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Thursday, September 19, 2013 Black America More Pro-War Than Ever (2 comments)
During President Obama's run-up to war with Syria, "African Americans were, for the first time in polling history, the most bellicose major ethnicity in the United States." How could such a political role-reversal come to pass? "The progressive, peace-seeking African American worldview is out of sync with the deep imperative to support the First Black President."
Friday, September 13, 2013 Obama's Humiliating Defeat (2 comments)
When presidents fail, it is a public spectacle. In his rush into unprovoked war against Syria, President Obama overplayed his hand. Shortly before he appeared on television on Tuesday, "Obama's handlers advised him that his political position was, for the time being, untenable." But he'll soon be back on the warpath, meaner and more aggressive than ever.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 The Obamas Do Africa
President Obama claims he's off to Africa in search of trade. But the Chinese have eclipsed the U.S. in that arena by offering "far better terms of trade and investment than the Americans." Obama talks trade for public consumption, while the U.S. military locks Africa in a cage of steel.
Friday, February 8, 2013 Fleets of Drones Descend on Africa
U.S. drone bases are multiplying on the African continent. Niger has just "given the green light to accepting American surveillance drones on its soil"; neighboring Burkina Faso already has one; two new drone facilities are opening in Ethiopia and the Seychelles; and UN peacekeepers in Congo want U.S. drones. Drones have terrorized Somalia from AFRICOM's base in Djibouti for the past seven years.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 Obama and Co. Make Up the Law as They Kill (14 comments)
The president's men drib and drab out their rationale for how President Obama decides which Earthlings live or die. A newly leaked "white paper" claims the president can transfer his killing authority to unnamed, unranked "informed, high level" officials. Thus, the people-killing process "is whatever the president or the nearest 'informed, high-level official of the U.S. government' says it is.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 The White House Un-Reality Show (9 comments)
Despite the fact that "it was Barack Obama who began the current austerity offensive in the weeks before delivering his first inaugural address," the president was allowed to pose as a champion of the social safety net. Having redefined war, he once again claims to be a peacemaker. "By cheering the inaugural speech, progressives are only encouraging Obama's gaming and mendacity."
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Obama's Steady Road to Austerity (6 comments)
President Obama has been remarkably disciplined and focused in his four-year pursuit of a "grand austerity bargain" with the GOP. "With this month's agreement to make Bush's tax cuts permanent for 98 percent of the public, Obama and the Republicans' positions are closer than ever." It seems that soon, the axes may start to fall.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Obama's Historic Assault on Social Security (2 comments)
After four years of maneuvering, President Obama finally has his White Whale, Social Security, within harpooning distance. "Obama has largely neutered Social Security's traditional congressional defenders, who know perfectly well what their president is up to, but will not directly oppose him."
Thursday, December 13, 2012 China to be Number One in 2030 -- But Who Will be Top Gun? (2 comments)
The U.S. and Europe produce less and less of what the world wants, and will be eclipsed by Asia by the year 2030, according to America's own National Intelligence Council. But the NATO allies account for 70 percent of the world's military budget. The task between now and 2030, is to prevent the decaying powers "from holding the productive forces and nations of the world hostage by force of arms.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Obama and GOP Play Tag Team on Entitlements (8 comments)
Not only is the "fiscal cliff" a phony, manufactured issue, there is fundamental agreement between the White House and Republicans in Congress on how this game should end: with entitlements in tatters. "Austerity is the common language and goal of the talks."
Saturday, November 24, 2012 Evacuate Guantanamo -- It Belongs to Cuba (2 comments)
For more than 100 years, the United States has illegitimately occupied Cuban soil. "They turned one of Cuba's most precious natural resources, Guantanamo Bay, into a curse on the lips of the world."
Friday, November 23, 2012 Obama's Mideast Policy Burns (4 comments)
The U.S. believes it can manipulate jihadi fighters in a holy war against the West's enemies in the Muslim world. However, "Israel's murderous assault on Gaza threatens to unravel the Salafist-Qatari-Saudi-NATO axis, for one simple and irreducible reason: there is no place for the racist settler state in this post-Arab Spring equation."
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Obama's Second Term: Four More Years of Groundhog Days (1 comments)
President Obama has nearly consummated his long courtship with the GOP, yet Black and labor leaders continue to pretend that he is a bulwark against austerity. In an even more nightmarish version of Groundhog Day, "the behavior of the Black and labor leadership actors remains the same, as the economic and political landscape crumbles around them."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Obama and Romney: Brothers of the Same Imperial Lodge (6 comments)
Monday's performance by the top presidential contenders turned out to be a grand consensus on foreign policy. "There is not one ray of daylight between the two." Since Obama and Romney have no substantive disagreements, the choice is simple: vote for -- or against -- the one you think is most competent at waging imperial war. Peace and the rule of law are not options, on either ticket. Welcome to the Imperial Hegemony Dome.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 The Duopoly Debates Itself (5 comments)
In the absence of effective popular resistance to the duopoly of money, the economic and social crisis fails to create a corresponding political crisis for the rulers. As a result, there is nothing important for them to debate.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Chavez Beats the Devil, Again (3 comments)
Hugo Chavez has won six more years as president of Venezuela and a model for standing up to the United States. Chavez's longevity in the face of implacable imperial hostility shows that the "Washington Consensus" is defunct. "Latin America is the corner of the world that has achieved the greatest success over the last 20 years in throwing off the dead weight of the North.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 Talking Peace and Justice with Ahmadinejad (9 comments)
"The American government wants to expand its hegemony over the center of energy in the world, which is the Middle East," said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a Manhattan dinner with mainly American peace and justice advocates. Iran considers weapons of mass destruction to be forbidden under Islam. All the talk of war is merely a cloak for America's imperial ambitions.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 Race-Based Romney-Speak (1 comments)
There is no mystery to what Mitt Romney was trying to say, in his incompetent way, at the Boca Raton fundraiser. Romney was performing the standard anti-Black "entitlement" and "dependency" speech, but then threw other demographics in the mix. "The result: Romney "niggerized' almost half of America -- which is what all the furor is about."
Thursday, September 20, 2012 Obama Wins A Round in His Quest to Imprison Americans Without Trial (4 comments)
The Obama administration has won a courtroom victory in his bid to detain U.S. citizens without trial. The president already executes foreigners at will. "That's the evil beauty of these Bush-Obama laws: they cut across international borders and render all the people's of the world equal in one important respect: President Obama claims the right to kill each and every one of them."
Friday, April 6, 2012 Strip-Searches: Obama Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread 'Em (4 comments)
Crushing political dissent, not safety in jails, is what motivates the Obama administration to ally itself with the most reactionary wing of the Republican-dominated U.S. Supreme Court. The Left is not paranoid; the Obama administration really is preparing its legal arsenal to smash dissent in the United States.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 Why Barack Obama is the More Effective Evil (44 comments)
No matter how much evil Barack Obama actually accomplishes during his presidency, people that call themselves leftists insist on dubbing him the Lesser Evil. Not only is Obama not given proper credit for out-evil-ing George Bush, domestically and internationally, but the First Black President is awarded positive grades for his intentions versus the presumed intentions of Republicans. As the author says, this "is psycho-babble,
Saturday, July 16, 2011 Obama's "Big Deal": Wallowing with Pigs in Search of a Grand Center-Right Coalition (5 comments)
The debt-limit deadline is Obama's big chance to panic a significant part of the Democratic Party into joining in the rape of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. "When the debt-limit showdown arrives, pray for gridlock, which would at least mean there is still resistance to Republican extortion."
Saturday, July 2, 2011 Black Caucus on Libya War: The Good, the Confused, and the Hopeless
This is the essence of the Obama doctrine -- a semantic shell game that wages war on the pretext of preventing a "humanitarian" crisis as defined by the superpower and its friends -- and then, after inflicting thousands of deaths, claims no war has occurred, technically, legally, or in actuality.
Thursday, June 23, 2011 Imperial President Obama Pretends Not to Wage War (11 comments)
U.S. bombing and drone attacks do not represent "hostilities" because the Libyans cannot effectively shoot back. According to this reasoning, once the initial, overwhelmingly American cruise missile barrage destroyed the Gaddafi government's air defenses, back in March, hostilities ceased, because the Libyans could not defend themselves from ongoing attack.
Thursday, May 5, 2011 Killing Gaddafi's Grandbabies (2 comments)
When the West needed a way to crush the Arab Awakening they chose to re-demonize Moammar Gaddafi as the evil from which the Euro-Americans would rescue North Africa. "Gaddafi was perfect, having long existed in cartoon form for western consumption." Killing his son and three grandchildren was no crime, since "in American eyes they are no more than satanic versions of Daffy Duck's cartoon nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie."
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 The Obama Disaster, at Home and Abroad (3 comments)
Obama has nothing to argue about with the GOP, having himself placed the entire Democratic social welfare legacy on the chopping block for the sake of deficit reduction.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 "We're Broke," Say the Rich, and the Poor Must Pay (10 comments)
A society built on racist lies and outright nonsense will believe anything. Therefore, it is no wonder that Republicans have achieved such "wondrous success by planting the words "We're broke' in the mouths of men and women who are transparently rich, and who in turn serve the interests of the super-rich." Unfortunately, President Obama and other Democrats worship the same idols as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Thursday, January 6, 2011 The Whitening of Chocolate City (6 comments)
Before the next U.S. Census, several great American cities will lose their Black majorities, an historical development welcomed by some as encouraging racial integration. The author believes otherwise: that Black urban dislocation has created a false impression of fading residential segregation in America, but is "actually a snapshot of a phenomenon in transition towards the unknown." There is nothing progressive about gentrif
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Obama: The Republican's Reliable Interlocutor (2 comments)
As Obama tells it, he stood like a pragmatic rock - if one can imagine such a thing - between the Republican "hostage-takers" and the "purist" and "sanctimonious" Democrats - a party of one.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Psycho-Babbling Obama (23 comments)
Still unwilling or unable to admit that they were "psyched out" by Barack Obama and his corporate handlers, Lefties search for psychological reasons that the First Black President has been such a disappointment. It's the failure to fight thing, or the lack of vision thing, or the failure to communicate thing, they say. "It isn't that Obama has trouble conveying his vision, it's that his actual vision is unacceptable ..."
Thursday, August 26, 2010 We Are Cornered: There's No Way Out Without A Fight (31 comments)
A corporate offensive is rolling down upon us, aimed at wholesale privatization of the public sector. If the Left has learned anything in the last year and a half, it should be that President Obama is Wall Street's guy, having "delivered the highest return on corporate campaign investment in the history of bourgeois democracy." In this struggle, the people will be left to their own devices.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 America Can't Solve Crises Because It's a Company-Owned Town (6 comments)
The Great Gusher in the Gulf is a political, not simply an economic and environmental, crisis. "No amount of public disgust at BP has moved Obama to behave as if he is beholden to the majority that elected him -" for the simple reason that he is not.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 Yes, Obama is "Engaged" -- in a Colossal Crime (7 comments)
Corporate media pretend to measure degrees of presidential "engagement" with the Gulf crisis -" an "oceanic version of Chernobyl." Such superficial reporting is totally disengaged from the truth that screams from the depths of the sea: "Huge corporations are empowered to seek profits with absolutely no regard for the consequences to Earth or Man."
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Forget "Skip" Gates: There Are Real Differences on Reparations (1 comments)
Harvard corporate henchman Henry Louis Gates' attempt to absolve Europeans of blame for slavery is easily dismissed as an absurdity. But honest activists on the Black Left disagree on the debt that is owed to African Americans. Some think reparations are a diversion. Others hold that "the debt is inseparable from the fabric of the African American past and present."
Sunday, November 29, 2009 Americans Are Deeply Involved In Afghan Drug Trade (7 comments)
If you're looking for the chief kingpin in the Afghanistan heroin trade, it's the United States. The American mission has devolved to a Mafiosi-style arrangement that poisons every military and political alliance entered into by the U.S. and its puppet government in Kabul.
Sunday, September 13, 2009 Black Agenda Radio commentary - The Sham Debate Over Obama's Af-Pak War (2 comments)
If the Afghanistan-Pakistan war is a necessity, then it certainly must be escalated. President Obama's framing of the conflict leaves no room for peace, yet purported peace activists refuse to confront him. Such a movement is not simply shallow: “it is a fraud.”
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Obama's Single Payer Beat Down (6 comments)
The pattern has been set. President Obama is a poseur, who pretends to take bold (rhetorical) positions on stubborn issues, only to seek cosmetic solutions along lines of least resistance from those in power. On war, the bankers' meltdown, and now health care, it's the same story. The effect on his remaining legions of progressive supporters, is to make them appear more ridiculous by the day.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Obama's Emerging Legacy: Wars, Bankers and For-Profit Healthcare (9 comments)
The first Black president has racked up some impressive victories. Barack Obama has quarantined single-payer healthcare advocates, crushed dissent against the war in Congress, and transferred more money to the finance capital class than at any time in planetary history. Not bad for just five months in office. "At some point in the near future Barack Obama will become inextricably associated in the public mind with Big Capital"
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Obama Shows His True Katrina Colors (1 comments)
The line between Bush and Obama has not simply blurred in New Orleans: it has disappeared." President Obama has adopted, in whole, the Bush approach to rebuilding the city - minus the Black Diaspora that was scattered to the winds in 2005. Notices of eviction have been served on the mostly elderly and Black inhabitants of 3,000 FEMA trailers. Not a single "Katrina Cottage" has been made ready for occupancy.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Avoiding World Conference on Racism Shows Obama's Disrespect For Blacks (3 comments)
This article, originally published on the Black Agenda Report Website, is representative of the exceptional reporting Mr. Ford and his associates have done concerning politics in general and Barack Obama specifically.
It demonstrates, unequivocally, that Pres. Obama has a lot of work to do.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 'Left' Obamites Prefer Kool-Aid to Struggle (11 comments)
Hilariously, Obamite Linda Burnham credits Obama with having "wrenched the Democratic Party out of the clammy grip of Clintonian centrism" when, in actuality, Obama's government IS Clintonian. And the new president is as skilled and ruthless a triangulator as Bill ever was.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Who is Black America's Moral Emissary to the World? (6 comments)
The global reputation of Black America has suffered greatly under George Bush, who deployed Black faces as fronts for his vicious brand of US imperialism. Barack Obama's silence on the Israeli assault on Gaza suggests that his honeymoon with the planet won't last long. So who is to represent the progressive values of African Americans on the world stage? Cynthia McKinney.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Is the Obama phenomenon good news or bad for Black America? (10 comments)
Was the Election of Barack Obama Good for Black People? No, argued BAR's Glen Ford, Baruch College professor emeritus of education Donald Smith, and two other distinguished Black educators at a debate in New York's Harlem, this weekend. Four activists lined up on the other side of the question, before a crowd of over 1,500.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Bailout Lesson: Capital Crisis Will Wreck Both Parties (4 comments)
The crisis of finance capital has thrown both big business parties into extreme disarray and split the Congressional Black Caucus right down the middle. Monday's bloody siege, it was difficult to tell who Wall Street guns-for-hire John McCain and Barack Obama hated most: each other, or the citizens who despite their outraged confusion had the presence of mind to bar the doors to the national treasury."
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Death Rattles of a Criminal Class (4 comments)
The parasitic investment bankers are dead as engines of healthy development, and should be left in their coffins. Incapable of organizing money in ways that can even sustain itself, much less promote productive economic value and growth, Wall Street specializes in creating bubbles that threaten the economic security of the nation. We need a public mega-development corporation, funded in amounts rivaling what they want to steal
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 The Great Global Power Shift: It's Already Here (12 comments)
"The U.S. subprime crisis is only a symptom of a much larger, global sea change."
The American disinformation regime- a
hermetically sealed "bubble"- convinces its citizens that the U.S. is and forever will be supreme on the planet. Ignorance may be bliss, but cannot alter the facts of rapid U.S. decline, a spiral that is the inevitable "blowback" of 60 years of undeserved, coerced, and artificially constructed dominance.