Obama's Audacious Deference to Power

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Barack Obama's latest book reveals the presidential aspirant to be a rank racial accommodationist and political opportunist. The Illinois Senator urges empathy for those in power, labels critics on the Left cranks and zealots, and whitewashes America's past and present crimes. In the final analysis, Obama is an ‘authoritarian corporate imperial insider' - a front-running candidate for betrayal.

Barack Obama: Hypocrisy on Health Care

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by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon 

Since his days in the Illinois state legislature Barack Obama's position on health care has consistently devolved.  Once a bold champion of medical care as a human right, Senator and presidential candidate Obama has become a timid advocate of failed "market-based" health care solutions, taking his lead from the private health insurance industry, and unwilling or unable to expose even the most transparently fraudulent policies and claims perpetrated on behalf of his campaign contributors.

Oprah's Good Intentions

 by Rev. Irene Monroe

 
Oprah Winfrey's $40 million gift of a school for South African girls, although laudable, has been criticized for failing to produce the "greatest good for the greatest number." The author cautions that Ms. Winfrey's philanthropy may be seen as a kind of benevolent paternalism - or worse, as a shrine to herself.
 

The Hearts of Darkness: How European Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa

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by Milton Allimadi

American and British media and literature contributed
mightily to the defamation of Africans - an historical crime that has
conditioned Western audiences to the deaths of millions. Beginning with the
Greek, Herodotus, and continuing in the pages of The New York Times, racist
propaganda depicted the continent as home to misshapen monsters, savage
cannibals, soul-less brutes, and sub-humans in need of white discipline.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors

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by Kevin Alexander Gray

If impeachment is ‘off the table,' then so is
accountability for High Crimes and Misdemeanors. At the very least, Bush
hench-persons such as Condoleezza Rice should be held up for scorn and ridicule
for the administration's crimes against humanity and international law. Whether
the culprits are made accountable or not, American society will pay a price.

Digging Down Jamaica

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Jamaica may one day face the same fate as tiny Nauru, sinking into the sea after its minerals have been ruthlessly extracted by multinational corporations. Already, once verdant Jamaica confronts silting rivers, poisoned water supplies, pollution-induced illness, and the prospect of fenced off beaches for tourists, only.  

A Long-ago State of the Union Address: Lincoln Proposes to Ship Blacks Out of Country

by Glen Ford

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At the beginning of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln wasn't contemplating an Emancipation Proclamation, but wholesale deportation of Blacks - slave and newly freed alike. Problem was, Lincoln wasn't sure where to send the human cargo. A look at Lincoln's 1861 State of the Union Address.

Glen Ford's Worldview

Harold Ford: ‘Right' Where He Belongs

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The corporatist Democratic
Leadership Council appears to have chosen its favorite Black politician,former
congressman Harold Ford, Jr., as the DLC's next chairman. Glen Ford is just
glad Harold ‘The Prince' isn't stinking up the Senate. 

  

Provoking a Shi'ite vs. Shi'ite Civil War

In
what may be their last throw of the dice in Iraq, the Bush men are attempting
to set Shia militias and troops against one another - a very dangerous game. It
may also be the endgame, for the U.S.

Rep. Maxine Waters: Clinton and Obama Will Have to 'Prove Themselves' on Iraq

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Rep. Maxine Waters and other progressive lawmakers are tired of watching Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama dance around the issue of Iraq withdrawal. As the January 27 ‘Peace March on Washington' approaches, leaders of the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus plan to turn up the heat on the Democratic presidential frontrunners.

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Digging Down Jamaica

by John Maxwell 

Jamaica may one day face the same fate as tiny Nauru, sinking into the sea after its minerals have been ruthlessly extracted by multinational corporations. Already, once verdant Jamaica confronts silting rivers, poisoned water supplies, pollution-induced illness, and the prospect of fenced off beaches for tourists, only.

 

The Hearts of Darkness: How European Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa

by Milton Allimadi

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Part One:

In this first installment of Allimadi’s groundbreaking book, the author exposes the racism rampant among American newspaper reporters assigned to cover Africa in the Fifties and Sixties. Their bigotry and lack of professionalism – and that of their editors and publishers – polluted the entire conversation on decolonization.

The Black Stake in Media Reform

Mass media are the circulatory systems of modern human societies.  The second amenfreepress_dotnet_conf_ad_200pxdment guarantees freedom of the press so media can act as a check on abuses by government and the powerful, not a mouthpiece for the wealthy and powerful.
More than 3,500 activists from around the country met in Memphis last weekend to teach, learn, discuss and discover how to bring about a more democratic media regime in this country.  But what does the media reform movement mean for African Americans

Heroic Minds: All the Great Ones Have Been Anti-Imperialist

by Jonathan ScottWEBDUBOIS

 The real titans of American literature were opposed to U.S. imperial aggressions – and the ‘founding authors’ of the culture were African American. Scott calls for a new national educational curriculum for a post-imperialist United States, and abolition of summer vacations.

Inside the Black Panther Party: An Interview with Bobby Seale

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Black Panther Party co-founder and former chairman Bobby Seale recounts the many government crimes committed against the BPP. But the ‘progressive movement’ isn’t over yet, says Seale, who defines what he considers ‘revolutionary programs,’ past and present.

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