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Aug 22nd

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The Commander-in-Chief: On post, in charge

Just because nowadays people can’t call you the N-word straight to your face doesn’t mean that covert, institutionalized and perpetual racism doesn’t exist in 2010.  African Americans spending time discussing whether comments by General Stanley McChrystal - quoted in Rolling Stone- were disrespectful of President Obama are missing a bigger picture.  No matter how Blacks try to rationalize his actions, truth is Barack Obama’s Presidency is in a system of imperialism and institutionalized racism.  No matter what names he’s called, Barack dances to the tune of an entrenched establishment order.
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Assessing the true cost of liberty

My eldest son has decided that he wants to be a marine. His plan is to enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and then serve his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

My son is still at an age when plans for the future change with the seasons.  It may be that time brings about a change of his mind.  Even so, when he announced his decision, I couldn’t help but smile. One often hears that this young generation is consumed with narcissism and the accumulation of wealth. When my son informed me that he wished to dedicate his life to serving his country, I felt a real sense of pride.
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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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