Obama's Nobel Prize Speech Makes War Record Cleaner Than It Really Is

Written by Victor Goode In his recent Nobel Prize acceptance speech he exhibited the rhetorical flourishes that electrified his campaign. Images of freedom, democracy and human rights were sprinkled throughout the speech, as were symbols of patriotism and a sense of a grand American mission. But, a closer look at the speech reveals a different picture—and maybe a different mission. Obama said that America never fought a war against a democratically elected government, but he neglected any mention of the numerous “proxy wars” that we have encouraged or directly participated in.

Weekly Diaspora: Unemployment Feeding Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger

The nation’s 10% unemployment rate is feeding anti-immigrant sentiment, as Marcelo Ballvé reports for New America Media. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) critiqued President Barack Obama’s recent jobs summit as “fatally flawed” because President Obama did not discuss wresting millions of jobs away from undocumented families. Smith’s argument is flawed.

Op-Ed: Racial Equality Is a Human Right

By Ejim Dike and Ajamu Baraka This week we commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and President Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. As we engage in dialogue about human rights around the world, we should take a moment to remember that human rights are not only rights that must be upheld in other countries but here at home in the United States as well. Despite the promise of America, social and economic inequalities are still too often delineated along race, ethnicity and gender lines.

Forty Years Later, We Remember Fred Hampton's Life and Legacy

fredhampton.gifBy Juell Stewart Today marks the 40th anniversary of the murder of Fred Hampton, a gifted leader and community organizer who was poised to become the Black Panther Party’s Chief of Staff before the Chicago Police assassinated him on December 4, 1969. The late 1960s was a time of tremendous racial and economic upheaval in Chicago.

The Weekly Diaspora: Quiet Raids, Slippery ICE and Grinches

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is shifting its focus to silent or “quiet” raids, as Erin Rosa reports for Campus Progress. In quiet raids, ICE conducts “audits” of staff at pre-selected organizations and gives employers a chance to fire all workers who cannot produce documents of citizenship.