Black Joblessness: Never a Priority

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 18:00
"Black unemployment levels are almost never considered to be intolerable - that is, a problem of such magnitude it demands fixing."
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Employee Choice Act is a Black Power Issue

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 18:00
"Labor power is people's power, and that also means Black people's power."
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Dear ‘Brother President’: Embrace Liberation Theology

Submitted by Rev. Reynard N.... on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 18:00

by Rev. Reynard N. Blake, Jr.

The author congratulates the president-elect on his having run a “great…eloquent, dignified, and clean race,” but then admonishes: “You blew a tremendous teaching opportunity in teaching America about Liberation Theology when you put some distance between you and Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright.” Obama’s former pastor appears to have “unnerved” him “because the Black Liberation Theology that Wright embodies involves a responsibilty to call White people out on their racism and for Black Churches to address racism.”

Cashing the Obama Check: Will It Come Back Marked “Insufficient Funds”?

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 10:26
by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon
The vote for the First Black President wasn't just about race and racism.  For tens of millions, it was a vote for peace abroad, for economic and social justice at home. Barack Obama sold himself to the American people as a transformative political figure.  
Despite those who now urge Americans to tone down their expectations, many are prepared to collect on the hopes that swept Obama into office.  Those hopes and expectations are what we call the Obama Check.
The question is, can we cash it?

  "In a sense, we've come to the nation's capital to cash a check...It is obvious that America has defa\ulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds'."  --martin Luther King, I Have A Dream, August 1963.

Freedom Rider: Bush Crimes Continue

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 18:00

FRbush_devilby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

George Bush is busily putting the finishing touches on his legacy of aggressions. His recent attack on Syria, a country that has been cooperative with America's so-called "war on terror," was designed to "make certain that nations labeled as enemies stay that way." Bush stokes tensions between the U.S. puppet, Colombia, and neighboring Venezuela and Ecuador, to keep the pot boiling right up to Barack Obama's inauguration. Bush is confident his legacy will outlive his presidency, since "Obama's objections to Bush policy are about little more than management style."

Bolivia Kicks Out Regime-Changers Posing as Drug Cops

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 18:00
Bully_Uncle_Sam_CartoonThe Americans are more interested in destabilizing the Bolivian government than in suppressing the cocaine trade. President Morales shuts down the DEA and expels the U.S. ambassador.
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Racketeering Laws Still Threaten Worker Speech Rights

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 18:00

smithfieldbus1A recent settlement
between Smithfield ham producers and the union leaves a question unanswered:
can RICO racketeering laws be used to prevent publicity campaigns against
anti-union companies?

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With Cuba Embargo, U.S. Isolates Itself

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 18:00
ViveCubaLibreOnly two countries stood with the U.S. when the United Nations General Assembly condemned Washington's 46-year embargo against Cuba for the 17th time: Israel and the tiny island nation of Palau.
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How We Fuel Africa's Bloodiest War

Submitted by Johann Hari on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 18:00
by Johann Hari

The 14-year-long conflict that has already killed 5.4 million Congolese - "the deadliest war since Adolf Hitler marched across Europe" - has been rekindled by Rwanda's surrogate Tutsi militia. Although the rationale is to safeguard Congolese Tutsis, "It is a lie."  The renewed war is "funded by Rwandan businessmen so they can retain control of the mines in North Kivu. This is the absolute core of the conflict." What's needed is an international system that prevents corporations from "abetting crimes against humanity" and "values the lives of black people more than it values profit."

The Obama '08 Phenomenon: What Have We Learned?

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 18:00

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

There is no doubt that history has been made, "for reasons that go beyond the obvious ‘first Black' aspect of race." 2008 was the first year in modern history that Blacks made no demands on the Democratic candidate - and consequently, were promised nothing. This was the election cycle in which the Black who began as a supposed "underdog" became the most heavily-funded candidate of all time. There are many lessons to be learned - but few of them palatable to folks still drunk on ObamaL'aid.

Morning in Obamerica: Change, Change, Change?

Submitted by Ishmael Reed on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 18:00

by Ishmael Reed

What has Obama wrought? In the euphoria, can reality reclaim its rightful place? The parameters of rhetorical change are boundless, propelled into the nether-reaches of nonsensicality by hyper-speak and super-wishfullness that can never supplant the real world of entrenched class and race rule. Celebrate good times...COME ON! But at some soon point in time, we must return to the ground. And the need for struggle. Better start as soon as the cold breeze hits you. Like now. 

The Campaign, Written in 4 Parts -- Part 4

Submitted by Kemet Mawakana on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 15:23

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

What do campaigns and elections mean?  What and who  changes?  What else and who else stays the same?  Why does it matter?  Lots of us have ideas, but the Seven Foot Poet knows and shows from open to close.

Click the link below to hear for yourself.

The Most Important Presidential Election Ever. Again. No, Really!

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 04:43
by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon,
with video by Billy at
First check out this exclusive 60 Minutes interview with brother Billy of

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Freedom Rider: Biden Blurts Awful Truth

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 18:00

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyFRbiden

It's true that Sen. Joe Biden "isn't very bright and he can't stop talking." But Biden's uncontrollable mouth may have alerted us to the Obama-Biden administration's post-election surprise - something so scary, Obama is "gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him...." Whatever's on Biden's agitated little mind, it must be big, real big. "If Big Mouth Joe is already pleading for patience from the faithful we are looking at Bush/Cheney the Sequel." Be afraid. Be very afraid. Apparently, Joe is scared out of his limited supply of wits.

Pandering to Racists

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 18:00

"The zeal with which corporate pundits seek to declare the end of race as a defining element of U.S. politics serves only to confirm its overarching presence in the political culture."

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