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."

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."

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."

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Holding Obama Accountable, Part 2 of a Series – Single Payer Health Care and the Auto Industry

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by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
In the second installment of this series, we examine the connection between the auto industry's crisis and single payer health care.  Should the auto industry get a Wall Street style blank check bailout?  Or is this the ideal time to make US auto and other industrial jobs globally competitive by enacting the kind of single payer health care system every other wealthy industrial nation on the planet uses?  Is this the first chance for the new president and his party to make good on their promises to protect US jobs, to deliver health care and be the "change" tens of millions voted for?  Will they take it?  Can we make them? 

President Obama and the Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: An Analysis

by Ali Abunimah

The optimism and symbolic significance of the election of the US's first black president are keenly felt in the Middle East. But undoing the damage several US administrations have done over a generation, and particularly that done by the Bush-Cheney regime will be a tall order. Is the new administration up to it? Palestinian activist Ali Abunimah assesses the possible impact of the Obama administration on the Israeli-Palestinian situation.

 

Freedom Rider: Obama and Lieberman: Two of a Kind

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Why did Barack Obama save Joe Lieberman from being stripped of his top committee chairmanship? The short answer is, the two men "are equally cynical." The most rightwing Democrat in the Senate actively campaigned for McCain/Palin, "believes in America's war of terror, and in the ‘special relationship' with Israel." But Lieberman, with his vast financial connections, early on helped Obama "amass the biggest campaign treasury of all time." Maybe Lieberman "wanted to make sure that the confident black man didn't forget who was boss."

Odetta: A Legend for the Ages

by Norman (Otis) Richmond
 
The famed singer-activist Odetta was hospitalized over the weekend, suffering from kidney failure. Mr. Richmond, writing from Toronto, is a longtime student of revolutionary culture. He attended a performance by the 77-year-old icon, last month.

Eshu’s blues: Field days for gumbo ya ya

by BAR columnist michael hureaux

When a Black teenager accidentally shoots his best friend, it is "all just one more weekend, one of those lunatic moments when one young Black man kills another young Black man, and once all the usual sociological theorizing rolls by, no one really knows why, except that it happened, and it's to be expected, somehow."  The author, who was both boys' teacher, wonders "how the dividing line between play and the reality of what a firearm is became blurred." For too many urban adolescents, "an acquaintance with firearms becomes as casual as the presence of the television remote."

Jamaica for Sale

Tourism is Jamaica's biggest source of foreign exchange, but tourist dollar madness threatens to destroy the country. "The hotels are closing down turtle nesting sites and hotel excrement and spoil are killing our reefs at an increasing pace." While the government entertains all manner of schemes to lure tourists and separate them from their money, the nation's "rivers, streams and beaches are polluted by wastes of all kinds." The tourist industry workforce live in deplorable conditions, because there is "no social development to match the commercial development."

Lawless Capital, Rushing to Armageddon

The rule of law has been cast aside in the mad frenzy to loot the wealth of a nation before George Bush leaves office. "Wall Street has succeeded in establishing a kind of privatized martial law economic regime," in which trillions of dollars are secretly transferred to unnamed corporations.

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Buccaneers In Somali Waters – But They’re Not Somalis

SomalipiratesThere is, indeed, piracy in the waters of Somalia, most of it perpetrated by foreign vessels that steal $300 million in fish per year. With no government to protect their national rights, Somali sailors find other ways to make a living. "Think of us like a coast guard."

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Katrina Suit is Institutional Racism Lesson For Obama

Institutional racism is "the mechanism by which the present and future are shaped by racist practices of the past." New Orleans African Americans seeking to rebuild their lives found that government pays more to replace white people's homes, than Blacks. Obama, take note.

 

Holding the Obama Administration Accountable, Part 1 of a Series

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

 

With the election results a week old, the worst thing we can do now is sit back for too long admiring the new president, his family and ourselves for electing him, and "wait and see what he does."  No new administration waits till being sworn in before deciding and enacting its priorities on war, peace, credit, housing, jobs or heath care.  While many are still boasting, roasting, coasting and toasting the election results the business of governing has already begun.  So too the business of holding the new administration accountable must begin without delay.

To The Coming

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana

These are historic times.  But then, what times haven't been?  The Seven Foot Poet keeps us anchored not just in the present, the immediate past and the forseeable future, but orients us in the dimensionless expanse of time inhabited by our ancestors, our  future hopes, and those yet to come.

Click the link below to hear the Seven Foot Poet perform this original work.

Freedom Rider: Told You So

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It's not as if we at BAR didn't warn you. Barack Obama's first major act as president-elect was to select as his chief of staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel, whose "role as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was to insure that anti-war and other progressive candidates stayed out of the running." So when do the protests begin? "Progressives for Obama and other groups who promised to hold their idol accountable haven't gotten around to doing so just yet or even announcing when the time will be right for their tongues to become untied."

Barack Obama: The Empire’s New Clothes

by Paul Street

Barack Obama and his followers continue to revise the history of his ascendance, pretending his campaign was rooted among the "outsiders." The public line is a fiction, as even the most rudimentary research reveals. In fact, Obama's own words document his intense courtship of the rich and powerful.  Unfortunately, "few if any of" Obama's staunchest supporters "have bothered to read a single solitary word of Obama's blatantly imperial, nationalist, and militarist foreign policy speeches and writings," says the author. "And my sense is they never will." 

Congolese People Sacrificed for International Games and Profits

by Roxanne Stasyszyn

The war that has already cost 5.5 million Congolese their lives has been rekindled, the ghastly product of "a rapacious international commerce that has descended on Congo." Amidst the carnage, displacement and starvation, international "humanitarian" outfits navigate, "intertwined with the ethnically fueled militia groups and big business from the USA, Europe and China."  At the vortex of the violence is rebel warlord Laurent Nkunda. "It is said that Nkunda even boasts the born-again Christian patch he wears on his fatigues as a badge of solidarity with President Bush and many other American Christians.

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