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CBC Monitor Report Card, October 2008

by Leutisha Stills and the CBC Monitor Teamcbc

US Supreme Court Denies Troy Davis Appeal

by Amnesty International troydavis03
Although there has never been any direct physical evidence tying Troy Anthony Davis to the scene of the murder, and seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their stories, the US Supreme Court yesterday declined to take up the case of Troy Anthony Davis, slated for execution in the alleged murder of a Georgia cop in 1991.  The high court gave no reason why it will not examine the case.  As a result the state of Georgia is expected to set another date to execute what many believe is an innocent man.

Barack Obama, Voter Suppression and the Myth of “Vote Fraud”

by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixonsteal_back_yr_vote
Republicans and their allies in the corporate media are promoting the myth that hordes of foreigners and felons are waiting for election day, to vote on school board contests, library and park district levies, and of course, presidential elections. Secretive, spurious and malicious purges of the voter rolls are removing millions of legitimate voters from the rolls in the prelude to next month's election, and Republicans are manufacturing criminal cases against those who run voter registration drives.  
For their part, Democrats refuse to defend voter registration drives, and take money from the manufacturers of crooked electronic voting machines. Where are Democrats, where is Barack Obama on the issues that affect their voters the most, the question of whether their votes will be counted?

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.

Eshu’s Blues: We Are the People With Boxes On Our Heads

by BAR columnist michael

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.

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?" 

Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary

High Noon in Chicago: The Sheriff as Hero


Although homeowners
get most of the sympathy, renters are also victimized by the monsoon of
foreclosures. A big city sheriff distinguishes himself.
Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary

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.

Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary

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."

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.

Great White Hope

by Sikivu Hutchinson

"Maverick" John McCain and attack-dog Sarah Palin seem to have staked their entire campaign on the powers of racial revulsion. "Linking Obama to William Ayers and domestic terrorism, Palin exhorted that ‘this is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America,'" while McCain "melds xenophobic and Orientalist rhetoric, conjuring up the dark inscrutable treasonous Other when he asks ‘who is the real Barack Obama.'" Together, McCain and Palin "tap into the deepest reservoirs of white racial angst."

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

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."

Obama and the Derivatives Merchants

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford



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." 

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