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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...

Whatever happened to all-Black shortlists for political hopefuls?

Kingsley AbramsBlack activists in the Labour Party reacted with astonishment and dismay to the news that the Government had bootled out of including the all-Black shortlist proposal in Cabinet minister Harriet Harman's 2009 Equality Bill.We have long c ...

Musings on Melville, Obama, America and The World

Milverton WallaceI was searching my mind recently for that famous quotation from Melville, the one about America belonging to the whole world. I couldn't find it even in the dusty corners of my memory.But instinct happily took me to a rereading of C.L. ...

If you love news, don't be a journalist

Matt Gardner - Online columnistI realised last night what my job had turned me into. Sat in bed listening to the radio, I heard that Morgan Freeman had been in a car crash, his condition was serious but that he was stable. It was the first piece of news in ...

Dark times for bats

Kirsten Weir  As dusk settles over the forest, the mosquitoes start swarming in force. Scott Darling, a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, unfurls a net across a wide path. Not five minutes later, the first bat of the night lands ...

My tough backstage advice to Barack Obama

Michelle ObamaBarack likes to tell a story about the two of us standing backstage before his now famous speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.The way he tells it, he was too busy in the days before the convention to feel any pressure - but about an hour ...

'Der Schwarze Kennedy' triumphs in multi-cultural Europe

Thomas L BlairWith Obama in the White House, things will get better for Black people in Britain and Europe, and peace will reign all over the world, London cabbie Felix Ohorodonogu told me as I travelled home. This heartfelt sentiment should not be tossed ...

Mugabe's crimes against fashion

Matt Gardner - Online columnist Is it only me that's wary of people who have Hitler moustaches and wear bright green suits covered with pictures of themselves? To be honest, I don't think even Screaming Lord Sutch, rest his soul, would have stoo ...

How Obama has been 'flip flopping' to the right

GAIL COLLINS - New York TimesWe have to have a talk about Barack Obama.I know, I know. You're upset. You think the guy you fell in love with last spring is spending the summer flip-flopping his way to the right. Drifting to the centre. Going all modera ...

Muslim message of love for all, hatred for none

Meliha Hayat  Hazarat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (pictured left), the spiritual leader of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, has called for global peace and harmony and used a gathering in London to take practical steps to rid the world of all forms o ...

In the eye of the beholder

Karen HatterAs I read the article by Deborah Hobson on The-Latest (see above) concerning Vogue's all Black, well, not really, Black issue, I was reminded of a commentary I delivered at a fashion show a couple of years ago on beauty standards. My stati ...

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