Notes on the News: Black Iraqis Rooting for Obama : News & Views "It will be a historic accomplishment for black people all over the world if Barack Obama wins," says a black Iraqi.
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Notes on the News: Black Iraqis Rooting for Obama

Black Iraqis Hoping for a Barack Obama Win
Racism is rampant in Iraq, says an African Iraqi named Abdul Hussein Abdul Razzaq. He faces daily occupational and social discrimination and, if he felt so inclined, could never successfully run for public office. For those reasons and more, Razzaq -- and other Iraqis like him -- are hoping for a Barack Obama victory in November. "It will be a historic accomplishment for black people all over the world if Barack Obama wins," he said.

Zimbabwe Hopes Hinge on Regional Africa Meeting
With talks between Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe all but dissolved, the hope for a peaceful resolution in Zimbabwe rests with an upcoming meeting between the leaders of various southern African countries. Despite upbeat talks between Mugabe and South African President Thabo Mbeki, little progress has not yet been made.

Negrito, Please
In Mexico, as well as many other countries around the world, political correctness in advertisements does not seem to be seen as important as it is in the United States. One such prominent example of this is the new Twinkie-like product produced by the Mexican brand, Bimbo: Negritos.

African American Blood Donations Needed
The Blood Connection, an organization that collects blood donations from voluntary donors, is appealing to the black community at large for their blood. An increasing number of black patients need blood transfusions from members of their own race. "Right now we are asking for specific minority blood donations because the best matches for these sickle cell patients will come from African-American donors."

Tennis Player James Blake Makes a Racket Over the Olympic Spirit
Having just defeated famed tennis player Roger Federer, U.S. athlete James Blake moved on to the semifinals -- only to lose to Fernando Gonzalez of Chile. But this was not just any loss. As they played toe to toe, a moment occurred in the final set where Blake claimed that the ball had nicked Gonzalez's racket on its way out of bounds, making it Blake's point. "In what's supposed to be a gentleman's sport, that's a time when you call it on yourself," he said. "Fernando looked me square in the eye and didn't call it."

Despite Injury, USA's Tyson Gay Advances in 100 Meters
Running through the pain of his injured left leg, Tyson Gay managed to pull of second place in the quarter final of the 100-meter race. He was right behind Richard Thompson of Trinidad, who finished the race in 9.99 seconds to Gay's 10.9 seconds.

No Guts, No Glory
Despite the fact that the new Hollywood blockbuster Tropic Thunder employs a number of comedic tactics that many critics of the film found offensive, was disappointed to discover that the movie did not reach the levels of offensiveness that it promised.

BBTV Set to Launch Worldwide in 2009
Better Black Television (BBTV) is a new network that is being founded by Percy Miller, also known as Master P, to create a more positive image of black families around the world. It will cover anything and everything, including health and fitness, animation, financial planning, reality TV, sitcoms, dramas, movies, responsible hip-hop music and videos, politics, sports and entertainment news.

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