Final Call
By Richard B. Muhammad and Saeed Shabazz -Final Call Staffers-

American Death Camps

Darryl Rainey, 50, had one month remaining on his two-year sentence for cocaine possession without the intent to sell. He was also battling mental illness and served his time in a Florida prison’s psychiatric ward. One night Mr. Rainey allegedly defecated on himself while in his cell. Prison guards allegedly handcuffed him and placed him in a shower for two hours where the water temperature was reported to have reached 180 degrees.

The steady stream of scalding water melted Mr. Rainey’s skin from his body, according to the Miami Herald. Nothing was left but chunks of his skin in the shower.

His death was listed as a heart attack.

Last February, mentally ill inmate Jerome Murdough died in his Rikers Island cell after being left unattended for hours in a cell that reached 101 degree temperatures. He had been arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge for sleeping in an enclosed stairwell of a Harlem public housing building and couldn’t make the $2,500 bail set for him, according to court records. » FULL STORY

The passing of king of Saudi Arabia ushers in new era and new questions

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

The custodian of the two holy sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina and the man touted as a reformist who led Saudi Arabia during a decade of regional upheaval and the growth of extremism, has died. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 90-years-old, succumbed to complications of pneumonia and had battled health issues for some time.


Presidential speech hits right note but is delivering on agenda impossible?

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, counted out as a lame duck after his party suffered major losses in congressional and Senate contests last November, has clearly signaled his administration is not finished. But Oval Office confidence and style points alone may not be enough to change the material conditions of the poor, and even the middle class whose household incomes have remained stagnant.


'No one is watching the watchers'

By FinalCall.com News

The United States has over one million people locked up in jails and prisons across the country and just over 4,300 people behind bars died in local jails and state prisons in 2012, according to federal officials.


Judge dismisses UN, Haiti cholera lawsuit

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer-

A judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Haitians infected with cholera has not deterred activists who will continue seeking justice.


What impact will President Obama's college plan have on HBCUs?

By Freddie Allen

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt or harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


American Death Camps

By Richard B. Muhammad and Saeed Shabazz -Final Call Staffers-

Darryl Rainey, 50, had one month remaining on his two-year sentence for cocaine possession without the intent to sell. He was also battling mental illness and served his time in a Florida prison’s psychiatric ward. One night Mr. Rainey allegedly defecated on himself while in his cell. Prison guards allegedly handcuffed him and placed him in a shower for two hours where the water temperature was reported to have reached 180 degrees.

The steady stream of scalding water melted Mr. Rainey’s skin from his body, according to the Miami Herald. Nothing was left but chunks of his skin in the shower.

His death was listed as a heart attack.

Last February, mentally ill inmate Jerome Murdough died in his Rikers Island cell after being left unattended for hours in a cell that reached 101 degree temperatures. He had been arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge for sleeping in an enclosed stairwell of a Harlem public housing building and couldn’t make the $2,500 bail set for him, according to court records.


Presidential speech hits right note but is delivering on agenda impossible?

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, counted out as a lame duck after his party suffered major losses in congressional and Senate contests last November, has clearly signaled his administration is not finished. But Oval Office confidence and style points alone may not be enough to change the material conditions of the poor, and even the middle class whose household incomes have remained stagnant.


State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional

By Glen Ford -Black Agenda Report-

In his next-to-last State of the Union address, President Obama flashed the suckers a bag of tricks that has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress, but will allow his apologists to claim that the genuine, more progressive Obama is revealing himself in his final two years in office.


What impact will President Obama's college plan have on HBCUs?

By Freddie Allen

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt or harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Fight continues despite commuted sentence for former cop

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

CHICAGO - When Howard Morgan turns 64 on February 1, for the first time in nearly a decade, he will celebrate at home with his wife Rosalind, family and friends. Mr. Morgan was released from prison after outgoing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn commuted his 40-year sentence.


The passing of king of Saudi Arabia ushers in new era and new questions

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

The custodian of the two holy sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina and the man touted as a reformist who led Saudi Arabia during a decade of regional upheaval and the growth of extremism, has died. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 90-years-old, succumbed to complications of pneumonia and had battled health issues for some time.


A challenging time for Muslims targeted in Europe

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

When Lutz Bachmann, leader of Germany’s intensifying anti-Islam movement posted a picture of himself on Facebook styled as Adolph Hitler, it was met with scorn and derision.


Judge dismisses UN, Haiti cholera lawsuit

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer-

A judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Haitians infected with cholera has not deterred activists who will continue seeking justice.


The CIA, Fidel Castro and U.S. plots

By Thalif Deen

The controversial low-brow Hollywood comedy, ‘The Interview’, portrays the story of two U.S. talk-show journalists on assignment to interview Kim Jong-un—and midway down the road are recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to poison the North Korean leader.


‘Tony Blair may face war crimes charges’—Liberal Democrat peer

By Alexandra Zevallos-Ortiz

Tony Blair may face war crimes charges arising from the findings of a public inquiry into the role Britain played in the 2003 Iraq war, the House of Lords has been informed.


Despite favorable trends, housing recovery lags for Blacks and Latinos

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

WASHINGTON - While many around the country are recovering from the housing crisis that had tens of millions facing foreclosure, Blacks and Latinos, are not seeing the same progress.


What's on the economic horizon for Black America in 2015?

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

While the overall economic picture generated optimism for some last year, as the country heads into 2015 a majority of low and middle income Black, Brown and poor Americans still suffer from financial struggles carried over from the Great Recession.


Detroit bankruptcy: Debt and democracy

By DCurt Guyette The Michigan Citizen

It began in early 2012, when lawyers from the Jones Day law firm, in conjunction with the investment banking firm Miller Buckfire, began secretly meeting with Gov. Snyder’s office and other state officials to figure out how to thwart the will of Michigan voters.


Banking industry culture fosters cheating?

By AP

WASHINGTON - The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests. A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated.


The Cost of Not Doing Business

By James Clingman -Guest Columnist-

Over the past few decades Black people have been led to believe that we have “power” because we earn and spend so much money in the marketplace, now having eclipsed the $1 trillion mark.


Development to outgrow confinement

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

My reason for coming is hopefully that I might say something that would inspire and encourage you to be the best that you can be, because the walls, no matter how much time you have or indefinite time you have, the walls cannot hold you if you determine not to be held. I'm not talking about breaking out; I'm talking about maturing in a way that the wall can't hold you anymore. » CONTINUE

Guidance For Our President And Our Nation

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

What must government, corporate America, labor unions, bankers and the American people do to address the enormous debt that has now enslaved the American people, and will continue to enslave future generations if this debt is not brought under control? » CONTINUE

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Not a 'Dreamer', but a Man Evolving Toward a Common Goal For His People

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Martin Luther King, just weeks before he was assassinated, in a meeting with members of his staff, told Harry Belafonte he was melancholy because he feared that he was integrating his people into a “burning house.” » CONTINUE

Policies For Empowerment: The Struggle for a New Economic Order

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Thousands upon thousands of jobs for the working man, the middle class, are being wiped out. What chance do our young people have in an economy that’s dying right in front of our face? So the challenge is do we sit around and wait for somebody else to provide a job for an ever-shrinking job market? » CONTINUE

Blessed are the Peacemakers

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

When you pick up the newspaper and you read about Muslims, you say, “My Lord, these are some terrible people.” But the Muslims in the Nation of Islam have been in America now for 74 years and we have no record of terrorism. Even though the government does not like us, we are acting a lot better than many of the Muslims that they are dealing with overseas. » CONTINUE

The Good Samaritan: A Study of Cuba

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

What has Cuba done that is not neighborly and what has America done that says she is a Christian hypocrite? Cuba educates her citizens from preschool to college and gives free medical attention to her citizens even though she is under blockade. What kind of a neighbor is America? Since America does not like the form of government in Cuba, America should show that her form of government is better. » CONTINUE

The Cause and Effect of a Violent Society

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Everybody is looking for somebody to straighten out a mess that was made, unfortunately, by those in authority. We cannot stem the violence that is here at the bottom, which is an effect, unless we look at the violence that begins at the top, which is the cause. We are the effect of a cause that we did not stem the tide of, and now it’s manifesting in the children. » CONTINUE

America on the Brink of Anarchy

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

If we don't make earnest moves toward real solutions, then each day we move one day closer to revolution and anarchy in this country. This is the sad, and yet potentially joyous, state of America. She stands at the doorway of disaster and yet at the threshold of unlimited progress. It all depends on who is going to guide the country and what kind of guidance he or she will give. » CONTINUE

The 2nd Annual B.U.S.I. Conference: ‘Re-Claim, Re-Pair, Re-Form, Re-Produce—REPARATIONS Now!’

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

This university, Morgan State, and all HBCUs, are under attack. "Why are the HBCUs under attack?" Because it was from you that our great leaders of the past came. » CONTINUE

Justice: A Prerequisite to Life

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

I read of this unfortunate incident in our newspaper, The Final Call, and it is one of many that are taking place in cities throughout America that you don't hear of: Young Black men being handcuffed, and shot while they are handcuffed; and then a series of lies are told to justify murder.
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