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Rwandan Warlord Kagame Threatens Neighbors and UN Force

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

After almost two decades of killing Congolese with impunity, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, one of Washington’s favorite warlords, is threatening the United Nations and his neighbor to the east, Tanzania. Kagame told Tanzania’s president: “I will wait for you at the right place and I will hit you!” A Tanzanian official responded that Kagame “will be whipped like a small boy.”

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The U.S. was a Passive Observer in Egypt – If You Believe the New York Times

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The New York Times cannot serve the truth and Power, too – so truth is jettisoned. While Barack Obama’s team deployed its imperial powers to help eject Egypt’s elected president from office, “the Times depicted the Obama administration as totally unruffled by the turmoil in Cairo – as if the U.S. had little stake in the outcome.”

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Genocide Toll in Somalia Revised Upward

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

A quarter million Somalis died in the great drought of 2011, according to a new report. “The death toll represents an American crime against humanity; just one chapter in an ongoing genocide that began in December, 2006.”

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Africa: Imperialism’s High Mark of Conquest in the 21st Century

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The US-NATO military curtain has fallen the length and breadth of Africa. “Zimbabwe and tiny Eritrea are among the few nations on the African continent that have not yet been absorbed into the AFRICOM matrix.”

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Human Trafficking and the Human Rights Agenda Against Eritrea

by Simon Tesfamariam

Eritrea is among the very few African nations that have avoided entanglement with the U.S. military machine. As a consequence, Eritrea has been subjected to a campaign of sanctions, threats and lies, much of it centering on allegations of human trafficking and use of child soldiers. “Eritrea is not allowed to defend itself in court, in the media, or anywhere in the international arena.”

Black Agenda TV – Season 1, Episode 2

by Black Agenda Report & BW Moving Images

In this edition of Black Agenda TV

Black America and the Genocide in Congo; African Americans have not used their political clout to stop the killing.

Obama’s Race to the Top Hurts Black Students, Teachers, Communities; Drives school closings and helps charter profiteers.

Black Misleadership Class to Launch “February 30th Movement” to hold President Obama (and themselves) accountable.

Fleets of Drones Descend on Africa

 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

U.S. drone bases are multiplying on the African continent. Niger has just “given the green light to accepting American surveillance drones on its soil”; neighboring Burkina Faso already has one; two new drone facilities are opening in Ethiopia and the Seychelles; and UN peacekeepers in Congo want U.S. drones. Drones have terrorized Somalia from AFRICOM’s base in Djibouti for the past seven years.

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BA Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of Feb 4, 2013

Obama's "Race to the Top" is racist;

Ras Baraka for Mayor of Newark;

Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death;

Students Against Mass Incarceration announce Conference on Criminal Justice at Howard U;

Is the EEOC dismissing racial discrimination cases en masse?;

The carving up of Africa has begun.

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Zero Dark Mali

by Pepe Escobar

The imperialial juggernaut is once again on a roll in North Africa, with France in the lead. Secular-run Algeria had “better get its US$50 billion in reserves out of Western banks as soon as possible.” But overwhelming arms do not guarantee victory. “The French are on their way to meet the American fate in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Africa: The New Focus of Western Domination

by A. Akbar Muhammad

Western actions in Mali indicates a new phase of imperialism, domination and plundering.” France has taken the point position in the armed intervention. However, “because of what African raw material wealth means to their futures, Britain and America couldn’t be left out.”

The Coming Imperial Implosion in the Arab World

 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The imperial offensive in North Africa and Syria “was designed to put a Euro-American spin on the momentum of change” with the advent of the Arab Spring. But it has actually empowered Islamist forces and their royal Persian Gulf patrons. This house of cards must ultimately collapse.

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France and the U.S. Play Tag-Team in Africa

 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The United States and France, once thought of as imperial competitors, act as military tag team partners in Africa. France puffed up like a hyper-aggressive peacock in the assault on Libya, and now strikes unilaterally against Islamists in Mali. But the junior imperialist’s brashness comes with the confidence that the superpower has its back.

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The Master as “Guest”: The U.S. Military Swarms Over Africa

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

A long-planned U.S. escalation of its military presence in Africa will soon get underway, with the permanent deployment of a 3,500-strong brigade. The heavy combat team will make itself at home in African bases in 35 countries. “This is a very different kind of invasion – more like an infiltration-in-force.”

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Mali, Wahabis and Saudis; Following the Money Trail

By Thomas C. Mountain

The US and Western-backed overthrow of Libya's Ghadaffi irrevocably altered Africa's continental landscape. Chad and Mali, already paralyzed by excessive debt and climate change, are in the crosshairs of well-armed rebel “movements” operating across the Libyan border, backed by the West and financed by Saudi Arabia.

Book Review: Obama’s War Against Libya

by Stephen Gowans

For eight months in 2011, the U.S. and its NATO allies waged aggressive war against the sovereign state of Libya, to the cheers of much of what passes for the Left in the imperialist countries. Maximilian C. Forte’s book “presents a multi-factorial account, which invokes elements of the hunt for profits, economic competition with China and Russia, and establishing US hegemony in Africa.”

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