Bolivia: More Morales for Four Years


The Bolivian General Elections took place this past Sunday, with president Evo Morales highly favoured to win a third consecutive term. The results will not officially be announced until 22 October, but exit polls show President Morales leading at around 60%, with his closest rival lagging far behind at 25%. Leaders of other South American Countries have already called to congratulate him on the ‘win.’

Happy Birthday Rev Jesse Jackson


Civil Rights Icon Rev Jesse does not believe in slowing down even on his 73rd birthday.

To mark the occasion, Rev Jackson met with students, health administrators, young voters, and broadcasters last week to draw awareness to current issues facing minority communities in the United States. He spoke about minority involvement in STEM careers, the recent militarization of police departments, voting challenges and the need for a Right to Vote amendment, and the US response to the Ebola crisis.

Still no justice for Duggan family


Three senior judges today rejected an appeal from Mark Duggan’s family that the Coroner of the original inquest into his killing, misdirected the Jury during his summing up.

Last summer the Jury found that Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by a Met officer in the summer of 2011, which sparked civil disturbances across the country.

The argument for the appeal centres around the Coroner Judge directing the jury that the officer might have been using self defence, even though the jury concluded Duggan was unarmed when he was shot.

The BBC Wants You! Two leadership schemes


The BBC is actively seeking talented individuals from Black and minority ethnic(BME) communities for two leadership schemes.

These are great opportunities and we urge you to act quickly and apply before the 19th Oct deadline.

Four Corners – an interview with Lemi Ghariokwu


According to the lyrics of the late, great pioneering Afrobeat musician and cultural icon, Fela Kuti, ‘Music is the weapon of the future’. If that’s the case, then this month’s profile designer’s work is a laser cannon.

OBV Cartoon Corner: Ukip and Immigration


Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel peace prize 2014


The defiance of a young Pakistani girl to confront terror and the assassination bullet has not only inspired millions of young women to believe they can achieve, but also the judges for the prestigious Nobel Prize for peace.

Malala Yousafzai now joins those greats including Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela in the pantheon of recipients.

Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.

Ukip win first MP: Racism will rise


The Essex coastal town of Clacton-on-Sea made British history early this morning by heralding in its first UKIP Westminster MP Douglas Carswell.

Clacton-on-Sea, not a town noted for high immigration numbers, elected an MP and a political party whose main policies are anti-immigration, anti-European Union and some would argue anti-everything.

The size and significance of Ukip’s win will, whether by design or default, undoubtedly mean that racist attitudes will inevitably rise.

Tim Farron MP: At last a brave politician


I just made it in time to be in Glasgow at the Lib Dem conference to hear Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron’s speech. It lifted my soul. Farron is not a grand orator in the Rev Jesse Jackson, or even Tony Blair mode, but yesterday he combined passion, bravery and decency in a speech that will speak to hundreds of thousands of Africans, Asians, Caribbeans and the many recent migrants to these shores. His message was simple. He said:

Thank you to those migrants who come to our shores and make our country great.”

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