Black Agenda Report for Oct 23, 2013: Black Homeland Security Chief / Remember Grenada Invasion / Forgiving White People

23 October 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The Department of Homeland Security is a secretive, lawless, largely privatized police and surveillance agency, with its own prisons and soon, its own drones. Now it’s headed by a black man, a progressive Democrat, a Morehouse man & Pentagon lawyer who invokes Dr. King as patron saint for murderous US global empire, a certifiable member of the black misleadership class. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report for Sept 11, 2013: Obama Defeated, Comes Undone / CBC Minions of War / Black Shadow Budget Revealed

11 September 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

When presidents fail, it is a public spectacle. In his rush into unprovoked war against Syria, President Obama overplayed his hand. Shortly before he appeared on television on Wednesday, “Obama’s handlers advised him that his political position was, for the time being, untenable.” But he’ll soon be back on the warpath, meaner and more aggressive than ever. Continue reading

Creating a Situation that Does Not Yet Exist

15 August 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 864

For some two decades, the anti-globalization movement and its successors have assumed that society contains within itself – and automatically throws up – political oppositions and organizational forms independent of capital and of the state. There is simply the need to encourage the cumulative growth of society’s own potentialities for forming alternatives apart from the state and apart from the terrain of politics. Politics is not about the contesting directly, never mind conquering, political power. Instead, politics is viewed as the evolutionary and ‘progressive emptying out of the power of capital and of the state.’ Social coalitions, social forums, networks, and localist alternatives – with an associated range of one-off tactical actions – became the outer limit of organizational agendas.

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Black Agenda Report 19 July 2013: Trayvon, White Madness, Dog Whistles, More on MHP, Teach For America

19 July 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“George Zimmerman is no more provably racist in a U.S. court than most white Americans” – which is why a Justice Department action will get nowhere. Whites consider it “reasonable” to believe in the inherent dangerousness of Black males. “’Not guilty’ is reasonable, when everyone that counts shares the same assumptions as the perpetrator.” Continue reading

Why millions of Egyptians wanted Morsi out By Abayomi Azikiwe

3 July 2013 — Pambazuka News Issue 637 

The only real hope for Egypt is the formation of a government of national unity where the progressive forces are at the centre of the emerging political dispensation

STOP PRESS: Following mass protests, Egypt’s army has ousted President Mohammed Morsi from power, placed him under house arrest, suspended the constitution and pledged to hold early elections. The top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader.

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society – 'Brooklyn Babylon — Chapter Five'

6 June 2013

Weaving together progressive jazz, early-American popular styles, Balkan folk musics, and the sounds of Brooklyn’s diverse contemporary music scene — from the dance-punk of LCD Soundsystem and experimental indie rock of Dirty Projectors to Missy Mazzoli’s blend of post-rock and quirky minimalism — Argue creates a vividly evocative musical narrative that is at once timeless and unlike anything heard before. Argue’s Secret Society is one of the most admired ensembles in contemporary jazz, having toured in Europe, Brazil, and North America and been twice featured at the Newport Jazz Festival. Its members include in-demand instrumentalists such as John Ellis, Ingrid Jensen, Ryan Keberle, and Sam Sadigursky.  Continue reading

Bradley Manning Court-Martial: Secrecy and Injustice on Trial By Stephen Lendman

4 June 2013 — Global Research

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America honors its worst. It persecutes its best. Manning is heroic. He risked great personal harm. He did so to reveal vital truths. Washington has no right to conceal them. People have a right to know.

Secrecy, lawlessness, and contempt for humanity define US policy. Evidence vital to Manning’s defense is prohibited. Information refuting charges of “aiding the enemy” is barred from trial proceedings.

Claiming it’s not relevant or harmful to national security doesn’t wash. Excluding it reflects police state justice.

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