A glimmer of hope arises in Mumia Abu Jamal murder conviction

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In a packed courtroom on Aug. 30 at the Juanita Kidd Stout Criminal Justice Center before Judge Leon Tucker, Mr. Abu Jamal’s attorney Judith Ritter successfully argued that a May 5, 1988, letter from the office of then-District Attorney Ron Castille to a state representative discussing death penalty cases was important. Later, as a state Supreme Court justice, Mr. Castille was personally involved in the case.

He refused to disqualify himself when Mr. Jamal’s case came before the high court despite having been the Philadelphia district attorney during prior appeals. The United States Supreme Court ruled such conduct was unconstitutional.

Judge Tucker extended the period of discovery to allow the search for more evidence that may link  Justice Castille to the new document. The new court date for arguments is scheduled for Oct. 29

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Why Infanticide Is A Problem In Senegal : Goats and Soda : NPR

N’s mother tried to kill her the day she was born. Her mother, B, was a student when she got pregnant. “I did not have my head in the pregnancy. I was never sick. The only thing I was thinking of was my studies,” she said.

She delivered at home with her boyfriend, who told her to throw the baby in the septic tank. They did, then B went to school. She fainted and her teachers took her to the hospital, where the doctors determined she had just given birth. Though she denied it, the police went home and found newborn N alive in the septic tank. She still has a scar on her cheek where her face hit the edge of the tank when her parents threw her in. When N survived, B said, “I cried a lot, I regretted what I had done. I always said, if one day God gives me a child, I would take care of it.”

Now three years old, N lives with her maternal grandmother while her mother serves time in prison for attempted infanticide.

Source: Why Infanticide Is A Problem In Senegal : Goats and Soda : NPR

In Tulsa, a century-old race massacre still haunts Black Wall Street

Olivia Hooker was 6 years old in 1921 — the year she witnessed the massacre. (Family photo)

Olivia Hooker, 103, poses at her White Plains home. Hooker is one of the last surviving witnesses of the Tulsa Race Massacre. (Michael Noble Jr. for The Washington Post

B.C. Franklin, a Greenwood lawyer and the father of famed historian John Hope Franklin, wrote a rare firsthand account of the massacre later donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“The sidewalk was literally covered with burning turpentine balls,” he wrote. “For fully forty-eight hours, the fires raged and burned everything in its path and it left nothing but ashes and burned safes and trunks and the like that were stored in beautiful houses and businesses.”

On June 1, 1921, martial law was declared. Troops rounded up black men, women and children and detained them for days.

Source: In Tulsa, a century-old race massacre still haunts Black Wall Street – The Washington Post

Sugar Land: ‘A crime against humanity’ – Workers World

Sugar Land, Texas — “The ‘convict lease system’ was a crime against humanity. It began right after enslaved people won their freedom. People have made millions of dollars off the free labor of our enslaved and imprisoned ancestors,” said Kofi Taharka, national chair of the National Black United Front. As she spoke, she was standing across the street from the old Imperial Sugar factory.

Ninety-five graves were unearthed in Sugar Land this summer as construction workers were building a school on property sold to the school district by the Texas prison system

Source: Sugar Land: ‘A crime against humanity’ – Workers World

Source: The Mass Grave Beneath a Texas Suburb

Israel Argues It Can Annex Any Land, Defy Any International Law

Indeed, it is an open secret that Israel is set to completely annex the occupied West Bank. In July, UN official Michael Lynk warned:

After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of closed military zones and other measures, Israel appears to be getting closer to enacting legislation that will formally annex parts of the West Bank.”

Since Lynk’s warning, several bills seeking to essentially annex the West Bank have been introduced in the Israeli Knesset, such as a controversial bill that would allow Israeli Jewish citizens to purchase Palestinian land in “Area C” of the occupied West Bank, paving the way for its eventual incorporation into Israeli territory. Area C accounts for more than 60 percent of the West Bank’s total territory.

Source: Israel Argues It Can Annex Any Land, Defy Any International Law

How a racist hate-monger formed America’s War on Drugs

From the beginning, Anslinger conflated drug use, race, and music. “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men,” he was quoted as saying. “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

Source: How a racist hate-monger formed America’s War on Drugs

Video Shows Trenton, NJ Police Assaulting Man In Mental Distress

A man in obvious mental distress instead of being assisted by police swore to protect and serve, was viciously attacked by the police and their k9 dog.

The unidentified man repeatedly saying “water, water, water” was subjected to a brutal display of force at the hands of Trenton police officers. It seems everyone else in the video realized the man was impaired in some way, everyone except the police who only seemed to see some type of dangerous animal.

What seems to be a common occurrence in police videos the officer was heard saying “stop resisting, stop resisting” as though this were his excuse to commit mayhem on this deranged man’s person.

And that’s what they did. The officer allowed his k9 dog partner to attack and bite the man even though he was  in mental distress. Even while the k9 dog is biting him the victim still only said “water, water, water”.

Who in his right mind wouldn’t recognize the man’s mental distress after all of this. Everyone did, except the police officers. They continued to operate under the assumption the man was criminal and not deranged. How pitiful.

Then to make matters worse the officer is seen abusing the k9 who clearly not under his command or control.

It will be of much interest seeing how the police director and mayor respond to this assault by what in a long distant past used to be looked on as Trenton’s finest.

 

Facebook says nearly 50m users compromised in huge security breach | Technology | The Guardian

Nearly 50m Facebook accounts were compromised by an attack that gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts, Facebook revealed on Friday.“

Today’s disclosure is a reminder about the dangers posed when a small number of companies like Facebook or the credit bureau Equifax are able to accumulate so much personal data about individual Americans without adequate security measures,” said the US senator Mark Warner in a statement. “This is another sobering indicator that Congress needs to step up and take action to protect the privacy and security of social media users.”

Facebook shares fell about 3% following the disclosure.

Source: Facebook says nearly 50m users compromised in huge security breach 

Kenyan varsity marks Confucius Institute Day with color

NAIROBI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) — One of Kenya’s oldest universities on Friday marked Confucius Institute Day in a glittering ceremony attended by hundreds of students, faculty members and civilians keen to learn about Chinese culture.
The Confucius Institute Day at Kenyatta University featured thrilling performances from students that included Chinese traditional and contemporary music, dance and costumes.
Zhuo Hao, a Chinese lecturer at Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute, said it has raised the visibility of Chinese language and culture in Kenya since its establishment one decade ago.
“The Confucius Institute has made significant progress in teaching activities, cultural activities and media coverage,” said Zhuo, adding that more than 3,000 students had enrolled at Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute.
Chinese entrepreneurs based in Kenya also attended the 5th Confucius Institute Day that showcased the time-honored beauty of Chinese performing arts and costume.

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‘The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution’ – by Shaka Zulu

September 24, 2018

by Shaka Zulu

We are struggling with how best to marshal our revolutionary forces – how best to raise the political temperature of cadre and oppressed people alike – in a society as fascist as Mussolini’s Italy was. Organizations, groups and collectives are rightfully confused because they have an incorrect political understanding of the nature of the class forces arrayed against the people, and this incorrect political knowledge leads to incorrect political analysis.

So, have the courage to read Comrade Katsiaficas’s “1968” book. You will discover how to develop the living soul of activism. “1968” is a seminal study in revolutionary activity. Period.

It will not make you get off the couch. It will not force you to be other than who you are, but what it will do is give you a start on how to internationalize our movement and politics.

All Power! Panther Love!

Chairman Shaka Zulu, New Afrikan Black Panther Party

Source: San Francisco Bay View

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