Black Agenda Report November 28, 2012 — Susan Rice to Oversee Congo Genocide? FCC to OK Media Consolidation? Why White folks Get Mad…

28 November 20912 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

A Second Wave of Genocide Looms in Congo, with Susan Rice on Point

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Susan Rice is a woman of ghastly accomplishments: suppressor of the facts on genocide in Congo, and chief U.S. warmonger in Africa. Yet African American politicians rush to her defense, as a role model for young Blacks, especially women.

Freedom Rider: Why White People Get Mad

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Thanksgiving myth teaches (white) Americans that they are the kindest, most generous people on Earth – and, if you don’t believe that, they will tear you limb from limb. “The celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday is not only a celebration of slaughter but it is used to this very day to keep all Americans secure in their love of white supremacy.”

Obama and GOP Play Tag Team on Entitlements

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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.”

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

Back in 2007, the George W. Bush’s FCC tried to give Big Media the right to unlimited ownership of TV, radio and newspaper outlets in cities across the country. They were stopped by a timely court ruling and a firestorm of public rage. The Obama FCC intends to do in a secret proceeding before Xmas exactly what Bush could not do in 2007. Can they be stopped? Where are those who promised to hold this president’s feet to the fire?

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Stevie Wonder Disgraces Himself with Concert for Israeli Military

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Stevie Wonder, who once penned a song against apartheid in South Africa, will star at a fundraiser for the Israeli military, early next month. How shocking that a Black cultural icon would help throw a party for the soldiers of “a system that some describe as even worse than that practiced by the white South African regime.”

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Non Profit Organizations & the Privatization of Public Housing

An Against the Grain Interview with Prof. Jay Arena

In this Against the Grain interview, about 50 minutes, Jay Arena outlines the process of destroying public housing in New Orleans and more broadly across the country, with particular attention to the roles played by not for profit organizations and black elites carrying out the neoliberal agenda of gentrification.

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Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous Should No Longer Be Invited to the White House

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous may do a lot of good for the White House, but what about the actual conditions of Black people? “It saddens me to see our most powerful civil rights leaders bowing to a racist American power structure by giving Democratic leaders carte blanche to leave the black community in ruins.”

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Humanitarian Coverup: Why is Obama Silent Over the New Congo War?

by Shamus Cooke

The United States is a silent partner in the latest bloodshed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, under siege by so-called M23 “rebels” controlled by U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda. “It’s likely that the Obama administration will jump into action as soon as his M23 allies complete their military objective of regime change, and re-open the Congo’s military wealth to U.S. corporations to profit from.”

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The Tragedy of Goma: Shame on UN and Rwanda’s Western Allies

by Theogene Rudasingwa

Rwanda and Uganda, Washington’s closest allies in central Africa, are embarked on the full conquest of their neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following the capture of Goma, “Rwanda is now poised to take Bukavu in South Kivu, and most likely will be lured into DRC’s tempting but dangerous belly, as far as the capital, Kinshasa.”

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1776, The Slaveholders’ Revolution: A Review of “Negro Comrades of the Crown”

by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

Blacks posed a military threat to the slaveholder’s plans for an independent America. “Horne’s history of African-Americans fighting on the side of Great Britain against the United States and its racist regime shows that the continued hostility of the United States government at all levels toward African-Americans is not the product of mere cumulative prejudice against people of color.”

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Wal-Mart’s War on Workers

Last week’s job actions at Wal-Mart facilities around the U.S. are largely a response to cuts imposed on employee hours. “Wal-Mart has been experiencing a squeeze at the sales level and, therefore, putting a squeeze on their employees,” said journalist Liza Featherstone, who has covered the world’s biggest corporation for more than a decade. “In recent years, they’ve made it much more difficult for workers to work full time.”

Fiscal Cliff” is Phony

It’s a purely manufactured crisis,” said Arun Gupta, co-founder of The Indypendent and The Occupied Wall Street Journal, referring to the so-called “fiscal cliff” of spending cuts and tax increases looming over the U.S. economy. “Both parties are committed to austerity policies,” he said. “The danger with Obama is that he will be able to force through cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare because there is no opposition on his left flank.”

Mobilization in Defense of Affirmative Action

Activists plan to mobilize “hundreds of thousands” of young people in support of a recent federal court decision that struck down a ban on affirmative action programs at Michigan public universities. “Black and Latino high school and middle school students will be leading the line of march,” said Monica Smith, a lawyer for Detroit-based BAMN, By Any Means Necessary. “This shows that when you fight, you can win.”

U.S. Wages War on Congo

The United States has protected, armed and financed countries complicit in the genocide that has killed at least six million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996, said Kambale Musavuli, of Friends of Congo. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice “has blocked UN reports” of Rwanda and Uganda’s crimes in Congo, including support for the so-called rebels that captured the provincial capital of Goma, earlier this month. “She has to be doing so with the blessing of the White House,” said Musavuli.

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