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Ivory Coast and Rwanda: A tale of different reactions from the international community to African elections

February 6, 2011

The lessons learned from the U.N. Mapping Exercise report show that even with Rwanda and Uganda’s invasion and occupation of Congo in the last 15 years, political issues have not been resolved by war. The international community should take heed and not engage in military solutions in Ivory Coast to resolve a political dispute.

After WikiLeaks: U.S. outlines Africa priorities amid revelations

January 3, 2011

With the release of another 250,000 classified diplomatic cables from the U.S. State Department by the WikiLeaks website, Washington’s Africa policy has been further exposed for its imperialistic designs. These revelations point to the necessity of the anti-war and peace movements in the U.S. incorporating anti-interventionist and anti-imperialist demands with specific reference to the African continent into their political programs.

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‘When we say democracy, we have to mean what we say’

November 15, 2010

Nicolas Rossier conducted an exclusive interview with former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in forced exile in Johannesburg. Aristide concludes: “We are poor – worse than poor because we are living in abject poverty and misery. But based on that collective dignity rooted in our forefathers, I do believe we have to continue fighting in a peaceful way for our self-determination, and if we do that, history will pay tribute to our generation.” Rally for democracy in Haiti and Aristide’s return Wednesday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Montgomery & Market, San Francisco.

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Pam Africa: 100% death penalty abolition must include Mumia

October 10, 2010

Minister of Information JR speaks with Pam Africa about a secret memo signed by the U.S. members of the Steering Committee of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty that can be summed up as “throwing Mumia under the bus.”

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PETRA promotes doom for public housing

October 6, 2010

On Sept. 27, 2010, activists and public housing residents gathered in front of the Los Angeles Housing Authority Commission to protest the agency’s 2011 plan to privatize 15 large public housing projects.

Cynthia McKinney: Repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

September 25, 2010

An M.I.T. undergraduate and Brandeis Ph.D. who spent her time researching ways to improve child behavior, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was recently found guilty in New York City of coming from behind a curtain that hid her, stealing a U.S. soldier’s M-4 rifle, and firing the rifle at but missing and then assaulting a U.S. military team.

Broken promises of a just recovery in the Gulf Coast

September 13, 2010

On the fifth anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Gulf Coast residents are still trying to rebuild their lives after years of broken promises and government neglect. The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act to provide hundreds of thousands of jobs languishes in Congress. Affordable housing eludes both survivors and those displaced by the storm.

Push Kagame harder, activists tell Obama

August 25, 2010

A nationwide coalition of U.S. activists is calling on President Barack Obama to intensify pressure on the government of newly re-elected Rwandan President Paul Kagame. They want Obama to immediately terminate all military assistance and freeze the $240 million scheduled for Kagame’s undemocratic regime.

Immigration and new media’s impact on democracy: Milton Allimadi and the Black Star News

August 6, 2010

Milton Allimadi, in his investigative news journal, the Black Star News, offers an unusual forum for reporting on Africa, which is so little known to most Americans, including even African Americans, because there’s so little coverage of Africa in the dominant American press, and what little there is superficial or misleading.

Shirley Sherrod and the dark history of Baker County

August 6, 2010

It was cowardly and wrong for the U.S. government to force Ms. Sherrod to resign without hearing her side, without understanding the whole story, without showing the slightest interest in fairness or due process. Here was Baker County rearing its ugly history all over again, 70 years later.

Congo’s quest for liberation continues

August 4, 2010

The liberation of Congo requires that people in countries that profit from Congo’s wealth stand in solidarity with those who rightfully own it. As Lumumba once famously said, “Free and liberated people from every corner of the world will always be found at the side of the Congolese.”

Save public housing: Oppose PETRA

June 9, 2010

The Obama administration is pushing hard to privatize our nation’s 1.2 million public housing units, which would put public housing residents at risk of displacement and homelessness.

Latinos, Blacks join fight for civil rights in Arizona

May 23, 2010

A united front of Black and Latino Arizonans mobilized against a state law that they see as a threat to their civil rights. Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law on Friday, making Arizona the first state in the nation to make it a crime for a person to be undocumented.

We CAN put Blacks back to work

April 28, 2010

Unemployment in the African-American community is double and in some places triple the national average. You know it doesn’t have to be that way.

U.S. lawyers to defend Victoire Ingabire, first female presidential candidate in Rwanda – jailed by President Gen. Paul Kagame

April 23, 2010

Rwandan opposition presidential candidate Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Rwanda’s first female presidential candidate, was released on bail one day after being jailed by the Kagame government of Rwanda. “Ingabire was arrested on trumped-up, political thought crimes,” asserted law professor Peter Erlinder, one of Ingabire’s U.S. lawyers.

Lennar’s hired gun

April 2, 2010

On Feb. 18, Lennar sent an armed operative to a town hall meeting hosted by the Stop Lennar Action Movement (SLAM), featuring Wilma Subra, a world renowned scientist who was brought to San Francisco by the Environmental Protection Agency. A former police officer, the man had NO permit to carry the weapon, signed in under a false name, was taking pictures of the crowd and refused to provide correct information. RALLY MONDAY, APRIL 12, 9:30 A.M., STEPS OF SF CITY HALL! Hearing follows. Demand justice!

Haiti: ‘Disaster capitalism on steroids’

March 17, 2010

“Two months after the devastating earthquake, the situation in Haiti is downright criminal,” says Robert Roth. According to the spokesperson for the activist network Haiti Action Committee, major Western players such as the U.S. are more interested in defending their own geopolitical interests in Haiti than truly helping the hard hit Caribbean country.

OBAMACARE: a dream deferred?

March 8, 2010

Back on the front burner! The Obama White House has taken the “bull by the horns” in an effort to move the momentum of national health reform forward in the midst of stagnation, charges of political corruption and back room deal making and a shifting tide of public opinion regarding the need for massive overhaul of our nation’s health care system.

John Prendergast’s selective outrage at African crimes

March 7, 2010

If a person really cared about human suffering – torture, mass rape, pillage, torching of homes with people alive inside, targeted rapes to spread HIV/AIDS, burying people alive, chopping off of limbs – then such a person would condemn these acts wherever they may occur and demand that the perpetrators of the crimes be brought to justice.

Protesters clash with police following rain in Haiti

February 11, 2010

About one inch of rain fell on the capital of Port au Prince early this morning sparking angry protests that tied up traffic near the airport for nearly four hours. Police held the march back as a short scuffle broke out with angry protesters demanding tents, food, water and the return of former President Aristide.

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