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Ukip: pretty straight racist guys

  • May 20, 2013
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Two days ago, all 16 Ukip councillors in Lincoln refused to reaffirm an anti-racism pledge, originally put forward by Labour six years ago, which asserts that Lincolnshire County Council will serve all people in the county equally.

Why wouldn’t they sign it?     Because Chris Pain, the leader of the county council’s Ukip group says that leader of the county council”s Ukip group said he could not sign a document that   ‘pushes forward the chance of multiculturalism, one of the fundamental things that”s wrong with our society’.

Pain insisted that this position is ‘not...

Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

  • April 19, 2013
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Today is the seventieth anniversary of the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, which began on April 19, 1943, when German troops and police entered the ghetto to deport its surviving inhabitants to the Treblinka concentration camp.

For the best part of a month, seven hundred and fifty heavily-outnumbered Jewish fighters, together with some members of...

Birth of a Nation: D.W. Griffith and the Far-Right Imagination

  • December 15, 2012
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I”ve just watched D.W. Griffith”s The Birth of a Nation, a film that I”ve often heard about but not seen until now. It”s a disturbing and disconcerting experience, not just because of its rampantly white supremacist view of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction period, but because it really is an exceptional film on...

Discussing Breivik

  • April 17, 2012
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Yesterday I appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service programme World Have Your Say to debate the Breivik trial, which is still available here.   The programme was an interesting format; it’s basically an open discussion with only light chairing from the presenter, involving participants from various countries who speak to each...

Stateless in Calais

  • March 18, 2012
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I’m in Calais at the moment, doing some articles for IPS news about the current situation regarding migrants in the city in view of the upcoming French elections.  It’s my third visit to the city in just over two years, and I never cease to be amazed at the brutal inhumanity of the exclusionary...

Sarkozy: la France c’est moi

Sarkozy: la France c’est moi

  • March 12, 2012
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What do you do when you are the president of France and you are facing a crushing  defeat at the hands of the centre-left in forthcoming elections next month,  and a substantial swathe of the electorate thinks that you are the worst French leader since World War II?

If you are Nicolas Sarkozy, this question has...

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