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Apartheid in Israel
A small delegation of African Americans traveled through Israel and Palestine to get a firsthand look at the daily lives of Palestinians. What they saw--apartheid-like and Jim Crow-era conditions for Palestinians--shocked and angered them.

Mar 30, 2014, 17:23

The Pope Slams Capitalism
And More 411--Diaspora: U.S. Airlifts African Troops into the Central African Republic..CBS News Correspondent, Producer Forced to Take Leave over Benghazi Report..The Pope Slams "Idolatry of Money" But Opposes Shift on Women, Abortion..French Study: Arafat Wasn’t Poisoned..Venezuelan Gov’t Bests Opposition in Local Races..CARICOM Urges Dominican Republic to Repeal Denial of Citizenship to Haitians..Cuba Halts Consular Services in the U.S.

Dec 27, 2013, 22:47

The Mandela Legacy
Photo by Chester Higgins. All Rights Reserved
And More 411: Nelson Mandela Madiba laid to rest in home village..African-American workers at Polaroid in Massachusetts helped launch the divestment movement against apartheid South Africa in the early 1970s..How the CIA helped the South African government track down and capture Mandela in 1962..The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa...

Dec 27, 2013, 21:36

The Chavez Legacy
Hugo Chaxez turned back the colonial legacy of Latin American White minority rule and rampant racism.
The unstated subtext in Venezuela is the role of race and identity. For the White upper class, which controls the press, Chavez is a "mico mono," a long tailed monkey, a reference to his African heritage. In reality, Chavez has African, Indian, and European heritage, was elected eight times by Venezuela's poor, and is practicante de la religion Yoruba. Dispatches from a Black perspective on AfroCuba.Web

Mar 11, 2013, 23:26

Welcome to the Asylum
Collecting scraps from a garbage dump in Hyderabad, India, AP, Mahesh Kumar A.
A society that loses the capacity for the sacred, that lacks the power of human imagination, that cannot practice empathy, ultimately ensures its own destruction. The Native Americans understood there are powers and forces we can never control and must honor.
By Chris Hedges

Jun 7, 2012, 15:45

To Cook A Continent
Nnimmo Bassey
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in South Africa, an interview with Nnimmo Bassey, author of the new book, To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and Climate Crisis in Africa. "For every one-degree Celsius change in temperature, Africa is impacted at a heightened level," Bassey says. From Democracy Now

Dec 6, 2011, 12:48

The Murder of Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
Ousted Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was reported dead early Thursday, Oct. 20, outside his hometown of Sirte, eight months after the first protests erupted against his longtime rule and after NATO entered the ensuing civil war on the side of rebels opposed to his regime. Gaddafi was reportedly shot dead after his convoy was bombed in a NATO air strike. WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES

Oct 20, 2011, 12:30

Wars and Revolutions
As NATO targets Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the cover story, that its bombastic efforts are designed to 'protect civilians', is wearing exceedingly thin.
By Mumia Abu-Jamal

Jul 1, 2011, 10:19

Libya: 'Purging Black Skin'
Rebels, with the help of NATO bombs and missiles, drove out Misrata's Black population.
The "rebels" in Misrata in Libya have driven out the entire Black population of the city, according to a chilling story in The Wall Street Journal. According to The Journal's article, the "rebels" refer to themselves as "the brigade for purging slaves, black skin."
From Black Star News

Jun 24, 2011, 12:16

As the Arab Spring moves into the Arab Summer, the forces of the distant colonial past arise, like vampires from their crypts, seeking something to feed upon.
By Mumia Abu-Jamal

Jun 17, 2011, 12:42

"Shift The Power"
Van Jones addresses Power Shift 2011
Van Jones, Obama’s Ex-Green Jobs Czar, addressed thousands in Washington, DC recently for the Power Shift 2011 Conference, which mobilized around climate change: "We act shocked when, having pulled death out of the ground and burned it—we act shocked when we get death from our skies in the form of global warming and death on our oceans in the form of oil spills and death in our children’s lungs in the form of asthma and cancer."

May 3, 2011, 14:14

Osama Is Dead, Now What?
In spite of bin Ladin's murder, violence, war, and terrorism are not over, not by a long stretch. None of that will end until we help to make those things end.
By Kevin Powell

May 2, 2011, 13:42

Aristide Lands in Haiti
Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide holds press conference at airport upon returning to Haiti.
Defying pressure from the Obama Administration, the former president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has landed in Haiti after a seven-year exile.

Mar 18, 2011, 13:25

Bombing His Own People?
As pro and anti-government forces battle in the cities and deserts of Libya, in North Africa, the tone of U.S./Western reporting puts the lie to the often heard claim of journalistic objectivity.
By Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mar 15, 2011, 14:40

Egypt, Haiti and Beyond
Two Million March in Day of Departure Rally in Egypt...McCain Compares Arab Pro-Democracy Movement to a "Virus"...Palestinian Authority Shuts Down Pro-Egyptian Protest...Haiti Offers Diplomatic Passport to Ousted President Aristide...Report: Iraqi Forces Operating Secret Prison in Baghdad. AND MORE! Check the news!

Feb 4, 2011, 16:45

Israel Gone Wild
Framing the narrative: Israeli commandos seize videotape and equipment from journalists after deadly raid. Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas retires after Israel remarks. Israel seizes another Gaza-bound aid boat. Israel rejects call for international probe into attack on Gaza flotilla. Passenger: Israeli troops fired at unarmed passengers, ignored SOS calls. Israeli Military Retracts Claim Passengers "Al Qaeda Mercenaries." Swedish Dockers Boycott Israeli Goods, Ships in Flotilla Protest. Report: Israel had assassination list. Tristan Anderson returns home to California after Israel attack. NPT signatories call on Israel to open nuclear sites. AND MORE...

Jun 10, 2010, 12:17

Ticking Time Bombs
While corporate media types mock the tea parties, they miss the deeper flood of fear -- driven by economic experiences -- that pervades the land, feeding rivers and tributaries of racism, xenophobia, paranoia and hatred.
By Mumia Abu-Jamal

May 13, 2010, 12:16

Venezuela Is Not Greece
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela
Contrary to popular media spin, the idea that Venezuela is facing an "economic crisis" is simply wrong.
By Mark Weisbrot

May 7, 2010, 11:18

When Empires End
Powerful empires can fall with amazing rapidity, often in the space of a lifetime - or even less.
By Mumia Abu-Jamal

Apr 16, 2010, 11:24

How Wars Are Made
What is the purpose of Hillary Clinton's recent speech about Iran? The most obvious conclusion is that it is to promote conflict, and to convince Americans that Iran is an actual threat to their security.
By Mark Weisbrot

Feb 22, 2010, 10:43

Haiti Holds Day of Mourning
Haitians hold day of mourning one month after earthquake. Study: Haiti damage could top $13.2B. Haitian president: it will take three years to remove rubble. Second major rainfall since quake hits the country. UN launches record $1.4B appeal. UN relief coordinator “disappointed” in Haiti response. 8 missionaries freed, return to US. Check all the Haiti news.

Feb 19, 2010, 13:59

Haiti: Death Toll Rises; Rainy Season Approaches
Death toll revised to 230,000. Rainy season approaches. US sets May 1 target for shelter, long after rainy season begins. Judge calls for release of detained missionaries. women protest lack of aid. US firms lobby for reconstruction deals.

Feb 12, 2010, 13:09

More Than 200,000 Dead
Haiti confirms toll of over 200,000. Also,1M earthquake survivors lack food aid. One million remain homeless in Haiti. US missionaries charged with kidnapping Haitian children. G7 nations pledge to forgive Haiti’s debt. Clinton to coordinate Haiti relief for UN. Plus: links to organizations continuing to aid Haitians.

Feb 8, 2010, 15:17

Haiti: Evacuations Continue, Flights of Children Scrutinized
US resumes Haiti medical evacuations after cost dispute. 10 US Baptist missionaries arrested for trying to smuggle out Haitian children. Report: US military spending in Haiti more than triple Assistance to Haitian gov’t. Survivor found beneath rubble after 15 days

Feb 2, 2010, 12:46

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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

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