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Black Agenda Radio – 01.23.17

Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host, Nellie Bailey. Coming up: The chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition explains what keeps the various groups in the coalition together; a new Poor People’s Campaign attempts to mobilize against global economic inequalities; and, Why are Black teachers disappearing from the classrooms in New York City?

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ANDREW LEVINE – Bernie’s Tragic Flaw: Too Soft on Clinton

From Day One, Bernie Sanders said that he would support the eventual Democratic nominee – Hillary Clinton. It looks like he will make good on his word. The near certainty that he would jump on the Hillary bandwagon eventually has always been one of the best arguments for being wary of his campaign. But while there was still a hope …

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LESLIE SCOTT – The Story of Jill Stein: Putting People, Peace and the Planet Before Profits

Even with support from the thousands that pack his speaking engagements, pundits continue to count Bernie Sanders out once the 2016 Democratic National Convention rolls around in July. This rhetoric should not be taken lightly. History reveals how candidates, who are unpopular with their own establishment, have been taken down by the powers-that-be even as they gained popularity in the …

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DAVE LINDORFF – The Push to Make Sanders the Green Party’s Candidate

Bernie Sanders, to the consternation of critics in the Democratic Party, pundits in the corporate media, and purists on the hard left, has accomplished an amazing thing. Up against Hillary Clinton, surely the biggest, best-funded corporate-backed candidate the Democratic leadership has run since Walter Mondale lost to Ronald Reagan in 1984 over three decades ago, the once obscure independent Vermont …

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ROBERT HUNZIKER – Does Methane Threaten Life?

The question of whether methane (CH4) in the atmosphere is a threat to life is extraordinarily complex and generally not well understood. But, yes it is a serious threat, very serious and horribly real. Okay, but don’t scientists understand this, and why aren’t they speaking out? They are speaking out but only a very few. Here’s the “speaking out” problem: …

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MANUEL GARCÍA, JR.- The Cult of Hillary, the Ultimate Junk Bond

Why do so many black Americans support Hillary Clinton? Stockholm Syndrome. They are faithful battered wives. They are yoked to Hillary by co-dependency: “I’ve stuck by you and suffered to do so for so long that you owe me, and I have faith that you will reward me later if I help you reach your goal now.” In their minds …

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Nicolas J S Davies – Hillary Clinton and the Dogs of War

A poll taken in Iowa before the presidential caucus found that 70 percent of Democrats surveyed trusted Hillary Clinton on foreign policy more than Bernie Sanders. But her record as Secretary of State was very different from that of her successor, John Kerry, who has overseen groundbreaking diplomatic breakthroughs with Iran, Cuba and, in a more limited context, even with Russia and …

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BRYCE COVERT – $250,000 a Year Is Not Middle Class

HILLARY CLINTON has vowed not to raise taxes on the middle class. It’s a pledge that has worked well for others on the campaign trail before her, a resonant assurance to voters who saw themselves as middle class or aspired to be. But it’s a bad promise. Mrs. Clinton is using a definition of middle class that has long been …

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PAUL STREET – An Idiot’s Guide to Why They Hate Us

In its endless, candidate-obsessed coverage and discussion of the already seemingly interminable U.S. presidential horse race (the actual presidential election is still more than ten months away), U.S. corporate media fact-checkers, reporters, and commentators have had a field day finding inaccuracies, offensiveness, and absurdities in the statements of the current Republican pack-leader Donald Trump. It’s not hard to do. “The …