Day: October 28, 2013

Duck and Cover when Cyber Doomsday Comes

scared-duck-55328“The current blackout is a result of a cyber attack”

“It will happen”

Ominous words from the National Geographic channel and their premier movie this weekend.  Not really sure how the news reporter can still report given the aforementioned blackout, and also not sure why toilets cease to work when you lose power, but the point is taken.  We are all at the mercy of roving mobs of vigilantes because of the dangers of a cyber attack.

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Monday Linkage: Roma and race links

The recent ‘Maria’ case- involving a young blonde girl taken from a Roma family and found to be the daughter of a Bulgarian Roma couple- has inspired greater scrutiny of Roma communities.  More specifically, there have been subsequent cases of children taken from their Roma families because they did not ‘look’ Roma; however subsequent DNA tests confirmed the children to be the ‘legitimate’ biological children of their parents. A recent Spectator post calls the cases: a clash of “two great hysterias…racism and child-snatching, the Guardian’s obsession versus the Sun’s.” These cases have inspired interesting debate about race and family and shed light on a ‘new’ kind of racial profiling. As Lindy West at Jezebel recently put it “The cultural complexities here are daunting. “We noticed your kid didn’t look like you, so we took it” seems like it sets a bonkers precedent.”

Despite targeting blonde children within Roma communities, and the recent Irish police ‘blunder’ involving the removal of a blonde child from its biological family, the Irish government has claimed that there is no racial profiling taking place in these communities. This process of removing children from their home and placing them in the care of the state, while forcing parents to undergo DNA tests, has been raised as an invasion of both the parents and the child’s rights. Human rights groups are calling for an independent investigation of the cases. Continue reading

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