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    Will Obama's Abandonment of the Public Option Take Congressional Democrats Down In 2010?

    dr barackby BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon

    Presidents run every four years, but Congress is elected every two. This president said we should judge him by whether he delivers comprehensive, affordable, accessible health care to every American in his first term. Team Obama's relentless opposition to single payer, a position he once supported, and his recent abandonment of even a watered down public option, and a health care plan that doesn't cover any of the uninsured till 2013 may not affect the president till his own re-election. But House Democrats must face the people in 2010.

    “You Gotta Get Your Mind Right”: Veterans for Peace

    get yr mind rightby Mike Ferner
    A veteran anti-war activist calls for a politics of peace with justice. “Peace with justice means stopping the few from making policy for the many; from robbing us blind; denying our right to health care; destroying Earth’s life support systems; as well as sending us to war.”

    US Supreme Court Orders New Hearing for Troy Davis

    troy davisby Jonathan Springston
    After having “narrowly avoided execution three times since July 2007,” Troy Davis got the barest whiff of justice when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a Georgia federal judge to consider his claims to innocence in the killing of a Savannah police officer. Speaking for the majority, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote it "would be an atrocious violation of our Constitution and the principles upon which it is based to execute an innocent person." Dissenting Justice Anton Scalia called the decision "a fool’s errand," and "a confusing exercise."

    Dems Scurry from Tea-Baggers Over Health Care

    specterA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Seldom, if ever, has a majority party been thrown into such disarray by such a motley crew. But that’s because the Democrats were already sundered by President Obama’s bullying of the Left over health care. “The generals of the Right realized the president no longer had an army. The zombies were set loose.”

    Clinton Threatens War in Horn of Africa

    hillary threatensA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    The Obama administration is depicting Somalia as an African Afghanistan, and setting up the homegrown Islamist Shabab as a Taliban. Secretary of State Clinton deployed language identical to George Bush's to justify U.S. military intervention in Somalia, and made bellicose threats against neighboring Eritrea.

    Progressives Should be Shutting Down These So-Called 'Health Care Town Meetings' Too

    town hallBy Dave Lindorff

    For the most part, the health care "town meetings" staged by members of Congress are shams designed to deceive and disinform the public on the possibilities and progress of health care reform.  Despite being shaky on the facts, right wingers may be quite correct in treating them as opportunties for street theatre.  Maybe, suggests Dave Lindorff, we ought to do the same.

    Is Barack Obama Good For Black People? The Great Debate in Harlem, Part 2 of 2

    On June 25, hundreds of black America's formost thnkers and doers gathered at St. Mary's Church in Harlem NY to ask and answer the question of whether Barack Obama was good or bad for black America. We here present some of the 5 to 7 minute presentations pro and con on whether Barack Obama is good for black America. Click the flash players to listen to or the mics to download them in MP3 format.

    Glen Ford

    The fact, says Dr. Jared Ball of Morgan State University and voxunion.com, is that Barack Obama did not emerge from the struggle of our people for peace and justice.  He has been imposed upon us by outside forces in answer to that struggle, not in fulfillment of it..

    Charles Barron

     

    While NY City Councilman Charles Barron disagrees with some of Obama's policies, he seems to draw a line around those who disagree with the president, calling them “intellectuals” who he says, do the hood no good.

     

    Dr. Marimba Ani

    Give the brotha a break?  Dr. Marimba Ani doesn't think we should give the American empire a break.  If anything, she notes, having a black man sitting in the big chair makes it harder to fight.

    Charles Barron

     

    argues that Barack Obama represents incremental but significant change, and even though the election was eight months ago, reaches back to compare Obama with McCain.

     

     

    Viola Plummer

    Barack Obama is a “yes we can” symbol of national unity for black people, says Viola Plummer.

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    Diop Olugbala

     

     

    The Uhuru Movement's Diop Olugbala argues that a lesser evil is still quite evil. We can, he insists, do better.

     

    Click here for part one of the Great Debate in Harlem, with Glen Ford, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Nellie Bailey and Dr. Gloria Browne Marshall

    Obama On Health Care: A Comprehensive Betrayal – Where Do We Go From Here?

    againThe shrunken and eviscerated public option in the Obama health care plan may now be discarded in favor of something called a health co-op. The mounting toll of concessions to drug companies and bailouts of private insurers contained in the Obama plan have transformed it, according to Rep. John Conyers, into “crap,” and threaten to make Obama a one-term president. Republicans, all the while, are fighting Obamacare every bit as resolutely as if it were Medicare For All, drumming up disinformed protesters for health care town meetings. And the embargo of single payer media coverage continues, despite its being the majority sentiment of Americans. This is the year of health care reform. Or not.

    The Misleaders

    leadersby Henry D. Rose
    Black American politics has been deformed by the intrigues and insults of a misleadership class that collaborates with the enemy while launching “wholesale attacks on the moral character of the Black working class and poor.” These new elites are disconnected from the historical currents of their people. “Their mantra is that there is no Black America, no Black agenda and no need for either.”

    Whitewashing the Jobs Statistics

    no jobsby Lee A. Daniels
    Media repeat the pared down, sanitized jobless figures, even though they know the stats are misleading. “A truer picture of unemployment is to be drawn from including those involuntarily working part-time jobs, those who only sporadically find work and the long-term unemployed who have given up looking for work.”

    Miracle Cure?

    the seven foot poet

     

    by Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. The Seven Foot Poet

    In this, the long awaited year of health care reform (or not) the Seven Foot Poet offers a potent cure for an insidious disease that has long stalked among us.

    Click the flash player below to listen to or the mic to download an mp3 copy of this original work performed by the Seven Foot Poet.

    “In Cold Blood”: White Deputy’s Killing of Homeless Black Man Sparks Mild Protest in Obama-Mad Iowa City

    homelessby Paul Street
    In what might be called “White Obamaland,” places like Iowa City, Iowa, “middle class 'liberals' and 'progressives' are proud of the support they gave to the nation’s first black president during the election last November.” But when a Black man was shot down without apparent provocation by a white policeman, most whites refused “to acknowledge and confront the continuing power of deeper, state-of-being societal and institutional racism in American life.”

    The Battle For Health Care:  Between Now and Labor Day, It's Still On

    obama health care againby BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
    President Obama told us to judge his first term on whether he managed to provide quality, affordable health care to the American people, especially the uninsured and underinsured..  With various versions of his bill not beginning to cover the uninsured till 2013, it seems a test the administration has forgotten, and hopes that we will too.  We won't.  The weeks between now and Labor Day will be decisive in determining what, if anything, comes out of congress this year.  This is no time to lay back, or to wait and see.  This is the critical time to organize and educate, to mobilize and to act.

    Margaret Kimberley is on Vacation

    BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley is on vacation. Her column, Freedom Rider, will return to these pages on Wednesday, September 9th. Ms. Kimberley may be contacted at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

    The Great Debate -- Is Barack Obama Good For Black People? Part 1 of 2

    On June 25, hundreds of black America's formost thnkers and doers gathered at St. Mary's Church in Harlem NY to ask and answer the question of whether Barack Obama was good or bad for black America. We here present some of the 5 to 7 minute presentations pro and con on whether Barack Obama is good for black America. Click the flash players to listen to or the mics to download them in MP3 format.

    Glen Ford

    "President Obama has been very busy," asserts BAR's Glen Ford, and almost none of it has been good news for African Americans.  Torture, racism and unjust wars and other policies that progressive blacks condemned when the Bush regime did them, are denounced by black leaders no more.

    Nellie Bailey

    CUNY's Dr. Leonard Jeffries things Obama has indeed been good for black people, and declares it's time to study wht he calls "Obamology".  To find out what he means and more, give the guya listen.

     

    Nellie Bailey

    Nellie bailey of the Harlem Tenants Union belives that Barack Obama is no good for black America.

     

     

    Nellie Bailey

    Dr. Gloria Browne-Marshall of the John Jay School of Law is impressed that Obama has actually read the US Constitution, and fears that he might be too good for America.


    Black Radio-One Tycoon Runs Republican Game

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    radio one montageWielding her 50-plus radio stations like weapons,

     

    Wielding her 50-plus radio stations like weapons, Cathy Hughes gives “Black cover” to corporate, Republican politics while smearing the most progressive members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The presence of Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on her side of the fight over artist royalties is no surprise. How else are they going to stay on the radio?

    Conyers: “There is no one more disappointed than I am in Barack Obama.”

    conyers and obamaA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    The nation's senior Black congressman fears Barack Obama is in danger of becoming a one-term president. Obama's health care proposal is “crap,” says Detroit's John Conyers, and Obama loses whether it passes or fails.

    Black Jobs Disappearing at Depression-Era Rates

    where are the jobs?A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    There are no targeted programs to address soaring Black unemployment on the horizon, despite Democratic control of the White House and both houses of Congress. President Obama puts his faith in a “rising tide” that “lifts all boats,” but in the real world “the economic tide is sinking Black boats at two, three and four times the rate of whites.”

    The Inside Man on the Great Bank Heist

    inside manA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    The bankster class, awash in billions in bonus money, flaunts its unearned wealth, oblivious to the political harm their antics are inflicting on the “Indispensable Man” in the bank bailout, President Obama. The author believes “the president's intimate entanglements with the criminal banking class will be his undoing.”

    Turning Racism Upside Down To See It Right Side Up: The Remix

    upside downby Dr. Edward Rhymes
    Attorney General Eric Holder described Americans as “cowards” when it comes to race. Certainly, white America refuses to confront white criminality and social pathology, preferring a narrative that “transfers” the ills of society to Black America. Won't some courageous white person stand up and tell the truth?

    So Much for the Promised Land

    book coverby Chris Hedges
    The conditions for black men and women in America are sliding backward, with huge numbers of impoverished and unemployed removed from society and locked up.” Yet an often “craven” Black elite speaks a language that “ignores the institutional racism that makes sure the poor remain poor.” A shameful deal has been struck. “They are offered comfort and privilege, but they pay with their souls.”

    Single Payer Summer

    single payerby David Swanson
    Although a single payer health care bill isn't ”even remotely likely to pass” this year, there are lots of reasons to continue the legislative battle. Says the author: “I think one can best campaign for justice if one knows exactly what one is up against but doesn't give a damn how grim that picture appears.”

    The Crimes of Bongo: Apartheid & Terror in Africa's Gardens of Eden, Part II

    by keith harmon snow
    When Gabon President Omar Bongo died of a heart attack at age 73 in early June, multinational corporations and neocolonial leaders in Europe and the U.S. mourned his passing. He had served them well as the longest-running dictatorship in Africa.

    Top Ten Ways To Tell Your President & His Party Aren't Fighting For Health Care For Everybody

    obama on health careby BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon

    With the corporate media relentlessly distorting the public discussion around health care reform, it time for some clear, bright lines to help us tell who is doing what to whom, and whether any of it leads to health care for all of us.  Here are ten of them.

    The Peculiar Class Solidarity of Barack Obama and “Skip” Gates

    thinking about his friendby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
    Sean Bell and Oscar Grant were shot down like dogs, but that was none of Barack Obama's concern. But when a local cop racially profiled Dr. Henry Louis Gates as if he were just another Black man, Obama's world shook. “To be subsumed within the Black mass means class death. No one was safe!”
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