Monthly Archives: October 2013

Freedom Rider: Black Faces for White People

by  Margaret Kimberley Halloween brings out the worst, in the worst white folks. “What was an enjoyable time to dress up in costume has become the white racist moment to act out sick fantasy.” The bigots would like their version of Halloween to last all year. “A return to the good old days of slavery, […]

Worse Than Apartheid: Black in Obama’s America

by Jon Jeter The U.S. Black-white wealth gap is larger than in South Africa at the height of apartheid. The statistic is all the more remarkable when considering that South Africa virtually mandated gross inequality by law, while in the U.S. the great chasm exists “within a political economy that is at least nominally democratic” […]

Covert Government

America’s Secret 4th Branch of Government: The NSA Kept Even Obama in the Dark By Juan Cole Source: Informed Comment The revelation from the Snowden Papers that the National Security Agency had German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal cell phone under surveillance has produced a central fallout. Dueling leaks over the international embarrassment have forced the White House […]

Detroit: Shadow of Things to Come

Detroit Will be Democracy’s Decisive Battle by Glen Ford “If we don’t do something real soon, I think you’ll have to agree that we’re going to be forced either to use the ballot or the bullet. It’s one or the other in 1964. It isn’t that time is running out — time has run out!” […]

Obamacare Mandate

Obamacare update LA Times – Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher […]

The 17 agencies that make up America’s massive spy network

The 17 agencies that make up America’s massive spy network The U.S. intelligence community is vast, composed of 17 distinct organisations each operating under its own shroud of secrecy.Oversight of these agencies generally falls to the Department of defence or Congress, leaving the average citizen with precious little knowledge of how they operate. Funded by largely classified budgets, […]

Blacks at the Helm of Empire

Who is Jeh Johnson, and Why Should Black People Be Hanging Our leads in Shame? Printer-friendly version By Bruce A. Dixon The Department of Homeland Security is a secretive, lawless, largely privatized police and surveillance agency, with its own prisons and soon, its own drones. Now it’s headed by a black man, a progressive Democrat, […]

The Media

The Media — An Excerpt From Mass Control and The Redefinition of Freedom Written by Omar Cherif According to this article in Business Insider’s The Wire, in 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies; by 2011 and through relentless mergers, acquisitions and consolidations, the same 90% became controlled by 6 Major Corporations […]

Our politics are a disaster because the media — and the president — pretend conservatives are dealing with facts

Stop enabling the right: The media just makes dysfunction worse By Paul Rosenberg EnlargeSean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh      (Credit: AP/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman/Reuters/Chris Keane/Micah Walter) The study of logical and rhetorical fallacies dates back to the ancient Greeks, but for all that studying, we’re still overrun by them—and for understandable reasons. Most fallacies derive […]

A Nation Brought to the Verge of Ruin

A Bi-Partisan Crisis by PAUL STREET In the Hands of a Moneyed Oligarchy Recently on his syndicated talk show, the power-worshipping interviewer of influential elites Charlie Rose worried that Washington’s latest fiscal crisis sends the world the message that “democracy doesn’t work as well as we thought it did.” [1] What American “democracy” was Charlie […]