FBI Provocateur on McKinney: Why Not Lynch an “Uppity Black Bitch?”

Cynthia McKinneyA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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A white racist who threatened the lives of white state legislators and federal judges in Connecticut and Illinois, was jailed. But when the same man demanded the lynching of Black Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney while a paid agent provocateur for the FBI, in 2006, nothing happened – which leads us to conclude that the FBI approved.


Bad Public Options for Health Care

wallet biopsyA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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The more progressive Democrats in the House have vowed to hold out for a health care plan with a public option. However, insurance corporations are intent on extracting profit windfalls from the public options being crafted in both houses of Congress. What emerges may not be worthy of support under any circumstances.

The Black Prison Gulag in the Age of Austerity

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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The financial crisis is fast stripping California and other states of services and amenities. But, for many citizens, the pending release of a fraction of the prison population is too painful to bear. “Democrats and Republicans alike resist letting their prisoners go, as if the gods of California and the United States must be constantly fed more Black and brown bodies.”

This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery

no reform hereby Chris Hedges
The debate over health care “reform” has devolved to a frenzied assault on the U.S. Treasury, abetted by corporate enablers in both parties. “The proposed plans rattling around Congress all ensure that the profits for these corporations will increase and the misery for ordinary Americans will be compounded.” With Capitol Hill consumed in corruption, direct citizen action is the only avenue available.

Katrina 4th Anniversary: Homeless and Struggling In New Orleans

New Orleans todayby Jordan Flaherty
Four years after Katrina, recovery and rebuilding has come slow to this city, and there are many boarded-up homes to choose from,” though few are fit for habitation. Apartments that once rented for $350 a month now go for $1,200. Section 8 voucher holders, 99 percent of them Black, face widespread rejection by landlords. “People cannot afford the housing in New Orleans anymore.”

Are Barack Obama's "Compromises" Part of a Some Larger Progressive Plan?

Of course not, says Glen Ford, who has covered Obama's career since 2003.  What you see, with President Obama, is all there is, and that's what we get: a corporate Democrat in blackface.  In this Big Think interview segment, BAR executive editor Glen Ford discusses the crisis in African American and left politics engendered by the career of Barack Obama and much more.  Transcript below the fold, courtesy of BigThink.com

The Myth of Black “Buying Power"

The immense “buying power” of African Americans, we are told again and again, makes us a huge economic power. So harnessing this power by changing the consuming habits of black America, the story goes, is an essential pre-requisite for black uplift. We've all heard it many times, from the screen, from the pulpit and elsewhere. But is any of it true? Does this popular understanding confuse black income, and even black debt with black wealth? Where does this misinformation come from? And does the emphasis on “buying power” as agency denigrate collective action in favor of “lifestyle” activism?  Dr. Ball opens the door to this vital discussion.

The New Era of White “Massive Resistance”

red, white and blue hard hatby Henry D. Rose
Race permeates and largely motivates the Tea Partyers, who are intent on launching a new era of “massive white resistance” much like that of half a century ago. “What this massive resistance demonstrates is that any attempt to paint the U.S.A as post-racial is an exercise in delusion.” President Obama's race-neutral project is caught between a hard place and the rock that's always been there.

Bending Toward Justice

murderedby Lee A. Daniels
Two weeks ago, one of the five white men still living, suspected in the deaths of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner in Neshoba, Mississippi, 1964, died. But at least 73-year-old Billy Wayne Posey “went to his grave knowing the next knock on the door would be for him.” Four are still living “who spouted the spurious notion that they were “superior” to black Americans so that they could act like savages” - and for whom the lawman's knock on the door may still come.

IMF To Third World: Your Money or Your Life!

John Maxwellby John Maxwell
Like a highway robber, the International Monetary Fund strips Third World nations bare of the power to exercise effective sovereignty – then returns to rape them. Now is the time for Jamacia to call a halt to the cruel game, and simply default on the crooked debt. “It will cause hardship to the rich, to the coupon clippers, but will have hardly any effect on the poor.” And that's the majority of the people.

Obama Piddles Away the Public's Options

BARACK HEALTH CAREA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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It's all over but the funeral.” In abandoning the “public option,” President Obama has relinquished all claim as champion of health care reform, the content of which he first diluted and ultimately bargained away entirely. The forces of reaction, which were disorganized and on the defensive when Obama entered office, have been vastly strengthened by the president's “duplicitous backroom deals and back-stabbing of his most loyal supporters.”

Send In the Clowns: 3 Stooges, Gingrich, Sharpton & Duncan Hit the Road For Corporate “School Reform”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce Dixon

Quite separately from each other, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Rev. Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich have long ago forfeited whatever credibility they may once have had. Taken together, they are simply a bad joke: three grown men publicly eye-poking and slap fighting each other while they all come together to sell us high-stakes testing, charter schools, educational privatization and the whole package of corporate “school reform.”


Iraqis to Vote on Early U.S. Exit

iraqi electionA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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On January 16 of next year, Iraqis will vote in national elections and a referendum on whether to send the Americans home by the end of 2010 – a year earlier than the U.S. expected. “There is no doubt – none whatsoever – that overwhelming majorities of Iraqis will vote to evict the American occupiers.” But the U.S. anti-war movement can take little of the credit.

Eshu’s blues: Obama and Duncan’s “Race to the Top”

by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez
President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are sold on charter schools and so-called “public-private partnerships.” In order to impose their corporate philosophy of education, the duo wave $5 billion under the noses of hard-pressed states, contingent on tying teacher job security to high-stakes test results and boosting charter schools. Duncan, in particular, makes extraordinary claims about his schooling fetishes while “lying through his teeth.”

Obama on Drugs: 98% Cheney?

big parmaby Greg Palast
When Dick Cheney and leaders of the energy industry met secretly to fashion U.S. energy policy, progressives were understandably apoplectic. But when President Obama holds secret talks with the health care industry, it's another story. Progressives would be righteously upset if they understood all the wheeling and dealing had only cut 2% from a national health care bill that will double over ten years.

Life After Wrongful Conviction

more wrongful convictionsby Olympia Duhart
Thanks to science and the efforts of the Innocence Project, hundreds of wrongly convicted persons have regained their freedom, some after spending decades behind bars. But states have wildly differing policies on compensating the innocent – and “more than a dozen states still have no compensation packages in place for exonerees. Nothing at all.”

How The Vicious U.S. Blockade of Cuba Really Works

bodega-mediumby Marta Veloz.  Translation by Machetera.

Has the Obama Administration really done anything to ease ithe nearly half century long blockade of Cuba? Machetera's translation of this article from the Cuban press unravels the workings of the continual state of economic war the U.S. wages against Cuba, and reveals its imact on Cubans as well as on businesses inside and outside the U.S. who try to do business with Cuba and its people.

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.”


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