It's come to this, dear readers. For five years now, Black Agenda Report has delivered you news, commentary and analysis from a black left perspective. In that time, we haven't begged much or often, compared to other places on the internet that deliver a lot less and spend a lot more.
It’s time to regroup, rethink, and possibly re-boot the “movement,” which has been gravely damaged from inside and out. “The back biting and murmuring amongst the agenda-less, corrupted, dysfunctional and disheveled ‘grass root progressives’ has led us to exactly where we are today.”
The data are finally starting to come in, and the numbers are horrifying. The Great Recession inflicted wounds on Black America that will cripple communities for years to come. Depreciation of foreclosure-devastated neighborhoods will cause between $193 billion and $180 billion in wealth to be “drained from black and Latino communities.”
Fossil fuels made two centuries of industrial civilization possible. But their continued use is now causing irreversible climate destabilization, threatening the death of tens or hundreds of millions. Since consuming only sixty percent of the already mapped and easily available deposits of coal, oil and gas around the world is an absolute gurantee of climate catastrophe, governments should have been sitting down at Copenhagen to determine which forty, fifty or sixty percent of those available reserves will be left in the ground, and to ban prospecting for more. All the rest, Monbiot points out, was hypocritical nonsense.
“Our President is now complicit in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace,” said Cynthia McKinney, addressing the Emergency End-the-Wars Rally in front of the White House. December 12. Ms. McKinney is a former congresswoman from Georgia and the Green Party’s 2008 presidential candidate.
The Af-Pak war funding bill before Congress is also happens to contain the money for unemployment compensation, Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich points out. “I will soon introduce two bills," he continues "which will force votes on withdrawal from Afghanistan and Pakistan.” The former presidential candidate was speaking to the Emergency End-the-Wars Rally in front of the White House, December 12.
And why shouldn't they? Wars expand presidential powers, and are not to be questioned. This president just made a war speech holding his brand new Nobel Prize. Could Bush have gotten away with such a feat? But Congress and the president DO fear the people, Swanson points out. If they did not, why would they place unemployment compensation money in the same legislation as their war funding?
Nobody, the president said, was more surprised than him. Nobody except maybe Henry "the Christmas Bomber" Kissinger. Slept)n.TV brings us their version of the White House press conference.
If you don't see the video above, click here.
Thursday in Phoenix and Portland, in Los Angeles and Washington DC and five other cities across the nation 54 people were arrested while many hundreds more conducted nonviolent demonstrations outside the offices of piratical health insurance companies. The election is over. Maybe a movement is beginning.
If you cannot see the video above, click here. To find out how you can help put single payer, the people's choice for medical care back on the table in your city, go to www.mobilizeforhealthcare.org.
Although a fair number of Americans are aware that the United States will become a “majority minority” nation sometime around the year 2050, few contemplate how the “distinct experiences” of the two largest non-white groups – Blacks and Hispanics – will affect their interactions in this changed environment. “We are in the process,” writes the author, “of revising our notions of both what constitutes the norm and what constitutes ‘the other.’” The old Black-white paradigm is being eclipsed. “Twenty-five years from now the Hispanic population will be twice as large as the African-American population.”
Somalia hasn't had a central government in twenty years due to persistent US and proxy military interventions. In the absence of any law, European fishing fleets have swept its seas clean, and seaborne fly-dumpers have dumped radioactive wastes off its shores, killing the livelihood of thousands of fishermen.
In refusing to allow the U.S. to take part in next month's international gathering on racism, dubbed Durban II, the first Black president will "take the same action as his all-white predecessors: refuse to engage and to be a leader in the elimination of racism." Much more is up for discussion than just the question of Israeli anti-Arab racism. The event's agenda includes slavery reparations and institutional anti-Black racism in the United States and throughout the African Diaspora - issues that Barack Obama would, apparently, rather avoid.
The New Year in Oakland, California, brought in an old message to Black youth: they can be corralled and murdered for no reason at all, but that they are Black and young. Such is the rationale of state terror: the victim can do nothing to either invite or avoid the assault. "The killing of Oscar Grant was not a mistake or an accident, it was cold-blooded murder." Immediately, the "system's institutions moved to cover up and legitimize this violence and let all the cops but one go free." The powers-that-be seek equilibrium through normalization of murder.
"When I looked up, I saw Malcolm X standing up and glaring down at one of his assassins. At that point, from the corner of my eye, nearby to my left, I saw a flash from a gun as I watched Malcolm X fall down and back about ten feet."
Malcolm X spelled out his views on Zionism during the last half-year of his life. "These Israeli Zionists," said Malcolm, in an issue of the Egyptian Gazette, "religiously believe their Jewish God has chosen them to replace the outdated European colonialism with a new form of colonialism."
Black Agenda Report's graphic images are interactivity are back...
Of course we never left. But all our graphical images did, and our interactivity, the ability of users to comment on pages and even to join our free email subscription list. The images are back, and comments are back as well for users who take the time to register themselves. We promise to police our comments section too, so that your insights are not buried in spam.
Later today (Wednesday March 25) we will hang a gadget here which readers can use to join our free email subscription list, and we'll begin installing connectivity to social media like Facebook and Twitter, along with access to a page that lets you email the site publisher, among others.
Tomorrow we'll reconstruct menus to directly link to deep within some of our 8 years of stellar content. There are a number of improvements we expect to roll out over the next several weeks. So thanks to all those who asked. We look forward to being one of your sources for news, information and analysis from the black left.
The Real News Network presents the Glen Ford Report
Glen Ford explains that the shooting of police officers in Ferguson MO is NOT s setback for the movement.
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