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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.

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.

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.

Gangs and capitalism

24 February 2007
‘The situation that we face today isn’t really new. Today we have school exclusions, but in the 1970s we were fighting "special education" – a means of giving black kids an inferior schooling in separate schools.

Gun crime: stop blaming victims

24 February 2007
The tragic murder of three teenagers in south London over the last fortnight has unleashed a wave of "soul searching" by the media and politicians alike.

The Black Panthers

06 January 2007
A new photographic history of the US Black Panther Party brilliantly depicts a high point in the struggle for black liberation. Yuri Prasad looks back at a period of hope and anger

Pictures of Babyshambles, Shane McGowan and David Okoro at LMHR Fabric fundraiser

09 December 2006

2,000 at Love Music Hate Racism fundraiser

09 December 2006
Around 2,000 people packed into top London club Fabric last Thursday for a massive fundraiser for Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR).

Are poor whites the most oppressed people in Britain?

02 December 2006
Poor and marginalised people living in Britain have attracted some false friends in recent weeks. The rebranded Tories sent the highly unlikely radical Iain Duncan Smith MP off to look at education, and he came back with the conclusion that the education system lets down white working people.

People’s Assembly on Islamophobia: standing together against racism

25 November 2006
Over 650 delegates from across the country gathered in central London last Saturday for the People’s Assembly on Islamophobia and the "war on terror", called by the Stop the War Coalition.

Playing the race card on campus

18 November 2006
The witch-hunt against Muslims continued this week with sensational allegations splashed over newspaper front pages that university campuses across Britain were being infiltrated by "Islamic extremists".

The illusion of Britishness

18 November 2006
In the past few years a peculiarly old-fashioned - and sinister - set of phrases has re-entered the political vocabulary of the Westminster establishment. New Labour ministers and their Tory shadows are increasingly talking about "British values" and "our way of life".

Dundee meeting backs People's Assembly

11 November 2006
More than 130 people from diverse backgrounds attended a public meeting at Dundee university on Monday to discuss Tayside constabulary’s Special Branch unit activities on campus. It is gathering intelligence against students.

Students oppose Islamophobia

11 November 2006
Thirty five students at Goldsmiths College in south east London came to a discussion on Thursday of last week against the attacks on civil liberties.

French unions resist after Muslims are sacked

11 November 2006
Islamophobia isn’t just taking place in Britain. Authorities in France have withdrawn the security clearances for 40 mainly Muslim workers at the Paris airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, one of Europe’s busiest airports.

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