A “Triple” Betrayal in South Africa


A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The arrangement whereby whites surrendered political control of South Africa, while continuing to dominate the economy, has become indefensible. “Workers seeking to organize outside the government-sanctioned unions are hunted down and prosecuted under spurious charges, physically tortured and vilified as enemies of the state.”

California NAACP Sells Out to Big Ag on Genetically Modified Foods

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR ,managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When black leadership gets its legitimacy from the oppressed, but its funding from the oppressor, this is what we get. We call it the Black Misleadership Class. And why was Davey D the only black media figure we heard even asking the question? Is this the Obama phenomenon trickling down --- we don't dare question our black “representatives” because.... because.... well.... why?

Is AFRICOM Preparing for Another “Humanitarian” Military Intervention?


by Abdi Ali Diriye

The U.S. Africa Command bills itself as a force for “humanitarian” intervention in Africa – but the only humans it serves are outside the continent. “The US has recently pushed itself into Libya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere, and now has its eyes set on Mali.”

Jay-Z is 1%, Not HipHop


by Damon Sajnani

Jay-Z has earned mountains of money from HipHop, but “his politics are diametrically opposed to the interest of Black liberation at home and abroad.” The music mogul identifies with an oligarchy whose interests are antithetical to Black liberation. “If the balance of one’s material promotes the interest of the oppressor, that rapper is not HipHop.

Your Brain on Obama: Waiting for the Man


by Randy Shields

The “Obama Phenomenon” is a world-class consciousness-destroyer, guaranteed to burn a hole in your soul. Millions of once-progressive minds have fallen victim to the scourge. “Obama users have turned on friends and colleagues who kept their principles regardless of which capitalist flunky commits the crimes.”

Is This Really The Most Important Election Ever? If So, Then Where Are Our Issues?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

It's hard to see how an election is so darn important for black America when the candidates aren't talking about the issues. Which one is the candidate that wants to roll back the prison state, or stop the drug war, or question gentrification? Is there a candidate who wants full funding of public education? A candidate who will cut off troops and military aid to Africa? If not, what are we voting for?

Freedom Rider: Obama the Untouchable

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Obama supporters who profess an intent to “hold his feet to the fire” may successfully deceive themselves and each other, but this president is no fool. Barack Obama knows that voters have no power whatsoever over him after next Tuesday, that he'll be free to follow his own inclinations, whatever those are.

Arab Revolutions Will Never be Made-in-the-USA

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

A year has passed since Washington’s Libyan proxies slaughtered Moammar Gaddafi, in what the West called an Arab “revolution.” But “revolutions do not emanate from Washington, Paris and London.” America’s erstwhile allies have jihad on their minds – not western notions of what the Arab Spring should like.

The Black Misleadership Class Lines Up Behind Transit Privatization In Atlanta

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

When the issue was opposing Jim Crow, the black community in places like Atlanta was united. But after a generation of black faces in high places, the black political class in cites like Atlanta has less in common with ordinary African Americans than ever before.  The next big issue on the horizon --- transit privatization, will open a vast chasm between our black elite and the rest of us. 

Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter

by Kathy Kelly

In this season of stale appeals to support the supposed lesser of two evils, Kathy Kelly reminds us of the actual cost Afghan women and children and their families are paying for Barack Obama's decision to continue the war in Afghanistan at least till 2014. It's a set of facts that ought to be constantly before us --- how will our votes and our actions after this election impact their struggles for dignity and survival?

Does TV Help Make Americans Passive and Accepting of Authority?

By Bruce E. Levine

What if what your teachers and parents told you all those years ago was really true after all.... that the television was a one-eyed monster dedicated to making you stupid? Would that surprise you? No? Then why is the number of hours we watch it each week rising, not falling, and what does this bode for our future?

Does TV Help Make Americans Passive and Accepting of Authority?

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of October 29, 2012

Obama Threatens New “Legal Architecture” for National Security State

The president’s recent banter with the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart should be taken as a threat to impose an even more draconian national security regime, said Kevin Gosztola, a reporter for the influential website FireDogLake.com. Obama told Stewart: "One of the things we've got to do is put a legal architecture in place and we need congressional help to do that, to make sure that not only am I reined in but any president is reined in, in terms of some of the decisions that we’re making.”

What came through is that he doesn’t want to submit his presidency to the Constitution,” said Goszota. “Perhaps what he is giving us a preview of, is that in his second term he will further expand the power of his presidency so that Congress has absolutely no power to provide oversight.” Obama has already “put preventive detention in military hands. He’s fighting off a lawsuit against NDDA that challenges this indefinite detention.”

Keep Up the Pressure, Whoever Wins Election

Whether Obama is in the White House or Romney is in the White House, policies are going to come out of the White House that are antithetical to the interests of working and poor people and people of color in this country, and unless we fight back it’s not going to change,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the Newark, New Jersey-based People’s Organization for Progress. POP will hold a march and rally for Jobs, Economic Justice and Peace on November 13. The group sustained 381 straight days of daily demonstrations, ending in July, but has staged many periodic protests in the interim. “One of the things that came out of the debates is how similar Romney and the president are on issues,” said Hamm, who is personally voting for Obama.

Working Americans Lose the Equivalent of One Week of Wages

Recent data show real wages dropped by 2.4 percent between October, 2010, and October of this year. “No statistic could more dramatically show what this so-called ‘recovery’ has been for the mass of American workers,” said Dr. Richard Wolff, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst. “It means workers got the right to work one week of the year for absolutely no pay at all, compared to what they were getting two years ago.”

Arne Duncan Appointment was “Worst Thing” Obama Did to Blacks

Of the many bad things that the president has done to us, the worst thing was to name Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education,” said Dr. Donald Smith, veteran Black educator and keynote speaker at the recent Summit Meeting on Saving the African American Child, in Chicago. Duncan is infamous for remarking that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that could have happened” for education in New Orleans. The disaster resulted in a school system dominated by charters “controlled by corporations,” said Smith,” and you know that corporations don’t want schools teaching our people, or any people, to be critical thinkers.”

Haiti Cholera Epidemic “Not a Priority” for UN

A roster of concerned organizations marked the second anniversary of the outbreak of cholera in Haiti with an open letter to top U.S. officials, urging them to pressure the United Nations to do more to combat the disease that has killed 7,564 people and infected 600,000. “This has not been a priority for the international community,” said Dan Beeton, of the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research. “The UN could implement water and sanitation infrastructure that would eventually allow cholera to be eradicated for about the same cost it would take to allow UN troops to stay in Haiti for one year – about a billion dollars.” Cholera was introduced into Haiti by UN troops, who have been given another year’s mandate.

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

Melissa Harris-Perry VS Alice Walker: Sista Courtier VS the Real Sista Citizen

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry has an MSNBC show and a byline in The Nation as “Sister Citizen.” But what would the output of a “sista citizen” look like? Would it extol and praise the Great Man, excusing him from responsibilities and his own promises, or would it ask him, and the rest of us hard questions? What's the difference between a citizen and a cheerleader?

Obama and Romney: Brothers of the Same Imperial Lodge


by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Monday’s performance by the top presidential contenders turned out to be a grand consensus on foreign policy. “There is not one ray of daylight between the two.” Since Obama and Romney have no substantive disagreements, the choice is simple: vote for – or against – the one you think is most competent at waging imperial war. Peace and the rule of law are not options, on either ticket. Welcome to the Imperial Hegemony Dome.

Freedom Rider: Not Voting for Obama


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The top Democrat and Republican have clashed face-to-face three times – and emerged far more alike than different. “Given this degree of collusion, why would it be so terrible if Obama lost?” The presidential electoral exercise looks more like an exorcism in which both parties are the Devil.

Bill Clinton Loves Haiti


by Jemima Pierre

If there’s one American export that Haiti needs no more of, it’s Bill Clinton. The former U.S. president, now the United Nations “viceroy” to Haiti, has arguably done more harm to the first Black Republic than any person in history. “It is Haiti that needs to be liberated from Bill.”

A Profitable Genocide: Rwanda and Uganda Annex Eastern Congo


A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Another United Nations report has been leaked, documenting Uganda and Rwanda’s de facto annexation of the eastern Congo and complicity in a genocide that has claimed six million lives. “The blood of millions flows into the ground, while billions of dollars in minerals are extracted from the earth and delivered to their corporate customers – with Rwandan and Ugandan middlemen pocketing their cut.

The War Against “Excessive Pensions” For Govt Workers Is War Against Black Families, Prosecuted by Our Black Elite

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The class of African American political and cultural misleaders who infest many of our black pulpits, who run most of our black newspapers, radio and TV outlets, and who have surrendered most of the black conversation to the dictates of marketing, are spearheading a war against the livelihoods and security of ordinary black families. Atlanta's Black Mecca provides one of the clearest examples.

Stop-and-Frisk Should be on Trial, Not Us


by Jamel Mims

The Stop Stop-and-Frisk movement has frightened the mass incarceration apparatus in New York City, which has upped the ante on protest. The author is among four activists facing two years behind bars. “The intended effect of this prosecution is insidiously transparent: to send a chilling effect through the movement against mass incarceration, and dampen the spirit of resistance it has ignited.”

Betraying Our Legacy: Barack Obama-Bathing his Hands in the Blood of Innocents


by Harold Green

African Americans have lost a great deal in the last four years: more Black household wealth has vanished than at any time in history, for example. Even more disastrously, Black America may have lost its moral and political moorings. “With Barack Obama at the helm, we seem not to be concerned about continuing our legacy of resistance and fighting for justice.” We risk becoming complicit in the most heinous crimes against humanity.

The Case Against Voting for Barack Obama: An Eritrean Perspective


by Afeworki Mekonnen

The “Son of Africa” in the White House has abused and oppressed the proud people of Eritrea. “The overwhelming majority of Eritrean-Americans see Obama as the most hostile US president, ever, that Eritrea has had to deal with.” The prospect of Susan Rice ascending to Secretary of State is “an absolutely unpalatable scenario for any Eritrean to envision.”

A Year Later, the War in Libya is Far from Over


by Horace Campbell

The death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya revealed the extent of CIA involvement in Libya. The “agency was not merely conducting covert surveillance on the Islamists based in eastern Libya, but providing them with direct aid and coordinating their operations with the current war in Syria.” Chickens and other varmints are coming home to roost. “The US had fed the al-Qa'ida scorpion and now it had bitten America.”

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of October 22, 2012


Medicare Supporters Protest While Candidates Joke

Medicare “is being threatened by both parties,” said Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal, of Physicians for a National Health Care Program. The group led protests outside New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, where presidential contenders Barack Obama and Mitt Romney told jokes at an annual dinner. “Even the Democrats are talking about raising the age of eligibility for Medicare,” said Rosenthal. Both parties and the media claim Medicare is facing bankruptcy. “That’s all very misleading. It’s not in crisis, it’s not going to run out of money for a long time, and we can fix that.” Rosenthal’s organization wants Medicare expanded to cover all Americans.

Black Is Back – in Washington

The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, which appeared on the scene with a march on the White House in 2009, returns to DC for a rally and national conference, November 3 and 4, under the theme “Breaking the Silence.” “There are bombs being dropped in Africa, and increased militarization of our communities in the United States,” said spokesperson Ayesha Fleary. “Millions have died in the Congo over the last 10 years, but that’s never on anybody’s agenda.”

Stop-and-Frisk Protesters Face 2+ Years in Prison

Trial begins October 23 for four members of the Stop Stop-and-Frisk movement, charged with acting “in concert” to disrupt a police precinct in Queens, New York, last year. Prosecutors are seeking to intimidate the movement by “piling on” charges that could put the demonstrators in prison for more than two years, said defendant Carl Dix. “It is illegitimate, unjust and racist for the NYPD to racially profile Black youth…and to put us on trial for protesting it. What has be put on trial, here, is stop-and-frisk, itself.”

Parents of Slain Oakland Youth Speak Out

Our youth are saying, Why plan for the future when I might not live to be 18?” said Jeralyn Blueford, whose son Alan was shot to death by an Oakland, California, policeman, last May. Mrs. Blueford and her husband, Adam, will travel to New York and Philadelphia to tell how a cop chased her unarmed son for a mile before putting three bullets in his chest. Initial police claims that there had been a shootout, soon fell apart. “It was just racial profiling at its core,” said the father.

South Africa Slum Dwellers, in U.S., Condemn Marikana Massacre

We need to take a stand, because what the miners were fighting for is just,” said Mnikelo Ndabankulu, spokesperson for the South African grassroots organization Abahlali baseMjondolo, which means “People Who Live in Shacks” in the Zulu language. At least 34 workers were shot dead by police at the Marikana platinum mine, in August. Ndabankulu's group has also been harshly suppressed by authorities. “South Africa is a protesting state,” he said. If police were allowed to shoot everyone who protests, “the country would be left with only police and rich people.” Abahlali baseMjondolo members are on a tour of U.S. cities.

The Duopoly Debates Itself


by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

To any objective observer, the consensus that exists between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the fundamental issues of war and peace, Wall Street’s dominance of American life, and fiscal austerity, has been made crystal clear in the two “debates.” In the absence of effective popular resistance to the duopoly of money, the economic and social crisis fails to create a corresponding political crisis for the rulers. As a result, there is nothing important for them to debate.

How Ghetto Politics Has Outlived the Ghetto, and Still Holds All Of Us Back

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The class of cultural, business and political hacks who pass themselves off as “black leaders” never tire of celebrating the sixties. But they have nothing to say about the seventies, eighties or nineties when the prison state and drug war engulfed the black lower classes and the gains of the New Deal and Great Society rolled back, all during their watch. They're ghetto politicians, and ghetto politics have failed.

Oct. 12, 2012 -- An Evening In Harlem With Black Agenda Report & Friends

Since 2006 our mission at Black Agenda Report has been to challenge the current crop of black political and cultural misleaders with a vision of a new black politics of struggle, one that takes into account class differences among blacks so as to confont the prison state, and deal with the many other oppressive aspects of everyday black life which our misleaders ignore.
On Friday, October 12 most of the Black Agenda Report team gathered at Harlem's historic Riverside Church to celebrate our sixth anniversary. We were joined by Dr. Cornel West, who took part in an extended dialog with BAR executive editor Glen Ford, and a panel discussion featuring Margaret Kimberley, Jemima Pierre, Richard Wolff, P. Sainaith, Anthony Monteiro and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo.
The celebration was organized and hosted by BAR's Nellie Hester Bailey, and sponsored by Riverside Church's Social Justice Ministry.

Freedom Rider: Malala the Worthy Victim


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

In U.S. war films, the American soldier fighting in a strange land befriends a local child, creating a personal bond of humanity, while busily killing scores of the kid’s adult countrymen. American corporate media perform much the same sick exercise, identifying children among the “worthy victims” of the other side in U.S. foreign wars. Children deemed unworthy of American sympathy are left to the tender mercies of drones.


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