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    Amiri Baraka, 1934-2014: Somebody Blew Up America

    Somebody Blew Up America

    by Amiri Baraka

    Black Agenda Report Urgently Needs Your Help

    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.

    Lynne Stewart Gets Ten Years – The Progressive Movement Gets Lethal Injection

    lynee and ralph

    by U-Savior

    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.”

     

    Foreclosure Storm: Minorities Swept Up in Greater Numbers

     

    by Doug Miller

    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.”

     

    Monbiot: Copenhagen Climate Change Meeting Was Doomed, Fraudulent From the Start

    by George Monbiot

    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.

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    McKinney: President Obama is Complicit in War Crimes

    Obama Complicit in War Crimes, Says McKinney

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    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.

    Kucinich To Submit Bills That Deny Funding To Af-Pak War

    Kucinich To Submit Bills That Deny Funding To Af-Pak War

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    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.

     

    David Swanson: Presidents Love Wars. From Now On All Presidents Will Want to be War Presidents...

    David Swanson:  Presidents Love Wars, and From Now On All Presidents Will Want to be War Presidents...

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    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?

    Highlights of the SleptOn.TV White House Press Conference on Obama's Receipt of Nobel Peace Prize

    by SleptOn.TV
    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.
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    Sit-ins in 9 Cities Begin To Put Single Payer Back On The Table

    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.

    Glen Ford Answers Michael Eric Dyson On Obama; "Embracing Blackness" is Not the Problem

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    Contrary to what confused intellectuals like Dr. Michael Eric Dyson would have us believe, the president's unwillingness to "embrace blackness" is hardly the issue. In fact, Dyson gives the president an A for his handling of foreign and domestic affairs, as if "black affairs" are somehow in their own separate ghettoized world, apart and separate from war, peace, employment or who pays the bills.
     

    Blacks and Latinos in the U.S.: Still an Evolving Relationship

     

    us and usby Robert Suro
    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.”

     

    Davey D Interviews Somali-Born Rapper Knaan, Pt 1 -- The Real Story Behind Somalia's So-Called "Pirates"

    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.

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    Davey D Interviews Somali-Born Rapper Knaan, Pt 2 -- The Real Story of Somali "Pirates"

    When you hear Somalis talk about the so-called pirates, says Somali-born rapper Knaan, they call them "the Coast Guard."

    A Call to the Obama Administration for Action on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    disparitiesby Prof. Vernellia R. Randall

    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 Cold-Blooded Murder of Oscar Grant

    BART murderby Reiko Redmonde and Larry Everest

    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.

    Obama: First the White House, then Single Payer Health Care

    First we take the white house.

    The Day the Music Died: Malcolm X's Assassination

    "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 on Zionism

    whateverMalcolm X (Omowale Malcolm X Shabazz)

     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."

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