Fela Kuti is one of the most significant musicians to ever come out of Sub-Sharan Africa. Through his music he confronted government corruption, multi-national corporations, and police brutality in Nigeria. Only 14 when his father died, his son Seun has decided to carry on his legacy. Music of Resistance went to meet him.
On Friday, an emergency summit took place in Doha to discuss ceasefire prospects for Gaza. In protest against the war on Gaza, Qatar and Mauritania had suspended ties with Israel and urged other states to follow. A second, apparently rival, summit of European and so-called “moderate” Arab leaders also gathered in Sharm El Shaikh. A third summit is now slated for Kuwait. Mahdi Abdulhadi and Robert Fisk are interviewed on Al Jazeera’s Inside Story. Part 2
From SleptOn.com: Too often, we are treated to a view of a romanticized and whitewashed Dr. King in order to fit the man and his struggle neatly within the prevailing political and economic power structures in a largely uncritical and non-threatening manner. This portrayal of Dr. King has been mass marketed as an accommodationist figure and is now so pervasive in our schools, media, etc. that it threatens to neutralize and placate the most ambitious, daring and challenging of King’s critique along with his struggle to confront and organize against not only racism, but economic exploitation and militarism-imperialism as well. Due to such, SleptOn.com offers “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Struggling Not To Lose Him” as a direct challenge (as he would have it) to the views and practices of those who celebrate a thoroughly pacified legacy of a man. A familiar refrain, as of late, has been Rosa sat, King walked so that he (Obama) could run or some variation thereof. Was that the goal of King’s struggle?
Bush bidding his last goodbyes in occupied Baghdad. Bush the president of the United Asses reaping the fruits of his labor and that of his American people from my Beloved.
Bush congratulated his stooges, the extra-large Zionist/Kurdish buffoon Talabani and the other Kurdish pimp Barazani. The puppet Tareq Al-Hashemi who was all smiles, and guess whom Bush kissed on the cheeks ? None other than the son of a bitch from Iran, A.Al-Hakeem, head of the Supreme Iranian Butt Council and head of the Badr death squads, whose hands are inundated with the blood of innocent Arab Iraqis.
The criminal psychopath, Bush last stop, was at a press conference with his other puppet, the sectarian dictator, from Iran, PM Nuri Al-Maliki.
And whilst Bush was pontificating from his ass, Muntather Al-Zaidi, a 28 years old journalist, a leftist, from the independent anti-occupation, anti-sectarian TV, Al-Baghdadia, stood up and threw not one shoe but TWO pair of shoes at Bush, calling him at the top of his voice YA KALB – YOU DOG.
Al Jazeera’s excellent news anchor the IRAQI Layla Al-Sheikhly was the only one to report the slur and insult to the President of the United Asses. His last visit indeed and a souvenir from a patriotic Iraqi. Subsequent news censored the insult – YA KALB-YOU DOG.
Let me tell you more about Muntather Al-Zaidi. Muntather was kidnapped, tortured and humiliated and when released he resumed his work as a journalist at the Baghdadia TV. He graduated from Baghdad University in Journalism and was active pre-2003 in the Iraqi Federation /Student Union and was/is known to be a vehement opposer to the dual occupation of my Beloved.
One of his colleagues confirmed that Muntather came to the press conference late, and his other colleagues from the same TV station had preceded him way before. This other colleague also confirmed that they had to stand for hours for stringent security checks before being allowed to enter the press hall.
Muntather as a dignified Iraqi, used the only weapon available to him – HIS SHOES.
He threw the first one with such dexterity, Bush ducked and within seconds he threw the second one and aimed right above that bastard’s head and landed smash into the American flag. I think that Muntather was hoping to aim the other shoe at Maliki, the puppet.
Needless to say about 5 men or more, dressed in civil clothes and some of them were American dogs, threw themselves on this HEROMuntather. Amidst the stupor and shouts, I could hear his screams while he was being kicked, his hair pulled, and his face scratched…
We all watched it and Mom and I burst into tears, tears of happiness and tears of grief.
Happiness because Muntather filled us with hope, hope that there are still brave heroes left in Iraq. Mom even called him the Salah El-Deen Al Ayubi /the new Saladin.
A historical moment in the Iraqi tragedy indeed and during Bush’s last visit !
A historical moment that will be recorded as the ultimate humiliation to any American president and to the “American Empire” hahahahahahaha.
We were also filled with grief and recited the Fateeha, because we knew that Muntather Al-Zaidi signed his own death warrant. This guy is finished.
Mom added that he will be tortured first, most probably with shoes before his execution.
Muntather Al-Zaidi was aware that the consequences of such an act will bring the wrath of the sectarian Shiites and zionists Kurdish puppets and that of the Americans on his head. But he risked it anyway…like a TRUE IRAQI HERO giving his occupier the ultimate humiliation next to the military defeat of America – because America has been DEFEATED in Iraq.
Yes, you dirty motherfuckers, NO VICTORY for you in IRAQ. No victory as long as people like Muntather exist…
I therefore urge all people of conscience, in particular [Reporters] without Borders, any syndicate or union of journalists anywhere in the world, to mobilize themselves for the release of Muntather before he gets executed.
I will leave you with an Iraqi song by Bassem Al-Ali singing for the Iraqis, all of the TRUE Iraqis, saying : You, Iraqi don’t bow your head down and don’t kneel. All the others will be defeated.
I remember seeing her perform in one of those small gardens alongside some towering skyscraper in Manhattan with a waterfall at her back and her saying to the small audience that she’d have to retune her guitar so it didn’t collide with the noise the water made.
In early November, Canadian media giant Canwest Mediaworks dropped its lawsuit against Mordecai Briemberg, a lawsuit which alleged that he infringed on Canwest’s trademark rights. The case pertained to the creation of a parody of one of Canwest’s many papers, the Vancouver Sun. The parody satirized what its creators see as Canwest’s biased coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict; and while there was no evidence that Mordecai had any role in the creation of the paper, Mordecai posits that it was the building of public pressure that caused Canwest to drop the suit, as they had known about the absence of evidence for months. While Mordecai suit was dropped, Canwest has refused to drop its suit against the two others who have taken responsibility for the creation of the parody. Mordecai contends that parody is a cherished tradition of dissent in the society and that Canwest’s lawsuits amount to an attack on freedom of speech.
Mordecai Briemberg is co-host of the public affairs program Redeye on Vancouver’s cooperative radio, CFRO. He is a former university professor, Rhodes scholar and a long time activist in peace and social justice causes, including a long history of activism on behalf of Palestinian rights.