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Hillary and Other Assorted Barbarians at Russia’s Gate

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The United States is more than just an ally to fascists in Ukraine and everywhere else; the American South provided an historical model for fascism. “The fascist order of the pre-Sixties Solid South was simply a domestic expression of U.S. Manifest Destiny – the national religion.” The fascists – both local and imperial – have laid siege to Russia.

The Field Negroes’ Agenda: Reclamation, Reparations and Repatriation

by Mark P. Fancher

The author believes African liberation and the fall of U.S. imperialism can be achieved by triumph of the “Three R’s”: Reclamation, Reparations and Repatriation. In terms of day to day struggle, that translates as “pressuring the U.S. military out of Africa, assisting on the return of Africa’s land and mineral wealth to Africans, and supporting the unity of a truly independent African continent.”

Amiri Baraka: Class Struggle and Cultural Revolution

by Anthony Monteiro

Amiri Baraka, the poet/activist who was laid to rest in his native Newark, New Jersey, last Saturday, came to understand 40 years ago that all art is ideological. “It is the courageous move from cultural nationalism to Cultural Revolution that liberated Baraka, and ultimately us, to understand the democratic and revolutionary possibilities inherent in our artistic and cultural traditions.”

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 11/18/13

Uneven Results in Fast Food Drive

The largely Black, brown and female fast food workforce is well-suited to the SEIU-backed campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage, said independent journalist Arun Gupta, since “all three of these groups favor unions.” Gupta’s article, “Fight for 15 Confidential” appears in the current issue of In These Times. The campaign, including brief strike actions, has yielded uneven results. In overwhelmingly Black Detroit, the drive has attracted about 500 “active” workers. However, despite the efforts of 10 paid organizers in both Washington DC and Seattle, only about 10 or 12 workers are actively involved in each city, said Gupta.

Obama Tries to Ram Corporate “Rights” Treaty Through Congress

WikiLeaks’ publication of secret provisions of President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty may derail efforts to “fast track” the legislation through Congress, said Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy, which rewarded Wikileaks with $70,000 in crowd-sourced cash. TPP would establish corporate “rights” that would supersede regulation by sovereign governments, said Naiman. “This is a terrible dynamic from the point of view of democracy – which is why corporations love it so much.”

New Book on William Patterson, of “We Charge Genocide”

Throughout their history in North America, Blacks have sought international allies in the fight against racist oppression, said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of African American Studies at the University of Houston. In his new book, Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle, Horne details how the Black communist lawyer’s international organizing efforts “eventually led to the erosion of Jim Crow” in the U.S. Patterson played a central role in the famous Scottsboro Boys case and, along with Paul Robeson, presented a petition to the United Nations, in 1951, charging the U.S. with genocide against Blacks.

Crusading Black Radio Station Needs $4,600 to Survive

Radio station WMXP, a low-power FM outlet operated by the Malcolm X Center, in Greenville, South Carolina, can only broadcast an hour or two a day because of a faulty transmitter, said activist and attorney Efia Nwangaza. Even more desperate is the need to raise $4,600 to save the community center’s building from the county tax collector. “We did the radio station as an enhancement of the center,” said Nwangaza. “It has to be a vehicle that extends the voice of the people of the community. Otherwise, it has no meaning.” To help, go to, or call 864.901.8627.

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Ella Baker and the Limits of Charismatic Masculinity

by Pascal Robert

Ella Baker, the consummate organizer, “was very critical of the hot shot Black preachers who would seem to mesmerize their audience with soaring oratory, then leave and expect others to implement an agenda.” She put forward a grassroots critique of overwhelmingly male Black leadership, and showed “more wisdom, courage, and vision then almost all of them.”

From Paul Robeson to Dwayne Carter, Jr. “Lil’ Wayne”

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

Lil' Wayne may be a big name in hip hop music, but he's a moral and intellectual lilliputian who trivialized the murder of Emmett Till “ by using it to make sick, caviler, sexist, and misogynistic references to women.” If you are in need of a strong Black male role model, Paul Robeson is your man.

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