Daily Archives: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 05/03/2015 (p.m.)

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Easter Eye News: Immigration in the spotlight at second EE election debate

By Reena Kumar and Imran Choudhury


ENGAGED: (From left) Nihal, Neeraj Dhingra, Kalpesh Solanki, Barry Gardiner, Shailesh Solanki, Vindo Thakrar, Shailesh Vara, Ramniklal Solanki CBE and Lord Dholakia

Three seasoned politicians pulled out all the stops to convince voters to choose their parties during the second Eastern Eye election debate in front of a 200-strong audience in Harrow last week.

Barry Gardiner, Labour candidate for Brent North, Shailesh Vara, who is seeking re-election in North West Cambridgeshire, and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Navnit Dholakia were grilled by BBC Asian Network presenter DJ Nihal and the guests last Monday (20) in the final EE hustings before voters go to the polls next Thursday (7). They debated issues including immigration and the EU referendum at the Dhamecha Lohana Centre in south Harrow.

Read more – Eastern Eye:  Immigration in the spotlight at second EE election debate.


Baltimore: Thousands of impoverished refugees poured into city in last ten years; fuel for the fire?

Recording the Past – making oral histories in the North West- 16 May, Lancaster

African Heritage Challenges: Development and Sustainability

African Heritage Challenges: Development and Sustainability

15 May 2015 – 16 May 2015

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT – SG1&2


Britt Baillie (University of Cambridge, Affiliated Lecturer in the Division of Archaeology)

Chris Boonzaaier (University of Pretoria, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology)

Leanne Philpot (University of Cambridge, PhD Student in the Division of Archaeology)

Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge, Reader in the Division of Archaeology)

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Welcome to Asian American History Month 2015



The month of May in the US is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2015. I will try to have at least ten posts that have to do with Asia, the Pacific or their diasporas, especially in the US.

Thank you for all of your suggestions, links and guest posts!

I will try to post at least four of these (Promised Posts):

  • Amy Chua
  • Asian brain drain
  • Asian Americans and university admissions
  • Black/Asian American race relations
  • Black women, Asian men
  • Massie Affair, The
  • Watsonville Riots of 1929
  • yellowface

And maybe like six of these:

  • Angel Island
  • Anna May Wong
  • anti-Maori racism
  • Are Asians the new Jews?
  • Asian America: a brief history
  • Asian American YouTube
  • Asian Australians
  • Hollywood stereotypes about Asians
  • Cupertino
  • Dalits
  • Dean Cain
  • Filipino Americans
  • Fresh Off the Boat (television show)
  • General Tso’s chicken
  • Genghis Khan
  • Guam
  • Hapas
  • Lisa See
  • Margaret Cho
  • Nancy Kwan
  • Saipan
  • Yellow Peril

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To date, 815 Syrian refugees admitted to US; 92% are Muslim

If you’re in the UK why not spend this Bank Holiday weekend in UKIP-on-Sea?


If you’re in the UK why not spend this Bank Holiday weekend in UKIP-on-Sea?
The showman has been in town…
Pulling in the desiring crowds
Well, we’re hoping that an alternative voice in Essex can be heard amid the din of far right populism…

Where is the Common Ground? Making Local Activism Work in Southend
3rd May, 2015 at 8pm
Free entry
Upstairs at the Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

The General Election on May 7th is occurring against a backdrop of relentless austerity, food poverty, tax evasion and scapegoating of groups without access to the mainstream media that marginalizes them.

Is there an alternative to this politics of despair, and if so, is collective activism the answer? Is Essex man Russell Brand right when he tells us that the system is broken and what we accept as ‘common sense’ has been imposed on us? On one hand, events in Greece and…

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Tower Hamlets election probe: New allegations emerge – BBC News

~~Defender of Faith~Guardian of Truth~~

Five new allegations linked to electoral malpractice in Tower Hamlets have been identified by the Met police.
Ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman was found guilty of corrupt practices at the High Court last week and removed from office.

Four of the allegations, which had not been previously reported, are “now being assessed to see if a criminal investigation should be carried out”, police said.
The force said the allegations were highlighted in the High Court ruling.
‘Very seriously’

It has been granted an extension for criminal proceedings to be brought about and appointed a detective superintendent from its homicide and major crime command to oversee a review of the 200-page report published by the court last week.

It said it was considering the new material in connection with 47 of the allegations originally reported.
The Met added: “The MPS takes any allegations of electoral fraud or malpractice very seriously, as we are…

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San Sebastián Bachajón: The Struggle against Dispossession in Mexico

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San Sebastián Bachajón: The Struggle against Dispossession in Mexico

Written by Ricardo Lagunes and Jessica Davies


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April 24th, 2015, marked the second anniversary of the vicious assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, community leader, spokesperson and social activist from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, “in whose memory our struggle continues.” Despite the killing of two of their leaders and frequent attacks from local government-supporters and public security forces, the ejidatarios (common landholders), adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, remain firm in their resistance to dispossession, and in their struggle in defense of their ancestral land, territory and Mother Earth. The situation has now become critical. A local court has rejected the legal case of the ejidatarios against appropriation of their common lands by the Mexican government. This openly violates the rights of the ejido to consultation, to free, prior and informed consent and offers impunity to…

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Eastern Eye News: Detainee died in centre after allegedly waiting 15 minutes for medical help

By Reena Kumar


Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre

THE grieving widow of a man who died at an immigration detention centre where the couple were sent after flying into the UK from India for a holiday, has finally been released.
Bhavisha Patel, who has an eight-year-old son in India, is now staying with relatives in Wembley following the ordeal in Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre.
Her 33-year-old husband, Pinakin Patel, passed away last Monday (20) after allegedly being forced to wait 15 minutes for medical help in the facility.

Farrah Ahmed and Adam Perry: Judicial Review of Shariah Councils

UK Constitutional Law Association

FAhmed and APerryOn 23 March, Theresa May announced plans for a review of shariah councils in England and Wales, to examine their compatibility with British values, if the Conservatives win the May election. Shariah councils are bodies that issue divorce certificates for Islamic marriages, offer mediation and reconciliation services to couples married under religious law, and produce expert opinion reports on religious matters. An AHRC-funded research project concluded that the shariah council it studied (along with a Beth Din and a Catholic Tribunal) “provide[s] an important service for those Jews, Muslims and Catholics for whom a religious divorce ‘in the sight of God’ is important from both a spiritual and religious legal perspective”. The Home Office, while acknowledging the need for further evidence on the operation of shariah councils, appears concerned about the effect of their decisions on women (who, it suggests, may receive an insufficient financial settlement on a religious divorce)…

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A special court for the Central African Republic

Marcus Bleasdale pic1 A member of the Christian population around PK13 on the outskirts of Bangui runs through looted and burning houses. © Marcus Bleasdale

The Central African Republic (CAR) has taken an important step towards accountability for atrocities committed during its ongoing crisis.

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Netherlands to deport Congolese militia leader Ngudjolo

Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui at an ICC hearing . ICC use the number pad to create special symbols. © ICC Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui at an ICC hearing. © ICC

Dutch authorities are set to deport Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui after a court rejected his second asylum request last week. While the decision can be appealed, it would not suspend deportation. Ngudjolo has been fighting to stay in the Netherlands since his acquittal at the ICC in 2012.

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Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 05/03/2015 (a.m.)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.