Final Call
By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

#CHIRAQ - More than just a nickname, a shameful and tragic reality for many

Controversy over movie about Chicago violence again raises questions about images, exploitation and how to make suffering and loss of life more than entertainment and tales of urban woe.

On Monday, May 18, Rahm Emanuel stood on stage at The Chicago Theatre, a landmark located on State Street in the famed Loop, to take the oath of office beginning his second term as mayor.

To all the pomp and circumstance, the city's political elite gathered in the city's business center, to hear Mayor Emanuel's vision for the future. In striking contrast to that scene, during the previous weekend 49 people were shot in Chicago.

Over the past few years, many have begun to refer to the city of Chicago as "Chiraq" comparing it to the war torn nation in the Persian Gulf. Hip-Hop albums and documentaries dealing with crime in the city have used it in titles, and for many of the youth, it has become something of a badge of honor to describe the strength it takes to survive in areas that resemble war zones. » FULL STORY

Angry activists in Cleveland: Justice for Blacks in America will never happen

By Richard B. Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad -Final Call Staffers-

Protests were largely peaceful, calls for calm were plentiful and pleas for the city of Cleveland to be a model for dealing with deadly Black-police encounters and tense police-community relations were prominent.


'Indict, convict, send killer cops to jail'

By Richard B. Muhammad - Editor

BALTIMORE - A grand jury indictment of six police officers accused in connection with the death of Freddie Gray took the city another step toward justice and perhaps gives prosecutors a clear example of what is possible when Blacks are abused or die in police custody—or after encounters with cops.


Death toll rises after storms barrel through Plains, Midwest

By AP

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on May 24, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.


Deadly White Waco biker clashes downplayed because of race?

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - In what a Waco, Texas police sergeant described as the "worst, most violent" crime scene he’d seen in more than 34 years of police work, nine motorcycle gang members were killed, 18 were injured and another 170 were arrested and more than 200 deadly weapons were confiscated after a gun fight erupted over a simple parking space May 17.


Becoming one in Christ - Farrakhan's message of unity transcends religious boundaries

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

he Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said he felt right at home speaking from the pulpit at Greater St. John Bible Church on the city’s West Side May 24. As a believer in the oneness of God, no one should be confused by a Muslim speaking at a church, he noted.


#CHIRAQ - More than just a nickname, a shameful and tragic reality for many

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

Controversy over movie about Chicago violence again raises questions about images, exploitation and how to make suffering and loss of life more than entertainment and tales of urban woe.

On Monday, May 18, Rahm Emanuel stood on stage at The Chicago Theatre, a landmark located on State Street in the famed Loop, to take the oath of office beginning his second term as mayor.

To all the pomp and circumstance, the city's political elite gathered in the city's business center, to hear Mayor Emanuel's vision for the future. In striking contrast to that scene, during the previous weekend 49 people were shot in Chicago.

Over the past few years, many have begun to refer to the city of Chicago as "Chiraq" comparing it to the war torn nation in the Persian Gulf. Hip-Hop albums and documentaries dealing with crime in the city have used it in titles, and for many of the youth, it has become something of a badge of honor to describe the strength it takes to survive in areas that resemble war zones.


Angry activists in Cleveland: Justice for Blacks in America will never happen

By Richard B. Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad -Final Call Staffers-

Protests were largely peaceful, calls for calm were plentiful and pleas for the city of Cleveland to be a model for dealing with deadly Black-police encounters and tense police-community relations were prominent.


'Indict, convict, send killer cops to jail'

By Richard B. Muhammad - Editor

BALTIMORE - A grand jury indictment of six police officers accused in connection with the death of Freddie Gray took the city another step toward justice and perhaps gives prosecutors a clear example of what is possible when Blacks are abused or die in police custody—or after encounters with cops.


Death toll rises after storms barrel through Plains, Midwest

By AP

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on May 24, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.


Deadly White Waco biker clashes downplayed because of race?

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - In what a Waco, Texas police sergeant described as the "worst, most violent" crime scene he’d seen in more than 34 years of police work, nine motorcycle gang members were killed, 18 were injured and another 170 were arrested and more than 200 deadly weapons were confiscated after a gun fight erupted over a simple parking space May 17.


U.S. hosts arms bazaar at White House Arab Summit

By Thalif Deen

When the United States sells billions of dollars in sophisticated arms to Arab nations, they are conditioned on two key factors: no weapons with a qualitative military edge over Israel will ever be sold to the Arabs, nor will they receive any weapons that are not an integral part of the U.S. arsenal.


Confronting violence against Indigenous peoples in Costa Rica

By Diego Arguedas Ortiz

SAN JOSE, (IPS) - After years of violence against two indigenous groups in Costa Rica, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) demanded that the government adopt measures by May 15 to protect the life and physical integrity of the members of the two communities.


Protests highlight troubles of Ethiopian Jews in Israel

By Aron Heller

When Israel secretly airlifted waves of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, saving them from war and famine in the Horn of Africa, it was celebrated as a triumphant show of unity for the Jewish people.


U.N. Staffers secure at home, moving targets overseas

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, (IPS)—When the United Nations spent over $2.2 billion refurbishing its ageing 65-year-old Secretariat building, one of its primary goals was to strengthen security to prevent any violent attacks on the glass house by New York city’s East River.


Middle East conflicts trigger new U.S.-Russia arms race

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)—The escalating military conflicts in the Middle East—and the month-long aerial bombings of Yemen by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia—have triggered a new arms race in the politically-volatile region.


Supporting our own and circulating the Black dollar

By Rhodesia Muhammad

NEW ORLEANS - On a recent Saturday, organizers and over a dozen participants met at the Black-owned Half Shell Restaurant at 9 a.m. for a bus tour to explore Black businesses in the city.


Will new student loan debt program really help?

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

WASHINGTON - As parents and college seniors prepare for graduation and life after college, student loan debt is quite likely on their list of concerns. And it should be. Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt and risen to the number two debt Americans have behind a mortgage.


Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

By Anne Flaherty Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies February 26, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.


Major bank charged with housing discrimination

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Thought housing discrimination was a thing of the past? Think again. The Fair Housing Justice Center and nine Black, Hispanic, South Asian and White testers have filed a federal lawsuit charging the M&T Bank Corporation “discriminates in its mortgage lending practices on the basis of race and national origin.


Poor communities lose billions to predatory lenders

By Freddie Allen

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Predatory lenders continue to target poor, Black and Latino communities, siphoning off $103 billion in fees and interests every year, and the rest of us are paying for it, according to a recent report by United for a Fair Economy.


How the U.S. Government destabilized foreign governments

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

America is losing friendship throughout the world. The Government of America is losing control of the country's institutions and losing power of her own mind. America is losing control of her world. In desperation, she feels that her guns, rockets, bombs and technology will keep her kingdom in power. » CONTINUE

The critical hour demands building a future for ourselves and our people

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

The Time for "marching" is over! We've done that, and we've accomplished a lot through "marches." Through the Million Man March, we proved that we can rise above our differences because The Cause for which we were rising was greater than the things that divided us. » CONTINUE

A Conversation with Scholars and Friends

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

God says in the scriptures He is not the author of confusion, but of peace. How did we get so confused? Satan has entered among the people of God and divided the house of worshipers of The One God, and made some of us enemies of others because we misunderstood the messages of our prophets, wise men and women and sages. » CONTINUE

Guidance in a Time of Trouble

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

There's other powers that manipulate presidents, kings and rulers! So what you think you've got in the person you voted for: When you find out what you hoped for is something you can't get--because the man you voted for doesn't have the power to deliver, whether it is Obama today, or Mitt Romney tomorrow--your hopes will be dashed.
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'Save Our Girls': A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Women: You've got to be set free! What God has put within you must be cultivated, must be developed, and must be used for the advancement of a Nation and a World. So that's the message of Elijah Muhammad for The M.G.T.—and The F.O.I. My dear sisters: A new world is to come into existence from you. » CONTINUE

The People of The Prophecy, The People of God's Promise

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

The Enemy has told us that if we get a "good education" we'll get a job and with a job, we'll be able to make money. And with that money, we'll be able to afford "the good things of life" so some of us have that: a little money, a little Mercedes Benz, a nice home—but we're perishing because we are of the world that we're in. » CONTINUE

We Must Become Producers for Our People

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Are we just in school to get an education so that we can go out and "get a job" and "make some money" and "drive in a nice car" and "live in a nice home"—and abandon the ghetto and leave our brothers and sisters behind and think that we've made "progress" in the world? Is this what God intended when He asked us to "go after knowledge from the cradle to the grave"? » CONTINUE

The Divine Nature & Value of Women

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

There will never be a Righteous Kingdom until and unless there is a Righteous Woman. Where there are no decent women there are no decent men. For the woman, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches the Black woman in particular, is the Mother of Civilization. So I want to talk about The Divine Nature of Women.
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The Moral Case for Separation and Independence

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

President Abraham Lincoln wanted to separate Black people, and give them a place outside of America, as well as aid from America in helping us to go for ourselves. Mr. Lincoln said that it was "morally right" that we be separated; and it was in “the best self-interest” of America to do so. » CONTINUE

A Vision for America

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Even though America says she wants change and renewal, she must deal with the basis of this country’s woes. Either she must evolve from the limited vision of the founding fathers and repudiate that vision, or America must say that she believes in the true vision of the founding fathers and that the darker people will never be respected as equals inside of this nation. » CONTINUE