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Ex-Black Panther Mumia gets new sentencing hearing

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing Tuesday death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, without overturning the guilty verdict of the man who has become a cause celebre for death penalty opponents. The court in Pennsylvania ruled that Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther who has languished…

WikiLeaks lawyer Leonard Weinglass dies

WASHINGTON – Leonard Weinglass, a lawyer who gained notoriety representing US left-wing activists including the Chicago Seven and Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg, has died at 78, his law associate said Thursday. Weinglass, who recently worked with the defense team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, died in his sleep Wednesday…

Black Swan sweeps independent film awards

OS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Black Swan,” a ballet melodrama that struggled to get made despite an A-list cast and director, swept the independent film world’s version of the Oscars on Saturday, a day before it competes for five prizes at the Academy Awards. The film picked up four Spirit statuettes,…

Bachmann ignores slavery in African-American history again

Black History Month was made for people like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). However, it increasingly looks as though the tea party heroine not only never paid attention to African-American history but seeks to re-write it in her own image. “Other than Native Americans who were here, all of us have…

Cubans upset at video game that aims to kill Fidel Castro

Cuba’s state-run media and bloggers are not amused at “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” a new video game in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. “What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now…

Walt Disney, Monsanto discovered among Blackwater’s hidden clients

Also on list: Royal Caribbean, Deutsche Bank, Chevron Almost three years ago exactly — Sept. 17, 2007 — a cadre of guards from the security firm then known as Blackwater shot and killed 17 Iraqis at a public plaza in Baghdad. The company, long in the public eye, has been…

NY Times columnist: Fox News ‘exploited’ New Black Panther Party case

Fox News has gone too far in hyping 2008 case of alleged voter intimidation, according to one New York Times columnist. The conservative news network has recently produced a flurry of reports about a case where a member of the New Black Panther Party is accused of wielding a billy…

Bush ally: Black Panther story a ‘fantasy’ to ‘topple Obama’

A Bush administration civil rights appointee says the conservative media uproar over allegations the Justice Department is protecting the New Black Panther Party from voter-intimidation prosecution is a “fantasy” designed to oust Attorney General Eric Holder and harm the Obama administration. “This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers;…

Study: Single black women have median net worth of only $5

A new study from the Center for Community Economic Development indicates that single black women, even in their peak earning years, have a median net worth of only $5. As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the study also found that single white women between 36 and 49 have a median…

U.S. Black Hawk crashes in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A U.S. military Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a forest near a motorway in south-western Germany, police in the state of Hesse said on Wednesday, and German media said two people had been killed. A spokesman for the U.S. Army Europe said there were at least three…

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