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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stay Angry My Friends

I appeared on Doug Lain's Zero Squared podcast to discuss my recent column, Why We Need Black Anger. We spoke on July 17th, the day that Gavin Long killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was angry and rightly so. Those police are dead because we have no justice and therefore no peace. A good interview, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gavin Long's Last Words

Gavin Long turned 29 years old on July 17, 2016. On that day he killed three policemen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The choice of location was not coincidental. Alton Sterling lost his life at the hands of police in that city and the murder was seen on video.

There is no reason to wonder why Gavin Long acted as he did. He explained himself quite clearly in this video. I wrote about Long in my Black Agenda Report column. It is very simple. When there is no justice there is no peace either.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Presstv Interview on Baton Rouge, Louisiana Police Shootings

I was interviewed on Presstv last night. I was asked to speak about Obama's blather about being calm and not divisive or blah blah and then again blah. The country wouldn't be divided if he brought justice to victims of police murder.

Obama government root cause of divisions in US... by presstv

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gavin Long's Last Twitter posts

Convos With Cosmo on Protesting, Oppression, and how to deal with Bullies

This is Gavin Long. He is the named suspect in today's shooting deaths of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers. He is now dead too.

He has much in common with Micah Johnson, the man who killed five police in Dallas, Texas last week. The media keep saying his motive is unclear. I think it is pretty obvious if you listen to him.

Update: This particular youtube video is no longer available. But search youtube. It is still visible as of today, July 20, 2016.

Presstv Interview: Police Killings in America

I was interviewed on Presstv on July 6th. I discussed the killing of Alton Sterling. Later that night Philando Castille was also killed by police.

This was less than two weeks ago but it seems like forever. We heard about Castille the next day. Dallas police were shot. Since that time a terrorist attack in Nice and a coup attempt in Turkey have seized our attention.

I appeared on Presstv again today. I discussed the killings of three policeman in Baton Rouge this morning. The gunman, Gavin Long, was killed by police himself. Like Micah Johnson, the Dallas gunman, he was a black man who served in the military.

I'll post when I have the link.

Protest held over killing of black man by US... by presstv

Friday, July 15, 2016

Righteous Anger

I didn't want that photo of negroes praying over some cracker cop to be he last word on my blog. So here I am last Saturday, July 9th. I was speaking at the rally No to NATO, No to War in New York City. Watch the youtube video. I start at about 11:55.

Stay Angry My Friends

Dear black people,

Please. Make. It. Stop. I guess no one in this group ever read Black Agenda Report. If they did they would know that their anger is vital to their survival. That is what I wrote this week. Why We Need Black Anger.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Black Agenda Report and CPR News Interview: Why We Need Black Anger

In today's CPR News interview with Don DeBar I discussed my latest Black Agenda Report column. I wrote Why We Need Black Anger because of the inevitable demand that black people stop showing anger about police killings or any other aspect of their oppression. The candle light vigils and kumbaya began in earnest after five Dallas, Texas police officers were killed last Friday.

Suddenly black people were told to be calm and peaceful and loving. Black anger makes others nervous but that is an indication of why it is so vital. Barack Obama says there is no division among the races. That means that there is and that the reasons for it must be called out.

Enough already. Stay angry my friends.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Failure of Black Lives Matter

“Black lives matter was gaining ground. Then a Sniper Opened Fire.” This New York Times article encapsulates everything that is wrong with the ubiquitous but ultimately useless organization, Black Lives Matter. The phrase is now used to describe any protest by black people in the last two years and has come to symbolize the fight against police murder. So much so that it is difficult to offer any serious commentary about BLM.

To be clear I differentiate between the organization and the many efforts to fight back against 21st century lynch law. That fight is a righteous fight, but BLM as an organization is an abject failure. BLM makes no political demands of Obama or any other officials. The founders of BLM know good marketing when they see it and the phrase is used by the righteous and the scoundrels alike. If BLM was the truly radical, revolutionary organization that we so desperately need, it wouldn’t feel a need to explain actions, defend itself or offer anything other than political demands. Its leaders wouldn’t care what the New York Times or anyone other than the masses of black people had to say about them.

Black people have been living in a state of barely concealed anger for years. Murderer vigilantes like George Zimmerman go free and make a profit from killing. Eric Garner was killed on camera but the only person imprisoned was the one who recorded the video. Watching Alton Sterling and Philando Castille die on camera were the straws that broke the camel’s back. Whether spoken or not, black people know there will be no justice for these two men, just as there was none for Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray or Michael Brown.

Black Lives Matter has nothing to show for the money it raises and media attention it receives. They gave words, a name to a mass movement, but they haven’t articulated any political message to date. Their conference in 2015, a “convening” as they called it, was a mish mash of touchy feely new age nonsense. Workshops on healing and safe spaces were on the menu but there was little talk of political action which might end police murder.

Despite its lack of accomplishment, BLM has been a target for white anger. That doesn’t really mean much because white people are generally angry and feel aggrieved when their racism is pointed out to them. The bar for making white people mad is rather low and so is evoking negative reaction from right wing pundits and red neck republicans from Nowheresville.

If the New York Times says that BLM was gaining ground, who were they gaining ground for? Are they talking about good publicity, fund raising or accolades from all the right people? Since BLM was founded there has been no drop in the number of police murders of black people or of anyone else. There has been no improvement in prosecution or punishment of killer cops.

Black Power Matters. All else is nonsense.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Putin: US / NATO is irreversibly pushing the world towards nuclear war

This is a short portion of Vladimir Putin's meeting with journalists in St. Petersburg on June 17th. He is talking about the terrible threat that NATO poses to Russia and to the world.

He makes a statement about the role that the press plays in reporting official lies. His words are well worth remembering.

"It's only that you tell tall-tales too and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. Your people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger, this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing's going on. I don't know how to get through to you anymore."

Simply put, we are closer than ever to an all out nuclear conflagration because of the United States. But neither the corporate media nor any presidential candidate has pointed this out. Americans are sheep on the verge of slaughter and don't even know it. The danger has been disappeared from public discourse. The media decision to act as stenographers for presidents is truly criminal.


The NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland generated protest around the world yesterday. I joined the effort in New York city. The United National Antiwar Coalition, International Action Center and other groups joined to speak out against American aggression. The NYPD would not grant us a sound permit, so we were forced to be next to a street soccer tournament, complete with loud music, with no sound of our own.

I was one of speakers. I start at about 11:40. It is important to speak against U.S. imperialism which is such a danger to the world and to domestic police terrorism which kills so many here at home.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Black Agenda Report and CPR News Interview: Republicans Don't Want Trump

In my weekly CPR News interview with Don DeBar I discussed my Black Agenda Report column, Republicans Reject Trump.

Donald Trump's anemic fund raising is an indication of his unpopularity with the republican establishment. They don't want a president who threatens austerity, trade deals and NATO. The same people who raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the primaries are now sitting on their hands.

The anti-Trump hysteria cooked up by the democrats is a ruse meant to keep democrats in Hillary Clinton's camp. Anyone worrying about a Trump presidency should relax or choose something else to worry about.

Don also reports on police murder, Hillary Clinton gets out of jail free, Glen Ford on the crisis of legitimacy spawned by Barack and HRC. I start at about 9 minutes into the program.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Republicans Reject Trump

Donald Trump is the subject of my latest missive in Black Agenda Report. The ruling class, the elite, the 1%, call them what you will, have chosen their candidate and her name is Hillary Clinton. The republicans who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are now sitting on their hands. They are still around and still very rich but they don't want a nominee who threatens trade deals, austerity and NATO. They would rather lose than support Trump.

Keep this in mind the next time the democrats try to turn Trump into a bogeyman. He is toast and they whip us into hysteria to keep us from asking questions about Hillary Clinton's or Barack Obama's criminality. Read my column here.

Black Agenda Report Radio

Listen to our latest commentary here. Hillary escapes prosecution, DNC protest, Israeli police state and America's criminal history.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

But on the other hand...

Donald Trump is that Broken Clock

If Donald Trump said that the sun rose in the east and set in the west I wouldn't disagree with him. Today he spoke the absolute truth about Libya and Iraq. The corporate media are flogging this quote to death, but none of them dare speak the truth about America's crimes against the peoples of these two countries. The Harvard of terrorism indeed.

"I mean look at Libya. Look at Iraq. Iraq used to be no terrorists. He (Hussein) would kill the terrorists immediately, which is like now it's the Harvard of terrorism. If you look at Iraq from years ago, I'm not saying he was a nice guy, he was a horrible guy, but it was a lot better than it is now. Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists. Right now Libya, nobody even knows Libya, frankly there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It's all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what's going on."

Where is the outrage about the Iraq war crime which Obama continues?  Why doesn't anyone in the corporate media say that ISIS wouldn't exist at all if it weren't for the United States? Where is the outrage about the Libya crime cooked up by Obama and Clinton? Refugees are fleeing Syria because of the United States. They are fleeing from Libya because it was destroyed by the United States. This humanitarian disaster is wholly American made.

But there is no outrage at all, just more corruption. Today the FBI director announced that there will be no charges filed against Clinton even though she broke the law by keeping classified information on a private server. He also added that while she won't be charged, anyone who does the same thing will be. And with that, the criminals Obama and Clinton went off into the campaign sunset. The blood on their hands has been rendered invisible but the anti-Trump hysteria continues.

Never mind the fact that he is going to lose. It won't even be close. Why are the democrats beating a dead horse? Because they need Trump to keep democrats herded together and ready to vote for Hillary. Today Obama kicked off that process in grand style. And what about Bernie Sanders? He's just waiting for the right moment to endorse her and prove his detractors right. He was the original democratic sheep dog who has now herded himself straight to Loserville.