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NAN, NAACP & Other Hypocritical "Civil Rights" Organizations Assert "Constitutional Right" To Conceal Their Corporate Funding Before the FCC

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

When NAN, the Urban League, LULAC, Rainbow PUSH & the NAACP claim a "constitutional right" to hide the extent of their dependence on broadcaster & telecom funding, whose rights are they protecting?  Those of wealthy corporate donors or those of their supposed constituents?  

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Kagame: Murderer of Millions in Congo and Rwanda

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In what may be the world’s most bizarre spectacle, notables from around the globe this year pay homage to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, as if he is the savior of Africa. “For 20 years, Kagame has posed as the soldier who stopped the Rwandan genocide, when all evidence and logic point to him as the main perpetrator of the crime.”

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Al Sharpton: King Rat

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The fact that Al Sharpton is the administration’s “made man” tells us a great deal about what President Obama’s team really thinks about Black people. The White House seems drawn to Sharpton’s amorality and infinite capacity for corruption – his usefulness as pit bull and King Rat.

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GA Poised To Greatly Expand Predatory Private Probation Industry -- Unless You Call Now

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

Georgia, which already leads the nation with 1 in 13 adults in prisons, jails, court & correctional supervision of all kinds, is poised to greatly expand the private probation industry, to shield it from revealing the amounts of money and number of cases it handles, and to saddle the families of offenders with its cost. Call GA Governor Nathan Deal at 404-656-1776 and ask him to veto HB 837 which is now on his desk. Do it today.

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Armstrong Williams Wants “Diversity” Favor from FCC

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Sometime in the late Seventies, the Black political class decided that ownership of media was more important than making programming that is accountable to the African American public. Today, Blacks neither own nor control the TV programming they consume. Except for Armstrong Williams, the “rightwing propagandist and hustler” who wants the FCC to favor him with a diversity ruling.

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Rwanda’s Formula for Success: Murder Your Neighbors and Steal Their Wealth

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The New York Times touts Rwanda as a place of economic miracles, a country with almost no mineral resources that nevertheless plans to “leapfrog” straight to an information economy. What the Times fails to mention is that Rwanda’s relative prosperity is based on the extermination of its Congolese neighbors and the expropriation of their natural resources.

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Democratic Compromises, Capitalist “Market Discipline:” The Real Reasons For Unemployment Cuts

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

Those who blame evil, immoral Republicans for unemployment and food stamp cuts should take a longer, closer look at elected Democrats. Current food stamp and unemployment cuts were actually proposed by Democrats, not imposed by Republicans. The notion that elected Democrats stand for the poor is just a brand, not reality.

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Latest GM Scandal is Business As Usual, But What Would a Green Jobs GM Look Like?

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

Nobody should be the least bit surprised when mining companies make their millions polluting drinking water, when energy companies make their billions destroying the climate, or when automakers ignore safety defects in their own products, figuring the deaths and injuries a normal cost of doing business.

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The “People's Plan” to Save Detroit

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Detroit’s voteless citizens are registering their written objections to the state-imposed financial dictator’s plans to restructure the city, in bankruptcy court. Activists say Detroit’s “deep debt is rooted in ‘misguided and racist decisions by Wall Street bankers and regional corporate elites’ – but the poor, mostly Black city is being made to pay.”

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In the Adegbile Affair, at Least, Obama More Honorable than Bill Clinton

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee, politically. However, Obama has behaved more honorably to his doomed nominee for civil rights chief than did Clinton, a generation ago.

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Promises To The Poor, or Promises to the Rich? Which Ones Does Barack Obama Intend To Keep?

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

There are three kinds of promises.  There are promises made among equals, freely kept and just as freely disregarded with no lasting hard feelings.  There are promises the poor are obliged to make to the rich and to the state, which are enforced at gunpoint.  And there are promises the wealthy and powerful make to the poor, which are almost invariably broken.  Turns out this is a handy guide for which promises the Obama Administration has chosen to kept.

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How and Why Did Chokwe Lumumba Die?

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Chokwe Lumumba ran for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi in order to set in motion a process of “social transformation from the ground up.” He died eight months into his term, but the state refused to do an autopsy. Lots of folks suspect he was assassinated for challenging the ruling order – which is logical, since “Mississippi has murdered thousands of Black people for far less reason than that.”

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Jackson Mississippi Rising? An Alternative To Gentrification As Urban Economic Development?

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

The black misleadership class has no alternatives to gentrification and never will. It's just not in them. But in Jackson Mississippi the crew around the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba who will be laid to rest this weekend debated whether to govern that city as it is, or transform it. The May 2-4 Jackson Rising conference takes that discussion public. It's time for something completely different.

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Gridlock (Once Again) Rescues Social Security from Obama and the GOP

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Republican refusal to accept Barack Obama as a Grand Bargain partner has once again saved Social Security from cuts desired by both the White House and the GOP. Liberals are congratulating themselves, but gridlock is the real hero.

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A Tale of Three Cities: Newark, Jackson, Seattle

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The electoral scenery must be quite depressing to those who think change must come through the ballot. The system disgorges “a multiracial cast of scoundrels from both major parties coiled up incestuously under the same corporate tent.” However, something different may be afoot in at least three points on the map.

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