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  [col. writ. 10/15/14] (C) ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   With the death of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan shortly after his arrival from Liberia, West Africa, the Ebola crisis has burst onto millions of news screens, generating deep levels of fear and xenophobia.   To be sure, Ebola is a serious health concern, for it has a 70% mortality rate (the African term, ‘Ebola’, named for a river in Congo after the first...
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  [col. writ. 10/7/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal At first glance, the communities of Ferguson, in Missouri, and of Gaza, in the Israeli Occupied Territories, share virtually nothing in common. One is situated in the richest country on earth.  The other sits on ancient lands, lands that are constantly shrinking under the Occupation.   One is predominantly African-American; the other is populated by P...
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  [col. writ. 10/5/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Goddard College, which began as a seminary, has stood in the shadows of Vermont’s mountains for the better part of a century. Its bucolic surroundings lend it the air of serenity, the cool quiet of its rural, northern cities.   It was the beginning of the 1970s when I first arrived there, a young man in his latter teens, and I was stunned by the sheer...
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  [col. writ. 10/2/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   For millions of young people in America, the chances for a higher education are slight and few.   The costs are so high, and resources so lacking, that education has become an almost unattainable goal.   The massive privatization campaign, waged by businesses for generations, has boosted the growth of private schools and colleges, and these businesses...
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  [col. writ. 9/29/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   His name was Herman Ferguson, and if you’re not dialed into the Black Nationalist Movement, the name may not ring a bell of recognition. But to those aware of the Black Power Movement of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, Herman Ferguson’s life, role and commitment rings like a bell in the night.   For Ferguson, often accompanied by his wife and comrade, Iyalu...
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  [col. writ. 9/25/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   When the ISIS group cracked the news several weeks ago, it stunned millions of Americans, who wondered, “Where did this come from?”   The media, performing their function of servant to the corporate state, just as they did during the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003, simply distributed audio from the Pentagon and politicians.   Few went deeper.   One ha...
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  [col. writ. 9/20/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal When Barack Hussein Obama was first elected US President, a sense of mad elation swept through areas that were once regarded as Third World; Africa, because of his blood ties; and the Middle East, because of the faith tradition of his father. For them, Obama’s elevation to the highest office in the land seemed to signify a change of epic proportions, f...
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  [col. writ. 9/11/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Recently, a group of human rights researchers, responding to letters from Fayette prisoners, found a slew of environmental dangers and threats to the lives, health and well-being of hundreds of prisoners, guard and other staff members at the prison in Western Pennsylvania. The Abolitionist Law Center and the Human Rights Coalition, with the help of th...
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  (col. writ. 9/24/14) © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   It is fascinating to watch US presidents, as they call names and promise destruction, especially so soon after the flood of disasters that have been waged throughout the Middle East.   Iraq is a social, economic, political, environmental and spiritual basket-case. Libya is little better.   Both are horrific examples of US interventions that have plung...
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  [col. writ. 9/21/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Thanks to the corporate media, Ferguson, Missouri, has been all but forgotten. Other sensationalist fare now fills the air, with empty fluff about missing white women, snuff videos and other mindlessness to further inflame public fear.   But to thousands and thousands of young Black people, Ferguson is as close as teeth are to the tongue. They witness...
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