Youth Leads the Struggle in Chicago

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The supremely arrogant Mayor “Rahmbo” Emanuel has been temporarily chastened by the drumbeat of protests against the killing of Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by a Chicago cop. Even much of the local Black Misleadership Class has found it necessary to “take a stance in opposition to Mayor Emanuel and the white corporate forces that he represents” – if only for the moment. Young people must stand fast with their “transformative demands.”


The Neo-Liberal Assault on Black Lives from Baltimore to Buenaventura Colombia

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Black people in Baltimore, USA, and Buenaventura, Colombia, are oppressed by the same monster. “In both cases, the effects of capitalist globalization have resulted in massive displacement of black populations; increased poverty; economic marginalization of black labor and state and private violence.” Colombian death squads have sent Danelly Estupiñan a message.

Negroes Need Not Apply: The EU-Africa Malta Conference

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Desperate to stem the “blackening” of the white homeland, the European Union last month billions to the island of Malta to bribe African governments to keep their citizens at home. “The goal of the ‘cash on the table’ deal was to place the responsibility for denying Africans refugee status in Europe on the shoulders of African countries.”

Reflections on Multiracial Identity on Another Thanksgiving Passed

by Danny Haiphong

The U.S. imperial domain floats on raw force and fairy tales. One myth “paints the U.S. as a safe haven for people of different backgrounds instead of the genocidal settler state that it is.” Another tale holds that multi-racial identity “carries with it new experiences with racism not yet easily understood or dealt with.” The truth is, the racist to the core, and “proponents of multiracial identity possess little interest in solidarity.”

Rwanda Conscripts Burundian Refugees into New “Rebel Force”: An Interview with Jeff Drumtra

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by Ann Garrison

Rwandan Tutsi dictator Paul Kagame came to power as a leader of a Uganda-based rebel army that invaded Rwanda, plunging the nation a into civil war that ended in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Now Kagame’s Rwanda is recruiting refugees from neighboring Burundi into a rebel army that will eventually invade Burundi. Another “genocide” could be in the making – with full U.S. knowledge and collaboration.

South African TV Breaks Promise to Marikana Widows


Three years ago, police massacred 34 striking miners at Marikana, South Africa – a watershed event in the growing resistance to the African National Congress government’s neoliberal policies. With the ANC deeply implicated in the massacre, the South African Broadcasting Corporation has resisted airing the award-winning film on Marikana, Miners Shot Down. The miners’ widows have refused to take “no” for an answer.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 30, 2015

Two Rights Groups Refuse to Sign Off on Sentencing “Reform” Bill

Legislation is moving through the U.S. House and Senate that would retroactively shorten sentences for crack cocaine possession and, its backers claim, substantially roll back mandatory minimum sentences for other crimes. However, the National Urban League and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) are refusing to give their blessing to the Sentencing Act, which actually expands the list of crimes subject to mandatory prison terms. The bill “will have a disproportionate effect on minority communities,” according to FAMM president Julie Stewart. “They have created a new class of crime that can now trigger” a sentence of 25 years, she said. Gun possession and crimes of domestic violence would also carry mandatory penalties.

New Film in the Works on Black Panther Party

Former Black Panther Party chief of staff David Hilliard and Emmy Award-winning director Dante James hope to have a documentary on the party completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the BPP’s founding, next September. “Our film is not going to be a response or reaction” to The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, directed by Stanley Nelson, Jr. and distributed by PBS. “For many, many years,” said James, “the corporate media has defined the Black Panther Party from the outside-in.” This time, the party will by defined, not by “fringe or part-time party members, but by people who were there from the very beginning, who knew and worked with Huey P. Newton.”

First Cop Goes on Trial in Freddie Gray Killing

The manslaughter trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter began on Monday, the first of six cops charged in the death of Freddie Gray, last April. Porter drove the police van in which Gray was fatally injured. Jill Carter, a Maryland state legislator and lawyer, told The Real News Network that some of the cops should have been charged with murder. “We all saw in the video that an assault happened prior to Freddie Gray ever being placed in the van,” said Carter. “If there was an illegal arrest that was contemporaneous with an assault, I would argue that would be first degree assault and attempted murder, with cumulative charges for everything that happened after that.” Baltimore erupted in street rebellion in the wake of Gray’s death.


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

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

If there's any justice the political career of Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez will end with the November 2016 election. But we should remember that Chicagoans threw Cook County States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan out of office over the 1969 assassination of Fred Hampton, and not much else changed. It will apparently take more than running candidates in elections to overthrow the Chicago tradition of prosecutors enabling and abetting its killer cops.


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.”


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