from Nicholas Wapshott:

Sterling: Defying a century of progress

By Nicholas Wapshott
May 6, 2014

A supporter holds a photo cutout of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling while standing in line for the NBA Playoff game 5 between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles

The punishment of Clippers owner Donald Sterling for being caught expressing his racist beliefs -- “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” -- was swift and severe. The National Basketball Association, the players and a large majority of the team owners were quick to come together to condemn Sterling’s primitive remarks.

from The Great Debate:

Cliven Bundy: Racism entwined with government antipathy

By Bill Schneider
April 28, 2014

Conservatives would like us to believe that hatred of government and racism are totally separate phenomena. That one has nothing to do with the other. They're wrong.

from The Great Debate:

Bundy: Counterfeit hero

By Neal Gabler
April 25, 2014

The shelf life of heroes isn’t what it used to be.

Once upon a time, a hero would burst upon the scene -- a Charles A. Lindbergh, a Babe Ruth, a Red Grange, an Audie Murphy, a Neil Armstrong -- and he would not only receive reverent acclaim, that acclaim would last for decades. Sometimes forever.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

What Mandela meant

By Nicholas Wapshott
December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela will be remembered as the person who, more than any other, brought an end to apartheid, the heartless policy of “separate development” in which white, black and South Asian South Africans were obliged to live apart. It is part of his towering achievement that the very notion of racial segregation is anathema to democrats throughout the civilized world. He will be mourned as a freedom fighter and the father of his nation, whose wisdom, patience and courage tormented his oppressors and finally drove them to accept that racial discrimination should have no place in a system of government.

from The Great Debate:

Obama takes on the presumption of thuggery that permeates Martin case

By David Dante Troutt
July 24, 2013

Everyone looks to their president for protection against calamity, and black voters are no different. One little discussed fact of the Obama presidency is how it has been a singularly disastrous economic period for the first black president’s most loyal constituency: black people.

from India Insight:

Justice delayed for Punjab beating victim

July 9, 2012

Burundi national Yannick Nihangaza was brutally beaten in April by allegedly drunk youngsters, and left for dead in Jalandhar, a city in Punjab. Nearly three months later, the 23-year-old Nihangaza lies in a vegetative state at a hospital.

from Full Focus:

Russia’s untouchables

February 1, 2012

Russia’s demographic situation is one of the many factors contributing to uncertainty in understanding the future of the country. As one of the world's only developing countries with a decreasing population, the Russian economy relies on a large influx of migrant workers to fill the gap. Photographer Denis Sinyakov documents the divisive issue of immigration.

from Global News Journal:

Pop star freed but Mexican attitudes still on trial

January 27, 2011

Mexican pop star Kalimba, accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in December, walked free on Thursday after a judge ordered his release for lack of evidence. For fans of the dreadlocked singer and dj, it was a justice of sorts, given that 73 percent of Mexicans believe he was innocent, according to a poll in leading newspaper Reforma. MEXICO/

from India Insight:

Does Indian literature owe its global success to the Raj?

January 18, 2011

As close to 50,000 people prepare to celebrate India's bulging roster of nationally and internationally renowned authors and poets at the seventh annual Jaipur Literary Festival, a public spat between its British organiser and an Indian magazine over allegations of perpetuating "a Raj that still lingers" threatens to ignite a decades-old debate over the role of colonial English in the country's literary success.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Italian referee leads the way in battling racist chants

October 18, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/Italian soccer has long struggled with racist chanting, a horror which has largely been stamped out in countries like England and Germany.