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September 25, 2020

America's racist police: Payouts cannot fix culture of violence

In the US, where hundreds of Black people fall victim to police brutality each year, very few police officers are ever prosecuted or convicted for the violence they inflict on the communities and...

My relationship with Facebook is on the rocks

Tom BarnesSocial networking is marketed as a digital path to social empowerment and without question websites like Facebook have made interactions between people easier, communications more frequent and humanity more social. However, with British commercia ...

How Rio's passion will deliver an unforgettable Olympics

Ylenia Lemos“Look! Fireworks!” I said to my mom as I peered at red laser lines cutting the sky one nigh outside my uncle’s apartment in Rio de Janeiro. “Those are not fireworks,” said my dad. “The favelas (slums) are fighting again. They are shooting each ...

Campaign of hate, sir? Here, have the Daily Mail

Matt Gardner - Online columnistSometimes, there's a fine line between what can be regarded as good journalism and a vendetta or grudge. However, certain newspapers, blogs, Tv programmes and radio shows make it all too clear just how much they're willing to ...

Keep your cash under a mattress not in a bank

Lee ButtonWhat can the average person say to banks?   They are a law unto themselves. I am bewildered at the incompetence of these large corporate companies. They build up their businesses from the hard work and investments of the ordinary workin ...

It's mayhem on London buses

Grace Boateng  At the risk of sounding like a relative of cantankerous character Victor Meldrew, from the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave, I cannot believe some of the bad manners I encounter on bus journeys around the British capital city. Thro ...

Let's do it the American way

Matt Gardner - Online columnist According to the doomsayers, if we don't do something about the global economy now we'll all perish. But maybe we'll have a protracted length of time where we'll register negative or zero growth before slowly ...

Rumours, lies and truth: life after death of 'King of Pop'

Deborah Hobson I've been angry with Michael Jackson for some years now. His sudden death from a heart attack last week at the age of 50 shocked and saddened me, although an unemotional assessment of his rollercoaster life thus far with its many dark tw ...

My alarm over Obama's 'classroom spies'

David Price As the continuities and disjunctures between the George Bush and Barack Obama administrations come into focus it becomes increasingly clear that while Obama's domestic agenda has some identifiable breaks with Bush's, at its core, the ne ...

Why there's been a white backlash in Britain

Britain's liberal establishment   has been struggling to come to terms with the reason why their once great country is now represented in the European Parliament for the first time by two fascists. Why did a significant minority of disgruntled whi ...

Britain's 'build them up to knock them down' celebrity culture

Matt Gardner - Online columnist The British way of treating anyone remotely famous is getting pretty ridiculous. Our obsession with reality Tv shows demonstrates that this will be the case for the foreseeable future. Whoopee.It's a strange one, really. ...

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