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Obama’s Historic Victory By Howard Zinn

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By Howard Zinn
Information Clearinghouse
November 09, 2008

Those of us on the Left who have criticized Obama, as I have, for his failure to take bold positions on the war and on the economy, must join the exultation of those Americans, black and white, who shouted and wept Tuesday night as they were informed that Barack Obama had won the presidential election. It is truly a historic moment, that a black man will lead our country. The enthusiasm of the young, black and white, the hopes of their elders, cannot simply be ignored.

There was a similar moment a century and a half ago, in the year 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Lincoln had been criticized harshly by the abolitionists, the anti-slavery movement, for his failure to take a clear, bold stand against slavery, for acting as a shrewd politician rather than a moral force. But when he was elected, the abolitionist leader Wendell Phillips, who had been an angry critic of Lincoln’s cautiousness, recognized the possibility in his election.

Phillips wrote that for the first time in the nation’s history “the slave has chosen a President of the United States.” Lincoln, he said, was not an abolitionist, but he in some way “consents to represent an antislavery position.” Like a pawn on the chessboard, Lincoln had the potential, if the American people acted vigorously, to be moved across the board, converted into a queen, and, as Phillips said, “sweep the board.”

Obama, like Lincoln, tends to look first at his political fortunes instead of making his decisions on moral grounds. But, as the first African American in the White House, elected by an enthusiastic citizenry which expects a decisive move towards peace and social justice, he presents a possibility for important change.

Obama becomes president in a situation which cries out for such change. The nation has been engaged in two futile and immoral wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the American people have turned decisively against those wars. The economy is shaken by tremendous blows, and is in danger of collapsing, as families lose their homes and working people, including those in the middle class, lose their jobs, So the population is ready for change, indeed, desperate for change, and “change” was the word most used by Obama in his campaign.

What kind of change is needed? First, to announce the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and to renounce the Bush doctrine of preventive war as well as the Carter doctrine of military action to control Mideast oil. He needs to radically change the direction of U.S. foreign policy, declare that the U.S. is a peace loving country which will not intervene militarily in other parts of the world, and start dismantling the military bases we have in over a hundred countries. Also he must begin meeting with Medvedev, the Russian leader, to reach agreement on the dismantling of the nuclear arsenals, in keeping with the Nuclear Anti-Proliferation Treaty.

This turn-around from militarism will free hundreds of billions of dollars. A tax program which will sharply increase taxes on the richest 1% of the nation, and will tax their wealth as well as their income, will yield more hundreds of billions of dollars.

With all that saved money, the government will be able to give free health care to everyone, put millions of people to work (which the so-called free market has not been able to do). In short, emulate the New Deal program, in which millions were given jobs by the government. This is just an outline of a program which could transform the United States and make it a good neighbor to the world.

(written for l’Humanité in Paris)

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News Flash: Obama hypnotizes Zinn

America Has Already Changed by William Cox

Michael Ratner on Obama and civil liberties

Howard Zinn: Keep the Expectations High for Obama

Nader: Obama will be like Bush + Obama recruits “Rahmbo” Emanuel + Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn: War is no longer viable

Reflections on class and race in America by Barry Grey

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End The FED: November 22, 2008

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America Has Already Changed by William Cox

by William Cox
featured writer
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www.thevoters.org
November 9, 2008

Against all odds, American voters have elected a mixed-race, multi-cultural young man, who was born in modest circumstances, as their president to lead them through an economic and military crisis that threatens the future of their democracy.

Barack Obama campaigned on a platform of “Change”; however, the fact of his election proves that America has already changed.

I was born in my grandmother’s farmhouse in West Texas almost 68 years ago, and my father often said every American boy had a chance to be president, but I’m certain he never imagined the boy could be black. Continue reading

Obama will want more European soldiers to fight in Afghanistan + Indian Army officer arrested over bomb attack

compiled by Cem Ertür
featured writer
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9 November 2008

1) US gains extra sway over allies’ war effort

2) Barack Obama will want more European soldiers to fight in Afghanistan

3) Shock as top Indian Army officer arrested over bomb attack

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http://www.ft.com/

excerpts from ‘US gains extra sway over allies’ war effort

by James Blitz, Financial Times, 7 November 2008

[N]ow that Mr Obama has been appointed, some European governments are waking up to an uncomfortable fact about the president-elect. It is that he will be in a much stronger position than George W. Bush has been in recent times to persuade European governments to make fresh commitments to the international effort in Afghanistan.
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A senior diplomat from a European Union state agrees that this kind of pressure from the Obama White House is certain to be felt across the EU.

“There are lots of things the Bush administration has failed to get European governments to do, such as ending restrictions on how much danger their troops face in Afghanistan; or forcing the Europeans to give billions of dollars to pay for doubling the Afghan national army.

“But when Obama starts making these demands, European leaders will have to start thinking a lot harder. They won’t find it easy to turn down a man with this much appeal.”

Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, acknowledged that point this week. “Europe, which is celebrating [the victory of] Obama, must know that Europe will be called on to be a producer of security and no longer merely a consumer. I think Obama will rightly call on us to take our responsibilities more seriously.”

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/

excerpt from ‘Barack Obama will want more European soldiers to fight in Afghanistan

by Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2008

Mr Obama’s oft-repeated mantra of “change” may have succeeded in winning him the White House, but it is hardly likely to persuade al-Qaeda diehards to drop its diabolical plots to bomb the West, the Taliban to abandon its murderous campaign against Nato forces in Afghanistan, or Iran’s mullahs to desist from their illicit uranium-enrichment activities.

As Mr Obama will have discovered for himself yesterday following his detailed briefing from Mike Hayden, director of the CIA, on the current and active threats facing the security of the United States, the world, to quote David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, is a scary place.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/

excerpt from ‘Shock as top Indian Army officer arrested over bomb attack

by Jeremy Page, Times, 8 November 2008

The Indian Army has been shocked by the arrest of a senior Military Intelligence officer on suspicion of involvement in a bomb attack by Hindu extremists in western India in September.

Colonel Srikant Prasad Purohit is the first serving officer in India’s Army ― seen as a bastion of secularism since the country’s independence in 1947 ― to be arrested on terrorism charges.

His detention is prompting calls for a ban on Hindu nationalist groups accused of stirring political violence, including recent attacks on Christians in eastern India, before national elections next year.

It may also force Indian authorities to investigate whether Hindu radicals were behind other recent bomb attacks, many of which have been blamed on Islamic extremists backed by Pakistan’s intelligence service.

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Obama’s chief of staff choice favors compulsory universal service

A Look Under the Hood at the (Potential) Obama Administration

A Day Of Rejoicing For The Empire By Gaither Stewart

US air raid kills Afghan civilians + Afghanistan’s expectations of Obama

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Ralph Nader’s Statement on the Truncated Quotation Used by Shepard Smith on Fox News

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Updated: here’s the transcript

by Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader for President in 2008
Nov. 7, 2008

Fox talk show host Shepard Smith repeated my question that was posed for Senator Barack Obama in an interview with Fox radio station KTRH Houston but deleted the last several words after giant corporations. The full question posed to Senator Obama that is his to answer in the coming months was as follows:

“He is our first African American president; or he will be. And we wish him well. But his choice, basically, is whether he’s going to be Uncle Sam for the people of this country, or Uncle Tom for the giant corporations who are running America into the ground.”

Click this Hipcast link for audio of the entire interview.

Anyone who has worked in the areas of civil rights, economic justice, and health and safety over the decades knows that whenever minority candidates are elected to legislative offices, their minority constituents remain wary regarding whether the entrenched power structures are affecting these self-avowed representatives, or whether the reverse is occurring – that is, they are standing up to the corporate supremacists. All political pioneers have to answer this question as they move into these positions of trust. Unfortunately, as many people of color – struggling through the day in often desperate circumstances – know from the lessons of history, there are more than a few times when they are let down by a surrender to the rich and powerful – an obeisance that has its vernacular. Let us all hope that this will not happen. Tens of millions of Americans await what actually does happen. Everyone, as alert citizens, should strive to make sure that courses of action are taken that put people first and finally make corporations our servants and not our masters.

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False “Uncle Tom” Anger

With Ralph Nader on Election Night + Nader speaks on an Obama presidency

Reflections on class and race in America by Barry Grey

Nader: Obama will be like Bush + Obama recruits “Rahmbo” Emanuel + Howard Zinn

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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