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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Locked far too long behind the walls

I’ve been corresponding with prisoners since 1970, shortly after joining the Black Panther Party in 1969. There were fierce arguments being waged regarding individual leaders, strategies and tactics, and ideology.

Clarion call: VIOLENCE is a public health emergency!

“Violence is now so pervasive it can no longer be usefully viewed as only a problem of desperate acts by individual offenders.” – C. Everett Koop, M.D., The Surgeon General’s Workshop on Violence and Public Health, 1985

4th Wurld experience: an interview wit’ Atlanta radio’s Dj 4th Wurld

I was recently politickin’ in Atlanta with the radio broadcast legend Tenisio aka Dj 4th Wurld of WRFG, who specializes in playing rap music from the continent of Africa. African rappers from the continent are waiting in the shadows for their shot, and Dj 4th Wurld is working the door, giving only the dopest a seat on his radio show.

Sexism and discrimination in sports: l’affaire Ines Sainz

If the "unprofessional" behavior by Jets players had happened to anyone other than Ines Sainz, who markets herself on her looks and sexuality, perhaps aspects of this story would be worth investigating. But because it is Ines Sainz we’re talking about, consider the possibility Sainz is nothing more than an agent provocateur, a bomb thrower if you will.

Rebellion in LA after Rampart police murder indigenous man

Manuel Jamines was murdered by Rampart police on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. He was a 37-year-old indigenous man from Guatemala, who didn’t speak English or even Spanish very well. He was a day laborer and had three children in Guatemala. Eye witnesses say that he was unarmed and murdered in cold blood.

Douse the firestorm, let Maxine Waters get back to the people’s business

In the firestorm created by implicating Maxine Waters in what is called an ethics violation, we take our eyes off of the ball. The community of descendents of former slaves needs contracts. We need Maxine to embarrass Treasury about how few contracts reach our community. We need Maxine’s voice to speak out on how few public works contracts – and the good jobs they create – reach our community.

Cynthia McKinney: Repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

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.

On the U.N. report on Congo genocide

The U.N. report on human rights abuse, including genocide, in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been explosive in the international community, but it simply confirms what has long been a “Pucinella” secret that many knew but pretended not to know. So many atrocities were committed that they could not be concealed forever.

‘Mountains That Take Wing – Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life,...

What is so striking about this film is its living history lessons, the love and admiration for each other that Yuri Kochiyama and Angela Y. Davis share, women with big hearts who have endured personal suffering and survived. Yuri is gracious and fiery and so is Angela.

Raiders find a way over Rams 16-14

In a game that was not a thing of beauty, the Oakland Raiders found a way to defeat the St. Louis Rams 16-14 on Sunday in the 2010 home opener at the Coliseum in Oakland. This was the teams’ first win in a home opener since 2004. With the win, the Silver and Black evened their record at 1-1 on the season while St. Louis falls to 0-2.

KPFA in crisis … and you can save it!

KPFA is one of the few community stations with an elected board. For example, KQED, where I also served two terms, got rid of elections in 2006. Our mission is to generate and support local, hard-hitting, radical journalism and prioritize coverage of and collaboration with underrepresented Bay Area communities that have little access to other media.

Barbara Boxer and the militarization of Africa

Sen. Barbara Boxer co-sponsored the LRA Disarmament Act, even though it strengthens the hand of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, whose human rights record includes not only war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, but also the criminalization of homosexuality, with a penalty of 14 years to life.

Stealing Save KPFA

A group that had formerly called itself the Concerned Listeners, a faction in the community who are partisan supporters of the status quo controlling clique that runs KPFA and who oppose accountability and participation by “outsiders” in the station, is now calling itself Save KPFA.

Jazz activist The Doug of Edwards has died

Pacifica radio station KPFA’s (94.1 FM) jazz programmer – or jazz activist, as he sometimes referred to himself – The Doug of Edwards has died, passing over on the early morning of Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. On Saturday night 11 p.m.-1 p.m. for the past 30 years, he was heard live hosting his jazz show, Ear Tyme.

U.S./U.N. cover-up of Kagame’s genocide in Rwanda and Congo

A long-standing code of silence inside the U.N. is coming to an end regarding what is probably the largest genocide ever since the U.N....

The Rwandan Patriotic Front’s bloody record and the history of U.N. cover-ups

The leaked U.N. report to be officially released Oct. 1 is not the first such report to have been drafted by the U.N. – nor is it the first one to be covered up. On Oct. 11, 1994, Robert Gersony of USAID reported that Kagame's RPF army had been committing systematic massacres of the Hutu population in Rwanda starting in April 1994.

Philly police beating stirs storm of protest

Watch the shocking videos of Philadelphia police beating a man Rodney King style. And join the movement to demand justice for Askia Sabur at its third protest on Friday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m., to demand the removal of all officers involved!

Wikileaks and the Imperial Press

The release of some 70,000-plus files from the Afghanistan War has been treated by most corporate media as, at best, a minor irritant and, worse, an act of treason. Media as servant of presidential power. Media as servant of the defense industries – and Empire.

Broken promises of a just recovery in the Gulf Coast

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.

Congolese women denounce mass rape and foreign occupation

We denounce the mass rapes and war imposed on Eastern Congo by more than seven foreign countries and many capitalist multinationals and the complicit silence and failure to assist Congolese women by the U.N. and other powers. We demand that justice be served to restore the peace and dignity of the Congolese people.