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Arne Duncan and Neoliberal Racism

by Paul Street

Barack Obama likes to play basketball with his friend Arne Duncan, but does that make Duncan worthy of the nation's top education spot? If Obama's appointees are a reflection of the president-elect's own world view, this one is quite disturbing. Paul Street writes: "Privatization, union-busting (charter and contract schools operate union-free), excessive standardized testing, teacher-blaming, military schooling, and the rollback of community input on school decisions - these are the interrelated hallmarks of private school graduate Arne Duncan's six and a half years at the helm of" the Chicago Public Schools.

Eshu’s blues: Ode to Charles Rex Fisher/Christmas Night in Harlem

by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez

A teacher/activist offers some holiday ruminations on education: "Let us celebrate punitive testing, carved up tables and chairs, chain link fence in the stairwells and high strung civil servants who are just marking time until they can get away from the children of the great unwashed." Not cheered up, yet? Let's think of kinder times and inspiring educators, like Rex Fisher, who introduced the author "and my peers to the words of David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delaney, WEB DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Fannie Lou Hamer and Malcolm X -  and that was a rare thing from teachers in the public schools of 1973."

Perversion of Justice: Gulag America

 by Rady Ananda


The American Prison Gulag, already one-half Black, is becoming increasingly co-ed. "The US jailed one in 746 women in 2006, up from one in 100,000 back in 1925.  Compared to other nations, the female portion of the prison population is highest in the US - at 9%." Melissa Mummert's film, Perversion of Justice, tells the "story of Hamedah Hasan and her three children" to "exemplify the need to repeal the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, and the mandatory minimum laws."

West Seeks to Intimidate Mugabe Supporters

ZimbabweNewspaperby Stephen Gowans

The corporate news media, especially in Britain,
constantly rail against the state-owned press in Zimbabwe, charging The
and The Sunday Mail with acting as "mouth-pieces" for
President Robert Mugabe. But "coverage of foreign affairs in the West is almost
wholly dominated by news media that are controlled by the wealthy, operating to
amplify the views of the Council on Foreign Relations and high state officials
who are either wealthy themselves or owe their position to the patronage of the
wealthy." In southern Africa, so-called "independent" media are in fact funded
by the British or U.S. governments. The Zimbabwean state has every right to
defend itself, through media.

Israel and the U.S.: Partners in Permanent Aggression

gazaDead"Israel is taking measure of the incoming Obama
administration's sensibilities to the spilling of Palestinian blood in the
besieged enclave of Gaza."

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Great Meltdown Followed by Great Theft


"A four-person,
congressionally-appointed panel stands between the most voracious thieves ever
assembled, and the wealth of a nation."
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No Economic Recovery Without Downsizing the Military

no warThe U.S. cannot pay
for recovery and fund its wars, too. Barack Obama must choose between the imperial
military and saving what's left of the economy.

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We promise to be worthy of your time and attention in 2009.


McKinney to Obama: “Say Something” About Gaza Humanitarian Crisis

 Asks Congress to Stop Sending "Weapons of Mass Destruction"

2CynthiaGaza"As we are about to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's
birthday, let us remember what he said. He said that the United States is the
greatest purveyor of violence on the planet.  And guess what: we experienced a
little bit of that violence, because the weapons that are being used by Israel
are weapons that were supplied by the United States government."

Digital’s Dearth of Programming

DigitalTV"The Great Digital
Giveaway is the biggest squandering of public broadcast resources in the
history of the United States - a conspiracy involving both political parties
for the benefit of filthy-rich broadcast monopolies."

War and Word Games

IraqMarine"The Americans are
acting as if the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq is merely a suggestion,
that is subject to interpretation or semantic subversion."

Bail for Mega-Thief – Jail for the Rest of Us

Billions"Madoff's larceny is
larger than the gross domestic products of all but 63 nations in the world. It
is as if he stole the entire yearly economy of Croatia, Sudan, or Ecuador."

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