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During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program: 1. Austerity, 2. Scapegoating Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal Immigrants’ for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel.
Democracy?: As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just Those Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico!
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The viral video of a white, middle-class University of Utah Hospital Head Nurse, one Alex Wubbels, being manhandled and thrown into the back of a police car because she refused to comply with a Salt Lake City Utah cop’s unlawful order is only the latest confirmation of black peoples’ centuries-long complaints of police brutality. This incident demonstrates that police misconduct is now an equal opportunity phenomenon; that police abuse applies to anyone who dares cross America’s Finest for even the slightest of reasons. Legality be damned. Civil or human rights be damned: The lesson here is that when a police officer orders you to do something – anything and for any or no reason – do it or the full force of the state will instantly fall upon your head like the proverbial ton of bricks. Black People Ask: Can You Hear Us Now? The American Police State Finally Hits White People
Videos of the Day:
Are Irma-like Super Storms the ‘New Normal’? Distinguished climate scientist Michael Mann explains that a business-as-usual scenario will lead to increasingly devastating storms
How a Program Intended to Help the Poor Became an ATM for Billionaires The Real Baltimore explores how public housing has enriched wealthy developers across the country through the prism of a deal to redevelop a critical subsidized housing complex in the city
Black Liberation/Civil Rights:
Black Alliance For Peace: Afghanistan, North Korea and the War Against Black America: The Need for Black Left Unity Now is the time for those who fight in the Black Radical Tradition to unite around the struggle for peace and true self-determination.Blaming Russia For America’s Racist Crimes The NY Times tried to pin Black voter suppression in North Carolina on Russia — which makes the newspaper an accomplice in the actual crime. By Glen Ford, BAR executive editorFreedom Rider: Assad is Winning The five-year long regime change effort in Syria may soon be over and the United States and its allies will be the losers. By Margaret Kimberley, BAR editor and senior columnist On the Importance of Class Analysis: Lessons from Huey Newton Whatever else they did and didn’t accomplish, Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party gave their generation of US activists back the tool of class analysis. By Danny HaiphongHouse Flippers Not Poor Subprime Borrowers Caused the 2007-2008 Housing Crash The grim tale of America’s “subprime mortgage crisis ” delivers one of those stinging moral slaps that Americans seem to favor in their histories. Poor people were reckless and stupid, banks got greedy. Layer in some Wall Street dark arts, and there you have it: a global financial crisis. By Gwynn Guilford Florida’s Privatizing Education Disaster “More people seem to be waking up to the idea that failing schools are a mere symptom of broader racial engineering and class warfare agendas.” By Michelle R. Matisons Reflections on South Africa: Whose Capital, Whose State? Main argument summarized President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived the recent (9 August 2017) parliamentary secret ballot on no confidence in him. 177 MPs voted for the motion, 198 against and 9 abstained. Clearly, many African National Congress (ANC) MPs had voted for the motion and against their president. It was a close call. Had the motion been carried, the President and his cabinet would have had to resign immediately.  By Yash TandonWe Are All Venezuela “A military aggression would lead millions of workers of Latin America to mobilize in defense of Venezuela.”By João Pedro Stedile Behind Fascist Balbo Monument, a History of Multiracial Resistance “Italian Americans and African Americans drew explicit connections between fascist ideology and the racist and repressive system existing here.” By Curtis Black Houston: Increasing the Profit Portfolio, Decreasing the Human Portfolio “Houston’s real estate and economic development markets, loaded with oil refineries and vast profit schemes, pushed flood control planning down the river.” By Ken Morgan Hurricane Harvey and His Siblings… “We are family…” Harvey, Ike, Matthew, sisters Sandy, Rita, Katrina
Sing four part harmony. . . By Raymond Nat Turner Bill Clinton’s favorite African, Paul Kagame, Wins Re-election by 99%, Arrests Opponent Paul Kagame is the real genocidal maniac of Rwanda, the killer of many millions. That’s why the U.S., Britain and Israel love him. By Ann Garrison Environment:
Hurricane Harvey: a Man-Made Tragedy That Never Would Have Happened in Cuba When I moved to Houston in 1964 with my sisters and my mother I remember how huge, flat and sprawling with cris crossing freeways it seemed. Coming from Newport New Hampshire, population 5,000, it really was big but back then Houston, in the national scheme of things, was a major port city but with less than a million people and just barely in the top ten of the largest cities. by Bill Hackwell
Argentina: forcible disappearance of Santiago Maldonado puts Macri government against the ropes On 1 August the Argentinian social activist Santiago Maldonado was abducted by the National Gendarmerie and has not been seen since. This case is linked to the repression of the land rights movement of the Mapuche indigenous people. It is part of a wider pattern of repression and attacks on social, economic and trade union rights carried out by the right-wing government of Macri. By Corriente Socialista Militante