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Day in the media: Diane Abbott and distraction politics

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diane abbott. Photo: CC Alkan de Beaumont Chaglar

Just a short 24 hours after justice was finally served in the brutal racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence – some 19 years ago – another incidence of racism has caught the public’s attention and politicians are baying for blood.

But this time, we have a tweet by shadow health minister, Diane Abbott, in which she makes a generalisation about white people. In an open exchange on Twitter, Diane writes: “I understand the cultural point you are making. But you are playing into a ‘divide and rule’ agenda. White people love playing ‘divide & rule’ We should not play their game #tacticasoldascolonialism.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Eliza

January 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

What is Libya’s new democracy if it is built on racial hatred?

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With the support of the great and the good, Libya is inching ever closer to what we hope will be a democratic future.

On 1 September 2011, leaders from some 60 countries gathered in Paris for a conference on the future of Libya and to deliberate on ways to support Libya’s government-in-waiting – the National Transitional Council (NTC).

The “friends of Libya” meeting hosted by French President, Nicholas Sarkozy and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, pledged to maintain military pressure of Colonel Gadaffi and to release funds to support the NTC and a transition to democracy in Libya. Speaking at the event, Sarkozy said: “We are all committed to returning to Libya the money of yesterday for the building of tomorrow.

Much would have surely been discussed at the event, not least, as the Russian media suggests, the scramble for Libya’s oil. But one important issue would have surely been ignored: the ongoing racially-motivated attack on Libya’s black population by the rebel forces. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Eliza

September 12, 2011 at 8:03 am