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Scientific evidence shows overwhelmingly that people across the world are genetic refugees from Africa. Shutterstock

How science has been abused through the ages to promote racism

Despite science refuting the existence of different human races, people have used "race" throughout history to divide and denigrate certain people while promoting their claims of superiority.
There has been a global outpouring of grief and support for Parisians after the terror attacks in the city. EPA/Raminder Pal Singh

What lies behind different reactions to Paris and Beirut attacks

In the next few weeks we may see a resurgence of rhetoric calling for more resources to fight the War on Terror following the Paris attacks. Islamophobia may take deeper root in Europe as a whole.
Let them eat cake, but remember: food has a political life of its own. ABC

Recipes for racism? Kitchen Cabinet and the politics of food

Kitchen Cabinet’s staging of "casual" food preparation with the nation’s most powerful people reproduces a culture of white Australian entitlement to master and consume any and every cultural product.
Carson smiles at the CNBC GOP debate. Rick Wilking/REUTERS

Ben Carson: token candidate

Because Carson is patently unqualified, his presidential candidacy may be doing more to perpetuate racism than undo it.
For the first time in a long time, South Africans are hearing stories about those who have been silenced. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Student protests give South Africans a glimpse into hidden lives

Student protests in South Africa, as well as an unrelated clash between lawyers, have offered a chance for the country to hear voices that are usually marginalised.
Harmony Day is part of efforts in Australia to promote social cohesion, which showed a marked improvement in 2015, according to the Scanlon Foundation survey. Wikimedia Commons/DIAC Images

Social cohesion survey puts Abbott’s final months as PM in a new light

Despite perceptions of a divided and troubled nation, social cohesion in Australia actually improved on most measures in 2015, the latest Scanlon Foundation survey finds.
At the film premiere of Suffragette, Sisters Uncut’s Dead Women Can’t Vote campaigners protested against Britain’s domestic violence policies by featuring the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Will Oliver/AAP

The suffragettes were rebels, certainly, but not slaves

When Meryl Streep and the stars of the upcoming film Suffragette donned t-shirts emblazoned with the quote "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave," they reignited a contentious debate in feminism.
Claudia Rankine, winner of the Forward Prize. Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

The white privilege of British poetry is getting worse

Claudia Rankine, winner of the Forward Prize, has provoked discussions about poetry and race in the US. Why are these conversations not happening in the UK?

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