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Occupy Wall Street and D.R. Congo









Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ​​WBAI Talk Back, on the post-election political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Occupy Wall Street, and international solidarity, 12.21.2011:

Occupy Wall Street emerged in September 2011 as a movement against growing income and resource inequality. Can it find a way to stand with the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who have the lowest standard of living in the world, and the greatest number of war dead in any sustained conflict since World War II?

WBAI AfrobeatRadio host Wuyi Jacobs spoke to Kambale Musavuli and Bodia Macharia of Friends of the Congo, New York City and Toronto chapters respectively, Nita Evele of the Washington D.C.-based Congo Coalition, Jacques Bahati of the Washington D.C.-based Africa Faith and Justice Network, independent journalist Ann Garrison, Stanford Says No to War Founder, Occupy activist and writer Adam Hudson, and William Mitchell Law Professor, former National Lawyers' Guild President and international criminal defense attorney Peter Erlinder.

South Africa calling Oakland, California re Occupy U.S.A.

CII Broadcasting LTDOn Sunday morning, November 13th, I called Grahamstown, South Africa, to record a KPFA News story on Occupy South Africa, the first African Occupy on the global Occupy map. It was actually very early Sunday morning, 1:00 am in Grahamstown, but Ayanda Kota kindly woke up and let me record his answers to a few questions.

Two days later, after police had evicted both Occupy Oakland-CA and Occupy Wall Street-NYC, CII Broadcasting's Global Outlook called me from Johannesburg to ask about all that, over here. This is our conversation, after which I asked my gracious host Hassan Isilow, a Somalian working in Johannesburg, to write something for or the San Francisco Bay View to help us understand the war in Somalia from his perspective.



NATO didn't bomb Libya for the 99%

BANNED ON FACEBOOK: Voice of the Cape-South Africa, Islamic Community Radio

At 4:30 AM on the Fourth of July, a.k.a., American Independence Day, my phone RANNGGGGGG!!!!!  

"Huh ?"

"This is Voice of the Cape Radio in South Africa."

"Oh yeah, yeah, I remember you.  We talked about a year ago, about Rwanda." 

"Would you like to talk about American Independence Day in about three hours?"

"Yeah, OK. You guys rock. . . just call me back."  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . 

Three hours later, while waiting for a connect to the host, I tried leaving a link to the station's website and online stream, on Facebook, only to get a message that said, "This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error." I let Facebook know; so did at least a handful of my friends.  

Welcoming to PalestinePhoto with "Welcome to Palestine," a post on Voice of the Cape. Why would Voice of the Cape, the Islamic community radio station of rural South Africa be blocked on Facebook? The feature story that day was about the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, but there were stories all over my friends' Facebook pages about the Gaza Flotilla that day. When Voice of the Cape was still banned, two days later on the 6th of July, I scanned the featured stories on its home page: There was one with the headline "28,000 Pakistanis Displaced," a tragedy that no one else seemed to be reporting, but, it was hard to find the offense that would call for a Facebook ban here. Another story on a South African qasida band concert and contest in Capetown, one on Capetown's architectural heritage, one on a Shari-ah compliant banking service, and a show on the restitution process in South Africa coming up on the air. Community radio. South Africa's Islamic community, with its own concerns, and its national and international concerns.

I couldn't find any explanation for the entire Voice of the Cape website to be blocked aside from it being an Islamic community station with one report on the Gaza Flotilla and one editorial in support of it. The host did indeed want to get straight to what he clearly knew I'd be likely to say about the consequence of the American Revolution for America's indigenous peoples, but Facebook block? People from all over the world were posting about the Gaza Flotilla, and I'm hardly the first to say that 1776 was no better deal for Native America than 1492, so go figure, or contact Facebook:

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