Article Archive for November 2010
Bhutanese refugees, assembled at City Hall on October 14 to express their gratitude to Mayor Peter Kelly and for Canada’s hospitality. One hundred twenty four Bhutanese refugees have so far arrived in Halifax while Canada has accepted 5,000 of the 120,000 Bhutanese who have been driven out of their homes.
It sounds at first like a familiar Mideast tussle: Israel demands recognition, Arabs refuse to give it. But Israel’s recent push to be recognized as a “Jewish” state is actually a new twist on an old struggle, and one that is rapidly turning into the latest stumbling block to faltering peace talks.
It was sometime in August 1995, when a great exodus of Serbs from Croatia had begun. They were pouring into Bosnia, trying to move forward into Serbia. There was chaos as people began to flee. Tanja Krajcinovic, a Croatian refugee at the time was recounting to this reporter the onset of the Balkan war.
Identifying Hate in a Liberal Multicultural State was the focus of Dr. Gerald Kernerman’s talk in Halifax on October 7. Dr. Kernerman is associate professor of Political Science at York University. The event was co-sponsored by the Sociology and Criminology Department of Saint Mary’s University.
A two-day conference: Creating Bridges: Multiculturalism and Diversity in the 21st Century kicked off October 13 at the Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel in Halifax with at least 100 delegates packing the Lake View conference room.
Global Change and the Need for a New Social Imagination’ was the focus of a talk by Alison Byrsk at Dalhousie University on 21 September. Byrsk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an author of several books on international human rights and its reform around the globe.
The ousting on 17 October of insurgents by pro-government forces in Bulo Hawo, a town in Somalia’s southwestern Gedo region elicited mixed emotions among war-weary residents, thousands of whom have taken flight.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Europe, late October, against a new “politics of polarization,” discrimination and intolerance over immigration, with Muslim immigrants as primary targets, as he delivered major addresses before two of the continent’s leading bodies.
While Americans and Europeans, residents of “rich countries,” have spent the last few years fretting over their economic future and increasingly embittered with their governments, something remarkable has unfolded quietly in a region that receives little international attention. Latin America now finds itself in the midst of a full-fledged economic miracle.