Black Agenda Radio for Week of March 27, 2017

Black Agenda Radio for Week of March 27, 2017

(This is the full one hour show containing the 3 interviews below.)

U.S. Becomes Ungovernable, Elites Blame it on Russians

U.S. rulers are experiencing a “crisis of political governance, a meltdown of the political system,” due to the “collapse of the parties of the duopoly,” said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the Philadelphia-based Duboisian scholar. The policies and practice of both parties “became antagonistic to the minimal expectations of the masses. ”The elite didn’t see it coming,” said Monteiro. “In order to reestablish their legitimacy, they have to say that the Russians hacked the election and are threatening western ‘democracy,’ itself.” The real crisis is “their inability to govern the country.”

Washington’s “Humanitarian” Military Doctrine Based on a Lie

It is a crime in Rwanda to point out that Hutus were massacred by Tutsis, as well as the reverse, during the bloodbath of 1994, or even to refer to the events as the “Rwandan genocide,” explained Ann Garrison, an Oakland, California-based journalist and frequent contributor to Black Agenda Report. The United States backs the regime’s narrative, that it was a one-sided genocide against Tutsis, because “the ideological infrastructure of ‘humanitarian war’ is that” the U.S. failed to intervene in Rwanda, and “therefore we have to bomb Syria, Libya, etc,” said Garrison. However, the U.S. did intervene in Rwanda in 1994 -- to prevent international efforts to halt the violence, in order to insure that the U.S. favorite, the Tutsi warlord Paul Kagame, would win the war.

There is a Storm a’Coming: Repression Breeds Revolutionary Resistance”

That’s the title of an essay by Khalfani Malik Khaldun, published by Prison Radio. Khaldun is an inmate of Wabash Valley prison in southern Indiana, and an activist in the prison abolition movement. “The condition of imprisonment is tantamount to enslavement,” he writes. “When prison crafts start walking off their jobs, or refuse to be agents of prison exploitation, the movement is winning. When we can improve our lines of communication from state prison to federal prison, to move as one, we are winning.” And, “when social media can be taken advantage of to promote a prison wide national protest, we are winning.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.

 

Don't Give the Black Misleaders Your Vote (They'll Just Cash It In)

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Democratic Party acts like it owns Black America. It certainly owns most of the Black political (Misleaderhip) class, who “have used their local, state and national offices to facilitate the mass Black incarceration regime at every stage of its deployment.” These servants of the police state and war need to be challenged by candidates that reflect the left-leaning politics of Black America. The Black Is Back Coalition is seeking candidates.

Why Won’t the Black Political Class Won’t Denounce Trump’s Militarism? Because They Can’t.

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

50 years ago Dr. King inveighed against endless wars of US global empire, prophesying the next generations would be marching and rallying against US wars in Latin America, Asia and Africa unless there was a profound change in US priorities. That change has still not come. Then as now machinery of war pollutes and defiles the planet and war budgets are always at the expense of human needs. But our black political class couldn’t care less.

Freedom Rider: Hillary Returns

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

How long should one stay in rehab after losing to Donald Trump? In Hillary Clinton’s case, forever. Clinton’s recent “coming back out” party in Scranton, Pennsylvania, shows that “there will be no deviation from the failed strategies which put Trump in the White House.” With nothing else to offer (except war and more war) she’s still running against Trump. “If Trump didn’t exist the Democratic Party would have had to invent him.”

Why Syria Still Matters in the Age of Trump

by Danny Haiphong

Much of the U.S. “left” is confused or on the wrong side of Washington’s war against national sovereignty and self-determination in Syria. Publications like The Intercept attempt to conflate Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Donald Trump, “thus delegitimizing Assad in the eyes of the majority of the U.S. population.” The tactic is closely related to anti-Russian McCarthyism -- designed to distract from the bankruptcy of Democratic policies.

The Bethesda African Cemetery: Protests Trigger Government Response

by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo

African descendants have forced a delay in further eradication of ancestral burial grounds in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC. “The African graves were totally eradicated and the memory of the African River Road community erased.” The demand is straightforward: “The land holding the remains of African ancestors must be preserved as a sacred space and a museum built to educate, honor and commemorate the ‘lost’ River Road African Community.”

The Crimes of Israeli Apartheid

by Vijay Prashad

A new UN report argues that Israel is a ‘racial regime’ because its institutions are premised on maintaining a Jewish nation by techniques of suppression and expulsion.” That’s apartheid by definition, a crime against humanity. What exists is one state, “with Israel having exercised its dominion in the entire land west of the Jordan River, but a one-state with an apartheid system, with Israeli Jews in a dominant position over the Palestinians.”

The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart

by Jeff Mackler

The author, a comrade of Lynne Stewart for well over half a century, celebrates her passion as “a movement fighter, a champion of all that is beautiful in the human soul.” Stewart put her life in service to the people. “Would it be that we all had that courage and expressed it collectively in the kind of mass struggles that are capable of bringing this damn racist, sexist, imperialist system down forever.”

Rwanda: The Absolutist Truth of Human Rights Watch

by Ann Garrison

Human Rights Watch acts as an arm of U.S. foreign policy. This phony “rights” organization backs the deportation and prosecution of Rwandan dissidents like Joseph Nkusi, who dared to maintain that Hutus were also massacred in the Rwanda bloodbath. Under a minority Tutsi dictatorship, “even using the description ‘Rwandan Genocide’ is a crime; authorities enforce a law passed in 2008 making ‘genocide against the Tutsi’ the only legal description.”

The Empire’s Fifth Column in Africa: Morocco

by Aidan O’Brien

Morocco’s newfound interest in Africa is linked to NATO’s attack on Africa and the murder of Muammar Gaddafi. NATO’s destruction of Libya completely humiliated the African Union. It tore the heart out of an alternative African future, and left Africa seriously exposed once again to the Western imperial virus: a virus contemporary Morocco carries. “Morocco’s body may be in Africa but its mind is in the North Atlantic and the Persian Gulf.”

It's Election Day in Philly! Help Greeen Candidate Cheri Honkala Over The Top Today!

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

The Green Party's Cheri Honkala is the front runner in a race for the 197th state rep district in Philly, one of the poorest in the state. The DNC has done a mailing for her opponent appealing to donors to save the seat from a Republican, never daring to mention that the front runner is a Green. Help Cheri win in the 197th with a donation today at http://bit.ly/cheri197

Black Agenda Radio for Week of March 20, 2017

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Huey P. Newton Model for Control of Police Pushed in Washington, DC

Residents of the various wards that comprise Washington, DC, would be chosen by lottery to serve on a board that would hire, fire and set the budget for police, under a plan devised by Pan African Community Action (PACA). Selection by lottery, as proposed more than generation ago by former Black Panther Party leader Huey P. Newton, “is important,” said PACA activist Netfa Freeman, “because elected officials are prone to be co-opted. They’re also prone to be pulled from the more privileged classes of people.”

Philly Council Prez Categorically Rejects Community Rule Over Cops

The Philadelphia chapter of the Black Is Back Coalition’s proposed resolution for Black community control of the police was recently rebuffed by the City Council. Coalition spokesman Diop Olugbala said council president Darrel Clark vehemently rejected the proposal for a citizen’s board with hiring, firing and subpoena power over the cops. “That’s not a surprise, given the track record of the City of Philadelphia in terms of unlimited, unending police terror against our community,” said Olugbala. The Black Is Back Coalition will hold an Electoral Politics School, April 8 and 9, with the larger goal of replacing politicians like Clark.

U.S. Prison Gulag is Worse Than Old-Time Slavery

The U.S. prison system is a form of slavery, say organizers of the Millions for Prisoners’ Human Rights march, set for August 19 in Washington, DC. “What we have in this new, modern-day slavery is master who don’t care about the slave,” said Pastor Kenneth Glascow, an outside spokesman for the prisoner-run Free Alabama Movement and founder of The Ordinary People Society, comprised of formerly incarcerated persons. “They won’t even spend money to keep the slaves healthy, because they have no investment in them,” said Glascow, who is also the half-brother of Rev. Al Sharpton.

Be Like Dr. King: Demand Peace

One hundred years after the U.S. entered World War One, and 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic anti-war speech at New York’s Riverside Church, peace activists will hold an event titled “Remembering Past Wars, Preventing the Next,” at New York University’s School of Law, on April 3. “Here we are in a day and age when war has become this monstrosity that I don’t even think Dr. King imagined,” said David Swanson, publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.Org and an organizer of the NYU event. “I don’t think Eisenhower, in his military-industrial complex’ speech, even fantasized what war has become.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.

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