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Bill Fletcher: Suspected for Being Black

What white America largely misses is that there is a system of terror under which African Americans constantly live

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Bill Fletcher: The Choice: David Fagen, the Philippine-US war, & Black Internationalism

“We all wanted to kill ‘niggers’…beats rabbit hunting…” [1] One of the least known conflicts in US history was the Philippine-US war. The length of the war is, itself, a subject of some debate, having ended according to many historians in 1901, but actually lasting closer to 1913. An outgrowth of the Spanish-American War (1898), Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: Immigration, “Reasonable Suspicion” and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's decision in Arizona v United States will be studied for weeks to come. While the Supreme Court threw out key elements of Arizona's anti-immigrant statute, what they permitted was the right of the police to investigate the immigration status of individuals who have been stopped if they – the police – have Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: Romney and the Right: They Hate Him…But They Hate Obama More

What is interesting about the relationship of the extreme political Right to Romney is that they actually hate him. This is not speculation. If you review the language of the Republican primary season it is clear that they actually despise him. They do not believe that he is a real conservative. They do not believe Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: How Do We Respond to Obama?

Rather than dwell on the question of whether we can bring Obama home, whether he ever was home, etc., I want to refocus on this question of how to respond to him, particularly as we start to think about 2012.   First, what do we now say about 2008? Contrary to those who have thrown Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: The Other Green Movement

Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, Editors, The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future, Brooklyn, New York:  Melville House Publishing, 2011, 440 pp.   Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel have produced one of the most interesting, informative and timely pieces of work on Iran that I have seen in some time.  Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: It’s Been Real

Every so often there is someone you get to know and you just have this deep sense that you will be on the same road with them for the duration.  And when death joins you on that road no matter how prepared you think that you are, it always feels as if someone hit you Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: King, Obama and the Other April 4th

As April 4th approaches I cannot but think of the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  On April 4th this year there will be the standard remembrances of Dr. King on the 43rd anniversary of his assassination. There will also be demonstrations taking place across the country initiated by labor unions and their allies to protest both the budget cuts that harm working people and the assault on our rights carried out by the hard-right Republicans.  Yet, Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: Domestic Terrorism And Communities That Support It: Should We Investigate White America?

New York Congressman Peter King's hearings regarding so-called Islamic radicalism in the USA have raised some interesting questions, once again, about how one defines "terrorism."  It was as recently as 2009 that a Department of Homeland Security report came out specifically addressing the rise of domestic, homegrown, right-wing terrorism in the USA.  The Republican Party Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: The Arab Democratic Revolt

The Arab democratic revolt has highlighted a potential reshaping of Pan-Arabism for the 21st century, and it is exciting to observe.   In the period from Abdul Gamal Nasser's coup against the then King of Egypt in 1952 through the mid-1970s, there was a sense of Pan-Arabism that shook North Africa and the Middle East. Read more…

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