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Barking needs homes, not racist myths

22 May 2007
Councillors, trade unionists and anti-fascists in the east London borough of Barking & Dagenham have refuted claims by Margaret Hodge, the New Labour minister and MP for Barking, that the borough’s housing crisis is caused by immigrants.

Was Liverpool murder racist?

15 May 2007
A 21 year old mixed-race man was stabbed to death in Liverpool last Sunday. Marlon Moran was found with a knife wound by neighbours in Byron Street, Garston.

Mikey Powell family fury after IPCC verdict

12 April 2007
At the end of last month the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced, "The IPCC has confirmed that none of the West Midlands police officers acquitted of criminal offences following the death of Michael Powell, 38, in police custody on 7 September 2003 are to face disciplinary charges."

Days of Glory director Rachid Bouchareb: 'Indigenes were written out of history'

31 March 2007
'I started work on Days of Glory five years ago. I chose to film in a realist style because it was the simplest way to do it. For example, there isn't blood dripping everywhere – it's not like that.

Days of Glory: remembering the forgotten soldiers from North Africa

31 March 2007
This week sees the British release of Days of Glory, a war film that focuses on a hidden fact of the Second World War – the contribution of hundred of thousands of North African soldiers recruited from France’s colonies, known as "indigènes" in French.

Olaudah Equiano: fighter for freedom

24 March 2007
The former slave Olaudah Equiano was a key figure in the British campaign to end slavery.

Slavery and the brutal birth of the capitalist system

24 March 2007
Slavery was not a one-off event – a single horror confined to the 18th century or simply to Africa.

The beginning of racism

24 March 2007
Racism as we know it today developed during the Atlantic slave trade. In the 17th century it emerged in its roughest form in the mouths of the plantation owners who wanted to justify their treatment of the slaves.

The role of William Wilberforce

24 March 2007
William Wilberforce is presented as "the man who freed the slaves". Often this is done in an incredibly patronising way that removes or diminishes the role of the British mass movement and, above all, the struggles of slaves themselves.

Frederick Douglass on William Wilberforce

24 March 2007
"When Wilberforce came forward, public attention became directed to the matter.

The revolt against slavery

24 March 2007
Here are articles about the revolt against slavery including Adam Hochschild and Marika Sherwood, on the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.

British companies continued to profit after abolition of slave trade

24 March 2007
Within days of the 1807 anti-slavery act coming into force, British slave traders were already deploying a number of ruses to circumvent it.

Radicals and rebels behind the abolition of slavery

24 March 2007
In the coming months, it will be hard to turn on the television or pick up a newspaper in Britain without seeing some mention of the 200th anniversary of parliament’s abolition of the slave trade. A flood of forums, lecture series, museum exhibitions and commemorative ceremonies are also marking this event.

Events commemorating the end of the slave trade

24 March 2007
Ms Dynamite in Search of Nanny Maroon Niomi Daley, the British hip-hop star better known as Ms Dynamite, travelled to her ancestral land Jamaica to make a TV documentary about slaves who fought back.

Map of the triangular slave trade

24 March 2007

Books on the fight against the slave trade

24 March 2007
Books on the fight against the slave trade

Slavery in precolonial Africa doesn't justify Atlantic trade

24 March 2007
Very few people these days would question the barbarity of the Atlantic slave trade. Nor can anyone easily deny that vast profits were made from slave labour in the plantations.

The role of the slave revolts in ending slavery

24 March 2007
Africans resisted slavery at every point. There were rebellions on board the ships that carried them across the oceans, which often resulted in the cruelest retaliation. But it was on the plantations that the most serious challenges to the slave economy took place.

Bloody price of the slave trade

24 March 2007
March marks the 200th anniversary of the act of parliament that officially ended direct British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. The act of 1807 made it illegal for a British ship to transport captive Africans across the Atlantic for sale into slavery.

Inequality and poverty are the real causes of violence

24 February 2007
The government has been keen to assure the public that the recent spate of murders in London are about the behaviour of "particular" people in "particular" areas.

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