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1.31.2011


Recent protests have rocked Egypt.
This cartoon depicts the sentiments of those seeking President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, as interpreted by the brilliant cartoonist Carlos Latuff.




Wow! I just wrapped up an absolutely wonderful discussion on the radio!

I appeared on "The Struggle Continues" radio show hosted by Hodari Abdul-Ali on WPFW, 89.3 FM in Washington,D.C. It was his 1st "Editor's Roundtable" and I was on the show with Denise Rolark, Publisher of The Washington Informer and Ayesha Mustafaa, Editor of The Muslim Journal.

We discussed issues such as America's current political climate, the uprising in Egypt, the contentious Chicago Mayoral elections and the works and legacy of the late journalist Sam Yette. We also took calls from the public. I enjoyed it! It may be available via archive at www.WPFW.org.

Regarding Egypt, it is interesting to watch how the American media (CNN, MSNBC, FOX) is focused on what is taking place Egypt in terms of how it will effect Israel, while foreign media (Al-Jazeera, PressTV, RTV) focuses on the Egyptian people and their desire for freedom after decades of repression.

I've always encouraged you to check out other news sources such as (Al Jazeera, PressTV, RTV, Jordan Times etc.) to obtain a more balanced view of global realities. It is good to follow events happening in other lands consistently so that when something "big" happens, such as a major revolutionary protest or a despotic leader gets tossed out, it will be understood that there is a broader more layered context. A real effect generated by a real cause.

There must be an understanding of Egypt's cooperation w/ Israel in strangling the Palestinian people by preventing aid from entering, and keeping them trapped as the bloodthirsty and paralyzing Israeli military shelled innocent people during the Gaza massacre, the hypocrisy of America's backing of Mr. Mubarak and his "elections" and the influence of groups that have been growing in popularity despite decades of repression and imprisonment. In fact, I just recently heard reports of the formation of a coalition that backs Mohammed El Baradei as the new Egyptian leader, Reportedly, this coalition includes the Muslim Brotherhood.

I am including three links at the bottom of this article, two of them are letters written by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to former President George W. Bush, the other is a very insightful article written by economist and author Cedric Muhammad which appeared on his blog today. Enjoy!

Minister Farrakhan’s first letter to President George W. Bush (Dated 12/1/2001)
http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_56.shtml

Minister Farrakhan’s second letter to President George W. Bush (Dated October 30, 2002)
http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_330.shtml

A Coming Russia-U.S. Conflict Over Egypt? By Cedric Muhammad
http://www.cedricmuhammad.com/a-coming-russia-us-conflict-over-egypt/

1.26.2011

Al Jazeera's 'Palestine Papers' contain startling revelations




Startling revelations contained in Al Jazeera's 'Palestine Papers'


Nearly two months after the international community was rocked by revelations contained in Wikileaks, another leak of internal documents could prove even more consequential.

Al Jazeera announced they have obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

According to the news organization, they have been given “unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which claim to detail inner-workings of the peace process, including diplomatic negotiations.

They began posting what they are calling “The Palestine Papers,” on the internet January 23.

The documents include memos, emails, maps, minutes from high-level meetings as well as PowerPoint presentations, all from between the years 1999 to 2010.

New details are revealed regarding the Palestinian Authority’s willingness to concede illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority’s views on refugees and the right of return and their cooperation with the Israeli government. There are also details of talks between Palestinian and American negotiators in late 2009, involving the Goldstone Report and its discussion at the United Nations.

Because of the sensitive nature of the documents, Al Jazeera is protecting the sources, however, according to their website, they “have taken great care over an extended period of time to assure,” the authenticity of the files.

With the launch of their English language channel in November of 2006, Al Jazeera has begun to challenge the former dominance of BBC and CNN in the area of worldwide news reporting by providing a more balanced view of current events, especially related to the Middle East.

The Al Jazeera Transparency Unit (AJTU) is a newly-created entity formed by the news organization to receive confi dential news tips, documents and other materials that have been published. They are the group responsible for making The Palestine Papers public. The documents are available on the web at http://www.ajtransparency.com.