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Division and unity in Sunderland

As the British economy has moved away from manufacturing and toward financial services, growing numbers in the city are unemployed, underemployed or in precarious employment, and the use of food banks is on the rise. Inequality has increased, with life expectancy as much as 14 years lower for residents in areas of Sunderland like Hendon, than it is for people outside the city in rural Northumbria.

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Extremists won’t stop if you ban their content – they need to hear an alternative message

On February 13th Amber Rudd announced the creation of a new tool to remove extremist content from the internet. However, to focus too much on content removal and takedowns would be a grave error. We are losing sight of the fact that the online space is not just a breeding ground for extremism; it can also be turned against violent extremist groups to reach vulnerable individuals and change their paths. This is why, over the past six months, I’ve run a programme which takes a different approach.

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A white policeman and a Muslim woman at UK Border Control

Anti-racist solidarity is the cornerstone of our freedoms

Recognising that the ongoing systemic injustice of the global War on Terror demands a transnational, civil society response, organisers and advocacy groups from the UK, the US and France, came together in Warsaw in October 2017 to form the Transatlantic Coordination Against Racism and Repression. Two of its participants discuss aspects of the historical and …

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From soldiers to students, chapels to cinemas: lessons from England’s first capital

“When I first started drinking here, the bottom half of town was out of bounds. That’s where the squaddie bars were.” My new friend pointed out the regimental cap-badges lined up behind the spirit bottles in the nearly empty pub. These days, those knocking back shots are not soldiers, but students. And Winchester’s undergraduates, it …

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Both May and Bazalgette are wrong: Their idea of creativity won’t solve Britain’s social and economic problems

Creativity has been in the news quite a bit over the last week. There’s been Theresa May calling for a more ‘creative’ approach to the Brexit disaster. There’s also been a major policy report on the Creative Industries. The latter has been part of the government’s industrial strategy, one of nine industrial activities targeted for …

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Lessons from Shirebrook: Economic change is nothing new – civil society must shape it, or be shaped by it

To say that society is shaped by the relations underpinning the way that economic activity is organized is not a new idea. It is most famously associated with Karl Marx, but you don’t have to be a Marxist to recognise that culture, customs and civic life are all to some degree influenced by economic forces. …

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