Facebook needs to get better at cracking down on hate speech against migrants, says founder Mark Zuckerberg.
He identified them as a group that needed protection on the social network during a public “town hall” session in Berlin.
About 1000 young people were invited, many of them students.
Germany’s history with the Nazi party means there are strict laws around the protection of minorities.
Facebook has faced criticism in Germany for failing to police anti-immigration posts.
Their ministry of justice has said the social network acts quicker to remove sexual imagery than it does racist messages.
It was reported in January that German authorities were working on a deal with Facebook, Google and Twitter to make sure the law took priority over company policy.
When asked to clarify Facebook’s position directly, Zuckerberg said: “There’s not a place for this kind of content on Facebook. Learning more about German culture and law has led us to change the approach,” he said.
He did not specify how he would stop this sort of material, but added: “Hate speech against migrants is an important part of what we now have no tolerance for on Facebook.”
The Green Party applauds the Anglican Church’s leadership on refugee issues while the National Government continues to drag its feet.
Today the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia made public their submission to the Government regarding the refugee quota programme and numbers. They called for the Government to increase quota numbers and reiterated their stance on helping with refugee resettlement.
“The Anglican Church have stepped up to provide leadership on the refugee quota while the National Government has been waiting for its polls to tell them what to do,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.
“It is fantastic to see the community welcome refugees and provide the resources to enable New Zealand to take more refugees.
“The Government has always used the excuse of having a good resettlement programme as being the reason why they cannot increase the quota.
“The funding needed to expand the refugee resettlement programme would be very small in comparison to something like a flag referendum and would be even smaller if the offers from community groups were taken up.
“Last year, the Green Party tried to introduce a Bill to increase the refugee quota permanently but we were blocked by the National Party, the only party to oppose it. National has had an opportunity to act time and time again but have chosen not to do so.
“I don’t know a single person or organisation that opposes a more generous refugee quota, other than the National Party.
“The Government could have changed the lives of so many desperate people if it had only had the courage to increase the quota before now,” said Mrs Turei.
Tayyaba Khan is the CEO of the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum in Wellington and has helped many families settle in New Zealand.
Her colleagues can support families to find a new home, but she says Government must be invested for the long haul.
“Some refugees have a really rough time in New Zealand. The government support is adequate, but it’s very short term and focused only on the most basic needs like housing.
“Meeting the needs of families over the long term is more complex and goes well beyond the support structures government have in place now. Adjusting to cultural norms, learning the language, finding meaningful jobs and becoming part of the community are processes that can take years.
“We encounter a lot of racism from landlords and estate agents here in Wellington.
“There have been dozens of times when we booked appointments for a family to see a rental, but when they arrived in traditional clothing or headscarves, amazingly the apartment has ‘just been rented’.
“It’s happened far too many times to be a coincidence.
“There is deeply entrenched racism and discrimination in New Zealand that we encounter on a regular basis. It’s never blatant enough to call out, but it’s ever-present and deeply disturbing.
If the police hadda (had of) carried guns, I’d be dead by now” – African youth experiences with the police and the New Zealand justice system
African youth are the fastest growing minority population in Auckland, New Zealand and make-up the largest percentage of their community. Many African youths in Aotearoa New Zealand are currently either studying towards a qualification or are qualified, and have the potential to contribute to their communities and to New Zealand. However, this potential is significantly affected by their seemingly disproportionate encounters with the police and the New Zealand justice system.
On the 5th of March 2016, Wesley Community Centre will be home to the inaugural ‘African Youth Forum’. The forum is an annual youth-led event that brings together African youth, community leaders, public officials and academics to discuss relavant issues that are hindering African youth from reaching their full potential. During this year’s inaugural event, we will be launching a research report on African youth experiences with the Police and the criminal justice system.
Guled Mire, the forum organiser and co-researcher of the report, anticipates that the event will be the beginning of a culturally appropriate dialogue between African youth and relevant authorities.
The tide is turning in Tauranga’s CBD as out-of-town investors vie for commercial property and pump millions of dollars into the city, business leaders say.
The increasing interest is not just coming from around the country - with one agent saying about 33 per cent of his transactions last year were to Chinese investors.
Colliers International Tauranga managing director Simon Clark said the CBD was moving in the right direction and “it’s great to see out-of-town investors that have confidence in our CBD”.
About 50 per cent of Colliers’ inquiries were from out-of-town investors and 5 to 10 per cent of those came from overseas, he said.
In 2015, Colliers International Tauranga’s’s total commercial sales jumped to $115 million from $75 million in 2014, and Mr Clark said they expected that to climb this year. He also predicted investment from Asia would continue to grow once the new university was built.
Ray White Commercial Tauranga leasing and sales team leader, Philip Hunt, said there was substantial development coming on-stream in the CBD following a period in the doldrums, which “is quite exciting”.
Mr Hunt had experienced a huge lift in investment inquiries and purchases from Chinese investors, he said.
“It is quite amazing the amount of investment money coming into Tauranga from that community. I can tell you it has certainly lifted my business by nearly a third last year and the number of transactions is heading to the 20s or 30s, which includes sales and some leasing.”
Bay of Plenty Chinese Business and Commerce Association chairwoman Candy Yang said she did not have a lot of information on investment into the CBD but Tauranga was attracting investors from China and other cities in New Zealand.
Its business group had about 120 members and often Chinese migrants started their own businesses, she said.
New Zealand’s record inbound migration has undermined the country’s squeaky-clean reputation because of an inflow of people from countries where corrupt practices are the norm, according to the Serious Fraud Office.
Director Julie Read told Parliament’s law and order committee that immigration to New Zealand “has bought other cultures which take a completely different view in relation to conduct we consider to be corrupt, and which has not historically been considered corrupt elsewhere.”
Read was responding to questions from MPs about New Zealand’s worsening position in international anti-corruption rankings, three weeks after Transparency International’s annual corruption perceptions index showed New Zealand falling to fourth in global rankings, having previously ranked as least corrupt for seven years running.
“It’s bringing in an element we need to be aware of and we need to work within those areas of our society to make sure that doesn’t take root here,” she said.
The people of New Zealand encompass many ethnicities, cultures, sexualities and religions but is that vast diversity reflected at leadership levels? This Fulbright Forum explores the benefits to New Zealand of genuinely embracing and advancing diversity for all people to feel supported and celebrated in their chosen fields.
Hosted by AUT University, the Fulbright Forum will be chaired by New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity, Dr Edwina Pio. A recognised minority educator and writer, her research interests encompass the intersections of work, ethnicity, religion and pedagogy.
A pillar of contemporary leftism is the notion of “white privilege.” Given that a generation of high school and college students are being taught that a great number of “unearned privileges” accrue to white Americans — the charge of white privilege demands rational inquiry.
The assertion turns out to be largely meaningless. And more significantly, it does great harm to blacks.
First, no reasonable person can argue that white privilege applies to the great majority of whites, let alone to all whites. There are simply too many variables other than race that determine individual success in America.
And if it were true, why would whites commit suicide at twice the rate ofblacks (and at a higher rate than any other race in America except American Indians)? According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, white men, whom the left argue are the most privileged group of all in America, commit 7 of every 10 suicides in America — even though only 3 of 10 Americans are white males.
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