I don’t know about the rest of the world, but we have T-shirt weather! This means the news will be short and sweet, so I can go back to hanging out with the neighbours. Read More News in Europe: Pickled Gherkin Time
It’s been a busy week in the immigration debate that has been steadily gaining momentum in the UK over the last months. What started as a timidly-voiced fear of a Romanian and Bulgarian influx last year has now turned into the next big thing in electioneering. Everybody’s got something to say about immigrants, and most of it is scary. What’s missing is the loud voice of protest against the rhetoric almost all political parties are now using. Read More Expat Ramblings: The Trouble with Immigrants
The headlines about this story were troublesome from the outset: A “Blonde Angel” child was found in a Romani community in Greece, and the Romani couple claiming to be her parents were suspected of having obtained the child illegally. Like so much of the most salacious coverage, the facts emerged piecemeal, and were originally overshadowed by sheer unsubstantiated speculation. Before the story was resolved, the incident had spurred two similar investigations in Ireland, and anti-Romani sentiment, always strong in Europe, had skyrocketed. Read More Missing the Point: What Coverage of the “Blonde Angel” Tried to Ignore
Today’s newsy roundup inspires a lot of, “WTF is wrong with you?” commentary, but I’ve got some good news, too. Come, gather ’round; let’s talk about what’s happening in the world.
We return to Europe this week in International Women’s Issues. And really, if you’re going to write about the worldwide struggle for women’s rights, and this is a Europe Week in your globe-hopping, you have to write about the Roma. Read More International Women’s Issues: Romani Women in Romania
She made me feel like a human being. That’s not the kind of thing you just forgive. Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E14 “Innocence”