Black History Special: Jazz Legend Randy Weston on His Life and Celebration of “African Rhythms”
In a Black History Month special, today we spend the hour with the legendary pianist and composer Randy Weston. For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. His most famous compositions include “Little Niles,” “Blue Moses” and “Hi-Fly,” and his 1960 album, “Uhuru Afrika,” was a landmark recording that celebrated the independence movements in Africa and the influence of traditional African music on jazz. The record, which began with a freedom poem written by Langston Hughes, would later be banned by the South African apartheid regime, along with albums by Max Roach and Lena Horne. Continue reading →
PCHR Calls upon the International Community to Save the Life of the Detainee Khader Adnan IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned for the life of Khader Adnan, a detainee in Israeli jails, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressurize Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) to release Adnan, who has been placed under administrative detention without trial. …
Yesterday it was announced that the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy would dispatch “envoys” around the world in an attempt to undermine the upcoming plans for Israeli Apartheid Week (starting today, 20 February, in some places).
Free Bradley Manning! World Socialist Web Site As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, I condemn the persecution of Bradley Manning and demand his immediate release. Manning’s formal arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, where he will be charged with 22 counts, including that … http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/mann-f20.shtml
Ramallah, 19 February 2012—Israel’s High Court of Justice has today scheduled a petitions hearing regarding the case of Khader Adnan to take place Thursday, 23 February 2012 at 11:30am. The petition was filed by Khader Adnan’s lawyers on 15 February. The High Court of Justice was provided with a detailed medical report prepared on 14 February by an Israeli-accredited doctor on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR–Israel). Despite the elaborate medical report, which confirmed that Khader Adnan “is in immediate danger of death,” and that “a fast in excess of 70 days does not permit survival,” the Israeli High Court appointed the petition session for 23 February with no guarantees that a decision will be made on the same day. By then, Khader Adnan—if alive—will have reached the 69th day of his ongoing hunger strike. Continue reading →
Britain has been openly calling for intervention in Syria based on allegations that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is suppressing the “people” whom Prime Minister David Cameron wishes to see as the absolute majority calling for Assad’s ouster.
on “Defamation” (dir. <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Yoav Shamir, 2010, 93 mins) Plus: Q&A with <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Miri Weingarten
This fascinating film looks at the political use of <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Holocaust memory and anti-semitism claims. In his exploration of modern Israeli life, the filmmaker travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the “oldest hatred” and comes up with some startling answers. In this irreverent quest, he tacks onto a class of Israeli school children on a pilgrimage to Auschwitz and follows <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>American Jewish leaders to the capitals of Europe where they warn government officials of the growing threat of anti-Semitism.
In the kabuki theatre of British parliamentary politics, great crimes do not happen and criminals go free. It is theatre after all; the pirouettes matter, not actions taken at remove in distance and culture from their consequences. It is a secure arrangement guarded by cast and critics alike. The farewell speech of one of the most artful, Tony Blair, had “a sense of moral conviction running through it”, effused the television presenter Jon Snow, as if Blair‘s appeal to Kabuki devotees was mystical. That he was a war criminal was irrelevant.
In a recent essay, I mentioned Matt Taibbi as one of the examples of a phenomenon I call “The Obedient Dissenter,” and said I would be examining that phenomenon in further detail soon. This isn’t that lengthier analysis, but more in the nature of a sneak preview.
Iran decided not to wait until July 1, when the EUoil embargo comes into effect, instead imposing its own ‘boycott on the offending powers, starting with the two biggest imperialist bullies on the schoolyard,’ journalist Webster Tarpley told RT.