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March 30, 2018

'Who cares about Black lives in Israel?'

Israeli state and religious authorities' racist attitudes towards African refugees may have deadly consequences, writes David Sheen.Comments made by Israel's top political and religious...

'Mail National Health Service bashing hits new low'

If anyone doubted the lengths the Daily Mail newspaper will go to discredit Britain’s public health service, recent stories should have banished thoughts to the contrary.The paper’s legendary foul mouthed editor Paul Dacre has ordered his singu ...

Farewell to soccer's 'golden balls' David Beckham

The expected hanging up of his football boots by "Golden Balls" AKA David Beckham did come as a shock to me, since ageing Ryan Giggs still plays for Man U, and Teddy Sherringham played into his 40s.I suppose being a footballing diplomat, moving f ...

Eating our way to bad health

Obesity in the UK is spiralling out of control. Shocking new figures released this week by the National Health Service Information Centre reveal that the number of people ending up in hospital because they are too fat has soared. Rajdeep Sandhu has spent t ...

Malcolm X was 'bisexual' trumpets gay rights campaigner

Peter Tatchell Black History Month in Britain is a wonderful celebration of the huge, important and valuable contribution that Black people have made to humanity and to popular culture. It is also worth celebrating that many leading Black icons have b ...

'Black British culture is in crisis' says leading scholar

Complacency is the greatest threat to African-Caribbean culture in Britain. Only a plan for rescue, revival and representation can save its carriers from a life sentence of cultural illiteracy and dependency. Thomas L Blair suggests the ways that a triad o ...

Co-opted media silence on new troubles in Northern Ireland

Rachel McGovern International media and political attention turned to Northern Ireland last week when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a speech to the Northern Ireland Assembly urging them to continue working together. However, with a devolved go ...

Do we need law to protect our sources?

Catherine Faas American blogger Josh Wolf was sent to prison for a month after refusing to give up the anonymity of his sources and his unpublished materials. This situation could have played out even worse if Wolf had been a blogger - without the title of ...

Unshackling the Afro-British mind in history month

Thomas L Blair October’s Black History month comes again - full of contradictions.  It gives local worthies a chance to add undigested “facts” and swatches of colour, comedy and music to the events. But the back-up money and thematic control is firmly ...

Barack Obama: Why I accepted 'undeserved' Nobel Peace Prize

Yesterday morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6am, we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative fi ...

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 ...

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