9.28.2008

Take Another Look: America's Financial Crisis

I'm no economist, but in late March of this year, I wrote an article titled "America's Economic Downturn: Is the worst yet to come?" The article appeared in The Final Call and was also picked up in many Black newspapers across the country. As I read over it again after not having looked at it for a few months, I noticed that many of the companies in the news now were already identified as being in trouble back then! The point was made then as it is being made now that America’s involvement in global military conflict is primarily to blame along with America’s uncontrollable greed.

That being the case, it is important to note that many analysts still continued to sell the false reality of America’s corporate strength while President Bush and the corporate swindlers continued to play along with the financial analysts.

Well connected CEOs walked away with millions.

This current financial crisis did not appear out of the blue, even though that is what they would like for you to think.

(To read the March 2008 article referenced above, go here:
http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_4562.shtml)

Carefully watch the news and how this crisis is reported over the next few weeks as we draw nearer to the presidential election. The Right wing conservatives will try to spin this current reality by saying the risky loans were made in order to help Blacks and Latinos obtain home ownership. You see, everyone has it all wrong by attributing ill motives and greed to those who ran those companies and lending institutions into the ground. These companies weren’t targeting Blacks and Latinos for sub prime loans and other forms of predatory lending. They weren’t doing it because it was financially lucrative. No. No. No. You see they were trying to help Blacks and Latinos obtain “The American Dream.”

See how skillfully deceptive that is? And as they begin to frame the debate, it just may prove to be an effective strategy in a land where most people believe what is presented on face value without looking deeper into the reality.

After thinking about that for a minute, check out the brief video clip below (37 seconds) from a press conference including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ald. Pat Dowell, Rep. Danny Davis and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ask yourself, while the huge financial corporations are being bailed out, what is happening to "the least of these" the poor and those who were victimized by the rulers of the economic realm? Things are going to get worse before they get better.

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9.23.2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just completed his remarks to the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.  The chairs usually occupied by the UN delegation representing the United States of America were noticeably empty, and the seats reserved for the Israeli delegation were empty except for what appeared to be a low-level staffer taking notes during the speech.

During  Pres. Ahmadinejad's 30-minute speech,  he touched on the situation in Iraq, African colonialism, the desire for Western hegemonic power, and Zionism's effect on the world.

Earlier, Pres. Bush delivered his 8th and final message to the UN.  Though most of the representatives appeared bored during his rambling speech, they still gave Pres. Bush a polite applause once he ended his remarks.

I'll bet you didn't know that Pres. Ahmadinejad is a blogger. This is not an endorsement, but it is very interesting to read some of the comments from across the globe.  If you are interested go to http://www.ahmadinejad.ir/

(In the photo to the top right, Pres. Ahmadinejad addresses a high-level meeting on the development needs of Africa titled "State of Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward" at the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. *UN Photo/Rick Bajornas )

9.16.2008

Take Another Look at Human Rights: An Interview w/ Mazin Qumsiyeh

The Right to Return: An interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD is an author, professor and human rights activist. He was recently in Chicago as a member of coordinating committee of the Palestine Popular Conference. He sat down with the Final Call’s Assistant Editor Ashahed M. Muhammad to discuss the complexities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the very successful Wheels of Justice Tour which sheds light on the realities on the ground in the occupied territories and passes through the midwest during the last two weeks in September.


The Final Call (FC): Can you tell us a little bit about the Wheels of Justice Tour?

Mazin Qumsiyeh (MQ):
The Wheels of Justice bus tour has been going on for about 5 years. It has traveled around the country to over 48 states and over 2,000 colleges and universities and over 250. It’s not too political unless questions arise in the Q and A session. These are people who are telling stories of what they observe in Iraq and Palestine. That is why I think it has been a very successful project.

FC: At the same time, there is a companion movement going on dealing with the boycott of Israeli produced goods and companies that do business in Israel, can you talk about that also?

MQ:
Well, the Palestinian Civil Society called to action about three years ago and was initially signed by 107 organizations. It has since expanded to include over 5,000 organizations that support the call to action. It basically calls for boycotts, divestments and sanctions to be applied to Israel in the same way they were applied to South Africa during apartheid until Israel complies with International Law. That includes the right of refugees to return, ending the occupation and allowing Palestinian self-determination. Those Palestinian constants are what guides the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement around the world, which is growing very rapidly. It is a wonderful movement. We try to practice it as individuals by boycotting companies that support the occupation, for example, Motorola or Caterpillar that support the occupation and oppression of Palestinians.

FC: Now this conference focuses on the many sides of the discussion of the two state solution, the one state solution and the complexities and varied views. Talk to us a little bit about the purpose for the conference.

MQ: This particular conference is to empower Palestinians in the U.S., to assert our narrative and assert our rights with part of the Palestinian collective. There are some 300,000 Palestinians in the U.S. We believe that we are part of and parcel of this Palestinian nation, the Palestinian population. As such we have a right to participate in the decision making process. That is the focus of this conference and that includes the diversity of views. It’s just like there are diversity of views in Palestine itself. But we assert that we have the right to express this diversity of views. One panel addresses the one state solution. I myself wrote a book in support of the one state solution but I do not oppose people who support the two state solution as long as it complies with International Law and human rights. Meaning, the right to refugee should be respected (whether) you support the two state solution or you support the one state solution, Palestinians refugees have the right to return to their homes and lands.

FC: You mentioned that you were going back to live in Palestine, many are calling it a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip and the West Bank—terrible conditions. Your decision to go back there is based on what?

MQ: The conditions are very difficult, I would not say they are terrible. They are very difficult (but) they are not the most difficult. We have had more difficult times during 1948 and the massacre and killings in Palestine and the massacres that were being committed just about every week to drive the Palestinians out. There have been more difficult times in our history, but nevertheless this situation being difficult is actually more of an inducement for us to exert even more effort to correct it and acquire the justice and human rights that we all see.

FC: Is there is one thing that you think the Western world here, people who want to help who find solidarity with the struggle for self-determination for the Palestinian people, what would you like to get across to them that they may not know?

MQ: For people in the United States, especially, they need to know that without really facing up to the reality of what is going on in Palestine, the U.S. as an economic super power will be finished. It is already being diminished significantly. The AIPAC and Israel lobby in Washington has pushed us into a war in Iraq which cost us three trillion dollars. This is by the estimate of the Harvard economist who won the Nobel Peace economy prize.
Now they are talking about Iran—which will be even more costly. Our economy here has already gone down the drain from the housing crisis, with the dollar decline and all these things. That is what is relevant for people in this country to understand. The reality of how these things connect to them and not just because Palestinians are suffering—I do not want them to just feel sorry for us because there are a lot of people suffering around world.
I want the American public to see that unless they really face-up to the hijacking of the United States foreign policy by AIPAC and the Right wing extremists who are bent on the destruction of the world to create personal wealth for themselves—that the average American taxpayer is going to be basically fleeced.



FC: Thank you.

(For information about Mazin Qumsiyeh visit www.qumsiyeh.org. For more information about the Wheels of Justice Tour, visit www.justicewheels.org.)

9.14.2008

Minister Farrakhan will discuss Islam in America and the life of Imam W.Deen Mohammed on the "Africa & the World" radio show hosted by Akbar Muhammad

Min. Farrakhan delivers comforting words to Imam W. Deen Mohammed's daughter NGina Mohammed at the memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Chicago, IL.

Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, deputy director of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and Min. Farrakhan  were among those who reflected on Imam W. Deen Mohammed's life and work  at the memorial service on Saturday Sept.13 in Chicago, IL.


The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan will discuss this history of Islam in America, his relationship with the late Imam W. Deen Muhammad on the "Africa and the World" radio show hosted by syndicated columnist and foreign affairs analyst Akbar Muhammad.  The show begins at 6:30PM EST on AM 900 WURD in Philadelphia.  

Outside of the Philadelphia area, you can listen via the internet www.900amwurd.com.


9.11.2008

Events in memory of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed

The location for the Saturday, September 13th 11AM public community memorial service in honor of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed has been moved. It will take place at the UIC Pavillion Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, in Chicago, IL.

At this time, the Friday, September 12th 1PM Unity Jumah Prayer is still scheduled for the same location, The Homewood Hotel, 17400 S. Halsted, Homewood, IL.

Live Streaming Footage of today's Janaaza Prayer for Imam W. Deen Mohammed will begin at 1:45 PM Central at http://muslimjournal.webexone.com/

2008 Now Or Never​ - 9/11 Hip Hop First Responders Benefit Concert in NYC

I have been asked to pass on this information regarding an important Hip Hop benefit concert in NYC on 9/12/08.

2008 Now Or Never​ - 9/11 Hip Hop First Responders Benefit Concert in NYC

***This Concert is on September 12, 2008***

Located at The Madison, 27 W 24th Street (between Broadway and 6th)

1PM-​5:​30PM - Speec​hes from Forme​r Congr​esswo​man and Green​ Party​ Presi​denti​al Candi​date Cynth​ia McKin​ney,​ Hip-​hop legen​d and found​er of the Stop the Viole​nce Movem​ent KRS-​ONE,​ archi​tect and found​er of Archi​tects​ and Engin​eers for 911 Truth​ Richa​rd Gage,​ 9/11 1st respo​nders​,​ 9/11 famil​y membe​rs ,​actor​ and advoc​ate for a new, indep​enden​t 9/11 inves​tigat​ion Danie​l Sunja​ta,​ Loude​r Than Words​,​ We Are CHANG​E,​ and more.​

6PM-​11PM - 9/11 First​ Respo​nder Benef​it Show
Immor​tal Techn​ique,​ Talib​ Kweli​,​ Dead Prez,​ Saigo​n,​ Da Beatm​inerz​,​ Chip Fu, Dub Rock All Stars​ (Da Bush Babee​s)​,​ Loer Veloc​ity,​ Chann​el Live,​ Messi​ah,​ Tiye Phoen​ix,​ and Scanz​ come toget​her to help sprea​d the word that thous​ands of 9/11 first​ respo​nders​ are sick and dying​ and need our help.​


9.10.2008

Family of Imam W. Deen Mohammed to Hold 2PM Press Conference

Today, Wednesday, September 10th at 2 p.m, the family of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, son of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad leader of the Nation of Islam, will hold a press conference on the passing of the Muslim leader at the Muslim Journal offices located at 1141 W. 175th St., in Homewood, IL.
For more information, contact family spokesman Sultan R. Muhammad, at (773) 540-6001 or email sultan@mpdstudios.com.

9.09.2008

Minister Farrakhan, NOI releases statement on the passing of Imam W.Deen Mohammed


IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL.


Official Statement from The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam on the passing of Imam W. Deen Mohammed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2008
Contact: Minister Ishmael Muhammad
(773) 324-6000

CHICAGO—We mourn the loss of our brother Imam W. Deen Mohammed. We thank Allah for him and his great contribution to the ongoing work of Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah (P.B.U.H) and his work of helping to create a better understanding and image of Islam in America and throughout the world.

Our prayers and our thoughts are with the Mohammed family, with the followers and all those who feel our great loss.

9.06.2008

PressTV - International News and Views

PRESS TV is the first international Iran-based news network to broadcast in English on an around-the-clock schedule. This is the latest of several news outlets seeking to provide balanced views of global realities. The recently-launched English channel for Al Jazeera and Venezuela-backed TELESUR have both been well received and are growing in popularity and availability.

According to PRESS TV officials, their Tehran-based headquarters is staffed by 400 media professionals from around the globe with an extensive network of bureaus and with 26 reporters employed at different locations worldwide, including Washington, New York, London, Beirut and Damascus, Abuja, Istanbul, Basra, and al-Quds.

The goal of PRESS TV is to “break the global media stranglehold of western outlets” and “show the other side of the story” by offering broad news coverage dealing with matters affecting the Middle East as well as other controversial news items with cutting-edge documentaries containing insightful commentary on political, social and economic aspects of current affairs.

PRESS TV has already proven to be a heavy counterweight to Western-dominated media outlets as the station has aired exclusive interviews with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez; featured coverage relating to the African Union Summit in Accra, Ghana, which included comments from Sudan President Omar al-Bashir; as well as broadcast words from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who offered to expand his country’s ties with African countries.

There are options for watching the channel live via the Internet, having news sent to a mobile device via text messaging, listening to an audio feed, and news delivery via email.

Visit the PRESS TV website at http://www.presstv.com/.

9.03.2008

Mosaic TV - Broaden your news horizons

Mosaic TV - Broaden your news horizons
http://www.linktv.org/mosaic

Mosaic features selections from daily TV news programs produced by national broadcasters throughout the Middle East. The news reports are presented unedited and translated, when necessary, into English.
       
Mosaic includes television news broadcasts from selected national and regional entities listed on the left. Some of the broadcasters are state controlled and others are private networks, often affiliated with political factions. These news reports are regularly watched by 280 million people in 22 countries all over the Middle East.


*Today, you can see coverage of Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and her arrest at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, St.Paul MN.