· February, 2008

Stories about Ethnicity & Race from February, 2008

Kosovo, Serbia: Crisis

  19 February 2008

Reluctant Dragon writes about Kosovo's independence: “…and once again, there is a crisis, a long-term and potentially far-reaching crisis, and we are at the heart of it.”

Kosovo & Serbia: Independence Blogging

  18 February 2008

Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia on Sunday, Feb. 17, has caused both celebrations and protests - as well as plenty of media coverage and an avalanche of blog posts. Below is a selection of some Anglophone bloggers' views.

China: Spielberg, the Olympics, and oil

  18 February 2008

Chinese bloggers shocked world media and those calling for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics this week with blog posts revealing a wide variety of Chinese opinions both independent from and more nuanced than that of the Chinese government on its relationship with Sudanese counterparts. Further surprise came when those...

China: Darfur, a reason to say No?

  16 February 2008

Is the Darfur issue a reason to say No to the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Spielberg nodded recently, while Mr. Bush shrugged, and Beijing frowned. But how about the common people in China?

Kosovo: Towards Independence?

  14 February 2008

As the talk of an imminent declaration of independence by Kosovo next Sunday or Monday intensifies, and as leaders in Serbia and Russia make statements rejecting it in advance, bloggers in the Balkans have been busy discussing the issue since December. Here are a few of their views.

Serbia: A Tribute to Desimir Tošić

  13 February 2008

Dejan Đokić posts a tribute to Desimir Tošić at East Ethnia: “He was a unique and somewhat unconventional figure in modern Serbian history. Tošić was a politician who placed ideas and ideals above personal and material gain. He was a contemporary of Yugoslavia’s turbulent life and its death(s), but wrote...

Kazakhstan: Ethnic Tensions and Underestimated Identity

  7 February 2008

Kazakhstan is a country that often boasts with inter-ethnic and religious tolerance – in tsar epoch it accepted many labor migrants from Ukraine and Russia. In J. Stalin's times it was a destination for deported nations and political prisoners. In late Soviet period thousands of industrial and agricultural professionals came...