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UNEQUAL BRITAIN: RICHEST 10% ARE NOW 100 TIMES BETTER OFF THAN THE POOREST

A detailed and startling analysis of how unequal Britain has become offers a snapshot of an increasingly divided nation where the richest 10% of the population are more than 100 times as wealthy as the poorest 10% of society. Gordon Brown described the paper, published recently, as “sobering”, saying: “The report illustrates starkly that despite a levelling-off of inequality in the last decade we still have much further to go.” The report, An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK, scrutinises the degree to which the country has become more unequal over the past 30 years. Much of it will...

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WHAT WOMEN WEAR

From the hijab in Kuwait to the niqab in Egypt, the increasingly heated debate about women’s dress has become politicised… It’s not only in secular Europe where societies are trying to grapple with the highly emotive question of Islamic dress. Following the victory of four women in Kuwait’s parliamentary elections, Islamists attempted to prevent two of them from taking their seats in the house for not wearing the hijab. After a legal battle, the country’s constitutional court ruled that the women in question were not obliged to wear the Islamic attire. Egypt has been at the centre of its own...

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ENDING THE CULTURE OF FGM

Like many girls in Sudan, I suffered genital mutilation – but with education, attitudes are beginning to change… When I was “circumcised” I was five or six, but it happens to girls as young as four. It starts as a ceremony – the girl is bought clothes, gold earrings and bangles. She has henna put on her hands and feet: the preliminaries are regarded as a celebration where she is the centre of attention. But later they take her and put her in a gadha, which is shaped like a deep dish. They lay her across it and hold her...

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SCOTLAND YARD ADMITS RACE DISCRIMINATION IN DEAL TO END RECRUITMENT BOYCOTT

Black Police Association ends recruitment protest as Metropolitan police deputy commissioner pledges reform Scotland Yard bosses have admitted discrimination still exists among its officers as part of a deal to end a race row that plagued Britain’s biggest force for 16 months, the Guardian has learned. A boycott of the force by the Black Police Association, which began in October 2008, will be ended as a result. It follows months of secret talks and as part of the settlement Scotland Yard deputy commissioner Tim Godwin has vowed to “address issues of race and discrimination in the organisation” and in how...

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CALL FOR ANONYMOUS CVS TO STOP JOB INTERVIEW SEXISM AND RACISM DISCRIMINATION

Government’s ethnic minority taskforce due to report in 2010 on research that uncovered widespread discrimination… Race advisers and equality campaigners have called on the government to make “anonymous” CVs and job applications compulsory to overcome discrimination against women and people with African or Asian surnames. Some British companies have already begun stripping out personal details so those deciding who to invite for interview are only told about their qualifications and experience, and not their ethnicity, gender or age. The government’s ethnic minority taskforce is due to report early in 2010 on the findings of research commissioned by the Department for...

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RACIAL OR RELIGIOUS GROUPS COULD BE PICKED OUT FOR HI-TECH AIRPORT CHECKS

Whitehall says passenger profiling ‘in the mix’ New body scanners would pose space problem The government could allow hi-tech security searches at British airports that focus on people who fit a particular profile, prompting fears that particular racial and religious groups will face increased scrutiny, it emerged today . A Whitehall source told the Guardian passenger profiling was “in the mix” of the review into airport security ordered this week by Gordon Brown after the failed attempt to blow up a transatlantic jet on Christmas Day. The development came as airline industry chiefs warned it would be impossible to screen...

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THE RACISM THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

By challenging the ‘xeno-racist’ immigration policy and practice of European states, Liz Fekete’s A Suitable Enemy makes a refreshing change from the sanctimony of official anti-racism and its tendency to bash the white working class. Everyone agrees that racism is a scourge, a malignant cancer which eats away at the body of a healthy society. But we don’t all agree about what racism is. In contemporary Britain the dominant view is that racism is something peddled by ignorant and prejudiced people. It is part of the everyday life of ‘white trash’. This kind of view underpinned the vitriolic attacks on...

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KWANZAA: MORE THAN A BLACK PERSON’S HOLIDAY

A reported 18-20 million people worldwide celebrate Kwanzaa between December 26th and January 1st each year. Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili, was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University at Long Beach, to reinforce positive values and strengthen bonds within the Black community, in the US initially, but then throughout the Diaspora. But the holiday isn’t just for Blacks–people of all races celebrate Kwanzaa. The Seven Principles serve as the foundation of Kwanzaa. They are: unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Seven...

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PHILIP DAVIES MP BOMBARDED WATCHDOG IN ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’ CAMPAIGN

A Tory MP has bombarded the government’s equalities watchdog with a series of extraordinary letters about race and sex discrimination, in a one-man campaign against “political correctness”. In the latest of 19 letters sent since April 2008, and likely to dismay equal rights campaigners, Philip Davies asks Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission: “Is it offensive to black up or not, particularly if you are impersonating a black person?” In a postscript to the letter, he asks “why it is so offensive to black up your face, as I have never understood this”. Davies, MP for...

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LIVERPOOL’S BME TEACHER NUMBERS UNCHANGED IN 20 YEARS

A study of teachers in Liverpool has found the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff has remained unchanged in 20 years despite the city’s history of racial unrest. In 1989, an inquiry set up by the city council and headed by Lord Gifford into policing and social conditions in the Toxteth area found widespread inbuilt racist attitudes, even though the city had a long-established black community. It described the situation as “uniquely horrific”. The new study comes after landmark research commissioned by teaching union the NASUWT published earlier this month discovered an “endemic culture of institutional racism” was...