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· April, 2015

Stories about Ethnicity & Race from April, 2015

Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorated in Egypt

Although Egypt does not recognise the Armenian Genocide, Egyptian Armenians marked the genocide's centennial in Cairo. Bloggers weigh in on the history and contribution of the community to modern-day Egypt.

Guyana's Health Minister Assails Women's Activist, Says He Would ‘Slap Her Ass’

The Minister of Health's tirade against a women's rights activist raises questions about gender equality, human rights and the political status quo in Guyana.

Hong Kong Politician Wants More Headlines About Filipina Maids Seducing Their Bosses

The Philippine Consulate General responded, saying "discrimination should have no place in any society, most especially Hong Kong." Migrant domestic workers protested outside Regina Ip's office.

What Do Africans Think of the Film ‘Timbuktu’ About Life Under Islamic Militants?

In Africa, opinions are divided on the Mauritanian film "Timbuktu." Some love it, others think external factors are the reason for its success.

France Launchs National Campaign to Curb Racist and Anti-Semitic Acts

Is South Africa Off Limits to Other Africans?

South Africa has witnessed xenophobic attacks involving beatings, killings, and burning and looting shops and property owned by foreigners. Five people have been killed, including a 14-year-old boy.

Bengali New Year Takes a Colorful Stand Against Religious Extremism in Bangladesh

Among the fun and festivities for Bengali New Year in Bangladesh was a serious message, "Burn many lights in the darkness of hearts," to commemorate bloggers and activists recently murdered.

President Obama's Visit to Jamaica Wasn't All ‘Irie’

Some Jamaicans weren't so keen to see authorities falling over themselves to make Jamaica Obama-ready.

Bloggers Get Bad Rap in Trinidad & Tobago as Paid Political Trolls Do Online Damage

As political groups allegedly pay internet trolls to spew racial slurs and cyber-bully, netizens express their disgust over the depths to which politics in Trinidad and Tobago have plunged.

Do Japanese People Really Have a Low Opinion of Americans?

USA Today found the one nugget of negativity in a new Pew survey comparing Japanese and American attitudes about each other and made that the headline.

Nigeria's King of Lagos Threatens Igbo People to Vote His Way—or Die

" If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you. If you go against my wish, you will perish in the water."

Is Blackface in Japan a Form of Racism or Respect?

Japanese bands RATS & STAR and Momoiro Clover Z recently appeared in blackface on TV. Removed from its American context, some argue blackface in Japan isn't intended to be racist.

Debunking Media Myths About the Houthis in War-Torn Yemen

The conflict in Yemen is often portrayed by the press as a battle between Sunni and Shia Islam, with the Houthis militia being lumped into Shia Islam. That's incorrect.

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