Freedom Rider: If “That One” Wins

FRno parkingby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

All the contradictions of America's white supremacist history converge on November 4, when a society drenched in racism tries to figure out which of its "selves" will pull the lever. Lots of whites seem to be profoundly confused. "A recent poll indicated that many white people, including some who claim to support Obama, continue to hold very negative opinions about black people, often viewing them as ‘violent,' and ‘complaining.'" But Obama solves the problem, since his "refusal to directly address the needs of black people is also appealing to white people."  Other whites are more straightforward. If your car sports an Obama sticker, they won't let you park.

Obama and the Derivatives Merchants

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

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Barack Obama's star shines brighter than ever
(whose wouldn't, in comparison to John McCain?) despite his intimate
association with "the very same individuals who brought about the
current catastrophe."  Former Clinton
Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, now top advisors to
Obama, "labored successfully to safeguard ‘derivatives,' the exotic ‘ticking
time bomb' financial instruments, from federal regulation" nearly a decade ago.
"Be assured that this crew will deliver another catastrophe from their
positions of influence, if Obama is elected." 

Remembering Ahmed Sekou Touré as Guinea Turns 50

by Norman Otis RichmondSekoutoureSeated

It is fashionable among the historically
challenged to belittle the founding revolutionary fathers of Black Africa as
ineffectual dreamers. The late Sekou Toure, former President of Guinea, is a
frequent target. "Only a fool would attempt to defend the current regime of
President Lansana Conte, [but] only a bigger fool would attempt to denigrate the
role that Toure played in the struggle for World African Liberation," writes
the author. "African people will remember Touré as a great Pan Africanist who
attempted to unite Africa and Africans world-wide."

McCain and Alaska’s Toxic Termagant

McCain Obama logo 08by John Maxwell

U.S. public opinion seems to be inching closer
to world opinion. "That it is why an English worldwide poll has found that the
world wants Obama to win. The preference is almost 100% across countries
as disparate as Norway and Saudi Arabia." The gaming industry has caught the
same vibe, with "odds on Obama being the next president better than 90% as of
this last week." Standing in defiant opposition to global opinion - about which
they don't give a damn - are "McCain and Palin" who "present a fundamentalist
and revanchist face to the world, promising an even rougher ride than George
Bush."

ACORN Is Not the Nut Here

ACORNvotersby David Swanson

With total predictability, white supremacists,
heavily clustered in the Republican Party, are raising  the alarm about two grave threats to
national survival: 1) Poor Black people, under the leadership of the activist
group ACORN, have conspired to destabilize the government through repetitive,
fraudulent voting, and 2) those same poor Black people, even while perpetrating
massive felony voting, tricked honest white businessmen into granting them
sufficiently huge numbers of mortgages to wreck the entire financial system.
Spread the word.

The Illusion of Post-Racial America

by Aman GillPostRacialSeanBell

"Why does racial conflict no longer generate the
same kind of heat" - the militant response - as 40 years ago? What is it about
the "post-racial" or "post-civil rights" era that causes Blacks to remain
passive in the face of police atrocities like the Sean Bell killing? "The face
of mainstream black activism has moved from a base in communities to big money
and corporate sway," says one veteran activist. Black leadership nowadays is
"chosen by either political forces or corporate forces." The most dramatic
example is Barack Obama, who "rejects the whole Black Power movement."

The Presidency for Sale: Small Contributors Waste Their Money


PresidentForSaleProgressives who
believe they are influencing Barack Obama by sending him cash, are neither
influencing the candidate nor helping their causes.
 
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High Noon in Chicago: The Sheriff as Hero


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Although homeowners
get most of the sympathy, renters are also victimized by the monsoon of
foreclosures. A big city sheriff distinguishes himself.
 
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Somalia: Will It Become Obama’s War?


1437somali-fightersEthiopia seems ready
to quit its nearly two-year occupation of Somalia. But will the U.S., which
instigated the invasion, allow Somalis to rebuild their nation "in ways of
their own choosing?" 
 
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Eshu’s Blues: We Are the People With Boxes On Our Heads

by BAR columnist michael
hureaux
Hureax

Racist mob talk is once again heard in the land.
"They were chanting ‘Kill him!' whenever Obama's name was mentioned the
other day at a rally where Governor Palin was speaking." John McCain is
compelled to assure his supporters that Obama is "a good and decent family
man." How liberal of him. Yet Black Obama supporters aren't exactly role models
for the children, either. "With the ascension of the black machine politics of
would-be President Barack Obama, we have achieved in our public polity a
narcissism and cultiness as craven and manipulative as anything that ever came
out of the mouth of a white politician." And that's saying a mouthful.

Opportunity’s Autumn Burial

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby  Kemet Mawakana

 a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

This week the Seven Foot Poet nods at what is, and points to what's possible.  Which is really more important?  The world that already is?  Or the world we can make, if only we choose to try?  Which would you rather spend your future in?

Security Expert: Diebold Voting Machines Designed To Be Hacked

spoonamore333Stephen Spoonamore is a registered
Republican, leading cybersecurity expert, and a whistleblower. In
early September he gave an explosive deposition on the means and
methods by which the 2004 presidential election in Ohio was stolen,
and identified specific individuals with first hand knowledge of who
carried out these thefts.

Black Agenda Report here reprints his deposition, along with links to an extensive interview Spoonamore gave to questioners at Velvet Revolution in which he details how electronic voting machines not only can be hacked, but appear to have been designed to be hacked.

AFRICOM: America's Military Foot in Africa's Doorway

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixonafricom333

On October 1 the US launched AFRICOM, the Pentagon's outpost in Africa. Commanded by a Black American general and incorporating State Department and other civilian personnel from top to bottom it is billed as a “new kind” of US military command.

Incorporating nearly all US civilian programs in Africa under its umbrella, from trade to aid to public information, AFRICOM marks the militarization of US policy toward what is already the most war-torn region in the world.  AFRICOM's planners offer their twelve year intervention in Somalia, where a million out of ten million have died due to US intervention, as a "model" for the continent.

Crisis Will Test American – and African American – Social Compact

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

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Black and progressive forces are not holding up well as the current, acute crisis of capitalism unfolds. The Democratic Party has proven itself useless, including the Congressional Black Caucus, whose "progressive wing" collapsed in the second Wall Street bailout vote. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi try to out-Republican Bush's party. "It is difficult to envision how American society will weather the coming storms, when the Gods of Capital - who left no social space for any gods but themselves - have so utterly failed." With very little social safety net, and a weak social compact, the American people are in trouble.

Freedom Rider: The Other Bailout

FRUStroopsIraqby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It's hard to keep track of two mega-thieves at the same time. "The defense bill is every bit as wasteful and just as much a harbinger of doom as the much discussed Wall Street bailout, but has elicited hardly any debate, even from progressives." And, just as with the bailout bill, Democrats in Congress are ever ready to run up the white flag. "The collective popular revulsion at the very presence of Bush in the White House has never stopped Democratic party capitulation." War begets war. "Not only is military spending completely unproductive, but it increases the likelihood of further American acts of aggression.

Jay Z Stumpin' For Prez?

PaulScottby Paul Scott

Jay Z is stumping for Barack Obama, "via free
rap concerts," but the author wonders "who is out there promoting Obama-ism,
the Jay Z who was just another black kid with big dreams from the hood 20 years
ago or the multi-millionaire business man, former CEO of Def Jam Records and
part owner of the NJ Nets, Shawn Carter?" 
Nowadays, "Hip Hop artists are business men and the only presidents that
they are concerned about are the dead presidents that are on the face of dollar
bills." Hip Hop "is now the voice of Wall Street."

Obama and the Funding of Black Community Turnout

ObamaVoteby Ron Walters

The Obama campaign is repeating the Democrats'
behavior in 2004, when party money bags bypassed Black churches and community
organizations in get out the vote campaigns. "Again in this election cycle, I
have heard stories of young Whites showing up in Black communities to register
Black voters." Out-sourcing Black voter turnout robs the community of a vital
component of political power. "The power of the Black community in elections
has always resided not only in its turnout but in the fact that the turnout was
controlled by Black leadership."

"Where's Kenny Rogers When You Need Him?

The Big Boys Got Their Bailout, But the Elected Leadership andcynthia mckinney the Voters Meet at the Election Day Showdown

Cynthia McKinney

"It should now be clear that the Democratic leadership in Congress must be removed and a political party that reflects the people's values must be built," says the Green Party presidential candidate. "Everyone can see that the system is broken: a system that was not created to serve the people of this country." The Democrats' betrayal in the Wall Street bailout joins the ongoing failure to protect the voting rights of its Black constituency, as compelling reasons to dump the party, once and for all. "Even while in control, the Democrat leadership has done nothing to prepare the way for election integrity in this election."

Gwen Ifill and Corporate Conformity

GwenIfill
 
The Public
Broadcasting newsperson's new book should have been no concern to Republicans,
and is bound to get good reviews from white corporate media.
 
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