Wicked Weathermen Prowl
Wicked weathermen prowl the night sky
Khader Adnan - Death or Freedom, Death for Freedom
Khader Adnan will die, soon. In doing so he will be liberated from his oppressors and inspire all of us. He is heroically embarking on his sixty-third day of hunger strike. The idea of going without food for sixty-three hours is a testing one, sixty-three days is incomprehensible. Khader Adnan’s steely resolve is unbreakable, death or freedom, death for freedom.
The Armenian Genocide and Turkish denial
It is a sad fact that the Armenian Genocide and the ongoing fight for genocide recognition is a crucial part of modern Armenian identity. For nearly a century, successive Turkish governments have followed a policy of fierce denial; the genocide never happened. Mindful of their important strategic relationship with Turkey, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States still fail to officially recognise the genocide. The United States has even been complicit in the Turkish denial.
Police brutality and racism - an example
I mentor excluded, marginalised, vulnerable teenagers in North London. I work for an organisation that enables them to achieve educational qualifications and provides pastoral care and support.
These teenagers encounter obstacle after obstacle in their development; abuse, neglect, poverty and systems that appear destined to fail them. I’ve worked as a mentor for three years and I have no doubt that in relation to young black males, the police are an equally obstructive obstacle.
My father was a victim of racist treatment by the police when he arrived in England from Lebanon in the 1970s. I will never forget the raw anger and emotion in his voice as he described his experiences. My parents lived through the Broadwater Farm riots in the 1980s and educated me on the wider context of police racism.
Spoiling for war? The assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientists
Paul hastily finishes his morning coffee. He kisses his wife on the forehead. He tells his son that he loves him. He leaves his home and he starts his car and he begins his drive to work. Typical London traffic delays his journey.
Echoes of 1981 - Theresa May at the Reading The Riots conference
Wanting to help develop public understanding of the August disorder motivated me to work on the Reading The Riots project. The idea that we may be able to affect future policy was an exciting one. The conference on December the 14th was the pinnacle where we revealed our findings and they were addressed by prominent figures from the police and politics. The response of Theresa May, the Home Secretary was certain to generate the most interest. Would she accept that our findings pointed to underlying issues that need to be addressed? Would she continue to tow the simplistic Tory party line and insist that the riots were a consequence of wanton criminality?
Ghetts ft. Scorcher, Kano and Wretch 32 - On A Level (remix).
This is a perfect example of why you should support good British urban music.
Urban music lovers are quick to embrace mediocre artists from across the Atlantic, gobbling up their formulaic tracks. The reality is that the truly innovative artists are homegrown and the scene is developing at an incredible rate. Every M.C’s verse on this track is distinctive; all their respective individualism shines through and the end product is an absolute banger.
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Congo 2011 presidential election - a sham that is being ignored
Researching the increasingly tragic history of The Democratic Republic of Congo is a distressing task. The reality is that Africa’s second largest country is one of unbounded potential that has never been allowed to materialise; a consequence of western complicity in the rape of a nation. Despite its wealth of natural resources, the DCR remains bottom of the United Nations poverty index.
Reading The Riots - My experience
American Professors Gary Lavigna and Ann Donnellan state that ‘Human behaviour never occurs in a vacuum’.