Black Agenda Report 13 March 2013: Iraq Scorched Earth 10 Years Later, Exposing Democrats, Against Privatization

13 March 2013Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

The U.S. Scorched Earth Policy, Ten Years After Iraq Invasion

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

In desperation to halt the slide into “non-empire” status, the U.S. makes every government on Earth a potential target for “humanitarian” military intervention. The imposition of chaos is Washington’s default foreign policy as an alternative to “the Chinese handwriting on the wall.”

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Rand Paul was denounced as the wrong man with the right message, but most Democrats were too craven to deliver any message at all on the high crimes of their president and his killing assistant. “At the end of the day, only two Democrats (Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley) and independent Bernie Sanders joined Republicans in opposing Brennan’s nomination.”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

The conversion of the historic black Freedom Movement from the struggle for a broad spectrum of economic, human and political rights into a struggle for mere “civil rights under law” engineered by our black misleadership class has been a blind alley, leading to impotence against gentrification, the prison state, and the drive to privatizate…

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

A reformist group is petitioning President Obama to end his administration’s “too big to jail” policy. The petition assumes Obama actually wants to do the right thing, even though he has “placed corporate fat cats and their cold-blooded operatives throughout his administration from the very beginning, in positions where they can do the most harm.”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

If only the Congressional Black Caucus would pay as much attention to the substantive areas of government policy – “how government policies affect the great mass of Black people” – rather than huff and puff over the symbolic trappings of power. Unfortunately, for the Caucus, “it’s the appearances that count.”

by the Atlanta Public Sector Alliance

In metro Atlanta, North America’s second largest concentration of African descendants, local elites including black Democrats, are aggressively consolidating the privatization of public education and public transit.  If they can do it here, with the active help or complicit silence of the black political class…..

by Wayne Madsen

President Hugo Chavez believed that foreign enemies had given him and other Latin American leftist leaders cancer. His successor agrees that “Chavez was struck in a ‘scientific attack’ by Venezuela’s ‘historical enemies.’” No one doubts Washington’s willingness to use its thousands of stockpiled doses of “oncogenic and immunosuppressive viruses.”

by Auset Marian Lewis

According to some studies, whites do significantly more drugs, including crack, than Blacks. Yet, the Black man has been made the face of drug crime. “Using fear of ‘the other’ as a chisel to carve out a hidden political agenda is boilerplate American strategy and nothing new.”

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 3/11/13


The Greatness of Chavez

Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan president, “put the project of socialism back on the map in Latin America,” said Gregory Wilpert, co-founder of However, “It was only after the 2002 coup attempt that he became more radical” and “it wasn’t until 2005 that Chavez declared himself to be a socialist. The experience radicalized him.”

Chavez “changed the world, changed Venezuela, perhaps forever, he has changed South America, and he has created conditions for a new configuration of humanity,” said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, in Philadelphia. “He is part of the process of creating a South-South civilizational axis.

Double Protest Against NAACP

Protesters will stage actions at the NAACP’s Washington bureau, on April 3, and at the civil rights organization’s national headquarters, in Baltimore, the next day, said Rev. Edward Pinkney, the former head of the NAACP in Benton Harbor, Michigan. “We have given the NAACP a free pass, just like we gave Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – because they’re Black.” Pinkney wants the NAACP’s non-profit status revoked for acting as an annex of the Democratic Party.

Perverse Effects of New York City Police Quota System

The Police Reform Organizing Project issued a wide-ranging report on New York City police practices, including its stop-and-frisk quotas. “Policing has been turned upside down,” said project director Robert Gangi. “We have a police force that is under pressure to engage in punitive interactions with community members,” including false arrests.

Public Education Crisis

There’s a destruction of public education taking place, whether it’s charter schools or corporate takeover of curriculum, all for the benefit of the wealthy, whose children do not attend public schools,” saidDr. Donald Smith, a founder of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. “Most Black educators, I’m sad to say, are at sleep at the wheel,” seemingly unaware of the crisis.

Obama Keeps Shopping for Grand Bargain

President Obama has tried to conclude his “grand bargain” with the GOP “over and over and over again,” said Kevin Zeese, co-director of It’s Our Economy. “This is his fourth time. If you are going to raise more money, but not to meet people’s needs, why are you doing it?” asked Zeese. “The bankers want it” to pay down the debt, “and that’s what they’ll get unless people stand up and say, No.”

Older Workers Hard Hit

Older Black workers face special problems in the current economy, according to a recent report of the American Association of Retired Persons. “It’s much more difficult to get a job in your 50s,” said Edna Kane-Williams, the AARP’s vice president for multicultural engagement. Almost 40 percent of those who are working “think it is very likely or somewhat likely that they will lose their jobs or have to give up working for themselves.”

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