During World Cup season, billions of people around the world have a new dose of entertainment to take their minds off the horrors of widespread economic stagnation, environmental degradation, as well as lower economic prospects for the working class than ever before, it is almost as if there isn’t an ongoing war in eastern Europe…strange times. As sports create an ‘us versus them’ atmosphere, it is also a key tool for soft power, diplomacy, and nationalism. National identity is also fostered through sports, meaning flagship events like the World Cup in Qatar are key opportunities for countries to exhibit national . . .
What is Nkrumahism-Touréism?
The Africa which exists today, as well as the one we are struggling to build, is not the old Africa but a new emergent revolutionary society; a classless society in which a new harmony, a new cohesiveness, a new revolutionary African personality and a new dignity is forged out of the traditional African way of life which has been permanently changed by thousands of years of Euro-Christian and Islamic intrusions and by the historical development of the competing and conflicting slave, feudal, capitalistic and newly emergent socialist modes of production. A new emergent ideology is therefore required. That ideology is . . .
Honk for Jesus is the Mirror the Black Church Deserves
From looking at the advertisement, it is hard to tell if Honk For Jesus: Save Your Soul is a biting satire of the glaring contradictions and hypocrisies that plague Christian mega-church prosperity Gospel culture, but the fact that it is a product of horror genre Monkey Pay Productions lends me to consider it almost a scary movie that holds a mirror to the transmogrified and disfigured facade of Black church culture and all the evils it has wrought. And that might seem an odd assessment coming from me, a professed follower of Jesus Christ and an Afrikan revolutionary. But I . . .
Glen Ford and His Irreplaceable Journalism
This essay was originally published in the Black Agenda Report. n the best sense of the word a journalist is someone who brings to the public sphere accurate, well-sourced information, and rigorous analysis. Those individuals speak for the marginalized, who can’t speak for themselves, and they expose the privileged, who are always given opportunities for expression. They point out the faults of those deemed too authoritative to be questioned. If an outlet claims to write all the news that is fit to print or declares that democracy dies in darkness, their work should be given more scrutiny than credibility. The . . .
Biden Could Cancel Your Loan If He Wasn’t Busy Arming Cops & Ukraine
The Biden Administration is facing yet another looming deadline as the last extension on the pause on student loan repayments is approaching the August 31 deadline. The Department of Education has been telling student loan servicers however NOT to contact borrowers to start demanding that money as the deadline approaches, which signals they are expecting the Biden Administration to announce another extension. And honestly, that’s the least, and I mean the very absolute least Biden could do; he should have done it already. Scott Buchanan, the executive director of the Student Loan Servicing Alliance, which represents all of the companies . . .
The Similar Logic of Trump and Obama Supporters
Since the emergence of Donald Trump as a dominant political figure in U.S. capitalist politics, the narrative coming out of the liberal bourgeoisie has been to criticize the lack of analytical capabilities coming from Trump supporters. For several years now, there has been a consistent focus around the lack of intellectual foundation contained within the thinking of anyone who supports Trump’s and the Republican Party’s thoughts and actions. And, without question, there is overwhelming evidence to support this critique. Even surface level students of history can see clearly the lack of truth coming from Trump supporters with their superficial and . . .
Buffalo Solidifies the Consensus of White Supremacy
The latest mass shooter in Buffalo, New York was clearly a racist and identified with Ukrainian and other neo-Nazis. But white supremacy has a stronger hold on European and U.S. society than is commonly acknowledged. The avowed racist is not the only problem. Originally published in Black Agenda Report. The incidents of mindless, mass carnage in the United States have become so routine that they do not even make national headlines unless the incident has a potential attention-grabbing twist. One of those dramatic twists is when the victims of a mass shooting are from a common social identity and the . . .
BLM, Patrisse Cullors & Others Who Leave The Train
Editors Note: In recent months, mainstream media has flooded our screens and timelines with breaking news reporting about the misgivings of Patrisse Cullors and the Black Lives Matter national organization. The reporting is salacious and sensational, appealing to our desires to take down the three we “always” knew were “traitors to our movement.” But in what is becoming a mass hysteria among the US African left, are we learning any lessons? By only focusing on the money and the scandal, and not the ideological contradictions that produced all the individualism, opportunism and dead-end strategy of the past decade, we ensure . . .