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Millions Face Disaster Due to U.S. Ethiopian Occupation of Somalia

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen FordBARfrontDuststorm

George Bush doesn't feel the need to be consistent on
human rights and international law. He's got the largest arsenal in the history
of the world at his disposal - and no scruples about waging war against people
who cannot fight back. "The Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, launched in late
2006 with massive air, naval and logistical support from the Americans, has
resulted in the displacement of 3.5 million people." By the end of this year,
an equal number of Somalis will face death by starvation. The American "modus operandi is to create chaos - always resulting in mass deaths among the poor - in order to declare Africans unfit to run their own affairs. 

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Freedom Rider - Obama's Iraq Fairy Tale

by BAR editor and senior
columnist Margaret Kimberley
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With his nomination assured, Barack Obama is
showing the Left just what little regard he has for them. "Ever since Hillary
Clinton pulled out of the race, he has laughed at his defenders and sneered
that his now disappointed supporters were too stupid to read what he said or
really listen to his lofty speeches." Obama blames anti-war activists for
failing to discern that he was never anti-war, after all. He is not, and has
never been, in favor of a "hard and fast, arbitrary deadline for withdrawal" from Iraq. Obama's "tearful, spurned followers had better grow up fast, end their asinine hero worship, and learn how to make political demands before singing the praises of a presidential candidate."

 

African Dictatorships and Double-Standards

by Stephen ZunesObiangAndRiceFront

President George Bush singles out Zimbabwean
Robert Mugabe as if he is the most dictatorial national leader on the planet.
But in fact, the U.S. has good relations with "Swaziland, Congo,
Cameroun, Togo, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Rwanda, Gabon, Egypt, and Tunisia," none
of which hold democratic elections. Perhaps the greatest contradiction in U.S.
stated and actual foreign policy in Africa is "the regime of Teodoro Obiang
Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea." Obiang killed his own uncle to seize
power, and became one of the wealthiest men in Africa by keeping much of his
country's oil revenues for himself. Obiang is so distrustful of his own people,
he is guarded by Moroccons.

The Audacity of Imperial Airbrushing: Barack Obama’s Whitewashed History of U.S. Foreign Policy and

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Paul Street

 
The
United States has a solution for avoiding discussion of the many
crimes it has committed against weaker nations: denial. “It never
happened,” say the Americans, when confronted with the facts.
Barack Obama is as skilled in the denial arts as anyone, and so are
his advisors. “In Obama's world view, as in that of his Harvard
friend and former foreign policy adviser Samantha Power, American
crimes generally don't exist. They didn't happen.” Denial is
serious business. “Candidate Obama's foreign policy pronouncements
have been loaded with promises of future criminality under an Obama
administration.”

 

Hopes And Dreams

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

Like Dr. King, we've all got a dream, for ourselves, for our families, for our futures.  Some of us even have a plan.  But there are dreams and there are Dreams.  There are plans and there are Plans.

African Dictatorships and Double-Standards

by Stephen Zunes

President George Bush singles out Zimbabwean
Robert Mugabe as if he is the most dictatorial national leader on the planet.
But in fact, the U.S. has good relations with "Swaziland, Congo,
Cameroun, Togo, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Rwanda, Gabon, Egypt, and Tunisia," none
of which hold democratic elections. Perhaps the greatest contradiction in U.S.
stated and actual foreign policy in Africa is "the regime of Teodoro Obiang
Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea." Obiang killed his own uncle to seize
power, and became one of the wealthiest men in Africa by keeping much of his
country's oil revenues for himself. Obiang is so distrustful of his own people,
he is guarded by Moroccons.

For The Love of Money

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 By Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

\Who gets paid? Who gets played? What will, or won't be done, and to whom -  for the love of money?  The Seven Foot Poet knows.

The Hidden History of US Broadcasting

by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixonmontage090

The US broadcast media regime, in which greedy, amoral corporations enjoy completely free monopoly licenses to run their highly profitable businesses upon the scarce public property that is the broadcast spectrum is usually presented to us as the only “natural” and sensible media order. It is, we've all been told, the benign and logical outcome of democratic give and take and rigorous competition in a free marketplace. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Cynthia McKinney Deserves Your Support, Obama Does Not

A Campaign Foreign Policy Focus by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who seems poised to capture the Green Party presidential nomination, in Chicago, this month, "is at this juncture in history the only vehicle through which progressives can both register their outrage at Barack Obama and begin the process of rebuilding a mass, Black-led movement for real social change." Meanwhile, the frequency of Obama's Right turns seem to increase in direct proportion to the nearness of the general election. "Surely no one with a brain any longer believes that Obama is a closet progressive, or even a genuine liberal." The question is, How many progressives will put their votes and resources to honorable use?

Freedom Rider: So Long Suckers

by BAR editor
and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

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"The Obama campaign slogan ought to be ‘Never
give a sucker an even break.'" The Democratic nominee-to-be has made "chumps"
out of progressives at every turn, yet they still fawn over Obama as if he is
one of their own. But do these "hapless" supporters deserve pity - or
condemnation. Regarding the group, Progressives for Obama, "they are
accomplices to" the candidate's "wrong doing." Something is clearly wrong in
the "progressive" American political culture.. "Because progressives never
fought the good fight amongst themselves, they still don't know what their
agenda ought to be, or worse yet, they don't even know they should have one."

Obama Embraces Bush's Faith-Based Corruption

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

 

George W. Bush as his mentor, Barack Obama shamelessly dives into the political sewer of "faith-based initiatives," the Republican strategy to bribe the Black preaching class. Obama takes his cues from "W," who early in his first term lured hustler/preachers by the thousands into GOP ranks by grabbing them by the greedy-bones. Rather than prepare to cast out this great corruption along with the Bush regime, Obama adopts it as his own - a shocking display of cynicism and amorality. Obama's faith-based treachery will inevitably result in a weakening of the Black progressive tradition.

We regret that the audio of this BA Radio commentary is no longer available.

None Dare Call It Genocide

by John MaxwellHaitiSlumWater

The depth of American culpability for Haiti's
misery is immeasurable. At every stage in the first Black republic's history,
the U.S. has attempted to snuff out not just the spirit of the people, but the
people themselves. In the current era of occupation by American surrogates,
Haitians are denied the elemental necessities of life, such as food and potable
water. Because the Americans and French willed it so, Haitians "would have to
forget that they were human beings deserving of rights and respect; they would
still be dipping water from gutters and puddles.

Zimbabwe and the Question of Imperialism: A Discussion

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The Americans and British rage against Zimbabwe
leader Robert Mugabe,TsvangiraiGrim who ran solo, uncontested, in Friday's elections. Two
Black intellectuals of the Left, professors Gerald Horne and Horace Campbell,
debate the current crisis in Zimbabwe. Prof. Horne: "Why is it that Zimbabwe
gets so much focus and attention on this side of the Atlantic when the leader
of Cameron named himself President for life and it barely registers a blip?"
Prof Campbell: "Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF started out like they were Lumumba in
the Congo. They ended up like Mubutu...killing hundreds, tens of thousands of
people.""

In Memoriml: “Another Pyrrhic Victory for White Supremacy”

 

 
by the late Dr. Alvin Wyman
Walker

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The Black Agenda Report team's great friend and
associate editor Dr. Alvin Wyman Walker died on April 28 of this year, leaving
us without his deep insights into both psychology and politics. His unique take
on the pathology of U.S. racism and imperialism and the Iraq invasion remains
timely and valuable.

The Black Stake, and All Our Stakes, in the Media Justice Movement, Part 1 of 2

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Mass media determine public consciousness. But in the US, where mass media are owned and operated almost entirely by and in the interest of a greedy and irresponsible corporate elite, who keep the issues of control and governance of the internet, cable, broadcast and other media off the table. Potential growth of the media justice movement into an arm of a broad and popular social movement is a clear and imminent threat to the nation's bipartisan elite. And it's the only hope for many millions of Americans currently unable to speak with or hear their own voices, or to realize their own power.

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