Black youth unemployment: No jobs, little hope


Recent youth unemployment figures provide a stark reminder of the huge difficulties facing all young people during this financial crisis, but none more so than young Black people. Recent figures show 50 percent of Black people aged 16-24 years are unemployed compared with 20 percent White people.

Schooling the next generation of Black MPs


Operation Black Vote in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government launched the Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme on Monday. Politicians from all three major political parties were in attendance to pledge their support for the scheme and their commitment to increasing the low levels of BME representation in parliament and local authorities.

Dale Farm: The ugly end game


National and local politicians have failed the Traveller community at Dale Farm in finding a peaceful solution to the lack of appropriate Traveller sites in England. As a result we are now witnessing a very ugly battle between the police and the Dale Farm residents along with their supporters.

This is the end of 10 long years of legal battles to avoid eviction and find suitable sites in the region.

Partnership not Piecemeal Approach required for Race Equality


Here on the OBV website, Professor Harinder Bahra confronts the British academic establishment's lack of BME representation at all levels. His data is compelling; his concern that things could get worse should be worrying for us all. Above all, Professor Bahra has been brave challenging the status quo, particularly at the highest level, which can seriously damage your career prospects. Undiminished by that, Bahra has said what needs to be said.

Sajid Javid gets promotion in Cabinet reshuffle


Following the resignation of Dr Liam Fox as Defence Secretary on Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron has had to do a little of his own shuffling in the cabinet.

Phillip Hammond has replaced Dr Fox, who resigned after the controversy surrounding his close relationship with Adam Werritty made his position untenable.

The most notable movement in the reshuffle was the promotion of Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, who has been made Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Chancellor George Osborne.

Evra and Suarez involved in race storm


At a time when football is currently embracing Kick It Out's "One Game, One Community" action campaign to celebrate diversity and social inclusion in the game, there should be an incident such as the one which is said to have taken place at Anfield this weekend.

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has claimed he was racially abused by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during Saturday's game.

Evra made his claim to French television station Canal Plus, saying,

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf faces run-off in Liberia presidential elections


Africa's first female president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will have to wait a little longer to see if she will get another term as Liberian leader.

Johnson-Sirleaf, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkul Karman last week, will face a presidential run-off against former diplomat Winston Tubman after failing to get a 50 percent majority for an outright win.

Fauja Singh becomes world oldest marathon runner


When you hear about a 100-year-old man hitting the wall, it usually conjures up the worst image of a frail person being injured.

Fauja Singh hit the wall but not in the literal sense. Rather, the inspirational centenarian became the world's oldest marathon runner after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Dr Liam Fox resigns as Defence Secretary


Defence Secretary Liam Fox has been forced to resign after a week of allegations made his position untenable.

The beleaguered minister has had a stressful week following a number of revelations about his working relationship with friend and so-called advisor Adam Werritty. Though Dr Fox has denied any wrongdoing, he admitted blurring the lines between his personal and professional life and has been investigated by the Cabinet Secretary amid claims he had broken ministerial duties.

In his resignation letter to prime minister David Cameron, Dr Fox wrote,

A balanced immigration debate


One wouldn’t normally expect London’s Evening Standard - which used to be published by Associated Newspapers, home of the Daily Mail - to be a standard bearer that views immigration, for example, in a positive light. But now the paper is owned by a Russian migrant, Alexander Lebedev, some of its journalists feel freer to give a more balanced account within the immigration debate which highlights the very real benefits of immigration to our nation.

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