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TARIQ ALI ON WHY US LIBERALS BACK GLOBAL WAR, US-CHINA RIVALRY IN AFRICA, AND THE WESTERN DESTRUCTION OF LIBYA (MFG 054)

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Author-activist-artist on Christopher Hitchens selling out, why the US didn’t wage war against Iran, and why corporate journalists are simply drones for war
Tariq Ali is an internationally renowned radical activist, author, and atheist. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Ali lived in exile since the 1960s in opposition to Pakistan’s then-military dictatorship. A novelist, Ali has published four books of his “Islamic Quintet" which portray Islamic civilisation counter to Western orthodoxy, and the first two volumes in his "Fall of Communism" trilogy. He’s also written for the stage and the screen.
A longtime editor at the New Left Review, Tariq Ali has written and edited numerous books on history and politics including the classic The New Revolutionaries,The Clash of Fundamentalisms which investigates US power and its role in the creation of global terrorism, Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope, and his recent book, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad, available fr…

AMY GOODMAN ON DEMOCRACY NOW’S MISSION, CANCELLING THE INTERNET KILL-SWITCH IN EGYPT, THE SCAM OF FOREIGN AID, AND BEATING MSNBC (MF GALAXY 053)

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Maverick journalist on torrenting for democracy, what connects the Egypt Revolt, and the occupation of Palestine, and whether future USA is friendly or fascist
Amy Goodman has hosted Democracy Now! since 1995. It’s heard and now watched across the world on the web, and broadcast from over 1200 stations. Harvard graduate Goodman first received widespread attention for her work while she was covering the Indonesian army’s mass-killing of Timorese demonstrators.
Increasingly since 1995 she and Democracy Now! have been at the forefront of American progressive reporting on war, peace, and social justice issues that corporate news cannot or will not cover. Amy Goodman is the author of four books including Breaking the Sound Barrier, an anthology of her columns. She’s won numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award, often called the Alternative Nobel Prize. 
This episode’s conversation is from the archives of the Grand Lodge of Imhotep in Edmonton. Amy Goodman spoke with me by telepho…

RUNOKO RASHIDI ON AFROCENTRICITY, AFRICAN PRESENCE IN EARLY EUROPE AND ASIA, AND HISTORICALLY TOURING THE AFRICAN PLANET (MFG 052)

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Even today, Hollywood’s Pink-Washing produces Whitesupremacist revisionism of African civilisations through work such as The Gods of Egypt,Exodus: Gods and Kings, and the HBO series Rome whose second season visits Greek-occupied Egypt.


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Fortunately, numerous scholars and activists have dedicated their lives to erasing such lies and restoring the truth about the Africanity of world-shaping ancient civilisations such as Ancient Egypt.


One such scholar-activist is Runoko Rashidi, an historian and world traveler who for decades has investigated the ancient migrations of Africans out of the mother continent and across the world. His work highlights the civilisations they founded and the titans they produced, especially in early Asia and Europe. He’s lectured in over 50 countries, and his articles have appeared in more than 75 publications.



Rashidi is the author of the booksIntroduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations, The Global African Community: The African Pr…