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    Freedom Rider: Forgiving White People

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Too much forgiveness is an unhealthy thing. It allows the excessively forgiven parties to believe that they can do no wrong. Of course, there have been times when Negroes had little choice but to forgive white people – or pretend to forgive – or die. Unfortunately, “in the 21st century we have reverted to grateful Negro status, even when our loved ones are killed.”

    Blacks & Drones

    by BAR editor and columnist Jemima Pierre

    Two organizations that give qualified support to U.S. adventures abroad, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have issued reports critical of civilian deaths by American drone strikes. However, U.S. foreign policy is rooted in domestic practice. “U.S. Blacks have long been placed within a disposition matrix better known as ‘stop-n-frisk’ and they have long been the victims of normalized state assassination.”

    Direct Rule by Wall Street Begins with Detroit

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The United States has never been much of a democracy. Money has always wielded decisive power, despite the formal trappings of the electoral franchise. However, finance capital can no longer tolerate even the U.S.’s weak version of democracy – certainly, not when exercised by Black people. Detroit is the model for direct rule by the Lords of Capital.

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    Don’t Let Jones Day Sell Out Detroit!: Rejecting Kevyn Orr’s Dickensian Vision for Our City

    by Tom Stephens

    The bankruptcy that Detroit’s dictatorial Emergency Financial Manager has in mind would “put the whole city in hock to Barclays so they can pay off Bank of America and its bankster cohorts.” The scheme goes before judge, this week, in a trial that could set the precedent for wholesale corporate looting of cities across the country, and the end of what’s left of electoral democracy in urban America.

    Ellis Haizlip and “SOUL!”: The Day the Blues People Created and Shaped “Black Power Public Television”

     

    by Todd Steven Burroughs

    Once upon a time, from 1968 to 1973, there was a public television show called “Soul!” that had the budget and the courage to present 360 degrees of “uncensored, undiluted Blackness.” A recent “Soul! Summit” explored ways to recreate a media miracle, brought forth by a people’s struggle.

    The United States of War: An Addiction to Imperialism

    by Solomon Comissiong

    The U.S. is Number One is weapons of war and domestic civilian gun deaths – and very little else. Historically, peace has not been a priority for the United States, which has waged war every decade since 1776. “The people must demand an end to war, not because it costs trillions of dollars, but because it cost millions of lives.”

    Reparations Applications

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Be needin’ 21st Century

    Socialist solutions

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/21/13

    An Evening to Remember with Black Agenda Report

    Friends of Black Agenda Report gathered at New York City’s historic Riverside Church to celebrate the publication’s 7th anniversary on Friday, October 18. The fundraiser, held in cooperation with the Riverside Church Social Justice Ministry, was organized under the theme, “The Black Misleadership Class Versus the Movement and its Legacy.” Black Agenda Radio co-host and veteran Harlem organizer Nellie Bailey emceed the affair.

    Panel members included BAR executive editor Glen Ford, managing editor Bruce Dixon, editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley; Marsha Coleman Adebayo, founder of the No FEAR Coalition and BAR editor and columnist; Ajamu Baraka, founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network and BAR editor and columnist; Anthony Montiero, professor of African American Studies, Temple University; Kevin Alexander Gray, veteran political activist and author; and Boyce Watkins, professor of economics at Syracuse University and founder of Your Black World.

    BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner presented his work, “Help, Help, Mama Harriet, Help!” and Friends of Congo director Maurice Carney detailed U.S. complicity in the genocide that has killed six million Congolese over the past 17 years.

    Dr. Cornel West, of the Union Theological Seminary, the featured guest at last year’s BAR anniversary, was unable to attend due to a family emergency.

    Pianist Donald Smith and vocalist Tuliva-Donna Cumberbatch delighted the crowd.

    Audio was provided by Stan Heller and Economic Uprising

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    Obamacare VS Single Payer – Top 10 Things the ACA Gave Us VS the Top 10 We Gave Up

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Most things have two prices --- the price you pay outright, and the opportunity cost, the negative value of what you gave up in order to do what you did. Were the “opportunity costs of the Affordable Care Act, the options we threw away to get it, actually worth more than the Affordable Care Act itself? What if we had pursued single payer instead? Would Republicans be able to block its implementation, and millions remained uncovered, as is happening now?

    Who Sank Detroit – the “Hip Hop Mayor” or Wall Street?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Many, if not most, Americans are eager to believe that what’s wrong with Detroit and other troubled cities is the fault of the inhabitants. “The irresponsible, profligate, corruption-prone Blacks, with their ghetto pathologies, are the problem.” But, the true source of urban instability can be found in lower Manhattan and the City of London.

    Join BAR, Cornel West and Other Special Guests for our 7th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser in Harlem's Historic Riverside Church

    The historic stand of African America is that of a people forged in struggle against privilege and injustice, asking for and receiving the solidarity of humanity in our continued struggle.  How does that square with the current stand of our ostensible black leaders, addicted to celebrity and delirious at the mere proximity to power?  How can supposed black leaders celebrate at the corporate funded monument to Dr. King one week and clamor for unjust, unconstitutional war out of loyalty to the black president the next?  Whose shoulders do they stand on?  Fannie Lou Hamer's?  Or Condoleezza Rice's?  Whose legacy do they uphold?  Martin Luther King's?  Or Colin Powell's?  

    Join Black Agenda Report, along with Cornel West, Ajamu Baraka and other guests for a fascinating exploration into the Black Misleadership Class, and what their rise to power and prominence mean for the rest of us, at Harlem's Riverside Church Friday Oct. 18....   For tickets and further information click here.

    Freedom Rider: Food Stamp Corporate Welfare

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    If you think the SNAP food stamps debate is about poor people’s need to eat, you’re wrong. It’s about big corporations’ need to profit. “Xerox, JPMorgan Chase and eFunds Corporation have all successfully turned poverty into a profit center.” So have Coca Cola, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Kelloggs and a large slice of the rest of the Fortune 500 corporations.

    Desmond Tutu is Wrong: The AU Should Quit the International Criminal Court

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The African Union is moving towards a break with the International Criminal Court, a tribunal that only indicts Africans who get on the wrong side of the United States. Desmond Tutu and others claim the ICC needs to be there, to defend “the victims.” But its brand of justice is highly selective. “The ICC is a tool of U.S. foreign policy, an instrument of neocolonialism.”

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    Roll Over & Die, or Shut Up & Sell Out: HBCUs & the Talented Tenth in the Obama Era

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    When the Obama administration changed college loan rules in 2011, 28,000 students dropped out of HBCUs due to economic stress. The institutions themselves are facing fiscal doomsday unless something changes. The black misleadership class has led them into a corner, in which they can die or be auctioned off to corporate sponsors. Shamefully, some want Condoleeza Rice to be the next president at Howard.

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    The EPA's Golden Fleecing: How the Agency Crushes Dissent

    by Kevin Berends

    At the Environmental Protection Agency, protection of the hierarchy is the prime directive and whistleblowing is the cardinal sin. Dissenters risk loss of livelihood, reputation, freedom and health. Take a walk through the corridors of a racist, corporate-dominated government agency: The Shadow EPA.

    Beyond the Spin, Some Facts About the Affordable Care Act

    by Margaret Flowers, MD

    President Obama’s market-based health care plan got off to a very shaky start, but the entire developed world already knows that private markets cannot deliver quality health care for all. “A single payer health system, also called Medicare for all, would both resolve the fundamental failings of our current system and is the solution favored by most Americans.”

    The Fallacy of Racial Kinship Politics

    by Pascal Robert

    Every “brother” ain’t a brother – and that goes for the sisters, too. “The ultimate idiocy of racial kinship politics is that it empowers an elite Black Misleadership Class that protects its own class interests to the detriment of the majority of the Black masses.”

    Confronting Columbus: Revisionism Versus Reality

    by Colin Jenkins

    The year 1492 marks the beginning of by far the greatest genocide in human history, and the inauguration of a global system of slavery. “The perpetrators of these crimes against humanity are magically transformed from conquerors to ‘explorers,’ from murderers to ‘adventurers,’ and from slave masters to ‘patriots’ and ‘founding fathers.’"

    Steve Biko and the Quest for Black Power Today

    by Veli

    Next April 27 marks the 20th anniversary of the first majority rule elections in South Africa. Many will be wondering what all the celebration is about, and what martyred Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko’s guidance would be. “We must locate Biko in the struggle against the state under the ANC, which has adopted an increasingly anti-black stance, in pursuance of its neo-liberal agenda.”

    My Wise Country Cousin on the Shutdown

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    For “po an’ wurkin’ folk,” the real shutdown begins when the two corporate parties come together for the Grand Bargain Feast.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/14/13

    Cancel Detroit’s Debt

    Predatory bank lending policies destroyed the tax base of Detroit, and now these same Wall Street institutions want to confiscate the city’s public assets through forced bankruptcy. The debt should be cancelled, said Abayomi Azikiwe, an organizer of the First International People’s Assembly Against Banks and Against Austerity, held in Detroit last week. “It’s illegitimate. It’s based on the systematic destruction of the city,” said Azikiwe, editor of the Pan African News Wire. “We believe that people in other cities have to adopt a similar strategy.”

    Leave Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Alone

    Rev. Al Sharpton, NAACP chief Ben Jealous and broadcaster Tom Joyner should halt their attacks on scholar/activist Cornel West and broadcaster Tavis Smiley, said Rev. Anthony Evans, director of the National Black Church Initiative. “Take your hands off these brothers. They are defending the integrity and worthiness of the Black community,” said Evans. Prominent Obama supporters, he said, have told the White House: “You don’t have to worry about Black folks getting out of line; we will keep them in line for you.”

    A Socialist Win in Minneapolis?

    Even the corporate media admit that Socialist Alternative candidate Ty Moore has a chance of winning a seat on the city council, this November. “If we win this race, it’s not because a majority of working class residents of Ward 9, South Minneapolis, are socialists, but because they are angry at the system and they see that the people who are running this city are clearly sided with the rich and big business,” said Moore. “Our organization has built roots in this community, by fighting back.” Another Socialist Alternative city council candidate is running well in Seattle.

    UN Sued Over Haiti Cholera

    The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti filed suit in federal court, demanding the United Nations take responsibility for the cholera epidemic that has killed at least 8,000 Haitians and sickened hundreds of thousands more. The world body claims it is immune from legal action, although it is widely accepted that UN ‘peacekeepers’ were the nexus of the disease. “The UN’s refusal to accept the rule of law in this case obviously undermines its ability to promote the rule of law, elsewhere,” said Institute director Brian Concannon. He notes that the UN, which claims lack of funds to eradicate cholera in Haiti, spent $500 million last year for ‘peacekeeping’ soldiers “in a country that has not had a recognized war in our lifetime.”

    US Finances Congo Carnage

    Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni told a UN Security Council delegation that bringing peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo is not their responsibility. Maurice Carney, of Washington-based Friends of Congo, agrees. “Kagame and Museveni can never be responsible for peace,” said Carney. “What they can be responsible for is stopping the war of aggression that they have been waging against the Congolese people, with U.S. financial and military support and training, and U.S. diplomatic and political cover.” Rwanda and Uganda invaded the mineral-rich eastern region of the Congo 17 years ago, resulting in the deaths of six million people – and counting.

    Demonizing Assad

    American peace activists recently returned from a visit to Syria, where they met with President Bashir Al-Assad. Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center, said it was important to counter U.S. government and media attempts to “demonize” the Syrian leader, as an excuse for arming thousands of jihadist “rebels.” “It was Syria that proposed making the whole region into a nuclear-free and chemical-free weapons zone,” said Flounders. “It was the U.S. who refused.”

    China as U.S. Banker

    Washington is “pivoting” to confront China militarily in Asia, while at the same time Beijing holds the largest share of Washington’s huge foreign debt. “It is quite ironic that the United States is seeking to escalate tensions with its bankers,” said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American studies at the University of Houston. “I’m not sure that’s a sound strategy. With an impending debt default,” said Horne, the dollar “as the principal world reserve currency comes into question.”

    Philadelphia Declaration: War = Poverty

    Grassroots activists held a Conference to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. “Our declaration of the rights of our people must demand an end to war, threats of war, and preparations for war,” said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, professor of African American Studies at Temple University. “You cannot answer the pressing social problems of this country, uppermost being poverty, without dismantling the warfare state,” he told the gathering at Philadelphia’s historic Church of the Advocate.

    Herman Wallace: A Free Man

    Mumia Abu Jamal, a former Black Panther and the country’s best known political prisoner, saluted Herman Wallace, who was released from prison after 41 years of solitary confinement, earlier this month, only to die two days later of liver cancer. Wallace and two other inmates established a Black Panther Party chapter at Louisiana’s infamous Angola Prison. “He remained a soldier for the people and an opponent to the system,” said Abu Jamal. “Herman Wall truly died free.”

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    Wall Street Bets a Quadrillion of Everybody Else’s Money

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Americans are driven to panic at the prospect of a technical federal default, later this month – an event that could cost the public treasury billions. But Wall Street’s quadrillion dollar gambling obsession actually does threaten to bring down the whole system. “The Lords of Capital are pure gamblers who have transformed the global financial marketplace into a machinery of perpetual uncertainty.”

    Freedom Rider: Aaron Alexis, Miriam Carey and John Constantino

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The recent, strange and very public deaths of three Black people in the nation’s capital have spawned silly and useless conspiracy theories. The real conspiracies against African Americans are writ much larger: the forced bankruptcy of Detroit, school charterization and mass Black incarceration.

    Lynne Stewart: The People’s “First Responder”

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The rich have unlimited capital and all the resources of the State, which they control. “The poor and oppressed have only themselves – and a few precious ‘first responders’ of our own, like Lynne Stewart, the people’s lawyer.” Lynne Stewart celebrated her 74th birthday on October 8.

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    The Bi-Partisan Disappearance of Race and Class

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The ruling elites in both parties are bent on reducing the power and living standards of labor and increasing the dominance of Wall Street. Pervasive racism makes their job that much easier. “We are not going to be able to reverse the four-decade-long assault on the working class if we don’t confront and overcome the influences of white supremacist ideology.”

    The Radicalization of Ray Richardson: Suspicion Still Surrounds Death of Black Activist TV Producer

    by Jeffrey B. Perry and Charles V. Richardson

    In January, 1971, the young producer of Boston public television’s groundbreaking program Say Brother, was found dead in a Mexican resort, along with his fiancé. Ray Richardson was the grandson of Harlem radical Hubert Harrison. The cause was listed as drowning but, as in this year’s death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, in Mexico, questions still linger.

    Haiti, Antihaitianismo, and the Dominican Republic

    by Peter Hudson

    A Dominican Republic court has moved to strip as many as a quarter million Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship rights. The ruling “formalizes a process of exclusion, racism, and harassment that had already construed Dominicans of Haitian descent as second-class citizens in their own country while marginalizing Haitian immigrants.”

    Ethiopia’s 10 Million Human Tsunami

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    Most of the millions of Ethiopians forced into the global limbo of displacement are Oromo or ethnic Somali from the Ogaden, victims of the Ethiopian regime’s genocidal policies. During the recent devastating drought, “all of Oromia and the Ogaden affected by this catastrophe were prevented from receiving food and medical aid by the Ethiopian regime” – one of Washington’s closest allies in Africa.

    We Must Open Our Eyes to America’s Political Prisoners

    by Danny Pforte

    The United States, with by far the largest prison population in the world, denies that it holds even one person for political reasons. In reality, the very size and ferocity of the American Gulag sends a clear political message to all: “challenging the US imperial order, or merely being disruptive to the dictates of private property, can lead to human disappearance.”

    Common again…

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Making perpetual war,

    Disposable killing machines

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