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Stories about Ethnicity & Race

8 November 2019

Was this Nigerian English language film too English for an Oscar nomination?

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film was disqualified by award organizers because it has too much dialogue in English.

6 November 2019

Social media propelled ethnocentric disinformation and propaganda during the Nigerian elections

Advox

The 2019 Nigerian elections witnessed unprecedented dissemination of ethnic hate speech at the service of disinformation and propaganda online, particularly on Twitter.

27 October 2019

From camps to prisons: Xinjiang’s next great human rights catastrophe

While most of the world’s attention has been focused on the region’s “re-education” camps, an incredible number of those detained in 2017 and 2018 are now being given lengthy prison...

25 October 2019

The struggle of the Bolivian feminist chola is now online

Rising Voices

Yolanda Mamani, a feminist chola who started fighting for her rights as a child domestic worker, now take her talkative style to her radio show, blog and YouTube channel.

18 October 2019

How Ethiopia's ruling coalition created a playbook for disinformation

Advox

Manipulation tactics used by Ethiopia's ruling coalition members against each other in their internal power struggle serve as a blueprint for opposition groups to attack their opponents and the government.

16 October 2019

The only two black coaches in Brazil's top-tier football league take a stand against racism

A statement by coach Roger Machado went viral on Brazilian social media.

10 October 2019

Despite last year's ‘alternative’ win, Guadeloupe's Maryse Condé passed over for 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature

The odds appeared to be in Condé's favour, but the Swedish Academy instead named Austrian author Peter Handke winner of the 2019 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

9 October 2019

A burqa controversy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

The government needs to come out of the thinking covering women in an abaya or chadar will protect them from harassers.

2 October 2019

The fault lines in Cameroon's national peace talks

National peace dialogues in Cameroon have left some citizens filled with doubt and fear. “I don’t see anything coming out of that meeting in Yaoundé," said Martin, a carpenter.

27 September 2019

The little-known beauty of rice sheaf artistry from India and Nepal

The tradition of decorating houses with rice sheaves woven into beautiful forms is slowly disappearing.

18 September 2019

Cameroon on a path to ‘national dialogue’ as Anglophone crisis continues

Cameroon's national dialogues were announced amidst ongoing violence and a new surge of refugees fleeing insecurity — including intimidation, lockdowns and school closures — in the Anglophone northwest and southwest...

17 September 2019

Rediscovering the riches of St Petersburg's Muslim heritage

"Muslims are not just guests in this city, but were once its masters and some of its earliest inhabitants."

16 September 2019

A professor's self-immolation puts the spotlight on the fragile future of Russia's minority languages

RuNet Echo

Many people discussing Razin's death seem bewildered that anyone would use minority languages in daily life, let alone die for them—an attitude by no means limited to Russia.

14 September 2019

Muharram in Pakistan: Daring to observe Ashura

Sectarian violence against Shia Muslims and Shia Hazara communities are common in Pakistan. Yet people came out in their numbers once again this year for Muharram, amidst tight security.

13 September 2019

A proposed administrative shift in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church stokes ethnic, religious tensions

Oromo clerics say the EOTC expects Oromo churchgoers to worship in Ge’ez, the church’s liturgical language, or Amharic, the working language of Ethiopia's federal government.

11 September 2019

Cameroonian parents fear sending children back to school in midst of armed conflict

In Cameroon, separatists have used school boycotts as a bargaining chip. Fighters have killed and kidnapped teachers in English regions to keep schools from opening again until demands are met.

5 September 2019

Millions in India's north-eastern Assam state at risk of losing citizenship

Approximately 1.9 million people are in the risk of becoming stateless in the northeastern Indian state of Assam after they were excluded from the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).

25 August 2019

Indonesia sends in troops and cuts internet as West Papua protesters denounce racist treatment of students

"Blocking and restricting access to the internet in Papua and West Papua will make it harder for people living outside of the two provinces to verify facts."

16 August 2019

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

Advox

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

Refugees in West Java, Indonesia have no access to education so they established their own school

Refugees can spend many years in Indonesia without possibility of permanent settlement.