Black Agenda Report 16 September 2021

16 September 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Glen Ford Memorial Gathering

The memorial service for Glen Ford will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. The event will be live streamed on Youtube.

20 Years of Post-9/11 Amnesia

Margaret Kimberley, BAR Executive Editor and Senior Columnist
Memories of the last 20 years are rarely focused on increased state violence and repression in the post-9/11 world. The damage has largely been forgotten.

Austerity and Mass Murder: An American Pastime

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The race to the bottom is an imperative of austerity, which is foundational to the history of state violence in the U.S.

Durban and 9/11: The Implications for a New Politics of Resistance

Ajamu Baraka, BAR Editor and Columnist
Another twenty-year anniversary is the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) that took place in Durban, South Africa between August 30, and September 8. The George W. Bush administration walked out of that meeting and the Obama administration boycotted the 10th anniversary. BAR contributor and editor, Ajamu Baraka delivered a speech in Paris on the meaning of Durban almost two decades ago that we believe is as relevant today as it was then.

The Gorgon Staring at You

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
U.S. wars in foreign countries always comes home. The latest is the “Gorgon Stare,” wide angle surveillance planes, used in Iraq and Afghanistan, that have now been brought home, to an urban area near you.

ESSAY: Racial Prejudice in Cuba

Editors, Black Agenda Review
Contemporary conversations about racism in Cuba appear to have forgotten what it was like for Africans on the island republic before the Revolution. Afro-Cuban architect and journalist Gustavo E. Urrutia provides a stark historical reminder.

For My Friend Keasley (Autumn and E-Crew, 25/22)

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR Poet in Residence

BAR Book Forum: Nitasha Sharma’s Book, “Hawaiʻi Is My Haven”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Hawaiʻi Is My Haven illustrates what the Pacific offers members of the African diaspora and how they in turn illuminate race and racism in “paradise.”

Historic Africa/CARICOM Summit

Don Rojas
African and Caribbean heads of government held an historic virtual meeting to strengthen international partnerships and gain true independence from neo-colonial control.

Manufacturing Dissent : US Imperialism and the Uses of Racism Against Cuba

Alan MacLeod
In Washington’s eyes, the point of funding Black, indigenous, LGBT or other minority groups in enemy countries is not simply to promote tensions there; it is also to create a narrative that will help convince liberals and leftists in the United States to support American intervention.

Rwanda’s Military is the French Proxy on African Soil

Vijay Prashad
Over July and August Rwandan soldiers were deployed in Mozambique, purportedly to fight ISIS terrorists. However, behind this campaign is French maneuvering that benefits an energy giant eager to exploit natural gas resources, and perhaps, some backroom deals over history.

The Limits of “Lived Experience”
Erica Caines
The mantra of “lived experience” can be a dangerous cover for reactionary politics.

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