Black Agenda Report 18 April 2019: Is Apartheid Israel “Reparations” for Jews?; Terri Sewell, Worst of the Black Caucus; “The Resistance” Silent on Assange…

18 April 2019 — Black Agenda Report

Is the Apartheid Colonial Settler State of Israel “Reparations” For Jews? ADOS Thinks So. 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
When ADOS leaders & followers make the ridiculous claim that the apartheid state of Israel is “reparations” for Jews they betray their own right wing and capitalist sponsorship and roots.

Terri Sewell, the Worst of the Black Caucus, Subverts $15 Wage Bill 

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
Selma, Alabama, has produced the most reactionary Black Congressperson in modern times, part of the Democratic Party’s increasing servitude to corporate interests.

Freedom Rider: The “Resistance” is Silent on Julian Assange 

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
Liberals are just as much true believers in imperialism as the right wing they claim to oppose.

Military Spending and the Never-ending Trump Diversion 

– Ajamu Baraka , BAR editor and columnist
No sector has benefited more from the Trump presidency than the military/industrial complex — with lots of help from the Democrats.

for Ayat 

Raymond Nat Turner , BAR poet-in-residence
Hey Ayat, we were an odd couple, haunting the library for magical books, deciding how and where we wanted to work…

Veterans Ask Barbara Lee to Speak Out for Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange 

Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
Worried constituents in Oakland are wondering, “Does Barbara Lee still speak for me?”

Celebrating the Release of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News-From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror 

Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
American Exceptionalism is bound to white supremacy and creates a broad national unity around the interests of the ruling class.

Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 17, 2019

Click the link above for the entire one hour show, or any of the next four links for the individual segement thereof.
Participants in the Black Is Back Coalition’s 3rd Electoral Politics School agreed with chairman Omali Yeshitela that “massive political change is in the wind.”
Only the Green Party Can Deliver on the Green New Deal 
“The problem for the Green New Deal” is that the Democratic leadership in Congress “won’t let it happen,” said Howie Hawkins, a possible candidate for the Green Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
The 17 pro-community control of police candidates elected to the 50-member Chicago Board of Aldermen can also be expected to support “community control of the board of education” and “a progressive agenda around housing and jobs,” said Frank Chapman, of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.
The deaths of seven inmates during disturbances at the Lee County state prison, a year ago, “was the state’s responsibility, that has not been acknowledged, according to SC human rights attorney Efia Nwangaza.

Letters from Our Readers  

Jahan Chowdhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week there was discussion of Tulsi Gabbard’s links to the right wing in India, reparations and the ADOS movement, and Al Sharpton’s role in the 2020 elections.

BAR Book Forum: John Lowney’s”Jazz Internationalism” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Black writers have underscored the possibilities and challenges of black internationalism through their innovative adaptations of black music.

BAR Book Forum: Brian Roberts’“Blackface Nation” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
What made the ‘American’ different from the ‘Englishman’ was a celebration of vulgar thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.

We Must Have a Demand: Towards a Transformative, Black-Led Reparations Movement.

This Is Hell , Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
Glen Ford explores the possibilities of reparations, and the limits of the Democratic party’s racial politics – as 2020 presidential hopefuls advance insufficient reparations schemes to court Black voters, only a radical, Black-driven demand to redress the crimes of slavery can be acceptable, and it must come from Black people seeking justice, not politicians seeking votes.

Investigation Nation: Mueller, Russiagate, and Fake Politics  

Jim Kavanagh
Having finally imploded, Russiagate now morphs into its second life as a campaign issue for Donald Trump.

Phoenix in Knightsbridge: the Daylight Seizure of Assange 

T.P. Wilkinson
Unlike Edward Snowden, and more like Philip Agee, Assange rejected the premise that the State has any right to secrecy at all.

Global NATO: A 70-Year Alliance of Oppressors in Crisis  

Horace G. Campbell
NATO is the main prop for global capital’s predations, and must be opposed by all who seek peace and social justice.

As Black Activists Protested Police Killings, Homeland Security Worried They Might Join ISIS 

Alice Speri
Federal officials spread right-wing tales that Black protesters were susceptible to Islamic jihadist appeals.

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