Does the world feel for Somalia?


Mogadishu, Somali, was devastated by a truck bomb explosion over the weekend, with a death toll of over 300 and hundreds more injured. The most lethal terrorist attack to ever strike Somalia has been claimed by extremist, Al-Qaida aligned Al-Shabaab, Somali government officials say. The violent organization vowed earlier in 2017 to attack more frequently in response to both the Trump administration and Somalia’s recently elected president promising to invigorate military efforts against Al-Shabaab.

David Lammy accuses Oxford of social and racial apartheid


Just days after unveiling a plaque honouring its first black student, Oxford colleges are being accused of “social apartheid” and discriminative admissions practises by former education minister David Lammy.

Indeed: "Look at my skills not my identity"


Indeed has released a hiring advertising poster with the tagline "Look at my skills not my identity."

The tagline would seem to suggest that employers who are looking into hiring people should focus on one's skills and not what they look like. In a perfect world, we would like to think that employers would look at a person's knowledge and skills before their race, religion, or personal background, but research and facts have seemed to suggest otherwise.

Diwali festivities begin worldwide


Millions are celebrating the holiday of Diwali, the annual festival that lights up every autumn worldwide. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains alike, Diwali is an event marked by fireworks, prayers, and other festivities. It represents the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, hope over despair, and knowledge over ignorance.

Nivea subject of backlash over skin lightening cream advertisement


Nivea is receiving a barrage of criticism over ‘racist’ advertisements showing across West Africa. These TV spots promote a body lotion that purportedly lightens the skin of black women, with a black actress saying that she uses the product to “restore [her] skin’s natural fairness”. A man then compliments her, calling her skin “beautiful” and “glowing”, and fairer skin is described as younger looking.

Greg Clarke under fire for mishandling of racism within Football Association


Greg Clarke is finding himself under fire as chairman of the Football Association in the wake of new information regarding his handling of reported racism – and its subsequent cover-up – within the organisation. Wednesday, he, along with other FA higher-ups, was summoned to a parliamentary inquiry concerning the Mark Sampson scandal.

Oxford recognizes first black student


In a move to satisfy its priority to recognise its broad range of alumni displayed in its pictures, paintings and plaques around campus, Oxford University has unveiled a new plaque honouring Christian Cole. The plaque, which can be seen in Logic Lane at University College, commemorates the first black Oxford student.

Boundary change review and political clash


The boundary commissions for England, Scotland and Wales have just produced a new map of constituency boundaries – one that would increase the chances of continued Conservative power in the next election, and abolish Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat. Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have staunchly vowed to oppose these plans for boundary changes – plans that would slash the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

Michelle Alexander: Race central to drugs policy reform


I’ve just returned from an international conference on drugs policy reform in Atlanta, Georgia USA. The keynote speaker addressing the 1500 strong attendees was Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book, 'The New Jim Crow'. In it she outlines how the US systematically targets and incarcerates Black America through the prism of ‘drugs policy’.

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