May 2012

UK firm sues after Lady Gaga concert scam

British company Banana Split claims in court that it was scammed for $1.1 million by two men using "multiple corporate shells".The firm alleges that the men said they could book pop singer Lady Gaga for a concert - and it says it's not the only one that's ...

Queen jubilee landmark snubbed by Commonwealth

Celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee are reaching fever pitch in Britain, but apathy rules elsewhere in her far-flung realm as critics assail the relevance of a colonial-era monarchy.The queen has been head of the 54-nation Commonwealth si ...

Greeks in mental health meltdown as economy woes worsen

Behind every suicide in crisis-stricken countries such as Greece there are up to 20 more people desperate enough to have tried to end their own lives, writes Kate Helland. And behind those attempted suicides, experts say there are thousands of hidden cases ...

Tobacco industry using 'dirty tricks' to beat control measures

Robert KennedyBig tobacco companies have become increasingly aggressive in efforts to thwart global tobacco-control laws say anti-smoking campaigners.Tactics include ramping up litigation, co-opting officials, and funding front groups, say anti-smoking cam ...

Black heritage boss calms fears over new centre's future

 Lizabeth Davis and Marc WadsworthBuilding work on Britain’s first permanent home for archives documenting black history has suffered a serious set back with the collapse of a construction firm. But the director of the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) pr ...

Defiant message from mother of ‘hoodie killing’ victim

Marc Wadsworth - EXCLUSIVE Grieving mother Sybrina Fulton (left, in white jacket), whose unarmed teenage son was shot dead by a neighbourhood watchman in America, sending shock waves around the world, has given strong support to Black Britons. She said tha ...

Media and the Riots: representation of young people

David Gordon from the Media Citizens Sutton group interviewed Sky reporter Tom Parmenter at the groundbreaking Media and the Riots conference held in November 2011 and organised by new charity the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust in partnership with Th ...

Iranians 'are the new outcasts in the UK'

Azita JabbariSince the Islamic revolution of 1979 Iranians living in Britain have been treated with growing suspicion and racism.It is almost like the discrimination faced by people of African descent in the US and in the UK.   I am an Iranian who has ...

Despots are more open than our own leaders

David WhitehouseKing Mswati III of Swaziland might be a despotic, absolute monarch, polygamist, human rights abuser and, at a guess, an absolutely massive arsehole, but at least we know what he’s up to. At home news emerges every day that proves we have pr ...

'Selfish' UK rich condemned as rocketing wealth is exposed

Britain's richest 1,000 people calmly raked in record profits last year, booming to a combined wealth of £414 billion despite an economic meltdown. The 2012 rich list released on Sunday sparked outcry from campaign group UK Uncut who said it “lays bare sta ...

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