Multiculturalism

America on Thin ICE

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“The culture and ideology fostered in this globalization process relate largely to “lifestyle” themes and goods and their acquisition; and they tend to weaken any sense of community helpful to civic life.” Nick Pemberton CounterPunch — Noam Chomsky & Edward Herman, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.” — Barack Obama Last weekend hundreds of thousands marched to protest Donald Trump’s ... Read More »

EU lawmakers issue call to take in Venezuelan migrants

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A new resolution in the European Parliament is calling on EU countries to give refuge to migrants from Venezuela. Mirra Banchon DW The UN’s migration agency estimates that 200,000 Venezuelans are already living in Spain. The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday urging member states to provide “immediate protection-oriented responses” to Venezuelan migrants in the EU, including humanitarian visas, special stay arrangements and… Lawmakers also demanded that the Venezuelan government allow the entry of humanitarian aid to the… EU lawmakers issue… Read More »

How do Americans really feel about interracial couples?

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According to the most recent U.S. census, approximately 15 percent of all newlywed couples are interracial. Allison Skinner The Conversation More interracial relationships are also appearing in the media – on television, in film and in advertising. These trends suggest that great strides have been made in the roughly 50 years since the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws. But as a psychologist who studies racial attitudes, I suspected that attitudes toward interracial couples may not be as positive as ... Read More »

Monash student, Hazara refugee and human rights advocate wins prestigious Scholarship to Oxford University

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Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. Born in Afghanistan, she was told that girls and women were second-class, they had no rights and that they didn’t need an education. Monash University It was only when she escaped to Australia that she was given the chance to go to school, and to realise just how lucky she was. Growing up as a Hazara refugee in Australia has taught this Monash international relations and ... Read More »

Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her… Katrin Bennhold and Melissa Eddy The New York Times It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who has been seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal European order but who has come under intense pressure at home ... Read More »

Germany’s Angela Merkel prevents the breakup of her government with immigration deal

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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel avoided the breakup of her government on Monday, emerging from an immigration fight with her coalition intact but fragile. James McAuley and Luisa Beck The Washington Post A clash that lasted weeks ended in an uneasy truce when Merkel and her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), reached a compromise on immigration policy with partner Christian Social Union (CSU). Interior Minister and CSU leader Horst Seehofer backed off his threat to resign and potentially bring down ... Read More »

12-year-old Gives Powerful And Moving Speech At “Families Belong Together” Rally In DC

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12-year-old Leah from Florida is the daughter of undocumented immigrant parents. This is a speech she gave at a “Families Belong Together” rally in Washington, DC in protest of the current administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. WYSK In her powerful speech, Leah fights through her tears to talk about the “constant fear” she lives in of her mom being taken away from her. “It’s scary. I can’t sleep, I can’t study, I am stressed. I’m afraid that they will take ... Read More »

Is it time for Australian states to step up on asylum seeker support?

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The cruelty of the federal government’s immigration services is well-established, but what’s happening in the states and territories? This is the focus of a new report out today. Chris Woods Crikey Last week, the Department of Home Affairs began rolling out staggered cuts to support services for around 1500 people seeking asylum. The government’s decision to kick people off Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) — which amounts to $35 per day coupled with some healthcare services — follows years of ... Read More »

Active citizenship, a social contract, Islam and democracy in Egypt

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The Arab Spring that swept across North Africa in 2011 brought the promise of democracy within reach of millions of Egyptians. Nuraan Davids The Conversation But seven years later this promise hasn’t been fulfilled. That fledgling democracy is now akin to a military dictatorship, where any form of protest or assertion of autonomous thought is constrained. Since the heady days of the Arab Spring, Egypt has been riddled by political protests, labour strikes, and unprecedented violence in its Sinai Peninsula. ... Read More »

President Buhari, Please Stop the Muslim Slaughter of Nigerian Christians

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Muslim herdsmen are massacring their Christian neighbors, and the Nigerian government refuses to act. Babies are being hacked to death. Michael Brown Stream Children kidnapped. Women raped and savaged. Young and old burned alive. Houses destroyed, livestock plundered. Muslim herdsmen are massacring their Christian neighbors while the Nigerian media misreports and the Nigerian government refuses to act. Some even claim the government is complicit in these attacks. President Buhari, as the watching, worldwide community, we appeal to you to act ... Read More »

Photos From the Nationwide “Families Belong Together” Marches

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Across the country yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in small towns and big cities to march and voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Alan Taylor The Atlantic Demonstrators in more than 700 locations called for the swift reunification of immigrant families separated by border agencies, and an end to the policies that cause so many separations. Collected here, photos from Indianapolis, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., ... Read More »

Christianity CRACKDOWN: Crisis in Nigeria as THOUSANDS killed in ‘pure GENOCIDE’

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THOUSANDS of men, women and children have been killed in Nigeria in what the country’s Christian community are condemning as “ethnic cleansing”. Joey Millar Express Last weekend 238 Christians were killed in a number of attacks by militia in Plateau State, a region in the heart of the country. Campaigners are warning it is just the latest example of “pure genocide” in a country ravaged by religious division. A joint statement issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria said more ... Read More »

French police foil far-right cell’s plan to kill imams, veiled women

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Paris: They called themselves Operational Forces Action, a small, right-wing vigilante group from all over France that had planned to kill Muslim civilians, prosecutors say. Adam Nossiter & Aurelian Breeden The Sydney Morning Herald New York Times Police cracked the cell over the weekend, with prosecutors saying it had begun testing explosives. The group was planning to kill veiled women, imams and recently released Islamist prisoners, and wanted to attack mosques and halal grocery stores, according to French news media. All ... Read More »

EU leaders reach breakthrough deal on migrant crisis

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Brussels: European leaders meeting to solve the continent’s migrant crisis have reached a a deal of sorts after all-night talks in Brussels to overcome Italian demands for more help. The Canberra Times, Reuters, AP They struggled to overcome deep divisions at the tense summit that yielded vague pledges to strengthen external borders and explore new migrant centres. The meeting underscored how Europe’s 2015 spike in immigration continues to haunt the bloc despite a sharp drop in arrivals of people fleeing conflict ... Read More »

Turkey pushing its own FYROM agenda in Washington

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If you were to deconstruct Washington, all you’d be left with was a think tank, a lobby and a hotel. Nikolas Katsimpras * ekathimerini The crossroads of K and 15th now has all three components, as the newest member of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s lobby, the “Macedonia Political Action Committee” (MACPAC), just opened next to the almighty Atlantic Council and across the street from the… MACPAC does not boast lofty offices, but is tucked away behind hundreds of ... Read More »

Europe’s migration crisis: Could it finish the EU?

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Hardened Eurosceptics might love to think the EU’s in trouble, but as leaders gather in Brussels for their summer summit on Thursday, dedicated Europhiles are also sounding the alarm. Katya Adler BBC “The fragility of the EU is increasing,” warns EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. “The cracks are growing in size.” It’s been easy to get distracted this last couple of weeks by the new Italian government and its headline-grabbing rejection of NGO migrant rescue boats. But Mr Juncker is ... Read More »