Week of February 8, 2012
Can Rubio Control the Candidates?
From the New Yorker, a piece on Florida Senator Marc Rubio and inflammatory language on immigration used by GOP candidates.
When the survey probed beneath the surface, more than half of Hispanic voters said that they would be less likely to support a Republican candidate who pledged to veto the Dream Act, which would give college students who came to America illegally as children a path to citizenship.
What’s Left Out of Black History Month Celebrations
In The Nation, an article on Black History Month, celebrated in the US in February, and how it is in danger of loosing sight of the present.
And the progress made in the last four decades has been limited by the fact that over the same period of time major economic changes have concentrated wealth in the hands of a few and out of reach of most black people.
Europe’s narrative bias
As part of Eurozine’s focal point “concord and conflict”, Erik Hammar reflects on the troubles with European cultural policy (or the lack thereof).
For years, cultural issues were left at the bottom of the EU pile. András Bozóki, the Hungarian academic and former Minister of Culture, has shown that culture has entered the agenda whenever the EU has been worried about its legitimacy and about the waning of popular confidence.
Greece to Build Border Fence to Deter Illegal Immigrants
In the NY Times, a short AP piece on Greece’s plans to erect a fence along its border with Turkey.
In the Wall Street Journal, a response from the EU, calling the fence ‘pointless’.
At the same time, a situation update from FRONTEX on the Joint Operation “Poseidon Land” at the Turkish-Greek land border.
Denmark: Integrating Immigrants into a Homogeneous Welfare State
From the Migration Information Source, a country profile on Denmark.
At the same time, the benchmark of successful integration has always been one of successful individual inclusion and acculturation to the mores of Danish life, since the Danish political system — unlike the systems of other Nordic countries — does not base itself on the recognition of minorities and only in exceptional cases makes juridical or political allowance for minority rights and cultural claims based on minority status. In this sense, Denmark is similar to France: egalitarian, secular, and assimilationist.
India to take up child custody dispute with Norway
Staying in the Nordic countries, a BBC news article on the case of two children placed in foster care because of ‘cultural differences’:
The children were taken under protective care by Barnevarne (Norwegian Child Welfare Services), which claimed there was an emotional disconnect with the parents.
Anurup Bhattacharya, a geo-scientist, who came to work and live in Stavanger in Norway in 2007, said: “We have been honest and perfect parents. There could be upbringing issues because of cultural differences.”
See also, an op-ed piece in The Hindu titled: Leave the kids alone, Norway.
Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have stringent state welfare policies for their nationals which empower them to place children in foster homes to live with strangers. The Norwegian Child Protection Services, however, ought not to have exercised such rights over Indian children whose religious, ethnic, cultural and linguistic milieu was different and distinct.
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