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Articles by Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Making torture legal

January 3, 2015

Taken from a Dec. 12, 2014, audio column posted on   In the wake of the Senate Intelligence Select Committee’s report on CIA torture of terror suspects, we are reminded how little Americans know about how the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency rolls in the real world. Predictably, [...]

Demonstrating respect

January 3, 2015

Taken from a Dec. 23, 2014, audio column posted by Throughout much of modern American history, the seasons of mass demonstrations have been spring and summer. Look at old black and white photos of the anti-war, civil rights and Black Power demonstrations of the 1960s and 1970s, and [...]

Operation restore trust?

December 12, 2014

Dec. 2 — The flames of Ferguson have eaten their fill, and its eerie glow has cast light on how impotent is the Black political class, who cannot solve a problem that is a bane of Black existence. Usually, when they speak, they seem to be ventriloquists, who mouth the words of white politicians, [...]

The disappeared ones

November 14, 2014

Taken from an Oct. 31 audio column from In Mexico, fires are burning. I mean this metaphorically and literally. For thousands of youth feel the heated indignation against their corrupt government, as shown by their Oct. 13 protest and the firing of government buildings in [...]

Ebola and the real health crisis

November 11, 2014

Taken from an Oct. 15 audio column at With the death of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan shortly after his arrival from Liberia, West Africa, the Ebola crisis has burst onto millions of news screens, generating deep levels of fear and xenophobia. To be sure, Ebola is a serious health concern, [...]

A nation in fear

October 31, 2014

Look at the United States. Really. Look at it. From north to south, east to west; from “sea to shining sea,” you’ll see the frenzy of fear. Fear of Ebola. Fear of ISIS. Fear of “crime.” Fear of — fear. The reason? Well, fear sells. It sells papers, attracts viewers and pulls listeners. [...]

Herman Ferguson, ¡Presente!

October 17, 2014

Herman Ferguson (right) protests for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom Harlem, N.Y., 2008.WW photo: Anne Pruden His name was Herman Ferguson, and if you’re not dialed into the Black Nationalist Movement, the name may not ring a bell of recognition. But to those aware of the Black Power Movement of the [...]

A tale of two oppressed communities

October 17, 2014

Taken from an Oct. 7 audio recording at At first glance, the communities of Ferguson, in Missouri, and of Gaza, in the Israeli occupied territories, share virtually nothing in common. One is situated in the richest country on earth.  The other sits on ancient lands, lands that are [...]

Ferguson & the failure of Black politics

October 13, 2014

Transcript of Sept. 29 Prison Radio broadcast. The stark and moving images arising from the violence, repression and resistance of Ferguson, Mo., continue to percolate throughout national and global consciousness. If, as the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the thousands [...]

The meaning of Ferguson

September 27, 2014

Aug. 31 — Before recent days, who among us had ever heard of Ferguson, Missouri? Because of what happened there, the brief but intense experience of state repression, its name will be transmitted by millions of Black mouths to millions of Black ears, and it will become a watchword for resistance, [...]
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