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Obama (and Big Media) Turn Blind Eye to Israeli Apartheid

by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon
Israel is now an apartheid state, according to the publisher of Ha'aretz, that country's largest circulation daily newspaper.  The occasion was the recent renewal of Israeli citizenship  laws which refuse to recognize marriages and families among most of the Arabs living in that country.   How can Barack Obama, himself the son of an American mixed marriage remain an apparently uncritical supporter of Israeli apartheid, and why does corporate media continue to pursue a longstanding "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward the odious policies of racial and ethnic discrimination in Israel?

Rolling the Dice Once Again – in Iran

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

Most sane people think a U.S. attack on Iran
would invite catastrophic consequences - some of which, like skyrocketing oil
prices, have already occurred as a direct result of mere threats to
attack Iran. Yet a school of thought holds there is a threshold of risk that
even the Bush regime will not cross, and that "every day that passes makes an
attack on Iran harder to pull off." That's a comforting thought, but what if
the Lords of Capital - George Bush's bosses - truly believe their very
existence as a ruling class requires courting Armageddon? History shows they
would rather risk igniting a global inferno than go quietly into the night.
"The grand vision of corporate globalism - the finance capitalists' imperial
heaven - cannot exist in the real world except through the application of

Freedom Rider: Death to Afghanistan


by BAR editor and senior
columnist Margaret Kimberley

After eight years of U.S. occupation, the Afghan
people live in terror, "not only caused by bombs and bullets, but by no bid
contracts, private mercenaries, theft of resources and destruction of
infrastructure." Barack Obama promises more of the same, as he preens and
struts his imperial stuff to demonstrate his fitness for the American
presidency. With his calls for big increases in U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan,
Obama delivers the kiss of death for additional thousands in the region, and
proves for the umpteenth time that he is no peace candidate. "The endless Iraq
occupation and the escalated Afghanistan occupation will bring more harm to the
region than Bush could have dreamed."

The U.S. Treats Afghans Like Roaches

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

To be occupied by foreign soldiers is always a
degradation, but some countries are singularly unsuited to lord it over other
nations. The United States seems incapable of conforming to the most elemental
standards of civilized behavior when occupying Muslim lands. Americans
routinely commit horrific atrocities against populations they are legally
obligated to protect from harm. Since the beginning of the U.S.
occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, wedding parties have been especially
attractive targets of U.S. airpower. "The crimes - mass murder from the air -
point up the casually racist nature" of U.S. rule over non-European "others."

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


John Kennedy, Barack Obama and the ‘Triple Evils That Are Interrelated’

by Paul StreetObamaKennedy

Barack Obama fans are quick to compare their
candidate to President John F. Kennedy. In fact, the two are much alike:
pro-business, imperial-minded politicians who are undeservedly tagged as
progressives by folks who should know better. "JFK inhabited much the same
power-serving faux-progressive ideological space in his time as Obama does
today." On foreign policy, Obama supports increased military spending, as did
Kennedy. And "just like JFK, Obama has falsely sold this conservative economic
agenda as a form of neutral ‘get things done' pragmatism emphasizing ‘technical
expertise' over and beyond mere ‘ideology.'"

Barack Obama and the Abuse of Black Fathers

by Tyrone Simpson

The author, a successful academic and loving husband, isn't sure he will ever become a father - and Barack Obama's "diatribe about absent black fathers" isn't helping matters. Obama's Fathers Day speech, reminiscent of the insults against Black life hurled by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "steeps the candidate in second-rate mimicry, and reveals a cynical ploy to amass popular support by conjuring up, for the purposes of banishing, a bogeyman that holds only a modest threat: the absent black father." There should be a reckoning. "I am waiting for the resentment of insulted fathers and wounded sons to be turned back on Obama."

Do No Harm: A Torture Victim Remembers

by Naji AliTorture

Torturers are remarkably the same, since their
human victims share the same vulnerabilities the world over. In today's Israel
as in yesterday's white-ruled South Africa, physicians play identical ghoulish
roles in the state's crimes against the minds and bodies of the Resistance. They
keep the tortured victims alive, so that they are fit to be savaged, again. The
author recounts his long ordeal in the custody of white South African sadists,
and sees direct parallels in the treatment of Palestinians at the hands of
Israeli security forces.

If I Should Die

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawaka  a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet 

On New Year's Day at an Oakland, California transit station, a young black man, lying face down in a crowd of cops was fatally shot  in the back before dozens of witnesses, some of whom had the presence of mind to film the incident.  The killer cop still has been allowed to resign, and almost two weeks later has yet to be questioned by  authorities, let alone inducted. 

How many black men, and boys, and even women have been wounded or killed reaching for cell, phones, in purses, for wallets or cigarettes.  Or just reaching?  How long does this continue, and what does it mean?  

The Seven Foot Poet spills it.


Why You Wanna Be Like White People?

by Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet7_foot_poet_upright_250wide
Some questions never get old.  And even when they do, they never become irrelevant.  The Seven Foot Poet finds new ways to pose this old question, leading perhaps to new and useful answers.

Where Obamaism Seems to be Going

by Adolph Reed, Jr.

Prof. Reed takes us on a tour de force of transformations and other illusions associated with the Barack Obama phenomenon, as interpreted, conjured or hallucinated by the "left" - whoever that is. These certainly may be the End Days - but for what political tendencies? Will "progressivism" be transcended out of existence, along with race (with the exception of whites, of course)? We can all either patiently stay tuned, or we can seek answers from precocious youth, who are blessedly unburdened by experience. Could it be that nothing out of the ordinary is going on at all - just Power maintaining its grip?

McKinney & Clemente: Black, Brown, Green and True

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

The Green Party's brand new Cynthia
McKinney-Rosa Clemente ticket is off and running, having captured an
overwhelming proportion of delegates at the national convention, in Chicago.
Two Black women, one a Latina, are challenged to garner five percent of the
national vote while transforming the Greens "into a vehicle for 24-7 movement
politics." Former Georgia congresswoman McKinney vowed, "A
vote for the Green Party is a vote for the movement that will turn this country
right-side-up again." Said Clemente, a Hip Hop political organizer:
"I don't see the Green Party as an alternative. I see it as an imperative."

Freedom Rider: Obama to Make World Safe for the Rich

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyFRFrontSnootyObama

Barack Obama has spent years avoiding being "pegged" or "tagged" as a man of the Left. People should accept the fact - he's no progressive. And no Black militant, by any stretch of the imagination. "He has to slander all black men. He has to threaten war with Iran. He can't end the occupation of Iraq." Obama's full of compulsions, and phobias, too. "He has to tell lies and claim he was against warrantless surveillance and then vote in favor of it." Mostly, Obama has to do whatever is required to service his mega-million campaign apparatus, "a well oiled marketing machine that convinces gullible people to believe he is who they want him to be."

American Medicine and White Supremacy

BARadioFrontA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The American Medical Association's apology for
virtually excluding Blacks from membership in deference to southern Jim Crow
sensibilities is like pouring perfume on a rotting corpse. For literally
centuries, the American medical profession has been suffused with the worst
practices of white supremacy - including routine, fatal experimentation with
helpless Black slaves. Deeply ingrained habits of racism "continue to influence patterns of medical outcomes, today,"
with many doctors persisting in treating Black pain differently than white

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To read it, click the link below this

Rev. Jackson’s Not Down for the Count, Yet

by Mel ReevesReevesJessePrezFront

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., an early supporter of
Barack Obama, is an object of sheer hatred among some Obamites since his
indelicate remarks centered on the Senator's scrotum. One young Black guest
columnist for could not contain her contempt. In an article
titled, "Aw, Grandpa Jackson's Off His Meds," Taii K. Austin excoriated Jackson
for attempting to give Obama any advice on moral issues, and derided Jackson's
two "failed - failed!" bids for the Democratic presidential nomination. In
fact, "they were far from 'failed' campaigns," but represented achievements that
seem to be beyond the comprehension of the young writer, Ms. Austin.

I Feel Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Pain

by Tom GraymanTomJesseShirtFront

The author shares Rev. Jackson's frustration with Barack Obama, a central pillar of whose campaign is the "nonexistence" of Black America - a locale Obama nevertheless seems to criticize on each visit. In a constant effort to "put centrist whites at ease," Obama trots out his "long-running Watch-How-Many-Times-I-Can-Subtly-Distance-

Myself-From-The-Plight-Of- (the non-existent) Black America show." Obama's antics don't phase his core of Black admirers, though. "They have made it clear that they will go all the way with Obama, no matter how much he dumps on them in public."

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