Monthly Archives: June 2011

FREE THE SHMINISTIM: Israeli Teens Imprisoned For Refusing Military Service

by Brian A. Wilkins

Israeli Shministim (L-R) Tamar Katz, Yuval Ophir-Auron, and Raz Bar-David Varon.

The term Shministim literally translates to “12th grader” in Hebrew. Though exact numbers are not known because of Israeli suppression and media control, a good number of young people in the country are refusing to serve in the Israeli military. Israel has mandatory, statutory military service for all men and women. They are automatically enlisted in the military at age 18 or at the conclusion of 12th grade; whichever comes first. Yes, this is similar to the draft the United States had during the Vietnam “War,” except … Read Entire Article

Remembering The Greenwood District; Tulsa, OK 90 Years Later

by Brian A. Wilkins

The Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma was known to European American media as “Black Wallstreet” and “Little Africa” because it was the most prosperous city in the USA, and had an all-“black” population. Women, children, and men who were freed from forced labor, rape, and murder with the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1868, migrated to Tulsa to build a new life. And that they did. The Greenwood District, by 1921, would claim several hospitals, banks, shopping malls, homes, schools, and churches…all built by and owned by “black” people. It was the financial, social,
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