Final Call
By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

America under Obama: The best of times and the worst of times

WASHINGTON - The theme of President Barack Obama's seventh State of the Union (SOTU) address might very well have been lifted from the novel "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness..." the novel, written in 1859 begins.

"The good news is that in 2014 people were increasingly finding jobs. The bad news is that we are still digging our way out of the recession, and wage growth remains stagnant and untouched by recovery," Elise Gould, Senior Economist with the Economic Policy Institute said of the U.S. economy, in a statement released by the National Urban League.

According to the Pew Research Center, 14 percent put themselves in the most optimistic category (mostly good news). Just two in ten (21 percent) said they were hearing mostly bad news, while 63 percent reported hearing a mix of both. » FULL STORY

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.


Choosing a home for Obama library an ongoing battle

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

CHICAGO - The likelihood of the Barack Obama Presidential Library being awarded to the president’s adopted hometown could be in jeopardy as an anticipated March deadline for the final decision approaches.


Muslim father helps son rush to stardom at Ohio State

By Jihad Hassan Muhammad -Contributing Editor-

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Athletic Association made history here Jan. 12 by replacing its Bowl Championship Series with a College Football Playoff National Championship and 19-year-old Ohio State University sophomore Ezekiel Elijah Elliott also made history.


America's economic nightmare

By FinalCall.com News

Each year the president gives a State of the Union address and each year America pauses to pay symbolic homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the president speaks to a variety of issues an overriding problem connects the State of the Union and the legacy of Dr. King: economic injustice.


What’s next after Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris?

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

While a symbolic show of international unity has captured media headlines, it comes after a week of more strident and intolerant marches throughout France, Germany, and Sweden declaring war on “radical Islam” and the so-called "Islamization of Europe."


America under Obama: The best of times and the worst of times

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - The theme of President Barack Obama's seventh State of the Union (SOTU) address might very well have been lifted from the novel "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness..." the novel, written in 1859 begins.

"The good news is that in 2014 people were increasingly finding jobs. The bad news is that we are still digging our way out of the recession, and wage growth remains stagnant and untouched by recovery," Elise Gould, Senior Economist with the Economic Policy Institute said of the U.S. economy, in a statement released by the National Urban League.

According to the Pew Research Center, 14 percent put themselves in the most optimistic category (mostly good news). Just two in ten (21 percent) said they were hearing mostly bad news, while 63 percent reported hearing a mix of both.


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.


Choosing a home for Obama library an ongoing battle

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

CHICAGO - The likelihood of the Barack Obama Presidential Library being awarded to the president’s adopted hometown could be in jeopardy as an anticipated March deadline for the final decision approaches.


Muslims, community, political leaders target, and catch, alleged rapist

By FinalCall.com News

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. - The abduction and rape of an 11-year-old girl on her way home from school when snatched at gunpoint, and forced into an abandoned home, produced feelings of anger and outrage. It was early December and the Highland Park community began to quickly organize around this tragic situation.


Congressman John Conyers now ‘Dean of the House’ honored in D.C.

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - Congress member John Conyers of Michigan, now serving his 25th term in the House of Representatives, has a record of achievements that may in fact be superior to his longevity.


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.


What’s next after Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris?

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

While a symbolic show of international unity has captured media headlines, it comes after a week of more strident and intolerant marches throughout France, Germany, and Sweden declaring war on “radical Islam” and the so-called "Islamization of Europe."


U.S. twists arms to help defeat resolution on Palestine

By IPS

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)— - The United States re-asserted its political and economic clout—and its ability to twist arms and perhaps metaphorically break kneecaps—when it successfully recently lobbied to help defeat a crucial Security Council resolution on the future of Palestine.


Thaw in U.S. and Cuba relations brings hope to Africa's 'last colony'

By Richard B. Muhammad

ALGIERS, Algeria - The thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations has inspired hope thousands of miles away for those seeking self-determination for Western Sahara, a small nation called Africa’s last colony.


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.


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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A Society of Perverse Incentives

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

It’s the greed for short-term profit that has generated an entire society devoid of values and that alienates the poor and the few non-greedy. Most of the incentives and many of the laws in the society are corrupt. As an example, more is paid to professional athletes than society's teachers. The teachers have to work two jobs to make ends meet, yet they are responsible for shaping the future. » CONTINUE