Freedom Rider: America Kills Peace

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Nothing scares the United States more than the possibility that peace might break out. Turkey and Brazil committed an unforgiveable sin, by finding a way to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear fuel stocks. The U.S. pushed the agreement aside, preferring to move closer to war – as if that is Washington’s desired result.

 

The Media and the Murder of Aiyanna Jones

by Sikivu Hutchinson

During the same week that CNN aired a program on children’s perception of the race and social values, the Detroit police provided their own lesson on the subject, callously killing a 7 year-old Black girl. Any kid might conclude that Aiyanna Jones was not a valuable person. Certainly, society had treated her as worthless.

 

 

The Rise of Rand Paul: Dissecting the Reactionary Right on Civil Rights, the Environment, and Worker Safety

 

by Anthony DiMaggio

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is credited with “outing” Tea Party champion Rand Paul, winner of the Republican senatorial nomination in Kentucky, as a racist. In point of fact, Paul's opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act has long been known. Most of the corporate media chose to cover it up. “While a Lexis Nexis search shows that Rand Paul was mentioned in 66 national newspaper articles from April 25th to May 19th, not a single one mentioned his position on the Civil Rights Act.”

 

 

What Really Separates the Tea Party from The Black Panther Party

 

by Crystal Hayes

TheRoot.com, the online site targeted at Blacks but owned by the huge Washington Post corporation, recently ran an idiotic piece comparing the Tea Party to the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense – an insult to history and a painful affront to the author, the daughter of a Panther political prisoner. “When our history is so carelessly blurred, we do not know the right questions to ask or the right steps to take to rectify the societal ills that plague us today.”

 

The story of Kamau Marcharia (a.k.a. Robert John Lewis)

 

by Kevin Alexander Gray

Over decades of fighting to empower Blacks in South Carolina, Kamau Marcharia has made lots of enemies. Marcharia is running for a seat in the state legislature, but his foes are mounting a campaign against a fellow named Robert John Lewis – the guy he used to be.

 

Israel’s Secret Nuclear Alliance with Racist South Africa

 

by Stephen Gowans

In the mid-70s, the world’s two pariah states, Israel and South Africa, sought to seal their relationship with a nuclear kiss. A new book claims Israel tried to sell South Africa nuclear-tipped missiles – the price was too high. Israel denies the charge, but Tel Aviv has never told the truth about its atomic arsenal and activities, so why should anyone believe them.

 

Study Shows Blacks Will NEVER Gain Wealth Parity With Whites Under the Current System

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Contrary to the Big Lie that holds that Blacks have been making general progress in closing various economic “gaps” with whites since the Sixties, African American households have been getting poorer for the past 23 years. “The meter of progress is running backwards on Black America, toward greater inequality and relative poverty.”

Freedom Rider: Elena Kagan is Obama’s Waterloo. And Ours

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
elena KaganElena Kagan is the worst evidence that voting for Democrats is necessary to safeguard the U.S. Supreme Court. “Kagan is a blank slate careerist with political expediency as her only qualification,” who found it beyond her powers as Harvard Law School dean to hire any tenured Black faculty. In fact, she hired relatively few white women.
 

The Truth Shall Not be Spoken in Arizona

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
As Arizona moves past the “tipping point” of non-white population, its government scrambles to safeguard historical white lies from exposure by public school ethnic studies programs. The governor “intends to wipe the white historical slate clean of actual genocides, enslavements, land piracies, and all manner of crimes against darker peoples.” The truth shall not be spoken in Arizona.”

Malcolm X and the “Pan-African Pantheon”

Malcolm X and the “Pan-African Pantheon”
It is a mistake to ask, What would Malcolm do if he were here, because if Malcolm had lived we would not be in the situation that confronts us, today. “What exists today is in part the willful result of his assassination.” Deprived of a clear mind and voice, the Black movement ultimately faltered, and failed.

A Police State for Black and Brown New Yorkers

 A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

New York's finest at workThere is no advice Black and brown parents can give their children to avoid being stopped and frisked by New York City police. Cops last year stopped almost half a million non-whites on the streets based on “furtive movements,” appearing to “case” a person or location, or for reasons explained only as “other.” Apparently, Blacks are nine times as “furtive,” felonious-looking, or “other”-wise threatening, as whites.

The African Liberation Struggle is a Grassroots Thing

by Mark P. Fancher
African decolonization began with dreams of prosperity through unity, best articulated by Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah. But Nkrumah was toppled by forces backed by the U.S., and the vision of a United States of Africa faded. “Nevertheless, the demand for African unity by Africa’s grassroots has been incessant,” fed by yearnings from the grassroots.

Soldiers Defecting from Somalia’s U.S.-Backed Regime

by Benjamin Joffe-Walt
somali solidersWashington’s puppet government in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, holds sway over only a few blocks of real estate, propped up by U.S.-paid foreign troops. The “government’s” own soldiers are deserting almost as quickly as they can be recruited. “The transitional ‘government’ does not control any territory, run and administer any state bureaucracy or rule over any population.” It is not a state in any meaningful sense of the word.

Jena Justice: Drug Bust or Racist Revenge?

by Jordan Flaherty
The sheriff in Jena, Louisiana is carrying out a vendetta against the town’s Black population, say residents, under the guise of fighting drug dealers. "They will get put in handcuffs, put behind bars today and never see the light of day again,” Sheriff Franklin shouted as he launched a mass, pre-dawn raid. People were rousted from their beds and paraded to a baseball field, still naked, along with other prisoners.

Taking Back Homes from the Banks: Exercising the Human Right to Housing

by Bill Quigley
The United States has a surplus of housing, especially after the artificial boom that preceded the Big Bust. There are “very real contradictions in the way we provide housing – massive surpluses in the market that led to a collapse in credit and simultaneously people without shelter and permanent affordable housing.” May is the month to begin to balance the scales, and take back the land.

Extra Judicial Killings in Guyana: “Champion of the Earth” Presides Over Death Squad Regime

by the National Resistance
In the Theatre of the Absurd anything is possible. And so it is that Guyana’s President, Bharrat Jagdeo, is among six winners from government, science, business and entertainment to be awarded this year’s United Nations Champion of the Earth prize, for leadership in environmental conservation.

Black Agenda Radio, May 18, 2010

Black Agenda Radio, May 18, 2010

Activists across the nation declare a May offensive to Take Back the Land from banks and their servants in government .

A federal court says a giant New York landlord may have carried out a RICO-like conspiracy against tenants.

Dr. Jared Ball cites Aaron McGruder’s “Boondocks” to examine the disappearance of “public space” for Black politics in the United States.

Cynthia McKinney takes a transcontinental bike ride for peace.

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US Troops In Obama's Afghan War Are Executing Prisoners: Seymour Hersh

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Seymour Hersh knows what he's talking about.  He's the award winning reporter who first reported the My Lai massacre to the American people back in the 1960s, after an official US Army coverup in which Colin Powell, then a young staff officer, played a key role.  Hundreds of Vietnamese civilians, mostly women and children were rounded up by a US Army unit in the course of a normal day's operation, shot and dumped into ditches.  In Afghanistan today, where President Obama claims the US is fighting a "good" and "necessary" war today, the veteran reporter says, things are not that much different.

Forget “Skip” Gates: There Are Real Differences on Reparations

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Harvard corporate henchman Henry Louis Gates’ attempt to absolve Europeans of blame for slavery is easily dismissed as an absurdity. But honest activists on the Black Left disagree on the debt that is owed to African Americans. Some think reparations are a diversion. Others hold that “the debt is inseparable from the fabric of the African American past and present.”

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