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  [col. writ. 11/14/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   In Ferguson, tensions are tighter than a drum, in morbid anticipation of the decision of the grand jury in the fatal police shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed local Black teenager.   We have said ‘decision of the grand jury’, but in truth, it isn’t the grand jury which really decides anything - it’s the prosecutor.   As the old saying goes, ‘a prosec...
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  [col. writ. 11/5/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   The elections are over, but the results have just begun.   The mid-terms, and the source of much of the vote, puts one in mind of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), the great British novelist, among whose works is A Tale of Two Cities, which is, in fact, a tale of two classes in one city; late 19th century and industrial London; the very rich and the very p...
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  [col. writ. 11/2/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Recently, there’s been much comment about the Constitution. What are we talking about? Well, not only is there a U.S. Constitution that allegedly covers the nation, but every state has a constitution as well.   Article VI establishes what’s called the Supremacy Clause, where every state is bound by the U.S. Constitution, usually as decided by the U.S. ...
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  [col. writ. 11/3/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal     Elections are underway, and thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, billions of dollars are flooding previously small and uninteresting elections, in states, governorships and Congress.   Pundits are in heaven, predicting which way the polls will go - but in truth, no one knows for sure.   Perhaps the Republicans will win; perhaps...
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  [col. writ. 11/4/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   They are called the Dallas 6 - and we ain’t talking about Texas.   Dallas, in Pennsylvania, is one of nearly 30 prisons in the state, located in its rural outback. The 6 are young Black men who, in 2010, tried to stage a peaceful protest in the prison’s “hole’, or its solitary confinement unit. They were moved to such protest after witnessing another ...
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  [col. writ. 10/31/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   If you squint your eyes, and look at TV news, all you’ll see -- no matter which channel you choose -- is fear.   Ebola. Isis. Car crashes. Plane crashes. Train crashes. Murder - and mayhem.   In essence, fear. American TV is awash in a cold splash of fear. Indeed, virtually every channel is tuned to Fear TV.   And there’s a method to the madness. For...
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  [col. writ. 10/26/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Brothas, Sistas;   To the Movement in Texas against the death penalty: Ona Move!   It’s been years since I’ve spoken out against the death penalty in Texas. The last time (I believe was on behalf of Bro. Shaka Sankofa -- a brilliant young man, who grew to proud Black manhood in the shadow of the Death House.   A young man who would be alive today, ha...
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  [Col. Writ.  10/28/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   For some, this may come as a surprise, for it seems illogical, but the U.S. doesn’t hate Palestine.   It arms and finances its nemesis, Israel - yes. It votes consistently with Israel in the United Nations (UN) - even against the majority of the world’s nations -yes. It quietly and surreptitiously allowed Israel to become a nuclear power - yes.   Al...
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  [col. writ. 10/13/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   The name of Troy Davis is known to most of us, largely because of media coverage. But the details of his epic struggle, and the denial of the courts (state and federal) to seriously hear his claims are a lot lesser known.   Now, a recent book on the case, entitled, “I Am Troy Davis”, focuses on the Davis family, and reveals how the denial of justice ...
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  (col. writ. 10/16/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal We have learned, recently, of the closing of the Morales-Shakur Student Center at the City College of New York. (CCNY)   What does this mean? Why now?   What we are seeing is the war against the ‘60s - a war against the Movements of that era - and a war against history itself. For the present era of leaders want to white-wash and erase the history of...
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