Multiculturalism

Belgrade authorities demolish illegal mosque ahead of Ramadan

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BELGRADE: Local authorities demolished an illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade after Serbian police secured the area in a pre-dawn action on Friday, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite protests by local Muslims and… Reuters Arab News The construction of a two-story mosque without a minaret in the Zemun Polje neighborhood started in 2014 even though the authorities had refused to grant it a… On Thursday, the authorities attempted the… Belgrade authorities demolish… Read More »

Poet Tony Walsh Delivers Stunning Ode To Manchester At Vigil For Bombing Victims

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‘The songs that we sing from the stands, from our bands, set the whole planet shaking’. Graeme Demianyk HuffPost Poet Tony Walsh became an instant symbol of Manchester’s defiance in the face of terror after reading his powerful ode to the city at a… Addressing thousands gathered at Manchester’s central Albert Square, the poet – known as ‘Longfella’ – gave a recital of his poem This Is The Place that paid tribute to the city’s rich history as an… Poet ... Read More »

Jakarta’s former governor Ahok dropping appeal against jail sentence for blasphemy

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The wife of Jakarta’s former governor has wept while explaining to the press why her husband has decided not appeal against his… Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed for two years for blasphemy earlier this month and originally said he would appeal against the decision in a… But the Christian and ethnic Chinese Governor, best known as Ahok, has announced through his lawyers he would accept the… Jakarta’s former governor… Read More »

It’s 50 years since Indigenous Australians first ‘counted’. Why has so little changed?

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In 1967 Australia voted in a landmark referendum to finally include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in its census. But, as Paul Daley reports, the fight for genuine equality for the country’s first people is far from over The Guardian Sol Bellear, a former rugby league player for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Aboriginal rights activist, sits in the soft autumn sunshine at a cafe intersecting Redfern Park and the oval that remains the spiritual home of his beloved… It’s 50 ... Read More »

There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone else

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When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. Ann Gibbons Science The village of Sumte, population 102, had to take in 750 asylum seekers. Most villagers swung into action, in keeping with Germany’s strong Willkommenskultur, or “welcome culture.” But one self… There’s no such… Read More »

Migrant, Indigenous bodies say new budget measures are discriminatory

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The main organisations representing ethnic communities and Indigenous people have expressed concern that some measures in the federal budget could discriminate against sections of the population. Kristina Kukolja SBS The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) says proposed stricter residency requirements for the age pension, as well as the… Migrant, Indigenous bodies… Read More »

Pope Francis in Egypt in push for ‘fraternity’

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Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on April 28 to promote “unity and fraternity” with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist… Hurriyet The visit is a “voyage of unity and fraternity,” the pontiff told reporters before he disembarked in Cairo airport to be greeted by Catholic priests and Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif… It is “less than two days but very intense,” he… Pope Francis in… Read More »

John Safran says Australia’s far right movement is a ‘melting pot’

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Members of Australia’s far-right movement are not all white-skinned neo-Nazis, but instead from a diverse range of backgrounds, including recent migrants and… Lateline ABC After attending a United Patriots Front rally in Victoria, Safran said he was surprised to see a racially diverse mix of members and… The result is his latest book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, in which he… John Safran says… Read More »

Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama

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The former President said the US immigration system had always been “a little bit… TheJournal.ie  IMMIGRANTS IN THE US are experiencing treatment similar to that endured by the Irish in America in the wake of the Famine, Barack Obama has… The former US President, making a return to the public spotlight, said that America’s immigration system had always been “a little bit… Immigrants being vilified… Read More »

Why should immigrants speak perfect English when Australians can’t?

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How does Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expect migrants to achieve functional standards of speech when most Australians can’t even pronounce the… Dean Frenkel The Sydney Morning Herald While it appears that Turnbull has been motivated to attract more Pauline Hanson voters with his new citizenship test requirements, he is attacking the… We have a serious communication skills problem in Australia glued to a… Why should immigrants… Read More »

An atheist at Greek Easter

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The paradox. I do not believe in god, yet I can never escape him on Πάσχα, Pascha, Pesach or Easter. By Fotis Kapetopoulos Daily Review The bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt last week on Palm Sunday is one more sectarian atrocity in the Middle… However, the considered silence from much of the Left as Christians burn in the Middle East angers… An atheist at… Read More »

Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

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Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s… Steven Viney ABC Although many now identify as Arabs, Copts do not historically believe themselves to be of Arab origin, but are instead… The word Coptic is derived from the ancient Greek word for… Who are Egypt’s… Read More »

Birmingham woman standing in defiance of EDL protester goes viral

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Photograph of young woman becomes symbol of city standing up to far-right group English Defence League during… Frances Perraudin North of England reporter The Guardian A photograph showing a young woman smiling bemusedly at an incensed English Defence League protester has… The image, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, was captured during a demonstration by the… Birmingham woman standing… Read More »

Recognising Aboriginal Australia is still in the too-hard basket

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Julia Gillard started it, Tony Abbott vowed to “sweat blood” to finish it, and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are committed to it, but the task in question is proving more daunting than… Michael Gordon Brisbane Times More than six years after Australia began a process to finally recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, there is a very real prospect that… Recognising Aboriginal Australia… Read More »

Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches

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British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Giulio Meotti Gatestone Institute Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. The change is… Londonistan: 423 New… Read More »

Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »