Manuel Barcia
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Manuel Barcia is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American studies at the University of Leeds. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Cuban Studies and the author of two books and several articles focusing on the history of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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On Bigots, Same-Sex Marriage and Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (19:02)

Same-sex marriage discussions in the US, Australia and the UK are on the rise. Only a few weeks ago our Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was forced to backpedal on a remark that appeared in a speech he was due to deliver, referring to those who oppose the Coalition Government's...

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Yet More Catholic Anti-Gay Bashing

(103) Comments | Posted 27 July 2012 | (10:41)

And so, the anti-gay rants emanating from the Catholic quarters begin again. In his wisdom the new Bishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia has decided to suggest that the premature death of gay Labour MP David Cairns could be related to his sexual orientation. As a good colleague of mine would...

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Catholic Church Must Change Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

(25) Comments | Posted 23 March 2012 | (00:00)

Recently the debate about the same-sex marriage bill has gathered momentum. On the one hand Prime Minister David Cameron and Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone have made the case for much needed reform.

On the other, the likes of Cardinal Keith O'Brien and the Daily Telegraph have run a campaign...

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Obscuring the African Contribution: More about School Textbooks

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2012 | (17:06)

Some weeks ago a group of Tea Party activists in Tennessee demanded from state lawmakers that any references that could tarnish the image of the founding fathers were removed from school textbooks. As such, they proposed to eliminate any allusion to say, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison having...

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A Decade for Peoples of African Descent

(1) Comments | Posted 5 February 2012 | (15:13)

A few weeks ago, during the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the issues of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance were extensively explored and debated. Within the context of these debates, raising the profile of the peoples of African descent and their historical and...

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Florida, the GOP Nomination Race, and the Cuban Embargo

(1) Comments | Posted 17 January 2012 | (15:54)

Over the past months we have seen the main candidates to the GOP nomination in the United States racing towards the ultimate price, the chance of challenging Barack Obama in the presidential elections to be held later on in November this year.

Now that the Republican primaries in Florida...

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A Star is Born? Enter the CELAC

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2011 | (14:03)

Barely a few weeks ago heads of state of all 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries converged in the city of Caracas to launch a new initiative for regional integration, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, better known by its Spanish acronym CELAC (Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y...

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