On 3 December last year, emergency services were called to a mosque in the Hanley area of Stoke-on-Trent after CCTV showed smoke billowing from the windows of the building. A gas pipe from a neighbouring property had been detached and fed through the window of the mosque, before being lit in a clear attempt to cause an explosion. This incident, which led to the arrest of four teenagers aged between 16 and 19, was one of the 43 acts of violence against Muslims and their property documented by the Institute of Race Relations last year (just a small sample of the national total – London’s Metropolitan Police alone dealt with 333 anti-Muslim crimes in 2010-11). Paul Sims - Demonising Muslims
June 2, 2011, 7:00 AM How can a man get through such a thing? After the brutal murders of your wife and children, you have two choices: You go on living. William Petit Case - Dr William Petit Profile
I t's embarrassing now, but on the day that I was hired to work at Boston's flagship Borders store in 1996, I was so happy that I danced around my apartment. After dropping out of college, I had worked a succession of crappy jobs: mall Easter Bunny, stock boy at Sears and Kmart and Walmart, a brief and nearly fatal stint as a landscaper. A job at Borders seemed to be a step, at long last, toward my ultimate goal of writing for a living. Books Without Borders by Paul Constant
In 1971, Ray Tomlinson was a 29-year-old computer engineer working for the consulting firm Bolt, Beranek and Newman.  Founded just over two decades previously,  BBN had recently been awarded a contract by the US government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to undertake an ambitious project to connect computers all over America.  The so-called ‘ ARPANET ’ would go on to provide the foundations for the modern Internet, and quite apart from his technical contributions to it, Tomlinson would also inadvertently grant it its first global emblem in the form of the ‘@’ symbol. Shady Characters » The @-symbol, part 1 of 2
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Brian Phillips on the boxing career of freed American slave Tom Molineaux O n December 10, 1810, in a muddy field around 25 miles from London, a fight took place that was so dramatic, controversial, and ferocious that it continues to haunt the imagination of boxing more than 200 years later. One of the fighters was the greatest champion of his age, a bareknuckle boxer so tough he reportedly trained by punching the bark off trees.
James Mollison's Photos of Children's Bedrooms Are a Commentary on Class and Poverty If your computer permits you to view these photographs in full-screen mode, we recommend it. It was a small room, at the top of the house.
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In most parts of the world, homophobia is in decline. The global trend is for the repeal of anti-gay laws and for greater public understanding and acceptance of sexual difference. Overall, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are gradually gaining respect and rights - not losing them. Peter G Tatchell: Future Sex: Beyond Gay and Straight
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