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    ISIS Iraq Offensive: Can the Empire Reassert Control of the Jihadists?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    “How can the U.S. bomb ISIS jihadists in Iraq and not bomb them in Syria?” The contradictions of the West’s reliance on Muslim fundamentalist jihadis to do their dirty work have become acute with the ISIS blitzkrieg in Iraq. Despite its vast weaponry, the U.S. cannot control events on the ground if their jihadist gunmen pursue their own objectives, which are ultimately antithetical to imperialism.

    Freedom Rider: America’s War Crime in Iraq

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    For the people of the Middle East, the American war never ended; it continued under the brutal, U.S.-backed jihadists who ravaged Syria, and have struck at Iraq with a vengeance. In the United States, George Bush gets the blame for the Iraq War while the First Black President reignites the region with his proxy wars and apocalyptic threats. “Imperialism is still on the move and now has a more shrewd personification in the person of Barack Obama.”

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, Blackwashing, the Reparations Brand, and a Last Refuge For Scoundrels

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

    No sensible person should doubt the fundamental justice of arguments for reparations for the historic crimes of slavery, Jim Crow, and today's prison state. Accomplishing reparations would require a massive political realignment. But is reparations today a political movement, or is it an empty brand available for African American public figures in need of a little blackwashing?

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    U.S. Funds “Terror Studies” to Dissect and Neutralize Social Movements

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Since the meltdown of 2008, U.S. universities have collaborated with the Pentagon to study dynamics of social movements, worldwide. The goal of “terrorism studies” is “to find possible vectors of resistance, which are to be identified and eradicated, like a disease.” The Minerva Initiative, like NSA spying, sees the entire planet as “enemy territory.”

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    We've Got Their Number: U.S. Discrimination Penalty Bill is $1 Billion and Counting - Part Two

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    Rather than crack down on discrimination and illegal retaliation, the U.S. government spends megabucks to silence complaints. “Upwards of $1 billion have been doled out by federal agencies in settlement and judgment costs for discrimination lawsuits since the No FEAR Act went into effect in 2002.” In effect, the Feds are protecting the bad guys. “The sanctions built into the No FEAR Act are not significant enough to affect the widespread discrimination, retaliation or abuse of federal employees.” It’s time for No FEAR II.

    Making the Case for an Election Boycott: Why the Left Should Refrain from US Imperialism's Electoral Charade

    by Danny Haiphong

    The left should not participate in, “and thus provide consent for, the rule of imperialism every four years.” Say “No” to the charade. “Barack Obama's two-term presidency has been a lesson for the entire left that voting for a Wall Street politician within the imperialist state can only bring more misery and political confusion, not less.”

    Paul Kagame’s Rwanda Murder Inc.

    by Theogene Rudasingwa

    Washington’s go-to warlord in Africa, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has turned his country’s embassies into nests of assassins, targeting dissidents around the globe. His foreign and domestic policies are “founded on the premise that opponents, whether heads of state or ordinary citizens, must die or be jailed.”

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 6/16/14

    Nation’s First All-Charter School System Restores Segregation

    The last conventional public school in the New Orleans Recovery District closed last month, a harbinger of what may be in store in systems across the country. “Apparently, this model means taking education out of the public realm and putting it into the hands of private, non-profit boards and for-profit corporations,” said Karran Harper Royal, a parent advocate with the city’s Coalition for Community Schools, one of several groups that have filed a civil rights suit against the district and the Louisiana Board of Education. “It seems that white kids are disproportionately taking up the seats in the A- and B-rated schools,” while Black children are clustered in failing schools, said Ms. Harper Royal. “After all these years, we’re back in a segregated school system, only now it is also along class lines.”

    Haiti Activists Urge Rejection of Both Congressional Candidates in Harlem

    Incumbent Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel and his main challenger, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, are both guilty of supporting “apartheid” policies against Dominicans of Haitian descent, charged demonstrators outside a televised campaign debate. Under a law passed by the Dominican Republic and endorsed by Rangel and Espaillat, less than 10 percent of 200,000-plus people with roots in Haiti will quality for Dominican citizenship, even though most have never set foot outside the country and speak only Spanish. Daoud Andre, a Haitian community activist, called on Harlemites “not to vote for either of these supporters of apartheid,” and for “people of conscience around the world to boycott Dominican products and services,” including tourism.

    Black Is Back Coalition: Obama “Worse Than Bush”

    Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, said Barack Obama has been “worse than Bush” for Black people, and for the cause of peace. “Bush couldn’t have gotten away with the things Obama did without some kind of response” from the Black community,” said Yeshitela. Obama “has neutralized so many forces, taken them out of action. It wasn’t understood that part of Obama’s function was to act as a cover for white power and for imperialism. He’s escalated war, he’s signed off on assassinations, and he’s done it with a neutralized Black community.” The Black Is Back Coalition holds its annual international conference in Philadelphia, August 16-17.

    U.S. Pushes Russia and China into Closer Alliance

    Washington’s provocations are driving Russia, the world’s top energy exporter, and China, soon to be the world’s largest economy, into a deeper economic and political alliance, said Eric Draitser, of StopImperialism.org. “It would seem a self-defeating strategy,” said the independent political analyst. “But, the reality is that the United States doesn’t have control anymore. Obama and his blundering foreign policy have provided the impetus” for closer Sino-Russian collaboration, which can only increase with development of a “New Silk Road stretching from China all the way through Turkey and into Europe.”

    Mumia on the Passing of Ruby Dee

    Actress and activist Ruby Dee, who died at age 91, supported many radical causes and political prisoners, including Mumia Abu Jamal. “One would be hard pressed to find a role where she played anything less than the best of Black people,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. Ruby Dee and her late husband Ossie Davis’ “work was a theater of Black dignity, Black family and Black love.”

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    The White Right’s Impunity

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    If a thousand armed Blacks had gathered in one place, pointing rifles at federal officers, and two of them later cold-bloodedly assassinated policemen, the federal response would touch every Black neighborhood in America. But the armed white Right gets a pass. Racists are resources to those in power. “The national security state’s legitimacy is based on (white) mass fear and loathing of the Other.”

    Black Leadership Response to the Koch $25 Million “Gift” Should Be a Movement For Free College Tuition

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

    Seven generations after the founding of our first historically black colleges and universities, they are still dependent on the whims of white philanthropy, just begging smarter and/or harder. If black leaders won't pick the necessary fight and demand higher ed as a human right for everybody HBCUs will not survive the current crisis. Do they have the vision, the will, the courage? Do we?

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    Freedom Rider: Working Families Party Betrayal

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    As the Democrats bear steadily rightward, their so-called “progressive” camp followers do likewise. In New York, the Working Families Party endorses businessman’s champion Andrew Cuomo and, in Chicago, an SEIU local donates $25,000 of the members’ money to corporate mayor Rahm Emanuel. From compromise to collapse, the left-liberals and union careerists are on the road to oblivion.

    CA Supermax Prisoners Win Right To Sue As A Class Over Torture, Decades-Long Solitary

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The state of California may soon have to defend the indefensible. A federal judge has allowed inmates at the dreaded Pelican Bay supermax prison to challenge the constitutionality of decades-long terms of solitary confinement. The state will be compelled to prove that it is not in the business of mass torture.

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    Act NOW! Obama FCC "Fast Lane Internet" Proposals Are The End of the Open Internet

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The pending “internet fast lane” proposal advanced by President Obama's FCC chairman and telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler isn't the end of the world, but it is the end of the internet as we know it. The FCC's proposal establishes the legal right of telecom monopolies to apply “market-based” charges for any kind of internet service they choose, for any reason they might invent.

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    U.S. Discrimination Penalty Bill is $1 Billion and Counting: We've Got Their Number

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    The U.S. would rather pay victims $1 billion in settlements, than root out racism in the federal government. That’s the first of what will be many revelations to ExposeFacts.org, “an electronic alternative for whistleblowers to disclose information important for public safety without exposing themselves to government reprisals.”

    The Prospects and Problems of 21st Century Socialism in the US

    by Danny Haiphong

    Socialism is by no means dead, except in the minds of much of what passes for the Left in the West. Socialists are struggling to overcome capitalist relations of power in various places around the world. “Radicals would benefit much from studying the cooperative economic and political structures of the Bolivarian process.”

    Race, Class and the World Cup in Brazil

    by Mike LaSusa

    The Brazilian government and big business wanted the World Cup very badly. But the people wanted better public services – especially the majority that identify as non-white. “Government studies have shown that people who identify as black or brown make incomes that are less than half those of their white counterparts and they are much more likely to lack access to basic services like security, education, healthcare and sanitation.”

    The Menace of Boko Haram and Fundamentalism in Nigeria

    by Horace G. Campbell

    The hardline military approach to Boko Haram by the Nigerian government is inadequate. Boko Haram's challenge has economic, political and social dimensions that government ignores to the detriment of Nigerians. All progressive forces will now have to wade in to oppose both Boko Haram and the states that provide the enabling conditions for the growth of terror elements.

    HBO's John Oliver Explains Obama FCC's Internet "Fast Lanes"

    HBO's John Oliver Explains Obama FCC's Internet "Fast Lanes" VS Net Neutrality

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    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 6/9/14

    Black America and the Empire in Crisis

    Black Agenda Report at Left Forum

    President Obama “sounds more and more like Bush, who left office so unpopular that Republican marketing is still damaged by it,” said editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley at BAR’s Left Forum panel, “Black America and the Empire in Crisis.” In his West Point speech, Obama “told the world there will be no freedom, no democracy, no self-determination,” said Kimberley. “Any nation, any state, any people who try to make their own decisions is in danger of being crushed by the United States.”

    Internet’s Days are Numbered

    FCC proposals to allow “market” pricing for the Internet would smother Left political discourse. “The fast-lane, slow-lane thing will result in the total privatization of the Internet, restricting our ability to communicate with each other, forever,” said BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon. “If you think our conversation [on the Left] has no power, why are they going to all this trouble to shut it down?”

    Obama’s Most Effective Evil

    In one key arena, Barack Obama “has done more damage than any white president could possibly inflict,” said BAR executive editor Glen Ford. “He has caused Black people to behave like white people – or even worse than white people – on issues of war and peace.” Polls showed Blacks were more supportive than whites of Obama’s threats to bomb Syria, in 2013. When Obama is gone, “we will have to rebuild the Black consensus for peace all over again,” said Ford.

    A “Secure Drop” for Whistleblowers

    There’s a new and safer way to alert the public to government crimes, said Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, renowned whistleblower and BAR editor and columnist. “People are afraid to step forward, for fear of getting the Chelsea Manning life imprisonment response from the government,” she said. ExposeFacts.org has unveiled a “drop-box” system that is encrypted and anonymous. “We’re looking forward to people taking advantage of this opportunity to get the information out without having to put their neck on the guillotine,” said Coleman-Adebayo, who serves on the new organization’s advisory board.

    A Salute to General Baker

    General Gordon Baker Jr., the legendary co-founder of League of Revolutionary Black Workers, died in Detroit at the age 72. Black Agenda Radio co-host Nellie Bailey spoke with Cleo Silvers, an organizer under General Baker for most of the Seventies. “He taught us the importance of understanding the need for unity between all the sectors of the working class,” said Silvers. Racism was rampant in organized labor. “U.A.W. meant ‘You Ain’t White,’” Silvers remembered. “The U.A.W. didn’t take on the issues that were specifically related to the needs of the Black workers who were in those plants, who were becoming a majority in Detroit.”

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    Black Lobbyists, Black Legislators Leverage Their “Brands” For Banksters, Military Contractors, Corporate Interests

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    When black politics emanated from the streets, not the suites, it was a force against imperial war, for full employment, better housing and public education. But now, black politics is a hollowed out brand, an empty signifier deployed by black lobbyists and congresscreatures to cover whatever their corporate donors want, while the black political class ceaselessly celebrates the civil rights era to renew its own legitimacy.

    Molefi Asante’s Insane War on BAR and the Black Radical Tradition

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Molefi Asante, promoter of Systematic Nationalism, poses as the consummate Race Man but is in practice an agent of white corporate power. In fear of exposure for his backstabbing at Temple University, Asante has lashed out at the Black Radical Tradition and all its practitioners as “dupes” of white Marxists – an extraordinary assault on a great Black political legacy.

    Freedom Rider: Miners Shot Down

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    A new film, Miners Shot Down, shows in graphic detail the massacre of dozens of miners at Marikana, South Africa, in 2012. “Footage from the South African police shows the miners being penned in by barbwire, mowed down by a fusillade and the survivors being hunted down yet again.” The slaughter may mark the beginning of the end of a Black-led regime that sold out its people.

    Are We Passing the “Tipping Point” for Black Habitation in the Cities?

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The term “tipping point” used to be synonymous with white flight from the cities. Now that Blacks are being forced from high priced urban neighborhoods, what is the “tipping point” for maintaining the Black urban presence? “How many upscale, mostly white people does it take to make a neighborhood, and ultimately whole cities – like San Francisco – unaffordable and downright hostile to Black habitation?”

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    Elections in Syria: The People Say No to Foreign Intervention

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    After three years of a war financed, armed and manned by the U.S. and its allies, the Syrian people cast ballots wherever it was possible. The U.S. position is that Syria’s vote is illegitimate because of the conflict, but Ukraine’s elections are legitimate despite that country’s armed conflict. It is clear that the U.S. objective in Syria “is more death, more war and more chaos.”

     

    Thanks to the Congressional Black Caucus “Remy” from “House of Cards” is Real

    by Pascal Robert

    The truth is more evil than Netflix fiction. Staffers at the Congressional Black Caucus – doubtless mimicking the morals of their elected bosses – eventually formed their own mercenary lobbying structures to sell out the interests of African Americans. Their principal clients are “those same financial institutions and corporations that caused the Black community to be targeted during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.”

    Stephen A Smith: Lapdog for White Supremacy on the American Corporate Plantation

    by Danny Haiphong

    The white power structure in the U.S. controls the guns, money, communication media and levers of government. In a pinch, it can also call on the Black Misleadership Class, “America's neo-colonial elite that occupies a few privileged seats in Washington and corporate offices.” Stephen A. Smith is a soldier in white racism’s army.

    The Africa I want to see…

    by Ama Biney

    The author has a continental and global vision that demands fulfilling, an Africa that requires “a new mind-set for revolution.”

    Celebrating 35 years of Black Music Month

    by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali

    The Black Music Association was formed in 1979, but not all chapters supported the boycott of racist South Africa in the Seventies and Eighties. The Toronto and New York chapters shunned the racist regime.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 6/2/14

    Haiti: Ten Years Under Foreign Occupation

    This month marks the tenth year of the United Nations’ armed occupation of Haiti. The UN force, known as MINUSTAH, “was brought in to cover up an illegal coup d’etat against the democratically elected president, Jean Bertrand-Aristide, in 2004,” said Dr. Jemima Pierre, a professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. Even though there is no war in Haiti, “the strength of the force is greater now than when they first came,” increasing from 6,500 uniformed personnel to 8,000 soldiers and police. “There is no such thing as sovereignty in Haiti,” which has been reduced to a protectorate, said Pierre, an editor and columnist with Black Agenda Report.

    Left Forum 2014: “Reform and/or Revolution”?

    Renowned Black public intellectual Dr. Cornel West “embraces” reformers, but counts himself among the revolutionaries. “If you want to tinker, to be incremental, fine, but don’t just stop there,” West told activists at Manhattan’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “We’re calling for fundamental transformation of American capitalist society, with its empire and vicious legacy of white supremacy,” he said.

    Running Strong as a Socialist

    Kshama Sawant, the Socialist Alternative party activist who won a seat on the Seattle city council on a $15 minimum wage platform, said that even a watered-down version of the measure will result in “roughly $3 billion being transferred from the hands of business to the bottom-most workers of the city.” The victory in Seattle put a $15 minimum on the national political map. “What we have done is forced business to swallow the idea of increasing wages substantially,” said Sawant. “And I say ‘swallow,’ because they hate it.”

    Hip Hop and Social Transformation

    Activists need to consider more deeply the meaning of revolution, said hip hop artist Immortal Technique. “If we decide that we’ll all of a sudden become revolutionary-minded, but we don’t leave behind all the privileges that we were born with or that we’ve assumed in life because of wealth or racist status in America, then what do we have as camaraderie with the people that are suffering the most in this system?” he asked.

    South Africa Betrayed

    “I sit, deeply wounded and deeply concerned that [President Jacob] Zuma and the ANC in South Africa has abandoned its calling,” said famed entertainer Harry Belafonte, a political activist for most of his 87 years. Citing the police massacre of 34 miners at Marikana, in August, 2012, Belafonte said the African National Congress government has “become the new tyranny, and this is a hard pill to swallow. How could all this have gone so awry?”

    Elombe Brath Joins Ancestors

    Legendary activist Elombe Brath, who died after a long illness, was laid to rest at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, on Saturday. Brath was a founder of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition. “He didn’t just love Black music and culture, he loved Black people,” said political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, reporting for Prison Radio.

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    One Year After Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union Assesses the Lies and Lasting Damage

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

    A couple years ago, we at Black Agenda Report wondered why the closings of 40 public schools over three years in Philly and 50 schools in Chicago were not national news. The answer of course, was that corporate media and politicians from Romney and Obama down to black mayors and state legislators agree that public education ought to be handed to business groups and charter schools even though privatization is enormously unpopular.

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