Freedom Rider: Wikileaks Exposes Democrats’ Corruption

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Emails released by Wikileaks show the Democratic Party corrupted its own primary process to elect Hillary Clinton – a politician who “has nothing to offer aside from not being Donald Trump.” The DNC deployed a full array of dirty tricks against Bernie Sanders, with the help of corporate media. The duopoly system must be dismantled. “The task of leftists is to work towards the establishment of a party that represents the interests of working people.”

To Serve Clinton, Ben Jealous Slimes Jill Stein

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous couldn’t wait to get back in the good graces of Democratic Party corporate power. Released from allegiance to Bernie Sanders, he joyously endorsed Hillary Clinton and slandered the Green Party’s Jill Stein as aiding the “fascist” Donald Trump.  But, “Ben Jealous doesn’t know what a fascist is, and could care less; he only knows that his job is to keep Black people inside Hillary Clinton’s big corporate tent.”

 
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The Obama Legacy Part IV: Protecting the Racist State, Scorning Black America

by Danny Haiphong

In the final analysis, the nation’s First Black President has been a “great protector and arbiter of the racist state.” Not only has Barack Obama refused to indict killer cops, he won’t even compel the cops to keep track of who they kill. “Obama only began to pay attention when the movement for Black Lives forced policing and prisons into the national spotlight.”

Indeed, Western Civilization is in a War

by Gerald A. Perreira

Warlords are always looking for bogeymen “to distract us from the real enemy – themselves.” For half a millennium, the warlords of the North Atlantic Tribes accused the rest of the world of barbarism so bestial, it could only be tamed through genocide, slavery and constant warfare. Today, they portray Vladimir Putin as the new threat to peace. But, in truth, “no civilization on Earth has waged war more relentlessly than Western Civilization.”

Rwanda, the Clinton Dynasty, and the Case of Dr. Léopold Munyakazi

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by Ann Garrison

Three U.S. presidents – Clinton, Bush and Obama – have honored their alliance with Paul Kagame, one of the world’s premier war criminals, by dutifully deporting his critics to imprisonment, or worse, in Rwanda. Dr. Léopold Munyakaz awaits this same fate for describing the Rwandan conflict as a class struggle, not a genocide, thus undermining the “ideological foundation of U.S. ‘humanitarian’ war ideology.”

Britain’s Scramble for Africa: The New Colonialism

by Colin Todhunter

Britain’s colonial empire may have passed into history, but the UK’s neocolonial grip strangles much of African, devouring the continent’s resources and leaving little of the profits behind. Most African countries are not even stakeholders in the companies that mine their land. “UK companies must be held responsible for their behavior in Africa and that the UK government must be held accountable for its complicity in the plunder.”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 25, 2016

Activists Take the Fight to Cops’ “Doorsteps”

The Fraternal Order of Police is “the most dangerous fraternity in all of America,” said Samantha Masters, spokesperson for the Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter DC activists that occupied the grounds of the police union’s lobbying operation in Washington, last week. Other activists staged a sit-in at the New York City offices of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “The people who are protecting these killer cops are police unions,” said Masters. “They ensure there is a blue wall of silence, and that police officers are rewarded for the really horrible acts they commit. We are taking the fight to their doorsteps.”

The Sad Saga of Police Impunity in Baltimore

With yet another acquittal of police involved In the death of Freddie Gray, Blacks in Baltimore are concluding that “there is no ability to hold officers accountable for any criminal conduct when they are performing their duty as an officer,” said Jill Carter, a defense attorney and delegate to the Maryland state legislature. “My greatest fear is that police officers will become more arrogant, more cocky” in the knowledge that they are, in practice, immune to punishment.

Mumia on “Trump’s Triumph”

“The Republican National Convention was not a presidential event, but a celebration of ego, anger and gross wealth,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. Reporting for Prison Radio, he described the GOP gathering, in Cleveland, as “an echo chamber of seething hatreds, mass ego, revenge fantasies and white nationalism.” Trump’s victory over the party establishment “is the political equivalent to a hostile takeover in business. You loot the company and leave it a bankrupt shell.”

Sanders Supporters Going Green

Dr. Margaret Flowers, the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, is a co-author of a series of letters urging various constituencies to break with the duopoly electoral system. “It’s already happening,” said Flowers, an honorary co-chair of the Green Party’s presidential nominating convention, in August. “For the Jill Stein campaign, it’s just been astronomical. Donations are pouring in, along with volunteers, and social media has really taken off. To me, it’s very gratifying to see that people are not falling for this lesser evil argument that is presented every four years.”

Black Men for Bernie Activist Rejects Democrats

“I have no love relationship with the Democratic Party at this point, for sure,” said Bruce Carter, a former activist with Black Men for Bernie. Carter journeyed to Philadelphia for the Democratic convention – but not to cheer for Hillary. “We want to make sure that people understand that, if there’s going to be a true level of change, it has to come from within communities and the people on the ground”

Brazil’s Coup Government Targets Blacks, Natives, Women, Poor

At about the same time in mid-August, the Olympic Games and the impeachment trial of elected president Dilma Rousseff will begin, in Brazil. The leaders of the so-called “soft coup” against the Workers Party leader have moved quickly to “transform the main institutions in the country, including ministries of human rights and racial equality, women, agricultural development, communications, and culture,” said Maria Luisa Mendonca, director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights and a professor of international relations at the University of Rio de Janeiro. “We see an increasing repression against social movements, and against indigenous people that are mobilizing in defense of their land,” said Mendonca.

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Ready Or Not, the Black Movement Enters a New Stage

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Black youth in the U.S. have crossed a kind of Rubicon, and the rulers are fearful — and so are their henchmen in the Black Misleadership Class. “When a Black beauty queen calls Micah Johnson ‘a martyr,’ we know that the movement’s values have been internalized by a broad strata of the Black public.” Both wings of the duopoly are issuing dark threats of repression — a clear sign that those in power feel genuinely threatened.

Blowback: Does the US Military Incubate Brutal, Abusive Cops Along With Their Deranged, Disconnected Shooters?

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

Malicious authoritarians in both parties peddle fantasies connecting Black Lives Matter and the broad movement of millions against police immunity and impunity for violent acts against civilians with the deranged shooters of cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The connection they won’t talk about is that both the shooters and many violent and abusive police first practiced their trade in the twisted and deranged world of the US military.

 
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Freedom Rider: Gavin Long’s Last Words

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

So-called “responsible” Black folks may dismiss the young Black veteran gunmen of Dallas and Baton Rouge as deranged, but who are really “the crazy ones” – those who believe the racist system will change under the pressure of peaceful protest, or those, like Gavin Long, who maintain that revolutions are won “through fighting back through bloodshed”? Black folks will have to wrestle with this question without interference from corporate voices.

Hillary and Bill Clinton: Specialists in Black Misery, Foreign and Domestic

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In the 1990s the Clinton Power Couple destroyed welfare as we knew it and threw millions of poor people to the wolves, while imprisoning more Blacks than any previous administration in history. In Haiti, the Clintons rigged elections and preached that poverty is a competitive advantage. So, how in Hell did these two world class racists get a reputation as friends of Black people?

 
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Thanks, Mama Harriet

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

The finest young people of every era are always those most impatient with injustice. It is they who are the heirs of Harriet Tubman and the maroon leader Zumbi dos Palmares. On our behalf, the poet acknowledges them.

Micah Xavier Johnson and Gavin Long: Seventeen Reasons

by Paul Street

After having for centuries treated Black people, especially young Black men, as existential dangers to the (white) nation, U.S. rulers act surprised that the day of the Black American Sniper has dawned. There’s nothing complex about Gavin Long and Micah Johnson’s actions. They wanted to “exact Black revenge on, and to set limits to, racist police violence.” If racist police violence continues, expect similar responses.

AFRICOM: Ready to Sabotage the Revolution

by Mark P. Fancher

The U.S. Military Command in Africa, AFRICOM, is the West’s standing army on the continent, guardian of multinational corporations and the natural and human resources that keep the North America and Europe on top. AFRICOM claims its mission is “anti-terrorism” – a catch-all, “convenient excuse for AFRICOM to interfere with legitimate efforts to achieve African self-determination.”

“Black-on-Black Violence”: Red-Herrings and Mass Gaslighting

by Ken Peeples

In the U.S., homicide is largely segregated by race – except when police are involved. But “white-on-white violence is almost never discussed,” despite the fact that most mass killings involve white perpetrators and mainly white victims. There is a very important difference between intra-Black homicide and police killings of Blacks: “When Black people kill Black people, they go to jail.  This rarely happens with police officers.”

The “Fundamentalism” in Police Operations

by Steve Martinot

Police thinking resembles the circular reasoning of religious zealotry. “Against the pretense of an equality of persons, or equality of races, or a diversity of cultures, the police counterpose the law, but a law that has become the police as a law unto themselves through their impunity.” They command and control the rest of us. In cities and counties, “the police are a more powerful political organization than civilian government.”

Obama and Clinton Collude to Ram TPP through Lame Duck Congress

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by Ann Garrison and John Banister

Barack Obama may get one last chance to arrive at a “Grand Bargain” with the Republicans, in the lame duck session of Congress following the November election. That’s when he might push a vote for his Trans Pacific Partnership corporate rights legislation, which is strong in the GOP but weak with Democrats. Bill Clinton, Obama’s political mentor, showed the way when he rammed through NAFTA against the wishes of his own party, a generation ago.

Why the Rich Must be Expropriated

by Colin Jenkins

From the very beginning of the system, "racialized chattel slaves were the capital that made capitalism." The author traces the origins of the present day imperialist order, and concludes that “all personal wealth in the world has been built on a foundation of murder, extortion, exploitation, theft, illegal banking and debt schemes, colonialism, racism, slavery, and various artificial systems of hierarchy.”

Shantytown Dwellers Fight for Their Humanity in South Africa

by S'bu Zikode 

In South Africa, as elsewhere in the industrialized world, the jobs and amenities of life are in the cities. For more than a decade, Abahlali baseMjondolo, which means “shack dwellers” in Zulu, has fought for the human rights of the urban poor, despite often murderous repression by the ruling ANC government. “We saw the forced removals as a new kind of segregation, this time taking impoverished people out of the cities,” writes the author.

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