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Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds

May 17, 2010 by Beverly Bell “A new earthquake” is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed […]

Haiti: The Clock is Set at Zero

Written by Chavannes Jean-Baptiste and Beverly Bell Monday, 08 March 2010

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is the Executive Director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP). He gave this interview last month in MPP’s training center in the rambling, […]

Malcolm and Martin, closer than we ever thought

By John Blake, CNN May 19, 2010 11:36 a.m. EDT (CNN) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was leaving a news conference one afternoon when a tall man with a coppery complexion stepped out of the crowd and blocked his path.

Malcolm X, the African-American Muslim leader who once called King “Rev. Dr. Chicken-wing,” […]

San fight land grab in Namibian park

Inter Press Service | 15 May 2010 By Servaas van den Bosch

BORICHA, Namibia, May 15, 2010 (IPS) – Pensioner Makena Makanga slowly savours a piece of manketti fruit unaware that the tree it came from will soon be chopped down and mulched along with the rest of her forest to make way for a […]

25 Years Ago: Philadelphia Police Bombs MOVE Headquarters Killing 11, Destroying 65 Homes

Ramona Africa

Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of a massive police operation in Philadelphia that culminated in the helicopter bombing of the headquarters of a radical group known as MOVE. The fire from the attack killed six adults and five children and destroyed sixty-five homes. Despite two grand jury investigations and a commission finding that […]

MOVE Fire Burdens Neighborhood, After 25 Years

NPR May 13, 2010 by ELIZABETH FIEDLER

Philadelphia row houses burn in May 1985, after officials dropped a bomb on the MOVE house.

For Philadelphians, May 13 marks a 25th anniversary many would rather forget. The city is still haunted by the massive police operation aimed at rousting members of the radical group MOVE from […]

Actor Isaiah Washington Awarded Sierra Leonean Citizenship

Oath ceremony speech by Isaiah Washington after being sworn in as a Sierra Leonean citizen by Chief Immigration Officer Kholifa Koroma and His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma on April 26, 2010 in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

ENTIRE SPEECH BELOW

As you can hear, there have been and still are many obstacles trying to prevent me […]

South African bill will put traditional storytellers out of business

Legislation has good intentions, but ignores SA’s leading storytellers, writes Nothando Migogo Hlatshwayo Apr 18, 2010 12:00 AM | By Nothando Migogo Hlatshwayo

BBY world congress: Gcina Mhlophe, author and storyteller, reads from the book QUEEN OF IMBIRA at the conference. Pic: Karin Retief. 7/9/04. � ST

Before the month is out, a new […]