Black Agenda Report for 24 May 2017

24 May 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Hillary Clinton’s Syria Revenge

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Had Hillary Clinton been elected, she would likely have turned the Syrian war into a global conflict within weeks of taking the oath. However, Clinton may yet prevail. “With Donald Trump now dutifully in synch with the War Party, the U.S. has countered the Syrian-Russian-Iranian-Turkish ‘de-escalation’ in Syria with a major escalation: ‘no-go zones.’

When it Comes to Deportations, Trump Can’t Hold a Candle to Obama
A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford
Both the corporate media and Donald Trump, himself, want you to believe that Trump is the “worst thing ever to happen to undocumented people.” There is no question that Trump aspires to be the Great Deporter, but “Barack Obama is damn near unbeatable when it comes to kicking people out of the country. Trump is not yet even a contender.


Freedom Rider: Endless Propaganda

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Big Lie works. The Democrat/War Party concocts several howling lies per week, amplifies them endlessly in the corporate media, and then repeats the process the next week with a new batch of lies against targeted states and Donald Trump’s associates. Meanwhile, the Democrats offer absolutely nothing of substance. They want “to get back into power without presenting any policies that the people want to see enacted.”

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle Part II

by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

From her vantage point in SNCC, Karen Spellman saw the birth of the modern Black Power Movement. She says “most Black people equated the concept of Black power with Black pride, Black consciousness, self-determination, controlling our own destinies and an end to repression.” Whites and conservative Blacks generally viewed the movement negatively, “as a direct challenge to white authority and the status quo.”

The Cuban Revolution: Still in Motion

by Danny Haiphong

The author’s recent trip to Cuba confirmed the his confidence in the power of people to transform their lives. It is also clear that “the US government has not stopped its ceaseless attack on the Cuban Revolution and probably never will as long as the US possesses an imperialist system.” Nevertheless, every Cuban he spoke to “reiterated how the revolution remains non-negotiable.”

Ra Was Right

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Some artists write poems and novels.  Others paint and perform.  Some build imaginary worlds you can iummerse and lose yourself in.  Some bring messages from the future, prophesying, fortelling the fates of this one.  Our poet recalls one of these…

Never Mind the Real Russia, It’s All about Trump: An Interview with David Swanson

by Ann Garrison??

Anti-war activist and author David Swanson told the author that party partisanship fuels the anti-Russian obsession among rank and file Democrats. “If the Democratic Party had made a grand cause of friendship with Russia and disarmament and ending nuclear weapons madness, then liberal supporters of the Democratic Party would be out there saying, ‘Let’s be friends with Russia.’”

Soft Coups in Latin America: The Cases of Ecuador and Bolivia

by Chicago Alba Solidarity

The U.S. government has manipulated indigenous and environmental organizations for its own, regime-change purposes in Latin America. “The US seeks to overthrow democratically elected presidents through media campaigns of lies and half-truths, inciting social discontent, delegitimizing the government, provoking violence in the streets, economic disruptions and strikes.”

Hail Emmanuel Caesar! The Bankster Macron and Pax Francais in Africa

by Thomas C. Mountain

The blood of millions stains France’s colonialist hands, crimes that dwarf and mock its claims to authorship of “liberty, fraternity and solidarity.” The new bankster-in-charge in Paris is dedicated to wealth accumulation through looting, understanding that “the continued super exploitation of Africa is essential to the maintenance of the French economy.”

National Strike in Buenaventura, Afro-Colombia

by Esther Ojulari

Black people in the Choco region of Colombia marked the National day of Afro-Colombian Heritage, May 21st, with massive protests against economic and political violence. The community around the port city of Buenaventura “has been on general strike demanding that the government fulfils basic human rights to water, education, health, culture, land and freedom from racism and violence.”

Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike Enters Day 37

by SAMIODUN, the Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network

Completely unnoticed by US corporate media, 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners are engaged in a hunger strike, a literal fast to the death demanding human rights in Israeli prisons and jails.  As with most actions undertaken by prisoners, their tools and options are seriously limited. Most options are in the hands of the authorities, and those of us outside the walls.  They’re standing up.  We know where the Congressional Black Caucus stands.  Where are you standing?

In the Light of African Liberation Day Imperialist Rats Will Run Away

by Mark P. Fancher

The heroic African guerilla struggles against colonialism are history. The African present is dominated by AFRICOM, the U.S. military octopus with tentacles deep in the militaries of supposedly independent African states. “If Africa’s enemies have retreated like cowardly rats to the safety of their offices and boardrooms, then it’s time for us to drag their deliberations and plans out into the light of day — African Liberation Day.”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of May 22, 2017

U.S. Healthcare is Profiteered to Death… with PNHP’s Dr. Susan Rogers,The Democrats’ Formula for Losing Elections with BAR Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley,U.S. Can’t Rule World by Force with Dr. Anthony Monteiro andMumia Abu Jamal on the Bad Old Days
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.

U.S. Healthcare is Profiteered to Death

Only a single payer system can bring U.S. health care into the 21st century, said Dr. Susan Rogers, of Physicians for a National Health Program. Private insurance corporations drain society of health care resources. “If you look at a large hospital, I bet they’ve got more billing clerks than they do nurses, per patient,” said Rogers. “That tells you where the money is going; it’s not going to health care, it’s going to billing.”

The Democrats “know what they need to do to get out the vote,” said Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report. “They need to raise wages, stop the student loan debt, and protect people’s homes. But none of these things are acceptable to their patrons” among the 1 percent,” said Kimberley, who recently authored an article titled “The Democratic Party Death Spiral.” The Democrats “cannot depend on corporate money and do what the people want them to do.”

U.S. Can’t Rule World by Force

Despite its massive military, the U.S. cannot rule the world by force of arms, said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the Duboisian scholar from Philadelphia. China’s regional neighborhood includes “three of the five largest economies in the world,” said Monteiro. Therefore, a war with China “would be like the U.S. shooting itself in the head.” A war with Iran, on the Persian Gulf, “would throw the world into a recession or depression.” These are “wars that the United States can’t win; wars that the American public don’t want; and wars that most of humanity would condemn as wars of aggression,” he said.

Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, recalled being beaten up by cops, as a 14 year-old, in 1968 Philadelphia. It was “a little taste of [former mayor and police chief] Rizzo, and “an introduction to Trump,” Abu Jamal told journalist Chris Hedges, host of the RT program “On Contact.” “I lived in the ‘bad old days,’” said Mumia. “They were ugly days, and they’re ugly days, today.”