The Complete Muhammad Ali by Ishmael Reed



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Book Review: The Complete Muhammad Ali by Ishmael Reed

Phil Taylor
October 05, 2015

Muhammad Ali was a one man Boxer Rebellion, the fighter who did the rare thing of changing minds and hearts by challenging racism and empire at the risk of fame and fortune. Like Haley’s Comet, such a person doesn’t come around often, people everywhere felt better knowing he was there. So who is he really? You got to read Ishmael Reed’s The Complete Muhammad Ali to get an idea. Ishmael is a veteran fighter/writer, with success in several divisions(poetry, novels, music)
and more likely to get it right than the corporate journalists or established fight crowd. Reed is like the journeyman champ, Archie Moore: cagey, unorthodox, able to land a punch from unexpected directions. Insights from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Willie Pep, Miles Davis, and the man who 1st sold Ali “Muhammad S ...

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Signs of the times

TR
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Major media feature a drowned Syrian boy

When they show you a picture of a dead child
you can be sure they intend to bomb someone

Long ago B Brecht wrote:

On a wall it is written ‘they want war’
He who wrote this has already fallen.

Somber broadcasters say: “You may find the following images
disturbing” to guarantee close attention.

But no image is as disturbing as the behaviour of our Masters of War.

Refugees are fleeing the wars incited and financed from Washington.
The Exceptional/Indispensable state dictating the fate of Syrians, Libyans, Iraqis.

Time, now, to put an end to New World Ordering.
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  • TO UNDERSTAND RWANDA'S TRAGEDY: The neglected account of Captain Amadou Deme Senegalese soldier, UN intelligence officer, and witness with a conscience.

    Phil Taylor
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  • OSCAR TALK: A Duel in the Hollywood Sunset.

    Editor
    January 21, 2015

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  • Letter to the BBC on significance of documentary, Rwanda’s Untold Story.

    Tiphaine Dickson, Lawyer/Scholar
    October 18, 2014

    Dear Mr. Hall,

    Thank you for allowing John Conroy and Jane Corbin to explore this difficult and complex story, and thank you for broadcasting the remarkable results of their investigation.

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  • Recognizing sovereignty of Syrian government would solve terror crisis

    Editor
    September 24, 2014

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