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DM Weekly Digest 26/01/2024

Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th January 2024

For this day, which remembers victims of genocide during World War 2 and since, we are encouraged to 'Light the Darkness'. Read more here.

In the UK a cross-party trio of politicians from Muslim and Palestinian backgrounds have jointly urged Britons to use the day as a moment for community cohesion and not to allow differences over the war in Gaza to inflame tensions. Read more here.


Mass turnout during Germany's weekend of anti far-right protests

The demonstration was one of dozens around the country this weekend that drew hundreds of thousands of people in total. Read more here.


Asante Gold: UK to loan back Ghana's looted 'crown jewels'

The items to be loaned, most of which were taken during 19th-Century wars between the British and the Asante, include a sword of state and gold badges worn by officials charged with cleansing the soul of the king. Read more here.


Captain Cook statue vandalised in Melbourne on eve of Australia Day

In a rather different interaction with Britain's colonial past, a century-old Captain James Cook statue has been cut down and a Queen Victoria monument covered in red paint in an apparent protest in Australia. Read more here.


Ex-post office operator claims she was told British Asians were often pushed into theft

We have covered the racial aspect of the Horizon scandal in a previous digest - this week, a former post office operator has come forward claiming she was told British Asian women were often pushed into theft as auditors urged her to confess to stealing £30,000 – a charge of which she was later cleared. Read more here.


BRIT Awards 2024: Singer RAYE up for seven gongs as female artists dominate

British singer songwriter RAYE has scooped the most nominations ever in this year's BRIT Awards, as the list of possible prizewinners is more closely scrutinised than ever after gender-based backlash last year. Read more here.


Musician, DJ and broadcaster Don Letts on his first solo album and being Black and British

Meanwhile, Don Letts spoke to Nina Nannar about how to embrace ageing, what it’s like to release a solo album at the age of 67 and discuss being black and British. Listen and read here.


In Italy, non-biological parents in same-sex couples may be removed from birth certificates

The move comes after the government began demanding councils register only the birth parent. Read more here.


‘I said: enough of the shame!’: how Johannes Radebe fought the bullies – and became a Strictly superstar

When he began performing, as a boy in South Africa, he was told he would never win. But Radebe overcame homophobia and homelessness to become a beloved dance pioneer. Read more here.


Royal cellist 'racially abused' after call for Rule, Britannia! to be dropped

Back to music, and the mother of a cellist who called for Rule, Britannia! to be axed from the Last Night of the Proms has told of her "horror" after he was targeted with racist abuse. Read more here.





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