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March 30, 2018

US to demand social media info from visa applicants

People seeking a US visa may soon be required to disclose their social media information so that five years’ worth of their online footprint can be scrutinised. It was previously reserved for...

Truth about Hillsborough you didn't read on Sun's front page

As Jared Ficklin wrote on The Conversation website, the verdicts returned at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 completely vindicate the 27-year campaign for justice resolutely undertaken by the families of the 96 who died.The verdicts, wh ...

Debunking myths surrounding Europe's refugee crisis

British and European handling of the migrant and refugee humanitarian disaster simply isn't working. The preventable deaths of another 400 people in the Mediterranean on Monday morning must be a wake-­up call.For all of the outcry we've seen i ...

Huge increase in Russia's 'censorship' of Twitter content

Twitter has released its latest transparency report which shows that the number of the Kremlin's requests to take down content grew more than 25-fold in the second half of 2015, compared to reports from previous periods.According to Twitter, ...

UK government's indefinite detention of 'vulnerable' asylum seekers slammed

Indefinite detention of asylum seekers is expensive, ineffective and unacceptable, campaign groups have said following the publication of a damning report into the welfare of vulnerable persons held by the Home Office.Former prisons ombudsman Stephen Shaw ...

Black music made the white ‘greats’ like David Bowie

Media commentators list Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and now, following his death, aged 69, David Bowie as the “greats” of contemporary Western music.But they do so without so much as a nod in the direction of the Black artists w ...

Loneliness 'is really bad for your health'

Feeling isolated can be excruciating, lead to mental health problems and be a cause of premature death. While loneliness can affect anyone at any point in life, it is particularly common among the rapidly increasing population of old people. When you ...

'Donate your unwanted fur and save an animal's life'

Animal rights organisation PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has campaigned over three decades behind the slogan "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way." Thei ...

Shocking claim: Black contribution to WW2 'not that relevant'

Britain's top media commentator Roy Greenslade attracted a big mailbag of comments on his Guardian blog post about a documentary film that at long last recognises the unsung Caribbean heroes of the Second World War.There were a huge 4670 shares of the ...

Maasai and big game, my safari of a lifetime

It was an intrepid flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara game reserve because our 13-seater single engine Cessna light aircraft tilted sharply to the left to avoid a big bird as we came in to land. I found this out while chatting with the charming, talkative ...

Exploited child labourers face injury and death in Philippines

Child labour abuse is worsening in the Philippines. In 2011, the Philippine National Statistics Office reported that there were 5.5 million working children in the country, 2.9 million of whom were working in hazardous industries such as mining and planta ...

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