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Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan Says Iraq War About Oil

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, September 16, 2007

 

Brendan Nicholson
September 17, 2007

 

Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Photo: J. Scott Applewhite

IT HAS been blindingly obvious to everyone except Prime Minister John Howard and some of his senior ministers that oil has a lot to do with the war in Iraq.

Mr Howard has vigorously denied that that was the case, but now no less an authority than former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan says that is what the war is mainly about.

In a new book, Dr Greenspan says he is saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge “what everyone knows: the Iraq War is largely about oil”.

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“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” Alan Greenspan (lifelong Republican) – September 2007

“The Republicans in Congress lost their way. They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose.” Alan Greenspan (lifelong Republican) – September 2007

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Race Cannot Be Ignored In Closing The Achievement Gap In Public Education

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, September 16, 2007

Narrowing the achievement gap in schools requires acknowledging race, not ignoring it.

September 16, 2007

The achievement gap between African American and Latino students and their white peers is stark and persistent. It has existed for decades, and it’s growing more pronounced. The data refute what would be reassuring explanations. The gaps in reading and math test scores are not due to income disparities, nor are they attributable to parents’ educational levels. The simple fact is that most black and brown children do not do as well in school as most whites.

The data also show, however, that African American and Latino children are excelling in schools scattered throughout California and the nation, suggesting that the achievement gap is not intractable. Rather, there is a profound disconnect between what we say are high expectations for children of color and the quality of education delivered to them in the classroom.

All of which leads to an uncomfortable but important conclusion: If a less-stratified society is desirable, we must be prepared to design educational programs that explicitly take race into account, that address African American and Latino students specifically and that openly recognize that we are not a single society when it comes to the needs of our children.

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United Nations Set For Vote On Darfur Force

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on plans to send a peacekeeping force to Sudan’s western region of Darfur, officials say.

The resolution, co-sponsored by the Great Britain and France, would establish a force of about 26,000 troops for Darfur.

An African Union force already there has not stopped violence said to have left 200,000 dead and 2 million homeless.

Darfur has been described as the greatest humanitarian disaster in the world today.

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