Black Agenda Report 1 December 2021

1 December, 2021 —  — Black Agenda Report

The Black Agenda” 
Glen Ford
Black politics are key to recognizing the most important social dynamics of the United States. Over the past forty years, no commentator has been as deeply insightful about the paradoxes and personalities of Black American public life as the late journalist and radio host Glen Ford.
In this stunning overview, Ford draws from his work for Black Agenda Report, one of the most incisive and perceptive publications of the progressive left, to examine competing struggles for class power and identity in the Black movement. 

China is Not Colonizing Africa
Margaret Kimberley, BAR Executive Editor and Senior Columnist
International media cannot be trusted to give accurate information. Skepticism is especially warranted when China is the topic and allegations of colonizing Africa make headlines.

Interview: Malcolm X and Young Socialist, 1965
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
A 1965 interview with Malcolm X demonstrates how his encounters in Africa had a profound impact on his thinking about the domestic struggles of Africans in the Americas.

Eritrea Versus AFRICOM: Defending Sovereignty in the Face of Imperialist Aggression
Dina M. Afsaha, Tunde Osazua
The rapid expansion of AFRICOM on the African continent should be a cause for concern as African nations are quickly surrendering their sovereignty to the US. As the only country without a relationship to AFRICOM, Eritrea bears the brunt of US vilification. We must salute Eritrea’s ongoing project of national liberation.

Enes Kanter Exposes Connection Between Sinophobia and Anti-Black Racism
Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Recent remarks made by an NBA player show that Sinophobia represents backward foreign policy and invitations to amplify racist tropes in the U.S.

The Drone Ranger gallops into Glasgow
Raymond Nat Turner, BAR Poet in Residence

“Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back”
Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer five questions about their book. This week’s featured authors are Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson . Luther is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Vice Sports, among others. Davidson is a sportswriter and host of The Lead, an in-depth daily sports news podcast produced by The Athletic. She is on the board of directors at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Their book is Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan.

Democracy Scores Another Victory Over the U.S. in Honduras
Black Alliance for Peace
The people of Honduras secured a victory against U.S. interference with the convincing win of Xiomara Castro as their new president. The Black Alliance for Peace explains the election’s significance.

#NoMore Censorship of Africa’s Roving Digital Army of Peace
Simon Tesfamariam
The removal of Twitter accounts advocating for peace in the Horn of Africa shows the connection between the state and big tech companies. Freedom of speech is an illusion when communications are controlled by corporations which follow governmental dictates.

White Supremacy, Nazism and Fascism R U.S.
Philippe Gendrault, Wendy C. Ong
Only the United States and Ukraine voted against a UN Resolution denouncing the “glorification of Nazism.” History proves that racism in all its forms is foundational to this country and continues to be affirmed.

Potential Legislation on China Amounts to a New Cold War
Aída Chávez
The $250 billion “Innovation and Competition Act” leverages industrial policy to ratchet up militarization and potentially instigate global conflict with China.

Ethiopia: The West’s Diplomats Meet in Secret to Decide How to Help the TPLF
Jeff Pearce
Former and current diplomats from the US, EU and UK met with representatives of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Despite claims of impartiality it is clear that the US/NATO axis have given the green light for overthrow of the Ethiopian government.

WHO Stands with African Nations and Calls for Borders to Remain Open
World Health Organization
Scientists in Southern African nations revealed the presence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant but the good deed was punished with worldwide travel bans. The World Health Organization makes clear that the rationale for the ban is of dubious benefit and needlessly harms the targeted nations. The role of rich nations in hoarding vaccines and the continued patents on vaccines increase harm for Africans who are now the target of blame. Pledges to “follow the science” disappeared when Africa became the focus of attention.

Anti-Communism, Anti-Blackness, and Imperialism
Charisse Burden-Stelly, PhD
In this talk prepared for the Albuquerque Anti-War Coalition ‘s Anti-Communism & Imperialism  panel discussion, Dr. Charisse Burden Stelly discusses how anti-communism and anti-Blackness are intrinsically intertwined structures of white supremacist and capitalist control.

A Totally Different Form of Living: On the Legacies of Displacement and Marronage as Black Ecologies
Justin Hosbey, J.T. Roane
This is a brief reflection on water, swamps, bayous, wetlands, and Black life in the United States, and the forms of freedom and racialized unfreedom that these ecologies have facilitated. Our ongoing collective project is to produce “deep maps” that center Black ecologies in the ways we think about the environment in and beyond the US South. Following water’s varied capacities— stagnant open pools, circuitous underground rivers, swift streams, or open ocean with its tides and currents—we draw together Tidewater Virginia and the Mississippi Delta, particularly New Orleans, to discover new possibilities of regional social and political affiliation outside of domination, extraction, and violence.

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