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Stand Up to Racism Tomorrow

  • March 18, 2016
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Tomorrow Stand Up To Racism is staging a national demonstration in London to coincide with UN Anti-Racism Day, which commemorates the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when 69 peaceful demonstrators were shot by police in South Africa.  Tomorrow’s demonstration takes place at a critical period  in European history, when racism, xenophobia, and hatred towards foreigners and refugees are coursing through the continent.

This is why we have scenes like this:

And this:

And from the political mainstream, we have politicians who stigmatize and dehumanize migrants in a cynical attempt to distract attention from their own failings:

Meanwhile men,...

Learn English! The Vicious Idiocy of David Cameron

  • January 20, 2016
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I have to admit that when I hear the word ‘integration’  coming from politicians  nowadays, it makes me want to reach for my revolver.   By integration, I don’t mean the term that British Home Secretary Roy Jenkins famously defined back in 1966 when he said:

‘ Integration is perhaps a loose word. I do...

Murder in the City of Light

  • November 14, 2015
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Let’s get one thing straight: the responsibility for last night’s disgusting massacre in Paris belongs to the shrunken specimens of humanity that carried them out and the organization that sent them to do it.  The attacks are yet more evidence – if any were needed – that Daesh/ISIS is one of the most vicious...

Guyana’s New Beginning

  • May 16, 2015
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Divide-and-rule was always the special hallmark of British imperialism.     It’s a technique that worked well for Britain in its imperial heyday, and which was also brought into play during the ‘end of empire’ twilight,   when successive British governments sought to shape the political arrangments in their colonies in favour of their own...

Copenhagen: it’s not about free speech

  • February 16, 2015
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Whatever motivated Omar el-Hussein to attack a debate on free speech in Copenhagen, it’s probably safe to say that neither he nor the murderers of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the Copenhagen had spent much time thinking through issues around freedom of expression, secularism and the place of religion within the public sphere.   It...

Europe’s Migrants: let them die, God will know his own

  • February 10, 2015
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Even by the awful standards of Europe’s maritime borders, the deaths of 29 migrants last Sunday are a terrible testament to the continent’s collective indifference. Late last Sunday, two Italian coastguard boats picked up 105 migrants from an inflatable boat in rough seas off the Libyan coast, in which waves were as high as 8...

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