless Vacuity of Susan Rice's Black Boosters

     

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Africa doesn’t matter, U.S. wars don’t matter, nothing matters to the Black Misleadership Class except the sickly prestige of basking in the (distant) glow of power. Susan Rice’s “Black boosters embrace an abettor of genocide and endless military interventions as one of their own – and indict themselves.”

    Good Riddance to the African-Hater on the International Criminal Court

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    For nine years Luis Moreno-Ocampo has dedicated the resources of the International Criminal Court to the exclusive task of prosecuting Africans. In the process, he has actively fomented imperial wars on the continent and encouraged the breakdown of fundamental principles of international law. He ends his term in office as he began it: as a lawyer for neocolonialism.

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    Mercenaries for Empire: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Human rights” has become a tortured term. The most prominent names in the western human rights business behave, essentially, as “weapons in the imperial arsenal. Their value to the empire increased exponentially when Barack Obama adopted humanitarian intervention as a pillar of American war doctrine.” Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch spend much of their energies “advocating that the U.S. and its friends trample on the national sovereignty of weaker states – as if human rights can exist outside the framework of international law.”

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    George Clooney: CIA’s “Volunteer” Spokesman for Horn of Africa

     

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    Movie superstar George Clooney has put his mass magnetism in service of “humanitarian” warfare. His job is to point in the other direction when his masters and their proxies commit crimes against humanity and world peace.

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