The Face of Hate in Bulgaria: MEP Angel Dzambazki


By Bernard Rorke

“Tell me something about integration. About tolerance. About ‘liberalism’. About ‘humanism’ … And I will tell you how to use a rope.”

This recent Facebook post marks the latest anti-Roma racist provocation by MEP Angel Dzambazki. Earlier in June, he posted a picture of a group of Romani men involved in a clash with ethnic Bulgarians as his Facebook cover photo with the comment: ‘Euthanasia’. 

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Two cheers for the EU’s two in a row against Orbán


By Bernard Rorke

It’s not been the best of weeks for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz regime. First came the swell of condemnation from home and abroad concerning the smear campaign against George Soros with its anti-Semitic billboards plastered all over motorways, metro stations, tram stops and public squares. On Thursday morning the government suddenly announced it would remove the posters from public places from 15 July. On Thursday afternoon came two signals from Brussels that Europe is fast losing patience with the arbitrary and illiberal excesses of Fidesz and its contemptuous disregard for EU law.

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Roma Expelled from Paradise: Ethnic Cleansing on the Greek Isle of Mykonos


By Bernard Rorke

Mykonos may have supplanted Ibiza as the de rigueur hangout for celebrities and clubbers alike, but it would seem that there is no room on the ‘island of the winds’ for Greek Roma. 

The island, which has “emerged as the undisputed summer queen of hip holiday destinations” with a 40% increase in summer visitors, indulged in a bout of ethnic ‘spring cleaning’ in the form of a police sweep operation that rounded up scores of Roma and promptly put them aboard the first ship off the island last April.  

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The Roma and the Subaltern Communities of India


By Jekatyerina Dunajeva, Gopalakrishnan Karunanithi, Andrew Ryder and Nidhi Trehan

The editors of the Indian Journal of Social Work are pleased to announce the publication of a special edition entitled ‘Collectivity and Empowerment in Addressing Marginality: The Roma and the Subaltern Communities of India’. The main objective of this special edition is to reflect on a comparison between the European Roma and the Dalits in India by focusing on strategies to reverse their marginality and to gain potential for sharing and mobilising a counter-narrative to their predicament.

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Bulgarian government sticks a middle finger at Europe and appoints a fascist to head integration unit


By Bernard Rorke

The muted EU response to the appointment of Patriot Front henchman, Valeri Simeonov, to lead Bulgaria’s council on integration beggars belief. In an open letter on May 29, nearly 400 Bulgarian human rights activists and intellectuals, denounced the appointment of a "pronounced supporter of fascist and neo-Nazi ideology," 

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