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France and Race: A Question of Identité

April 14, 2012


BBC iPlayer – France and Race: A Question of Identite. Great BBC Radio 4 documentary on the issue of race and identity in France. Does well, I think, in addressing the many factors that shape this consistent problem… Advertisements

A closing window: looming food crises in the Sahel

April 12, 2012


Press conferences can be dull at the best of times. The prospect of sitting through a 40 minutes audio recording of the heads of UNICEF, WHO and UNHCR didn’t exactly fill me with glee but as I’m in the middle of researching my entry to the Guardian’s International Development Journalism competition I thought it was […]

Why, as a black person, I applaud John Derbyshire’s race article

April 7, 2012


The eponymous publisher of Taki mag is a convicted felon, known coke fiend and out and out racist to boot. As such it comes as no surprise that the columnists he has writing for his online rag are of a similarly unpleasant vein. John Derbyshire’s article is one of the most depressing articles on the […]

Democracy (prep) = choice + voice

March 27, 2012


“Our scholars come to understand the complex concept of “democracy” as having “choice and voice in their community.” Seth Andrew, Founder and Superintendent of Democracy Prep Public Schools 

Mali, the Tuareg and Gaddafi – the coup in context

March 26, 2012


Mali is a country I’ve long wanted to visit particularly to experience first-hand its rich culture and traditions. This random bit of information has nothing to do with the country’s coup but does explain one of the factors that motivated me to dig around a little to find out. The Pulitzer Centre has a super […]

Brown cuts out the middle man

April 21, 2009


They’ve only gone and done it again. Just days after Alistair Darling irked economy reporters by issuing a YouTube statement on his hopes for the economy, now Gordon Brown has taken the heat out of the second-homes allowance row by demanding an urgent commons vote on reforms. What news editors hate about this growing trend in government […]

Italy: segregation in schools, “black kids painted white”

October 15, 2008


          While Americans prepare to vote for a black president Italy, it appears, prefers to be inspired by the days of Jim Crow. Not that the issue of race is something that’s constantly on my mind (I’m far from right on and definitely don’t have a chip on my shoulder) but […]