Black Agenda Report for August 8, 2016: Trump, Russia and Democratic Lies – Baltimore: Impunity for the Police and Prison for the Resisters

8 August 2016 — Black Agenda Report

BAR didn’t send out an issue last week, so here are the links to the stories I could have published:

Freedom Rider: Trump, Russia and Democratic Lies

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The real story was that the Democrats rigged the primary elections. The manufactured story that has dominated corporate media is that Russia may hack the U.S. elections and Donald Trump is a “fascist” guilty of “treason” for failing to demonize Vladimir Putin. But the Republican nominee fails the fascist test, since the hard corporate Right is with Hillary and “Trump has no filter or political acumen and has run afoul of the Republican rulers.”

Baltimore: Impunity for the Police and Prison for the Resisters

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

President Obama’s justice department intervened to bring the full weight of federal law down on those that resisted killer cops in the streets. “The real ‘America’ is the America of Baltimore where six cops escape accountability for severing the spinal cord of Freddie Gray.” The fake America resides in the “liberal notion that the current state can actually render “justice” to a captive, surplus population.”

Coalition Declares Black Self-Determination Back on the Agenda

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

After two generations of “Black social disintegration, economic retrogression and political confusion” ushered in through the collaboration of the Black Misleadership Class, “Black people have rediscovered and revived the Black Radical Tradition, with self-determination at the core.” The Black is Back Coalition is promulgating a groundbreaking 19-point Black political agenda entirely “formulated through the prism of Black self-determination.”

The Obama Legacy Part V: Waging War on Civil Liberties

by Danny Haiphong

Liberals and leftists supported candidate Barack Obama largely because they thought he would be good for civil liberties. Instead, Obama introduced “indefinite military detention without trial or cause,” increased wiretaps 34 percent in his first two years, imprisoned more whistleblowers than all his predecessors combined. The First Black President spends Tuesday evenings on his Kill List.

Stop Trump Fundamentalists Can Bite Me

by Ann Garrison

The duopoly electoral system causes shrinkage of the American mind, compelling otherwise intelligent people to conclude that critics of corporate Democrats must be supporters of Donald Trump. The author, who will vote Green, has a rhetorical question for the afflicted. “You trust Hillary, she of the 30,000 deleted e-mails, the $250,000 Goldman Sachs speeches, and the poverty pimping and corruption empire otherwise known as the Clinton Foundation?”

Rev. Pinkney’s Appeal Denied

by David Sole

A Michigan court ruled that Rev. Edward Pinkney’s political activism was enough motive to send him to prison for 2 ½ to 10 years charges. By such warped judicial reasoning, courts “can condemn every political activist in the country to be guilty of any political crime just for being an activist. In Rev. Pinkney’s words: “We are living in a time when the court system and the prosecutor don’t need evidence to send a man to prison.”

The Financial Firm That Cornered the Market on Jails

by Arun Gupta 

The financial services industry is ruthlessly exploiting America’s vast captive market of jail and prison inmates with fee-heavy cards. Corporate vultures have seized market shares in every sector of the prison gulag. JP Morgan Chase “has a ‘lock’ on the Federal Bureau of Prisons population,” JPay dominates state correctional systems, and an outfit names Numi rips off inmates — especially immigrants — at county jails.

Breaking the Camouflage Wall of Silence: When AFRICOM Evaluates Itself, the News Is Grim

by Nick Turse

The U.S. Military Command in Africa, AFRICOM, claims it is a force against “terror” on the continent. Yet armed groups have proliferated at much the same pace as the U.S. military expansion in Africa. “Over these last years, the number of personnel, missions, dollars spent, and special ops training efforts as well as drone bases and other outposts on the continent have all multiplied.”

Haiti 101 Years After US Invasion, Still Resisting Domination

by Justin Podur

Europe and its settler colony, the United States, never forgave Haiti’s Blacks for liberating themselves in 1804. The U.S. got its revenge, occupying Haiti in 1915. Washington intervened again under presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, creating an ongoing crisis that “will no doubt provide pretexts for the next US intervention.”

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