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This is REAL journalism – Julian Assange interviews Hezbollah leader Sayyid Nasrallah

This is what I call real journalism, as Julian Assange interviews Hezbollah leader Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah on RT.

Watch the video above & here’s my views below:

In no way will any parts of this interview be aired in the U.S. or mainstream corporate media.

The crack-down on the internet is spurred from many quarters, one of them is to censor content such as this.

There’s no Arabic word for “Take-Away food” (I wonder if you spotted it?) otherwise the translation was very good.

I’ll let you make your own conclusions on the interview, from a man who is denied air time on the western media. We cry loudly about the great freedom of speech we have and at the same time block Al-Manar from broadcasting and even blocking their twitter account – thanks Israel.

The interview has had wider ripples across the British media.

The sandal wearing, recycled bean eating readership of The Guardian were treated to a hatchet job by Luke Harding who was given prominent positioning on the Guardian website to attack Assange as a “useful idiot” for Russia.

I haven’t seen so many bad elements of journalism incorporated into one article since The News of The World went out of business.

Firstly there is an element of competition between two rival media outlets, and if one side gets a big scoop, the other has to respond by dismissing it. Sadly, it’s becoming an ugly side of journalism that is becoming much more common.

For those with a memory will remember that The Guardian did it with the Murdoch Phone-hacking Scandal, running it for weeks on end. Not that it shouldn’t have been reported but there was a clear “conflict of interest” underpinning Britain’s second-best selling Newspaper (The Guardian) attacking Britain’s best selling Newspaper (The News of the World) until it was shut down.

The second bad journalism element is the “personel vendetta” that I charge The Guardian with running.

Less then two years ago The Guardian was working with Julian Assange and calling him a hero.

I’m sure everyone here remembers reading the Wikileaks stories on The Guardian website.

Now after a public falling out they are calling Assange “Russia Today’s Useful Idiot”.

Bitterness is never an attractive quality.

Simplicity will defeat complexity – shout out to the israeli encryptors!

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Khader Adnan – Exposing What Israeli “Administrative Detention” Really Means

Father of Khader Adnan campaigning for his sons release

Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for 66 days against his “administrative detention” by Israel without charge or trial. His fight for the rights of Palestinian political prisoners has garnered mass support from Amnesty International stating “Israeli authorities have revealed no evidence justifying his continued detention.”

The online campaign via Twitter using the hashtag #HungerStrikingfor65days was the strongest hashtag yet, tens of thousands tweeted using that hashtag and it remained the #1 globally trending topic. Social media has got millions of people to pay attention to Khader Adnan’s case online.

For as long as I can remember, The West & Israel have continually stated the Palestinians should forego any means of armed resistance for “non violent” peaceful demonstration.

Many have continually asked where the Palestinian Ghandhi’s are?

With armed resistance against Israel at an all time low, despite continual bombings and assassinations carried out with impunity by israeli death squads, Palestinians have not reacted in any forceful manner.

This israeli policy of “administrative detention” is no different to the internment policy used by the apartheid era South African government. Khader Adnan is one case, but israel holds men, women and children in prison. Many, like Khader, have no charges made against them and are imprisoned on an indefinite basis.

No due process, no habeas corpus, no justice, a crime in itself from the self styled “Only democracy in the Middle East”.

Recently I’ve been re-reading Joe Sacco’s Palestine a moving comic/graphic novel that captures the issues of Palestine in a very simple and yet compelling manner. I’d go as far as to say that if you know someone who knows absolutely nothing about Palestine, give them this book to read and you’ll have a Pro-Palestine advocate on your hands.

There was a chapter in the book titled “The tough & the dead” which I’ve embedded below. This is what typically happens to the people that israel puts through it’s indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial, that it gives the innocuous sounding term “administrative detention”.

It is wholly relevant to what our political prisoners like Khader Adnan are put through:

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Lupe Fiasco reps Palestine & Erykah Badu wears a Niqab at BET awards performance

Lupe Fiasco bought out a Palestinian flag at his performance at the recent BET awards, with co-performer Erykah Badu donning a Niqab for their rendition of “words I never said”

Bet that got the americans & the tall israeli’s that run the rap game really happy.

The Akh hasn’t bothered to watch a hip hop awards show since Suge Knight helped ignite the East/West coast beef.

Good on you Wasalu Muhammad (Lupe) for continuing to represent for the cause!

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HipHop Provides the Soundtrack to The Arab Spring

Since December, musicians have been responding to — and provoking — the protests in countries like Egypt and Tunisia, and much of the music being made about these movements is hip-hop.

Some of these songs have played a direct role in popular uprisings, while others have helped galvanize international support. Songs are rapped in both English and Arabic, and international collaborations have helped to spread the music over the Internet, via Facebook and YouTube.

If you go back to the early days of rap, its whole culture was created by the era’s disaffected inner-city youth. Nowadays, this outspoken form of entertainment has itself been distorted and made redundant by the very street culture that implemented it; instead of expressing a disenfranchised youth, hip hop artists exploit it.

It’s interesting to see how artists are adopting the former approach, to use their voices to wax lyrical about modern-day political strife – except on a global level rather than urban.

Here’s five of the best tracks:

Khaled M, Libya: “Can’t Take Our Freedom (feat. LowKey)”

Rapper Khaled M was born in the U.S. after his parents fled the regime of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. For “Can’t Take Our Freedom” he raps in English, drawing on the story of his father, a poet imprisoned by Gadhafi who fled with his family to Lexington, Kentucky, while also referencing the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

Omar Offendum: “#Jan25 Egypt (feat. The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaiman)”

“#Jan25 Egypt” was made by Arab-Americans, African-Americans and Canadians, most of whom were living in the U.S. at the time of the Egyptian Revolution. Syrian rapper Omar Offendum told Al Jazeera he contributed to the song to show “solidarity with the Egyptian people” and told NPR that the “true music of the revolution” was made by protesters on the fly. “#Jan25 Egypt” begins by refuting Gil Scott-Heron’s oft-repeated line: “I heard them say the revolution won’t be televised / Al Jazeera proved them wrong.”

Ibn Thabit, Libya: “Benghazi II”

Rapper Ibn Thabit’s website says he “has been attacking Gaddafi with his music since 2008.” On the site he offers dozens of songs for free, many of which were produced in collaboration with other Libyan rappers, producers and singers, musicians from Egypt and producers and engineers from the U.S.

Arabian Knightz, Egypt: “Rebel (feat. Lauryn Hill)”

Arabian Knightz trade a verse in Arabic for one in English, then allow their song to devolve into a sample of Lauryn Hill singing “I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)” during her 2002 MTV Unplugged performance, in which the singer rasps “Rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel,” over and over again. According to the group’s YouTube channel, they recorded the song in late January, and weren’t able to release it until the government stopped blocking the Internet a couple of weeks later.

El General, Tunisia: “Rayes Le Bled”

Hamada Ben Amor performs under the name El General. His song, “Rayes Le Bled,” which hit Facebook in late December, is a direct indictment of then-president Ben Ali’s rule, specifically, widespread hunger. Ben Amor’s arrest in early January sparked further protests in the already turbulent country, and when the revolution ended, “Rayes Le Bled” could be heard on radio stations across the country.

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Brian Haw – A man of unshakeable belief & conviction

The Akh was saddened to hear of the passing of veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw , inna lillah wa inna ‘ilayhi raji’un.

Brian Haw was a man of unshakeable belief & conviction and led a peaceful protest in Parliament Square since 2001.

He was a thorn in the side of the Government who tried to have his peace camp banned. Brian saw off the initial legal challenges but the process continued during his illness. Not many of us enrage the Government so much they pass a law specifically aimed at outlawing them.

He was persecuted by successive governments for standing up to their foreign policy and waved the flag proudly for the people of Iraq, Afghanistan & Palestine and he reminded us that one person with determination can show principles whilst lies and distortions abound.

The Akh bumped into Brian at so many anti war demo’s over the last decade & remember when he stayed overnight in my area when walking up to the Oxford Union to debate a motion.

May Allah have mercy on his soul.

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Black Panther Elmer “Geronimo Ji Jaga” Pratt Dies

Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt the former Black Panther and FBI target who spent 27 years in prison before his murder conviction was quashed, died at his home in Tanzania the age of 63.

Geronimo was a Vietnam war veteran. He joined the Panthers in L.A. after returning from the war, and became the chapter’s “Minister of Defense.” His pregnant wife was murdered as a result of an internal power struggle in the group. Soon, Pratt was targeted by evil FBI radical-smearing program COINTELPRO, in an effort to destroy his credibility.

He was charged with a 1968 murder, defended by Johnnie Cochran, convicted, and spent 27 years in jail while always maintaining his innocence. From the LAT:

“The case was overturned in 1997 by an Orange County Superior Court judge who ruled that prosecutors at Pratt’s murder trial had concealed evidence that could have led to his acquittal.

A federal judge later approved a $4.5 million settlement in Pratt’s false-imprisonment and civil rights lawsuit.”

No wonder he moved to Tanzania.

Pratt was also the godfather of Tupac Shakur.

Here’s an interesting interview with him from 2003.

Elmer “Geronimo Ji Jaga” Pratt….Real Soldiers Don’t Die

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