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Blair, the savvier!

Highly controversial Iraq war player and now good doer, Tony Blair is to be become the chairman of an organisation that combats anti-Semitism and racism in Europe.

He will join the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, cofounded by Moshe Kantor, a Russian-born businessman and president of the European Jewish Congress.

Mr Blair will not be paid in his new role, but his faith foundation will reportedly receive an annual donation.

Mr Blair and Mr Kantor write, “Globalisation is pushing us closer together so the effects of racism and discrimination increasingly undermine the fabric of society... states, international organisations and other actors must join together to tackle hate and intolerance."

The ECTR will argue for legislation creating clearer definitions of racism and anti-Semitism, and boost educational programmes.

This is interesting because ‘racism’ has no legal definition in the UK, meaning what is not illegal, is legal! Therefore, it is no surprise that the ‘blood bath’ scenario of Powell is somehow appropriated by the right-wing ideology and party politics in one way or the other.

And if there is a socio-political definition of racism, it is obsessed with the ‘effects’ and rarely with the ‘cause’ of racism.

Racism as a theory and system developed from Western Europe as a determinate universal premise to define the relationship between the ‘First’ and ‘Third World’ which exists in one form or the other.

Hope that Mr Blair could focus on the dynamics of institutional racism like the omission of the British colonial history without which it is very difficult to establish that the people from the ‘third world’ did not just drop from nowhere to disappear into nothing.

Take the example of a diverse London that has 44.9% White British and 36.7% Asian and Black: while London has economic dominance, it is home to the greatest concentration of poverty in Western Europe. At least two of its boroughs – Hackney and Tower Hamlets, heavily populated by Asian and Black – are among the ten most deprived in England. 4/6/15

   

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