Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan likes to visit his colonists abroad often. Germany is home to three million Turks, and the homeland doesn’t want them to forget their Turkish loyalties. He is also beating the drum for Turkey being admitted to the European Union — which was an insane idea from the start, and even more so now that European leaders Merkel of Germany, Sarkozy of France and Cameron of the UK have figured out that “multiculturalism” (aka Muslim immigration) has been a colossal failure.
Maybe something was lost in translation, but Erdogan exhorted his fellow tribalists to integrate but not to assimilate; he essentially wants his people to learn German in order to be financially successful, but remain Turkish at heart. It’s a familiar pattern of promoting economic assimilation only, not that different from Mexico’s ongoing propaganda effort to keep their immigrants hooked in as loyal Mexicans. Erdogan also pitched Muslim victimhood, Islamophobia, Turkish nationalism and Islamic politics.
Erdogan’s promotion of a Muslim fifth column didn’t go over well in Germany:
How well are Turks fitting in to German society? A 2009 visit from der Spiegel to a Turkish family was fascinating, in a disturbing way. The family practices gender segregation in their apartment, where men get the living room and women occupy in the kitchen. The teenaged son would prefer to live in Saudi Arabia, “where you can’t see the women” which he liked.
Thousands of Turkish immigrants gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a rock star welcome in Germany on Sunday in a show of national pride that remains fervent, even after decades spent in Germany. He told them they remain part of Turkey, and urged them to integrate into German society — but not to assimilate.
The lyric keeps echoing around the hall in Düsseldorf. “The land belongs to us all.” The sentence isn’t referring to Germany, but to Turkey.
Immigrants are waving hundreds of Turkish flags and the chanting and the music are deafening. One woman shouts “Turkey is great!” into a microphone to cheers from the crowd. Everyone in the ISS Dome, a huge sports and concert venue, is fired up, as if they’re waiting for a rock star. There’s only one show in town this Sunday, and his name is Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish prime minister has come to Germany. He wants to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel but first he wants to speak to his “compatriots.” To people who have been living in Germany for decades, who were born here, and of whom many have German passports.
They have come from all over Germany to see him live, some 10,000 people. They say things like: “The Germans will never accept us, but we have Erdogan.” Or: “At last someone feels responsible for us, for the first time a Turkish prime minister isn’t forgetting his compatriots abroad.” One woman says: “Erdogan may get Merkel to see us as part of this society. He is our savior.”
Some 3 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany, most of them descendants of Turks invited by the government in the 1950s and 1960s as “guest workers” to make up for a shortage of manpower after World War II.
Muslim immigrants have been the focus of a heated public debate in Germany over the last year, with conservative commentators and politicians accusing them of failing to integrate into German society. Many immigrants in turn complain that they are still being called “foreigners” even if they were born in Germany, have German citizenship and speak the language perfectly.
‘I Am Here to Show That You’re Not Alone!’ The savior arrives almost an hour and a half late. “Turkey is proud of you,” the crowd chants in this city in the heart of the Rhineland. “We are proud of you,” Erdogan replies.
He starts out by appealing straight to people’s hearts: “I am here to feel your yearning with you, I am here to enquire about your welfare. I am here to show that you’re not alone!”
Erdogan wants to give his audience a clear identity. “They call you guest workers, foreigners, or German Turks. It doesn’t matter what they all call you: You are my fellow citizens, you are my people, you are my friends, you are my brothers and sisters!”
“You are part of Germany, but you are also part our great Turkey,” says Erdogan.
It sounds like a domestic campaign speech ahead of elections in Turkey this summer. Erdogan is wooing for votes among Germany’s Turkish population. In previous elections, immigrants with Turkish passports flew to Ankara, Istanbul or Antalya just to cast their ballots at the airport.
That is why Erdogan keeps highlighting the successes of his government in his speech, and paints a picture of Turkey as a modern, major power. “We’re not a country that draws on help, we provide help too,” he says. And: “Now my compatriots are no longer traveling in buses, they go by plane.” There are martial-sounding tones too: “Now Turkey will at last start building its own war planes.”
‘No One Has the Right to Deprive us of Our Culture’ Erdogan portrays himself as a supporter of democracy and freedom of opinion. Turkey is changing, he says, adding that all artists and writers who left Turkey and went into exile should return. The message is that the European Union should let Turkey join.
In a newspaper interview published ahead of his speech, Erdogan urged Merkel to drop her opposition to Turkey’s accession to the EU. “Never have such political obstacles been put in the path of an accession country,” he said. Continue reading this article
What’s interesting is that long-suppressed reports have now surfaced illustrating how Britain’s Labour Party purposefully flooded the country with immigrants which it believed would be grateful voters forever. Such obvious smoking guns are not often found in immigration policy.
Labour is today accused of a ‘shocking’ cover-up over the impact of years of mass immigration as damning official research buried by the last government is revealed.
Ministers will publish three reports commissioned at the taxpayers’ expense by Labour politicians – but then apparently ‘sat on’ because of their inconvenient conclusions.
Government advisers concluded immigration had depressed wages, threatened to increase community tensions and seen many incomers stay longer than intended.
The Coalition claims the unpublished reports, which cost more than £100,000 to produce, are extraordinary evidence of how Labour lost control of Britain’s borders and then tried to cover it up.
The revelations come as Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted his party got it ‘wrong’ on immigration while they were in power – with millions of families having their incomes squeezed as a result.
The last government was widely criticised for failing to impose any controls when ten countries joined the EU, underestimating the number of migrant workers coming to the UK as a result of the changes by a factor of ten.
Local government minister Grant Shapps, who will release research commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government before last year’s election, said: ‘This is a shocking cover-up by Labour. Labour ministers spent over £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on research reports into immigration, and when they didn’t like the results they tried to brush it all under the carpet.
‘The new Government is being more honest with the public and so we will be making these reports public. We are introducing a series of measures to get immigration under control. Labour’s uncontrolled immigration put unacceptable pressures on public services and harmed community relations.’
The first report, a DCLG ‘economics paper’, was commissioned in 2009 at a cost of £24,275, and looked into immigration and rural economies.
Government advisers concluded that immigration had had a negative effect on the wages of British workers, particularly at the lower end of the income scale. Continue reading this article
The city that prides itself having a statue of Lenin has advanced more forcefully into the social justice arena by turning the principle of equality under the law on its head. The blindfolded figure of Justice holding a scale represents the foundational idea that Seattle rejects.
Seattle thinks it knows better and wants to improve the system by instituting social justice, the multicultural idea that minorities are victims and need to be protected from the fair application of law enforcement. The city thinks there is institutional racism which shows up in more minorities being imprisoned and such.
So white people should receive the full punishment the law allows, while illegal aliens get cut slack for the same infraction. That’s the social justice formulation and is a way to celebrate diversity.
Too bad Mahony isn’t going directly to jail from his big expensive cathedral, but he hunkered down successfully against criticism — which somehow never extended to the prosecutor’s office. Apparently it’s good to be the Cardinal.
So it probably shouldn’t be a big surprise that the jailbird is now being cut some slack in the sentence department, although how much isn’t exactly clear.
Al-Turki squawked during his trial and ever since that he was a victim of Islamophobia and cultural misunderstanding. Saudi Arabia only outlawed slavery in 1962, so perhaps Saudis haven’t gotten used to the idea of abolition just yet. He even maintains an eponymous website to whine about his imagined victimhood. Mr. Turki apparently feels he is too special to be constrained by American laws against slavery and sexual abuse.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – A Saudi linguist convicted of sexually assaulting a housekeeper and keeping her a virtual slave for four years won a partial reduction of his prison sentence from a Colorado judge Friday.
Homaidan al-Turki was sentenced to between eight years and life in prison. District Judge J. Mark Hannen in Centennial cited al-Turki’s good behavior in prison in reducing the original sentence of 28 years to life.
Al-Turki insists he is innocent and a victim of anti-Muslim sentiment. His case has angered Saudi authorities — several of whom attended Friday’s hearing — and prompted the U.S. State Department to send Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and al-Turki’s family after al-Turki’s 2006 conviction.
More than 100 supporters of al-Turki crowded the courthouse Friday.
Prosecutors opposed any sentence reduction. Appellate courts have upheld al-Turki’s conviction, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case last year.
Al-Turki brought his wife, five children and an Indonesian housekeeper to Colorado in 1995, and he studied at the University of Colorado. He was a well-known member of Denver’s Muslim community, contributing financially to the Colorado Muslim Society and an Islamic elementary school in Aurora, said Sheikh Abu-Omar Almubarac, a society co-founder.
According to court documents, al-Turki first came under investigation when authorities examined whether his operation of a business violated terms of his student visa. Al-Turki owned Al-Basheer Publications & Translations, which distributed Islamic works in English.
Demographic change is merciless, as is painfully obvious. When a country (the United States) permits the entrance of millions from a highly dissimilar society (Mexico) with many objectionable cultural attributes (e.g., violence against women, dislike of education, fondness for crime), then we shouldn’t be surprised that the foreigners’ unpleasant diversity can be harmful to our values and economy.
A recent report from Texas underlines America’s attempted suicide by immigration.
Looking at population projections for Texas, demographer Steve Murdock concludes: “It’s basically over for Anglos.”
Two of every three Texas children are now non-Anglo and the trend line will become even more pronounced in the future, said Murdock, former U.S. Census Bureau director and now director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University.
Today’s Texas population can be divided into two groups, he said. One is an old and aging Anglo and the other is young and minority. Between 2000 and 2040, the state’s public school enrollment will see a 15 percent decline in Anglo children while Hispanic children will make up a 213 percent increase, he said.
The state’s largest county – Harris – will shed Anglos throughout the coming decades. By 2040, Harris County will have about 516, 000 fewer Anglos than lived in the Houston area in 2000, while the number of Hispanics will increase by 2.5 million during the same period, Murdock said. The projection assumes a net migration rate equal to one-half of 1990-2000.
Most of the state’s population growth is natural, Murdock told the House Mexican American Legislative Caucus today. About 22 percent of the growth comes from people moving to Texas from other states.
About 6 percent of the state’s population is not documented, he said.
By 2040, only 20 percent of the state’s public school enrollment will be Anglo, he said. Last year, non-Hispanic white children made up 33.3 percent of the state’s 4.8 million public school enrollment.
Of the state’s 254 counties, 79 recorded declining population during the past 20 years. All are rural. An additional 30 Texas counties, he said, would have also lost population had they not experienced Hispanic growth.
The state’s future looks bleak assuming the current trend line does not change because education and income levels for Hispanics lag considerably behind Anglos, he said.
Unless the trend line changes, 30 percent of the state’s labor force will not have even a high school diploma by 2040, he said. And the average household income will be about $6,500 lower than it was in 2000. That figure is not inflation adjusted so it will be worse than what it sounds.
“It’s a terrible situation that you are in. I am worried,” Murdock said.
Below is a kindergarten class in Mesquite, Texas, which is described as “bilingual.” However, a close look at the alphabet reveals that it is Spanish, not English. The fish picture is denoted as a “P” word, “pesces.” And the flag (B, “bandera”) is Mexican. For more details, see the original February 17 article from the Associated Press, Census shows huge Hispanic growth in Texas. The photo does not suggest a pro-America curriculum, the sort described by Victor Davis Hanson in The Civic Education America Needs.
Funny how after an immigrant commits a crime or terrorist act, the big worry of the press is that bloodthirsty Americans will attack members of the perp’s tribe. No concern about potential thousands of murdered victims is evident at all. The reaction to the recent arrest of Saudi Khalid Aldawsari for building a homemade WMD follows the usual script in Lubbock, Texas.
A black eye or broken arm is not required to get media attention; a Muslim’s mere fear of an unfriendly word is worth a stream of paragraphs from the sensitive liberal press, which believes promoting even hostile diversity is its highest goal.
Members of Lubbock’s Muslim community reacted with surprise and dismay at the news of the arrest Wednesday of Saudi-born Lubbock resident Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Imam Samer Altabaa of the Islamic Center of the South Plains had just begun to contact people in the Saudi community when contacted for comment Thursday. He said he did not know Aldawsari and had not heard of him before the arrest. He also said that no one in the Saudi community seemed to know Aldawsari, who identified himself as Muslim on his Facebook page.
“They are shocked,” he said of the people he contacted.
Ben Chidmi, M.A.K. Lodhi and Adil Farooq, who all came for the 2 p.m. prayer at the Islamic Student Center, said they did not know the suspected terrorist.
Chidmi and Lodhi tempered their comments with the caveat that Aldawsari is still a suspect and has not yet been proven guilty of the charges.
“They are just allegations,” Chidmi said. “If it’s true, I think the Muslim community condemns any action like that.”
“We condemn violence and terrorism without reservations,” said the Texas Tech University professor.
If the charges against Aldawsari are true, Altabaa said, the suspect’s absence from the local Muslim community is no surprise.
The suspect would “want to stay away from everyone if he is really planning for something bad,” Altabaa said.
“We like to give (a) plain message to everyone that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion against terrorism or terrorists or any person who wants to terrify any human being,” Altabaa said.
“These terrorist people, they never come to a mosque because they don’t belong there,” Altabaa said.
The Muslim community is bracing itself for possible retaliation. The Islamic Student Center has been vandalized multiple times, and Altabaa said Lubbock police have agreed to provide security in the coming days for the Islamic Center and the Islamic Student Center.
Altabaa said that retaliatory acts are often committed by people who do not know about Islam.
“We faced this before. We are afraid because there are some people that are ignorant or that don’t have enough information about Islam.”
Altabaa added, “They don’t know that (Aldawsari) is an alien to Islam … He is the enemy of humanity, not only the religion.”
Lodhi, a professor of physics at Texas Tech, said that many Muslims have become accustomed to occasional acts of aggression directed toward them. Once, he said, an elderly man confronted him at the Islamic Student Center saying, “You Muslims should not be around here. You should go away.”
In today’s politically correct climate, the press characterizes a simple conversation recommending Muslims reside elsewhere as an “act of aggression.”
“I try to explain that there is no threat, that Muslims are just as good as citizens in this country, as anybody could be,” Lodhi said.
Nevertheless, Lodhi described his experience in Lubbock as being positive overall.
“I personally come across people who are very helpful, considerate and understanding,” Lodhi said.
Farooq, a mechanical engineering student at Texas Tech, also had faith in the Lubbock community to act with nuance.
“My experience in Lubbock thus far has been good,” he said. “These are just individual acts of violence that we should all work together and speak against.”
Altabaa expressed appreciation for the role intelligence sources had in capturing the suspect.
“They are keeping our country safe from these terrorists,” he said.
When asked about the Quran’s stance on violent and terrorist acts, Altabaa responded, “The Quran always calls all Muslims to commit to peace, to live with peace, especially with non-Muslims.”
I remember being taught in grade school that Islam was “spread by the sword” (unlike Buddhism and Christianity). You don’t see that phrase used much any more.
He added, “God sent (Mohammed) to have mercy in the world, and to spread mercy on all creation of the world.”
Quoting a translation of the Quran, Altabaa said, “Whoever kills one person, (it is as) if he killed all human beings; he is equal to a person who killed all human beings. And whoever saves one person’s life, (it is as) if he saved all human beings. The Quran makes it clear to every Muslim.”
“Muslims are people of peace,” said the imam, “because this is what Islam means.”
Actually, Islam means “submission” which is quite different from “peace.”
In Texas, a Saudi college student has been arrested for plotting a bomb attack against President George W Bush and other targets. He was discovered because of his suspicious attempt to purchase quantities of explosive chemicals which aroused the concern of the supplier who notified authorities. In other words, no FBI sting operation was involved. The guy was on no police radar.
Current reporting notes that the accused, Khalid Aldawsari, studied in the United States thanks to a scholarship, entering in 2008, which puts him right in the Bush window. Someone should tell Aldawsari that murder is not considered an appropriate way to express gratitude.
A college student from Saudi Arabia studying chemical engineering in Texas has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on U.S. targets using explosive chemicals.
Khalid Aldawsari, who is legally in the U.S. on a student visa, allegedly targeted the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. He was arrested late Tuesday on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
“Yesterday’s arrest demonstrates the need for and the importance of vigilance and the willingness of private individuals and companies to ask questions and contact the authorities when confronted with suspicious activities,” said James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Aldawsari, 20, entered the U.S. in October 2008 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to study at Texas Tech University, then transferred earlier this year to nearby South Plains College.
Federal prosecutors say Aldawsari had been researching online how to construct an improvised explosive device using several chemicals as ingredients. Authorities say Aldawsari’s diary indicated the young man had been plotting an attack for years and obtained a scholarship so he could come directly to the United State to carry out jihad.
“It is war … until the infidels leave defeated,” Aldawsari wrote in online postings.
In e-mails Aldawsari apparently sent himself, he listed the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California. He also wrote an e-mail that mentioned “Tyrant’s House” with the address of President Bush’s home. The FBI’s affidavit said he considered using infant dolls to hide explosives and was possibly targeting a nightclub with a backpack filled with explosives. Continue reading this article
How has diverse (i.e. Muslim) immigration been working out in Sweden?
Not so well, as it turns out. A mosque in Malmo was firebombed in an unfriendly act by homies (apparently), and of course Muslims have not made much of an effort to assimilate. Diversity appears to be more of a curse than a blessing.
This is a disappointing outcome. In the spirit of equal justice under the law, one would hope to see the message sent to Islamic immigrants that honor killings in America will be dealt with as harshly as possible. But this jury did not represent that view.
Anyway, Almaleki looks to get a substantial prison term, so the trial was not a complete washout. However, the Arizona taxpayer is dinged for his imprisonment costs and American values are again assaulted by Muslim diversity via unwise immigration.
A Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Tuesday found an Iraqi immigrant guilty of running down his daughter and another woman in a Peoria parking lot in Oct. 2009.
Faleh Hassan Al-Maleki was found guilty of second-degree murder for killing his daughter Noor, 20, and of aggravated assault for injuring her boyfriend’s mother, Amal Khalaf, 41. He was also found guilty of two counts of leaving the scene of a fatal or injury accident.
It was never a “who-done-it” trial.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys didn’t dispute that Al-Maleki hit the two women. But they disagreed on whether he meant to do it. The jury’s job was to determine if Al-Maleki had committed first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, or the lesser offenses of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. Either way, Al-Maleki was likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. Continue reading this article
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