Barack Obama is Bad for Black America

bad 4 blacksby Solomon Comissiong

The Great Hangover descends on Black America, as Obama supporters slowly, and reluctantly, emerge from their delusional stupor. The first Black president, it turns out, has nothing to offer African Americans. His message: “Black people should grin, bear it and suck it up while their white counterparts continually reap all the benefits from their shiftless ancestors who stole land and people to build wealth.”

McKinney: President Obama is Complicit in War Crimes

Obama Complicit in War Crimes, Says McKinney

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Our President is now complicit in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace,” said Cynthia McKinney, addressing the Emergency End-the-Wars Rally in front of the White House. December 12. Ms. McKinney is a former congresswoman from Georgia and the Green Party’s 2008 presidential candidate.

Kucinich To Submit Bills That Deny Funding To Af-Pak War

Kucinich To Submit Bills That Deny Funding To Af-Pak War

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The Af-Pak war funding bill before Congress is also happens to contain the money for unemployment compensation, Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich points out.  “I will soon introduce two bills," he continues "which will force votes on withdrawal from Afghanistan and Pakistan.” The former presidential candidate was speaking to the Emergency End-the-Wars Rally in front of the White House, December 12.

 

David Swanson: Presidents Love Wars. From Now On All Presidents Will Want to be War Presidents...

David Swanson:  Presidents Love Wars, and From Now On All Presidents Will Want to be War Presidents...

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And why shouldn't they?  Wars expand presidential powers, and are not to be questioned.  This president just made a war speech holding his brand new Nobel Prize.  Could Bush have gotten away with such a feat?  But Congress and the president DO fear the people, Swanson points out.  If they did not, why would they place unemployment compensation money in the same legislation as their war funding?

Freedom Rider: Progressives Still Love Obama

captain-americaby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
President Obama talks excellent Bush-speak, a language he becomes more fluent in each day. Mouthing Bushisms, Obama told a television audience “it is in the ‘vital interests’ of the entire country to maintain the cycle of endless warfare.” Members of the once arrogant and smug Progressives for Obama must confront their own roles in playing this great trick on the world.

Black Caucus Finally Gets the Message: Obama’s Not ‘The One’

cbcA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The Congressional Black Caucus agonizes as the accumulated miseries of their constituents force Black lawmakers to put distance between themselves and Wall Street's ally in the White House, Barack Obama. Ten members of the Caucus boycotted a vote on an Obama bill, to show their displeasure. But until they muster the nerve to vote against their president and his bankster friends, they are just shuckin' and jivin'. 

If Banksters Are Like Gangsters, Where's the Anti-Bankster Legislation?

fighting the fedA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

It's in the House of Representatives right now.  “Nothing on the calendar of Congress, and no campaign from the grassroots, has anything approaching the potential of the Federal Reserve Transparency Act to focus public anger on Wall Street and its allies in the White House and on Capitol Hill.” If the public only knew the dimensions of the largest transfer of wealth in human history, they would turn on the banksters with tooth and claw.

Civil Rights Division To Clean Up After 8 Years of Bush

Eric HolderA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

President Bush's minions behaved like vandals in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, trashing the very concept of equal protection under the law. But the white backlash did not begin with Bush. Civil rights has been “in a state of arrested development for over 40 years.”

The Selling of "Precious"

precious-movieby Ishmael Reed
A movie that “makes D.W. Griffith look like a progressive.” Oprah Winfrey’s “third black man as sexual predator and the second black incest film.” A fiction whose “policy message is that welfare recipients are black women who wish to avoid work, who use their time having sex with their daughters, watching television and dining on pig leavings.” Is this a film – or a crime?

Will the Last “Progressive for Obama” Please Turn Out the Lights?

Leaving Obamalandby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Black Agenda Report heartily endorses this Saturday’s Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally in front of the White House. Having said that, we turn to the subject of the legions of Obama-smitten activists that abandoned confrontation with Power for the past several years, for fear of harming their hero’s presidential prospects. How wrong they were, as subsequent events have shown.

AFRICOM AIN’T THE PEACE CORPS

by Mark P. Fancher
The U.S. military’s AFRICOM forces pretend their mission on the continent is humanitarian. In reality, AFRICOM is the sharp edge of U.S. imperialism, a killing force eager to impose American dominance. The military command “locks Africa into a state of dependency and maintains favorable political and social conditions for U.S.-based corporations that exploit Africa’s natural resources.”  This is not a bug in the system.  It's a defining feature of it.

Belgian Paratroopers to Crush Rising Congo Rebellion?

campaigning in Congoby keith harmon snow
Rwandan Defense Forces are flown into the western Congo, to shore up another challenge to the regime in Kinshasa. President Kabila is under siege on multiple fronts. United Nations forces secretly intervene on side of Kabila and his Rwandan allies. The ten million death toll, rises.

Obama's Af-Pak is as Whack as Bush's Iraq

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
President Obama has reached a watershed in his presidency: he has devolved to the intellectual level of George Bush, while retaining his world class powers of speech. History may remember Obama as just another vapid but predatory imperialist president who happens to be…superficially eloquent. Unfortunately, the clarity of Obama’s diction is not matched by coherence of policy. Af-Pak is at least as whack as Bush’s Iraq.

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Plundering the Panthers, Manipulating the Movement: Re-Branding the Black Panther Party

Every movement has its symbols and icons.  But when these are separated from their context and content they are nothing but brands, to be employed for whatever commercial or political purpose anyone has in mind, even purposes opposite those of the movement which gave birth to them.

Freedom Rider: The Peace Prize War

Nobel Peace Prizeby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The American information bubble prevents the populace from recognizing the world around it. Iran's leader, constantly demonized in the “bubble,” “is not a pariah everywhere on earth, no matter how much American press and politicians fume and fuss.” It becomes increasingly clear that the United States is fooling no one but its own citizens, who are victimized by their ignorance. “Military prowess seems to be the only power the United States has left. It apparently has no ability to help its own people.”

Black Jobs Prospects Descending to a “Deeper Level of Hell”

we need jobsA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

With each economic downturn, another layer of permanent Black unemployment is created. The effects are cumulative, and cry out for programmatic attention, but President Obama offers only bromides and moralizing. Wall Street wants deficit reduction, and “what Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets.”

Justice Department Sides with ACORN – for Its Own Reasons

ACORNA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

ACORN's suit to retain millions in federal contracts got a big boost from a Justice Department legal opinion essentially siding with the grassroots organizers and against the U.S. Congress. “But one should not jump to the conclusion that the Obama administration, which signed off on the anti-ACORN legislation, has had a sudden change of heart.”

In Honduras and Haiti, the U.S. Rules by Proxy

lavalasA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

As the old song goes, “They smile in your face...back-stabbers.” The Obama administration “artfully pursues a policy of smiles and handshakes all around – while undermining democratic forces through proxies whenever the opportunity arises.” Washington reserves its rawest deceits for the small countries of the Americas – like Honduras and Haiti.

Rwanda, the RPF and the Myth of Non-Intervention

rwandsThe Rwandan genocide was very real. But the myths woven around it, namely that its origins are strictly inscrutable African ethnic conflicts and that the West, especially the U.S. “allowed” it to occur because they refused to intervene are just that --- myths. We are happy to present here a concise and coherent overview of how the U.S. encouraged both sides and fueled the Rwandan civil war in its quest for the controllable client state it now enjoys in that unhappy East African nation. Evidently the Rwandan genocide was the product of too much, as opposed to not enough U.S. intervention.

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