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‘Lamartine rejects the red flag in front of the town hall,’ a painting by Henri Félix Philippoteaux (1815–1884), captures a seminal moment in the second French Revolution in Paris in 1848, when revolutionaries demanded human and civil rights. (Les Musées de la ville de Paris)

Note to Québec’s premier: French is the language of human rights, not xenophobia

French has historically been a language of human rights. That’s why the Québec government should promote it as a tool of a human rights-based civic education, not force it on newcomers.
Giorgia Meloni gestures during the handover ceremony with outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi at Chigi Palace in Rome in October 2022. Meloni, whose political party with neo-fascist roots secured the most votes in Italy’s national election in September, took office as the country’s first far-right leader since the end of the Second World War. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Why the ideology of the ‘New Right’ is so dangerous

The so-called New Right is aiming for an ideological renewal of right-wing politics by focusing on cultural identity and the politics of belonging. Here’s why that’s so ominous.
Members of Operation Dudula sing and chant slogans during their protest outside the Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville township, west of Pretoria, restricting undocumented migrants from accessing healthcare. Photo by Phill Magakoe/ Getty Images

5 essential reads on migrant access to healthcare in South Africa

Small, organised groups of South Africans who are stopping undocumented foreigners from using hospitals bring the issue of migrants accessing healthcare into the spotlight.
There are many ongoing silences and erasures around anti-Muslim hate and violence in education systems. (Shutterstock)

Schools need to step up to address Islamophobia

Tackling Islamophobia as a form of racism even when Muslims aren’t visible is key.
Inkatha leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, former South African President FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela after signing a peace pledge ahead of the first democratic elections in 1994. Keith Schamotta/AFP via Getty Images

New book on South Africa’s history puts black people at the centre, for a change

This history covers twelve decades, from the surrender of Boer guerrillas in the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1902 to the July 2021 looting spree and violence.
Members of the LGBT community attending the annual Gay Pride march in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2017. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

LGBT migrants in South Africa: religion can be a blessing, and a curse

The author set out to understand how the faith of displaced LGBT people in South Africa has evolved over time, and how religion has shaped their experiences of displacement.
Immigrant students worry that minor school infractions could lead to deportation. Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Deportation threats for some students come from within schools

Researchers say educators told them that immigrant students are sometimes made to believe they will be deported. Why? One reason is educators didn’t want them to drag down their school’s test scores.

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