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'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 ...

Author: 'Mental illness stigma is worse than racism'

My book started life as a feature nobody wanted. It was to be my racial perspectives as an “Anglo-Indian” growing up on Brixton’s “Frontline” in the mid-1970s, until I left permanently in the early Noughties. For what it’s worth, I think the vast m ...

'Mistreatment of workers in UK fashion industry must end'

Fashion and creative industries in the UK had a combined turnover of £84.4bn in 2017 and formed 5.4 percent of the nation’s GDP, so the value of the UK’s fashion industry is irrefutable. Fashion is something Britain is particularly renowned for, with nea ...

Knife crime: Shocking rise as UK capital worse hit

Official figures released this week show that knife crime in England and Wales have risen by 6 percent to a record high. Police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument rose to 46,265 for the year to March, up from 43,706 in t ...

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