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Crisis Will Test American – and African American – Social Compact

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

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Black and progressive forces are not holding up well as the current, acute crisis of capitalism unfolds. The Democratic Party has proven itself useless, including the Congressional Black Caucus, whose "progressive wing" collapsed in the second Wall Street bailout vote. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi try to out-Republican Bush's party. "It is difficult to envision how American society will weather the coming storms, when the Gods of Capital - who left no social space for any gods but themselves - have so utterly failed." With very little social safety net, and a weak social compact, the American people are in trouble.

Freedom Rider: The Other Bailout

FRUStroopsIraqby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It's hard to keep track of two mega-thieves at the same time. "The defense bill is every bit as wasteful and just as much a harbinger of doom as the much discussed Wall Street bailout, but has elicited hardly any debate, even from progressives." And, just as with the bailout bill, Democrats in Congress are ever ready to run up the white flag. "The collective popular revulsion at the very presence of Bush in the White House has never stopped Democratic party capitulation." War begets war. "Not only is military spending completely unproductive, but it increases the likelihood of further American acts of aggression.

Hiding America’s Crime: Mogadishu Empty and in Ruins

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Somalia's capital
city has been emptied of its previous population of nearly three million people
- "the most ignored tragedy in the world," according to Human Rights Watch.
Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Obama and McCain on Iraq: Imperial Double-Talk

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Neither John McCain
nor Barack Obama have any intention of leaving Iraq. McCain is a more honest
imperialist, while Obama "plays word games to mask the same ambitions."
 
Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Gwen Ifill and Corporate Conformity

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The Public
Broadcasting newsperson's new book should have been no concern to Republicans,
and is bound to get good reviews from white corporate media.
 
Click  the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary
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"Where's Kenny Rogers When You Need Him?

The Big Boys Got Their Bailout, But the Elected Leadership andcynthia mckinney the Voters Meet at the Election Day Showdown

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"It should now be clear that the Democratic leadership in Congress must be removed and a political party that reflects the people's values must be built," says the Green Party presidential candidate. "Everyone can see that the system is broken: a system that was not created to serve the people of this country." The Democrats' betrayal in the Wall Street bailout joins the ongoing failure to protect the voting rights of its Black constituency, as compelling reasons to dump the party, once and for all. "Even while in control, the Democrat leadership has done nothing to prepare the way for election integrity in this election."

Obama and the Funding of Black Community Turnout

ObamaVoteby Ron Walters

The Obama campaign is repeating the Democrats'
behavior in 2004, when party money bags bypassed Black churches and community
organizations in get out the vote campaigns. "Again in this election cycle, I
have heard stories of young Whites showing up in Black communities to register
Black voters." Out-sourcing Black voter turnout robs the community of a vital
component of political power. "The power of the Black community in elections
has always resided not only in its turnout but in the fact that the turnout was
controlled by Black leadership."

Jay Z Stumpin' For Prez?

PaulScottby Paul Scott

Jay Z is stumping for Barack Obama, "via free
rap concerts," but the author wonders "who is out there promoting Obama-ism,
the Jay Z who was just another black kid with big dreams from the hood 20 years
ago or the multi-millionaire business man, former CEO of Def Jam Records and
part owner of the NJ Nets, Shawn Carter?" 
Nowadays, "Hip Hop artists are business men and the only presidents that
they are concerned about are the dead presidents that are on the face of dollar
bills." Hip Hop "is now the voice of Wall Street."

FCC Commissioner to Public in Atlanta: "Shut Up And Watch TV!"

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

In Atlanta, the FCC's sham “Digital TV Consumer Education” town hall meeting was a near-secret affair, held in a conference room in rather than the advertised auditorium.  FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate refused to answer questions about how the FCC gave broadcasters 5100 additional digital TV stations without the public bother or notice of issuing a single license. “Shut up, get yourself a converter box, and watch TV” was the FCC's message, and let us and the broadcasters worry about who gets the frequencies and why.

Bailout Lesson: Capital Crisis Will Wreck Both Parties

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford
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The crisis of finance capital has thrown both
big business parties into extreme disarray and split the Congressional Black
Caucus right down the middle. "In the aftermath of Monday's bloody siege, it
was difficult to tell who Wall Street guns-for-hire John McCain and Barack
Obama hated most: each other, or the citizens who despite their outraged
confusion had the presence of mind to bar the doors to the national treasury."
As the Obama-McCain-Bush-Pelosi Axis struggles to serve a common master, "the
rest of us must fashion new institutions to perform the societal tasks that
were purportedly the domain of the now-extinct investment bankers."

Freedom Rider: No Debate on Iran

FRahmadinejadby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If George Bush and Barack Obama both call you crazy, you're probably in your right mind. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made perfectly good sense when he addressed the UN General Assembly, in New York. "He correctly pointed out that Iraq was invaded under false pretenses, that Palestinians are displaced from their homes by Zionists, that drug production has increased in Afghanistan while under NATO control, and that the U.N. Security Council, controlled by the guilty parties, is ineffectual and unable to stop these actions." In the Demo-Publican book, that makes him nuts.

For Blacks, Economic ‘Reversal’ Began in 2000

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Black America has
experienced a "Reversal of Fortune" since roughly the time George Bush entered
the White House. What African Americans need is "a strategy for Black
full employment," rather than a generalized policy that "masks racial
disparities."
 
To listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary, click the flash player below.
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Before the Crash: Whites Flood Back to New York

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The white population of New York City had been in decline since the 1940 Census - until the housing bubble brought them back in the 2000s. Now that the bubble has burst, will ruthless gentrification cease?
 

Black Radio Owner Produces Anti-Obama Ad

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 "Never in the history of commercial Black media
has a candidate for national office gotten as much free publicity of all kinds,
as Barack Obama has reaped from Black-owned media." But he still shorted them
on campaign advertising.
 

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

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White America Lives in Vicious Racial Denial – Obama Is Making It Worse

by Paul StreetObamaRaceStreet

Defending Barack Obama against blatantly racist
attacks is made more complicated by - Obama, himself, who avers that, if he
loses in November, it won't because of his race. This, despite abundant and
compelling evidence to the contrary. But then, Obama denies that race is an
important factor in American life - again, against all the evidence. Worse,
"Obama has bent over backwards to align himself with mainstream white hostility
to blacks." Rather than being a "transformative" influence on race relations,
Obama hopelessly muddies the waters and gives comfort to the enemy: white
supremacy.

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