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Africa Today January 23, 2017 | Robert Roth and Pierre Labossiere Discuss Lessons From Haiti: Mobilizing Against Repression, Building A People’s Movement, Resisting Stolen Elections

In 1990, Jean Bertrand Aristide became Haiti’s first elected president in free and peaceful elections. He was overthrown in a coup, which occurred in 1994. In 1995, UN peacekeepers came into the country of Haiti to ensure the return of Aristide. Aristide was elected president in 2000, and in 2004 he was again overthrown in a coup. Rene Preval came into office in 2006 and was in office at the time of the massive earthquake that hit the country in 2010. In 2010, .

Amdst continued resistance, protests by many segments of the Haitian society for free and representative elections the policies of neoliberalism continue and grow, under Preval, and the influence of the Bill Clinton Foundation. Michel Martelly came into office and held office until the elections of 2015. Some have referred to the elections of 2016 as an “electoral coup.” Robert Roth and Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee join Walter Turner to sort through and clarify recent events in the country of Haiti.

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Update on #Justice4SD33

Under draconian laws implemented under California Proposition 21 (California Penal Code – PEN § 182.5), San Diego District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis used a provision in state law to charge 33 purported gang members in conspiracy related to over a dozen murders by Lincoln Park gang members in 2013. Under immense public pressure, all charges were ultimately dropped. Two of the San Diego 33, Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan, released the following statement on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The Next Chapter in Our Fight: We Sued the City of San Diego Almost two years to the date of our release, we have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of San Diego and two San Diego police officers over our arrests and incarceration. Working pro bono, Morrison & Foerster litigation partner Mark Zebrowski and associate John Latham argue that our First Amendment right to free speech and Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure have been violated. The San Diego Union Tribune published the story this morning (click here to read it).  Thank you for your support as we continue our fight against the criminalization of our culture. – Brandon Duncan & Aaron HarveyJustice4SD33 Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan spoke of their experience at San Diego City College on March 17, 2015. You can view the discussion, “Guilty By Association? Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan Speak at San Diego City College,” by clicking... read more

Africa Today September 5, 2016 | IFCO/Pastors for Peace Faces Challenges/Recent Developments in South Africa

This week’s show begins with Gail Walker – the coexectuive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, and some of the challenges coming from the Internal Revenue Service. Since 1992, IFCO/Pastors for Peace has worked on the embargo against the country of Cuba. Have also worked in Haiti, worked around the issues of Katrina. Since its inception, IFCO/pastors for peace has been under scrutiny and, dare we say, the attack by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the IRS – the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS in 2011 warned IFCO that their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status would be removed for the fiscal sponsorship of Viva Palestina and their efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestine.
Next, Ayanda Kota discusses recent developments in South Africa. The municipal elections of 2016 were seen as an important point of assessment for the ruling party, ANC national Congress 25 years after the release of Mandela. This is the first time that the African national Congress alliance has one less than 60% of the vote with other votes going to the Democratic alliance and to the economic freedom fighters. A lot of issues were on the table in the elections. Jacob Zuma, the president of the ANC, the challenges of the South African economic model, divisions within the tripartite alliance – particularly around issues of labor, the rising activism from the youth, Thieves Must Fall, Rhodes Must Fall, Zuma must fall.
In other news, to follow developments in the country of Gabon. The West African country is bordered by Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and Congo and is wealthy in natural resources such as oil, timber and urnaium. Since the elections in the proclamation by Ali Bongo that he has won, which many are calling a well disputed election. There have been a number of deaths and the headquarters to the opposition party headed by Jean paying have been bombed. There is an editorial by Jean Ping asking that there be a retallying. Analysis of all the votes. We’re talking at this point about a number of deaths and over a thousand arrests. You can find more information on Twitter at #freeGabon and #Gabon2016.

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Africa Today August 29, 2016 | Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley Join’s Host Walter Turner

In this week’s edition of Africa Today, host Walter Turner airs an interview with Dr. Robin Kelly who has said of Dr. Robinson, “Cedric Robinson was a wholly original thinker whose five books and dozens of essays challenged liberal and Marxist theories, political change, exposed the racial character of capitalism, on earth a black radical tradition, and examined a social political cultural and intellectual basis, interrogated the role of theater and film, informed the ideologies of race and class, and overturned standard historical interpretation of the last millennium. …

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Africa Today May 30 2016 | Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution

Africa Today July 4 2016 broadcasts an interview with Dr. Devyn Benson on her book-“Anti Racism in Cuba-the Unfinished Revolution.” Dr. Benson highlights the issues of race and anti-racism during the early years of the Cuba Revolution 1959-1962.

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