Thursday, December 20, 2007

BBC NEWS | Americas | New Orleans approves demolitions

Raw Story Video: NO Police bash protesters with fists, tasers and pepper spray

Lakota secede from US treaties

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull must be proud right now.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Ethiopia PM attacks UN on Somalia

"The UN now says persistent fighting between insurgents and Ethiopian-backed forces in Mogadishu has created Africa's worst humanitarian crisis."

The Congo and Darfur, Sudan notwithstanding."

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Africa and Cuba celebrate 30 years of Friendship Association

Cuba and Africa Mark 30th Anniversary of Friendship Association

Havana, Dec 17 (acn) The 30th anniversary of the creation of the
Cuba-Africa Friendship Association was commemorated last Saturday at
the venue of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP) in Havana.

During the ceremony, the ambassador of Congo in Cuba, Pascal Onguembyi,
thanked the Cuban people and government for their permanent solidarity
with the African people in all sectors.

He stressed the Cuban contribution to the independence of countries
such as Angola, Ethiopia, Namibia, Guinea Bissau, South Africa and
as well as the presence of Cuban internationalists in some of
those nations to fight against the discriminatory regime of the

Onguembyi said that scientific cooperation has an important place in
this assistance. As a result, he noted, more than 5,850 people from
several African countries have received scientific and technical
training in various sectors on the island.

He added that sectors such as health, education, sports and agriculture
have also received the benefits of this cooperation.

The African diplomat recalled that Cuban doctors and other health
personnel making their contribution in Africa have performed more than
1.5 million operations and have treated more than 36 million patients
in that continent.

Today's Keystone Cop moment

Tualatin Man Accidentally Shoots, Kills Wife - News Story - KPTV Portland

Black Farmers May Get Boost in Farm Bill | World Latest | Guardian Unlimited

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sexual Violence Legislative Watch and Alert Center

Urgent action alert!

The US HOuse of Representatives will vote on compromise year-end funding bill, including VAWA and VOCA funding, on Tuesday, December 11 -- Senate votes later in the week.

Call your elected representative regardless of how lame they most likely are. - Police Leader: RNC Protesters Won't Be Caged - Police Leader: RNC Protesters Won't Be Caged...

...probably get shot instead.

RSS: Revealed: Dr. Watson who sparked racism row has black genes

Case #65 for impeachment

VOA News - White House Says No Further Comment on Destroyed CIA Videotapes

Unfit To Serve -- Eight minute video commentary by Keith Olbermann

Unfit To Serve

David Lynch on 9/11

Atlantic Free Press - Hard Truths for Hard Times - Diagnosing the Chavez Referendum Defeat

Atlantic Free Press - Hard Truths for Hard Times - Diagnosing the Chavez Referendum Defeat

Tutu states the obvious

U.S. and British policies like apartheid-era government: Tutu - Yahoo! News

France to compensate thousands of Algerian vets who fought against their own for colonial rule

Guardian Weekly > Politics > Bolivia's African king

Guardian Weekly > Politics > Bolivia's African king

Mumia Abu-Jamal Press Packet

Dear Anchors and Producers at The Today Show:

The letter by the Journalists for Mumia and other many groups supporting justice for Mumia is below. This is an excellent letter that presents truth and reality and provides informative links. However, there are a few additional issues I wish to address for your and Maureen Faulkner's consideration.

I have great sympathy for Maureen Faulkner losing her husband, especially to violence. I can only imagine her tragic suffering. Yet, I would hope that her suffering would motivate her to search for truth and reality. I would hope that her suffering would not blind her to the suffering of others who have endured injustice. I would hope that her suffering would enable her to reach into the deepest crevices of her soul and drive her to seek justice for all, including Mumia's family who have suffered greatly.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Faulkner seems content to dwell in a small world of self pity instead of searching for truth. The mainstream media seems only too willing to allow her to do this. This does her no good, and it does not serve the memory nor the honor of her deceased husband. Wouldn't her husband's wish be that she seek his true murderer? Wouldn't Mrs. Faulkner realize this if she truly wanted to see the real murderer punished? There is overwhelming evidence that Mumia did NOT kill her husband. Much of that evidence is mentioned in the letter below and is completely accessible to Mrs. Faulkner, as it is to you.

I can understand why Mrs. Faulkner might live in fear of her husband's fellow police officers and how they might have threatened her and/or manipulated her with deception and lies. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is well known for its corruption and its violence. If you have done your research, you know this. There is some indication that Officer Faulkner was reporting FOP corruption to higher authorities. If that were true, the FOP would not be his friend, but his enemy--and a very formidable enemy. As Robert Wells reported in a Counterpunch article, September 30, 2006 (

"When Officer Daniel Faulkner was killed in 1981, three simultaneous FBI investigations into the Philadelphia police were taking place, one focused specifically on the Center City division. When the indictments came down, it was the biggest police corruption case in the history of the nation to that time. In the same year that Mumia was convicted more than thirty policemen from the Center City division went to prison, including a Deputy Commissioner, division commanders, Captains, Inspectors, Lieutenants, Sergeants, and rank-and-file officers. A third of these officers were involved in Mumia's arrest and prosecution. The Inspector who supervised Mumia's arrest was never called to testify at the trial; the day after Mumia was convicted he resigned from the department and was subsequently indicted and convicted for corruption."

Why are the FOP policemen so desperate that they have to threaten Mumia supporters? For example, last April 24, at a Free Mumia rally, the police used illegal threats against various important speakers and organizers? ( Betsey Piette

"Police first targeted the Clef Club-- an African-American jazz club that receives public funding-- and forced it to cancel its contract to host the Mumia event. However, the Third World Coalition at the American Friends Service Center stepped up and provided an alternative meeting space.

"The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) put pressure on invited speakers, including actor/activist Danny Glover and Delacy Davis, founder of Black Cops Against Police Brutality, who told the rally he had received over 20 death threats from Philadelphia police officers in the last few weeks. Glover and Davis also spoke at a press conference prior to the evening rally.

"Pam Africa, head of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, says that when all this couldn't stop the rally from taking place, she was informed by the head of police Civil Affairs Unit that '400 plain-clothed police carrying weapons' would march on the Friends Center to 'confront' the rally."

Why would the FOP be so violently threatening? Why are they so afraid of the truth? Why is Maureen Faulker so afraid of the truth?

Irresponsible Journalism : Strib coverage of Hormel's 'mystery infection' in Austin MN

The MN mainstream press gets a reaming here from a local resident who sheds light on the Jim Crow style working conditions for low wage workers at this aforementioned pork processing plant.

HUD Sends New Orleans Bulldozers and $400,000 Apartments for the Holidays

 On the 12th day before Christmas, the US Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) is planning to unleash teams of bulldozers to
demolish thousands of low-income apartments in New Orleans.
Katrina causing the worst affordable housing crisis since the Civil
HUD is spending $762 million in taxpayer funds to tear down over
4,600 public housing subsidized apartments and replace them with 744
similarly subsidized units
- an 82 percent reduction. HUD is in charge
and one HUD employee makes all the local housing authority decisions.
HUD took over the local housing authority years ago - all decisions are
made in Washington, DC. HUD plans to build an additional 1,000 market
rate and tax credit units - which will still result in a net loss of
2,700 apartments to New Orleans - the remaining new apartments will
cost an average of over $400,000 each!

Affordable housing is at a critical point along the Gulf Coast. Over
50,000 families still living in tiny FEMA trailers are being systematically
forced out. Over 90,000 homeowners in Louisiana are still waiting to receive
federal recovery funds
from the Road Home. In New Orleans, hundreds of the
estimated 12,000 homeless have taken up residence in small tents across the
street from City Hall and under the I-10.

In Mississippi, poor and working people are being displaced along the
coast to allow casinos to expand and develop shipping and other commercial
Two dozen ministers criticized the exclusion of renters and
low-income homeowners from post-Katrina assistance: "Sadly we must now bear
witness to the reality that our Recovery Effort has failed to include a
place at the table ... for our poor and vulnerable..."

L.A's homeless targeted for abuse

12/7/07 Bob Herbert: Now an forever

CIA destroyed video of 'waterboarding' al-Qaida detainees

An Alleged "Two Party System"

Dems and Republicans (Dempublicans?) loot treasury of $2 billion every ten days for war profiteers.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Black Commentator - State of the Ghetto Address -- includes mp3 audio

The Black Commentator - November 29, 2007 - Issue 255

Franz Fanon page

"To take part in the African revolution it is not enough to write a revolutionary song; you must fashion the revolution with the people. And if you fashion it with the people, the songs will come by themselves and of themselves."
Franz Fanon

Report probes New Orleans hospital deaths -

Report probes New Orleans hospital deaths -

This report proves that medical staff at Memorial Hospital committed homicide: far down in the article the deaths of three patients who were "alert and responsive" before being given lethal injections.

The Vortex: The concentrated racial impact of drug imprisonment and the characteristics of punitive counties

Monday, December 03, 2007 - 5 Mpls. Officers File Suit Against City, Chief - 5 Mpls. Officers File Suit Against City, Chief

The MPD has consistently, in my 13 years in Minneapolis, mirrored the state as a whole in its disdain for persons and leaders of color. Minnesota is only a 'blue state' during the winter months.

Put them in federal receivership!

Venezuelans reject Chavez's constitutional reforms