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The White, White House Press Corps

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by Sam Fulwood III

Black White House reporters are dwindling, even
as the nation's first Black president prepares to move in. "We are going
to integrate the Oval Office long before we integrate the media that covers the
president," said a veteran African American journalist. Jesse Jackson's
two bids for the White House a generation ago resulted in a respectable Black
press contingent on the campaign trail. Might Barack Obama insist on a larger
Black press presence at the White House? Said one Black media analyst: "He's
not going to be that kind of president."

Liar, Liar!! Barack Obama's Secretary of War

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 by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon
 
Some Obama supporters are wringing their hands over the selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  Hillary was, after all, a consistent supporter of the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and much more.  But Barack Obama's selection of Reaganite and Bush family operative Robert Gates to continue as Secretary of War speaks volumes about the new administration's willingness to continue pulling the same wool over the public eyes as Democratic and Republican administrations past have done.  Is this the "change" tens of millions voted for?

The Neo-Yeltsin Administration? The Obama Letdown

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by Michael Hudson
 
Although president-elect Barack Obama ran on a promise of "change", explains economist Michael Hudson, one has to look awfully hard and more than a little wishfully at his economic recovery team to see much of it.  The bailout, which the new administration owns as much as the old one, is calculated to bail out wealthy investors and leave untouched the housing and debt crises of tens of millions of American families.  The bailout may also prevent the new administration's proposed investments in jobs and infrastructure.

A Little Matter of Genocide

an audio speech by Ward Churchillward_churchill

Until recently, scholars have taught generations of American youth that there were at most a million natives in what is now the continental US when Europeans first reached these shores.  But demographic studies now indicate between 12 and 18 times that number lived here before Columbus, making the proportional native American population arguably the greatest and most thorough genocide in recorded history.  

Among much else, Dr. Churchill reminds us that during the conquest of this continent United States, bounties on Indian scalps, preferably with ears attached, were paid in what are now every one of the 48 states of the continental U.S.

Click the link below to hear this 29 minute presentation by Dr. Ward Churchill.

Community Organizer VS Corrupt Politician: The December 6 New Orleans Congressional Election

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by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

The
December 6 New Orleans congressional election isn't just a local
choice between a privatizing "minority" Republican, a notoriously corrupt
Democrat and a caring, competent community organizer running on the
Green Party ticket. In these times when anyone, anywhere can
contribute to the efforts of real progressives with the click of a
mouse, or volunteer to reach undecided voters, the days leading to
this election are a test of whether there exists even the shadow of a
national movement mature enough to hold any black Democrats the least
bit accountable to the needs of his constituents

As is often the case, the Republican and the Democrat represent more of the same. But this time there's another choice.

Fronting for Paramilitaries: Holder, Chaquita and Colombia

AUC_paramilitariesMurilloHolderby Mario A. Murillo

Chiquita Brands was among the U.S. corporations that
funded Colombia's rightwing death squads, organized under the umbrella of the
United Self-Defense Groups. Known by its acronym, the AUC has butchered
thousands of leftists, peasants and shantytown residents in service of
Colombia's cocaine-connected aristocracy and foreign businesses. Eric Holder,
the soon-to-be U.S. Attorney General, defended Chiquita's relationship with the
death squads, as a corporate attorney. "Holder's appointment should sound alarm
bells, especially when it comes to bringing corporate criminals to justice."

Freedom Rider: Eric Holder and Marc Rich

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyFRHolder

If you're a billionaire crook in the United States, flight from prosecution is easy. But what does a rich fugitive do if he wants to come back home? He hires an expensive law firm, and begins to lobby for a pardon. That's the route Marc Rich took when indicted for tax evasion, which brought him to the attention of Eric Holder, then Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton. Rich also spread his money around Israel, seeking endorsements of his pardon. Rich "will probably die as a fugitive," but he's still fabulously wealthy, and Eric Holder's reputation was tarnished.

African Americans, Peace and the Plight of Palestinians

by Cynthia McKinneyMcKinneyPIX

The former congresswoman and Green Party
presidential candidate charges that "Israel's lockdown of Gaza is keeping food,
fuel, and medicine from civilians." But that's just the most recent atrocity in
a human rights catastrophe that began 60 years ago, in Palestine, the same year
that birthed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration is
prime evidence that a civilized world is possible, but "Palestine is the place
that the Universal Declaration forgot."

Obama Sells Out America's Youth and Defenders of Civil Liberties with Eric Holder

by Richard SearcySearcy

Corporate media focus on Eric Holder's role in the
effort to pardon billionaire fugitive Marc Rich: basically, a wealthy man's
game. But the author reminds us that, as a U.S. Justice Department official for
Washington, DC, Holder was "an extreme drug warrior who believes that harsher
and longer sentences should be enacted for minor crimes such as marijuana use
and prostitution." Barack Obama's choice for U.S. Attorney General is "bad news
for America's youth."

The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicing

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford
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"Thanksgiving is not just a twisted fable, and
the mythology it nurtures is itself inherently evil." The holiday is rooted in
the massacre of hundreds of Pequot Indians, and has been used to justify
America's history of genocide, slavery and scores of wars against weaker
peoples. "The Mayflower's cultural heirs are programmed to find glory in their
own depravity and savagery in their most helpless victims, who can only redeem
themselves by accepting the inherent goodness of white Americans."

What Happy Thanksgiving?

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Black Americans should be among the last to celebrate
Thanksgiving, a mythology that seeks to absolve white settlers of their
intentional eradication of Native Americans. "African descendants in the US
aren't primarily responsible for the theft of land or the genocide of
indigenous people.  But to insinuate that what happened and is still
happening to indigenous Americans is a relic of the past makes one an
accomplice." Thanksgiving encourages notions of American exceptionalism. "At
the height of the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, Americans had the
audacity to claim a higher moral ground than the apartheid government."

Rev. Pinkney – and God – Versus Racism in Michigan

Pinkney_blueThe incarceration of
activist Black Rev. Edward Pinkney "marks the first time in modern history that a
preacher has been imprisoned for predicting what God might do."  At the heart of the story is the Whirlpool
Corporation's overlordship of Benton Harbor, Michigan, a 92 percent African American town.

 
Click here to listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Will Somalia Become Obama’s War?

SomalisoldiersAmerica's joint
venture with Ethiopia to invade and occupy Somalia "was not so much an American
attempt at regime change, as a cruel conspiracy to plunge Somalia back into the
warlord-induced chaos that had reigned since 1991." Barack Obama will have to
decide "whether or not to continue George Bush's war."

 
Click the flash player below to listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary
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American Decline Will Be Worse Than U.S. Intelligence Agencies Fear

CIAsinking_ship"American intelligence agencies project that the
United States will lose its position of world dominance by the year 2025." They
don't know the half of it. Loss of dominance means the end of U.S. imperialism,
the only thing that stands between the United States and the Great Unraveling.

 
Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary
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