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Muammar Qaddafi is dead

Posted by Admin On October - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Muammar Qaddafi is dead

“…This is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted” – President Barack Obama


(Complete Remarks made by President Barack Obama on the Death of Muammar Qaddafi)


Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the government of Libya announced the death of Muammar Qaddafi. This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya, who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya.

For four decades, the Qaddafi regime ruled the Libyan people with an iron fist. Basic human rights were denied. Innocent civilians were detained, beaten and killed. And Libya’s wealth was squandered. The enormous potential of the Libyan people was held back, and terror was used as a political weapon.

Today, we can definitively say that the Qaddafi regime has come to an end. The last major regime strongholds have fallen. The new government is consolidating the control over the country. And one of the world’s longest-serving dictators is no more.

One year ago, the notion of a free Libya seemed impossible. But then the Libyan people rose up and demanded their rights. And when Qaddafi and his forces started going city to city, town by town, to brutalize men, women and children, the world refused to stand idly by.

Faced with the potential of mass atrocities — and a call for help from the Libyan people — the United States and our friends and allies stopped Qaddafi’s forces in their tracks. A coalition that included the United States, NATO and Arab nations persevered through the summer to protect Libyan civilians. And meanwhile, the courageous Libyan people fought for their own future and broke the back of the regime.

So this is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility — to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship. We look forward to the announcement of the country’s liberation, the quick formation of an interim government, and a stable transition to Libya’s first free and fair elections. And we call on our Libyan friends to continue to work with the international community to secure dangerous materials, and to respect the human rights of all Libyans –- including those who have been detained.

We’re under no illusions — Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy. There will be difficult days ahead. But the United States, together with the international community, is committed to the Libyan people. You have won your revolution. And now, we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom and opportunity.

For the region, today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end. Across the Arab world, citizens have stood up to claim their rights. Youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship. And those leaders who try to deny their human dignity will not succeed.

For us here in the United States, we are reminded today of all those Americans that we lost at the hands of Qaddafi’s terror. Their families and friends are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We recall their bright smiles, their extraordinary lives, and their tragic deaths. We know that nothing can close the wound of their loss, but we stand together as one nation by their side.

For nearly eight months, many Americans have provided extraordinary service in support of our efforts to protect the Libyan people, and to provide them with a chance to determine their own destiny. Our skilled diplomats have helped to lead an unprecedented global response. Our brave pilots have flown in Libya’s skies, our sailors have provided support off Libya’s shores, and our leadership at NATO has helped guide our coalition. Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end.

This comes at a time when we see the strength of American leadership across the world. We’ve taken out al Qaeda leaders, and we’ve put them on the path to defeat. We’re winding down the war in Iraq and have begun a transition in Afghanistan. And now, working in Libya with friends and allies, we’ve demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21st century.

Of course, above all, today belongs to the people of Libya. This is a moment for them to remember all those who suffered and were lost under Qaddafi, and look forward to the promise of a new day. And I know the American people wish the people of Libya the very best in what will be a challenging but hopeful days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Thank you, very much.

Rose Garden, October 20, 2011

2:07 P.M. EDT

New book reveals why traditional financial planning is failing millions of Americans

Posted by Admin On October - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on New book reveals why traditional financial planning is failing millions of Americans


Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) — In his new book, Exiting the Matrix: How Conventional Wisdom is Ruining Your Financial Future, author and financial strategist Brian J. Fischer looks to turn the financial services world upside down. How you might ask? By asking Americans one simple question – if the stock market did not exist, would you ever be able to retire?

The world of personal finance continues to be one in which millions of people grabble with everyday attempting to find out which investment will lead them to their retirement oasis albeit with one simple problem – it does not exist. Wall Street and financial institutions have trapped people in a financial matrix by telling them what they should be doing with their money as opposed to educating them. To this day people believe that the stock market is the best way to make money – a notion and belief brought about by a mass media marketing machine that is revealed in this new book.

“Americans have lost nearly half their money twice in the past 10 years yet they continue to believe that everything will be okay if they just hold on. Meanwhile, Wall Street continues to make billions of dollars off unsuspecting and uneducated investors. All of this continues to happen despite the fact that we have all sat and watched both banks and corporations receive trillions of dollars from the federal government with little relief for the average American. This is just further proof our financial system is broken and our priorities are out of whack,” explains Fischer.

The Federal Reserve System, mounting national debts, television gurus, financial planning and qualified retirement plans (like the 401k) are only some of the topics discussed in the book as contributing to the declining prospect of a true retirement. While Exiting the Matrix seeks to both reveal and dispel the misconceptions at the root of the problems, it takes these issues one step further by offering guaranteed solutions that most people can incorporate into their current financial plans to help get back on track.

Fischer touts two financial vehicles he views as the “scorn of the mass media” as being part of the financial solution to what ails many people but warns that an open mind and change in mindset is required. There’s an old adage that says, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.”

To learn more about the book or to purchase visit: www.exitingthematrix.com or Amazon.com.

ISBN-10: 0-7414-6783-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-7414-6783-6


Brian J. Fischer is president of Fischer Financial Group, a nontraditional financial services firm located in Alexandria, VA. He has worked in the financial services field for nearly a decade and uses unconventional planning strategies in steering individuals towards their financial goals and dreams. His motto is that wealth can be created without risk so you can retire without worry.

Photo: Brian J. Fischer

Black Classic Press declines acceptance of Howard University press titles and assets

Posted by Admin On October - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Black Classic Press declines acceptance of Howard University press titles and assets


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — On May 24, the provost of Howard University announced the closure of Howard University Press and the intention to transfer its publishing contracts and related assets to Black Classic Press. However, Black Classic Press has decided not to agree to a transfer at this time.

Black Classic Press (BCP) initially accepted the proposed transfer based on the belief that it would provide cost-saving benefits to the university and that BCP would benefit from its association with the distinguished legacy of Howard University Press. However, since its announcement, the university’s representatives have not provided the assistance or communication necessary to complete the transfer. Further, they have not signed or returned the agreement formalizing the transfer that their attorneys negotiated with BCP. Despite their attempts to finalize the agreement, BCP’s representatives have been frustrated by the university’s silence.

From their earliest conversations with the representatives of the university, BCP’s leadership emphasized that a successful integration of Howard University Press into Black Classic Press depended on responsive communication and cooperation. In absence of either, it is best to make known to all interested parties that Black Classic Press is not a partner with Howard University in any agreement to acquire Howard University Press. All inquiries about Howard University Press and titles it previously published should be directed to Howard University.

Of related interest, Black Classic Press has moved forward with its plans to republish several titles by authors who canceled their contracts before and upon closure of Howard University Press. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, the ground breaking text by the late historian and political activist Walter Rodney, was published by BCP this month.
About Black Classic Press

Black Classic Press was founded in 1978 by W. Paul Coates and specializes in publishing popular and academic works by and about people of African descent. The press currently has more than 100 titles in print and publishes six titles annually. Among the press’s authors are Walter Mosley, Amiri Baraka, E. Ethelbert Miller, as well as Dorothy Porter, John Henrik Clarke, George L. Jackson, and Bobby Seale. BCP titles are distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West and are available from leading bookstores and directly from the press.


Don't let online goblins play tricks on you

Posted by Admin On October - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Don't let online goblins play tricks on you


(A Message from the Better Business Bureau)


Chicago, IL – October is the season for ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Unfortunately, they’re not all as friendly as Casper nor are they neighborhood kids ringing your doorbell in search of treats. Instead, you need to be on the alert for those playing tricks on you while you’re doing business or shopping online. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) urges consumers to inspect online solicitations with the same attention as candy collected from Halloween.

October is National Cybersecurity Month, and this is a good time to freshen up on cyber precautions, whether you’re new to the online community or have been working online for years. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for example, suggests approaching computers and the Internet in the same way we urge children to approach the real world.

“While most consumers are concerned with buying candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters this month, cyber criminals may be spreading computer viruses, stealing identities and ruining the spirit of Halloween for all,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “As always it is important to keep personal information private in case a scammer knocks on your door.”

The BBB offers the following “online treats” to consumers:

Don’t trust “candy from strangers”. Finding something on the Internet does not always make it true or good for you. Before accepting the statement or advertisement as fact, verify that the source is reliable and, if it’s a business, check it out first with the BBB at www.bbb.org. Since many scam artists “spoof” email addresses to appear they’re coming from a financial institution or an online payment service, be wary of any email requesting to verify account information. Also, never open attachments or respond to requests for personal or financial information from someone unknown.

Don’t be “tricked” into falling for an offer that is too good to be true. Many emails promise outlandish rewards or monetary gifts. They might state you’ve won a sweepstakes or that a rich businessman in a war-torn country left millions in a foreign bank with no heirs. Here’s the trick: You can’t win a sweepstakes you didn’t enter and there are not wealthy strangers desperate to send you their money. These emails are phishing for your personal account information. Beware of pop-ups advertising free downloadable software – they may be disguising spyware or malware.

Don’t advertise that you’re away from home. Some email accounts, especially within an organization, offer an auto responder that allows you to create a message if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. While this is a helpful feature for letting contacts know you are unable to respond right away, the Department of Homeland Security advises that you do not provide details about your location and itinerary. Instead, use phrases such as “I will not have access to email between [date] and [date].” If possible, restrict recipients of this message to people within your organization or in your address book. If the away message replies to spam, it may increase the amount you already receive.

Don’t leave “treats” out in the open. Take steps to protect your personal and financial data by locking your computer when you step away; using firewalls, anti-virus software and strong passwords; installing appropriate software updates; and taking precautions when browsing or using email. Attackers and viruses are constantly scanning the Internet for available computers to target. To play it safe, whenever not online, disable your Wi-Fi connection, turn off your computer or modem, or even disconnect cables.

Don’t throw caution to the wind. Information on your computer is vulnerable – but if you make regular backups, all is not lost in the event of an equipment malfunction, an error or a cyber attack.

“Keep your documents in order. Check credit card statements for suspicious activity and make sure your computer has the most recent updates and spyware installed,” added Bernas.

For more information on being safe online, visit www.bbb.org

Religious Meditations: We continue to celebrate God’s birth

Posted by Admin On October - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Religious Meditations: We continue to celebrate God’s birth

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

Christ came not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

This time of the year for many people is endearing, but for what reason? That becomes the question! For some it’s a reason to purchase gifts, prepare a lavishing meal for the family and friends, a new-look for the house, a trip we’ve long wanted and, being able to receive and give bigger gifts than last year.

In the midst of all these special holidays, have we thought about giving a gift to the person that the day was designed for? After all, Christ came into this world to save those that were lost, and to redeem the hearts of those who might have strayed.

God, through His son Jesus Christ, left His riches in Glory, came to earth, laid in a manger built for animals… Just for you and me. This was our Savior’s day of birth!

He was the child for which Christ-mas is centered, but no longer is a child!

We continue in 2011 to celebrate His birth, but what can you give this giant of a spirit who has everything? The answer is to give of yourself and wrap it in love! But better still, the best gift to give our Lord and Savior is a surrendered heart. He would delight in that!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is Founder & President of Probation Challenge, Inc. and the PCC Internet Broadcast Network. WWW.ProbationChallenge.Org – ‘The Truth Network’

Beyond Sport and Streetfootballworld come together to launch Beyond Football

Posted by Admin On October - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Beyond Sport and Streetfootballworld come together to launch Beyond Football

A new event designed to maximise the position that football, the world’s most popular sport, has as a tool for social change will take place ahead of the official opening of this year’s Beyond Sport Summit, as Beyond Sport and streetfootballworld come together to launch Beyond Football.

Beyond Football, organised with the support of adidas and Impact International, will address, examine and amplify the positive social effects that football can have around the globe. It will take place on Monday December 5th, ahead of the 4pm opening of the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards – a four-day global gathering which will use a combination of networking opportunities, insightful panels, and action-led working sessions to bring together those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact with influential figures from the worlds of business, government and federations, whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact in the field. The 2011 Beyond Sport Summit and Awards will be held in Cape Town, which follows in the footsteps of London and Chicago as the venue for the unique event.

Beyond Football will focus on creating the ‘perfect partnership’ between investors and practitioners, building the perfect team to create social impact worldwide. With streetfootballworld’s belief that ‘it takes a team to win a game’ at the heart of the event, Beyond Football will unite many different players to work together towards a common goal – creating positive change through the power of football.

Jürgen Griesbeck, the Founder and CEO of streetfootballworld, said:  “Football has an incredible power and responsibility. It brings together individuals and organisations from many different sectors and at Beyond Football we will create a ‘level playing field’ where everyone can work on the same team towards the same goal – creating positive social change.”

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: “We are delighted to be working with streetfootballworld. Over a number of years they have shown how powerful a network of organisations can be in creating change. This partnership is a recognition of the role the world’s game plays in communities across the world.”

Streetfootballworld drives a network of local organisations that use football to provide opportunities to disadvantaged young people and builds a coalition of powerful partners to create social change. For more information visit www.streetfootballworld.org       

Beyond Sport, whose global partners include Barclays Spaces for Sport, TIME International and Unicef, is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. For more information visit www.beyondsport.org 

For more information about Beyond Football or the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards please contact:

Adam Fraser (Beyond Sport): adam@beyondsport.org 
Sarah Bagel (streetfootballworld): bagel@streetfootballworld.org

Bobby Rush releases new CD "Show You A Good Time"

Posted by Admin On October - 21 - 2011 Comments Off on Bobby Rush releases new CD "Show You A Good Time"

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — In the last decade, Bobby Rush has expanded beyond his longtime status as the king of the chitlin circuit: to enjoy worldwide recognition. He’s toured China and Europe and even visited the troops in Iraq, but all the while Rush continues to entertain his traditional audience with a stage show that has no equal.

On his latest CD, Show You A Good Time (Deep Rush Records), Rush once again reveals the musical flexibility and dynamic performance style that continually win over new audiences. As usual there’s plenty of Rush’s famously candid observations on the mating game, but the decidedly modern record demonstrates he’s no nostalgia act.

With its spotlight on Rush’s qualities as a ladies’ man the exuberant title track could well become his theme song, while he takes a decidedly more somber tone on the betrayal song “My Friend”, which was inspired by Nina Simone.

Rush effortlessly mixes the modern and traditional on “I Gotcha”, with its blend of his harmonica and the synthesizer, while “I’m Good As Gone” is a textbook illustration of his :folk-funk: approach.

He reveals his strength in old-style blues on “Let Me In Your House” and “Broken Hearted Man”, and his storytelling skills are on display in “Playin’ Me Crazy”, a song whose roots stretch back over a hundred years.

In the latest chapter in the Jody saga, “Jody Didn’t Take Your Woman”, Rush points the finger at inattentive lovers, and in Sniffers calls out men – including some fellow musicians – who are bit too indiscrete in their admiration of the opposite sex.

Most of the songs here were created as collaborative efforts with Nashville-based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Paul Brown at his Ocean Soul Studios (www.oceansoulstudios.com).

Photo: Bobby Rush

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