logo18.jpgRacial Undercurrent Is Seen in Clinton Campaign
It has unfolded mostly under the radar. But an important development in the 2008 Democratic battle may be the building backlash among African Americans over comments from associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that could be construed as jabs at Sen. Barack Obama’s race. These officials, including Clinton aides and prominent surrogates, have raised questions or dropped references about Obama’s position on sentencing guidelines 0for crack vs. powder cocaine offenses; on his handgun control record; and on his admitted use of drugs as a youth. The context was always Obama’s “electability.” (Continue Reading…)

Mitt Romney forced to backpedal over Martin Luther King claim
Politicians hate the word lie. When caught dissembling, they will concede that they misspoke, or misremembered, or even that they were economical with the truth. Now Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, has added another entry to the lexicon of political euphemisms for the blatant fib. When he said that as a boy he “saw” his father march with the civil rights leader Martin Luther King — a claim debunked yesterday — Mr Romney now says that he used the word “saw” as a figure of speech. Mr Romney said: “If you look at the literature, if you look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes ‘being aware of’ in the sense I’ve described. (Continue Reading…)

Africa’s First Communication Satellite Launched
The first African telecommunications satellite has been put into orbit by an Ariane Five rocket. The satellite will provide phone, Internet and television service to rural parts of the African continent for the next 15 years. Dignitaries from several African countries gathered at the European Space Agency’s facility near Kourou, French Guiana to watch Friday’s launch. (Continue Reading…)

Zimbabwe banks work overtime to issue new banknotes
Zimbabweans battled Sunday to change temporary currency into new banknotes before it becomes worthless on December 31, as the country’s central bank tries to tackle a shortage of cash in the country. Bearer cheques, essentially money printed on ordinary paper, were introduced in 2003 as a temporary expedient measure to ease currency shortages caused by skyrocketing inflation, and expire at the end of the year. (Continue Reading…)

NY Man Guilty in Death of White Teen
A black man who invoked images of lynch mobs in explaining why he killed a white teenager was convicted of second-degree manslaughter when a jury rejected defense lawyers’ arguments that his actions were justified. Jurors reached a verdict Saturday after four days of deliberations and an emotional three-week trial that flared around questions of race and recklessness. (Continue Reading…)

Death penalty trial looms for Lil’ Kim’s ex
The Justice Department has given Brooklyn prosecutors the go-ahead to seek the death penalty against the ex-boyfriend of rap vixen Lil’ Kim, the Daily News has learned. Damion (World) Hardy, 33, the reputed leader of a murderous drug crew called Cash Money Brothers, faces lethal injection if convicted of ordering the brutal SoHo execution of a rival – a hit that also left an innocent bystander dead. The alleged hit man, Eric (E-Bay) Moore, also is facing the federal death penalty for the Aug. 10, 2000, slaying of Ivory Davis, who was shot twice as he sat in his car outside Club NV at Hudson and Spring Sts. (Continue Reading…)

A drug route grows through Haiti
Three beefy men wearing wraparound sunglasses and gold chains leaned against their SUV at this remote border crossing with the Dominican Republic. As one of them muttered into a walkie-talkie, four Haitian policemen pulled up looking like they meant business. The SUV’s back hatch was opened. The cops eyeballed its load of opaque plastic-wrapped bundles. One officer picked up a package the size of a bread loaf, appraising its weight with his forearm. (Continue Reading…)

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