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Rock Against Racism: beating time, beating the Nazis

10 July 2007
The 1970s moved from intense struggle between workers and bosses to bitter disillusionment with Labour, mass unemployment and defensive fights to protect services.

Burnley demonstration demands justice for Nadeem Khan

10 July 2007
Hundreds of protesters marched in Burnley last Saturday seeking answers to questions about the death of Nadeem Khan in police custody.

Black people and criminal justice: ‘Target the system, not black culture’

20 June 2007
Last week saw the publication of a House of Commons home affairs committee report into young black people and the criminal justice system.

Stop and search - racist, then and now

05 June 2007
‘We have chosen as a society to put the civil liberties of the suspect, even if a foreign national, first. I happen to believe this is misguided and wrong. I believe this is a dangerous misjudgement." So said Tony Blair in a parting shot at civil liberties before stepping down.

'Nationality: Wog' - the police hounding of David Oluwale

29 May 2007
Kester Aspden's new book Nationality: Wog – The Hounding Of David Oluwale is an extraordinary piece of social history that investigates the persecution and lonely death of David Oluwale in 1960s Leeds.

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.

Roma: blaming the victims in Slough

22 May 2007
"A flood of Romanian gypsy children has left a British town facing financial crisis," screamed the Daily Mail last week. "Roma children flood into Slough," said the BBC.

The legacy of Frantz Fanon

22 May 2007
The World Social Forum in Kenya earlier this year was marked by a resurgence of interest in the ideas of Frantz Fanon, a thinker whose works have for many years been neglected.

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.

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.

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