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Racism-Sexism At South African Universities

It is now almost two decades since the white apartheid regime was forced to agree to end the hated system of life and engage on an equal basis with black inhabitants of the nation. However, in 2009, a report examining higher education institutions discovered wide spread racism and sexism at universities in South Africa. The report noted that policies had been changed but when it came to implementation of those new regulations there was a significant lack of progress. There was also concern as to whether higher education curriculum had been changed in order to prepare students for a society whose values had changed as South Africans moved towards creation of a multi-racial ethnic society.

Higher education institutions have scant difficulty changing policies to reflect a desire for a more diverse student body. But, universities are still controlled by faculty bodies which have vested interests in protecting their values, their friendships, and their interpretation as to what constitutes academic rigor. There is need for higher education to rethink what is being taught in light of the diversity of South Africa.

Greece Moves To Diversity In Police Force

A major factor in developing a society in which the rights of all members are protected is ensuring the police force represents those from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. For most people, police represent the authority of government and if they fail to encounter those of their own background, the tendency is to believe they are facing discrimination. In 2006. the Greek Parliament lifted nationality restrictions and allowed anyone whether born in Greece or not to become a member of the police force. The Interior Ministry has decided to embark in a recruitment campaign to bring in those of diverse backgrounds.

Ironically, the Greek Police union has been urging diversity because such action they believe will assist in dealing with crime. Hristos Fotopoulos, head of the police union, says, “we believe immigrants should be employed as police officers, just like Greeks.” Hopefully, at some point in time, he will refer to immigrants as Greeks.

The Future Of Sri Lanka- Where Is It Going?

The Civil War which has raged in Sri Lanka for over a quarter of a century is apparently growing to an end as the last remaining bastions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are wiped out and those found in them killed. For the first time in years, it is possible to move in certain areas without fear of death, but in some last ditch efforts, a Tamil Tiger woman blew herself up and killed twenty people. Suicide deaths will probably be a weapon employed by the remaining members of the group as they hide in jungles and attempt to continue their fight. Red Cross and international supplies are arriving to assist refugees, but military sources have been attempting to be the ones handing them out in order to convince the local population the government is their friend and protector.

The Sri Lanka army was modernized with Chinese and Pakistani assistance in 2008 which led to the recent successful operation to wipe out the LTTE. A remaining problem is use by LTTE forces of civilians who have been unable to leave. In a sense they are hostages of the Tigers who have become anything but tigers as their positions are over run and their friends killed.

Victory without concessions to the needs of the Tamil people will only result in another civil war some years down the road. It is now time to offer extensive local autonomy and integrate the minority within the nation in a manner that respects diversity.