Final Call
By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

ISIS: Made in the U.S.A.?

Where did ISIS come from, where is this crisis headed and what will the latest ‘enemy of democracy’ mean for a war weary nation and the future?

WASHINGTON - Promising that he’s not leading this country into a new Iraq war, President Barack Obama set the stage at Final Call press time, for a new U.S. “game plan” for an offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS) rebellion in Iraq and Syria.

Efforts to build an international coalition against the extremists made progress during and after the President’s NATO summit in Wales, which ended Sept. 7.

“I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Mr. Obama told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sept. 7. “The next phase is now to start going on some offense.” » FULL STORY

Police say Black male shot himself in back while handcuffed, parents demand answers

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- and Walter Umrani Muhammad

NEW ORLEANS - The family of a 22-year-old Black man, their attorneys and Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference Sept. 4, expressing outrage and refuting claims by police that Victor White III committed suicide while handcuffed in back of a police vehicle.


Fires rage in Ferguson

By Richard B. Muhammad

FERGUSON, Mo.—Fire still burns in Ferguson, not the fires that attracted mainstream media, but the fire and desire for liberation in this St. Louis suburb struck by an uprising and protests that captured the world’s attention.


Cultivating and manifesting the divine essence of the human being

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

CHICAGO - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan told nearly 300 spiritual leaders from across the entire Chicago metropolitan area their job is to identify, cultivate and manifest the divine presence in each and every individual that comes under their influence.


From Ferguson to D.C.: Solidarity in struggle

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

WASHINGTON - Over four days activists in the nation’s capital showed solidarity with and support for activists in Ferguson, Mo.


Lawsuit seeks $40 million for victims of police abuse

By Dr. J.A. Salaam

ST. LOUIS - Sweltering heat didn’t keep more than 50 people from gathering at the Eisenhower Federal Building for a press conference where Atty. Malik Shabazz of Black Lawyers for Justice announced a class action lawsuit on behalf of the “Ferguson Five,” city residents and others who the attorney said were abused by police during protests and a law enforcement crackdown in Ferguson, Mo.


ISIS: Made in the U.S.A.?

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

Where did ISIS come from, where is this crisis headed and what will the latest ‘enemy of democracy’ mean for a war weary nation and the future?

WASHINGTON - Promising that he’s not leading this country into a new Iraq war, President Barack Obama set the stage at Final Call press time, for a new U.S. “game plan” for an offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS) rebellion in Iraq and Syria.

Efforts to build an international coalition against the extremists made progress during and after the President’s NATO summit in Wales, which ended Sept. 7.

“I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Mr. Obama told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sept. 7. “The next phase is now to start going on some offense.”


Detroit debts, assets focus of trial

By AP

DETROIT - Detroit’s chief financial officer acknowledged Sept. 4 that officials may have to make “adjustments” to a plan aimed at reducing the bankrupt city’s debt if future revenues come in lower than projected.


Police say Black male shot himself in back while handcuffed, parents demand answers

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- and Walter Umrani Muhammad

NEW ORLEANS - The family of a 22-year-old Black man, their attorneys and Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference Sept. 4, expressing outrage and refuting claims by police that Victor White III committed suicide while handcuffed in back of a police vehicle.


The Inspired Youth experience at our Nation’s headquarters

By Anisah Muhammad

CHICAGO - On Friday, August 22, 2014, members of the Inspired Youth team founded by Sister Tawon Muhammad of Indianapolis, Ind., arrived in Chicago for an educational weekend and training seminar with The Final Call Newspaper.


Ohio State rep calls for release of tape showing police killing Black shopper

By AP

CINCINNATI (AP)—The president of Ohio’s legislative Black caucus wants the state attorney general to release surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a young Black man in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store.


Clashes between Libyan rival militia groups kill 31

By PressTV.com

Clashes between rival militia groups in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi have killed 31 people from both sides.


100 British cops suspended each year on corruption allegations

By RT.com

Almost 100 police officers are suspended on suspicion of corruption every year, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.


South Sudan’s Hip Hop artists call for, peace through farming

By Adam Bemma

“What is the benefit when children are crying and people are dying due to hunger? There is no need to cry when you have the potential to dig,” sings Juba-based dancehall reggae group, the Jay Family, in their latest single “Stakal Shedit,” which means “Work Hard” in Arabic.


West Africa Ebola death toll rises

By AP

MONROVIA, Liberia - The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.


#Ferguson - Latin American and Caribbean Nations Express Solidarity with Protesters

By Telesur English

The ALBA countries released a joint statement Tuesday expressing their "profound concern" with the violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, which the bloc said is a reminder of the serious racial discrimination that has yet to be resolved in the United States.


Blackonomic$: Symbolism without Substance—Ferguson to Jena

By James Clingman -Guest Columnist-

Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, La. in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice. After all the speeches, threats, marches, and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really changed.


Ending the payday lending debt trap

By Charlene Crowell -NNPA Columnist-

In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates and debt traps has generated an unprecedented groundswell of national and local attention.


Wage gap and income inequality growing

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Lower wage jobs are gaining in the employment market while higher paying jobs lost during the recession have yet to return. The challenges of workers laid off during this period that find and settle for these lower paying jobs was highlighted in a new report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).


U.S. wealth gap widens since Great Recession–study

By RT.com

The wealth gap in the U.S. has been widening since the Great Recession despite the 2008 financial crisis destroying billions of dollars in wealth. The recovery saw the richest restore much of their losses— unlike average Americans, researchers found.


Wall Street sets its sights on renters

By Samuel Oakford

NEW YORK - Six years after the financial crisis, Wall Street’s housing alchemy engine is revving up again—only this time it’s coming for your rental.


The Troubled World: What Should We Be Doing? (continued)

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Have you noticed that “the target” all over America is youth? But when you look at all the revolution that’s going on in the world, look at the faces of the people that are overthrowing governments—it is youth!
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Strengthening The Black Community: Strategies for Reducing Violence

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

To this day, it is sickening and saddening that some of us are so mentally disturbed with a "plantation mentality," where we have to await for a signal from somebody else to determine what is in our own best interest. This is the reason why there is trouble in our communities.

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Justifiable Homicide: Black Youth in Peril

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

In work places today, people are coming to work killing their fellow workers, killing their bosses. You have read about children showing up in school armed, and killing fellow students and teachers, and then maybe killing themselves. This is going on in cities across the country, in work places across the country. » CONTINUE

The Troubled World: What Should We Be Doing?

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Leadership is afraid of our young people: You don’t go out among them, and you don’t know what’s going on in them! You are only seeing the repercussions of something that didn’t start with them. Leaders, teachers, preachers: What is your role? » CONTINUE

Africa Must Rise and Be Free

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

We need leaders who are strong, who are militant. Certainly we need a strong military, but all leaders must teach, because if we do not teach the people, then all we are doing is ordering ignorance, bringing order to savagery, bringing order to uncouth behavior through fear.
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Uniting Our Ummah

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

O, Beloved Muslims: We have a Work to do until Allah calls us in. It is not just about “going to the mosque” or “the masjid”. It is not just about going to a prayer together at Eid, because your “festival of fasting” is yet a festival of preparation to get up and go out and continue The Mission of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. » CONTINUE

The Question of 'Integration' vs. 'Separation'

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

For some of us, the word "integration" conjures up a lot of the pictures of the "1960s" when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many of our Black leaders and a host of young men and women went into the streets and marched for integration.
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Farrakhan Challenges The Hip Hop Community: 'Accept The Responsibility of Leadership'

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

In China, in Japan, in Europe, in Africa, in the Caribbean, in Central America and South America, the youth are following you. You are already the leaders of the world—and it is frightening folks in power, and they are asking themselves, “How do we get our children back?” » 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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Prophet Muhammad and The Holy Qur'an: Healing For The World

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

What do we as human beings desire in a world as messed up as the world in which we live? Those who are deprived of justice want justice, and know that there cannot be peace until there is justice. And there cannot be justice except justice is based on truth. » CONTINUE