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Race & Society

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Turns out Bhutan has a dark side after all: Ethnic cleansing

By Mark A. Bonta / October 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Turns out Bhutan has a dark side after all: Ethnic cleansing

Once upon a time, the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, often likened to “Shangri-La,” made a name for itself by measuring and promoting its Gross National Happiness, and these days it claims to have achieved “universal happiness” among its Buddhists citizens. But there is a serious dark side to this near-mythic land: Ethnic cleansing, drug […]

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Race hate drives Indonesian crackdown in West Papua

By Mark A. Bonta / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Race hate drives Indonesian crackdown in West Papua

Racist incidents against Papuans in the Indonesian capital of Java have reignited a long-simmering independence movement in West Papua itself. This new wave of protests has spread to 30 other cities around the archipelago nation, and dozens of protestors have been killed. Papuans are marginalized across the Indonesia and even in their own home region. […]

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There’s nothing new about what happened in El Paso

By Mark A. Bonta / August 30, 2019 / Comments Off on There’s nothing new about what happened in El Paso

“Post-El Paso — now everybody’s suspect, and it’s very scary for us to think that you cannot go about your livelihood, your work and your family life.”

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