Black Agenda Report 26 May, 2010: Obama Prepares Iran Attack / Rand Paul's Racism / Aiyanna Jones Murder

Iran Apocalypse Soon
Thu, 05/27/2010 – 11:30 – Glen Ford
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The Obama administration’s behavior toward Iran is eerily reminiscent of George Bush’s mobilization for war against Iraq in the half-year before the actual invasion. A recently leaked Pentagon directive and a host of other factors are “consistent with preparations for a general mobilization, as begun against Iraq by the Bush regime in the summer of 2002.”

Freedom Rider: America Kills Peace
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Nothing scares the United States more than the possibility that peace might break out. Turkey and Brazil committed an unforgiveable sin, by finding a way to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear fuel stocks. The U.S. pushed the agreement aside, preferring to move closer to war – as if that is Washington’s desired result.

Her Name Was Aiyana Jones
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.
Rev. Al Sharpton preached that her death was a “breaking point” – but he’s said that too many times before. Even the police execution of a child fails as a catalyst for change. “These issues are the result of a legacy of enslavement which has seemingly permanently inscribed an archetype of Black people as property and predators.”

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Rand Paul Tells On Self and Fellow Tea Partyers
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
It was like pulling teeth, but Tea Party star Rand Paul finally blurted out his core, racist ideology in front of national TV cameras. Property rights trump Black rights, every time. “White supremacy is the connective link that holds the ‘Tea Party’ together – that, and relentless media coverage.”

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New York City Beats Arizona Hands Down in Police Abuse of Citizens
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
New York City – a place imagined as a center of liberality – is a mega-human rights violator, where 8:30pm curfews are enforced to make minority neighborhoods into “ghost towns.” In the Bedford-Stuyvesant section, police “are told to make arrests for incidents they have not seen and probably didn’t happen, all to meet quotas and clear the streets.”

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The Media and the Murder of Aiyanna Jones
by Sikivu Hutchinson
During the same week that CNN aired a program on children’s perception of the race and social values, the Detroit police provided their own lesson on the subject, callously killing a 7 year-old Black girl. Any kid might conclude that Aiyanna Jones was not a valuable person. Certainly, society had treated her as worthless.

The Rise of Rand Paul: Dissecting the Reactionary Right on Civil Rights, the Environment, and Worker Safety
by Anthony DiMaggio
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is credited with “outing” Tea Party champion Rand Paul, winner of the Republican senatorial nomination in Kentucky, as a racist. In point of fact, Paul’s opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act has long been known. Most of the corporate media chose to cover it up. “While a Lexis Nexis search shows that Rand Paul was mentioned in 66 national newspaper articles from April 25th to May 19th, not a single one mentioned his position on the Civil Rights Act.”

What Really Separates the Tea Party from The Black Panther Party
by Crystal Hayes, the online site targeted at Blacks but owned by the huge Washington Post corporation, recently ran an idiotic piece comparing the Tea Party to the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense – an insult to history and a painful affront to the author, the daughter of a Panther political prisoner. “When our history is so carelessly blurred, we do not know the right questions to ask or the right steps to take to rectify the societal ills that plague us today.”

The story of Kamau Marcharia (a.k.a. Robert John Lewis)
by Kevin Alexander Gray
Over decades of fighting to empower Blacks in South Carolina, Kamau Marcharia has made lots of enemies. Marcharia is running for a seat in the state legislature, but his foes are mounting a campaign against a fellow named Robert John Lewis – the guy he used to be.

Israel’s Secret Nuclear Alliance with Racist South Africa
by Stephen Gowans
In the mid-70s, the world’s two pariah states, Israel and South Africa, sought to seal their relationship with a nuclear kiss. A new book claims Israel tried to sell South Africa nuclear-tipped missiles – the price was too high. Israel denies the charge, but Tel Aviv has never told the truth about its atomic arsenal and activities, so why should anyone believe them.

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