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May 08, 2021

Asian people under attack in US

A reporting centre for anti-Asian hate crimes, released statistics showing that from March 2020 to March 2021, there were 6,603 reported incidents of anti-Asian hate in the US. That’s almost...

Critic of South African rulers wants arms deal inquiry

Outspoken South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for a judicial inquiry into a controversial 1999 multi-billion pound arms deal. ANC leader Jacob Zuma currently faces corruption charges related to the $4.8bn purchase. If acquitted, Zuma, who head ...

Crisis in Tibet that's embarrassing Olympic host

Sumantra Maitra  China is feeling the heat of the Free Tibet Campaign, just five months before the Olympic games in Beijing. Ongoing rioting, after five days of peaceful protest, was followed by a fierce Chinese military crackdown in the style that re ...

International women's month of celebration

Sianturi Dinah Roma Women's achievements in the world have been honoured globally this month with colourful celebrations. We are only two years away from the International Women's Day centenary. It was first proposed in Copenhagen in 1910. In th ...

Corruption behind 'embarrassing' power cuts in oil-rich nation

Some $2.2bn-worth of Nigerian energy contracts were awarded without a bidding process by the former president and his energy minister, officials say. One was to a company with less than $200 of base capital at the time, a witness told a parliamentary commi ...

Hillary's twisted logic that denies poll success of Barack

David Plouffe - Obama Campaign ManagerWhen we won Iowa, the first state to vote in the primary process to find the Democratic nominee for US President, the Hillary Clinton campaign said it's not the number of states you win, it's "a contest fo ...

Was America's Middle East military boss 'set up' by Washington?

Chris Gelken - Online ColumnistThe sudden resignation of Washington's top military officer in the Middle East is shrouded in claim, counter-claim and denial. Whatever the truth may be behind Admiral William Fallon's decision to quit as Central Com ...

Scarlett Keeling and the 'pathetic Goan police'

Sumantra Maitra - Calcutta, IndiaDetectives investigating the rape and killing of Scarlett Keeling are in a serious state of panic. At first they said her death was due to drowning. Then, after a second post mortem that revealed terrible vaginal injuries a ...

Gaza's descent into darkness

Chris GelkenImagine the absolute horror of seeing and feeling your child die in your arms of an easily preventable disease.The necessary drugs are just a few kilometers away, but for all that, they might as well be on the moon. Alternatively, make a mental ...

Is peace even on the agenda?

Chris Gelken Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has returned to Tehran after his landmark two-day visit to Iraq. Feted and warmly welcomed with military bands and honour guards on his arrival in Baghdad, it's hard to believe such a reception wo ...

Racist sweet wrapper image finally finished off

Deborah Hobson - EXCLUSIVEAnti-racists toasted the end of an era this week with the removal of a Black 'Sambo' image on an infamous Finnish sweet wrapper. The manufacturer Cloetta Fazer, the largest in northern Europe, stubbornly refused to remove ...

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