Brexit, 'The Book Thief' and the lessons from history


The books you take on your summer break can transport you away from the woes you have left behind. But that did not work for me.

After months of bruising debate on Europe and the referendum – ultimately won, I believe, on a platform of xenophobia and bigotry - I decided to take a short break to Spain. But, even under a sun-drenched Andalucian sky it didn’t take long to be thrust back to ramifications of Brexit and the yet-to-be-seen unintended consequences of what Europe might now become.

Nadiya Hussain: “Racism is part of my life”


Britain’s best loved Muslim woman, 'The Great British Bake Off' winner, Nadiya Hussain, stated in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs programme that being on the receiving end of many forms of racism is part of her life.

She told Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young that before, during and after winning the programme, she has been on the receiving end of racism, stating:

Dalian Atkinson killed in police taser shooting


The former top flight footballer Dalian Atkinson died after being repeatedly tasered by police in the early hours of Monday morning.

After being alerted by what seems to be a serious domestic incident at his father’s home, police deployed a taser against Atkinson. 90 minutes after being hit, despite medics trying to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rio 2016 opening could not ignore slavery


I’m sure there are many who are not aware that the nation with one the largest number of Africans and descendents of Africa it is not even on the African continent. Today Brazil, the host of the 2016 Olympic Games has nearly 100 million citizens of African descent.

Such was the scale of 300 years of Portuguese slavery that more than half its citizens have the DNA of enslaved Africans. Brazil, like Cuba and the Caribbean was a nation built on slavery, only the scale of the Portuguese endeavour was much greater and lasted a lot longer.

Paul Pogba: The world’s most expensive player


With all the summer signings these past few weeks we now know that the Premier League will have more Black players than ever, including stars such as Leroy Sane, Lys Mousett and Michy Batshuayi. With these three alone there wouldn’t be much change from 80 million pounds.

South Africa's changing political landscape


Last week saw local elections in South Africa, a country where the ANC (African National Congress), the party most closely associated with the independence movement lost heavily in most of its keys towns and cities. In 1994, South Africa took a giant step forwards as an independent country with it's first Black President, Nelson Mandela.

Blacklivesmatters UK demand justice and equality


In an unprecedented move activists representing the movement Blacklivesmatters here in the UK undertook a day of civil action across the country, in particular causing chaos around the roads leading to Heathrow airport.

This co-ordinated action comes on the 5th anniversary of both the death of Mark Duggan, and the nationwide riots that were sparked as a consequence.

Cartoon: Woolfe and UKIP














UKIP leadership: Steven Woolfe excluded from race

Did Ukip’s Steven Woolfe forget he’s not white?


The African-American Civil Rights activist Al Sharpton once told me, when discussing the Black Supreme Judge Clarence Thomas, that: “All our skin folk are not our kin folk”.

"Just because Thomas is Black", Sharpton added, “doesn’t mean he has our interest at heart”

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