It's About Time

by Cynthia McKinneycynthia-rosa

Speaking to a Black Panther Party reunion in Atlanta, Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney declared, "I consistently use you as a gauge: if they would do it to the Black Panther Party, then all of America must know that they will, without hesitation, also do it to the rest of us." Innocuous words can have murderous meanings. "What we must never forget is what the U.S. government means when it uses the word "neutralize." Lies can neutralize almost as effectively as guns.  "We get more straight talk from political hip hop than we do from today's journalists charged with informing the people of their voting choices and policy options."

America’s False Ideology of White Supremacy

by Seth Sandronsky White Supremacyburning-cross
 
Islamophobia is but another extension of white American fear and loathing for the Other. “One result has been a sort of silent consent for the torture of prisoners of the war on terror, mainly non-white Muslims.” Past obsessions with Blacks prepare racist minds well for nurturing hatreds of Muslims. “Crucially, this trend of caging and politically weakening the nation’s low-income blacks and Latinos foreshadowed the Bush II administration’s creation of Muslim ‘enemy combatants.’”

Freedom Rider: Right Wing Obama Love

FRobama progressby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Barack Obama's charms seem to work even on the least promising prospects. "Right wingers who openly follow the doctrine of America's right to empire and conquest are now endorsing Obama." William Buckley's son, Christopher, has been won over by Obama, causing Buckley to be excommunicated from the Church of the Hard Right. Christopher Hitchens, the former radical who has learned to love the war on terror, has found a warm place in his heart for Michelle's husband. It must be those things Obama says so alluringly, like, I'm going to have a foreign policy like Ronald Reagan's.

No Dog in this Fight

by P Jeromemccain_fear_poster

Americans
at-large agree with a great deal of the progressive agenda, so there's no need
for politicians to constantly run to the right, including Barack Obama. "More than 80 percent of us oppose the war in Iraq,
with the majority wanting immediate withdrawal (not ‘redeployment'). Larger
majorities want an end to government wiretapping, a scaled-back military
budget, and universal health care." It is McCain and Obama who are out of touch
with the public. "Mr. Obama has based his candidacy no less on fear and
militarism than the dreaded Republicans."

Word to the Wise (Tim Wise, that is)

TimWiseby Shannon Joyce Prince

The author has the greatest respect for Tim
Wise, whom she has quoted with feeling in these pages. But she's got a serious
beef with the acclaimed anti-racism activist's "This is how fascism comes" essay. "There's no
need for me to enumerate all the stereotypical qualities of a fascist that Tim
Wise lists: wearing ‘What Would Jesus Do' bracelets, being a Nascar fan, living
in a small town, drinking Pabst beer, etc." Such type-casting of people is
"hateful and unacceptable - particularly from someone who considers himself
liberal and progressive."

Bankers Use Crisis to Strengthen Oligarchy

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The Bush regime is
throwing billions in public money at big banks so they can devour little banks.
The result will be more institutions that are "too big to fail" - and dangers
to all of society.
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Obama and Powell are Quite Compatible

PowellAtUNColin Powel
understands Barack Obama. Powell was once himself the "breath of fresh air"
that would soften attitudes toward America by his very presence. Then he showed
his true colors.
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US Supreme Court Denies Troy Davis Appeal

by Amnesty International troydavis03
Although there has never been any direct physical evidence tying Troy Anthony Davis to the scene of the murder, and seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their stories, the US Supreme Court yesterday declined to take up the case of Troy Anthony Davis, slated for execution in the alleged murder of a Georgia cop in 1991.  The high court gave no reason why it will not examine the case.  As a result the state of Georgia is expected to set another date to execute what many believe is an innocent man.

Barack Obama, Voter Suppression and the Myth of “Vote Fraud”

by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon

Republicans and their allies in the corporate media are promoting the myth that hordes of foreigners and felons are waiting for election day, to vote on school board contests, library and park district levies, and of course, presidential elections. Secretive, spurious and malicious purges of the voter rolls are removing millions of legitimate voters from the rolls in the prelude to next month's election, and Republicans are manufacturing criminal cases against those who run voter registration drives.  
For their part, Democrats refuse to defend voter registration drives, and take money from the manufacturers of crooked electronic voting machines. Where are Democrats, where is Barack Obama on the issues that affect their voters the most, the question of whether their votes will be counted?

Great White Hope

by Sikivu Hutchinson

"Maverick" John McCain and attack-dog Sarah Palin seem to have staked their entire campaign on the powers of racial revulsion. "Linking Obama to William Ayers and domestic terrorism, Palin exhorted that ‘this is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America,'" while McCain "melds xenophobic and Orientalist rhetoric, conjuring up the dark inscrutable treasonous Other when he asks ‘who is the real Barack Obama.'" Together, McCain and Palin "tap into the deepest reservoirs of white racial angst."

Freedom Rider: If “That One” Wins

FRno parkingby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

All the contradictions of America's white supremacist history converge on November 4, when a society drenched in racism tries to figure out which of its "selves" will pull the lever. Lots of whites seem to be profoundly confused. "A recent poll indicated that many white people, including some who claim to support Obama, continue to hold very negative opinions about black people, often viewing them as ‘violent,' and ‘complaining.'" But Obama solves the problem, since his "refusal to directly address the needs of black people is also appealing to white people."  Other whites are more straightforward. If your car sports an Obama sticker, they won't let you park.

Obama and the Derivatives Merchants

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

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Barack Obama's star shines brighter than ever
(whose wouldn't, in comparison to John McCain?) despite his intimate
association with "the very same individuals who brought about the
current catastrophe."  Former Clinton
Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, now top advisors to
Obama, "labored successfully to safeguard ‘derivatives,' the exotic ‘ticking
time bomb' financial instruments, from federal regulation" nearly a decade ago.
"Be assured that this crew will deliver another catastrophe from their
positions of influence, if Obama is elected." 

Remembering Ahmed Sekou Touré as Guinea Turns 50

by Norman Otis RichmondSekoutoureSeated

It is fashionable among the historically
challenged to belittle the founding revolutionary fathers of Black Africa as
ineffectual dreamers. The late Sekou Toure, former President of Guinea, is a
frequent target. "Only a fool would attempt to defend the current regime of
President Lansana Conte, [but] only a bigger fool would attempt to denigrate the
role that Toure played in the struggle for World African Liberation," writes
the author. "African people will remember Touré as a great Pan Africanist who
attempted to unite Africa and Africans world-wide."

McCain and Alaska’s Toxic Termagant

McCain Obama logo 08by John Maxwell

U.S. public opinion seems to be inching closer
to world opinion. "That it is why an English worldwide poll has found that the
world wants Obama to win. The preference is almost 100% across countries
as disparate as Norway and Saudi Arabia." The gaming industry has caught the
same vibe, with "odds on Obama being the next president better than 90% as of
this last week." Standing in defiant opposition to global opinion - about which
they don't give a damn - are "McCain and Palin" who "present a fundamentalist
and revanchist face to the world, promising an even rougher ride than George
Bush."

ACORN Is Not the Nut Here

ACORNvotersby David Swanson

With total predictability, white supremacists,
heavily clustered in the Republican Party, are raising  the alarm about two grave threats to
national survival: 1) Poor Black people, under the leadership of the activist
group ACORN, have conspired to destabilize the government through repetitive,
fraudulent voting, and 2) those same poor Black people, even while perpetrating
massive felony voting, tricked honest white businessmen into granting them
sufficiently huge numbers of mortgages to wreck the entire financial system.
Spread the word.

The Illusion of Post-Racial America

by Aman GillPostRacialSeanBell

"Why does racial conflict no longer generate the
same kind of heat" - the militant response - as 40 years ago? What is it about
the "post-racial" or "post-civil rights" era that causes Blacks to remain
passive in the face of police atrocities like the Sean Bell killing? "The face
of mainstream black activism has moved from a base in communities to big money
and corporate sway," says one veteran activist. Black leadership nowadays is
"chosen by either political forces or corporate forces." The most dramatic
example is Barack Obama, who "rejects the whole Black Power movement."

The Presidency for Sale: Small Contributors Waste Their Money


PresidentForSaleProgressives who
believe they are influencing Barack Obama by sending him cash, are neither
influencing the candidate nor helping their causes.
 
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High Noon in Chicago: The Sheriff as Hero


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Although homeowners
get most of the sympathy, renters are also victimized by the monsoon of
foreclosures. A big city sheriff distinguishes himself.
 
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