Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai dies


Africa is a state in mourning following the death of a visionary woman who was the first female to win the Nobel Peace Prize from the continent.

Kenya's Wangari Maathai, who won the peace prize in 2004, lost her long and brave battle against cancer on Sunday aged 71. Maathai is desribed as a social activist and an environmental crusader who fought hard on many issues including justice and womens rights.

The Murder of Meredith Kercher:


If the mixed heritage murdered student Meredith Kercher looked like Amanda Knox, the victim in this gruesome and sadistic tragedy would have rightly taken centre stage. Instead what we witnessed since Meredith’s death has little short of a ‘beauty’ obsessed freak show that positions Ms Knox at the centre, either as a ‘scheming murderous temptress’ and ‘Foxy Knoxy’, or as one pundit put it ‘a woman hounded because of her beauty’.

Muslims denounce terror and extremism at peace conference


Muslims in Britain are often wrongly accused of failing to denounce acts of terrorism in the name of Islam.

But over 12,000 Muslims gathered at a major event at Wembley Stadium at the weekend to join a leading Islamic scholar to collectively denounce terrorism and give their backing to a global declaration of peace.

"Get Rich or Die Trying"


Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the title of American rapper 50 Cent's debut album and film. It also seems to be the mantra that many in Britain swear by - from the youth who want things to come to them quickly to the bankers who are responsible for getting the country into a financial mess which has affected the economy.

According to MP Diane Abbott, there is direct correlation between the bankers who have fast tracked the country's push towards recession and those who rioted and looted in cities across England last month.

Proof Multiculturalism works


It seems that Prime minister David Cameron was wrong to say that multiculturalism is failing - especially when it comes to the English language.

It turns out that kids from an Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background speak English better than their white counterparts from low income families.

England's school commissioner Liz Sidwell, who was brought in by Michael Gove to tackle underperforming schools, fears the white working class in coastal and seaside towns are posing one of the greatest challenges to education reforms.

Barbara Lindsay is European Diversity Awards winner


Senior Policy Advisor and community campaigner Barbara Lindsay MBE last night succeeded against the odds to become the European Diversity campaigner of the year.

At a lavish event at the Savoy Hotel in London last night, Barbara beat off her rivals to take the coveted crown.

Speaking exclusively to OBV, Barbara said,

"I nearly didn't go to the awards. I knew I was nominated but I never thought I would win, particularly as the competition was so strong."

The Oldham Riots - 10 years on


The Asian News marked the 10th anniversary of the Oldham riots earlier this year with a series of insightful articles around the disturbances. Even before 9/11, those disturbances back then were to transform the way Britain viewed its Muslim communities, and also the way many Muslims viewed themselves.

Human Trafficking of African footballers


The issue of human trafficking of African footballers into Europe is the focus of a film which will be screened at a festival next week.

Soka Afrika documents the lives of two young African men, one from South Africa, the other from Cameroon, who take different path in pursuit of their dreams of becoming professional footballers. The story that unfolds reveals the struggle that is life in much of Africa and demonstrates how football is a vital lifeline to which many desperately cling.

Stop and Account


A number of police forces, especially those that target the Black community, will no longer record the race of those stopped under Stop and Account.

Five of the 10 forces most likely to stop Black people under the power don't record the ethnicity of those stopped under the powers. Stop and Account allows the police to stop anyone in a public place and ask individuals to account for your actions, behaviour, presence in an area or possession of anything. Those stopped do not have to give personal information.

Jenny Steele and Kouame Kouakou - 'Rising stars'


Here at OBV, one of the aims is to help people gain knowledge and get engaged in the political process as well as take an active role in their communities.

One of OBV's initiatives, the Lewisham Civic Leadership programme is designed to nurture the next generation of leaders in the south London borough.

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