Bahamas is a post-leftwing German political magazine with a leading role in the anti-German movement. Bahamas is published in Berlin with three issues per annum. Bahamas was founded in 1992 in Hamburg by the minority fraction of the dissolved Communist League, named "group K", it emerged from the 1990s dispute within the KB about the position on the emerging reunification of Germany. While KB's majority current merged with the Eastern German Communist Party renamed Party of Democratic Socialism, focusing on social opposition to the consequences of the expected restoration of capitalism, the KB minority expected a renewed German nationalism, the resurgence of racism, anti-Semitism and historical revisionism, which would lead to new German power ambitions and therefore focused on radically opposing reunification of the German state, their pessimistic outlook led them to suggest they would "emigrate to the Bahamas", in an argument to Knut Mellenthin, a prominent spokesman for the majority faction.
"Bahamas" became the name of their main publication organ. In the first years of publication, Bahamas presented a pluralistic debate organ for forces of the radical left from different backgrounds, with a common focus on opposition to nationalism and anti-Semitism, the trivialization of those topics among the traditional far left; the authors started a tendency towards the positions of Freiburg Initiative Socialist forum - relying on critical theory that of Theodor W. Adorno. Over time, this led to a further distancing from traditional positions of the Left, the magazine's focus today is on anti-Semitism. Most of the former KB members left the magazine; the core values of the magazine are that criticism of capitalism is only "emancipatory" if it is based on a theoretical insight into the "fetishism" of the capitalist relations of production and if the progressive achievements of liberal bourgeois society, namely the emancipation of the individual from primitive life forms and collectives, is affirmed and carried further.
Fetishised critique of capitalism, which attacks the sphere of circulation, on the other hand, is criticized as "racist" and "anti-Semitic." Germany is considered the epitome of the "nationalist" principle. As a positive counter-model in Bahamas' republican France was chosen because it is based on civil rights rather founded on a community of descent nation. Above all, unconditional solidarity with Israel was defined as the highest principle; the intensification of the conflict in the Middle East led to the Bahamas' editorial board representing Islamists as "jihadist" enemies of modern civilization, comparing Islamic thought structures and organizations with those of fascism and Nazism resulting in open endorsement of the United States and the war on terror. Official website
The New Orleans mayoral election of 1998 was held on February 7, 1998, resulted in the reelection of incumbent Marc Morial to a second term as Mayor of New Orleans. Elections in Louisiana—with the exception of U. S. presidential elections—follow a variation of the open primary system. Candidates of any and all parties are listed on one ballot. Unless one candidate takes more than 50% of the vote in the first round, a run-off election is held between the top two candidates, who may in fact be members of the same party. In this election, no run-off was needed. Marc Morial won an easy re-election, with the widest margin of victory in a New Orleans election in several decades. Neither of his opponents - lawyer Kathleen Cresson and arts store manager Paul Borrello - were well-known. With the re-election of the popular Morial seen as a foregone conclusion months before election day, the race met with unusual apathy among the city's media and electorate. Debates were not televised, no polls were commissioned, only 41% of New Orleans electors bothered to vote.
|Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Division. Official Election Results Database The Times Picayune. "Morial a winner where he once lost. February 12, 1998; the Times Picayune. "Mayor's margin widest since 1961." February 8, 1998