Final Call
By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

American hypocrisy exposed: U.S. slammed on racism, police brutality and human rights violations

Police killings and abuses, discrimination and racism highlighted during United Nations sessions. Nations condemn 'world's greatest democracy' for its assaults on Black people and racial injustices.

The U.S. was recently condemned by a United Nations body for human rights failures, particularly with regard to racism and police murders of Black men and boys. Activists, however, aren't holding their breath waiting for the world super power to correct her wrongs.

America's condemnation came via the Universal Periodic Review held every four years by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Each of the UN's 193 member states are required to submit to a review of human rights obligations and commitments.

More than 100 international leaders raised concerns about U.S. human rights violations tied to police brutality, the death penalty, and the torture of Guantanamo Bay prisoners. » FULL STORY

Brutal aftermath of police MOVE bombing still resonates

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - More than 30 years have now passed since the worse abuse of police authority in modern American history. On May 13, 1985 a massive police operation was launched in Philadelphia after Wilson Goode, the city’s first Black mayor, permitted its racist commanders to first rain a 10,000 bullet fusillade, before executing a helicopter bombing of the headquarters of a radical, Black naturalist organization known as MOVE.


A case of 'selective prosecution'?

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer, was sentenced May 11 to forty-two months in prison in what activists and legal analysts are calling the latest salvo in the Obama administration’s war against whistleblowers and journalists.


Unrest sows seeds for future leaders, opens eyes of youth

By Richard B. Muhammad - Editor

BALTIMORE - Unrest in a city known yesterday for crab cakes, row houses, marble steps, downtown tourist spots and sports stadiums—alongside struggles with decay, violence and heroin—has captured global attention.


Boys to Men Conference a huge success

By FinalCall.com News

CHICAGO - Nearly 350 boys and young men from Chicago and surrounding areas enjoyed a full day of activities, training and guidance during the power packed Boys to Men Conference held at The National Center, which is the international headquarters of the Nation of Islam.


Black unemployment falls but still doubles rate of Whites

By Freddie Allen

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - The Black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Despite the improvement, the Black jobless rate is still double the unemployment rate of White workers, which has remained flat since February at 4.7 percent.


American hypocrisy exposed: U.S. slammed on racism, police brutality and human rights violations

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Police killings and abuses, discrimination and racism highlighted during United Nations sessions. Nations condemn 'world's greatest democracy' for its assaults on Black people and racial injustices.

The U.S. was recently condemned by a United Nations body for human rights failures, particularly with regard to racism and police murders of Black men and boys. Activists, however, aren't holding their breath waiting for the world super power to correct her wrongs.

America's condemnation came via the Universal Periodic Review held every four years by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Each of the UN's 193 member states are required to submit to a review of human rights obligations and commitments.

More than 100 international leaders raised concerns about U.S. human rights violations tied to police brutality, the death penalty, and the torture of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.


Brutal aftermath of police MOVE bombing still resonates

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - More than 30 years have now passed since the worse abuse of police authority in modern American history. On May 13, 1985 a massive police operation was launched in Philadelphia after Wilson Goode, the city’s first Black mayor, permitted its racist commanders to first rain a 10,000 bullet fusillade, before executing a helicopter bombing of the headquarters of a radical, Black naturalist organization known as MOVE.


A case of 'selective prosecution'?

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer, was sentenced May 11 to forty-two months in prison in what activists and legal analysts are calling the latest salvo in the Obama administration’s war against whistleblowers and journalists.


Unrest sows seeds for future leaders, opens eyes of youth

By Richard B. Muhammad - Editor

BALTIMORE - Unrest in a city known yesterday for crab cakes, row houses, marble steps, downtown tourist spots and sports stadiums—alongside struggles with decay, violence and heroin—has captured global attention.


Boys to Men Conference a huge success

By FinalCall.com News

CHICAGO - Nearly 350 boys and young men from Chicago and surrounding areas enjoyed a full day of activities, training and guidance during the power packed Boys to Men Conference held at The National Center, which is the international headquarters of the Nation of Islam.


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.


Writers withdraw from PEN gala, cite honor for Charlie Hebdo

By FinalCall.com News

NEW YORK—Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from May’s PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization’s honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.


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.


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

'The Dynamic Force' (Islam): Its Effect on Black America

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

With us, many revolts in the Western Hemisphere were begun by Muslims, and were successful because the Muslims were very highly learned, highly skilled. When we were brought into America it was against the law of America for any of us to be Muslims. » CONTINUE