Black Agenda Report 22 January 2020

22 January 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the Global Race to the Bottom

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot.

Freedom Rider: The Internet Does Washington’s Dirty Work

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
As long as the internet is in private hands it should be seen as a “frenemy” — a useful resource that can also be wielded as a weapon.

The New York Fed’s Financial Stranglehold on Iraq

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
The US is threatening to seize Iraq’s oil revenues if Baghdad expels American troops.

White Supremacy and War Are Vice Grips Strangling the Working Class: What we Can Learn from China

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The same white supremacist ideology that dehumanizes Black Americans also steers the US Empire’s regime of endless war abroad.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of January 20, 2020

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Black Self-Defense is Important, But Ideology is Paramount / Catch the “‘F’ the Police” Train / Roots of Imperial Policing

No, he did-ant—call her Pocahontas—did he?!

BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner
No, the dumb Don did-ant
call Hocus-Pocus,
“Pocahontas—“ did he?!

Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition

Eric Mann
Dr. King brought a powerful and frontal indictment of the system of white supremacist, racist, capitalism.

Forty-Five Felons With Their Own Holiday: The U.S. Presidency

David Swanson
Margaret Kimberley’s new book on US presidents and Black people shows why the executive mansion is called the “White” House.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week impeachment and China were topics of discussion.

BAR Book Forum: Margaret Kimberley’s “Prejudential”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The history of enslavement and American apartheid segregation has permanently disfigured politics in this country.

BAR Book Forum: Aydogan Kars’ “Unsaying God“

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Islam’s association in the West with “terror” makes it nearly impossible Islamic theology as a force for racial or social justice.

Roots of Imperial Policing

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The US became deeply involved in global counterinsurgency after World War Two, said Stuart Schrader, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University and author of “Badges Without Borders: Howe Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.” In the Sixties, Washington “replicated domestically what the United States was already doing oversees in the guise of preventing communist revolution.,” said Schrader.

Catch the “‘F’ the Police” Train

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
On January 31 activists plan to confront New York City cops in protests over high transit fares and police brutality, under the banner “F.T.P,” according to Shannon Jones, of Bronxites for NYPD Accountability. The initials stand for “’F’ the Police, Feed the People, ‘F’ the Politicians , and ‘F’ the Prisons,” said Jones.

Black Self-Defense is Important, But Ideology is Paramount

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Yafeuh Balogon, a leader of the Dallas-based Huey P Newton Gun Club, which advocates armed Black self-defense, said the club was inspired by the “founding of the Black Panther Party, more than half a century ago. When armed white supremacists tried to stage a show of force in the Black section of Dallas in 2016, “we were able to drive them out,” However, “ideology is more important than the weapons,” said Balogon.

Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

Steve Nathans-Kelly
White supremacist Democrats staged a military assault on the last bastion of biracial government in the South, killing scores of Blacks and driving thousands out of North Carolina’s largest city.

The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an “Aberration”

Michelle Alexander
Yes, Trump is an inveterate liar, but American politicians have always told lies about the Black and brown people they demonize and mass-imprison.

Venezuela: A Successful Year of Resistance

Francisco Dominguez
Washington’s strategy throughout 2019 was aimed at bringing about chaos and mayhem sufficient to justify US military intervention.

In Anti-Communist Fervor, FBI Built a 500-Page File on Coretta Scott King

Aaron J. Leonard Scott
King was spied on constantly by the FBI – surveillance that was authorized by the Kings’ “friends,” the Kennedy brothers.

Huey P. Newton and Martin Luther King Jr.: Revolutionary Love and Unity

Archishman Raju
Both Newton and King sought to create a united front for peace and socialism.

Want Out of Jail? First You Have to Take a Fast Food Job

Anna Wolfe and Michelle Liu
The convict labor system was once notorious in Mississippi – and it still is, under the guise of debt restitution.

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