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Ferguson, Missouri: Still no justice

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Last night, the St. Louis County grand jury charged with examining evidence surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown released their decision. They brought no criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed the unarmed Black teen.

Zwarte Piet is Racism

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As Christmas approaches, preparations for the holiday season are in full swing. Lights are being hung, trees are being trimmed – and debates about racism are raging.

President Obama: Amnesty for ‘illegal immigrants’

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After the convincing win by the Ukip’s Mark Reckless in the Rochester by-election last night, certain sections of English society slips further into both despising migrants and blaming them for society’s ills. Shell-shocked political leaders seem to be falling over themselves in an attempt to keep up with Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s anti-migrant rhetoric.

Diane Abbott major speech: The age of intolerance

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One of Britain’s longest serving MPs, Diane Abbott, who has throughout her career campaigned against racism and discrimination in all its forms, will deliver a major speech about racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia at the School of African and Oriental Studies.

Her speech is taking place against the backdrop of a surge in support for far-right parties across Europe and even in Britain as the nakedly anti-immigrant UK Independence Party is experiencing a growth in popularity.

Malky Mackay: First class bigot and his mate

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Dave Whelan, the Wigan Chairman, has dismissed his local MP Lisa Nandy’s concern about employing the disgraced football manager Malky Mackay. Mackay, you may remember, was overlooked for a number of premiership managerial jobs because of a slew of emails he sent to other football colleagues which were homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and sexist. The Chairman’s response to Nandy was a complete slap down: “She’s wrong”, he said, adding:

Historic publication focuses on Black Mental Health

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Solution magazine marks a breakthrough in the way issues that activists have been campaigning on for a number of years have been taken up by senior politicians.

This week writing the foreword, Home Secretary Theresa May MP commended the first print edition and the crucial work done by Black Mental Health UK .

Focusing on the theme of ‘Policing, Mental Health & black Briton’ this edition was launched at the recent joint high level Home Office and BMH UK summit on this issue.

Warsi condemns all extremists in Middle East

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For weeks now, tensions have been rising in Jerusalem, simmering since the kidnap and brutal murder of three Jewish teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the barbaric setting alight of a Palestinian teenager in the following month, and the bloody conflict in Gaza in July and August which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead, including some 500 children.

Rochester, racism and the threat to our society

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The virus of xenophobia and racism runs rampant in Rochester-by-election

The Ukip candidate and front runner in Rochester by-election former Tory Mark Reckless, has helped ensure mainstream British politics has sunk to another all time low by suggesting that Polish plumbers and other EU migrants could be asked to leave Britain if his party were in government.

OBV pays to tribute to Efua Dorkenoo

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Although it is a month today since Efua Dorkenoo passed away, we at OBV would nevertheless like to remember her.

A prominent human rights activist and researcher, Ms. Dorkenoo passed away on October 18th at the age of 65. She was best known for her work in combating female genital mutation, or FGM.

People are still reluctant to adopt black children

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There has been a marked increase in the number of white children being adopted since the coalition government’s renewed focus on shaking up the adoption system. But there has been absolutely no change in the tiny number of black children being adopted each year.

The latest figures for adoption in England, shows that there was a 27% increase in the number of white children been adopted over 12 months to the end of March 2014. But over the same period there was a 0% increase in the number of black children been adopted.

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