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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Migrant workers fighting for freedom under Lebanon’s Kefala system

In Lebanon, a women-only group of migrant domestic workers have come together to fight for rights in the workplace. 

Black Tunisian women: ceaseless erasure and post-racial illusion

Four black women from all walks of life speak up about their experiences. They can no longer be silenced.

“For Madams Only”: Facebook groups and the politics of migrant domestic work in Egypt

Despite endless talk of its ‘democratising’ potential, Facebook does not automatically give “Maids” and “Madams” an equal voice.

The colonial roots of Trump’s discourse on Iran

The colonial image of Persians as hypocritical and unreliable is so deeply entrenched in western imagination, that it affects policymaking on the highest levels.

Critical voices in critical times: Fanon, race & politics - an interview with Mireille Fanon-Mendès France (part 2 of 2)

Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, activist, scholar, and daughter of Frantz Fanon, talks about the enduring relevance of his ideas and passions in contemporary political life.

After the violence and videos, therapists learn to treat racial trauma

From specialized clinics for African Americans to social media events that take the shame out of sharing, there's a growing movement to heal the psychological scars of racism.

Israeli self-inflicted hate culture

A settler screaming at an injured Palestinian child, a racist mob lynching an Eritrean, and the killing of a Jewish Israeli mistaken for a Palestinian are manifestations of a culture of hate.

Will you commit class suicide with me?

Recognizing that privilege is unearned is essential to dismantling the white saviour complex.

The dilemmas of migration and the alternatives

Force and denial are not going to solve the migrant crisis—instead we must turn to long-term economic, political, and cultural solutions.

Anti-Syrian racism in Turkey

A wave of xenophobia is ruining the lives of Syrian refugees in Turkey where they are seen as criminals, accused of stealing jobs and responsible for anything that goes wrong. Media incitement and state inaction fuel the flames.

Charlie Hebdo and western denial

The recent attacks in Paris were the latest round in a conflict of violence, not of “values”. The primary perpetrators of this violence are western states, with Islamist terrorism representing an inevitable blowback.  

(Syrian) black skin, (Lebanese) white masks

Refugees in Lebanon face a violent troika: the state, the Lebanese bourgeoisie, and the weather.

How I will prepare my white son for the interactions he won't have with police

Seamus’ whiteness means that I don’t have to teach him how to prepare for humiliation. That is white privilege in a nutshell.

What are white folks to do? From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown

In the wake of the Ferguson verdict I feel a swirling cocktail of grief, anger and outrage, but nothing I'm feeling compares to what people of color are experiencing.  

Is British football less racist now, or does it just hide its racism better?

Racism in Britain hasn't gone away, it's just been hidden better. And sometimes, it bubbles over...

Rejecting victimhood: the case for Palestinian resistance

Seeing rocket fire from Gaza as a counter-discourse. This method of resistance is less about fatalities than undermining privilege structures in an anti-colonial context.

One, two, three viva l'Algérie!

The match between Algeria and Germany was not solely the sporting equivalent of David and Goliath. The Algerian national team has a political history: from its creation by the FLN to its current outspoken support for the Palestinians,the Fennecs have brought revolt, internationalism and solidarity to the heart of the beautiful game.

The case for hard: why social transformation demands lots of social friction

Hovering above the restrictions of place and culture, detached from democracy, and technocratic to its core, a new discourse favours a frictionless approach to solving social problems.

With our history – casual racism is not an option

Racism in Britain is deep and structural. And too often, we don't see it. With our history, we should know better - and we should notice how we are treating Roma people.

On superheroes: who will save us now?

Comicbook superheroes live in a world where individuals can change with ease into objects, think out loud, or kill with a stare. Yet they fight only to maintain the status quo. How would it be different if superheroes were the people who are oppressed?

Migrant-bashing as a PR stunt

The UKBA "racist vans" have caused a great deal of unrest through their racially profiled spot checks. What were the real causes and aims of this grubby campaign?

A ghost of ignorance? Race and racism in contemporary Italy

In a complacent Italy, race and racial abuse do not receive much discussion in the public sphere. Yet recent incidents involving Cécile Kyenge demand an urgent scouring of historical and cultural legacies today.

An open letter to whites

From the morning of July 14: An open letter to whites about the black community and the Trayvon Martin case.

For racial healing, we need to get real about racism

The United States was founded upon racist ideas: a land of opportunity, but only for European immigrants. To overcome the divisions that fragment us, we all need to invest in personal transformation. 

14 Shocking Facts That Prove the US Criminal Justice System Is Racist

The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.

Essential Reading on the US Prison-Industrial Complex

Three must-reads on prison and race in America
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