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So Now We Know A Black President Is Possible. What Does That Mean?

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce Dixon
Hope is not a plan.  Barack Obama was carried into office on the hopes of ordinary people.  But his plans seem to come from the same people that brought us multiple overlapping wars and crises in the environment, in education, in the economy.

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In America, Big Time Financial Crime Pays Well

madoff_house_arrestA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
What does it say that the conditions of arch-criminal Bernard Madoff's so-called "house arrest" are better than than the real lives of hundreds of millions of honest and hardworking Americans?  It says that crime does pay, especially financial crime on a grand scale.
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Time To Give Guantanamo Back to Cuba

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford 
gitmoThe uses to which Guantanamo Bay has been put pale beside America's original sin of violent expropriation and armed occupation of Cuba's national territory.  If this is really a new day, it's time for a new policy, time to give Gitmo back to Cuba. 
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Freedom Rider: The Good Fight

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley cowboy

Day one of the Obama presidency has passed, and “it is time to reenergize ourselves and prepare for the fight of our lives.” Time to do battle with a corporatist White House whose “contradictions have already begun to show themselves.” The Obama of the mass imagination must now give way to the leader of a real life center-right administration intent on resurrecting the power of Wall Street and expanding the size and scope of the military. “Millions of people who have never been active before, or who feel bamboozled by Obama, will be primed and ready to join in the good fight for justice and for peace.”

 

Eshu’s blues: Evacuate Israel to the “heartland”

eshu_gazaby BAR columnist michael hureaux perez

Israel in its present configuration and location "is just not working out." Its behavior isn't suited to Palestine - a bad choice, in hindsight, for a Jewish homeland. Better to "offer the new Israeli government the states of Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas," where "orthodox Christian populations" that are so enamored of the current State of Israel "should be quite amenable to moving out of the region" to make room for the newcomers. Right-wing preachers like Pastor John Hagee should certainly be capable of explaining that "God has now revealed Texas to be the promised land of Zion." After all, "If you've sold one ‘God gave them the land' package, you've sold them all."

Punish Corporate Gangsters with Extreme Prejudice

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

China has executed at least fifteen state enterprise managers for stealing and then gambling away millions of dollars of the people’s money. An example for Wall Street?

Guantanamo Bay: An Imperial Legacy

A Black Agenda Radio commentary from Glen Ford

If Barack Obama really wants to bring an end to the American imperial era, he will not only shut down the infamous prison at Guantanamo Bay, he’ll give the naval base back to its rightful Cuban owners.

Obama, King and Kennedy: Empire and the “End” of Racism

An interview with Juan Santos

In claiming that Blacks had “already come 90 percent of the way” to equality, candidate Barack Obama employed “strategy and tactics that served white racism and served to deeply harm peoples of color by erasing our conditions of life from the imagination of the majority.” Obama’s promises of fundamental change are empty. “Change won’t come from within the system because the wealthy profit from the mass impoverishment of peoples of color here and around the world – wherever their money can penetrate to get the cheapest labor for the most work.”The only thing the system can do for us “is collapse, go away, and get out of our lives.”

Time for an Israel Divestment Campaign

by Kevin Alexander Gray  GazaCartoon

“What’s happening in Palestine is not fundamentally different from what occurred in apartheid South Africa.” And the response should be similar. “We must demand that the United States end its $30 billion a year military support” to Israel, “demand that public bodies such as universities, local and state governments divest their portfolios from companies that do business in or with Israel…identify and boycott those companies that do business with and in Israel,” and “call for a cultural boycott of Israel, and boycott those artists who perform in the country.”

Top Three Gaza Myths Debunked

GAZAphosphorous_shellsby Jaisal Noor

American perceptions of Palestine are warped by Israeli propaganda transmitted as fact by corporate media. Israel, the United States and only a handful of other nations thwart “the international consensus for peace” in the region called for in UN Resolution 242. Hamas did abide by a cease fire with Israel “and even arrested members of militant groups who did fire a handful of rockets” in the period before the latest conflagration. Far from seeking a just peace, the United States has backed Israeli seizure of occupied Palestinian lands.

Freedom Rider: Black Reagan

FRobamareaganby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

When Barack Obama started praising Ronald Reagan the candidate's apologists claimed he was just paying respect to a dead president. Now it's clear that Obama's affection for the raging old reactionary was heartfelt. With his latest pronouncements on cutting "entitlements," Obama "has proven himself to be a true believer in the Reagan revolution." The almost-president "is repeating the Reagan mantra about ‘reforming' Social Security and Medicare or cutting their rate of growth" - music to Republican ears. If Obama starts slashing at Social Security, those "progressives" that have excused his rightward lunges will bear responsibility.

Eshu’s blues: Obama’s message to the world: Let the U.S. ruling class pound you in the face

by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez

Obama is silent as the grave - Palestinian graves - about Gaza, but shoots off his mouth in what appears to be a prelude to war against Social Security. The "Herald of Hope and Change" shows a "cowardice" on Palestine that "is beyond appalling," while huffing and puffing about how he'll solve the problems caused by "that seven hundred dollars a month the disabled collect from Social Security and the few hundred many people get from the ‘entitlement' programs of Medicare." As long as the "markets" are "soothed" by his ever-rightward policies, Obama is pleased.

Employee Free Choice Act Is Labor’s Last Chance

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union_yes"The likelihood is that much of Obama's inner circle - top-heavy as it is with bankers - will counsel that he refrain from throwing the full weight of his presidency" behind the Employee Free Choice Act. Labor will have to force the issue, or face oblivion.
 

 

 

The CIA and Narco-Imperialism

"Leon Panetta's nomination is Barack Obama's symbolic statement that his administration is making a clean break with the CIA's recent past." But the agency will never relinquish its role as "main architect of the international narcotics network."

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Rev. Pinkney is “Banned” – Like in the Old South Africa

RevPinkneyThe trials
(literally) and tribulations of Benton Harbor, Michigan's Rev. Edward Pinkney
give the lie to American claims of "race-neutrality."  The activist minister has been stripped of most of his political
rights, plunged into a purgatory of the "banned" as in white-ruled South
Africa.
 
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