Sunday, December 08, 2002

This article says that the father of of Saudi princess Haifa al-Faisal was not killed by Islamic militants, notwithstanding the fact that CNN etc. uncritically accepted claims to that effect made by Saudi spokesmen while defending her from accusations of funnelling cash to the 9/11 hijackers.

An interesting article by Amnon Rubinstein says that human rights law treats collective rights of minority groups differently according to whether the collectives are "native" or "migrant". While native groups are generally entitled to recognition of their language and culture (as with the Arabs in Israel), migrant minorities (such as Arabs in Belgium) are expected to integrate into the culture at large. Hence the demand by Arabs in Belgium to have their language recognized as an "official language" is a groundbreaking event.

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