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Obama Won’t Address Specific Black Concerns

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

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"Barack Obama has hard-wired himself to avoid"
answering questions on redress of specifically Black grievances in the United
States. To pull this off, he must deny the legitimacy of such grievances - which
in turn requires him to constantly lie about the state of the nation, and to
lay the blame for Black suffering on African Americans, themselves. The logic
of race-neutrality cannot stand up to the facts of American life and history,
but the Black misleadership class "has abdicated their responsibility" to
confront Obama with hard questions. Last week, the Uhuru Movement tried to
flush Obama out on his plans for the Black community. He did not cooperate.

How to Stop the Foreclosures

A Review of the Policy Proposals by Fred Moseley

In this "worst housing crisis since the Great
Depression," the presidential candidates have had disappointingly little to
say" that should be of encouragement to homeowners facing foreclosure. Under
current conditions, "up to five million homeowners" - ten percent of the
national total - "would lose their homes due to foreclosure over the next few
years." Yet much of the legislative action on Capitol Hill is geared to
rescuing the lenders who created the problem. Two principles should guide
government policy: "(1) homeowners should be allowed to stay in their homes;
and (2) there should be no bailouts for the lenders."

How to Stop the Foreclosures

A Review of the Policy Proposals by Fred Moseley

In this "worst housing crisis since the Great
Depression," the presidential candidates have had disappointingly little to
say" that should be of encouragement to homeowners facing foreclosure. Under
current conditions, "up to five million homeowners" - ten percent of the
national total - "would lose their homes due to foreclosure over the next few
years." Yet much of the legislative action on Capitol Hill is geared to
rescuing the lenders who created the problem. Two principles should guide
government policy: "(1) homeowners should be allowed to stay in their homes;
and (2) there should be no bailouts for the lenders."

We're Running Ads, But BAR Still Needs Reader Support

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixonmoney_vanishes

BAR
readers cannot fail to notice that in the last month, we have begun
running commercial ads on the site. It's an experiment.  We're not
marketers, so we use a broker. The broker sells the ads, takes his
cut and sends us a check for what's left. It's not much, but it
helps. The financial model for sustaining something like Black
Agenda Report is somewhat unsettled because like we've always said,
there just isn't anything quite like Black Agenda Report.

Even with the small but necessary revenue we expect to realize from ads, it is still vital to the survival of BAR that our readers click on the PayPal buttons at the bottom, top and sides of the pages and send us something. Do it today.  We are now equipped to handle monthly donations through the PayPal link at the top of each page.

 

 

Lions, Heroes, CNN and Mulattoes

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Those who watched, or endured the blizzard of stereotypes and right wing talking points that was CNN's "special" on Black  America, the Seven Foot Poet tells us, got just about what they should have expected.  CNN is Big Media.  It's job is to own our information, our conversation, and tell us what to think about.  Our job, on the other hand, is to seize our own information, to take control of our own conversation, to tell our own stories, and to make our own voices heard. 

The Fictitious Economy, Part 2, An Interview With Dr. Michael Hudson

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In the second half of an hour long interview with economist Dr. Michael Hudson broadcast on Guns And Butter June 25, 2008, Dr. Hudson explains some of the factors in the price of oil that are seldom discussed in the mass media, and details why the price of a gallon of gas may double again before year's end.   He also predicts a long, slow and inevitable economic depression in the US and in other nations which do not decouple themselves from the US dollar, and talks a little about what to expect from a new US administration next year.

Freedom Rider: Obama Pardons Bush

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by BAR editor and senior
columnist Margaret Kimberley

There will be no need for George Bush to pardon
himself and his fellow criminals. Barack Obama promises to let the "W Gang"
off, scott-free, when he takes over the White House. Impeachment? Heavens, no!
"That is not something I think would be fruitful to pursue because I think that impeachment is something that should be reserved for exceptional circumstances," says Obama, apparently in the belief that Bush's behavior has been routine for an American president. Obama surrogates say bipartisanship should decide the question of investigating current and past presidents. In other words, Obama will let the Republicans decide if Bush gets away with murder. "So Bush crimes will be buried by a Democrat."  

Imperialism With a Black Face

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Based
on his own statements, delivered repeatedly and consistently over the years,
Barack Obama promises to be another in a long line of imperial American
presidents, dedicated to the maintenance of U.S. hegemony by any means
necessary. "The African American reputation as the most consistently
progressive ethnic group in the United States will stand or fall according to
how Blacks comport themselves, politically, under a Barack Obama
administration." What will it mean to African Americans when the face of
imperialism is their own - when the world comes to hate Obama "as they have
other American presidents."

To listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary, click the flash player below

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His High Imperial Holiness Obama Does Berlin

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by Paul Street

The
Democratic presidential nominee-to-be wowed them in Berlin - feeding the crowd
a steady stream of sugar-coated propaganda on the unfailingly good intentions
of America. The U.S. is "generous" to a fault - but that's the only fault Obama
acknowledges.  America "sacrifices" for "freedom," he says - not mentioning that
it's mostly other people who get sacrificed for the sake of U.S. freedom to
rule over them. "People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our
moment," said Obama. Just last year, Obama told the  U.S. Council on
Foreign Relations another story: "We must ‘revitalize our military' to foster
‘peace,' Obama claimed, echoing Orwell, by adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army
and 27,000 to the Marines."

CNN’s Shallow Look at Black Life

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CNN went down a predictable path with its "Black in America" special, providing prime time play to "lots of self-flagellating black folks pointing the finger at their lesser-off brothers and sisters." Barack Obama has given the all-clear to wholesale badmouthing of poor African Americans, who are treated as some kind of clinical problem to be studied and acted upon. "Personal responsibility" is the watchword - for Blacks only. "Yet there is not a peep about personal responsibility among the rich folks who rob us blind on a daily basis."  The not-ready-for-mainstream-TV truth is, "There is nothing wrong with Black America that large doses of justice, political power and money can't cure.

The Myth of Transcending Race

by Shannon Joyce PrinceGraphicTranscendence

In
the attempt to absolve racists of past and current crimes, words are made to
perform supernatural feats. "Transcend" is such a word, promising a cost- and
struggle-free existence, once race is "transcended."  The problem is, "race and racism cannot be transcended, only
dealt with."  Similarly, the term
"post-racial" has a magically benign effect on white people, while "the onus of
having a post-racial attitude is always placed on the oppressed." Barack Obama
"mislabels those who address racial inequities as the authors of societal
divisiveness." It seems that at some point in the "post-racial" era certain
persons "transcended" themselves, causing great divisiveness. Or maybe not.

The Inescapable Tasks Africa’s Leaders Try to Ignore

by Mark P. FancherAUnitedAfrica

From the Mediterranean to The Cape of Good Hope,
Africans face "refugee crises" that would not exist if the continent were
politically unified, without borders. "For example, if state boundaries were
erased in Africa, Algeria would be no more likely to have an ‘immigration
crisis' than would the state of New York if large numbers of New Jersey
residents were to cross the river in search of job opportunities in The Big
Apple." Establishment of a "continent-wide socialist national structure" would
go far toward providing "a solution to the problems that prompt neighbors to
cross borders in the first place."

Shanty-town Law

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The transition from slave societies to whatever
comes next sometimes seems permanently stalled - although forces of evil are as
busy as ever. "In the last 30 years, starting before the collapse of the Soviet
Union, the forces of finance capital launched a hostile takeover bid for the
world, and, in places like Jamaica, recruited a substantial quota of middle
class people who bought into the idea that if their lusts were attended to,
health, wealth and happiness would naturally follow for the ‘less
fortunate.'"  The result has been a
great waste and confusion, requiring a more sane form of governance that
"rescues those who are most at risk."

Big Media Steals 5,100 Digital TV Channels

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford
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Corporate
media and their accomplices at the FCC may have pulled off the biggest public
rip-off since "Congress conspired to grant millions of acres to the railroad
barons." Valued at $80 billion, the 5,000-plus new channels are to become
the quasi-property of the same corporations that already hold the licenses for
all of American television. The public has been provided no chance to influence
the disposition of the digital treasure trove, a resource made possible by
science, not station owners. Big Media "used their political and economic power
to take possession of digital channels they have done absolutely nothing to
earn."

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