(44 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 24, 2012 Why Barack Obama is the More Effective Evil
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,
(31 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 26, 2010 We Are Cornered: There's No Way Out Without A Fight
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.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 27, 2012 Talking Peace and Justice with Ahmadinejad
"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.
(19 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 17, 2015 #BlackLivesMatter: Chat Partners with Hillary
The #BlackLivesMatter organization is now part of the 2016 Democratic Party election machinery, assuming its role as a power broker on behalf of Black people. It's a familiar historical pattern, except for the speed with which the transition has taken place. "The #BLM philosophy is that therapeutic dialogue with members of the power elite is politically more effective than the presentation of core demands."
(50 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 21, 2017 The 1% Will Earn the People's Hatred
Senate Republicans passed a tax bill that House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi described as "simply theft -- monumental, brazen theft from the American middle class and from every person who aspires to reach it."
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2009 Americans Are Deeply Involved In Afghan Drug Trade
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.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 23, 2011 "We're Broke," Say the Rich, and the Poor Must Pay
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.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 7, 2013 Obama and Co. Make Up the Law as They Kill
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.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 26, 2019 The Impending Ruling Class Mental Breakdown and Riot
The catastrophic defeat of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party in last week's elections does, indeed, foreshadow what's in store for Bernie Sanders if the U.S. ruling class believes the self-styled socialist has a real chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 24, 2015 Seeking Hillary's Favor: Dyson Attacks Cornel West
Michael Eric Dyson has never produced even a few words of substantive critique of Pres Obama's wars, his "Grand Bargain" with the GOP, or his role in the economic collapse of Black America. Instead, Dyson has written a hit-piece on Dr. Cornel West. "The true purpose of his elongated smear of Dr. West is to demonstrate to Hillary Clinton's camp that Dyson remains a loyal Democratic Party operative who is available for service
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 6, 2011 The Obama Disaster, at Home and Abroad
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 24, 2012 Evacuate Guantanamo -- It Belongs to Cuba
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."
(70 comments) SHARE Monday, December 26, 2016 The Democratic and Republican Paths to Fascism
The masks have come off, revealing the face of fascism among the Democrats. With War Fascism supreme in one party, and White Supremacist Fascism at the helm in the other (also warlike) party, it appears that "the winner of the 2016 election was the bipartisan, multi-ethnic War Party." "For Black and brown folks and white progressives, there can be no alliance with either faction."
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 23, 2010 America Can't Solve Crises Because It's a Company-Owned Town
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.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 15, 2016 Clinton's Basket of "Deplorables"
Hillary Clinton should include herself in her basket of "deplorables." She's got "racism" and "sexism" covered through her endorsement of mass Black incarceration and welfare "reform." Killing hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Syria surely qualifies as Islamophobia, and waging war on the world is the highest expression of xenophobia -- fear of foreigners. Put that woman in a basket!
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 10, 2020 Bloomberg Becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party
The split in the Democratic Party may come from the Left, in disgust and fury at the tsunami of dirty Democratic tricks that will descend on Sanders, but is at least as likely to come from the Right, with Bloomberg as the CEO of a new and more obedient incarnation of the Democratic Party.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2020 Time of Plague and Meltdown: Mass Murder
The shrinking of the public health sector is a capitalist crime, abetted by the two corporate parties.
"There is now no possibility of avoiding many tens of thousands of deaths due to a shortage of equipment, beds and health care personnel."
(23 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Psycho-Babbling Obama
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 ..."
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, March 10, 2017 Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism
The ruling class/War Party/corporate media campaign for regime change in Washington has moments of pure silliness, with grown men claiming that U.S. presidents don't have the power to wiretap people. Someone should have informed Dr. Martin Luther King. But, if self-described "progressives" can believe that the CIA is a benign, democratic institution, they can believe anything.
(45 comments) SHARE Monday, June 19, 2017 Why Bernie Sanders is an Imperialist Pig
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
"War is not a side issue in the United States; it is the central political issue, on which all the others turn." Some think Bernie Sanders should run with the Peoples Party. But, "Sanders is a warmonger, not merely by association, but by virtue of his own positions."
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Obama and Romney: Brothers of the Same Imperial Lodge
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.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Is the Obama phenomenon good news or bad for Black America?
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.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2020 The Movement Gets BIG - and Its Enemies Reveal Themselves
The decrepit racial capitalist order appears to be unraveling under the weight of coronavirus, economic depression, and a quantitative leap in people's willingness to confront power through the politics of the street.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 23, 2012 Obama's Mideast Policy Burns
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."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Death Rattles of a Criminal Class
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
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Obama's Emerging Legacy: Wars, Bankers and For-Profit Healthcare
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"
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Obama's Last Presidential Lies
Nobody lies with the style and aplomb of Barack Hussein Obama, soon to be an ex-president of the United States. In his last address to the nation, Obama lied about his support for labor; economic and social justice for Black people; climate change and, of course, the rightwing Republican program that is his shameful legacy, Obamacare. Virtually everything the man says is a form of lie.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Forget "Skip" Gates: There Are Real Differences on Reparations
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."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2015 No More American Thanksgivings
"The core ideological content of the holiday serves to validate all that has since occurred on these shores -- a national consecration of the unspeakable, a balm and benediction for the victors, a blessing of the fruits of murder and kidnapping, and an implicit obligation to continue the seamless historical project in the present day."
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 6, 2011 The Whitening of Chocolate City
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
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 25, 2019 Black Caucus in Thrall, or Fear, of Israel
"The Israelis may have finally stepped on the third rail of congressional relations, with their joint decision with President Trump to ban Omar and Tlaib."
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 22, 2020 Bloomberg Wants to Swallow the Democrats and Spit Out the Sandernistas
No one knows how much abuse and humiliation the Sanders faction is willing to endure to remain in the bosom of the corporate political beast. They remained faithful to their tormentors in 2016, and most are probably still inclined to give their corporate abusers yet another chance.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 20, 2008 The Great Global Power Shift: It's Already Here
"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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 26, 2017 Baltimore Police Throw Constitution Out the Window
Last week, a Black police detective was shot to death in the Harlem Park section of west Baltimore. The police declared the entire neighborhood a "crime scene " and locked down every street and sidewalk---
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 14, 2019 What Does Bolton's Ouster Mean to Victims of US Imperial Aggression?
Donald Trump, the highly unpredictable white supremacist blowhard, has unceremoniously fired John Bolton, the totally predictable white supremacist ideologue who became national security adviser 17 months ago. Every sane person on the planet should be glad to see Bolton go.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Killed and Killer Cops
Cops are crying that their lives are in danger from folks inflamed by "dangerous national rhetoric." But, "the statistics tell us there has been no rash of attacks on cops." Indeed, the numbers show that felonious deaths of police in the line of duty "are at historically low levels." The truth is, the cops are upset that their impunity from punishment is finally in question.
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 8, 2020 Bidens and Trumps, Foxes and Wolves
The job of the Black Misleadership Class - who are the 21st century version of Malcolm's "house Negroes," only now holding high executive and elected positions -- is to vouch for the sincerity of their white corporate overlords and to keep the Black masses in check.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 10, 2017 Blacks, War and the Phony "Resistance"
Democratic Party "resistance" to Donald Trump is a sham that has succeeded only in increasing the likelihood of nuclear war and the certainty of massive impoverishment. The two corporate political parties have, in reality, forged an even deeper alliance since the 2016 election, guaranteeing an epochal transfer of wealth to the rich.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 22, 2017 Black Women in the Killing Fields
A white woman from Australia was gunned down by militarized police in Minneapolis -- part of the collateral damage that flows from the U.S. mass Black incarceration regime. The intended targets are Black women like Charleena Lyles, killed by Seattle cops, last month. "Although Black women and girls make up only 13 percent of the U.S. female population, they account for 33 percent of all women killed by police."
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 10, 2014 How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education
For-Profit Colleges Destroy the Lives of African Americans
The dominos are falling in the for-profit college racket, a cauldron of corruption that has crushed the dreams of millions of African Americans in desperate search for tools to navigate their way through a racist, cut-throat capitalist society.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies
Before the nation and the world, President Obama pledges to take “action” against “economic inequality,” while simultaneously holding secret negotiations on a Trans Pacific Partnership trade scheme that will quicken the pace of the global Race to the Bottom, deepening economic inequalities. “Lies of omission are even more despicable than the overt variety, because they hide.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Obama's Steady Road to Austerity
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.
SHARE Friday, September 6, 2019 Trump Bombs New Silk Road with Tariffs
The real target of Trump's trade war is not, primarily, the Chinese, but the U.S.-based corporations that spent the last generation outsourcing manufacturing capacity (jobs) to China.
News, analysis and commentary from the black left.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2018 Facebook is Not Your Friend
Facebook has become The Great Censor, ready to pull the pages of dissenters that seek to "stir up political debate" in ways that threaten the legitimacy of corporate rule.
"Facebook is indispensable to maintaining the global corporate monopoly on truth -- as is Google."
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 6, 2012 Strip-Searches: Obama Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread 'Em
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.
(16 comments) SHARE Friday, October 30, 2020 The Billionaires' Duopoly Wins on Tuesday
In terms of relationships of power, there will be no change of regime as of result of the vote on November 3, and therefore no reason not to mount a "Black People's March on the White House" on November 7.
Power to the People! Dismantle the Duopoly!
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 26, 2019 Obama's War in Syria Led to Trump's War in Syria
Democrats pretend that the bloodshed in Syria is Donald Trump's legacy, but Black Alliance for Peace national organizer Ajamu Baraka says, "We have to remind people of the role that the Obama administration played in engaging in regime change war in Syria."
SHARE Sunday, July 12, 2015 Black Self Determination Matters
Black people finally realize they "need to find ways to protect themselves from the police agencies of the Mass Black Incarceration State." The problem is, getting the police off the community's back is often...illegal. "The U.S. system is full of 'checks' and 'balances' to keep the people in check and the rich men's books balanced."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Obama: The Republican's Reliable Interlocutor
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.
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2009 'Left' Obamites Prefer Kool-Aid to Struggle
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.
SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Canada No Safe Haven for Blacks
More than half of Canada's Black population was born elsewhere, but disproportionate stops by police "can not only end in jail, but deportation and removal," said Robyn Maynard
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 1, 2016 International House Negroes Defend European Union
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
The international House Negro is a bi-product of 500 years of European plunder and conquest of the planet. When the European Union was threatened by the exit of Britain, "house Negroes of all colors on both sides of the Atlantic acted like their own worlds were coming to end."
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 15, 2020 Reneging on George Floyd Promises: The Minneapolis Police Name-Change Con
When Black Lives Matter chapters demand "abolition" and "defunding" of the police, rather than community control of the cops, they play into the hands of the charlatans and misleaders on city councils and in the halls of Congress, for the simple reason that no legislative body will totally abolish local armed security forces.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 3, 2010 Yes, Obama is "Engaged" -- in a Colossal Crime
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."
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 2, 2019 "Color" Revolution USA
The US press has routinely abused, disrespected and lied about black, brown and yellow peoples and their heads of state, and now subjects its own top political figures to the same treatment.
"The 'news' is an element of the crime, since it is not really news at all, but a packet of false consciousness."
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Obama's War Against Civilization
National sovereignty has been replaced, in the Age of Obama, by an arbitrary "humanitarian" interventionist imperative that can only be exercised by the most powerful.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 31, 2020 The Blue Plague and Black Death
"The Blue Plague is a serial killer that dates back to the slave patrols of the pre-Civil War South."
The pathogen that kills Black people at two and a half times the rate of whites took the life of 46 year-old George Floyd , this week in Minneapolis.
SHARE Thursday, June 18, 2020 What Community Control of Police Means
Having not yet won real power over the police, this is no time for a lull or a truce; it's time to sharpen our political instruments and deepen the mass movement's social penetration.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 5, 2011 Killing Gaddafi's Grandbabies
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."
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 17, 2014 Kidnapped Girls Become Tools of U.S. Imperial Policy in Africa
The "humanitarian" U.S. military occupation of Africa has been very successful, thus far. "The Chibok abductions have served the same U.S. foreign policy purposes as Joseph Kony sightings in central Africa." Imagine: the superpower that financed the genocide of six million in Congo, claims to be a defender of teenage girls and human rights on the continent.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 20, 2012 Obama Wins A Round in His Quest to Imprison Americans Without Trial
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."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 16, 2019 DA and Cops Led the Central Park 5 Lynch Mob
The horrific ordeal that was inflicted on five Harlem teenagers by a criminal justice and corporate media lynch mob in 1989, has come back to haunt the former lead prosecutor, Linda Fairstein,in the autumn of her life.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Obama and GOP Play Tag Team on Entitlements
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."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity
Corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 12, 2015 The Trumpocalypse: Democrats Rule Blacks by Fear
Trump is a very useful man, to both the Democratic and Republican factions of the ruling corporate party. The "White Man's Party" (Republican) faction can blame excesses of hate on him, and the Democrats can make their case as the lesser evil. Black people will once again feel they have no choice in the matter. "It is fear of Republicans that holds Black people captive to the Democratic Party." That's why the party is a trap.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 19, 2018 White Lies and Black Disbelief in a Fading Empire
Obama-Time is over; the spell is broken. Donald Trump is the sum of all Black fears and loathings, an arch racist who is perceived as rendering the entire planet unsafe for people of color. Blacks are primed to oppose all of his policies, foreign and domestic. Black people are the only U.S. group that shares the general global distrust of U.S. foreign policy motives.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Obama Shows His True Katrina Colors
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.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 23, 2011 Imperial President Obama Pretends Not to Wage War
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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, March 23, 2020 Late-Stage Imperial Omni-Crisis: Death by Virus and Internal Contradictions
The epidemic reveals the stark truth, that the US dismantled and privatized its public health system, to fatten the pockets of the oligarchy and render working people more helpless and dependent. A lowly virus, a form of being that exists at the very border between "life" and "not-life" has revealed the world's superpower as butt-naked and very much afraid.
SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Who is Black America's Moral Emissary to the World?
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Obama: Putin-Baiter and Preventive Detainer
the Americans behave as if everyone else's internal affairs are subject to Washington's approval -- a negation of international law and the real meaning of Obama's humanitarian military intervention doctrine, or R2P, Responsibility to Protect. Under the First Black President, U.S. non-recognition of international law has effectively achieved bipartisan acceptance.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 4, 2018 Democratic Corporate Fascism vs the Trump Kind
The weakness of the Left In the United States is so extreme that the ruling class has to invent a "menace" to the prevailing oligarchic order: the Russians, whose phantom agents are said to wage a twilight struggle to undermine public faith in U.S. institutions. The U.S. Left is so pitifully small, so patently incapable of disrupting the rule of the rich, that it has lost all usefulness as a scapegoat for the failures and crim
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Obama's Single Payer Beat Down
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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Avoiding World Conference on Racism Shows Obama's Disrespect For Blacks
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 2, 2017 "Sanctuary Cities" and Black Community Control of the Police
"Donald Trump's war against immigrants is a fascist-inspired offensive that is inseparable from his plans to forcefully pacify Black America." We must oppose Trump sending in the feds to lock up immigrants or to police the Black community. "Sanctuary is only possible when the cops are directly answerable to the people."
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 30, 2020 The Politics That Led to the "Worst Debate"
The incoherence of the Biden-Trump debate will be repeated every election cycle until Blacks and progressives break with the corporate duopoly.
"There is nothing smart or 'strategic' about falling for the same trick every election cycle."
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Chavez Beats the Devil, Again
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 15, 2012 Obama's Second Term: Four More Years of Groundhog Days
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."
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 11, 2020 AFRICOM Enforces US Colonial Project
"We see AFRICOM as the colonization of Africa by the US," said Tunde Osazua, of the Bllack Alliance for Peace. "Instead of working to end terrorism and stabilizing the African continent, "said Osazua, the US Military Command in Africa "actually destabilizes the continent."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 19, 2013 Black America More Pro-War Than Ever
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."
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 24, 2013 The White House Un-Reality Show
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."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 1, 2020 The Black Caucus and the Dictatorship of (White) Capital
Black politics does not exist in the Democratic Party, because the duopoly system serves only the corporate rulers.
"Clearly, the Democratic Party is the mechanism that spawns and nurtures Black politicians answerable to the Dictatorship of (White) Capital."
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 5, 2015 #BlackLivesMatter Hurts Democrats' Feelings
#BlackLivesMatter organization this week rejected the endorsement of the Democratic National Committee, embarrassing top members of the party. However, the DNC resolution was a perfectly logical outcome of the #BlackLivesMatter strategy to make no substantive demands of presidential candidates." No demands on power, no threat. Why not endorse?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 13, 2012 China to be Number One in 2030 -- But Who Will be Top Gun?
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 13, 2013 Obama's Humiliating Defeat
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.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2012 The Duopoly Debates Itself
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Obama's Historic Assault on Social Security
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."
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 4, 2014 The New Movement: Are We There Yet?
The circumstances of struggle will be more difficult than any other that Black people and their allies have faced since Reconstruction was sold out by northern capital in 1877. However, the alternative is continuation of the Black Mass Incarceration State. In this vortex of struggle, the newborn movement will name itself, and choose its own leaders.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Bailout Lesson: Capital Crisis Will Wreck Both Parties
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."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 16, 2015 This Ain't Your Grandfather's Civil Rights Movement
Shaun King and others like to compare today's incipient movement to the civil rights era. But that's a mistake. Today's youth confront "a profoundly post-civil rights phenomenon": the Mass Black Incarceration State, a national project that was created as a response to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Black folks in the early Sixties appealed to the feds for protection. The feds are the ones who will take you out.
SHARE Monday, April 9, 2018 MLK: A Snap Shot in Time
"There is no reason to believe that Dr. King would have abandoned his pro-peace (and "democratic socialist") principles if he were alive today."
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 21, 2020 Black Misleaders Back Susan Rice as Top Diplomat
Genocide in Congo and militarization of the African continent are Susan Rice's specialties, but Black Democrats see her as a "role model."
"Rice cultivated relations with every pro-U.S. warlord in Africa."
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 20, 2012 Race-Based Romney-Speak
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."
SHARE Monday, September 28, 2020 The People Will Establish a Green New Deal
With corporate Democrats no more receptive than Republicans to Green New Deal legislation, it will be up to "the movement" to combat the climate crisis, said Yolian Ogbu, and activist with This Is Zero Hour.
SHARE Friday, November 20, 2015 "Black Lives Matter" Groups Hoping for a Big Payday
This week, the billionaires that fund the Democratic Party and its satellite organizations will decide which of the "Black Lives Matter" groups will get paid to lead the Black "movement." The #BlackLivesMatter network and Campaign Zero are eminently qualified for funding, having "already been accorded the status and privileges of constituent Democratic Party organizations." Who else will make the corporate cut?
SHARE Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Anti-Blackness Spread by Global Capital
The ideology of anti-Blackness is both a prerequisite to the rise of capitalism and a product of its spread around the world, said Adam Bledsoe, a professor of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota.
SHARE Monday, September 28, 2015 Black Families Crushed By Prison and Death
Mass incarceration and inner city violence have circumscribed Black women's mating prospects. "Among black male high school dropouts, 60 percent will be dead or incarcerated before the age of 35
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2012 The Ultimate Logic of a Society Built on Mass Murder
"A culture that celebrates the annihilation of whole peoples, casually and without guilt or introspection, is devoid of human values at its very core." Ultimately, such a society turns against itself. It's not a sudden madness, but a long history of mass murder come full circle.