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    Homage to the Freedom-Fighting Freeman Bros

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    The Freedom-fighting Freeman Bros are Heroes, now, just as they were back then,
    Stellar, like the Nicholas Bros to tap dancing
    The Alou, Alomar and knuckle-balling
    Niekro and 3rd base Boyer Bros to baseball
    Like the Heath, Marsalis and Jones Bros to Jazz

    “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”—Ashanti Proverb

    Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

    by Bill Quigley 

    The “unseen hand” of neo-liberal capitalism has swept millions into the streets of the United States, where authorities seek to render homelessness, itself, unseen. Below are some essential facts about the legions of Americans whose right to shelter is unfulfilled.

    On October 15, the United Nations Will Fail Haiti Once AgainOn October 15, the United Nations Will Fail Haiti Once Again

    by Kevin Edmonds and Ajamu Nangwaya

    MINUSTAH’s “record of engaging in acts of extrajudicial murder, sexual assault, suppressing peaceful political protests, undermining democracy and introducing cholera into Haiti are more than enough grounds to revoke its mandate.” However, the chances that the UN Security Council will withdraw the “peacekeeper’s” mandate, are slim. The imperial powers oppose the very concept the Haitian sovereignty.

    Critical Times: The Boston School Bus Drivers and the Necessity of Political Education

    by Danny Haiphong

    A courageous, overwhelmingly non-white bus drivers union is locked in struggle with the multinational Veolia corporation, a classic plunderer whose goal is to “dismember the most radical union in the city.” USW Local 8751 not only fights for children’s safety and a decent wage, “the leadership has fought for the self-determination of oppressed people all over the globe since the union's inception.”

    Brothers and Sisters and ISIS

    by Rev Reynard N. Blake, Jr.

    Black folks don’t worry about ISIS, writes the author. But,
    “Black folk do have something to fear
    Their local police forces
    From Manhattan to Staten
    Or, in Ferguson, Missouri
    Misery in Missouri.”

    Africans Should Demand That US Do All It Can to Rid West Africa of Ebola

    by Mel Reeves

    Until Ebola appeared in dense population centers, the West treated African outbreaks “like small forest fires,” hoping the virus would burn itself out. “I can’t imagine that an outbreak of a deadly virus in the West would be met with the response: Oh, we will simply let it run its course and contain those who have it.” We must demand a cure and immediate aid to those afflicted, paid for by those countries that have grown rich off Africa.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/13/14

    “Baby Doc” is Dead, But Duvalierism Lives On in Haiti Regime

    Haiti’s elite flocked to the funeral of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier who, along with father “Papa Doc” killed probably 20,000 people, terrorized the entire population and stole half a billion dollars over a period of two generations. Duvalier died of a heart attack at age 63, “but there are many others who were involved in the actual torture and arrests and stealing who supported that brutal system,” said Brian Concannon, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. “The Duvalierist system has in many ways comes back” with the current government of Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, who was closing associated with “Baby Doc’s” terror network.

    BBC Film Implicates Rwanda’s Kagame in Assassination of Two Presidents

    A recently release BBC documentary shows that Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame’s rebel forces shot down the airplane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, in 1994, setting the stage for mass killings. “Kagame’s complicity has been known for many years by the U.S. and the UN,” said Peter Erlinder, an international lawyer who has defended Kagame’s opponents and was himself jailed by the regime for questioning the prevailing narrative, that Kagame halted the Rwandan genocide. Once in power, Kagame’s forces invaded neighboring Congo, igniting yet another genocide that has killed six million people.

    Mumia Addresses Goddard College Grads

    In 1996, while still on Pennsylvania’s death row, Mumia Abu Jamal earned his bachelor’s degree from Vermont’s Goddard College. “Goddard allowed me to really study what interested and moved me: revolutionary movements,” the nation’s best known political prisoner told the college’s graduating class. Police organizations across the country fought furiously to prevent Abu Jamal from making the commencement speech, in which he advised students to “take what you know and apply it in the real world. Help be the change you’re seeking to make.”

    New Film on 1898 Wilmington Massacre

    The last vestiges of post-Civil War Reconstruction died in the flames and carnage of Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1898, when white supremacists mounted a military assault on the city’s alliance of Black Republicans and white Populists. Hundreds of Blacks may have died, half the Black population left the city, and the last Black Reconstruction congressman fled the state. Christopher Everett hopes to complete Wilmington on Fire, his new film on these historical events, by December. He said racist Democrats carried out the massacre “to put out a signal to the rest of North Carolina that, if they can take over Wilmington, the whole state will follow.”

    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Click here to download the show. Length: One hour.

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    Germany Just Made College Tuition Free? Why Won't Our Black Political Class Fight For Free Tuition Here?

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Germany just made college tuition free for everybody including foreign students! Free tuition here would cost about $62 billion, roughly what the US govt already spends on loans, grants and subsidies of all kinds. Black leaders preach education will lift us up, but they won't pick a fight or lead a movement to make higher education a right instead of a debt sentence.

    VP Joe Biden Accidentally Tells A Little of the Awful Truth

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Vice President Joe Biden was forced to apologize to Arab emirs and kings for blaming them for arming and funding the Islamic State. He neglected to mention his own boss’s complicity. “Biden spoke from a state of deep denial, a visceral refusal to accept that the United States is no longer capable of controlling the chaos it has inflicted on the Middle East.”

    Freedom Rider: The Real Ebola Conspiracy

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    It would be redundant for the U.S. to “weaponize” Ebola in order to kill Africans. “The monetary and foreign policies they already have do that quite well,” resulting in the violent slaughter of millions, mortality in the tens of millions from well known diseases, and the routine theft of the continent’s resources. “That is enough conspiracy for anyone to follow without inventing tales of government plots.”

    After Ferguson: It's a New Day. Join the Black Agenda Report Team at NYC's Riverside Church Oct 24, or Support Black Agenda Report With a Donation

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    There have never been this many black faces in high places, or this many black bodies in prison. There's never been this amount of wealth stripped from black families, this many black youth growing up in poverty and a large part of the process happened and is still happening under a black president.

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    There Will be a Reckoning, from Ferguson to Gaza

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The drama in Ferguson raised – once again – fundamental questions about the Black condition in the United States, questions that must be wrestled with whether a grand jury indicts the white cop in the Michael Brown killing, or not. World events also demand that African Americans find their place in the global struggle now underway.

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    Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans

    by Ajamu Baraka

    “If Congress can give unanimous consent to the murder of more than 2,000 people in Gaza, the majority of them women and children, why would anyone think that those same people would really care about a few hundred African Americans who are being murdered annually by police forces?” U.S. rulers care no more for African American lives than for the “natives” it slaughters in its endless foreign wars.

    Nutty Professor Dyson’s Ridiculous Apology for Eric Holder

    by Paul Street

    Shameless Obama apologist Michael Eric Dyson claims it was too politically dangerous for a Black attorney general to prosecute white Wall Street executives. “But the basic Too Big to Prosecute idea was clearly in Holder’s head long before Dyson’s ‘racial realpolitik’ might have come into play. Holder put forth the doctrine of executive immunity when he worked for Bill Clinton. “Running dog Dyson is barking up the wrong bourgeois tree.”

    Porcine Doctrine

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Breathe
    Relax
    Aim
    Sight
    Squeeze

    Off bulls eyes on ‘suspects’ backs
    ’10 rings’ in ‘suspects’ chests
    Off bulls eyes on ‘suspects’ backs
    ’10 rings’ in ‘suspects’ chests

    Strangling the Axis of Resistance: Corporate Media Bashes Venezuela’s Maduro to get to Syria

    by Danny Haiphong

    The U.S. corporate press has stepped up its attacks on Venezuela, which is due to take a seat on the UN Security Council, next year. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro opposes the U.S. proxy war against Syria, insisting that only an alliance that respects Syria and Iraq “can truly defeat...all of the terrorist forces that have emerged like a Frankenstein, a monster nursed by the West itself."

    Kagame, the War Criminal: BBC Documentary Questions Popular Narrative of Rwanda's Calamity

    by Peter Erlinder

    The United States and Britain have for 20 years covered up the true story of the genocide in Rwanda. Finally, a BBC documentary shows how Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame assassinated two Presidents and massacred hundreds of thousands to seize power, and then invaded and looted the neighboring Congo, causing millions more to die – all with the complicity of the U.S. and UK.

    Eritrea: Doing Mining Right in Africa

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    Tiny Eritrea, which won a long war of independence from Ethiopia, has incurred Washington’s wrath because of its refusal to become trapped in western military and financial entanglements. Among the slanders is that Eritrea uses slave labor in its gold mines. The author asked people who work in the mines “if they ever considered themselves to be ‘slave labor’? They were rather insulted.”

    Rocketship to Profits: The Super-Rich Shape Education in Their Own Image

    by David Bacon

    The mega-profiteers of Silicon Valley market a privatized brand of education that “is predicated on paying minimal attention to anything but math and literacy, and even those subjects are taught by inexperienced teachers carrying out data-driven lesson plans relentlessly focused on test preparation.” Education must become a business, they say: "If you want to cure – really cure – a problem in society, you need to come up with a sustainable solution, and that means making money."

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/06/14

    New Youth Party Demands West Finance Ebola Fight

    Events in Ferguson, Missouri, have inspired formation of “an alternative party of young people of color” in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In its first major demonstration, set for October 16, the Young people’s Freedom and Justice Party is “demanding that the U.S. government and the western world provide the funding for drugs for treatment” of Ebola “and that they move with all deliberate speed,” said Sara Osman, one of the organizers. The party is comprised of college and high school students as well as youths who are not in school.

    Black Is Back Coalition to March on White House November 1

    In November, 2009, President Obama’s first year in office, the newly formed Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations held its first rally and march on the White House. “I think, five years later, even the most die-hard Obamites would have a serious problem trying to ignore the criminality of this regime, or to separate what the United States government is doing under Obama from anything it’s done under George W. Bush or any of the other criminals who have occupied that office,” said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. The Coalition holds a rally and march on the White House on November 1, followed by a teach-in at Howard University the next day under the theme “Peace Through Revolution.”

    U.S. Intelligence Agencies Were Aware of ISIS’s Plans

    Far from being in the dark about ISIS’s capabilities and goals, the CIA was well aware of the jihadist’s plans to attack the Iraqi city of Mosul and seize much of the country, according to journalist Nafeez Ahmed, author of the Guardian newspaper article “How the West Created the Islamic State.” The U.S., Britain and the Gulf oil monarchies were plotting regime change in Syria even before the outbreak of demonstrations against the government, in 2011. The same countries that have been “supporting and financing and manipulating” Islamist militants are now “being mobilized to fight the very enemy they created,” said Ahmed, author of Zero Point, a novel that actually predicted the events now unfolding in Iraq.

    Washington’s Incessant Lies

    U.S. foreign policy seems full of contradictions because “they are at war with the world and have to constantly hide their aims and their goals, and can turn on the very forces that they create,” said Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center. But, said Flounders, “what they’re telling the people of the world is always a lie. Always.”

    Rally Makes Connection Between African American and Palestinian Struggles

    On October 11, hundreds will gather at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabbaz Center, in Harlem, to affirm their solidarity with Palestinians under the Israeli apartheid regime. “The World Stands with Palestine” rally will highlight parallels in the plight of Blacks in the U.S. and Palestinians under occupation. The Center is housed on the site of Malcolm X’s assassination, in 1965. “Malcolm would have been an African internationalist,” said hip hop artist and activist M-1. “To have the rally in the former Audubon Ballroom completes the cycle.”

    Black Politicians Silent and Ineffectual: Throw Them Out

    One looks at the images from Ferguson “and sees in an instant that there is a war against Black people,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. What are Black politicians doing? “Many, if not most, have been silent,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. “A new, militant, responsive politics must arise, built by the young who are clear-eyed and committed.”

    Detroit: Water Cut-Offs Lead to Evictions

    Pastor Ray Anderson, of the House of Help church and community center, joined with the grassroots Water Brigade to halt the water cut-offs that have affected hundreds of thousands. Before long, the city cut off the House of Help’s water, too. “A lot of people are losing their homes when their house goes into foreclosure because of the water bill,” said Pastor Anderson. “I believe it’s a God-given right for us to have water,” especially since Detroit sits on the Great Lakes, the greatest reservoir of fresh water in the world.

    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Click here to download the show. Length: One hour.

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    Eric Holder’s Damnable Legacy: Impunity for the Rich and the Death of Due Process

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    “Eric Holder and his boss have done incalculable damage to the life prospects of Black people.” Nevertheless, African Americans are eager to give high marks to a man who has demolished due process and the rule of law and given the white filthy rich impunity from prosecution. Holder has also “helped set the stage for a new wave of assaults on urban Blacks and their electoral rights as a class” through his assent to disenfranchisement of Detroit.

    Eric Holder: Like the Rest of the Black Political Class – Powerful But Powerless When It Comes to Black Interests

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The fulsome praise heaped upon Eric Holder at the announcement of his impending resignation is fake history. Some of it exposes the contradiction between the black political class's alleged mission to represent the black masses and its actual practice which is another thing entirely. And some of it is just plain self-serving silliness.

    Freedom Rider: Good Riddance to Eric Holder

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Blacks and very fuzzy liberals magnify outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s modest, mainly verbal, accomplishments while apologizing for his monstrous crimes against civilization and the rule of law. “The only thing more noteworthy than the horror of the president proclaiming his right to kill at will was the lack of reaction to the attorney general’s bizarre assertion” that due process does not require access to the courts.

    US Headed For “China Syndrome” Meltdown in Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    America’s crimes, and its failures, are uniformly described as “mistakes” – so as not to tarnish the national mythology with the truth. However, contrary to President Obama’s assertions, the U.S. “mistake” in Syria was not to “underestimate” ISIS, but the CIA’s failure to control its own jihadists. The result is “a China-Syndrome of holy war that has left Washington’s regime-change-by-proxy scheme in ashes.”

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    Code Black Alert: The Execution of John Crawford III – Killer Cops are Back on the Street

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    In 21st century America, cops kill Black people with both impunity and sickening regularity. A Green County, Ohio, grand jury recently issued a Kill-a-Black-Man-for-Free card to the officers who shot 22-year-old John Crawford III without warning at a Wal-Mart. “The question is, When have European-Americans not found it ‘reasonable’ to kill black folks?”

    Stop the Political Persecution of Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas Once and for All

    by Danny Glover

    In a case that “reeks of political persecution,” the U.S.-backed regime in Haiti holds Jean Bertrand Aristide, the country’s only popularly elected president, under house arrest. The curtailment of Aristide’s movements is part of parcel of the denial of basic democracy to Haiti’s people since the 2004 coup, first enforced at the point of U.S. Marine bayonets, and now backed by “peacekeepers” of the United Nations.

    My Wise Country Cousin on Hate Speech

    My Wise Country Cousin on Hate Speech:

    by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

    The Commander-in-Chief’s *Annual NASA
    Umph, umph, umph, de hate speech de Commanduh preach
    Soun’ lak, feel lak finguh nails on a chalkbowd, dat screech
    ‘Bout toxic as anything Dr Gobbuls an’ ol’ Striker teach—
    Lak WHITE fosforus providin’ cover, so de 1% can leech
    Puttin’ Dr Martha Lutha Kang’s dream waaay outta reach
    Commnaduh gibbin’ his Annyule Nigga Ain’t Shit Speech!

    The Sharpton-ization of American Imperialism: Obama Administration's DOJ to Train "Community Leaders" to be Snitches for Empire

    by Danny Haiphong

    The U.S. government has finally invented a national “snitch” program big enough to encompass the treachery of Al Sharpton. Under the new program, “community leaders” are taught to identify and rat-out radicals in their midst – a task for which Sharpton serves as the perfect role model. “Sharpton is committed to defusing potential Black rebellion on behalf of the Obama Administration.”

    South Africa’s Unfinished Revolution

    A Review by Benjamin Woods

    Nelson Mandela’s rise South Africa’s presidency did not constitute a revolution, but simply a transition to nominal Black electoral political power. A new party promises to make good on the promises of the Freedom Charter, through socialism. “Even the red uniform of the EFF with matching berets is a nod to historic and contemporary revolutions such as in Venezuela.”

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 9/29/14

    No Indictment in Cop Killing of John Crawford III at Wal-Mart

    Student leaders in Ohio plan further mobilizations in the wake of the failure of a Green County, Ohio, grand jury to indict the police who shot 22-year-old John Crawford III, on August 5. Crawford was killed while talking on his cell phone and handling a toy air rifle on display at the store. “I’m a direct reflection of John Crawford,” said Jovan Webster, of the Ohio Student Association. “I’m around the same age, same color, same culture. Me holding a candy bar is threatening in America.”

    Change of Mayor in New York, but No Change in Police Behavior

    Statistics show that New York City police arrested virtually the same number of Black and brown people on petty “quality of life” charges in 2014 as during the previous year, despite the intervening election of “liberal” mayor Bill de Blasio. “The current NYPD is continuing the same harsh, aggressive ‘broken windows’ type of policing that characterized the [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg years,” said Robert Gangi, executive director of the Police Reform Organizing Project.

    Bias Against Black Women and Girls Not a Priority

    A new study released by the National Women’s Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund says more attention needs to be paid to specific bias against Black females. The report is titled “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity.” According to the law center’s Fatima Goss Graves, “the suspension rate for African American girls is around 12 percent, which is far higher than any other group of girls and higher than most groups of boys.” Black women are the only major group for whom joblessness has not declined, and 43 percent of Black women without a high school diploma live in poverty.

    Palestine and Ferguson: The Parallels of Oppression

    The Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Center, formerly the Audubon Ballroom, hosts “The World Stands with Palestine” rally on October 11, in New York’s Harlem. “There are so many parallels” between the plight of the Palestinian people and the oppression of Blacks in the U.S., said Dr. Robyn Spencer, professor of history at Lehman College and an organizer of the rally. “The reality of occupation; economic underdevelopment of Palestinian territories; the ways in which daily life is militarized; the cultural appropriation – the parallels are really strong,” said Dr. Spencer. The lineup includes Mumia Abu Jamal, Rebel Diaz and a host of other speakers and cultural icons.

    Don’t Cheer Obama Just Because You Hate ISIS

    Speaking to a teleconference of UNAC, the United National Anti-War Coalition, activist academic Dr. Vijay Prashad said peace forces must challenge those who think “imperialism is a hammer that can be used for the purposes of the Left.” The same argument was made in 2011, when the U.S. and its allies bombed the government of Muammar Gaddafi out of existence, resulting in disaster for the people of Libya, said Prashad, a professor of history and international relations at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Obama Displays Phenomenal “Chutzpah” at UN

    Paul Street, the author and activist who has followed Barack Obama’s career since the early days in Chicago, says the president reached new heights of hypocrisy and “chutzpah” at the United Nations, last week. Obama claims to be “outraged at the brutality of ISIS,” said Street, but the U.S. “killed 500,000 Iraqi children through economic sanctions in the 1990s.” The president cites ISIS’s “Network of Death,” but “the U.S. maintains more than 1,000 military installations across more than 100 sovereign nations. Is that not a ‘Network of Death?’” Street is author of The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power.

    Mumia: The U.S. is the Architect of Destruction

    Everything Washington touches turns to chaos and death, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. Libya and Iraq “are horrific examples of U.S. interventions that have plunged both societies into deadly hell-scapes,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. Obama’s war in Syria promises more suffering for the country’s people, who Washington treats as “collateral damage.”

    Atlanta Hosts Celebration of Rwanda’s Criminal Regime

    “Rwanda Day” – a public relations event showcasing an economy fueled by the systematic plundering of neighboring Congo’s resources and the slaughter of six million Congolese – was nevertheless a popular destination for some Black American notables, who registered their approval of Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame. The warlord’s regime has amassed lots of loot, said Black Agenda Report managing editor Bruce Dixon, and the Black political class “wants a cut.”

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