Freedom Rider: Rich Countries Subvert Climate Change Talks

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The recent Paris talks on climate change failed utterly to slow the planetary slide towards extinction. The human-induced heat wave will continue to build. President Obama and other world leaders “say they want to reverse fossil fuel emissions and yet they agreed to what amounts to a 3 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase.”

Why African Americans Should Stand with Muslims and Arabs

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The methods of repression that are now directed against Muslims and Arabs in the United States were developed to oppress Black Americans and will return tomorrow “when the state and public opinion turns against the latest expressions of black opposition popularly characterized as the black lives matter movement.” For collective self-interest and in the spirit of the Black Radical Tradition, Blacks should reach out to Arabs and Muslims and “share with them our experiences surviving racial totalitarianism.”

Venezuela's Election Results Hold Global Significance

by Danny Haiphong

The stunning defeat of the Socialist Party in Venezuela is a threat to leftist governments and movements around the world, especially in Latin America. “The oligarchy would undoubtedly move to dissolve the ties of solidarity the Bolivarian movement has institutionalized with Palestine, Haiti, China, and numerous African nations.” Hugo Chavez’s party “will have to return to the streets to defend the movement's gains and move forward with the objectives of the revolution.”

Rotten Orchards Givin’ Apples a Bad Name

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Rotten apples aren't unique, points out our poet, and ain't caused by bad barrels. The rot's at the root, and roots run deep and true...

Assessing Venezuela’s Elections: The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent

by Eric Draitser

The unthinkable happened in Venezuela this month: Hugo Chavez’s party was decisively defeated in legislative elections. “The wealthy and middle class neighborhoods of Caracas erupted in cheers and celebrations, while the poor and working class sections of the city seemingly went silent.” The right wing could not have won without votes from disaffected poor Venezuelans, who “want socialism and the Bolivarian Revolution, they simply want it to be improved.”

Big Business, Big Guns and Big Lies in Africa

by Mark P. Fancher

Africa has been invaded and re-occupied, militarily and commercially. “Non-African superpowers are competing for and staking claims to Africa’s resources while Africans look on with helpless resignation.” The U.S. military holds sway from the Cape to Cairo. But, “in the 21st Century ‘scramble for Africa’ China leads the race.”

Democracy Denied: US Turning Haiti into Another Vassal State

by Cynthia McKinney

The goal of U.S. imperialism is to subordinate all other nations to the demands of capitalists, often destroying those nations in the process. U.S. foreign policy is deemed “successful” when the targeted nations and peoples are stripped of every vestige of national sovereignty – every possibility of self-determination. By this standard, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was very successful in Haiti.

The Dangerous Game of Identity Politics: How the Black Community Continues to Vote Against Their Interests

by Solomon Comissiong

Far too many Black folks will vote for their worst enemy, if he or she looks like them. That’s why identity politics, which masquerades as a Black Power strategy, winds up disempowering African Americans every election cycle. Identity politics makes Black people politically passive. “The African/black folks that voted for Obama made no demands, nor did they present Obama with any kind of agenda regarding their concerns.”

Dyson's “Yes She Can” Is Another Lazy, Shameless Official Spokesnegro Audition Tape

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

You'd think a “Yes She Can” piece about Hillary Clinton from a supposed black “public intellectual” would explain what and how she might do and why we should support her. You'd be wrong. That might be the job of an Official Spokenegro, but Michael Eric Dyson hasn't landed that post with the Clinton administration yet. “Yes She Can” isn't talking to black people, it's aimed at flattering Dyson's prospective bosses in the Clinton camp.

 
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Freedom Rider: Syria and World War

Freedom Rider: Syria and World War

by BAR Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

Boundless American greed, warlike hubris and imperial muscle flexing are at the bottom of the wave of regfugees fleeing sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, at the roots of genocidal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, and behind the simmering crisis in Ukraine.  For the world's only superpower there seem to be no limits, no counting of costs or consequences

Chicago: Another Department of Justice Investigation?

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

Deja vu all over again?  The announcement of a pending Justice Department investigation of the Chicago Police Department, Dr. Coleman-Abedayo notes, should provoke yawns at best, and at worst outright suspicion of pending whitewash.  It's hard to believe an attorney general with such close ties to police unions that the national chair of the FOP and Rudi Guliani campaigned for her Senate approval, will find much wrong with cops in Cleveland, Chicago or anywhere else "under investigation".

Slutty Professor Strikes Again!

Slutty Professor Strikes Again!

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Ronald Reagan once called the presidencey "the role of a lifetime." The current occupant of the White House has proven that he is no slouch either at role playing and reinventing himself as he goes along...

COP 21 in Paris: No Climate Reparations, No Economic Retooling, Militarization and Business As Usual

by The Real News Network

Even before the recent killings in Paris, reports Kali Akuno, the Un Conference on Climate Change in Paris was calculated to ignore input from civil society. President Obama declared there would be no climate reparations, no massive retooling of economies, nothing but business as usual.

Dyson Sings a Song for Hilary Clinton, Exploits the Black Lives Matter Movement

by Danny Haiphong

If the presidency of Bill Clinton brought black America “bad policy” reasons Michael Eric Dyson, and that of Barack Obama brought “no policy”, then certainly a Hillary Clinto presidency will yield “good policies” for black America. That's about as deep and detailed as Dyson bothers to get in “Yes She Can”, his latest wet kiss to Hillary's camp.

Causes and Consequences of the Socialist Loss at the Polls in Venezuela

Causes and Consequences of the Socialist Loss at the Polls in Venezuela

by Tamara Pearson, Telesur English

The US-backed opposition to Venezuela's Sociaist Party swept the December 6 elections, achieving a two thirds supermajority in that nation's legislature.  

AFRICOM: America's Empire of Military Bases in Africa

AFRICOM: America's Empire of Military Bases in Africa

by Nick Turse

The Pentagon claims to have only a single US military base on the African continent.  This is an outright lie.  the number of US military installations, training missions, military exercises and deployments on the African continent has soared in recent years under the Obama administration, and the Pentagon has taken active measures to conceal the depth and breadth of its African activities.  

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.”

 
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