Rise in anti-refugee violence in Germany endangers efforts to provide safe havens for the displaced
- In the first half of the year, 150 arson and other attacks were recorded by the government, putting 2015 on track for a significant increase over the 170 recorded in 2014.
- One anti-immigrant demonstration in Rostock saw Albanian and Egyptian refugees attacked during a festival.
- Germany is expected to provide shelter to 450,000 asylum-seekers this year, and at least one poll indicated 50% of Germans would like to see the country take in more.
“The right’s populist ideas are spreading like wildfire in the CSU [Christian Social Union] and it’s extremely dangerous.”
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South African woman awarded country’s first drone pilot license
- Nicole Swart, 23, was awarded the license by the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
- Already a holder of the highest pilot’s license, Swart is certified to pilot planes in-person and remotely and also works as a testing standards officer.
- The licensing comes as countries begin to build regulations for the operation of drones, controlled remotely from the ground or via another aircraft.
“It was important for me to get an RPAS pilot’s licence, as I believe technology is advancing rapidly and in the near future this mode of transport will be as common and necessary as cellular phones are in this era.”
Read the full story at News24.
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The Life and Love of Black Women in Japan
Part of her “Black Eye” series in The Japan Times examining life in Japan for black immigrants, this Baye McNeil piece shines a light on the hardships of romantic life for black women in the country. From fetishism to “friend-zoning,” McNeil finds black women face challenges particular to the intersection of their identities in the search for romance and familial security in Japan.
Read the full feature at The Japan Times.
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European human rights court rules same-sex partnership rights fall under international human rights law
- The decision responded to a lawsuit from Italian same-sex couples, who live in the only remaining Western European country lacking some form of same-sex partnership rights.
- Italy’s own courts have ruled in favor of such rights with support from the Italian PM, but Parliament has largely ignored the issue, refusing to create the framework establishing such rights and protections.
- Arguing that partnership rights fall under the “right to respect for private and family life,” the ruling technically compels compliance from the 47 Council of Europe member states, though its rulings have been ignored in the past.
Read the full story at BuzzFeed.
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