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    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 9/15/14

    “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” Rally

    The Israeli bombing of Gaza “was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back,” said Asantawaa Nkrumuah Ture, an organizer of a “Shame on the CBC” rally set for September 24 in front of the Washington Convention Center, where the Black Caucus opens its annual legislative conference and gala. “It’s well past time for us to hold them accountable.” The protesters want to “start a conversation, nationally,” said Nkrumah Ture, “not only regarding the Black Caucus’ support of apartheid Israel, about also their position on Internet neutrality, their ties with corporate America,” and the CBC’s overwhelming vote, in June, to continue militarization of local police forces.

    Motive: Black. Penalty: Death

    When Duane Buck faced sentencing on a murder conviction in a Houston courtroom, the judge allowed “expert” testimony that Blacks were inherently more dangerous than whites. On August 29, a federal judge called the testimony “repugnant and dangerous,” but upheld the death sentence, anyway. “It is absolutely shocking, it is stunning, it is appalling and it sets a terrifying precedent,” said Christina Swarns, litigation director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is handling Buck’s appeal. “This is asking a jury to rely on race to impose a death sentence.”

    New York City Needs Justice, Not More Police Training

    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton defended his “Broken Windows” policing policies before the New York City Council, claiming there’s nothing wrong with the NYPD that $30 million in training and 1,000 more cops can’t cure. Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton, disagrees. “The police department is one of the most trained in the world,” said Trujillo. “Training isn’t the issue. The systemic culture of brutality, which is reinforced by institutional racism, is really the conversation we need to be having.”

    Obama Targets Syria, Not ISIS

    President Obama’s bombing offensive in Iraq and Syria “brings humanity closer to world war than we have been, maybe, in 80 years,” said scholar and activist Dr. Anthony Monteiro. Although purportedly aimed at ISIS, Washington is actually targeting the Syrian government, Iran and, ultimately, Russia. Obama’s arming of so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels is a farce, said Monteiro. “There is no ‘moderate’ opposition to the Assad government. It is all extreme, gangster, thuggish militants who are funded by some of the very nations that are part of the ‘coalition of the willing.’” Dr. Monterio is fighting his termination from the African American Studies department at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

    U.S. Proxy Wars Empower Jihadists and Nazis

    “The United States is essentially contracting out its wars” in Libya, Syria and Ukraine, said Eric Draitser, an independent political analyst and publisher of StopImperialism.com. “The proxy wars that the United States has begun all over the world are part and parcel of a larger imperial agenda” dating from U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Central America. The Islamic State “is a by-product of U.S. foreign policy, just as the Nazis in Ukraine are a by-product of U.S. foreign policy,” said Draitser.

    September Surge in EEOC Case Dismissals

    Every year about this time, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismisses tens of thousands of discrimination cases, citing “lack of evidence” and a perennial backlog. “There is no backlog,” said Ricardo Jones, a former chief investigator for the EEOC in New York. “There’s been 15 years of not paying overtime” to deal with legitimate complaints, while the money “has basically gone to managers.”

    Black President Doesn’t Respect Black Culture or History

    Dr. Donald Smith, a founder of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, will be honored at a conference on Education for Liberation in the African American Tradition, in New York, October 10. Dr. Smith said Black history and culture is disappearing from classrooms around the country. “The major challenge begins in the White House, with a president who does not believe in Black culture as being essential to the education, not only of children of African descent, but of all American children,” said Smith.

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    Obama and His Head-Chopping Friends

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Choose your head-chopper. Obama favors the Saudis, the world’s leading beheaders, and rails against ISIS, the wayward spawn of decades of U.S.-Saudi collaboration. The U.S. would prefer that ISIS confine itself to chopping off Syrian heads, but “ISIS has even bigger plans for regime change in the Arab world.”

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    Obama Schemes to Attack Syria, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    “If Obama was serious about wanting to crush ISIS, the best and most logical ally would be Syrian President Assad, whose army has so far prevailed against every flavor of jihadist the U.S. has been able to throw at it.” But the U.S. remains intent on overthrowing Assad, and will conjure up a pretext to attack Syria under cover of fighting ISIS.

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    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 8/25/14

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    Obama and ISIS in Dance of Death

    The growing U.S. bombing campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria serves no one but war profiteers, said veteran anti-war activist David Swanson. “I know that ISIS had to be aware that slitting throats on camera would result in more bombing, just as President Obama had to be aware that blowing men, women and children up with 500-pound bombs would result in slitting throats,” said Swanson, publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.Org. “The beneficiaries of escalation, which is entirely predictable, are the weapons makers.”

    Black Strategies Must Include Self-Defense

    “First and foremost, it is right for our people to rebel,” said Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and co-author of the groundbreaking report “Operation Ghetto Storm,” which documented extrajudicial killings of Black Americans under color of law. “I think it boiled over in Ferguson as a result of a transformation in our people’s consciousness, especially our young folks,” said Akuno. “They’ve had enough of the brutality, of being systematically excluded.” Black community self-defense must be part of any organizing strategy. “This has been part and parcel of what we know we have to do in the face of white supremacy and in the face of the brutality that the capitalist system has reserved for us, in particular.”

    Black Passivity is Mentally Unhealthy

    Political protest is therapeutic for Black Americans, said Dr. Vernellia Randall, professor emeritus of law at the University of Dayton and author Dying While Black. “I want us to be less passive, I want us to engage in civil disobedience” – and not the kind of protest-like activities sanctioned by the authorities. “If they’re telling us, Here’s how you can protest, then that, to me, is not civil disobedience,” said Randall. “If you are coloring within the lines that the establishment establishes, then you are putting no pressure on the establishment.”

    Cuba Should Join in Fight for Slavery Reparations

    The young United States was a horrible example of democracy, but it did lead the way in the business of human trafficking. “After the establishment of the United States, it quickly became the leader in the African slave trade to Cuba,” said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston and author of Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. “They also became the leader of the African slave trade to Brazil, helping to account for the fact that Brazil has more people of African descent than any other nation outside Nigeria,” said Horne, who hopes to enlist Cuba in “our journey to claim reparations for the enslavement of Africans in the Americas.”

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    The Real “Dirty Wars” in the Horn of Africa

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    While western progressives kept track of Obama’s drone wars around the world, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis starved to death in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, as a consequence of state policy. The Ethiopian prime minister who engineered the genocide-by-famine “was later eulogized at his funeral by none other than Susan Rice, presently National Security Advisor to Barack Obama.”

    The Irrelevance of the African Union at 50

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The African Union celebrated its 50th anniversary last week, marking the occasion with bombastic proclamations and a 50-year “renaissance” plan. However, Africa is, in some ways, less independent than it was a decade or two ago. “The United States effectively lords it over Africa to a degree unmatched by any single European power of the colonial period.”

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    Genocide Toll in Somalia Revised Upward

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    A quarter million Somalis died in the great drought of 2011, according to a new report. “The death toll represents an American crime against humanity; just one chapter in an ongoing genocide that began in December, 2006.”

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    Latin America Unites to Tell Uncle Sam “Hands Off Venezuela”

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Washington smelled blood when the successors to Hugo Chavez won by only a small margin in Venezuelan elections. The U.S. refused to recognize the results, gearing up for regime change. However, “Latin America quickly united to blunt the Yankee offensive in its tracks.” Washington must be taught, repeatedly, that it does not have a backyard to its south.

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    US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs, Not Because of Al Qeda

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

    The US has boots on the ground and manned & unmanned aircraft in the skies of Mali, to answer supposed threats to US national security poised by Al Qeda. If you believe that, you believe Saddam actually had nuclear weapons. The US and France are in Mali to prevent its civil society from controlling its land and water, & to preserve predatory Western leases on hundreds of square miles in Mali that prop up the recent reconquest of Libya.

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    Africa: Imperialism’s High Mark of Conquest in the 21st Century

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The US-NATO military curtain has fallen the length and breadth of Africa. “Zimbabwe and tiny Eritrea are among the few nations on the African continent that have not yet been absorbed into the AFRICOM matrix.”

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    U.S.-Sponsored Genocides: From Guatemala to Congo

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Guatemala has put its U.S.-backed genocidal maniac on trial, but Washington continues to protect its agents of mass murder in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “There is no auditorium big enough to hold the all the living Americans who should justly be charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.”

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    War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity: The story of U.S. Exceptionalism in Iraq

    by Ajamu Baraka

    A decade after the US attempt to “shock and awe” humanity and usher in its new “American century” more than a million Iraqis are dead, and trillions of dollars have been squandered, while the high ranking architects and enablers of these monstrous crimes are still riding high...

    Black Agenda TV – Season 1, Episode 2

    by Black Agenda Report & BW Moving Images

    In this edition of Black Agenda TV

    Black America and the Genocide in Congo; African Americans have not used their political clout to stop the killing.

    Obama’s Race to the Top Hurts Black Students, Teachers, Communities; Drives school closings and helps charter profiteers.

    Black Misleadership Class to Launch “February 30th Movement” to hold President Obama (and themselves) accountable.

    Fleets of Drones Descend on Africa

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    U.S. drone bases are multiplying on the African continent. Niger has just “given the green light to accepting American surveillance drones on its soil”; neighboring Burkina Faso already has one; two new drone facilities are opening in Ethiopia and the Seychelles; and UN peacekeepers in Congo want U.S. drones. Drones have terrorized Somalia from AFRICOM’s base in Djibouti for the past seven years.

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    BA Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of Feb 4, 2013

    Obama's "Race to the Top" is racist;

    Ras Baraka for Mayor of Newark;

    Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death;

    Students Against Mass Incarceration announce Conference on Criminal Justice at Howard U;

    Is the EEOC dismissing racial discrimination cases en masse?;

    The carving up of Africa has begun.

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    BA Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of January 28, 2013

    Housing is for people, not banks

    Obama's inagural speech shows him to be...

    aiming to raise retirement age, according to Kevin Alexander Gray;

    the drone war president, accordong to David Swanson;

    double-talker on climate change, according to Marsha Coleman-Abedayo;

    the same old neoliberal Obama, according to Paul Street.

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    The Coming Imperial Implosion in the Arab World

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The imperial offensive in North Africa and Syria “was designed to put a Euro-American spin on the momentum of change” with the advent of the Arab Spring. But it has actually empowered Islamist forces and their royal Persian Gulf patrons. This house of cards must ultimately collapse.

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    Book Review: Obama’s War Against Libya

    by Stephen Gowans

    For eight months in 2011, the U.S. and its NATO allies waged aggressive war against the sovereign state of Libya, to the cheers of much of what passes for the Left in the imperialist countries. Maximilian C. Forte’s book “presents a multi-factorial account, which invokes elements of the hunt for profits, economic competition with China and Russia, and establishing US hegemony in Africa.”

    16 Years of U.S. Genocide in Congo

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The U.S. tells the world it can’t figure out how six million people died in the Democratic Republic of Congo – while Washington writes the checks and arms the perpetrators to the teeth. Like Mafia Dons pretending to be honest businessmen, successive U.S. administrations subsidize and direct the worst genocide since World War Two.

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    Bill and Hillary Clinton: “Friends of Haiti?”

    by Marty Goodman

    The Clintons’ crimes against Haiti go back two decades, making Bill singularly unsuitable to act as United Nations envoy to Haiti. “Bill’s friendly relations with Haiti’s current President Michael Martelly, who is linked to Duvalier-era thugs and their kin, is well known.”

    Obama’s Mideast Policy Burns

     

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The U.S. believes it can manipulate jihadi fighters in a holy war against the West’s enemies in the Muslim world. However, “Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza threatens to unravel the Salafist-Qatari-Saudi-NATO axis, for one simple and irreducible reason: there is no place for the racist settler state in this post-Arab Spring equation.”

    America and the Politics of Genocide in Africa

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Uganda threatened to pull out of the dirty war in Somalia unless it was afforded continued immunity for its mass murders in Congo. Washington is the Big Daddy of both bloodbaths. Within days, Uganda backed down, since a “withdrawal from Somalia would amount to going on strike against its employer, the United States.”

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    Is AFRICOM Preparing for Another “Humanitarian” Military Intervention?

     

    by Abdi Ali Diriye

    The U.S. Africa Command bills itself as a force for “humanitarian” intervention in Africa – but the only humans it serves are outside the continent. “The US has recently pushed itself into Libya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere, and now has its eyes set on Mali.”

    Arab Revolutions Will Never be Made-in-the-USA

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    A year has passed since Washington’s Libyan proxies slaughtered Moammar Gaddafi, in what the West called an Arab “revolution.” But “revolutions do not emanate from Washington, Paris and London.” America’s erstwhile allies have jihad on their minds – not western notions of what the Arab Spring should like.

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    Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter

    by Kathy Kelly

    In this season of stale appeals to support the supposed lesser of two evils, Kathy Kelly reminds us of the actual cost Afghan women and children and their families are paying for Barack Obama's decision to continue the war in Afghanistan at least till 2014. It's a set of facts that ought to be constantly before us --- how will our votes and our actions after this election impact their struggles for dignity and survival?

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