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Global: African student gunned down in Russia

2006-04-13, Issue 250

An African student was fatally shot last Friday with a weapon bearing a swastika symbol, raising the hate crime murder toll in St. Petersburg to six in seven months. The fifth year student of the St. Petersburg State University of Telecommunications,...

Russia: Schoolgirl stabbed in hate crime

2006-04-03, Issue 249

A nine-year-old African-Russian girl was hospitalized with stab wounds following an attack by a group of suspected teenagers in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, two days after the controversial acquittal of the defendants in the trial for the mur...

South Africa: Why Israeli Apartheid and South African Apartheid are so similar

2006-03-29, Issue 248

Israel is rapidly constructing a parallel network of West Bank roads for Palestinians, who are barred from using the many existing (and superior) routes reserved for Jews only. B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, describes this system as bearin...

Global: Being a black woman in the world

2006-03-29, Issue 248

The following text is the prepared speech of Winnie Madikezela Mandela for her March 4 address to V103's Expo for Today's Black Woman held in Chicago, Illinois. "I feel greatly honored to have been invited to this august gathering. In his address to ...

Global: Ethnic audit of PRSPs and their effect on indigenous peoples

2006-03-20, Issue 247

Indigenous and tribal peoples represent about 5 per cent of the world's population, but over 15 per cent of the world's poor. The incidence of extreme poverty is higher among them than among other social groups and they generally benefit much less th...

Global: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

2006-03-22, Issue 247

Sometimes, racist people commit acts which are as stupid as they are outrageous. However, violent forms of racism and discrimination is only the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface of apparent equality, people belonging to ethnic, religious, sexu...

Botswana: Government faces race criticism

2006-03-14, Issue 246

The delegation of the Botswana government is facing tough questions at the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights on its record of racial discrimination. In particular, the forced relocation of the indigenous San people (also known as Bushmen...

Global: Racism on rise around the world, UN expert warns

2006-03-08, Issue 245

Racism and racial discrimination are on the upswing and becoming widespread throughout the world, with the current global situation confirming the worst expectations that man's worst tendencies are created in the womb, a United Nations expert on raci...

Southern Africa: Citizenship and xenophobia

2006-02-22, Issue 243

This study of xenophobia and how it both exploits and excludes is an incisive commentary on a globalizing world and its consequences for ordinary people's lives. Using the examples of Sub-Saharan Africa's two most economically successful nations, it ...

Africa: Brazil's Lula includes Blacks on foreign and domestic agendas

2006-02-14, Issue 242

The closer ties that are being forged between Brazil and the African continent is a positive development, in terms of both foreign policy and the effects on the fight against discrimination suffered by black Brazilians, Geraldo Rocha, director of the Centre for the Mobilisation of Marginalised Populations (CEAP), told IPS. The Lula administration "is on the right path," despite difficulties and shortcomings, in its attempts to overcome the discrimination that blacks have always suffered in Brazil, a country marked by extreme social and economic inequality, said Rocha....

Africa: Croatia's PM slams racist abuse

2006-02-16, Issue 242

The racist abuse of African and South American players featuring in Croatia's league has been condemned by the country's prime Minister. “We are living in a century in which tolerance should be cultivated. We have to stop racist acts," Ivo Sanader to...

Russia: African killed in street attack

2006-02-09, Issue 241

A man from Mali was stabbed to death early Sunday (February 5), the head of an organization for Africans in the city said. Aliu Tunkara, president of African Unity in St. Petersburg, said the victim had graduated from a medical school in St. Peters...

Ivory Coast: Clouding Ivory Coast's peace

2006-01-30, Issue 240

One key to exacerbating ethnic divisions is the concept of Ivoirité, which means the state of being a true Ivorian. The term manifests itself throughout all levels of society, and is held up by many observers as a root cause of the country's violent downward spiral from its status throughout the 1970s and '80s as the most prosperous, stable country in volatile West Africa....

Global: Multiple discrimination for women from minority groups

2006-02-02, Issue 240

Women are discriminated against in many ways but if a woman is also a member of a minority or indigenous community, she faces multiple disadvantages. Despite some efforts, neither gender equality nor minority and indigenous rights are integral to int...

Africans must look inwards

2006-01-25, Issue 239

Dr Abiola Ogunsola, a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of East London (UEL), has urged Africans to tap into their bottomless reservoir of perseverance and optimism and then fashion a distinctive and dynamic way of life that will give th...

Africa: US scandal exposes apartheid links

2006-01-26, Issue 239

A major political corruption scandal in the United States has again focused attention on the role of senior Democratic Alliance official Russel Crystal in apartheid-era dirty tricks, reports South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper. Central to the ...

Global: MDGs helping or harming minorities

2006-01-19, Issue 238

The international commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) presents both opportunities and risks for persons belonging to ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. Minorities are among the poorest in most countries and so atte...

Africa/Australia: Rally Against Racism

2005-12-15, Issue 234

Indymedia Sydney reports on some of the responses to the Australian race riots in Sydney suburbs. * The National Union of Students said: "Racism from some of the media and political leaders have whipped up fear and anger to lead to the disgraceful ...

Ivory Coast: Zoro suffers more racist abuse

2005-11-29, Issue 232

Messina's Ivorian defender Marc Zoro was reduced to tears on Sunday, after being subjected to racial abuse by the visiting fans of Inter Milan, in the Italian Serie A. The 21-year-old was targetted when he went to collect the ball near the away suppo...

South Africa: Justice by the colour bar

2005-12-01, Issue 232

Eleven years after South Africa’s miraculous transition from apartheid, the spectre of race has reared itself in the judiciary, the very institution that is tasked with upholding the rule of law. Both black and white judges are now accusing each othe...

South Africa: Post-Colonial Blacks

2005-11-23, Issue 231

Mandisa Majuva writes in an article on the website of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of Kwazulu-Natal: "Postcolonial subjectivities are, among other things, concerned with ways to divest white supremacist thinking, ways to subvert and...

Africa: Does ''Race and Racism in Africa'' need further discussion'?

2005-10-24, Issue 227

The recent Darfur crisis raises the isse of colonial race legacies in Africa. The issue is that many topics and subjects are covered daily, but that of racism seems to be more sensitive. However, inherent aspects of race keep coming up in communinit...

Global: Is racism and xenophobia on the increase?

2005-10-17, Issue 226

The issue of racism and xenophobia is a sensitive one, however, there seems to be have been increasing reports of such acts in 2005. Is racism and xenophobia on the increase and if so what will be done to prevent it? The Belgium 2005 Amnesty Internat...

South Africa: Racism and xenophobia in South African schools

2005-10-03, Issue 224

The Soul Buddyz series is a television programme under Soul City Institute for Health and Development in South Africa and is aimed at young people (school going age) in South Africa. It explores critical topics and aims to educate and inform youngste...

Botswana: With xenephobia rising, electrified border fence hailed

2005-03-03, Issue 196

A 500-km long electrified fence officially aims to block the mixing of herds on common pasture, but some hope it will also keep out the thousands of Zimbabweans escaping poverty at home, who sneak cross the border looking for work in more prosperous ...

Global/Africa: Commissioner makes recommendation on the elimination of discrimination in justice

2005-03-03, Issue 196

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has told the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that it was uniquely qualified to clarify governing principles and offer guidance to States on all measures necessary to ensure the...

Global/Africa: Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination holds discussion on genocide

2005-03-03, Issue 196

Among points of interest raised during the discussion were the importance of examining the situation of minorities and vulnerable groups in terms of genocide; the promotion and dissemination of a culture of tolerance worldwide; the role of education ...

South Africa: SA struggles with racist past

2005-02-03, Issue 192

The murder trial of three men accused of throwing a black farm worker to the lions offers an extreme example of the plight of farm workers in a country that still has a culture of violence, human rights researchers said. Prosecutors allege that Mark ...

South Africa/ Africa: Struggles against xenophobia in South Africa

2005-02-03, Issue 192

Jointly chaired by the Government's Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and the South African Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg, the outcome of the first-ever public hearings on xenophobia held in early November 2004 will lead ...

Africa: The Black race: Myths, complexities and compassion

2004-12-16, Issue 187

"Africa was a Mecca for scholars from other parts of the world, where many Greek scholars studied. We now know that the oldest Mathematics texts (over 4000 years old)-The Rhind, Berlin, and Moscow papyri were all excavated from Africa. But do they be...

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