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McKinney: West Condemns Whole Regions to Death

“What we are witnessing” in Syria and Iraq “is a process, a way to apply the death penalty to countries and make it appear to be a domestic, civil conflict,” said former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The same U.S. and Israeli-led process of undermining nations has already dismembered Sudan and destroyed Libya and “will spread to Jordan and Iran,” said McKinney, who served on the defense and foreign relations committees of the House before leaving Congress in 2007.

U.S. Founded in Slavery and Genocide – But Don’t Tell Obama

Gerald Horne’s recent book The Counter-Revolution of 1776 “shows how slavery is very much at the heart and core, the driving force behind the decision to break off” from Great Britain, said historian, author and political analyst Paul Street. Horne maintains the Founding Fathers feared Britain might abolish slavery and limit white settler land-grabs. Yet, President Obama maintains that racism is not endemic in the United States. “Nothing will stop Obama from trying to please white folks,” said Street, author of The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power. “I don’t know if he believes this [American historical mythology] crap, or whether he’s being cynical – and I’m not sure it matters.”

Mumia: California Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

Death rows could begin to empty in California, where a federal district court has found the ultimate penalty is administered so arbitrarily it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. “I, like few reporters today, know a little something about death row,” said political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, “since I spend almost 30 years on it.”

Banksters Demand Black Removal as a Condition of Urban Investment

“Katrina left no doubt about the intentions of the folks who run this country, the financial class,” said BAR executive editor Glen Ford, speaking at a Socialist Action forum in Hartford, Connecticut. “The goal is to drastically reduce the Black populations of the cities,” because “the very presence of large numbers of Black people depresses the value of urban assets.” The mayor of Hartford, a mostly Black and Latino city, wants to build a $60 million baseball stadium as a centerpiece of development. However, such schemes are ultimately intended to bring in whites and displace Blacks and browns, as a “prerequisite” for substantial corporation investment in the future, said Ford, at Urban Hope Refuge Church.

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What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won't Tell You About Central American Child Refugees

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Why can't Latino politicians and corporate media call the current wave of Central American children refugees, when that's what they plainly are? What's the role of the US drug war, US trained cops and military, and US funded death squads in the violence and poverty that sent them here, and why won't Latino politicians mention that either? And why are none fleeing Nicaragua, which is just as poor as Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador?

How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Corinthian Colleges is going out of business, and other for-profit rip-offs will follow. However, “The very existence of Corinthian, Phoenix, Ashford and the other gangster institutions proves beyond doubt that the vast bulk of the existing U.S. educational establishment is not serving” Black and poor people. Yes, America needs free higher education, but the excluded classes also need a new system that is not hostile to their very presence.

Freedom Rider: American and Israeli War Crimes

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

How should one describe the U.S.-Israeli relationship? “Co-conspirators”? “Co-dependents”? “Frenemies”? “The corporate media in the United States and other western nations ignore, minimize or tell outright lies about the ongoing massacre” of Palestinians, but surely the Israeli media would do the same for the U.S. How about “Co-enablers in War Crimes”?

 

The Big Sell-Out: The Congressional Black Caucus and the Internet

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Before the pivotal elections of 2002, when corporate money started systematically wooing Black Democrats, the Congressional Black Caucus was a consistent voice on the (relatively) leftish side of the Congress. Only a few years later, the Black Caucus was more firmly in the pockets of huge telecom corporations than the rest of the Party. As a bloc, the CBC is no friend of Internet neutrality.

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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.”

Pax Americana vs. The Arc of the Moral Universe

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

The United States has savaged Central America for most of its history. America’s crimes against generations of people now redound against the perpetrator. “The unaccompanied minors at our Southern border are Malcolm’s ‘chickens coming home to roost.’”

Thandisizwe Chimurenga to Cover the Detroit Trial of Renisha McBride's Killer Beginning July 21

by the Editors

Where does real journalism come from? It comes from real journalists, people who wake up every day to follow a story wherever it leads, interviewing participants and experts, poring through letters, transcripts and documents. Not so very long ago, journalism was paid for with corporate advertising dollars, and reporters were paid a living wage and backed by powerful institutions. Not any more. The current neoliberal order insists that every human interaction and service must produce a profit for the 1%, or cease to exist. That's where journalism went. The 1% see no profit in an informed public.

Black Agenda Report will be carrying reports several times weekly from the trial of Renisha McBride, thanks to a real journalist, Thandisizwe Chimurenga, the author of No Doubt: The Murders of Oscar Grant.  Real journalism costs money.  Follow this link to donate to the coverage... you'll be covering the costs of transportation, transcripts and related expenses.  If Thandi worked for the Los Angeles Times, they'd cover all this.  But they don't.  We have to.  All of us.  So follow the link, please, and show some love for real journalism.

An Ideal Blueprint: The Original Black Panther Party Model and Why It Should Be Duplicated

by Colin Jenkins

There is no need to wholly reinvent the wheels of revolutionary struggle in the United States. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense provides a still-useful model. “The party possessed a ‘big picture approach’ that has become a necessity, especially in today's world of globalization, neoliberalism, and multinational corporate power.”

The US Left’s Obligation to Palestine is to Build an Internationalist Movement

by Danny Haiphong

“Israel's political and economic foundation rests on the terror of white supremacy,” a concept quite familiar to Americans. “We need to build campaigns that link Zionist imperialism with struggles everywhere against capitalism and racism.”

18 Days: Still shaking the world… 

by Raymond Nat Turner

You’re the ones we’ve been waiting for—

Fiery deeds thawing souls on ice, awakening wise 

Old revolutionaries, political prisoners, smooth-

Skinned activists, looking, listening, cheering and

Studying solidarity

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 7/14/14

Global Capitalist Champion Barack ‘Insane’ Obama

“If African people are going to be free, it’s going to be because we’ve made a revolution,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), at its headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. The APSP kicked off a month-long period of intensive study for party cadre from around the Diaspora. “Finance capital presides over a world economy where 80 percent of human beings on Earth are trying to exist on far less than ten U.S. dollars a day,” said Yeshitela. “This is the relationship that Barack Hussein Obama – we ought to call him Barack ‘Insane’ Obama – is protecting” with his drone strikes, military aggressions and sanctions campaigns.

Marissa Alexander Supporters to Hold “Stand Our Ground Week”

Supporters of Marissa Alexander, the Black mother sentenced to a long prison term for using a firearm to warn off an attack by her estranged husband, will hold a “Stand Our Ground Week” in Jacksonville, Florida, July 25 through August 1. Alisa Bierria, one of the organizers, said the issues at stake go beyond the injustice done to one Black woman. “Her case reflects many different kinds of urgent issues,” she said, “including the need to end domestic violence and to take a serious look at the impact of mass incarceration and mandatory minimums in Black communities.”

Beyond Innocence: Excessive Sentencing

The Beyond Innocence Project – not to be confused with Barry Scheck’s Innocence Project – is a national coalition of family members of imprisoned people. Organizer Carolyn Esparza, in El Paso, Texas, said the group’s main concern isn’t guilt or innocence, but sentences that far outweigh the crime. “Families are frightened to speak out,” said Esparza, “because when we speak out against the system there’s retaliation against our loved ones in prison.

Millions Press for Internet Neutrality

“It’s the plutocrats versus the people,” said Kevin Zeese, of Popular Resistance, assessing the battle to keep the Federal Communications Commission from turning the Internet over to huge corporations. Millions of people have registered their outrage and demanded that the FCC treat the Internet as a “common carrier,” like a public utility. “We have to get mobilized in the streets and show them that we’re going to stop government if they destroy the Internet,” said Zeese.

Mumia: Palestinian “David” versus Israeli Goliath

The story of David and Goliath depicted the biblical Jews as underdogs, but the opposite is true in today’s Middle East, said Mumia Abu Jamal, America’s best known political prisoner. “Israel has the most powerful military in the region, and Palestine – an occupied people, a captive people – is David,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. “David has little more than a stone and a prayer.”

Obama Lets Mass Killers of Africans Off Hook

The Obama administration claims it will sanction all those guilty of destabilizing the Democratic Republic of Congo, where at least six million people have died since 1996. However, Kambale Musavuli, of Friends of Congo, said the administration is only going after “small time players” and giving immunity to high officials of Rwanda and Uganda, the U.S. allies most culpable in the slaughter. Obama’s Africa policy, said Musavuli, “is even worse than the Republicans, bringing AFRICOM onto the continent, supporting ‘strong men’ and inviting dictators to the White House.”

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Political Prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin in Declining Health, Urgently Needs Medical Care

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Politcal prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin was one of the leading lights of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960s rural Alabama. Wrongfully accused and falsely convicted of murder in the shooting of two Atlanta deputies, he has been buried alive in the hellhole solitary supermax prison of Florence CO the last dozen years. Though his spirits remain high, he is 70 and in declining health, and urgently needs moving to a medical facility for appropriate care.

Freedom Rider: Who Prosecutes the Prosecutors?

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

There are many tens of thousands of prisoners unjustly serving sentences “twice as long as any of the Central Park Five victims.” Mass Black incarceration is inseparable from official and societal corruption. Cops and, especially, prosecutors “are never charged when they suborn perjury, falsify evidence, threaten witnesses and use the power of the state in a myriad of ways to prevent mostly poor, black people from getting justice.

 

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