UN rights chief calls for prompt release of protestors held in Cuba, 7/18/21
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for the prompt release of protestors and journalists detained during anti‐government demonstrations in Cuba, some of whom are being held incommunicado.
The massive protests began on Sunday and are the biggest in decades, with thousands taking to the streets across the Caribbean island nation to demand the lifting of economic measures which have restricted access to basic goods, including food, medicine and COVID‐19 vaccines.
More than 100 people have been arrested, according to media reports.
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was very concerned at the alleged use of excessive force against protestors, and the large number of arrests.
What is cultural appropriation, and how does it differ from cultural appreciation? by Joshua E. Kane, 7/11/21
Fashion companies are increasingly being taken to task for selling expensive versions of traditional Indigenous dress. Gucci's kaftans came with a US$3,500 price tag, which is far more than the $10 that Indians pay for a very similar-looking traditional kurta. Louis Vuitton's $700 scarfs resembled the keiffyeh that is viewed as a symbol of Palestinian nationalism and sold in much of the Arab world at a far lower cost. Both fashion labels received criticism, but not only for the seemingly inflated prices. They were accused of appropriating Indigenous cultural artifacts for profit.
It is also an accusation that has been leveled against many celebrities. The American model Kendall Jenner was accused of “hijacking Mexican culture and wearing it as a costume” for her new Tequila 818 advertising campaign. And Canadian singer Justin Bieber is yet again being accused of cultural appropriation for sporting dreadlocks ‐ a natural hairstyle for people of color across many different civilizations.
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Zanzibar International Film Festival to Boost Island Tourism by Apolinari Tairo for eTN, 7/25/21
(Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi/Author Provided)
Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi supported organizers of the annual Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and said the event would expose and develop the island‘s tourism and heritage.
ZIFF is one of among Africa‘s premier film festivals, marking it as an important event. President Mwinyi said at the Zanzibar State House that the festival will help to develop and advertise Zanzibar‘s tourism.
Mwinyi confirmed that the government will continue working together with ZIFF to ensure it continues to attain more achievements.
The Zanzibar International Film Festival was launched 24 years ago with great success in Zanzibar. This year‘s event will be taking place from July 21 to 25 at Stone Town, Zanzibar‘s leading tourist hot spot and a tourist heritage site.
DACA in doubt after court ruling by Kevin Johnson for the Conversation, 7/25/21
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled on July 16, 2021, in Texas v. United States that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was unlawful. Hanen put a hold on new applications. The decision caught many people off guard because, in 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected then‐President Donald Trump's effort to dismantle DACA, leaving the policy mostly intact.
The federal government under President Joe Biden has been accepting new applications for DACA protections. That must now stop, Hanen ruled.
Judge Hanen's ruling only bars the approval of new DACA applications. It does not eliminate DACA relief for the approximately 690,000 people already enrolled in the program.
Current DACA recipients may still apply for renewals every two years. The Biden administration is likely to grant those renewals absent a change in the applicant's circumstances, such as a serious criminal conviction.
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