When we look back in years to come, it is almost inevitable that Mark Zuckerberg will be one the most influential characters of this century. But will this be because of his mastery of the global technology industry, or will it be down to his growing influence in politics?
My name is Meron Semedar. I was born in Eritrea, when the country was under the Derg regime of Ethiopia. Like many Eritreans, my father was part of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) trying to bring about independence. I was born in a free area of Eritrea, controlled by EPLF at that time. Independence came in 1991, with a referendum taking place in 1993. The country started to build itself from scratch and for once the people of Eritrea started to experience peace and development. But not for long...
So farewell then, racist van. You had your week of spreading fear, loathing and community tension in six London boroughs on behalf of the Home Office, with your message that migrants here illegally should go home or face arrest...
In considering the ONS statistics, it is critical to stress that these foreign-born employees are legally working and paying tax, hence contributing to the British economy. Yet, headlines in the media too often highlight the inflammatory, not the factual.
We need to talk about the benefits that immigration has brought to our economy and society, and deliver real immigration reform that provides a fair, effective and common sense system.
I came to this country about forty years ago. I had an MSc in physics and my undergraduate degree was in physics and maths. I applied for and luckily got a reasonably good job within a few weeks and even changed jobs a few times in the next two years.
There is a terrible human cost to the government's immigration policy orchestrated by home secretary Theresa May. Thousands of families are being torn apart and forced to live in separate countries as a result of a new £18,600 salary requirement for bringing a foreign spouse from a non-EU country into the UK.
Although in the UK, we have seen a number of mosques attacked since Woolwich, the steady rise in anti-Muslim hate perpetuated across Europe, has led to an increase in anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. According to the rector of Lyon's main mosque, France is witnessing a new "climate of Islamophobia."
Smart people are just as racist as their less intelligent peers - they're just better at concealing their prejudice, according to a University of Michigan report.
We shouldn't kid ourselves. While reference to 'Bonga Bonga Land' by UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom in a recent speech he gave was predictably and rightly panned across the political spectrum, disowned by the leadership of his own party, and drew the ire of the liberal commentariat, it will not have been greeted with the same disdain in many homes up and down the country.
It came as no surprise to me when I woke up this Sunday to see that Rudd has just called a general election for 7 September, he is clearly hoping to exploit the misinformed fears and prejudices of an electorate who have been led to believe that asylum seekers and immigrants are the root cause of all of Australia's social and economic problems.
Many many years later, BA has come up with another one - a five minute clip which has forced me to see it in a more kindly light. In the tradition of the best (or worst as you may see it) reality TV programming tradition, the ad unabashedly tugs at the heart strings of immigrants like myself, tracing the journey home and how it feels to surprise your parents with a sudden visit.
German commentators have been tutting at the British government's hard line. But Germany needs to focus on its own, very serious racism problem which is being overlooked amid all the hype about its stable economy and well-organized social system.
A far greater concern is the deliberate profiling of citizens and legal immigrants at our borders and at identity checks for fears that they may be illegal immigrants - treatment which suggests an inhuman alien distinction.
As an ex-police officer I cannot imagine how people stopped in busy public areas are being identified as likely immigration offenders on the basis of any 'reasonable suspicion'. Behaving in a suspicious way because you see an immigration officer is not grounds for a reasonable suspicion.
As trade union Unite has revealed it is seeking legal advice about whether the Home Office encouraged 'racial hatred' through their use of the vehicles, it is important the scheme is analysed. The ultimate question is, how has an advertising campaign costing £10,000 caused so much controversy?