Reflections on Islam


There is more cultural ancestry between the Islamic world and the Western world than many people wish to acknowledge. Alan Ssempebwa takes a closer look.

With Ramadan just ending and Muslims reflecting on themselves and their actions it is useful to understand what Muslims have given to the world.

Allegations of Islamophobic abuse at youth chess tournament


Following this month’s EU Youth Chess Tournaments in Austria, the father of three young Muslim players representing England has alleged his sons and wife were victims of physical and verbal abuse from certain members of the English delegation.

Yousuf, Ibraheem and Ieysaa bin-Suhayl (aged 13, 10 and 7 years respectively) from Cambridgeshire travelled to Mureck, Austria accompanied by their mother, a white Muslim convert who wears a headscarf, as part of a group organised by the English Chess Federation (ECF).

The Power of Debate



Debating societies are often thought of as the preserve of the privileged class, yet OBV intern Robert Austin, believes that debating is a skill to be learned and enjoyed by all. Having just returned from a European-wide debating competition Robert Austin shares his views on the power of debate.

The Black Olympic Games?


As the closing ceremony drew to an end the London 2012 Games, for Black Britons and Black people around the world, especially in the tiny Caribbean island of Jamaica, this will be an Olympic Games that will last in the memory for generations.

Team GB and The Greatest Show on Earth


As the London 2012 Games arrived, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

It’s very exciting. I think there is a huge sense of excitement and anticipation, because Britain is ready to welcome the greatest show on earth.

Mo Farah – The British Dream


Much has been made of the American Dream – a set of ideals, that regardless of whoever you are, the opportunity for prosperity and success is possible through hard work and determination. Notable examples include Oprah Winfrey, and of course Barack Obama, and now Britain has its own shining example of the British Dream.

Meliz Redif to make Olympic history


Today, 23 year old Meliz Redif will make history as the first Turkish Cypriot to compete in the Olympic Games, running in the women’s 4x400m relay for Turkey. She is the fastest 400m runner for her native Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the U23 national record holder for her adopted country of Turkey with a time of 52.89 seconds.

UK Black Pride 2012


It is just over a week until the seventh annual UK Black Pride kicks off in central London. On Saturday 18th August the capital will host the biggest celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Europe. The inclusive event is a space devoid of cultural stereotypes and challenges both homophobia and racism.

Elitism in British sports: How deep is it?



If you want the best chance of becoming a medal winning British athlete, go to a private school. This was the outlook recent figures released showed, highlighting the advantage which those who attend private schools receive.

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