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"Black Vote Smothered by Electoral College"


"I am convinced
that the black vote is going to be not only a bigger vote
than ever before, it is the swing vote." — Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., speaking
on CNN

Rev. Jackson is right about the raw numbers of African Americans who are
expected to go to the polls on November 2. However, most of the national
Black voting population will ?swing? neither their home states nor the
presidential election. Fifty-five percent of the Black population resides
in the South, and every four years their votes are drowned in a sea of
Republican red. For presidential election purposes, except for the besieged
Black citizens of Florida, the southern African American franchise is
negated by the Electoral College ? a true 21st century vestige of slavery.

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but you will have to register at:
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Five arrested for racist boasts in television exposé of BNP

Martin Wainwright

The Guardian

Five men were arrested yesterday after an undercover television documentary featured British National party activists admitting racist violence and harassment.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Exiles: Black American Radicals in Cuba"

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

Once they considered themselves black freedom fighters. The FBI
considered them armed and dangerous. After more than a generation as
fugitives in Castro's Cuba, they are living pieces of unfinished

Genocide: Forms, Causes, Consequences

Berlin, January 13-15, 2005.

Invitation, Announcement and Call for Posters

European Network of Genocide Scholars [ENOGS]: Foundational
Meeting (Berlin, January 13-15, 2005)

Without doubt, genocide is one of the most horrific crimes
in the history of humankind. In the twentieth century, the
Holocaust proved the destructive potential of a utopian
biopolitics that aimed at an ethnically or racially
homogeneous "societas perfecta". Unfortunately, it was not
the first genocide of the last century, as in 1904 the
Herero and Nama people had been slaughtered by the imperial
German army, and ten years later during World War I, more
than 800,000 Armenians were deported and killed by the Young
Turks. Nor was the Holocaust the last. Despite the United
Nations Genocide Convention of 1948, genocides took place in
Cambodia and Rwanda to name just a few.

Remembering the Common Hood
Soweto and Runnymede
Peter Linebaugh, Counterpunch

I flew from Detroit, with one stop, to the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to participate in an international conference, "The Promise of Freedom and its Practice: Global Perspectives on South Africa's Decade of Democracy."

I arrived on the heels of students protesting the cut in university 'bursaries' forcing many to terminate their studies, especially the poorer students. When the university responded by calling in armed police, helicopters, and 'bouncers' from neighborhood gangs, some faculty remonstrated, "this seems very much like Bantu education in a different guise," they wrote the Vice Chancellor, alluding to the apartheid system of education that prevailed during the third quarter of the 20th century. The difference now is that the IMF-imposed cutbacks, unlike apartheid, are truly pan-African, whose effect is the destruction of the independent university in the mother continent as a whole. (The Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa has been ringing this alarm for years.)

During a break in the conference I strolled down the hill from Wits (as they call the university), across Mandela Bridge, over the railway tracks (O so many!) and mini-bus yards, down the African street with its hawkers, colors, and fragrances, in order to meet the comrades of the Anti-Privatization Forum, the Landless People's Movement, Jubilee South Africa, and the Indymedia Center who were gathering at the Worker's Library in an anti-war coalition. They were to be evicted at the end of the month from that venue by the Johannesburg city council.

hydrarchist writes
Manifesto for the Unconditional Regularisation of Immigrants

In Spain more than 50% of immigrants have no legal
papers. We are the visible tip of an iceberg of life¹s
precariousness affecting everyone equally .

In order to fight against this situation, we went out
to the streets, we recognised our equals, we built a
platform for struggle, we listened to other people¹s
struggles at the Popular Assembly, we claimed a direct
dialogue with the Administration, we banged our pans
prior to elections, we received from Zapatero promises
which affected us directly, we attended an interview
with the renewed Generalitat de Cataluña... Yet, the
Generalitat still treats us like ³a problem² and takes
back, together with Central Government, the campaign
promises and press announcements. We have knocked on
all doors. Faced with silence and denial of our
fundamental rights, for citizenship is achieved
through the very exercising of itself...

Yoshie Furuhashi writes:

"Particularly Humiliating in 'Arab Culture'?"

Yoshie Furuhashi

Throughout the US media coverage of Abu Ghraib torture scandal, I've kept seeing the same idea — be it journalists' own or expressed in others' remarks quoted or paraphrased in articles — that the torture in question is particularly humiliating in Arab or Muslim culture.

Virginia Judge Quits After Racist Comments

Jeremy Lazarus, Richmond Free Press

Richmond, Va. (NNPA) -- Facing disclosure of racially charged comments that
he had written on the Internet, Judge Ralph B. Robertson is quitting the
bench after 19 years of hearing criminal cases in the city General District

The veteran, snowy-haired jurist has stopped hearing cases, went on sick
leave and filed for retirement, which will be effective April 1. He threw in
the towel after the Free Press notified him of plans to publish an article
about the disparaging views he had expressed about Black people over the
past few weeks in participating in an on-line chat room.

hydrarchist writes:

"Sharon's 'Disengagement' a Pacifier for the Majority:

An Anarchist Take on Israeli Politics"

Tanya Reinhart

Getting out of the Gaza Strip is an old dream of the majority in
Israeli society. Even before the Oslo agreements in 1993, the call
to get out of there was heard after every terror attack. Today,
according to the polls, it has the support of 60-70% of the Israelis.

But governments come and fall, and still, this majority has not
found the political power to realize its will.

"Bush: Blanc Blanc"
Peter Linebaugh

Following the opening of the Mark Lombardi exhibit of conspiratorial drawings at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco we repaired to North Beach for a grand dinner, our motley crew led by the inimitable Iain Boal, the geographer activist, convenor of Retort gatherings, and people's art critic who had just explained the drawings to us: the penciled constellations, or networks of high and low finance and how they were connected to the parcel of rogues of international power which were on view at the gallery. We raised our glasses to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the black republic.

All over the world people with the least historical sense were doing the same, because it was the disgraceful week following the coup d'état of democratic Haiti and the kidnapping of Jean Bertrand Aristide by the USA and its nefarious creatures among the private security forces, the CIA agents, the DEA thugs, the hitmen of the tontons macoute, or the Haitian Fraph: all those demons who used to only inhabit the gothic imagination or the voodoo nights of Zora Neale Hurston. Now, alas, they were summoned by Bush blanc blanc against the former liberation theologian, friend of the poor, and advocate of jubilee.

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