N
   

Donate Email Alert Links Photo Gallery Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays Prison Radio

Prison Radio
Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays
Photo Gallery
Links/Resources
Mumia Email Update
Donate
Mumia Gear
Radio Programmers
Contact Us

 

 

PLEASE DONATE

 

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts

Higher Quality Audio files available info@prisonradio.org

Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal/Prison Radio

"Is London Burning"

  rec 7-9-05  

 

1) 3:12 short essay Mp3

2) 4:01 long essay Mp3

IS LONDON BURNING?
====================
[Col. Writ. 7/8/05] Copyright '05 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   The bombing of London's underground, which left almost a hundred people dead and over 700 wounded, has, in a lesser degree, shown that America's 9-11 was not an end, but a beginning.

   Although there is no certainty of the perpetrators, early news reports suggest Islamicists may be involved.

   For the British, perhaps the numbers 7-7 will acquire a similar resonance as did 9-11 for Americans.

   We wonder if other social and political responses will mirror the American experience.

   Will the British, inflamed, hurt and embarrassed at the day's events, announce a bold, new initiative featuring contempt for international treaties?

   Will they rattle their shimmering sabers in the air, and growl, "You're either with us, or against us?"

   Will they announce a war against Morocco, or Egypt?  (Not because these countries played any real role in the bombings, but merely to 'send a message?').

   It is doubtful, doubtful in the extreme, that Britain will do any of the things that America did willy-nilly.

    That's because the U.S. is an empire; Britain is post-empire.

   America does virtually whatever it wants; Britain must consult with its international and continental allies.

   Also, Britain, given its long imperial and colonial history, has long memories.  It knew a time when 'the sun never set' on its vast global holdings.

   The U.S. is in the midst of its imperial stage, and cannot conceive of a time when it will not span the globe in dominance and power.

   Yet, several short generations ago, neither could Britain.

   No empire sees the rock on which it crumbles and falls.

   There is another reason why Britain may not imitate their Yankee cousins in rushing to a demonstration war in the Mid-East.

   That reason? Iraq.

   The Iraq invasion, war, and occupation has not gone well.

   The British would be stupid to rush into a briar patch such as this.

   Moreover, British public opinion has been bitterly opposed to the Iraq war and occupation, costing serious parliamentary losses by the ruling Labor Party.

   And there is yet another reason.

   The British press, which has been relentless in its coverage of the lies that led to war and occupation.

   While America boasts of its First Amendment, and freedom of the press, the nation's news media is as 'free' as those who own it allow it to be (that is to say, not very).

   Indeed, I'd wager that more Americans are reading British international news accounts than before the war, especially given the culture of subservience that now rules the newsroom.

   American reporters want to prove their patriotism.

   British reporters want to prove their professionalism.

   There will undoubtedly be repercussions from the bombings of July 7th in London.  There will probably be changes in immigration, more intense investigations, and other actions designed to insure such events to not reoccur.  There will probably not be the temper tantrums that occurred in the U.S.  That's because England is a mature country, not one drunk on the wine of its youth.  It is a junior partner of the newest imperial power; not the leader.

   These things may come to pass; we don't know, but we suspect these things will happen.

   As ever, time is the best teller of things to come.

   The Americans, the people of instant coffee, instant liquid breakfasts, instant dinners, and instant wars, leapt into a war ostensibly to 'stop terrorism', and, instead attracted combatants to a new front of its own creation, that is waxing stronger each day.

   I may be wrong, but I don't think Britain will make the same mistakes.


Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.]
==============================================>

  [Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.]
===============================

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

MUMIA'S COLUMNS NEED TO BE PUBLISHED AS BROADLY
AS POSSIBLE TO INSPIRE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND
HELP CALL ATTENTION TO HIS CASE.

The campaign to kill Mumia is in full swing and we need you to
**please** contact as many publications and information outlets as
you possibly can to run Mumia's commentaries (on-line and
**especially off-line**)!! The only requirements are that you run
them *unedited*, with every word including copyright information
intact, and send a copy of the publication to Mumia and/or ICFFMAJ.
THANK YOU!!!

Keep updated by reading ACTION ALERTS!!
at http://www.mumia.org, http://www.onamove.com/ and their links.
========================================

To download Mp3's of Mumia's commentaries visit
http://www.prisonradio.org or http://www.fsrn.org
==============================================>

The Power of Truth is Final -- Free Mumia!

PLEASE CONTACT:
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - icffmaj@aol.com
AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES!

Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI-Greene
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa

Subscribe: mumiacolumns-subscribe@topica.com
Read: http://topica.com/lists/mumiacolumns/read
Subscribe ICFFMAJ email updates list by e-mailing
icffmaj@aol.com!


For additional information and to order Mumia's new book We Want Freedom,

visit: southendpress.org

Check out Mumia's NEW book:
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com


The Power of Truth is Final — Free Mumia!

PLEASE CONTACT:
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES!

Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI-Greene
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa