In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

Oct 30, 2014

In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France’s hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural Islamization. Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the total to over a dozen ...

No easy retirement in South Korea

Oct 27, 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meager or non-existent pensions. But President Park Geun-hye’s vision of a new “creative economy” seems to have ...

Oct 23, 2014

Tribes in Baghdad suburb vow to keep Islamic State at bay

The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad’s airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It’s an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants. For now, this Sunni-dominated town remains beyond ...

Teens charged over 'un-Australian' racist train rant in Brisbane

Oct 12, 2014

Teens charged over 'un-Australian' racist train rant in Brisbane

Australian police charged two teenagers on Sunday after a video of one of them allegedly racially abusing a train guard in a five-minute rant went viral online. The young men, aged 17 and 18, were questioned by Queensland police earlier Sunday over the expletive-filled ...

South Korea has serious problem with racism, U.N. envoy says

Oct 6, 2014

South Korea has serious problem with racism, U.N. envoy says

The U.N.’s top expert on racism outlined Monday “serious problems” faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse. Following a weeklong mission to Asia’s fourth-largest economy, during which requested meetings with ...