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The First Roma Feminist

John Feffer | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 05.21.2014 | 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 05.14.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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.

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.

Roma In Rome

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 04.21.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

Rome in 24 Hours: A Cinematic Adventure in The Great Beauty

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

To truly view Paolo Sorrentino's Rome, one needs to do it with the same individualistic, somewhat aristocratic spirit of Jep Gambardella, the film's incredible and irreverent protagonist, played by Toni Servillo.

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.

Becoming a Leader

John Feffer | Posted 03.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

Bela Racz grew up in a small village in Hungary with a mixed Roma and non-Roma population. In 2009, far-right-wing groups targeted his village. "We blocked the village with cars so that they couldn't enter."

Focusing on Inequality in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
John Feffer

I talked with Robert Braun, who is is running for parliament, about the rising nationalism and anti-Semitism in Hungarian society, the failures of liberalism, the challenges of running a business, and why he decided to throw his hat into the political ring.

The Plight of the Roma: Europe's Unwanted People

Spiegel Online | Posted 01.07.2014 | World
Read More: Roma, World News

More than 10 million Roma live in Europe. Tens of thousands of them are fleeing westwards from poverty and discrimination in the countries of southeas...

Why the Roma 'Blond Angel' Ignited a Week of Racial Profiling

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Antonia Blumberg

This is an old tune, arranged perhaps with new words and rhythms to suit a modern audience, but it's the same prejudice-based "judicial" system that seems to dominate our world. And outside the law, are those most guilty the ones most often held accountable?

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.

CONFIRMED: Mother Of Greece's Mystery Girl Found

AP | Posted 12.25.2013 | World

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — DNA tests have confirmed that a 35-year-old Bulgarian Roma woman is the mother of a mysterious girl in Gre...

Search For Mystery Girl's Parents Leads To Impoverished Roma Camp

AP | VESELIN TOSHKOV | Posted 12.25.2013 | World

NIKOLAEVO, Bulgaria — NIKOLAEVO, Bulgaria (AP) — Attempts to track down the biological parents of a blue-eyed blond girl found living with a R...

Roma and the Civil Rights Movement

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Although some Roma have achieved social, economic, or political success, the community as a whole remains on the margins.

Hollande Reprimands Ministers For Anti-Roma Rhetoric

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2013 | World

PARIS, Oct 2 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande told two of his top ministers on Wednesday they should end a public row over France's policy to...

Swedish Police Under Fire For Illegal Roma List

AP | Posted 09.23.2013 | World

STOCKHOLM -- Sweden's police have been severely criticized for compiling a secret, illegal registry of more than 4,000 Roma, including children. In a...

Dennis Christopher: A Life in (and Out of) Celluloid-Legendary Character Actor on Tarantino and Breaking Away

Steve Karras | Posted 10.05.2013 | Entertainment
Steve Karras

If you're an actor and you wind up being cast in one of Quentin Tarantino's films, it's for a reason. He wants you there. Hollywood has its "A-list," and Tarantino has his.