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Employee Free Choice Act Is Labor’s Last Chance

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union_yes"The likelihood is that much of Obama's inner circle - top-heavy as it is with bankers - will counsel that he refrain from throwing the full weight of his presidency" behind the Employee Free Choice Act. Labor will have to force the issue, or face oblivion.
 

 

 

The CIA and Narco-Imperialism

"Leon Panetta's nomination is Barack Obama's symbolic statement that his administration is making a clean break with the CIA's recent past." But the agency will never relinquish its role as "main architect of the international narcotics network."

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Rev. Pinkney is “Banned” – Like in the Old South Africa

RevPinkneyThe trials
(literally) and tribulations of Benton Harbor, Michigan's Rev. Edward Pinkney
give the lie to American claims of "race-neutrality."  The activist minister has been stripped of most of his political
rights, plunged into a purgatory of the "banned" as in white-ruled South
Africa.
 
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The Other America

A
speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The civil rights leader's speech at Stanford
University, April 14, 1967. "[T]here are hundreds of
thousands of Negroes who have given up. They've lost hope. They've come to feel
that life is a long and desolate corridor for them with no Exit sign, and so
they no longer go to look for a job. There are those who would estimate that
these persons, who are called the Discouraged Persons, these 6 or 7% in the
Negro community, that means that unemployment among Negroes may well be 16%.
Among Negro youth in some of our larger urban areas it goes to 30 and 40%."

Let Gaza Live!

GazaCartoonby Cynthia McKinney

The Green Party presidential candidate's
Washington speech on Israel's savage assault on Gaza: "A new day is coming in
U.S. politics.  We will use the power of our vote to change U.S. policy. 
We will no longer check our values at the door and support politicians and
political parties that fail to deliver. Not one more bomb to Israel."

Obama’s Priorities: War and Profits Over People

FloydObamaAndAdvisorsby Chris Floyd

It is not as if Barack Obama didn't warn us
where he was headed. It's now official: Obama's administration will target
"entitlements" for budgetary "overhaul." To the right, march! "The
war machine and the financial markets will continue to be gorged and comforted
in their wonted manner. Programs to help ordinary citizens, programs to enhance
the quality of life for individuals and the well-being of society, will be the
first - perhaps the only - areas to feel the budget axe."

Mobbing the Constitution to Get At Blagojevich

by Kevin Alexander Graylarge_Illinois_Governor_Rod-Blagojevich-Dec30-08-Roland-Burris-Meye

Roland Burris will finally get to put senatorial
paraphernalia in his mausoleum, but the uproar over his appointment by Illinois
Governor Rod Blagojevich continues to discomfort the high and mighty. Like a
mob, state and federal lawmakers seemed to have forgotten entirely the due
process protections to which even Blagojevich is entitled. But the governor,
though universally reviled, has had his fun. "More subtlety and just as ironic,
Blagojevich called out Obama on his serial betrayal in regards to the black
political class while at the same time revealing Harry Reid's hypocrisy on
race."

Black Caucus Abandons King Legacy and Black Opinion, Votes For War on Gaza

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by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

It's hard to believe that a generation ago, the Congressional Black
Caucus was known as "the conscience of the congress, a political and
moral high ground long deserted by the current CBC, which has utterly collapsed under
Israel-lobby pressure for the second time in three years.

All but two Black lawmakers voted either "Yes" or "Present" on a
Resolution
that absolved Israel for its crimes against humanity in Gaza - placing
all
blame on Hamas.  In 2006, only two Black Caucus members opposed a
Resolution
supporting Israel's savage destruction if Lebanon's infrastructure and
the
killing of 1,000 people.  Hypocritically turning their backs both on Black public opinion and on the work of Dr. King,
whose name they invoke at every public opportunity, the CBC has put itself "out of
the anti-war business," and well outside the mainstream of Black opinion on the Israel-Palestine question.

Bankers and Military Hog Power Under Obama

Carrion-1"In the current economic and imperial crisis, real power
is exercised through the Treasury, which has been converted into an ATM for the
once-rich and still powerful, and through the Pentagon."

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Black Unionists Losing Share of Membership



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UAW"The decline in manufacturing has been cruel to Black workers, loosening what once seemed to be a firm hold on middle income status. The decline in union membership has been even worse."


Somalia: President Obama's Turn To Kill Africans

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somalia500_15088t"The farcical, puppet Somali government installed by the Ethiopians and Americans could never survive on its own, and has effectively disintegrated."

 

Who is Black America’s Moral Emissary to the World?

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

McKinney

 

The global reputation of Black America has suffered
greatly under George Bush, who deployed Black faces as fronts for his vicious
brand of U.S. imperialism. Barack Obama's silence on the Israeli assault on
Gaza suggests that his honeymoon with the planet won't last long. So who is to
represent the progressive values of African Americans on the world stage?
"Thanks to Cynthia McKinney, millions of Arabs have been made aware of a
different Black America, one that is not silent, like Barack Obama, in the face
of a purposely inflicted human rights catastrophe."

Freedom Rider: Bush Goes Out a Winner

FRbush_torture78by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bush is leaving office in the popularity basement, but his checklist of accomplishments is full. Bush has "succeeded in radically changing nearly every facet of government, and always with the help of the Democratic Party." Even when at his nadir in the polls, Bush managed to transfer $700 billion dollars into the pockets of his high-roller banking friends. He has implicated so many Democrats in torture, the party has little choice but to give him and themselves immunity. "It is hard to see how Bush can be considered a failure when the so-called opposition aided him every step of the way."

Reflections on Obama’s “Non-Ideological Pragmatism”

by Paul StreetobamaStreet

The corporate media work hard to frame pro-business policies as the "practical" and "pragmatic" work of "centrist" and "non-partisan" politicians who can "get the job done." The clear implication is that progressives have their heads in the clouds, and are incapable of "getting things done." Of course, "Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin certainly ‘got things done.' So did Richard Nixon and George W. Bush and so on." That doesn't make them the good guys. Barack Obama and his handlers stress that he is "non-ideological" - which really translates to non-threatening to entrenched interests.

Desperately Seeking Obama

GazaSeekingObamaby Dr. Sunera Thobani

"That
Obama chooses to remain silent" on Israeli savaging of Gaza "is nothing short
of cowardice." Even before he is sworn into office, Obama's stature is
diminished; he has been "pushed into a corner" by the Israelis. What has been
lost may not be regained. "The hope that a Black man will stand up to the
racial calculations that turn the ‘native' into a ‘thing', as Frantz Fanon put
it, is palpable among many Muslims." There is "no greater cause for social
justice than that of the Palestinian people," but "Obama is missing in action
in this first challenge to his Presidency."

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