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Israel: No Friend of Obama

Why should the Israelis expect any sane and rational human being to believe that their barbaric attack on Gaza and the indiscriminate slaughter of defenseless and helpless civilians including men, women, the elderly, and children can be justified? Why did not the Israelis wait until a new president, who is about to take office on a platform of...

How to lose friends and make enemies

Harassment in the name of National Security Amnesty International condemns racial profiling (FCN, 09-30-2004) I thought long and hard about writing this article. In fact, it has taken me two years to make a determination, that this article should be written. It actually began in December 2004, when the harassment on my domestic and international travel began. I...

Can Hollywood do justice in portraying slavery?

-Guest Columnist- (FinalCall.com) - Can a Hollywood that is more prone to entertain than to inform do justice in portraying an institutionalized system of brutality, America's slave trade, that spanned over three centuries? And what is the responsibility of filmmakers to those whose ancestors suffered horrendous atrocities as slavery was used to fuel and maintain America's capitalist beginnings? In Quentin...

Covid-19 worsens debt collector harassment; new federal rule leaves room for state actions

By Charlene Crowell —Guest Columnist— As the final days of the 2020 election season drew to a close, major media across the nation focused on polls and prospects for the presidential candidates. At the same time, scant news coverage reported on a development affecting 68 million consumers: debt collection regulation. On Oct. 30, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its...

Don’t let federal charges fool you; justice remains far off

News that convicted murderer Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis officer, and three other officers were federally indicted for violating the civil rights of George Floyd, is significant. It’s not justice. We must not celebrate—and don’t make more of these charges filed by the Justice Dept. than what they are. The world saw a Black man killed as a smirking cop and ex-officers...

Africa the new focus of Western Domination

(FinalCall.com) - As the world watches the current crisis in Mali and Algeria unfold, we are witnessing the militarization, reoccupation and re-colonization of Africa by Western powers led by France with some African cooperation. The events come amid a time of increased global competition from powers like China, India, Malaysia and Turkey and a visible decline of America...

From Venezuela; A Message of Solidarity

A  balanced, beneficial relationship I recently visited Venezuela to congratulate President Hugo Chavez and the victory of the Venezuelan people to keep in office a leader who has turned around the country and its economy. We learned that the leadership of Venezuela decided to do two important things. One, to take 30 percent of oil revenues and direct...

It’s still genocide

We have come through the time called Thanksgiving and annual images of turkeys, pumpkins, fall leaves, families and scenes from dinner tables as Americans gather for a special day and a precious moment. Over the years, the traditional images and stories around Thanksgiving have changed and given way to celebrations like “Friendsgiving,” a gathering of those who constitute a broader...

No rights a White man is bound to respect or protect?

If voting is the foundation of democracy and a sacred right of the citizens of any nation, the explosion of coverage about recent changes to voting laws in Georgia and pending voting rights legislation at the federal level should be getting intense scrutiny. And for Black folks who have invested so much into elections and voting, in particular in national...

Cursed Since Birth: Romney, Race and the Politics of Religion

“Some people sayin' that we're cursed/the lack of Knowledge of ourselves makes it worse.” “Soul Controller,” Grand Puba The church was filled with the sound of hand claps and amens as the conservative presidential candidate Joseph Young stood before the all Black congregation. They nodded in agreement as he admonished the young men in the congregation to “pull their...