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We all need to look at ourselves and judge who of us is racist as we all have a right of live. Just because someone, for whatever reason may be different is no reason to be abusive to each other.

There should be zero tolerance on racist attitudes so that we can all live in peace with each other.

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Mike in his articles attacking May and her truly foul decision to destroy the evidence needed for the Windrush migrants to show their right to live in our wonderful country also mentioned that poem by Martin Niemoller. Niemoller was one of the scandalously few Christians in Nazi Germany to oppose the regime. You know the poem. It’s become something of a cliché – It opens with the various groups the Nazis came for, with the refrain ‘I did not speak out, because I was not’ whichever group was being attacked. It ends with the line that when they finally came for him, there was no-one to stand up for him. This was the reality in Nazi Germany. The Nazis attacked group after group, not just Jews, but also Gypsies, Socialists, Communists, trade unionists, the disabled, and other political and religious dissidents. And it had an effect. The Catholic Centre Party…

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The first four members of the ‘Windrush generation’ to ring an emergency government hotline have been issued with proof of their right to live in Britain, the Home Office has disclosed.

Officials have been contacted by more than 230 people over the bureaucratic blunders which resulted in long-term UK residents being wrongly threatened with deportation and denied health care.

The figures emerged as Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd remained under intense pressure over the policy decisions and mistakes which have led to large numbers of people having their immigration status queried.

The Home Office said the hotline, which was only set up on Tuesday, had received 232 calls and officials were still investigating more than 200 cases.

May facing blame

Labour has pinned the blame for the furore on Mrs May, arguing that the tightening of immigration rules in 2014 when she was Home Secretary was responsible for the crisis facing migrants who came to Britain from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1973.

The former head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake, has claimed that some ministers in the former coalition viewed the changes as “almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany”.

Source: Four Windrush migrants issued with papers as number of cases passes 200 : i News


met Prince Charles this week at the Commonwealth People’s Forum at which I was a speaker (on a day whose itinerary was entitled Politics of Hope: Taking on Injustice in the Commonwealth). It was part of the buildup to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, the summit of leaders of 53 countries representing more than 2 billion people.

I shook the prince’s hand with my right hand. In my other, I was holding a copy of an anthology, We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture, in which I have an essay published. I told him that my mother was born in Guyana and that the anthology had collected hidden histories of indenture.

 “And where are you from?” asked the prince.

“Manchester, UK,” I said.

“Well, you don’t look like it!” he said, and laughed. He was then ushered on to the next person.

Although I have experienced such off-the-cuff, supposedly humorous, comments before, I was stunned by the gaffe.

Prince Charles was endorsed by the Queen, in her opening speech to the heads of government, to be the future head of the Commonwealth: it’s her “sincere wish” that he become so. That the mooted next leader of an organisation that represents one-third of the people on the planet commented that I, a brown woman, did not look as if I was from a city in the UK is shocking.

 

Source: Dear Prince Charles, do you think my brown skin makes me unBritish? | The Guardian | Anita Sethi


The Windrush controversy has placed the Government’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration under the spotlight.

Underpinned by legislation including the Immigration Acts of 2014 and 2016, ministers set out to introduce what then home secretary Theresa May described as a “hostile environment” for those in the UK unlawfully.

The approach was designed to deny illegal immigrants access to work, accommodation and vital services in anticipation this would encourage individuals to leave the country voluntarily.

Some immigrants from the Windrush generation have claimed they are facing deportation, or are being denied access to healthcare, or have lost their jobs, because they do not have official documents to prove their right to be in the UK.

The third reading of the Immigration Act 2014 was on 30 January 2014. A total of 311 MPs voted, with 295 in support of the bill and 16 against.

Source: How MPs voted on Theresa May’s 2014 Immigration Act, which took away the Windrush generation’s rights : i News


Syria is but one of many conflicts around the world, but some gain publicity while others do not to the extent of Syria, such as Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and many more.

Why do these atrocities occur and why can we not all live in peace?

Is it the grab for power and the fear of losing it by certain people that creates all this. Some overthrow their Government due to the atrocities that have been occurring only then to create more and sometimes similar atrocities themselves, could this be a human trait?

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DavOd8fWkAA2loL Cartoon criticizing selective outrage which only applies to chemical attacks, by Yaser

Once more the western ‘anti-war’ movement has awoken to mobilise around Syria. This is the third time since 2011. The first was when Obama contemplated striking the Syrian regime’s military capability (but didn’t) following chemical attacks on the Ghouta in 2013, considered a ‘red line’. The second time was when Donald Trump ordered a strike which hit an empty regime military base in response to chemical attacks on Khan Sheikhoun in 2017. And today, as the US, UK and France take limited military action (targeted strikes on regime military assets and chemical weapons facilities) following a chemical weapons attack in Douma which killed at least 34 people, including many children who were sheltering in basements from bombing.

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Racism is truly alive and kicking in British society, not least in liberal, progressive universities. This was evident in early March when a black female student released a video of people shouting “we hate the blacks” outside her room in her halls of residence. Unfortunately, this incident is far from isolated.

In my new book, I examine how race and racism continue to disadvantage those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds both in universities and wider society. By virtue of their racial identity, such groups are positioned as outsiders in a society which values and privileges whiteness.

In Britain, policies that attempt to be inclusive actually portray an image of a post-racial society, in which racial inequalities and racism no longer exist. In reality vast inequalities between white, black and minority ethnic communities continue to exist. They exist in the access to the labour market, in schools – and in higher education.

 

Source: Why a post-racial British society remains a myth – even in universities : The Conversation


(CN) — The latest Israeli slaughter of Gazans falls into the category of shooting fish in a tank. Indeed, as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the longest occupation in modern history and demanded their historical Right to Return, last Friday, March 30, Israeli snipers raised their rifles repeatedly and, from behind a wide-buffer and an electrified fence, opened fire on the Palestinians.

The latest stats of killed and wounded from the so-called confrontation between Israeli sharp-shooters and Palestinians is at least 18 Palestinians killed and over 1,000 wounded. On the Israeli side, zero casualties. Zero!

Diana Buttu is a Palestinian/Canadian lawyer based in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine. She is a former Palestinian negotiator.  I spoke with her in Haifa on April 2nd, 2018.

Dennis Bernstein: Maybe you could begin with your best information in terms of what happened.

Diana Buttu: I can give you the rough numbers.  18 Palestinians are confirmed dead.  Others are in very critical condition and unable to get the medical attention they need.  Over [1,000] Palestinians were wounded.  They are unable to receive treatment both because of the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip and because of the lack of electricity.  Palestinian human rights organizations are calling for the wounded to receive treatment elsewhere, but so far the Israeli government has refused.

 

Source: Unarmed Gaza Protesters Murdered by Israeli Forces : Antis Media

Read also Deadly unrest on Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians resume protests : BBC News


The 2020 Census will determine how many congressional seats each state receives, and play a major role in shaping where district lines are drawn. It will shape how much money states receive to build highways, to fund child care, and to provide health care to poor people — among many other things. It will also inform the decisions of private businesses about where they should invest.

So, naturally, the Trump administration wants to skew these numbers to benefit white people.

For decades, Census officials of both political parties warned against asking about citizenship status on the decennial census. As the Census’ top officials cautioned during the Reagan and Bush I administrations, asking about immigration status “could seriously jeopardize the accuracy of the census,” because “people who are undocumented immigrants may either avoid the census altogether or deliberately misreport themselves as legal residents,” while legal residents “may misunderstand or mistrust the census and fail or refuse to respond.”

 

Source: 18 states sue Trump administration to stop rigging of 2020 Census : Think Progress


There are many comments blaming one thing and another, when this is a problem of many areas.

Lack of funding is certainly one, but not the only one, neither is immigration, work opportunities on a non-livable wage, political interference from all quarters the left, the right and even the centre.

Cuts to any area will create even further problems as the resources will be diminishing and still need to cover the same total area. Problems will occur, which should need more resources, but from where, so the scant resources are then spread even more thinly.

The time as come, many times, when we should all be working together to solve what is before us and party political squabbles with not only all parties, but even within the same parties is not the answer.

We need to be working for the good for the whole instead of the few, as this only creates even more problems and differences.

Being any colour, religion, status, gender, etc should not be a problem as the state of the country should be a matter to us all and we all need to be working together to solve the problem for each and everyone of us.

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/940897/London-murders-Sadiq-Khan-budget-cuts-theresa-may-knife-crime

Lancastrian
If the Police desert areas, low life, violence and extortion move in. That was the reason for Peel’s Peelers – the forerunners to the Police – and it is still valid now.

Sadiq’s been in office for nearly two years – about time he started exercising his powers on the street rather than pontificating politically.

pfbulmer
First London has to be made safe, then the social problems that are causing this have to be solved. At the moment what is the Mayor of London doing about this? Absolutely nothing but blaming every-one else !!

timjones
just goes to show ‘mayors’ are and always have been a pathetic concept.

Mr.Always-Right – > timjones
Like Boris Johnson wasting 40 million on the failed garden bridge.

MaBaker
Khan can stop Twittering to Trump and get on with his job.
He can start by NOT closing down police…

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Russian airline forced five Asian-American passengers to fly to Delhi instead of New York because of their skin colour, according to a racial discrimination complaint.

Aeroflot staff warned the US citizens, all of south Asian descent, they would be “deported” to India if they refused to board the flight.

The Americans were travelling from Delhi to the US on 7 January but were stranded during a stopover in Moscow when their connecting flight to JFK International Airport was cancelled due to heavy snow in New York.

 

Source: Russian airline sent American passengers back to India ‘because of their skin colour’ : Independent

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