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Daniels: Unfinished Revolution
Mar 20, 2009
In my most recent article, I argued that the Haitian Revolution which produced the first Black Republic in the world was one of the most important revolutions in history. Never before had humankind witnessed an enslaved people rising up to defeat the super-powers of the day to achieve self-determination and nationhood. But as we discussed, the Haitian people have never really been permitted to fully realize the potential of this improbable triumph because the western slave masters were determined that these "uppity" Africans would be punished for shattering the myth of white supremacy. So, Haiti's path to democracy and development has been thwarted by denigration, isolation, marginalization and the chronic intervention into its affairs by foreign powers.
Daniels: Our Flag
Feb 23, 2009
On Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C., there was a veritable sea of Red, White and Blue as some two million proud Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Black people, furiously waved their American Flags on the National Mall. This overt expression of affection for the American Flag was somewhat out of character for Blacks, who have been understandably ambivalent about America's sacred symbols. No doubt joining in this patriotic display was part of the pride the vast majority of Blacks felt in witnessing one of the most extraordinary "strides towards freedom" this nation has ever achieved - the swearing-in of the first Black President of the United States. But, I was not among those waving the Flag on that historic day. I am still ambivalent. I know what the Black National Anthem and the Red. Black and Green Flag mean to me, however, I don't see myself, my people in the Red, White and Blue.
Daniels: Age of Obama
Feb 16, 2009
January 20, 2009, the day that Barack Hussein Obama took the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States of America, will forever be remembered as one of the great moments in the history of this nation and the world. Few can forget Nelson Mandela's release from prison and his subsequent journey from prisoner to president in South Africa, overcoming decades of oppression under the vicious system of apartheid. This was truly a hallmark of history. Similarly, Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency marks a triumph over centuries of denigration of Africans in America, most often under horrific conditions. No one can deny the magnificence of this moment.
Dangl: El Alto's Constitution
Feb 09, 2009
Fog covered El Alto, Bolivia on Saturday morning as social movements from around the country marched into the city to mark the official passage of Bolivia's new constitution. "This is the second independence, the true liberation of Bolivia," Bolivian President Evo Morales said as he signed the new constitution.
Dangl: S. America & US
Dec 20, 2008
People in the US seeking ways to confront the economic crisis could follow the lead of South American social movements. From Argentina to Venezuela, many movements have won victories against the same systems of corporate greed and political corruption that produce economic strife across the hemisphere. These movements also have experience holding politicians' feet to the flames once they are elected, a tactic that will be essential once Barack Obama takes office.
Deshpande: Fantasy of Endless Consumption
Dec 26, 2007
Almost suddenly, the lower middle class has become a subject of Hindi films.
There is something deeply reassuring about the corporate media's attacks on the Left in the context of the Left's opposition to India's nuclear deal with the US - the Left must be doing something right. And going by the shrillness of the attack, it must b
Deshpande: The Belly of the Beast
Aug 03, 2007
Like the underage kid who screeches past frightened children in his father's fancy new sports car, the United States is a country you just cannot ignore. No matter where we may live on the planet, it is the one country that we know the most about simply b
Deshpande: Nandigram and After
Jun 25, 2007
The small voice of history has delivered another statement in the local government by-elections in West Bengal. The people didn't write manifestos for or against this or that policy. They spoke at the polls.
The leading US-based news organizations - the New York Times and the Associated Press - violated their respective sourcing policies (and any semblance of reason) in reporting on US claims of "evidence" that Iranian officials are behind attacks on US force
Deshpande: Is the Death of Art Upon Us?
Oct 11, 2006
In 1937, at the height of the Spanish Civil War, General Franco's planes bombed Guernica, the holy city of the Basques, for three days. The city was flattened, and about 1600 people were killed, a large number children. The event shocked the world. How co
Deshpande: Nepal on the Verge of Bastille
Apr 22, 2006
Nepal's king Gyanendra is a very adamant man. He is also a very foolish man. The writing is on the wall. The king has to go. Monarchy has to go. Democracy has to be established. The whole world can see this. Except Gyanendra.
Deshpande: Harry Potter And The Dilemma Of The Left
Aug 17, 2005
I like Harry Potter.
Dowd: Tighten Your Seat Belts; Worse Is On Its Way
Apr 05, 2005
Unless you were very rich and a rightist, the last ten years have been very hard to take. The Clintons' hypocrisies and corruption were bad enough; but they were our guardian angels compared to the scurvy brutes now ruling over us: arrogant, cocky, insipi
Dowd: What Must We Do? What Can We Do?
Dec 01, 2004
Millions of us are asking such questions today, with at least dozens of answers -- only some of them compatible with each other. Here is mine.
Aug 08, 2004
The unholy family of the seven deadly sins is usually seen as composed of anger, avarice, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, and sloth. Four of those are greed's parents: avarice, envy, gluttony, and lust -- with pride and anger serving as aunt and uncle, as fi
Dowd: On The Election
Jun 17, 2004
It is now clear that the presidential election will be very close. Much can happen for better and for worse between now and then at home and, especially, in Iraq; so much that no firm prediction can be made. But this can be said: If the election were to b
Dowd: Torture and Abuse
May 24, 2004
The outrage and horror that spread and deepened after the revelations concerning Abu Ghraid prison in the spring of 2004 were fully justified, as was the revulsion at Nicholas Berg's beheading and, earlier, the killings and mutilation of Fallujah.
Du boff: The Economy Is Cooking...Are Its Workers?
Dec 15, 2003
"That delicious smell? It's the Economy Cooking": this is Business Week (Dec. 8, 2003) greeting the news that real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at an annual rate of 8.2 percent in the third quarter of 2003 (2003-III). Looks as though we're back
Nov 14, 2003