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Peoples Summit: Berniecrats Purposefully Ignore War and US Empire

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

The good news about last weekend’s Peoples Summit, the annual gathering of Berniecrats in Chicago, was that 4,000 Democratic party activists were in one place howling for Medicare For All and not leaving anybody behind. The bad news was that not a word was said of the 16 year war in Afghanistan, the thousand US military and drone bases around the planet, and the crushing burden global empire lays upon ordinary citizens.

Melissa Harris-Perry is Blowing Smoke Again

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

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry brands the NAACP “irrelevant” in a May 30 New York Times opo ed without the bother of naming a single issue on which she disagrees with them. Shallow bran farts like this only make the New York Times because Harris-Perry is the unofficial spokeslady for a different faction of the black political class eager to supplant their elders under the brokerage model of black leadership we’ve been saddled with since Booker T;. Washington.

Manufactured Hysteria Over Russia Requires 24/7 Upkeep

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The ruling class and its media are most vengeful against Donald Trump, not based on issues of justice and equality, but because he showed that middle America was “nowhere near as gung-ho for endless war” as had been assumed. This triggered an existential crisis for the U.S. imperialism. If Trump’s people were not the war constituency, then who was? The hate-Russia machine roared into frenzied action.

When it Comes to Deportations, Trump Can’t Hold a Candle to Obama

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Both the corporate media and Donald Trump, himself, want you to believe that Trump is the “worst thing ever to happen to undocumented people.” There is no question that Trump aspires to be the Great Deporter, but “Barack Obama is damn near unbeatable when it comes to kicking people out of the country. Trump is not yet even a contender.”

Oh No No, You’re Political, We Can’t Do That!

a Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The nonprofit industrial complex basically owns the US social movement and the spaces in which it operates. In the realm of most places people can hold public meetings it enforces a curious standard of what is and is not “political.”

Killer Cops Get Immunity, No Matter Who's in the White House

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. Justice Department, now led by Republicans, has officially declined to prosecute the cops that killed Alton Sterling, on video, in Baton Rouge, last year. That’s no surprise. The Obama Justice Department only brought charges against one killer cop – and only after local authorities in South Carolina had already done so. Trump can hardly do worse. “When it comes to killer cops, the best of evidence is never enough.”

The U.S., Not Russia, Arms Jihadists Worldwide

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. Secretary of Defense claims Russia is giving weapons to the Taliban, in Afghanistan. “Mad Dog” Mattis must also have mad cow disease of the brain. “If there is one major power in the world that has consistently fought against Islamic jihadists, in Afghanistan and everywhere else, it is Russia.”

An Apology, and a Choice That Isn't Much of a Choice

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

In a  March 15 commentary I erroneously clamed that Our Revolution had endorsed corporate Democrat Jon Ossoff.  I was incorrect, and offer my sincere apology for the error.  In yesterday's special election closely watched by the entire nation and billed as a referendum on Donald Trump, Democrat Jon Ossoff almost became the first Democrat elected from that district in 39 years.  He'll stand in a June 20 runoff against the Republican.  But when the choice is a pro privatization, pro-war Republican and a pro privatization pro war Democrat is that really a choice at all?

Systemic Racist Oppression as “Isolated Incident”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

President Trump would like to terminate the two dozen agreements reached between police departments and the Obama administration. “Given the hostility of the Trump administration to the very idea of restraints on police, possibly the best thing that Sessions could do is walk away” from consent decrees “and let the courts oversee the agreements without interference.” In Trump’s world, racism is a rumor based on isolated incidents.

The Joseph Kony “Threat” was Always Fake News

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Fake news stories roar in like a storm, but often evaporate with time. Seven years ago, President Obama and other fake news vendors depicted Joseph Kony as the devil incarnate, a dire threat to western interests and the people of central Africa. But it was all a ruse to smooth U.S. military intervention on African soil. Obama “The Faker” played Kony for a demon and the public for a fool.

It's Election Day in Philly! Help Greeen Candidate Cheri Honkala Over The Top Today!

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

The Green Party's Cheri Honkala is the front runner in a race for the 197th state rep district in Philly, one of the poorest in the state. The DNC has done a mailing for her opponent appealing to donors to save the seat from a Republican, never daring to mention that the front runner is a Green. Help Cheri win in the 197th with a donation today at http://bit.ly/cheri197

The Bright Lines: Who Will Fight For Medicare For All, Who Will Stand Against Militarism and Austerity? Not John Ossoff

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

If politics is the art of the possible, what do supposedly progressive politicians and political organizations fight for after they decide that jobs, justice and peace are impossible?  Do they fight for their positions and prerogatives?  For the biggest campaign contributions?  It's not hard to tell who is on the side of the people.  There are after all, bright lines.

The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

When supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.

#ProgressiveHypocrite of the Month for February 2017: Former Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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

Former Clinton UN Ambassador & Secretary of State and current global corporate consigliere Madeleine Albright championed the 1990s US blockade of Iraq which killed half a million Iraqi children. Now she says the Statue of Liberty has tears in its eyes, and vows to “register as a Muslim” to protest the evil policies of Donald Trump. Albright should register as an Iraqi toddler in 1995. She’s our #ProgressiveHypocrite of the month for Feburary 2017.

 
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Democrats, Including Bernie Sanders, Won’t Fight for Medicare for All

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

If there is one political project that commands overwhelming support among Democrats -- plus large minorities of Republicans – it is Medicare for All. But Democratic leaders insist that all their energies should be directed at salvaging bits and pieces of Obamacare. The truth is, the party bosses oppose single payer health care -- which is why they have backed fraudulent, bait-and-switch schemes based on private insurers.

 
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Flint’s 1000-Plus Days Without Safe Drinking Water

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

If you believe public health officials, lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water have finally fallen to acceptable levels. The problem is, nobody in Flint has any faith in official pronouncements, and there’s a lot more wrong with the city’s water than just lead. It’s been more than 1000 days since the water has been safe to drink. An investigative report shows nearly 3,000 communities across the country have more lead contamination than Flint.

 
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