Black Agenda Report 3 August 2017

3 August 2017 — Black Agenda Report

It’s Getting Real – Google Censors the Left. And Us.

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon Conclusive evidence exists that Google is suppressing public access to socialist and left wing websites, almost certainly including Black Agenda Report. In fact, Black Agenda Report is by all accounts the ONLY black owned, run and oriented left web site so targeted. Not Blavity. Not theRoot, which are not left and in the case of theRoot not black owned either. Nobody else black but us. How did that happen and what does it mean? How can you dodge the block.

Tell Trump, and the Democrats, Too: We Demand Black Community Control of the Police

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Donald Trump’s outrageous incitement of police brutality serves the purposes of corporate reformers, who then set the bar of people’s demands even lower. If “anything is better than Trump,” then the people are urged to accept any crumb masquerading as “reform” that is offered. Instead of ‘Power to the People,’ the demand becomes, ‘Please don’t hurt us too badly.’”

 

Freedom Rider: The Lie of Academic Freedom

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Scholars of color have become easy targets for right wing internet trolls and “any whining white person with a gripe.” University campuses claim to be bastions of freedom of speech and inquiry – unless you are of the wrong political persuasion, color or religion. “People who call out white supremacy as practiced in the United States or Israel become targets for harassment because of craven responses from officialdom as much as from racists.”

 

Washington: A One Party State

by BAR contributor Danny Haiphong

The two corporate parties agree on almost everything of substance. “The one-party state doesn’t negotiate police brutality, mass incarceration, or any other manifestation of white supremacy. Nor does it think twice before enforcing sanctions on Syria or Venezuela.” They can’t change Obamacare, simply because it is the perfect corporate bill. “Both parties agree that the profits of the rich must be maximized by any means necessary.”

US and UK Fund Kagame’s Killing Fields: An Interview with David Himbara

by BAR contributor Ann Garrison

Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame will stage sham elections, this week, to keep himself in power for another term. He has already arranged to stay in office until 2034, if he chooses. Those who challenge the vote count often wind up dead, or in prison, like Victoire Ingabire – which is fine with Washington, Kagame’s major backer. “There are no genuine opposition leaders except Diane Rwigara, and she wasn’t allowed to run.”

 

Pascal Robert on the Project of Black Nationalism and the Black Misleadership Class
BAR contributor Pascal Robert takes the mic at Dead Pundits Society to discuss the Haitian scene, his love-hate relationship to the project of black nationalism and its relationship to class struggle among the descendants of Africans, and the Black Misleadership Class.

 

Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks About Black Lives Matter and Police Violence
by Tasasha Henderson

A new book of essays by Mumia Abu Jamal sheds light on the historical roots of police violence. “The state will always utilize its ‘law” as a tool of repression, but movements must create and expand the space to raise contradictions.” Huey Newton, says Mumia, “called for deep transformation of police, to bring forth Citizen Peace Forces, designed to solve problems, not bomb them.” Body cameras and better training for cops “is a bourgeois mirage.”

 

Justice and Reparations on the Ballot in St. Petersburg, Florida

by Rob Seimetz

The Uhuru Movement is running a serious race for mayor and a city council seat in St. Petersburg, Florida, on a platform of social justice and reparations to the Black community. The Black south side of St. Petersburg “is getting pushed out via gentrification.” The two rich white establishment candidates shut Uhuru out of the televised debate, choosing instead to compete over which of them “could whiten up and wealthy up the city better.”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 31, 2017
Black Peace Advocate Wonders If Trump Can Reign in CIA Trump Wants to Be a Caudillo, But He Lacks Allies New Afrikan Black Panther Party Co-Founder Located in Florida Prison
Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: one hour. Links to individual segments are below.

 

Black Peace Advocate Wonders If Trump Can Reign in CIA

President Trump’s cancellation of the CIA’s longstanding mission to train, arm and finance a jihadist overthrow of the Syrian government is recognition that “the Obama war has basically failed,” said Ajamu Baraka, spokesperson for the newly organized Black Alliance for Peace and the Green Party’s 2016 vice presidential candidate. Given that the military and intelligence services rebelled against President Obama’s attempts to cooperate with the Russians in Syria, last year, “it remains to be seen to what extent these elements of the ‘deep state’ are going to obey that directive,” said Baraka, who is also an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report.

 

Trump Wants to Be a Caudillo, But He Lacks Allies

The Philadelphia-based Duboisian scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro said President Trump “would like to set up a Latin American-style strongman kind of government. “But, the problem is, Trump doesn’t have many allies, “anywhere – in the ‘deep state,’ in his own party, or among the American people — to establish such a strongman rule.” If Trump overreaches and attempts to take excessive power in his own hands, said Monteiro, “this will lead to a growing popular demand, which the ‘deep state’ and the Democrats and Republicans will seize upon to move quickly to remove him from office through impeachment.” He said the U.S. is racked by economic and political crises, including a crisis of legitimacy. “We have never seen a crisis of this type.”

 

New Afrikan Black Panther Party Co-Founder Located in Florida Prison

Kevin “Rashid” Johnson has been bounced from prisons in Virginia, Oregon and Texas, and recently disappeared altogether, alarming his comrades in the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, which he co-founded. Johnson was finally located in a Florida prison, in solitary confinement. Florida prison officials have reportedly labeled the NABPP a “violent street organization.” Tito “Fist” Rivera, of the United Panthers Movement, told Black Agenda Radio producer Kyle Fraser: “Historically, whenever you are more than two people doing something that the system doesn’t want you doing, they consider that a gang.”

 

Black August, George Jackson and Marcus Garvey

by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali

August is a politically charged month in the Black world: the month Marcus Garvey was born and when Black Panther George Jackson and his younger brother, Jonathan, were killed. George Jackson and Huey Newton considered themselves to be scientific socialists, but both men were once also students of Garvey and later “adopted their Garveyism to Marxism and their Marxism to Garveyism, analysing their concrete conditions.”

 

Trump and the Christian Fascists

by Chris Hedges

Donald Trump, the authoritarian billionaire liar, has lots in common with the mega-preachers of the far Right, who run despotic fiefdoms and “prey on their followers by extracting ‘seed offerings,’ ‘love gifts,’ tithes and donations and by selling miracle healings along with ‘prayer clothes,’ self-help books, audio and video recordings.” If Trump’s alliance with these zealots succeeds, “it will snuff out the last vestiges of American democracy.”

 

 Despite the Efforts of the Opposition, Over 8 Million People Voted for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela

by Resumen Latinoamericano

The government of President Nicolás Maduro claims more than 41 percent of registered voters went to the polls to elect candidates for a National Constituent Assembly that will rewrite Venezuela’s Constitution. The right-wing opposition attempted to disrupt the process. “Polls were open until 10pm to allow everyone to vote, because many government supporters had been prevented to vote in their designated centers by the opposition.”

 

How Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts Pulled Off a Huge Con Job, with the Help of Mainstream Media
Timothy T. Schwartz

In the space of a year, donors contributed $13.1 billion to Haitian earthquake victims – enough money to finance the national budget for 13 years. But the Haitian government got only 1% of it. The world’s richest “aid” outfits and their contractors got most of the rest. “Money that was promised to provide ‘tens of thousands of people with permanent homes’ reportedly only made it to a total of six.” The media were accomplices in the great crime.

Canada Pays and Fails Omar Khadr

by Oscar Wailoo

The Canadian courts have acknowledged the wrong done to Omar Khadr, a 15 year-old child soldier who was tortured and imprisoned as an “enemy combatant” at Guantanamo for allegedly killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. Khadr received a monetary settlement, but the Canadian government has never acknowledged that the U.S. invasion was illegal, and that Afghans had a right to resist it.