August 29, 1996 |
The federal government denied Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan permission Wednesday to accept a promised $1-billion gift from Libya to help African Americans economically and politically. Accused of supporting global terrorism, Libya for years has been under U.S. sanctions that bar most financial transactions between the two countries and limit travel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1996 |
A week after Nation of Islam officials were evicted from their Western regional headquarters in Inglewood, a top minister in the organization delivered a message he said is from Louis Farrakhanpredicting that an earthquake will strike California within 30 days and possibly wipe the Golden State off the face of the earth. "The wrath of God will show itself in a major earthquake for this attempt to uproot upstanding citizens from their community," Minister Tony Muhammad said Friday.
July 26, 1996 |
Hanging up the telephone, stifling an ironic smile, Arthur J. Magida searches for a little patch of calm in his northwest Baltimore home. "That was NBC calling," he says. "About Farrakhan?" he is asked. "What then?" Magida says. "I said, 'Listen, Tom Brokaw, I don't care who you are or how much money you make. . . .' " He laughs at his little joke. Nah, it wasn't Brokaw on the line--just some network flunky asking for help to make the on-camera folks look like real reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1996 |
Former Compton City Councilwoman Patricia Moore, who contends that she is a target of a government plot to destroy America's black leadership, has indicated that she might call Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as a defense witness in her upcoming federal extortion trial. In a letter to government prosecutors Thursday, Moore's lawyer, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., said the defense reserved the right to call Farrakhan as well as the Rev.
March 22, 1996 |
In the view of some outraged lawmakers, he thumbed his nose at the United States by consorting with some of the nation's worst enemies, joined in their condemnation of Americans and accepted pledges of support from Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi.
March 20, 1996 |
With hundreds of Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam followers lined up outside a congressional hearing room, Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) said he thought Farrakhan violated federal laws when he visited Libya and Iraq in January. As the House International Relations subcommittee hearing opened, Leonard Farrakhan Muhammad, the chief of staff of the Nation of Islam, stood up and asked, "Can I ask a question?" He was ruled out of order. In another incident, a woman who shouted was removed by Capitol police.
March 8, 1996 |
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan may be forced to register as an agent of Libya and Iran--or pay the consequences, Justice Department officials said Thursday. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno told reporters that her department "will review everything" about the controversial minister's recent 18-nation tour of African and Middle Eastern nations.