Loretta Lynch is Condoleeza Rice With A Law Degree

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In private practice Loretta Lynch was a “white collar crime specialist” keeping banksters, tax evaders and money launderers out of jail. She did exactly that at Obama's Justice Department, passing get out of jail cards in the biggest money laundering cases in history. She's pro-death penalty, against legalizing weed or demilitarizing cops, sees no evil in drone murder, war crimes or runaway surveillance. And she's the next Attorney General.

Seeking Hillary’s Favor: Dyson Attacks Cornel West

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Michael Eric Dyson has never produced even a few words of substantive critique of President Obama’s wars, his “Grand Bargain” with the GOP, or his role in the economic collapse of Black America. Instead, Dyson has written a hit-piece on Dr. Cornel West. “The true purpose of his elongated smear of Dr. West is to demonstrate to Hillary Clinton’s camp that Dyson remains a loyal Democratic Party operative who is available for service to the new regime.”

Demonizing Teachers, Privatizing Schools: The Big Lies and Big Plans Behind the Atlanta School Cheating Scandal

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Should we be wondering if the prosecution of cheating Atlanta teachers for racketeering was racist? Or should black parents and educators be leading a movement against high-stakes standardized testing as the gateway tool to privatizing public education in black and brown communities across the country?

Freedom Rider: Michael Eric Dyson: Crab in a Barrel

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Michael Eric Dyson wasn’t just defending President Obama when he unleashed his torrential rant against Cornel West. Dyson was demonstrating his loyalty to Power, in general. “Dyson’s infantile need to reveal personal details about his one-time friend is based on his own vindictiveness but also on a desire to stay in the good graces of the powerful people West has admonished.”

We Charge Genocide: 1.5 Million Black Men “Missing”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Where did all the Black men go? Analysis of population data shows so many Black males have gone to prison, died of disease of accidents, or by violence, that Black females in many communities outnumber Black men by ratios of 6 to 10. A national policy of mass Black incarceration is the primary factor – a factual basis for a charge of genocide.

 
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So the One Percent of One Percent Who Own US Politics Include Some Black Faces. Is This A Victory For Us All?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

1% of 1% account for nearly half of all US campaign contributions, and get back $760 in public funding for every dollar they give. A few of them, like Magic Johnson, are black. Is this cause for celebration, or for condemnation?

 
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Freedom Rider: Skip Gates and Sony Exposed by Wikileaks

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

“Intellectual entrepreneur” Henry Louis Gates is in the business of packaging history to fit the needs of the rich and powerful, from Wall Street to Hollywood. He conspired with the CEO of Sony to whitewash Ben Affleck’s ancestry of slaveholder taint. In America, the truth-tellers are fugitives and professional liars are role models.

Million Moms March, May 9th - Praying with our Feet – Code Black Alert

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Black mothers are losing their children to police bullets for no reason but their race. Police “hyper-vigilance places Black men at the vortex of state sponsored assassins for simply walking in the middle of the street, like Michael Brown, or playing on the grounds of a community center, like 12 year old Tamir Rice.” That’s why the mothers are massing to march on Washington.

Why Mumia Must Live, and US imperialism Must Die: The Link Between Political Prisoners and the War on Terror

by Danny Haiphong

The so-called War on Terror and the national security state did not emerge full-blown from the rubble of 9/11. Both are products of previous waves of police repression, mainly targeting Black radicals. “The FBI's counter insurgency war on the Black Panther Party chapters and leaders like Mumia established for local police departments a direct link to Washington's war and surveillance arsenal.”

Theodore W. Allen On The Invention of the White Race, ‘White Privilege,’ and the Working Class

by Jeffrey B. Perry

When did the “white man” arrive in North America? According to Theodore W. Allen, the “white man” was invented shortly before 1700, and “the consequence was not only ruinous to the interests of the African-American workers, but was also disastrous for European-American workers.” The new social construct “has shaped the contours of American history – from the Constitutional Convention of 1787...to the 'white backlash' of our own day."

The Filimbi Affair and the #Telema Congolese “Rise Up”

by Justin Podur

The DR Congo’s people have suffered genocidal losses from both foreign and internal tormentors. Yet, the youth persevere in their fight prevent President Kabila from illegally extending his term in power. Scores of young people have been murdered and disappeared by police in service to Kabila, “who has done nothing against US interests in his 14 years in power.”

The Filimbi Affair and the #Telema Congolese “Rise Up”

The United States Empire: Murdering People of Color Domestically and Abroad

by Solomon Comissiong

Dr. Martin Luther King said the U.S. is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” and his is words still hold true, today. “Complicity, complacency and pervasive apathy among the U.S. public allows these crimes to go on in perpetuity.”

Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 22, 2015

The Empire of “Humanitarian” Foreign Wars and World’s Largest Gulag

President Obama’s signature foreign policy of “humanitarian” military intervention is “imperialism,” pure and simple, said Margaret Kimberley, a spokesperson for United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC). Obama “can use the ‘humanitarian’ commitment to wreak havoc all over the world – perhaps more than any conservative Republican,” said Kimberley, a BAR editor and senior columnist. UNAC is holding its national conference May 8 to 10 in Secaucus, New Jersey, just outside New York City, under the banner “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad.” “This country has the largest number of people in prison, and a greater percentage of people in prison, than any other country in the world,” she said, yet “we look down on or attack other nations that don’t lock up as many people as Americans do.”

Black Party Seeks Statewide Role in Maryland

The Ujima People’s Progress Party, which is attempting to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary to appear on the statewide ballot next election day, will hold a conference at Coppin State University, in Baltimore, May 2. The conference “will look at issues and work together to change the conditions that affect Black and working people in Maryland,” said Dr. Ken Morgan, whose Urban Studies program is co-sponsor of the event. Maryland is the 4th Blackest state in the nation, right behind Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. Most Blacks self-identify as Democrats, but Dr. Morgan said “all are welcome to the conference. This is not an adversarial kind of interaction.” He expects “the ongoing issue of police brutality” will loom large at the event.

New York Mayor Threatens Anti-Brutality Protesters

Police arrested 42 people and sent two to the hospital during the National Action to Stop Murder by Police, near the Brooklyn Bridge, April 14. Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to prosecute the demonstrators to the full extent of the law. That’s the same as saying “Our police can brutalize you, they can murder you, but if you come out and protest, we’re gonna go after you,” said Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. Dix vowed to continue to protest against “business as usual in America, because business as usual means police getting away with murder.” Atty. Kenneth Montgomery told a press conference: “We have millions of people incarcerated. But, right down the block, we have Wall Street, one of the biggest crime scenes in the world.”

CopWatch Units Flip the Script on Police

“We use their maps and statistics to be able to know where there’s gonna be more police activity, and we hit those areas,” said Jose LaSalle, co-founder of the CopWatch Patrol Unit, which operates in all five boroughs of New York City. Police were “very aggressive” when the citizens’ patrols were first organized, said LaSalle, but now “they’re getting accustomed to our presence out there.” Recording the police “is becoming a part of the culture within the community of color.”

Shaming Dixie with the Truth: the Scottsboro Boys Museum

In 1931, nine Black males, age 12 to 19, were falsely charged with raping two white girls on a freight train that passed through Scottsboro, Alabama. Their trials and ordeals illuminated the true nature of American apartheid. Today, Sheila Washington runs the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, housed in a 136 year-old Black church. “The powers that be in this town don’t want the museum here,” said Washington, speaking to Norman Richmond, of CKLN Radio, in Toronto, Canada. “They don’t want the town known for the Scottsboro case. It’s still a fight to keep the doors open, because the city doesn’t recognize the museum, nor does the county commission. They’d like to let it die.”

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Black People Must Police Themselves

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

When police murder Black people on the streets of U.S. cities, they do not think they are behaving like “rogue” cops or “bad apples.” Rather, most of them believe – and are encouraged in believing – that they are protecting and serving their communities. The central question task of the Black Lives Matter mobilization must become empowering the Black community to protect and police itself – with the understanding that this cannot occur without an insurgency.

Freedom Rider: Cuba, Iran and American Lies

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

U.S. policies that were once thought to be written in stone have crumbled, over the years, in the face of the intended victims’ resistance. Vietnam triumphed, despite three million dead. Cuba has held out against empire for more than half a century. Iran remains a power in its part of the world. And “the Syrians proved that resistance is not futile.”

The Ascent of Hillary, the $.2.5 Billion “People’s” Candidate

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The Democratic Party has become a desert where nothing grows – except the One Percent’s hold on the party machinery. No need for primaries; Hillary Clinton’s rich contributors have already locked up the nomination. “Wall Street is determined that there will be no serious Democratic deviation from the corporate agenda set by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.”

 
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Walter Scott, the Million Moms March and Stop Mass Incarceration: A Call to Resistance

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

The drumbeat of protest continues – as do the murderous predations of the police. “Capitalist America is dependent on these paid killers to maintain power, social order and white supremacy which forces the Black community to accept low wage jobs, poor schools, human rights abuses and cultural imperialism.”

A Slow Death for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Thousands of Prisoners in America

by Heidi Boghosian and Johanna Fernandez

Political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal nearly died – and remains in grave danger – from a diabetic condition that the Pennsylvania prison system failed to diagnose in his decades behind bars. He is not alone. “The Bureau of Justice reported some 40% of prisoners and jail inmates in 2011-2012 reporting chronic medical condition such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure—and diabetes.”

Imperialism's Policy of Mass Murder and the Black Panther Party's Analysis of Survival

by Danny Haiphong

The Black Panther Party was concerned with community development and sustenance as well as self-defense – a legacy that should be explored by today’s activists. “Community programs, independent of the non-profit industrial complex and armed with political education, must be a critical component of the left's strategy toward the ultimate goal of a new political economy.”

Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons

by Chris Hedges

A coalition of organizations led by the Interfaith Prison Coalition has concluded that the only way to roll back the monstrous U.S. prison gulag is to boycott the corporations that profit from mass incarceration. “Since profit is the only language the involved corporations know how to speak, we will have to speak to them in the language they understand.”

Africa’s Cuba: Eritrea Endures 13 Years of Illegal Occupation and Sanctions

by Elias Amare

Eritrea, a thoroughly secular nation of six million people that won its independence from much larger Ethiopia, has been subjected to withering sanctions imposed at the behest of the United States. The U.S. and Ethiopia make the ludicrous claim that Eritrea has aided the Islamic fundamentalist Al-Shabaab, in Somalia. “Punishing innocent Eritrea based on false premises has neither brought peace to Somalia nor security to the Horn of Africa.”

Saudi Mercenaries and the Starvation of Yemen

by Thomas C. Mountain

Saudi Arabia buys tens of billions in high-tech arms from the United States and Europe. However, the rich Saudis don’t like to serve in the military. Consequently, their armed forces are made up largely of foreigners, including huge numbers of soldiers from Yemen, whose usefulness against their impoverished homeland is questionable. The Saudis may use starvation as a weapon “to bring Yemen to its knees.”

Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 13, 2015

End the “Army of Occupation” in Black America

The Black Is Back Coalition will hold a national conference on Black Community Control of Police, in St. Louis, Missouri, April 18 and 19. “Our recognition that Black lives matter means taking matters into our own hands,” said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. “The Sharptons and government representatives want to convince Black people that an election will solve the problem, or body cameras will solve the problem,” instead of confronting “the essence of the system, which is anti-Black and anti-freedom. That’s why the fight for community control of police is so important.”

Mumia Targeted for “Execution by Medical Neglect”

Mumia Abu Jamal’s near-fatal diabetic emergency was either a case of medical neglect “or an attempt at execution through medical neglect,” said Prof. Johanna Fernandez, a member of the political prisoner’s legal team. His supporters are demanding that Abu Jamal be examined by doctors of his choice, and that all prisoners over age 55 be immediately released. “According to the Bureau of Prisons, 40 percent of prisoners have chronic illnesses that can lead to death,” said Fernandez. “Day after day, they are neglected in a systematic way by health contractors that put profit before the health of prisoners.”

Is Killer Cop a “Punk, Predator or Pig?”

Abu Jamal is back at the same Pennsylvania prison that failed to diagnose his illness. Despite his weakened condition, Mumia submitted a commentary to Prison Radio asking, rhetorically, how one should address Michael Slager, the South Carolina cop who shot Walter Scott in the back eight times. Should he be referred to as “Mr. Slager, or Officer Slager? Is he a punk, a predator, or what Huey P. Newton used to call, a pig?”

Plenty of Black Faces in High Places, But No Justice

“We’ve got a Black president, a Black attorney general, a Black cabinet secretary of Homeland Security, but we haven’t had one federal prosecution of a policeman for killing” a Black civilian, said activist and educator Dr. Cornel West, at a rally on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Four years ago, West and Carl Dix co-founded the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, which has organized protests against police murders in cities around the country, April 14.

Somalis Can Defeat al-Shabaab

The western governments that finance the foreign occupation of Somalia should “train and raise the quality of Somali security forces so that they can do their own fighting against al-Shabaab,” said Dr. Abdi Ismail Samatar, chair of the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota, and a native of Somalia. “It doesn’t seem that there is the good will on the part of the U.S. government to help Somalis help themselves.” Al-Shabaab recently massacred nearly 150 students in neighboring Kenya, whose troops invaded Somalia three years ago. The Kenyans should “withdraw their forces to the border,” said Samatar.

U.S. Backs Saudi Bombing of Yemen

Saudi Arabia may be the nominal leader of the coalition of Muslim nations that has been bombing neighboring Yemen for the last three weeks, but the United States is the superpower at the heart of the operation, BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka told Press TV. “The fact that the targeting, the logistics, and the equipment are all provided by the U.S. translates, for me, into a U.S. operation,” said Baraka, a founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network. He called the assault on Yemen “an ongoing international crime.”

Reparations Summit: “They Stole Us, They Sold Us, They Owe Us”

Advocates of reparations for slavery and the African slave trade gathered in New York City last weekend for an International Reparations Summit, organized by the Institute for the Black World. “The success of this gathering will be measured by what we do when we leave here to take the idea of reparations and tie it to the economic realities facing our people, so that the mass of our community takes it up as a demand which we can no longer ignore,” said Atty. Roger Wareham, whose December 12 Movement has been pressuring the United Nations on reparations-related issues since 1989.

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour
 
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Killer Cops Boost Body Count in War on Black America

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

March was a very good month for killer cops: they racked up at least 111 bodies, the majority of them unarmed Black and brown men. “Any genuine movement for criminal justice ‘reform’ must aim to abolish the Mass Black Incarceration State, root and branch, by removing the ‘occupation’ army from Black areas and replacing it with a force of Black people’s own choosing.”

Blame the Black Political Class For Re-Electing Obama's Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Rahm Emanuel's victory wasn't a battle for the soul of the Democratic party, and it wasn't just about big money and big media.  It was the victory of the black misleadership class, just about all Democrats in Chicago, who followed President Obama, Bobby Rush, the banksters, the privatizers and the rest to endorse Rahm over Chuy Garcia.  Garcia could not explain why practically no black Democrat from the president down endorsed him, and Emanuel narrowly carried every majority black ward in Chicago.

Freedom Rider: Why Al-Shabaab Kills

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The whole world knows of the horrors inflicted on Kenyan civilians by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab. But, the “corporate media tells Americans little if anything about Somalia’s road to ruin,” paved by the United States and its Ethiopian and Kenyan allies. “If there were true justice in this world the United States and its puppets would not only have to leave that country but make restitution as well.”

The Vocabulary of Struggle

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The nationwide mobilization against police oppression will soon enter its first full summer season. Aside from LA’s Rodney King rebellion, there hasn’t been a “long hot summer” in Black America for nearly half a century. The vocabulary of mass movements needs replenishing, too.

 
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Jesus Garcia Loses Chicago Mayoral Election to Obama's Mayor, Rahm Emanuel

by the Real News Network

Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia rode a wave of public outrage against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but fell short in Tuesday's election. BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon explains that the black political class, Democrats all from the president down lined up with Emanuel for privatization, austerity and worse.

Eating Crow: US and Cuba Talk Human Rights

by Netfa Freeman

Cuba opened discussions with the U.S. on human rights, last week, with a reminder that the United States is no model for other nations. The Cubans cited “discrimination and racism patterns in U.S. society, the worsening of police brutality, torture acts and extrajudicial executions in the fight on terror and the legal limbo of prisoners at the US prison camp in Guantanamo."

Eating Crow: US and Cuba Talk Human Rights

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