Obama and the Charter School Sugar Daddies

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

As hedge funds spin their financial webs to spur charter school expansion and President Obama bullies states to lift caps on charters, "right-wing foundations are attempting to swallow whole the entire school district of Washington, DC." For a $65 million donation, the Wal-Mart family and other fat cats demand DC schools drop union rules - and threaten to take back the money if the voters change administrations.

Yes, Obama is “Engaged” – in a Colossal Crime

your president is engaged

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Corporate media pretend to measure degrees of presidential “engagement” with the Gulf crisis – an “oceanic version of Chernobyl.” Such superficial reporting is totally disengaged from the truth that screams from the depths of the sea: “Huge corporations are empowered to seek profits with absolutely no regard for the consequences to Earth or Man.”


Black America, Corporate Media and the Siege of Gaza

This weekend, heavily armed Israeli military forces intercepted a flotilla bearing relief supplies for Gaza in international waters. The intention of the crew and passengers, who hail from more than a dozen countries and include a number of Israeli Jews, was to run the more than three year old blockade of food, trade goods, medical supplies and construction materials to the 1.5 million people of Gaza, the world's largest open air prison, to force US corporate media to cover the slow motion starvation imposed upon Gaza by the US and its client state of Israel, and ultimately to end the siege.

Obama's Scheme to Kill Public Housing and Give the Land to Banks

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

For the Obama administration, every bit of public space and property is "on the table" - subject to privatization.  Transfer of public wealth to private hands seems a White House obsession. Next on the auction block: the nation's public housing stock. "This is gentrification and urban displacement on a gargantuan scale."

The "Predatory Buccaneer" and the Overpopulation Lie

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR columnist Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.

The logic of the world-stealers leads inexorably to genocide. Thus, the vast miseries that are the inevitable result of imperial mega-theft must be blamed on the victims who insist on continuing to breathe. There is no overpopulation, and "Mother Nature is not the problem.  Predators and imperialists are."

Eshu’s Blues: Make Them Drink It

it's burning

by michael hureaux perez

The Earth bleeds from a deep wound in the Gulf of Mexico, and humanity suffers the agonies of a thousand cuts – many if not most of them inflicted by the United States and the corporations it serves. What is a progressive to do? “We must begin by conducting a militant defense of the public sector of the economy through whatever grassroots community and labor organizations at our disposal - once again, with the notable exception of the 'democratic' party.”


AFRICOM and the ICC: Enforcing international justice in Africa?

by Samar Al-Bulushi and Adam Branch

The United States, which has never joined the International Criminal Court for fear that it might be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, is gearing up to use the ICC as a pretext to act as world gendarme. “The ICC risks becoming the latest pawn of US military strategy on the continent…in particular in conjunction with AFRICOM”


Texas School Board Disappears Race History


by Linn Washington, Jr.

The South is rising again – at least according to the narratives of books vetted by the Texas Board of Education. Right-wing icons and shibboleths are in, the struggle against racism is out. “It is unlikely that students will receive Education Board sanctioned instruction about the May 1916 lynching on the Waco, TX City Hall lawn that was attended by 15,000 spectators.”


Freedom Rider: BP Rules

oily president

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley


BP and the mere humans that run it remain “in charge” of the scene of their crime, despite President Obama’s protestations to the contrary. “The Coast Guard only allows as much media access as BP will allow” – proof that the Obama regime treats the multinational corporation’s interests as paramount even to its own. BP has nothing to fear “because they know who is boss.”




Her Name Was Aiyana Jones

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.

Rev. Al Sharpton preached that her death was a "breaking point" - but he's said that too many times before. Even the police execution of a child fails as a catalyst for change. "These issues are the result of a legacy of enslavement which has seemingly permanently inscribed an archetype of Black people as property and predators."

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Rand Paul Tells On Self and Fellow Tea Partyers

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

It was like pulling teeth, but Tea Party star Rand Paul finally blurted out his core, racist ideology in front of national TV cameras.  Property rights trump Black rights, every time. "White supremacy is the connective link that holds the 'Tea Party' together - that, and relentless media coverage."

New York City Beats Arizona Hands Down in Police Abuse of Citizens

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

New York City - a place imagined as a center of liberality - is a mega-human rights violator, where 8:30pm curfews are enforced to make minority neighborhoods into "ghost towns." In the Bedford-Stuyvesant section, police "are told to make arrests for incidents they have not seen and probably didn't happen, all to meet quotas and clear the streets."

Iran Apocalypse Soon


by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Obama administration’s behavior toward Iran is eerily reminiscent of George Bush’s mobilization for war against Iraq in the half-year before the actual invasion. A recently leaked Pentagon directive and a host of other factors are “consistent with preparations for a general mobilization, as begun against Iraq by the Bush regime in the summer of 2002.”


Freedom Rider: America Kills Peace


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Nothing scares the United States more than the possibility that peace might break out. Turkey and Brazil committed an unforgiveable sin, by finding a way to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear fuel stocks. The U.S. pushed the agreement aside, preferring to move closer to war – as if that is Washington’s desired result.


The Media and the Murder of Aiyanna Jones

by Sikivu Hutchinson

During the same week that CNN aired a program on children’s perception of the race and social values, the Detroit police provided their own lesson on the subject, callously killing a 7 year-old Black girl. Any kid might conclude that Aiyanna Jones was not a valuable person. Certainly, society had treated her as worthless.



The Rise of Rand Paul: Dissecting the Reactionary Right on Civil Rights, the Environment, and Worker Safety


by Anthony DiMaggio

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is credited with “outing” Tea Party champion Rand Paul, winner of the Republican senatorial nomination in Kentucky, as a racist. In point of fact, Paul's opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act has long been known. Most of the corporate media chose to cover it up. “While a Lexis Nexis search shows that Rand Paul was mentioned in 66 national newspaper articles from April 25th to May 19th, not a single one mentioned his position on the Civil Rights Act.”



What Really Separates the Tea Party from The Black Panther Party


by Crystal Hayes

TheRoot.com, the online site targeted at Blacks but owned by the huge Washington Post corporation, recently ran an idiotic piece comparing the Tea Party to the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense – an insult to history and a painful affront to the author, the daughter of a Panther political prisoner. “When our history is so carelessly blurred, we do not know the right questions to ask or the right steps to take to rectify the societal ills that plague us today.”


The story of Kamau Marcharia (a.k.a. Robert John Lewis)


by Kevin Alexander Gray

Over decades of fighting to empower Blacks in South Carolina, Kamau Marcharia has made lots of enemies. Marcharia is running for a seat in the state legislature, but his foes are mounting a campaign against a fellow named Robert John Lewis – the guy he used to be.


Israel’s Secret Nuclear Alliance with Racist South Africa


by Stephen Gowans

In the mid-70s, the world’s two pariah states, Israel and South Africa, sought to seal their relationship with a nuclear kiss. A new book claims Israel tried to sell South Africa nuclear-tipped missiles – the price was too high. Israel denies the charge, but Tel Aviv has never told the truth about its atomic arsenal and activities, so why should anyone believe them.


Study Shows Blacks Will NEVER Gain Wealth Parity With Whites Under the Current System

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Contrary to the Big Lie that holds that Blacks have been making general progress in closing various economic “gaps” with whites since the Sixties, African American households have been getting poorer for the past 23 years. “The meter of progress is running backwards on Black America, toward greater inequality and relative poverty.”

Freedom Rider: Elena Kagan is Obama’s Waterloo. And Ours

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
elena KaganElena Kagan is the worst evidence that voting for Democrats is necessary to safeguard the U.S. Supreme Court. “Kagan is a blank slate careerist with political expediency as her only qualification,” who found it beyond her powers as Harvard Law School dean to hire any tenured Black faculty. In fact, she hired relatively few white women.

The Truth Shall Not be Spoken in Arizona

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
As Arizona moves past the “tipping point” of non-white population, its government scrambles to safeguard historical white lies from exposure by public school ethnic studies programs. The governor “intends to wipe the white historical slate clean of actual genocides, enslavements, land piracies, and all manner of crimes against darker peoples.” The truth shall not be spoken in Arizona.”

Malcolm X and the “Pan-African Pantheon”

Malcolm X and the “Pan-African Pantheon”
It is a mistake to ask, What would Malcolm do if he were here, because if Malcolm had lived we would not be in the situation that confronts us, today. “What exists today is in part the willful result of his assassination.” Deprived of a clear mind and voice, the Black movement ultimately faltered, and failed.

A Police State for Black and Brown New Yorkers

 A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

New York's finest at workThere is no advice Black and brown parents can give their children to avoid being stopped and frisked by New York City police. Cops last year stopped almost half a million non-whites on the streets based on “furtive movements,” appearing to “case” a person or location, or for reasons explained only as “other.” Apparently, Blacks are nine times as “furtive,” felonious-looking, or “other”-wise threatening, as whites.

The African Liberation Struggle is a Grassroots Thing

by Mark P. Fancher
African decolonization began with dreams of prosperity through unity, best articulated by Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah. But Nkrumah was toppled by forces backed by the U.S., and the vision of a United States of Africa faded. “Nevertheless, the demand for African unity by Africa’s grassroots has been incessant,” fed by yearnings from the grassroots.

Soldiers Defecting from Somalia’s U.S.-Backed Regime

by Benjamin Joffe-Walt
somali solidersWashington’s puppet government in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, holds sway over only a few blocks of real estate, propped up by U.S.-paid foreign troops. The “government’s” own soldiers are deserting almost as quickly as they can be recruited. “The transitional ‘government’ does not control any territory, run and administer any state bureaucracy or rule over any population.” It is not a state in any meaningful sense of the word.

Jena Justice: Drug Bust or Racist Revenge?

by Jordan Flaherty
The sheriff in Jena, Louisiana is carrying out a vendetta against the town’s Black population, say residents, under the guise of fighting drug dealers. "They will get put in handcuffs, put behind bars today and never see the light of day again,” Sheriff Franklin shouted as he launched a mass, pre-dawn raid. People were rousted from their beds and paraded to a baseball field, still naked, along with other prisoners.

Taking Back Homes from the Banks: Exercising the Human Right to Housing

by Bill Quigley
The United States has a surplus of housing, especially after the artificial boom that preceded the Big Bust. There are “very real contradictions in the way we provide housing – massive surpluses in the market that led to a collapse in credit and simultaneously people without shelter and permanent affordable housing.” May is the month to begin to balance the scales, and take back the land.

Extra Judicial Killings in Guyana: “Champion of the Earth” Presides Over Death Squad Regime

by the National Resistance
In the Theatre of the Absurd anything is possible. And so it is that Guyana’s President, Bharrat Jagdeo, is among six winners from government, science, business and entertainment to be awarded this year’s United Nations Champion of the Earth prize, for leadership in environmental conservation.


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