Sunday, October 30, 2005

Do you have Global Vision?

GLOBAL VISIONS FILM FESTIVAL
Reviews by Minister Faust


Battleground: 21 Days on the Empire’s Edge.

84 min. Dir. Stephen Marshall. Garneau Theatre. Friday, Nov. 4, 7 pm.

Insightful, must-see interviews with ordinary Iraqis, an Arabic-speaking Asian-American Al-Jazeera reporter (!) and US officers struggling to do right (or are they?) in the midst of US-driven chaos. An African-American tank commander delivers a stunningly eloquent and accurate Marxian analysis of the imperial nature of the US invasion, only to indicate that he backs the aggression because it’s what “his country” needs; an Iraqi translator unloads a torrent of resentment at her country’s conquest; an anti-Hussein former rebel is tearfully reunited after 13 years with his family. A must-see.

Speaking Out: Women of Uganda.

34 min. Dir. Peter Campbell. Garneau Theatre. Saturday, Nov. 5, 3 pm.

Speaking Out is largely interviews with parliamentarians and academics from Uganda and South Africa at a 2002 conference in Kampala, Uganda. While the first half of the film is largely statements of the obvious--that girls and woman deserve opportunities equal to those of boys and men--the second half of the film revels in the intelligence and eloquence of Ugandan high school girls revealing their insights into how to fix the problems of gender discrimination in Uganda and beyond. Several discuss GEM, the international Girls Education Movement, which teaches girls assertiveness for home and school.

Water is Life.

52 min. Kwesi Owusu. Garneau Theatre. Saturday, Nov. 5, 5 pm.

Gorgeous, colour-saturated photography and joyful-melancholy Ghanaian jazz open Water is Life, a discussion of the attack on the planet’s most valuable resource. Solutions-driven, the film includes poignant images such as the spectacular Akosombo Lake, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world, at whose shore a man cleans his SUV, leaving motor oil in water the locals collect for drinking. Newly independent Ghana created ambitious and successful public water programmes, but years of World Bank attacks on social services have meant some families spend as much as 70% of their income on water. The film explores hopeful opportunities Ghanaians are undertaking, especially in the locally-run, communally-operated water distribution in the town of Savelugu. A good optimistic alternative.

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror.

93 min. Campus Centre. Saturday, Nov. 5, 7 pm.

Extensive interviews with relevant experts including Noam Chomsky, the business editor of Jane’s Defense Weekly and the executive director of the neo-con cabal Project for a New American Century, reveal the forgotten backstory of US aggression on Afghanistan and Iraq, from forming and funding the mujahadeen army which would become Al Qaeda to backing the Taliban with cash, weapons and vehicles. The Oil Factor explores the current US occupation, detailing corruption in the no-bid contracts and the total theft (i.e., privatisation) of a country which by the late 1970s had reached a near-European level of development and is now the wild, wild east.

Beyond Treason.

100 min. Dir. William Lewis. Monday, Nov. 7, 9 pm.

In the 14 years of misadventures since Gulf War I, included US bombing in the former Yugoslavia, 250,000 US soldiers out of 690,000 GWI troops have been classified by their Department of Defense as permanently disabled. The leading cause, says the film, is a combination of toxins inhaled in-theatre from destroyed enemy sites (oil, chemical and nuclear), secret guinea pig “inoculations,” and depleted uranium. Despite the lie of searching for WMD, the US made massive use of the lethal radioactive DU artillery which itself constituted mass destruction, since DU kills indiscriminately and will for millennia. While 99% focused on American lies and American loss, the film includes a collage of Iraqi babies born with deformities so severe and disturbing they can only be described as Satanic.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Pure Speculation


I'll be appearing this weekend as Guest of Honour at E-Town's very own Pure Speculation Convention at the Coast Terrace Inn South, which promises to be infinitely better than all those kot-tam "Creation Cons" I attended in my misspent early 20s. Contact these fine folks here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Tonight on The Terrordome: Millions More Movement coverage, part 2
















Tonight on The Terrordome, we’ll hear from Reverend Sharpton, as well as from speakers Ayinde Jean-Baptiste, Ricardo Alarcon (the President of the National Assembly Cuba), PJ Patterson (the PM of Jamaica), and cofounder of the American Indian Movement, Russell Means, plus a tribute to one of the heroes of the American human rights struggle, Sister Rosa Parks. All that, and music from around the Afrikan planet, 6 pm Mountain Time tonight on CJSR FM88.5 and cjsr.com for The Terrordome: The Afrika All-World News Service.




Tuesday, October 25, 2005

It's time to tell the truth about Rosa Parks


The Rosa Parks of "liberal" news reporting is always the same, even at the hour of her death: she was a woman who was tired and didn't feel like giving up her seat to a Euro-American on the segregated bus.

But the real Rosa Parks wasn't merely some weary loner. She was a seasoned activist who'd spent twelve years helping lead her local NAACP chapter, and the summer before her protest "Parks had attended a 10-day training session at Tennessee's labor and civil rights organizing school, the Highlander Center, where she'd met an older generation of civil rights activists and discussed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision banning ''separate but equal'' schools. In other words, Parks didn't come out of nowhere. She didn't single-handedly give birth to the civil rights efforts. Instead, she was part of an existing movement for change at a time when success was far from certain."

Most discussion of Rosa Parks, including that on the CBC news site, focuses on other aspects of her life and almost entirely or completely excludes her activist theory and experience. But that's "burying the lead," as they say--eliminating the key difference between a random act leading to enormous victory (impossible to recreate) and dedicated action (with severe consequences for Parks) as part of a larger career of social justice inside a revolutionary culture.

Listen to champion activist Sister Rosa here, and hear a discussion of her by US Congressman John Conyers here. For a fine list of links on the US HUMAN RIGHTS (quit calling it "civil rights" struggle when we're dealing with--among other things--lynching!) STRUGGLE, go here.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Rwanda's "Genocide Mastermind" Begins Testifying


"Col. Theoneste Bagosora, 64, denied that he masterminded the killings in Rwanda, which claimed the lives some 937,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. 'The accusation that I masterminded the killings is malicious,' Bagosora told a fully packed courtroom" in Arusha.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Live from the Millions More Movement march in Washington DC


It’s a new millennium. It began with what may have been a stolen election in the mightiest country on Earth; it trundled forth on roads lubricated with blood before it descended into rumours of plagues, catastrophic storms and earthquakes, and international pillage powered by mortar shells and stealth bombers. Ten years ago last weekend, millennium minus five, I stood shoulder to shoulder with a million African men at the centre of global power. And last weekend, I returned for a reunion of sorts, a look back and a launching forward, a commemoration of the Million Man March and a call to action to hold back the night by stealing back fire from false gods.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Why is a White NY "rapper" throwing all-White "Kill Whitey" parties?

The answer to that question is depressing. Read Michelle Garcia's article here.

Min. Farrakhan & the Million Man March II - from Amiri Baraka's and from a progressive Jewish perspective


Br. Amiri Baraka, the famed playwright, poet and Africentric activist, writes of the need to establish in the US a functional, powerful, Afrikan "Left Caucus" in the wake of the Millions More Movement march scheduled for next Saturday, Oct. 15 in Washington DC (ten-year anniversary of the MMM), . I couldn't agree more, Br. Amiri.

Meanwhile, Lenni Brenner, in a fascinating discussion in Counterpunch, discusses Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Millions More Movement march, opposition to Zionism, advocacy of Afrika and a host of other issues.

The man gives a fairly balanced accounting. People who hate Farrakhan without knowing anything of him except the propaganda against him should give the article a reading. There are a few errors of fact, exaggerations and noteworthy omissions, but I'd definitely give the article a B+.

For an excellent discussion of Farrakhan and the NOI, from a surprisingly fresh perspective, see the book by Scandinavian professor Mattias Gardell, In the Name of Elijah Muhammad: Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.




"The Bill Gates of Nigeria"


Bill Clinton compared Br. Philip Emeagwali to Bill Gates. He's a Nigerian computer genius who "won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for his work with massively parallel computers. He programmed the Connection Machine to compute a world record 3.1 billion calculations per second using 65,536 processors to simulate oil reservoirs. With over 41 inventions submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Philip Emeagwali is making big waves in the supercomputer industry, amazing achievements only surpassed by an even more amazing life."

The Brother also, as we used to say, comes correct. Listen to an essay he published in The Black Commentator: "George Bush understood Hollywood was a propaganda machine that could be used in his war against terrorism. Shortly after the 9/11 bombing of New York City, Bush invited Hollywood moguls to the White House and solicited their support in his war against terrorism.

"Some will even argue that schools play a significant role as federal indoctrination centers used to convince children during their formative years that whites are superior to other races. Fela Kuti, who detested indoctrination, titled one of his musical albums Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense.

"It scares me that an entire generation of African children is growing up brainwashed by Hollywood’s interpretation and promotion of American heroes. Our children are growing up idolizing American heroes with whom they cannot personally identify.

"We need to tell our children our own stories from our own perspective. We need to decolonize our thinking and examine the underlying truths in more than just movies. We need to apply the same principles to history and science, as depicted in textbooks.

"Look at African science stories that were retold by European historians; they were re-centered around Europe. The earliest pioneers of science lived in Africa, but European historians relocated them to Greece.

"Science and technology are gifts ancient Africa gave to our modern world. Yet, our history and science textbooks, for example, have ignored the contributions of Imhotep, the father of medicine and designer of one of the ancient pyramids....


[D]iscussions of globalization should credit those Africans who left the continent and helped build other nations throughout the world – most nations on Earth....

"The contributions of Africans to Russia must be reclaimed. Russia's most celebrated author, A.S.(Aleksandr Sergeyevich) Pushkin, told us he was of African descent. Pushkin’s great-grandfather was brought to Russia as a slave. Russians proclaim Pushkin as their “national poet,” the “patriarch of Russian literature” and the “Father of the Russian language.” In essence, Pushkin is to Russia what Shakespeare is to Britain. Yet Africans who have read the complete works of Shakespeare are not likely to have read a single book by Pushkin....

I learned that if you want success badly enough and believe in yourself, then you can attain your goals and become anything you want in life. The greatest challenge in your life is to look deep within yourself to see the greatness that is inside you, and those around you.

"The history books may deprive African children of the heroes with whom they can identify, but in striving for your own goals, you can become that hero for them – and your own hero, too.

"I once believed my supercomputer discovery was more important than the journey that got me there. I now understand the journey to discovery is more important than the discovery itself; that the journey also requires a belief in your own abilities.

"I learned that no matter how often you fall down, or how hard you fall down, what is most important is that you rise up and continue until you reach your goal.

"It’s true, some heroes are never recognized, but what’s important is that they recognize themselves. It is that belief in yourself, that focus, and that inner conviction that you are on the right path, that will get you through life’s obstacles.

"If we can give our children pride in their past, then we can show them what they can be and give them the self-respect that will make them succeed."

Monday, October 03, 2005

Please donate to THE TERRORDOME

Yes, it’s FunDrive 2005, and as a news and music programmer since 1989 DJ I’m charged with seeking out real support for our excellent station. And for the first time in a long time, CJSR is a registered charity, so you will get a tax-receipt for your donation!

Please read below on:

WHY YOU SHOULD HELP
HOW YOU CAN HELP


If you can help, please email me. But best of all, please call Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm Mountain Time at 780-492-CJSR (but if you’re planning to do that, please email me in advance so I know).


1. HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD HELP:

CJSR is the only campus-community station in Edmonton. Nearly all our broadcasters (including me) are volunteers. Almost 150 of us donate our time to keep CJSR on air 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, bringing you news, politics, culture and music from around the world. Unlike commercial stations, DJs at CJSR choose their own music--they’re not given orders by a program director to shill for the corporate monsters of Big Music.

Personally, I’ve given sixteen years of my life to community broadcasting through CJSR. My news programme The Terrordome has won a national award for its coverage of Africentric and international pro-democracy issues. I’ve broadcast my own interviews with

Political activists, analysts and authors:
Ralph Nader
Noam Chomsky
A. Peter Bailey (colleague of Malcolm X; co-founder of the Organisation of Afro-American Unity)
Scott Taylor (Esprit de Corps Magazine)
Janine Jackson of FAIR-CounterSpin
Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians
Nafeez Ahmed (The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked September 11)
Duart Farquharson (former Southam editor)
John Judge
Cecil Foster (A Place Called Heaven, Distorted Mirror: Canada's Racist Face), and more...

Historians:
Karl Evanzz (The Judas Factor: The Plot to Kill Malcolm X)
Martin Bernal (Black Athena: The Afro-Asiatic Roots of Classical Civilisation)
Richard Poe (Black Spark, White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilise Ancient Europe?), and more....

Novelists, poets, and film-makers:
George Elliot Clarke (Whylah Falls)
Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring)
Austin Clarke (The Polished Hoe)
Shani Mootoo (He Drown She in the Sea)
Steven Barnes (Lion’s Blood)
Ernest Dickerson (Juice, Never Die Alone (director); Malcolm X, The Brother From Another Planet (cinematographer))
Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide, St. Elsewhere)
Peter Raymont (Romeo D’Allaire: Shake Hands With the Devil), and more...

Musicians:
Chuck D. (Public Enemy)
Hugh Masekela
Gil Scott-Heron
Michael Franti (Spearhead)
Ice-T
Professor Griff
(Public Enemy)
The Dream Warriors,
Digable Planets, among many others

I’ve done features on the Zapatista rebellion, extended coverage on 9-11 and the US war on Iraq, the life and career of Malcolm X, the significance of the Congo War, the famine in Ethiopia, the trade in blood diamonds, and far, far more.

In addition, I’ve broadcast speeches by, interviews with and discussions about Michael Eric Dyson, Al Sharpton, Edward Said, Tariq Ali, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Ali Mazrui, Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Louis Farrakhan, Manning Marable, Langston Hughes, Walter Mosley, Njabulo Ndebele, Toni Morrison and many more.


2. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The best, best, best way is to call in WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, between 6 and 7 pm at 492-2577 (492-CJSR) during the FunDrive. The reason I ask you to call then is that support during my show tells the station management listeners appreciate what I broadcast, and support its continuation on-air.

However, if you won’t be available then, you can email me back with the dollar amount with which you’ll support our work. You can also make your donation on www.cjsr.com during the radio show (6-7 pm Wednesday Mountain Time).

Any amount is appreciated, and if you like, you can spread your donation over installments (for instance, $5 or $10 per month for 6 or 12 months).

Hotep! Support independent, Africentric radio!

Minister Faust

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Snoop Doggy Dog: "Corporate America's favorite coon"?

"Snoop has elevated his content from white America's favorite gangsta rapper, to corporate America's favorite coon.Yes, I said it--Snoop is cooning. What else can be said when viewing his latest commercial venture--for Chrysler no less--in tandem with that corporation's former chief executive officer, Lee Iacoca?

"...The simple truth is that America understands our ability to hawk a product better than we ever did. And even if they have to go to the most disgraceful of us to pander to the nation's love affair with Black culture, they will. With Snoop, they did, garnering one of the most popular, who is also one of the most disgraceful. Corporate America understands how it works, even though most of us never give it a second thought.

"Popular culture is based on Black culture. Whatever we do, if it becomes popular, they will take it mainstream. The biggest problem is that when it goes mainstream and generates revenue, very few of us will partake of the rewards. Another problem is that usually what goes mainstream is a caricature of who we really are."