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May 12th, 2014 : mp3 file not currently online

The Hashtag Hunt for the Girls in Nigeria. U.S. policy on Ukraine - Follow the Money.

Featured Guest(s):
Glen Ford, Stephen Gowans

What is American power going to do to save these children? We've heard this question before. It should raise caution flags. Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford discusses this latest white man's burden. He critiques Margaret Kimberley's article on Black Agenda Report, "Freedom Rider: How Not To Bring Back Our Girls." He goes on to discuss Paul Kagame's ongoing aggression in Congo and abroad, and the nature of AFRICOM's expansion relative to China's growing trade presence in Africa.

Glen Ford gives a summary of what AFRICOM today really is. He explains that the US is not establishing its own military bases but is blending in with the military of African countries. The objective is to have the African military bases function as US military bases without actually BEING US military bases.

It seems like ancient history, but in November, all hell broke loose when the elected President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovitch, chose to defer an EU trade agreement. Writer Stephen Gowans, from "What's Left," explains what it was about Yanukovitch's government that offended Wall Street.

US Policy on Ukraine; Follow the Money

July 15th, 2013 : mp3 file not currently online

Trayvon Travesty; Technocrats' Train Terror Torches Town. Syria on the Frontline.

Featured Guest(s):
Glen Ford, Stephen Gowans

Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report is today's featured guest. But first, Phil Conlon comments on the destruction of a small Quebec town by an undermanned locomotive. "Railways just love every new computer system," everything capital intensive, everything that involves less and less workers until the day they can have no more workers.

The train was on a 5 MPH speed restriction - they couldn't trust the track. When the infrastructure fails, and there's no workers, there's no fallback.

Glen Ford returns to the program to discuss the Trayvon Martin affair. This is an important moment in history. "It is well known the that the U.S. is a surveilliance state and an incarceration state." Black people have always known this. Once a white person can convince a jury that they were acting "reasonably," then the case against them disappears.

Zimmerman's profiling and stalking of Trayvon Martin was "reasonable conduct" to police. The onus is on the profiled one, and not the white vigilante. In the trial, the police acted as defense witnesses, rather than prosecution. They recognized a kindred spirit.

In a jury of one's peers, how is it that six white women ended up as a jury of "peers?" Ford explains the decline of Affirmative Action and the rise of a racist subjectivity.

Now that so many Syrian rebels have discredited themselves, their foreign sympathizers have attempted to discover a secular, democratic component.

But there are too many reports of Al Qaeda activity in the Fee Syrian Army.

The whole discussion of democracy rests on the "Arab Spring." Yet, money from Qatar has been flowing into elections to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other countries since the initial outbreak in Tunisia. If the 1% dominate U.S. elections, can they not do so in other countries?

The Muslim Brotherhood has been organizing riots in Syria since 1964, long before history began for the Americans in 2011.

June 11th, 2012 : mp3 file not currently online

Robin Philpot on Quebec students vs the plutocrats. Glen Ford: Rwanda’s criminal leaders protected by Washington. Charles Roach: Human rights trump royal oaths. Zafar Bangash: West ignores crimes of Syrian Free Army

Featured Guest(s):
Robin Philpot, Glen Ford, Charles Roach, Zafar Bangash

February 14th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Glen Ford

The Black Commentator

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