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Alok Sharma becomes Conservative Vice Chair

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Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Alok Sharma as the Conservative Party Vice Chair, BME Communities.

His appointment is a small step in the right direction, after changes earlier in the month which have resulted in an all white cabinet, not seen in the UK for over a decade.

The Reading West MP, who was elected two years ago will focus on working and engaging with BME groups throughout the UK. Mr Sharma said:

'Innocence of Muslims' sparks outrage globally

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The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) have been outraged by the release of a controversial film entitled, 'Innocence of Muslims' which projects the Prophet Muhammad in a defamatory and insulting way.

Video clips from the badly made and cheaply produced film have been posted on to YouTube and have sparked demonstrations in several countries across the world. The video clips have caused offence to Muslims; by defaming and mocking the Prophet of Islam Muhammad and displaying him and early practitioners of Islam in an insulting manner.

Trevor Phillips' legacy: panel verdict

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This week Trevor Phillips stepped down as chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). OBV's Director Simon Woolley, Race Commissioner at the EHRC along with Sandra Kerr, Director of Race for Opportunity and Rob Berkeley, Director of Runneymede share their views with the Guardian on the impact Phillips has made and outline the main challenges of race equality.

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Voting rights at risk in America

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The United States is in the midst of a Presidential election campaign. With many issues at stake up in the campaign, this is an opportunity for Americans to have their voice heard by registering their choice of candidate. However, developments in the past two years may have done much to prevent voters, many of them from BME groups, from using their fundamental right to vote, restricting the democratic process.

Andrew Stunell endorses the latest edition of The Solution

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The outgoing local government minister Andrew Stunell endorsed the latest edition of Black Mental Health UK's (BMH) online journal The Solution. BMH was set up in 2006 to raise awareness and see a reduction in the inequalities of treatment and care of people from African and Caribbean decent. The Solution was relaunched earlier this year with a foreword from Home Office Minister for Crime and Security, James Brokenshire. The journal is essential reading for the mental health sector.

Marvin Rees: Help him make history

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In just a few months time Marvin Rees could make political history. If he wins the Mayoral Election to govern Bristol on 15th November, he will become the first directly elected Mayor of African Caribbean descent in the whole of Europe.

Symbolically this clearly would be monumental. But Rees is much more than just a positive symbol. His grand plan for the city he loves would energize local business, attracting investors, facilitate entrepreneurs, and nurturing creative minds.

Religions’ role in our secular society

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Last week, four Christians claimed that they were unfairly discriminated in their workplaces because of their religious beliefs, and have taken their case to the European Courts of Human Rights (ECHR), the highest ruling court in Europe.

The case is particularly interesting as it reveals the tension which arises when religious and secular values conflict.

Is the Cabinet "too white, too male and too rich"?

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Following David Cameron and his Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's first ever reshuffle of the cabinet last week, Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote spoke about his views on an interview with Voice of Russia.  Presented by Daniel Cinna, Woolley was joined by Dr Mark Bennister, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University and Dr Chris Hanretty, a Lecturer in Politics at the University of East Anglia;

BME voters critical in US election

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2012 is to be a big year in US Politics with November 6th deciding who will become the next President of the United States. The US Presidential election is critical as it will as define what kind of country America wants itself to be and determine the fate of not only the American economy, but the global economy too.

Combating Hate Speech Online

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The Council of Europe's project against hate speech, racism and discrimination in its online expression is searching for participants to attend a preparatory seminar for the campaign.

The seminar will take place in the European Youth Centre, Strasbourg (FR) from 10 to 12 October 2012.

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