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    Obama's Ferguson Commission a Joke: Why Liberal Proposals and "Solutions" Don't Cut It

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The Interim Report of the Task Force for 21st Century Policing, Obama's response to public disgust with police misconduct after Ferguson. I read it so you wouldn't have to. Simply put, there isn't much there there. The report is the tired wish list of liberal big city cops and Justice Department consultants who had a big hand in bringing us the current police and prison state, and corporate-funded nonprofit sector which launched the career of President Barack Obama. With only 600 and change days left in the Obama administration it's hard to see the report as anything more than gesture of contempt on the part of this president and the black political class toward the communities most affected by the machinery of our police and prison state.

    Obama’s Dead End Criminal Justice “Reforms”

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The Obama administration shot double-barreled blanks in its response to the Black Lives Matter movement, “Both the Justice Department’s action in Ferguson and the Task Force report are indicative of the ineffectuality of what passes for criminal justice “reform” in 21st century America.” The Mass Black Incarceration State is incapable of meaningful reform. What’s needed is Black community control of the police.

    Freedom Rider: Obama’s Final Insult to Trayvon Martin

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Eric Holder and Barack Obama have shown themselves incapable of delivering elementary justice to Black people. Instead of indicting Trayvon Martin’s killer, the president invited the teenager’s parents to the White House for Black History Month. The nation’s two most powerful Black men get lots of love from African Americans but give nothing in return. “It is an awfully vicious cycle and people like the late Trayvon Martin pay the price.”

    Netanyahu Punks Obama as Congress Grovels

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    It was easy for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to emasculate Barack Obama on Capitol Hill. All he had to do was expand on the lies that both Israel and the U.S. tell about Iran – lies that Barack Obama cannot effectively rebut without exposing himself as... a liar. Since neither co-conspirator can rat out the other, the smaller party gains an advantage over the larger one. The most brazen liar wins, and the loser cannot complain.

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    Interview with Manolo De Los Santos, Part 2, and Black Code Alerts

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

    The author, a noted whistleblower and activist, recently returned from a trip to Cuba, where she engaged in an intensive dialogue with Manolo De Los Santos, a Dominican American studying in Cuba. De Los Santos said Cuba has made great progress in uplifting its people and reversing centuries of slavery and racism. “People need to come to Cuba to see it for themselves.”

    W.E.B. Du Bois and the Radicalization of 21st Century Black Studies

    by Dr. Anthony Monteiro

    Last month marked the 147th birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the towering intellects of the 20th century and the founder of Black Studies as an “emancipatory” discipline. But today, Black scholars have largely “become disengaged, self-centered and in many instances a misleadership class.” The author calls for “a return to the Du Boisian idea of Black Studies as a part of the struggle for Black liberation.”

    Capitalist Cotton Slavery and a Case (One Would Think) for Reparations

    by Paul Street

    Black chattel slavery made the United States an economic powerhouse and a beacon to European immigrants. “By 1836 nearly half the nation’s economic activity derived directly and indirectly from the roughly 1 million Black slaves. The descendants of that cauldron of torture and death deserve “a massive federal program of reparations in partial and belated compensation for the massive horror and theft.”

    The Memory of Malcolm and the End of Neo-liberal Imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong

    If Malcolm X had survived to the present day, the U.S. secret police would have to assassinate him, again. “Malcolm would have condemned imperialism's endless wars in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and continued to build alliances with the victims of imperialism abroad.” The survival of humanity “depends on a radical movement that can revive Malcolm's revolutionary spirit.”

    Beating Trial of LAPD Officer Begun, Then Delayed By “Peace Officer's Bill of Rights”

    by BAR special correspondent Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    In a rare instance of a Los Angeles police officer actually being tried for the brutal beating of a black woman in 2012, the state's so-called “Peace Officer Bill of Rights” is a once again significant barrier to revealing the histories of abuse on the part of the cops involved. Federal legislation guaranteeing cops similar immunities nationwide were introduced repeatedly by Vice President Joe Biden when he was in the US Senate.

    #Gitmo2Chicago2Burge2Vietnam: How Police Abuse in Chicago Extends Way Beyond Homan Square

    #Gitmo2Chicago2Burge2Vietnam: How Police Abuse in Chicago Extends Way Beyond Homan Square

    courtesy of our friends at This Is Hell

    Attorney Flint Taylor connects the Homan Square ‘black site’ story to a larger history of secrecy, violence and abuse that spans decades, continents and wars. Flint was quoted in the much talked-about, Spencer Ackerman article The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’ at the Guardian. Taylor also wonders whether mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia has a position on the closing of Homan Square.

    Malcolm X’s Internationalism and the Struggle for Liberation in Haiti Today

    by Ajamu Nangwaya

    Malcolm X sought international unity among the non-white world based on the “common experience of colonialism and white supremacy.” If he were alive today, Malcolm “would encourage people outside of Haiti to stand with the people of Haiti.”

    Black Agenda Radio Week of March 2, 2015

    Black Agenda Radio Week of March 2, 2015

    Triumph for Internet Neutrality

    The Federal Communications Commission last week ruled that the Internet should be regulated like a public utility, with no fast or slow traffic lanes. “The Verizons and Comcasts of the world wanted to create a class system on the Internet,” said Kevin Zeese, of Popular Resistance. Far from opening the way for a government “takeover” of the Internet, “this is more like the First Amendment for the Internet, where people have freedom of speech and equal access.”

    Black Self-Determination Requires Control of Police

    The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations has issued a call for Black community control of police. “We need to have the ability to hire, fire, train, set standards of behavior, fund, defund and establish the role of this force, so that it becomes a part of the fabric of the community, itself,” said chairman Omali Yeshitela. Control of police is a right of self-determination, he said.

    Trayvon Martin Case Closed

    Three years after George Zimmerman killed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, the U.S. Justice Department has leaked that it will not bring federal charges against the vigilante. “The feds are held out as that dangling thing that will give you justice after you’ve just been punched in the gut by the local cops,” said Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. “But, Malcolm told us that “the federal foxes cannot be relied on to deal with the injustice that the local wolves are bringing down on you.” The whole system needs to be dismantled.

    No Quick Fix in Movement-Building

    Kevin Alexander Gray, the Columbia, South Carolina activist and author who edited Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence, cautions that it takes time to build a movement. “The police are about introducing people into the criminal justice system, where they are tracked all their lives,” said Gray. “It’s about making people cower to power.” Building a sustainable movement to ensure that Black lives really matter, is a process. “It’s going to take a little bit longer than just two or three years,” said Gray.

    No Justice in Benton Harbor

    Rev. Edward Pinkney, the Benton Harbor, Michigan, activist who was sentenced to 2 ½ to 10 years in prison for allegedly tampering with an elections petition, said judges and prosecutors must be made to answer for their crimes against Black people. “In Berrien County, they have one job: to send every single Black person to prison,” said Pinkney, now housed at the state prison in Marquette. “In the Sixties, it was called Negro Removal. In Bosnia, it was called ethnic cleansing.” Pinkney incurred the wrath of police and prosecutors when he resisted the Whirlpool Corporation’s gentrification efforts in mostly Black Benton Harbor.

    Denver Cops Kill Transgender Latino Youth

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    The People of Chicago Stun Obama's Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Now It's Round 2

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Despite support from local black & Latino politicians former Obama chief of staff and Rahm Emanuel failed to win re-election as Chicago mayor on Feb. 24. He faces an April 7 runoff election against Jesus Garcia, longime community activist who was part of the Harold Washington team in 1983 and 87. Anti-Rahm turnout was boosted by public outrage at school closings and other privatizations, and advisory referenda on an elected school board.

    Free the Corinthian15 – From Student Debt

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The Obama administration claims it wants to halt the predatory practices of for-profit colleges that “exploit the poor and bilk the state.” But, even as it shuts down Corinthian Colleges, the administration continues to demand that its students repay their federal loans. The Corinthian 15 refuse to pay for having been robbed and exploited.

    Freedom Rider: Media Silence on Libya

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Four years ago, the United States and its NATO and royal Arab allies destroyed the government of Libya and handed the country over to jihadists, who now include factions aligned with the Islamic State. Thousands of heads have rolled in the wake of Obama’s 2011 air war – none of them American. “Libyans and Egyptian migrant workers pay the price for western aggressions.”

    The Ultimate Corruption

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    When petty officials in foreign lands make it difficult for corporations to do business, or when rich individuals avoid paying taxes agreed upon by their wealthy fellows, reformers raise the cry of corruption. But the greatest corruption lies in allowing the rich to make the rules.

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    End the US Blockade of Cuba and Military Occupation of Guantanamo Bay! An Interview with Manolo De Los Santos

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

    The move towards normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations is a victory of the Cuban people, but also presents great challenges. In a recent visit to the island, the author spoke with a former resident of The Bronx, now studying liberation theology in Cuba. One thing that will not change, he said, is Cuba’s historical commitment to Black people. For example, “Cuba has educated more Blacks from Honduras than were educated in their own country.”

    (OSCAR) Old Southern Californian Aryan Racketeers

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    “Hooray for Hollywood”

    Never meant Black folk no good…

    Was Malcolm X a political Islamist?

    by Nu’man Abd al-Wahid

    Although there is no doubt that Malcolm X was a fervent Muslim to the moment he was assassinated, his beliefs bore no resemblance to that of today’s “Islamist” militants. “Malcolm had an inclusive secular approach to the African-American struggle and not an exclusive religious approach rooted in the superiority of any given religion.”

    A Malcolm X Movement in Great Britain

    by Sukant Chandan

    Malcolm X advocated that Black Americans act as internationalists. His life’s work and example has influenced movements around the globe, including the United Kingdom, where a Malcolm X Movement has been launched “in the heart of whiteness.”

    What is Neo-Liberalism? A Revolutionary Analysis of the Final Stage of Imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong

    Neoliberalism is “the ideology of corporate domination and the plunder of finance capital.” To preserve itself domestically, the modern system has created both the Mass Black Incarceration State and the National Security State. Internationally, “terrorism, ‘humanitarian intervention,’ and economic sabotage are the primary means of maintaining US hegemony of the neo-liberal variety.” 

    Haiti Carnival Tragedy: What Was Planned, What Was An Accident?

    by Ezili Danto

    Even national celebrations turn out badly in occupied Haiti. Officials say a Mardis Gras electrocution accident left 17 dead, but as many as 100 are feared to have perished in panic. Haiti needs infrastructure and, most of all, the return of its national sovereignty. “But the Martelly regime prioritizes carnival drinking, dancing and singing.”

    Black Agenda Radio, February 23, 2015

    U.S. and Europeans Seek Control of Nigeria

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    Cowardly Black Caucus Reacts to Israeli Insults, Ignores Israeli Apartheid

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The CBC is silent when Israel passes discriminatory laws, steals Palestinian land, or punishes Palestinian civilians with power and water cutoffs and blockades. Like the rest of Congress, the CBC endorsed the murderous Israeli assault on Gaza. CBC's threatened walkout on Netanyahu's address to Congress isn't because they disapprove of Israeli apartheid funded by US tax dollars. It's only because Bibi insulted the First Black President.

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    The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    As U.S. imperialism loses its capacity to compete outside the military sphere, its foreign policy options shrink, accordingly. “Since the U.S. is superior to the rest of the world ONLY in military terms, Washington finds its ultimate advantage in turning the whole world into a battlefield.” Permanent War follows the same logic as a death cult. In fact, one created the other – literally.

    Freedom Rider: An Angry White Man Kills Again

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Craig Hicks was a dangerously belligerent man who lived in an apartment with a wife, four handguns, two shotguns and six rifles. His whiteness protected him from police attention or public censure. Hicks seems to have held a range of political views, “but more than anything Hicks was serious about being a white man.”

    What Do Europe's Podemos and Syriza Movements Know That Many US Black Activists Don't?

    By the Real News Network

    Young activists in Greece and Spain are making great strides because they've been able to do something black activists in the US have not. The European left has abandoned their so-called socialist parties, the equivalent of US Democrats. But until black activists step firmly outside the Democratic party in the US, their movements will shrivel, be betrayed and die, because that's what the Democratic party is --- where movements go to die, BAR executive editor Glen Ford observes.

    Obama’s Legacy: Permanent War and Liberal/Radical Accommodation?

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    A “left” that is not anti-imperialist is a phony left, but that’s what passes for radicalism in the U.S. Fortunately, Black Lives Matter activists “are making the connection between violence and militarization in the internal colonized areas of the U.S. and the state violence being waged by the U.S. state beyond its’ borders.”

    My Wise Country Cousin on Legacies of the Two-Lie Crew…

    by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

    The DJ Commanduh and the Amazing AG

    “Gib us ‘bout as much just-us as de ropes, an’ de trees…”

    A Barbaric Lynching In the Dominican Republic

    by Ezili Danto

    Many citizens of the Dominican Republic appear to define their national identity largely in opposition to the Blackness of Haiti, with which it shares the island of Hispaniola. Both nations have also been repeatedly invaded by the United States, whose influence has added another layer of pathology to Dominican racism: lynching.

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