Remembering South African Struggle Hero Chris Hani: Lessons for Today

by Arianna Lissoni

South African communist leader Chris Hani was assassinated by white racists 27 years ago, removing him from the scene during the nation’s transition to Black rule. Hani fought careerism and corruption in the revolutionary movement. Today, the “tradition of internal debate” that Hani promoted “has become eroded, and criticism keeps being silenced as sowing disunity.”

Capitalism, Racism and the History of South Africa

by Sehlare Makgetlaneng

The African National Congress has failed to nationalize industries, redistribute the land, or tackle other goals of the Freedom Charter. Instead, it deliberately created a Black capitalist class, through the government’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policy. But Black capitalism will not free South Africa from imperialism. “It will help to cement ties between the South African bourgeoisie and the imperialist bourgeoisie.”

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

by Garikai Chengu

For most of human history, northern Europe was a barbarian realm, to which it reverted with the fall of Rome. Muslim Moors from Africa civilized Spain. “In the 10th century, Cordoba was not just the capital of Moorish Spain but also the most important and modern city in Europe.” Moorish advances in science and philosophy “helped propel Europe out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance.”

MLK and Obama: Two Diametrically Opposed Legacies

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Dr. King spoke of the Triple Evils: racism, militarism and materialism – “meaning, in contemporary society, capitalism.” However, “the decisive blow to the Black movement for self-determination and against U.S. imperialism was delivered by forces internal to the Black community”: the Black Misleadership Class. The question confronts us: “Have Black people shed their anti-imperialism and embraced war?”

Freedom Rider: Black Misleaders Act Like Republicans

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black politics in Baltimore has sunk to the very bottom of the sewer, with mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto of a rise in the minimum wage. “Black people have no reason to rejoice with the Pughs of the world in office, because they are just as eager to act against their interests if powerful people give them marching orders.” Push is “a typical member of the black misleadership class, who live off of the crumbs of corporate tribute.”

50 Years Later, We Must Again Confront and Reject U.S. Warmongering

by Ajamu Baraka

More than ever, Black America needs a peace movement to confront militarism and the global structures of white supremacy. “We are calling for a new alliance to help revive the black anti-war and peace movement in the black community as an essential component of a revived broader anti-war and pro-peace movement,” says human rights activist and former Green Party VP candidate Ajamu Baraka, an organizer of the new Black Alliance for Peace.

Systemic Racist Oppression as “Isolated Incident”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

President Trump would like to terminate the two dozen agreements reached between police departments and the Obama administration. “Given the hostility of the Trump administration to the very idea of restraints on police, possibly the best thing that Sessions could do is walk away” from consent decrees “and let the courts oversee the agreements without interference.” In Trump’s world, racism is a rumor based on isolated incidents.

Baltimore's Mayor Rejects $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Sharpening the Divide between Black Workers and Black Political leadership

by Danny Haiphong

Who enforces poverty wages in Black America? In Baltimore, a Black mayor blocked a minimum wage hike on the grounds that it would make the city “uncompetitive.” Mayor Catherine Pugh has bought into the imperial doctrine that poverty is an advantage in the marketplace. Pugh’s veto “is a stark indication that the Black misleadership class stands in the way of alleviating the burning poverty of the Black working class.”

Brother Harvey Matthews: “I’m Fighting for My Ancestors.” The Bethesda African Cemetery: Part II

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

When whites dispossessed an established Black community in Bethesda, Maryland, a half century ago, they “destroyed the life that we loved,” said Harvey Matthews, who grew up near a Black cemetery that has been paved over. The damage is more than psychological. “The whites destroyed our ability to pass on our land from one generation to the next. If the whites had not stolen our land, we would be millionaires now.”

Obama White House Committed Impeachable Offenses by Encouraging Leaks Against Trump and Russia

The Ford Report on the Real News Network

Glen Ford on The Real News Network In its last months in office, the Obama administration facilitated massive leaks of Trump team members’ telephone conversations and other raw intelligence. The operation succeeded in creating great clouds of innuendo intended to buttress the totally unproven allegation that Russia and Trump operatives collaborated to meddle in the election process. In deliberately encouraging leaks, former president Obama probably committed impeachable offenses –- that may still be indictable.

Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence

by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the following remarks at Riverside Church, in New York City, on April 4, 1967. The speech marked Dr. King’s decisive break with President Lyndon Johnson, whom many considered a friend of civil rights. Exactly one year after his Riverside Church speech, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis.

Book Extract: South Africa’s Corporatized Liberation: A Critical Analysis of the ANC in Power

by Dale McKinley

Not only did the ANC consciously choose (before 1994) to turn its ideological and strategic back on the possibilities of organizing a massive wellspring of popular power to pursue much more thoroughgoing systemic change, but it also made a conscious choice after 1994 to exercise its unparalleled political position and power (mostly through the state) in partnership with and in service to capital.

Ahmed Kathrada, Veteran Communist and South African National Liberation Icon, Dies

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Another of South Africa’s founding revolutionaries has been laid to rest. Ahmed Mohamed “Kathy” Kathrada, a stalwart of the African National Congress who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela, recently wrote “an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, the current leader of the party, that perhaps he should step down in light of accusations of constitutional violations.”

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