Ali’s ‘Rumble in the jungle'


You have to be of a certain age to understand why Casius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, was as close to a God like figure Black boys would ever find. And I was no exception.

Many of us back then were at schools where the first thing you learnt was to fight and be good at sport.  If you could fight you were less likely to be bullied.  And if you were good at sport, you got the respect of your friends and it was something you could be proud of.

Coalition: PM immigration speech cause 'internal tension'


Prime Minister's Immigration speech manufactures “internal tension” in the Coalition Government writes Lee Jasper.

The PM’s controversial speech on immigration has caused what, on the face of it, appears to be “internal tensions” between the Coalition partners when he outlined his views to Tory party members at a conference in Hampshire this week.

Mr. Cameron accused Labour of talking tough on immigration whilst doing nothing to bring the numbers down.

How best to deal with racism


Today in the Guardian's G2, Hugh Muir is in conversation with OBV's Simon Woolley. Here is the full extract

Hello nut. Meet sledgehammer. The catalyst for this one was a public meeting. Why are you calling us racist, demanded an outraged group of residents. I didn't, protested the object of their fury. Up popped Simon Woolley, an equalities commissioner. Perhaps the issue is the "r" word, he said.

Australia condemned by UN as “new apartheid” nation


Australia the “new apartheid ‘ nation attracts UN condemnation for failing
to tackle racism.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the
UN Race Discrimination Commissioner says the next Australian government must
amend the constitution to make it impossible to suspend the Racial Discrimination

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