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Jul 22nd

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President plays hardball

Amidst allegations that he has been less than forceful in several areas, President Obama’s decision to put pressure on BP and demand the creation of a $20 billion fund has shown real strength in light of the BP oil disaster.  Money from the fund will be used to pay victims of the massive Gulf oil spill that has caused billions in damage, and jeopardized the ecosystem of communities along the Gulf Coast, putting the lives of residents in danger. With this move, the President has proven he can indeed play hardball and that, despite critic’s claims to the contrary, he is focused on managing this disaster and minimizing its impact.
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Business Exchange, the Exodus

Once again, Western countries are succeeding in cutting another African country down to size.  Sudan, a country in northeastern Africa, is the largest country in Africa and in the Arab World, and the tenth largest in the world by area.

Sudan is rich with abundant resources represented in vast areas of land and varying climates.  Sudan was made special with fertile agricultural lands, large amounts of fresh water, and a variety in animal resources.   But, the crown jewel of Sudan’s current economy is oil production.  And, that’s the base of the Sudan story.
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The leadership deficit

Appearing on CNN with Anderson Cooper, film director Spike Lee implored President Obama to infuse his handling of the Gulf oil spill with more emotion. Demonstrating the astute analysis we have come to expect from the director, Lee implored Obama to “one time, go off.” 

Perhaps he is of the same mind as Bill Maher, that the authentic Black man is one who is always armed and resorts to violence and loud-talking when things do not go his way.  (Note to self:  On the way home from the liquor store, I must pick up my Glock from the gun shop.)
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Things fall apart - The BP oil spill

(NNPA) - William Butler Yeats did a good job of capturing a harrowing pandemonium in his poem, The Second Coming.  He wrote, in 1919

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
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South Africa in the spotlight

South Africa's wealth gap is widening and the average Black citizen still only earns an eighth of what his White counterpart does; this nearly 14 years after the end of apartheid.

The people who marched in the 1980s anti-apartheid demonstrations should note what an Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) researcher says about the disparity they marched to eliminate.  “We are not succeeding in reducing inequality," says senior researcher Jan Hofmeyr.  The institute shows that the per capita income of Black South Africans is just 13 percent of that of Whites.  The issue is political.  African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma made the disparity between rich and poor the theme of his successful campaign to oust Thabo Mbeki from the head of the ruling party and office of president.
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To Be Equal

Jobs crisis continues

(NNPA) - The recent slight uptick in job creation has prompted some to declare that the great recession is over.  But a look beneath the surface of the numbers tells a more ominous story.  It's true -- the Labor Department's employment report for the month of May showed a gain of 431,000 jobs and an overall unemployment rate of 9.7 percent - down slightly from April's rate of 9.9 percent. But before breaking out the champagne we should consider that 411,000 of the newly employed are temporary Census workers and that 15 million Americans are still looking for work.
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Stop the war on Black men

If you’ve given “an Abe” for cannabis, cocaine or meth, then you are one too.  Those 5 bucks joined a stream of money fostering the world’s illegal drug trade; the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances subject to drug prohibition laws are estimated to be a $40 trillion market.

Consumption of illegal drugs is widespread globally.  But, the single largest marketplace for illegal drugs is the United States.  Close to 13 million Americans still think nothing of occasionally buying a gram of cocaine, a few hits of ecstasy or a quarter-ounce of weed to have a good time.  Americans with serious drug habits regularly spend $100-$500 dollars a week purchasing their drug of preference.
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