Freedom Rider: Tauzin Tossed Under the Bus

Big Pharmaby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
When the Obama White House played “Let's Make a Deal” with the drug industry, former Louisiana congressman Billy Tauzin was Big Pharma's chief negotiator. Tuazin blew the whistle on the White House's under-the-table machinations, to the president's great embarrassment. Now Tauzin's out in the cold, and Obama's health care scheme seems sunk, but Big Pharma is awash in profits.

Obama Would Have Been Jailed Under Patriot Act


A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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When it comes to civil and political liberties, the U.S. is a far less free place than it was, a generation ago.” Citizens acting under the slogan “Free Nelson Mandela” would have been prosecuted as criminals under the Patriot Act, as interpreted by both the Bush and Obama administrations.

The U.S. Ain't No “Model”: Defend Haiti in Miami, February 20

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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Haiti's people don't need occupying armies; they “deserve a massive human response to their material needs, and they deserve solidarity in their struggle to regain national self-determination.” Join the Black is Back Coalition this weekend for a National Mobilization in Defense of Haiti. “A free and independent Haiti can only rise under the democratic direction of Haitians, themselves – not under the guns of U.S. neocolonialism.”

Sharpton, Jealous and Morial Make Small Talk at the Big House

 Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The three civil rights leaders attempted a tricky maneuver with last week's visit to the White House.  How could they appear to pressure President Obama to finally act on Depression-level Black unemployment, while making no such demand? It was a fool's errand, for which they were well suited.

 

How Did Corporate America, Black America, And Left America All End Up On The Same Side?

By BAR executive editor Glen Ford

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Glen Ford notes that more than $23 trillion dollars has been steered to the financial sector since the Wall Street Meltdown, far exceeding the total value of everything produced and consumed in the entire US economy in any year.  Most of this largesse has been bestowed upon the banksters not under Bush, but under Obama.  For the ruling class, the Obama craze came along just in time to divert real opposition to their continued wars and their swallowing of the American state, whole.

The Israeli State And Its Zionist Project Have Failed, Explains Ali Abunimah

The Zionist project, the Israeli mission of occupation, ethnic cleansing, expropriation and colonial resettlement of Arab Palestine is untenable, and cannot succeed even in the short run.  Just as in apartheid South Africa, Israel's native subcontractors cannot keep the natives in order, forcing that apartheid state to endlessly escalate the violence against the nation's indigenous population.  Nobody can predict the future, Abunimah reminds us, but the darkest and bloodiest deeds of racist South Africa occurred when its imminent fall could not be admitted by its leaders.

How President Obama Has Shut Down Black Political Demands and Neutralized the American Left

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

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We hear all the time that the Obama campaign and presidency mark the triumph of savvy black political power.  The truth however, explained BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford, is that the rise of Barack Obama has checkmated historic black demands for justice at home and peace abroad, and neutralized the broader American left. Ford spoke at the New England Anti-War Conference in Boston, January 30.

U.S. Brags Haiti Response is a “Model” While More Than a Million Remain Homeless

Tent city in Haitiby Bill Quigley
U.S. officials are full of themselves, hawking their military expeditionary mission to Haiti as the future of humanitarian crisis response. Meanwhile, Partners in Health director Dr. Louise Ivers reports “’there is more and more misery’ in Port au Prince as fears of typhoid and dysentery haunt the camps as the rainy season looms.”

Under the Pretense of Haiti Disaster Relief, U.S. Running a Military Occupation

haitians fenced inby Arun Gupta
The United States has seized on the Haitian earthquake crisis, not only to establish a full-blown military occupation but to vastly expand its neoliberal economic restructuring of the country. “It’s clear that the Shock Doctrine is alive and well in Haiti.”

Who Demonizes Eritrea and Why?

by Mohamed Hassan
Eritrea is among the targets of the U.S. imperial offensive in the Horn of Africa. Under American pressure, the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Red Sea coast nation, claiming Eritrea aids fighters resisting the U.S.-backed puppet regime in Somalia. Washington’s goal is “to control the Middle East and access by Africa to the Indian Ocean.”

Black America Loses Gamble in Electing First Black President

by Phillip Jackson
Black America mistakenly traded the future of its young black men for a black president.” African Americans’ hopes and dreams and great expectations that Barack Obama would address the forces that are forcing Black males out of work and into jail, came to naught. “Over and over, the black community has reached out for help from this first black president, and over and over, he has said, ‘No!’"

America After the Quiet Coup

piggy banksterby Edward L. Palmer, Robert N. Rhodes and Alice J.
Palmer
There has been a quiet coup in the US in which a financial oligarchy has gained hegemony over the government structure.” That seizure of power has resulted in devastation for Black America, where “48% of the children of middle class Black Americans border on poverty.” Among the general public, “70% of last year’s college graduates in the US did not receive job offers.”

U.S. Attempts to Erase Haitian Nationhood

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The world’s sole superpower behaves as if Haitian sovereignty no longer exists. Notions of legality are wholly absent in America’s occupation of Haiti, where the U.S. poses as the internationally recognized authority. Washington arrogantly improvises the terms of the Haitian “protectorate.”

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Murder Inc.

sniper
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
When the president can coldly order the extrajudicial killing of American citizens, the rule of law ceases to exist. Yet only Rep. Dennis Kucinich has categorically challenged President Obama's claim to be legal judge, jury and executioner. “We have a 'gangsta' presidency and a Congress that isn’t any better.”

The Shibboleth of "Black Buying Power”

Dr. Jared Ball
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Dr. Jared Ball
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We've been hearing the same song for decades: “Black people's buying power is [x] billions of dollars. When will we harness our buying power?” But it's all a crock.  Nobody has ever shopped their way to freedom.  In a global economy where much of what we buy is manufactured or grown on the other side of the world, shopping does not build wealth in our communities.  What shopping builds is debt, and black people already carry twice the rate of credit card debt of whites.
 

On Black Streets and Public Housing, Bill of Rights is Dead Letter

stop and searchA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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Stop-and-frisk is the race-based law of the land, the American police state in its most elemental, predatory form.” In cities across the nation, police stops of Blacks and Latinos have doubled, tripled and, in New York City, sextupled since 2002. In public housing, police stops are three times more frequent than in surrounding neighborhoods with the same rates of crime.

Tea Partyers Are White Nationalists, Pure and Simple

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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The Tea Party crowd is as old as notions of American Manifest Destiny. They are White Nationalists, who yearn for “a time when the United States was a self-proclaimed White Man's Country.” Tea Partiers are most threatening to the cohesion and identity of the Republican Party. But they appear to have panicked some Blacks and progressives, who want “circle the wagons around the Obama administration” in the face of racist attacks.

Amend the Constitution – and Whatever Else It Takes to Break Corporate Power

corporate personsA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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Legislation to begin the process of amending the U.S. Constitution, introduced by Black Congresspersons John Conyers and Donna Edwards, “deserves broad support.” There is no greater enemy of mankind than the global corporation, which has now been empowered by the U.S. Supreme Court to further monopolize the American political conversation.

U.S. Coming Apart at the Seams

Cynthia McKinney
 
by Cynthia McKinney
The former Georgia Congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate was last weekend awarded the Munich American Peace Committee Peace Prize. “Those of us who have stepped outside of the ‘acceptable’ political paradigm,” she said, “must be willing to break bread with one another and find common ground on which we can operate.”

Will Supreme Court Ruling Help Mumia Abu-Jamal's Case?

Mumia abu Jamalby Linn Washington Jr.
Despite the High Court's recent decision, options remain for the defense of the former Black Panther Party member. A lower court must now “reexamine the issue of whether the judge at Abu-Jamal's 1982 trial provided faulty jury instructions regarding death penalty deliberation procedures.”

How Corporate Dollars Dominate the Black and Latino Conversation on Network Neutrality

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The utter dependence of our “civil rights” organizations like the NAACP and LULAC upon corporate donations from Big Cable and the telecom industry has caused them to weigh into FCC rulemaking processes against network neutrality and for the continued digital redlining of black and brown communities. They are joined by a substantial cohort of black and Latino elected officials on the federal and other levels. What does this mean for minority communities, whose economic development depends on the availability of cheap, accessible broadband and a relatively free and open internet?

Freedom Rider: Show Trial

fearby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
In order that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be denied even the formalities of American justice as we once knew it, the system itself must be eviscerated. “Phony concerns about security costs and whipped up fears of impending terror attacks are used to subvert the legal system that was once held up as a model for the rest of the world to follow.”

Haitians in the Bahamas Harrassed, Hunted and Scapegoated

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Two centuries after the world's most successful slave rebellion Haitians are still being punished, both in their own country and in the nations to which they emigrate.  In the Bahamas, Professor alex Morely explains, Haitians are an underclass, over-policed, over-exploited, underpaid and under surveillance.  The Bahamian ruling elite have learned to blame Haitians like Lou Dobbs blames Mexicans.

Omali Yeshitela at Black Is Back: Creating A Broad Social Movement Based in Our Black Communties

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Omali Yeshitela of the Uhuru Movement, convenors of the January 2010 Black Is Back conference in St. Petersburg explains that the 21st century successor to the Freedom Movement must be a broad social movement firmly rooted, among other places, in black America, and describes a little of what that looks like.

Eshu’s blues: An Open Letter to President Obama on Haiti

by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez
Even when claiming to speak to the nation and world about Haiti, Barack Obama winds up talking about America – and himself. The author writes, “Mr. President…“I am always astounded to see just what a shallow and pretentious presence your elevation to the national scene has become, even at this moment of colossal tragedy.”

Obama Sec'y of Education Says Katrina "the Best Thing to Happen" to Education in New Orleans

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
If obscene utterances were a crime, education secretary Arne Duncan would be jailed for life. Like all disaster capitalists, he views poor people's catastrophes as his own golden opportunities. In Haiti and New Orleans, Black lives were a small price for (someone else) to pay for the chance to create a new order “more advantageous to the rich.”

Ruling Provides New Hope for Felon Voting Rights

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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In what is being hailed as a landmark ruling, a federal court found that the criminal justice system is “infected” with racial discrimination. As a result, said the judges, disenfranchisement of felons is a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

War Looms in Nigeria's Oil Fields

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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A headless Nigerian state braces for renewed civil war in the Niger River Delta, where guerillas threaten “all-out” assaults on oil facilities. Attacks on vessels off the Nigerian coast are already comparable to Somalia.

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