Stories about Ethnicity & Race from June, 2006
China: Uyghurs extradited
“The two uighurs (Yusuf Kadir Tohti and Abdukadir Sidik) detained in Kazakhstan and at risk of extradition to China (against international conventions) have, tragically, been extradited to China. They are at risk,” writes Celia at China Activist Weekly, “of torture or even execution.”
The beatroot writes that Polish “minorities” can't agree on “just how bad” things are getting for them in Poland. An interesting discussion is taking place in the comments section: “Polish racism is just the stupidity of the uneducated and simple xenophobic folk. It has no ideoligical or religious background.”
Slovakia: Anti-Hungarian Former Prime Minister
Paul of Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar writes that the new Slovak governing coalition may include the former prime minister known “for his anti-Hungarian (and Roma) rhetoric and actions.”
South Africa: Israeli Apartheid
South African blog, The Front Line publishes a letter to letter to the “Black Eyed Peas by Maureen Clare Murphy and Nigel Parry, The Electronic Intifada”,…in a post aptly entitled “Black Eyed Peas: Celebrating South African freedom while normalizing Israeli apartheid
Sri Lanka : LTTE and Tamils
How far does the LTTE represents the interests of the Tamils in Sri Lanka? “The LTTE is not at all concerned about the rights, privileges, safety and security of the people in different communities and regions, let alone those of the Tamils living outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces.”
No tricks or wittiness today folks, here is just the straight skinny on the Kurdish Blogosphere. Hiwa Hopes this week gives a great link to an article about the frustration of a Kurdish immigrant to the UK about the lack of mixer taps. And honestly, I didn't know that the...
Russia: Ethnic Profiling on the Metro
Sean Guillory writes about the problem of ethnic profiling on Moscow's subway.
Russia: Moscow the Most Expensive City in the World
Sean Guillory writes about the cost of living in Moscow: though it has recently been declared the most expensive city in the world, the locals “know how to cut corners and navigate the city's costs with exactitude.”
China: Beijing's black footballers
With China having been passed over for this year's World Cup, Danwei TV‘s Jeremy Goldkorn takes a closer look at one of Beijing's more visible football teams, Afrika United FC, and asks: “What it is like being black in China?”
Singapore: Dragon Boat Race
The blogger at Good Morning Yesterday talks about the Dragon Boat Festival in Singapore and posts videos of couple of dragonboat racing training sessions.
Armenia: Mom Called Me Khachik
Nessuna has a public service advertisement and a translation of the ad that was produced by an Armenian radio station for distribution throughout the CIS to combat xenophobia in Russia.
Russia: Ethnic Chinese in the Soviet Union
J. Otto Pohl writes about the fate of the ethnic Chinese in the Soviet Far East.
Gambia: apologising for slavery
Home of the mandinmories reports on the descendent of an Eliazabethian buccaneer who has made a formal apology for slavery to the Gambian people. Mandinmories wonders why?
Serbia: War Criminal's Concert and the Country's Image
Viktor of Belgrade Blog writes about Serbia's image abroad. He also links to the text on a concert by a “Serbian war-criminal,” written by the Serbian writer Jasmina Tesanovic for BoingBoing: “There is no excuse for going to Ceca's concert (“Ideally Bad”) but I found one: I took a foreigner...
Azerbaijan: Statue Protest
In light of a protest in Moscow against a statue of Heydar Aliev, the first Turkic Politburo member and the former President of Azerbaijan, Denise of neweurasia argues that Russia must take steps to treat its Azeri residents better to ensure a good image in Azerbaijan, if for no other...
Indonesia Growing Good Blogs, Hatemails and Asia Blog Awards
Indonesia blogosphere this last two years has witnessed the growing and heartening development of good blogging and quality bloggers to cheer about. This, for most reason, due to the emergence of some Indonesian intellectuals, writers and journalists who start showing their interests to blog. I have some of good bloggers...
The Balkans: Comment on Srebrenica
Srebrenica Genocide Blog responds to an anonymous commenter's “attempt to justify Srebrenica massacre.”
Sri Lanka: Tamils and the Mainstream
Indi.ca on peace in Sri Lanka and why it involves being inclusive about Tamil culture and people. “If you want a United Sri Lanka then you want to live with Tamil people. It means that you want them as neighbors, co-workers and friends. It means that you want to see...
China: Internet access in Tibet
Virtual China has a guest blogger today, Kathrine Hoersted, who brings us a post looking at the young Tibetan woman with whom she lived during her graduate research in a small village in Tibet, and how despite severely limited internet access there the two have managed to keep in touch.
Normally I try to find a reoccurring theme for my weeklies, however this week turned out to be a bit of a Kurdish hodge-podge. Sami from Iraqi Thoughts writes some ranting tidbits about Saddam, Al Zarqawi and his new outlook for the future: I think that I am chaning in...
Albania: Uighur Ex-Prisoners
Alwyn Thomson of Our Man in Tirana provides an update on the fate of the five Uighurs, who were moved to Albania from Guantanamo, but are unlikely to settle there.