October 2015

Lessons from shock closure of Britain's golden charity

Four years ago, before the sensational closure this summer of the UK’s most celebrated charity, amid allegation of financial mismanagement and sex abuse, Marc Wadsworth ran a blogging course there. Here is his insider’s report.Kids Company&rsq ...

Film reveals furious rivalry over afros, weaves and braids

Highly competitive Black crimpers are the subjects of an acclaimed film being shown during the UK's Black History Month that is currently happening.Afro­Saxons is a feature-length observational documentary that offers a rare insight into the fierc ...

'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 ...

'Where journalists are slain and the killers go free'

An ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh this year propelled the two nations onto the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murder ...

Shame on UK: UN to investigate 'deadly' disability cuts

Britain has become the first country in the world to be placed under investigation by the United Nations for violating the human rights of people with disabilities amid fears that thousands may have died as a consequence of controversial welfare reforms an ...

Nigeria's shocking trade in baby trafficking grows

Eze, as we’ll call him, is an agent involved in Nigeria’s infamous baby factories.In a local restaurant in Nigeria’s south eastern city of Enugu, dozens of people gather every evening to eat the city’s popular goat-meat pepper soup ...

Death of South African freedom fighter Bennie Bunsee

Lifelong Pan-Africanist, writer and polemicist Bennie Bunsee died peacefully at the weekend. He was 12 days away from his 80th birthday.On Sunday, friends, family and ideological sparring partners fondly recalled Bunsee, who died at South Africa's Vin ...

Europe must stop shifting the blame for migrant crisis

In a very reluctant, not quite shame-faced way, Europe has moved to restore sea patrols to their previous level to rescue the “boat people” of today – fleeing from war-torn countries across the Mediterranean to “fortress Europe&rdq ...

Jeremy Corbyn’s 'cyber-youth' made him a winner

A seriously motivated “selectorate” of youth and worker-based pressure groups in the UK went digital and radical to propel Jeremy Corbyn into the Labour Party leadership. Their strategy and tactics, and above all their tech-savvy energies, wor ...