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    Cynthia McKinney Deserves Your Support, Obama Does Not

    A Campaign Foreign Policy Focus by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who seems poised to capture the Green Party presidential nomination, in Chicago, this month, "is at this juncture in history the only vehicle through which progressives can both register their outrage at Barack Obama and begin the process of rebuilding a mass, Black-led movement for real social change." Meanwhile, the frequency of Obama's Right turns seem to increase in direct proportion to the nearness of the general election. "Surely no one with a brain any longer believes that Obama is a closet progressive, or even a genuine liberal." The question is, How many progressives will put their votes and resources to honorable use?

    Obama Embraces Bush's Faith-Based Corruption


    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford


    George W. Bush as his mentor, Barack Obama shamelessly dives into the political sewer of "faith-based initiatives," the Republican strategy to bribe the Black preaching class. Obama takes his cues from "W," who early in his first term lured hustler/preachers by the thousands into GOP ranks by grabbing them by the greedy-bones. Rather than prepare to cast out this great corruption along with the Bush regime, Obama adopts it as his own - a shocking display of cynicism and amorality. Obama's faith-based treachery will inevitably result in a weakening of the Black progressive tradition.

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    Obama Insults Half a Race

    by BAR executive editor Glen FordFatherDayObamaCrowd

    The Black man who wants to be president spends Father's Day at church in loud and general denunciation of Black males. For added insult, he describes them as "boys." Barack Obama's primary audience isn't the conservative Black Pentecostal congregation, but "white social conservatives in a race where these voters may be up for grabs," says the New York Times. In America, even the "Black" corporate candidate runs against Black people. How did such madness come to pass in 2008? Blame the Black "progressive" misleaders who failed to challenge Obama when they had the chance. Now it's too late, and African Americans are reduced to objects of derision.

    Running to the Right: Barack Obama and the DLC Strategy

    turn_rightby BAR Managing Editor Bruce DixonThe fragility of Barack Obama's DLC-inspired electoral strategy is now exposed for all to see. Obama has chosen to “reach out” to white and Republican voters while challenging none of their assumptions about America, racism or empire, at the same time, counting on on a deaf and blind black nationalism to shield him from accountability to African Americans. Republicans (and Hillary Clinton) know all they need do to counter him is prove to whites that he is not as conservative as he seems. Obama will thus be forced scramble relentlessly rightward from here on, disowning, denouncing and dishonoring any and all stirrings of black or grassroots militancy to keep white support without telling white America anything it doesn't want to know.

    Obamarama: Is it a Movement? Or is it Marketing? And What Should We Be Doing?

     A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce Dixon
    Is the Barack Obama campaign actually what it claims to be - the heir to and continuation of an historic and broad-based transformative movement for social change? What exactly are the differences between a social movement, a political candidacy, and a marketing campaign? How do we begin to unravel how much of Obamarama is movement and how much is marketing, and where will the promised and hoped-for "change" actually come from, if it comes at all?
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    When NOT to Vote Black (at least in Memphis)

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The Voting Rights Act was passed 42 years ago, but African Americans still have an uneven record of voting their interests - and their own political convictions - instead of falling for corporate con artists with Black faces. In Memphis, Tennessee, for the first time since the Civil Rights Era, Blacks can choose between a white congressional incumbent whose voting record fits nicely with most of the Congressional Black Caucus, versus a Black protégé of the infamous former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., the most rightwing, treacherous member in the history of the CBC. Ford's acolyte is also supported by hysterically homophobic clerics of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association, who are attempting to rally the majority-Black district around the Red-Black-and-Green flag - but really only care about...the Green.

    Freedom Rider: White Man’s Love

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Somebody Needs to do Some Time for Katrina Crimes

    by BAR contributing editor Mark P. Fancher

    The United States rejects the rule of international law, refusing to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, while claiming moral authority to pronounce unilateral judgment on the behavior of other nations and world leaders. According to the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the state crimes committed against African Americans in the aftermath of Katrina, alone, are ample ground for prosecution of a host of officials in an international court of law. These criminals will be in the dock, August 29, at the International Tribunal on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in New Orleans. Hang ‘em high.

    "Terror War" Terrorizes Spineless Democrats

    by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

    When Democrats compete to adopt the phony "global war on terror" as their own, and promise they can do it "better" or "smarter" than Republicans, they erase what little difference remains between the parties.  "Terror Democrats" have abandoned the politics of hope for the politics of fear, and turn the political process into one that threatens to elect the candidates who frighten us the most. 

    Greens Put Mass Incarceration at Top of Agenda, While Democrats Mumble

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The Green Party, once perceived by many Blacks as a club for white counterculturalists, now champions an end to racially selective administration of justice in the U.S. By making Black and Brown mass incarceration a top priority, the Greens engage a public policy-created crisis that impacts all aspects of African American life. While the Democrats, including Barack Obama, make occasional feeble noises about the fact that half the U.S. prison population is Black, the Greens call for an end to the so-called "drug war" as "a war on youth and people of color." It is not surprising that the Democrats have little of substance to say about the Black Gulag: they helped create it.

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    How Democracy Works: Democratic Deceit and Denial on War, Impeachment, Health Care and Prisons

    a Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
    Most Americans, and most Democrats want an end to war. Most Americans favor impeachment, and when alternatives are described to them, most favor a single-payer health care system on the French or Canadian model. When Republicans captured the House and Senate in the third year of Bill Clinton's administration the media declared the president "irrelevant". Democrats won the House and Senate in 2006.  Why can't Democratic leaders do what Democratic voters elected them to?

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    If Bush-Cheney Can’t Be Impeached, Nobody Can

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford


    By allowing the opportunity to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney to slip away, Democratic Leadership - and the ineffectual Congressional Black Caucus - are complicit in the death of the rule of law in the United States. There is hardly a law that has not been broken by the Bush gang in their six-year crime spree - a massive criminal conspiracy that began with the theft of the 2000 election and continues with impunity under a Democratic Congress. The Black Caucus, whose constituents would support impeachment "in an instant," tremble like Chihuahuas under the gaze of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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    Barack Obama & Voter Supression: Where's Joshua's Horn When We Need It?

    by Bruce A. Dixon 
    Republicans have developed and deployed an arsenal of tactics, strategies and tools aimed at suppressing the black and Latino vote, according to recent report by the Brennan Center for Justice. 

    Heroes and Hypocrites: Black Caucus Shattered on Iraq

    by BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

    More than two-thirds of the Congressional Black Caucus signed on as members of the Out of Iraq Caucus, but when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic corporate cohorts turned up the fire, all but four melted into the mass of hypocrisy that joined the U.S. war machine while pretending to resist it. The heroes are mostly heroines: Reps. Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Diane Watson, and the only man in the bunch, John Lewis. The collapse of the CBC is not a morality play, but the story of a power play. The lesson: the CBC will not stand up to Power, and is a politically spent force as presently constituted. The same must be said of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, only four of whose non-Black members stuck by their guns.

    The Pale Reflection: Barack Obama, MLK and the Meaning of the Black Revolution

    MLKin Thoughtby Paul Street

    In his "Empire and Inequality Report," the author compares the politics of Barack Obama, who styles himself a post-civil rights era "Joshua," to those of Martin Luther King, the most prominent member of what Obama calls the "Moses Generation." There is no resemblance whatsoever between them. Obama rates "bad on class," ObamaSmugWstars"bad on race" and "really bad on empire" - unfit to be mentioned in the same paragraph with King, the "democratic socialist" who advocated a "radical reconstruction of society."

    Black Lawmakers Digitally Redline African American Neighborhoods

    by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

    Last year Big Cable and Big Telephone interests teamed up to propose national cable franchise laws that would have killed network neutrality, privatized the Internet and allowed providers a free hand to redline broadband deployment in black, poor, rural and urban neighborhoods nationwide. Stopped in the U.S. Senate last fall, they have resurfaced in more than two dozen state legislatures from coast to coast. Prominent among supporters of Big Cable and Big Telephone are the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, thanks to tens of thousands in donations from AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

    What Use Are Black Mayors - An Open Letter to the Natl Conference of Black Political Scientists

    By Jerry G. Watts

    Exactly what do the poor in Atlanta, Washington DC, Charlotte, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Detroit and other cities have to show for having elected African Americans to City Hall?

    What Use Are Black Mayors?

    An Open Letter to the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

    Freedom Rider: Top Ten Questions for Would Be Presidents

    by BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley


    Although only Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, among Democratic presidential hopefuls, can rightfully claim to be a progressive, the rest of the pack will eventually have to face scrutiny from the party's grassroots "base." Under no circumstances should the political evaluation process be left to shallow corporate media and celebrity chatter. Ms. Kimberley has assembled a list of ten questions with which to challenge the candidates, ranging from Katrina to Iraq to national health care.

    Obama's Audacious Deference to Power


    Barack Obama's latest book reveals the presidential aspirant to be a rank racial accommodationist and political opportunist. The Illinois Senator urges empathy for those in power, labels critics on the Left cranks and zealots, and whitewashes America's past and present crimes. In the final analysis, Obama is an ‘authoritarian corporate imperial insider' - a front-running candidate for betrayal.

    Barack Obama: Progressives Beware!

    obamaby Ted Glick

    Barack Obama is nobody's progressive politician, and proves it in his latest book. The Senator's vision for the future, writes Glick, more closely resembles the Clintons' than it does Rep. John Conyers or Dennis Kucinich.


    Is Kucinich the "black candidate?"

    by Bruce Dixon 

    If 2008 presidential candidate, Ohio's Dennis Kucinich were a member of the Congressional Black Caucus he would have scored 100% on the CBC Monitor's report card, while Barack Obama only scored 70%.  If Kucinich stands where black voters do, and others don't, just who IS the 'black candidate' in 2008?


    Barack Obama and the Winds of War

    by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

    Black Mecca: The Death of an Illusion

    Black-led and proudly black ruled for a generation, and home to more black millionaires than anyplace else besides the nation's capital, Atlanta also leads the nation in the percentage of its children in poverty.  What does this say about the status of "Black Mecca"?

    Black Mecca, the Death of an Illusion

    Where The Left Lives


    The Awesome Destructive Power of Corporate Media

    The Awesome Destructive Power of Corporate Media:  How Corporate Media Killed the 2004 Howard Dean Campaign

    by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

    Howard Dean has joined the list of victims of U.S. corporate media consolidation.

    In Search of the Real Barack Obama: Can a Black Senate Candidate Resist the DLC?

    by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
    Below are three articles originally published in Black Commentator on June 5, June 19, and June 26, 2003.  
    In these we initiated a dialog between the editors of Black Commentator and Barack Obama, then a state senator from the south side of Chicago and candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate regarding his ties to the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), his opposition to the invasion of Iraq, and questioned him on the repeal of NAFTA and single payer health insurance.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Bogus "Election Study" Grossly Inflates Black Vote For Denise Majette

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Corporate media and establishment black "political scientists" want us to believe Rep. McKinney lost her congressional seat because black voters walked away from her, and that her opponent Denise Majette put together some new kind of "biracial coalition." But analysis of the precinct by precinct figures reveal that nothing could be further from the truth.

    How Sister McKinney Lost, and What We Can Learn From It

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    On August 8 or 9 I walked into Cynthia McKinney's campaign office and offered to help after work and on weekends for the last ten days. I've served as volunteer in and consultant to a couple dozen political campaigns and voter registration drives in the Chicago area in the 70's, 80's and 90's.

    Newark: The First Domino? The Hard Right Tests Its National Black Strategy

    In this May 2, 2002 article, which appeared in the second issue of the Black Commentator, co-founded by Glen Ford, the author continues the examination of the strange career of Corey Booker that began in April 2002's Fruit of the Poisoned Tree. This was published just before Newark's 2002 mayoral election.

    Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree: The Hard Right's Plan To Capture Newark NJ

    In this groundbreaking 2002 article, which appeared in the very first issue of the Black Commentator, co-founded by Glen Ford, the author throws prophetic light on the early career and sponsorship of a new type of African American politician --- Corey Booker in his first run for mayor of Newark NJ.

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