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Black Agenda Radio – 03.13.17

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 New York City Police Department was forced to lighten up on stop and frisk. So, now the cops are staging huge raids on public housing, and charging hundreds of young people with criminal conspiracy; And, Mumia Abu Jamal remembers the people’s lawyer, Lynne Stewart.

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Carey Wedler – McDonald’s U.S. Operations In Trouble Despite Endless Marketing Schemes

Despite McDonald’s extensive efforts to improve U.S. sales over the last several years, its most promising endeavor is coming up short — and as a result, so are the company’s domestic profits. Reuters reports that according to McDonald’s fourth quarter report, released Monday, “Sales at established U.S. restaurants fell for the first time in six quarters as the novelty of …

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Michael Roberts – American Narcissism: Body And Beauty

It’s a brand new year and you’ve made the now customary resolutions. Not about your future as a person but as a future person. Convinced by years of addictive conditioning and non-stop TV advertising that your unhealthy dalliance with body and beauty is normal, you embark on a no-win, must-lose path, to feed that drug-like obsession with body and beauty …

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Carl Bialik – The Government Finally Has A Realistic Estimate Of Killings By Police

About 1,200 people were killed by police officers in the U.S. in the 12 months that ended in May, according to a federal report released Thursday. That number is much larger than government counts of police killings for earlier years — and is much more in line with private estimates. Criminal justice researchers have long argued that official counts of …

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Joanna Walters – Self-defense in Trumpland: how women protect themselves in a climate of hate

“Immigrant!” the customer shouted at the cashier. “Trump!” she shrieked. Antonia Carew-Watts froze in line at the drugstore in Manhattan as the woman in front of her shouted a stream of abuse at the young female Rite Aid employee. Not all the conversation was audible, but Carew-Watts could hear that the cashier had an accent and the customer threatened to …

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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 …