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    Netanyahu Punks Obama as Congress Grovels

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    It was easy for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to emasculate Barack Obama on Capitol Hill. All he had to do was expand on the lies that both Israel and the U.S. tell about Iran – lies that Barack Obama cannot effectively rebut without exposing himself as... a liar. Since neither co-conspirator can rat out the other, the smaller party gains an advantage over the larger one. The most brazen liar wins, and the loser cannot complain.

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    The Ultimate Corruption

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    When petty officials in foreign lands make it difficult for corporations to do business, or when rich individuals avoid paying taxes agreed upon by their wealthy fellows, reformers raise the cry of corruption. But the greatest corruption lies in allowing the rich to make the rules.

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    Cowardly Black Caucus Reacts to Israeli Insults, Ignores Israeli Apartheid

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The CBC is silent when Israel passes discriminatory laws, steals Palestinian land, or punishes Palestinian civilians with power and water cutoffs and blockades. Like the rest of Congress, the CBC endorsed the murderous Israeli assault on Gaza. CBC's threatened walkout on Netanyahu's address to Congress isn't because they disapprove of Israeli apartheid funded by US tax dollars. It's only because Bibi insulted the First Black President.

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    Detroit-Style Black Removal Coming to New Jersey

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The disenfranchisement of Detroit and other largely Black cities in Michigan has gone so well – for corporate and banking interests – former emergency manager Kevin Orr is hiring himself out to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Orr’s next target: Atlantic City, an ailing gambling town whose residents are overwhelmingly non-white. Seaside property can be quite profitable – once you chase the poor folks out of town.

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    Insane U.S. Oil Glut Wars

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The world economy is falling into stagnation, putting downward pressures on gas and oil prices. So, what is the response of the United States, the world’s biggest energy producer? The Americans flood the globe with millions more barrels per day of unneeded oil, in order to break the backs of rivals Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The U.S. is playing chicken with the fate of humankind, betting that it is the most fit to survive the crash.

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    Selma: Black History According to Oprah

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Most Black folks are just grateful that there is finally a big box office movie about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But, of course, Selma is historical fiction, carefully crafted to make some people and ideas look good and wise, and others to appear petty, narrow or stupid. Who decides? The money-people, the producers, like Oprah Winfrey.

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    Not Charlie Hebdo: Why Anti Muslim “Jokes” Are Often War Propaganda

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    Depicting pregnant Muslims as “Boko Haram sex slaves” howling for welfare checks, and the prophet Muhammad doing things you wouldn't want your own kids to see while drones and cops target innocent Muslims isn't simple satire. Asking, in this context, why “those backward Muslims” are so easily insulted, or can't or won't separate their religion from civic and political life is the worst kind of historical ignorance, bullying and chauvinism.

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    The Big Reality Show, the 1% and the Myth of the Thin Blue Line

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

    The myth that a thin blue line of cops, jailers and prosecutors aggressively policing the ghettoes and public spaces being all that stands between society and chaos is far more important than the profits of prison labor or privatizers in maintaining America's vast prison state. The moral lesson of off-the-chain cops and the prison state justifies and makes legitimate the the brutal inequality of neoliberal America.

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    Once Again, the Empire Rolls the Dice of War

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The U.S.-Saudi oil price war against Russia, like the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, is “a calculated act of desperate men, based on the inescapable facts of imperial decline and the logic of class survival.” In their doomed attempt to stay on top, U.S. imperialists and their clients risk burning down the global house. “But, that’s what any ruling class would do when staring death in the face.”

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    Rev. Edward Pinkney Sentenced: Whirlpool and White Racism Imprison Another Black Leader

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    An all-white criminal justice process “has snatched 66 year-old Rev. Edward Pinkney away to what could become life in prison” for using the ballot to empower Black people in southwest Michigan. As far as the white authorities and their corporate overlords are concerned, that makes Pinkney a career criminal.

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    When the System Provides No Remedies to Torture, You Must Overthrow It

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The United States got a black eye from the UN Committee Against Torture, last week, in a report that was deeply influenced by events in Ferguson and the endemic, full-spectrum criminality practiced by police in places like Chicago. However, “U.S. law does not even define what torture is, or set any standard to measure it” – proof that there is no intention of abolishing torture in the U.S. Thus, there is no alternative but to dismantle the system.

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    War on the Down-Low: Obama’s Afghan Lies

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    In secrecy and deceit, President Obama reversed his promised phase-out of the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan. Which simply proves that Obama “is no different than any other U.S. imperial leader – except that he is a more accomplished liar than most.

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    Bottomless Cynicism and Contempt For Immigrant Communities: Obama's Long-Awaited “Executive Action” on Immigration

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

    President Obama's so-called "bold executive action" on immigration is not a victory for the grassroots movements in immigrant communities. It's an old bone with rotten meat, more evidence of their bottomless contempt for Democrats' so-called "base voters", especially those of color.

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    Ferguson Struggle Has Already Altered Black Politics

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    In the three months since Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, the appeal of grassroots movement politics has grown stronger and the influence of the Black Misleadership Class has notably weakened. Black folks are remembering a lesson that had largely been forgotten: “the power is in the streets.”

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    If “The Economy is Recovering” Why Is There a Surge in Homeless Children?

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

    Corporate media and politicians of both capitalist parties agree there is no story, no political issue on poverty or homelessness, at the same time child homelessness reached unheard of proportions. How much clearer can it be that homelessness is a fairly predictable outcome of capitalism?

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    Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton & the Arkansas Two Step

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

    When former president Bill Clinton utters doubts about charter schools before an audience of “philanthropists” some want to imagine Hillary won't double down on Obama's school privatizations? Those are folks who don't remember the “peace dividend” and who can't hear the dance music playing.

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    #AfterFerguson: It's Organizing 104 – The Workshop

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

    People of concern and conscience will mobilize in scores of US towns and cities the day after the grand jury announces its verdict in the case of Ferguson's Michael Brown under the flag of #AfterFerguson. In Organizing 104, the latest of our ongoing series of tips for would-be movement organizers we challenge activists who want to be organizers to make #AfterFerguson the workshop for implementing the lessons of Organizing 101, 102 and 103.

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    Rev. Pinkney Convicted, Threatened with Life in Prison

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The prosecution is pushing for life imprisonment of Rev. Edward Pinkney, convicted of forging dates on a recall election petition in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The giant whirlpool corporation pulls the strings in the mostly Black town. Yet, “even when the rich effectively hold total power, they still feel it necessary to crush those who question their right to rule.”

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    Organizing 103: Recruting the Next Wave of Leaders & Activists With the Volunteer Card

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    This is Organizing 103, the 3rd in our series of how-to's for organizers. The illustration on this commentary is a sample of a volunteer card, a tool used to identify and lock down the commitments of future activists and leaders from among the people you the organizer, bring together.

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    “Peace Through Revolution”: Black Is Back Coalition March and Rally Nov 1 and 2

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Five years after its founding, the Black Is Back Coalition returns to the scene of its defiant birth, with a march on the White House and a teach-in at Howard University. Allies in struggle are now far more abundant. “It was critical that, when the fog and confusion of the Age of Obama finally lifted, at least some Black folks could be identified as having been right all along.”

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    Organizing 102: After Getting the Digits of Those Who Show Up, Call Everybody Back Within A Week

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

    There's a myth that mass movements are born at mag moments when everybody discovers some new outrage on social media, and spills into the street. In the real world movements are built by conscious deliberate organizers extending face to face networks, and offering participants many more ways to get involved than the mere “likes” an emoticons or retweets permitted by social media. Here's the second in our series of brief organizing primers. Be sure to follow the links inside.
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    FBI and Local Cops Jointly Track “Outside Agitators”

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The FBI is making no effort to hide that national counter-insurgency operation is in motion, targeting “outside agitators” who who might spread the Ferguson contagion across the country. The FBI is openly coordinating with local police chiefs in anticipation of violence if a grand jury does not indict the cop that killed Michael Brown. The larger purpose is to head off the rise of a grassroots movement for genuine social transformation.
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    After Ferguson: It's a New Day. Join the Black Agenda Report Team at NYC's Riverside Church Oct 24, or Support Black Agenda Report With a Donation

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    There have never been this many black faces in high places, or this many black bodies in prison. There's never been this amount of wealth stripped from black families, this many black youth growing up in poverty and a large part of the process happened and is still happening under a black president.

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    There Will be a Reckoning, from Ferguson to Gaza

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The drama in Ferguson raised – once again – fundamental questions about the Black condition in the United States, questions that must be wrestled with whether a grand jury indicts the white cop in the Michael Brown killing, or not. World events also demand that African Americans find their place in the global struggle now underway.

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    US Headed For “China Syndrome” Meltdown in Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    America’s crimes, and its failures, are uniformly described as “mistakes” – so as not to tarnish the national mythology with the truth. However, contrary to President Obama’s assertions, the U.S. “mistake” in Syria was not to “underestimate” ISIS, but the CIA’s failure to control its own jihadists. The result is “a China-Syndrome of holy war that has left Washington’s regime-change-by-proxy scheme in ashes.”

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    The Black Caucus “Left” Wing Crumbles Before Obama’s War Machine

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    It took just three years for most Americans to conclude that George Bush’s war in Iraq should come to an end. But, after three years of failure in Syria, Congress has given Barack Obama another shot. “The reason Obama’s wars have such longer shelf-life, is that Democrats will not oppose him, including such luminaries of the Black Caucus left wing as John Conyers and Maxine Waters.”

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    Who’s Your Daddy, ISIS?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Poor little ISIS, the orphan with so many fathers. President Obama is trying to assemble a coalition of parents to kill the wayward child, but some of the other baby-daddies are busy fighting among themselves over who is going to bring up the next generation of jihadists. Where did it all go so very, very wrong?

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    Low Voter Turnout Didn't Kill Michael Brown

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    If you believe our black political class, low voter turnout killed Michael Brown. But then it's past Labor Day in an even numbered year, a time when the only discussion, the only question, the only answer our black political class entertains is how to ratify their privileged status with a big black vote. Do their concerns match our needs, or do they meet only their own?

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    Obama and His Head-Chopping Friends

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Choose your head-chopper. Obama favors the Saudis, the world’s leading beheaders, and rails against ISIS, the wayward spawn of decades of U.S.-Saudi collaboration. The U.S. would prefer that ISIS confine itself to chopping off Syrian heads, but “ISIS has even bigger plans for regime change in the Arab world.”

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    Round Two: Fast Food Strike for $15 An Hour

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Backed by the Service Employees International Union, fast food workers will bring civil disobedience tactics to a one-day strike action targeting over 100 cities. They’re demanding $15 an hour and union representation. “Nine out of ten of the worst paying jobs are in the food services industry, which is disproportionately Black and brown.”

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