Corey Booker: A Clear and Present Threat to Public Education

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

What media call "philanthropy" for the public schools are actually seed monies to establish a private "market" in publicly-financed education - an enterprise worth trillions if successfully penetrated by corporate America. Cory Booker, one of the "New Black Leaders" financed by the filthy rich, is key to creating a "nationwide corporate-managed schools network paid for by public funds but run by private managers."

 
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The Latin American Revolution, Part 3 of 4: Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador -- Shaking Off The U.S. Empire

The US waged bloody wars in the 1970s and 80s to confine Nicaragua and El Salvador to its colonial "back yard."  Although the victories of popular revolutions were partially rolled back, new governments with deep ties to popular forces have allied themselves with Cuba, which extricated itself from US empire half a century ago.  In the third installment of this series by the producers of the groundbreaking "Ravaging of Africa" Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz bring us voices from Cuba and Central America as they endeavor to build new relationships that will enable them to prosper despite the unremitting hostility of the US to their aspirations.

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Rwanda Scrambles to Deny UN Report on Congo Massacres

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame is threatening to withdraw his forces from United Nations peacekeeping operations if a UN report persists in blaming his army for massacres of Rwandan and Congolese Hutus. "The regime's defense is that it 'saved' millions from death in Rwanda, and then crossed into Congo to 'save' millions of Hutus there, too - presumably, from other Hutus.

Cuba’s Fight Against Racism in Health Care

by Don Fitz

The best evidence for the Cuban revolution’s strides in dismantling institutional racism is found in medical data, which show both Black and white Cubans living as long and at least as healthily as the average American. Cuba’s health care system recognizes that social inequities lead to bad health outcomes. “Since poverty creates bad health, the Cuban health system is intertwined with reducing differences in housing, income and education.”

Ahmadinejad Meets With U.S. Peace and Black Activists

by Phil Wilayto

Iran’s president spent an evening with “some 130 members of the U.S. peace and social justice movements, including major figures in the Black activist community,” last week, in Manhattan. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listened intently to his guests, and “called for a new world order in which profit-driven capitalism would be replaced with a system of mutual respect, cooperation and love for humanity.”

Corporate-School Reform VS Democracy Is Still the Issue in DC's November Election

The mostly black District of Columbia has been run like a plantation, a colony for as long as anybody can recall. Habitual defiance of the democratic will of DC voters and residents is safe for Congress, where DC has neither a vote nor an effective voice. But DC' mayor was booted out after a single term for a series of sins, the biggest of which was his embrace of top-down, undemocratic corporate-style school reform. With at least one strong candidate for the District Council in the November 2 general election the DC Statehood Green Party has a shot at winning its first election.

Freedom Rider: Ernest Withers the Informant

by BAR editor and senior Margaret Kimberley

The trusted “movement” photographer was a spy for J. Edgar Hoover. Ernest Withers apparently cashed in on his close relationship with unsuspecting Black Sixties activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Withers is dead, but not forgiven. “The revelation of Withers’ activity should be a reminder of the extent to which the state dedicated itself to destroying any organized effort at black empowerment.”

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Robert Scheer: Dems and Repubs Scammed America for Wall Street

Liberals, the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson – all joined with Republicans to deregulate the financial sector, setting the stage for the “saddest chapter in American history.” Veteran journalist Robert Scheer, author of “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street,” says Democrats are at least as culpable for the financial meltdown as Republicans, because it was the Democrats who “delivered” deregulation to Wall Street under President Bill Clinton.

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Mad Scramble for Chicago Mayoralty

Prof. Patricia Hill, Professor, of Northeaster Illinois University, says about 50 “alleged candidates” are jockeying for position to replace outgoing mayor Richard Daley, many of them running “phantom campaigns” that will go poof in the night. Hill’s choice is Black lawyer Christopher Cooper.

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The best way to carry out a national economic makeover, is to do it all at once, says author Jon Rynn. Sounds like revolution?

 

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 4:00pm ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

Color Of Change Takes On Black Caucus on Internet Neutrality

A Black Agenda Report commentary by Glen Ford

Black watchdogs are most effective in unmasking and shaming the culprits within our own ranks.” We “tip our hats” to Color of Change for exposing the Congressional Black Caucus’s abysmal collective record on Internet neutrality. “Those who are most trusted by Black America are positioned to do the most serious harm to African American interests.”

 

October 17 through 23 is 3rd Annual Congo Week

Six million Congolese have died from starvation and war since 1997. The cause has not been, as Western media would have us believe, inscrutable African ethnic conflicts, but the West's hunger for their country's vital mineral resources, which power our aeropsace, automotive and information tech industries.17-23 Six million Congolese have died from starvation and war since 1997. The cause has not been, as Western media would have us believe, inscrutable African ethnic conflicts, but the West's hunger for their country's vital mineral resources, which power our aeropsace, automotive and information tech industries.

Renters: The Other Housing Crisis

by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The more than half of Black Americans that pay rent are the butt end of government housing policy. The U.S. makes a religion out of home ownership, but “only 4.5 million renters in this country receive some level of government subsidy. Public housing, always treated as a pariah, could wind up on the auction block under President Obama’s PETRA plan. “By forcing local authorities to take out private loans and mortgages against the value of [public housing] properties, they run the risk of those properties being lost to the banks in the case of default.”

Who was Behind the Rwandan Genocide? Rwanda’s Bloody Record and the History of UN Coverups

by Christopher Black

The riches of the Congo were always the prize for Rwandan Tutsi rebel leader Paul Kagame and his Ugandan mentor and commander, President Yoweri Museveni. When millions of Rwandan Hutus fled Kagame’s invading Tutsi forces into Congo in 1994, Kagame followed, massacring them by the tens of thousands to clear the way for exploitation of eastern Congo’s minerals. The author has a letter by Kagame to prove it.

 

The Latin American Revolution, Part 2 of 4: Bolivia's Indigenous Revolution

The Latin American Revolution, Part 2 of 4

by Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz

Robbed and pillaged by European and US imperialists for 500 years, Bolivia is still South America's richest country with its poorest people. In 2005 the nation's indigenous majority elected a socialist government under one of their own, President Evo Morales, promising to use the nation's resources to bring education, health care, sustainable development to its people, and pursuing a policy of regional cooperation with Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil and other neighbors. In this second installment of the 4 part radio documentary, Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz explain how Bolivia, its leaders and their government have earned a place on Uncle Sam's hit list by beginning to extract their country and their region from U.S. domination.

30 minutes. To listen, click the player below, or click here to download the mp3.

New Test Shows Key Witnesses Lied at Mumia Abu-Jamal Trial

by Dave Lindorff and Linn Washington

Hard science calls into question the veracity of key prosecution witnesses in the trail that convicted Mumia Abu-Jamal of killing a Philadelphia police officer. Two journalists arranged a ballistics test that “reignites questions about how police handled and/or mishandled their investigation into the murder.” Abu-Jamal’s case is back before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why I Oppose Repealing DADT and Passage of the Dream Act

by Tamara K. Nopper

Progressives generally line up behind repeal the military’s Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell policies on homosexuality and in favor of the Dream Act, which provides a route to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants that serve in uniform. But, is it moral for anti-war folks to support measures that will result in a bigger U.S. military? The author thinks not. “If I support the DREAM Act, does this that my hands will be smeared with the same bloodshed the U.S. spills all over the world?

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

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.

Freedom Rider: Charter School Lobby Buys Elections

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

When hedge funds invade the public schools arena, we are no longer talking about education, but of markets. Obama's version of education reform is to turn the schools into profit centers for the speculator class. “Education is up for grabs and at the mercy of the highest bidders and the most cynical and ambitious.”

 

Black Folks Ain't Got No Money For Bootstraps: The Black Capitalist Dead End

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The African American economic condition deteriorates by the year, but that doesn't stop the 'bootstrappers' from talking trash. "The bootstraps mythology - sometimes under the shorthand, 'Do for Self' - implicitly or explicitly urges Black people to forego making demands of government, as if that amounts to 'begging the white man' for something."

 

Obama's Phony "Infrastructure Bank"

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Very late in the game, President Obama unveils his version of an industrial policy for America. But it turns out that under his "infrastructure bank" scheme "the same Wall Street players that have relentlessly and methodically de-industrialized the United States for the past 30 years, would direct the economic makeover of the country, all the while earning interest on the borrowed funds."  

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