Black Agenda Report 4 April 2019: Manufactured Slander & Lies; Greens’ Howie Hawkins is 2020’s Peace Candidate; Remembering April 4

4 April 2019 — Black Agenda Report

Mass Manufacturers of Slander and Lies

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
The U.S. has nothing to offer Africa but guns, drones and an extended half-life for the neocolonial order.

Tulsi Gabbard is a Sheepdog; Greens’ Howie Hawkins is 2020’s Only Peace Candidate

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Gabbard uses peace rhetoric to chase us back into the war party. Howie Hawkins is building a permanent party to fight for justice at home and peace abroad

Freedom Rider: Remembering April 4th

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
Dr King understood that drawing a line in the sand against imperialism was necessary to bring about the radical changes he wanted to see in the United States.

American Exceptionalism is at the root of the Fake News Epidemic Attempting to Overthrow Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution

– Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
American exceptionalism is a white exceptionalism that portrays the U.S. as a society rooted in democracy rather than slavery, liberty rather than brutality and genocide.

Ms. Cortez Goes to Washington

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
“Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.”—Lucy Parsons

Commemorating the Rwandan Genocide: A Senate Resolution in Praise of Blood

Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
Citing the Rwandan bloodbath, the US Senate is considering yet another measure justifying so-called “humanitarian” military intervention.

Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 1, 2019

Click the link above for the entire one hour show, or any of the next four links fore the individual segment thereof.

Mumia: Racist U.S. Empire Can’t Change Its Spots “Don’t believe for a moment that the US government cares about the people of Venezuela,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. “We need look no farther” than the Trump administration’s neglect of storm-tossed Puerto Rico to see Washington’s malign attitude towards Latin America, said Abu Jamal, in report to Prison Radio.
“Respectable” Haiti Opposition Fears Washington “The people of Haiti are ready to rid themselves of [President Jovenel] Moise any way they can,” said Dahoud Andre, a Brooklyn-based radio host and activist with the Committee to Organize Against Dictatorship. But, the “respectable” opposition seeks the impossible: a solution that is both acceptable to the US and the Haitian people.
Washington Celebrates NATO on King Assassination Day Anti-war activists gathered in Washington to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination and to protest the Trump administration’s birthday party for NATO. The April 4 celebration is a “desecration” of King’s memory in favor of “an aggressive, militaristic instrument of white supremacy,” said Ajamu Baraka, of the Black Alliance for Peace.
Creating a “De-Colonized” Ethnography The social science of ethnology must be “de-colonized,” said Dr. Selinka Makana, a Kenya-born scholar at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, at Columbia University. “How do we tell stories of our people through their own eyes, without the filter of a Western lens?”

BAR Book Forum: Ruma Chopra’s “Almost Home”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
This is a story about the ways in which the Maroons positioned themselves within a powerful and expanding empire.

BAR Book Forum: Paul Steinbeck’s “Message to Our Folks”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The members of the Art Ensemble represented “five different articulations of Africanity.”

Zimbabwean Communists Say Handing Over Mineral Resources to Foreign Firms is Treason

Peoples Dispatch Staff
Zimbabwe’s new “open for business” posture apparently means, “Come and take all of our resources.”

In This Small Georgia City, an Unpaid Court Fine Can Get Your Utilities Cut Off

Lewis Raven Wallace
Located 40 miles south of Atlanta, LaGrange uses local utilities as a form of social control.

Russia Warns About False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria

Ahmad al Khaled
US-backed jihadists have been getting away with pinning their attacks on the Syrian government since 2013.

War, Peace and Presidential Candidates

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies
Would any of the Democratic candidates promote diplomacy and a commitment to international law?

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