Labour debacle: Rahman runs as independent


Earlier this week we were the first to report that Labour Party HQ had overturned the official result of the Tower Hamlets Mayoral selection won by Luftar Rahman.

The newly installed Labour candidate Helal Abbas, the current leader of Tower Hamlets Council came third in the original ballot.  What the second place Labour candidate John Biggs, who should have rightly claimed the place of the recently deposed Rahman, makes of this one can only guess.

Sewell: Blame Black boys for underachievement


Educationalist Dr Tony Sewell has courted controversy once again by stating that institutional racism in education plays no part in the educational failure of African Caribbean children in UK schools. In 2008, the Department for Education reported that only 27 per cent of black boys achieve five or more A*-C GCSE grades. African-Caribbean boys are also the group most likely to be excluded from school.

Anti-Muslim remarks writer dishonoured


A prominent American columnist and former university professor has drawn strong criticism ahead of plans to honour him - by naming a social studies chair after him at Harvard.

Martin Peretz who is a also a former professor from Harvard, and who is well known for his regular columns in The New Republic, wrote earlier this month that Muslims in the U.S. should not be entitled to constitutional guarantees of free speech.

He wrote:

Schools access wealth of Africa


Camden’s CarAf centre celebrates the launch of the ‘Wealth of Africa’ galleries at the British Museum.

The galleries - a Black history educational resource for schools comes as the result of a partnership with the museum.

US midterm clouds gather


With the US mid term elections approaching Ewan MacAskill in today's Guardian writes from America about the shockwaves permeating through the US political establishment as voters in primary elections in Delaware, New York and New Hampshire choose to stump for the right wing tea party movement candidates over their moderate Republican counterparts.

Former minister in court on inciting racial hatred charge


Philip Woolas has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oldham East and Saddleworth since 1997, and was the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration in the Home Office, as well as being the Minister of State for the Treasury.

Woolas a Labour MP and former immigration minister has been accused of inciting white people to vote against his opponent in the general election.

High Court judges began hearing the case yesterday, in the first attempt to overturn an election result for almost a century.

France Roma expulsions a disgrace


The European Union' has strongly condemned France's expulsions of Roma (Gypsies) ‘a disgrace’ and added that the deportations probably breach European Union law. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said she was appalled by the expulsions.

I am personally convinced that the commission will have no choice but to initiate infringement procedures against France" for discriminatory policies,

she said.

Tube strike no barrier for disabled leaders


While London ground to a halt on Tuesday 7th September 2010, aspiring disabled leaders from all over London gathered together in Islington for a City Bridge funded leadership event, hosted by RADAR. People used to overcoming obstacles in every day life planned alternative routes by bus, train, car and bicycle to get to the event.

Afua Hirsch – A star is born


Media star Afua Hirsch, pictured, was applauded by Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger at the launch of new website - Guardian Law.

Rusbridger paid respects to Hirsch’s talent saying that she came to the Guardian as an inexperienced journalist having qualified at the Bar but has beaten an enviable path to becoming a star Guardian writer and now head of the Guardian Law website.

The wealth of nations and London 2012


Rupa Jha on BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents has been looking into the Commonwealth Games taking place in New Delhi next month.

India saddles new and old worlds - a booming economy and an information Technology hub alongside extreme poverty. All this against, what some might argue is an unsustainably rising population.

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