Black Agenda Report 23 June 2021

23 June 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: Biden, Putin and the Press 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
The corporate media claim that President Biden went easy on Vladimir Putin outside the G7 meeting, but that’s only because Biden preferred to sic the imperial press hounds on the Russian president.

Appearance Versus Essence: Biden is Stabilizing, Not Ending, Neoliberalism 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
For neoliberalism to truly end, austerity and privatization must also come to an end and universal public programs such as nationalized healthcare and free higher education must exist within a context of peace

REVIEW ESSAY: A Truncated Story of Black Rebellion, Charisse Burden-Stelly 

Editors, The Black Agenda Review
Black violence functioned as both a political challenge to racial domination and a political rationale for both the intensification and normalization of aggressive and pervasive policing in poor Black communities.

Ethiopians Go to the Polls Even After the US Tells Them Not to 

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Many Ethiopians expressed enthusiasm for what they consider the country’s first real, competitive election, writes Ann Garrison..

The Town Crier’s Big Tooth Fund (For Drs. Rosenthal, Sapir and Ferdowsi) 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs…” —Karl Marx

Reclined in my dentist’s chair, daydreaming in
Numbers: #s 13, 15, 18, 19— “5 on # 13; 7 on # 15;
5 on # 18; 7 on # 19—“ Problematic, impacted,
subtracted, divided—fractured, cracked numbers…

US Militarism Kills at Home and Abroad 

Black Alliance For Peace
We regard militarism as the antithesis of revolutionary pan-African visions of Africa as a region freed from the destructive legacies of its patriarchal and colonial history.

Texas Governor Signs Law to Stop Teachers from Talking about Racism 

Jennifer Bendery
Texas mandates that its schools see no racism, hear no racism, and teach nothing about racism, racial oppression or racial capitalism.

Over 100 Anti-Protest Bills Have Been Introduced Since George Floyd Rebellion 

Ella Fasslier
The new laws are part of a larger trend of conservative, right-wing efforts at the state level designed to counter the goals of social movements.

BAR Book Forum: Gerald Horne’s Jazz and Justice 

Dr. Gerald Horne
He was stunned to ascertain that Europe was less racist toward those like himself in comparison to his homeland;

The Case of Alex Saab – US Abduction of Venezuelan Diplomat, a Global Challenge  

Sara Flounders and Roger D. Harris
The case involves the kidnapping of a diplomat by the world’s sole superpower locked in an unequal struggle to destroy the formerly prosperous, oil rich country of Venezuela.

Reefer Legalization “Not Good” for Revolution, Says New York Lawmaker 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Although he’s glad recently passed marijuana legislation will halt arrests for possession and expunge criminal records, NY State Assemblyman and former Black Panther Charles Barron says, “I just don’t see how the recreational use of marijuana is good for revolution.” Barron predicts we will soon see “an alcohol store on one corner, a cannabis store on the next corner, a murder burger store on another corner, and a funeral home on the fourth corner.”

G7 is a Neocolonial Cabal 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The recently concluded summit meeting of so-called G7 nations revealed them once again to be nothing “but a cabal and gangsters” bent on “maintaining neocolonial rule” of the planet, said Richard Medhurst, a Syrian-born journalist and political commentator.  Made up of white settler regimes and former and current colonial powers, the G7 spend much of their time “maligning Russia and China,” but can no longer compete in a multi-polar world, said Medhurst.

Make Black Lives Matter Fund-Raising Socially Accountable 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“Finance capital doesn’t fund liberation movements,” said Dr Joy James, the Williams College Humanities professor who moderated a recent Accountability in Social Justice Movements webinar. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Fund amassed $90 million in largely corporate philanthropy in 2020. But corporations don’t give “millions of dollars so you can free yourselves and derail predatory capitalism and imperialism,” said Dr James.

The Left Lens Presents the Left Voice in Latin America w/Camila Escalante

Wherever the Left has risen up in Latin America, rightwing oligarchs backed by the United States have responded with violence and political chicanery. Journalist Camila Escalante joins The Left Lens to discuss Peru’s recent election and developments in Latin America’s ongoing struggle against imperialism.

To End Racial Capitalism, We Will Need to Take On the Institution of Policing 

Henry A. Giroux
The same activists who are working to defund the police are also part of a collective movement to bring an end to neoliberal capitalism.

The Hidden History of Juneteenth 

Gregory P. Downs
“We knowed what was goin’ on in [the war] all the time,” said Felix Haywood, dismissing the notion that his fellow Texas slaves were ignorant of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth: “The Day is Ours”  

Nicholas Brady
It seems inevitable our own holiday will be sold back to us by the same corporations that profit from exploiting black lives.

Nicaragua’s Benedict Arnolds – Political Opposition as Organized Crime 

Stephen Sefton
Under Nicaraguan law, it is a crime to seek foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs.

Why We’re Fed Up with Weak Excuses for Accepting Awards from the Empire 

Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin
How should we respond when people of color who’ve spent a lifetime cussing the empire start curtseying to it instead?

Hacked Emails Give Unfiltered View Into the DC Police Gang Database 

Chris Gelardi
“Police can call you a gang member because they observed you with other gang members, who they declared gang members because they were with other gang members.”

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