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The U.S., having
failed to subdue Somalia through Ethiopia's proxy invasion, now appeals to the
world's militaries to turn Somalia into a "free fire zone." Somali "piracy" is
a pretext for old fashioned imperial aggression.
Dick Cheney has
openly confessed to a personal role in shaping U.S. policy in the torture of
prisoners. A Senate Committee reports that a long list of administration
officials are culpable in torture, starting with George Bush. Will President Obama let the
guilty walk free?
who would allow Detroit to go down the drain, are loyal to capital, not to
country." They are intent on obliterating the very idea "that working people
have the right to protect themselves from the ups and downs of capitalist booms
by Paul Street
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, there are still those who think that Barack Obama "is a ‘true progressive' whose left and democratic orientation has been ‘squandered' or carefully hidden thanks to his national political ambitions and/or the influence of his political handlers." In reality, "Obama came to the political game with an already advanced and highly cultivated bourgeois taste for incremental change and compromise with concentrated power." Obama is tricky. "He posed for the liberal base as an ‘antiwar candidate' even while he signaled clearly to the foreign policy establishment that he would continue the Iraq occupation for an indefinite period."
by Mark P. Fancher
Imperialism ain't easy. Times change, and the neocolonial exploiters have to stay on their toes. They must encourage "the illusion of independence" in the formerly colonized world, the better to maintain effective economic control. "Enter Africa Command - better known as AFRICOM," whose "mission is to conduct ‘sustained security engagement through military-to-military programs, military-sponsored activities, and other military operations as directed to promote a stable and secure African environment in support of U.S. foreign policy." The key phrase is, of course "in support of U.S. foreign policy," a point that has not been lost on African nations.
by Carl Dix
Barack Obama, the vaunted "role model," wants a greatly expanded U.S. war machine capable of putting lots more "boots on the ground" around the globe. The author poses the question: "Is having a Black commander-in-chief enough to get you to enlist in America's war for empire, to kill people, and maybe die yourself, trying to keep America's strnglehold on the world in effect?" The "Buffalo Soldiers" of yesteryear now fill America's imperial legions, continuing the "shameful legacy" of "driving the native inhabitants off their lands to make way for the expansion of America[n]" power.
by Shannon J. Prince
Many of the solutions to poverty begin in the minds and experiences of poor people, themselves. The author examines two unconventional anti-poverty efforts, one that finds "people willing to employ marginalized people, matches young people with jobs that meet their interests, and seeks out mentors in their fields for them." Another initiative is built around cultivation of community gardens. "The gardens change spaces once used for prostitution and drug dealing into crime free areas. They also reduce crime by providing young people with a positive activity in which to engage."
by Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet
There are times that mark our goings and our comings and our lives, times to acknowledge each other, our ancestors and our place in the cosmos. Those times are what poetry is for.
victories, they critically analyze their defeats and shortcomings in
order to extract useful lessons. We want to take this
opportunity to thank those BAR readers who donated or worked the phones
for his campaign, and we here republish a critical
analysis of the performance of Malik Rahim's campaign written by its
By BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
Obama's old school economic team are on record as favoring privatizations of public resources in principle. Unless Obama is willing to significantly cut the military budget or tax the rich, neither of which seems very likely, the only way to pay for even a reasonably large jobs and recovery program is to kill other jobs through a wave of Chicago-style privatizations. And privatizations are always bad for democracy.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
It is the height of historical distortion to compare President-Elect Barack Obama in any way, shape or form to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King "is probably the only person in American history who gave up a close relationship with a president," Lyndon Johnson, "because his convictions demanded it." Those convictions were anchored in King's opposition to "racism, materialism and militarism." Obama, conversely, makes common cause with financial speculators and militarists. Under the current system, "It is simply impossible to be both a fighter for justice and president of the United States."
by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez
"President-Elect Obama has promised us a massive public works program that will put two and a half million people to work in various forms of ‘green' industry" - a promise that may or may not turn out to be worth something. "Green" is a shapeless category that can include "use of healthy agricultural acreage for the production of fuels for the automobile." Obama's leftish supporters anticipate a second coming of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, but "even the Obamaists have to see that there's something slightly hinky about the names that are turning up in the presidential cabinet."
by Sadia Ali Aden
The test of Barack Obama's policies in Africa
and worldwide begins with his handling of the war against Somalia, his
inheritance from George Bush. The "world's worst humanitarian disaster" (about
which Obama has not uttered a single word), is the product of America's "proxy
war in the Horn of Africa" in partnership with Washington's client, Ethiopia. In
this unholy alliance, "Ethiopian troops are killing civilians by slitting their
throats and gang-raping women," according to Amnesty International. Next month,
Obama must take responsibility for "over one million internally displaced
persons and nearly 3.5 million on the verge of starvation" in Somalia.
The raw numbers of
dollars spent on economic recovery are not as important as transforming
relations of power in the U.S. "Only a great shift in power relationships,
seizing it from the financial oligarchy to empower the great majority, can hope
to bring even a semblance of stability and relief to the people as a whole."
politicians want to force two historically Black universities to merge with white schools, to reduce "duplicative" costs and end a "legacy of segregation.
"When a Georgia Republican goes on a crusade against the vestiges of Jim Crow,
it's time to watch out!"