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Victory for Israel boycott campaign in Edinburgh

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The biggest news story of the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the successful boycott of two state-funded Israeli productions.

All performances of The City, by Incubator Theatre of Jerusalem, and La Karina, by Pola Dance (the official dance company of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), were cancelled following a pro-boycott open letter and a protest outside the opening performance of Incubator’s show.

History and the Sons of Hull

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Many of us have always, quite rightly, been wary about who writes the history of black people in Britain. It is said that the victorious get to write the history, and most of the time that is true.

There is little doubt, for example, that next year's 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade on British territory will be a hotly contested arena.

The indications are not good. John Prescott is in charge of official proceedings. His contribution so far has been to highlight the "achievement" of William Wilberforce - who, like Prescott, represented Hull in parliament.

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