|Tuesday, August 06|
|·|| Racism ... Just Get Over It? |
|Monday, July 22|
|·|| Trayvon and White Madness |
|Friday, July 19|
|·|| Zimmerman Verdict -- Where Do We Go From Here? |
|Thursday, July 18|
|·|| On Leaks and Pseudo-Reality: The US’ Futile Search for 'World Domination |
|Wednesday, July 17|
|·|| Is Tim Wise Stamping the Anti-Racist Ghetto Passes at Teach For America |
|Monday, July 15|
|·|| The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked |
|Thursday, July 11|
|·|| How Egypt’s ‘Revolution’ Betrayed Itself |
|Wednesday, June 26|
|·|| A New Beginning Without Washington’s Sanctimonious Mask |
|Monday, June 24|
|·|| The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World |
|Thursday, June 20|
|·|| Fast-Tracking Toward War on Syria |
|Wednesday, June 12|
|·|| What Is The U.S. Government’s Agenda? |
|Wednesday, May 29|
|·|| Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, and Beyond |
|·|| Lifting the Fake EU Arms Embargo |
|Thursday, May 23|
|·|| US Political Impotence in the Middle East |
|Wednesday, May 22|
|·|| What Motivated the Boston Bombers |
|Thursday, May 09|
|·|| Red lines and other double standards |
|Thursday, May 02|
|·|| U.S. Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin America |
|Tuesday, April 30|
|·|| Venezuela’s Electoral Council Says Capriles Lacks Proof of Fraud |
|·|| Washington's "playbook" on provoking North Korea |
|Monday, April 29|
|·|| US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs |
|Venezuela’s Maduro Announces More Moves against “Parasitic Bourgeoisie”|
Tuesday, December 03 @ 08:06:37 AST
|By Ewan Robertson|
December 03, 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced a raft of new regulatory measures over the weekend as part of his ongoing “offensive” to deal with the country’s economic problems.
In a television interview on Sunday evening, Maduro explained that the government’s economic policies were aimed at “stabilising” the economy in order to be able to develop a “productive” economic model.
This year Venezuela has experienced shortages in several basic food and household goods, a black market dollar worth ten times the government-set exchange rate, and annual inflation of 54%.
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|World Focus: Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance|
Tuesday, November 26 @ 19:17:15 AST
By Ellen Brown|
November 26, 2013 - ellenbrown.com
"Control oil and you control nations," said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. "Control food and you control the people."
Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.
Profits Before Populations
Genetic engineering has made proprietary control possible over the seeds on which the world's food supply depends. According to an Acres USA interview of plant pathologist Don Huber, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, two modified traits account for practically all of the genetically modified crops grown in the world today. One involves insect resistance. The other, more disturbing modification involves insensitivity to glyphosate-based herbicides (plant-killing chemicals). Often known as Roundup after the best-selling Monsanto product of that name, glyphosate poisons everything in its path except plants genetically modified to resist it.
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|Latin America: On the Warpath in Venezuela: Against the Bolivarian Revolution|
Thursday, November 21 @ 22:26:46 AST
|By W.T. WHITNEY JR.|
November 21, 2013 - counterpunch.org
Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s presidential election in April by a slim margin, a result still unrecognized by the U.S. government. Opposition demonstrations quickly spread, killing 13 people. Now his government faces municipal elections on December 8, and engineered social turmoil has returned. Although polls have been favorable, the confidence marking election campaigns under predecessor Hugo Chavez, now dead, is gone.
Opposition forces have used destabilization to cast both the Chavez and Maduro governments as dysfunctional. Powerful forces inside and outside Venezuela targeted the Chavez – led Bolivarian movement because of its decisive role in promoting continent-wide unity and social justice. The U.S. government is widely believed to have encouraged the unsuccessful right wing coup of 2002 and subsequent disruption of Venezuela’s oil industry.
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|Caribbean: Haiti, Antihaitianismo, and the Dominican Republic|
Thursday, November 14 @ 12:14:13 AST
|By The Public Archive|
October 07, 2013 - thepublicarchive.com
On September 23, 2013, the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic ruled that the children of “irregular” migrants born in the Dominican Republic after June 21st, 1929 would be stripped of their Dominican citizenship. The ruling – which could render 250,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless – came as a result of a challenge by Juliana Deguis Pierre against the Dominican Electoral Board. The Electoral Board refused to issue Pierre an identification card. They argued that although she was born in the “national territory,” because she was the daughter of migrants in transit she did not have the right to Dominican citizenship. They based their ruling on article 11.1 of the Dominican Constitution of November 29, 1966 which held sway when Pierre was born.
While Ms. Pierre was the subject of the Constitutional Court’s ruling, it also targets all Dominicans of Haitian descent. The decision also formalizes a process of exclusion, racism, and harassment that had already construed Dominicans of Haitian descent as second-class citizens in their own country while marginalizing Haitian immigrants. Indeed, even before the ruling, Haitian immigrants had been subject to demeaning raids and dragnets by the Dominican security forces while in the past thirteen months, since August 16, 2012, almost 47,700 undocumented Haitians were expelled from the country – more than twice the figure of 20,541 expelled during the previous year.
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|Racism Watch: Freedom Rider: Black Faces for White People|
Wednesday, November 06 @ 14:41:27 AST
|By Margaret Kimberley|
November 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
"It seems that white supremacy is the new national pastime every October."
Black people have been stigmatized with racist caricatures from the first moment that Africans encountered Europeans. People who worked without pay at the point of a lash or a gun were called lazy. The victims of sexual assault were themselves labeled as "over sexed" perverts and freaks. This awful history isn’t dead. It is celebrated by millions of people who think that our plight and position in society is part of the natural order of the universe. At the first possible opportunity they publicly display their hatred and their determination to exult in and continue white supremacy.
This tendency may always be present but in recent years Halloween is the moment when the ghouls show themselves. This celebration has morphed from what used to be a simple children’s holiday into a multi-billion dollar, month long event for adults. What was an enjoyable time to dress up in costume has become the white racist moment to act out sick fantasy. They do so quite publicly, with numerous examples made easily visible on social media.
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|War and Terror: Freedom Rider: Death and Somalia|
Sunday, October 06 @ 22:57:57 AST
|By Margaret Kimberley|
October 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“Our government bears responsibility for the loss of life at the Kenyan mall.”
“Does al Shabab Pose a Threat on American Soil?” So read a headline in the New York Times’ blog, Room for Debate. Despite its name, Room for Debate rarely shows any true differences of opinion on whatever issue of the day is considered significant to the Times’ editors. None of the supposed debaters on this topic actually addressed the central issue of al-Shabaab’s existence and what it says about the United States behavior around the world. A better question would be why the United States turned Somalia into a ruin and why does it keep killing people there.
Sometimes we get the opportunity to see violence up close as in the recent al-Shabaab attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. But in the absence of good reporting, scenes of carnage tell us nothing. Thanks to liar presidents and their partners in the corporate media, Americans know nothing about Kenya or its role as American partner in keeping Somalia in a constant state of war.
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|War and Terror: Innocent Kenyan Blood Drips from Imperial Hands|
Sunday, October 06 @ 22:56:19 AST
|By Mark P. Fancher|
October 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“There has been speculation that the U.S. drive to dominate Somalia’s oil supply has prompted an interest in perpetual instability and division within the country.”
A 2011 report prepared for members of Congress lacks significant references to Kenya, but it details eye-opening events in Somalia that set the stage for the recent attack on a Kenyan shopping mall. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, titled “Somalia: Current Conditions and Prospects for a Lasting Peace” also contains facts that allow readers to conclude that much of the innocent blood shed by shoppers killed by al-Shabaab militants drips from western imperialist hands.
The recent shopping mall attack was reportedly in retaliation for Kenya’s participation in military operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia in 2011. Al-Shabaab became a force in Somalia after a 2006 military operation that dislodged a government run by “The Islamic Courts Uni0n,” a network of tribunals that administered Islamic law. In 2006, the U.S. State Department’s point person for African affairs was Jendayi Frazer, and she was quoted as saying: “The top layer of the [Islamic Courts Uni0n] courts are extremist to the core. They are terrorists and they are in control.”
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|World Focus: If Charles Taylor is a War Criminal, Then So are Obama, Bush and Clinton|
Sunday, October 06 @ 22:52:36 AST
|“Clinton, Bush and Obama have instigated, encouraged and collaborated in the worst genocide since World War Two.”|
By Glen Ford
October 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“Whereas Liberian president Charles Taylor was accused of encouraging the slaughter of possibly 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have armed, financed and protected the killers of six million people – 120 times as many fatalities – in the eastern Congo.”
Last year, former Liberian president Charles Taylor became the first former head of state ever to be convicted by an international tribunal. Taylor, whose 60-year prison sentence was upheld, last week, was found guilty of war crimes – not in his own country, but in neighboring Sierra Leone, where a civil war had raged from 1991 to 2002. The Liberian president wasn’t accused of personally committing mass murder in Sierra Leone, or even of having ordered that these crimes be committed. Instead, the prosecution argued that he had “instigated” others to commit the crimes in order to profit from the sale of what became known as “blood diamonds.” The court reasoned that Taylor must have known about the horrendous crimes that were being perpetrated by his friends among the rebels in the neighboring country, and was, therefore, as guilty as they were.
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|Israel-Palestine: Gaza: Crushed between Israel and Egypt|
Wednesday, October 02 @ 19:49:56 AST
|By Jonathan Cook|
October 02, 2013 - jonathan-cook.net
The furore over the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria has overshadowed disturbing events to the south. Palestinians in Gaza find themselves caught in the middle of a growing row between their Hamas rulers and the new Egyptian military regime.
Hamas has become increasingly isolated, politically and geographically, since the Egyptian army helped oust the Muslim Brotherhood government in early July.
Since the military intervention, much of the Brotherhood’s leadership has been jailed and last week its activities were outlawed and its assets frozen. Inevitably Hamas, which has close ties to the Brotherhood, has also come under severe suspicion from Egypt’s generals.
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|War and Terror: The World Needs Peace – But Not a Pax Americana|
Friday, September 27 @ 11:57:48 AST
|By Cynthia McKinney|
September 27, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who last week completed a peace mission to Syria along with former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark and others, made the following remarks to the IBON IBON Conference on Democracy, Self-Determination and Liberation of Peoples. The conference was held at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Thank you for the invitation to be with you today.
This conference is about Democracy, Self-Determination, and popular liberation.
As a representative of the United States people’s movement for justice and peace, I want to start by acknowledging some facts about the practice, as I know it, of one form of “democracy.”
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|War on Syria: Syria's New Game: The Russian Factor|
Thursday, September 19 @ 05:33:13 AST
|By Ramzy Baroud|
September 19, 2013
Many US media commentators were fairly accurate in labeling some of the language used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a New York Times article as "hypocritical". But mainstream US media should be the last to point out anyone's hypocrisy as it has brazenly endorsed every military intervention unleashed by their country since World War II.
Putin's statement "we must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement," merits serious scrutiny. Considering that violence has been a readily available option in Russia's own wars from Afghanistan, to Chechnya and Georgia, the language of dialogue and civilized political settlements have been rarely exercised.
However, independent from that context, Putin was surely correct in his assessment of US behavior. It was indeed difficult to point out any palpable inaccuracy in Putin's NYT's article published on the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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|War and Terror: Obama: As Warlike as Bush, and Just as Lonely|
Friday, September 06 @ 00:40:26 AST
|By BAR executive editor Glen Ford|
September 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“U.S. imperialism has no option but to bang its military fist on the table to reset the global game board.”
With obscene imperial arrogance, President Obama proclaimed that the “world” – not he – has drawn a bloody “red line” in Syria. “I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama, at a stop in Sweden on his way to a Group of 20 nations meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. “The world set a red line.”
That’s news to the rest of the planet, including most of the Group of 20 and the meeting’s host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who described Obama’s claims that Syria used sarin gas against civilians in rebel-held areas as “completely ridiculous.” “It does not fit any logic,” said Putin, since Syrian President Assad’s forces “have the so-called rebels surrounded and are finishing them off.”
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|War and Terror: Counter-Questions on Syria|
Friday, September 06 @ 00:27:59 AST
|By Stephen Gowans|
September 06, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com
The US state is above international law, according to US president Barack Obama. In an address announcing that he was referring to the US Congress the decision to take military action against Syria, Obama declared that the United States needs to violate international law in order to enforce “the international system” and “international rules.” The international “system” and “rules” Obama referred to, which he apparently intended his audience to construe as “international law,” is not, in fact, international law, but rules Obama himself has unilaterally drawn up, and through rhetorical sleight of hand, attempted to pass off as international law. Yet, the very act Obama proposes—waging war on Syria without UN Security Council authorization, and to punish an act that, if there were hard evidence that it actually happened, would not be unlawful—is a flagrant violation of the authentic international system Obama deceptively claims he wishes to uphold. Obama has arrogated onto himself the powers and responsibilities of world ruler. He sets the rules, decides when they’re broken, and metes out the punishment.
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|Israel-Palestine: Abbas’s Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence|
Thursday, September 05 @ 19:14:22 AST
|Oslo Dead but Still Matters|
By Ramzy Baroud
September 05, 2013
Suppose several armored vehicles belonging to a branch of the Palestinian Authority raided an Israeli border village at the eve of a new round of peace negotiations. One can picture PA President Mahmoud Abbas defending the killings, stating that the attack was made in the cause of protecting the security of the Palestinian public. Would the Israeli delegation return to the talks with handshakes and smiles?
The answer is an obvious no. Yet the Palestinian delegation did return to real recently renewed peace talks after Israeli forces’ raided a refugee camp in north Jerusalem on August 26, killing three. This was not the only lethal Israeli attack to take place during “peace talks”, and it will not likely be the last.
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|Racism Watch: The Pope and the Pan|
Wednesday, August 07 @ 22:20:28 AST
|Challenging Caribbean Inferiority and Cultural Prostitution|
By Ras Tyehimba
August 07, 2013
There was a picture recently of Pope Francis playing the Steelpan next to T&T president Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona who presented it to him as a gift. This picture was published by the media, several Steelpan websites and has made its way around various social media platforms. One website exclaimed: "Truly a great day for our nation and our national instrument! The pope is a Trini now!" Another Steelpan website expressed, "Steelpan is the sweetest!! Just ask the Pope."
As the only musical instrument of the 20th century and as what I consider to be one of the greatest inventions of the Caribbean region it makes sense for the pan to be a gift to persons and nations that Trinidad and Tobago interacts with. However, the power of the Steelpan is not just about the sweet music it produces, but also about how it was created. The Steelpan emerged from the most disenfranchised and looked-down elements of society. It is these grassroots, mainly Afro-Trinidadian sections of society who had been most affected by the structures of colonial society in which legitimacy and social status was defined by race, skin colour, class and acceptance of the Christian religion.
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