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World Opinion Turns Against Israel – But Not in Congressional Black Caucus

Israelis “can no longer frame themselves as the victims” in the conflict with occupied Palestinians, said veteran human rights activist and BAR columnist Ajamu Baraka. However, “it now appears that Black leadership has lost its moral compass and are standing shoulder to shoulder with something as brutal and backward as the assault on Palestine,” said Baraka. Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus this month joined in a unanimous House resolution siding with Israel.

U.S. Academics Largely Silent on Israeli Crimes

American academics are largely mum on Israeli brutality in Gaza, said Dr. Johnny Williams, professor of sociology at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut. “They are scared to talk about the kinds of war crimes that are being committed with this unprovoked war by Israel,” he said. Except for Cornel West, Noam Chomsky “and a few others,” academics are “essentially folks who tell the stories of rich people and the people who have power.”

Kucinich: America Must Quit “Imperial Pretensions”

The U.S. is on the wrong side of history, said Dennis Kucinich, the former Ohio congressman, Cleveland mayor, and two-time presidential candidate. “Our policies of intervention, of regime change, of covert action, of linking up with groups that seek to destabilize and annihilate governments, are policies that are doomed to defeat,” said Kucinich, who fought unsuccessfully to halt U.S. bombing of Libya in 2011, before he was redistricted out of his seat. “We have to quit these imperial pretensions and take care of business at home.”

NYPD Reform Impossible Under Bratton

The choke-hold death of a Black New Yorker accused of selling loose cigarettes shows that Mayor Bill de Blasio should never have brought Bill Bratton back as police commissioner, said Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton. The group had warned that Bratton’s obsession with so-called “quality of life” offenses would lead to disaster. “Back then, we said that his history and his policies were the exact opposite of reform,” said Trujillo. “I think now people are starting to have the conversation, after the death of Eric Garner, about what’s going on with Bratton’s ‘Broken Windows’ policing.”

Prisoners Have Voting Rights, Too

Back in 2008, Rev. Kenneth Glascow won a lawsuit affirming the right of many incarcerated people to vote, in Alabama. Glascow and his Ordinary People Society have been making the rounds of county jails, to determine if they are in compliance with the law. “Anybody who is in jail in Alabama for a crime that is not a crime of moral turpitude – meaning, they caused harm or danger to someone else – never loses their voting rights,” said Glascow, who is the half-brother of Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Defense Says Crime Scene Botched at Wafer Trial

Photographs, Evidence Collection Occurred days after Crime

 

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

 

Afternoon testimony in the trial of Ted Wafer for the death of Renisha McBride on July 24th revealed less than stellar evidence collection techniques, suggesting the Dearborn Heights Police Department may have botched the case.

Defense Says Crime Scene Botched at Wafer Trial

Photographs, Evidence Collection Occurred days after Crime

 

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

 

Afternoon testimony in the trial of Ted Wafer for the death of Renisha McBride on July 24th revealed less than stellar evidence collection techniques, suggesting the Dearborn Heights Police Department may have botched the case.

Renisha McBride “Just Wanted to Go Home”

Witnesses Describe the 19-year old as staggering, “out of it” after car crash

 

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

 

Day two of Ted Wafer’s trial in the death of Renisha McBride began with a picture of a “disoriented” and possibly injured McBride walking away from the scene of a car accident at least three times.

“Early Morning Terror” Trial of Ted Wafer Opens with Photos and Fear

by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

The prosecution began its opening statement in the trial of Ted Wafer this morning by showing two photographs of 19-year old Renisha McBride. 

“This is Renisha McBride prior to Nov. 1 2013,” said Wayne County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Hageman-Clark. 

“And this is Renisha McBride the morning of Nov. 2, 2013,” she stated, showing McBride laying prone with her feet at Wafer’s door and her upper body on the grass where it appears she had fallen backwards. McBride’s head wound was also visible. 

“This trial will tell you how Renisha McBride ended up on Ted Wafer’s porch in this photo,” said the prosecutor.

Why Our Black Political Class is Paralyzed and Silent on Gaza Massacres and Israeli Apartheid

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

How did the NAACP wrap up its national conference this weekend without saying a mumbling word about the genocidal bombing of Gaza? Why did Moral Monday's Rev. Barber appear on HBO's Real Time with notorious Islamaphobe Bill Maher and not speak to the morality of apartheid in Israel? Why are the black political class and the black church, invisible on the invasion of Gaza and the fact of Israeli ethnocracy in general?

The Siege of Detroit: A War of Black Urban Removal

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The “pause” in the draconian Detroit water shut-off is just a lull in “an escalating trajectory of systematically inflicted mass punishment and pain designed to make life in the city unbearable for a huge proportion of the population.” Wall Street has declared war against America’s “Chocolate Cities,” demanding “the shrinkage of Black urban populations as a prerequisite for full-scale investment.”

 

Freedom Rider: Putin in America’s Crosshairs

by BAR editor and columnist Margaret Kimberley

Why did 300 people plummet to their deaths over Ukraine? The answer is not in the minutia of one small battlefield, but in the wild and frenzied behavior of the superpower that is intent on global rule. “There would be no BUK missiles in Ukraine, no uprooted refugees, and no bloodshed if the United States and other NATO nations had not picked a fight with Russia.”

Obama’s Hot War

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The deeper the U.S. slips into economic decline, the higher it ratchets up the pace and stakes of armed conflict. Washington appears to have crossed some kind of Rubicon, to embark “on a mad, scorched earth policy to terrorize the planet into submission through relentless escalation into a global state of war.”

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Opening Statements Today in the Trial of Renisha McBride's Killer

by BAR special correspondent Thandisizwe Chimurenga in Detroit

Wednesday, July 23...  
Opening statements in the trial of Ted Wafer for the death of Renisha McBride will begin at 9 am EST today (Wednesday) in downtown Detroit.  A jury of 7 men and 7 women was seated Tuesday afternoon in the case which has drawn national attention for its similarity to other high-profile cases such as that of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Jonathan Ferrell in North Carolina.

Age of Liberty, Age of Slavery

by Paul Street

The “Age of Liberty” for whites was an age of expanding slavery and genocide for the New World’s Black and Native American victims. “Of the known 10,148,288 Africans put on slave ships bound for the Americas between 1514 and 1866 (of a total historians estimate to be at least 12,500,000), more than half, 5,131,385, were embarked after July 4, 1776.”

The Migrant Crisis and the Dead-end of US imperialism

by Danny Haiphong

“Deporter-in-Chief” Obama’s policies towards Latin American immigrants are incontrovertible proof that both major parties serve the same neoliberal master. Neither party tells the truth about the migration crisis: “US imperialism's dual military and economic assault in the Central American region is the primary reason thousands of youth are being forced to flee from the conditions of their native countries.”

 

Radical Black Reading: Summer 2014

by The Public Archive

For your Summer edification: the works of “Black writers, scholars, artists, and activists” explore how “the policies of the Israel towards the Palestinian people mirror the historic regimes of apartheid in South Africa and Jim Crow in the United States.”

Afro-Uruguay: A Brief History

by George Reid Andrews

Afro-Uruguayans have contributed to the construction of Uruguay as a consequence of enslavement. They have set up important organisations such as Mundo Afro to lobby the national government to recognise its black minority as an equal member of the national community.

Water, WMD – In Detroit…

by Raymond Nat Turner

Rich terrorists taking vital chemicals away 

For these parasites their profits hold sway

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