Category Archives: Australian internet filter

Charged with receiving chocolate frog

There’s not much to say about this story except that it is utterly outrageous: An Aboriginal boy, 12, will face a children’s court today charged with receiving a stolen Freddo frog. The chocolate frog, allegedly shoplifted by the child’s friend from a Coles supermarket in regional Western Australia, usually sells for about 70 cents. The […]

Here we go, here we go, here we go

Yes, it’s on again, the annual UK BNP blow-up. This time it’s the BBC, and not the Oxford Union. Memo to the ‘anti-fascist league’ or whatever you call yourselves these days: 1. Preventing these people from speaking will not make them go away. 2. Behaving badly while the loonies behave politely will make the greater […]

Condoms and SETIcide

Nigeria’s government is asking cinemas to stop showing a science fiction film, District Nine, that it says denigrates the country’s image. Information Minister Dora Akunyili told the BBC’s Network Africa programme that she had asked the makers of the film, Sony, for an apology. She says the film portrays Nigerians as cannibals, criminals and prostitutes. […]

The best defence…

…is a good offence it seems. Ten people have been arrested during a demonstration outside a mosque in north-west London where an anti-Islamic protest was planned. At least 1,000 people gathered outside Harrow Central Mosque as activists from Stop Islamification of Europe planned to demonstrate outside the mosque. Unite Against Fascism were also present to […]

No, tell us what you really think!

I have never had much time for Keysar Trad. As a so-called advocate for Muslims in Australia, I’d say he’s got a bit to learn — like Sheikh Hillaly whom he assisted, it has always seemed to me that his statements have probably done more to hinder the reputation of Islam in Australia than help […]

The more things change…

The US president has said police acted “stupidly” when they arrested a black Harvard scholar outside his own home. Prof Henry Louis Gates was held last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the top university where he teaches. Barack Obama said the US had a long history of African-Americans being disproportionately stopped by police. Officers […]

Crabs in a bucket

In comments on my post on Michael Jackson, Su mentioned the “crabs in a bucket” syndrome that affects race relations in the US – the notion that those who were trying to escape from bad circumstances undermined others in the same predicament to further their own escape. Such a vivid metaphor for anyone who has […]

A rose by any other name

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet… (Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1594) Or not. I remember when a friend’s husband was employed by a large telco, he was asked to change his Islamic sounding name to “Michael” when taking calls from customers. Being a […]

Indiscernible Immigration

British National Party (BNP) chairman Nick Griffin has defended a party leaflet which says that black Britons and Asian Britons “do not exist”. The BNP’s “Language and Concepts Discipline Manual” says the term used should be “racial foreigners”. In a BBC interview, Mr Griffin said to call such people British was a sort of “bloodless […]

Stereotypes and victims of crime

There’s a lengthy and surprisingly bitter thread over at Larvatus Prodeo on two related but conceptually distinct phenomena. The first concerns cultural and racial stereotyping. The second concerns the safety advice police widely give to those who have a greater risk of being victims of crime. The post is a thoughtful one (written by regular […]