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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.


The BAR team thanks our readers and supporters for your patience with us in the old year.
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."

Did Barack Obama Just Appoint An Underqualified Stooge and Privatizer Secretary of Education?

Black Agenda Report's Bruce Dixon interviews Chicago educator and activist George Schmidt
The short answer seems to be "yes."  Before being appointed CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan never saw the inside of a classroom as a teacher.  This is probably a good thing, since Duncan does not possess the academic qualifications to be even a substitute teacher.  Worse still, Duncan's idea of improving inner-city schools in Chicago is handing them over to corporate-run charter schools or converting them to military academies.  This, says longtime Chicago educator and activist George Schmidt, is not the change we voted for. 

The next issue of Black Agenda Report will appear on December 31, 2008

There will be no issue of BAR for December 24. So, until New Years Eve,
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the team at BAR!

The Great Debate on Obama --Last Week in Harlem, This Week in Baltimore

Transcript and audio remarks by Glen Ford, Dr. Leonard Jeffries and Dr. Donald Smith


Was the election of Barack Obama good for Black people? No, argued BAR's Glen Ford, 
Baruch College professor emeritus of education Donald Smith, and two
other distinguished Black educators at a debate in New York's Harlem, last
weekend. Four activists lined up on the other side of the question, before a
crowd of over 1,500. Dr. Smith evaluated Obama based on his "personnel
appointments, post-racial philosophy, and cultural incompatibility."  Said Ford: "I'm not mad at Obama. He's just
another cynical center-right politician, doing whatever he can get away with.
The people I'm mad at are the ones who let him get away with it."

Next week the Great Debate moves to Baltimore, with a live webcast on

Freedom Rider: Gay Rights and Black America

FRblacksGaysFistsby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

"It wasn't possible for black votes to have single handedly provided the margin of victory" for California's ban on gay marriage. "A majority of whites, Latinos and Asians all voted for" Proposition 8, and "those black voters who approved of Proposition 8 did so for the same reasons that people of other races did." Black political behavior on this issue and many others is also rooted in unique conditions of African American life, such as chronic high unemployment and mass Black incarceration. If society does not allow honest and sensitive discussion of African American problems, Blacks should not be expected to be paragons of correctness.

U.S. Proposes International Gang Rape of Somalia

SomaliFightersThe U.S., having
failed to subdue Somalia through Ethiopia's proxy invasion, now appeals to the
world's militaries to turn Somalia into a "free fire zone." Somali "piracy" is
a pretext for old fashioned imperial aggression.

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Obama’s Opportunity to Show Respect for the Rule of Law

TorturePrisonersDick Cheney has
openly confessed to a personal role in shaping U.S. policy in the torture of
prisoners. A Senate Committee reports that a long list of administration
officials are culpable in torture, starting with George Bush. Will President Obama let the
guilty walk free?

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