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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...

Americans who despise Barack Obama

Karen HatterImagine if you will, waking up in a world in which you believe all that you knew and loved has been turned upside down. In general, it’s a feeling that is borne out, by all the indicators you feel are valid, that something is terribly wrong. Th ...

Pravda talks Libya and foreign policy with The-Latest

After almost two decades of foreign policy neglect and media propaganda failures the world suddenly saw a newly assertive Russia during the South Osseta - Georgia crisis.There were congratulations from traditional allies and a lot of skepticism from the pr ...

Dangers of embedded journalism

Patrick CockburnEmbedded journalism earned itself a bad name in Iraq and Afghanistan. The phrase came to evoke an image of the supposedly independent correspondent truckling to military mentors who spoon-feed him or her absurdly optimistic information abou ...

'Play Mas' at carnival but challenge cultural racism

Thomas L Blair Now is the time for “We t’ing!” No, I don’t mean the “rum and rhythm” festivities every August in Notting Hill, in an underserved iconic Black district in London. I’m talking about refuting a popular stereotype:  that Black people in B ...

Aspiring Black youth are the solution not the problem

Thomas L Blair Headlines damning young Blacks as  “neets” - “not in education, employment or training” - heralds a major cultural disaster facing Black Britain this century.In my opinion youth’s emerging from urban and internet cultures will have bene ...

Rich candidates corrupt electoral process in Nigeria

Solomon SydelleNo matter where you are in the world, being a politician can be an expensive business. In Nigeria, politicians are expected to not just explain their campaign pledges and commit to addressing issues, but to feed potential voters as well. For ...

Lib Dem internet pioneer tears up membership card

Rob Fenwick was organiser of the Liberal Democrat party's national e-campaign in 2005 and the creator and editor of the largest website for the Liberal Democrats in the UK, Liberal Democrat Voice. Here he explains why he is opposed to the new coalition bet ...

Do internet users really care about general election?

Britain's current General Election campaign promises to be the most 'interactive' in history, writes Jonathan Harwood. Since the last time the UK went to the polls, the internet has been transformed - broadband access has almost doubled and the social netw ...

Bigoted politician wants veil ban on Muslim women

Once again, the issue of veiling has resurfaced, this time after the United Kingdom Independence Party’s former leader Nigel Farage has called for Muslim women to be banned from covering their faces in public places and public buildings, writes Jess M ...

Jail or empowerment for Black youth?

Thomas L Blair Black youth-savers have fired the first broadside in their fightback against crime and the rising head count of youth in prison and gangs, according to participants in the State of Black Britain conference held recently in London. After dec ...

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