Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. 

President Donald Trump’s administration will not look anything like the picture painted by candidate Trump, who railed against the influence of corporations and special interests. A news study by the advocacy group Public Interest shows that 70 percent of the people on Trump’s transition team are affiliated with corporations. Former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin has been nominated for Secretary of State. But, the Barack Obama and Bill Clinton administrations were also top-heavy with Wall Street bankers. We asked Rick Claypool, research director for Public Citizen, why should the Trump administration be any different? 

In Philadelphia, activists will gather for a conference, December 9 and 10, aimed at bringing a more rigorous scientific analysis to the struggle for social justice. Nandita Chaturvedi is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, and an organizer of the conference on Revolutionary Science for Radical Times.

Back in April of this year, an army of police descended on a neighborhood in The Bronx, in New York City, and arrested 120 young men on conspiracy to commit a wide range of crimes. It was the largest police sweep in New York City history, even bigger than a similar roundup, two years ago, that dragged 103 young people in Harlem to prison. Both sweeps were centered on public housing projects. Paula is the mother of a teenager swept up in this year’s police raid in The Bronx. She chose not to use her last name, in fear of police retaliation against her son.

The Syrian government, with the help of Russia and other allies, seems on the verge of winning back control of Aleppo, its biggest city, much to the onsternation of the United States, which has for years armed and financed Islamic Jihadist fighters. Black Agenda Report editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley is an activist with the United National Anti-War Coalition, and part of the Hands Off Syria Coalition. She spoke at a Coalition gathering in New York City, last week.

In Washington, last week, the anti-war group Code Pink held a two-day People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War, as a step towards making the United States accountable for its aggression against that country. The Tribunal was covered, live, for two days by The Real News Network. One of those who testified was Michael Sampson, a Florida native and co-founder of the Dream Defenders and now a labor organizer in the Washington area.

And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.

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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective.

Donald Trump has had little to say about what he’ll do to Medicare, but lots of Republicans in Congress would like to put the nation’s premiere health care program on the chopping block. Nancy Altman is co-director of Social Security Works. She says, the same people that are trying to privatize Social Security also have plans to change Medicare.

No constituency was more opposed to Donald Trump’s bid for the White House than Black people. A storm of controversy is swirling around the role that so-called “Identity Politics” played in the Democrats’ loss. We spoke with Dr. Gerald Horne, a professor of history and African American studies at the University of Houston, and one of Black America’s most prolific authors.

Diana Johnstone is author of the highly acclaimed book, “Queen of Chaos: the Misadventures of Hillary Clinton.” Johnstone lives and writes I Paris, France. In a recent article, Johstone urged Clinton supporters to stop panicking, and THINK.

Black Agenda Report editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley was recently a guest on the Taylor Report, a popular political program on radio station CUIT, at the University of Toronto, Canada. Kimberley was asked to describe the legacy that Barack Obama will leave behind when he exits the presidency in January.

For the 47 th year in a row, over a thousand Native Americans and their allies gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts last Thursday for the Annual Native American National Day of Mourning. Nellie Bailey was there, covering the event for Black Agenda Report. But, the commanding presence in Plymouth was political prisoner Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement activist who has been behind bars for 41 years. Native American elder Bert Waters read Peltier’s statement to the crowd.

And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’sthe place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.

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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. Ajamu Baraka, a founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network and an editor and columnist with Black Agenda Report – was also the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate. We asked Baraka how he felt about the Green’s performance. Historian and author Paul Street is a keen observer of the crisis in the U.S. two-party electoral system. He says, if the Democrats offer nothing to working class voters, then they shouldn’t expect to win states like Michigan and Ohio.  Supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nations best known political prisoner, are planning a giant rally, in Philadelphia, next month. Abu Jamal is battling hepatitis C, but the Pennsylvania prison system refused to treat him for the disease, which also afflicts thousands of other inmates. Pam Africa says Mumia’s supporters are fighting to keep him alive. Mumia, himself, with a commentary on the election of Donald Trump. He titles it “Tears and a Smile.” President-Elect Donald Trump appears to have chosen Mike Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, as the next director of the CIA. Ray McGovern fighting the ever-growing power of the national security state. McGovern was recently interviewed by Paul Jay, of the Real News Network. McvGovern says, there’s a big problem with naming Mike Pompeo as CIA Chief. And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.

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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. we spoke with Dr. Cornel West, Black America’s most prominent public intellectual. Dr. West was a key supporter of Bernie Sanders, during the Democratic primaries. When Hillary Clinton won the nomination, Dr. West endorsed the Green Party’s presidential ticket. We asked Cornel West if he was surprised at Donald Trump’s victory. Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the Duboisian scholar and activist from Philadelphia, was one of the few observers on the Left that thought Donald Trump might win the election. Monteiro says Trump’s triumph is a result of the political crisis in the ruling class. Congress opens its lame duck session, this week. It could be the last chance for passage of President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership corporate trade rights deal. Donald Trump made defeat of TPP a key goal of his campaign. Hillary Clinton claimed she also opposed TPP – although nobody believed her. Kevin Zeese is with Popular Resistance, which has been fighting TPP every step of the way. We asked Zeese if Trump’s win at the polls spells doom for Obama’s pet project. The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations last week held a national conference on Black Self-Determination, in Washington. Black is Back chairman Omali Yeshitela outlined the Coalition’s 19 point document on applying the principle of self-determination to the whole range of political issues. That was Black is Back Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. Black Agenda Report senior columnist Margaret Kimberley was one of the speakers at the conference. Kimberley said self-determination means breaking with the warmongering, corporated-controlled, mass incarcerating Democratic Party. And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.

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Welcome, to the radio program that brings you News, Commentary and Analysis, from the Black Left. Cooperation Jackson, an organization made up of activists rooted in the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement that, for a brief time, controlled City Hall in Jackson, Mississippi, continues to build institutions for Black self-determination in the region. Kali Akuno is a spokesperson for Cooperation Jackson. He says their current big project is to get ownership of a high-tech, 3-D Fabrication production facility. They call it the “Fab Lab.” Health insurance costs are going through the roof, as the dwindling number of private insurance companies that participate in the ObamaCare program raise rates and lower services in states across the country. Folks shouldn’t be surprised, according to Dr. John Geyman, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. Dr. Geyman is am noted author, and recently published an article that said Obama’s Affordable Care Act is imploding, and beyond repair. That should have been expected, since the legislation was never designed to keep health care costs down. Professor John Geyman, speaking from Seattle.In Detroit, parents, educators and activists came together for a “Community Conversation on the Crisis in the Schools,” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The gathering was organized to address the question: “Who Created the School Crisis, and How Are We Responding To it?” Detroit has the second-largest concentration of charter schools in the country, right behind New Orleans. The city’s educational crisis began with the state takeover of the public schools, in the 1990s, and dramatically worsened after Michigan imposed emergency financial managers over the system. One of those on the panel was Dr. Thomas Pedroni, professor of Curriculum Studies at Wayne State University. The opposition to Venezuela’s Socialist government last year captured the country’s legislature, and is now attempting to seize the executive branch by hook or by crook. Opposition politicians tell foreign media that Venezuelans are starving due to government mismanagement and the collapse of world oil prices,and the U.S. corporate press reports that, as Truth. We spoke with Maria Paez Victor, a Venezuelan-born sociologist living in Toronto, Canada, who recently wrote an article titled, “Hating Venezuela.” We asked Dr. Victor, Who are these people who hate Venezuela so much and spread disinformation about its Socialist government?
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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. Washington, DC is the site, this weekend, for a National Black Political Convention on Self-Determination. The event was organized by the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, which has rallied and marched on the White House every November since President Obama’s first year in office. Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela says Black Is Back is determined to put Black self-determination back on the agenda. Much of the world would agree that the current U.S. presidential campaign is one of the strangest in modern times. Not only did the Republicans and Democrats nominate the nation’s two most unpopular politicians, but the election is occurring when the entire capitalist system is in crisis. We spoke with Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the Duboisian scholar with the Black Radical Organizing Committee. If you believe the U.S. corporate media, then you probably think that the people of Venezuela are starving, and that most of them are out in the streets demanding the head of President Nicholas Maduro and the overthrow of his Socialist Party government. But is any of that true? We asked Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, who teaches politics at Drexel University, and is author of the book, “We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution.” Political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney turned 68 years old this month, still serving a 2 ½ to ten year sentence on election tampering charges. Marcina Cole was a courtroom observer at Rev. Pinkney’s trial, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She teamed up with David Sole, of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice, to visit Pinkney in prison and to arrange a birthday party for him, in Detroit. And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.
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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. Coming up: former Black Panthers celebrated the party’s 50 anniversary, in Oakland, California, where it all began; and, a Haitian political activist says Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, is the greater evil of the 2016 U.S. presidential contest. But first, It’s been 20 years since the start of the genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a bloodbath that continues, provoked, according to United Nations reports, by U.S. allies in neighboring Rwanda and Uganda. The Friends of Congo noted the 20th anniversary of the genocide with an all-day teaching session in New York City. One of the speakers was Nita Evele, of the Congo Global Action Coalition. Hundreds of former members of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense gathered in Oakland, California, to mark the organization’s 50 th anniversary. The event saw four days of intense discussion on the burning issues that confront today’s Black liberation movement. The weekend also marked the 80th birthday of former Black Panther Party chairman and co-founder Bobby Seale, who was roasted and honored. Seale said, from the very beginning, he just wanted to put more Black people in elected office. If you are from Haiti, Bill and Hillary Clinton may look like the greater evils of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Haitian community political activist Daoud Andre led a protest against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office has been investigating Donald Trump’s charitable organization. Andre says Schneiderman is showing his political bias by leaving Bill and Hillary Clinton’s multi-billion dollar, global fund-raising empire untouched.And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.
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This is Black Agenda Radio, a weekly hour of African American political thought and action. Hillary Clinton’s supporters having been whipping up a hysteria, claiming that Donald Trump is such a dangerous fascist, that progressives cannot afford to vote their consciences and support Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, of the Green Party. But Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford told activists of the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, in Atlanta, last week, that the world may not survive a Hillary Clinton in the White House. Ford said Clinton’s proposed “no fly” zone over Syria would lead almost immediately to a war between the United States and Russia, the world’s two nuclear super- powers. And, Glen Ford said Donald Trump isn’t the only candidate with fascist tendencies.The United States claims it is the premiere democracy on the planet, but this country has the lowest voter turnout in the industrialized world. Part of the reason is the U.S. practice of denying the vote to people with felony records. A new study by the Sentencing Project, in Washington, shows that six million Americans have been disenfranchised because of criminal records. According to the Sentencing Project executive director Marc Mauer, only the United States treats ex-felons like non-citizens. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left. 
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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective.

A report by a United Nations panel indicted the United States 

for its history of “racial terrorism and inequality” and reaffirmed the need for 

reparations for African Americans. We spoke with Kamm Howard, of N-COBRA, 

the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America.

Nobody but Democrats and Republicans is allowed to take part in the nationally televised presidential and vice presidential debates. However, Democracy Now has been presenting “Expanded Debates” that allowed Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka to answer the same questions posed to the major party candidates. Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine were essentially in agreement about the conflict in Syria, both advocating for a “no fly zone” that could put the U.S. at war with Russia at any moment. Ajamu Baraka says the Democrats and Republicans are on a path towards global destruction.

Donald Trumps endless embarrassments make it less and less likely that he will become President of the United States. However, lots of people that claim to be progressives say they have no choice but to support Hillary Clinton because Trump will bring about a fascist regime in this country. Paul Street, the  historian and political analyst, isn’t buying that argument. He says the Democrats are engaged in scare-mongering.

Nate Parker’s film, “Birth of a Nation,” about Nat Turner’s 1831 rebellion against slavery, has been getting mixed reviews. Perhaps the movie’s biggest flaw is its failure to show Nat Turner as a revolutionary organizer. For that kind of information, we thought it was a good idea to present part of a speech, delivered this summer, by Dr. Melvin Peters, an associate professor of African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University.

By a slim margin, a deal to end Colombia’s half-century long war between the government and FARC guerillas was defeated in a referendum at the polls, earlier this month. Colombians of African descent and indigenous people have suffered most from the conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced more than five million people from their homes. Mina- Rojas was disappointed with the vote, but not surprised.

Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.
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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argued for 90 minutes at week’s presidential debate, but very little emerged in terms of concrete policy proposals. Trump and Clinton clashed over police stop-and- frisk policies, which were ruled unconstitutional as practiced in New York City. Trump said the country needs more stop-and- frisk. Clinton said it was an “ineffective” way to fight crime. For those who are not schooled in the law and the history of stop-and- frisk, the whole exchange might have seemed murky. So, we spoke with Chip Gibbons, the policy and legislative counsel for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

World War Three could start at any moment in Syria, where U.S. and Russian forces are arrayed on opposite sides of the battlefield. The Russian military is in Syria at the invitation of that country’s government. The U.S. is supporting Islamic jihadists, and last month killed 62 Syrian government soldiers that were under attack by ISIS. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has long pushed for a “no fly zone” over Syria – although she didn’t bring up the idea in last week’s debate with Donald Trump. The Green Party has been frozen  out of the televised debates. Ajamu Baraka, the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate, says peace wouldn’t stand much of a chance with Clinton in the White House.

While Trump and Clinton were debating each other at Hofstra University, in New York, Jitu Brown was among the protesters demonstrating outside. Brown is a leader of the Journey for Justice Alliance, made up of 40,000m activists in community organizations in 24 cities across the country. The Alliance demands “comprehensive equality” in education, and a national moratorium on charter schools.Journey for Justice Alliance, 40,000 active members of community organizations in 24 cities around the country. He was among the protesters at last week’s debate. The Journey for Justice Alliance platform demands a national moratorium on charters schools.
 
And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.

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