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A Black Family In the White House That Slaves Built

Lines are huge! Obama will win. It is historic. A black family in the white house that slaves built. Yes, slaves were used in the construction of the White House. When I was a child this never could have happened. In the 50s when I visited Florida, even after Brown v. Board, there were separate drinking fountains and bathrooms for Blacks. When CCR was founded in the 60s there were only three elected Black officials in the Black belt; today there are thousands. So we are seeing an amazing moment in American history. This is not to say our work is done. Obama is not a progressive. But he is certainly more liberal than Bush and McCain. He will redistribute some of the vast wealth that has gone to rich in a county that has plundered its poor since Reagan in 1981. It will not be a social democracy, but it will better than what we had. The disastrous economic crisis is pushing him in this direction, but citizenry will need to keep up the pressure. Obama has been disappointing regarding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These must be ended and time is now; the time to revive our anti-war movement is now. We cannot await what Obama might do: he has already told us about wanting to send more troops in Afghanistan. We must push him to end the current wars and eradicate the poison of aggressive war. Obama has promised to close Guantanamo and end torture. We must hold him to that promise. He must close secret CIA sites and off shore prisons. He must end the kangaroo courts called military commissions. He must end the massive surveillance state America has become. Finally, he must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the war crimes of the Bush administration: the aggressive war in Iraq, torture and warrantless wiretapping. In short he must bring America back into the world of civilized states where fundamental rights and the prohibition on aggressive war are not just slogans but guide U.S. actions.

Ma’ale Adummin: Annexation and the Architecture of Apartheid

Today we came away stunned, shocked and almost numb from our trip to East Jerusalem with Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. And when I say we, I mean my family—my wife and two children, 19 and 21. We have spent the last 10 days trying to get into Gaza from Egypt; […] Read More..

Why I Am Going To Gaza for New Years: Actions Need to Follow Words

Almost a year ago, on the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birth and just as the Israeli military assault on Gaza was coming to a close, I wrote a piece titled, Israel in Gaza: A Time Comes When Silence is Betrayal.[1] In that piece I spoke of the role of American Jews and of Americans […] Read More..

Muting Our Criticism of Obama: If We Don’t Speak Out Who Will?

At a reception I attended the other day a progressive acquaintance came up to me and said the left “must stop bashing Obama. Keep doing it and he will lose the election. We should be thankful for what we have.” I am not sure he thought that I was one who bashed Obama or he […] Read More..

News and Analysis from the frontlines of the progressive movement Sartre, Existentialism and Marxism on the Question of Terror: Talking with Sartre

Michael Smith and I have been reading John Gerassi’s new book, Talking with Sartre, Conversations and Debates.[1] The book is a shortened form of three years of on and off conversations Gerassi had with Sartre in the early 1970’s.  The book is utterly remarkable. It is as if you are  seated at the table with […] Read More..

Finally Some Great News: 23 Americans (Mostly CIA agents) Convicted in Italian Court for Renditions.

You may recall the case. The CIA was accused of a 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, Abu Omar, from the streets of Milan, Italy. He was rendered to Egypt where he was tortured. A courageous Italian prosecutor, Armando Spataro, had been pursuing the case since that time over the objections of the Italian government. Read More..