Glen Ford's blog

Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:57

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

If the people of Ferguson, Missouri, had remained “calm” in the police killing of Michael Brown, the nation would not be discussing the “militarization” of the police forces. “All the nation’s police departments are following the same drill, with the same tools and weapons, under the same mandate: keep the Blacks in check.” Black folks need to liberate some territory.

The Empire Reaps the Jihadist Whirlwind

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:47

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

For more than three decades, the U.S. has deployed Islamic fundamentalist surrogates to fight its imperial wars in Muslim lands. Now, the world’s most successful jihadists have turned on their former masters – and will soon go after the Gulf oil states. “The Caliphate has taken the ideology to its logical and ghastly conclusion, and dares to challenge the legitimacy of its former funders, staunch allies of the ‘Crusader’.”

James Brown: The Hardest Working Asshole in Show Business

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:52

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

James Brown’s music and lyrics are woven into the politics of Black America’s most productive decade, the Sixties. However, JB’s “relationship to the Black people he touched most directly – those who worked for him – was cruel, petty, and contemptuous.”

Obama Summons Africa to Washington to Talk Trade (and How to Cut Out China)

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:01

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

All of Africa’s leaders “in good standing” with the U.S. will gather in Washington, this weekend. On the continent, AFRICOM is boss, with a mission “to stymie, at will, the integration of Africa into a multi-polar world in which China is the center of gravity.” China’s trade with Africa far exceeds the U.S. However, “just as the Americans strong-armed the Europeans into sanctioning Russia, the U.S. will soon flex its AFRICOM muscles against China.”

The Siege of Detroit: A War of Black Urban Removal

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:39

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The “pause” in the draconian Detroit water shut-off is just a lull in “an escalating trajectory of systematically inflicted mass punishment and pain designed to make life in the city unbearable for a huge proportion of the population.” Wall Street has declared war against America’s “Chocolate Cities,” demanding “the shrinkage of Black urban populations as a prerequisite for full-scale investment.”

 

How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:43

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Corinthian Colleges is going out of business, and other for-profit rip-offs will follow. However, “The very existence of Corinthian, Phoenix, Ashford and the other gangster institutions proves beyond doubt that the vast bulk of the existing U.S. educational establishment is not serving” Black and poor people. Yes, America needs free higher education, but the excluded classes also need a new system that is not hostile to their very presence.

The Superpower and the Caliphate

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:30

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Don’t believe the hype that the CIA is behind ISIS’s declaration of an Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. “The Caliphate threatens, not only its immediate adversaries, but the potentates of the Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and the Mother of All Monarchist Corruption in the Arab Sunni heartland, the Saudi royal family.” It also signals the collapse of U.S. strategy in the region.

 

ISIS Iraq Offensive: Can the Empire Reassert Control of the Jihadists?

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 23:19

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“How can the U.S. bomb ISIS jihadists in Iraq and not bomb them in Syria?” The contradictions of the West’s reliance on Muslim fundamentalist jihadis to do their dirty work have become acute with the ISIS blitzkrieg in Iraq. Despite its vast weaponry, the U.S. cannot control events on the ground if their jihadist gunmen pursue their own objectives, which are ultimately antithetical to imperialism.

The White Right’s Impunity

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:10

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

If a thousand armed Blacks had gathered in one place, pointing rifles at federal officers, and two of them later cold-bloodedly assassinated policemen, the federal response would touch every Black neighborhood in America. But the armed white Right gets a pass. Racists are resources to those in power. “The national security state’s legitimacy is based on (white) mass fear and loathing of the Other.”

Molefi Asante’s Insane War on BAR and the Black Radical Tradition

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 03:41

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Molefi Asante, promoter of Systematic Nationalism, poses as the consummate Race Man but is in practice an agent of white corporate power. In fear of exposure for his backstabbing at Temple University, Asante has lashed out at the Black Radical Tradition and all its practitioners as “dupes” of white Marxists – an extraordinary assault on a great Black political legacy.

Boko Haram a Blessing for Imperialism in Africa: U.S. Training Death Squads

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 03:46

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Americans now admit they are training battalions of African Rangers and counterinsurgency troops. The next step is the proliferation of death squads in West Africa, as the U.S. did in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Nigeria’s schoolgirls may or may not be rescued, but U.S. and European “humanitarian” military interventionists have already gained more than they could have imagined.

Kidnapped Girls Become Tools of U.S. Imperial Policy in Africa

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 02:04

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The “humanitarian” U.S. military occupation of Africa has been very successful, thus far. “The Chibok abductions have served the same U.S. foreign policy purposes as Joseph Kony sightings in central Africa.” Imagine: the superpower that financed the genocide of six million in Congo, claims to be a defender of teenage girls and human rights on the continent. If you believe that, then you are probably a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Jail the Bankers? Obama Has Been Their Staunchest Defender

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 06:45

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

In the second half of his second term, Obama and his crew seek to rewrite the history of his administration. Attorney General Eric Holder now declares that no bank is too big to jail. But the reality is, Wall Street’s “impunity is infinite. Holder and Obama work for them.”

Supreme Court: White Majorities Über Alles

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:57

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Black folks have no rights that white majorities are bound to respect.” That’s the message from the U.S. Supreme Court, which declared diversity programs an option that white majorities can legally ban. The High Court also safeguards the right of the rich to dominate elections. This week’s ruling shows that the Roberts Court “knows how to serve both majorities of whites and Big Capital, too.”

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:34
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