The Thursday Rounds

The rise of the “others” in the UK, Lebanese immigrants’ success in Canada, LGBT anti-discrimination events in Kyrgyzstan, compulsory Chinese in Zimbabwean education, and more in today’s news rounds…

Race, Ethnicity & Nationality

  • Guyana‘s multiracial oppositional coalition triumphs over incumbent party of two decades in presidential election. (Reuters)
  • U.S. police forces have seen steady diversification of their ranks over the last three decades, with officers of color now accounting for just over 25% of the total force. (Washington Post)
  • Number of “others”–those not identifying with racial and ethnic categories on census forms–projected to increase to 10 million in the U.K. over next 15 years. (Daily Mail)
  • Study finds Hong Kong (China) kindergartens’ language practices in admissions may constitute discrimination against ethnic minorities. (The Standard)


  • Rights organization calls on Indonesia to reform its military entrance requirement subjecting women applicants to a medical examination including a “virginity test.” (Euronews)

Migration & Displacement

  • Malaysia and Thailand turns away migrant boats, frustrating efforts to handle the escalating Southeast Asia human-smuggling situation, and some Malaysians dig in against the immigrants. (Al Jazeera, Reuters, Daily Express)
  • A summary of some Southeast Asian nations’ official and unofficial responses to recent migration developments. (NYT)
  • More than 300 enslaved children freed by Central African Republic militias, while thousands more may still be trapped. (Reuters)
  • Lebanese immigrants find marked success in Halifax (Canada), leading some to hope that other immigrant communities will benefit from the model. (The Chronicle Herald)

Religion & Belief

  • French mayor proposes to former President Nicolas Sarkozy that Islam be banned in France, sparking outrage. (Le Monde, in French)

Sexual & Gender Identity

  • The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association releases its 2015 report on global state-sponsored homophobia, finding the number of countries criminalizing same-sex sexual relations to have fallen from 92 in 2006 to 76 in 2015. (ILGA)
  • Labrys, Kyrgyzstan‘s only LGBT-community focused group, presses on with events this week around the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia after suffering arson attack last month. (AKIpress)


In Addition

  • Zimbabwe education ministry proposes to add Chinese as compulsive language in secondary school, causing some outrage as indigenous languages struggle to find teaching support. (RFI)
  • With NGOs often serving as the only protectors of marginalized interests, observers worry as South Sudan passes bill requiring NGOs to re-register and submit to government monitoring. (Sudan Tribune)

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