Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Atif Khan rising high against the odds


A Birmingham youth is fulfilling his ambitions in spite of many difficult challenges at home.

Despite caring for his mother who suffers from severe epilepsy whilst his little sister has Downs Syndrome, Atif Khan managed to achieve high enough grades to enable him to study biomedical science at Wolverhampton University. On top of caring duties Atif was also working part-time at the local cash and carry.

The 18-year-old, a student at Moseley School stated that:

‘Be a boxer not a mathematician’ top scholar was told


TEACHERS RUNNING a careers day at Dr Nira Chamberlain’s school looked at him in disbelief when he told them he would one day like to be a professional mathematician when he grew up.

“No, no,” they said. “With your physique you should be a boxer. You’d make a very good one. Look at your jawbone.” How misguided they were in yet another example of racial stereotyping.

Burkini fine: Is this really the fight against extremism?


What happened in Nice on the night of July 14th earlier this year whilst the French were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice was a truly despicable act of hate and horror. 84 people died at the hands of an extremist who drove his lorry into crowds.

The French and in particular those living in Nice are no doubt still hurting and equally nervous about future attacks, but do they really believe that banning Burkini’s on French beaches is in any way an effective tool to fight terrorism or to bring different religious communities together?

Caster Semenya is the one at a disadvantage


The outrag leveled at Caster Semenya is at best mean spirited, and certainly against the Olympic spirit. At every juncture this young women has had to prove she is a biological woman. Still, even after such gruelling and at times demeaning tests the doubters still pursue, claiming that in effect she's cheating and she should not be allowed to compete.

Brexit UK takes us back to 70’s racism



Is this weeks report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, citing that widespread inequality is “entrenched” in Britain and risks increasing race tensions is even news?

As an ethnic minority in Britain, I feel different every day. Post-Brexit, there is growing discomfort too. I walk down the street and I wonder if I’ll see somebody being abused, or if this time it’ll be me.

Ryan Lochte, white privilege and racism


The gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte is not the first white person to cover his wrongdoings by blaming a fictional stereotype – usually Black - thereby further exacerbating that stereotype.

Race inequality ‘entrenched’ in UK report finds


The Equality and Human Rights Commission has given its most damning report on the state of race inequality perhaps for a generation. Not only does it highlight entrenched racial disadvantage in key area of education, employment and the criminal justice system, but it also flags up the post Brexit rise in race hate crime that could, it argues, have profound and long lasting effect.

Australia’s outsourced misery prison to close


We are all aware of multinational companies outsourcing their work to countries who pay a pittance to what they would have to in their own countries. Often the conditions and pay are terrible. In some cases such as the retailing manufacturing tragedy in Bangladesh, 80 workers died when the unsafe building they laboured in collapsed into a heap of rubble.

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