From Hanrahan to Daley to Alvarez, Protecting Killer Cops is a Chicago Prosecutorial Tradition

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon


Israelis – Not Muslims – Cheered in Jersey City on 9/11

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In debunking Donald Trump’s big lie about Jersey City Muslims celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center, the corporate media have told an even bigger lie of omission. There was, indeed, shameless cheering on the banks of the Hudson River on 9/11. But it was by young Israelis, as was widely reported at the time. Fourteen years later, corporate media are covering up for Israel – which makes them even bigger liars than Trump.


Freedom Rider: 1961 Paris Massacre

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The French will tell you that this month’s ISIS attack inflicted the biggest death toll on Paris since World War Two. They would be lying. Fifty-four years ago, French police massacred hundreds of Algerians right in the heart of the city – and then pretended it never happened. France has enslaved much of the world, and clings to its remaining semi-colonies. The government in Paris “has millions of deaths on its ledger.”

No More American Thanksgivings

by Glen Ford

“The core ideological content of the holiday serves to validate all that has since occurred on these shores – a national consecration of the unspeakable, a balm and benediction for the victors, a blessing of the fruits of murder and kidnapping, and an implicit obligation to continue the seamless historical project in the present day.”

Imperialism's "Chickens Come Home to Roost" in Paris to Fuel War and Repression

by Danny Haiphong

For nearly 40 years the U.S. and its allies have played “a dangerous game of carrot and stick with terrorist forces” in the Arab and Muslim world, using them as proxies to destroy secular governments. Now it’s blow back time. “ISIS and the jihadist network plan on turning their guns toward the states that fathered them – one of many signs of the decline of the imperialist system, a process that began in the late 1970’s.”

Obama Needs to “Pivot” to the Crisis at Home

by Cynthia McKinney

President Obama risks getting whiplash from all the global pivots he’s executing. Meanwhile, the One Percent continue to suck the economy dry in a “massive theft that has seen more wealth of Black America stolen than at any time since the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” Obama should start pursuing justice at home, and call a halt to U.S. “plunder, division, and warmongering in Asia.”

To Protect and Serve Who? Mumia’s New Pamphlet on Organizing to Abolish Police Violence

by Suzanne Ross

The nation’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, has weighed in on the debate over how to control the police. The former Black Panther “uses the Marxist analysis of the police as the enforcers of the will of the ruling class, and “how that role continues in the post-slavery period to this day.” Economic exploitation and police repression are also racial in character, with the police playing a role not much different from the KKK.”

Russia: Attempting a Bridge to Africa

by Kester Kenn Klomegah

While Russia's interest in sub-Saharan Africa is nothing new, Russian authorities have realized that it’s time to move back primarily to reclaim its economic footprints and to find old Soviet-era allies, but that step comes with new challenges especially from other foreign players and the changing internal political and economic conditions in Africa.

The Sports of Empire

by Norman (Otis) Richmond

Sports has traveled the world on the fortunes of empire – and the misfortunes of the conquered. “’Thanks’ to imperialism, Africans in the Western Hemisphere were involved in baseball, cricket and football/soccer.” 

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 23, 2015

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 23, 2015

ISIS and the White Lives Matter Movement

Although civilians in Nigeria, Iraq and Syria have suffered the highest casualties from jihadist terror, these crimes “get no attention, especially because in most of these tragedies Western governments are the primary responsible parties, said Ajamu Baraka, an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report and a founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network. Baraka authored an article in the current issue of BAR titled “The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement.” Most Europeans and Euro-Americans exhibit an “inability to recognize the humanity of other people” – a form of psychopathology, said Baraka. ”They advance the notion that they are the upholders of a humanitarian tradition, while at the same time are responsible for the most horrific acts known in human history.”

Black Power Through Sustainable Development

Activists with Cooperation Jackson looked forward to joining huge demonstrations in Paris, later this month, to influence United Nations negotiations about climate change and to promote their Jackson Just Transition Plan to create environment-friendly employment in predominantly Black Jackson, Mississippi. However, French authorities have declared a state of emergency. Cooperation Jackson spokesman Kali Akuno said Black Power has everything to do with sustainable development. “In the 21st century, I don’t think there’s anywhere else for many of us in the United States to go,” said Akuno. “None of the other industries are producing anything that is going to employ us very intensely. We have to realize that the masses of Black people are completely disposable to this system, and we have to come up with the concrete alternatives, ourselves.”

Protestors Mark Anniversary of Tamir Rice’s Murder

Stop Mass Incarceration Network activists confronted Cleveland’s mayor and disrupted traffic on a major thoroughfare to mark the date, a year ago, when a white cop shot to death 12 year-old Tamir Rice. The local district attorney accused Rice’s mother of having “economic motives” for demanding justice for her son. “For this district attorney to impugn anybody’s motive is beyond disgusting,” said Network co-founder Carl Dix. “This is a guy who’s heading a secret grand jury process who has leaked three reports that say the police who murdered Tamir Rice were justified in doing so.” The cops shot the child two seconds after arriving at the park where he’d been playing with a toy gun. “They charged at him like they were some Wild West gunslingers who had their prey in their sights,” said Dix.

Bill and Hillary Clinton Might Face Indictment

In an article in Harpers magazine, investigative reporter Ken Silverstein predicted that newly-released Clinton Foundation tax returns could get Bill, Hillary and daughter Chelsea indicted on money laundering and influence peddling charges. “As secretary of state she paid particular attention to Clinton Foundation donors,” said Silverstein. Now, after years of filing false returns, “the shit is hitting the fan” for the former – and possibly future – First Couple.

Cuban Official Remembers Jim Crow

Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship of the People, spends much of her time greeting visitors to her island nation. But, this month she led a Cuban delegation on a tour of U.S. cities, starting with New York, where she expressed pride in the great changes the Revolution has made in the lives of the people, especially Black Cubans. “In Cuba, we have a Fifth Avenue similar to the one in New York City. Black people couldn’t walk on Fifth Avenue” in Havana. “Before the triumph of the Revolution, Black people could not work in the banks.” Even the “mulatto” Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista “was not allowed to go to the bourgeois clubs in Cuba,” said Serrano.



“Black Lives Matter” Groups Hoping for a Big Payday

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

This week, the billionaires that fund the Democratic Party and its satellite organizations will decide which of the “Black Lives Matter” groups will get paid to lead the Black “movement.” The #BlackLivesMatter network and Campaign Zero are eminently qualified for funding, having “already been accorded the status and privileges of constituent Democratic Party organizations.” Who else will make the corporate cut?

Freedom Rider: Solidarity and the International League of Peoples Struggles

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It’s the age-old question: since the rich are so few, how do they oppress the rest of us, the many? One answer is that the masses are disorganized. “The purveyors of violence and theft depend upon a lack of solidarity and common ground experienced by people around the world.” The International League of People’s Struggles knows that “no American president will change from an imperialist course unless mass movements are coordinated on every continent.”

The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The white world views French victims of ISIS as more valuable – more human – than the thousands of Arabs, Kurds and Africans murdered in terror attacks, or the billions of people exploited, enslaved and exterminated by Europeans over the past five centuries. “The ‘lie of white supremacy’ has distorted the personalities, lives and the very ability of many white people to grasp reality.” France is anything but innocent. Neither is the U.S.

Baltimore Study Sheds Light on Bankers’ Scheme To Expel Blacks from the City

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Banks in Baltimore “have condemned the Black sections of town to a death spiral of social and physical deterioration” as a matter of corporate policy, while continuing to issue mortgages that stabilize low income white neighborhoods in the city. The banks are the most important institutional players in the Black dispersal and white gentrification process: “When Black neighborhoods are killed, the banks make a killing.”


Following the Underground Railroad: A Black Man Seeks Asylum in Canada

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Ever since the founding of the United States, many Black people have clung tightly to their claim to citizenship in the racist Republic. However, Kyle Canty, a Black man from Oregon, is seeking asylum from U.S. white supremacist violence in Canada. In doing so, “he has disturbed the centuries-long premise of unconditional African-American commitment to American citizenship – regardless of the intensity of oppression.”

Paris Terror Attacks Are French Chickens Coming Home to Roost, Predictable Blowback of France's Recent and Historic Murderous Misadventures Around the World

by the Real News Network

Glen Ford explains that terror attacks against French civilians are chickens come home to roost, the predictable blowback of centuries of French imperial war and colonial oppression, and of recent French participation as junior partner in the US fomented oil and resource wars in the Middle East and around the world, in which countless nonwhite, non-French civilians have perished, with little public notice.

Weaponized Condolences of a Warfare State

By BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Terror attacks against French civilians have become the excuse du jour for the US surveillance state, for ramping up drone murders of other civilians, and military boots on the ground everywhere from Syria to south Philly.

Zionism, Anti-Blackness, and the Struggle for Palestine: Jemima Pierre on the Boycott

by Jemima Pierre

The lynching of an African at an Israeli bus station, last month, was no isolated incident. The Eritrean immigrant was shot, kicked and beaten to death “just because of his skin color.” Last year, an “Israeli man stabbed an eighteen-month-old Eritrean girl in the head with scissors as she was being held in her mother’s arms at the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv” – more evidence that Zionism is “an explicit racial project.”

NATO and the Dangerous Escalation of US imperialism

by Danny Haiphong

If World War III comes, NATO will likely be the source of the conflagration. “The parasitic rulers of the imperial system have calculated that a march to war with Russia and China is a necessary precondition to US dominance.” NATO has become imperialism’s global strike force. “The NATO-backed destabilization of Libya provided the blueprint for the current proxy war in Syria.”

Beirut, Baghdad and Paris: The Colonial Racialized Hierarchy of Terrorism's Victims

by Sukant Chandan

When French, British or U.S. citizens die in terror attacks, the victims are humanized. However, when the West slaughters people of color, the victims are anonymous. ISIS behaves similarly. “The common thread between European racism and these assymetric mirror reflections of them is that certain categories of people are worthy of humanity, and then there are other groups of people who are expendable, who can be massacred without trace or justice.”


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