Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Vermont senator and ostensible socialist Bernie Sanders is playing the sheepdog candidate for Hillary Clinton this year. Bernie's job is to warm up the crowd for Hillary, herding activist energies and the disaffected left back into the Democratic fold one more time. Bernie aims to tie up activist energies and resources till the summer of 2016 when the only remaining choice will be the usual lesser of two evils.

Bringing the Crisis to a Head in Baltimore

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The synergy of mass protest and physical resistance to police in Baltimore “scared the powers-that-be to their bones” and set the stage for a summer of organized discontent. “Whatever this ‘movement’ will ultimately be called, it announced its active presence in a major American city – at the beginning of the hot season.”

Freedom Rider: Still No Justice in Baltimore

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black people have been denied even the semblance of justice for so long in the United States, the mere act of bringing charges against police is received as cause for jubilation. However, “there should be no celebrating unless all of the police responsible for Freddie Gray’s death are convicted.” Baltimore was turned into a “sundown town,” with “rioters” held on bail higher than was set for the cops that killed Fred Gray.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed To Give Half Square Mile of Public Land to Tyler Perry on Fake Job Claims, No Public Input

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants to give Tyler Perry a half square mile of public land at a ridiculously low price based on fake job creation predictions with no public scrutiny or input. Tyler's existing Atlanta studios have had little or no positive impact on the economic life of their surrounding community. Once again the black political class proves itself every bit as myopic, greedy and anti-democratic as their white counterparts.

 
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Anti-Black Racism Exposed in Israel and the U.S.

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Ethiopian Israelis “evoked the spirit of Baltimore” as they protested against racism in the Jewish State, last week. Israel and the U.S. are both settler colonies whose foundational ideologies “justify land expropriation, displacement and dispersal, in the case of Israel, and genocide in the case of the U.S.”

Toronto’s 1992 Yonge Street Uprising: Afrikan Resistance to State/Police Violence

by Ajamu Nangwaya

The Yonge Street rebellion was very much in the mold of Black America’s urban uprisings, sparked by police abuse. The disturbances led to a spate of reforms, some of which were later reversed by a right-wing provincial regime. Corporate media and the political establishment “saw the Yonge Street Uprising as an exercise in hooliganism, criminality and/or opportunism by wayward elements in Toronto.”

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Freddie Gray, and the Lessons of the Dyson Attack on Cornel West

by Danny Haiphong

The Baltimore rebellion is significant, not just because it is the first post-Ferguson uprising in a major Black American city, but because it points up “the weakened political position of the police and its protectors in the Black misleadership class.” The political bankruptcy of that class is personified by Michael Eric Dyson, whose “ultimate loyalty is to Power and not to Mumia Abu-Jamal, Freddie Gray, or oppressed and working class people in the US and elsewhere.”

U.S. Empire-Building “Interventions”

by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

After World War II, the U.S. rushed to replace European colonialism with its own, corporate variety. When it encountered resistance in Korea and Vietnam, Washington deployed “the strategy and tactics derived from the fundamental principles of white America: Negro slavery and annihilation of indigenous peoples.” But “war” was never declared. Instead, the U.S. developed and refined an elaborate fiction of “intervention” to explain its aggressions.

A Preview of Coming Wars: Do Black Lives Matter in Africa?

by David Swanson


The U.S. military is today the preeminent power in Africa, enjoying freedom of movement throughout the continent. Like night follows day, the U.S. military presence has brought regime change, failed states, political instability and constant warfare. The occupation of Africa has dramatically escalated under President Obama’s watch – with scarcely a murmur of dissent from the Black American political class.

Freedom Rider: American Responsibility For Global Refugee Crises

By Margaret Kimberley

When refugees from the Indian subcontinent, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America and other places risk their lives for a chance at low-wage precarious labor in Europe or the US, it's because of decisions taken at the center of global economic and political power, places like Washington D, London, Brussels and New York.

Lawless President Obama Chides Baltimore “Criminals And Thugs,” Ignores Savagery Of Baltimore Police

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Freddy Gray made eye contact with a Baltimore cop. He ran like a rabbit so cops chased him like hounds and did what hounds do when they catch a rabbit. They snapped his spine. But the elemental savagery of everyday policing in Baltimore and a hundred other cities is not a fit topic for presidential commentary. The only “criminals” and “thugs” the first black president and for that matter corporate news can see are the citizens in the streets protesting police murder and impunity.

 
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More Dyson V. West: Michael Eric Dyson Ain't No Muhammad Ali

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

 
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BAR Interviews Samira Rice, Mother of Cleveland's Tamir Rice, Part 1 of 2

by BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

In another of the constant drumbeat of unprovoked police killings, Tamir Rice was summarily executed by Cleveland police last November, for allegedly playing with a toy gun.  Since the killing of her son, his mother Samaria Rice has undertaken 

Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance: Rejecting the framework of the Oppressor

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

To hear President Obama and Baltimore mayor Rawlings tell it, politeness, nonviolence and respect for law and property are the fundamental obligations of those confronting the brazen and lawless violence of police in Baltimore and beyond. This is a truly upside-down reality.

Thousands of RNs to Strike California Hospitals Thursday, Friday Over Safe Staffing, Patient Care Conditions, Health Care Cuts

From our friends at the National Nurses Union

In the real world, things only get better for ordinary people when ordinary people take collective action.  Things get better when we organize and stand up for our own and each others' rights. The National Nurses Union is standing up this week in California and around the country, fighting for safe staffing levels and health coverage for themselves.

Barack Obama Fights to Spread GMO Foods Throughout Europe

by Eric Zuesse

Despite his campaign promises to label GMO and other "frankenfoods" President Barack Obama in office has been the slavish creature of Monsanto, BIg Ag and the profiteers who would hijack and imperil the global food supply.  His secretly negotiated so-called "trade deals" the TPP and TIPP will definitively prevent anti-GMO legislation all over the planet, and place the world food supply at the mercy of his unscrupulous campaign contributors,.

On the 132nd Anniversary of Pioneering Black Radical Hubert Henry Harrison's Birth...

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The same folks who'd have us believe politics is just Republicans and Democrats, and that the current black political class is the culmination of black history have tried to erase the history of black giants like socialist Hubert Henry Harrison, whom historian Joel A. Rogers called “the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time.” and who was a mentor to Marcus Garvey.

Black Agenda Radio, week of April 29, 2015

This week's entire show is selections from last weekend's conference in St. Louis MO on Community Control of Police.

The crisis means it's time to imagine self determination for our communities.

What cops do in our communities will not change unless our communities are in the position to give the police their orders, according to Omali Yeshetila of the African Peoples Socialist Party. It's time to lift our sights beyond this black face and that reform and wrap the black political imagination and political practice around the project of actually controlling what the police do.

Hiring more black cops and “sensitivity training” won't prevent more Fergusons.

As long as the core mission of the police include counter-insurgency and being the intake valves for black mass incareration, hiring more black police doesn'will nott change what police do, explains Glen Ford. Neither will so-called “community policing” or sensitivity training for cops. The policing mission will only change when there is authentic community control of the institution of the police.  

Nothing in political is ever guaranteed, says Larry Hamm of the Peoples Organization for Progress in Newark NJ.

The only solution to a system out of control is mass organization to confront the powers that be.  If power will concede nothing without demands, it's up to the organized people to make real and significant demands to change the way society is ordered, and to put their energies, if need be, their bodies on the line behind those demands.

 
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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.”

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