Colour me black

Posted on February 5, 2015

This article was first published on Voice4Change England (3rd February 2015) Coloured, half-caste, half-breed, mulatto and mongrel. These and many other insulting labels have been stapled to people like me, a black man of mixed African and English heritage. “Does it matter if [the actor Benedict] Cumberbatch used the wrong word?” asked Ben Andrew in an article on this site. Well, it does if you have been on the receiving end. ...

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Mali – a regional mess in the making

Posted on January 20, 2013

Just like Libya, the “good guys” in Mali – the government army – are being accused by Amnesty International of extra-judicial killings. Today the Observer reports first-hand accounts of human rights abuses and sexual crimes, once again raising the question of whose side, if any, the west should be on. Or whether – as I argued a few days ago - it should be Africa finding solutions to the Mali crisis. (more…)

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Well oil be damned

No sooner has the bunting been cleared away following Barack Obama's re-election then news emerges of efforts by his administration to help Shell oil company avoid being sued in connection with human rights abuses against the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. (more…)

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Escalation in drone attacks on Somalia could create a new generation of radical terrorists

As President Barack Obama ratchets up drone attacks on al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, experts are questioning whether drones could replace Guantánamo Bay as the recruiting tool of choice for militants. (more…)

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What is Tony Blair doing in Africa?

What is Tony Blair doing in Africa? Some have posed the same question about his role as a Middle East peace envoy given the never ending turmoil in the region. Last week, as Blair gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry, he answered one question by claiming his work in Africa meant he had not been on top of domestic political affairs since leaving office before adding - almost as an afterthought - the Middle East as well. So what is he actually ...

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Africa can say “no” to drone attacks

As David Cameron arrives in Washington, Barack Obama's drones continue to attack Somalia. Is it any wonder African nations are so keen to clasp the hand of China, when Europe and America seem more interested in bombing them than providing genuine aid and investment? (more…)

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