Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Party ticket. He is an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report and contributing columnist for Counterpunch magazine.  His latest publications include contributions to Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence (Counterpunch Books, 2014), Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA (HarperCollins, 2014) and Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral ( CODESRIA, 2013). He can be reached at www.AjamuBaraka.com

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Syrian President Bashar al Assad. (Credit: Flickr / cc / James Gordon) Views
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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
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 02, 2014
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 01, 2014
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
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 02, 2014
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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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Let Them Eat Symbols: Obama’s Plan for the Long-Term Unemployed
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Friday, October 04, 2013
Spending, Debt and the Shutdown: The Bi-Partisan “Disappearance” of Race and Class
Whatever the result of the current governmental stalemate, one thing is certain: The ongoing crisis of workers in general and the African American working class and poor in particular will continue unabated.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Military Coup in Egypt: Requiem for a Revolution that Never Was
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” –Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Syria and the Sham of “Humanitarian Intervention”
I continue to be amazed with the ease with which the dividing line is blurred between what is real and what is fiction in the reporting on Syria by the Western media. The press in the U.S. continues to dutifully report on the “objective diplomacy” by the Obama administration to broker a “peaceful” resolution to the conflict in Syria.
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