Harlem: The Last Frontier




by Shannon Joyce Prince

A new survey shows many whites think Blacks are
"complainers." But the most irksome complainers are those whites that move into
places like Harlem and demand the neighborhood be changed to suit their needs
and tastes. Some "white new-Harlemites...have an attitude of entitlement and
imperialism." But the New York Times feels their pain, although the
paper "would never publish an article about non-whites moving into white
suburbs and being shocked by the prolific crime and drug use."

Zimbabwe and the Battle of Ideas

by Netfa Freemanmugabe2

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the continent. The author
methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that demonizes Mugabe while
hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to rich European and
American corporations.

South Africa: Whose Liberation Was It?

ZumaThabo Mbeki, under
whose leadership South Africa set about to create a class of Black
millionaires, is out as the ruling African National Congress leader. It's now
time to get on with the revolution, left too long unfinished. We shall see if
more militant actors "have the courage and ideas to create real change at the
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Deep Racism Revealed in Poll

Barack Obama will
have to run very, very well in the polls to stand a chance of overcoming
deep-seated white prejudice.  "One-third
of white Democrats displayed negative feelings towards African Americans, as
did 40 percent of all white Americans" - including lots of whites who claim
they plan to vote for Obama, according to a new AP/Yahoo survey.
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The Financial Crisis: Seize the Time!

Cynthia McKinney

As the Federal Reserve becomes the
"lender of last resort," it should also mean that "the people" become "the
owners of the primary instruments of U.S. capital and finance." Green Party
presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney declares: "We the people must now set
our demands to ensure and promote the public good." Technical public ownership
of finance behemoths like Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac is not enough: The people
must seize the time "to introduce
fundamental changes in the way the U.S. economy and its political stewards

FCC Spreads Digital Disinformation on TV Transition

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Thanks to corporate media's longstanding refusal to report on itself, along with a multimillion dollarFCC_Logo_Symbol333 campaign of public disinformation paid for by the FCC on behalf of commercial broadcasters, high-def TV and converter boxes are all most of know about the switch to digital TV. Last Monday, September 8, Wilmington NC became the first community in the nation to cease analog TV broadcasting and switch entirely to digital. Existing broadcasters gathered to rejoice at the prospect of hundrds of new digital channels which they receive free of charge, with no noticeable public interest obligations, and for which they don't even have programming.


7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a the Seven Foot Poet
What's the difference between sports fans and some of the people who frequent side shows, zoos, freak shows, wax museums and Ripley's Believe It Or Not?  And what does it mean to be a fan, anyway.  Our Seven Foot Poet may not have all the answers, but he has the important questions.

Cuba and Haiti: Children of Prometheus

by John MaxwellMaxwellHaiti

If a hurricane misses the United States, it doesn't exist in the minds of many Americans. This has been an especially cruel hurricane season for Cuba and Haiti, the countries that "destroyed slavery" and "European empire in the Western hemisphere," and "successfully asserted the right of any country, no matter how small to choose its own path to development," respectively. It is as if Haiti and Cuba are being punished for their good works, as was Prometheus by Zeus, "the Haitians by slow motion genocide, by compound interest and by state terrorism, by armed banditry in support of criminal monopolists and by the kidnapping of their elected leader. The Cubans have been punished by terrorism, by invasion, by biological warfare and by a brutal and illegal economic blockade."

No Jobs Make Mean Streets

JobsWithJusticeby James Thindwa

"After nearly 30 years of conservative discourse that promotes incarceration as the solution, local governments must resuscitate the idea that jobs and economic revival are the antidotes to crime." As crime numbers go up after a long decline, political conversation is rife with racist assaults on the "pathology" of the ghetto. Yet any objective observer would conclude that "what we are seeing in America's urban centers is desperation being played out in violent activity." Inner city youth need jobs, at a living wage. "Nowhere is the failure of urban politicians more evident than in their complicity in the false narrative - carefully orchestrated by corporate leaders - that service-sector jobs are inherently low wage."

White Privilege, White Entitlement and the 2008 Election

by Tim Wisewhite_privilege

A nation that claims it has already learned - and "changed" - so much in the racial arena, should at least be conversant in the definition of "white privilege." In fact, many surveys show most whites don't think such privilege exists. Noted anti-racist activist Tim Wise offers some guidance for "those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege."  Example: Those who "make fun of community organizers and the work they do" are most likely aggressively defending white privilege, whether they know it or not.

“Amazing Self-Correction”: Reflections on Barack Obama and the Perverse Racial Politics of the Post

by Paul StreetObamaStreet

The closer Barack Obama gets to the White House, the quicker some white folks are to declare that the United States is a "self-correcting" nation that is miraculously curing itself of racism. They are encouraged by Obama, himself, who "has shown a disturbing propensity to see the racism that oppresses and angers black America as purely a function of past injustice." Far too many Americans "fail to understand and/or refuse to acknowledge cold realities reflecting the perverse color politics of the post-Civil Rights age of neoliberal racism." The rise of Obama has given white America yet one more "shining opportunity to congratulate itself"


War-Talk and Speculation Drove Oil Prices Skyward


A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

As the economy approaches rock-bottom - wherever that is - the public should remember who brought about the "cascade of catastrophes."  The recent oil price explosion was caused by Big Capital speculators and "greatly accelerated" by American and Israeli threats to Iran's existence.

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Palin Propaganda Machine

Palinby Sikivu Hutchinson

Middle-American (i.e., white) moral hypocrisy is in graphic relief this campaign season. "Had the Palin family soap opera played out in the Obama household his bid for the presidency would have been gutted by right wing hysteria about promiscuous black welfare mothers in training and irresponsible baby daddies." Yet the V.P. candidate from the Great White North is a hit - so far. "The Palin choice was a transparently racist bid for the votes of white women enraged by the prospect of a black man in Hillary's White House." 

Freedom Rider: Boycott Israel

FRboycottIsraelby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

To call attention to Israel's apartheid policies is to ask for immediate labeling as an "anti-Semite." Just ask former president Jimmy Carter. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performer Abdur-Rahim Jackson was separated from the troupe and made to dance for Israeli airport security - twice - to prove he wasn't a danger to the Jewish State, based on his name. "Israel's dismal human rights record has created numerous calls for economic boycotts of that nation," and cultural boycotts, as well. "The Israelis at the airport acted like Jim Crow segregationists of old, never forsaking an opportunity to publicly humiliate black people." Israel acts like the U.S. "did in its own apartheid era."

U.S. Risks Catastrophic Defeat in Pakistan

The U.S. is risking
"incalculable" consequences with its raids into Pakistan, the only Muslim
nation with an atomic arsenal. Pakistan is the least hospital place for
American troops, a nation where "Osama bin Laden is infinitely more popular than
George Bush." If Washington continues to violate Pakistan's borders, it might
get "run out of South Asia on a rail."
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Preserve Gangster History

Newark, New Jersey's
historic preservation authorities aren't enthusiastic about the landmark value
of the site where mobster Dutch Schultz met his violent end. But
preserving history is one way we answer the question: "What kind of country
allowed assassins, pimps, pornographers and racketeers of all kinds to rise to
such wealth and prominence?
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Politics and Religion in America: Imagine There's No Heaven

Religionby David Swanson

"We now elect presidents who launch wars after discussing the matter directly with ‘God' but not Congress." God is all over the campaign trail, in this election cycle, aided by His inquisitors, the press. "The corporate media now asks presidential candidates to name and explain their favorite Bible verses, and accuses candidates of not being sufficiently christian." You know the end of church-state separation is near when "Senators Obama and McCain each [sit] for an hour of questions from a preacher at the front of a church."

9/11 and the Great American Decline

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford



The author begins with his encounter with two Israelis
on the banks of the Hudson River as the second tower fell at the World Trade
Center, and proceeds through the brief euphoria at "victory" in Iraq, and
subsequent reversals in U.S. fortunes. "9/11 may one day be viewed much like
the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand, in 1914: as an occurrence that merely served to ignite the
inevitable. The Bush regime desperately wanted a global war, and it got one."
But rather than ushering in an era of unchallenged American hegemony, the U.S.
entered into irreversible decline.

The Genetically Programmed Urge to Vote

Some of the people
the rich pay to think for them believe that "genetics may motivate a citizen to
cast a ballot or not, and that one can inherit the urge to run for office."
Follow the inane logic to its bizarre conclusions.


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The U.S. is the Worst Kind of Neighbor

The U.S. dangled Cuba
a measly $100,000 in Hurricane Gustav disaster relief - and that, with strings
attached - compared to Cuba's offer of shiploads of medical aid in the wake of
Katrina. Whatever happened to FDR's Good Neighbor Policy?
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