Ethnic minorities ‘shouldn’t be treated as single group’ – BBC News

Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are expected to account for up to 30% of the UK’s population by 2050, research suggests.

The Policy Exchange think tank says they will become an “ever more significant part of Britain, especially in future elections”.

So politicians must stop treating the various communities as if they are “one homogeneous” group, it adds.

There are “striking differences” between them, its report says.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27295412

Should A Muslim Perspective Matter In Science Fiction?

Storytelling has always been an integral part of human traditions. Every story serves as a medium to convey ideas, pass on values and norms, or invite audiences to ponder and reflect. Some of the greatest stories ever told were intended to be a reflection on the world we live in. Both Huxley’s Brave New World, and Hugo’s Les Miserables—although belonging to wildly different genres—are perfect examples of stories examining the human condition with perspicacity and creativity. Science Fiction particularly, has produced over the decades, stories that allow an incredible level of range and variety, while taking place in an ever shifting and evolving context. This fluidity in storytelling is what makes this genre an interesting vehicle for tackling complex, and challenging ideas.

Should A Muslim Perspective Matter In Science Fiction?

In Jerusalem, Afro-Palestinians Are the Hardest Hit in the Israeli Occupation – Atlanta Black Star

The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians continues to take its toll, and in Jerusalem, Palestinians of African descent are among those most severely impacted by the cycle of violence.
http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/03/29/in-jerusalem-afro-palestinians-are-the-hardest-hit-in-the-israeli-occupation/

by Adekola the Underdog #Underdogs&Outsiders

You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian

What does it look like when an ideology dies? As with most things, fiction can be the best guide. In Red Plenty, his magnificent novel-cum-history of the Soviet Union, Francis Spufford charts how the communist dream of building a better, fairer society fell apart.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/31/witnessing-death-neoliberalism-imf-economists?CMP=fb_gu

A beleaguered Britain takes comfort in nostalgia for empire | Aeon Ideas

 British empire never lacked contradictions. A global juggernaut standing with its military boot on millions of necks, practising commercial coercion and diplomatic cynicism, it nonetheless routinely thought of itself as a plucky underdog. Its heroes were the handful of redcoats at Rorke’s Drift fighting off the Zulu masses, or General Charles Gordon of Khartoum, going down against the odds in a last stand against religious zealots in the Sudan.
https://aeon.co/ideas/a-beleaguered-britain-takes-comfort-in-nostalgia-for-empire

If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is – NYTimes.com

he vast majority of philosophy departments in the United States offer courses only on philosophy derived from Europe and the English-speaking world. For example, of the 118 doctoral programs in philosophy in the United States and Canada, only 10 percent have a specialist in Chinese philosophy as part of their regular faculty. Most philosophy departments also offer no courses onAfricanaIndianIslamicJewishLatin AmericanNative American or other non-European traditions. Indeed, of the top 50 philosophy doctoral programs in the English-speaking world, only 15 percent have any regular faculty members who teach any non-Western philosop
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