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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?

NEW SHOW ALERT: The Conspiracy Guy – 12.21.16

The Conspiracy Guy #4: It has been astonishing to see a conspiracy theory being touted by the Director of the CIA to attempt to sway Trump electors from casting their votes for the candidate who won their states, but the evidence shows that he has been aided and abetted by The Washington Post, The New York Times and even the President of the USA. So a conspiracy theory has been used to promote a conspiracy to deny the American people their choice to succeed Barack Obama. The motivation for this extraordinary effort, moreover, appear to be corrupt, including suppressing information emerging about what (I predict) will become the greatest scandal in the history of the United States. And should the statements from Rudy Giuliani turn out to be fake, as some suggest, their content otherwise appears to be accurate and true.

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Branko Marcetic – The Long, Cruel Career of Rudy Giuliani

Over the course of a four-decade-long career, Rudy Giuliani has gone by many monikers (“Rudy,” “America’s Mayor”) and picked up and dropped even more personas: the hard-charging public prosecutor cracking down on mob bosses, corrupt politicians, and white-collar criminals; the crime-busting mayor for whom no misdeed was too petty to discipline; the Churchillian leader who shored up a nation’s courage …

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Cezary Podkul – De Blasio Says ‘Enough is Enough’: Landlords Getting Big Tax Break Must Cap Rent Hikes

In his sharpest critique yet of scofflaw landlords, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday it’s “outrageous” that thousands of New York City property owners accepted tax benefits from the city in exchange for limiting rent increases but did not live up to their obligations. “Enough is enough. Building owners who fail to comply will lose the benefit,” de Blasio …

DAVID ROSEN – Perversions of Power: Trump’s Hedonism vs Pence’s Puritanism

Since the nation’s founding there’s been a peculiar tension between the president and the vice president.  This tension was first established in 1796 when John Adams became president and Thomas Jefferson the vp.  The two men could not have been more different.  Adams was a Northern Federalist, pro-British and morally upright, puritanically married to Abagail; Jefferson was a Southern Democratic-Republican, …

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iEat Green – Katherine Soll -11.17.16

  Founder and Executive Director of Teens for Food Justice, Kathy Soll believes that all New Yorkers should be committed to ending hunger, food insecurity and poor nutrition in one of the world’s greatest cities and that connecting youth to this mission and each other is a critical part of that achieving that goal. Teens for Food Justice was built …

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Gilbert Doctorow – The Establishment Strikes Back

The immediate impact of Donald Trump’s victory among those of us who favored his candidacy over Hillary Clinton’s was triumphalism on the day after. This euphoric mood was very well captured on a special edition of the Russia Today’s “Cross Talk” show, which registered an audience of more than 110,000 on-line viewers, a number which is rare if not unprecedented. …

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Lauren McCauley – As Trump Transitions to Power, ‘Cabinet of Horrors’ Takes Shape

As President-elect Donald Trump began his transition to power on Thursday, early reporting has opened a window into what the nation can expect as his “cabinet of horrors,” as AFP put it, takes shape. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin are among the more high-profile …

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Henry A. Giroux – Poisoned City: Flint and the Specter of Domestic Terrorism

In the current age of free-market frenzy, privatization, commodification and deregulation, Americans are no longer bound by or interested in historical memory, connecting narratives or modes of thinking that allow them to translate private troubles into broader systemic considerations. As Irving Howe once noted, “the rhetoric of apocalypse haunts the air” accompanied by a relentless spectacle that flattens time, disconnects …