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December 01, 2023

"Joe Biden is finished" as massacre in Gaza continues

It will be remembered, I hope, as the hug that sank a craven president. It was mid-October. US President Joe Biden made the requisite pilgrimage to Tel Aviv to show that his staunch support for...

Not an all Black Vogue afterall

Deborah Hobson Exquisitely painted faces in colour and gloss beam through the plastic used to seal copies of the most eagerly awaited ever edition of the world's No. 1 fashion magazine. Vogue Italia, trumpeted by many commentators before publication ...

Listen to rebel Black French youth, scholars told

Thomas L. Blair - Sociology Professor It took rebellious Black youth in France to force national attention to their jobs, housing and health needs. But still simmering in their emerging Black consciousness, the cultural longings of France's African and Ca ...

Gay British Tamil community: a double barrier to celebrating Pride

Gay Pride is synonymous with inclusivity and celebration. However, for people of colour, few safe and intersectional spaces exist. This is especially true within the British Tamil community, of which I am a member. The LGBTQIA+ community is still a mar ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'Who cares about Black lives in Israel?'

Israeli state and religious authorities' racist attitudes towards African refugees may have deadly consequences, writes David Sheen.Comments made by Israel's top political and religious leaders earlier this month are a dismal reminder of how littl ...

Magical afternoon in an enchanting East German city

Day of Repentance. Known in German as Buß- und Bettag, it is public holiday exclusive to the residents of Saxony in the east of the country and previously controlled by the atheist Soviet Union.Nowhere else in Germany is it celebrated as a statutory day o ...

Women who fear saying #MeToo

For undocumented women who experience sexual harassment or abuse, speaking up puts them at risk of arrest or detention, writes Michele LeVoy. The revelations that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and assaulted women fin ...

Why UK Black Pride is a celebration not 'segregation'

There I was, unwinding on a patch of grass after a long day of dancing and grinding in Vauxhall pleasure gardens for UK Black Pride, when my friends and me were approached by an Australian man. I was still in a state of euphoria when he bega ...

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