Black Agenda Report 27 July 2022

Tuesday, 27 July 2022 — — Black Agenda Report

Glen Ford’s Irreplaceable Journalism
Margaret Kimberley
I was very proud to write the preface to Glen Ford’s book, The Black Agenda, which was published posthumously by OR Books. As we approach the first anniversary of Glen’s passing, I endeavored to explain why his journalism was truly irreplaceable.

The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say
Glen Ford
The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones?

Glen Ford: Clarence Thomas, the “Anti-Black,” 2007
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
An essay by the late Glen Ford recounts the perverse origin story of the twisted life and lies of Clarence Thomas.

Grandstanding: Mayoral Candidate Karen Bass Says She Can Solve LA’s Homelessness Crisis
Ann Garrison
As the late Glen Ford said, the Black misleadership class has no shame. Congresswoman Karen Bass’s campaign for mayor of Los Angeles is full of empty promises. She proposes nothing that would actually address the needs of that city’s unhoused population.

You Can’t Shame the Shameless Black Misleadership Class
Glen Ford
The Black misleaders have been busy selling out Black people for half a century, but are still only barely tolerated by the rich man’s Democratic Party and its racist figurehead, Joe Biden. The late Glen Ford explained.

Solve Tomorrow’s Uvalde in nano seconds…
Raymond Nat Turner
The latest from BAR’s poet in residence.

Introduction to Glen Ford’s “The Black Agenda”
Glen Ford
The compilation of Glen Ford’s work, “The Black Agenda” was published by OR Books posthumously. In the introduction he recounted his life story and career.

Last Moyo’s Book, “The Decolonial Turn in Media Studies in Africa and the Global South”
Roberto Sirvent
This week’s featured author is Last Moyo. Moyo lectures in the Department of Communications and Multimedia Design at the American University, Nigeria. His book is The Decolonial Turn in Media Studies in Africa and the Global South.

BAR Book Forum: Karen Jaime’s Book, “The Queer Nuyorican”
Roberto Sirvent
This week’s featured author is Karen Jaime. Jaime is Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University. Jaime’s book is The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida.

Ghana’s Unions and Left Reject Bailout Talks with the IMF as Economic Crisis Spirals
Tanupriya Singh
Ghana has initiated talks with the International Monetary Fund to seek a potential bailout amid a major economic crisis. This has been rejected by the Socialist Movement of Ghana and trade unions who argue that this will do nothing to alleviate the structural problems in the economy.

Police Departments Spend Vast Sums of Money Creating “Copaganda”
Alec Karakatsanis
US police departments spend tens of millions of dollars every year to manipulate the news, flooding the discourse with “copaganda.” These aggressive tactics give the public a distorted view of what public safety means, what threatens it, and how to solve it.

South Africa’s Energy Crisis Escalates
Brian Kamanzi
Behind rolling power cuts loom deep-seated socioeconomic issues worsened by the rich countries of the world.

National Strike in Panama Demands Justice for the Poor
Peoples Dispatch
For almost two weeks, tens of thousands of Panamanians have been taking to the streets across the country protesting the cost of living crisis and lack of of response and attention from the government of President Laurentino Cortizo.

Glen Ford’s Ukrainian Crystal Ball
Glen Ford was among the speakers at a May 16, 2014 teach-in on Ukraine sponsored by the International Action Center. The event was held at The Riverside Church in New York City in the wake of the Obama administration coup against the Ukrainian government. Glen’s brilliant analysis was prescient, and his remarks accurately describe the actions of the Biden administration in 2022 and the reaction of the world community.

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