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Jasiri X Ft Rhymefest: Who’s Illegal?

Jasiri X Ft Rhymefest: Who’s Illegal?

By Jasiri X Ft Rhymefest: In response to repressive anti-Immigration legislation SB1070 and HB56, Jasiri X, Rhymefest, and Paradise Gray traveled to Arizona and Alabama courtesy of the Sound Strike to see first hand how these unjust laws break up families, fracture communities and destroy lives. “Who’s Illegal?” asks the question, can a nation on stolen land, built by stolen people define another group of human beings as illegal? “Who’s Illegal?” was produced by GM3 and directed by … Read entire article »

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Ama Biney: Frantz Fanon’s Enduring Relevance

Ama Biney: Frantz Fanon’s Enduring Relevance

By Ama Biney Fifty years since the untimely death on 6 December 1961 of Frantz Fanon, he continues to have immense relevance in our times. His writings were focused on the dialectics of the colonised and the coloniser during the era of the 1960s. Whilst that era has passed, new forms of colonialism between Africa and the former colonial powers, or Africa and the developed world, now manifest in the 21st century. Fanon had a clear grasp … Read entire article »

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Elon James White: Dear OWS – Welcome to Our World

Elon James White: Dear OWS – Welcome to Our World

By Elon James White Police brutality experienced by the movement is nothing new in the black community. During the Occupy Wall Street crackdown a few weeks ago — when efforts to shut down the Occupy movement hit cities all across the country — there was a cry of outrage. We read about and witnessed attacks by police on peaceful Occupiers that seemed very foreign to some. The police’s blatant disregard for the well-being of the Occupiers shocked and appalled. … Read entire article »

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Ilias Roubanis: The challenge of migration in Greece

Ilias Roubanis: The challenge of migration in Greece

By 
Ilias Roubanis When it comes to Greek policies on migration, the primary objective is to create a clear path to citizenship, argues Ilias Roubanis. For ultimately, it is only a subject of rights and obligations that can negotiate his or her future as inter paris. We need to codify intermediate stages between outright illegality and citizenship and, at the very least, guarantee that everyone has human rights, citizens or not.Migration is neither desirable nor undesirable, … Read entire article »

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Former Black Panther Chair Elaine Brown Speaks About Occupy Oakland & General Strike

Former Black Panther Chair Elaine Brown Speaks About Occupy Oakland & General Strike

OLMNews anchor Davey D speaks with Elaine Brown, former chairman of the Black Panther Party, at the General Strike in Oakland, CA. She had just returned from the Port of Oakland which was shut down by an estimated 15-20 thousand of people. She was elated as she heaped praise up on today’s younger generation of leaders.. She expressed her solidarity for the #occupy movement. … Read entire article »

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Michael Tomasky: The Racist Redskins

Michael Tomasky: The Racist Redskins

By Michael Tomasky Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins by Thomas G. Smith Beacon, 277 pp., $26.95 In 1992, four years after Jesse Jackson joined Stanford students in chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Western Civ has got to go,” the Native American writer and activist Suzan Harjo, who had moved to Washington, D.C., in the 1970s, became the lead plaintiff in a case against the Washington Redskins football organization. She was joined by six other Native Americans, including … Read entire article »

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Natalie Bennett: Book Review – The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott

Natalie Bennett: Book Review – The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott

By Natalie Bennett A foundation of the “academic method” in the Western world is contradiction, turning established knowledge and ways of things on its head, challenging established assumptions. It’s something that James C. Scott does in spades in The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. At its heart is one region of the world, one of the last areas of the world to be brought into the nation-state system. “Zomia is a new … Read entire article »

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Shuki Sadeh & Ido Efrati: From The Bastille To The Boulevard

Shuki Sadeh & Ido Efrati: From The Bastille To The Boulevard

By Shuki Sadeh & Ido Efrati Fired by ideology and taking action by means of protests, manifestos or even violence, Jews have historically played an important role in fomenting change in the economic, political and social order of the societies in which they live. One hot day in the summer of 1967, a young, frizzy-haired guy named Abbie Hoffman tried to go into the visitors’ entrance of the building in which the New York Stock Exchange is … Read entire article »

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Carlos Martinez: Some Thoughts On Kanye And Jay-Z (Or “Don’t Blame Rappers For Our Mess Of A Society”)

Carlos Martinez: Some Thoughts On Kanye And Jay-Z (Or “Don’t Blame Rappers For Our Mess Of A Society”)

By Carlos Martinez (video) Chuck D has responded to Jay-Z and Kanye’s single ‘Otis’ with his own flip of an Otis Redding sample. His YouTube uploader comment pretty much says it all: This is a polite respect call to the troops, to continue to inspire but reflect the people better. OTIS Redding was a humble country man from Macon Georgia who bought a jet to work in, not flash. He perished in that plane. Here’s to hoping that the … Read entire article »

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Thomas Powers: Too Fast

Thomas Powers: Too Fast

By Thomas Powers Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable Allen Lane, 592 pp, £30.00, April 2011, ISBN 978 0 7139 9895 5 How to be black in America was the challenge for spirited young men of colour who found their way to Harlem in the troubled years of the 1940s, when music, poetry, dance and art were giving way to drink, drugs, street crime and sex for money. Malcolm Little’s first impulse was to cut loose in the big city where he found … Read entire article »

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Omar Offendum: #Jan25 – A Soundtrack Of The Revolution

Omar Offendum: #Jan25 – A Soundtrack Of The Revolution

By Julia Pyper Omar Offendum almost lost his train of thought when he saw a video post on his Facebook wall, mid Skype interview, of his song #Jan25 being played in Tahrir Square. It was July, months after the whirlwind revolution that brought down Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, but as the protests in the Middle East persist, Offendum’s lyrics of liberation continue to be part of an anthem of resistance around the world – both … Read entire article »

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Slavoj Žižek: A Vile Logic To Anders Breivik’s Choice Of Target

Slavoj Žižek: A Vile Logic To Anders Breivik’s Choice Of Target

By Slavoj Žižek Like Pim Fortuyn before him, Breivik embodies the intersection between rightist populism and liberal political correctness.   In Anders Behring Breivik’s ideological self-justification as well as in reactions to his murderous act there are things that should make us think. The manifesto of this Christian “Marxist hunter” who killed more than 70 people in Norway is precisely not a case of a deranged man’s rambling; it is simply a consequent exposition of “Europe’s crisis” which serves as the (more or … Read entire article »

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Sanjiv Bhattacharya: How Islamic Punk Went From Fiction To Reality

Sanjiv Bhattacharya: How Islamic Punk Went From Fiction To Reality

By Sanjiv Bhattacharya Islamic punk was just an idea in a novel by a disaffected Muslim convert – but for the bands he inspired around the world the scene became real. Now, as The Taqwacores is about to be released, has the scene has already betrayed its ideals?   There was a time when the words “Muslim radical” painted a clear enough picture – a young man strapped with explosives, perhaps, or a bearded cleric calling for Sharia … Read entire article »

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David H. Price: Anthropology’s Military Shadow

David H. Price: Anthropology’s Military Shadow

By David H. Price Below is the Introduction from the book Weaponizing Anthropology by David H. Price. You can get the book at 25% off list price through AK Press. Just as it was becoming passe to remark on anthropology’s status as colonialism’s wanton stepchild, George Bush’s Terror War rediscovered old militarized uses for culture, and invigorated new modernist dreams of harnessing anthropology and culture for the domination of others. Because I began in the early 1990s using … Read entire article »

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Jasiri X & Rel!g!on: City of Steel

Jasiri X & Rel!g!on: City of Steel

By Jasiri X & Rel!g!on (video) According to the New Pittsburgh Courier, “The average homicide victim in 2010 was a 33–year-old Black male with four prior arrests, most likely shot on the North Side, in the Hill District or the East End with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the early morning hours of a Saturday in July. The average shooter was a 29-year-old Black male with four prior arrests. The motive was likely retaliation. And according to the … Read entire article »

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Ms Autumn Marie: What is Black August? Why is it Important?

Ms Autumn Marie: What is Black August? Why is it Important?

By Ms Autumn Marie The term Black August has become synonymous with hip-hop concerts and various festivals across the country namely in New York, Oakland, Atlanta, L.A. and Chicago.  However, the idea and meaning of Black August goes much deeper than any singular celebration. In the same way that February is recognized as Black History Month, Black August is a month long observation honoring Black people and events that have contributed to the freedom and liberation … Read entire article »

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Mona Abaza: Art, Subcultures And The Reinvention Of Public Space In Egypt

Mona Abaza: Art, Subcultures And The Reinvention Of Public Space In Egypt

By Mona Abaza Source: Ahram What the authoritarian forces lingering from the former regime cannot abide most, because they can’t control it, is the humor and color of the cultural revolution in Egypt. Doubt is widespread on how long the present transitional phase will last and whether it ought to be still perceived as a transitional phase. Many think that we are just at the beginning of a much longer and complex process, of an incomplete revolution where urban … Read entire article »

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