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.

“Your Name is Common”: Racial Profiling in the US

what'ws yr nameby Kamalakar Duvvuru
People from certain cultures or bearing certain names have no rights that public and private American institutions are bound to respect. “Their 'foreign marks' make them suspects” in a nation bent of discovering enemies and “others” unworthy of treatment as human beings.

Dress Rehearsal For Debt Peonage, a Guns & Butter Interview with Dr. Michael Hudson

nasdaqTranscript of a Bonnie Faulkner Guns & Butter Radio interview with Dr. Michael Hudson

Dr. Michael Hudson is a real economist, one of those who not only accurately predicted the current economic downturn well in advance, but explains its causes and consequences in plain understandable language.  According to Dr. Hudson, the federal government, mostly under Barack Obama, has given the financial sector $13 trillion, the most massive transfer of wealth to Wall Street in history.  The financial sector is poised, Dr. Hudson asserts, to bleed the US economy dry.

Who's Blocking Health Care Reform Now? Blue Dogs? Senate Dems? House Progressives? Or the White House Itself?

health care  againBy BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In less than a year, Democrats have transformed themselves from the party of change to the party of excuses. Republican birthers and teapartyers, blue dog Democrats, rogue donkey and elephant senators, and even progressives favoring single payer or the shadowy “public option” have all been blamed by the White House for holding up health care --- or is it health insurance --- reform. But with the end of the August recess, the ring is closing and the clock is ticking...

 

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.

Roland Martin, Rick Sanchez and CNN Blow Off The Real Story. Again.

by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon

Having black reporters in the newsroom ought to make a difference in how stories are covered. But often it doesn't. The August 26 arrest of a black Brunswick GA preacher allegedly counter-protesting at a right wing demonstration against universal health care briefly made national news, mostly because there was a few seconds video of the arrest. The lesson, CNN's Roland Martin sternly warned us, was to obey the cops. You wouldn't know it from CNN or Fox, but the arrested preacher was a man with a forty year record of fruitful advocacy, and not a “counter-protestor” at all. But news and journalism nowadays are two very different things.

 

Outsource It! Privatize It! LA School Reform in the Age of Obama

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Acting on the ideological position that teachers are the root of all evil, and with the full support of the city's Latino mayor, the LA school board has voted to transfer one-third of its schools to private, charter management – including 50 brand new campuses. Corporate outsourcing now passes as education policy.

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.

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.

Has Obama Lost His Mojo?

Dr. Ron Danielsby Dr. Ron Daniels
Something happened to Obama on the way to the White House. Or so it seems to the author, who says the president “has been unwilling to move beyond professorial pronouncements and lectures to vigorously argue the case that the issue is not how to keep the insurance and pharmaceutical companies profitable; the issue is how to prevent disease, keep people healthy and effectively treat those who get sick.”

Waiters

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by Raymond Nat Turner
 
Ever attended a sumptuous repast where everything you wanted was out of reach, unavailable, "off the table".  To Raymond Nat Turner, poet-impresario of Oakland's UpSurge Jazz, this sounds suspiciously familiar.  Could it happen??

President Obama: Jack Johnson Punched Back

Jack Johnsonby Dave Zirin
The overwhelmingly white Right is advertising for another Great White Hope – as if the search ever ended. A century ago, the great Black champion Jack Johnson defended The Race's honor in the ring, as well as his own. But our presumptive Black presidential “Hope” seems not to understand the necessity for pugnacity.

The Long Road Home: Marking the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

by John Payton
The Gulf regions “Road Home” program hasn't brought nearly enough former residents of New Orleans back home. Four years after the Katrina, there is danger that even those who remain in New Orleans may not be counted in the upcoming Census – especially those who are Black and brown.

Leaving Obamaland

now leaving obamaland

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Democrats could accomplish nothing during the Bush years, they told us, for the first six years because they were a minority, and during the last two because Republicans could filibuster.  Now, with both houses of congress, a filibuster-proof senate majority and a "transformative leader" in the White House Democrats can only continue the wars, the privatizations, the torture, coverups and kidnapping.  In power, Obama and Democrats can bail out Wall Street but not homeowners; they cannot accomplish anything voters want, like universal health care, Medicare For All.  Some Democratic activists are sobering up, looking around, and heading for the exits.

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