Robert Mugabe: The end of an era


All white leadership: University Challenge


In the wake of Black History Month, it seems as though the debates on higher education’s snow-capped institutions persist. In an article recently published by the Guardian, the deputy director at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Research in Race and Education, Professor Khalwant Bhopal suggested that, “black minority-ethnic academics feel the goal posts are often moved when they apply for jobs or promotions”—fundamentally arguing that there are not enough BAME professors, vice-chancellors or provosts in British higher education.

Ofsted inspectors to question primary school girls on hijab


Ofsted inspectors will be questioning primary school girls who wear the hijab as to why they cover their hair. The decision is a result of concerns that the garment could be interpreted as sexualizing young girls and that primary school girls as young as four are being forced by their families to wear the hijab to school.

Labour party must expel Bristol’s racist members


Labour party member Mal Sainsbury informed a Bristol local party Facebook group that she’d like to take a ‘horse whip’ to Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees for the cuts he is beingforced to make to some local services. She goes on to encourage others to join her: "Please join us and bring your metaphorical whip to lick our Mayor ".

As a matter of urgency Labour party head office must suspend its racist members in Bristol until a investigation is undertaken, and sanction those who have supported such appalling rhetoric.

Rev Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease


The iconic Civil Rights Leader Rev Jesse Jackson informed his friends around the world that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and would be forced to change his hectic work schedule. The two time Presidential candidate Rev Jackson 76, is well known for his back -breaking international schedule. Those of us who have worked with him know that he’s abroad he starts his day with 8am breakfast meetings and doesn’t usually finish until 9pm in the evening.

In a letter sent to OBV, Rev Jackson stated:

Hindu groups protest release of film depicting Hindu-Muslim romance


The Indian government has been asked to delay the release of Padmayati, a film depicting a mythological 16th century queen, following protests, assaults on the director and the set, and threats to mutilate the lead actress’s face. Civil unrest has culminated to the point where riot police may be stationed outside Indian cinemas for the release of the movie, but Uttar Pradesh officials have reported that this will prove difficult due to elections and a Muslim holiday on the same date requiring police personnel.

Labour must show they understand racial nuances


The controversy surrounding Labour MP Emma Dent Coad appears to have split opinion along party lines.

Her defenders, including the Corbyn loyalists Skwawkbox, claim the MP’s old blog was merely quoting a constituent who told her that black Conservative Shaun Bailey was a “token ghetto boy” and “ghetto man”.

Her detractors, not least black Tory MPs Kemi Badenoch and James Cleverly, accuse the Kensington MP of racially-charged language.

How Russian "troll factories" have been using social media to infiltrate Western politics


Many may recall the viral photo of a Muslim woman on Westminster Bridge following the March attacks circulating twitter earlier this year. The account that shared the hijab-wearing woman, @Southlonestar, posted a picture of the woman on her phone, supposedly callous and indifferent as she passed by a victim being treated on the bridge. The caption read “Muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying man while checking phone #PrayForLondon #Westminster #BanIslam.”

The whiteness of Remembrance Day


Islamophobia is more than hate crime


The hallmark of a free society is the freedom to criticise ideas, but the marker of an unjust one is a society that discriminates against people based on their background. And so it is with Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim racism.

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