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Reinstate Dr Anthony Monteiro And Reclaim Our Spirit of Resistance

by Lemah R. Bonnick

The American Studies project cannot “continue without an energetic scholarship that aims to inform a commitment to social justice,” says the author, a Black educator teaching in London. Dr. Anthony Monteiro’s battle for truth in Black scholarship reminds us that every generation must “build upon the magnificent legacy of the history of struggle waged by the African American people.”

Beyonce: Poster Woman for Black Misleadership Class Collaboration with Imperialism

by Danny Haiphong

The Black Misleadership Class comes in all genders, and cares only for itself. Beyonce has forged a putrid class alliance with Condoleezza Rice, “a war criminal responsible for the deaths of millions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.” Beyonce is a bipartisan suck-up to Power. She’s already buddies with the top Democratic imperialist, Barack Obama. 

Long Dong Silver Laid the Foundation for Drone Man

by Raymond Nat Turner

“Negroz ain’t known for checkin’ facts

Like Clinton’s sax, and other acts”

This Week In Palestine Interviews Max Blumenthal, Author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Interview by Soni Kolhatkar

Max Blumenthal used his privilege as an American Jew to conduct dozens of interviews with right wing Israeli politicians and players.  His new book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is being ignored by the corporate media because it paints a true and terrifying picture of life under the facist ethnocracy that is Israel today.

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Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 3/19/14

U.S. Guilty in Haiti Cholera Epidemic

The United States “is as responsible, if not more,” than the United Nations for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, since “it’s because of the military occupation that we have cholera,” said Dr. Jemima Pierre, professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. The U.S. backed a coup against the democratically elected government of Haiti, in 2004, and then invaded the country. “ Later, the U.S. brought in the UN “to cover this dirty work and make it legitimate,” said Dr. Pierre. UN “peacekeepers” were the vectors of the disease.

Crimea Deserves Self-Determination

Dr. John Quigley, professor of international law at Ohio State University with decades of experience in Russia and its neighbors, said Crimean “sentiment for separation” from Ukraine ”has been very strong for a very long time” and the referendum on secession was not taken “under the gun” of Russia. The U.S. and its allies claim all of Ukraine should have been allowed to vote. But, “the essence of self-determination is that a particular people” – such as the Crimeans – “has that right.”

U.S. Billions for Ukrainian Fascists, Cuts for Hungry American Children

Washington is offering $10 billion in loan guarantees to the partly-fascist government of Ukraine, while cutting $8 billion in food stamp benefits to Americans, said Sara Flounders, of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC). “That is literally stealing food from the mouths of children,” she said. UNAC held demonstrations in 18 cities last week, to protest U.S. support for the coup in Ukraine. “The encirclement of Russia – and China – is what it’s all about,” said Flounders.

Mumia: Police Still Spreading Anti-MOVE Propaganda

The Fraternal Order of Police has orchestrated a renewed campaign of hatred and disinformation against the MOVE organization in order to prevent imprisoned members from winning parole, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best-known political prisoner. MOVE members convicted in the death of a policeman during a 1978 raid have served their minimum sentences and are up for parole, and many Black Philadelphians have never gotten over the 1985 police bombing of a MOVE house that killed 11 people, including five children. A recent Philadelphia Magazine article was “full of innuendo and suggestion that MOVE folks beat and attacked their children,” said Abu Jamal – a ploy designed to focus public anger on MOVE rather than the police who actually killed so many children.

Monteiro Supporters Blast Temple University and Molefi Asante

Hundreds of community, student and labor activists demanded reinstatement with tenure for Dr. Anthony Monteiro, an associate professor in the African American Studies Department. “I’m troubled by the fact that all of the people who understand what justice looks like are out here,” instead of in Sullivan Hall, where the university’s board of trustees was meeting, said Henry Nicholas, president of Local 1199C of the Hospital and Health Care Employees Union. Anti-hunger activist Sacaree Rhodes led a few dozen demonstrations into the building, where Temple’s president confirmed that Dr. Molefi Asante, chairman of African American Studies, had collaborated in terminating Monteiro’s contract. Dr. Monteiro told the crowd: “If you are telling me that you can have a department of African American studies without teaching the radical tradition, and the traditions of socialism,” then “you are telling me that you want a department built on a lie.”

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Reinistate Dr. Anthony Monteiro, and Reinvent U.S. Higher Education

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

It’s not so easy to fire an associate professor of African American Studies who has forged strong ties with the surround Black community. Philadelphia’s Temple University is finding that out, in the case of Dr. Tony Monteiro. Protesters converged on campus, this week, and their anger was directed as much at “Afro-centrist” Prof. Molefi Asante as at Teresa Soufas, the Dean of Liberal Arts who fired Monteiro.

 

Freedom Rider: Propaganda

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

One of the reasons the U.S. government is such a danger to world peace, is U.S. “public acceptance and approval of nearly every crime committed by our government.” Americans pretend to believe in due process of law, but are quick to condemn to death any foreign leader that gets on the wrong side of the U.S. propaganda machine.

In the Adegbile Affair, at Least, Obama More Honorable than Bill Clinton

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee, politically. However, Obama has behaved more honorably to his doomed nominee for civil rights chief than did Clinton, a generation ago.

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Promises To The Poor, or Promises to the Rich? Which Ones Does Barack Obama Intend To Keep?

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

There are three kinds of promises.  There are promises made among equals, freely kept and just as freely disregarded with no lasting hard feelings.  There are promises the poor are obliged to make to the rich and to the state, which are enforced at gunpoint.  And there are promises the wealthy and powerful make to the poor, which are almost invariably broken.  Turns out this is a handy guide for which promises the Obama Administration has chosen to kept.

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Obama Ticket Prices and the Invisible Ruling Class

by Paul Street

Frederick Harris’ very useful book on the “high price” – to Black folks – of the nation’s First Black President has been reissued in paperback. However, Harris gives Obama too much credit as a president of all the people. “Like the great majority of U.S. presidents,” writes Paul Street, “Obama has been first and foremost a representative of the American white ruling class.”

Ukraine and the Pathology of the Liberal Worldview: An African American Perspective

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The U.S. supported far-right forces in Ukraine against what they called the “dictatorship” of the elected president. But, “there was no outcry against the governor of Michigan when he engineered the passage of anti-democratic legislation that allowed him to impose a one-person dictatorial regime over the people of Detroit.” The contradiction is “rooted in the disease of white supremacy.”

Obama sides with the UN against Haiti in the cholera case

Èzili Dantò

The United States, which overthrew Haiti’s democracy ten years ago and then engineered the United Nations occupation of the country, now argues in court that the UN should enjoy impunity for inflicting Haiti with cholera.” The move was totally predictable. “It’s naive and silly to think that the U.S. would not block lawsuits brought against its imperial policies and their deadly consequences.”

 

The Case Against Bill Bratton

by Josmar Trujillo

If Bill de Blasio is really a progressive, why did he bring back the architect of Stop-and-Frisk as his police commissioner? When it comes to aggressive policing gospel Bratton is the “pastor of the flock.” Bratton seems the least qualified to make the changes that are “desperately needed to relieve communities of color living in what many see as a racialized police state.”

Dr. Anthony Monteiro and the Assault on the Black Radical Tradition

by Eric Draitser

Dr. Anthony Monteiro was targeted for termination by the rightward politics of corporate higher education, with the help of an opportunistic fellow Black academic, Dr. Molefi Asante. “At best, Asante shows a complete disregard and utter betrayal of a colleague who, just a year earlier, led the charge to have him reappointed” as chairman of Temple University’s African American Studies Department.

Reparations: A Long Overdue Moral Obligation

by Ron Lester Whyte

The need for reparations won’t go away, even if debate on righting the wrongs done to Black people is currently at low ebb. The harms inflicted were “systematic and deliberate” – and so must be the redress. “The federal government must be held to account for its role in the hobbling of the prospects and aspirations of a significant portion of its citizens.”

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