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    Obama Pulls U.S. Out of UN Conference on Racism, But Congressional Black Caucus Should Attend Anyway

    Cynthia McKinneyby Cynthia McKinney

    When Eric Holder, the new U.S. Attorney General called the nation to account for its historic reluctance to honestly talk about race and racism, its manifestations and consequences, he could have been talking about his boss the president.  By withdrawing from the UN Conference on Racism he is leading backwards, in the direction of Clinton and Bush rather than forward into the 21st century.  The fact that the President of Change wan't bring himself -- or us --- to an honest discussion about race says a lot for his willingness to lead on the subject.


    But Obama's willingness to cave in the face of white racism and business as usual is no excuse for the Congressional Black Caucus, supposedly among the best and brightest Black America has to offer.  It's time for the CBC to step up where the president has stepped back.


    Black Agenda Report v. 2.0 is Getting Closer

    by the Black Agenda Report team
    As you can see, we made it through the first part of our transition, bringing over our two years worth of content --- over a thousand articles and nearly twelve thousand comments, minus only those for the past five days -- intact.  And we came out with the week's issue.  Effectively, though we have reached the door, we have yet to walk through it.
    We expect to spend the next week meticulously combing our content and creating relevant indexes, building menus, incorporating feeds, creating work flows and editorial policies, squashing Drupal theme bugs, configuring our feeds and custom views, figuring out how to email notices of publication, and more.
    Thanks for sticking with us.  We promise to be worth the wait.

    Freedom Rider: Endless War

    warby BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Why are more Republicans happy with Obama's policies on government secrecy, wiretapping, non-withdrawal from Iraq, unqualified support for Israel and a host of other policies than most of the Democratic party's own base?  What do they know that many of us don't, or perhaps do not wish to know?


    Priced Out of Shelter: The Decline in Affordable Housing

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    housing A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

    While “most public policyattention has been directed at the plight of home owners, one-third of all Americans pay rent” and their quest for affordable housing has long been “the neglected step-child of federal housing policy.”

    DC Private School Vouchers May Be On Way Out

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    schoolA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The stimulus package passed by Congress also includes provisions that should put George Bush's school voucher plan for Washington, DC out of business. The scheme was introduced through vile political trickery in 2003.

    Obama To Leave 50,000 Troops In Iraq Indefinitely

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    rrrA Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

    From a supposed "antiwar" candidate, to a fan of the murderous "surge," from a "no permanent bases" candidate to a "50,000 troops for the foreseeable future" president, Barack Obama, starting from the center, has progressed steadily rightward.

    Obama's Violin: Who's Playing, Who's Being Played?

    by Paul Street

    Delving into the speeches and writings of the President of Change reveals a Barack Obama sharply at odds with the popular image.  On war, peace and a host of other issues the gulf is widening between what many voted for, and what they are beginning to get from the 44th president.

    Coverage of Obama and Ethnicity Says More About Media

    moreThe picture of a post-racial America that corporate media pundits fondly paint and serve up to us is about as credible as the declarations six months ago by some of the same experts that the economy was "fundamentally sound," One need look no further than corporate media coverage of the Obama administration.

    The Bloody History of ‘Race Management’ in the U.S.: An Interview with David R. Roediger

    race management The notion that the U.S. is is anywhere near "getting over" race is foolish, ahistorical, and only useful to elites who would hide our own history from us, argues Dr. David Roediger, author of "How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon.


    Roediger argues that you cannot be about change without owning your history, and in U.S. history race is foundational; it's so high you can't over it and so low you can't get under it.


    What's Really Happening In Darfur?: An Interview with Mahmood Mamdani

    againThe picture of the conflict in Darfur as "Arab-on-black" or even "black on black" genocide tells more about the U.S. than it does about Darfur, Sudan, or Africa.  It is a false picture, brought to us by the corporate U.S. media to justify one of Uncle Sam's (maybe even Uncle Barack's) oil and resource wars in Sudan.  After all, Sudanese oil IS flowiing to China through Chinese companies, not Western ones, and that will not be tolerated.


    Haiti, the Financial Crisis, and International Solidarity


    Ignored by the U.S. corporate media in the wake of the violent coup and kidnapping of Haiti's elected president by the U.S., Canada and France, a brutal occupation force under the flag of the United Nations enforces the rule of the transnational investor class upon Haiti's population .  As the country's economy is further removed from even the possibility of democratic control by its people, and remittances from Haitians abroad shrink, the misery of Haiti's poor increases.   After 205 years of nominal independence, the descendants of Toussaint and Dessalines are not likely to cease their resistance, but real international solidarity remains key to their success.

    A Challenge to ‘Radical’ and ‘Pan-Africanist’ Obamites

    obamitesby BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    In an "Open Letter to the People of Zimbabwe," U.S.-based activists denounce sanctions against that country as "war crimes and the officials who initiated them as war criminals." By that definition (a good one), Barack Obama is a war criminal. The problem is, some of the signers of the Open Letter are prominent Obama supporters. What use are their declarations of solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe, when they support the "war criminal" who imposes sanctions against them and makes common cause with banksters here at home? It's past time to call these confused and conflicted people out by name, and challenge them to a real debate.

    Holder Rings in New Era at Justice Department

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    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

    "Much of Holder's remarks were not so much about cowardice - the fear of speaking honestly on racial questions - but an abysmal ignorance. To the extent that Black people are omitted or marginalized in the teaching of American history, American history makes no sense."

    New Orleans Gets Least Job Creation Money in U.S.

    NOLAPovertyA Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

    The federal economic stimulus plan provides less stimulus for New Orleans than for any other congressional district in the United States. The logic is simple and savage: Less people, less money, rather than more needs, more money.

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    How Can U.S. Recover Without Manufacturing Capacity?

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    AbandonedFactoryA Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

    President Obama has put a huge emphasis on building a green economy. However, most of the sources of solar panels and wind turbines are located in Europe and Asia. They'll have to be imported, creating jobs for workers in other countries.

    Make Believe

    By Kemet Mawakana

    The Seven Foot Poet reflects on what we think of as manhood, how "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" and what we imagine it means to "man up."

    Do click the link below to hear this original work performed by the Seven Foot Poet.


    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."

    The Language of Looting

    RobberBaronsby Michael Hudson

    In order to steal literally everything, the Lords of Finance must render language incapable of describing the crime. "Society's basic grammar of thought, the vocabulary to discuss political and economic topics, is being turned inside-out." The banksters still think they can rule from the center of confusion. "Today's policy is to ‘rescue' these giant bank conglomerates by enabling them to ‘earn' their way out of debt - by selling yet more debt to an already over-indebted U.S. economy. The hope is to re-inflate real estate and other asset prices."

    A Congo Journey


    Her father taught his students to "value, study and honor their collective history," and his daughter to follow her heart. That legacy took the author on a journey to the Congo, where six million have died without shocking western sensibilities. "I vowed that when I returned home I would talk and write about the Congo in as many public forums as possible. To advocate for the Congolese, I must teach friends, family and others that the deaths of millions is a global issue that cannot be ignored."

    by Makeda Crane

    Obama Administration and Wall Street Predators Target “Entitlement Reform”

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
    When the corporate media, Wall Street predators and their favorite politicians talk of "entitlement reform," they are not referring to their bonuses, or tax breaks, golden parachutes or consulting fees.  They mean to "reform" your Social Security, your Medicaid, your Medicare, all of which they view as "fiscally irresponsible."  When President Obama endorses a bipartisan summit on "fiscal responsibility" it's time to look out.

    Boycott and Disinvest in Israel, in Solidarity and Self-Defense

    "Black Americans, who have experienced apartheid at home and fought successfully against it in Africa," feel most intensely the need to register their opposition to Israel's version of apartheid. Yet their elected officials cower at the feet of the pro-Israel lobby, which has successfully targeted independent-minded Black officials for defeat. A boycott Israel movement will have to roll over cowardly Black elected officials, but so be it. "If solidarity with Palestinians who suffer the aggressions of a regime as fundamentally racist as apartheid South Africa is not a compelling enough reason - and it surely is - then self-defense against Zionist subversion of domestic Black politics should move us to action."

    Eshu’s blues: Ron Sims, Hometown Boy, Makes Good


    Our columnist knows a little sump'in about Ron Sims, the Black former executive of King County, Seattle, Washington, who's been nominated to become President Obama's Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. "Sims has long had the consistency of weak oatmeal... a perfect complement to the Oba." Ron Sims and the citizens are in for a rough ride. "Like it or not, Hurricane Katrina was the test forum for a widespread application of a ‘new' Housing and Urban Development policy, which, as that troublesome spirit Russell Means pointed out a few days ago, is nothing more than the treatment that has been dumped on the Indigenous American for centuries." 

    Why Imperialism Needs Proxies to Do Its Dirty Work in Africa

    AFRICOMcolin powell

    Despite resistance from virtually every nation in Africa, the U.S. continues to seek a home for its Africa Command, AFRICOM. The lure of African oil and other resources causes Washington to devise various schemes to dominate the continent - especially the recruitment of proxies to do the Americans' bidding. A central Washington political thrust in Africa revolves around the Darfur region of Sudan, where Colin Powell first charged that genocide was occurring. What the U.S. really wants is regime change in Sudan, and control of its oil resources. "AFRICOM is made to order - provided it can overcome the near unanimous opposition that it faces from Africans the world over."

    Who Won the Civil War?


    If the Union won the Civil War, and the slaves were truly set free, why was the author persecuted and threatened for complaining about a statue honoring a Confederate General? Furthermore, if the NAACP is a genuine civil rights organization dedicated to the well being and dignity of Black people - especially lifetime members - then why wouldn't the organization side with the author against the racists? And why couldn't he get a defense from the Legal Defense Fund? If the South lost the war, how is it that the United Daughters of the Confederacy drove the author out of town?


    White Recession, Black Depression


    "As the United States delves further into a serious long-term recession, African Americans are facing the challenge of coming from a 7 year silent recession into a depression." During the seven years between 2000 and the official declaration that the U.S. was in recession, "Black employment decreased by 2.4% and saw their incomes decline by 2.9%," while Black family income declined "more steeply than for whites or Latinos." President Obama must take measures that directly confront the problem of income and wealth inequality, as the British are attempting to do.

    Trying to Revive the Bubble Economy: Obama's Awful Financial Recovery Plan


    Economist Michael Hudson, one of those who predicted both the dot-com and housing bubbles and how they ended, details how Obama and his economic advisors appear poised, after handing over trillions to bail out big investors, to attempt a reinflation of the bubble at the expense of homeowners and working people.

    Private Prisons, Human Trafficking and the American Way of Punishment

    BAR1JuvenilesWhere else but in 21st century America do the builders of private prisons bribe judges to sentence juveniles to  their facilities?

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    The Old Superpower, She Ain't What She Used To Be

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    BAR2SinkingShipThe world is longing to see America, the global schoolyard bully, taken down a peg or three.  In the context of the ongoing financial meltdown, they may not have to wait much longer.

    The "Rule of Law" in the Obama Era

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    BAR3ObamaEraJPGIn Obama's America, the "rule of law" is nothing that predatory bankers. torturers on the civil service  payroll or the politicians who direct them need fear.

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