Both were arrested last week, accused of keeping three women as domestic slaves
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Sunday 30 September 2012
It is not until the acknowledgements at the end of his Man Booker-longlisted 21st novel that the South African author André Brink reveals the historical roots from which it sprang: "[The slave woman Philida] worked as a knitting girl on the farm from 1824 to 1832," he writes. "The discovery that her master Cornelis Brink was a brother of one of my own direct ancestors, and that he sold her at auction after his son Francois Gerhard Jacob Brink had made four children with her, triggered this novel."
Tuesday 21 August 2012
There are two starkly different ways of viewing the pronouncements of Cardinal Keith O'Brien over the past few years.
Saturday 28 July 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
Thursday 12 July 2012
The Connors case is an unusual one because most of the victims are British nationals. Labour exploitation and trafficking is a complex crime and the true scale of it is largely hidden. What we do know is that the UK Human Trafficking Centre saw a 35 per cent increase in the number of potential trafficking victims from 2010 to 2011.
Thursday 12 July 2012
Four members of same family guilty of forcing destitute people into brutal servitude
The Last Slave Market, By Alastair Hazell
Bereft, By Chris Womersley
The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, By Lila Azam Zanganeh
America Pacifica, By Anna North
The Magic of Reality, By Richard Dawkins
Sunday 08 July 2012
Paperback reviews of the week
Sunday 01 July 2012
No one saw this coming. A couple of years ago, when Paul Heaton was still doing pushbike-powered tours of rural pubs and turning out gentle country & western albums, nobody would have guessed that the former Housemartins and Beautiful South leader would soon be turning his songwriting skills to a rock-soul opera that sounds like Leonard Bernstein meets Public Enemy.
Saturday 30 June 2012
In 1976, when I was 14, my family migrated to Britain from the Caribbean. We had landed in a cauldron of bitter rhetoric about race and immigration. Unemployment was rising, and a vociferous minority demanded that "coloured" migrants be sent home.
Saturday 23 June 2012
Both family memoir and colonial history, this scrupulous and sensitive Caribbean journey tells a story that we all share.
Friday 08 June 2012
David Cameron said parents who force their children into an unwanted marriage will face "very tough punishments" under a new law.
Thursday 07 June 2012
Photographer and artist Leah Gordon explores the practice in Haiti of grading skin colour from black to white, referred to as Caste, in a series of new photographs.
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