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Old 02-03-2010, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Jesse Jackson calls for new financial system

CIVIL rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson called for a "new global economic agenda" during a speech in Cambridge last night.

The veteran politician was addressing the Cambridge Union during a debate on human and civil rights.

"This is a change moment, a time to re-make the world’s financial systems," he said.

"Too few people control too much capital and media, leveraging too much political influence for a healthy democratic outcome."

Earlier in the day he paid his respects to his country's war dead during a visit to the Cambridge American Cemetery.

He said those who died in the Second World War should never be forgotten.

The Rev Jackson said the visit reminded him of his father and uncles who had served their country.

He said: "They were soldiers in World War II. They fought the good fight.

"They chose to fight for their country. They chose to fight against Nazism.

"They were fighting two wars – they were fighting racial segregation in the military and Nazism. They fought both wars and they won both wars."

Of the war dead, he said: "They laid the groundwork for the world we live in today. We must never forget them."

He said the Second World War was a "necessary" war.

He said: "Some wars now seem to be made for TV. This was a different kind of war. Maybe 55 million people were killed."

The civil rights activist and Baptist minister was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988.

Asked about US President Barack Obama, he said he had "done well" so far in office.

The Rev Jackson said: "He has taken on the right and necessary fights. He is fighting the fight on health care. Fifty million people do not have health care.

"That is a tough fight because he is fighting against vested interests."

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