November 2008

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Bishop Tutu on Obama and the Israeli Blockade of Gaza

Picture: phjblogspot.com Democracy Now - South African bishop and activist, Desmond Tutu, is interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, a television and radio news program, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the United States and airing on over 700 stations. AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to the South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the leading voices for peace, justice and human rights around the world, a central figure in the South African struggle against apartheid. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize...

An Ongoing Injustice

Picture: CT Daily Fazila Farouk - Although important work is carried out in this field, we certainly don't hear enough about holding corporations accountable for the profits they pocketed during South Africa's apartheid years. The focus of South Africa's negotiated democracy has been finding unity in forgiveness. This is important for a country looking forward and trying to construct a civilised society, but it comes with a cost. This cost is a lack of acknowledgement for the ongoing suffering of South Africans whose human...

Sean Penn Interviews Chavez and Castro

Actor and filmmaker, Sean Penn talks about his meetings with two Latin American leaders - Chavez and Castro - who have both been demonized by the mainstream press in the United States of America. Penn talked to Raul Castro of Cuba about Barack Obama and Guantanamo, while engaging Venezuela's Hugo Chavez on the subject of human rights. To read Penn's article Conversations with Chavez and Castro, please click here.

You're Scaring Me, Obama: Let the Bush Years Die

Picture: Mr. Wright Heather Wokusch - To be honest, Obama, you lost me when you voted for the Patriot Act reauthorization in 2006. You lost me again when you voted for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendment in 2008. And you lost me every single time you voted for yet more war funding. Don't even get me started on your vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. I cast a ballot for you in November, but I just can't share in this moment of collective euphoria over your election. So, if your transition team...

Evo Morales' First Visit to America

Evo Morales talks to an American audience about Bolivia's indigenous model of democracy, the partial nationalization of the oil industry as well as the country's constitution, which recognizes basic services such as water, electricity and "telephones" as human rights that cannot be privatized. Morales' visit takes place against the backdrop if his expelling the American ambassador to Bolivia from his country in September 2008.

Corruption and the Colour of One's Skin

Picture: Steve Wampler Saliem Fakir - Somebody coming from Mars would be forgiven for thinking that the era of black rule is rife with corruption and nepotism. The white world would have been thought of as being better if one is to believe that its history was always populated with saints. History though. is infrequently remembered for what it is, seldom uncovered for all of its diversity and always selectively appropriated. Short memory, too, is the enemy of history -- and there is lots of it going around. When it comes to...