Yemen’s Descent into Hell: A Saudi-American war of terror

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air…

Rights group documents fresh South Sudan ‘war crimes’

A rights group on Wednesday accused the government of South Sudan and its allied militias of carrying out “war crimes” of “staggering brutality” during an offensive earlier this year.Amnesty International’s report, based on research following a government offensive on Leer and Mayendit counties in the northern Unity State between April and June, catalogued the testimonies…

Two African Heroes Leave Prison in Rwanda

Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame has released two of his best known political prisoners: Victoire Ingabire, a Hutu political activist, and Kizito Mihigo, a Tutsi gospel singer. “Ingabire said that she would continue trying to open political space and free all political prisoners.” On September 15, Rwandan political prisoners Victoire Ingabire and Kizito Mihigo walked out…

Do You Know This Haitian Revolution Early Leader & Vodou Priest? By Freddie Ra

Duttу Bоukmаn wаѕ аn early leader оf thе Hаіtіаn Rеvоlutіоn, еnѕlаvеd іn Jаmаіса аnd lаtеr in Haiti. Hе іѕ соnѕіdеrеd tо hаvе bееn bоth a lеаdеr оf mаrооnѕ and Vodou hоungаn (рrіеѕt). According tо ѕоmе contemporary accounts Bоukmаn alongside Céсіlе Fаtіmаn, a Vоdоu mаmbо, presided over the rеlіgіоuѕ сеrеmоnу аt Bоіѕ Cаïmаn, іn August 1791, thаt ѕеrvеd…

How Kabila and the mining giants went from best friends to adversaries

Why has the DRC’s president had a complete change of heart?   For much of this year, two of the most powerful forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been engaged in a tense standoff. President Joseph Kabila, the country’s powerful political leader since 2001, is in one corner. A group of multi-billion-dollar…

BlackKKKlansman: injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

Spike Lee adopted the Africana tradition of story-telling in his award-winning film about a 1970s Black detective, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, son of Denzel) who, as the first black cop in the city, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and also infiltrated a radical Black Students’ Union in Colorado Springs and eventually…

Roots of Aretha Franklin, proletarian culture and the rise of black Detroit

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul was an outstanding manifestation of the African American struggle for dignity and freedom. Detroit artist and social activist Aretha Franklin passed into her ancestral realm on Wednesday morning 16 August while surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit Riverfront condominium downtown. It had been announced the previous week…