Black Agenda Report 12 October 2017: Cointelpro Returns (under a new name)

12 October 2017 — Black Agenda Report

The FBI Targets Black “Ideology” 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The FBI has apparently chosen a new heading under which to lump Black Americans targeted for political persecution: “Black Identity Extremists.” There’s a simple explanation for the new categorization. The FBI is a bureaucracy whose day-to-day work involves drawing up lists of people and organizations to be surveilled, disrupted and prosecuted. The dramatic increase in Black “movement” activity since the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has presented the FBI with a much larger field of targets, including youthful elements loosely grouped under the Black Lives Matter banner. When bureaucracies compile new lists, they typically file them under new names….

Freedom Rider: True Conspiracies 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
American history has many examples of governmental and corporate plots that deceive, kill, create wars, and ruin lives. United States covert operations destroyed movements domestically and overthrew governments overseas. No one has to prove the existence of high level conspiracies that furthered the interests of the state and or its corporate partners.

Ugandans Resist Land Grabbing and US-backed Dictatorship: an Interview with Phil Wilmot 

by BAR contributor Ann Garrison
Uganda’s US backed dictator Yoweri Museveni shot his way to power in the 1980s with an army that included child soldiers. Since then he has received tens of billions in US military and financial aid with which he helped plunder the Congo at a cost of millions of African lives, and is deeply implicated in land grabbing schemes and dispossession of Ugandans.

Defining Independence at the Twilight of Empire 

by BAR contributor Danny Haiphong
In this era of 21st century global empire, not all independence movements are equal, explains Haiphong. Some are progressive, some are the pawns and captives of corporations, native collaborators and imperial powers. 

If I had a hammer… 

by BAR poet in residen ce Raymond Nat Turner
This week our poet opens and examines the diverse toolkits which ought to be at the disposal of any real and radical movements for social and economic transformation.

Russiagate: The Lie Implodes 

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Just as Trump manufactured a phony clickbait controversy over Obama’s birth certificate, Democrats have conjured up a parallel universe worth of phony stories, leads, charges and investigations around alleged Russian interference in US elections.  By imitating him, Democrats have paid Donald Trump the supreme compliment. He’s their daddy too.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 9, 2017 

This week’s one hour show features interviews with theologian Dr. Vincent Lloyd on King, MLK and the religion of field negroes, with researcher Kevin Cashman Runako Gregg on how the colonial status of Puerto Rico impacts damage and recovery from Hurricane Irma, Dr. Gerald Horne on the history of emnity betweeen the US and the USSR grandfathered in hatred of the current Russian state, and the latest update on the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. Click the link above for the whole show or any of the next five for individual interview segments.

Malcolm X and Liberation Theology 

A Black Agenda Radio interview
“The theological imagination gives us the opportunity to reframe the conversation in the service of justice,” said Dr. Vincent Lloyd, who teaches theology at Villanova University. Malcolm X espoused the religion of the “field Negro,” and “called out his contemporaries, including Dr. King, when they were too invested in the powers that be.”

Puerto Rico Rocked by Storm of Colonialism

A Black Agenda Radio interview
A report by the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research says Puerto Rico needs “a whole new economic plan” if it is to recover from hurricane damage. According to researcher Kevin Cashman, however, the island’s colonial status “was a big part of why Puerto Rico is in this mess, to begin with.”

Neocolonialism Under-Develops the Caribbean 

A Black Agenda Radio interview
Climate change, on top of subservient relationships, makes Caribbean nations more vulnerable to hurricanes, said Caribbean Solidarity Network co-founder Runako Gregg. Most of these nations have been under-developed through colonialism and neocolonialism, said Gregg, speaking from Toronto, Canada. Ties to the Global North are “not leading to any sort of real independence and self-determination.”

The U.S. was Eternal Enemy of Soviet Union 

A Black Agenda Radio interview
The United States tried to destabilize and destroy the Soviet Union “in the womb,” beginning with an invasion of Russia shortly after the Bolsheviks took power 100 years ago — a fact of which most Americans are ignorant, said Dr. Gerald Horne, the prolific author and professor of history and African American studies at the University of Houston. “Many of our liberal, labor and radical friends are not even aware of the history of the their own ideological tendencies,” said Horne.

Mumia Legal Move in Limbo 

A Black Agenda Radio interview
Supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, fear a Pennsylvania judge may be backing away from his order that the Philadelphia district attorney’s office turn over all of its files on the case. Sophia Williams, of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, said “We’re really in a lingering state, where Mumia’s life still hangs in the balance.” Abu Jamal’s lawyers say the DA was politically cozy with the Fraternal Order of Police, which demanded that the radio journalist be executed in the killing of a cop.

Lynching and Anti-Lynching: Art and Politics in the 1930s 

by M. Lee Stone
The term “lynching” supposedly originated during the American Revolution with Colonel Charles Lynch, a Virginia justice of the peace. Lynch ordered “extra legal punishment” for British Loyalists, hanging without a trial. From this period we have the terms Lynch’s Law and lynching.

Blacks, Las Vegas, and Gun Control 

by Ken Morgan
There are entire libraries of history, practice and fact omitted from the discussion and debate around what media frame as “gun control” and “violence”. For one thing, armed black veterans have frequently defended their communities against assault by white mobs abd authorities.

“New Energy Vehicles”: Can China Break Big Oil’s Global Order? 

by Caleb T. Maupin
In the antebellum south of the United States, the plantation owning slaveholders kept their power because of an economic order summed up by the slogan “Cotton is King.” In today’s international order, a small clique of western monopolists hold on to power because “Oil is King.” However, China’s new regulations pushing electric cars show an emerging challenge to this global setup.

Who’s Hacking Who? Americans, Not Russians, Disenfranchise Millions of Blacks 

by Bryan K. Bullock
The alleged Russian “involvement” and/or “hacking” of the 2016 U.S. elections has taken on a life of its own in the corporate media. Curiously, many African Americans have adopted this narrative…

Police Unions vs. Black Lives 

by Shamus Cooke
In “progressive” Portland, Oregon, the city’s police stand out as political outliers. Whereas most of the city leans left the average cop is, unapologetically, on the far-right of the political spectrum. Portland’s rightwing cops mirror the politics of police across the country, reflected in the early endorsement that the nation’s largest police union gave to Trump at a time when the sleaziest politicians found him too repulsive.