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Far-Right Mayor In Hungary Cracks Down On Roma

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.27.2015 | World

OZD, Hungary (AP) -- The workers wake up in the middle of the night and walk miles to get to their jobs by 6 a.m. Taking up hoes and rakes, they toil...

Flamenco Vivo Shares Spanish Dance with U.S. Audiences One Performance at a Time

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Suddenly, one of them stands to sing. Unsurprised, his tablemates join him, clapping to the rhythm and improvising lyrics for dinnertime ambiance.

Working on Behalf of All Minorities

John Feffer | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
John Feffer

A fundamental element of majority privilege is the blind universality that members of an ethnic, religious, racial or sexual majority often unconsciously embrace. They believe that their perspectives are held -- or should be held -- by everyone.

A Commitment to Children in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

They are called the decret generation. During the Communist era in Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu issued Decree 770 in 1967 making abortion and contraception illegal except under certain circumstances. The Communist leader wanted to radically increase the population of the country.

The Enigmatic Art of Josef Koudelka

Tom Teicholz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

The Getty exhibition is the first retrospective of Koudelka's work in the United States and features many of the artist's own vintage prints, books, notebooks, maquettes and even rare vintage photos that Koudelka sold to flee to the West.

Ukraine: What Is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For the most part, ethnic minorities of Transcarpathia have gotten along with each other in recent years, though the area's delicate social balance could be upset by outsiders like Putin and his nationalist right wing allies in neighboring Hungary.

More Malcolm X

John Feffer | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Aladar Horvath has been a Roma civil rights activist for more than two decades. He created one of the most important Roma organizations -- Phralipe -- and served in the Hungarian parliament in the early 1990s. He has also studied the experience of African Americans.

Meet 2 Boomers Making A Real Impact Through Their Encore Careers

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Encore.org is preparing to honor social entrepreneurs over 60 at next week's Encore Conference. Through recognizing these Boomer pioneers, I believe we will begin to define a better sense of what our generation is capable of in the coming decades, and, most importantly, to better persuade the rest of society just how important our continued leadership is going to be for everyone's collective future.

Analysis of the Bob McDonnell Trial and That Crazy Story About Pagans and Fortune Tellers (Video)

Dan McDermott | Posted 10.23.2014 | DC
Dan McDermott

I discussed the corruption trial of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the controversy over whether Front Royal, Va. should keep a ban against fortune tellers, "gypsies" and practitioners of the "magic arts."

The First Roma Feminist

John Feffer | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the United States, women of color frequently experience the double burden of discrimination. They are discriminated against by race and also by gender. The same applies to Roma women in East-Central Europe. And sexism imposes its own double burden, for Roma women must confront not only the prejudices of society as a whole but also discrimination within traditional Roma families.

Roma

Martin Marty | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Biblically informed observers observe that there is something biblically-nuanced about movements which, though obscure and once-powerless, are now changing the Christian Church in European and other parts, while the big and powerful churches rarely prosper. Yes, how ironic.

Funding Roma Autonomy

John Feffer | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
John Feffer

The reduction in extreme poverty varied from region to region, with great gains made in Asia and not much progress achieved in Africa. In East-Central Europe, the drop was roughly comparable to the global average. There is, however, a statistical anomaly in the data for East-Central Europe.

Democracy Without Democrats in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Anybody can claim the mantle of democracy. Russian neo-fascist Vladimir Zhirinovsky runs a party called the Liberal Democratic Party. Even North Korea makes a nod in this direction when it calls itself the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The countries of East-Central Europe are, of course, in a different category.

From Journalism to Activism in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

Szilvia Varro worked as a journalist for 18 years. She won Hungary's top journalism award for her investigative pieces on the extreme right and its approach toward Roma, the Pulitzer Prize (Joseph Pulitzer was born in Hungary). But after 18 years, she quit. And started something new.

Toward a Roma Cosmopolitanism

John Feffer | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Last August 8, the great Romanian sociologist Nicolae Gheorghe passed away. He was only 66. I first met him in 1990, when he was just embarking on his project of elevating Roma issues to the highest level of European politics.

The Greatest Threat to Europe

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

If we look a little closer at the agenda of the extreme right, we get warmer. Parties as diverse as Jobbik in Hungary, the National Front in France, and Golden Dawn in Greece have identified a common enemy -- the Other, the non-European, the foreigner.

Bridging Social Distance in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

The social distance between Roma and non-Roma communities in Europe is quite large. In other words, there is not a great deal of mixing between the two communities.

They Steal Children

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Days of lurid headlines have focused on the stolen child. Given this community's vile history of abuse, we have reason to be outraged. I'm referring of course to the European community's abuse of the Roma.

Gypsy Interiors: Contemporary Roma Portraits

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

Gypsy Interiors is a series of portraits capturing the sedate and decorous intimacy of an outwardly loud and gregarious people. Italian photographer C...

Minority Rights and the Killing of Trayvon Martin

William K. Barth | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
William K. Barth

Race alone is not enough to explain the outcome of the Martin Zimmerman trial. We need also to understand the plight of minority groups qua groups if we are to prevent future tragic killings.

The Failures of Funding Roma Inclusion

John Feffer | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
John Feffer

This incident in Katunitsa unleashed a firestorm of anti-Roma sentiment. Local residents turned their anger on Tsar Kiro and his family. Anti-Roma activists descended on Katunitsa and, though police were on hand to provide security, burned down Rashkov's properties.

The Persistence of Discrimination Against Roma

John Feffer | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
John Feffer

Much has changed in Eastern Europe over 22 years. But for the Roma, unemployment levels among Roma remain high. Access to decent education, health care, and other social services is limited. Representation in politics and business is minimal. And discrimination remains pervasive.

France Demolishes Roma Camps, Forcing Gypsies Out

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 10.15.2012 | World

GENNEVILLIERS, France — The camps weren't much to begin with: They had no electricity or running water. Grocery carts served as makeshift grills...

'My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: The Aftermath'

Posted 07.02.2012 | TV

One of the most talked-about episodes of "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" Season 1 featured the wedding of first cousins Annie and Josh. On the ...

'American Gypsy Wedding': Pregnant Woman Gets Into Brawl

Posted 07.02.2012 | TV

On "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: The Stanley Sisters" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on TLC) viewers were treated to an hour-long special featuring the breako...