The tweet that sparked a debate over racism in Norway
"It started with a tweet. On Sunday evening, medical student Warsan Ismail began to list a series of everyday examples of racism she and her family have experienced in Norway. She began with the story of how, when she was just five, her neighbours set a pair of dogs after her mother. In 140 characters, she continued with anecdote after anecdote - each one tagged with the hashtag #norskrasisme, or ‘Norwegian racism.’
Within minutes, many others tweeted similar stories. By the end of the evening, it was one of the top trending terms on Twitter in Norway. Ismail was soon interviewed by major newspapers and on Norwegian TV. To date, there have been more than 6,000 tweets using the hashtag - and it’s still on the up.”
Singh received a dossier of more than 50 pages of data police have compiled on him, some of it stemming from traffic violations. Amongst the pages are data from eight contact cards, indicating that his personal details and officer observations — like rudeness to police or Knia’s suggestion he’d been racially profiled — have become part of the massive police database.
Singh, 39, who is the current chair of the Caribana Arts Group, says he was surprised by how many times he’d been documented, and by the dismal quality of the information.
The contact cards list him as ranging from five-foot-nine to a lofty eight feet. One card listed him as being born in Jamaica. (He was born in Toronto.) Another describes his appearance as “Caribbean.”
“There’s varying information in this and it concerns me,” said Singh, who shared his stop information with the Star. “First of all, I don’t know why I’m being documented in this way. And second of all, things are inaccurate.”
“I’ve never been arrested but yet I have a file this thick in a Toronto police database on me,” he said. “It’s an insult and it’s dangerous.
OK, there are many issues with this article that I’m not going to get into but I want to focus on this quote for it banality. This is the argument we hear all the time but in this case it’s about “radical” militias attacking a French uranium mine.
Someone explain to me how this French uranium mine, is conducive to growth anywhere other than France. Certainly not Niger.
Platform Campanha Limpa (Clean Campaign) invites all citizens to help monitor electoral spending, by sending pictures of campaign materials such as posters, banners, signs, gifts and treats, rallies and events.
I’m very concerned about the article “Liberia’s female president pushing for change” published in today’s Globe and Mail that reads like a press release for “brand Sirleaf.” Many of my colleagues in Liberia and elsewhere have expressed shock that such an uncritical article could ever appear about any politician, especially one embroiled in several scandals around chronic corruption and the imprisonment of Liberia’s top newspaper editor.
It’s no surprise then to find the author explicitly describing himself as a PR professional in online bios. Perhaps this is advertorial copy written for “Me to We,” a for-profit organization that runs high pressure sales seminars for kids on the value of buying expensive overseas “volunteer” trips. If so, why isn’t it clearly marked as such?
This feels like a breach of trust and needs to be addressed.