Thursday, August 25, 2016

UNAC Response to Terry Burke and In These Times

On March 13, 2016 the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) held a Day of Peace and Solidarity rally in New York City. I was among the many speakers who made clear our opposition to all U.S. interventions abroad. Obviously Syria was a subject of discussion and Syrian-Americans were in attendance who condemned the American led destruction of their country.

Terry Burke condemned the event in an In These Times article published two weeks ago. Burke says that our event was too "U.S. centric" and decried the fact that some of the Syrians who marched with us carried their own flags and images of president Assad. Burke criticizes the lack of a Syrian presence within the anti-intervention movement except there was a Syrian presence which she acknowledges but they are pro-Assad so they don't really count. It was the usual blather from pseudo leftists who don't really mind when wars are carried out by democrats and who are happy to listen to the bogus claims of humanitarian intervention. It is the U.S., Saudi, Israeli, Turkish, Qatari, ISIS camp who have destroyed Syria and displaced 9 million people and killed 400,000 more. There is nothing humanitarian about this brutal war.

It is discouraging that "leftists" aren't in full accord in their opposition to imperialism nor that they repeat corporate media lies about Syria and the rest of the world. UNAC wants self-determination for all people. Self-determination is impossible when a nation is under attack. Syria should be free of outside interference and its people should be able to make changes in their system on their own. That is why this war must end.

None of her arguments makes sense, but we at UNAC felt compelled to respond, point by point. After much discussion we did so and our rebuttal is now posted on the UNAC web site. Please take the time to read it.

Hands off Syria!

CPR News Interview: The Clinton and Powell War Criminal Charade

I love my weekly conversations with Don Debar on CPR News. I have a chance to talk about my Black Agenda Report columns in depth.This past week we have witnessed a public food fight between Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell. Clinton is afraid, and rightly so, that her illegal use of a private server while she served as secretary of state may derail her campaign. She had been blaming Powell and claiming falsely that he did the same thing. He did not and in any case the rules had changed when she led the state department and her actions were illegal. "Colin told me to do it" is not a get out of jail free card. Well, it is if you're a war criminal and she is that. Powell is too and that is what makes his indignation all the more amusing. The episode also points to collusion among the corporate media who have jumped to defend the indefensible Hillary. The Clinton and Powell War Criminal Charade is must reading if I may say so myself.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ajamu Baraka - Electoral Politics as a Tool for Radical Change

I was privileged to see my friend Ajamu Baraka on the stump as the green party vice presidential candidate. Ajamu came to Brook park in the Bronx, New York and made the case for the green party program. It was a wonderful event. Ajamu shows why the liberals are so afraid of the green party. If they are allowed to deliver their message the democrats will lose millions of votes. I hasten to add that would be an excellent result.

CPR News Interview: Liberal Hate for Stein and Baraka

My thanks to Don Debar for our weekly conversations on CPR News. Last week we talked about my Black Agenda Report column, Liberal Hate for Stein and Baraka. Liberal hate for the green party is off the charts and with good reason. Hillary Clinton's presidency could lead to World War III and the greens are the only ones pointing out the dangers she creates. Obama has laid the ground work already and ham fisted, blood thirsty Hillary could finish the job.

Her administration will be disastrous for many reasons. As Glen Ford points out, the Sanders capitulation and anti-Trump hysteria have resulted in a Big Nasty Tent that will crush the already weak progressive agenda.

I don't care if the green party costs her the white house. We need to lay the ground work for replacing the democrats altogether. Let's help make them history.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Black Agenda Report

This week's issue of Black Agenda Report is pretty awesome. Glen Ford dissects how the "left" and the ruling class are all supporting Hillary Clinton and her big tent of corruption. Plus Eric Draitser, Danny Haiphong and our usual cast of great writers on Libya, Neo-liberalism, charter schools and of course we have Black Agenda Radio too.

CPR News Interview: Police State Fascism

Here is my latest interview with Don Debar on CPR News. Don reports first on the ongoing Russia/Ukraine crisis and the murder of a DNC staffer. Then we talk about my latest Black Agenda Report column Police State Fascism. Trump can't bring fascism to America because it is here already, practiced against black people every day.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Presstv Interview on Police Murder

The headline is misleading. They strictly adhered to the policies of the 21st century slave patrol. I point this out in my comments in a Presstv interview.

Friday, August 05, 2016

CPR News and Black Agenda Report: Trump, Russia and Democratic Lies

That is the title of my latest column in Black Agenda Report. Donald Trump is proving to be the perfect foil for Hillary Clinton and the ruling classes. They continue their anti-Russia propaganda campaign and simultaneously give him a thorough beat down.

I discuss this same issue with Don DeBar on CPR News. First Don reports on the China pivot and then we have our weekly conversation.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Olympics Used as a Cold War Tool

The United States and its allies are determined to wage war by other means against the Russian Federation. Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union NATO has encroached further and further and is now on Russia’s doorstep, surrounding it with member states. In 2014 the United States instigated a coup against the elected government of Ukraine and in response the Russian Federation annexed Crimea with its citizens’ support in order to protect itself from any possible military action. 

The imposition of sanctions, the expulsion of Russia from the G8 group, attacks upon Russian allied nations such as Syria, and the Saudi/United States connivance to lower the price of oil have all been used to inflict the maximum amount of damage. The western corporate media have played their obedient role and repeat every government slander against Russia. First president Vladimir Putin is demonized, then the entire country. They now refer to “Putin’s Russia” to insure that both the leader and his people are disregarded and considered unworthy of any human or international rights.

In recent months NATO has announced plans to place 31,000 troops on Russia’s borders, an act which increases the danger of war. New missiles have been located in neighboring countries and raise the risk of nuclear confrontation.

There are no bounds in this conflict. Even athletes are punished. The admission by several Russian athletes, coaches and doctors that they were involved in using or concealing the use of banned substances will result in a sparse Russian presence at the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. 

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) banned every Russian track and field athlete from competition. None were given an opportunity to prove their innocence. They can only compete if they participate under a neutral Olympic flag, and not as representatives of Russia. After much debate the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided that individual sports federations will determine who can and cannot go to the Rio de Janeiro games. But all Russian athletes must prove that they are “clean.” 

IOC chairman Thomas Bach is himself under attack from the western corporate media for his desire to protect as he put it “individual rights.” He should be praised for his attempt at fairness but instead he is vilified as if he were Vladimir Putin.

Cheating is rampant in world class athletics. Every year athletes from all over the world are caught using banned substances. In this instance the confessed cheaters have all left Russia and will profit personally from their own wrong doing. 

These decisions to single out Russia for punishment are unprecedented and are undeniably political in nature. It may seem harmless to use sports as part of the imperialist strategy, but demonization and aggression of any kind makes it likely that an actual military attack would face little opposition in western nations. 

NATO countries have violated the letter and the spirit of the olympics movement in order to carry out their goal of subjugating Russia by any and every means. It is not only a tragedy for the individuals involved, but is part of a greater danger to the entire world. The unrelenting campaign of lies against Russia must be opposed by people of conscience.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wikileaks Exposes Democrats Corruption

I love Wikileaks. Everyone should. If it weren't for Wikileaks we wouldn't have seen the horrors of the American occupation in Iraq. On a less important note they provided proof that Henry Louis Gates is a complete suck-up who lies to maintain his position as the official go-to spokesnegro. But I digress.

Last week Wikileaks released a trove of 19,000 emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC). These emails proved that the democratic party is nothing but a marketing machine used to convey an appearance of diversity and inclusivity. It works alongside the republicans to do the bidding of the ruling classes and wins elections by convincing its constituencies that they will work in their interests. They seldom do but that is part of the confidence game.

In my Black Agenda Report column I dissect why there is a bizarre effort to blame Vladimir Putin for the hack. They are desperate to deflect attention from the fact that they raise funds only for presidential candidates and leave local races bereft of funds. Of course this helps republicans but that is part of the act. Democrats claim they can't do what their supporters want because the Koch brothers have taken over state legislatures.

Even though Hillary Clinton had huge advantages over Bernie Sanders they trolled his supporters, disparaged his religious beliefs, and colluded with corporate media. While democrats continue to claim that Donald Trump is a fascist they actually fit that description.

Watching the DNC Burn

I had the pleasure of appearing on the Delete Your Account podcast with Roqayah Chamseddine and her plucky sidekick (their words) Kumars Salehi. We talked about the dismal state of the democratic party, how leftists should go about replacing it and the Wikileaks revelations of corruption. You can hear a portion of our discussion here.

Many thanks to Roqayah and Kumars.

"African Americans Still Suffer Under Obama"

Did you know that Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has a website? Well he does and I neglected to post this email interview I gave back in May. Here we are in July and the title wouldn't have changed at all.

The U.S. media gave little attention to the Frisco Five. They engaged in a hunger strike to protest police murder in San Francisco. I was asked to comment on this case. I was happy to do so.

When police committed yet another killing, San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr was forced to resign two weeks after the Frisco Five ended their protest. There are an average of three police killings every day in this country. If each one was protested with a hunger strike we would no longer have obesity in this country.