Hungary’s Viktor Orban fires up Texas conservatives

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has told a conference of US conservatives that the West is locked in “a clash of civilizations”. The right-wing leader drew enthusiastic applause at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas. Mr Orban’s speech comes after his long-time cabinet adviser resigned over comments he made that she described as “pure Nazi”. He had said Hungarians “do not want to become peoples of mixed race”. Speaking in Dallas on Thursday, Mr Orban did not directly address that furore, but said: “A Christian politician cannot be racist.” The Hungarian premier also said those who consider him a … Continue reading Hungary’s Viktor Orban fires up Texas conservatives

Update: Wife of Nigerian man killed in Italy demands justice

The wife of a Nigerian street trader who was killed in Italy has told the BBC she is seeking justice following his “painful death”. Aliku Ogorchukwu, 39, was reportedly selling handkerchiefs in the seaside town of Civitanova Marche on Friday when he was chased and beaten to death. A 32-year-old Italian has been arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery. A video circulating online shows a man on top of Ogorchukwu, punching him with his bare hands. None of those who witnessed the broad daylight attack appeared to intervene. “This is a form of wickedness I don’t know,” Ogorchukwu’s wife, … Continue reading Update: Wife of Nigerian man killed in Italy demands justice

Hungary PM criticises ‘mixing’ of Europeans and non-Europeans

In what can only be described as how Adolf Hitler started his murderous agenda. Hungary’s far-right prime minister has caused outrage by criticizing the “mixing” of European and non-European people. “We [Hungarians] are not a mixed race… and we do not want to become a mixed race,” Viktor Orban said during a speech on Saturday. His comments sparked outrage from opposition MPs and European politicians. Katalin Cseh, an MEP from Hungary’s opposition Momentum party, tweeted: “To all ‘mixed race’ people in Hungary, whatever this senseless racist outburst means: Your skin color may be different, you may come from Europe or beyond-you … Continue reading Hungary PM criticises ‘mixing’ of Europeans and non-Europeans

German Documenta art fair chief quits in anti-Semitism row

The director of a world-famous German art show has quit in a row over an artwork condemned as anti-Semitic. The Documenta 15 show in Kassel briefly included a mural showing a soldier with a pig’s head and a Star of David. The mural also depicted a character with fangs, Jewish Orthodox-style sidelocks and a hat labelled “SS”. It was done by an Indonesian art group. There was an outcry soon after the show opened last month. Director Sabine Schormann has now resigned. She has apologised for not recognizing the mural’s anti-Semitism. An interim successor is to be appointed, as the … Continue reading German Documenta art fair chief quits in anti-Semitism row

Lewis Hamilton racially abused as shocking video footage emerges

Nelson Piquet (left) An interview in which Nelson Piquet appeared to use a racist term to refer to Lewis Hamilton while discussing his win at last year’s British Grand Prix has surfaced online. Hamilton managed to claim an important victory at Silverstone despite tangling with Max Verstappen on the opening lap, with the Dutchman veering off at high speed after making contact with his Mercedes rival. Verstappen was sent flying into the barriers at the side of the track with a very strong force and needed to be taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary checks, with the Red Bull man … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton racially abused as shocking video footage emerges

Australian state of Victoria becomes first to ban the display of Swastika symbol

Victoria has become Australia’s first state to specifically ban the display of the Nazi swastika. Under a new law, people who intentionally exhibit the symbol face up to a year in jail or a A$22,000 (£12,300; $15,000) fine. Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said “nobody has the right to spread racism, hate or anti-Semitism”. Like many places globally, Australia has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in recent times. Victoria already has anti-hate speech laws – but they have been criticised for having “gaps”. A push for reform intensified in 2020 when a couple raised a swastika flag above their … Continue reading Australian state of Victoria becomes first to ban the display of Swastika symbol

Chinese man held over racist videos

A Chinese filmmaker wanted by Malawi as part of an investigation into allegations of racism and child exploitation has been arrested. Lu Ke was a Malawi resident when he was exposed by BBC Africa Eye, which reported he had used local children to film personalised greetings videos, some of which included racist content. These videos can be bought for up to $70 (£55) on Chinese social media and internet platforms. Lu Ke denied making derogatory videos. He said he made his videos in order to spread Chinese culture to the local community. In one of the videos seen by the … Continue reading Chinese man held over racist videos

Update: Buffalo shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes

The gunman accused of killing 10 people in an upstate New York supermarket has been charged with hate crimes by the US justice department. Authorities believe that suspect Payton Gendron, 18, was motivated by racial hatred. Almost all the victims in the shooting were black. He now faces 26 federal hate crime and firearms charges, some of which carry the possibility of the death penalty. Mr Gendron has pleaded not guilty to separate state charges. According to the federal criminal complaint released on Wednesday, Mr Gendron’s “motive for the mass shooting was to prevent black people from replacing white people”. … Continue reading Update: Buffalo shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes

Update: Ryanair airline drops controversial South African Afrikaans test

Ryanair has dropped a controversial test in the Afrikaans language aimed at identifying passengers travelling on fake South African passports. Boss Michael O’Leary said imposing the test “doesn’t make any sense”. The policy caused outrage in South Africa, where many black people associate Afrikaans with the days of white-minority rule. South Africa has 11 official languages and Ryanair never explained why it chose Afrikaans. The quiz contained questions such as what is South Africa’s international dialling code, what is its capital city and who is the current president of the country. Anyone who failed was refused travel and refunded the … Continue reading Update: Ryanair airline drops controversial South African Afrikaans test

Airline subjects South Africans to UK general knowledge test before boarding UK flights

Ryanair has been accused of racial discrimination for making South African nationals take a general knowledge test in Afrikaans to prove their nationality before being allowed to board its flights in the UK and the rest of Europe. Afrikaans is spoken by about 14% of South Africa’s population, alongside the country’s 11 other official languages. South African travellers have complained the experience has left them feeling humiliated and traumatized. Dinesh Joseph, who speaks English, told Metro that the test felt like “profiling and discrimination” after he was asked to complete it to get back to London from his holiday in … Continue reading Airline subjects South Africans to UK general knowledge test before boarding UK flights

Ex-Premier League boss quits Bulgarian club after fans racially abuse own players

Former Premier League manager Alan Pardew has quit his new role at a Bulgarian club after its own fans threw bananas at its black players.Alan Pardew and his assistant manager Alex Dyer Mr Pardew – who only took over as manager of the first team in April – left CSKA Sofia with immediate effect over the racist abuse levelled at black players by a section of supporters. He first joined the club in November 2020 as technical director after a career spanning a number of big teams including Crystal Palace and Newcastle. CSKA lost the Bulgaria cup final to bitter … Continue reading Ex-Premier League boss quits Bulgarian club after fans racially abuse own players

South Korean Rock band arrives at White House with anti-Asian hate summit

They are the world’s best-selling artists, and they have brought the “K-Wave” to the White House. But BTS were not there to show President Joe Biden their “dynamite” moves. Rather, it was to discuss anti-Asian hate. Crimes targeting East Asians have risen dramatically in the US amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The boy band members, all in their 20s have vowed to help Mr Biden, 79, tackle the issue. “It’s not wrong to be different,” BTS member Suga said through an interpreter. “Maybe equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences”. Another member, V, said that “everyone … Continue reading South Korean Rock band arrives at White House with anti-Asian hate summit