May 2016

Football: big club bosses and a hostile sports media

As Jose Mourinho prepares for life as Manchester United’s latest manager, one enduring memory of his embattled predecessor, Louis van Gaal, must be his final press conference. It should have been the Dutchman’s proudest day in the job, bu ...

Chad's Western-backed mass murderer jailed at last

So finally, Hissène Habré, dictator of Chad from 1982-1990, has been convicted in a Senegal court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment. Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty International West Africa researcher, said: “This verdict is a vic ...

Children in conflict zones: the devastating impact

A catastrophic by-product of ongoing wars in the Middle East is a lost generation of unschooled children. These children find themselves, through no fault of their own, not only displaced but lacking the opportunity for proper schooling and thus, denied a ...

'Murder' backlash after Harambe the gorilla is shot dead

Marksmen killed an endangered gorilla at a US zoo on Saturday after a four-year-old boy managed to get into the animal's enclosure, sparking fury around the world. It also raised larger questions about the morality of keeping ...

Britain's mental health crisis: 'ineffective' community treatment orders condemned

Paul is a 37-year-old man with a history of mental illness. He enjoys football and regularly meets with friends at the pub to watch the game. On weekends he takes the bus to Brighton to visit his girlfriend. Paul has been admitted to hospital many times o ...

Rights campaigner: Britain's first elected Black Mayor

Pundits knew former Labour justice minister Sadiq Khan was likely to become the first Muslim and politician of colour to rule London, despite the dog whistle Islamophobia of his desperate Tory rival.But the shock success of Black candidate Marvin Rees in ...

Vote Sadiq Khan for race equality in London

Labour’s Asian frontrunner in today’s election for the powerful post of Mayor of Britain’s capital city has at last talked about race issues on the campaign trail.More 40 per cent of London’s population comprises people of colour th ...

Syria: poverty, desperation and revenge push youth to join ISIS

Probing new research by the NGO for which I work has uncovered why thousands of young Syrians have become extremist fighters in their civil war torn country.It has found the need to earn a basic living, regain a sense of purpose and dignity and the belief ...

Why Asian mayoral hopeful is being tightlipped about ‘race’

Just back from what was billed as the last campaign speech of the Labour frontrunner for the job of mayor of the UK's capital city.It was a ruthlessly stage-managed affair in the Royal Festival Hall’s Weston Roof Pavilion, a long, narrow penthou ...