Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

Former South African politician, who was sentenced to life imprisonment with Nelson Mandela, has died after a short illness South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandelas closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, has died aged 87. Kathrada was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela … Read more

How leftwing media focus on far right groups is helping to normalize hate

Neo-Nazis, white nationalists and antisemites say leftist media is empowering the far right by covering them and making certain hate terms meaningless For months, journalists have debated how to cover the alt-right, a fractured far right movement of racists, misogynists and antisemites that greeted Trumps victory with euphoria. In these debates, liberals have often framed … Read more

Reports of antisemitic incidents increase to record levels in UK

Rise in incidents is blamed on factors including Labour party antisemitism row and rise in xenophobia after Brexit vote The number of antisemitic incidents in the UK rose by more than a third to record levels in 2016, according to data released by the Community Security Trust. The CST, which monitors antisemitism and provides security … Read more

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump | Gary Younge

Dont blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes making Trumps victory possible To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat median net wealth for women of colour was calculated at just $5. same … Read more

Standing Rock: One million people ‘check in’ on Facebook to support Dakota pipeline protesters

More than 1 million people answered a call on Facebook to overwhelm and confuse law enforcement, though police deny tracking activists on social media More than 1 million people have checked in on Facebook to the Standing Rock Indian reservation in response to a viral post claiming that doing so would help protect activists in … Read more

Hollywood, sometimes the truth is better than fiction | Catherine Shoard

Why insist on reimagined propaganda when the real history behind The Birth of a Nation is as relevant? When Oscars So White controversy again exploded, as no actors of colour were nominated for the second year running. Beyond that bubble, the Black Lives Matter movement gathered anger, anticipating a horrific year. Both inside and outside … Read more

We need to talk about cultural appropriation: why Lionel Shriver’s speech touched a nerve

Is it OK for white writers to take on a black voice? The protest that followed the American novelists address in Brisbane has cast new light on one of cultures hottest debates one that has hundreds of years of backstory and has reverberated through literature, rap, rock and Hollywood movies Lionel Shriver knew she was … Read more

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