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President Obama’s report card

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On Friday September 17, The Washington Post reported that “Black Scholars [were] to debate how to hold Obama ‘accountable.’ I was fortunate enough to be one of several Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commissioners to engage in this dialogue at the 40th Legislative Annual Congressional Black Caucus Conference. To give some background, in 2008 at its […]

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Mosque madness

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Two American Islamic organizations proposed to build a mosque and community center several blocks from ‘ground zero,’ where the World Trade Center’s twin towers were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.[1] This proposal has divided the city that suffered the attack, and now the nation. Have we all gone insane?  How could such […]

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Noam Chomsky on Israel

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Internationally recognized as one of America’s most critically-engaged public intellectuals today, Noam Chomsky spoke with me about Israel and its interplay with the United States. Listen or read entire interview. Listen to the interview. Photo by: AP

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After an intense and shameful week of poorly dealing with ex-USDA worker Shirley Sherrod and issues of race, the country is left trying to make sense of where we are and why issues of race seem so hard and intractable.  There have been many editorials and stories – many of them very thoughtful.  There are […]

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By Dr. Ibram H. Rogers The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently forced its Georgia director of rural development, Shirley Sherrod to resign for her supposed racism. On Monday, a conservative blogger published a two-minute, 38-second video clip of a March 27 NAACP banquet. In the video, Sherrod apparently says she was in a position to come […]

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Co-authored by Roseanne Barr It is time for American Jews to demand that Obama instruct Israel to obey international law. Well-known actress and comedian, Roseanne Barr, has been a consistent and persistent voice for decades against some of the acts committed by the state of Israel.  Specifically, she has vigorously, unflinchingly, unequivocally, uncompromisingly, and courageously […]

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I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The views expressed below are my own. By now everyone has just about lost their damn minds about this New York Times article detailing Afghanistan’s “discovery” of vast amounts of […]

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There is a big pile of Americans who sleep in a puddle of sweat every night wondering if Sarah Palin, the woman who only recently realized that Africa is a continent, will be the next President of the United States.  While we once thought that the greatest insult to our democracy was the rise of […]

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President Palin?

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When Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced his vice presidential running mate in the summer of 2008, his choice was greeted with equal servings of curiosity and enthusiasm. Movement conservatives saw the selection as a game-changer: the little-known vice presidential nominee brought youth, charisma, and energy to the Republican ticket and would give McCain a […]

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Celebrate Confederate history month?

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The Governor of Virginia recently proclaimed April “Confederate History Month.”    A few political scientists quickly derided the gesture as symbolic politics, pandering to a conservative base.   Why would celebrating (and that’s what it is – not simply recognizing) the confederate past score political points?  Is there some part of the Virginian conservative base that subscribes […]

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