The Bethesda African Cemetery: Protests Trigger Government Response

by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo

African descendants have forced a delay in further eradication of ancestral burial grounds in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC. “The African graves were totally eradicated and the memory of the African River Road community erased.” The demand is straightforward: “The land holding the remains of African ancestors must be preserved as a sacred space and a museum built to educate, honor and commemorate the ‘lost’ River Road African Community.”

The Crimes of Israeli Apartheid

by Vijay Prashad

A new UN report argues that Israel is a ‘racial regime’ because its institutions are premised on maintaining a Jewish nation by techniques of suppression and expulsion.” That’s apartheid by definition, a crime against humanity. What exists is one state, “with Israel having exercised its dominion in the entire land west of the Jordan River, but a one-state with an apartheid system, with Israeli Jews in a dominant position over the Palestinians.”

The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart

by Jeff Mackler

The author, a comrade of Lynne Stewart for well over half a century, celebrates her passion as “a movement fighter, a champion of all that is beautiful in the human soul.” Stewart put her life in service to the people. “Would it be that we all had that courage and expressed it collectively in the kind of mass struggles that are capable of bringing this damn racist, sexist, imperialist system down forever.”

Rwanda: The Absolutist Truth of Human Rights Watch

by Ann Garrison

Human Rights Watch acts as an arm of U.S. foreign policy. This phony “rights” organization backs the deportation and prosecution of Rwandan dissidents like Joseph Nkusi, who dared to maintain that Hutus were also massacred in the Rwanda bloodbath. Under a minority Tutsi dictatorship, “even using the description ‘Rwandan Genocide’ is a crime; authorities enforce a law passed in 2008 making ‘genocide against the Tutsi’ the only legal description.”

The Empire’s Fifth Column in Africa: Morocco

by Aidan O’Brien

Morocco’s newfound interest in Africa is linked to NATO’s attack on Africa and the murder of Muammar Gaddafi. NATO’s destruction of Libya completely humiliated the African Union. It tore the heart out of an alternative African future, and left Africa seriously exposed once again to the Western imperial virus: a virus contemporary Morocco carries. “Morocco’s body may be in Africa but its mind is in the North Atlantic and the Persian Gulf.”

It's Election Day in Philly! Help Greeen Candidate Cheri Honkala Over The Top Today!

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

The Green Party's Cheri Honkala is the front runner in a race for the 197th state rep district in Philly, one of the poorest in the state. The DNC has done a mailing for her opponent appealing to donors to save the seat from a Republican, never daring to mention that the front runner is a Green. Help Cheri win in the 197th with a donation today at http://bit.ly/cheri197

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Huey P. Newton Model for Control of Police Pushed in Washington, DC

Residents of the various wards that comprise Washington, DC, would be chosen by lottery to serve on a board that would hire, fire and set the budget for police, under a plan devised by Pan African Community Action (PACA). Selection by lottery, as proposed more than generation ago by former Black Panther Party leader Huey P. Newton, “is important,” said PACA activist Netfa Freeman, “because elected officials are prone to be co-opted. They’re also prone to be pulled from the more privileged classes of people.”

Philly Council Prez Categorically Rejects Community Rule Over Cops

The Philadelphia chapter of the Black Is Back Coalition’s proposed resolution for Black community control of the police was recently rebuffed by the City Council. Coalition spokesman Diop Olugbala said council president Darrel Clark vehemently rejected the proposal for a citizen’s board with hiring, firing and subpoena power over the cops. “That’s not a surprise, given the track record of the City of Philadelphia in terms of unlimited, unending police terror against our community,” said Olugbala. The Black Is Back Coalition will hold an Electoral Politics School, April 8 and 9, with the larger goal of replacing politicians like Clark.

U.S. Prison Gulag is Worse Than Old-Time Slavery

The U.S. prison system is a form of slavery, say organizers of the Millions for Prisoners’ Human Rights march, set for August 19 in Washington, DC. “What we have in this new, modern-day slavery is master who don’t care about the slave,” said Pastor Kenneth Glascow, an outside spokesman for the prisoner-run Free Alabama Movement and founder of The Ordinary People Society, comprised of formerly incarcerated persons. “They won’t even spend money to keep the slaves healthy, because they have no investment in them,” said Glascow, who is also the half-brother of Rev. Al Sharpton.

Be Like Dr. King: Demand Peace

One hundred years after the U.S. entered World War One, and 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic anti-war speech at New York’s Riverside Church, peace activists will hold an event titled “Remembering Past Wars, Preventing the Next,” at New York University’s School of Law, on April 3. “Here we are in a day and age when war has become this monstrosity that I don’t even think Dr. King imagined,” said David Swanson, publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.Org and an organizer of the NYU event. “I don’t think Eisenhower, in his military-industrial complex’ speech, even fantasized what war has become.”

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The U.S. Deep State Rules – On Behalf of the Ruling Class

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The various organs of the Deep State, including the corporate media, work hard to convince the public that the Deep State does not exist. (Kind of like that story about the Devil.) In fact, the Deep State runs the show. “The truth is that an oligarchy rules, and makes war on whomever it chooses -- internationally and domestically -- for the benefit of corporate capital.” It has neutralized a sitting president, less than two months in office.

The Bright Lines: Who Will Fight For Medicare For All, Who Will Stand Against Militarism and Austerity? Not John Ossoff

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

If politics is the art of the possible, what do supposedly progressive politicians and political organizations fight for after they decide that jobs, justice and peace are impossible?  Do they fight for their positions and prerogatives?  For the biggest campaign contributions?  It's not hard to tell who is on the side of the people.  There are after all, bright lines.

Freedom Rider: When America Interfered in a Russian Election

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The U.S. is the unchallenged champion of hijacking, fixing and subverting elections around the world. On every inhabitable continent – from Italy to Iran to Accra to Tegucigalpa -- Washington has stolen people’s rights to elected leaders of their choice. Only two decades ago, Bill Clinton and his operatives were busy stealing Russia’s first post-Soviet elections. But, U.S. corporate media seem to have forgotten such inconvenient facts.

The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

When supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.

The Most Important Lesson of "Get Out:" Expose the Ruling System in its Totality

by Danny Haiphong

The Democrats offer a racial horror show much like the movie Get Out on a society-wide scale. “There are many white liberals who have become energized to ‘Dump Trump.’ while “aligning themselves with US intelligence in the process.” The CIA connection should prompt folks “to ‘get out’ of “the Democratic Party trap and begin treating the institution as nothing but a political wing of the billionaire capitalist class.”

Politics of the Bethesda African Burial Ground and the Montgomery County National Lampoon

 

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo and Kevin Berends

A Black burial ground lies under a parking lot in Montgomery County, Maryland, a wealthy suburb outside Washington, DC. Developers want to place more layers of concrete over the bodies of African American ancestors, while their “experts” try to sow doubt as to whether the cemetery ever existed. Now it appears that the county has discouraged archeologists interested in the history of the site.

Kagame's Economic Mirage in Rwanda, an Interview with David Himbara

by Ann Garrison

If you believe Paul Kagame, his minority Tutsi government has created unprecedented prosperity since seizing power in 1994. Economist David Himbara, who once served as secretary to Kagame, says that his old boss’s “economic miracle is in fact an economic mirage.” Rwanda subsists on foreign aid and plunder from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, and “remains the poorest country in East Africa, except for Burundi.”

Valedectorian

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Lynne Stewart was a a diligent and resourceful peoples lawyer, a movement lawyer, the kind of attorney who defended the poor and indigent, and unpopular and hopeless political cases and always went the last mile for her clients and her principles.  To  make an example of her that might frighten other attorneys, the Justice Department jailed Stewart for four years under provisions of the infamous USA Patriot Act.  Given a few months to live in 2014, she was released from federal prison, and went home to Brooklyn with her husband, friends and family.  She joined the ancestors this week.

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