Vulture Funds preying on the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Next month all will be decided regarding the vulture fund crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before the 30 years of civil war that occurred in the DRC, it had borrowed money from Bosnian state company EnergoInvest for a contract to build power lines throughout the country. This debt has severely grown over the past three decades through high interest rates.

Charity event to benefit Lupus UK


On 7 December 2011 a charity event for Lupus UK will take place in Catford, Lewisham.

Called "Wednesday Night Live," the event is organised by Mike Lewis, a member of Lewisham's Black Staff Forum and a graduate of OBV's Lewisham Civic Leadership Programme 2010 which seeks to address the underrepresentation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) individuals in Lewisham's political and civic framework.

Justice for Gregory Lewis



Last year I was contacted by a black chef, Gregory Lewis who worked at New College, Oxford University for eight years. The director of the Race Equality Council in Oxford advised him to take a claim to Employment Tribunal. He could not understand why the tribunal hearing, which found in New College’s favour, seemed to ignore his evidence.

Concerns over Mark Duggan inquiry following resignations


The resignation of two members from the community panel set up to oversee the IPCC’s inquiry into the shooting of Mark Duggan is worrying.

Community activists Stafford Scott and John Noblemunn both stepped down from their roles with the IPCC, saying they had lost faith in the organisation’s ability to govern the inquiry into the death of Duggan.

New exhibition celebrates British Asian success


A new exhibition profiling some of the success stories of British Asians went opened at the National Media Museum in Bradford on Tuesday.

The “Making Britain” Photographic Exhibition has been put on by photojournalist Tim Smith and profiles a wide cross-section of well-known and not so well-known individuals of South Asian background in a visual celebration of their cultural, political, artistic and economic contribution to British life.

Liberation 1838 - 175th anniversary of the end of slavery


The Windrush Foundation, a non-profit organisation that promotes racial equality, has succeeded winning initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its Liberation 1838 events.

The Windrush Foundation seeks to end racial discrimination and promote improved community relations by making people more aware of the contributions of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people to British society.

Why don't our Black MP's speak out about race inequality?


Now more than ever we need our Black elected politicians to speak out about race inequality. As always, during an economic downturn the challenges that Black people face become more acute. Challenges include; a worsening relationship between Black communities and the Police, much higher levels of unemployment, and a potential mental health time bomb which is already blighting many Black families.

OBV alumni Clive Lewis wins selection battle


Clive Lewis confounded his critics by beating his rivals to be the Labour candidate for Norwich South in the next General Election.

Lewis, a local BBC reporter and presenter and a territorial army officer who served in Helmand province, Afghanistan had to beat two local authority cabinet members and the drummer from the pop group Blur.

As an alumni of the OBV MP shadowing scheme, Lewis was happy to speak exclusively to the organisation after his selection.

Tidjane Thiam has the power



Only last year, there were calls for Tidjane Thiam to resign as chief executive of Prudential after a takeover bid for an insurance company went wrong and cost the company millions of pounds.

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