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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 07:56 PM
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Harry Belafonte: "He (Obama) Plays the Game that He Plays Because He Sees No Threat from ...poor"
Harry Belafonte on Obama: "He Plays the Game that He Plays Because He Sees No Threat from Evidencing Concerns for the Poor"

We speak with legendary singer, actor, humanitarian and activist, Harry Belafonte. "I think plays the game that he plays because he sees no threat from evidencing concerns for the poor," Belafonte says. "He sees no threat from evidencing a deeper concern for the needs of black people, as such. He feels no great threat from evidencing a greater policy towards the international community, for expressing thoughts that criticize the American position on things and turns that around. Until we do that, I think we will be forever disappointed in what that administration will deliver."

Listen, Watch and Transcript of this interview at......

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/26/harry_belafonte_on_obama_he_plays
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 07:59 PM
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1. Harry is right.
We need a People's Movement from below. Fuck the "independents". They were never on our side anyway.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:23 PM
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8. he means that obama will not stop acting like a republican until we make him... somehow nt
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cantbeserious Donating Member (270 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:00 PM
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2. Agreed!
eom
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:00 PM
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3. wow...that`s got`a hurt!
unfortunately i agree with harry.
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somone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:00 PM
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4. They're not his base
Not enough assets to qualify
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 10:42 PM
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13. They were 28 months ago
a shame he gave us up for the banksters.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:14 AM
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17. He thinks he no longer needs the people.
We were used and cast off...like a cheap one-night stand.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:04 PM
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5. The poor don't even get close to making it onto the radar screen. They have no
voice. Big money will get one, a group, on the radar screen really fast. Like what are the poor really going to do. Money first in USA, Inc.


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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 10:40 PM
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12. and yet Obama professes Christianity. Very sad. Just anothet
person who gets it backwards. Yes, Jesus would hang with the rich. Right.
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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 06:14 PM
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20. You can't profess christianity and actually be a Christian
Edited on Thu Jan-27-11 06:15 PM by Hydra
One of my recent revelations.

Matthew 6:5-6
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:06 PM
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6. Harry Belafonte is a great man, great humanitarian and activist.
It's very sad to think of what could have been with this Presidency.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:08 PM
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7. I'm not clear on what he means.
Your edited version makes sense (although I don't agree): "he sees no threat from . . . poor."

But what he said was different: "he sees no threat from evidencing concerns for the poor." "he sees no threat from evidencing a deeper concern."

Huh?
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:23 PM
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9. What does he mean by "evidencing concerns for the poor" and
"evidencing a greater policy towards the international community."?
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:27 PM
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10. I think "evidencing" just means showing.
He could also have meant to say "evincing".

Still, having parsed the words, it's not hard to see what Harry Belafonte actually meant.
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:00 AM
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16. Having reread it a number of times, I believe he meant evading.
Nothing else makes sense. It could be a problem with the transcription. This confusion is not to detract from his eloquence. His comment

"And as a consequence, Barack Obama has nothing to listen to, except his detractors and those who help pave the way to his own personal comfort with powerpower contained, power misdirected, power not fully engaged.


is cutting and insightful yet so diplomatic. I love that quote.
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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:56 PM
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11. Beautiful tape! Love it when the greats step up to the plate.
I wish Harry were president.
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 10:53 PM
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14. Thank you, Mr. Belafonte for your call to action. That's how I interpreted this all too short
interview. If we don't agitate for change it ain't gonna come. As Mr. Belafonte said all Obama has to listen to are his critics so he bends to their will and not that of the working class. We need to dial up the heat.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 11:22 PM
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15. K&R
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 11:01 AM
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18. Belefonte has been at this a long time --
I am happy to see he still fearlessly speaks up for the disenfranchised of our country. :applause:
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 04:39 PM
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19. Pfft. I bet he's another one of those damn 12 percenters.


K&R for Harry!

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