Black Agenda Radio for Week of April 3, 2017

Black Agenda Radio for Week of April 3, 2017

U.S. Elite Suffering from “Putin Derangement Syndrome”

The current anti-Russian hysteria is rooted in “turmoil in the upper ranks of the U.S. elite about Moscow and the declining position of U.S. imperialism, given the rise of China,” said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University if Houston. The mania can also be viewed as “chickens coming home to roost” for the real subversions, invasions and regime policies carried out by the U.S. around the world, said Horne, who characterized the Russia-phobia as “Putin derangement syndrome.”

Greens Say Dems Stole Philly Special Election

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is going to federal court, charging the Democrats with blatant fraud in a special election for a state legislative seat in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Green candidate Cheri Honkala, a veteran activist from the neighborhood -- the poorest in the state – said last week’s vote was a “nightmare,” with fistfights breaking out in front of voting booths, people snuck in back doors” to the polls, and wholesale violations of law. Plus, “the main source of the literature they were passing out at the polls said I was a Republican,” said the lifelong radical.

A Platform for Black Self-Determination in St. Petersburg

Twenty year-old Eritha Akile Cainion is running for a city council seat in St. Petersburg, Florida, on a platform rooted in the National Political Agenda for Self Determination, a document promulgated by the Black Is Back Coalition, last year. “Public safety is contingent upon social justice, economic development and Black community control of the police,” said Cainion. Police should act “as servants of the people,” with the community empowered to “hire, fire, train and discipline them.” The Black Is Back Coalition will hold a national Black Electoral Politics School in St. Petersburg, April 7 and 8, to help train a new generation of political activist/candidates.

Denounce and Shame Black Sell-Out Politicians

When 120 of his constituents were swept up in a police raid on a public housing project, Bronx, New York, city councilman Andy King collaborated with the cops, causing the families of those arrested on RICO charges to “feel betrayed,” said Shannon Jones, co-founder of Why Accountability. That’s why Jones and others decided to disrupt a speech Councilman King attempted to deliver at the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, in Harlem. “If it was not for community activist groups such as the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Cop Watch Patrol Unit, and Take Back the Bronx,” Jones told Black Agenda Radio produce Kyle Fraser, “these families would have absolutely no support.”

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.

“Sanctuary Cities” and Black Community Control of the Police

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Donald Trump’s war against immigrants is a fascist-inspired offensive that is inseparable from his plans to forcefully pacify Black America.” We must oppose Trump sending in the feds to lock up immigrants or to police the Black community. “Sanctuary is only possible when the cops are directly answerable to the people.”

Freedom Rider: Is Trump the DNC Hacker?

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If the Democrats are intent on living at the Vast Conspiracy Hotel, they ought to widen their list of suspects in the leaking of embarrassing Democratic documents. Roger Stone and Nigel Farage -- men much closer to Donald Trump’s brand of politics than Vladimir Putin -- have had curious contacts with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Stone is “the champion Republican Party dirty trickster,” while Farange, the British rightwinger, is a friend of Trump.

The Joseph Kony “Threat” was Always Fake News

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Fake news stories roar in like a storm, but often evaporate with time. Seven years ago, President Obama and other fake news vendors depicted Joseph Kony as the devil incarnate, a dire threat to western interests and the people of central Africa. But it was all a ruse to smooth U.S. military intervention on African soil. Obama “The Faker” played Kony for a demon and the public for a fool.

Israel’s African Darling: Paul Kagame: An Interview with Robin Philpot

by Ann Garrison

Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame, who recently addressed AIPAC, in Washington DC, is Israel’s favorite African, a man the Zionists permit to use the term “genocide.” Both nations claim their wounds give them a special status in the world. “Rwanda and Uganda could be called mad dog states -- they’re highly militarized, and they serve as sheriffs for the U.S. at the same time as they pursue their own interests.”

No Tokens with Trump, No time for Fear: These are Revolutionary Times

by Danny Haiphong

The corporate media would have you believe that stark differences divide the duopoly parties. The opposite is true. Democrats and establishment Republicans “have united on questions of war, austerity, and state-sponsored surveillance.” If anything, the major parties have solidified their “bipartisan consensus on privatization of education, healthcare, and the public sector” – as demanded by their corporate masters in this time of systemic crisis.

Brother Harvey Matthews: “I’m Fighting for My Ancestors.” The Bethesda African Cemetery: Part I

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

More than half a century ago, developers paved over a Black cemetery in Bethesda, Maryland. Now the county claims the ancestral bones may no longer be there. Some accounts from the Fifties “describe construction crews carving a ditch in the hillside and pushing countless remains into it.” Said a Black protest leader: “When the people in the Planning Office tell us that the cemetery doesn’t exist I know they are lying. I played in that cemetery.”

I’m just a patsy; Don’t let me be patsy…

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Some are called for the job, while others are chosen. Some folks practice and study and audition, while others stumble into it blindly. Some are coerced and some more are prepped and primed and meticulously prepared for their few minutes of infamy...

Top Israelis Have Warned of Apartheid, So Why the Outrage at a UN Report?

by Medhi Hasan

In the United States, it is all but forbidden – a “slander,” a “smear,” a “despicable” and “blatant lie,” and a “new form of anti-Semitism” -- to call Israel an apartheid state. Yet, numerous Israeli leaders have used the A-word to describe what the Zionist project has become. “Are they Israel bashers, too?” In the Occupied Territories and Israel “proper,” there is only one state – and it fits the definition of apartheid.

The AFRICOM Snake Slithers into the Lake Chad Basin

by Mark P. Fancher

Ever since NATO’s 2011 regime change in Libya, the U.S. military command, AFRICOM, has had free rein in most of the continent. Boko Haram “terrorism” provides an excuse to intervene, but AFRICOM’s real aim is to secure U.S. control of African economic resources. “It took only the suggestion of potential oil reserves to inspire a U.S. military plan for the success of the oil exploration efforts of the Nigerian government” in the Lake Chad region.

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.


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