Black Agenda Report 6 April 2022

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 — — Black Agenda Report

Black Political Distraction
Margaret Kimberley
Having a new Black SCOTUS justice or bringing Barack Obama out of retirement for a photo opportunity won’t raise Joe Biden’s poll numbers or stave off defeat in the mid-term elections. Only fulfilling campaign promises and giving the people what they need will help Biden and the democrats.

DOCUMENT: Covert Action Exploitation of Cuban Involvement in Angola, 1977
Editors, Black Agenda Review
A declassified CIA document outlining their strategies for covert action in Angola in the 1970s offers lessons for the present.

Joe Biden Can’t Slap His Way Out of his Legitimacy Crisis
Danny Haiphong
Biden’s popularity continues to decline. And unlike Will Smith, the “Build Back Better” President has shown little indication that he can generate the enthusiasm needed to reverse course.

Raymond Nat Turner
The latest from BAR’s poet in residence.

Biden Kills the Demand to Defund Police
Netfa Freeman
The same people who wanted to defund policing voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden. But Biden not only rejects cutting police budgets but announced a proposal to give police departments $30 billion. Once again, a mass movement died at the hands of electoral politics.

BAR Book Forum: Interview with Kathryn Benjamin Golden
Roberto Sirvent
This week’s featured scholar is Kathryn Benjamin Golden . Golden is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at University of Delaware.  Her article is “‘Armed in the Great Swamp’: Fear, Maroon Insurrection, and the Insurgent Ecology of the Great Dismal Swamp.”

BAR Book Forum: Carole Boyce Davies’ “Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment”
Roberto Sirvent
In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer five questions about their book. This week’s featured author is Carole Boyce Davies . Davies is the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters at Cornell University. Her edited book is Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment.

Illegally Imprisoned Venezuelan Diplomat Faces US Court Amid a Shifting Global Context
Roger D. Harris
Alex Saab’s April 6 hearing takes place in the setting of a mercurial world situation, where events in Ukraine may have indirect bearing on his case and on the larger US economic war against Venezuela.

Laboring Beyond Black Representation
Too Black
The allure of Black representation in high places can be very dangerous. A Black man organizes an unprecedented union victory but gets less attention than one celebrity slapping another. Yet it is the union organizer who will have a real impact on the lives of Black people.

Thin Blue Wall of Silencing: Jalil Muntaqim vs. The (Language) Police
Spirit of Mandela Writing Committee
Former political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim is still not treated as a free man. In this case, the State University of New York at Brockport succumbed to political pressure and moved his in-person appearance online. In this country speech and thought are not as free as we are led to believe.

How Afro-Colombians are Fighting White Feminism
Krys Cerisier
The struggles of Black, Indigenous, and Queer women must be part of any conversations about feminism in Latin America. Afro-Colombians like vice presidential candidate Francia Marquez exemplify this important dynamic.

Rise of Violence, Deterioration of Rights Sparks Month-Long Actions Among Health Workers in Haiti
Peoples Health Dispatch
Health workers in major public hospitals in Haiti continue to strike over bad working conditions, as others join them to protest a rise in gang violence and kidnappings.

New Cold War Neocolonialism: West Threatens Solomon Islands Over China Alliance
Benjamin Norton
The Solomon Islands, a sovereign country in the Pacific, broke ties with Taiwan and allied with China. So the US backed a failed violent coup attempt. Australia now calls the area its “backyard,” and media moguls demand an invasion to prevent the nation from signing a security pact with Beijing.

U.S. Airstrike Killed 11 Libyan Civilians and Allies, Human Rights Groups Say
Nick Turse
A criminal complaint accuses a former commander at a U.S. airbase in Sicily of murder. But U.S. full spectrum dominance and its AFRICOM iteration are the true perpetrators.

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