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Issue No. 1910

Racism in the jobs market

PEOPLE WITH African or Muslim names are less likely to get a job interview, a new investigation has revealed.

BBC reporters sent CVs from six fictitious job candidates with the same experience and qualifications.

While about 25 percent of the white people were offered interviews, those with African names had a 13 percent success rate, and those with Muslim names had a 9 percent chance of an interview.

More on Islamophobia and racism—page 10

It’s deadly down on the farm

THREE FARM workers drowned in a vat of noxious slurry at a farm near Thetford on Monday.

Agriculture has the highest fatal injury rate of any industrial sector. Almost 50 people each year on average are killed in the industry. In Thetford two of the workers had plunged into the 12 foot deep tank to save the other man, who was overcome by fumes from the stinking liquid.

An investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive.

Homeless who aren’t counted

SOME 380,000 people in Britain are homeless yet their plight goes unrecorded, according to the housing charity Crisis.

The hidden homeless are sleeping on friends’ floors, in squats or hostels because they have no homes of their own.

Even this figure is an underestimate of homelessness, as Crisis doesn’t include families with dependants as they have a statutory right to rehousing.

Met’s ‘arbitrary use of power’

THE RECENT police stop and search figures don’t just reveal the racism that is rampant throughout the force.

A panel of judges last week also said the police’s random searches using anti-terror laws were a “recipe for the arbitrary use of power”.

Out of 10,000 people stopped and searched by London’s Metropolitan Police under these powers, not one has been held for a terrorist offence.

Model of US ‘liberation’?

ELECTIONS IN “liberated” Afghanistan have been delayed for a second time, after fears of violence.

The US war bolstered the power of the warlords and private militias. Now even US-appointed president Hamid Karzai admits these forces are a greater threat to security than the Taliban.

US mercenary Jonathan Idema is one of those wreaking havoc in Afghanistan. Officials raided the torture chamber he was running in a rented house in the capital, Kabul, last week.

He seized Afghans off the streets, claiming they were Al Qaida suspects. The prisoners were beaten and left hanging by their feet until they “confessed”.

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Sat 17 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1910
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