Video: Black History Special: Jazz Legend Randy Weston on His Life and Celebration of "African Rhythms"

20 February 2012 — Democracy Now!

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

Housmans Radical Books – Events Newsletter January 2012

28 December 2011 — Housmans

1. January sale, with an additional 10% discount to all supporters
2. Announcing Housmans Virtual Book Club – moderators needed

3. Peace News present: ‘From Hastings To Kabul – A voyage of peace and nonviolence’ with Maya Evans
4. Art Not Oil, Liberate Tate, Platform present: ‘Culture Beyond Oil’
5. ‘A Wave of Dreams’ with Alex Walker, Tymon Dogg, Alex Thomas

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Exclusive: Leaked emails show Israel role in UK plot to ban Raed Salah By Asa Winstanley

27 October 2011 — The Electronic Intifada

salah.jpgSheikh Raed Salah was arrested in his hotel room three days after legally entering the UK in June. (Ashraf Amra/APA images)

A UK immigration court ruled yesterday that popular Palestinian leader Sheikh Raed Salah could be deported from the country, after being banned by Home Secretary Theresa May in June.

The Electronic Intifada can now also exclusively reveal new details of an Israeli government role in the UK plot to exclude Salah.

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The New Libya: Assassination, Ruination, Broken Promises and Body Snatching… By Felicity Arbuthnot

27 October 2011 — Global Research

‘As usual, we swim in a pile of dishonorable politicians. An Arab poem describes how the rotten rubbish floats to the top of the water while all the gems – corals and precious fish – stay at the bottom.’ (An Arab friend.)

If events of the past few days are anything to go by, the UN-NATO insurgent allies are set to bring a grim, lawless, murderous and fundamentalist future to the ‘New Libya.’

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The definition of occupation By Abdelnasser Rashid

April 15, 2006, 11th Grade student, PALESTINE

Occupied, terrorized, genocide
while the whole world is hypnotized,
Sixty years, incessant tears
no day passes by without countless fears
For our lives, our wives, our children cry
yet the world turns away, and our spirits die.
For my land, I do stand
but I remain hopeless without a helping hand,
Oppression, suppression, depression
of every aspect of my life, you’ve taken possession,
Our weapons are stones, to protect our homes
but your bulldozers win and terror roams,
Yours are tanks, helicopters, and military jeeps
to kill the young man, as his mother weeps,
You control our electricity, you control our seas
you control our streets, and uproot our trees,
You close our schools, our children can’t learn
you deny the refugees their right to return,
Suffering orphans, under your persecution
when they rise up, they face execution,
Families are separated, and farmers (merely) recall
the land they lost by your Apartheid Wall,
Through your diplomacy and your foreign relations
you attempt to justify and give credence to your occupations,
Palestine is my land, and I won’t let you take it
and while you put the world to sleep, I try to wake it.