Black Agenda Report 7 February 2019: Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, Trump and the State of Imperial Decline, HR 1 Sics the Homeland Security Dogs on the US Left

6 February 2019 — Black Agenda Report

Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, Trump and the State of Imperial Decline

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
Bernie Sanders’ anticipated second run for the presidency is the 6-ton elephant in the Democratic boardroom. But the rich owners of the Party would rather lose to Trump again than win with Sanders

HR 1 Cuts Green Party Campaign Funding, Sics Homeland Security and Political Police on the Left

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
HR 1 isn’t a voting rights bill, or a keep the money out of politics bill. It’s a bill designed to cripple the Green Party, and to sic the homeland security intel and cops on US left dissenters

Freedom Rider: Democrats are the McCarthyites

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
The unceasing torrent of Russiagate lies turns Democrats into war hawks and causes liberals to spout nonsense that was once consigned to the fringe right wing. It’s worse than the old McCarthyism.

“How I Lost by Hillary Clinton,” a Book Review

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
Rich and manipulative people like Hillary Clinton and her DNC cohorts were defeated by their own emails.

On Venezuela and NATO, the Democratic Party is the “Assistance” Not the “Resistance” to Empire

Danny Haiphong, BAR contributor
Black, working and poor people can expect no relief from Democrats, who will continue to divert the nation’s resources to foreign wars and coups.

Wall of Lies

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence

Cory Booker Hates Public Schools

Eric Blanc
Cory Booker rose to prominence as a fanatical backer of school privatization, yet poses as a friend of public education and teachers.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Chowdhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week the reader discussion was on the limits of electoral democracy in the United States and the accommodation of diversity in American imperial hierarchies.

Black Agenda Radio, Week of February 4, 2019

– Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Cop-Control Movement Targets Chicago Council
Community control of police activists in Chicago are challenging virtually the entire city council in this month’s elections.
AIDS and the Black Poor
“Black men are still dying of AIDS” in disproportionate numbers for lack of access to life-saving drugs, said Darius Bost, profess
Corporate Dems Try to Swamp Sanders
Bernie Sanders better hurry up and formally enter the presidential contest, said Danny Haiphong, weekly columnist for Black Agenda
US Godfather Protects Venezuelan Collaborator
Washington handed over control of billions in Venezuelan assets to handpicked opposition politician Juan Guaido, who last week proclaimed himself president of Venezuela…

BAR Book Forum: Msia Clark’s “Hip-Hop in Africa”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The author employs Frantz Fanon’s discussion of protest culture as a lens of analysis of hip-hop in Africa.

BAR Book Forum: Katie Grimes’s “Fugitive Saints”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The Catholic Church was deeply involved in legitimizing and regulating slavery – a very unsaintly legacy.

Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy

Ben Norton
Venezuela’s US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó plans to privatize state assets and give foreign corporations access to oil, the Wall Street Journal boasts…

Tasers Claimed 49 Lives in 2018 Through Police Violence

Telesur
There have been a total of at least 1,081 deaths after the use of Tasers since the weapon began coming into widespread use in the early 2000s.

NBC News Smears Gabbard As A Kremlin Favorite

Glenn Greenwald
In slandering anti-war Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, NBC News has broken every rule of journalism.

Socialist Revolutionary Workers’ Party Vows to Resist South African Government’s Privatization Move

by Irvin Jim, NUMSA General Secretary
The new party insists that transition to renewable energy must be driven by the working class, not for capitalist profit.

Goodbye to the Dollar

Chris Hedges
It’s been a long time coming, but Donald Trump is speeding the dissolution of a US empire stitched together by an artificially exalted currency.

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