Black Agenda Report 2 June 2021

2 June 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Norman Finkelstein: Truth and Justice Are the Ultimate Test, Not International NGOs

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Even Human Rights Watch says Israel is committing crimes against humanity in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in Gaza, and the idea of a Jewish state in the context of Palestine is not legitimate.

Freedom Rider: Lab Leak Theory and Anti-China Mania

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Most virologists still believe that COVID-19 is far more likely to have originated naturally, but US espionage and disinformation agencies disagree.

Return of the Lab Leak Conspiracy Shows Biden is a Democrat with Trumpian Characteristics on China

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Now Biden and his top allies have given credence to the lab leak conspiracy, as they escalate their confrontation with China.

ESSAY: Knife Edge: Living with Domestic and Economic Violence, Andiaye, 2013

Editors, The Black Agenda Review
Andiaye, a tireless advocate for the rights and welfare of women in Guyana, agitated against the system’s “way of organizing the economy which creates poverty and then criminalizes it.”

MOVE Tulsa to Gaza…

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence

The Mass Shooting Of The Day— this time was in San Jose… Do you know the way to San Jose?

Before Tulsa there was Bethesda: The Cover-up of MAAFA (Genocide) and the Continuation of State Sponsored Racial Terror

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, BAR editor and columnist
The Black community in Bethesda and descendants of those buried in Moses Cemetery demand an immediate halt to the destruction of their ancestors’ resting place.

Bob Wing’s Strategy to Build the “Anti-Racist State” to Replace the “Racist State” is Liberal Social Imperialist Nonsense

Quetzal Cáceres
What Wing has done is taken an important formulation and neutered it to serve neoliberal multiculturalism.

Biden is Anti-Haiti, and His Haitian-American Press Person Doesn’t Give a Damn

Pascal Robert
The current Haitian president is perhaps the most ineffectual US stooge to date, but Joe Biden and his Haitian American press person couldn’t care less.

BAR Book Forum: Tamika Nunley’s “At the Threshold of Liberty”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
How Black women gave the term “liberty” its meaning and expanded the scope of liberty in the nation’s capital during the nineteenth century.

BAR Book Forum: Justin Podur and Joe Emersberger’s “Extraordinary Threat”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Western media outlets, NGOs and powerful governments allied with the United States work in unison to deceive people about foreign policy.

The CIA’s New “Woke” Façade

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The planet’s premier assassination and regime-change agency is advertising itself as a “woke” workplace populated by young Black, Latina and LGBTQ staffers. The ads are “an attempt to blend identity politics and intersectionality with imperialism,” said Ramiro Sebastion Funez, on his podcast “Unmasking Imperialism.”

The Politics of Performance

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Performance art has the power to make the future felt in the present. “We are in the world that we want to create right now,” said Troizel Carr, a doctoral candidate in performance studies at New York University and teaching fellow at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. “When we talk about abolition,” said Carr, “we have to talk about it as if we are on the run, as if we are on the run together, because that is what the enslaved people were doing.”

George Floyd Not a Martyr

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The effectiveness of the social justice movement should be measured by “what material conditions have actually shifted for Black people” and other vulnerable groups, said Kovie Biakolo, a widely published multiculturalism scholar specializing in culture and identity. “George Floyd was “not a martyr,” according to Biakolo. “He’s a man who wanted to live – he didn’t give his life for the cause.”

Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens Journalist Richard Medhurst joins The Left Lens to discuss what Palestine tells us about the nature of imperialism A ceasefire has ensued after Israel escalated its military siege on Gaza for eleven days, killing hundreds of Palestinians and 60 children.

Jackson Mississippi’s Black Ruling Class Collaborates to Give Cops Cover to Kill

Adofo Minka
The “radical” Mayor rChokwe Antar Lumumba has presided over the police killing of eight Black citizens since 2017.

How Corporations Buy—and Sell—Food Made With Prison Labor

H. Claire Brown
The small world of prison food production is a microcosm of the American food system, which all too o#en functions as a race to the bottom

Toward a Police-Free Future in Canada

Robyn Maynard
The defund movement shows the way to divest from violence and repression, and invest in safety and life-affirming services.

African Financial Independence is a Threat to Imperialism

Otobong Inieke
Africa has been a net creditor to the rest of the world for decades, and must find ways to hold on to its capital.

The Colombian State Is at War with Its People

Laura Correa Ochoa, Maria Cardenas and Tianna S. Paschel
State violence is a daily occurrence in rural areas and particularly in Black and indigenous territories.

Papuan protesters Attacked and Arrested for Demanding Pro-Independence Leader’s Release

Peoples Dispatch Staff
Victor Yeimo was arrested under charges of treason earlier this month for his role in the anti-racism Papuan protests of 2019.

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