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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...

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 ...

'Colour prejudice isn't all about black and white'

As a mixed-race woman, I understand why our Black communities would prefer to ignore the colour prejudice that exists among us. Some say that we have bigger problems to deal with.However, colourism is something that continues to affect us negatively and h ...

'Grenfell Tower survivors must be embraced by carnival revellers'

Notting Hill Carnival’s moment of silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno is a gesture all will respect. But that is not enough. A tangible show of solidarity with the residents from many lands is needed. First: because Grenfell b ...

PC Fletcher murder mystery deepens over 'national security' claim

Accusation and suspicion has always surrounded the unsolved fatal shooting of PC Yvonne Fletcher, 25, outside the Libyan embassy in St James’s Square, London, on April 17 1984 writes, Richard Lance Keeble.Libyan exiles in the UK were protesting ...

US super bomb: How the media 'humanised' mass destruction

One of the main functions of the dominant media is to naturalise and humanise the horror of contemporary warfare.As Edward Herman, who., with Noam Chomsky introduced the "propaganda model" concept, comments: "Doing terrible things in an org ...

Racism, foreign wars and a Trump presidency

Rev Dr Martin Luther King's call to America to abandon racism and unjust wars haunts the nation as Donald J Trump takes over the White House. It rings as true today as in the civil rights and Viet Nam 1960’s.Unjust acts by the powerful against t ...

'How Britain's media fuels public unrest'

Media-fired triggers of the August riots in 2011 that started in Tottenham - prejudice, disinformation, and institutional racism - are still crackling away in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.Negative press reporting encou ...

'New London Mayor must deliver on city's housing meltdown'

Whoever wins the race to become the capital's Mayor in May faces an unprecedented crisis in housing its citizens, according to the London Housing Commission’s final report Building a new deal for London. City chiefs and town halls will ...

Fox News: 'A sewer of rancid, fear-mongering campaigns'

Once again, America is confronted with a lethal threat from abroad that Obama is powerless to stop. Sound familiar? The bile is coming in "over the transom" so quickly it’s getting hard to keep up, as the conservative me ...

EU countries 'dealing in dodgy food' must be stopped

Horsemeat scandals sent shockwaves across the European food industry in 2013, setting off investigations, launching communications into a frenzy and even driving some major players to bankruptcy. In the wake of the investigations, the perverted effec ...

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