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  [col. writ. 7/7/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal The scenes are, unfortunately, all too familiar.   A person is beaten, ruthlessly, relentlessly, by a cop (or group of cops).   A video is released, and, at least initially, public sympathy flows to the beaten figure on the bottom.   Before long, however, the counter-narrative emerges, the beaten was belligerent, combative, resisted arrest -or, worst o...
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  [col. writ. 7/9/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   The biblical tale of David vs. Goliath is the quintessential story of how the weak can prevail over the mighty.   It gives people hope that perhaps they can prevail over terrible adversity.   In the Middle East that tale continues to be told, but from the somewhat peculiar perspective that Israel, the Zionist State, is David.   This is how most America...
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  [col. writ. 7/2/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal     The Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision, which protected a closely held corporation’s right of religious practice, is a direct result of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision. It was an affirmation of a corporation’s First Amendment rights, which rests upon the rather curious notion that corporations are persons, and thereby entitle...
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  [col. writ. 6/29/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   One would think that after the hellish debacle of Iraq, the primary role of the corporate media, that of Chief Cheerleader, would’ve given rise to soul-searching, or at least professional reconsideration and training of young journalists.   If the news of late is any indication, that ain’t happening.   Check any news service, and no doubt you’ll see o...
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  [col. writ. 6/25/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   When the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, predicated on the events of 9/11, it was the very quintessence of hubris. Neo-conservatives dreamed of remaking the Middle East in their own image. It was, in truth, a mad dream. A nightmare born of the drug of sole superpower.   It’s been a decade since, and none of their dreams have come true. Indeed, it’s...
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  [col. writ. 6/20/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   With the news that President Barack Obama is now sending 300 military advisers back into Iraq (identified as Special Forces), we may be eyeing the beginning of a new phase in the Iraq War. The war, we have been assured, is over, and the bulk of U.S. troops have been withdrawn. Thus, the president can claim one of his campaign promises have been fulfil...
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  [col. writ. 6/19/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal His name is Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, A Muslim Imam, and a prisoner of the U.S. government. But perhaps he is better known (or remembered) as a fiery young icon of the 1960s-era Black Power movement, H. ‘Rap’ Brown. He was called ‘Rap’ because of his quick, snappy style of speech, when he gave voice to the most oppressed Black communities in America.   ...
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  [col. writ. 6/15/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Lightning strikes. Those are the words that came to me as I witnessed the speed with which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was rolling through northern Iraq, forcing government forces to flee.   The cities of Mosul, Samarah, Tikrit and others fell in a matter of days, with nothing but token resistance from the central government.   Photos a...
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  [col. writ. 6/13/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court decided that mandatory life sentences for juveniles was a violation of the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment”. Ever since then almost a dozen states have resolved how their states should address retroactivity issues, or whether this new constitutional rule applied to olde...
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  [col. writ.  6/12/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Her name was Ruby Dee (‘D’) - for Davis), and though she made her transition into the realm of the ancestors, she is available for all to see in all her beauty, dignity, charm and poise, for a long and distinguished career on stage, screen and television.   Despite such a long and legendary career as an actress, one would be hard-pressed to find a ro...
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