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Preserve Gangster History


Newark, New Jersey's
historic preservation authorities aren't enthusiastic about the landmark value
of the site where mobster Dutch Schultz met his violent end. But
preserving history is one way we answer the question: "What kind of country
allowed assassins, pimps, pornographers and racketeers of all kinds to rise to
such wealth and prominence?
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U.S. Risks Catastrophic Defeat in Pakistan


The U.S. is risking
"incalculable" consequences with its raids into Pakistan, the only Muslim
nation with an atomic arsenal. Pakistan is the least hospital place for
American troops, a nation where "Osama bin Laden is infinitely more popular than
George Bush." If Washington continues to violate Pakistan's borders, it might
get "run out of South Asia on a rail."
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War-Talk and Speculation Drove Oil Prices Skyward


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As the economy approaches rock-bottom - wherever that is - the public should remember who brought about the "cascade of catastrophes."  The recent oil price explosion was caused by Big Capital speculators and "greatly accelerated" by American and Israeli threats to Iran's existence.

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“Amazing Self-Correction”: Reflections on Barack Obama and the Perverse Racial Politics of the Post

by Paul StreetObamaStreet

The closer Barack Obama gets to the White House, the quicker some white folks are to declare that the United States is a "self-correcting" nation that is miraculously curing itself of racism. They are encouraged by Obama, himself, who "has shown a disturbing propensity to see the racism that oppresses and angers black America as purely a function of past injustice." Far too many Americans "fail to understand and/or refuse to acknowledge cold realities reflecting the perverse color politics of the post-Civil Rights age of neoliberal racism." The rise of Obama has given white America yet one more "shining opportunity to congratulate itself"


Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Palin Propaganda Machine

Palinby Sikivu Hutchinson

Middle-American (i.e., white) moral hypocrisy is in graphic relief this campaign season. "Had the Palin family soap opera played out in the Obama household his bid for the presidency would have been gutted by right wing hysteria about promiscuous black welfare mothers in training and irresponsible baby daddies." Yet the V.P. candidate from the Great White North is a hit - so far. "The Palin choice was a transparently racist bid for the votes of white women enraged by the prospect of a black man in Hillary's White House." 

White Privilege, White Entitlement and the 2008 Election

by Tim Wisewhite_privilege

A nation that claims it has already learned - and "changed" - so much in the racial arena, should at least be conversant in the definition of "white privilege." In fact, many surveys show most whites don't think such privilege exists. Noted anti-racist activist Tim Wise offers some guidance for "those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege."  Example: Those who "make fun of community organizers and the work they do" are most likely aggressively defending white privilege, whether they know it or not.

No Jobs Make Mean Streets

JobsWithJusticeby James Thindwa

"After nearly 30 years of conservative discourse that promotes incarceration as the solution, local governments must resuscitate the idea that jobs and economic revival are the antidotes to crime." As crime numbers go up after a long decline, political conversation is rife with racist assaults on the "pathology" of the ghetto. Yet any objective observer would conclude that "what we are seeing in America's urban centers is desperation being played out in violent activity." Inner city youth need jobs, at a living wage. "Nowhere is the failure of urban politicians more evident than in their complicity in the false narrative - carefully orchestrated by corporate leaders - that service-sector jobs are inherently low wage."

Cuba and Haiti: Children of Prometheus

by John MaxwellMaxwellHaiti

If a hurricane misses the United States, it doesn't exist in the minds of many Americans. This has been an especially cruel hurricane season for Cuba and Haiti, the countries that "destroyed slavery" and "European empire in the Western hemisphere," and "successfully asserted the right of any country, no matter how small to choose its own path to development," respectively. It is as if Haiti and Cuba are being punished for their good works, as was Prometheus by Zeus, "the Haitians by slow motion genocide, by compound interest and by state terrorism, by armed banditry in support of criminal monopolists and by the kidnapping of their elected leader. The Cubans have been punished by terrorism, by invasion, by biological warfare and by a brutal and illegal economic blockade."

Freedom Rider: Biden = Palin

FRbidenby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Joe "Foot-In-Mouth" Biden and Sarah
"Abstinence-Only" Palin are perfect matches for the Twin Business Party
campaigns for top executive power. Biden gruffly rejects the "liberal" label by
reminding reporters he is from a former slave state. Palin appeals to "white America's reptilian brain." The schlock level at both
camps gets thicker by the day. Barack Obama morphs politically into his
72-year-old opposite number, joining hands with John McCain as a new convert to the
Iraq "surge" that has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams."

Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”

by Charley JamesArrogantPalin

Barack Obama is a "Sambo," Hillary Clinton is a
"bitch," and Alaskan Eskimos are "Arctic Arabs." According to the author's
sources, that's the way the world looks to Sarah Palin. The mean, vindictive
core shines through - "No wonder the vast sea of white, cheering faces at the
Republican Convention went wild for Sarah." Even Palin's mother-in-law doesn't
much care for her - and Palin returns the sentiment. The press get no respect
from Barracuda Sarah. "I heard she had a wild temper and vicious mean streak,"
said one journalist, "but it's nothing like you can imagine until she turns it
on you."

Say No to Lying, Spying and Torture

McKinney08by Cynthia McKinney

At what point do the American people say, "No"?
When the Pentagon admits it "lost" $2.3 trillion? "Yet both the Democratic and
Republican nominees plan to increase the Pentagon's budget, continue to add
countries to Dick Cheney's list of 60 against which the United States must be
prepared to go to war," says Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia
McKinney. Executive impunity is the order of the day. "Torture, war
crimes, crimes against humanity, lying to and spying on the American people,
and crimes against the peace are all hallmarks of our country today, and yet
impeachment has been taken off the table!"

Taxicab Confessions: More Intervention, More War, More Lies

Billy Buntin
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Take a ride with a Somali taxi driver and you
might learn something. "European and Western intervention
from the past is the number one cause of the troubles we're seeing in African
countries," said the author's temporary foreign policy advisor. "We're also still
suffering from residue of the Cold War tactics that occurred in African
nations. To this day, there is a small country that neighbors Somalia called
Djibouti, there is a huge U.S. military base there from which they control the
entire Horn of Africa!" But Barack Obama, who supports the U.S. Africa Command,
is "not just another politician, I can feel it..." The cabbie is being taken for
a ride.

Politics and Religion in America: Imagine There's No Heaven

Religionby David Swanson

"We now elect presidents who launch wars after discussing the matter directly with ‘God' but not Congress." God is all over the campaign trail, in this election cycle, aided by His inquisitors, the press. "The corporate media now asks presidential candidates to name and explain their favorite Bible verses, and accuses candidates of not being sufficiently christian." You know the end of church-state separation is near when "Senators Obama and McCain each [sit] for an hour of questions from a preacher at the front of a church."

Great White Snark

MAXWELLjohn_maxwell03by John Maxwell

For personal reasons rooted in his childhood,
the author tends to "see many politicians as comic book characters."  If John McCain had tapped Joe Lieberman for
Number Two, it would have meant the "pairing of those quintessential bumblers
Elmer Fudd and Mr. Magoo." As it turned out, the top of the Republican ticket
looks more like "Daddy Warbucks" and "his Little Orphan Annie." It is
sufficient that Annie knows that Russia "is a Very Bad Place, chock full of
Very Bad Men. Little Orphan Annie is so cute she doesn't need to know anything
about foreign policy, except never to find herself alone with that bad Mr.

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