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Zimbabwe And The Battle of Ideas

mugabe2by Netfa Freeman

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the
continent. The author methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that
demonizes Mugabe while hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to
rich European and American corporations.

Supreme Court To Decide Fate of Troy Davis: Does Innocence Matter?

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

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Tuesday, with less than two hours left till his scheduled execution, The US Supreme Court intervened in the case of Troy Anthony Davis of Savannah GA.  Davis was convicted of murder in the killing of a policeman in 1989.  But since then seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their stories, all alleging threats and coercion from prosecutors and/or police. The question raised by the campaign to free Troy Davis, which the Supreme Court will decide soon --- does innocence matter?

Wait A Second

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

In an election where all the candidates are against the DC establishment, and all the candidates are for "change", what's a thinking voter to do?  The Seven Foot Poet weighs in....

Freedom Rider: Ruling Class Bailed Out

FR_WallStreetPeopleby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The "worst criminals in the nation," who answered to no one as they daily stole billions from financial institutions and the society at large, would be given dictatorial powers in the trillion dollar attempt to clean up their mess of crimes. Major party opposition hardly exists. "The Democrats endlessly repeat the grotesque mantra that the sky will fall unless the people who cooked up schemes to enrich themselves at the expense of humanity are let off with impunity." In the end, "Barack Obama will act in the same way as McCain. He has said as much."

The Financial Crisis: Seize the Time!

by
Cynthia McKinney
McKinney

As the Federal Reserve becomes the
"lender of last resort," it should also mean that "the people" become "the
owners of the primary instruments of U.S. capital and finance." Green Party
presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney declares: "We the people must now set
our demands to ensure and promote the public good." Technical public ownership
of finance behemoths like Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac is not enough: The people
must seize the time "to introduce
fundamental changes in the way the U.S. economy and its political stewards
operate."

Deep Racism Revealed in Poll

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Barack Obama will
have to run very, very well in the polls to stand a chance of overcoming
deep-seated white prejudice.  "One-third
of white Democrats displayed negative feelings towards African Americans, as
did 40 percent of all white Americans" - including lots of whites who claim
they plan to vote for Obama, according to a new AP/Yahoo survey.
 
Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary.
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SATs Stymie Race and Class Mobility

SATs
 Standardized test scores for college entrance "appear to calcify differences based on class, race/ethnicity and parental educational attainment," says a national organization of college admissions counselors. In other words, SAT-type tests reward privilege. "That's not a meritocracy - it's a caste system."
Click here to listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary.
 

South Africa: Whose Liberation Was It?

ZumaThabo Mbeki, under
whose leadership South Africa set about to create a class of Black
millionaires, is out as the ruling African National Congress leader. It's now
time to get on with the revolution, left too long unfinished. We shall see if
more militant actors "have the courage and ideas to create real change at the
bottom."

Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary.
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Zimbabwe and the Battle of Ideas

by Netfa Freemanmugabe2

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the continent. The author
methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that demonizes Mugabe while
hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to rich European and
American corporations.

Harlem: The Last Frontier

 

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by Shannon Joyce Prince

A new survey shows many whites think Blacks are
"complainers." But the most irksome complainers are those whites that move into
places like Harlem and demand the neighborhood be changed to suit their needs
and tastes. Some "white new-Harlemites...have an attitude of entitlement and
imperialism." But the New York Times feels their pain, although the
paper "would never publish an article about non-whites moving into white
suburbs and being shocked by the prolific crime and drug use."

Death Rattles of a Criminal Class

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The parasitic investment bankers are dead as engines of healthy development, and should be left in their coffins. "Incapable of organizing money in ways that can even sustain itself, much less promote productive economic value and growth," Wall Street specializes in creating bubbles that threaten the economic security of the nation. Should the two business parties attempt to resuscitate the criminal-minded investment "banksters," they risk killing off "what's left of the productive part of the U.S. economy." What's need is a "public mega-development corporation, funded in amounts rivaling that which the banksters are attempting to steal."

Zimbabwe and the Battle of Ideas

by Netfa Freemanmugabe2

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the
continent. The author methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that
demonizes Mugabe while hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to
rich European and American corporations.

FCC Spreads Digital Disinformation on TV Transition

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Thanks to corporate media's longstanding refusal to report on itself, along with a multimillion dollarFCC_Logo_Symbol333 campaign of public disinformation paid for by the FCC on behalf of commercial broadcasters, high-def TV and converter boxes are all most of know about the switch to digital TV. Last Monday, September 8, Wilmington NC became the first community in the nation to cease analog TV broadcasting and switch entirely to digital. Existing broadcasters gathered to rejoice at the prospect of hundrds of new digital channels which they receive free of charge, with no noticeable public interest obligations, and for which they don't even have programming.

BALLGAME!

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a the Seven Foot Poet
 
What's the difference between sports fans and some of the people who frequent side shows, zoos, freak shows, wax museums and Ripley's Believe It Or Not?  And what does it mean to be a fan, anyway.  Our Seven Foot Poet may not have all the answers, but he has the important questions.

Freedom Rider: Boycott Israel

FRboycottIsraelby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

To call attention to Israel's apartheid policies is to ask for immediate labeling as an "anti-Semite." Just ask former president Jimmy Carter. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performer Abdur-Rahim Jackson was separated from the troupe and made to dance for Israeli airport security - twice - to prove he wasn't a danger to the Jewish State, based on his name. "Israel's dismal human rights record has created numerous calls for economic boycotts of that nation," and cultural boycotts, as well. "The Israelis at the airport acted like Jim Crow segregationists of old, never forsaking an opportunity to publicly humiliate black people." Israel acts like the U.S. "did in its own apartheid era."

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