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Updates On The Alfred Olango Case: A Community Panel And Forum

Alfred Olango was Shot by El Cajon Police Officer on September 27 by Richard Gonsalves. On Friday September 30 El Cajon Police Chief, Jeff Davis, the released video footage of the shooting. We get updates from a panel of community activists and educators, on the the case and what the next steps are as well as the balance between established organizations and grassroots community leadership, the cultural divides, and the connection between higher education and grassroots activism.

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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 August 15, 2016 | An Hour with Dr. William Minter

The South African national elections have been held in five year cycles beginning with the first presidency of Nelson Mandela in 1994. The 2016 elections were an important point of assessment for the ruling party, African National Congress. Voting patterns reflect a number of key issues in South Africa. The leadership of ANC president, Jacob Zuma, the challenges of the South African economic model, divisions between the tripartite alliance, particularly in regards to unions, the rising activism in the forms of Fees Must Fall, and other movements, and an increasingly vibrant movement among the youth of South Africa. Dr. William Minter, the editor of Africa Focus Bulletin joins Africa today to discuss recent political developments in South Africa. Dr. Minter’s most recent book is, No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over Half a Century, 1952-2000. His other books include Portuguese, Africa, and the West, King Solomon’s Mines Revisited, and Apartheid’s Contras.

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Africa Today August 8 2016 | José Lopez on the United States colonization of Puerto Rico

KPFA Radio’s Africa Today | José Lopez discusses the United States Colonization of Puerto Rico with Host, Walter Turner August 8, 2016 http://archives.kpfa.org/data/20160808-Mon1900.mp3 [Click Here To Visit Africa Today], A weekly news program providing information and analysis about Africa and the African Diaspora, hosted by Walter Turner. Introduction José Lopez has been a leading member of the Puerto Rican independence movement for more than 40 years. He is currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern Illinois University Columbia College, University of Illinois in Chicago. He directs the Puerto Rican cultural center which is an institution located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago – an institution established along with his brother Oscar Lopez Rivera in the early 1970s. His brother, Oscar Lopez Rivera is currently serving a 55 year sentence for seditious conspiracy as part of his efforts to organize for the independence of his country of Puerto Rico. José Lopez joined Africa today to talk about the history of Puerto Rico, the colonial policies of the United States towards his country, the movement for independence, and the case of Oscar Lopez Rivera. He is one of the key spokespeople in the international campaign to win a pardon for Oscar Lopez Rivera. CLICK HERE FOR TRANSCRIPT: WT: José Lopez has been a leading member of the Puerto Rican independence movement for more than 40 years. He is currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern Illinois University Columbia College, University of Illinois in Chicago. He directs the Puerto Rican cultural center which is an institution located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago – an institution established along with his brother Oscar Lopez Rivera in the early 1970s. His brother, Oscar Lopez Rivera is currently serving a 55 year sentence for seditious conspiracy as part of his efforts to organize for the independence of his country of Puerto Rico. José Lopez joined Africa today to talk about the history of Puerto Rico, the colonial policies of the United States towards his country, the movement for independence, and the case of Oscar Lopez Rivera. He is one of the key spokespeople in the international campaign to win a pardon for Oscar Lopez Rivera. José, thanks for making the time. JL: Walter, thank you for inviting us to be able to participate in your wonderful program. WT: Pleasure. Before we move forward, here, what courses do you teach as an adjunct? JL: I have a host of courses, but primarily I teach a course... read more

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