Tag: roma

Op-Ed: A Blind Eye to Antigypsyism at the European Parliament

Roma International Day, an annual celebration of Roma culture that took place earlier this month, was partly marred when news organizations neglected to report on the discriminatory language used against Roma at a coinciding debate at the European Parliament. Maria Bizzotto and Angelo Ciocca, both members of Italian political party Lega…

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Roma Youth: A Glimmer of Hope

Suad Skenderi on a future for young Roma in Europe.   Roma have lived in Europe since the 12th century,  arriving in several waves of migration[1]. They played a crucial role in the nation-building processes in almost every European state. Their contributions have been documented in every area of society, including cultural…

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In Istanbul, a Major Gentrification Project is Hyped via its Own Museum Exhibition

Residential development projects in Istanbul are often hyped via sleek, well-designed advertising and clever social media campaigns, and one sweeping gentrification initiative in central Istanbul has even been granted its own museum exhibition. Funded by the Polat Holding company, an exhibition linked to an ambitious project that the firm is…

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Hiding in Plain Sight: A Portrait of Krupka, Czech Republic

Discrimination against the Roma in the Czech Republic is well documented. In this article, Arber Selmani takes us on a tour of Krupka, a Roma settlement just one hour from Prague. Marek is just another guy in the settlement. He is 19, and speaks Czech, Slovakian, Russian, and English to…

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Roma War Traumas Have Yet To Be Addressed

The only trial for crimes against the Roma population in the former Yugoslavia has failed. There is a certain kind of music that can be heard after a degustation of Zijo Ribić’s fricassée. Yes, it’s too hot, but so overwhelming and delicate that after every bite, you hear a different…

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The Roma: A Different Story

 “Ignorance has hindered any possibility for the achievement of equality and has rendered the struggle of Roma invisible,” Suad Skenderi says. Now it’s time for a new way of looking at things.Roma, a widely dispersed group of people living in most of the countries of Europe. Infamous for the majority, forgotten by…

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Fear and Loathing in the UK: Ross Kemp Goes to Bulgaria

British TV host Ross Kemp goes to Bulgaria to ratchet up the racist anti-immigration rhetoric in advance of the British general election. It’s spring in the Balkans, and the residents of Bulgaria are exchanging their heavy winter jackets for martenitsa and cafe terraces. Far away from the streets of Sofia, the battle…

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