Transgender Community in New Orleans Claims Police Harassment

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Black transgender community members in New Orleans are fighting back against systematic police harassment and abuse. People are falsely arrested for prostitution and often charged with “crimes against nature.” Said one victim, “I want to go to the French Quarter and hang out and have cocktails just like everyone else. Why can’t I?”

Liberation's Lies

iraq war crimesby Felicity Arbuthnot
The current imperial offensive not only physically destroys human beings on an industrial scale, it debases the souls of the aggressors. The voices of U.S. helicopter pilots as they fire cannons into innocent Iraqis on a neighborhood street corner, testify to an anti-human, “video game morality” among “America’s finest.”

White Nationalism on the March

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The white nationalists of the Tea Party “movement” claim to abhor big government, but what they actually reject is a social contract with the non-white populations of the United States. Race is the subtext, the coded message of the Right's resurgence. The white Right want “their” country back – but we won't let them have it.

Freedom Rider: Slavery-Denial in Old Virginny

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The (white) South is perpetually rising again, flaunting its barbaric myths and lies. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is the latest unreconstructed rebel to seek 21st century respectability for the Confederacy. In fact, McDonnell and his low-life ilk are “nostalgic for the days when they were able to own human beings as property.”

Save the Internet, But Start a Social Movement

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR editor and columnist Dr Jared A. Ball

A federal court has put the FCC’s version of “internet neutrality” in question, encouraging corporate forces that would turn the Net into a toll road. But real activists don’t rely on courts and legislatures to achieve social and institutional progress. “Until we return to genuine grassroots and radically political social movement no technology can be used for liberation."

Why Defame Cuba? A Congregant’s Plea to Rev. Jeremiah Wright

by Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture
Lots of unexpected names turned up as signatories to a letter charging the Cuban government with systematic discrimination against Blacks. Among those who committed the foul injustice against Cuba, and shamed themselves, was Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor. A fellow member of the United Church of Christ asks, respectfully, that the minister explain himself.

The GOP’s Rebel Yell

by Sikivu Hutchinson
The Tea Partyers are set to refloat the old 1994 “Contract with America” as part of their general right wing offensive. The New Confederates vow to wage decisive war against the Obama administration’s imaginary “socialism.” So far, the Right’s “junkyard thuggery” seems to be working. “The prospect of a Republican midterm election sweep looks even more tantalizing.”
 

Nine Myths about Socialism in the US

by Bill Quigley
So divorced from reality is the American political conversation, it becomes necessary to defend the good name of socialism by explaining that no such thing exists in the U.S. In fact, the United States government does less for its citizens than most of the rest of the world’s developed industrial nations.
 

AFRICOM Backs Bloodshed in Central Africa

this worksby Keith Harmon Snow
When the U.S. corporate media bothers to cover the genocidal conflict in eastern Congo at all, they focus on “rape as a weapon of war” and other such examples of African “barbarity.” But never do they shine a light on the causes of the wars – U.S., European and Israeli machinations to steal the regions resources.

Black America: Sinking to a New “Bottom”?

black unemployment, then and nowby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The Black job market is imploding, even as the moneyed classes congratulate themselves on having “turned the corner” toward economic recovery. Alarming Black unemployment patterns indicate that “a perfect storm of racial disadvantage” has occurred. “Virtually nothing prevents the boss from acting out his prejudices and greed with impunity.” There’s nothing “post-racial” about the current crisis for Black workers.

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Lies About Iran

Iran next?by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The Peace Prize winner in the White House continues to beat the drums of war with Iran, in perfect synch with the corporate media orchestra. “The New York Times was made privy to what has been called a ‘parlor game,’ of ‘Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran’” – apparently in the spirit of the old motivational slogan, “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.”
 
 

When "Reforming Education" Means Destroying Communities

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The summary firing of tens or hundreds of thousands of inner city public school teachers in the Obama administration's race to privatize education will wreak havoc on the social and civic life of communities where those public schools are located. These teachers, skilled and highly educated, possess advanced degrees and are often the pillars of their churches and other local bodies. They are the foundation of whatever civic life exists there. Forcing them to go far afield in search of other employment, or adding them to the swelling ranks of the unemployed is the mother of all bad ideas.

DC Rally Organizers: “Arne Duncan Has To Go!”

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The Obama administration is steamrolling the privatization of the U.S. public schools, imposing a corporate model in which there is no place for teachers unions or for “anything resembling community control.” Education chief and Obama buddy Arne Duncan’s public school demolition derby would be denounced by “every progressive force in America” – if he were a Republican.

Burn Hollywood Burn!

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Editor & Columnist Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.

Hollywood distorts – and whitens – everything it touches. Now, the city of cinematic Euro-fantasies has grabbed onto the story of Winnie Mandela, first lady of the South African liberation movement. “Mandela herself has said she has not been contacted, is not at all in support of the film and is likely to sue.” Best to consign this flick to the bonfire of imperial vanities.

U.S. Pushes for Somalia Offensive, But Settles for Starving Somali Civilians

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

What's a super-power to do when its puppet is too weak to wage a proxy war on the big guy's behalf? Starve the population, to make the whole country scream. The U.S. used the UN Security Council to sabotage the international body's aid program for Somalia, endangering the lives of millions. So much for Washington's doctrine of “humanitarian intervention.”

One of the World's Best Kept Secrets: Cuban Medical Aid to Haiti

Cuban doctors in Haitiby Emily J. Kirk and John M. Kirk
Consumers of U.S. corporate media were given the impression that the American invasion/disaster relief action was the primary foreign benefactor to Haiti’s hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims. Not so, not by a long shot. Cuba, Venezuela and the neighboring Dominican Republic were first on the scene with the most help, and have committed to building a comprehensive health care system for Haiti.

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