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· February, 2013

Stories about Ethnicity & Race from February, 2013

Burundi: Violent Suppression of Demonstration Support for Imprisoned Journalist

The Court of Burundi revised the life sentence for journalist and Radio France International correspondent Hassan Ruvakuki on appeal, reducing his sentence to three years imprisonment. Media professionals demonstrated in...

Trinidad & Tobago: Tensions High After Fatal Car Crash Sparks Riots

Netizens from Trinidad and Tobago have been keeping an eye on the fallout over a car crash near the Central Market in Port of Spain on Sunday, which killed a...

“Liberal, Jewish, Sexy”: Keeping Tabs on Hungarian Students

According to a report published by a Hungarian TV channel, members of the student union of one of the universities in Budapest allegedly kept tabs on students’ religion, ethnic background...

Is Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Spread Racist?

Mitch Blatt from China Hush takes a look at debate over the appropriateness of Sports Illustrated magazine's set of photos for its swimsuit edition that feature ethnic minorities in China. While...

Haiti: The Politics of Identity

Tande blogs about “the relationship between cultural identity and belonging” and recommends a Haitian musician whose work goes beyond the identity politics and “offers a compelling example of how some...

Jamaica: Reggae, Bleaching and Black History

It's Reggae Month and Black History Month…Jamaica Woman Tongue looks at the bleaching phenomenon against that backdrop.

Turkey: Lynch Attempt on Kurdish Members of Parliament in Sinop

Kurdish members of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and Democratic Congress of the People (HDK) faced a lynch attempt by almost 2,000 angry protesters during their visit to Sinop,...

Are Korean Drivers The Worst?

Asians have often been pegged as bad drivers. ROK Drop blog debunked this ‘Bad Asian Drivers’ stereotype with statistics.

Singapore Looks to Bolster Population with Foreigners

The government of Singapore has introduced a new plan to increase the population, triggering debate over the value of welcoming more foreigners to solve the country's ageing demographics. Singaporeans are...

China: Foreign Men Are More Romantic

Rensi from ChinaSMACK translates a forum post about various myths or beliefs that Chinese girls have about foreign men.

Tibetans Rap for Respect

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a bold new rap song called “RESPECT” by young Tibetans who call themselves “Sheep Droppings”. The song is an angry rant against a TV...

When Uncle Matt Went to Albania

Matthew Pointon of Uncle Travelling Matt shares this detailed, six-part account and photos of his travel in Albania in 1996 and 1999: […] The Land of the Eagle is little...

The Romanian-Hungarian “War of the Flags”

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the ongoing diplomatic confrontation between Romania and Hungary, sparked by the Romanian authorities’ ban on flying the flag of the Székely Land, an ethnic Hungarian enclave...

Protesting Cyrillic, “Collectivising Guilt” in Croatia

Balkan Anarchist weighs in on the protests against the use of the Cyrillic script in Vukovar‘s public spaces: […] I believe that we, decent and honest Serbs, should be ashamed...

Europe's Frozen Conflicts

Black Sea News publishes Natalya Belitser's paper [en] – “Transnistrian Conflict: State of Affairs and Prospects of Settlement” – written for the international conference on “frozen conflicts” in Europe, which...

Death Knell for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival?

As Trinidad and Tobago gears up for its 2013 Carnival celebrations, bloggers discuss whether this is the beginning of the end of the national festival.

U.S. President Barack Obama Supports Immigration Reform

U.S. President Barack Obama supported a bipartisan proposal developed by eight senators to overhaul immigration by strengthening border security, verifying the legal status of workers, and allowing university students to...

Anti-Japan Education in China

Cecilia Miao translated a netizen story about the encounter of a Japanese and Chinese children in her family and reflect upon how the nationalistic education has affected the Chinese children...

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