Analysis: In rejecting the Islamophobia definition the Tory party is boasting about its racism
The Tories know that they won’t be held to account for brazen Islamophobia by the media
THE Tory party Islamophobia scandal has reached crescendo with the UK Government’s decision to reject a Westminster cross-party working group definition of Islamophobia backed by more than 750 Muslim organisations.
The definition recognises Islamophobia as a form of racism, and will be debated in the House of Commons today (16 May).
Talat Ahmed: Views on Israel should not be the dividing line in Scotland's anti-racism movement
Talat Ahmed, convenor of Stand up to Racism Scotland, defends the organisation’s approach ahead of its demonstration on Saturday [16 March] in Glasgow, after criticism published on CommonSpace from pro-Palestinian activist Mick Napier about the anticipated participation of Glasgow Friends of Israel on the march
Alan Bissett and Aamer Anwar discuss independence: 'Freedom and justice have never been handed to us on a plate'
The lawyer for Clara Ponsati argues for an independence movement that reflects its complimentary left-wing struggles
AAMER ANWAR, one of Scotland’s most prominent civil rights advocates and the top lawyer currently representing embattled former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati against attempted Spanish extradition, has explained his support for independence as an emancipatory means of fighting for “freedom and justice.”
‘Ignorant and insulting’: Anti-racist activists push back on image of the royal wedding as a beacon of progress
Women in Scotland question the media narrative framing the royal wedding as a win for race equality
ANTI-RACIST and feminist campaigners in Scotland have criticised the view, conveyed in much media coverage of the issue, that the marriage of mixed-race American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is a sign of progress on race equality, describing the framing of the wedding as “tokenism”.
Liberation movements 50 years on: Has the spirit of '68 been lost?
Journalist Caitlin Logan explores the challenges and opportunities for social equalities movements today in the context of the legacy of ’68
“THERE’S NO doubt that ’68 and the political generation before and after that was a very important moment in a lot of countries, setting up political struggles we are left with today. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for that time.”
Stephen Ashe: Why Russell Howard is wrong about workplace racism
Stephen Ashe, co-ordinator of the Racism at Work project, looks in detail at the many-fold examples of workplace racism in the UK recent surveys have reaveled, and argues that comedian Russell Howard’s attempt to laugh at a booklet aimed at tackling this is borne out of ignorance about the extent of the problem
Paul Spicker: Antisemitism - If you think this article is about Israel, think again
Paul Spicker, emeritus Professor at Robert Gordon University and organiser of his local synagogue, argues that there is a problem with anti-semitism in Scotland and that understanding that means not conflating the issue with Israel in any way
ANTISEMITISM is one of the oldest hatreds, built on centuries of prejudice, isolation and rejection. The most widely accepted definition of antisemitism, recently adopted by the UK government, explains it in these terms:
Black History Month 2017: Putting Scotland’s hidden history in the spotlight
Black History Month organisers tell CommonSpace what it’s all about
THIS OCTOBER will mark the 17th year of Black History Month in Scotland and the packed and vibrant programme is set to bring Scotland’s hidden histories into the open.
Black History Month has been coordinated in Scotland since 2001 by Campaign for Racial Equality (CRER) - formerly Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance – almost a quarter century after the first Black History Month was launched in London, and 75 years since ‘Negro History Week’ was first established in the USA.