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July 20, 2020

Author: 'Mental illness stigma is worse than racism'

My book started life as a feature nobody wanted. It was to be my racial perspectives as an “Anglo-Indian” growing up on Brixton’s “Frontline” in the mid-1970s, until I left permanently in the...

'Why are Americans so scared of Syrian refugees?'

People in the US want to shut the door on Syrian refugees. According to one poll, 53 percent of Americans disapprove of allowing them into the country while another 11 percent would admit only Syrians who are Christians.Most governors have ...

Special report: Chad, tyranny and a silent media

So finally, Hissène Habré, the former dictator of Chad, is being tried for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture during his rule from 1982-1990. A few news items focused on the scuffles which broke out at the trial last week in Dakar, Senegal &n ...

Internet trolling is 'emotional terrorism and it's getting worse'

In the past nine months, Brianna Wu has received no fewer than 108 death threats. The majority of these have come through Twitter.That's why Wu, a video game developer, is calling for websites and law enforcement to starting taking action so the inter ...

Countries pick sides in global fight for the internet

In recent months, countries have rushed to sign cybersecurity pacts that not only secure cyberspace allies, but also promote their vision of the global Internet. The world is choosing sides in a fight over what the Internet will look like in the year ...

Abject poverty 'fuelling violence against immigrants in South Africa'

President Jacob Zuma's mealy-mouthed language and qualified statements have done little to curb the current anti-immigration violence in South Africa.Last month, the Zulu monarch made a public statement in which he compared "foreigners" in S ...

'Why America's prison population is out of control'

Criminal justice reform in the US is rapidly becoming one of the few bipartisan issues of our time. It's about time.America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of its prisoners. ...

'Fur is back in fashion but who's to blame?'

It was all mink everything at Astrid Andersen's stellar debut bespoke show for MADE Fashion Week. The London designer's fall/winter 2015 collection featured all sorts of fur looks, from an oversized swakara basketball jersey to a fu ...

'Mourn Paris but don't ignore terror in Nigeria'

From a bombed NAACP office in Colorado to the decimated town of Baga, Nigeria, acts of terrorism against Black people and institutions have failed to generate much attention in the United States this past week.Most of the Western world and its political l ...

'We must fight to defend journalists' right to report

With journalists around the world being killed, kidnapped, and murdered in record numbers why is the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) launching a campaign targeting US government policies?The answer is simple. Because we must fight to preserve a glo ...

EU: 'It's time to impose sanctions on Israel'

With the European Union (EU) as its largest trading partner and the United States as its largest military backer, Israel has no reason to reconsider its denial of Palestinian self-determination.  In fact, the latest carnage in Gaza, did not move the ...

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