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With Cuba Embargo, U.S. Isolates Itself

ViveCubaLibreOnly two countries stood with the U.S. when the United Nations General Assembly condemned Washington's 46-year embargo against Cuba for the 17th time: Israel and the tiny island nation of Palau.
 
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How We Fuel Africa's Bloodiest War

by Johann Hari

The 14-year-long conflict that has already killed 5.4 million Congolese - "the deadliest war since Adolf Hitler marched across Europe" - has been rekindled by Rwanda's surrogate Tutsi militia. Although the rationale is to safeguard Congolese Tutsis, "It is a lie."  The renewed war is "funded by Rwandan businessmen so they can retain control of the mines in North Kivu. This is the absolute core of the conflict." What's needed is an international system that prevents corporations from "abetting crimes against humanity" and "values the lives of black people more than it values profit."

The Obama '08 Phenomenon: What Have We Learned?

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

There is no doubt that history has been made, "for reasons that go beyond the obvious ‘first Black' aspect of race." 2008 was the first year in modern history that Blacks made no demands on the Democratic candidate - and consequently, were promised nothing. This was the election cycle in which the Black who began as a supposed "underdog" became the most heavily-funded candidate of all time. There are many lessons to be learned - but few of them palatable to folks still drunk on ObamaL'aid.

Morning in Obamerica: Change, Change, Change?

by Ishmael Reed

What has Obama wrought? In the euphoria, can reality reclaim its rightful place? The parameters of rhetorical change are boundless, propelled into the nether-reaches of nonsensicality by hyper-speak and super-wishfullness that can never supplant the real world of entrenched class and race rule. Celebrate good times...COME ON! But at some soon point in time, we must return to the ground. And the need for struggle. Better start as soon as the cold breeze hits you. Like now. 

The Campaign, Written in 4 Parts -- Part 4

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

What do campaigns and elections mean?  What and who  changes?  What else and who else stays the same?  Why does it matter?  Lots of us have ideas, but the Seven Foot Poet knows and shows from open to close.

Click the link below to hear for yourself.

The Most Important Presidential Election Ever. Again. No, Really!

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon,
with video by Billy at www.slepton.com.
 
First check out this exclusive 60 Minutes interview with brother Billy of SleptOn.com.

And to read more about the importance of this year's presidential election, click the link below.

Freedom Rider: Biden Blurts Awful Truth

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyFRbiden

It's true that Sen. Joe Biden "isn't very bright and he can't stop talking." But Biden's uncontrollable mouth may have alerted us to the Obama-Biden administration's post-election surprise - something so scary, Obama is "gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him...." Whatever's on Biden's agitated little mind, it must be big, real big. "If Big Mouth Joe is already pleading for patience from the faithful we are looking at Bush/Cheney the Sequel." Be afraid. Be very afraid. Apparently, Joe is scared out of his limited supply of wits.

Pandering to Racists

"The zeal with which corporate pundits seek to declare the end of race as a defining element of U.S. politics serves only to confirm its overarching presence in the political culture."

 

Obama Panders to Racists

"The zeal with which corporate pundits seek to declare the end of race as a defining element of U.S. politics serves only to confirm its overarching presence in the political culture."

The Post-Election Struggle to Come

"Whatever [President] Barack Obama spends on people's needs will take a back seat to propping up the corporate sector, and feeding the all-devouring military industrial complex."

The Racist Sheriff Rules in Phoenix

"Jailhouse tyrant Joe Arpaio is "an American icon: the professional sadist as hero and role model."

Shannon Prince vs. Tim Wise: Rebuttal and Response

Anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise
responded to last week's harsh critique fromTimWise Shannon Joyce Prince, a frequent
contributor to BAR. Ms. Prince accused Mr. Wise of "intolerably ugly
hatefulness" in his treatment of "poor and/or religious and/or rural white
people," whom Wise "demonizes" and "stereotypes." Wise, in rebuttal published
on his website, countered: "For Ms. Prince to suggest that rural white folks
are highly nuanced in their recognition of white privilege and the oppression
of people of color is so silly that I hardly know how to respond." Ms. Prince
is back, "to clarify the intents of my piece and the sentiments that motivated
it."

Support Obama, Vote McKinney? Not a contradiction.

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by Amee Chew

"There is not a contradiction between supporting
Obama's victory over McCain, and spreading the word on [Green Party
presidential candidate Cynthia] McKinney." So says the author Amee Chew, who
thinks it's quite alright to "campaign for Obama in key swing states, and pledging
your own vote to McKinney - particularly in Democratic strongholds such as
California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Oregon,
or Washington, where Obama will win landslides." McKinney and Green veep
candidate Rosa Clemente "represent the future that we want for politics in this
country." 

Somalia After the Ethiopian Occupation

SomaliSoldierby Abukar Arman

All signs point to Ethiopia soon ending its
nearly two-year occupation of Somalia, a U.S.-instigated aggression that led to
"Africa's worst humanitarian crisis." Once the Ethiopians are gone, the author
believes it is inevitable that Islamist forces will be part of the new order.
"The Islamists have an unmatched record of public service. They operated
schools, hospitals, and for six months before the occupation removed every
checkpoint in Mogadishu and brought a semblance of peace." American fear and
loathing of Islam notwithstanding, the Somali "people will embrace pluralistic,
non-puritanical Islamic governance."    

Economic Crisis, Food Sovereignty and the Struggle for Democracy

by C. UzonduFoodSovereignty

"While hunger kills, some make a killing." The global food crisis, sometimes called "the silent Tsunami," is as much a function of the sickness of capitalism as the banking crisis. "A new international economic order is indeed necessary.  But not the type imagined by the global ruling class." It is necessary to recognize the right to food as a human right, and to make corporations culpable for violating these rights. "Like the economic crisis, the global food crisis has everything to do with deregulation of corporations."

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