Black Agenda Report March 20, 2013: Disaster Capitalism in Detroit, Cypus, Atlanta, US-Israel Axis of Evil

20 March 2013 — This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Detroit and the people of Cyprus share the same enemy.” The Lords of Capital, who are preparing to snatch chunks of cash straight out of ordinary people’s accounts in Cyprus, to pay for a bank bailout, are the same class that has “devalued the franchise of the 49 percent of Michigan’s Black population that live in municipalities and school districts under the thumb of outside financial managers.”

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Disaster capitalism is the manufacture of phony “crises” to divert government revenue directly to banksters and sell government assets off to privatizing looters. City government in Detroit, and the school system in suburban Atlanta’s Dekalb County, population 700,000 each have been nullified, while black political elites in both these majority African American constituencies are impotent or complicit.

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If anyone can get away with making Israeli fantasies of regional domination come true, it is Obama.” He’s got more faces than a Hindu god, and smoother moves than the NBA. “He killed Gaddafi, he is destroying Syria, and he is sending troops to occupy the African continent.” If only he was on our side.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Guatemala has put its U.S.-backed genocidal maniac on trial, but Washington continues to protect its agents of mass murder in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “There is no auditorium big enough to hold the all the living Americans who should justly be charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Two heroic political prisoners need your urgent help. Albert Woodfox, of the Angola 3, has spent four decades in solitary confinement. Lynne Stewart, the people’s lawyer, is fighting cancer in a Texas prison cell. “Lynne’s family and legions of supporters are asking that she be given compassionate release from prison so that she can at least have a chance at survival.”

by Chris Hedges

The barbarity of solitary confinement was reintroduced into the U.S. prison system following the Black Freedom and anti-imperialist movements of the Sixties, part of the “seamless evolution of political and social incapacitation of poor people of color.” At root “is the predatory nature of corporate capitalism itself.

by Simon Tesfamariam

Eritrea is among the very few African nations that have avoided entanglement with the U.S. military machine. As a consequence, Eritrea has been subjected to a campaign of sanctions, threats and lies, much of it centering on allegations of human trafficking and use of child soldiers. “Eritrea is not allowed to defend itself in court, in the media, or anywhere in the international arena.”

by Ajamu Baraka

A decade after the US attempt to “shock and awe” humanity and usher in its new “American century” more than a million Iraqis are dead, and trillions of dollars have been squandered, while the high ranking architects and enablers of these monstrous crimes are still riding high…

by Jacob Mundy

The Sahel region of northern Africa was among the first to be militarized under U.S. “war on terror” doctrine. It is now described as “an arc of instability said to run 4,000 miles from Somalia through the Sahel to the central Sahara.” The U.S. created the conditions that will “likely constitute a key argument to justify the amplification of AFRICOM’s budget.”

Detroit Residents Robbed of Equal Voting Rights

By drastically diminishing the power of Detroit’s elected officials, Michigan’s governor has violated the Voting Rights Act and constitutional guarantees of one man-one vote, said Butch Hollowell, general counsel for the Detroit NAACP. Kevyn Orr, a Black partner in the rightwing law firm Jones Day, was named the city’s emergency finance director, with near-dictatorial powers. Jones Day represents Wells Fargo – “which has done more foreclosures in Detroit and the state of Michigan than any other firm,” said Hollowell – as well as Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and CitiGroup.

Stop-and-Frisk on Trial in NYC

Every year, New York City cops violate hundreds of thousands of Black and brown people’s fundamental constitutional rights, stopping and frisking them for “being likely to commit crimes, rather than having actually committed a crime,” said Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “The vast majority of those stops are for harassment and crowd-control purposes,” said Warren. The trial phase of a class action suit seeking damages for those unlawfully profiled, began this week.

Ten Years After Invasion, Most Americans Remain Terrifyingly Insane

You have a majority of Americans believing that Iraqis benefited from this war, while the United States suffered,” said David Swanson, publisher of the influential website War Is A Crime. “A plurality of Americans believe Iraqis are grateful for the invasion,” which killed 1.4 million and maimed, sickened or displaced many millions more, said Swanson.

Venezuela Part of Global Shift

Venezuela’s resistance to U.S. domination is “a symptom of a real shift in the balance of power that has been occurring in the world for a while now, and has startled the United States,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. Racial realities are part of the new dynamic. “Chavez himself was aware that one of the reasons there was so much antagonism between him and the upper classes, was that he was not white.”

Punish Civil Rights Violations, Obama!

Coalition for Change, or C4C, representing current and former Black federal employees, is circulating a petition urging President Obama to sign an executive order that mandates discipline for managers that violate workers’ civil rights. At present, it’s a “toothless mandate,” said C4C co-founder Tanya Ward Jordan. The petition drive is called Unleash No FEAR.

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