Black Agenda Report 27 October 2021

27 October 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Russell “Maroon” Shoatz is Free, But Other Political Prisoners Languish

Margaret Kimberley, BAR Executive Editor and Senior Columnist
The demand for freedom of political prisoners must be consistently made for their sakes and for all at risk of joining them in the future.

Biden is No FDR and Build Back Better Legislation Proves It

Ajamu Baraka, BAR Contributing Columnist 
The idea that Joe Biden is the “most progressive president since FDR” is a propaganda device meant to quiet the Democratic Party left and force them to stand down.

ESSAY: The African Woman Today, Ama Ata Aidoo, 1992

Editors, Black Agenda Review
Ama Ata Aidoo has provided some of the most clear-eyed and materialist analyses of the social and political life of women on the African continent. To understand the African woman today and to understand feminism is to understand the complex relationships of the burdens and riddles of pre-colonial, colonial, and neocolonial Africa.

Taiwan Demonstrates that the American Empire is a Paper Tiger

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Taiwan has long been the rationale for meddling in China’s affairs but the latest interference poses great danger for “paper tiger” nation.

Senators Bonnie and Clyde – 1% soldiers of fortune

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR Poet in Residence

BAR Book Forum: Anima Adjepong’s “Afropolitan Projects”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer five questions about their book. This week’s featured author is Anima Adjepong. Adjepong holds a position as Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Their book is entitled Afropolitan Projects: Redefining Blackness, Sexualities, and Culture from Houston to Accra. 

Book Review: The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto

Jon Jeter
The idea that a reverse migration to the south is a route to greater political power should be treated with skepticism. Jon Jeter explains in his review of The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto.

U.S. Corporate Media Watch

Roberto Sirvent and Richard Medhurst
In this feature, we interview Syrian-born journalist Richard Medhurst about state propaganda, the mainstream media, and U.S. imperialism.

Black Alliance for Peace and the U.S. Out of Africa Network Stand with the People of Sudan

Black Alliance for Peace
There will not be true democracy for Africans as long the U.S., EU, NATO, and Israel train and finance the military in these nations. Black Alliance for Peace expresses solidarity with the people of Sudan who are protesting a coup against their civilian government.
This statement was originally published in Black Alliance for Peace .

Miami Defenders of Twice US Kidnapped Venezuelan Diplomat, Alex Saab, Rally for His Release

Lauren Smith
The U.S. has twice kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, November 1, and supporters are demanding his freedom. Washington’s actions against Saab contradict both international and humanitarian laws.
This article originally appeared in Orinoco Tribune .

 

How Prosecutors Use Conspiracy and Questionable Testimony in “Gang” Cases

Josmar Trujillo
Conspiracy laws, RICO statutes and “gang” designations are tools of police and prosecutorial misconduct and the maintenance of the mass incarceration state.
This article originally appeared in Truthout.org . Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission.

 

Why Defending Nicaragua is Important

Stephen Sefton
The U.S. effort to destabilize Nicaragua is an ongoing crime against that nation’s people. Anti-imperialists must defend their right to self-determination.
This article first appeared in Resumen Latinoamericano .

 

The Killing of Gaddafi 10 Years ago has Resulted in the Death of the Nation of Libya and the Destruction of its People

Richard Medhurst
Ten years ago Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton led the US/NATO war crime that destroyed the Libyan state and murdered its leader. A humanitarian crisis and regional terrorism are the result of their handiwork.
This article originally appeared in Orinoco Tribune .

 

Puerto Ricans Resist Austerity Measures and Corporate Corruption

Monica Cruz
Five years after PROMESA was signed into law which established the control of the Fiscal Control Board over the island’s economy, conditions in Puerto Rico are worse than ever before.
This article originally appeared in Peoples Dispatch. 

 

Planting Budgetary Time Bombs in Africa: the Macron Doctrine En Marche

Daniella Gabor and Ndongo Samba Sylla
French president Emmanuel Macron ensnares African nations in risky privatization schemes, a continuation of the colonial relationship.
This article originally appeared in Groupe d’études géopolitiques .

 

U.S. Imperialism in Africa with Abayomi Azikiwe

Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley
Abayomi Azikiwe of Pan-African News Wire joined Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley to discuss AFRICOM and U.S./NATO imperialist actions on the African continent.

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