25 October 2017 — Black Agenda Report
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno on breaking with the Dems and City Hall, and the prospects for transformation and struggle in Jackson and beyond.
by BAR executive Editor Glen Ford
The people’s representatives grovel at the feet of the rich, begging for crumbs that might fall from on high. As of last week, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world with a net worth of $90 billion, has received 238 proposals from local governments across North America begging for a chance to host a second headquarters for his Seattle-based corporation.
by BAR editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley
The desire to be affirmed by American society has dangerous consequences for black people. This pernicious dynamic creates the inclination to worship any black face in a high place or to defend questionable activity… Almost no one is asking about the fact that American troops are stationed in Africa at all.
by BAR Contributor Danny Haiphong
It doesn’t take much to qualify as “resistance” in the Trump era. Eminem legitimizes U.S. imperialism while posing as an agent of resistance.
by BAR contributor Ann Garrison
Only 2 percent of DR Congo’s population is Muslim, but someone wants the world to believe that jihadists are active there.
by Gaye Theresa Johnson , Alex Lubin
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by Bill Quigley
In July 2017, 34 year old Chokwe Antar Lumumba was sworn in as Mayor of Jackson Mississippi. He soon announced that the city was going to be “the most radical city on the planet .” This was not an idle boast because Jackson Mississippi, of all places, is where one of the country’s most radical experiments in social and economic transformation is happening.
Apparently “…the president served as a go-between in pushing owners to agree to blackball the quarterback for instigating a league-wide protest movement…”
by Immanuel Ness
The lessons from the Soviet era are a vivid reminder that socialism is not a utopian ideal, but a historical reality that workers must fight for. What did socialism do in the Soviet Union and the world that was and is now again subjected by capitalist Western imperialism?
On this week’s one hour show, Philly celebrates the 150th birthday of W.E.B.DuBois, the courts throw out police critic Sugar Bear’s 1979 murder conviction but DA still wants blood, and Larry Hamm on the FBI’s newest excuse to exist— protecting us against all those “black identity extremists.”
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Philadelphia to Celebrate Dubois Birthday
150 years ago W.E.B. Dubois was born in Philly the city which still recalls his signal contribution to black life and understanding, and to the movement of oppressed and exploited people the world over.
DA Wants Sugar Bear’s Blood
In 1979 police critic Sugar Bear was convicted of murder. A jugde has thrown out the conviction on the basis that blacks were not allowed on Philly juries at the time. But the DA responsible for the conviction still wants blood.
FBI Tries to Shield Violent White Supremacists
Is the FBI’s new designation a ploy to divert attention from the rising tide of white nationalist extremism, asks Newark’s Larry Hamm?
by Gerald A. Perreira
Qaddafi’s Libya had the highest standard of living on the African continent. It was targeted by the US, France, Saudi Arabia, Britain and NATO.
“American aircraft were dropping strange objects including live spiders, flies, bees, snakes, fleas, ticks, dead rats, and mosquitos encased in U.S…”
“The expanding levels of US military forces arrayed across the continent have increasingly taken on the character of an occupying army.”