Showing posts from May, 2007

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: The US-French-Canadian Axis Against Haiti

6 pm
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Of all the nations in the western hemisphere, none is more impoverished than Haiti. Many in the West may assume that such poverty is the result of an intrinsic Haitian backwardness, corruption, criminality or ignorance.Such racist assumptions ignore the realities. Haiti, the second republic in the hemisphere, never escaped the crushing effects of imperialism and White supremacy. France, its forever occupier, subjected the newly liberated state to a debt of what in today’s money would be nearly $22 billion. France described this ransom as “reparations.”Haiti’s people, who had so recently freed themselves, found that the French revolution’s ideals of liberty, equality and brotherhood did not apply to them; the extortion money was to “repay” the people who claimed to have owned them. No French thought was given to the idea that reparations should have flowed in reverse. Without the payment, France would refuse diplomatic recognition and trad…

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Scott Ritter and Seymour Hersh on Iraq, Iran, Israel and the United States

6 pm Mountain Time
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The United States has been called the last remaining superpower, the hyperpower, the unipower, and even the global unibomber. As the uncontested supreme military power on the planet, the United States engages in policies that lead to widespread instability and long-term disaster for millions, in the pursuit of massive short-term corporate profits and temporary strategic advantage.

Such a reality is obvious in US Middle Eastern policy. Despite years of diplomatic overture from the government of Iran under its then-reformist president Mohammed Hatami, including a stated desire to rout Al-Qaeda, the White House refused to come to the table. That undermining of Hatami helped usher in the current hardline president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, providing a further pretext for an attack on Iran. Such an attack is no more likely to bring peace, stability, democracy or prosperity to the people of the region than has the illegal US invasion of Ira…


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This Saturday, May 19, marks the 82nd anniversary of the birth of one of the foremost Pan-Afrikanists of the 20th Century: Malcolm X.Born in 1925 in Omaha to parents active in Marcus Garvey’s 2-million member United Negro Improvement Association, Malcolm learned by age six the danger of living while Black in the United States. His father was murdered, apparently by Klansmen. Despite this trauma, in school he was a top student, even becoming class president. But his teacher dismissed his desire to be lawyer, saying that being a carpenter was more realistic for “a nigger.”Following the father’s death, the family disintegrated. Teenaged Malcolm drifted away to New York and Detroit, and into a life of crime. Finally arrested and convicted in 1946, he was sentenced at age 21 to eight to ten years in prison where, ironically, he found new life. Through letters and visits from his brother, he became entranced with the Nation of Islam, a small American-bo…

U. Manchester: Egyptians, Not Greeks Were True Fathers Of Medicine

Science Daily reports: "Scientists examining documents dating back 3,500 years say they have found proof that the origins of modern medicine lie in ancient Egypt and not with Hippocrates and the Greeks."The research team from the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at The University of Manchester discovered the evidence in medical papyri written in 1,500BC -- 1,000 years before Hippocrates was born. “Classical scholars have always considered the ancient Greeks, particularly Hippocrates, as being the fathers of medicine but our findings suggest that the ancient Egyptians were practising a credible form of pharmacy and medicine much earlier,” said Dr Jackie Campbell.“'When we compared the ancient remedies against modern pharmaceutical protocols and standards, we found the prescriptions in the ancient documents not only compared with pharmaceutical preparations of today but that many of the remedies had therapeutic merit.'”"The medical documents, which were first …

Public reading Sunday 2 pm

I'll be giving a reading from From the Notebooks of Doctor Brainat the Whitemud Crossing branch of the Edmonton Public Library at 2 pm on Sunday, and speaking with audience members on writing, publishing, satire, SFF and whatever else pops up.

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: James Baldwin on Race and Justice in the United States

6 PM MOUNTAIN TIMECJSR FM-88 EdmontonOr on the webOne of the most celebrated American novelists of the 20th century was the brilliant Afrikan-American James Baldwin. Born poor in 1924, Baldwin grew up in Harlem in the unofficially segregated confines of New York City. Bristling against the borders of racial power and also against the restrictions of the Black church, Baldwin, who was gay, threw himself into the power of writing in order to understand himself and later to change the country in which he lived. He became famous for his debut novel Go Tell It On the Mountain,and chose to live for ten years in Europe where he had completed the manuscript in 1953. But in 1957 he returned to his birth country to aid in the struggle to desegregate schools.Later, as Baldwin articulated in 1963’s The Fire Next Time, he became fascinated with Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam,and like many prominent Afrikans in the US, he became the target of FBI surveillance.He continu…

Nigeria: Lesbian women flee Sharia, go into hiding

"Fri. April 27, 2007 04:03 pm.- By Aaron Kirunda. (SomaliNet) A Nigerian lesbian who 'married' four women last weekend in Kano State has gone into hiding from the Islamic police, with her partners.

"Under Sharia law, adopted in the state seven years ago, homosexuality and same-sex marriages are outlawed and considered very serious offences."

How White pop culture corrupted America and hip hop

Brother Joseph Anderson writes magnificently on Konch, which is Ishmael Reed's online hang-out, a critique of a documentary I enjoyed greatly called Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.Anderson's critique is called "PBS: Blaming Blacks, Again," and it's insightful and just plain delightful.

"[I]t appears that no one is going to make any money – or get paid doing a TV documentary – examining misogyny, homophobia or glorified violence in American society and popular culture across the racial board. Nor will anyone get paid and win Hollywood film awards (like the 2006 Academy Award-winning “Best Song” rap ‘minstrel show’ performance, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”) for doing a nationally-aired documentary on sociopolitically conscious rap music on any of the major television networks. Tell me that song wasn’t singled out and awarded by purposeful white design – that’s how the white media want to see young Blacks, as wan…

How the BPP accidentally produced what became the Crips

Cle Shaheed "Bone" Sloan, gang member and TV producer, speaks in the LA City Weekly on fake gang crime numbers, the LAPD’s racist history, and cop crime:

"Out of the ashes of the Black Panther Party, Crips was born – Community Revolutionary Party Services, or the earliest term was Continuous Revolution In Progress. They wanted to continue the revolution. That was the beginnings of black gangs of that era. If you go back before the Crips and Bloods, all the way to the 1940s, the first gangs in South Central were white gangs called Spook Hunters. As a result of that, other gangs were born, black gangs – the Farmers, the Gladiators, the Slausons, the Businessmen. "At that time, blacks were coming from the South, the whole black migration to Los Angeles. When they got here they were faced with a bunch of racism, and most of the high schools were controlled by white gangs. You had black parents putting their kids into schools and integrating them, and that was when they …