Black Agenda Report 25 October 2017

25 October 2017 — Black Agenda Report

After Winning the Election Do We Govern the Place or Transform It? Kali Akuno on the Lessons of Jackson MS So Far

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.

Socialism or Amazonism

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.

Freedom Rider: AFRICOM is the Question

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. 

Eminem’s Freestyle and the Degeneration of US Society

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.

ISIS of Central Africa: A New Cover for Plundering Congo

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.

On the Futures of Black Radicalism in These Times

by Gaye Theresa Johnson , Alex Lubin

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The Blueprint for the Most Radical City on the Planet

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.

Trump May Have Made Colin Kaepernick’s Case

Jeremy Stahl

Apparently “…the president served as a go-between in pushing owners to agree to blackball the quarterback for instigating a league-wide protest movement…” 

The Relevance of the Soviet Revolution to Today’s Struggle

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?

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 23, 2017

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.”

Click the link above for the whole show, or any of the next 3 for its individual segments.

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?

Remembering Muammar Qaddafi and the Great Libyan Jamahiriya

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.

Expert Exposes US Biological Warfare During Korean War

Erin Fiorini

“American aircraft were dropping strange objects including live spiders, flies, bees, snakes, fleas, ticks, dead rats, and mosquitos encased in U.S…”

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

Eddie Haywood

“The expanding levels of US military forces arrayed across the continent have increasingly taken on the character of an occupying army.”