This charity is teaching children that Black British history is British history

AQA has approved Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health UK (BLAM) to deliver educational units on Black British history. The achievement comes in the wake of government attempts to whitewash British history as set out in its recent race disparities report. The importance of teaching Black history The charity works to support and uplift marginalised young people through a range of projects and initiatives. It will now provide AQA award units on Black British history. The organisation is developing its own Black History module for Key Stages 1-5. This module will teach children and young people about the true history of people of African descent. BLAM’s founder Ife…

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Colombian police are killing civilians. British police are training them.

Over recent days, the Colombian national police have killed a number of civilians protesting a proposed tax hike on basic goods. Many more civilians have been injured, and Colombia’s riot police reportedly sexually assaulted a woman. Though numbers remain unclear, human rights group Isais Cifuentes de Cali has estimated up to 14 people have died. Documents obtained by The Canary can reveal that the UK’s College of Policing has been training Colombian police over the past three years. This is despite Colombia being one of only 30 countries the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCD) lists as “Human rights priority countries”. National strike Colombia’s unpopular president Iván Duque…

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The UK’s new aircraft carrier has more American jets than British ones

The UK government has confirmed that the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will carry more US fighter aircraft than British ones. Labour MP Kevan Jones tabled a Written Question to the MOD on 26 April: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the majority of F-35s deployed on Queen Elizabeth’s voyage to the Indo-Pacific will be US Marine Corps aircraft. MOD minister James Heappey responded: HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH will embark 18 F-35Bs for CSG21 in two squadrons: eight from the UK’s 617 Squadron RAF and 10 from the US Marine Corps squadron VMFA-211. The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are international by design…

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If you’re with British Gas, you need to read this right now

Thousands of British Gas staff are waking up today without a job simply for refusing to sign away their rights. The company told workers to accept new contracts or face unemployment. Despite months of negotiations, British Gas is firing them anyway. If you’re a customer, you can actually make a stand with these workers that matters. You can switch suppliers today and cite their hostile working conditions as the cause. If you’re not a customer, you can speak to your friends who are.   Fire and rehire British Gas is running a ‘fire and rehire’ heist. This is where a company fires employees to avoid meeting the terms…

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Easter 2021 and it’s loyalists who are rising against British rule

Between 24 and 30 April 1916, Irish republicans, socialists, and nationalists staged a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. They call it the Easter Rising. It was the beginning of the end for British rule in the south of Ireland. Fast forward to Easter 2021 and it’s British loyalists and unionists who are in the midst of a rising of sorts. Because for the last few days, loyalists have been battling with police in Belfast, Derry, and other parts of the north of Ireland. And unionist leaders are taking the British government to court over the Northern Ireland Protocol. While loyalists and unionists may not be rebelling against…

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As British loyalists threaten peace, police arrest Irish republicans

As The Canary reported, loyalist terrorist organisations have withdrawn their support for the Belfast peace agreement. This withdrawal was to protest the EU and UK Brexit protocol which started on 1 January 2021. However, despite this threat to peace from British loyalists, it’s Irish republican communities who are predominantly under the police radar. And republican activists also allege MI5 involvement targeting ordinary family homes. A double standard? On 2 February, there was an Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) “show of strength” in east Belfast. A group of masked people assembled. One media report said the gathering is “linked to internal tensions over drugs”. Gatherings of more than six people aren’t…

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Fresh strikes by British Gas engineers in pay and conditions row

British Gas engineers have launched a fresh wave of strikes in a row over pay and conditions, with a threat of more action if the deadlock is not broken. Action The GMB claimed its members believed that changes to their contracts will affect safety because they will have less time to do their work. British Gas denied the claim and said it led the industry in safety standards. The engineers walked out on 19 March for four days, which will take the number of strikes this year to 38. The union’s executive will meet next week to consider the next steps in the dispute, including the possibility of…

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A ‘blood-soaked journey’ that reminds us what British loyalists contributed to peace in Ireland

On 8 March in the Irish News, Connla Young revealed the “blood-soaked journey of R18837”. This was the serial number of a VZ58 assault rifle that British loyalists smuggled into the north of Ireland. The Irish News alleges British intelligence knew of its import. The article claims the rifle could be responsible for “the murders of up to 12 people” between 1988 and 1994. This information comes to light just five days after a collective calling itself the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) said it was withdrawing from the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). LCC said it’s doing so in opposition to the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP). When another Irish News…

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The first southern US state abolishing the death penalty should give pause to British politicians and lawmakers

The mid-Atlantic US state of Virginia has moved to abolish the death penalty. This will make it the 23rd US state to consign executions to the history books. Perhaps of even greater historical importance, it’ll also become the first state in the US South – a historically conservative region – to end capital punishment. This should serve as a wake-up call to the UK, which shows ominous signs of growing support for returning to capital punishment. Alongside the human rights problems, historical analysis shows that capital punishment has a chequered past of leading to corruption of the judicial system. And there have also been numerous miscarriages of justice.…

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