Black Agenda Report for August 6, 2014: CBC & Apartheid Israel, Irreversible Climate Change, Ted Wafer Trial

6 August 2014 — Black Agenda Report

Time For The CBC and our Black Political Class Denounce Apartheid and Ethnocracy in Israel-Palestine 

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The contradiction between the supposed origin of our black political class out of the struggle against Jim Crow and its collaboration with Israeli apartheid can’t be resolved. We can only save the good name of our own people by calling out the black US collaborators with apartheid, holding them up to derision and ridicule, by sustaining a storm of disapproval and opprobrium until they and the ethnocratic regime in Israel are no more.

 

Freedom Rider: Climate Change – Point of No Return 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Russian Arctic belches deadly methane as global warming pushes the biosphere beyond the tipping point. We have a choice: revolution or extinction. “The profit motive must be eliminated in favor of managed economies that limit growth, fairly distribute resources, regulate the polluting industries and activities, and end the gross inequalities of this gilded age.”

Defense Rests in Murder Trial of Ted Wafer 

Cross-examination reveals inconsistencies in defendant’s testimony

by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Theodore Paul Wafer returned to the witness stand to be cross-examined Tuesday (Aug. 5), the 8th day of testimony in his 2nd degree murder trial for the death of 19-year old Renisha McBride.

Wafer was grilled by Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Athina Siringas on inconsistencies in his statements to police the morning that McBride was shot and in his testimony on Monday (Aug. 4).

Long Live Gridlock and Paralysis of Both Big Business Parties 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

With Wall Street in firm control of both major political parties, why would anyone on the Left want the Republicans and Democrats to make nice with each and collaborate more closely to pass legislation? We should thank our lucky stars for gridlock, which has prevented President Obama from consummating a Grand Bargain with the GOP.

Sanctions for Russia and a Green Light for Israel to Continue War Crimes 

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The U.S. is a rogue state whose organs of government at every level are controlled by war criminals and their cheerleaders. That includes “the new liberal darlings Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren” who “give moral and political support to Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Meanwhile, Washington prepares for war against Russia.

The Role of US Corporate Entertainment in the Social Control Element of Imperialism 

by Danny Haiphong

Don’t expect truth or wisdom from entertainers. They work for monopoly media corporations, not for their adoring publics. With a few exceptions, Black entertainers conform to the dictates of Power and view their own “fans” as lower forms of life. “Jay-Z rejected an invitation to speak to [Harry] Belafonte, calling him a ‘boy’ who needed to understand that the rapper’s very presence was ‘charity’ to the Black community.”

Reparations – the 800 lb. Bail of Cotton in the Room 

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

It is incontrovertible that the American State and society owes a huge debt to Africans and African Americans. Formulas of calculation and methods of repayment are open to debate, but not the fact of the debt, which is undeniable. White America only escape its vast liabilities by denying the essential humanity of the Black injured parties.

BRICS Bank Challenges the Exorbitant Privilege of the US Dollar 

by Horace G. Campbell

Over 65 percent of the world’s nations keep their foreign exchange reserves in the US dollar, the dominant world currency. The creation of the BRICS Bank and other financial interventions will likely weaken the dollar’s dominance and contribute to the creation a new international economic order.

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 8/04/14

The Chosen People – for Incarceration

“They’ve created a permanent caste from which people cannot escape,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the Newark-based People’s Organization for Progress (POP), referring to America’s system of mass Black incarceration. POP supports the New Jersey Decarceration Act, aimed at drastically reducing prison populations. Historically, police forces and prisons have expanded to contain Black people, socially and geographically. “What they’re worried about now is there’s a potential for us to build alliances with other groups that have been economically disenfranchised in the last few decades, and that there could be an even wider societal response to the suffering that’s going on in this country,” said Hamm.

Challenge to Arbitrary Solitary Confinement

Prison inmate Lester Alford has hauled New Jersey into court, charging prison officials with arbitrarily locking him in solitary under appalling conditions. “They only gave him one set of clothing for three years, and didn’t let him clean his cell for three years,” said Jean Ross, a lawyer who has advised many state prisoners. The state accused Alford, now middle-aged, of being a gang leader. “There is no excuse, no defense to the fact that they placed him under isolated confinement without any kind of due process of law, and under conditions that we would not keep animals in,” said Ross, who is also an organizer with the People’s Organization for Progress.

Former Panther Blasts Huey Newton

Wayne Pharr, a former captain in the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, has just published a book titled Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival. “I don’t bash anybody but Huey Newton,” the Panther co-founder who, Pharr writes, set himself up as Supreme Commander and sent hit squads against members considered disloyal. “That’s what turned me off from the whole thing, because that spoke of ego and no humility,” said Pharr, who now makes his living in real estate. The FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO played a role in the party’s demise. “We knew were under surveillance with COINTELPRO,” said Pharr, “and COINTELPRO is still working, right now.”

U.S. Complicit in Israeli Crimes

“Not a minute of this war would be possible without complete and total U.S. funding, political support, and diplomatic support every step of the way,” said Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center. But, “the world has not been silent” to the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, nearly 2,000 of whom – overwhelmingly civilians – have died at Israeli hands. What the Israeli’s want, said Flounders, “is the silence of the grave; that’s their only plan.” A huge demonstration is set for this Saturday, August 9, at the United Nations building in New York, said Flounders, who is also an organizer with UNAC, the United National Anti-War Coalition.

Mumia: Zionists Lust for Land

America’s best known political prisoner says “Israel intentionally targets civilians, which is a war crime.” Mumia Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio, called Israel “a settler colonialists state which has no use for the indigenous people of Palestine, yet lusts for its land.” President Obama claims Israel “has the right to defend itself. But, one wonders: doesn’t Palestine have that right, as well?”

Speculation ends Fourth Day of Testimony in Wafer Murder Trial

Police recordings capture surprising audio

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

The fourth day of testimony in the 2nd-degree murder trial of Theodore Wafer for the death of Renisha McBride ended much differently than it began.

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