By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

A new era of social and political consciousness for Black athletes?

As police violence worsens and anger mounts in the streets, Black sports heroes and cultural icons are showing courage in support of a growing movement bringing attention to issues of racial and social justice.

When five players from the St. Louis Rams emerged from the tunnel at the Edward Jones Dome prior to their game against the Oakland Raiders with their hands raised, it was an unmistakable and very public show of support for slain unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the protesters.

The gesture was shown on all the sports highlight shows and sent a message that no longer will there be silence as unarmed Blacks are killed by law enforcement officers who escape justice in the courts.

"They're trying to control the entertainers and sports figures keeping them from getting involved in the political dynamics of this nation and the plight of Black people across this country," said Abdul Akbar Muhammad. “That genie is out of the jar and they can’t put it back,” he added. » FULL STORY

Release of Senate torture report insufficient, say rights group

By Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - The Senate Intelligence Committees release of its long-awaited report on the torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of detainees in the so-called "war on terror" does not go far enough, according to major U.S. human rights groups.


National outrage and resistance as protests grow and continue

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Across the country people incensed over non-indictments in the police shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Mo. and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York expanded demonstrations during a national week of outrage from Dec. 8-14.


Thousands march for Black life in Washington D.C.

By Brenda Muhammad and Trenna Muhammad

WASHINGTON - Calling for nationwide legal accountability, thousands of Blacks, Whites, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans marched together in the Nation's Capital for a common cause, to let the world know "Black Lives Matter!"


Seeking justice, healing wounds in Civil Rights ‘Cold Cases’

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

WASHINGTON - The year is 1974. OPEC ends the oil embargo, 19-year-old Hearst family heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped, author Toni Morrison’s classic Sula is released and five Black men leave Atlanta to go fishing on the Santa Rosa Sound in Florida.


Editor's Notebook from Western Sahara and Algeria

By Richard B. Muhammad

Final Call Editor Richard B. Muhammad is in Algiers providing exclusive reports and photos from the 5th International Conference in Algiers: "Peoples' Right to Resistance: The Case of the Saharawi."


A new era of social and political consciousness for Black athletes?

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

As police violence worsens and anger mounts in the streets, Black sports heroes and cultural icons are showing courage in support of a growing movement bringing attention to issues of racial and social justice.

When five players from the St. Louis Rams emerged from the tunnel at the Edward Jones Dome prior to their game against the Oakland Raiders with their hands raised, it was an unmistakable and very public show of support for slain unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the protesters.

The gesture was shown on all the sports highlight shows and sent a message that no longer will there be silence as unarmed Blacks are killed by law enforcement officers who escape justice in the courts.

"They're trying to control the entertainers and sports figures keeping them from getting involved in the political dynamics of this nation and the plight of Black people across this country," said Abdul Akbar Muhammad. “That genie is out of the jar and they can’t put it back,” he added.


Effi gies of Blacks hanging by nooses found at UC Berkeley

By FinalCall.com News

BERKELEY, Calif. - Three cardboard cutouts of Black people were found hanging by nooses Saturday (Dec. 13) on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.


Release of Senate torture report insufficient, say rights group

By Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - The Senate Intelligence Committees release of its long-awaited report on the torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of detainees in the so-called "war on terror" does not go far enough, according to major U.S. human rights groups.


National outrage and resistance as protests grow and continue

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Across the country people incensed over non-indictments in the police shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Mo. and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York expanded demonstrations during a national week of outrage from Dec. 8-14.


Thousands march for Black life in Washington D.C.

By Brenda Muhammad and Trenna Muhammad

WASHINGTON - Calling for nationwide legal accountability, thousands of Blacks, Whites, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans marched together in the Nation's Capital for a common cause, to let the world know "Black Lives Matter!"


Finally the ‘International Decade for African Descendants’ begins

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer-

UNITED NATIONS - People of African descent still face racism in every nation, region and continent of the world, according to the president of the 193-member UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, a Ugandan diplomat. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking through a representative said people of African descent suffer from inequality and disadvantage from the history of slavery.


UN torture committee calls on U.S. to ‘promptly, effectively and impartially’ investigate police brutality

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer-

The United Nations Committee Against Torture recently released its findings calling on the United States government to completely investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed Black youth; and to ensure that weapons such as tasers are used sparingly.


Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of SVG addresses reparations and Caribbean unity

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer-

NEW YORK - Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines headlined an evening of dialogue with a gathering of ambassadors, politicians and activists at The Bedford Hall restaurant in Brooklyn, New York on November 22, which was sponsored by the Institute of The Black World.


‘War crimes’: Israeli bombs wiped out entire families in Gaza, Amnesty says

By RT.com

Israel used disproportionate military force during its summer operation in Gaza. Entire Palestinian families were killed when their homes were leveled by Israeli bombs falling with no warning and for little military gain, Amnesty International said.


Ending violence against women – A global responsibility

By Lakshmi Puri -Guest Columnist-

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Addressing violence against women, in all of its forms, is a global imperative and should be one of the international community’s top priorities, including forthcoming intergovernmental processes, such as the post-2015 development agenda.


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.


Place the Black dollar under arrest

By James Clingman -Guest Columnist-

Here’s an intriguing concept: Arrest the Black dollar. Say what, Jim? You read it correctly. We should arrest our dollars and charge them with neglect. Put them on trial, call the witnesses to testify against them, and convict them of crimes against Black people.


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.


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

Guidance for Our President and Our Nation, Pt 2

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

As long as leaders lie to the American people, they literally cause the American people not to do what is in the best interest of America to solve America's many problems. As a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I would like to offer some radical solutions. Not that they're going to be followed; but, just to go "on record" as having done so. » CONTINUE

Crack Cocaine - The Great Conspiracy to Destroy The Black Male

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

My dear brothers and sisters, if you notice from the beginning of the 1980s when “crack” started, you heard about "The Bloods and The Crips"; and you in Chicago already knew that Chicago had many gangs—but crack was not here. » CONTINUE

Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a Message to the Grassroots

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

I don't have any illusion about telling you to vote. You should vote for those whom you feel will do good for us, but remember, the good that they do is limited by the system that they are in. » CONTINUE

Uniting The Caribbean Through Continuing The Legacy of Our Heroic Freedom Fighters

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

These heroes have done their work, and we are the beneficiaries of what they did! The question is: "What are we doing? What are we doing to finish the work?" Because the work is not done. » CONTINUE

Let My People Go

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

“Let my people go”: What lessons can be extracted from those words? Didn’t you know that those few little words contain lessons? And did you know that in the lessons there are principles? And didn’t you know that undergirding those principles there are laws? So hidden in this command are consequences for rejecting, and hidden in this command is blessing if it is obeyed. » CONTINUE