Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka is a veteran activist and organizer. He is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. Baraka was founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from July 2004 until June 201.1 He has also served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He is currently on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. His website is www.ajamubaraka.com

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Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:00am
Paris, Orlando and Turkey: Displacing the Narrative of Western Innocence
What is clear is that there is a context – no matter how painful to admit – of U.S. and Western complicity in creating the very forces that now terrorize the imagination of publics in the West. Just a cursory glance of that sordid history reveals the baselessness of the assumption of innocence that...
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 8:45am
War, Repression and International Gangsterism
A mere two months after clashes between black youth and police in Baltimore following the murder of Freddie Gray while in police custody, President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of twenty-four year old Raymon Carter for his alleged involvement in the torching of a CVS...
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 2:00pm
The Obama Two-Step on Syria
It was a pathetic spectacle, another black face in a high place in the person of General Lloyd J. Austin III, head of the United States Central Command, came before the Senate’s Armed Services Committee to report to incredulous members that the 500 million dollar program to train 5000 so-called...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 7:45am
The Yemen Tragedy and the Ongoing Crisis of the Left in the United States
"… It is Western propaganda that is capable of mobilizing the masses for whatever ends or goals anywhere in the world. For whatever reasons, it can trigger coups, conflicts, terrible violence, and ‘strive for change.’ It can call the most peaceful large country on earth the most violent; it can...
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:45am
The Assassination of Sandra Bland and the Struggle Against State Repression
During the struggle in South Africa black activists who were captured by the state had a strange habit of jumping to their deaths from the windows of jails and court houses whenever the authorities would turn their backs. In the U.S. the method of suicide black prisoners appear to choose is death...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:30pm
Closing the Historical Circle: White Terrorism at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church
“…It is time for you and me now to let the world know how peaceful we are, how well-meaning we are, how law-abiding we wish to be. But at the same time we have to let the same world know we’ll blow their world sky-high if we’re not respected and recognized and treated the same as other human beings...
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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 1:15pm
The Political Economy of Black Opposition to Free-Trade Neoliberalism
“ The debased conditions of black working class existence in the U.S. is produced and reproduced as a result of the inner logic of this system .” President Obama and the corporate Democrats continue to press Congress to provide Obama with trade promotion authority (TPA), or so-called “fast-track”...
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:45am
Anti-Black Racism Exposed in Israel and the US
“Ethiopian Israelis are demanding that Israeli society recognize that their “lives matter.” Just as the announcement was being made that military forces were being withdrawn and the curfew on the black community lifted in Baltimore, images of another black rebellion exploded in social media and the...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 7:00am
Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance: Rejecting the Framework of the Oppressor
Anti-Black racism, always just beneath the surface of polite racial discourse in the U.S., has exploded in reaction to the resistance of black youth to another brutal murder by the agents of this racist, settler-colonialist state. With the resistance, the focus shifted from the brutal murder of...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:30am
Perpetuating Chaos and Lawlessness in Middle East: Saudi Arabia’s Invasion of Yemen
Wednesday evening Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States announced that Saudi Arabia had commenced military operations against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement in Yemen. The Saudi intervention was not unexpected. Over the last few weeks there were signs that...
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