Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: March 7 – 16, 2013

  • Radio Free Europe (16/3/13) reports on claims by a human rights centre in Russia, who state that xenophobia and racism remain high in the country.
  • (16/3/13) reporter, Dina Al-Shibeeb, comments on Iraqi nationalism, and how it has evolved since the U.S. invasion.
  • Al Jazeera (15/3/13) columnist Mahmood Mamdani argues that there was ethnic reconciliation in Kenya’s recent national elections, instead of ethnic conflict.
  • All Africa (14/3/13) features an opinion piece on the topic of”old and tired and negative ethnicity” in Kenya.
  • (7/3/13) provides an analysis of Britain’s neo-nationalist political parties, such as the English Defence League (EDL).


Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 22-March 1, 2013

  • The Guardian (1/3/13) reports on ethnic clashes in Kenya’s Rift Valley as the country moves towards national elections.
  • The Telegraph (22/2/13) reports on the new face of the UK’s British National Party (BNP), Jack Buckby, but argues that their message on nationalism remains simply  old wine in a new bottle.
  • The National (1/3/13) argues that perhaps an ethnic partition may be the best option, from a handful of bad and worse options, in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
  • Voice of America (1/3/13) reports on ethnic clashes in Guinea, between the Peul and Malinke ethnic groups, as the country moves towards a legislative vote, which would complete the  transition to civilian rule.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 15-22, 2013

  • Time Magazine (18/2/13) features a story on food nationalism in Hungary, as its citizens prefer to eat local pigs. In other food nationalism news, Global Post (20/2/13) reports on Quebec’s crackdown on an Italian restaurant for having too many Italian words on its menu.
  • Al Jazeera (19/2/13) features a video programme on recent African immigrants in Brazil, including their encounters of barriers and racism.
  • Reuters (15/2/13) reports on the United States’ warning to Albania to stem the rising flames of nationalism in the run-up to the country’s upcoming elections.
  • (20/2/13) features a commentary on ethnic politics in Zimbabwe’s national presidential elections and its salience to the average citizen.
  • The New York Times (21/2/13) reports on the intensifying ethnic tribal violence in the country as the date looms for Kenya’s national elections.
  • Borderzine (22/2/13) features an account by a Mexican-born, ethnic Arab/German with an American passport on his sense of cultural identity, as part of the blog’s new series on identity.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 11-15, 2013

  • Kurdish Globe (11/2/13) features a commentary on two discourses of Turkish nationalism, and argues that both are tinged with racism.
  • BBC News (13/2/13) reports on the UK’s Conservative Party’s problem with attracting minority voters.
  • AsianCorrespondent (12/2/13) reports that Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help negotiate and end to the conflict between the Myanmar government and ethnic minority groups in the Kachin region.
  • (11/2/13) features and article which argues that more democracy can help overcome nationalist rhetoric in Europe.
  • Fox News Latino (15/2/13) reports on the failed attempt by a Florida mayor to make the city of Doral officially a bilingual city, with Spanish as an official second language.
  • (14/2/13) features an interview with Dr. Frank Salter, a political and organizational anthropologist, on the national identity of Azerbaijan and what multiculturalism means in the context of the country’s history.
  • (15/2/13) features as essay, along with photos, on the history of hair in China, and how hairstyles had once distinguished between ethnic groups.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 3-8, 2013

  • BBC News (3/2/13) explains the history of the Tuareg population’s relationship with other Malian ethnic groups in order to illuminate the complexities of the current conflict situation in Mali. Additionally, Japan Times (5/2/13) explains why the Tuaregs are key to lasting peace in the region.
  • (4/2/13) reports on the recent political win of the Albanian far-right party, the Red and Black Alliance, and features an interview with anthropologist Armanda Kodra on the subject of Albanian nationalism.
  • (6/2/13) features an article by the Director of the Irish Traveller Movement, Brigid Quilligan, who makes the case for why Travellers should be classified as their own ethnic group.
  • (6/2/13) reports that Russia has called for the establishment of a new PR agency to promote ethnic peace among the country’s various ethnic groups.
  • The Guardian (8/2/13) blogs about the recent meeting between Québec’s separatist premier, Pauline Marois’ and Scottish separatist leader, Alex Salmond, and highlights the differences between Scottish and Québecois independence movements.
  • (8/2/13) reports on a newly released study by the University of Toronto, which finds that certain ethnicities, mainly White European, pose a greater risk of having treatment-resistant schizophrenia. You can read the report’s abstract here.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: January 28th – January 31st, 2013

  • BBC News (30/1/13) features an article on Italy’s ambivalence towards fascism, following former Prime Minister Berlusconi’s remarks at a recent Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.
  • BBC News (30/1/13) also features an article on the small African quarter of Matonge in Brussels, where one can witness the tensions felt among the African diaspora as conflict ensues between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Al Jazeera (31/1/13) also reports on Mali’s Tuareg refugees, who have fled the country due to violence and have temporarily settled in camps in Mauritania.
  • All Africa (30/1/13) reports on the issue of statelessness in South Africa and how it has become a growing issue facing the region.
  • The Atlantic (28/1/13) reports on the resurgence of far-right political parties in Europe, and particularly Hungary’s Jobbik Party.
  • Der Spiegel (28/1/13) features an article on the Czech Republic’s recent presidential elections, and argues that the winning candidate, Milos Zeman, won on a platform of nationalism and populism.
  • Time (28/1/13) reports on Burma’s long-standing ethnic conflict in Kachin with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and the geopolitics of the region that shares a border with China. Myanmar, however, has rejected US criticism of the conflict and accuses them of distorting facts and meddling in national affairs.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: January 19th – January 26th, 2013

  • Irish Times (26/1/13) reports on Wales’ first minister, Carrwyn Jones’, comments that “corrosive English nationalism” is driving the debate on Britain’s exit from the EU.
  • New Strait Times (26/1/13) writes that current forms of Japanese and Chinese nationalisms can trace their roots back to 1989 Beijing.
  • The Montreal Gazette (21/1/13) features an article on Quebec nationalism, and comments on the manifesto of Génération nationale, a group founded to promote “the idea of a Quebec nation rooted in the cultural history of the francophone majority”.
  • The Times of Israel (24/1/13) has a feature on the changing nationalism, and voting behavior, of Abu Ghosh, an Arab-Israeli village west of Jerusalem.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: January 11th – January 18th, 2013

  • The Guardian (14/1/13) reports on the changing mix of English suburbs as more minorities migrate out of the city.
  • Reuters (18/1/13) reports on violence in Kosovo amid talks between leaders concerning autonomy for ethnic Serbs living in Kosovo.
  • Fox News (11/1/13) writes on the controversy surrounding how to classify Latinos for the upcoming United States national census.
  • The New York Times (15/1/13) opines on the significance of the Miss America pageant on race, ethnicity and U.S. southern culture and history.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: January 1st – January 11th, 2013

  • The Japan Times (1/1/13) analyses the history of nationalism in Japan in order to shed light on the country’s current nationalist turn, most recently reinforced by Shinzo Abe’s win for presidency.
  • The Guardian (3/1/13) reports on Afghanistan’s first country-wide population census since 1979, one which deliberately leaves out questions about ethnicity and language.
  • CNN (11/1/13) reports on the recent murders of three Kurdish political activists killed in France, as protesters have gathered around the French embassy in Turkey.
  • Al-Monitor (7/1/13) analyses how Turkish identity and citizenship will be negotiated upon for the country’s next constitution.
  • U.S. News (11/1/13) via the Associated Press features an article on a new South African Afrikaaner musical, “Pretville”, which provides a glimpse into the Afrikaaner identity and culture.
  • Al Jazeera (10/1/13) analyses the ongoing, and recently escalated, violence in Myanmar, as government forces launched an attack on the ethnic minority group led by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: August 19th – August 25th, 2012

  • The Japan Times (25/8/12) features an editorial on nationalism over the Senkaku islands, in light of the recent escalation of tension between China and Japan.
  • Foreign Policy (24/8/12) argues that Norwegian right wing terrorist, Andre Breivik, may have gotten what he wanted when the courts ruled him guilty of 21 murders last summer.
  • The Washington Post (19/8/12) features an article on Chinese-Indonesian politician, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, and how the relationship between the minority ethnic Chinese population and the majority indigenous Indonesians has been changing in the last decade.
  • Jakarta Globe (22/8/12) writes about Indonesian nationalism post-Suharto, and argues that, as long as it is inclusive, it could be what the country currently needs.
  • Africa Review (19/8/12) writes on 165 years of Liberian independence and considers the relationship between development, ethnicity and security in modern politics.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: August 10th – August 16th, 2012

  • BBC News (13/8/12) features a story on what Burundi can teach Rwanda about post-conflict reconciliation and healing national wounds through the political system.
  • Think Africa Press (10/8/12) analyses the policies of Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, and the politics of belonging in the Ivory Coast.
  • The Huffington Post (14/8/12) reports on the former leader of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi, who recently found out about his Jewish roots after a history of making anti-Semitic comments.
  • The L.A. Times (11/8/12) features a video discussion of Americans, including an ex-skinhead,  speaking about hate groups in the country, in light of the recent shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
  • Jakarta Globe (12/8/12) reports on re-branding Indonesian nationalism as hip and fashionable in order to appeal to the younger generation.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: August 3rd – August 8th, 2012

  • The Independent (07/08/12) reports on the British musician Morrissey’s criticisms of the Olympics as “blustering jingoism.”
  • Al Jazeera (08/08/12) features a video programme on the cost incurred by countries in producing gold medal winners at the Olympics and the gulf between richer and poorer countries.
  • The New York Times (5/8/12) features an article on the nature of Jamaican nationalism, a reflection on 50 years of independence from the UK.
  • The Diplomat (03/08/12) argues that nationalism over contested island territories is creating a gulf between China and Japan.
  • The Huffington Post (08/08/12) reports on proposed ethnic/racial changes by the U.S. Census Bureau which would create a distinct category for Hispanics, eliminate the term “Negro” and redefine Middle Easterners.
  • The L.A. Times (07/08/12) features an analysis of the recent shootings in Wisconsin at a Sikh temple and highlights the role of “white power music.” On another note, NBC Latino (06/08/12) opines on why Americans give little systematic attention to “white nationalists.”

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: July 27th – August 2nd, 2012

  • The New York Times (26/7/12) features a debate panel regarding the issue of Olympic athletes with rather tenuous links to the countries they are playing for. The link between citizenship and patriotism and sport is explored from six perspectives.
  • The Economist (23/7/12) features an article on nationalism and the Tour de France, and how the French feel about a British champion on their turf.
  • The Chicago Tribune (30/7/12) reports on the thousands of refugees who have fled Ethiopia to Kenya in the wake of violence between two ethnic communities over land.
  • (2/8/12) features an analysis on the disputed border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as the communities who live there and must deal with the daily struggles of their contested territory.
  • The Daily Beast (30/7/12) reports on a recent article about China and how it is dealing with rising nationalism, race and ethnicity.
  • Al Jazeera (3/8/12) features a story on a recent phone app invented in Canada, designed to allow indigenous people to text in their native languages.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: June 22nd – July 27th, 2012

  • Al Jazeera (23/7/12) features a video programme on the ongoing crisis concerning the Rohingyas in Myanmar.
  • The Jamaica Observer (22/7/12) comments on the conflict in Guyana where ethnic clashes have occurred in the past week following major annual budget cuts.
  • (27/7/12) reports that MPs in Russia have considered a ban on references to nationality and ethnicity in the media in order to promote tolerance.
  • The Daily Mail (26/7/12) writes about a new film, Kabul, I Love You, which aims to be a love letter to Afghanistan 10 years after the fall of the Taliban

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: June 13th – July 21st, 2012

  • The Huffington Post (14/7/12) reports on an English Defense League (EDL) rally in Bristol, England where the group protested the “Islamification” of the UK.
  • The Gulf Times (20/7/12) reports on Bangladesh’s response to stateless Rohingya people. The state used to accept the Rohingya people as refugees, but as their numbers climbed upwards of 400,000, they have refused to take more in.
  • Al Jazeera (15/7/12) features a programme on what type of state Egypt will become after its first democratic election, in which an Islamist political prisoner was elected president.
  • Deutsche Welle (17/7/12) reports on ethnic radio broadcasts in Kenya and the possibility of it inciting violence in the country during national elections.
  • Globe and Mail (21/7/12) writes that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has allowed a runner to participate in the Olympics despite being officially stateless. The runner, a refugee living in the U.S., is from South Sudan, which does not have a recognized Olympic body, but he will run under the Olympic flag in London.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: June 6th – July 13th, 2012

  • Psychiatry News (6/7/12) reports on a new U.S. study which says that, when accounting for mental health disparities, one should look at R.I.C.E (race, immigration, culture and ethnicity) factors, rather than race alone.
  • Al Jazeera (12/7/12) has a feature on remembering Srebrenica, as Wednesday marked the 17th anniversary of the genocide in Serbia. Ethnic tensions are still present in the town where over 8,000 Muslims were killed.
  • Australia Network News (13/7/12) reports that the President of Burma, Thein Sein, has stated that the Rohingya minority population, of which up to 1 million are considered stateless, will not be taken in by Burma.
  • Colorlines (11/7/12) gives an update on the U.S. state of Arizona’s ethnic studies ban in schools, where students and educators have found a way around the issue. Free classes will be held during the summer in order to teach the contents of the banned curriculum as well as inculcate a sense of political activeness.
  • The Chicago Tribune (10/7/12) states that the U.N. has warned the Kyrgyzstan government that they risk ethnic violence if animosity between the Kyrgyz majority and Uzbek minority is allowed to continue.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: June 30th – July 6th, 2012

  • The Guardian (30/6/12) reports on a newly released study by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), a research department located at the University of Essex, which reveals that ethnic minorities in Britain are more likely to identify with the concept of “Britishness” than their white counterparts, which raises important questions on immigration and cultural assimilation.
  • BBC News (1/7/12) reports that the UK is set to reform its citizenship test, which was established in 2005, to include more questions on British history and achievements and less questions on practical daily life.
  • The National Post (1/7/12) reports on Canada Day, Canada’s national day which was held on July 1st , and of how this year’s theme marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The government exhibited an historical display of the event to commemorate the first time a sense of national unity was displayed in Canada.
  •  ABC news (4/7/12) features an amusing article about America’s national day, held on July 4th, which gives little known facts about Independence Day, such as three US presidents had died on that day.
  • The New York Times blog, Borderlines, (3/7/12) features a story on the Kashmir town of Wagah, located in the center of the Pakistan/India border, and the elaborate border ceremony put on every day by Indian and Pakistani national forces.
  • The Pakistan Observer (6/7/12) analyses the issue of dual-nationality of government officials who wish to serve in Pakistan’s national assembly, due to recent controversy regarding on if its assembly members.
  • Al Arabiya News (4/7/12) reports that up to 500,000 South Sudanese living in Sudan are at risk for becoming stateless, due to disputes between the two countries regarding their nationality laws.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: June 24th – June 29th, 2012

  • Euro Cup 2012 has elicited many stories on the link between sports and nationalism. Deutsche Welle (24/6/12) analyses German patriotism emanating from sports victories, which some trace back to Germany’s hosting of the World Cup in 2006.
  • The Telegraph (27/6/12) provides commentary on the patriotic commentary surrounding the games, and disapproves of overt nationalism.
  • Al Jazeera (26/6/12) features the opinion of Afghanistan’s opposition leader, Amrullah Saleh, who analyses ethnicity in Afghan politics, and argues for a political system which embraces all of Afghanistan’s various ethnic groups.
  • Radio Free Europe (29/6/12) reports that Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has appointed a nationalist, Ivica Dacic, as the country’s prime minister, and chose June 28th, both a celebrated and infamous day in Serbian history, to make the announcement.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: June 17th – June 21st, 2012

  • The New York Times (18/6/12) reports on the newest study by the PEW Research Center which states that Asians have currently surpassed Hispanics as America’s fastest growing immigrant group. You can look at the full report on the PEW Research Center website.
  • (20/6/12) reports that Russia’s first nationalist group, which pushes for Russia’s unification with its former Soviet states, has registered as a political party under the government’s new law.
  • (20/6/12) writes that Texas state senator, Kay Hutchinson, has proposed making Juneteenth a national day of observance. Juneteenth is on June 19th, and marks Texas’ official end to slavery in 1865.
  • (20/6/12) features a story on Canada’s National Aboriginal Day, which is held on June 20th, and the process of reconciliation between Aborigines and Canadians. Also, the Ottowa Citizen (20/6/12) has a story on Canadian students in Pembroke who have constructed hand-crafted canoes in remembrance of early Aborigine history.
  • Iceland Review Online (17/6/12) reports on Iceland’s National Day, which was on June 17th. It commemorates Iceland’s independence from Denmark in 1944.
  •  The Vancouver Sun (21/6/12) features a story on new immigrants in Canada, and the difficulties they faced upon arrival to the country. It is part 4 of the newspaper’s series “Growing Apart,” which explores cultural diversity in British Columbia and its effects on all residents.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: June 11th – June 15th, 2012

  • (11/06/12) comments on the UK Labour Party leader Ed Milliband’s recent discussion on English and British nationalism. The author analyses whether the Labour party is now able to have an honest discussion about English and British identity in today’s world.
  • The New Statesman (13/06/12) asks if there is any such thing as a British ethnicity and the issues at hand when ticking the little box on British census forms.
  • Russia Behind the Headlines (13/06/12) features a story on Russia’s hidden ethnic groups, which run as high as 160, and offers a solution on how to maintain a peaceful coexistence between these groups and Russia’s Slavic majority.
  • The Local (14/06/12) journalist, Ola Tedin, gives a tongue-in-cheek commentary on Swedish nationalism, and the oft subtle ways that it reveals itself.
  • Al Jazeera (15/6/12) analyses Arab identity in the United States and wonders whether being labeled Caucasian proves more or less beneficial to Arabs than if they had minority status.
  • National Geographic (July 2012) has a feature article on vanishing languages in an ever-increasingly globalising world. It explores the effects on local communities where these disappearing languages are spoken as well as on the study of linguistics.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: May 26th – June 2nd, 2012

  • The UK’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee commences this weekend to celebrate 60 years since Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne.  The Telegraph (2/6/12) opines on whether the event is just an excuse for excessive nationalism or if it can actually be positive. The Huffington Post (1/6/12) reports on a new study which suggests that “the right kind of patriotism” may be good for one’s health.
  •  Sky News (27/5/12) reports on many Scots’ less than exuberant feelings towards the Jubilee celebrations and the monarchy in general.
  •  Al Jazeera (26/5/12) analyzes the extreme right in Europe and the effects of parties which are gaining electoral seats amid Europe’s financial crisis.
  • The Huffington Post (26/5/12) reports on the recent rallies in Nepal where groups are protesting against the drawing of provinces along ethnic lines as the country rewrites its constitution.
  • The Globe and Mail (1/6/12) explores the meaning of ethnic enclaves in Canada and the how it is viewed by immigrants and native Canadians.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: May 18th – May 24th, 2012

  • Al Jazeera (22/5/12) columnist Hamid Dabashi analyses the rise of the extreme right in Europe and highlights the role of intellectuals in fomenting xenophobia.
  • (24/5/12) explores what counts as adequate compensation for returning refugees who fled Kenya’s Rift Valley years ago amid violence.
  • (18/5/12) features a story on Kyrgyz nomads living in Turkey. Originally settling in Anatolia 30 years ago due to violence in Afghanistan, they have adapted to their surroundings while facing new tensions.
  •  The Telegraph (24/5/12) reports on tensions in Israel over African migrants and refugees living in Tel Aviv as the state struggles with how to manage asylum seekers, illegal migration and humanitarian concerns. Al Jazeera (24/5/12) features a video interview with Israelis who condemn the rising crime rates, which they attribute to the increase in migrants.
  • The Economist (19/5/12) analyses popular nationalism in China and what it means for the state’s foreign policy aims.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: May 9th – May 17th, 2012

  • BBC News (17/5/12) reports on the Ratko Mladic trial underway at the Hague, where Mladic is being tried for individual criminal responsibility in the massacre of ethnic Serbs during the 1990s. The Telegraph (16/5/12) features a photo essay of Sarajevo 15 years ago and today, in order to show how the city has changed.
  •  New York Times (17/5/12) reports on new US Census Bureau statistics which show that non-European Americans now account for less than half of all births in the United States.
  • BBC News (16/5/12) reports on the Kusunda language’s imminent extinction, as only one native speaker remains alive in Nepal.
  • The Economist (15/5/12) analyses the implications of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s plans to renounce his American citizenship in order to avoid paying taxes.
  • Democratic Voice of Burma (9/5/12) analyses the difficulties ahead of the Burmese government as they attempt to undertake their first census on the country’s various ethnic groups.
  • The Local (15/5/12) reports on the row in Sweden as Prime Minister Reinfeldt says unemployment has not affected “ethnic” Swedes, implying its effect predominantly on immigrant communities. This has many debating the issues of unemployment, immigration and assimilation in the country.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: May 7th – May 10th, 2012

  • Turkish Weekly (7/5/12) reports on the storm surrounding the official use of  the Uzbek language in schools in Kyrgyzstan, which goes to the heart of the debate of Uzbek minority rights in the country.
  • Winnipeg Free Press (9/5/12) features a story on “museum kits” designed to help First Nation youth learn about their heritage in Canada, as the standard teaching they receive in school can be lacking.
  •  Al Jazeera (7/5/12) features an interview with Greek political scientist, Dr. Stella Ladi, on the effects of last Sunday’s national elections and what the presence of the the extremist right party, Golden Dawn, means for the country.
  • Foreign Policy (7/5/12) analyses why the international media has quietly stopped reporting on the genocide in Sudan, and points to UN efforts to portray Sudan as a success story in humanitarian efforts.
  • (8/5/12) explores the issue of diversity in the financial sector in the United States and the people who are gently pushing for reforms.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: April 29th – May 5th, 2012

  •  The Guardian (3/5/12) writes that Greece’s national elections on Sunday could give rise to its anti-immigrant far right party, the Golden Dawn, which would prove disastrous. Al Jazeera (1/5/12) provides a useful guide to political parties in Greece.  BBC News (3/5/12) explains the Golden Dawn’s appeal to Greek voters, while The Guardian (4/5/12) comments on further upcoming European elections and what they mean for the continent.
  •   Reuters (2/5/12) reports that Libya has dropped its ban on religious parties for its upcoming September elections, after it announced last week that parties based on religious, tribal or ethnic lines were barred from registering.
  • (2/5/12) explains the roots behind the Mexican-American holiday, Cinco de Mayo.
  • The Economist (30/4/12) features a photo essay by photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris who had documented how African Americans lived in mid-century America.
  • The Washington Post (29/4/12) analyses modern Tunisians as they straddle two worlds, one secular and one fundamentalist. An accompanying photo essay attempts to visualize this challenge.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: April 21st – April 26th, 2012

  • Wales Online (23/4/12) reports on a new study of national identity in Wales, and suggestions that England and Scotland could learn a few things from the Welsh.
  •  Reuters (25/4/12) writes that anxieties have risen amongst immigrants in France over Marine Le Pen’s success in the first round of France’s presidential elections. Also, read  The Telegraph’s (24/4/12) commentary, which gives a British perspective of the French elections.
  • (26/4/12) writes that the African Union has condemned Sudan’s aerial bombing of South Sudan. You can read the AU’s official document here.
  • Al Jazeera (26/4/12) features a video report on Mayans in Guatemala who argue that their culture and language have been systematically marginalised since the days of colonisation, and that their marginalisation continues with the dominance of Spanish in the country and region.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: April 1st – April 5th, 2012

Reuters (2/4/12) reports that California has upheld its ban on affirmative action criteria, which prohibits universities from considering race, ethnicity or gender during the admissions process.

Guernica (1/4/12) gives readers a literary window into the topic of race in the USA, through the topic of transracial adoptions.

Al Jazeera (2/4/12) features a video programme on rising French politician Ali Soumaré as he speaks about the deep-rooted problem of racism in France. Presidential elections are to be held in France on 22 April 2012.

The International Business Tribune (2/4/12) analyses the French-Algeria relationship 50 years after Algerian independence, and specifically the fate of the Harkis, Algerian-Muslims who fought to maintain French colonial rule.

Ekonom:east Media Group (2/4/12) reports that the US government aid agency, USAID, has initiated a new four year programme that aims to promote interethnic integration in Macedonia.

Reuters (4/4/12) reports that April 6th will mark 20 years since the conflict in Bosnia began in 1992. Time magazine (5/4/12) also features a photo essay of the conflict taken by various photographers between 1992 and 1995.

Alternet (4/4/12) reports on a newly published study which analyses the political discrimination that Roma, Jews and other national minorities still presently face in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: March 16th – March 24th, 2012

  • Radio Free Europe (30/3/12) analyses the link between languages that don’t employ an explicit future tense, such as German, Chinese or Estonian, and their states’ economic well-being and citizen health.
  • New Straits Times (29/3/12) reports on the Malaysian government’s efforts to go beyond ethnicity in order to foster a national community based on citizenship.
  • Reuters (30/3/12) reports on the Kurdish minority in Syria and their attempts to gain a voice within the state’s revolts.
  • The Telegraph (27/3/12) opines on Muslims in the UK and argues that Islam has become a scapegoat for anxieties over immigration.
  • The New York Times (24/3/12) analyses the return of displaced Iraqis to Iraq and the new tensions that can arise between old neighbors. Resentments between Sunnis and Shiites occur over those who stayed and those who left Iraq.
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: March 16th – March 21st, 2012
  • (16/3/12) reports that Ireland has recently rejected UN recommendations to officially recognize Irish Travellers as a distinct ethnic group living in the country, even though they are seen to have a distinctive culture, history and language within Ireland.
  • Aljazeera (17/3/12) describes the situation of stateless Indonesians who live in Indonesia. Most are from rural areas of the country and, after migrating into urban areas, are not able to afford proper documentation because they lack a formal address or job, which is essential for navigating urban life.
  • The Bangkok Post (21/3/12) advocates for the Asean regional community to do more to tackle the issue of statelessness, and points to Thailand as an example of where the issue is pronounced, because one state alone can do little to fix the problem.
  • AllAfrica (21/3/12) reports that Tunisia celebrated its independence day on March 20th, and the president has granted amnesty to over 2,000 prisoners as a symbol of the country’s road to freedom.
  • The Telegraph (17/3/12) reports on a new research in the UK that shows teachers often struggle to tackle racism in the classroom because of their own white, middle class backgrounds, which may make it more difficult to deal with problems related to diversity.
  • National Public Radio (21/3/12) reports on undocumented immigrants living in Israel, where many migrants, especially from Africa, have sought the right to stay in the country.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: March 9th – March 15th, 2012

  • BBC News (13/3/12) reports that the EU has warned Macedonia over its recent outbreak of violence between ethnic Albanian and Macedonian youth. It has been the worst spate of violence since 2001.
  • The Economist (10/3/12) explores the long-standing tensions between Poland and Lithuania, which have been partially exacerbated by a perception by Poles that the Lithuanian language discriminates against the Polish minority living in Lithuania.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s India Real Time Blog (15/3/12) analyses the post-conflict situation in Sri Lanka, where the country is going through the process of reconciliation after 26 years of civil war. It grapples with the question of how to handle human rights abuses that have occurred on both sides during the conflict.
  • (11/3/12) gives an insightful analysis of the complexities of post-conflict reconciliation processes – from Northern Ireland to the former Yugoslavia – including how states deal with their violent past and how they address their future.
  • Jakarta Globe (15/3/12) reports on stateless Vietnamese living in Cambodia who lack the full nationality rights that would allow them for instance to buy land or to vote. Their struggles stem from the conflict between Cambodia and Vietnam during the 1950s.  Now these stateless Vietnamese are seeking justice in order to gain better treatment.
  •  The Friday Times (9/3/12) explores nation-building in Pakistan and argues that attempts to quash multiple ethnic identities for a sense of national unity is undoubtedly proving problematic.
  • (13/3/12) looks at Roma identity through the perspective of individuals living and studying in the Czech Republic. Some of them struggle with the fact that their new found successes are partially based on the distinctness of their Roma heritage, rather than their skills or abilities.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: March 3rd – March 8th, 2012

  • (3/3/12) reports that although March 1st marked the official 20th year of independence for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, only the Bosniak part of the country celebrated the event, which is a reminder of the tensions between the country’s populations that still simmer.
  • Kenya’s The Daily Nation (7/3/12) reports on the findings of a study done by Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on ethnic groups and access to education. The report found that there was substantial favoritism towards certain ethnic groups in receiving high level jobs, which has caused controversy in the country.
  • UNHCR (8/3/12) highlights on International Women’s Day the struggles of women in conflict zones, where they and their children are at a higher risk of statelessness due to the unequal treatment of women in their country.
  • Al Jazeera (8/3/12) analyses failed multiculturalism in Europe with a 30-minute news feature which looks at various European countries’ policies towards immigrants.
  • Al Jazeera (6/3/12) also features an interesting interview with Afghan poet, Abdul Bari Jahani, about his writing has been influenced by the warfare in Afghanistan. He speaks about how exposure to conflict while growing up is mediated through writing.
  • Kenya’s The Daily Nation (7/3/12) reports on the findings of a study done by Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on ethnic groups and access to education. The report found that there was substantial favoritism towards certain ethnic groups in receiving high level jobs, which has caused controversy in the country.
  • UNHCR (8/3/12) highlights on International Women’s Day the struggles of women in conflict zones, where they and their children are at a higher risk of statelessness due to the unequal treatment of women in their country.
  • Al Jazeera (8/3/12) analyses failed multiculturalism in Europe with a 30-minute news feature which looks at various European countries’ policies towards immigrants.
  • Al Jazeera (6/3/12) also features an interesting interview with Afghan poet, Abdul Bari Jahani, about his writing has been influenced by the warfare in Afghanistan. He speaks about how exposure to conflict while growing up is mediated through writing.
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 22nd – March 1st, 2012
  •  The Economist (22/02/12) features an interview with Hirsh Goodman, a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, who argues that Israel could model itself after Switzerland, where different ethnic groups coexist peacefully.
  • Al Jazeera (23/02/12) explores the link between the prevalence of fake Brazilian passports and the country’s ethnic diversity. When its citizens come in all shapes and colours, can anyone pass for a Brazilian?
  • Netherlands-Aid Blog (24/02/12) gives a breakdown of the tensions between ethnic groups in Nambia and their struggle for power. Presidential elections are not set to occur until 2013, however groups are already vying to succeed current President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
  •  Globenewswire (27/02/12) reports on a recent publication from the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which noted the rise in rhinoplasty procedures among Indian-Americans. Although these patients may have undergone surgery for cosmetic reasons, they still wished to maintain their “ethnic profile.”
  • (28/02/12) has reported that Azerbaijan has been pushing to have the 1992 massacre of ethnic Azeri residents in the Nagorno-Karabakh village of Khojaly, Azerbaijan recognised as an act of genocide.
  •  New York Times Magazine (1/3/12) offers a look into the global city of London, which they argue has been in constant flux over the last decade and has been transformed by the myriad of foreigners that flow through the city. Also be sure to look at their interesting photo essay, “Migratory Models.”
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 15th – February 23rd, 2012
  • USA Today (20/02/12) gives a great article on the history of Tremé, one of the oldest African-American neighborhoods in the US, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. There is also an interesting and informative section devoted to Civil Rights in America, in honour of Black History Month, celebrated in February in the US.
  • For an even closer look at the history of New Orleans and its people, read The Louisiana Weekly’s (20/02/12) piece on a resident who is in his 65th year of producing Mardi Gras costumes.
  • (15/02/12) features an interview with African-American filmmaker, Shukree Tilghman, on his new comedic documentary, More Than A Month, about his desire to end Black History Month.
  •  National Geographic (3/2012) has a feature on Marseille, France in their March issue. The city’s multicultural atmosphere could be a window into the future of Europe, where immigration is transforming countries across the continent. Also be sure to check out the accompanying photo essay on Marseille as well.
  • Foreign Policy (17/02/12) analyses identity politics in Hong Kong and its connection to a push for democracy. Could this indicate a deepening of Hong Kong nationalism?
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 11th – February 16th, 2012
  • The Pew Research Center (16/02/12) has just released a new report on the continuing rise of interracial and inter-ethnic marriages in the US. The publication analyses the upward trend of these marriages as well as a breakdown of them by race and gender.
  •  Canada’s National Post (11/02/12) reports on growing ethnic enclaves across the country, such as Chinese or Indian, which purportedly have more “staying power” than those of the past, partly because of economics, partly by choice of immigrants. A neat infographic charting Canada’s diverse roots is also included.
  • MultiAmerican (13/02/12) began a project which sought to collect stories and anecdotes about what immigrant parents wished to tell their children. What they did or didn’t reveal offers a moving portrait into the lives of immigrants.
  • The Economist (15/02/12) features an infographic on language diversity in countries across the globe. They measure diversity not just by how many languages can be found in a given state, but by how many people speak it.
  • The New York Times (14/02/12) reports on the trend of affluent foreign immigrants living in New York who opt for public schools over private for their children. Income is not everything, as these parents are hesitant about having their children socialized in the exclusive private school culture of the US.
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: February 6th – February 9th, 2012
  • International Affairs Review (06/02/12) analyses the Kurdish problem in the configuration and reconfiguration of Turkey’s national identity, amidst renewed tensions between the two groups. One key question is, how should Turkish ethnicity be conceptualized?
  • The Daily Star (09/02/12) features an article on the Kurdish minority population in Lebanon and how they grapple with assimilation into the country. When the homeland no longer exists and Kurds are dissimilar on many political and social issues, it highlights the complexities of maintaining a national identity.
  • The New York Times (07/02/12) reviews a performance by Puerto Rican musician, Miguel Zenón, who uses video and art to accompany his music in order to illustrate the themes of hybrid identity found in his music.
  •   Russia & India Report (07/02/12) features a story about a school in Russia for the children of immigrants who do not speak Russian. One wonders how this fits into the larger debate on multiculturalism in Putin’s Russia.
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: January, 24th – February 2nd, 2012
  • BBC News (02/02/12) analyses the decrease in minarets and visibly Islamic styles in the architecture of new mosques in the USA post 9/11. It explores the changing preferences of Muslim Americans and whether mosque architecture can actually detract Muslims. In this context, it also would be worthwhile to look at SEN’s recent article by Jangsop et al on voter turnout among mosque attending Muslim Americans.
  • In other architecture news, Daily Commercial News Online (01/02/12) reports that Canada is undertaking a nationwide competition which explores the connection between architecture and identity, entitled ‘Migrating Landscapes.’ It explores how migration has affected the identity of Canadians and their attempts to represent this through architectural models.
  • In the New York Times Blog, Borderlines (30/01/12), Frank Jacobs explores cities that are divided either by politics or geography, and traces how such divisions impact a city’s social, historical and political fabric.
  • Al Jazeera’s Inside Story (24/01/12) looks at the Canadian government’s treatment of its indigenous nations and the injustices that it has committed against them. The 25-minute video features a discussion with representatives of indigenous groups from Canada as well as the USA to give an inside look on the matter. You can also read Maria Manzano-Munguía’s article in SEN on Indian policy-making in Canada and its effect on aboriginal identity.
  • The Epoch Times (25/01/12) reports on the growth of English identity over British identity in the wake of the Scottish referendum. It cites a joint report conducted by the think tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), along with researchers from Cardiff and Edinburgh universities, which concluded that English national identity has been rising, as well as being increasingly politicized. Ethnic minorities in the country, however, still appear to identify as ‘British.’ You can read the full report here.

Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: January, 21th – January 27th, 2012

  •  The Associated Press (26/01/12) reports of protests by Aboriginal rights groups on Australia Day which led to Prime Minister Julia Gillard needing to be escorted away from a ceremony celebrating the event. Australia Day is a national holiday commemorating the arrival of British colonists in Sydney in 1788.
  • Meanwhile, Australia is also set to officially recognize Aborigines as the country’s original inhabitants in their next referendum in 2013. If passed, it would remove the last remaining clauses in the Australian constitution that are deemed discriminatory against Aborigines (The Guardian 20/01/12).
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: January, 10th – January 17th, 2012
  • Reuters (10/01/12) reports that the top cultural institutions are set to close in Bosnia due to budget cuts in the government.  The underlying issue is the conflict between Serb, Croat and Muslim leaders over the future of the country. These museums and galleries go to the heart of the matter of the shared “culture” they are trying to preserve.
  • (13/1/12) describes the burgeoning rap scene in Kyrzgyztan’s capital, Bishkek. However it’s not the lyrics that deserve attention, but the fact that some artists choose to rap in the minority Kyrgyz language over Russian.
  • The New York Times (13/1/12) reports on a Hague-based study that links immigration at an early age to a higher risk for psychotic disorders later in life.  This link proved true for immigrants from Suriname, the Netherland Antilles, Turkey and Morocco, but not for Western immigrants.  Social factors are looked at as possible reasons for the broad differences.
Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: December 23rd, 2011 – January 11th, 2012 

  • Foreign Policy (23/12/11) reports on Israel’s plan to build a new road through East Jerusalem, which would further cut off the area from the West Bank as well as displace a settlement of Palestinian Bedouin refugee communities living in the city’s periphery, potentially causing a humanitarian crisis.
  • Aljazeera (9/1/12) reports that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has recently called the December attacks on a Christian church part of a spiraling violence that could end up worse than its civil war in the 1960s. The Islamist insurgency group, Boko Harem, has claimed that these attacks were just, signaling possible further violence to occur between the country’s Christian and Muslim populations (Aljazeera 11/1/12). A recent SEN Journal article by Henry Ani Kifordu gives insights into the causes of ethnic violence in Nigeria since the 1960s.
  • (30/12/11) reports on the first folk album to be released by one of China’s smallest ethnic minorities, the De’ang people, in their own language. It is a project which is part of a special government fund to preserve the country’s minority languages.
  • Mun2 (11/1/12), a Hispanic cable channel geared towards the younger generation of US Latinos, explores  the complexities of growing up Black and Latino in America, by featuring stories from well-known personalities in the US.

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Nationalism and Ethnicity News Bites: December 9th-14th, 2011

        • There are worries about next year’s elections in Kenya, and the further division of the country along ethnic lines, due to new election rules and zealous ethnic warlords (Daily Nation, Dec. 14, 2011). The Kenyan government has already asked an official from its national human rights organisation to resign for criticising the government and calling its rule an “unacceptable institutionalisation of ethnicity.” (AFP, Dec. 14, 2011)
        • Is Iraq veering towards a “Lebanonisation” along ethnic and sectarian lines? Experts say yes and describe what it can mean for the country’s political system. (Express Tribune, Dec. 14, 2011)
        • Language matters. Guyana’s human rights association argues for the use of the term “ethnicity” over “race” because the former encompasses a wider range of factors such as language and religion. (Stabroek News, Dec. 10, 2011)
        • New York Times columnist Rashid Davis comments on a recent US study on the comparative teaching and learning styles of immigrants. He calls for a more in-depth understanding of the country’s immigrant groups and how they fare against non-immigrants, in order to raise high school graduation rates. (New York Times, Dec. 9, 2011)

News compiled by Karen Seegobin.

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