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Hungary’s far right government launches racist referendum on refugees

Hungary’s far right racist Fidesz government has launched a referendum on refugees, aiming to bolster its popularity by tapping anti-migrant racism. The move is one that will be watched – and potentially copied – by racist parties across Europe, many of whom are trying to build by stirring up hatred of refugees and other migrants.

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This little book is a photo study of some of the street art you can find in east London. It contains a short essay on the history of street art and biographies of some of my favourite artists, plus loads of photographs of the art.

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On 27 August 1963 Ledger Smith set off from Chicago and made his way to join Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. He didn’t take a bus or a train and he didn’t drive – he made his way on rollerskates.

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Oil workers have shut down the refineries as strikes escalate. Pic credit: FranceTVInfo on twitter

Oil workers have shut down all France’s refineries, dockers and railworkers have walked out againts a new labour law, while “Nuit Debout” protestors are in the streets, and the government is stirring up racism to try to divert the anger. John Mullen reports from France