The UK now faces a ‘lost decade’
By Martin Wolf
It is the foreigners wot done it. That was George Osborne’s excuse on Tuesday for how far the economy and the public finances are now off track. This was, of course, also the excuse used by Gordon Brown, Labour chancellor of the exchequer and prime minister, for the disaster that befell the economy in 2007 and 2008. Mr Osborne scorned Mr Brown’s excuse. Should we now scorn the chancellor’s?
The big facts are that the UK is set for a lost decade and a longer period of stringency than expected. The government’s position is that there is no alternative. That has now become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So blame foreigners: that always works.
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Jesmyn Ward: 'I wanted to write about the people of the south'
The winner for the US National Book Award for her novel Salvage the Bones on how the book was inspired by her family's gut-wrenching experience during Hurricane Katrina in 2005
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 December 2011
Her biggest struggle was getting out of DeLisle, a place which for years she hated, for its smallness, its racism. The wealthy family her mother worked for paid for Ward to attend a private school, where for a while she was the only black girl in the entire student body. It wasn't a happy experience. When she was about 12, a boy came into her classroom one day, sat on her desk, "and started telling nigger jokes. And no one said anything. And I was looking at my papers. And I thought, he wants me to freak out, to start crying or to get angry. And I sat there and kept writing, and probably failing, and attempting to ignore him. When he saw he wasn't getting any response he said: 'Come on Mimi, I know you know some good honky jokes. Why don't you tell them to us?'" The teacher came back in and kicked the boy out, but Ward didn't tell anyone what had happened and it wasn't discussed in her friendship group. "No one else said anything and I was very aware of the fact that I wasn't part of their community, racially or socially."
Jesmyn Ward on ‘Salvage the Bones’
August 30, 2011 | by Elizabeth Hoover
DECEMBER 1, 2011 · 1:21 PM
UK Shop Owner Suspects Murder Of Sri-Lakan Man Was Racially Motivated
A Sri-Lankan shop worker at Stanley News and Wine may have been the victim of a racially motivated killing, his employer feared today.
The 30-year-old dad of two, who has children aged three and six, was stabbed in the neck as he manned Stanley News and Wine in Kingsway, Huyton on Tuesday night.
While detectives said they were keeping an open mind as to the motive for the attack shop owner Gunapale Welhengama, 63, said he believed it was race-related.
Dr Welhengama, who owns a string of newsagents in Huyton, today paid tribute to the shop assistant, who the ECHO is not naming while police attempt to locate his family in Sri Lanka.
He said: “It was not a robbery – nothing was taken from the shop. I can’t see any motive other than a racial one.
“There are a lot of Sri Lankans running newsagents in Liverpool and Wirral and a lot of [racial] incidents go on but this is a big one. It is a brutal murder.
“We are absolutely stunned by what has happened. He was one of the most polite, most courteous and hard-working men I have ever known.
[Source: Liverpool Echo]
DECEMBER 1, 2011 · 5:57 AM
Australian Police Officer Accused Of Tipping Off White Supremacist
A former policeman tried to tip off a man associated with a known white supremacist to warn him that phone calls were being intercepted by police, a Perth court has heard.
Robert David Critchley, 43, is on trial in the Perth District Court, charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
[Source 2: ABC News]
Kentucky church votes to ban interracial couples
Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church votes on resolution that says the church 'does not condone interracial marriage'
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 December 2011 03.00 GMT
A tiny church in rural Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from joining its congregation, pitting members against each other in an argument over race.
Members at the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Kentucky voted on Sunday on the resolution, which says the church "does not condone interracial marriage".
The church member who crafted the resolution, Melvin Thompson, said he is not racist and called the matter an "internal affair".
"I am not racist. I will tell you that. I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoke evil about a race," said Thompson, the church's former pastor who stepped down earlier this year.
"That's what this is being portrayed as, but it is not."
Dean Harville, the church's secretary, disagreed - he said the resolution came after his daughter visited the church this summer with her boyfriend from Africa.
Israeli ads implore Jews to not marry Americans
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Published: 01 December, 2011
Netanyahu Government Suggests Israelis Avoid Marrying American Jews
NOV 30 2011
The Netanyahu government's Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is sponsoring advertisements in at least five American communities that warn Israeli expatriates that they will lose their identities if they don't return home.
The Ministry is also featuring on its website a series of short videos that, in an almost comically heavy-handed way, caution Israelis against raising their children in America -- one scare-ad shows a pair of Israeli grandparents seated before a menorah and Skypeing with their granddaughter, who lives in America. When they ask the child to name the holiday they're celebrating, she says "Christmas." In another ad, an actor playing a slightly-adenoidal, goateed young man (who, to my expert Semitic eye, is meant to represent a typical young American Jew) is shown to be oblivious to the fact that his Israeli girlfriend is in mourning on Yom HaZikaron, Israel's memorial day.
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DECEMBER 1, 2011 · 5:59 AM
For Byron Thomas, the Confederate battle flag isn’t about race.
The flag that the black 19-year-old University of South Carolina Beaufort student hung from his dorm room window is about Southern pride — pride that even a black Southerner can feel, he said.
Thomas, who grew up in North Augusta, said the South has been good to him. It’s a land of church, football and “good eats,” he said.
Thomas researched the history of the flag for a class project. That research convinced him the banner was about states’ rights rather than slavery.
“That’s all people want to see is racism. They want to see the KKK. They think of slavery. But that flag is a battle flag used for communication (during the fighting),” Thomas said.
[Source: Island Packet]
NOVEMBER 30, 2011 · 2:23 PM
Update: Texas Man Sentenced For Burning Black Church
A West Texas man has been sentenced to more than 37 years in prison for torching a church in a hate crimes case.
[Source: The Republic]
POSTED: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
On World AIDS Day, blacks remain outcasts
BY JULEYKA LANTIGUA-WILLIAMS
Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, and in the United States we must draw attention to the need to combat AIDS in the African-American community.
Blacks make up only 14 percent of our population but account for 44 percent of all new HIV infections, making them the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, according to the Centers for Decease Control and Prevention.
One in 16 black men and onein 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetime, the CDC predicts. In 2009, black men had an HIV infection rate more than six and a half times as high as white men, and two and a half times as high as Latino men, as reported by the CDC.
In 2009, black women accounted for 30 percent of new HIV infections among blacks. A whopping 85 percent of black women with HIV acquired it through heterosexual sex.
"The rate of new HIV infections for black women was more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high" as that of Latinas, the CDC found.
Blacks are especially at risk for social and economic reasons. First, 27 percent of blacks live in poverty, compared to 9.9 percent of whites. That often translates into limited access to high-quality health care and HIV prevention education.Second, blacks experience higher rates of other sexually transmitted infections, which can significantly increase the chance of contracting HIV.
Third, the cultural stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in the black community is so high that it discourages people from even finding out their health status. "Many at risk for infection fear stigma more than infection and may choose instead to hide their high-risk behavior rather than seek counseling and testing," the CDC states.
Couple caught on camera repeatedly throwing their dog in the sea are banned from keeping animals
Pair denied charge but were found guilty and cannot keep pets for 10 years
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 5:00 PM on 1st December 2011
Sex deficit bad for Japan’s bottom line
CNN.com business producer, Kevin Voigt
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