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July 20, 2020

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...

'Ignore Establishment jeers, protests can bring about change'

Right-wing commentators are trying to damp down growing protest movements against US President Donald Trump by saying it’s a waste of time. David Cameron’s former speechwriter Clare Foges writes in the Sun that protests are “pointless&rd ...

'Britain's dwindling community press is threat to local democracy'

England’s first halfpenny morning paper, The Northern Echo, comprised just four pages in the late nineteenth century, two of which were given over to advertisements.But this lack of space didn’t stop Wiliam Thomas Stead – its ...

Casey Review 'offers nothing new on equality and integration'

Dame Louise Casey has officially reinvented the wheel.  In her "review into opportunity and integration", there is a persistent figure: the Muslim woman – particularly the Pakistani and/or Bangladeshi Muslim woman – who is simul ...

'Britain must stop supplying arms to oppressive regimes'

Our government is playing a key role in arming repression throughout the Persian Gulf with devastating consequences for democracy and human rights.Driving government complicity in state violence in the region is a secret “Gulf Strategy Unit” a ...

Lib Dems must ‘aggressively’ promote Black representation

There were a few stereotypical people with beards and sandals at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference in Brighton this week. But most delegates were indistinguishable from Labour ones in their badge on lanyard wearing casual appearance.Ther ...

'Far-right racist terror surging through Europe'

Persistent economic crisis and unpopular austerity measures that gut social spending, in conjunction with the mass influx of refugees, have given rise to ultra-nationalist and even neo-fascist movements in Europe.Racist, right-wing terror is exploding on ...

Children in conflict zones: the devastating impact

A catastrophic by-product of ongoing wars in the Middle East is a lost generation of unschooled children. These children find themselves, through no fault of their own, not only displaced but lacking the opportunity for proper schooling and thus, denied a ...

'Taboo of mental illness is destroying lives in Kenya'

It's a sunny Sunday morning in Garissa, northeastern Kenya. wakes up to check if his brothers made it home last night. Dressed in a white vest, he makes his way to his brothers' makeshift room made of dry grass just metres away from his house ...

Snubbed UK Black actors: activism needed to tackle bias

There has been much controversy over the absence of  Black talent among Hollywood nominations for Oscars. In Britain, the ennobled but undervalued Black actors have challenged the arts and culture industries on diversity issues. But they have yet ...

Why pride in being African is important to students

There have been rousing protests against academic chiefs and the curriculum, based around Why Is My Curriculum White? and Why Isn't My Professor Black? This started at University College London, in the UK and has since spread to other universities.On t ...

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