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Obama Moves Effortlessly to the Right

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 12/01/2010 - 02:04

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Only fools should feel sorry for Obama as he prepares for a Republican-led House and weakened Democratic control of the Senate. This is Obama’s “comfort zone,” where he can continue to woo Republicans to join his grand center-right coalition. The only people Obama has no tolerance for are liberalish Democrats, who will emerge relatively stronger in the new Congress thanks to the decimation of Obama’s Republican-Lite friends in conservative Democratic ranks. By freezing federal wages, Obama signals that he has no philosophical problems with the GOP’s general aims.

Haiti Election: Theatrical Prelude to Colonization

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/23/2010 - 22:23

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Sunday’s election is the last thing Haiti’s majority wants or needs. It is the United States that needs Sunday’s election in Haiti to provide “a veil of legality on the theft of Haiti’s sovereignty and independence by U.S. imperialism and its allies.” Haitians have been given a choice to validate their own re-enslavement. Most will choose No.

America’s Obligations to Haiti

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 14:04

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

The United States does as it pleases in Haiti, behaving as a conqueror while pretending to have no responsibilities for the welfare of the people whose government Washington has stolen. “The U.S. is obligated to spend as many billions as it takes on the human needs of the people of Haiti – not as a matter of charity, but as a solemn legal responsibility” – or set Haiti free.

The White Backlash Has Arrived – Bring on the Black Is Back Coalition!

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 13:10

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Tea Party branch of the Republican Party rode a roaring white backlash to victory, last week, but American society is denied the language – and permission of corporate media – to discuss the phenomenon. Ironically, the relative silence on race is a result of the Civil Rights Movement having “succeeded in fully euphemizing white political speech.” As a consequence, “a conspiracy of white-washed language seeks to obscure the growing threat.” The Black Is Black Coalition defies the white-washers of reality, this weekend, with a rally and march on the White House.

U.S. Endangers Global Financial Stability

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 09:20

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

American investors, who refuse to put money into productive enterprise in their own country, are flooding developing nations with destabilizing dollars, creating asset “bubbles” and other dangerous distortions. In defense, nations are collectively rejecting “dealings with U.S. companies, or even transactions in U.S. dollars, in order to insulate themselves from the irresponsibility of U.S. economic rulers.”

End of the Age of Obama

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 21:36

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Democrats’ defeat could turn into legislative disaster if President Obama continues to follow his “bipartisan” impulses. Obama’s past determination to find common cause with Republicans spells catastrophe under the infinitely less favorable terms of the new Congress. “We can only hope that the Republicans are so consumed with destroy-Obama fervor that they reject his entreaties to bipartisan collaboration,” and rush to gridlock.

Black is Back, Permanently. Join Us in DC on Nov. 13

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 07:32

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations has had a good year since its first rally and march on the White House, November, 2009. “We proved that a critical mass of Black left activists and organizations was prepared to rebuild independent, anti-imperialist Black politics.” Now, as “the economic depression gripping our people deepens, and a cascade of crises loom for the nation and the world,” Black Is Back prepares for another year of struggle to reverse the “mass suffering and defeat” brought on by Wall Street and its servants in both major political parties.” Renew the struggle. Rally and march with BiB.

Whose Cops are More Racist, America’s or the Brits'?

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 19:47

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

In any global battle of the racists, the U.S. and Britain are always top contenders. A new study has some putting odds on merrily racist Old England (and Wales) for the honor of white supremacist society in-chief. “The figures would seem to indicate that Blacks in England and Wales are targeted by police with even more ferocity than their counterparts in New York City.” But the Big Apple takes a back seat to no one, when it comes to bigoted police behavior on the streets.


We've Learned Who's For Real, and Who's Frontin'

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 14:44

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Obama Prepares to Triangulate Himself

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 11:03

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

What a guy! Barack Obama has neutralized Blacks, the white left, and the majority of his own party in service to Wall Street, and some still call him “liberal” (The insane call him “socialist.”) With Social Security and Medicare in his sights, “the stage is set for a performance of presidential political gymnastics that will make Bill Clinton, once known as the Great Triangulator, bow down to the master.”

The Unraveling of the Empire of Finance Capital

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 10:00

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The more the Wall Street financial class dominates political affairs in the United States, the sooner they will meet destruction. By giving the banksters everything they wanted, including free money, the Obama administration actually accelerated the processes of finance capital’s decline. That’s because, unfettered, capital behaves in ways that make its contradictions even more acute.

President Barack “Midnight Raid” Obama: End Your Wars at Home and Abroad

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 16:06

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Last week’s FBI raids likely signal that the Obama regime has begun a major campaign to criminalize and crush the Left. Think COINTELPRO, 21st century-style. President Obama, the constitutional rights lawyer who claims the right to kill at will, seeks to strangle the activist opposition to his wars and pro-Wall Street policies. “For targets not marked for oblivion, there awaits a grand jury with boundless powers to ensnare anyone.”

Let’s Have a Real Protest, Not a Democratic Pep Rally, on October 2nd

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 12:03

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

A Washington rally for jobs, justice and peace that makes no specific demands on President Obama would amount to a capitulation to the status quo on all counts.” The October 2 “One Nation” rally, initiated by the NAACP and organized labor, is a huge work in progress, drawing numbers from “nearly the entire spectrum of labor, social justice and peace formations in the United States.” Some will come to protest massive unemployment, war, bailouts and other injustices, and call out the perpetrators by name. Others want only to join in a campaign rally for Democrats.

This 9/11 in Manhattan: A Time to Confront the Racists

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 10:49

This 9/11 in Manhattan: A Time to Confront the Racists

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Not since the massive Klu Klux Klan marches of the 1920s have white nationalists strutted their stuff so proudly. The “media-validated” Tea Partyers are on a roll, and are even getting physical with Black folks in lower Manhattan, where they plan a national rally on 9/11. The anti-racist opposition will also be out in strength, in solidarity with Muslims and, hopefully, to strongly encourage white supremacists to find someplace else to gather.

Rwanda Crisis Could Expose U.S. Role in Congo Genocide

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 06:18

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Left writers have been reporting for years that U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda bear primary responsibility for the deaths of as many as six million Congolese. Now a leaked United Nations report has confirmed that Rwanda’s crimes in Congo may rise to the level of genocide, since President Paul Kagame’s forces killed Hutu elderly, children and women without regard to nationality. Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s “mentors and funders in the U.S. government…must be held equally accountable.”

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