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    Gov. Deval Patrick Joins Condemnation of Hyatt Firings

    strikersA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Hyatt Hotels pounced on their Boston housekeepers like a great predator, firing the staff without notice and attempting to replace them at half the wages. A governor and a union stepped up in solidarity with the workers, who had been subjected to cruel, but not unusual, treatment in this late stage of capitalism.

    The Great Black Hole of Casino Capitalism

    depressionA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    If all the talk of economic “recovery” sound insane to the growing ranks of the unemployed and dispossessed, they're right. “The great investment banks are through, dead and gone, no longer willing or able to gather trillions in capital for any enterprise vaguely resembling national economic development.” All that's left is The Casino.

    White House vs. Gov Paterson: Is That Any Way to Treat a Brother?

    david patersonby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    People who remember the days when Black elected officials were scarce and low-ranked, might conclude that last week's spectacle is a good problem to have: A Black president carrying out the “political execution” of a Black state governor. But what does this episode say about Black voting strategies and the value of role models?

    “Black is Back” on Nov. 7: D.C. Rally and March on White House

    black is backA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    The “period of passivity in Black politics” that accompanied the ascent of Barack Obama, is about to end. The Black is Back Coalition seeks to reignite a Black-led movement for social justice, peace and reparations – which will in turn energize progressive politics in general. See you in DC on November 7.

    U.S is Puppet-Master in Somalia

    puppetsA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Being a superpower means having the ability to arbitrarily prolong the misery of weaker countries. Such seems to be the U.S. mission in Somalia, where the puppet regime would fall in hours if the Americans and their Ugandan mercenaries withdrew. “The Somali president’s dwindling soldiers only remain because they are getting paid – by the Americans.”

    Apartheid is the Root of Israel’s Aggressions

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Israel reacted with typical feigned outrage at the United Nations report on war crimes and human rights violations committed by its forces in Gaza, last winter. The Jewish state's serial violations of international law are rooted in the barbarism of its governing principle, apartheid, which leads Israel to place itself “above the accepted norms of civilized behavior.”

    Black is Back! A Coalition to Fight the Powers that Be – Including Obama

    justice and peaceby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    Black leadership is paralyzed, white “progressives” are still drunk on ObamaL'aid, and much of the purported anti-war movement fears to confront the nation's First Black President. As historically the most reliably anti-war and pro-social justice ethnicity in the United States, African Americans have a special role to play in the late capitalist drama. “To free our people’s hopes and dreams from oblivion, we need a coalition dedicated to the proposition that Black is Back.”

    “Coon Huntin’” in New York City

    coon huntin NYCA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Nightriding white terrorists are not confined to the South. They also roam the streets of New York City, in search of Black victims. The election of 2008 was especially rough for Up South white supremacists. Barack Obama's victory provoked four young New Yorkers to go on a Black-bashing spree that last week earned them serious prison time.

    Black Studies: Still Indispensable After 40 Years

    black studiesA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Like all things consciously Black in the age of “race neutrality,” Black Studies has been targeted for the irrelevancy file. “The truth is, Black Studies has always been in conflict with the powers-that-be, on campus and in the wider world.” Born of activism 40 years ago, Black Studies “leads to greater and more effective activism” - which makes the discipline dangerous to power and privilege.

    The Van Jones Affair: An “Unfriendly Environment” for Progressives at the White House

    firedby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    A shining progressive star of the Obama administration was unceremoniously dismissed to satisfy the McCarthyites of the GOP. But it must be noted that “Glenn Beck didn’t fire Van Jones, Obama did.” Jones' “talents are best put to use outside of this 'progressive-unfriendly' administration."

    The Sham Debate Over Obama's Af-Pak War

    Afghan TalibanA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    If the Afghanistan-Pakistan war is a necessity, then it certainly must be escalated. President Obama's framing of the conflict leaves no room for peace, yet purported peace activists refuse to confront him. Such a movement is not simply shallow: “it is a fraud.”

    Doing Business in the USA: A Culture of Thievery

    at workA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Cheating one's employees is as American as apple pie, according to a new study. Two-thirds of low-wage workers are routinely robbed by their bosses, hard evidence of “a festering culture of business thievery at work – something deeply embedded in the way this society operates.”

    The Black Caucus and Obama: One-Way Loyalty

    Rep. LeeA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    On health care, Barack Obama “has become a heavy burden for even the Black Caucus to bear, as he searches constantly for allies on the Right.” As Obama threatens to jettison the issue of racial disparities from his “reform” proposals, Black lawmakers must reassess their loyalties.

    Katrina’s Legacy: Poor Blacks Have No Right to “Be”

    post-Katrinaby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    Barack Obama's Katrina anniversary remarks reveal a president who rails against bureaucracy while ignoring the savage race and class warfare at the heart of the (ongoing) disaster. The right of the Black poor to exist is at issue, but that's way outside Obama's radar.

    Radio One Founder Slimes Five Black Reps., Raises Money for Another

    Cathy Hughes targets 5 black members of congressA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Black radio's wealthiest woman, who claims that very modest royalties to musical performers will “destroy” what is, in fact, a very profitable industry, will host a fundraiser for Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek, candidate for the U.S. Senate. That's in stark contrast to the “dirty war” Cathy Hughes has been waging against five other members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Glen Ford on Black Radio, the Black Conversation and Black Leadership

    Question: What is the historical importance of black radio to African Americans?

    Washington Refuses to Call Off Its Dogs in Honduras

    crowd scene in HondurasA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    While President Obama issues vacuous statements claiming to support the general principle of electoral democracy, his own State Department officials blame President Zelaya for provoking the coup.” Nobody in Latin American believes the U.S. is not complicit.

    Whose Recovery, and at Whose Cost?

    speculators recoveringby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    The bankster class went from comatose to all-powerful in a matter of months, discovering along the way how easy it is to loot trillions from the home-nation. “Taxpayers are committed to buttress the financial sector to the tune of $23.7 trillion – 1.7 times last year's GDP!” With fantastic riches so easily gained through domestic plunder, the banksters will abandon honest work forever.

    FBI Provocateur on McKinney: Why Not Lynch an “Uppity Black Bitch?”

    Cynthia McKinneyA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    A white racist who threatened the lives of white state legislators and federal judges in Connecticut and Illinois, was jailed. But when the same man demanded the lynching of Black Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney while a paid agent provocateur for the FBI, in 2006, nothing happened – which leads us to conclude that the FBI approved.

     

    Bad Public Options for Health Care

    wallet biopsyA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    The more progressive Democrats in the House have vowed to hold out for a health care plan with a public option. However, insurance corporations are intent on extracting profit windfalls from the public options being crafted in both houses of Congress. What emerges may not be worthy of support under any circumstances.

    Bending Toward Justice

    murderedby Lee A. Daniels
    Two weeks ago, one of the five white men still living, suspected in the deaths of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner in Neshoba, Mississippi, 1964, died. But at least 73-year-old Billy Wayne Posey “went to his grave knowing the next knock on the door would be for him.” Four are still living “who spouted the spurious notion that they were “superior” to black Americans so that they could act like savages” - and for whom the lawman's knock on the door may still come.

    Obama Piddles Away the Public's Options

    BARACK HEALTH CAREA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    It's all over but the funeral.” In abandoning the “public option,” President Obama has relinquished all claim as champion of health care reform, the content of which he first diluted and ultimately bargained away entirely. The forces of reaction, which were disorganized and on the defensive when Obama entered office, have been vastly strengthened by the president's “duplicitous backroom deals and back-stabbing of his most loyal supporters.”

    Iraqis to Vote on Early U.S. Exit

    iraqi electionA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    On January 16 of next year, Iraqis will vote in national elections and a referendum on whether to send the Americans home by the end of 2010 – a year earlier than the U.S. expected. “There is no doubt – none whatsoever – that overwhelming majorities of Iraqis will vote to evict the American occupiers.” But the U.S. anti-war movement can take little of the credit.

    Dems Scurry from Tea-Baggers Over Health Care

    specterA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Seldom, if ever, has a majority party been thrown into such disarray by such a motley crew. But that’s because the Democrats were already sundered by President Obama’s bullying of the Left over health care. “The generals of the Right realized the president no longer had an army. The zombies were set loose.”

    Clinton Threatens War in Horn of Africa

    hillary threatensA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    The Obama administration is depicting Somalia as an African Afghanistan, and setting up the homegrown Islamist Shabab as a Taliban. Secretary of State Clinton deployed language identical to George Bush's to justify U.S. military intervention in Somalia, and made bellicose threats against neighboring Eritrea.
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