Fela and Human Rights

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Today is Human Rights Day. Kevin Mambo, actor playing Fela Kuti in the Broadway musical Fela!; and Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, talk about the day and the lessons of Fela Kuti's life. He also reacts to the President's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech today.

Read the Full Nobel Acceptance Speech Here


Larry Cox and Kevin Mambo

Comments [16]

Sam from New York

He still can't pronounce Aung San Suu Kyi.

Dec. 10 2009 11:37 AM
M from UES

Brian, are you kidding? Bush and co. talking democracy was nothing but empty rhetoric. They probably couldn't even spell it on demand.

Dec. 10 2009 11:35 AM

Bush turned the spread of Democracy into a war on Islam. That's what his words were and that's one of the reasons he screwed it all up.

Dec. 10 2009 11:35 AM
john from office

Maybe if we all hold hands and sing african tunes we will retain our freedom from our enemies. I cannot wait for the great awakening.

Silly idealism.

Dec. 10 2009 11:34 AM
David from Brooklyn

I am a senior citizen and fed up with NIGERIANS attempting to SCAM me, my family and friends every day. How are we protected against those who cry for social rights and democracy, while abusing those of others?
PAYMENT STOP ORDER FROM OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY: This is to notify you about your outstanding contract payment, Inheritance and lottery wining which was suspended by the Presidency due to some reasons. Although this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, but I chose to reach you through it because it still remains the global means of communication, which is faster, easy means to reach out and most secured medium of communication. Be informed that this letter is not a Scam mail and I urge you to treat it with the seriousness it deserves. Yours faithfully,
Mr. Victor Abraham (Director Foreign Debt Reconciliation Committee), Warning:
Any Ignore of Instruction, will be doing so at their own risk and should not hold responsible the Federal Government of Nigeria for non-payment of their contract Funds.

Dec. 10 2009 11:34 AM
jen from Brooklyn

I agree with Mr. Cox that we can use the Peace Prize as an opportunity to press President Obama to live up to his stated ideals of diplomacy and justice. I believe in the power of potentiality and hope he will be able to make at least some of the change that he promised.

Dec. 10 2009 11:31 AM
huw from Brooklyn NY

Obama on morality?!

This is a man who has repeatedly to hold American war criminals accountable.

Obama is lying when he says that the US has never fought a war against a democracy. (He would hide behind the 'meaning of democracy'.)

We committed acts of war against the democratically elected government of Iran under Mossadegh, against the democracy of Chile under Allende.

Dec. 10 2009 11:30 AM
ronnie from harlem

Hope, change, fear.

war, anti-condom ideals, promoting a show on Broadway.

tricky roads.

Dec. 10 2009 11:27 AM

how does one square fela's political rhetoric with his less than admirable treatment of women in his own life?

his own political statements always seemed to be a strange combination of impressive activism and blatant ego trip self aggrandizement.

Dec. 10 2009 11:24 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

What is not understood is that the essentials of American foreign policy has not changed under Mr. Obama. The same old same old pervades. Miscalculated adventures wars, and hundereds of military bases through out the world. The Pentagon, the military and the right wing foreign policy elites are still in charge and Mr. Obama has become their will meaning shill.

Dec. 10 2009 11:22 AM
john from office

Liberals are soooo hypicritical. Obama is the president of the united states not the president of Blue america. He has to make practical real world decisions, not what you want or think is right.

His speech was amazing and the discussion about Fela show the false hope that a song, a treaty, an agreement or music and art can bring about peace in a violent world.

Obama will go down a a great president.

Dec. 10 2009 11:21 AM
huw from Brooklyn NY

If there is ONE thing we have learned about Obama since he became president, it is that Obama does NOT stand by his word.

Dec. 10 2009 11:14 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Mr. Obama’s decision to expand the war in Afghanistan, will mean the death of many. To give a Nobel Peace Prize for that is both stupid and arrogant.

Dec. 10 2009 11:13 AM
huw from Brooklyn NY

Obama honest?! Gitmo, transparency, the bailout, single-payer. What promise has Obama kept since October/November 2008?

To hear someone from Amnesty International prating about the wonders of Obama is utterly revolting.

Dec. 10 2009 11:12 AM
huw from Brooklyn NY

What a loathesome hypocrite Obama has proved himself to be.

What brand of 'peace' was the US supporting in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Central America, Chile, the Philippines, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, and on and on and on?

Dec. 10 2009 11:11 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

The democratically elected Palestinian government uses Palestinian television to encourage adults to use Palestinian children as human shields. Please ask Mr. Cox if Amnesty International has investigated this situation or has had an official response.

Dec. 10 2009 08:01 AM

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