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"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."
Anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise
responded to last week's harsh critique from 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
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
by 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."
by C. Uzondu
"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."
Brother Bede Vincent
Six decades ago, the United Nations adopted its
Declaration of Universal Human Rights, a watershed moment in the evolution of
civilization. Today, every carefully delineated human right is under assault by
militarism and corporate barbarism. Bullies rule through their stock exchanges
and other institutions of organized fear and mayhem. Rather than plead with the
powers-that-be for better treatment, follow Malcolm X's admonition: "Human rights are the rights that are recognized by all
nations of this earth... Expand the civil rights struggle to the level of human
by Chioma Oruh
The U.S. military constantly expands in size,
budget and mission. Two new U.S. military "commands" have recently been
activated or augmented, with ominous implications for global peace and domestic
civil liberties. Africom now casts a shadow over the last continent for which
the U.S. had no designated "command" structure, and Northcom, with
responsibilities over the domestic U.S., is a nightmare for those who fear
repressive "martial law" in America.
The demise or ill health of U.S. investment banks has deprived finance capital of its headquarters sector, the evil geniuses who hatch long range schemes for ethnic cleansing of the nation's cities. Now, more than ever, "progressives must become city planners, and in the process of devising these plans forge unity among the various contesting communities that comprise the city." Community empowerment begins with community planning. "The void left by finance capital's catastrophe demands that the Left - most particularly, the Black, urban left - make sense of the chaos and stench left by wounded and dying corporate elephants."
by Leutisha Stills, CBC Monitor
Financial meltdowns and election tensions have had a negative effect on CBC Monitor Report Card scores. Under tremendous pressure to "buckle to party discipline and to align with standard bearer Barack Obama," the Congressional Black Caucus performed generally badly, this past grading period. Not one member made a perfect score, and six were rated as "Derelicts." Most dramatic were the two votes on Pelosi-Bush-McCain-Obama Wall Street bailout bills. Obama's intervention doomed the resistance. Ten members topped off the class with B+.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Barack Obama's charms seem to work even on the least promising prospects. "Right wingers who openly follow the doctrine of America's right to empire and conquest are now endorsing Obama." William Buckley's son, Christopher, has been won over by Obama, causing Buckley to be excommunicated from the Church of the Hard Right. Christopher Hitchens, the former radical who has learned to love the war on terror, has found a warm place in his heart for Michelle's husband. It must be those things Obama says so alluringly, like, I'm going to have a foreign policy like Ronald Reagan's.
by michael hureaux
John McCain and Barack Obama "share the same market nostrums for education reform, from charter schools to merit pay to the test mania of No Child Left Behind," but have no inkling of the meaning of comprehensive education. An educator himself, the author advocates that teachers "work to build a new, independent leadership of labor to take charge of this comprehensive public education question and every other question of any societal importance." One thing he's sure of: "When the human need factor is addressed, academic achievement is vastly improved."