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Ajamu Baraka
Associate Fellow
Foreign Policy In Focus

Foreign Policy In Focus

Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka was the Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from July 2004 until June 2011. The USHRN became the first domestic human rights formation in the United States explicitly committed to the application of international human rights standards to the U.S. Under Baraka, the Network grew exponentially from a core membership base of 60 organizations to more than 300 U.S. - based member organizations and 1,500 individual members who work on the full spectrum of human rights issues in the United States.

Baraka 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.

Baraka has taught political science at various universities, including Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. He has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions throughout the U.S., and has authored several articles on international human rights.

Baraka is currently editing “The Struggle Must be for Human Rights: Voices from the Field,” forthcoming in the fall of 2012. His website is www.ajamubaraka.com

Recent Work

The Military Coup in Egypt: Requiem for a Revolution that Never Was
July 22 - The liberal appropriation of the term "revolution" to describe everything from the events in Libya and Syria to the Green movement in Iran not only distorts social reality but also advances a dangerous narrative.

The Empire's New Clothes: "Humanitarian Intervention" Stripped Bare
June 20 - Is it just a propaganda tool that affords the U.S. cover under which to continue its role as global policeman?

Syria: the Charade of Humanitarian Intervention
June 10 - Tales of ostensibly noble efforts to avert catastrophic human suffering have sanitized the complicity of U.S. policy.

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