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Lionel Messi Grabs Opponent's Throat During Preseason 'Friendly'

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.06.2015 | Sports

Lionel Messi uncharacteristically lost his cool in a Joan Gamper Trophy match on Wednesday night. His Barcelona side defeated Roma 3-0 in front of th...

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...

Integrating Roma Into Europe's Future: Change Must Come From Within

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

A large majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma living in Europe, six million of them in the EU and the majority in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Romania, continue to face social-economic prejudice, exclusion from mainstream education and healthcare, intolerance, xenophobia and stigmatization.

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.

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

A Mexican Mural Festival Brings Color -- And Censorship -- To The Streets

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Striking and massive murals by international street artists have been populating the walls of Mexico City for the last five years thanks to the emerge...

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.

Roma as Consumers

John Feffer | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
John Feffer

When it comes to Roma, East-Central Europe is still in its segregation era. The business community hasn't really begun to see Roma as consumers because it's too busy worrying about how an association with Roma would adversely affect its image. Istvan Forgacs would like to change that.

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.

Roma and Local Politics

John Feffer | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
John Feffer

There are somewhere between one and two million Roma in Romania. Ratys estimates that there are around 300 Roma in elected office at a local level. But it's difficult to calculate how underrepresented Roma are at the local level.

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.

Resolving Conflicts in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

An ethnic map of Romania explains a great deal about the relations between the majority and the minorities in Romania. Ethnic Hungarians have an absolute majority in two counties -- Harghita and Covasna -- in the very heart of the country.

Champions Cup Success Another Sign Soccer Is Growing In America

Jesse Lawrence | Posted 10.07.2014 | Sports
Jesse Lawrence

In the final there were tickets as cheap as $20 on the secondary market, but the average price was $142.75. That's an increase of the prices from the final last year, which averaged $135.82 with Real Madrid facing Chelsea.

Our Italian Anniversary Trip: He Went for the Soccer, I Went for Sicily. What We Got Was the Surprise of a Lifetime

Denice Duff | Posted 10.04.2014 | Travel
Denice Duff

While in Sicily something magical happened on one day, without any planning or use of technology... Just me, my husband and two bad photocopies of a picture of my great-grandmother and a street in her village, Sperlinga.

Boy Brutally Beaten Into Coma In France Highlights Harassment Of Roma

AP | LORI HINNANT and ALISON MUTLER | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

GRIGNY, France (AP) — It looked like any shantytown the world over — tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ev...

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.

Jobbik: Looking East

John Feffer | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Jobbik parliamentary representative Tamas Hegedus believes the party did so well because, more than any of the other parties, it spoke directly with voters and not simply through the media. The electoral war between Fidesz and the main opposition coalition also helped Jobbik's numbers.

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.

Roma Youth Get Organized

John Feffer | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Slovak government has had a plan on the books for a couple decades to build a nuclear power plant near Kecerovce. Otherwise, the prospects for economic development in the area are bleak. The village is more than 90 percent Roma.

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.

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.

Roma as Game Changers

John Feffer | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Roma are a significant minority of the population in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the countries of former Yugoslavia. Depending on the political balance of power in the country, Roma could achieve the same kind of success as the MRF if they consolidated their voting strength behind one party.

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.