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US right-wing’s 12 Years a Slave movie backlash

Within American society, there is a segment that avoids viewing the society through a lens that does not provide a comforting and disconnected view of American history and how it came into existence. This reality is no more evident than when one listens to right-wing talk radio or read commentary from those that shape that minority opinion or comments originating from their listeners and readers themselves. This segment has been highly agitated of late with the attention given films addressing America’s birth defect, chattel slavery.

Raising Martha: 'A very cynical view of humanity'

Militant animal rights’ activists Marcus (Tom Bennett) and Jago (Joel Fry)-né Graham- have absconded with the remains of the not-so-dearly-departed Martha Duffy. 

Theatre Review: Oil by Ella Hickson at The Almeida, London

19th Century Cornwall. Expectant mother, May (Anne-Marie Duff) finds life particularly hard living with her poor in-laws on their failing farm. The winter is harsh. Relations with her mother-in-law Ma Singer (Ellie Haddington) are tense and her brother-in-law Samuel (Patrick Kennedy) resents the passionate and fertile marriage she enjoys with his brother Joss (Tom Mothersdale).

Brexit- Weak pound benefits Notting Hill Carnival and tourists

Notting Hill Carnival, the UK’s biggest street festival and prime target for European tourists, could benefit from post-Brexit currency exchange rates. 

Now in its 52nd year, the festival draws over two million people to the streets on August bank holiday.  The bad news is masqueraders and events are not ticketed. Hence, cash-strapped organisers must generate income to meet the growing 40,000 volunteers and steward’s bill, and massive police security costs.

Brexit? Fix it!

Post Brexit Black Londoners and minorities face three key game-changing challenges:

  • How to resist the politics of hate against diversity and immigrants? 
  • How to rebuild a damaged economy with opportunity for all?
  • How to organise a civil rights movement for racial justice and equality?

Only this will banish the terrors of disadvantage, the low status and esteem, and the Brexit curses “we voted you Blacks, Muslims and foreigners out”.

A symbol of racist heritage: the Confederate flag

There are among those of us that reside in the United States those who consciously avoid expanding their knowledge base with information and lessons provided by history. They live their lives via bullet points and sound bites, both of which rarely flesh out any provided subject matter in a way that would aid those individuals that have read or heard the bullet points and sound bites. Many of these citizens, when confronted with facts, retreat into their comfortable corner of denial.

Activist and financier Mazurier praises G20 leaders for climate change focus

By the time the smoke cleared on the 2014 G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, climate change had raised a few notches on the list of priorities for the world’s 20 major economies. It was a welcome -- if rushed, under pressure from climate fight leaders the United States, France and China -- evolution for many nations, and an encouraging sign for activist Christophe Mazurier.

Britain suspends Congo police aide on false, politically motivated allegations

Guy Momat

The Congolese Minister of the Interior, Security, Decentralization, and Customary Affairs, Richard Muyej Mangez, has noticed the Department for International Development (DfID) over its decision to stop funding the “Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform Programme”.

This decision came after the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office, UNJHRO, report in October said at least nine people had been summarily executed and 32 forcefully "disappeared" during a crackdown on gangs,   operation “LIKOFI’’ in the capital Kinshasa.

Ahmadiyya Muslim leader urges political powers to stop the growth of ISIS

The World Wide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has urged political leaders to exert their influence on the Muslim world to stop Islamic militant groups from spreading their message of hate.

During his address at the 11th National Peace Symposium of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad condemned the activities of ISIS and other extremist groups as “entirely un-Islamic”.

Journalists: Have we lost our Public Purpose?

I am often puzzled by the standard of journalism in the UK, with a reputable organisation, such as the BBC, and the Fleet Street historical press ties.

It occurs to me that there is a system in place, whereby journalists adopt a somewhat 'lazy' attitude and are over relying on 'ash washed' press releases, to formulate their news stories.

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