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    What Part of “We Need Jobs” Does Obama Not Get?

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
    It is as if Americans have lost the very language of social justice. The Congressional Black Caucus, finally in a mood to confront the White House on the jobs issue, find themselves having to explain that legislators have a “moral obligation” to fight for their constituents' interests. Meanwhile, “President Obama treats every appeal for attention to Black unemployment as if it is an unreasonable, or even illegal, demand.”

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    US Reaps Trillions While Condemning Africa To Climate Catastrophe

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
    With humanity at risk and Africa facing “incineration,” the United States opted for “disaster capitalism” at the global climate conference, last week. “President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to Copenhagen to end any possibility of a global agreement on greenhouse gasses that the rich nations would be bound to respect.”

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    Obama Continues to Privatize America's Imperial Wars

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
    The Pentagon has methodically insulated its wars from most of U.S. civil society. “For the United States, war has devolved to a matter of contracts, a multi-trillion dollar cash cow for corporations, a self-perpetuating financial bubble that feeds the planet’s most dangerous and nonproductive, useless classes.” The mercenary is the ideal corporate warrior.

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    Reverse Images: The Acrimonious Debate on Race in Cuba

    by Jean Damu
    Cuba is racist, says a letter signed by 60 African American and Afro-Latin notables. Undoubtedly, “racism exists in Cuba, just as it does in every other country on the planet, especially the United States.” And just as surely, those who signed the letter have put their reputations in service of the same U.S. government and Miami (white) Cuban exile crowd that has always plotted against the Cuban revolution. The author poses the question: “Is there really a civil rights movement in Cuba or is the petition merely a grandiloquent expression of Afrogringoism?”

    “You Can’t Be President”: Race, Class, and Memories of Obama

    by Paul Street
    No one should claim they were fooled by candidate Barack Obama – least of all, Black people. “Obama’s political team has always taken an official position of cowardice on race.His avoidance of racial realities is long-standing. The president's supporters simply ignored the evidence of their own eyes and ears, and let their imaginations do the thinking.

    Universal Health Care? We Keep the Candy, But You Can Have the Wrapper. No. Wait. Give Us the Wrapper Too.

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    It's half past December, and the White House is hell-bent on passing its version of “health insurance reform” out of Congress before the holiday recess. It's not universal. It's not even about delivering health care, it's about bailing out health insurance companies. The legislation will force millions of Americans to buy skimpy private insurance, often with hundreds of dollars a month of their own money under penalty of law. Billions more in government subsidies will be added to the giveaway to help purchase health insurance policies for the bottom half or more of the insurance market.

    Freedom Rider: “War is Peace” Prize

    Your New War Presidentby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
    Barack Obama is nothing if not a man of “firsts.” America’s first Black president has earned the dubious honor of possibly having delivered the first resoundingly pro-war speech to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. “The new peace prize winner told the world that peace isn’t worth working for and is off the table for his consideration.”
     
     

    "Progressives For Obama" Change Name To Omit Their President

    Honest ObeA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    It has taken almost a year for “Progressives for Obama” to make a partial break with their former object of adulation, proof that groupie-love is a powerful emotion. “Two of the founding members, Bill Fletcher and Tom Hayden, are making uncharacteristically loud anti-Obama noises and acting as if they played no role in convincing Obama that he could make war and serve corporate interests to his heart’s content, without fear of any trouble from the Left.”

    Wealthy Nations To Poor Ones: There Will Be No Reparations For Killing the Planet

    Let them eat dirtA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Even as the world approaches “the end-game of human existence,” brought on by centuries of exploitation of nature and man, the chief polluters and oppressors demand impunity from past and current crimes. The U.S. categorically rejects the “notion” of payback for global warming.

    Paul Krugman's Blind Spot for Corporations and Obama

    Paul KrigmanA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    At times of acute crisis, the oppressed and exploited find out who their real friends are. Old political labels become useless, as do former allies. Paul Krugman is the resident “liberal” on the New York Times op-ed page. But what use are his analyses if the economic and political predations of corporations aren't even part of the equation.

    Why ACORN Won

    ACORNby Bill Quigley
    A federal court has affirmed that the U.S. Congress acted illegally in barring the grass roots organization ACORN from access to government contracts. Although the federal legislature is forbidden to mete out political punishment, don’t expect that to deter the Republican vendetta against ACORN, which “has been a target of right-wing politicians for years.”

    Call Me Barry: Obama’s Tough Love

    by Sikivu Hutchinson
    The days of “Say it loud, I’m Black and I’m proud” are no more. Young African Americans in search of work find their heritage a hopeless drag on upward mobility. “Obama’s Talented Tenth magic,” it appears, does not rub off. “In some instances, graduates of historically black colleges and universities have deleted all reference to their tenure and omitted mentions of involvement in ethnically suspect groups” – especially their own.

    Let them Starve, Let them Drown!

    drownin gby C. Uzondu
    Leaders of the West – the political lineage of colonizers, conquistadors, slavers and genocidal settler regimes – gather in world capitals, pretending to search for solutions to disasters they have inflicted on the planet. President Obama stars in the pageantry of power. “Since this is the President who feels responsible for safeguarding the Afghan people from the Taliban, he must be also willing to safe-guard the world from the US.”

    Barack Obama is Bad for Black America

    bad 4 blacksby Solomon Comissiong

    The Great Hangover descends on Black America, as Obama supporters slowly, and reluctantly, emerge from their delusional stupor. The first Black president, it turns out, has nothing to offer African Americans. His message: “Black people should grin, bear it and suck it up while their white counterparts continually reap all the benefits from their shiftless ancestors who stole land and people to build wealth.”

    McKinney: President Obama is Complicit in War Crimes

    Obama Complicit in War Crimes, Says McKinney

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    Our President is now complicit in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace,” said Cynthia McKinney, addressing the Emergency End-the-Wars Rally in front of the White House. December 12. Ms. McKinney is a former congresswoman from Georgia and the Green Party’s 2008 presidential candidate.

    Kucinich To Submit Bills That Deny Funding To Af-Pak War

    Kucinich To Submit Bills That Deny Funding To Af-Pak War

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    The Af-Pak war funding bill before Congress is also happens to contain the money for unemployment compensation, Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich points out.  “I will soon introduce two bills," he continues "which will force votes on withdrawal from Afghanistan and Pakistan.” The former presidential candidate was speaking to the Emergency End-the-Wars Rally in front of the White House, December 12.

     

    David Swanson: Presidents Love Wars. From Now On All Presidents Will Want to be War Presidents...

    David Swanson:  Presidents Love Wars, and From Now On All Presidents Will Want to be War Presidents...

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    And why shouldn't they?  Wars expand presidential powers, and are not to be questioned.  This president just made a war speech holding his brand new Nobel Prize.  Could Bush have gotten away with such a feat?  But Congress and the president DO fear the people, Swanson points out.  If they did not, why would they place unemployment compensation money in the same legislation as their war funding?

    Freedom Rider: Progressives Still Love Obama

    captain-americaby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
    President Obama talks excellent Bush-speak, a language he becomes more fluent in each day. Mouthing Bushisms, Obama told a television audience “it is in the ‘vital interests’ of the entire country to maintain the cycle of endless warfare.” Members of the once arrogant and smug Progressives for Obama must confront their own roles in playing this great trick on the world.

    Black Caucus Finally Gets the Message: Obama’s Not ‘The One’

    cbcA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The Congressional Black Caucus agonizes as the accumulated miseries of their constituents force Black lawmakers to put distance between themselves and Wall Street's ally in the White House, Barack Obama. Ten members of the Caucus boycotted a vote on an Obama bill, to show their displeasure. But until they muster the nerve to vote against their president and his bankster friends, they are just shuckin' and jivin'. 

    If Banksters Are Like Gangsters, Where's the Anti-Bankster Legislation?

    fighting the fedA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    It's in the House of Representatives right now.  “Nothing on the calendar of Congress, and no campaign from the grassroots, has anything approaching the potential of the Federal Reserve Transparency Act to focus public anger on Wall Street and its allies in the White House and on Capitol Hill.” If the public only knew the dimensions of the largest transfer of wealth in human history, they would turn on the banksters with tooth and claw.

    Civil Rights Division To Clean Up After 8 Years of Bush

    Eric HolderA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    President Bush's minions behaved like vandals in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, trashing the very concept of equal protection under the law. But the white backlash did not begin with Bush. Civil rights has been “in a state of arrested development for over 40 years.”

    The Selling of "Precious"

    precious-movieby Ishmael Reed
    A movie that “makes D.W. Griffith look like a progressive.” Oprah Winfrey’s “third black man as sexual predator and the second black incest film.” A fiction whose “policy message is that welfare recipients are black women who wish to avoid work, who use their time having sex with their daughters, watching television and dining on pig leavings.” Is this a film – or a crime?

    Will the Last “Progressive for Obama” Please Turn Out the Lights?

    Leaving Obamalandby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    Black Agenda Report heartily endorses this Saturday’s Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally in front of the White House. Having said that, we turn to the subject of the legions of Obama-smitten activists that abandoned confrontation with Power for the past several years, for fear of harming their hero’s presidential prospects. How wrong they were, as subsequent events have shown.

    AFRICOM AIN’T THE PEACE CORPS

    by Mark P. Fancher
    The U.S. military’s AFRICOM forces pretend their mission on the continent is humanitarian. In reality, AFRICOM is the sharp edge of U.S. imperialism, a killing force eager to impose American dominance. The military command “locks Africa into a state of dependency and maintains favorable political and social conditions for U.S.-based corporations that exploit Africa’s natural resources.”  This is not a bug in the system.  It's a defining feature of it.

    Belgian Paratroopers to Crush Rising Congo Rebellion?

    campaigning in Congoby keith harmon snow
    Rwandan Defense Forces are flown into the western Congo, to shore up another challenge to the regime in Kinshasa. President Kabila is under siege on multiple fronts. United Nations forces secretly intervene on side of Kabila and his Rwandan allies. The ten million death toll, rises.

    Obama's Af-Pak is as Whack as Bush's Iraq

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    President Obama has reached a watershed in his presidency: he has devolved to the intellectual level of George Bush, while retaining his world class powers of speech. History may remember Obama as just another vapid but predatory imperialist president who happens to be…superficially eloquent. Unfortunately, the clarity of Obama’s diction is not matched by coherence of policy. Af-Pak is at least as whack as Bush’s Iraq.

    Black Agenda Report is Here Because So Few Others Are....

    There's a fundamental crisis in U.S. journalism. Advertiser-supported news is broken and cannot be fixed. The numbers of working journalists and reporters, after declining steadily for decades, has fallen off a cliff in recent years, while the number of news gathering operations in both print and broadcast is also radically shrinking.  The near disappearance of black journalism is part of the reason Black Agenda Report exists.  But advertising won't carry BAR, either.  

    Black Agenda Report depends on our readers to keep the lights on.

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    Plundering the Panthers, Manipulating the Movement: Re-Branding the Black Panther Party

    Every movement has its symbols and icons.  But when these are separated from their context and content they are nothing but brands, to be employed for whatever commercial or political purpose anyone has in mind, even purposes opposite those of the movement which gave birth to them.

    Freedom Rider: The Peace Prize War

    Nobel Peace Prizeby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
    The American information bubble prevents the populace from recognizing the world around it. Iran's leader, constantly demonized in the “bubble,” “is not a pariah everywhere on earth, no matter how much American press and politicians fume and fuss.” It becomes increasingly clear that the United States is fooling no one but its own citizens, who are victimized by their ignorance. “Military prowess seems to be the only power the United States has left. It apparently has no ability to help its own people.”

    Black Jobs Prospects Descending to a “Deeper Level of Hell”

    we need jobsA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    With each economic downturn, another layer of permanent Black unemployment is created. The effects are cumulative, and cry out for programmatic attention, but President Obama offers only bromides and moralizing. Wall Street wants deficit reduction, and “what Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets.”
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