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Racism

2019

13

Feb

UN: Belgium must apologize for colonialism, face its racism

Racial discrimination against Africans “is endemic” in Belgium’s institutions and the nation needs to apologize for the crimes committed during its colonization of Congo and make reparations, U.N. experts said Monday. Belgium’s actions in Congo have long been criticized as one of the worst examples of colonial abuse. Writer Adam Hochschild alleged in his 1998 book […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: BBC , ABC News

12

Feb

Populists angry as Italian-Egyptian becomes Italy’s Eurovision entry

An Italian singer has become the latest target of Italy’s populist government after winning the Sanremo song festival. Italian “Morocco-pop” singer Mahmood was also questioned about his nationality after his surprise win at this year’s festival. Alessandro Mahmoud, who performs under the name Mahmood, took first place on Saturday night with votes from a jury […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC , The Local

12

Feb

Switzerland’s prison population swells 50% in less than 30 years

Much of this is due to population growth. Switzerland’s population grew 28% over the same period. However, population growth doesn’t account for all of the increase in prison numbers. In 1988, there were 70 prisoners per 100,000. By 2017, the same figure was 17% higher at 82 per 100,000. In 2017 there were 6,863 prisoners […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Euro News , Le News

07

Feb

U.S. blocks U.N. statement on Hebron monitors

The United States blocked a draft United Nations Security Council statement on Wednesday that would have expressed regret at Israel’s decision to eject a foreign observer force from the flashpoint Palestinian city of Hebron, diplomats said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week he would not renew the mandate of the Temporary International Presence […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , Reuters

06

Feb

Husband of Italy’s first black minister to run for far-right party

The husband of MEP Cécile Kyenge’s has announced his candidacy for the next municipal elections in the Italian province of Modena. But unlike his wife, who became Italy’s first black minister under Enrico Letta’s government in 2013, Domenico Grispino has no inclination for centre-left politics. In a radio interview, he said he was joining the […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euro News , Euro News

04

Feb

Swedish outcry as pregnant woman dragged off train

A video showing a heavily pregnant woman being manhandled by guards on the Stockholm metro has prompted an angry response in Sweden. The woman, who was with her young daughter, was caught without a ticket, officials said. After an argument with security guards she was dragged off the train and held down on a bench. […]

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Country: Sweden
Source: BBC , BBC

04

Feb

Ralph Northam rejects calls for his resignation

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam attempted on Saturday to rationalize his decision to not step down after a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook page. But even after hearing Northam tell his side of the story — that it wasn’t him in the picture — prominent Democrats are still calling on him to resign. […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , Vox

25

Jan

Florida secretary of state resigns over blackface photos

Florida’s newly appointed secretary of state, once described as a “glimmer of hope” for the state’s new administration, resigned Thursday after the emergence of photos from 2005 of him in blackface, apparently mimicking victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Tallahassee Democrat news outlet reported. The photos — obtained by the news outlet and presented to the office […]

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Country: United States
Source: Washington Post

17

Jan

UKIP leader joins Marine Le Pen’s far-right EU group

The head of British eurosceptic party UKIP and two more of its MEPs have joined a European parliamentary group led by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s National Rally. Previously the UKIP delegation to the Strasbourg parliament under former leader Nigel Farage had been a member of the populist Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Local

16

Jan

Extreme-right wing of Germany’s AfD placed under surveillance

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is to begin monitoring elements of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), placing particular focus on Björn Höcke, a nationalist agitator considered one of the driving forces in a move to take the party towards the extreme right. The BfV said it would also be keeping the party’s youth wing, Young […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Sputnik , The Guardian