Discrimination

#NeverAgain: do student protests work? History tells us they can

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When 17 students and teachers were murdered on what should have been a peaceful school day, students across the US took to the streets to demand change. Claire Cooke The Conversation The outpouring of protests in the wake of the tragic mass-shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year is an important reminder that students can challenge the status quo. The #NeverAgain movement, led by high-school and college students, is asking for gun reform in the US to improve safety in ... Read More »

Religious freedom must not be a green light to discriminate

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As it ponders the role of religious freedom in Australia, the Religious Freedom Review headed by Philip Ruddock would do well to reflect on the real-life scenarios where belief collides with the rights of individuals. Hugh Harris The Canberra Times Should independent schools be able to expel students with gay parents? Should it be lawful for bakers, photographers or florists to refuse same-sex weddings? Yes? No? And why? Providing answers would provide clarity as to the consequences of any proposed ... Read More »

Tunisian women march for inheritance

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Hundreds of women took to the streets in the Tunisian capital on March 10 to demand equal inheritance rights as men, a subject often seen as taboo in the Arab world. TUNIS-Reuters Hurriyet The North African Muslim country grants women more rights than other countries in the region, and since last year has allowed Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. But the protestors marching to the parliament building in Tunis on March 10 said they wanted to be compared with ... Read More »

The stigma of being a single mother in South Korea

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‘Unwed mothers are invisible here in Korea’, but individuals are coming together to help each other. Ann Babe Al Jazeera Seoul, South Korea – On the first day of the lunar new year, the Year of the Dog, Jeong Soo-jin and her daughter ride the cable car up Namsan mountain in the city’s central Yongsan district. Seven-year-old Ah-jeong twirls, her flowered hanbok – a traditional Korean dress – encircling her in a cloud of pink tulle and bedazzled shoes shimmering in the sunlight. ... Read More »

Beware fanning flames of racism over ‘silent invasion’ fears

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Today there are an estimated 1.2 million people living in Australia who have Chinese ancestry (of which I am one). Tim Soutphommasane Brisbane Times Many would agree that old prejudices against Chinese have largely given way to general acceptance of Chinese-Australians. Yet, ongoing debates make clear there is growing discomfort about the Chinese presence in Australia. In his recently published book Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton argues the People’s Republic of China is conducting a campaign designed to erode Australian sovereignty ... Read More »

When judges wear wigs and robes, what’s so offensive about a niqab?

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The statue representing justice is blindfolded for a reason – to symbolise that all people are treated equally in our courts no matter their wealth, position in society or religious beliefs. Duncan Fine The Age Sometimes the courts fail to live up to that ideal. This week Justice Christopher Beale in the Victorian Supreme Court banned a woman who was wearing a niqab from sitting in the public area of the court where her husband is facing a trial on ... Read More »

Why is it so hard for Jim Molan to apologise for sharing Britain First material?

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London: Jim Molan says he is anti-violence. This is precisely why he should admit that reposting Britain First material on Facebook was wrong. Latika Bourke The Sydney Morning Herald As anyone who has spent time in the UK recently knows, it is a… Founded in 2011 by a Scottish anti-abortionist called Jim Dowson, Britain First’s short history is already tied to several politically-motivated attacks. “Britain first, keep Britain independent, Britain will always come first,” Thomas Mair was heard yelling as he stabbed ... Read More »

Portugal confronts its slave trade past

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Planned monument in Lisbon sparks debate over race and history LISBON — Over five centuries after it launched the Atlantic slave trade, Portugal is preparing to build a memorial to the millions of Africans its ships carried into bondage. Paul Ames Politico Citizens of Lisbon voted in December for the monument to be built on a quayside where slave ships once unloaded. Yet although the memorial has broad support, a divisive debate has ignited over how Portugal faces up to ... Read More »

Sweden: Alexandra Pascalidou meets her neo-Nazi tormentor

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As a target of hate for Swedish neo-Nazis, Alexandra Pascalidou knows what it feels like to get death threats. She sat down with one of her former tormentors for a coffee and heard the other side. Here is her account. DW In November, Martin Karlsson sent an email to Swedish broadcaster and writer Alexandra Pascalidou. During his 13 years as a neo-Nazi in the Nordic Resistance Movement, he had hated her and threatened her. Now he wanted to tell her he ... Read More »

An immigrant’s life as a bargaining chip in US politics

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On the one-year anniversary of his presidency, Donald Trump tweeted, “If there is no Wall, there is no DACA,” pitting his longtime promise to build a fence along the southern US border against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, introduced by former President Barack Obama in… by Khaled A Beydoun AlJazeera For Trump, his base, and a cohort of Republican leaders in states where xenophobia is resonant and the Latinx population is yet to emerge as a political force, ... Read More »

Trump Administration’s Fuzzy Math on Terrorist Origins is More than Misleading – It’s Dishonest

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Just as the Senate Judiciary Committee was getting ready to conduct an oversight hearing today with newly appointed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, her department, along with the Justice Department (DOJ) released a misleading report aimed at stoking anti-immigrant sentiment. Faiza Patel Just Security The headline of a press release trumpeting the report stated: “Three Out of Four Individuals Convicted of International Terrorism and Terrorism-Related Offenses were Foreign Born.” The obvious goal of the report, which was issued pursuant ... Read More »

Sudanese heritage youth in Australia are frequently maligned by fear-mongering and racism

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Recent criminal incidents in Melbourne involving young people of African heritage have enabled the media and politicians such as Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to again capitalise on the opportunity to demonise those of African descent in Australia. Melanie Baak The Conversation This has become a common occurrence, traceable back at least to the media reporting of the murder of South Sudanese Melburnian Liep Gony in 2007. The then immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, responded by restricting the numbers of refugees ... Read More »

Emma Watson’s willingness to face the truth about race is refreshing

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I hope that the actor’s acknowledgment that she has benefited from being white will lead others to ask themselves hard questions too Lola Okolosie The Guardian Feminism, to quote bell hooks, is for everybody. It’s a simple enough statement. Utopian in its vision, it has however proved, for the very constituency who should have been most receptive to its premise – feminists – contentious. A simmering argument within the movement, along with debates about how far it has included working-class, LGBTQI ... Read More »

Ötüken Union Party, an openly racist/fascist political party, founded in Turkey

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The Ötüken Union Party, Turkey’s first openly racist and fascist political party, was established on Dec. 20, 2017, according to a report by online news outlet Duvar on Friday. Stockholm Center for Freedom By citing the political party list released by the Supreme Court of Appeals Prosecutor’s Office at the end of the year, Duvar has reported that “Ötüken” is a legendary capital city in both Turkic mythology and Tengrism, a shamanistic central Asian religion that once prevailed over Turkic ... Read More »

Iceland has made it illegal to pay men more than women

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ICELAND is the first nation in the world to legally ensure women are paid equally to men David Bol TheScotsman The Arctic country has passed legislation meaning companies and government agencies that employ more than 25 workers, will be forced to receive official certification from the government for their equal-pay policies. The law came into effect in Monday and companies failing to demonstrate equal pay could be fined. Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, ... Read More »

How white nationalists supersized racism to spark a movement

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Washington: This summer’s seemingly overnight arrival of the self-described “alt-right” and white nationalist groups — marked most prominently by a deadly car attack at the August “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew worldwide headlines, but the movement simmered for decades before it burst into public… Trevor Hughes The Canberra Times USA Today Underlying that shift from society’s fringes to centre stage is a new strategy that taps into the frustrations of white people angry at a society they say ... Read More »