Bush’s Ugly America: Is It Obama’s?

Reproduced from The Black Commentator (Issue No 26, 23 January 2003) “The spirit was freedom and justice And its keepers seem generous and kind Its leaders were supposed to serve the country But now they won’t pay it no mind ‘Cause the people grew fat and got lazy And now their vote is a meaningless […]

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Militarism and Democracy: More on the McChrystal Affair

Perceiving the Subtext and the Context First, let’s begin with the video that the Pentagon might have wanted to make this past Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, regarding President Barack Obama replacing General¬†Stanley¬†McChrystal after the comments the latter made to Rolling Stone. This video reflects the preferred order of events among militarists, and among those who–not […]

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Panic about the world ending on Nov. 4, 2008

I am very grateful for the efforts of many Americans who have tried to make this a much more interesting election than it really should be. Marshall Sahlins should be delighted to see two of his most favoured concepts, continuity and change, appear with such regular emphasis in the campaign narratives. I suspect that a […]

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Pranksters, Jokers, Clowns … True Believers

Another installment of Monday Morning Madness, featuring three short comical videos dealing with the U.S. elections that are about to conclude — finally, at long last. The last video might add some perspective to these elections. No matter who wins, I worry. In the meantime, a few more laughs: Montreal’s involvement in the U.S. elections: […]

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Fidel: Obama, the “Empire’s Hypocrite” (1.4)

Not all is cheerful on the Caribbean front for Senator Barack Obama, someone who has gained the public support, memorialized in reggae and calypso tunes (as featured on this blog), by some prominent artists in the region. Writing in Granma‘s edition for Monday, 26 May, 2008, in a column titled, “The empire’s hypocritical politics” — […]

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Caribbean Musicians for Barack Obama

Slowly I have seen the emergence of Caribbean musical tributes to Barack Obama, something one ordinarily does not see happening with US presidential candidates, most of whom I would argue inspire indifference, resignation, or plain hostility in the English-speaking Caribbean which, without a language barrier, and with significant family connections, and blanketed by US media, […]

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