In the Face of Trump's Surveillance Threats, Local Movements Demand Disclosure of Police Technologies

by Candice Bernd

In anticipation that the Trump administration will expand on Obama’s domestic spying practices, a coalition of civil liberties groups is pushing a Community Control Over Police Surveillance initiative in cities across the nation. The campaign would require local approval of police surveillance tools such as “cell phone tracking equipment, automated license plate readers, facial recognition technology and closed-circuit television cameras.”

“Zuma Must Fall” and the Left: Lessons from Zimbabwe

by Munvaradzi Gwisai

Faced with a growing crisis, South African President Zuma has raised the prospect of a radical reorientation of the ANC and the possibility of radical economic transformation. Alarmed, another faction of the South Africa’s capitalist class has thrown its support behind the Zuma Must Fall” movement. The author says there are lessons for South Africa from the movement that rose up against Mugabe in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s.

The Failure of the Socialist Movement in Nigeria

by Osaze Lanre Nosaze

Africa’s most populous nation has lots of parties that call themselves “socialist” or “communist,” but “all of them fail by the crucial criterion of possessing sufficient interventional capacity for sustained and broad-based influence over the agenda, course, pace, and outcomes of the social conflict between the oppressed and the oppressors.”

Fortress Europe: The Rise of Fascism and Racism in the Netherlands

by Thomas C. Mountain

Police in a small Dutch town broke up a long-scheduled and totally peaceful gathering of Eritreans from all over Europe, as the event was besieged by Ethiopians pretending to be Eritreans. Meanwhile, “a well known Dutch ‘human rights activist’” was heard on her cell phone “ranting and raving against Eritrea and provoking the ‘protesters’ to carry out their attacks.”

Melissa Harris-Perry is Blowing Smoke Again

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

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry brands the NAACP “irrelevant” in a May 30 New York Times opo ed without the bother of naming a single issue on which she disagrees with them. Shallow bran farts like this only make the New York Times because Harris-Perry is the unofficial spokeslady for a different faction of the black political class eager to supplant their elders under the brokerage model of black leadership we’ve been saddled with since Booker T;. Washington.

Black-Hating Negroes and Their Uses: David Clarke at Homeland Security

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Black sheriff from Milwaukee is a cartoon character whose elevation to Homeland Security is intended as an insult to Black people and a sop to the most bigoted elements of Donald Trump’s base. Clarke’s “talent is to cultivate a crude and shameless contempt for his own ethnicity, tuned to the racist receptors of his white patrons.” He’s a sick Black cat in a hat -- but he’s got company.

Freedom Rider: Obama vs. Trump

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Barack Obama sold Saudi Arabia record amounts of weapons, joined its murderous war in Yemen, and interfered in European elections by supporting Angela Merkel in Germany and Emmanuel Macron in France. Yet the corporate media pretends that this continuity of U.S. imperial policy is, somehow, all Donald Trump’s idea. The rulers care only about the Empire. “The ICE raids, emboldened racism, voter suppression and cuts to government programs don’t concern them.”

Manufactured Hysteria Over Russia Requires 24/7 Upkeep

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The ruling class and its media are most vengeful against Donald Trump, not based on issues of justice and equality, but because he showed that middle America was “nowhere near as gung-ho for endless war” as had been assumed. This triggered an existential crisis for the U.S. imperialism. If Trump’s people were not the war constituency, then who was? The hate-Russia machine roared into frenzied action.

10 Examples of How US imperialism Continues to Kill the People and Planet

by Danny Haiphong

The capitalist narrative, aggressively fronted by the Democratic Party in 2016, holds that “conditions in the U.S. were never better.” But all the objective facts say otherwise. “Imperialism's contradictions have been pushed to their natural limit.” By every social, economic and moral measure, conditions of life are deteriorating for the masses of people, while the rich suck up the wealth of the world.

Rwanda: Starvation in the Shadow of a Star

by Ann Garrison

Paul Kagame, the dictator that presides over Rwanda’s minority government, is the darling of the U.S., the former colonial powers, and Israel. Bill Clinton claims “the economic and social gains in Rwanda have been nothing short of astonishing under Kagame.” So, it may surprise his sponsors that Rwanda is in the grip of famine. Kagame also requires that candidates in the current election submit their media messages to the state for approval.

The working class is now united: A report on dissent and democracy in Brazil

Corruption allegations and protests against Brazil's Workers Party and its president Dilma Roussef were widely reported in the US. But since a soft coup ousted the Workers Party and its president a few months ago strikes and protests twice as large are utterly unreported by the US press. Brasil Wire correspondent Brian Mier explains who's in motion and what's at stake in the country with the largest black population outside Africa.

Sister Tchaiko Kwayana: An Original Educator of the African World

by Dr. Matthew Quest

Educator and popular historian Sister Tchaiko R. Kwayana (1937-2017) taught in Africa, South America and the US. A forerunner of the Black Power and Black studies movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, she also challenged post-civil rights, post-colonial independence black-led regimes where they emerged as authoritarian and oppressive, betraying the goals of national liberation and Black autonomy.


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