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· August, 2012

Stories about Ethnicity & Race from August, 2012

9 August 2012

Kazakhstan: ‘Imported’ Olympic Champions Cause Controversy

Two of the six gold medals bagged by Kazakhstan at the London Olympics were claimed by Chinese-born female weightlifters. The success of the "imported" athletes has caused a lot of...

8 August 2012

Russia: Putin Refuses Controversial Kiss From Priest

RuNet Echo

"Father Mefodii has shown the way to all citizens, including Pussy [Riot]. In order to be forgiven, all must kiss Putin on the hand." While Putin was greeting local priests...

Jamaica: The Caribbean-American Vote

Puerto Rico: Racist Tweets Against Obama Cause Outrage

Heidi Wys Toro, one of the advisors of the current speaker of Puerto Rico's House of Representatives Jennifer González, posted some racist comments about the president of the United States,...

7 August 2012

Bangladesh: Citizenship Rights for Myanmar's Rohingya?

Myanmar's Rohingya are stateless, not wanted by any country. The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party in Myanmar is calling for the segregation of Rohingya Muslims from ethnic Arakanese and the Bangladesh...

6 August 2012

Colombia: Outrage Over Councilman's Racist Comment

Colombian netizens are outraged after a Bogotá councilman used a racist expression to call for order during a debate. Here is a sample of some reactions after a video of...

3 August 2012

Georgia: Civil Society Mobilizes After Armenia-Azerbaijan Clashes

With tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the rise, civil society activists and journalists from both countries last month convened in a small ethnic Azeri village in neighboring Georgia.

1 August 2012

Myanmar: Claims of Media Bias Towards Rohingya

Opinion is divided in Myanmar about the status of the Rohingya living in the western part of the country. Human rights groups have condemned the violence against the Rohingya and...

Caribbean: Marking Emancipation

Today, many Caribbean territories celebrate Emancipation Day, which commemorates the abolition of slavery. Each year, bloggers mark the occasion, but this year, online attention to the holiday is rather low-key,...

Mozambique: Meanings Behind Women's Traditional Mussiro Masks

In the northern coast and islands of Mozambique, it is very common to come across women with their faces covered of a natural white mask, called mussiro. The purposes of...

Haiti: “Dear Ayiti”