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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Dozens of Sudanese killed in Egypt

World News Article | Reuters.co.uk

Update 3: Sudanese Death Toll in Egypt at Least 25 - Forbes.com

Update 3: Sudanese Death Toll in Egypt at Least 25 - Forbes.com

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"...all mi sayin, all mi sayin, is yu don' introduce an den SOLVE di main charAKter's mos'important CRISis in di damn PILot, an expec fi geneREETE an entire SERIAL's wort' of epiSODES afta dat. DAT's why Dyeep Speece Nine is raas..."

We chatted up Minister Faust, author of The Coyote KIngs of the Space Age Bachelor Pad (Ballantine Books, 2004) over the phone last summer after his appearance at DreamHaven Books and Diversicon here in Erotic City. He and Sherri R. Thomas, editor of the anthology Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (Aspect, 2004) were featured guests at Diversicon 13, a gathering of creators and fans of science fiction from August 19-21 at the Holiday Inn at the International Airport/Mall of America (cold shiver). For whatever reason, even though their DreamHaven reading and book signing was on my calender for weeks, my wires got crossed and I trudged out to the MOA (cold shiver) for the second time in ten years by light rail when I should have been in my own hood at DreamHaven. Hence the phone interview.

(Note: if you think the MOA is annoying when you're shopping, try bidding time there when you're not. The bloodless sensation you feel is similar to driving through Nebraska).

Minister Faust hails from Edmonton, Alberta -- Canada's northern most city by population -- and credits his mother for providing his first artistic sparks. He took two degrees from the University of Alberta -- English and education -- and took some creative writing as well, where he said the courses were poorly taught.

Coyote Kings is his first pubished work and tells the fantastic tale of Hamza and Yehat -- the Coyote Kings and working-class best friends: one is a disgruntled dishwasher (what dishwasher isn't?) and the other a video store clerk. One day they meet beautiful and mysterious Sherem in Edmonton, who propels them into a world parrellel to those that exist in the plethora of comics and science fiction the two men gorge themselves on and quote prodigously. Faust's words are italicized.

My mother, an Alberta farm girl, always motivated me to read sci fi as a kid: Star Trek and writing and writing and reading and acting...My dad was a member of the Kenya Land and Reform Party (Mau Mau) like most Pan Africanists.

ON ART and POLITICS:

Art and politics? there's no separation. Politics is about the power groups use to get what they want; art is our attempt to use aesthetics to describe reality and our future. One is more fun, though politics can be fun, and some art can be dreary.

Why are you as an artist exempt from making the world better? We don't get to stand down on those particular issues affecting community.

Langston Hughes said that the decision to create non-political art is itself a political decision. If you are writing about flowers, the system probably benefits you; if you are writing about oppression, you're probably having a hard time.

BLACK MOVIES, WHITE MOVIES

Remeber House Party, or the Spike Lee revolution? Why isn't anyone doing anything like that now? THough it was comedy, House Party looked at the routine stops of African American males in North America by the police -- played for laughs, but portrayed as a fact of life.

In white movies race doesn't exist. In our art, whether it's referenced directly or indirectly, all we have to do is reference ourselves.

INTERVIEWING PUBLIC ENEMY

Flava Flav's eyes looked like pickeled cherries when I interviewed PE a few years ago. Chuck was great, but Flav?...

RACISM LA CANADA/RACISM DE USA

In the US, one thing that really shocked me -- cuz Canadiens are reserved -- but all the time, white people start conversations with me...but I find it interesting that Americans are given this astonishing jingoistic racism from very young, but even with that, [white] Americans would just talk to me. I'm not saying they acted like they wanted me to date their daughters or give me a job, but even with all the racial propaganda it's not a perfect poison; I've known people that were straight up evil.

Growing up in Canada can be very lonely, alienating when you look around and nobody looks like you. Textbooks? Your face isn't even there; TV? Your face isn't there, and if it is, it's because the criminal looks like you. But it's the only climate I've ever lived in. One of the big differences between Canada and the US is the way any strength can become a weakness. I would have loved it if more Africans were here. Most of us are Carribean, Tanzanian, Kenyan: I was raised Catholic and went to school other than my siblings.

Most whites think that racism consists of calling someone 'nigger." It's not the word, it's the power system behind it. For jobs, our parents didn't get the call, our hand isn't recognized when it's raised in class, denied, and there is an enormous amount of information on racial profiling, especially Toronto.

It's the other ways our lives are going to be curtailed, maybe not jail or senseless killing at the hands of the police or mob violence, it's the institutional racism, it's absolutely institutional -- it doesn't require a con

RECENT AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

It scares me now that you have an [twice] unelected president, but the one before that oversaw eight years of sanctions against Iraq that killed a million people. One thing that makes me sad is African Americans coming up with Clinton being the first "Black" president. It's one thing if a comedian says it, here's a guy who bombed Sudan, and act of international terror against an African country, and we're supposed to look at this as a Black president?


ON WRITING CKOTSBP

Coyote Kings was written as a screenplay when I was 25. I've written five novels, one is published, two since CKOTSBP.

In my future work I plan to utilize the experiences of the Pan-African Diaspora; stories of (Kwame) Nkrumah, Lumumba and Mandela -- I have a novel planned about a sci-fi version of the Congo War.

WHAT'S THE BEST OF CONTEMPORARY SCI FI?

Farscape (now cancelled), especially the second and third seasons. Until then, most sci fi shows were one Star Trek afte another. The new Battlestar Galactica picks up where Farscape left off -- West Wing in Space. But BG now is good! Remember the brother Col. Ty in the first one? Ty was one of those genteel Blacks; now he's a horrible, battle-grizzled alcoholic.


CONTACT MINSTER FAUST AT minister@ministerfaust.com.

Rashard Zanders conducted this interview and accepts reader responses at rashard.zanders@gmail.com.


"Re-educating the African in the 21st Century:



Call for Papers

"Re-educating the African in the 21st Century:
Through Balance, Peace and Justice (Ma'at)"
1st World Conference 2006
John Henrik Clarke-C.L.R. James African World Research
Institute
Aswan (Egypt)
19-25 July 2006


Historical Context:

According to John Henrik Clarke, Edward Wilmot Blyden, a
prominent Caribbean activist and a theologian from the
Virgin Islands, called for Africans all over the world to
reclaim their Africanness in 1881. Early in the twentieth
century, people of the African world were searching for a
definition of themselves and their relationship to the rest
of the world. African people in the United States of America
were still recovering from the Civil War and the subsequent
disappointment and betrayal of the Reconstruction period.

1900 witnessed the first Pan-Africanist Congress, which was
a response to Blyden's call, referred to as the African
Consciousness Movement by Caribbean activists. H. Sylvester
Williams, a young Trinidadian lawyer, was the major convener
of the first Pan-Africanist Congress in London.. He assigned
a name to the effort by calling it Pan-Africanism. At this
meeting, Williams and others concluded that the struggle in
the Caribbean, Africa and the United States of America was
basically the same, the struggle for direction and
definition.

At the first Pan-Africanist Congress and subsequent ones,
Pan-Africanists were trying to answer questions such as:
Whom do we need and who needs us? They were attempting to
regain what slavery and colonialism had taken away. In many
ways Clarke tells us that the Pan-Africanist Movement opened
the pathways for the struggle of civil rights in the United
States of America, for the federation of the islands in the
Caribbean, the end of colonialism, and for the independence
and unification of all of Africa. At later Pan-Africanist
Congresses, W.E.B Dubois, George Padmore, C.L.R. James, and
Kwame Nkrumah became the seminal voices of this Movement.

Against this backdrop, the John Henrik Clarke-C.L.R. James
African World Research Institute will host its First World
Conference. The Theme is: Re-educating the African in the
21st Century: Through Balance, Peace and Justice (Ma'at).

Nature and Scope:

What are the reviews and implications of the United Nations'
Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)? Further,
why is the conversation about the eradication of poverty,
the call by many African nations to eliminate huge national
debts from multi-national agencies, and the intense
spotlight on Africa critical for Africans on the continent
and in the African Diaspora?

The First World Conference hosted by the John Henrik
Clarke-C.L.R. James African World Research Institute brings
together a slate of the foremost African-descended scholars,
thinkers, artists, and activists to lead the conversation
about what this United Nations' Decade for the Eradication
of Poverty has meant for Africa and the African Diaspora.
Given the focus on Africa, what are the implications for the
re-education of Continental and Diasporic Africans beyond
2006? Participating delegates from Africa, Asia, England,
Europe, the Americas, the Pacific and the Caribbean will
have the opportunity to exchange information about the
multi-dimensional implications of this UN Decade with
respect to the re-education of African descended people
globally.

The John Henrik Clarke-C.L.R. James African World Research
Institute First World Conference in Aswan, Egypt provides
comprehensive conference facilities including a full program
of featured speakers, papers, panel presentations, small
group plenary sessions, publishing opportunities and book
exhibitions. Quality contributions for papers, panels,
posters and round table discussions, which will be double
blind reviewed, are invited.

The John Henrik Clarke-C.L.R. James African World Research
Institute First World Conference strives to balance
relevance and rigor. In pursuit of this aim, we will attract
both academics and practitioners. The presentations are
expected to be around the conference theme, as cited above.
The topics include the following: economic development in
relationship to the family, health, culture, politics,
religion, gender, intergenerational relationships, science,
and global technological strategies to connect and maintain
the global African family. It is our intention for the
presentations to be informative and set the tone for
interesting research and consulting opportunities.

Submission Instructions:

Submissions can be made in the following categories:
Completed research papers, research-in-progress papers,
panels and posters, and round table discussion papers.
Please follow the guidelines in preparing your submission.

Completed research papers: Typically 5,000 words (excluding
abstract and references)

Research-in-progress papers: Typically 2,500 words
(excluding abstract and references)

Posters and round table discussion: Typically a 1,000-word
synopsis of the topic area to be presented

Panel proposal: Typically a 1,000-word description,
identifying the panelist to be involved.

Documentary (Film/video): Typically a 500-word description
with a 20-30 minute DVD format.

Spoken Word Artist panels/performance: Typically 4-5
versatile performance pieces on preferably DVD format

In preparing your papers, please use the APA referencing
style. In text citation should be in an Author (date) format
with the bibliographical list inserted at the end of the
paper.

Submission and review process will be handled
electronically. Please make your submission as one MS Word
file. Include all figures and tables in relevant places in
the text. The title page should indicate the title, author
affiliations including, telephone number, fax and email. In
case of multiple authors, corresponding author details
should be clearly identified. The title page should also
identify the track for which you wish your paper to be
considered. All submissions will be double blind peer
reviewed. NOTE: The deadline for submission of papers has
been extended to February 15, 2006. The new Selection
Notification date is March 15, 2006.


Contact:

Dr. Clinton Crawford
John Henrik Clarke—C.L.R. James African World Research
Institute
P.O. Box 473592
New York 11247
USA
Phone: +1-718-756-8904 and 718-270-5140
Email: sankofawp@netscape.net and firstwc2006@netscape.net
Web: http://www.sankofaworldpublishers.com/sankofawponline/sankofawp-callforpapers.htm
1st World Conference Call for Papers

Talking About Impeachment

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Fear destroys what bin Laden could not

By surrendering our liberties, we hand victory to terrorists

Bush was denied wiretaps, bypassed them

Shock, awe and Hobbes have backfired on America's neocons

CNN.com - Canada blames U.S. for gun violence - Dec 27, 2005

Remington: City Hall's newest rep from Ward 10

Powell digs warrantless surveillance

And polar bears support snow.

Ghana reaches out to Black Americans

Alito papers show views in Black Panther case - Yahoo! News

Selling Out - $1.3 Trillion of American Companies Sold to Foreign Corps

WSJ.com - Some Conservatives Return To Old Argument

The Black Commentator - Cover Story: The 'Most Corrupt' Congress Ever

BC: "However, even the rip-off of billions in this scam (and the theft of billions in Iraqi oil revenues) does not come close to describing the enormity of the crime: an attempt to steal the resources of a vast swath of the Earth, far beyond the boundaries of Iraq, and to transfer the proceeds to private hands, all the while billing the American public for the military muscle required.

Now, that's corruption, by anybody's definition."

The Black Commentator - Freedom Rider: Australia’s Racism

Saturday, December 24, 2005

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Amsterdam News -Can AfroCuba survive after the revolution?

A must read.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Calls for a Progressive Majority

LEFT VOICES CALL FOR BUILDING A PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY

Harry Targ, Professor Department of Political Science, Purdue
University

Over 100 activists, including 20 speakers on five panels, from the
labor, anti-racist, peace, women’s, and socialist movements met to
talk about “Building A Progressive Majority” on Saturday, December 10
at the SEIU 1199 meeting hall on 42nd street in New York City. The
event was sponsored and organized by The Committees of Correspondence
Education Fund.

Although difficult “how to do it” questions remain, attendees
agreed with Leslie Cagan, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
coordinator, that the Left must make every effort to help build a
broad Left/Center coalition that connects issues of peace and justice.
Cagan underscored that this means mobilizing Left forces and taking
Center voices seriously.

Carl Bloice, freelance journalist and member of the National
ExecutiveCommittee of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy
and Socialism (CCDS), agreed that Left/Center unity is a necessity
to fight war, racism, and poverty.

He stressed that three pitfalls needed to be avoided. First, Left
and progressive activists should not forget that the system is in
crisis because of the growing anger and activism of masses of people.
(Frances Fox Piven, Professor, City University of New York, on the
same panel documented the connection between mass protest and
progressive public policy in the history of the United States).Second,
activists must avoid factionalism on issues and ideology. And
third,progressives must be prepared to challenge the "2006 betrayal of
the Democrats," that is they must reject the Democratic Leadership
Council Democrats who embrace the war in Iraq and cuts in social
spending.

Fighting racism and white supremacy is central to the possibility of
creating a progressive majority, added Damu Smith, Black Voices for
Peace. Addressing the racist corporate/government response to the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina “is a litmus test for the progressive
movement.” If there is to be a movement, it must incorporate the
efforts of grassroots groups from the Gulf region who are trying to
regain control of their lives and property from government. “Katrina
did not hit New Orleans”, Smith said, “FEMA hit New Orleans.”
Reinforcing Smith, Chuck Turner, Boston City Councilman, issued a
challenge to the peace movement to address the connections between the
military-industrial complex and the lack of resources for the African
American community.

Manning Marable, Professor, Columbia University, referred to the “New
Racial Domain,” a global political economy driven by transnational
capitalism and state- enforced neo-liberal policies that rests “on
mass unemployment, mass incarceration, and mass disenfranchisement.”
Each of these is related to the other two. Millions of dispossessed
poor and people of color at home and abroad are increasingly
marginalized at the same time that global capital seeks to privatize
every institution and natural resource in the service of profit.

Elizabeth Rothschild, National Organizer, Young Democratic
Socialists, also highlighted the relationship between struggling
against racism and building a progressive majority. In addition, she
related capitalism to racism, sexism, and the threat to democracy.
“Capitalism is an undemocratic global system of power distribution
that reinforces and reproduces and exacerbates racism and sexism.”
Democracy “can only be attained when we challenge capitalist
production-because democracy cannot be had in a system which requires
massive poverty.” She outlined the ways in which the system was
tormenting youth:college costs are rising, student loans are
declining, jobs are scarce for youth at all educational levels, and
wages are low. For thousands of youth, military service, is the only
remaining option.

The importance of rebuilding a trade union movement that comes from
the grassroots was emphasized by Charles Ensley, President, Social
Service Employees Union, Local 371, AFSCME and Bill Henning, Vice
President, Communications Workers of America, Local 1180. Henning
spoke of the influence of United States Labor Against the War (USLAW)
on the recently endorsed AFL-CIO resolution opposing the Iraq war.
Ensley made it clear that labor has resources, human and financial, to
participate in a progressive coalition.

Michael Honey Professor and labor historian, connected the
anti-racistmovement of the 1960s to poor and working class movements
of that day.He recalled that Dr. King was marching in solidarity with
Memphis sanitation workers at the time when he was assassinated. The
assassination occurred just days before the start of the Poor People’s
Campaign mobilization in Washington D.C. Honey suggested that a
progressive majority today can build on the 1960s tradition, linking
class, race, and gender.

In an inspiring keynote address, Amy Goodman, host and producer of
Democracy Now, described the pain and suffering of Iraqi’s caused by
the war and the fate of victims of the Gulf Coast hurricane. She
compared the realities on the ground with the character of media
coverage of these events. She credited some journalists with more
accurate coverage of Hurricane Katrina compared with the pro-U.S.
military coverage in Iraq. The difference, she suggested, resulted
from the fact that journalists were “embedded” in Iraq and somewhat
independent of government and military control in Louisiana and
Mississippi. She insisted that progressives should work to build an
independent media.

In the closing session, Charlene Mitchell, Co-Chair, CCDS,
talked about the need for Left dialogue and action in this period of
economic and political crisis. She said that people are angry and
activists from the labor, anti-racist, peace, and socialist movements
have an obligation to come together to help build a progressive
movement based on an understanding of the connections between class,
race, and gender.. The Symposium was important to begin the
conversation, she suggested. Now it was time to move toward activism.

Envisioning some next steps, Joseph Wilson, Professor and Director,
Center for Worker Education, CUNY, recommended that a national
convention be called to launch the creation of a new national
progressive coalition. He called for energies to be channeled toward
the construction of radical think tanks to generate ideas for
progressive social change. Finally, he endorsed the idea of recreating
a progressive media, print and electronic, to better inform potential
participants in a new progressive majority.

Symposium participants left energized by the presentations and
dialogue, and expressed their support for the building of a “new
progressive coalition."


Full Letter of Cuban Baseball to MLB - Prensa Latina

Dungy's loss brings pain without answers

The folks at Blacklogic.blogspot express our deepest condolences to Tony Dungy and his family on the loss of their son and brother, James Dungy

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Do you every wonder what could be if the $700 billion Blacks spend annually to be treated like crap stayed in Black communities?

What would happen if the racist corporations had to go without a total of $700 billion in profit margin? Would they be less inclined to practice their racism? Would they finally learn the meaning of all the things MLK and Malik El-Shabazz died for?

Until a significant number of us realize we subsidize the racism we live with and the oppression of others as well by our blind participation in this 'burning house' economy, than we will continue to exist on the wrong end of every disparity study that comes out.

Blacks face apartment bias after Katrina

Black Buying Black Out: Blacks and Non-Black Supporters of Reparations for Slavery and Its Effects Will Not Spend Money on Sat. Dec. 24t

PRESS RELEASE Black Buying Black Out: Blacks and Non-Black Supporters of Reparations for Slavery and Its Effects Will Not Spend Money on Sat. Dec. 24th

CNN.com - Italy warrants for 22 purported CIA operatives - Dec 23, 2005

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Daschle: Congress Denied Bush War Powers in U.S.

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Nigeria to offer free Aids drugs

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Chad in 'state of war' with Sudan

Think Progress » UPDATE: Fox Carolina Reporter Active On White Supremacist Website

Republicans fear lobbyists plea bargain

And it ain't just Republicans who are afraid -- this case points to the inherent corruption within our political structure that both wings of the one-party system benefit from -- disguised as a tool of democracy, but really just preserving the same white supremacist impulses that inspired the genocide of Native Americans, the enslavement and dehumanization of Africans, the Nazis, the 'wars' on drugs, terror, etc.

The Australian: Wal-Mart's free lunch costs it $236m [December 24, 2005]

Once again we have to look to a foreign press for information about Corporate corruption at home.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Judges on Surveillance Court To Be Briefed on Spy Program

Discovery Channel :: News :: Robot Demonstrates Self Awareness

The Raw Story | Fox News South Carolina affiliate quietly promotes white supremacist website; Site says Fox is a member

Ground Frozen Since Ice Age Thaws and Collapses

87 Percent for Impeachment | AfterDowningStreet.org

Background to Tookie's story.

San Francisco Bay View - National Black Newspaper of the Year

AOL News - Two Police Videotaped Beating Man Are Fired

Yes, the firings are justified.

Still Burnin'

Blacks and Non-Black Supporters of Reparations Will Not Spend Money on Dec. 24th

Katrina investigation focuses on more than one person - Dec 21, 2005

New York Police Covertly Join In at Protest Rallies - New York Times

"Beyond collecting information, some of the undercover officers or their associates are seen on the tape having influence on events. At a demonstration last year during the Republican National Convention, the sham arrest of a man secretly working with the police led to a bruising confrontation between officers in riot gear and bystanders."

So the brownshirting of those sworn to serve us, protect us, and in fact FACILITATE our freedom of speech is official.

The Black Commentator - Think Piece: The Double Standard of Righteous Indignation

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Senate blocks attempt to allow ANWR drilling - Dec 21, 2005

We're there now.

AmeriKKKA, year in review coming next week.


The Black Commentator - Cover Story: 2005: The Year of Living Dangerously for Black Folks

Blackcommentator.com is the best site on the internet.

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Key Section of Executive Summary of Conyers' Report | AfterDowningStreet.org

Key Section of Executive Summary of Conyers' Report | AfterDowningStreet.org

Impeachment: Keep hope alive!

News - Progressive Democrats of America

AfterDowningStreet.org | CensureBush.org


Congressman John Conyers is our last best hope to rid this nation of this criminally bent administration.

Dick Cheney has put it on the table as bluntly and thuggishly as a mobster setting down a crowbar.

Except for WWs I & II, the U.S. military might has always been used exclusively against nation's of color. What does this nation stand for, white supremacy or democracy?

Is our president a liar?

Spy court judge quits in protest - washingtonpost.com Highlights - MSNBC.com

globalinfo.org - WTO: Trade deal could keep medicine from world's needy

KR Washington Bureau | 12/20/2005 | Fewer African-Americans enlisting in the military

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Wal-Mart is target of criminal probe over waste | NeoBlack.Com Business News

BBC NEWS | Americas | Venezuela gives Exxon ultimatum

"THis means that Venezuela, which has the world's largest petroleum reserves, now calls the shots in what the foreign guests can and cannot do."

Hallelujah!

PS: Buy your gas at CITGO....

or bike.

BET Salutes Richard Pryor - Starpulse News Blog

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Local Ethiopians describe Addis Ababa killings | Twin Cities Daily Planet

RECONSTRUCTING SOMALIA’S RUINED ECONOMY

Times Online--Bolivian President to legalize coca

Morales is a stauch participant in the homegrown people's revolutions taking place throughout the hemisphere that are putting people ahead of multinational corporate interests.

Local: Take action in the TCs January 4!

Blacklogic: In this 2003 photo by Emmett Timmons for the MN Spokesman Recorder, Police Community Relations Council Co-chair Ian Bethel and former MPD Chief Robert Olson sign the agreement that could have been the template for better police-community relations for other cities to follow.







Hello Everyone,

Many of you will recall that a little over 2 months ago, we
organized and
attended a meeting of the Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee
of the Minneapolis City Council. We were able to fill the chambers and,
subsequently, force the issue of non-compliance with the Federal Mediation
Agreement to center stage during the course of the Mayoral election. Many
of us were hopeful that this action might prompt a higher level of
participation
on the part of the MPD and the City of Minneapolis with the PCRC (Police-
Community Relations Council). Charges of electioneering were leveled,
the Mayor insisted that the Agreement had been over 80% implemented--
an assertion which no one on the UCT (Unity-Community Team) shared.
The Police Federation under John Delmonico, moreover, has weighed in
on the side of the community on some of the points revolving around the
neglect of the Mediation Agreement.
Last week the PCRC met and the members of the UCT and the Police
Federation entered a vote of "no-confidence" in the hiring process portion
of the Agreement. The final vote was 8-7 and the motion carried. Neither
Mayor Rybak, Assistant Chief Dolan, or Chief McManus bothered to attend
this meeting. It was left up to Deputy Chief Harris and Compliance Lt. Doyle
to take the heat for the City of Minneapolis. Personally, I have no problem
identifying where the hold-up is with the implementation--and it ain't
Deputy
Chief Harris.
On 1\4\2006, the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee
will meet for the first time under the New Council. Apparently, Don Samuels
will now head up that Committee. With a wistful indifference to protests
from the Community, the City officials encharged with our trust to move
ahead and heal the widening gulf between segments of our community,
seem to think that the matter will just go away. Many of us want to send
a clear "No!" to this persistent disregard for the citizens of Minneapolis.
Therefore on 1\4\2006 at 1:30 we will be organizing--AGAIN--to send
a message--AGAIN--that it just plain NOT ok to discriminate against
those whose
skin is not white, whose religion is not christianity, whose sexual
preference
may not be heterosexual, who speak a language other than English. Nearly
40 years after the death of Mr. Luther King, I personally find it repugnant
that we continue with the same set of issues. So, let's turn out on the 4th
of a new year and send a solid message that the days of neglect of the
community are over and will no longer be tolerated.
I am tired of hearing--from various people--that this issue is
'ancillary'
to this or that perspective. This is the bedrock of any semblance of our
fundamental Civil Rights. If anyone doubts this, let's have coffee and go
over the factual basis that has prompted this action. Time for all of us
to quit napping and get miffed.

If anyone would like a digital copy of the Mediation Agreemnent,
please
contact me and I will send you one.

Take care and I hope all of you can attend,

Guy Gambill


First they came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

Democracy Now! | How Many Are Missing and Dead After Katrina? Three Months After the Hurricane, the Numbers are Still Unknown

Three Months After the Hurricane, the Numbers are Still Unknown

Prison Factories: Slave Labor for the New World Order?

Guardian Unlimited Books | Reflections in the Evening Land

US votes against anti-Nazi resolution

blackenterprise.com

America's Own Chronicle of Its Hellish Descent

Bloomberg.com: Latin America

Friday, December 16, 2005

Bush quotes Florida Evans


Damn, damn, damn DAmn DAMN!


See the next piece...

Update 26: Senate Rejects Extension of Patriot Act - Forbes.com

Wha?!?

Common sense from Congress?

Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin

Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin

African Philosophy Resources

African Philosophy Resources

Among the many problems I'm having with my server is posting this brilliant and important site to my links. I type it in verbatim and it still won't upload from my template; hence I'm posting it here.

You can all thank me later.

PS: This site makes a clear case for why we must eliminate the digital divide.

Words On Fire -- Count us out

The March For Justice -- 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians

In case you missed it.

Newsday.com: Brazil's First Black TV Channel on the Air

Reports: Bush Authorized NSA to Spy in U.S. - Yahoo! News

As his adminstration finishes the looting of the people his pappy and Ray-gun started.

Body Found at Big Bird's Nest - Dec 15, 2005 - E! Online News

Just when you think you're out of childhood illusions to watch go up in smoke...

Columnist Says Bush Knows Who Leaked Name

see next article

Open Mouth, Insert ...?

Yes, the mainstream media's prince of darkness is the news yet again.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/16/2005 | Phil Sheridan | Barring Cuba from baseball tourney embarrasses U.S.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bush Accepts McCain's Ban on Torture - Yahoo! News



Thank a zoo handler.
















Images courtesy of www.desperatetimes.com.

Two of the items on my reading list this year were:


"...all mi sayin, all mi sayin, is yu don' introduce an den SOLVE di main charAKter's mos'important CRISis in di damn PILot, an expec fi geneREETE an entire SERIAL's wort' of epiSODES afta dat. DAT's why Dyeep Speece Nine is raas..."

We chatted up Minister Faust, author of The Coyote KIngs of the Space Age Bachelor Pad (Ballantine Books, 2004) over the phone last summer after his appearance at DreamHaven Books and Diversicon here in Erotic City. He and Sherri R. Thomas, editor of the anthology Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (Aspect, 2004) were featured guests at Diversicon 13, a gathering of creators and fans of science fiction from August 19-21 at the Holiday Inn at the International Airport/Mall of America (cold shiver). For whatever reason, even though their DreamHaven reading and book signing was on my calender for weeks, my wires got crossed and I trudged out to the MOA (cold shiver) for the second time in ten years by light rail when I should have been in my own hood at DreamHaven. Hence the phone interview.

(Note: if you think the MOA is annoying when you're shopping, try bidding time there when you're not. The bloodless sensation you feel is similar to driving through Nebraska).

Minister Faust hails from Edmonton, Alberta -- Canada's northern most city by population -- and credits his mother for providing his first artistic sparks. He took two degrees from the University of Alberta -- English and education -- and took some creative writing as well, where he said the courses were poorly taught.

Coyote Kings is his first pubished work and tells the fantastic tale of Hamza and Yehat -- the Coyote Kings and working-class best friends: one is a disgruntled dishwasher (what dishwasher isn't?) and the other a video store clerk. One day they meet beautiful and mysterious Sherem in Edmonton, who propels them into a world parrellel to those that exist in the plethora of comics and science fiction the two men gorge themselves on and quote prodigously. Faust's words are italicized.

My mother, an Alberta farm girl, always motivated me to read sci fi as a kid: Star Trek and writing and writing and reading and acting...My dad was a member of the Kenya Land and Reform Party (Mau Mau) like most Pan Africanists.

ON ART and POLITICS:

Art and politics? there's no separation. Politics is about the power groups use to get what they want; art is our attempt to use aesthetics to describe reality and our future. One is more fun, though politics can be fun, and some art can be dreary.

Why are you as an artist exempt from making the world better? We don't get to stand down on those particular issues affecting community.

Langston Hughes said that the decision to create non-political art is itself a political decision. If you are writing about flowers, the system probably benefits you; if you are writing about oppression, you're probably having a hard time.

BLACK MOVIES, WHITE MOVIES

Remeber House Party, or the Spike Lee revolution? Why isn't anyone doing anything like that now? THough it was comedy, House Party looked at the routine stops of African American males in North America by the police -- played for laughs, but portrayed as a fact of life.

In white movies race doesn't exist. In our art, whether it's referenced directly or indirectly, all we have to do is reference ourselves.

INTERVIEWING PUBLIC ENEMY

Flava Flav's eyes looked like pickeled cherries when I interviewed PE a few years ago. Chuck was great, but Flav?...

RACISM LA CANADA/RACISM DE USA

In the US, one thing that really shocked me -- cuz Canadiens are reserved -- but all the time, white people start conversations with me...but I find it interesting that Americans are given this astonishing jingoistic racism from very young, but even with that, [white] Americans would just talk to me. I'm not saying they acted like they wanted me to date their daughters or give me a job, but even with all the racial propaganda it's not a perfect poison; I've known people that were straight up evil.

Growing up in Canada can be very lonely, alienating when you look around and nobody looks like you. Textbooks? Your face isn't even there; TV? Your face isn't there, and if it is, it's because the criminal looks like you. But it's the only climate I've ever lived in. One of the big differences between Canada and the US is the way any strength can become a weakness. I would have loved it if more Africans were here. Most of us are Carribean, Tanzanian, Kenyan: I was raised Catholic and went to school other than my siblings.

Most whites think that racism consists of calling someone 'nigger." It's not the word, it's the power system behind it. For jobs, our parents didn't get the call, our hand isn't recognized when it's raised in class, denied, and there is an enormous amount of information on racial profiling, especially Toronto.

It's the other ways our lives are going to be curtailed, maybe not jail or senseless killing at the hands of the police or mob violence, it's the institutional racism, it's absolutely institutional -- it doesn't require a con

RECENT AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

It scares me now that you have an [twice] unelected president, but the one before that oversaw eight years of sanctions against Iraq that killed a million people. One thing that makes me sad is African Americans coming up with Clinton being the first "Black" president. It's one thing if a comedian says it, here's a guy who bombed Sudan, and act of international terror against an African country, and we're supposed to look at this as a Black president?


ON WRITING CKOTSBP

Coyote Kings was written as a screenplay when I was 25. I've written five novels, one is published, two since CKOTSBP.

In my future work I plan to utilize the experiences of the Pan-African Diaspora; stories of (Kwame) Nkrumah, Lumumba and Mandela -- I have a novel planned about a sci-fi version of the Congo War.

WHAT'S THE BEST OF CONTEMPORARY SCI FI?

Farscape (now cancelled), especially the second and third seasons. Until then, most sci fi shows were one Star Trek afte another. The new Battlestar Galactica picks up where Farscape left off -- West Wing in Space. But BG now is good! Remember the brother Col. Ty in the first one? Ty was one of those genteel Blacks; now he's a horrible, battle-grizzled alcoholic.


CONTACT MINSTER FAUST AT minister@ministerfaust.com.

Rashard Zanders conducted this interview and accepts reader responses at rashard.zanders@gmail.com.


People's Weekly World - Venezuela reaches out to Africa, Caribbean

People's Weekly World - Why Bush must be removed from office

Ignorance on display: Mondesire Won't Apologize For McNabb Attack

A damn shame, act a fool like TO and the whole world loves you. Do your job like McNabb, well....

Donovan, if you're not wrong, then everything is alright: Keep ya head up!


Aren't there more pressing issues in Philadelphia that their local NAACP should be concerned about?

Is the NAACP even relevant as a civil rights organization anymore?

Inside Bay Area - Argus - Local News

Generation KKK: Passing the Torch

A rather bland photo montage that omits the bigots on federal and state court benches, congress, corporate board rooms as well as the White HOuse...

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SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports -- Cuba blocked by U.S. from field of WBC

What is the point of having a sporting event for the world, if members of the world body who want to participate are excluded?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Great Perversion

Rappers' 'beef' often ends in tragedy - Tempo

Overcoming Apartheid

As in the AMERIkkkAN Apartheid...

Capitol Hill Blue: Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'

Words from your President/spiritual leader/commander-in-chief

Thanks red states.

Consortiumnews.com -- Journalism's shameful anniversary

Note: The first reports of Webb's death, the journalist who committed 'suicide' one year ago, indicated he'd shot himself in the head more than once.

Amazing.

GM to Nearly Triple India Production - Yahoo! News

Maybe it's time we boycott GM, and Coca-Cola, and Nike, the mainstream press (print, televised, etc.)

I wonder, if I had pursued the corporate dreams placed upon me by various mentors, if I'd be laying someone off right now, or foreclosing on someone's home.

Why is it, that when Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks forced a boycott of MOntgomery buses, no one subsequently considered how effective boycotts could be against more than one deserving target -- I mean an indefinite, sustained boycott of say, 500 companies (?) traditionally hostile to Black progress, since Black dollars do provide the profit margins for so many. Could Jessie and Sharpton make the call, or are they and other so called Black leaders in the pocket of the fortune 500?

MLK must be proud...not.

Discuss.

Independent Online Edition > 1000 days of war

The war was not finished with the capture of former US ally Saddam Hussein. That was just the beginning.

Newsday.com: AP: More Blacks Live With Pollution

Put this in the category: :Not by Choice"

The Raw Story | Fitzgerald was long suspicious Rove had hidden evidence; Not swayed by last minute testimony, lawyers say

Times Online --King Kong and Black Stereotyping

BAW: Alito Snubs Congressional Blacks, Talk of Senate Filibuster Heating Up

Monday, December 12, 2005

Nate Mezmer: Killing Tookie Williams

"If Stan "Tookie" Williams is executed tomorrow who will feel the negative effects? Stan was convicted of four murders 25 years ago in connection with armed-robbery, however, the key witnesses were felons wo received benefits in exchange for their testimony. I have encountered many people who say that since Stan was a gang-banger and a co-founder og the Crips that such facts alone should condemn him..."

Racism embedded in Australian culture: Labor MP. 13/12/2005. ABC News Online

The Raw Story | Diebold CEO resigns after reports of fraud litigation, internal woes

No clemency: Ex-Crips' leader to be executed - Crime & Punishment - MSNBC.com

SAN DIEGO SUPES DEFY STATE MEDICAL MJ LAW

Global Exchange : "Most Wanted" Corporate Human Rights Violators of 2005

Over three million dead – arms trafficking and plunder in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Amnesty International

Low Prices, Widespread Torture

Meet The Victims Of America's War - Collateral Damage ?

First Pryor moments

I heard parts of my first Richard Pryor album with my ear pressed against the other side of a door my mom and her friends had shut to keep us children from listening in. We were AME folks and once in a while the 'rents would play the borderline holy-roller.

It was as much an adventure listening to them laugh to the point of breathlessness as it was discerning what the joke was -- cause we knew we were hearing some raw shiz-nit. And if they were laughing, it must have been raw. Every once in a while one of the parents would audibly start for the door to let us know, that they knew, we were trying to listen in. It was a great game; who knew that those days would be so golden compared to now, cause it wasn' t easy then.

I think they knew we heard a listened everytime, but needed cover, since we were always warned to "watch our language."

Richard Pryor: The Funny Survivor Who Ain’t Dead Yet, M-F*er

BBC NEWS | Americas | US state signs Cuban trade deal

"In 2001, Maine was the first U.S. state to pass a resolution calling for a complete end to the trade and travel ban against the Caribbean nation." --BBC.

Time: Rove's Lawyer Told of Conversation - Yahoo! News

Richard Pryor: 1940-2005

See article below.

village voice news: Richard Pryor, 1940 -- 2005 by Greg Tate

Update 5: Racial Violence Continues in Australia - Forbes.com

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Observer | International | Drowned city cuts its poor adrift

Because sometimes you have to read outside the US MSM to find out what's goin' on...

Friday, December 09, 2005

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Google Image Result for http://rastafarispeaks.com/albums/africa/amunmut.jpg

Go here for a sweet African history slideshow.

German Papers: Does Anyone Believe Condoleezza Rice? - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Who better to sugarcoat and lie about torture than this daughter of the African Diaspora, who's ancestors herself were subjected to centuries of American torture?

For more on Condi's condition, read Franz Fanon's "Black Skin, White Masks"

German Papers: Does Anyone Believe Condoleezza Rice? - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

The March For Justice

This site contains "THE SHOCK and AWE Gallery, a collection of images depicting the effects of war against children

The March For Justice

allAfrica.com: Eritrea: Ethiopia-Eritrea: Eritrea Threatens to Expel Some Members of UNMEE

allAfrica.com: Sudan [press release]: 'United Nations Must Stop Genocide, War Crimes in Darfur, Sudan'

allAfrica.com: Sudan [press release]: 'United Nations Must Stop Genocide, War Crimes in Darfur, Sudan'

allAfrica.com: Sudan: Sudan: Gender-Based Violence Still Rampant in Darfur, Say Aid Agencies

allAfrica.com: Sudan: Sudan: Gender-Based Violence Still Rampant in Darfur, Say Aid Agencies

Tennessee Tribune - Article - health

Reasons for hope in the fight against AIDS?

Tennessee Tribune - Article - health

AOL News - Pre-Katrina Arrestees Languish in System

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AOL News - Pre-Katrina Arrestees Languish in System

AOL News - Katrina Victims Blast Response at House Hearing

"One NO resident said she was a sunrise away from being consumed by maggots and flies."

AOL News - Katrina Victims Blast Response at House Hearing

Dave Lindorff: a Stunning Win for Mumia Abu Jamal

Dave Lindorff: a Stunning Win for Mumia Abu Jamal

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

50 Years After Bus Boycott, MLK's Path Not Yet Taken

ACN Presents: I Need Some Soldiers

Funny animation of Bush doing Karoeke (Kareoke?) to Destiny's Child...

...if that doesn't work go directly to the link below or put it into your nav bar....sorry.

www.americancomedynetwork.com/FLASH/soldiers.htm

How and Why Venezuela’s Opposition Imploded

How and Why Venezuela’s Opposition Imploded

9/11 Firefighters: Bombs and Explosions in the WTC

9/11 Firefighters: Bombs and Explosions in the WTC

The Bad News Is That the Good News Is Fake - by William Fisher

"...before the free press went down before the full-court press..." -- Gil-Scott Heron, "B" Movie

From AntiWar.com

The Bad News Is That the Good News Is Fake - by William Fisher

Channel3000.com - News - Group Reports Hmong Hunters Face Discrimination

Channel3000.com - News - Group Reports Hmong Hunters Face Discrimination

Martin Luther King Boulevards around the USA

Visit this photo tour!Boing Boing: Photos: Martin Luther King Boulevards around the USA

Has 'War' become a leading brand for United States? / How Bush's imperial policies are being linked to economic woes and CEO angst in America

Or rather, "Has War BEEN a leading brand for the United States?"

Monday, December 05, 2005

Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President

We're relaying some old but still very important, untouched by the MSM articles from Informationclearinghouse.info, a site that's changed my life, because we believe the drum still needs beating.

Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President

The Project for the New American Century

The Project for the New American Century

The Raw Story | Kerry asks Bush to replace Rumsfeld

The time to show cajones was BEFORE the 2004 election's Senator....

...and Lieberman for Sec. of Defense? Is there anyone not convinced that that man isn't a prop for the Republicans, bringing down the Democratic party one republicrat at a time?

The Raw Story | Kerry asks Bush to replace Rumsfeld

AOL News - DeLay Conspiracy Charges Thrown Out

Texas Judge Pat Priest loosens noose around neck of acolyte of the criminal adminsitration now in office; don't they have a knack for slipping justice. But there's still the charges of money laundering.

AOL News - DeLay Conspiracy Charges Thrown Out

AOL News - E-Mails Show How Katrina Swamped Louisiana Governor

This artilcle again mentions the generosity of humanitarian aid offered by Presidents Castro of Cuba and Chavez of Venezuela (gas guzzlers --buy your gas at CITGO!) The Latin American School of Medicine in Havana educates, trains and sends doctors and medical professionals to througout the developing world, and even trains a number of African American med students who otherwise wouldn't get a break homeside.

AOL News - E-Mails Show How Katrina Swamped Louisiana Governor

redandblack.com - Rap video’s self-aware use of stereotypical images creates socially conscious satire

redandblack.com - Rap video’s self-aware use of stereotypical images creates socially conscious satire

Back in Blackface - The rehabilitation of "Stepin Fetchit." By Armond White

Back in Blackface - The rehabilitation of "Stepin Fetchit." By Armond White

AOL News - Kanye West can't be upstaged by famous friends

AOL News - Kanye West can't be upstaged by famous friends

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Floetry

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AOL News - Neo-soul duo Floetry delivers groundbreaking show

AOL News - Neo-soul duo Floetry delivers groundbreaking show

AOL News - Cuban musicians pay Afro-Cuba jazz tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims

AOL News - Cuban musicians pay Afro-Cuba jazz tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims

BBC NEWS | Africa | Powerful quake rocks East Africa

Friday, December 02, 2005

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Women fighters negotiate for first time in Darfur

Reuters AlertNet - Darfur women fighters negotiate for first time

What if everything you knew about AIDS was wrong?

I recently read a book, What If Everything You Thought You Knew about AIDS WAS WRONG, by Christine Maggiore. Christine was diagnosed as HIV positive, then negative, then positive etc. She has a nine-year old child who is completely healthy. She refused to take AZT or give AZT to her child. In some states, parents can have their children removed from the home simply for refusing to subject their child to AZT.
This book was first printed in 1996, and its fourth printing was in 2000. It is published by the American Foundation for AIDS Alternatives, 11684 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. Telephone: 877-411-AIDS. Cost: $10.95 for English version. $12.95 for Spanish version. $2.00 postage per book.
A few of the reviews/comments on her book are as follows:
David Rasnick, PhD, Designer of Protease Inhibitors: " I have been studying all sides of HIV/AIDS discussion for 15 years and I can tell you that this little book captures all the important points with clarity and force."
Dr. Lois Lee, Founder, Children of the Night, Recipient of the 1984 President's Volunteer Action Award: "Why have we unquestionably believed everything the government has told us about AIDS? Why have we not asked these questions before? A must-read for everyone if we are ever to uncover the truth about AIDS."
Charles Thomas, PhD, Former Chair of the Cell Biology Department, Scripps Research Institute: "AIDS is a cruel deception that is maintained because so many people are making money from it. Take away this money and the entire system of mythology will collapse. This single, portable book explains the HIV-causes-AIDS swindle in simple, concise language that anyone can understand."
The first thing I learned is that AIDS is not a disease but a new name given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to a collection of 29 familiar illnesses and conditions. None of these diseases are new and there are treatments for these conditions that are unrelated to HIV. Maggiore goes explains how expanded and changing definitions of AIDS by the CDC have created an illusion of more people having AIDS--of how statistics are purposely manipulated to convince the public the AIDS rate is drastically increasing.
Does HIV cause AIDS? According to Maggiore, there is no proof to this effect. Dr. Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute in France, who shared a patent with Gallo for the HIV test, has stated he does not believe that HIV alone is capable of causing AIDS. Maggiore goes on to state that "All HIV antibody tests are highly inaccurate. " She clearly explains and documents the reasoning behind her statement.
One of the most appalling facts I learned is the misuse of AZT, which was originally designed as potential chemotherapy treatment for cancer. It was shelved and no patent was ever filed. Yet, after only one highly flawed study of only four months duration, AZT was approved by the FDA as an AIDS treatment to be distributed by pharmaceutical company Burrough Wellcome (now Glaxo-Wellcome), who would, of course, make significant profits off their con. Paul Hedlund, Esq, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the World, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, stated that it is "unconscionable to use AZT as a treatment for AIDS." What is most appalling to me is the use of AZT on expectant mothers and infants. Once you read what Maggiore has to say, you will also be appalled. You will also be surprised by the number of HIV positives that develop into "AIDS" only after taking AZT.
Maggiore explains the reality of T-cell counts, viral loads, surrogate markers PCR (technology of polymerase chain reaction), protease inhibitors, "combo cocktails,"failing drug therapy, wasting syndrome and other HIV/AIDS related terms and treatments.
Maggiore explains what is behind all of the manipulated statistics, fear and lack of alternative information regarding AIDS. The magic word, of course, is funding and corporate profits. When this book was written, total tax dollars spent on AIDS exceeded $50 billion. This funding would not happen unless the public believed AIDS posed a widespread and ever-growing threat to all Americans. Those AIDS researchers and/or experts who do not support the mainstream way of thinking do not receive money.
Maggiore also provides background on some of those considered to be experts in AIDS, and gives some truth and reality that will surprise the reader. Some of these "experts" on "AIDS" are Dr. Robert Gallo, Dr. David Baltimore, an AIDS expert and Nobel Laureate, Martin Delaney, Project Inform's founder (a project that seems bent on disinformation), Dr. David Ho (awards winning AIDS researcher) and others who are considered AIDS experts but do not allow alternative methods to infiltrate their fear tactics that brainwash the general public and too many "educated" public health leaders.
How did I come across this book? The answer is very interesting. In one of my Cuba and Venezuela film and discussion groups, I mentioned that Cuba has an exceptionally low HIV rate of only.1 percent--that is point one percent--of the sexually active population. This is six times lower than the U.S. and an extreme exception to the high HIV rate in the Caribbean and all of Latin America. One person in the group, a nurse, stated that HIV does not cause AIDS and tore apart all of my preconceptions about AIDS. She gave me Maggiore's book, and did I get an education!!! Once I got around to reading it, I could not put it down until I finished it.
I wondered why African countries, which have poor access to AIDS drugs, has such a high AIDS rate and why Cuba, which has AIDS drugs (ones they have to develop and produce on their own, as the US blockade prevents AIDS drugs being sold to Cuba) has such a low rate. After reading Maggiore's book, I discovered the real reasons for "AIDS" diagnosis.
In Africa there is poor access to healthcare; there is not enough nutritional food; and, much of the water is privatized, which limits the poor's access to clean water. Africa, first of all, uses only four clinical symptoms--diarrhea, fever, persistent cough and weight loss of more than 10%--and does not often require an HIV test (which most likely is a good thing). The symptoms for AIDS are identical to those conditions which are rampart in Africa--such as malaria, tuberculosis, parasitic infections, malnutrition and unsanitary drinking and bathing water. As Maggiore states, "poverty is the real culprit here."
Cuba, on the other hand, has a world-acclaimed universal health-care plan; makes efforts to ensure nutritional requirements are met, which means immunity to diseases/illnesses is better; and, has a very good public water system, so the people are not subjected to contaminated water. Also, Cuba puts great emphasis on prevention via education. Thus, Cubans, as opposed to other third-world countries, is much less likely to develop diseases/illnesses/conditions that could easily be diagnosed as HIV and developing into AIDS. Remember AIDS is not new and not a disease--but a collection of 29 familiar illnesses and conditions. After reading this book, instead of praising Cuba for its development of AIDS drugs, I am hoping they use them less and also read the book, which I have sent the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C.
Just think: If much of the HIV/AIDS "problem" could be solved by the wealthy countries providing nutritional food and good, clean, public-supported water to the poor in third-world countries (including the third-world part of the U.S.), the U.S. and other wealthy countries would have to forego their excuses of not being able to help the poor in these countries to have healthier lives without diseases/illnesses/conditions that could easily be treated. Just think what a drain this would be on the pharmaceutical profits? Just think how much power this would take away from the wealthy countries' control of the third-world countries.
You may or may not agree with what Maggiore states in her book, and you may or may not come to the same conclusions I have; yet, this definitely is a book that everyone who is concerned about AIDS, especially public health officials, needs to read and encourage others to read.
Peace, hope, justice for ALL
Joan Malerich

Funny despite the melanin-challenged Christ in the toon. Found on BartCop Dec. 2

RollingStone.com: Notorious B.I.G. : The Unsolved Mystery of the Notorious B.I.G : News

"...For months, Los Angeles' most prominent political figures and police officials, along with the city's most influential media, had been insisting that this legal claim by B.I.G.'s family was nothing more than a nuisance suit, based on an outlandish conspiracy theory that attempted to tie a group of LAPD officers -- affiliated with Suge Knight's Death Row Records and the Bloods gang -- to not only the murders of B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, but also to the origins of the biggest police-corruption case in Los Angeles history, the so-called Rampart scandal. Yet here was one of the most respected district court judges in Southern California declaring in open court that the LAPD's lead investigator on the B.I.G. murder case for the past six years had deliberately concealed hundreds of pages of documents. The contents of these pages not only supported the conspiracy theory, but also implicated the central figure in the Rampart scandal -- the disgraced detective who was the source of the whole sorry, sordid affair -- as one of those involved in the rapper's death..."


As more attention is paid to the MSM's complicity in fabricating justifications for the war in Iraq, other details emerge about their roles in cases such as this one. We found it on BartCop.com and followed the link here to RS.

Once in a while a useful piece of information may still emerge from the otherwise totally corrupt mainstream media:

RollingStone.com: Notorious B.I.G. : The Unsolved Mystery of the Notorious B.I.G : News

allAfrica.com: Uganda: Uganda: LRA Rebels Ask for Peace Talks With Government

Children are the biggest victims of this war. Look for the upcoming documentary "The Lost Children of Uganda," coming soon, a US production. I had the honor of viewing an early draft of the film last winter.

allAfrica.com: Uganda: Uganda: LRA Rebels Ask for Peace Talks With Government

In C.I.A. Leak, More Talks With Journalists - New York Times

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Left Coaster: Niger forgeries update

The Left Coaster: Niger forgeries update

Exhibit Marks 50th Anniversary Of Montgomery Bus Boycott

Exhibit Marks 50th Anniversary Of Montgomery Bus Boycott

AOL News - Joe Jones, R&B singer and advocate for black artists' rights, dies

Was B.B. King's big band leader.AOL News - Joe Jones, R&B singer and advocate for black artists' rights, dies

CNN.com - Black woman may be appointed to Senate - Dec 1, 2005

CNN.com - Black woman may be appointed to Senate - Dec 1, 2005

Transit authority reserves seats to honor Rosa Parks - PittsburghLIVE.com

Transit authority reserves seats to honor Rosa Parks - PittsburghLIVE.com

YO! Youth Outlook

Katrina: Behind racist lines

YO! Youth Outlook

World Can't Wait | Drive Out the Bush Regime

Hampton University students face expulsion for protesting the Bush Administration

World Can't Wait | Drive Out the Bush Regime

The VP for student affairs is Dr. Bennie McMorris, at 757-727-5264 or bennie.mcmorris@hamptonu.edu....

The Black Commentator - Cover Story: Obama Mouths Mush on War

The Black Commentator - Cover Story: Obama Mouths Mush on War:

"U.S. Senator Barack Obama has planted his feet deeply inside the Iraq war-prolongation camp of the Democratic Party, the great swamp that, if not drained, will swallow up any hope of victory over the GOP in next year's congressional elections. In a masterpiece of double-speak before the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, November 22, the Black Illinois lawmaker managed to out-mush-mouth Sen. John Kerry - a prodigious feat, indeed."

t r u t h o u t - Wilkerson Continues Assault on Bush, Cheney

...but what about the former general who sat before the UN -- with a straight face -- and relayed those lies to world?

"A top aide of former Sec. of State Colin Powell said Monday that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees arose from White House and Pentagon officials who argued (whoa! --exasperation mine) that 'the President of the United States is all powerful' and the Geneva Conventions irrelevant.


t r u t h o u t - Wilkerson Continues Assault on Bush, Cheney

.