Khartoum, 16 Dec. (AKI) – Forty thousand women in Sudan are subject to police whippings for moral transgressions each year, a figure that came to light after a video was circulated on the Internet which showed the public thrashing of a Khartoum woman.
Sudanese feminist and political figure Mariam al-Sadiq al-Madi brought the issue to the attention of authorities, the Sudanese daily al-Sharq al-Awsat reported.
The drama of the physical punishments against women in Sudan is much more serious than previously believed,” al-Madi said. She said that each year around 600,000 lashes are dealt to women in Sudan.
“The situation was worsened by a 1991 law that increased violence against them,” she added.
The so-called ‘law 152′ allows for women to be whipped for an array of ‘moral’ crimes including wearing trousers as in the case of a journalist, Lubna Ahmad Hussein, who was found guilty of this ‘crime’ last year.
According to lawyer Nabil Adib, “a vast array of crimes allows for whippings,” she said, citing the excessive use of alcohol and gambling to washing one’s car in an incorrect location as crimes punishable by flogging.
Of all the impressions Somalis have made from Minneapolis to the horn of Africa, a new description has become appropriate — grinch.
Yep, Somali parents in Minnesota demanded that their kids not experience Santa Claus, so his annual visit to a Head Start class in the town of St Peter has been canceled. The Islamic complaints of a few have prevented a normal American custom for the rest of the kids. Even the local ACLU thought it was an unnecessary cut.
Santa Claus, as portrayed by Dennis Jackson, won’t be visiting students at the Head Start classes in St. Peter this year.
Jackson has made appearances the past four years at the classes for students who need help preparing for school, but this year officials said, “No, no, no.”
The reason: The classes have many immigrant children who don’t celebrate Christmas, says the Mankato Free Press.
Santa’s a little frosted, the paper says.
It kind of burnt me up,” he said.
The official explanation from Chris Marben, who coordinates regional Head Start programs through Mankato-based Minnesota Valley Action Council: “We have Somali families in the program. We’re respecting the wishes of families in the program.”
She didn’t say how many objections were made, but said more than one would be enough to cancel Santa.
“The simple truth is that southern Minnesota has become a much more culturally diverse society than it was a few decades ago,” she told the paper. “Part of our challenge in Head Start is providing an environment where young children from many different cultures can all feel comfortable.”
Jackson said rather than depriving the rest of the group of the Santa experience, parents who object should take their kids out of the class during the half hour he spends talking to the kids and giving them candy.
Diversity now means that American customs can be ended when any immigrant disapproves.
Weren’t they supposed to acculturate to our society rather than the other way round? When did that change?
So much is infuriating about the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry (pictured) by Mexican gangsters in Arizona that it’s hard to know where to start. First, surely is the killing of a fine and dedicated man. He was a former marine and policeman, who cared deeply about his job.
Next, his murder in a gun battle well within the territory of the United States indicates the border has not been secured, but is in fact more porous and dangerous than ever.
Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County remarked on Thursday that the Obama Administration still does not take border protection seriously. “We’ve got to secure this border once and for all,” he said.
And another thing: why are our top border cops going after “bandits who prey on illegals”? Elite officers should be keeping them ALL out. Protecting illegal alien job thieves and drug smugglers from other Mexican criminals is a fool’s errand, a distinction without a difference. The policy is another indication that ultra-corrupt Mexico City has too much influence on American immigration.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent attempting to arrest bandits who prey on illegal immigrants was killed during a gunfight about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border near Rio Rico, Ariz., 60 miles south of Tucson.
Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was waiting with three other agents in a remote area north of Nogales late Tuesday when the gunbattle with the bandits erupted. None of the other agents was injured, but one of the suspects was wounded.
Mr. Terry, who joined the agency three years ago and was a member of the Border Patrol’s elite Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team, died early Wednesday. Four of the suspected shooters were taken into custody. A fifth is still being sought.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described the shooting as “an unconscionable act of violence” against those who serve and defend the country.
“Agent Terry was killed in the line of duty while confronting several suspects near Rio Rico, Ariz. It is a stark reminder of the very real dangers our men and women on the front lines confront every day as they protect our communities and the American people,” she said.
“We are working with other federal, state and local authorities to ensure those responsible for this horrendous act are held responsible,” she said. “We will leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the perpetrators. We will honor his memory by remaining resolute and committed to the serious task of securing our nation’s borders.”
A Homeland Security official said Ms. Napolitano will travel to Arizona on Thursday and Friday to meet with Border Patrol agents and employees in Nogales and Tucson.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the state was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting. She said federal and state authorities, including those in Arizona, would “continue to investigate and attempt to bring to justice those who are responsible for this heinous crime.
“Although we needed no reminder of the ever-increasing dangers along our southern border, this tragedy serves as stark notice that the threats facing all who serve in protecting our state and nation are real, and are increasing on a daily basis,” she said. “We need to pray for all those in uniform who perform duties that allow us to live in a safe and secure land.” Continue reading this article
This story is a reminder that every state is a border state now. In Nashville, the traditional home of country music, 22 percent of the city’s K-12 students are English learners. Overwhelmed California has only slightly more, at 24 percent.
But today’s topic is how many kids require English language acquisition in the schools. Interestingly, the reporter noted the hiring of seven translators and the creation of a multicultural outreach department, but no dollar figure is given for what all this diversity is costing local taxpayers.
The Bible considered language diversity a curse from God, as told in the story about the Tower of Babel, shown below.
Nearly a third of Tennessee students whose native languages are something other than English are sitting in Metro Nashville Public School classrooms.
English Learners are the district’s quickest growing student population, now about 22 percent of Metro’s 78,000 students.
Spanish speakers make up more than 10,000 of the 17,000 English Learner population. But students who speak Arabic to Amharic, a language in Ethiopia, also are served in the district.
The uptick has Metro hiring seven more translators, starting a multicultural outreach department modeled after one used in Denver schools and sending English Learning students to their zoned schools, which starting next school year will all offer programs to meet their needs. Before, the students were sent to the school with the program best tailored to help them, often too far for their parents to ever be involved.
Some of the changes were made based on recommendations from George Washington University, which studied Metro’s program for English Language Learners a year ago.
“There are 38,000 Limited English Proficient students (in the state), and of those we have 29 percent in Metro Nashville Public Schools,” said Nicole Chaput Guizani, the district’s executive director for the office of English Learners. “The way we’re moving now, we’re including English Learners across the board … they no longer belong to just the English Learner office. They belong to every teacher and every administrator.”
Memphis City schools, followed by Rutherford County schools have the next-highest English Learner populations, she said.
Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register has made improving the department one of nine focuses for reform in the district.
Another reason for the push to improve services is that the school district is accountable under the federal No Child Left Behind law to ensure English Learners meet reading and math goals on state exams, just like the overall student population, and low-income, minority and students with disability populations.
That is challenging for Metro, which had achievement gaps in 2008 on graduation rates, with 57 percent of English Learners graduating compared with 73 percent for all Metro students. [. . .]
And on high school state exams, 67 percent of students limited in English proficiency scored proficient or advanced in reading, compared with the state average of 76 percent for that same population.
Columnist Victor Davis Hanson is a fifth-generation California farmer who is also a retired professor of classics. He grew up in Selma, a valley farming town, an experience he described in the excellent article The Civic Education America Needs, something I reread every few years.
He wrote the book Mexifornia, which Hanson recently remarked was seen as too harsh when it was published in 2003 but now seems quite tame as a critique of what has happened to the state under a sustained Mexican invasion.
The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption.
During this unscientific experiment, three times a week I rode a bike on a 20-mile trip over various rural roads in southwestern Fresno County. I also drove my car over to the coast to work, on various routes through towns like San Joaquin, Mendota, and Firebaugh. And near my home I have been driving, shopping, and touring by intent the rather segregated and impoverished areas of Caruthers, Fowler, Laton, Orange Cove, Parlier, and Selma. My own farmhouse is now in an area of abject poverty and almost no ethnic diversity; the closest elementary school (my alma mater, two miles away) is 94 percent Hispanic and 1 percent white, and well below federal testing norms in math and English.
Below, scenic downtown Mendota, California.
Here are some general observations about what I saw (other than that the rural roads of California are fast turning into rubble, poorly maintained and reverting to what I remember seeing long ago in the rural South). First, remember that these areas are the ground zero, so to speak, of 20 years of illegal immigration. There has been a general depression in farming — to such an extent that the 20- to-100-acre tree and vine farmer, the erstwhile backbone of the old rural California, for all practical purposes has ceased to exist.
On the western side of the Central Valley, the effects of arbitrary cutoffs in federal irrigation water have idled tens of thousands of acres of prime agricultural land, leaving thousands unemployed. Manufacturing plants in the towns in these areas — which used to make harvesters, hydraulic lifts, trailers, food-processing equipment — have largely shut down; their production has been shipped off overseas or south of the border. Agriculture itself — from almonds to raisins — has increasingly become corporatized and mechanized, cutting by half the number of farm workers needed. So unemployment runs somewhere between 15 and 20 percent.
Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World. There is a Caribbean look to the junked cars, electric wires crisscrossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos cobbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens roaming around the yards. The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business — rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, constant inspections — but apparently none of that applies out here.
It is almost as if the more California regulates, the more it does not regulate. Its public employees prefer to go after misdemeanors in the upscale areas to justify our expensive oversight industry, while ignoring the felonies in the downtrodden areas, which are becoming feral and beyond the ability of any inspector to do anything but feel irrelevant. But in the regulators’ defense, where would one get the money to redo an ad hoc trailer park with a spider web of illegal bare wires?
Many of the rented-out rural shacks and stationary Winnebagos are on former small farms — the vineyards overgrown with weeds, or torn out with the ground lying fallow. I pass on the cultural consequences to communities from the loss of thousands of small farming families. I don’t think I can remember another time when so many acres in the eastern part of the valley have gone out of production, even though farm prices have recently rebounded. Apparently it is simply not worth the gamble of investing $7,000 to $10,000 an acre in a new orchard or vineyard. What an anomaly — with suddenly soaring farm prices, still we have thousands of acres in the world’s richest agricultural belt, with available water on the east side of the valley and plentiful labor, gone idle or in disuse. Is credit frozen? Are there simply no more farmers? Are the schools so bad as to scare away potential agricultural entrepreneurs? Or are we all terrified by the national debt and uncertain future?
California coastal elites may worry about the oxygen content of water available to a three-inch smelt in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, but they seem to have no interest in the epidemic dumping of trash, furniture, and often toxic substances throughout California’s rural hinterland. Yesterday, for example, I rode my bike by a stopped van just as the occupants tossed seven plastic bags of raw refuse onto the side of the road. I rode up near their bumper and said in my broken Spanish not to throw garbage onto the public road. But there were three of them, and one of me. So I was lucky to be sworn at only. I note in passing that I would not drive into Mexico and, as a guest, dare to pull over and throw seven bags of trash into the environment of my host. Continue reading this article
In addition, you would never know from the elite duo’s remarks that American citizens are suffering the worst jobs depression since the 1930s.
Assimilation gets broad lip service these days (aside from Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan who calls it “a crime against humanity”). Of course, the Raza apparachiks wants their tribe to retain Spanish and loyalty toward their home cultures. Standing on the Raza side is the Los Angeles Times, which recommends English language acquisition for economic reasons only, not as a route to traditional acculturation.
People who say they favor assimilation should condemn the many expensive crutches supplied by government to stymie the learning of English. Washington mandates that ballots be printed in foreign languages, even though the requirements of citizenship include knowledge of English. California law requires that taxpayers supply immigrants with free-to-them translators for medical treatment.
Business is just as bad, with their obnoxious Spanish signage and various multi-lingual services. I don’t know of any Hmongs in my town, but Wells-Fargo has that language on ATMs just in case. Spanish signs are all over the local hardware stores.
Putnam and Bush want mass amnesty, which is the absolute wrong policy for assimilation. Are they complete fools or just corrupted by diversity ideology?
The most effective, time-proven way to increase acculturation is to enact an immigration moratorium for a few decades (better yet, permanently). Stop the influx of millions of foreigners, and the gradual process of patriotic assimilation can be allowed to happen, as much as is possible today. A 2006 Zogby poll showed that two-thirds of Americans want less immigration so we can assimilate those already here. As usual, regular people understand basic human psychology in a way that elites don’t.
Referring to themselves as an “odd couple,” Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, and Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University, came together during the Congress of Cities & Exposition to discuss an issue important to them both — immigrant integration in the United States.
“We both believe in this larger, angry debate … one crucial issue is largely ignored,” Putnam said. “We have a lot of immigrants and we are not doing enough to integrate them into American life.”
Both men applauded NLC’s efforts on the issue, which include a call for Congress to act on comprehensive immigration legislation and the Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration project, which focuses on promoting civic engagement and naturalization among immigrant communities in cities throughout the United States.
“I hope Congress gets its act together and realizes it’s important to get this done. We need comprehensive immigration reform,” Bush said.
He added later, “The dreams of immigrants become American dreams.”
Putnam offered an historical perspective, saying that there has always been turmoil and tension when it comes to integrating immigrant groups into American society. Continue reading this article
It’s always interesting to see the big picture of legal and illegal immigration around the planet, away from America’s ongoing crisis of sovereignty. There’s plenty to observe in Europe’s experience with Muslim immigration, for example, that the chasm of cultures is too wide to overcome, not to mention the security threat of a historically hostile tribe.
More generally, mass immigration is not popular anywhere. The Arizona Republic article linked below emphasizes the economic angle, how immigrants are less welcome when jobs are scarce for citizens.
The graph included comes from that report. Interestingly, in sendaholic Mexico, 71 percent of those polled agree that the nation should “further restrict and control immigration” — they are world-class hypocrites.
People prefer being around others who share their language, culture and values. It’s human nature, arising for a desire for safety among the tribe; even Harvard sociology researcher Robert Putnam admits that “Diversity decreases trust” and reduces social capital. So excessive numbers of foreigners get pushback from the local folks.
There are more immigrants in the world today than ever before.
People are crossing the globe in unprecedented numbers, with more than 200 million living outside their home countries. That figure has grown by more than 40 percent in the past decade.
In booming economies, the immigrants, both legal and illegal, are largely tolerated, if not quietly welcomed, because they do jobs that natives can’t or won’t perform. But in recessions, immigrants often find themselves on the wrong side of public opinion and political will, blamed – accurately or not – for taxing strained social programs and contributing to unemployment rates by working at below-market wages.
In the United States, which has more immigrants than any nation, politicians have begun calling for tougher border security and more deportations as the economy continues to sputter. The resulting crackdowns have been criticized both as not harsh enough and too harsh, with the debate becoming more polarizing seemingly by the day.
But as the rising tension over immigrants across the globe makes clear, immigration is not a challenge just for Americans.
From Asia to Africa to Europe, governments are confronting the same questions that are vexing U.S. policy makers.
An Arizona Republic examination of global immigration issues shows the challenges are universal – and the solutions universally elusive.
For all the myriad approaches, no developed nation has devised a perfect solution, and there has been no one-size-fits-all answer to one of the world’s most complex problems.
Like the United States, many countries have tried amnesty, enforcement and guest-worker programs, sometimes alone, sometimes together. Even when a country finds a workable formula, the solution has not been sustainable because immigration and economic factors always are changing.
Spain embraced immigrants for years, with wave after wave of amnesty programs. Then the economy collapsed. Today, Spain is trying to seal its borders.
In Italy, politicians shifted from accepting immigrants to pursuing anti-immigrant measures with zeal, intercepting new arrivals and rounding up and deporting other foreigners. Yet the decline in immigration there, as in the U.S., seems to be tied as much to the economy and lack of jobs as the enforcement measures.
In Germany, guest workers were welcomed for decades. But neither they nor their German-born children and grandchildren fully integrated into the rest of society, partly because they were never given the full rights of Germans. The rest of the country is still grappling with its anxiety and resentment of the group of second-class residents it created. Continue reading this article
It’s easy to forget when you live in Mexifornia that some places in America still care about public safety more than servicing illegal aliens.
A recent report from Charleston County South Carolina is a helpful reminder that common sense immigration enforcement policies can significantly decrease the number of dangerous people present in a community. Police there recently began using 287 (g) to check prisoners for their immigration status. Illegals so identified are then deported at the end of their sentences — how reasonable.
Charleston County detention officers have flagged hundreds of illegal aliens for deportation since they began screening the immigration status of inmates this year as part of a federal program.
Seventeen detention officers and supervisors at the county jail are authorized to enforce immigration law after completing four weeks of training by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. That allows them to directly tap into Department of Homeland Security computers to screen foreign-born offenders arrested for state and local crimes.
Between June and Nov. 30, officers have flagged 546 “criminal aliens” for deportation, said Chief Deputy Mitch Lucas, the jail’s administrator. If the program had been in place all year, that number likely would have approached 1,700 people, he said.
These offenders come from around the globe, though most are from Mexico and Central America, officials said. U.S. Census estimates place the number of Hispanics living in Charleston County at about 12,500 people, or about 4 percent of the population. But many local officials think the actual number is much higher.
Authorities hail the program as a way to rid the county of undocumented criminals, but some worry it will chill law enforcement efforts to build trust and cooperation with the Hispanic community.
Lucas said sheriff’s officials have met with Hispanic residents to explain the program, which is focused only on immigrants who already have been arrested for crimes. Most of the Latinos they spoke with support the program, he said.
“We are not knocking down doors looking for illegal immigrants,” he said. “If you are a law-abiding citizen, we won’t even see you.” Continue reading this article
Never forget there are plenty of open-borders Republicans out there, and the more power the GOP gets, the more they come out of the woodwork in a loudmouth fashion. Hispandering is Job #1 to some top Repubs, including biggies like Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich. Apparently the newly popular Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is also an open-borders enthusiast.
Outgoing Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) said Friday he’s privately discussed the prospect that Republicans would pursue their own version of the DREAM Act next year.
Bennett said he would vote for the immigration legislation, which gives immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children a conditional pathway to citizenship, if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) brought it to the floor under the right conditions.
If that fails, the outgoing senator said, Republicans have privately discussed the prospects of writing and passing a version of the DREAM Act that could make its way through Congress.
“Now, I know a lot of my colleagues are not happy to vote for it, and I don’t think the votes … are there to pass it in this Congress,” Bennett said in his final conference call with Utah reporters. “And as I’ve talked, particularly to my Republican friends, I’ve said we really need to do this. Their reaction has been to me, privately, ‘You’re right. We do really need to do it.’”
Don’t forget: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Sweden has suffered greatly from Muslim immigration. Malmo, the third-largest city, has been afflicted with the usual Islamic hostility toward authority: for example, firefighters and emergency workers need police protection when entering the mostly Muslim neighborhood of Rosengard. Diversity immigration has also brought Sweden a Muslim Rape Wave, indicating multiculturalism has not been a big success (particularly for women).
So it’s perhaps not a big surprise that Sweden experienced its first suicide bombing, where the Muslim only managed to kill himself, although two bystanders were injured. Why should the West continue Muslim immigration at all? What’s the benefit?
STOCKHOLM — Two blasts rocked the center of Stockholm Saturday night in what Sweden’s foreign minister called “a terrorist attack” that killed one person and wounding two.
The blasts Saturday took place after Swedish news agency TT said it received a threatening letter about Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan and a years-old case of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.
“Now your children, daughters and sisters shall die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying,” the news agency quoted the e-mail as saying.
Asked if a man found dead at the site of the second blast blew himself up in some way, police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said: “It is possible.”
The incident began when a car burst into flames in the city center, followed by explosions from within the car which the police said were caused by gas canisters.
Another explosion took place, in which the man died, about 300 meters (yards) away. Two people were wounded in that blast.
“Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm. Failed – but could have been truly catastrophic,” Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in a message on Twitter, which was also shown on his blog.
Reliable pro-borders leader Senator Jeff Sessions appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio show recently to discuss the DREAM Act — how the legislation was rammed through the House with one hour’s debate, no amendments. Many who voted for the amnesty are not coming back next year.
Sessions called it “another example of [Congress] not listening to the American people… that the first thing to be done is to eliminate this mass illegality that we’ve got in the country. This is a surrender to illegality.”
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