Race and Europe Link Round Up – 11-18- 2011

by Guest Contributor Flavia Dzodan

Serbians hold protest against asylum seekers. They claim that the asylum seekers are destroying the image of the popular tourist town.

Asylum seeker douses himself in petrol because his application was rejected by Danish authorities. Police stopped him before he could set himself on fire.

Earlier this year, Iranian Asylum seeker Kambiz Roustayi set himself on fire in front of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace in The Netherlands. He died of injuries a day later.

Sterilized Roma woman wins human rights appeal at European Court of Human Rights. She had been sterilized in 2000 while under the influence of heavy sedatives. This week, she was awarded Euro 43,000 in compensation.

Far right on rise in Europe, says report. The study reveals a continent-wide spread of hardline nationalist sentiment among the young, mainly men. Their fear about the future is focused on cultural identity and immigration. As part of the report on the right of the far right, The Guardian created an interactive map of nationalist populist and far right organizations in Europe.

Estonian Marathon Bans Black Runners. One of the organizers explained that it was not a racist measure but that “he only wanted to avoid the usual problems with Africans, of which he was warned by some experienced people.”

Racism still a reality in Malta’s housing market. The ad, that a real estate agent published in a local newspaper, read: “No arabs, blacks or young boys.”

Thousands of Russian nationalists march in Moscow. Thousands of far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis marched through Moscow on Friday calling on ethnic Russians to “take back” their country, as resentment grows over dark-complexioned Muslim migrants from Russia’s Caucasus.

Portugal’s Housing Policy for Roma Violates Social Charter. The European Committee of Social Rights delivered a decision, finding Portugal in violation of the Revised European Social Charter. The committee said that the “continuing precarious housing conditions for a large part of the Roma community, coupled with the fact that the Government has not demonstrated that it has taken sufficient measures to ensure that Roma live in housing conditions that meet minimum standards” was in breach of Portugal’s obligations under the social charter.

Italy’s fascists stay true to Mussolini’s ideology. Leader of anti-immigration group CasaPound describes former dictator’s brand of fascism as ‘our point of reference.’

Vatican calls Tintin a ‘Catholic hero’ and ridicules suggestions he may be racist. Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said that accusing the fearless journalist of racism was the “imagining of an integralist political correctness”.

Serbian Extremists Join Neo-Nazis in Poland. Members of the far-right group 1389 are packing brochures on Kosovo and posters titled “Kosovo is Serbia” for their Warsaw trip on November 11 and 12. Every year on the Independence Day of Poland, November 11, extremists organise a march in the streets of Warsaw carrying such slogans as “All of Poland will be white” or “Enough of Jewish occupation.” Anti-fascists, anarchists and other human rights activists also gather in large numbers to oppose them.

UK family attacked by gang of thugs who viciously assaulted them with a plank of wood, in what they believe was a racist attack. Del Singh, his wife Jo Kaur-Hayre (who ended up with nine stitches to her face) and their children and grandchildren, were attacked outside their home in Marsh Green, a suburb of Wigan, near Manchester, after trying to stop an act of vandalism. Mr. Singh said, of his life in the small town of Marsh Green “This street itself is fine; we get on well with the neighbours. But all I have to do is walk down for a bus or to the shops and I get met with the most vile, racist abuse”.

Croatian Journalist Barbara Matejcic teams up with a Roma and a Muslim woman to find out how pervasive racial and religious discriminations are in her country. They respond to 100 ads for housing and jobs and document the responses (spoiler alert: some people wouldn’t even open the door for the Roma and Muslim women).

Arson attack on mosque in eastern France. A group calling itself Les Echappees Belles (The Lucky Escapes) claimed responsibility for the incident in tracts left near the mosque. The group – believed to be a group of women loosely influenced by right-wing extremists, had claimed responsibility for setting fire to the mosque’s van in October.

UK Border Agency officials ‘illegally targeting’ bus passengers. Staff from the UK Border Agency have been “regularly” targeting coaches at bus stations “to prevent undocumented migrants from making use of the public transport network”. However, the practice appears to be illegal, with officials only authorized to examine passengers at air or sea ports.

Flavia Dzodan is a transnational feminist.  She runs the blog Red Light Politics and is a regular contributor to Tiger Beatdown and Persephone Magazine.  She volunteered to do a link round up on European race issues for our blog.
  • Keith

    It’s interesting how the black face, brown face, and racial  stereotypes on a show like “come fly with me”, is seen as not being racist, only non pc by the  British press:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/28/come-fly-with-me
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/michaeldeacon/100050208/come-fly-with-me-is-it-racist/
    I guess only Americans are racist.

  • Bernardo Soares

    “He’s definitely not racist you know”:
    http://seppblatterwithblackpeople.wordpress.com/

  • Liriana

    Sepp Blatter is a very very unlikeable person. Yeah right, no racism in football.. I guess that’s why Mario Baltelli gets Bananas thrown at him because he’s the first non-white Italian player in their national team.
    Blatter even sees himself as Africas saviour, because he brought the first worldcup to an African country. But he doesn’t fight against human trafficking that results from European football clubs promising everything to boys in various African countries. These boys therefore don’t go to school and follow the promised fame to either Europe or Maroc, where the scouts all of a sudden disappear and let them in a foreign land by themselves with no money no education..
    I live in Switzerland and Sepp Blatter might be the most openly corrupt and powerful person around here.. Sepp also suggested to homosexual players to “just not have sex when they are in Quatar”, because 2022 de worldcup will be held in Quatar, where homosexuality is illegal. Yeah, he’s also sexist (of course) – in his opening speech on the womens world championship he said, that at a certain age women need their bodies for something else than football, for being a mother. Yeah… and what’s the worst thing about it all: Here in Switzerland he’s usually portrayed in this positive light, he is the nice funny old guy with the good heart.. Really frustrating…

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I was listening to NPR on Thursday or Wednesday and they had a story about how Montenegro is very racially accepting and tolerant of other cultures. I personally don’t know much about Montenegro, but I thought it was odd to see such a different picture painted by two different stories.

    • http://www.facebook.com/galiotica Nejasna ちゃん

      Well…. there are no other races but Caucasian here so you can’t exactly be racist when there is nobody there to be racist to?  Can you? * except for the Japanese ambassador and a couple of  Chinese stores.  And even if there were more, we tend not to see Easterners  (Middle or Far) as “others”. My grandmother still talks about the one time in her twenties when she was sweeping the front yard and a black man just walked down the street.  lol.  

  • Jinx J

    This is off topic,  but I just want to thank you, Latoya and the people who post comments on this site. I was reading another site which professes to be pro-woman + anti-racist, and somehow, all of these educated, liberal women devolved into “Learn English” rabble rabble. Here, you get well chosen articles and  analysis and insightful, funny, and just plain GOOD comments.  Thanks!

    • Farheen

      I know exactly which blog and which thread you are talking about and am not surprised at all. Too many readers of THAT blog have proven themselves to be racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic. They rarely have enlightened discussions on issues of race or ethnoreligious minorities. 

    • Farheen

      I know exactly which blog and which thread you are talking about and am not surprised at all. Too many readers of THAT blog have proven themselves to be racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic. They rarely have enlightened discussions on issues of race or ethnoreligious minorities. 

    • Farheen

      I know exactly which blog and which thread you are talking about and am not surprised at all. Too many readers of THAT blog have proven themselves to be racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic. They rarely have enlightened discussions on issues of race or ethnoreligious minorities. 

  • Jinx J

    This is off topic,  but I just want to thank you, Latoya and the people who post comments on this site. I was reading another site which professes to be pro-woman + anti-racist, and somehow, all of these educated, liberal women devolved into “Learn English” rabble rabble. Here, you get well chosen articles and  analysis and insightful, funny, and just plain GOOD comments.  Thanks!

  • Jinx J

    This is off topic,  but I just want to thank you, Latoya and the people who post comments on this site. I was reading another site which professes to be pro-woman + anti-racist, and somehow, all of these educated, liberal women devolved into “Learn English” rabble rabble. Here, you get well chosen articles and  analysis and insightful, funny, and just plain GOOD comments.  Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, these are a bit old – that was my fault. Will post them when I receive them moving forward.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SDA5J6SN6LSBZCHIEV4X6JADXA Keke Woodman

    Wow.  When I read about all the racist/sexist/ableist/heteronormative things in the news it makes me incredibly sad and tired.  But at the same time, I know that as long as we keep highlighting things, no one can ever say, “Oh, we’re sooo past that.  We’re post modern.”  It keeps us all fighting to make a better world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SDA5J6SN6LSBZCHIEV4X6JADXA Keke Woodman

    Wow.  When I read about all the racist/sexist/ableist/heteronormative things in the news it makes me incredibly sad and tired.  But at the same time, I know that as long as we keep highlighting things, no one can ever say, “Oh, we’re sooo past that.  We’re post modern.”  It keeps us all fighting to make a better world.

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  • BSK

    When I first saw the headline about restricting black runners, I presumed it was along the same lines as that white basketball league that some d-bag tried to create, arguing that white people needed a chance to succeed.  Somehow it was far, far worse.

  • http://twitter.com/danthrasher Daniel Thrasher

    wait a second, avoiding “the usual problems with Africans” is his explanation for why it’s NOT racist?

  • http://swirlspice.com Erica M

    Crossing countries off my list of places to visit. (Except enforcing that rigidly would leave me with nowhere to go, nor even able to stay in the U.S.)

  • http://swirlspice.com Erica M

    Crossing countries off my list of places to visit. (Except enforcing that rigidly would leave me with nowhere to go, nor even able to stay in the U.S.)