Black Agenda Report 8 January 2020

8 January 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Trump is a Criminal, But the Democrats Belong to the Same Mafia

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
The Republicans and Democrats are united under the American imperial banner, and only differ on details of strategy to maintain Washington’s global domination.

Freedom Rider: Iran and the Need for Black Activism

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Black Americans, as perpetual targets of US lies and attacks, should be the first to reject Washington’s rationales for war with Iran.

Sheep-Dogging on Steroids: The New Democratic Party Anti-War Activists

Ajamu Baraka, BAR editor
The rhetoric of the Democratic “progressives” only gives cover to the ongoing criminality of the U.S. state and its commitment to permanent war – with congressional approval.

John Kerry Did It

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
The “it” being: put Republicans in power by allowing George Bush to steal the presidency for the second time, in 2004, which no assistance from Russians, Wikileaks or Jill Stein.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of January 6, 2020

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Rogue US Assassination Spurs International Solidarity / Hip Hop Vs Late Stage Capitalism / Early African Captives Talked Back to European Enslavers

In the Year Ahead, Both Perils and Prospects Exist for the American Left

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
There may be two political parties in the United States, but there is only one ruling class agenda.

Ready for the Roaring ‘20s?

BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat TurnerThis Orange Age outrage— Reich of the child’s cage Cancer at fourth stage— Rogue state’s rampage…

Beware Imperialist Gaslighting – Assassination is Not Legal

Mark P. Fancher
The U.S. government has been in the business of killing foreign leaders for a long time – but it’s still a crime.

The Anti-War Movement is Fired Up!

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
It is imperative that the antiwar movement grows exponentially very quickly and becomes a major force in 2020.

BAR Book Forum: “Books I Teach”

Erica Caines
Black adults must not allow “Hollywood to fill in the blanks” in our children’s understanding of Black history.

BAR Book Forum: “Books I Teach”

Alaina Morgan
The question of where to search for the histories of Black people in the diaspora, is of paramount importance.

Early African Captives Talked Back to European Enslavers

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Bucknell University Professor of Spanish Dr Nick Jones’ book on “Habla de Negros” — “Black talk/speech” — in early colonial Spain and Portugal shows that “through their Africanized Spanish, they’re speaking back to their masters, they’re critiquing them” and making their humanity and agency known.

Hip Hop Vs Late Stage Capitalism

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
“People will always resist,” said Dr Lisa Calvente, author of a Souls article that draws a straight line between neoliberal capitalism and the birth of Hip Hop in New York City. “Hip Hop is that resistance from neoliberalism,” which devastated Black and brown neighborhoods in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Dr. Calvente is a professor of Intercultural Communications at DuPaul University

Rogue US Assassination Spurs International Solidarity

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Washington’s assassination of an Iranian general “brings Russia, China and Iran closer together,” said Duboisian scholar Dr Anthony Monteiro. “Other nations of the global South will rally around Iran because they recognize that this could happen to any nations with this kind of brazen, Wild West behavior” by the United States. Monteiro is active with the Philadelphia Saturday Free School.

The Soul Will Find a Way

Kevin Alexander Gray
Even in the era of the “African-American” tag, there’s no shaking black – because James Brown made it cool to be black.

Will the Assassination of Gen. Soleimani Be Trump’s 1914 Moment?

Wilmer J. Leon III
It appears that lies and/or false narratives are being used to rationalize this latest heinous act that may also result in another senseless war.

Assange and Manning are Being Persecuted for Speaking Truth to Power

Leonard C. Goodman
Had WikiLeaks existed in 2002, a patriotic officer like Chelsea Manning might have leaked the official intelligence reports and stopped a war.

The US Surges Into A Police State While Media White Out Structural Racism

Netfa Freeman
Trump wants to “surge” against urban Black and brown Americans in the same way that the US surged against Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two Views on Queen & Slim

From Enzo Calandra and Jelani Cobb
The film is either “a meditation on a system of justice that treats innocent people as outlaws,” or “a bourgeois representation of the struggle against police oppression.”

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism

April Anson
Author Gerald Horne demonstrates that modernity arrived in the 17th century on the three horsemen of the apocalypse: slavery, white supremacy, and capitalism.

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