links for 2010-10-18

  • "Asylum seekers are demonised by the mass media as "illegals" and scroungers and to appease popular racism, governments across Europe, in addition to making access to refugee status much more difficult, have decided to accelerate the deportation of the many who have 'failed'. 'Such forced deportations of those terrified of being returned to the countries they have fled – often areas in which we are involved and at war – will inevitably lead to more deaths.'"
  • "The segment focuses on Dyson Kilodavis, a young boy [of color] who likes to dress up like a princess, and how his family and school has reacted to his gender non-conformity, and does so in a way that seems quite thoughtful…"
  • "This show, 'Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime, opened Friday. It was billed as the first in Germany since the end of World War II to focus exclusively on Adolf Hitler. Germany outlaws public displays of some Nazi symbols, and the curators took care to avoid showing items that appeared to glorify Hitler. His uniforms, for example, remained in storage.

    "Instead, the show focuses on the society that nurtured and empowered him. It is not the first time historians have argued that Hitler did not corral the Germans as much as the Germans elevated Hitler. But one curator said the message was arguably more vital for Germany now than at any time in the past six decades, as rising nationalism, more open hostility to immigrants and a generational disconnect from the events of the Nazi era have older Germans concerned about repeating the past."

  • "Guerlain’s used the N word – nègre in French – came during made a midday news bulletin on Thursday, when he described the creation of the Samsara perfume – blend of sandalwood and jasmin inspired by his first wife.

    “'For once, I worked like a nigger,' he told the interviewer. 'I don’t know if niggers really worked that much.'

    "Guerlain’s apology, in the form of an email, expressed regret that his words might damage the company’s image and pointed out that he is no longer a shareholder or employee of the company."