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December 18, 2020

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...

Will we forget?

Matt Gardner - Online columnistAs is the norm with me, I open with an anecdotal realisation. Standing on the bus on Sunday, I realised that I was the only person who was wearing a poppy for the Royal British Legion's annual campaign for Remembrance Day ...

Let's have one last big push for Obama

Karin Robinson - Americans Abroad for ObamaI don't know about you, but I've had more than my share of sleepless nights on this campaign. From the nail biting primary to the excitement of the Convention  — from my worries about Sarah Pali ...

Viva Cuba

Marina Watson Peláez Almost everyone looks down on the Cuban communist state system. They criticise it as if it were the worst form of government on the planet. I am not a communist. But I do see communism in a slightly different way to others. My recent ...

Be fearful of the man called Hugo Chávez

Linda Sharkey In the last 10 years, a South American country has undergone radical change since a revolutionary leader came into power. In 1998, Hugo Chávez Frías became the president of Venezuela. He carried the hopes of the masses who were tired of pre ...

Let's salute the other man on the podium

Caroline Frost When Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave a gloved Black Power salute on the Olympic podium in October 1968 it sent a shockwave through sport. But what happened to the other man on the platform who supported them? Forty years ago, two Black Am ...

Obamamania and the story of sweet potatoe pie

Mark Danner - in Philadelphia, AmericaYou would think first of all of a village fair - the entire community of Germantown, north west Philadephia, taking itself up on the brightest of bright sunny fall days and moving en masse, clumps of people, groups of ...

Why Britain's Black history month is hollow

The-Latest has been highlighting Black History Month with several articles. Today The Guardian became the first national newspaper in the UK to mark BHM by launching a five-part series of information packed posters. But respected Black sociologist Thomas L ...

'Reading Lolita in Tehran'

Chris GelkenI rested the book on the arm of my chair and gazed through the living room window at the majestic peaks of the Alborz Mountains rising in the distance. "Wow," I thought, "She just described my day. In fact, she has just described ...

American poverty is a national disgrace

Charlene MuhammadTimes are getting tougher in the United States, but putting an end to the plight of the poor isn't high on the political agenda. The number of Americans living in poverty increased last year, but advocates for the poor say the situatio ...

Racism is not over, Mr Phillips

Thomas L Blair Talk of the "end of racism" gives a misleading impression that the long struggle for racial equality has finally been won. Supporters argue that a new generation of younger well-educated Black-elected officials has emerged. Typical ...

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