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The Malik Rahim Campaign in New Orleans -- An Analysis

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by Robert Caldwell
Competent and responsible organizers do not just take credit for their
victories, they critically analyze their defeats and shortcomings in
order to extract useful lessons.   We want to take this
opportunity to thank those BAR readers who donated or worked the phones
for his campaign, and we here republish a critical
analysis of the performance of Malik Rahim's campaign written by its
campaign manager. 
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Will Obama Privatize Public Assets To Pay For “Economic Recovery”?

texasBy BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Obama's old school economic team are on record as favoring privatizations of public resources in principle. Unless Obama is willing to significantly cut the military budget or tax the rich, neither of which seems very likely, the only way to pay for even a reasonably large jobs and recovery program is to kill other jobs through a wave of Chicago-style privatizations. And privatizations are always bad for democracy.

Freedom Rider: Obama is Not King

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberleyobama-mlk

It is the height of historical distortion to compare President-Elect Barack Obama in any way, shape or form to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King "is probably the only person in American history who gave up a close relationship with a president," Lyndon Johnson, "because his convictions demanded it." Those convictions were anchored in King's opposition to "racism, materialism and militarism." Obama, conversely, makes common cause with financial speculators and militarists. Under the current system, "It is simply impossible to be both a fighter for justice and president of the United States."

Eshu’s blues: President Barancklin Husseinalo Roosobamavelt

ESHUgreenjobsby BAR columnist michael hureaux perez

"President-Elect Obama has promised us a massive public works program that will put two and a half million people to work in various forms of ‘green' industry" - a promise that may or may not turn out to be worth something. "Green" is a shapeless category that can include "use of healthy agricultural acreage for the production of fuels for the automobile." Obama's leftish supporters anticipate a second coming of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, but "even the Obamaists have to see that there's something slightly hinky about the names that are turning up in the presidential cabinet."

Somalia Ought To Be Obama's Litmus Test

by Sadia Ali AdenSomaliWar

The test of Barack Obama's policies in Africa
and worldwide begins with his handling of the war against Somalia, his
inheritance from George Bush. The "world's worst humanitarian disaster" (about
which Obama has not uttered a single word), is the product of America's "proxy
war in the Horn of Africa" in partnership with Washington's client, Ethiopia. In
this unholy alliance, "Ethiopian troops are killing civilians by slitting their
throats and gang-raping women," according to Amnesty International. Next month,
Obama must take responsibility for "over one million internally displaced
persons and nearly 3.5 million on the verge of starvation" in Somalia.

Power to the People in Time of Crisis

PowerToPeopleThe raw numbers of
dollars spent on economic recovery are not as important as transforming
relations of power in the U.S. "Only a great shift in power relationships,
seizing it from the financial oligarchy to empower the great majority, can hope
to bring even a semblance of stability and relief to the people as a whole."

 
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Black Colleges Face Whiteout

BlackCollegesWhite Georgia
politicians want to force two historically Black universities to merge with white schools, to reduce "duplicative" costs and end a "legacy of segregation.
"When a Georgia Republican goes on a crusade against the vestiges of Jim Crow,
it's time to watch out!"

 
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U.S. Business Says No Mas to Cuba Embargo

CubaEmbargoU.S. business groups have joined the vast
majority of the world's nations in requesting that President-Elect Obama
quickly end the 47-year-long American trade embargo against Cuba. The economic
blockade isolates the U.S., not Cuba. "In a sense, the United States is
embargoing itself."

 
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Cholera Outbreak Outcome of West’s War on Zimbabwe

ZimbabweCholeraby Stephen Gowans

Zimbabwe is facing multiple crises because of
savage western assaults on its economy and the viability of its state
machinery. The goal is regime change. U.S.-British sanctions against Zimbabwe
are a form of warfare, like the sanctions that led to a million deaths in
pre-invasion Iraq. The cholera outbreak is useful to Washington and London,
making "Zimbabwe's crisis international, because disease can cross borders." If
the destabilization of Zimbabwe is successful, other African nations "will back
away from their own land reform and economic indigenization demands" - a
victory for imperial supremacy.

Human Rights Day Celebration in Gaza

PalestiniansGazaby Abukar Arman

December 10 marks the 60th
anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, yet the document
holds no sway in Palestine, where "an entire population is being brutally
punished." Israel, the occupying power, refuses to recognize the Declaration's
authority. Gaza's, "million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with
almost no access to the outside world." The president of the UN General
Assembly has "called on the international community to consider stricter
measures against Israel ....measures similar to those taken against South Africa
in the 1980s that include ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions.'"

Poverty: Policies and Possibilities

by Shannon PrincePovertyStory           

Regulation of industry can be a very good thing, but requiring licenses to braid hair is oppressive and stupid. "Since time immemorial black women have braided hair in open air and in kitchens and on front porches without licensing, to no societal ill effect," writes the author. Any anti-poverty offensive should recognize that "poor people can use themselves as weapons against poverty." Far more injurious to society than unlicensed hair-braiders, are welfare regulations that harm "disproportionately families of color, forcing men to sneak to see their children and treating would-be wives like slaves sold to a different plantation."

Obama’s ‘Center-Right’ Presidency: The Die is Cast

ObamaKoolAidby BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

In case there are any lingering doubts, it's
official: Barack Obama has earned a well-deserved rating of "center-right"
politician, courtesy of the New York Times. The president-elect worked
hard to pull himself rightward, after starting off with a reputation as a
liberalish "peace" candidate. Nobody calls Obama that anymore, not since he
endorsed the bankers' bailout, put the economy's future in the hands of the
same people that set the stage for financial meltdown, and let Bush's War
Secretary keep the keys to the imperial armory. So let's give it to Obama. He
won't ever have an identity crisis, again.

Susan Rice is Bad News for Africa

Riceby BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Barack Obama's nominee for United Nations Ambassador is a very aggressive woman - militarily speaking. Susan Rice is "more bellicose" than George Bush when it comes to threatening Sudan over the plight of the people of Darfur, "while simultaneously backing a savage U.S.-Ethiopian assault that causes an even larger humanitarian calamity in Somalia." One is forced to conclude that "Susan Rice's brand of ‘humanitarian intervention' is a farce, a pretext to justify military aggression under the guise of preventing human suffering."

Freedom Rider: Mumbai and American Terror

mumbaiby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

"Terror is usually the result of unacknowledged grievance. Muslims are mad at the United States, Great Britain and the Indian government." This should be obvious, but "as always, Americans never see a connection between themselves, the acts of terror committed by their own government and anger directed at them around the globe." The victims in Mumbai are mourned in the United States, "as they should be. The victims of the United States government in Iraq and Afghanistan are not.

Corporate Economists Tell Lies for a Living

wall_street_da_signby Glen Ford
 
Corporate-oriented
members of the economics profession are "shills and boosters" for the
(one-time) Titans of finance capital "The economists most cited in corporate
media are shills and boosters for capitalism in general, and Wall Street in
particular.
 
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