Black Agenda Report for 3 May 2017

3 May 2017 — Black Agenda Report

The Challenge in Jackson, Mississippi: To Govern or to Transform
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
The political organization of Jackson’s first Mayor Lumumba was divided. Some wanted to embed themselves in Mississippi’s black political class, while others aimed for a far reaching transformation of the local economy, relying on collective uplift and cooperative enterprises. It’s been three years. The eyes of black and working class America are on Jackson Mississippi once again. Will the city be merely governed, or will it be transformed?

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The Green ‘Nobel’

3 May 2017 — SumOfUs

Six brave people from around the world were awarded the most prestigious environmental award in the world last week — The Goldman Environmental Prize (aka. the ‘Green Nobel’). The award recognises the ordinary people like you and me who do extraordinary things to stand up to corporate power. People like Rodrigue and Prafulla who risked everything to keep British companies from their local communities and ecosystems. So let’s take a break from the rolling election news to celebrate them!

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NSA: Chiquita Papers: Uncertainty Fueled Staff Concerns about Payments to Guerrillas and Paramilitaries

2 May 2017 — National Security Archive

  • Colombia Payments a “Leap of Faith”
  • “We are funding their activities, or we are protecting ourselves. It’s questionable.”
  • CFO asks: “How can I audit that? I cannot ask them to sign a receipt.”

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 589

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US-NATO Attacks against Syria Geared Towards “Regime Change”

2 May 2017 — Global Research

Selected Articles:

The Real Defenders of Democracy: Syria and the Struggle against the International Despotism of Wall Street

By Stephen Gowans, May 02, 2017

A more sophisticated view holds that there exists in Syria an indigenous Islamist movement which—though rejecting democracy as a man-made ideology and seeking rule by the Quran (Islam’s holy book) and Sunna (the record of the Islamic prophet Mohammad’s thought and actions)—is fundamentally democratic insofar as it represents the aspirations of the majority. This view, however, suffers from two fatal defects: (1) There is no evidence that a majority of Syrians hold Islamist aspirations; and (2) a significant part of the Islamist opposition to the secular Syrian government is of foreign origin. Continue reading