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For women studying and working in Eurocentric institutions, wearing natural hair can be a symbol of resistance. Shutterstock

Kinky, curly hair: a tool of resistance across the African diaspora

Natural hair has become a political rallying point for women across the African diaspora. For these women, wearing natural hair is way to resist Eurocentric norms and "post-racial" political thought.
What is the position of the “average Greek” in the coming referendum? AAP/AP Image/NewZulu/Aggeliki Koronaiou

Grexit and the impacts on the ‘average’ Greek

The Greeks are being asked to vote on whether they want further austerity measures. But the impact of the crisis is also being felt on Greek-Australian diaspora.
Africa has produced some incredible academics who are based elsewhere but want to contribute to their home continent. From www.shutterstock.com

Harnessing the potential of Africa’s global academic diaspora

There is a powerful African- born diaspora in North America and its members have much to offer their home continent. How should this relationship be crafted?
The war at home: a rally in Moscow for the people of Crimea. EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

Russia fuels Ukrainian crisis with disingenuous diaspora politics

The incursion into Ukraine by Russian forces, ostensibly in the name of “protecting” the Russian population of Crimea from harassment and violence at the hands of ethnic Ukrainians, is a classic case of…
I don’t want to be a care worker when I grow up. DFID - UK Department for International Development

Zimbabwean graduate migrants are more than just ‘British bottom cleaners’

Zimbabwean migrants to Britain are often referred to by those at home as being the BBC – British bottom cleaners – fit only for the most menial roles in the former colonial “mother country”. But our research…
Australia sends more foreign fighters to Syria than any other western nation - including suspected suicide bomber ‘Abu Asma al-Australi’. What problems does this pose? Twitter/@AbuSiqr

Is it a problem that Australia sends the most foreign fighters to Syria?

A married Queenslander using the nom de guerre “Abu Asma al-Australi” featured as a suicide bomber in a promotional video released by the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jahbat al-Nusra earlier this month. He…
Chanukah lights on Bondi Beach. AAP/Tracy Neary

Australia, Israel and the politics of diaspora

Australia is home to a many diasporas: communities of migrants and their descendants who maintain a spiritual or material connection to their mythical or physical homelands, be it their place of birth…

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