Friday, September 30, 2005
See also: "Ex-Chad Dictator Indicted in Belgium"
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez: "They protect him (Luis Posada Carriles) and besides allege, in a cynical way, that they're protecting him against Venezuela because Venezuela is going to torture him. That's to say, the government of the United States is protecting the number one torturer in the history of Latin America, the Bin Laden of Latin America."
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
'The G8, the Bank and the Fund have forgotten about the more than 100 other poor countries that urgently need their debts cancelled. For them the deal brings disappointment with perhaps a glimmer of hope of further action following this precedent.'
"Christian Aid's new report, 'What About Us: Debt and the Countries the G8 Left Behind', unveils the stark truth about the debt deal which leaves 19 out of every 20 people in the developing world mired in debt."
Read Christian Aid's full report here.
See also "NGOs Welcome Debt Deal With Caution": "The World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have endorsed a deal to cancel $42.5 billion owed by 18 poor countries, but debt cancellation campaigners have criticised the list of beneficiaries as being 'too small'."
Visit Jubilee USA Network for more information on cutting Original World "debt" (although almost no one ever discusses the massive debt, in the trillions of dollars, of the Thief World debt owed to the Original World... but at least N'COBRA does).
"'Ask why these people treat the entire African continent as just one country. If they hear that people are fighting in one country, they think that the entire continent is at war. If they hear that people are starving, they generalise the whole situation,' said Kiboro. He singled out CNN for giving little airtime on the positive image of Africa, but also blamed the African journalists for lack of objective reporting in regard to the continent.
"'The media in Africa has much to be blamed for the current state of affairs vis-à-vis tainting a negative image on Africa. There lacks a link on what the media reports and what is really on the ground,' he said."
This Saturday, athletes from across the Afrikan continent will be competing a race of some of the world’s finest half-marathon runners. Some have already arrived, and the rest will be arriving tomorrow and Friday, from Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Niger, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
If you’d like to be on-hand to give a great big E-Town welcome to these athletes in preparation of cheering them on this Saturday, please call Mekonnen at 719-8750 or Nyambura 420-6832 for more information.
The Marathon starts this Saturday at Hawrelak Park. The Men’s race begins at 11:30 AM, and the women’s at 1:00 PM. Entry to Hawrelak Park is free. You can catch an ETS shuttle from the University bus loop or the University Stadium Parkade. There’ll be celebration with drumming for all all Athletes 6 pm Saturday at the Shaw Conference Centre. For more information, visit
Friday, September 23, 2005
Nigeria, that bastion of ecological purity, economic development benefitting its citizens and democratic dynamism, has deployed naval vessels to protect the oil industry.
May the ghost of Ken Saro-Wiwa haunt the Nigerian military and Big Oil forever.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
In 1965 he was born Laurence Krishna Parker, son of a West Indian immigrant to the United States. He gave himself many names: The Teacher, Blastmaster, Metaphysician. With social worker and DJ Scott LaRock, he co-founded the South Bronx hip hop group BDP--Boogie Down Productions--and began a public life that spawned hip hop’s Stop the Violence movement, cultural theory of hip hop, political consciousness-raising and mystical expression. Most long-time fans of hip hop regard him as one of the music’s finest and most influential emcees ever. That man is KRS-One.
Having released at least fourteen full-length albums including the debut Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary, Edutainment, I Got Next and Keep Right, KRS-One has been a busy man in the history of hip hop music, and with ally Public Enemy helping to usher in the golden age of politically conscious and Africentric hip hop which fed and was fed by the rise of Spike Lee and the breakout of Black movie-making in the United States. But after 1991, political hip hop began to be eclipsed by the rise of NWA and gangsta rap. Within a few years, socially-conscious hip hop had all but disappeared.
Yet KRS-One stayed the course, releasing the final BDP album Sex and Violence which exhorted the criminal element to invest their profits so as to go straight and uplift their communities, and the album I Got Next whose song “A Friend” was an introspective look at a man sometimes dismissed as hip hop’s biggest ego. Surprising many fans, KRS-One released a gospel/hip hop album after converting to Christianity, a religion he had previously denounced with the phrase “If your slave master wasn’t a Christian, you wouldn’t be a Christian.” Despite that shift, Kris continues to espouse astrological, mystical and what he calls “metaphysical philosophies,” which sometimes seem to go against his earlier pan-Africanism and present Christianity.
Tune in tonight at 6 PM Mountain Time on CJSR-FM 88, or link via the web at cjsr.com or through THE BRO-LOG.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Thanks to The Timbuktu Chronicles for this link.
"In the waiting area of a large office complex in Accra, Ghana, it's standing room only as citizens with bundles of cash line up to buy shares of a mutual fund that has yielded an average 60 percent annually for the past seven years. They're entrusting their hard-earned cash to a local company called Databank, which invests in stock markets in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana and Kenya that consistently rank among the world's top growth markets....
"...The Ghana Stock Exchange regularly tops the list of the world's highest-performing stock markets. Botswana, with its A+ credit rating, boasts one of the highest per capita government savings rates in the world, topped only by Singapore and a handful of other fiscally prudent nations. Cell phones are making phenomenal profits on the continent. Brand-name companies like Coca-Cola, GM, Caterpillar and Citibank have invested in Africa for years and are quite bullish on the future.
"The failure to show this side of Africa creates a one-dimensional caricature of a complex continent. Imagine if 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and school shootings were all that the rest of the world knew about America."
TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME:
Malik Rahim, former member of the Black Panther Party and a former Green Party candidate in the United States, speaks from New Orleans about the lack of government assistance to those devastated by Hurricane Katrina. We'll also hear about the deployment and deputising by American government officials of one of the most feared groups of trained killers on the planet to police New Orleans.
In the second half of tonight’s show, we’ll hear all about how you can get involved with an exciting independent media, activism and fair-trade fair and film fest in E-Town, called the North of Nowhere Expo, beginning this Friday.
Tune in live here, and archived here.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Since most of the people affected are American Afrikans, how about donating to community groups directly? Here's a list compiled by Kevin Powell.
Doug Ireland writes: "Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, the AFSC won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for its work with World War II refugees--especially prisoners liberated from Nazi concentration camps --and its opposition to nuclear weapons. It's still Quaker-run, and its sterling history of agitation and education for peace is matched by its long record, for nearly a century, of effective, on-the-ground service to victims of warand famine, and to the impoverished both here and abroad. (The AFSC also has an extensive LGBT program.) A gift to the AFSC won't be wasted." So you can also help by donating through the Quakers.
For the record, someone on Dissident Voice.org says "Kanye West is My Hero."
And check out these stories on Democracy Now!
Hours After Hurricane Struck Gulf, FEMA Requested Help
300,000 Louisiana Households Seek FEMA Help With Housing
Toxic Water Being Pumped Back Into River & Lake
Reports of Violence in Superdome Remain Unconfirmed
Navy Pilots Reprimanded For Saving 100 Hurricane Victims
New Orleans Police Accused of Beating/Detaining Reporters
Meanwhile, "Facing international pressure over a Lebanese assassination investigation and a possible US snub, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has decided not to attend the world summit at UN headquarters in New York next week."
"...According to B'tselem, 3269 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army and paramilitary Jewish settlers since September 2000. About 1700 or just over half of these are believed to have been civilians, including 654 children."
It's the old good news/bad news: good that there are crusading Israelis who give a damn about justice for aboriginal people and will let the chips fall where they may... bad that they have to.
I wish that Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tibet, Chad, and dozens of other countries had their own version of B'tselem which could operate without fear of reprisal.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Condoleezza buys "several thousand dollars' worth of shoes" while Black people drown by the thousands
"...Rice went shopping at Ferragamo on Fifth Ave. According to the Web site gawker.com, the 50-year-old bought 'several thousand dollars' worth of shoes' at the pricey leather-goods boutique. A fellow shopper shouted, "How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!" - presumably referring to Louisiana and Mississippi."
People, people, get a grip! Must we all be "haters"? Why can't people just leave this poor, over-worked woman alone? All she wants to do is make her syrup and bring joy to certain people in the United States. All she wants to do is love her husband, President Bush.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Rapper Kanye West declares during live relief benefit: "George Bush doesn't care about Black people"
According to Billboard, Rapper Kanye West announced during a live-broadcast hurricane-relief event: "'George Bush doesn't care about Black people' and said America is set up 'to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible.'" He'd begun his remarks by saying, "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a Black family, it says they're looting. See a White family, it says they're looking for food."
See below for details on how to donate to relief efforts.
Friday, September 02, 2005
But that same money can help save lives right here in the worst disaster in North America in a decade.
Please be generous.
Donate to the Red Cross here.
More details on other ways to donate here.
Meanwhile, check out "The 'black tsunami' sparks fury" and listen to New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin lash out at U.S. officials.
Also: "Israeli Arabs shot dead are not considered terrorism victims because their killer was Jewish, [Israel's] defence ministry says."
"The victims, they note, were largely black and poor, those who toiled in the background of the tourist havens, living in tumbledown neighborhoods that were long known to be vulnerable to disaster if the levees failed. Without so much as a car or bus fare to escape ahead of time, they found themselves left behind by a failure to plan for their rescue should the dreaded day ever arrive."
Democracy Now! headlines:
"Scope of Destruction Much Worse Than 9/11"
"Top City Official Blasts FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency): 'This Is A National Disgrace'"
"No FEMA Officials Reported in Mississippi"
"Governor Gives Troops Shoot-to-Kill Orders"
"The state of Mississippi is reporting that there is a 50 mile stretch of coastline where 90 percent of the structures are destroyed."
"The Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Health of Human Services has promised to set up 40 emergency aid stations. As of yesterday only one was open and it was located 80 miles away from New Orleans."
"The White House announced it would have zero tolerance for looters - even for those taking essential items needed to stay alive. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco warned that troops had orders to shoot to kill. She said, "These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well trained, experienced, battle tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets.... These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so...."
Listen or watch here.
Michael Moore writes: "No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing-- NOTHING--to do with this!"
Plus, when it comes to disasters such as this hurricane, some in the corporate media are helping demonstrate that Black people "loot" whereas White people "find food."
Follow-up: Black Informant.com correctly points out that these two by-now infamous captions came from different wire services. All must come correct, dig?
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Click here for a video interview with Farrakhan on the October 16 commemorative march.
Br. Sean Gonsalves writes, "[T]he Bush administration played right into the hands of Osama bin Laden, who was counting on Bush to attack Iraq after 9-11 to remove a secular Arab regime, open the door for an Islamist stronghold, divide the West, and recruit operatives. Stay the course? I bet Osama hopes we do."