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Caribbean veteran who guarded Hitler's deputy passes away

  A Trinidadian Second World War veteran, whose proudest moment was guarding the world’s most famous prisoner at the time, has died aged 94. Alvin Chy-Quene, who joined the RAF in the spring of 1944 in his homeland as a teenager, passed a ...

How Nigeria's police used 'shoot to kill' at demos

World attention focused on Nigeria after mass Black Lives Matter-type protests erupted against police brutality by the notorious now disbanded special anti-robbery squad, known as SARS.  It was a unit of the Nigerian police with a record o ...

Black Lives Matter: corporate takeover of the BLM brand

Sky says: “Black Lives Matter: We see. We hear. We commit.” But does the media giant really see, hear and commit? It does not square with the politics of multi-billionaire founder and former owner of the television station Rupert Murdoch. He’s be ...

A visual journey beyond the mind’s limitations

Gifted artist and political activist Shahina Jaffer shares her thoughts on art, cultural influences and icon Mahatma Ghandi with The-Latest, writes Deputy Editor Deborah Hobson. This is part one of a two-part interview. DH: How would yo ...

'My triumph over drugs, violence and bipolar disorder'

Tackling the hugely political and emotive issues of race and mental health would not be an easy task, even for an accomplished storyteller. But that is what first-time author Siddy Shivdasani has done in his brave and searingly frank self-published, semi ...

Comrade Sak: remembering forgotten African Caribbean and Asian political heroes

“Why did you write about a Paki?” asked an African Caribbean man at a launch of my original Comrade Sak book two decades ago. It would be nice to think such bigoted attitudes have changed since then. A fellow politically Black person telli ...

Boris Johnson is in free fall so, can he survive?

Boris Johnson's demise is hard to watch as his attempts to fend off criticism are met with derision. Barbs from Italy ridiculing his worship of Winston Churchill and mishandling of Covid-19 are the latest blow. Anyone with the sensibility to care fo ...

America's racist police: Payouts cannot fix culture of violence

In the US, where hundreds of Black people fall victim to police brutality each year, very few police officers are ever prosecuted or convicted for the violence they inflict on the communities and individuals they are supposed to protect. While growing ...

UK government asylum seekers eviction move 'reckless and irresponsible'

Thousands of asylum seekers currently accommodated in hotels across the UK are becoming homeless despite warnings of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Those who have claimed asylum in Britain, but had their cases refused, will begin receivi ...

Palm oil plantations: Child labour and other abuses exposed

Palm oil plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia are worked by “child labour and outright slavery,” a new investigation has found. The two countries supply 85 percent of the world’s palm oil, which is used in most cosmetic brands and around half of al ...

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