If we no longer recognise ethnicity, does racism still exist?

by Huma Munshi   Last Friday night, Sunny Singh, a writer, lecturer and long-time resident of the UK was returning home from a night out with her brother and friend when they were subjected to an unprovoked and horrific racist attack. It included violence and repeated use of the “p” word. What made this situation particularly… Read More

What’s R(ace) Got To Do With It?: White Privilege & (A)sexuality

by Alok Vaid-Menon  There is an absence of dialogue around asexuality and all of its associated critiques from many queer spaces I’ve been a part of. The first time I ever saw someone like me having sex was in a spam internet advertisement in India. “Hairy Mallu Boys.” And I may have followed the link.… Read More

Sex, Cash, and the Afridicto Disposition

…or, Why the African Parent has the Tendency to Push their Kids into the Elite Traditional Professions by Jasmine Boadi I often wonder why most African parents belonging to the older generations are so keen on getting their kids (my generation) to become doctors, lawyers, bankers, dentists, engineers, accountants (or any other job title that… Read More

Brave Words from a Bully Pulpit

by Kiri Kankhwende With current transitional controls imposed on Bulgarians and Romanians moving to Britain due to be lifted in January, anti-EU, and in particular, anti-Roma rhetoric is ramping up. In an interview with his local BBC news station on 12 November, Former Home Secretary David Blunkett said: We have got to change the behaviour… Read More

The Home Office has an ‘end of life plan’ for Asylum seekers

by Yasmin Gunaratnam I am not in the least legally minded. I become easily confused by the archaic jargon and machinery of our legal systems. This naivety aside, one thing has become clear as I have watched the situation of the asylum seeker and hunger striker Isa Muazu unfold over the past few weeks: with… Read More

Drones: the international system of force and collusion is alive and well

by Dr Rohail Ahmad The BBC revealed on 24th October 2013 that Pakistan was fully aware of the drone attacks on its territory by America: “Secret memos show Pakistan endorsed US drone strikes”. This is a confirmation and continuation of the international system of force and collusion that is both the origin and perpetuation of the… Read More

The Taliban are nasty people but they are not the root cause of the lack of education in Pakistan

The truth is that the selective saving of Malala, along with things like “aid” are part of the “humanitarian facade” which masks the continuing exploitation of the East byDr Rohail Ahmad Much has been made of the Malala Yousafzai case recently. The backlash has already started, with some accusing the West of exploiting and using her… Read More

Language Matters: Doubling Down on Anti-immigrant Rhetoric

by Kiri Kankhwende The government’s contentious “Go Home” van is off the streets for now, but Immigration Minister Mark Harper still saw fit to double down on his support for the initiative in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday after Pete Wishart SNP asked him to guarantee that “he will not bring these xenophobic “go home”… Read More

The Roots of Scientific Racism: Black Bile and Phlegm

by Désirée Wariaro People have been walking out of Kenya since forever. The desire to thrive informed both the first hominids and my Dad’s decision to leave his homeland. I don’t know how many Swedes you’ve met, but chances are they aren’t all of the blonde and blue-eyed variety. I’m a Swede, although my blue-black… Read More