By Bryan Crawford -Contributing Writer-

Playing with numbers and racial profiling?

Researchers, activists question how the Chicago Police Dept. tracks and categorizes so-called gang members and accuracy of the numbers.

Gun violence is the top crime problem associated with Chicago, particularly in neighborhoods and communities occupied primarily by Black and Latino people. The issue has long been on the radar of politicians at every level, and the Chicago Police Department has employed a number of strategies to get a better handle on the daily shootings that happen on the South and West Sides.

One of these is the Strategic Subjects List (SSL), also referred to as the Chicago Gang Database. The purpose of the SSL, according to police, is to identify those individuals who are most likely to either be a perpetrator or victim of gun violence.

This is commonly referred to as predictive policing. However, a recent study of the SSL found that the Chicago Police department is actually using the database as a profiling mechanism specifically targeting Blacks and Latinos. » FULL STORY

Trump Decision Means Explosion For Middle East

By Brian E. Muhammad -Staff Writer-

The unilateral decision of President Donald Trump to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sparked days of outrage and violent protests worldwide.


Raging wild fires strike West Coast again

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

LOS ANGELES—California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency in San Diego, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties as a huge swath of Southern California is in flames.


Fit for duty? - Army no longer disqualifying applicants with some mental health disorders, drug abuse problems

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

The U.S. Army is no longer automatically disqualifying recruits that suffered from some mental health disorders and who may have had drug and alcohol problems.


The Met’s Violent Arrests of London’s Black Youth Risks Civil Uprising

By Lee Jasper -Guest Columnist-

Black youth in London are increasingly subject to disproportionate and violent arrests at the hands of the Metropolitan Police. Such was the case in early December where a video of the violent arrest by Metropolitan Police officers, of a 16-year-old Black girl at Dalston Junction.


Unity Day program aims to connect with Black youth

By Bryan Crawford -Contributing Writer-

CHICAGO—With Chicago continuously portrayed in media, and oftentimes by the current president, as being hopelessly crime-ridden and practically irredeemable, those sentiments cast a dark and frightening shadow over young Black boys and girls across the city, many of whom are unaware of the plot being carried out against them by overt and covert forces.


Playing with numbers and racial profiling?

By Bryan Crawford -Contributing Writer-

Researchers, activists question how the Chicago Police Dept. tracks and categorizes so-called gang members and accuracy of the numbers.

Gun violence is the top crime problem associated with Chicago, particularly in neighborhoods and communities occupied primarily by Black and Latino people. The issue has long been on the radar of politicians at every level, and the Chicago Police Department has employed a number of strategies to get a better handle on the daily shootings that happen on the South and West Sides.

One of these is the Strategic Subjects List (SSL), also referred to as the Chicago Gang Database. The purpose of the SSL, according to police, is to identify those individuals who are most likely to either be a perpetrator or victim of gun violence.

This is commonly referred to as predictive policing. However, a recent study of the SSL found that the Chicago Police department is actually using the database as a profiling mechanism specifically targeting Blacks and Latinos.


Trump Decision Means Explosion For Middle East

By Brian E. Muhammad -Staff Writer-

The unilateral decision of President Donald Trump to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sparked days of outrage and violent protests worldwide.


Raging wild fires strike West Coast again

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

LOS ANGELES—California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency in San Diego, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties as a huge swath of Southern California is in flames.


Minister Farrakhan’s Warning Continues To Spread Globally Via Social Media

By Jesse Muhammad -Final Call Social Media-

Next year, Minister Farrakhan will mark seven years of personally being on social media and his digital reach still continues to widen. His tweets, Facebook videos, Instagram memes and clips, You- Tube videos, images and more are daily staples across social media platforms.


A practical teaching for urban disaster preparedness

By Michael Z. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

Black people have been faced with daunting tasks in an attempt to come up with solutions to serious problems faced daily in their communities nationwide. One critical but unavoidable problem is what happens during times that emergencies stemming from weather-related disasters strike.


Corporate tax dodging, corruption costing Africa billions of dollars

By Jehron Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

During a recent talk, organized by the Royal Africa Society, Facebook and the Ghana 60 Years on Committee, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo urged African leaders to free their people from a mindset of “dependence.”


Mugabe steps down: What’s next for Zimbabwe?

By Brian E. Muhammad -Staff Writer-

President Robert Mugabe, considered a hero to some, a villain to others, was the last African independence leader in power. He resigned as president of Zimbabwe. In ceremonies Nov. 23, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, the former vice-president and a liberation struggle comrade of Mr. Mugabe was sworn in as interim-president.


Zimbabwe faces political turmoil

By Brian E. Muhammad -Staff Writer-

The Southern African nation of Zimbabwe is experiencing political upheaval and uncertainty after its military defense forces seized the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).


Africa Sustainable Development Report Launched During Africa Week

By Jehron Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

Since its 2010 launch Africa Week has evolved to focus on a wide range of African development priorities. This year’s UN supported Africa Week included the launching of the 2017 Africa Sustainable Development Report, at the African Union Mission on East 47th Street, in New York.


Slave labor and the Brazilian government

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO (IPS)— The wave of conservativism is testing its limits in Brazil, as reflected by a Labor Ministry decree that seeks to block the fight against slavery-like working conditions, which has been provisionally revoked by the justice system.


America’s Richest 1 Percent Owns 40 Percent Of Country’s Wealth—Study

By RT.com

America’s richest one percent own a whopping 40 percent of the country’s wealth, a new study has revealed. The finding marks a widening gap between rich and poor in the United States.


More Proof Economic Discrimination Exists And Persists

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Contrary to the widespread beliefs that Blacks have “made it” and have overcome economic discrimination, recent data from three studies show those beliefs are wrong.


‘We Have Wealth, We’re Not Pooling Our Resources’

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

An ever-accelerating racial wealth gap has Black families on track to see their median wealth hit zero in this lifetime, making it difficult or impossible to transfer wealth to the next generation, according to a new report.


Africa Among Top 10 Fastest Growing Markets For Air Travel

By GIN

(GIN)—Airline industry and ministry officials attending Aviation Festival Africa and Airports Show Africa heard some good news and some not so good news.


Housing Out Of Reach For Many In The U.S.

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Sheronna Ragin-Winters knows first hand what researchers found during a new study: housing in America is out of reach due to high rental costs and low wages.


Black Youth Marked For Death By U.S. Government

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Today, I asked to speak to the Youth Leadership that is called by the enemy, “gang leader.” I don’t like the term because it doesn’t properly describe you. So I will call you “youth leaders,” but I want to tell you today why the enemy refers to you as gangs and gang leaders. » CONTINUE

The Signs of Distress, Confusion Plaguing Men and Nations

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

The nations of the Earth are in distress—with perplexity, which means “confusion.” Are the heads of our government confused? You mean you can’t sit down in a room and agree on “a way forward” to solve the problems of the American people? Yes. » 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

A Final Warning To U.S. President Donald J. Trump, The U.S. Government And A Final Call To Black People

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Mr. President, you’re going to have to deal with the thought that’s in your mind that will destroy America and her future; because once the trigger of war is pulled, it will escalate. I’m going to tell you what my teacher told me: You have planned a war. » CONTINUE

'What Is Justice?'— Redistribute The Pain Through Our Economic Withdrawal

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the night before he was assassinated, was talking so strong … But after he was assassinated, they reduced him to a “dream.” Every time they mention Dr. King’s name, he is “The Dreamer”—but they did not kill our brother because he dreamed. » CONTINUE

What's Troubling America?

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

In America, we have millions today who are homeless. We have many more millions who are sick, imprisoned, impoverished and weak, and it appears as though the conservative element of the country is moving away from care for the poor, the weak, the helpless, and the children and catering to the desires of those that have. But it is the poor and the weak who built the country. » CONTINUE

The Immeasurable, Limitless Value and Beauty of a Woman

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Why the subject, "The Limitless, Immeasurable Value and Beauty of a Woman"? Some women may look in the mirror, and think, "Oh, I am not so pretty." They may not be considered physically attractive, but physical attractiveness is not beauty. » CONTINUE

Satan, Surveillance and the U.S. Government

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Satan, a “Universal Snooper”: Why does he need to know everything that everyone is saying and doing? So that he can use it to silence us if we come into the knowledge of Truth, or to “blackmail” us—or “whitemail” us, either one—into submission to his will. » CONTINUE

‘Stand up on Truth’: The Time for Reparatory Justice is Now!

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Brothers and sisters, when you talk to “power”: You can’t go to “power” just with “a cry” for justice! You have to have power backing your cry; otherwise, you’ll get nothing! You should never think that The Enemy is going to “give” you the justice that you seek. » CONTINUE

‘Strong Families: The Foundation Of A Great Nation’

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

There has to be a perfect man to unite with a perfect woman to produce a perfect family that is so in harmony with The Nature of God and the nature of their own creation, that they will produce an exemplary family as the base of the unity of all families. » CONTINUE