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Twenty-eight years falsely accused: an interview wit’ journalist, author and political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal

December 9, 2009

Dec. 9 will mark the 28th year that former Black Panther and present day political prisoner and prolific journalist Mumia Abu Jamal has been locked up for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer, although the evidence points to his innocence. After nearly three decades, many of Mumia’s supporters around the planet believe that he is closer than ever to being assassinated by lethal injection on Pennsylvania’s death row. We are asking everyone who reads this piece to get involved in freeing this man.

Black joblessness becoming showdown between Black leaders and Black president

December 3, 2009

African-American joblessness – nearly twice the national rate – is quickly becoming the first showdown between Black leaders and the nation’s first Black president as national Black and civil right leaders raise their voices telling the Obama administration it’s time to end the jobs crisis in the Black community.

Conflict minerals: A cover for U.S. allies and Western mining interests?

November 27, 2009

As global awareness grows around the Congo and the silence is finally being broken on the current and historic exploitation of Black people in the heart of Africa, a myriad of Western based “prescriptions” are being proffered. Most of these prescriptions are devoid of social, political, economic and historical context and are marked by remarkable omissions. The conflict mineral approach or efforts emanating from the United States and Europe are no exception to this symptomatic approach which serves more to perpetuate the root causes of Congo’s challenges than to resolve them.

Fromme-Peltier: Inequality of mercy

August 20, 2009

Charles Manson cheerleader Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme walked free last week through the front doors of Fort Worth Federal Prison. Fromme attempted in 1974 to assassinate then President Gerald R. Ford. Native American spiritual leader Leonard Peltier has also served almost 35 years behind bars for a crime that has never been proven. So it would seem to be a no brainer: If you’re going to release Fromme, still a self-proclaimed Manson supporter, it’s time to free this internationally revered indigenous leader who was clearly framed by the government and then ground through the racist prison system.

A funeral and a boycott: ‘The struggle continues’ in Haiti

June 20, 2009

The U.N. and the Obama administration continue to endorse and finance a second round of controversial Senate elections in Haiti. The first round was marked by a voter turnout of only 3-4 percent following a successful boycott campaign waged by Fanmi Lavalas.

Niger Delta v. Shell Oil case postponed as government burns, loots villages

June 4, 2009

“Due to the media blockout, Americans may not realize that a rise in the price of gas at the pump is related to bloodshed in the Niger Delta,” said Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. “As one of the largest consumers of Nigerian crude, the United States government cannot stand idly by and watch innocent civilians being killed, starved and maimed.”

Hundreds rally to protest planned deportation of 30,000 Haitians

May 15, 2009

Haitian Americans demand that the Obama administration stop the threatened deportation of some 30,000 Haitians back to their strife and storm battered country and that Haitian migrants be granted Temporary Protected Status.

Lavalas flexes its muscles in Haiti

April 29, 2009

Haiti’s Lavalas movement effectively destroyed the credibility of the April 19 Senate election through a successful boycott campaign called Operation Closed Door. Participation may have been as low as 3 percent nationwide.

Why Somalis seize ships

April 24, 2009

After the execution of three Somalis and the wounding and capturing of another in the Indian Ocean on April 12, a leader of the so-called pirates vowed to avenge the deaths of these youth who held the U.S. captain of a cargo vessel known as the Maersk Alabama for five days.

Whistleblower: Part I – NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists

February 5, 2009

Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Wednesday, Jan. 21, that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.

North American academics call for free and fair elections in El Salvador

December 19, 2008

The letter asserts, “The United States government must respect the right of the Salvadoran electorate to choose its government free from threats of U.S. hostility or reprisals.”

Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan report from human rights conference in Cuba

December 11, 2008

We celebrate 60 years of failure. Human rights have been converted from a noble goal into an instrument of foreign policy used by rich and powerful nations against the poorest and weakest people of the world.

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