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, October 10, 2014 - 9:45am
ISIS, Double Standards, and the Fight in Kobani
The U.S. is conducting a curious humanitarian war against ISIS in Syria. While Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey is being attacked by ISIS forces and facing the very real possibility of mass civilian killings if it falls, U.S. military spokespersons claimed...
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Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 8:15am
Sanctions for Russia and a Green Light for Israel to Continue War Crimes
The moral duplicity in the U.S. political class is breathtaking. Squeezed in between news stories of the ongoing slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, U.S. President Barak Obama announced expanded economic sanctions against Russia for its alleged support for what the media calls “pro-Russian...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 7:00am
From Victim to Colonial Settler: Shifting the Paradigm on Israel
“… To be committed to justice we must believe that ethics matter, that it is vital to have a system of shared morality.” - Bell Hooks “Out of nowhere many soldiers jumped out and ambushed Samir. They shot him first in the leg, yet he managed to run away towards the village. But how far can an...
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:30am
Witness to an International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza
“Protective Edge,” the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace-loving...
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Syrian President Bashar al Assad. (Credit: Flickr / cc / James Gordon) Views
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:30am
Elections in Syria: The People Say No to Foreign Intervention
Defying threats of violence, tens of thousands of ordinary Syrians went to the polls to cast a vote that was more about Syrian dignity and self-determination than any of the candidates on the ballot. After three years of unimaginable atrocities fomented by a demented and dying U.S. empire, with the...
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Nato-backed Libyan rebels retreat from the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, in 2011. (Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:15am
Why a Principled Left Should Support the Benghazi Inquiry
Seemingly out of nowhere, Boko Haram burst into the awareness of people around the world as a shadowy group of Islamists with the ability to carry out audacious attacks that paralyzed the army of the most populous country in Africa. People now want to know the group’s origins, where they came from...
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Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Mike Wang and Zorayda Moreira-Smith protest the name of the Washington Redskins in the shadow of FedEx Field on Nov. 25. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/WaPo) Views
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 7:30am
Beyond Donald Sterling: American Racism from the "Redskins" to Drone Strikes
The hypocrisy of race discourse in the U.S. is breathtaking. A week after Cliven Bundy, the white supremacist rancher in Nevada, voiced his views on slavery and the current plight of urban-based black communities that many white Americans either believe or have considered, the public is now...
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While the Left chit-chats about inequality, the nation's elite are moving swiftly to solidify their grip on power. (Public domain) Views
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:15am
Corporate Oligarchy or People’s Democracy?
For more than a decade, radical analysis has provided reams of studies revealing the political and economic dominance of an increasingly narrow sector of the U.S. and European corporate and financial elite. However, the warnings and political implications of this domination have received little...
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Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Glenn Miller, in police custody after allegedly killing three people outside Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo: AP) Views
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:15am
The Jewish Community Center Shootings: White-Washing White Terrorism
Overland Park, a city of fewer than 200,000 in the heartland of the U.S. just south of Kansas City, is an unlikely setting for a terrorist attack. But on April 13, Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller, brought terror to Overland Park. With the intention to “kill him some Jews,” Miller,...
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A protester holds a sign at an anti-racism rally in Athens, Greece. (Photo: kokotron bcm/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:45am
Left-Right White Solidarity?
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana) Some years ago Italian anarchist Camillo Berneri suggested that while not always visible in the social practices of everyday European life, the racist foundation for European fascism was still present, safely...
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