Syrians at airport win right to seek refugee status – The Korea Herald

Syrians at airport win right to seek refugee status – The Korea Herald

A South Korean court ruled Thursday in favor of nine Syrian asylum seekers who had been denied entry into the country to apply for the status. They stayed at an airport for the past six months awaiting the decision. The Incheon Administrative Court ordered the Justice Ministry to allow the asylum seekers to apply for refugee status in the country, saying depriving applicants of the chance to claim asylum should only be made in exceptional cases. A total of 28 Syrian asylum seekers filed a lawsuit against the Justice Ministry…

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas – The New York Times

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas – The New York Times

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory. The decision, Fisher v. University of Texas, No. 14-981, concerned an unusual program and contained a warning to other universities that not all affirmative action programs will pass constitutional muster. But the ruling’s basic message was that admissions officials may continue to consider race as one factor among many in ensuring a diverse student body. Source: Supreme Court Upholds…

South Korea near bottom of world survey of air quality – The Korea Herald

South Korea near bottom of world survey of air quality – The Korea Herald

South Korea ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in terms of air quality, the Environmental Performance Index 2016 rankings showed Monday. Scoring 45.51 out of 100 in the air quality category, South Korea was one of the poorest performers among Asian countries, according to the EPI survey done by Yale University and Columbia University. The EPI evaluates countries’ performance on high-priority environmental issues based on 20 indicators such as air quality, health impact, climate and energy. The results are announced at the World Economic Forum biannually. Source: South…

Lawyers group seeking interview with North Korean restaurant defectors – The Hankyoreh

Lawyers group seeking interview with North Korean restaurant defectors – The Hankyoreh

Strange story, turning even stranger. Announced just days before the South Korean general elections, this sensational news story had suspicious (auspicious?) timing to begin with. National security and NK issues tend to help drive votes towards the conservative ruling party, so the news that a group of 13 North Koreans — all employees at the Ryukyung Restaurant in Ningbo, China — had defected en masse to South Korea seemed a little… convenient. I’ve been hearing more about this so-called defection over the last few weeks, including…

In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change – NPR

In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change – NPR

Pretty superficial story, though with focus on a particular neighbourhood. It’s not just about low birthrates (which makes things sound “natural”) but also capitalism’s pursuit of low-wage (migrant) labour. Read the full transcript or listen. Source: In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change – NPR (May 15, 2016…

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Why are there no black writers on ‘Orange Is the New Black?’ – Fusion

Why are there no black writers on ‘Orange Is the New Black?’ – Fusion

Go figure. The show addresses issues that underlie the Black Lives Matter movement, but why are there no black voices in the writers’ room? Source: Why are there no black writers on ‘Orange Is the New Black?’ – Fusion (June 22, 2016…

Open Letter in Support of Students and Faculty in University of Hyderabad by Concerned Academics in Canada – Stand with HCU | Justice for Rohith

“We, academics from Canada strongly condemn the police brutality unleashed on students and faculty at University of Hyderabad (UoH). This attack is a part of the recent spate of attacks on students and faculty across Indian universities. In the recent years we have seen the derecognition of Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) in IIT-Madras, the clamping down of student protestors in FTII Pune, the suspension of five Dalit research scholars in University of Hyderabad including Rohith Vemula, and the arrests of students in JNU on charges of sedition…

Statement of solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India

Statement of solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India

The following is a letter from Toronto-area faculty in solidarity with the student struggle at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. To read and sign please follow the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_zt-bhH6IGCKhx9AwwncFBwUriU5MeGaWohHnEwjB5E/viewform?c=0&w=1 Statement of Solidarity with JNU We, the undersigned, faculty and students at universities across Canada, wish to express our solidarity with the ongoing student struggle at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. In doing so, we wholeheartedly condemn the extra-constitutional detention of the JNU…

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

A raucous group of 30, 40 members of a “conservative group” disrupted a petition campaign at the Seoul Station, organized by labour unions, Sewol families, and other civic groups. The mostly-old-men from the right-wing Ŏbŏi Yŏnhap (Korea Parent Federation) verbally assaulted (epithets accusing the activists of being ‘pro-North Korea’ and contributing to South Korea’s ruination) and damaged signage and picket signs. Thankfully, there were only minor injuries in the altercation. Several of these intruders have been arrested and…

The Failed Radical Possibilities of Queerness in India – Raiot

The Failed Radical Possibilities of Queerness in India – Raiot

“Queerness saved my life. I say this not as a romantic burst of affection for my community, but as a piece of fact about my life. It’s queerness that taught me what it means to scratch together a family that did not rely on blood, caste, geography or language. It’s queerness that showed me love whose poetry doesn’t work on hallmark greeting cards. It’s queerness finally that let me love fiercely my community, many individuals and most wantonly – myself. Perhaps it’s my gratitude for…

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