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When Donor Driven Programs Work

Fron Nahzi | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

Ideally, USAID and other donors should make sustainability an umbrella aspect of their political, social, and economic development programming.

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 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.

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.

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.

Congressional Support for D.C. Statehood Divided on Race, Gender Lines

Joan Shipps | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Joan Shipps

It is unfortunate that, even as we celebrate the end of black slavery in the capital of what purports to be a world-class democracy, the descendants of those slaves, along with their families, neighbors and friends, are still denied a democratic voice in government.

¡Si Se Puede! (Yes We Can!)

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 06.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Henry A. J. Ramos

To be strong and whole as a nation, we must continue the work that César Chávez began all those years ago -- the unfinished work of fulfilling our social contract, not just for the haves, but even more importantly for society's have-nots.

These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work ...

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.

I Left 'America' for Its Hatred of Muslims... This Is My Story

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

I often wondered why there was not a single Christian student, out of the thousands at Harvard, who had the moral integrity to tear down the hate stickers on campus -- hate stickers that openly attacked me for being Muslim.

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 City and the City

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
John Feffer

Throughout much of Central Europe, there are two cities: for the Roma and for the non-Roma. These cities rarely intersect.

Voice to the Voiceless

John Feffer | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
John Feffer

The media in East-Central Europe used to be idea-centric. The unofficial samizdat publications focused on the cruelties and inanities of the regimes, unearthed nearly forgotten history, and often featured philosophic meditations on politics and morality.

Representing the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
John Feffer

The MRF has been criticized for its hierarchical structure. But the party has also been extraordinarily successful in raising the profile of ethnic Turks in Bulgaria.

Challenging the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
John Feffer

Much of Bulgaria's Ottoman heritage is hidden away, sometimes in plain sight.

Inside the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
John Feffer

How did a Bulgarian parliamentarian who didn't speak English and who worked on the issue of ethnic Turks end up in Kentucky? You'll just have to read further.

When Will We Reach the Mountain Top?

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Danielle Moodie-Mills

Marriage equality is just one measure that progressives have been fighting -- but it seems that at every front, basic rights are under attack or being eroded to the point of invisibility.

The State's Role in Pakistan's Ethnic Violence

Aziz Nayani | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Aziz Nayani

The Pakistani state was instrumental in creating an environment that promoted religious and ethnic discrimination, and it is now guilty of inaction - allowing for persecution and violence to exist without putting up any resistance.

Egyptians and Jordanians Dealing With Constitutional Guarantees vs. Legislative Limits

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The constitutional debate is turning into a street battle, with the country's rulers insisting that the constitutional assembly's slight majority is empowered to decide for all Egyptians what the shape and text of their parliament should be.

Obama's Victory and the American Social Contract: Lessons for Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Carlo Strenger

We in Israel have no choice but to move towards a social contract of mutual respect and equal rights for all, and we should take America's reelection of President Barack Hussein Obama as an inspiration.

Christians Under Siege: The Challenge Of Religious Pluralism In The Muslim World

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

While entitled in many countries to equality of citizenship and religious freedom, religious minorities in the Muslim world increasingly fear the erosion of their rights -- and with good reason.

Leading Cameroonian Gay Rights Activist Fears Arrest

Mark Canavera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Canavera

LGBT people in Cameroon are subject to abuse in prison, violent attacks in their communities, and loss of custody of their children. Alice Nkom's organization works to combat these human rights violations.

Obama's Speech in Egypt Must Highlight the Plight of Reformers and the Threat of Islamism

M. Zuhdi Jasser | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
M. Zuhdi Jasser

We must marginalize and defeat the ideas of political Islam which ultimately drive the dreams of militant Islamists.