Freedom Rider: Black America Surrenders

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberleyunder the bus

The disproportionately Black Washington Mall crowd, their coats covered with Obama buttons, "didn't care what Obama did as president, they just wanted him to become president." These to-the-bone "Obama lovers...don't care that Obama pledged to use his political capital to change Social Security and Medicare, their only safety nets in an uncaring society." Unconcerned about the impact of their champion's specific policy positions, these legions of Black Obama followers happily and "loudly proclaimed themselves to be less important than one man's career success." Obama and his wife wowed the nation, and "just 72 hours after the new president took office, he started killing people" in Pakistan.

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.

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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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.”

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."

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.

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.”

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?

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: 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.

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.

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.
 

 

 

Black Caucus Abandons King Legacy and Black Opinion, Votes For War on Gaza

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by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

It's hard to believe that a generation ago, the Congressional Black
Caucus was known as "the conscience of the congress, a political and
moral high ground long deserted by the current CBC, which has utterly collapsed under
Israel-lobby pressure for the second time in three years.

All but two Black lawmakers voted either "Yes" or "Present" on a
Resolution
that absolved Israel for its crimes against humanity in Gaza - placing
all
blame on Hamas.  In 2006, only two Black Caucus members opposed a
Resolution
supporting Israel's savage destruction if Lebanon's infrastructure and
the
killing of 1,000 people.  Hypocritically turning their backs both on Black public opinion and on the work of Dr. King,
whose name they invoke at every public opportunity, the CBC has put itself "out of
the anti-war business," and well outside the mainstream of Black opinion on the Israel-Palestine question.

Mobbing the Constitution to Get At Blagojevich

by Kevin Alexander Graylarge_Illinois_Governor_Rod-Blagojevich-Dec30-08-Roland-Burris-Meye

Roland Burris will finally get to put senatorial
paraphernalia in his mausoleum, but the uproar over his appointment by Illinois
Governor Rod Blagojevich continues to discomfort the high and mighty. Like a
mob, state and federal lawmakers seemed to have forgotten entirely the due
process protections to which even Blagojevich is entitled. But the governor,
though universally reviled, has had his fun. "More subtlety and just as ironic,
Blagojevich called out Obama on his serial betrayal in regards to the black
political class while at the same time revealing Harry Reid's hypocrisy on
race."

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