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    Crack Cocaine Flick

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Drone Man’s

    Set to do drive-bys,

    With the world divided

    Between “NO” and “HELL NO!”

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 9/09/13

    Syria is Opportunity to Build a Real Peace Movement

    “They’ve handed this to us on a silver platter: an announced war,” said David Swanson, veteran peace activist and publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.org. “This is an opportunity to build an anti-war movement.” However, so-called “progressives” on Capitol Hill have proven to be of little use. “For the most part, the Progressive Caucus has reached a new low,” said Swanson. “Now they’re split, half pro-war and half anti-war. You’re not seeing leadership from the usual congresspeople. You see incredible deference to the president.”

    Obama is Going Down

    “England and Germany and other forces that have usually been reliable partners in crime have tried to distance themselves from this criminal war” that Obama plans against Syria, said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition. The president’s domestic situation is also perilous. “It is difficult for many of the Negroes who have been in bed with Obama to continue this elicit affair. Obama stands the chance of going down in history as a war criminal.”

    Deceitful War, American-Style

    The U.S. routinely tells bald-faced lies to justify its military aggressions, said John Quigley, professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University. Quigley, author of Ruses for War: American Intervention Since World War Two, cites phony U.S. pretexts for war in the Dominican Republic (1965), Grenada (1983), Sudan (1998), and Iraq (1993), not to mention the patently false basis for the Iraq invasion of 2003. Is the U.S. a rogue state? “In the sense of taking action that has no basis in international law, then I suppose” it is, said Prof. Quigley.

    Lynne Stewart Critiques the “So-Called Left”

    People’s lawyer Lynne Stewart, who is suffering from Stage Four breast cancer, will probably not benefit from Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent revisions of Bureau of Prisons regulations on compassionate release, since she is charged with terrorism, said Ralph Poynter, Stewart’s husband and comrade in struggle. Stewart “is very angry with what is happening in the so-called Left, who have neglected the struggle in the rest of the world,” said Poynter. “If we can’t get our minds around freeing our political prisoners, maybe all of our time has come.”

    Misleadership Class in Deep Conflict with Black Masses

    “I don’t believe there has ever been this wide and extensive a split between the Black elite and bourgeoisie, who are aligned through Obama to finance capital and American empire, and the broad masses” of African Americans, said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, professor of African American Studies at Philadelphia’s Temple University. Monteiro estimates the March on Washington commemoration, organized by traditional Black organizations in deep collaboration with the White House, drew only about 25,000 people. “The elite, the so-called leadership, is in trouble with the great masses of Black people.”

    California Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike

    After nine weeks, inmates called a halt to the third hunger strike since 2011, without having forced California officials to accede to any of their major demands, most notably an end to the “torture” of long term solitary confinement. However, the struggle continues, according to Keith James, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Movement. “They are waging a protracted battle,” said James. “We really have to have these prisoners’ backs, because this torture is continuing." At its height, 30,000 inmates were involved in the protest.

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    Obama: As Warlike as Bush, and Just as Lonely

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Most of the planet recoils from President Obama’s plans to smash the Syrian state – as do a majority of Americans. “The First Black U.S. President now finds himself more alone in the world than George Bush, and with even less support at home.”

    US, the Biggest User of Chemical Weapons in History Asserts "Right To Protect" Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    How can the US proclamation that it intends to intervene militarily in Syria to protect civilians from chemical warfare be taken seriously, when the US has slaughtered and poisoned hundreds of thousands with chemical weapons itself, in Vietnam, Iraq and elsewhere?

    US, the Biggest User of Chemical Weapons in History Asserts "Right To Protect" Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

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    Does President Obama Want To Turn Syria Into Somalia? Maybe.

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

    When it comes to Syria, President Obama is no abider of laws foreign or domestic, and no peacemaker either. The US won't share its supposed evidence of Syrian nerve gas use with anybody, and its threatened US military strikes can only widen and prolong the proxy war. The US may intend to reduce Syria to the same state permanent state of war, chaos and misery as it engineered in Somalia.

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    Freedom Rider: Obama’s Accomplices to War Crimes

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Inside the U.S. information bubble, the conspiracy of lies about Syria is nearly seamless. “Obama has no reason to fear that his tall tales will be presented as anything other than fact” because corporate media and the two corporate parties speak the same Orwellian language. Assad is the immediate target, but the common enemy is the rule of law, domestic and international.

    Obama’s Anti-Black Rant

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Obama’s twisted view of Black people and their history was on full display at the March on Washington anniversary. The president spewed slanders and lies, conjuring up welfare queens, crazed Black militants and his old stand-by, bad Black parents. “To put it bluntly, the First Black President gave a very good standup impression of a racist white man.”

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    Humanitarian Intervention: The Human Rights Gift That Keeps on Giving to U.S. Imperialism

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    So-called “humanitarian” military intervention is nothing more than “a convenient cover for rationalizing and justifying continued Euro-American global hegemony through the use of armed interventions to refashion local realities in line with Western geopolitical interests” – racist, imperial domination by another name. The U.S. has deployed the doctrine to become “the quintessential Rogue State.”

    “You Get a President… Nothing Else”

    by Paul Street

    President Obama offered the crowds at the March on Washington commemoration…nothing, except the fact of a Black presidency. That’s all he’s ever offered. The question is: “What good to black Americans is a first black president who brings them nothing more than the fleeting symbolic satisfaction of his technically black presence in the White House.”

    The 2013 March, the “Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism”

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The 1963 and 2013 marches on Washington shared many of the same issues, but took place in very different political contexts. Fifty years ago, a deep and broad movement pressured Congress and presidents to accede to Black demands. President Obama’s speech at last week’s gathering “did not propose any substantive legislative initiatives to address the suffering of today.”

    Zimbabwe Pursues Economic Justice Despite U.S. Fickle Friendship Folly

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Newly re-elected Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has again defied the imperial wrath of the U.S. and Great Britain, with his announcement “that the government will seize foreign banks and mines and redistribute them to local investors.” Such actions can get one killed, but Mugabe is no easy target for the West’s secret services. He has a popular base, and a loyal armed forces.

    Remembering the Night before The March On Washington: When Dr. W.E.B Du Bois Was Called Home By the Ancestors

    by Obi Egbuna Jr.

    A giant passed into history the day before Dr. Martin Luther King made his “Dream” speech in 1963. W.E.B. Du Bois had broken with a Democratic president 15 years before. “This put Dr. Du Bois in the exact same position that Dr. King was in when he decided losing back door access to Lyndon Johnson's White House was a small price to pay in order to stand on the side of peace and justice.

    You’ve got a friend…

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Drone Man “tagged” you in a note

    He wants you to get out the vote

    Like tubes down a “detainee” throat

    The Best Americans: Black Americans

    by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.

    MLK wouldn’t be smiling at him

    He’d be crying

    Present-day marches

    In DC he would not attend

    If he had to share a dais with Obama

    He would defy the views of Obama

    He’d pray for him

    Call him a stone-cold killer

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 9/04/13

    UNAC: Stop Obama’s Syria War

    “There’s no basis for it, whatsoever: it’s against international law, it’s against UN conventions, it’s illegal, immoral and has to be stopped,” said Marilyn Levin, of the United National Anti-War Coalition, which has organized demonstrations against President Obama’s planned attack on Syria. “What they’re trying to do is regime change, to get a government that is compliant with the United States.”

    POP Rallies Against “Re-Run” of Iraq Attack

    The People’s Organization for Progress rallied against Obama’s war plans, in Newark, New Jersey. “Our opposition is in line with the Black community, which I am certain would oppose another war,” said POP chairman Larry Hamm. “But, it’s also important to note that a majority of the people in the country oppose it. This whole situation seems to be a re-run of the prelude to the war in Iraq.”

    March on Washington Commemoration an “Obscenity”

    The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington “was a government-corporate affair, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola and everybody that could give Al Sharpton and the people that were organizing that march a check,” said veteran South Carolina activist and writer Kevin Alexander Gray. “It was a farce, it was an obscenity. The people were props. There was no demand on the administration,” said Gray. “Sharpton is the administration’s yard dog.”

    Denied Mic, Dream Defender Says Youth are “Ready” to Challenge System

    Philip Agnew, a leader of the Dream Defenders occupying Florida’s State Capital, circulated the speech he would have given to the March on Washington crowd if he and other young people had not been cut from the speakers list: “I’d tell you that millions of young people and queer people and poor people and people of color are asking, What do we do with all this anger, this fear, this disappointment? For 50 years we’ve wandered and wondered: Where are the youth? … Peace over profit, revolution over revenue, and all peace and power to the people! Just watch – we’re ready.”

    Fast Food Workers Press for Living Wage

    Fast food workers held job actions at 1,000 locations in 60 cities last week, demanding a $15 an hour living wage and union representation. “We think that the real people mooching off the system are the corporations,” said Kyle Kordsmeier, an organizer with the Interfaith Workers Network, in Memphis. “If we paid people a living wage, it would save us healthcare costs, welfare, food stamps. Ultimately, what we’re fight for is for them to pick up that tab. They’re the ones who are stealing our money.”

    White Power, Black Pain in New Orleans

    According to a report by Loyola University law professor Bill Quigley on the state of New Orleans, the city “is whiter than it was when Katrina hit, there’s more renters; there are jobs, but they’ve moved out to the suburbs,” and Teach for America instructors “have taken the jobs of primarily African American teachers whose union was broken and replaced by charter schools.” New Orleans’ city hall, city council and school board are all controlled by whites, although Blacks comprise a “technical” majority of the population, said Quigley, whose report is titled “Katrina Pain Index: New Orleans Eight Years Later.”

    Will Banks be Bailed-Out, or Depositors Bailed-in?

    British and American banking officials are drawing up plans to treat large depositors in U.S. banks as “investors” whose funds might be seized – “bailed-in” – in a financial crisis. Dodd-Frank legislation prohibits bailouts of banks with taxpayer money. However, Left Business Observer editor Doug Henwood says: “It stretches credulity to think that this government would ever let big investors, big depositors, big bondholders take major hits in a banking crisis. I am utterly convinced they would find some way around this law and save the skins of the well-heeled.”

    Tiny Eritrea Maintains Self-Reliance

    Zimbabwe and Eritrea, a small country of 6 million people on the Red Sea, are the only nations in Africa that have avoided entanglement with the U.S. Africa Military Command, AFRICOM. Eritrea also refuses so-called foreign “aid” in favor of national self-reliance. “It was critical to build a self-reliant state” after 30 years of war for independence, said Simon Tesfamariam, an Eritrean-American activist and writer, speaking on Your World News. “If you look within your own resources, you’ll find a way to make it. But, all this is impossible without the unity of the Eritrean people.”

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    Dr. King Was A Man, “The Dreamer” Is A Zombie

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Gary Younge points out that King's “I Have A Dream” speech wasn't offered as the penultimate moment of his career till after his death. Those who offer it were the same corporate media honchos who first elevated, then slimed and slandered King the last year of his life. “The Dreamer” too is their construct, as far from the man who lived and died as an ordinary person from a brain-eating zombie.

    The Dreamer With a Kill List

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The most powerful – and violent – man in the world was made the star of the commemoration of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King. “The grave-markers of the martyrs of the Black Freedom Movement – in their thousands – have been reduced to cobblestones on the road to the Obama presidency.”

    Freedom Rider: American Hell for Syria

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    With the imminent attack on Syria, Barack Obama prepares to add to his personal legacy of illegal wars based entirely on lies. The corporate media will eagerly sell the newest U.S. aggression, starting with the absurd premise that Syria would launch a chemical attack “when it is winning the war fomented by the United States, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other gulf monarchies.”

    NEW BATV: Cornel West on "Obama Plantation" / Dixon: MSNBC's Black Talking Heads / Ford: U.S. Conquers Africa

    Cornel West: Washington March Organizers are Part of the “Obama Plantation”; Says Sharpton Attempts to “Contain Black Rage”, Jay-Z an Example of the “Re-Niggerization of the Black Professional Class.”

    Bruce Dixon's Open Letter to Melissa Harris-Perry, Toure, Joy Ann Reid: Stop the Hate, Grow Some Guts

    Glen Ford: US Military Conquest of Africa "All But Complete"

    Blacks Slowly Emerging from Obama Delirium

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Four years ago, huge numbers of Blacks thought African Americans were doing well, despite the facts of the economic meltdown – a kind of mass madness. But a new survey shows “a portion of Black folks have snapped out of the delirium, and now see the world, and their actual position in it, more clearly.”

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    King, Obama, and the Inner Core of Despotism

    by Paul Street

    Dr. Martin Luther King was a social revolutionary who preached that “a storm is rising against the theprivileged minority of the earth” that will result in a “just distribution of the fruits” of the planet. Barack Obama “has made it clear that Dr. King’s unpaid promissory note will remain un-cashed under his watch.” The First Black President disgraces the podium from which Dr. King spoke 50 years ago.

    Katrina Pain Index 2013: New Orleans Eight Years Later

    by Bill Quigley

    The “new” New Orleans that developers hoped to construct when 100,000 poor Black people were purged from the city is still a place of daunting poverty. “African American households in the metro New Orleans area earned 50 percent less than white households.” By almost every measurement, only the rich and white have prospered.

    Living Under the Cloud of Stop-and-Frisk in Washington DC

    by Seema Sadanandan

    Black children in poorer sections of the Nation’s Capitol grow up under constant hyper-surveillance of police. The armed occupation of their communities is anything but benign. “A community’s desire to be free from crime is not an invitation to treat all men in that community as suspects.”

    March Against the Genocide of Black People in Brazil

    by Wangui Kimari

    Recent police excessive force against mass demonstrations in Brazil should not overshadow institutional state violence directed against the nation’s poor Blacks. “Many Black communities in Brazil are living in a state of siege” – levels of mass-produced death that can justifiably be called genocide.”

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 8/28/13

    NSA Could Ensnare Anyone in National Security Trap

    “Every single person in this country owes Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning a debt of gratitude,” said Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, renowned whistleblower and a founder of the No FEAR Coalition. The NSA program that tracks human networks endangers all Americans, said Coleman-Adebayo, “because everyone is only a person or two or three or four away from being implicated in some scheme that the National Security State comes up with.” She called Bradley Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for exposing government secrets an example of growing “tyranny.”

    Ray Kelly’s Rise Halted By Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

    It is highly unlikely that New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will be appointed head of Homeland Security, said Robert Gangi, of the Police Reform Organizing Project of the Urban Justice Center. A federal court found that the city’s stop-and-frisk practices routinely violate the constitutional rights of Blacks and Latinos. “There is now a big black eye on the face of New York City policing,” said Gangi. “Ray Kelly is no longer the iconic law enforcement figure he was a short two years ago.”

    Black Is Back Coalition Magnifies Grassroots Forces

    The betrayals and predations of the Black Misleadership Class can be overcome by out-organizing them. “Our objective is to replace that misleadership, not just to complain about it,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. Black is Back seeks to “provide the ability for all of these” grassroots organizations “to come together and to magnify their presence many times over,” said Yeshitela. The coalition recently held its national conference in Harlem.

    Cornel West on Obama and the New Jim Crow

    The Obama administration seems to believe it is immune from effective Black criticism. “It’s sad to see us pimped like that,” said Dr. Cornel West, the activist and academic currently based at Union Theological Seminary, in New York. “All of our suffering is rendered invisible because they know we will be highly protective of them.” The administration has “that kind of power, that kind of bully pulpit, but they can’t say a mumbling word about the New Jim Crow – and they’ve been in office for five years. That’s disgusting!” Dr. West spoke on the latest edition of Black Agenda TV.

    Nursing Students Charge Fraud in Philadelphia

    Six Black women, who call themselves the Liberation of Students Rights Group of Philadelphia, charge the now defunct St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing cheated them out of $22,000 each and a year of their lives. Sabrina Whitaker said she and her fellow students, all college graduates at the time, had heard that the school had a Black dean, and “wanted to work in an area that was African American.” But the school turned out to be unaccredited. “We had to share gloves, we had to share needles when learning how to do IVs,” said Whitaker. The women hope to prevail in court, to prove that “if you keep fighting, keep striving for what you believe in, your dream too can come true.”

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    The Black Mis-Leaders' Love-Fest with Power on the Mall

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The commemoration of the March on Washington has been ruined. President Obama, the global assassin, protector of Wall Street, and reigning Great Mass Incarcerator, will star in the production on the National Mall. “Dr. Martin Luther King serves as a mere prop in the ceremony.” In their embrace of Power, the organizers have desecrated the Black American legacy of struggle.

    Who Will Lead A Movement Against the Prison State, If Not the Formerly Incarcerated?

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The black political class, whose leaders will be on the podium at this week's 50th anniversary observation of the March on Washington are not going to lead any movement to roll back mass incarceration or the prison state. It's just not in them, not even to use the limited power that they do have to curtail its most savage abuses.

    Freedom Rider: Sex Tapes and Butlers

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Racist propaganda comes in many forms, and from many sources. Russell Simmons and Lee Daniels are well-paid Black purveyors of the anti-Black propaganda arts. Daniel’s turns history and truth on its head in The Butler, while Russell Simmons depicts Harriet Tubman as a whore who turns tricks for freedom.

    Obama Mimics Wall Street on Housing Crisis, Offers Black Congressman a Vanishing Job

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    In his second term, President Obama has decided that he was wrong about the cause of the Great Meltdown. He now believes “that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – not the private banks – were responsible for the housing crisis.” Under Obama's new plan, government mortgage guarantees will go directly to the private banks, which – as we all know – can be trusted to act responsibly.

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    Massacre in Egypt Hastens Demise of U.S.-Jihadist Alliance

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The secularists and leftists that backed the military’s coup in Egypt “cannot escape culpability for Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi’s current and future crimes.” But the clock is also ticking on the decades-long U.S. strategy to deploy Muslim jihadists as foot soldiers for imperial objectives in the region. The unholy alliance will shatter – and usher in the Mother of All Blowbacks.

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