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    The Ultimate Corruption

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    When petty officials in foreign lands make it difficult for corporations to do business, or when rich individuals avoid paying taxes agreed upon by their wealthy fellows, reformers raise the cry of corruption. But the greatest corruption lies in allowing the rich to make the rules.


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    Cowardly Black Caucus Reacts to Israeli Insults, Ignores Israeli Apartheid

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The CBC is silent when Israel passes discriminatory laws, steals Palestinian land, or punishes Palestinian civilians with power and water cutoffs and blockades. Like the rest of Congress, the CBC endorsed the murderous Israeli assault on Gaza. CBC's threatened walkout on Netanyahu's address to Congress isn't because they disapprove of Israeli apartheid funded by US tax dollars. It's only because Bibi insulted the First Black President.


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    Detroit-Style Black Removal Coming to New Jersey

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The disenfranchisement of Detroit and other largely Black cities in Michigan has gone so well – for corporate and banking interests – former emergency manager Kevin Orr is hiring himself out to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Orr’s next target: Atlantic City, an ailing gambling town whose residents are overwhelmingly non-white. Seaside property can be quite profitable – once you chase the poor folks out of town.


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    Insane U.S. Oil Glut Wars

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The world economy is falling into stagnation, putting downward pressures on gas and oil prices. So, what is the response of the United States, the world’s biggest energy producer? The Americans flood the globe with millions more barrels per day of unneeded oil, in order to break the backs of rivals Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The U.S. is playing chicken with the fate of humankind, betting that it is the most fit to survive the crash.


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    Not Charlie Hebdo: Why Anti Muslim “Jokes” Are Often War Propaganda

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    Depicting pregnant Muslims as “Boko Haram sex slaves” howling for welfare checks, and the prophet Muhammad doing things you wouldn't want your own kids to see while drones and cops target innocent Muslims isn't simple satire. Asking, in this context, why “those backward Muslims” are so easily insulted, or can't or won't separate their religion from civic and political life is the worst kind of historical ignorance, bullying and chauvinism.


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    Selma: Black History According to Oprah

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Most Black folks are just grateful that there is finally a big box office movie about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But, of course, Selma is historical fiction, carefully crafted to make some people and ideas look good and wise, and others to appear petty, narrow or stupid. Who decides? The money-people, the producers, like Oprah Winfrey.


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    The Big Reality Show, the 1% and the Myth of the Thin Blue Line

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

    The myth that a thin blue line of cops, jailers and prosecutors aggressively policing the ghettoes and public spaces being all that stands between society and chaos is far more important than the profits of prison labor or privatizers in maintaining America's vast prison state. The moral lesson of off-the-chain cops and the prison state justifies and makes legitimate the the brutal inequality of neoliberal America.


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    Once Again, the Empire Rolls the Dice of War

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The U.S.-Saudi oil price war against Russia, like the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, is “a calculated act of desperate men, based on the inescapable facts of imperial decline and the logic of class survival.” In their doomed attempt to stay on top, U.S. imperialists and their clients risk burning down the global house. “But, that’s what any ruling class would do when staring death in the face.”


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    Rev. Edward Pinkney Sentenced: Whirlpool and White Racism Imprison Another Black Leader

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    An all-white criminal justice process “has snatched 66 year-old Rev. Edward Pinkney away to what could become life in prison” for using the ballot to empower Black people in southwest Michigan. As far as the white authorities and their corporate overlords are concerned, that makes Pinkney a career criminal.


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    When the System Provides No Remedies to Torture, You Must Overthrow It

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The United States got a black eye from the UN Committee Against Torture, last week, in a report that was deeply influenced by events in Ferguson and the endemic, full-spectrum criminality practiced by police in places like Chicago. However, “U.S. law does not even define what torture is, or set any standard to measure it” – proof that there is no intention of abolishing torture in the U.S. Thus, there is no alternative but to dismantle the system.


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