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Why France has a more fraught relationship with its Muslim communities than the U.S?

How about France being too close to the sources in North Africa?

By Nabih Bulos. July 16, 2016

News that the attacker who killed at least 84 people in France was a Tunisian citizen and a Muslim legally working in the country quickly became ammunition for American politicians suggesting that the United States also faces a serious threat from within.

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, reiterated his call to ban Muslims from entering the country. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich recommended that Muslims be deported if they believe in Islamic law.

But France and the United States are markedly different in their relationships with their Muslim immigrant populations, with several factors making the threat of organized Islamist extremism — as opposed to attacks by individuals who were simply inspired by the ideology — more likely in France.

They include the country’s colonial history in North Africa, its insistence on assimilation (this is a wide topic of it means to assimilation: 125,000 Asians were given French citizenship 4 decades ago, and they still congregate within their own cultural and customs) and the greater isolation of its Muslim communities.

Andrew Bossone shared this link|By Los Angeles Times
France’s proximity to the Middle East increases the chances that young men may have traveled to Syria to join Islamic State militants and then returned to France with the intent to carry out attacks like the ones that took place in Paris last year.
However, no evidence has emerged to suggest that was the case in the deadly assault Thursday in Nice, in which the assailant drove a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day (for the length of 2 km).

France does not collect census data on religious affiliation, but it estimates that Muslims make up 5% to 10% of its 65 million people, which would give it the largest Muslim population in Western Europe.

Many trace their roots to Algeria and Tunisia, both former French colonies. Their parents and grandparents arrived as immigrant laborers to help rebuild France after World War II — with more than 470,000 coming from Algeria alone by 1968. Over the next dozen years, that number reached 800,000. (The same process happened in Germany for the Turks and Kurds after WWII)

Their arrival, however, had an ugly backdrop: For more than a century, the colonies were locked in a vicious fight with France for independence. Battling brutal repression by the French, the insurgents latched on to Islam as a organizing tool.

Algeria and Tunisia became the birthplace of some of the earliest militant Islamist groups.

It is little surprise to experts that today Tunisia is the largest supplier per capita of Islamic State recruits to Syria.

By the time Algerian independence came in 1962 — six years after Tunisian independence — France’s relationship with its Muslim immigrants from North Africa was showing signs of trouble.

As their construction and manufacturing jobs began to dry up, many recommitted to their religion as a way of restoring their sense of dignity, said Gilles Kepel, a French political scientist and Islam specialist. Ever since, social mobility has been severely limited.

France struggles much more than the U.S. to absorb its immigrants.

Muslims in France today — even second and third generation — are concentrated in their own enclaves, suburbs known as banlieues that are usually little more than a cement jungle of decrepit high-rises where frustration is the dominant feeling.

Clichy-sous-Bois was the epicenter of race riots in 2005, when two teenagers, the children of African immigrants, were electrocuted while hiding from the police in a power station. Though the suburb is only 10 miles from central Paris, it takes more than an hour to reach due to the absence of a rail link. Its cafes are more likely to serve Moroccan mint tea and merguez sausages than French cafe and croissants.

Children of immigrants identify as French and bristle at questions about their origin. But they also complain of not enjoying the same opportunities as other French citizens. (Basically, jobs opportunities. They enjoy the same social and health services and facilities)

“Muslims or people perceived as such do not have equal access to education, jobs, housing or even healthcare,” Yasser Louati, a spokesman for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, said in an interview via social media on Friday.

“You can’t tell generations of kids ‘You don’t belong here’ and be surprised they grow up like they don’t belong here.”

The divisions appear to be worsening.

In 2011, a government-sponsored study found that the children of immigrants were twice as likely as their parents to report a sense of discrimination linked to origin, even though they speak French fluently.

The ideal of diversity espoused in the United States has not been embraced in France, where being seen as French means giving up the culture where you came from.

Kepel, the political scientist, has written that the French government sees Islam as an impediment to Muslims becoming fully integrated citizens.

It has discouraged — and in some cases banned —  certain forms of religious expression in an attempt to promote assimilation and unity.

In 2004, the French Assembly passed a law prohibiting the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols in public schools. The controversy dates back to at least 1989, when a high school principal barred three girls from wearing the hijab on school grounds because it violated France’s tradition of secular education.

But critics say those policies have had the opposite effect, deepening a feeling among some Muslims that the government is anti-Islam and they will never be fully accepted.

The relationship between French Muslims and their countrymen has only become more fraught amid terrorist attacks claimed by Islamic State.


Easy Going: There is no Palestinian baby

Wired up for mischief? (1998)

Part I:

There is no Palestinian baby, no Palestinian child.

There is no Palestinian youth.

They are Arabs. Bad Arabs.

Indonesia is mostly Muslims.  They invaded Timor, East and West.

Indonesia is not on the Black List.  It is a big nation.  Huge interests, stupid.

Bosnia has suffered immensely.  Peace missions finally in place.

War criminals?  La Hague tribunal is ready and waiting.

We don’t meddle.  They are no Arabs.

Somalia is mostly Muslims.  At long last, compassion landed.

Starvation ended.  Can’t talk bad: they are blacks.

Farrakhan is black and a Muslim.  He is no Arab, yet.

Bantustans in South Africa are no more “A la mode”.

Freedom, Liberty, Equality, Human rights, please.

Bantustans in Palestine are essential, and created for all the above values.

Security and Safety of the Jews in Israel are at stake.

The Chosen people, remember?  Surrounded by Arabs, mind you!

The harem of the Sultan of Brunei is, technically, not one.

The girls are, mostly, professional consultants for tourism.

The bad harems are purely Arabs.  The Sultan of Brunei is no Arab.

The original American Indians were bad.

Wish they were Arabs.  No clear conscience.

The Mexicans in Texas were bad too.

Wish they were Arabs.  Conscience a tad clearer.

The Iraqi people are bad:  they call themselves Arabs, not our media.

The Iranians are not really that bad:

They are too proud and Muslims all right, but no Arabs.

The Turks are a little better now:  Certainly not Europeans.

Not as much as the Israelite.  Definitely no Arabs.

Part II:

We are a compassionate people.  We adopt babies from all over the World.

From Latvia, Estonia, Romania, even from Africa and Asia.

Arab babies are off limit; off the media.

There is no Arab baby.  No Arab child.

No Arab youth.  Just Arabs.  Bad.  Arabs.

The Jewish American rapist is socially dysfunctional.

The genuine rapist is Palestinian Arab.

The Jewish American Baruch, of the Hebron massacre, is a madman.

A nerve snapped.

Arabs nerves can’t snap: made of stainless steel, tightly wired,

For mischief.

The Maryland Jewish murderer chopped a man’s head.

He is a juvenile delinquent and a psychotic.

Arabs are born, adult criminals.

The peace makers with Israel are Egyptians, Jordanians, or Moroccans.

Their leaders are.

Who cares if they are dictators or absolute monarchs…

Who cares for the opinions of masses?

One of their leaders, the Egyptian dictator Sadat, was awarded

A joint Nobel peace laureate with the famous assassin Begin.

Menahim Begin, this prime minister and a staunch Jewish Jihadist,

The precursor of Bin Laden.

That is beside the point.

The enemies of Israel are Arabs, not their leaders.

We have high hope in the people.

The criminals of the Oklahoma City bombing

Should have been Arabs.

Exceptions do occur.  Human nature you know.

Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Robert Kennedy for supporting Israel.

He is a Palestinian of dual citizenship.

No motives:  Just bad Arabs attitude.

If push comes to shove, if a motive is needed,

Why, Sirhan is a hatemonger of the defenders of Civil Rights!

The most famous heart surgeon, Michael Debaky,

The poet of “The Prophet” and much more, Gebran Khalil Gebran,

The founder of St. Jude hospital for children with cancer, Danny Thomas,

Said they are Arabs from Lebanon.  The media beg to differ:

They are all, at best, of Lebanese descendants.

The bombers of the World Trade Tower are the Arabs.

The perpetrators of the Achilles Loro are the Arabs.

Literature Nobel prize winner, Nagib Mahfouz,

Says he is Arab.  Ask him.

The media insist that he is just Egyptian.

Those who shoot down commercial airplanes are Arabs.

Israel strikes Arab refugee camps.

Israel retaliates for Arab suicide bombings.

Israel lodges a cannon shell, inadvertently, on a UN compound in Qana of South Lebanon.

About three hundred Arabs died.  Give or take fifty Arabs.

Apology to the UN.

Arabs were massacred in the camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut.

Arabs killing Arabs.  Israel could care less.

How dare you blame Israel Defense Force!

They just happened to be there;

Completely cordoning off the Palestinian camps of civilians.

Freeing Lebanon by devastation, crimes against humanity and highway robberies.

There are no Arab babies.  There are no Arab youths.

Just Arabs.  Bad.  Arabs.

Definitely there are no Palestinians to bad mouth the people of Palestine.

Note:  Since I wrote this poem in 1998, many atrocities came alive.

The attack on the Twin Towers, the preemptive wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, the Israeli genocide in the Palestinian camp of Jenine, the barbaric preemptive war on Lebanon in 2006 that lasted 33 days, the genocide wars on Gaza, the embargo on Gaza, the building of the Wall of Shame in Israel…

Wireless Augmented Ear: Marketing price evaluation sheet

You have an augmented ear device that provides capabilities over and above what normal ear can deliver.

Suppose that you have a transparent membrane that fits and envelop your ear with the following capabilities:

1. It allows you to hear a barely audible cable channel as if the volume was set above normal. What price are you willing to pay for just this capability?

2. If it allows you to clearly hear what a couple is whispering 5 meters away? What’s your price?

3. If it reduces the decibel of a concert from over 110 to below 80 and permit you to clearly hear the lyrics of the band. What is your price?

4. If a tiny micro is attached to the membrane that does Not touches any part of your ear and a tiny antenna provides a wireless facility to your iPhone… (No more dangling of  ear plug wires)… What is your price?

Now this device is manufactured, and you are asked to demonstrate its quality. The quality is pretty good.

5. What are you willing to pay over and above your previous estimate in Q #1 before you tried the device?

6. Same question as with Q #2

7. same question as with Q #3

8. Same with Q #4

9. This device now spans all 4 facilities and capabilities: What is the price you are willing to pay?

10. If the company market he device $30 dollar more than your willing price in Q #9, would you still buy it?

11. If the price is $90 more, would you still buy it? Yes… No

12. You enjoyed this device for a full 3-months, and a competitor is now selling it $90 less with equal quality, would you feel cheated out?  Yes…. No

13. Do you think that it was worth paying the additional $90 before the price dropped? Yes… No




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