Amiri Baraka on Carlos Moore: Five Decades in the Garbage Can of History

Poet, activist and esteemed elder Amiri Baraka was one of those who showed up in Harlem last month to greet a delegation of Cuban visitors.  He took the occasion to express profound reservations about the letter and petition circulated by Carlos Moore and signed by a number of prominent American blacks who, given Moore's fifty year career as an anti-Cuba  stooge, really should have known better. (Video courtesy of www.WBAIX.org, Don DeBar.)

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Ashaki Binta on Charges of Racism in Cuba

The record of Cuba since that country's 1959 reolution on race and racism, both at home and on the world stage is one the US should envy, not deprecate, says Ashaki Binta of the Black Left Unity Coalition.  It was Cuban intervention that played a major role in ending the apartheid regime in South Africa.  Cuba, with about the population of Illinois, has more doctors on the ground providing care in Haiti than the U.S.  Cuban blacks live longer than American blacks and have better health indicators all around.  When it comes to denunciations of other countries for supposed racism, Uncle Sam is in a poor position to point out anybody's faults.

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Ayesha Fleary For Black Is Back Coalition: The President's Wars Are Not "Our" Wars

Just because the president has a pretty brown face, a beautiful African American wife, and adorable black children doesn't make his wars the cause of Black America, Ayesha Fleary told attendees at an anti-war rally across the street from the White House last weekend.
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Failing Children By the Numbers

in the classroomby Paul A. Moore
Florida’s public school teachers, like their counterparts around the country, were not prepared to defend themselves or their students from the cruel assaults of the testers. “They all went to school before punishment and psychological battering became official government education policy.” The state punishes its children “by fear and public humiliation.”

The Rwanda Hit List: Revisionism, Denial, and the Genocide Conspiracy

Kivuby keith harmon snow
U.S. and European governments and Zionists deploy the charge of “genocide” in Rwanda to advance imperial and Israeli interests in Africa, and to make heroes out of America's most deadly mercenaries on the continent, Rwanda's Tutsi minority military dictatorship. The regime has put out a Hit List on its critics, including the author.

What Really Happened In Rwanda

rwandan victimsby Christian Davenport and Allan C. Stam

Does the simple story of Hutu on Tutsi genocide popularized by the movie Hotel Rwanda really tell us all we need to know about the Rwandan genocide? The cautionary tale of the Rwandan genocide is trotted out regularly to justify the militarization of US policy toward Africa. The US currently provides arms, military training and military aid to more than 50 of the 54 African nations. Rwanda's 100,000 man army in a country of only 11 million make it the most militarized countries on earth next to Israel and Rwandans now serve as US puppet troops elsewhere in the region. The following article, reprinted from McCune-Miller magazine outlines the findings of two US scholars who visited Rwanda several times over a decade of research to ask what really happened in Rwanda. Disturbingly, their answers don't match up with the Hutu – Tutsi genocide story US policymakers find so useful.

Obama Inc. Triumphs: Kucinich Folds His Hand on Health Care

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Dennis KucinichA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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Kucinich had been given an offer that he felt he could not refuse.The Obama administration has finished the job it started in January, 2009: crush the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to clear the way for corporate governance. Rep. Dennis Kucinich's was the last Left opposition to Obama's toxic health care legislation. “Once Obama's private insurers' bailout bill is in place, it will be almost impossible to dismantle in the foreseeable future.”

What Happens When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Trains" Black Elected Officials?

The hard right US Chamber of Commerce is among the principal lobbying and propaganda tentacles of America's corporate ruling class. Among much else, it emphatically denies the existence of man-made climate change and is enthusiastically in favor of privatizing almost everything from education to social security to roads and public transit. Thousands have graduated from its lavishly funded “leadership programs”, including an unknown number of black elected officials. How do the Chamber's leadership grads behave in office? Take a look at suburban Atlanta's Clayton County, where two Chamber of Commerce grads serve on the county's five member board.


The Multiracial Sheep IS the White Supremacist Fox

by Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.

A government and society that is ever ready to restrict the freedoms of Black folks now offers “freedom” from Blackness. This census and social “opt-out” for the progeny of interracial couples allows them to hope to be considered “as something entirely separate, different and apart from” what Curtis Mayfield called the “dark deep well.” The Black “baggage” can be left behind.

 

Half the Congressional Black Caucus Votes For More Afghan War

the CBC today

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The advent of America's first Black president has resulted in Black congresspeople voting for wars that their constituents overwhelmingly oppose, which could lead to the conclusion that Obama is “a morally corrupting influence on some Black lawmakers.” More than half the Congressional Black Caucus sided with Obama – and war – last week. Three-fourths of all House Democrats did the same. George Bush should be green with envy.

Freedom Rider: Israel Is Boss

bibi and hillaryby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Corporate media pretend U.S.-Israeli relations are in “crisis,” just as they have many times in the past. It’s all a charade, a play for national and international audiences. In real crises, relationships are called into question. But there has never been any question about who is in charge of this “partnership”: Israel. And don’t you dare forget it.

International Women’s Day: Iran and The Global Struggle for Women’s Liberation

by Sikivu Hutchinson
 
The western model, or perception, of feminism has limited utility to women living under Muslim fundamentalist rule in nations in conflict with U.S. imperialism. Some women so situated find direct connections with women of color who are exploited in multiple ways in the West.
 

Obama’s America and the New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander
The color of the chief executive officer of the United States masks the little-changing realities of mass Black life in America, and the rise of a new system of Black suppression and control. “In some states, African Americans comprise 80%-90% of all drug offenders sent to prison.”
Mass Black incarceration is the crucible in which has been forged a New Jim Crow.
 

Post-Racial Higher Education in the Golden State

stop the cutsby Jorge Mariscal
Only a little of over one percent of the student body at the University of California at San Diego is Black – an ink spot in a sea of increasingly hostile whiteness. While students of color labor mightily to make the university livable and workable for a 21st century America, corporatization continues apace and white students publish articles reprimanding “ungrateful n***s.”

Network Neutrality Should Be The Beginning, We Need Community Control Over Public Media

Cheap, fast and universally available broadband access will be as vital to community economic development in the 21st century as paved roads.  But neither universal access nor a just media propagated over those broadband channels will happen without a sharp struggle for community control over a vastly expanded and democratized public media system.  Network neutrality should be the beginning, not the end of the demands of the media justice movement.

America's First War in Africa. US AFRICOM Launches Large-Scale Offensive In Somalia

US forces in Somaliaby Rick Rozoff

Although the US supplies military aid, training and weapons to over 50 of the 54 nations on the African continent, the militarization of US Africa policy, and its decisive contribution to Africa being the mjost war-torn region on earth are simply ignored by corporate US media. Its minerals and energy reserves make Africa a prime target for imperial predation. Incessant wars guarantee that enfeeble African civil societies will be unable to prevent their US trained militaries from handing over African ressources to the West rather than using them to build schools, hospitals and civil societies. US instigated wars in Somalia have killed over a million people since the mid 1990s, and made another million homeless. And now the bombs are falling again.

 

In the 21st Century, It's Black America VS Corporate America

If the problem of the twentieth century was the color line, the problem of the twenty-first is resisting the extension of corporate rule.  While the color line has been eased or erased for corporate black elites, it remains firmly in place for the rest of us.  And it cannot be challenged without challenging corporate rule itself.

The Right, the Left and the Ugly: Fear and Loathing in White America

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Ron Paul’s anti-war stance has some progressives thinking that there’s a large pool of accessible anti-war sentiment on the Right. “But, is it really the socially tolerant ‘Left’s’ fault that these people don’t show up at anti-war events?” Or do their prejudices outweigh their anti-war sentiments?

Clinton Family Pockets Haiti Assets in Telephone Company Privatization, Says Pumphrey

hillary inspecting the colonial holdingsA Black Agenda Radio interview by Glen Ford
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Backed by the might of the United States military and their own official positions, the Clinton power couple plus brother-in-law have muscled themselves into the Haitian telephone monopoly. This cozy public-private partnership poses huge conflicts of interest, says Paul Pumphrey, of Brothers and Sisters International – and robs the Haitian people of hundreds of millions in revenues a year.   But then, that's what empires are for, isn't it?

Obama Acts Like Reagan 1981, the Union-Buster

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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The president has signaled loudly and clearly that he and education secretary Arne Duncan have a “'final solution” for public education. Like Ronald Reagan, Obama is portraying the unions as a threat to the national welfare. “The fundamental logic of Obama’s so-called Race to the Top program, is to break the teaches unions.”

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