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‘Many people need to come here precisely because we insisted on going there.’ Migrants are rescued in the Mediterranean by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA
Mediterranean migrants: No one makes this journey just to pick up benefits
While travelling up the US-Mexican border several years ago, I met an anti-immigration campaigner in Columbus, New Mexico who went by the name of Quasimodo and who had carried a .38 pistol around with him ever since he went into an abandoned house and found some Latinos there.


Cornel West can defend himself. But perhaps both he and Michael Eric Dyson should just stop talking about each other.
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The Cornel West-Michael Eric Dyson feud is petty. Black people are dying in the streets
Shortly before the last presidential election, Columbia political science professor, Fred Harris, bemoaned in an essay: “Were Harold Cruse, the author of the unsparing 1967 book The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, still alive, he would despair at the state of black intellectual life.”
Nick Clegg displays his party manifesto during its launch this week. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Who’s Gonna Win in Britain’s Election? Probably, Nobody
Last September, Scotland held a referendum on independence.


‘We can celebrate a black president, black professors, black astrophysicists and black tennis players all we want. But the issue of the sanctity of black life has still not been settled.’ Illustration: Andrzej Krauze
White guilt won’t fix America’s race problem. Only justice and equality will
On 26 November 2007 Brandon Moore, an unarmed 16-year-old, was shot in the back while running away from a security guard in Detroit. The guard made it look like sport. “[He] put one arm on top of the other arm and started aiming at us,” Brandon’s brother John Henry, who was with him at the time, told me.
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