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The best Christian minds and most Nationalists in the Middle-East have been forced to emigrate

Note: The author of this post Sami Ayoubi claims that the Christians in the Middle-East, from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Iraq, have emigrated Not because of religious persecutions of other Islamic sects, but because they preferred to live in a Western cultural environment.

I beg to differ, Not on account of preference of cultural settings, but because persecutions of the Ottoman Empire in all this region and the purposeful famine it imposed during WW1 have pressured many to immigrate to USA and Latin America and Africa.

Currently, the immigrants to Africa and Latin America of Muslims, during Lebanon civil war and after was much greater than Christians. During the civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990) and the latest civil war in Syria that started in 2011 forced many educated graduates to emigrate.

ISIS slaughter-hood in this region targeted far more Sunni Muslims than other sects and this savage extremist religious “State” exacerbated the immigration process to all out of shear fear.

We must consider the proportions of immigrants according to religious sect and the education level, especially those who graduated from private universities that have links to colonial powers universities for easier transfer of the minds.

Note 2: Christian emigrants from Palestine has reached a critical level due to apartheid Israelis policies of forcing them out of Jerusalem and the prosperous Palestinian towns and cities

سامي الأيوبي posted on Fb. 21 hrs

تناقص المسيحين من الشرق

جبران خليل جبران، وميخائيل نعيمة، وإيليا أبو ماضي، ونسيب عريضة، ورشيد أيوب، وعبد المسيح حداد، وندرة حداد، وليث سعيد اغريب، وأمين مشرق، ووديع ياحوط. و ميشيل نعمان معلوف، وفوزي المعلوف، ورشيد سليم، وشفيق المعلوف، وإلياس فرحات، وعقل الجر، وشكر الله الجر، وجرجس كرم، وتوفيق قربان، واسكندر كرباج، ونضير زيتون، ومهدي سكافي، وعمر عبيد، وسلمى صائغ، ويارا الشلهوب أمين الريحاني، ونعمة الله حاج، وآخرون.
… ..
انهم من أفضل الادباء والشعراء 
اني احبهم واحترمهم وافخر بهم
هؤلاء العقول العربية المسيحية هاجرت من وطنها ..لبنان وسوريا الى اوريا وامريكا الجنوبية والشمالية .

هاجروا اوائل القرن التاسع عشر ..وعاشوا هناك وفي قلوبهم حنين وحب لوطنهم الام ..هذا الحنين عبروا عنه شعرا بديعا وادبا رفيعا وبلغتهم الام وهي اللغة العربية .
دافعوا عن قضايا امتهم وحاولوا قدر ما استطاعوا مساعدة ابناء وطنهم .

انظروا ايها السادة ..انها اسماء عربية ..لم يجبرهم احد ان يسموا انفسهم بها
لاحظوا انه هاجروا مع انكفاء الدولة العثمانية وقدوم دول الاستعمار ..اي لم يهاجروا تحت ضغط ديني او مذهبي
وانتبهوا انهم هاجروا ولم يعودا ..ولو عادوا لزادوا عدد المسيحين افرادا كثيرة

واعلموا احبتي انهم كتبوا كثيرا بحب بلادهم الام وحنينهم الى اهلها ولم نسمع منهم كلمات حاقدة او شامتة او مفرقة .
ما اردت قوله ..ان المسيحين في بلادنا هم نخبة متعلمة وذات اخلاق رفيعة ..
والوطن بحاجة لهم وهم احد خيوط نسيجه الجميل .

لكن حدث وان هاجروا ..
اريد ان اقول اني قرات دراسة تتحدث عن اسباب تناقص المسيحين في السرق الاوسط… شملت هذه الدراسة .سوريا ولبنان وتركيا والعراق وفلسطين والاردن .
اعطت بعض الارقام ..وعلق بذهني ان نسبة المسيحين في الشرق الاوسط كانت عام 1914 هي تفوق 14% من عدد سكان المنطقة

وفي عام 2014… قلت لتكون ما يقارب 4%

اذا يقل عدد المسحين بوجود دول غربية مسيحية حاكمة للمنطقة فتخرج تلك الدول ليليها حكومات علمانية .
اذا لا وجود للعامل الديني دور هنا بالهجرة .
وعليه فان تناقص اعداد المسيحين انما جاء من
ميل الشباب المسيحي للهجرة اكثر من ميل المسلم .
وكذلك الثقافة الخاصة بالنسل ..

فالمسلم يملك ثقافة تحضه على الزيادة وعلى عكسه تماما المسيحي .
وهكذا حدث هذا الفرق

To my Irish, Asian, Italian and Jewish friends, let’s remember

By Joshua Brown, Jan, 30, 2017

Your ancestors were lower than dirt when they arrived here.

Italians were referred to – openly – as a subhuman race of rats and criminals.

Irishmen were apes and monkeys.

Laws were passed to keep Chinese women out of the country, so that the Chinese males who were brought over for menial labor couldn’t produce offspring.

Jews were spat upon in the streets and routinely excluded from polite society (exclusive clubs?).

Unhire-able. Undesirable. Laws were passed to allow for the mass discrimination and segregation of your great grandparents, not much more than a century ago.

It’s nice that you now view yourselves as “Real Americans.” Just yesterday, your kind were anything but.

And I don’t mean in the deep south or in obscure corners of the country.

Your forebears were considered human garbage on the streets of New York, Philadelphia and Boston. It wasn’t all that long ago when mainstream politicians were actively seeking ways to get rid of you too.

Here’s Uncle Sam being swallowed by Chinese and Irish immigrants, many of whom came over in the mid-1800’s to work on the railroads:

In “The Evolution of the Murphy”, an Irish child begins life as a potato, then becomes a vagrant, a cop and finally a corrupt political official:

Here’s an Irish ape, swinging a bottle of rum, rocking back and forth on a barrel of gunpowder:

A ship filled with big-nosed Jews, being ridiculed for fleeing the pogroms and sporadic outbursts of homicidal rioting against them across Russia and Eastern Europe. You’ll notice the ship itself is given a giant Jew nose for a prow, nice touch:

Here are Chinese locusts infesting America.

In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was signed by President Chester A. Arthur. It mandated a 10-year moratorium on all Chinese immigration into the United States. Amazingly, the US didn’t fully repeal the restrictions on Chinese immigration until 1943, as a check on Japanese attempts to weaken American-Chinese relations during the war:

Here’s an Oregonian settler offering a choice to the Chinamen who were inhabiting the west when he arrived – you can go or stay:

The irony of a country built by immigrants building walls to keep out specific types of immigrants should be lost on no one. (The Wall of Shame in Israel is a repeat of colonial implanted mentality)

Here you see a former African slave, a Civil War vet, another Irish ape, a Frenchman and a Jew building a wall to keep out whatever might come in behind them:

In 1915, Congress passed a law stating that immigrants had to pass a literacy test to come into the country.

President Wilson vetoed it, but a much harsher measure passed two years later.

Here was the list of undesirables banned from entering the country – word for word: “alcoholics”, “anarchists”, “contract laborers”, “criminals and convicts”, “epileptics”, “feebleminded persons”, “idiots”, “illiterates”, “imbeciles”, “insane persons”, “paupers”, “persons afflicted with contagious disease”, “persons being mentally or physically defective”, “persons with constitutional psychopathic inferiority”, “political radicals”, “polygamists”, “prostitutes” and “vagrants”.

Here’s the “Americanese Wall”:

The first mass migration of Italians were the Sicilians – many of whom first arrived in New Orleans.

It was said that Roman Catholics could never be real Americans because their loyalty would always be first and foremost to the church.

There were conspiracy theories that they were planning to set up a Papal State within the US. Below is a casual instruction manual to deal with their kind and drown them like rats:

An Italian with the features of a monkey shines the shoes of a dandy.

Southern Italians in particular were looked down upon for being “not quite white”:

President McKinley (top left) believed in open immigration. Here’s Uncle Sam, at his direction, looking on as Italian rats “directly from the slums of Europe” pour into the country. Sound / look familiar?:

The American “fool pied piper” leads more Italian rats toward Ellis Island as the cheering European aristocracy rejoices in the background.

You can imagine some demagogue back then saying “they’re sending us their worst people”, can’t you?:

“Close the Gate” from 1919 – immigrants were routinely depicted as “Reds”, communists, Marxists and anarchists by this time – the irony being that these were some of the very things they were fleeing from.

Not unlike the Middle Easterners currently fleeing from the very terrorism and religious genocide that many are accusing them of supporting:

I work on Wall Street and live on Long Island. I am surrounded by people who can’t recognize how recently their own ancestry and ethnicity would have been a problem for them. Are you one of them?

If so, I hope this hits close enough to home so as to awaken you from your contented slumber.

This post originally appeared on The Reformed Broker.

Note: Nazism adopted the USA racist classification that discriminated among the landing immigrants in the 1920’s. Even WWII didn’t change much in the rooted racism in the Silent Majority.

I conjecture that all these frequent pre-emptive wars of USA overseas are meant to dissipated the prevalent racism spreading quickly and deeply or manifest itself too blatantly during the brief period of US non-virulent active aggression on other countries.

 

Lebanese recharging: A gas station for returning immigrants to confront their adoptive countries
Par essence, la vie; notre vie ne peut tourner le dos à un rapport affectif au monde.
Nous le savons bien nous autres libanais de l’étranger: Où que nous soyons nous ressentons dans notre chair, ce besoin de pèlerinage tous les un ou deux ans au Liban.
Nous nous y rendons, y déversons toute notre indignation sur le fait que rien n’y va, rien ne marche comme il faut, rien ne s’y présente comme dans les pays ” civilisés ” où nous vivons .
On se remonte les uns les autres, à qui dit plus, qui dit mieux.

Sauf que … si la vérité était si tranchée, pourquoi ressentons-nous ce besoin de REVENIR inlassablement à contre courant ( tel des saumons) mettant même nos vies en balance avec les risques que nous y courons pour ces 15 jours ou 3 semaines de bien être indéniable.Oui, un bien être , reconnaissons le , et d’une qualité incomparable, car naturel et n’ayant rien à voir avec celle artificielle de nos pays d’adoption mutuelle.

Mea culpa , parce que si l’essence de la vie veut que nous ayons ce rapport affectif au monde, tout se passe comme si nous faisions du Liban, notre “Station d’Essence” où nous venons faire le plein …pour aller ensuite rouler ailleurs …

P.S . Même dans mon MEA CULPA ; j’ai vu le mea comme Middle East Airlines !…

( Jamil BERRY )

MEA CULPA in essence, life; our lives cannot turn its back on an emotional relationship with the world. We know very well we Lebanese abroad: where we are we feel in our flesh, this need for pilgrimage every one or two years in the Lebanon.
We all dump our indignation on the fact that nothing will, nothing works as it should, nothing does attend as in “civilized” countries where we live.

It goes back and forth, to whom said more, who says better. Except that… If the truth was so decided, why we feel this need to tirelessly go counter current (such salmon) putting even our lives in balance with the risk that we run are for those 15 days or 3 weeks well be undeniable.Yes, this trip back home has an incomparable quality, because natural and having nothing to do with that artificial in our countries of mutual adoption.

Mea culpa, because if the essence of life is that we have this emotional report in the world, everything happens as if we were from the Lebanon, our ‘Gas Station‘ where we just refuel.. .to ride elsewhere…

P.S. Even in my MEA CULPA. I’ve seen as Middle East Airlines mea!…

 

Lebanese immigrants: Why did you leave?

Every year, over 30,000 Lebanese emigrate to “greener pastures”” and are replaced by 50,000 Syrian refugees.

Do you think this could be the proper form for gathering statistics?

Are there more interesting questions to ponder upon?

What could be the purpose for this questionnaire?

This could be a good form for every immigrant to use as starting points to develop and write his autobiography.

 

Indie, Mar 4, 2015

Here are the questions to Lebanese immigrants. Jo, feel free to make this into another thread if you think it would be better.

1 – How long have you lived abroad?

What country did you move to?

How easily did you adapt?

2 – What were your motivations for leaving?

Overall, did you get what you wanted or were you disappointed?

3 – What did you gain and what did you lose by moving away from Lebanon?

Did you gain things you had not considered or anticipated?

Did you lose things you had not considered or anticipated?

4 – When you left, did you think to yourself it was for good, or did you think you would move back to Lebanon eventually?

Do you still feel the same,

Have your plans changed since moving?

If your plans have changed, why is that?

5 – Do you feel torn between Lebanon and your new country (i.e. You see advantages and disadvantages to both).

Do you categorically prefer one to the other.

What do you like / dislike about Lebanon,

What do you like / dislike about your new country?

6 – If you’re happily abroad, what would it take for you to want to move back to Lebanon (if anything).
If you’re unhappy abroad, what would it take to reconcile you with the idea of not living in Lebanon anymore (if anything)?​
7 – If you’re someone who’s equally torn between Lebanon and your new country, how do you deal with it?
For example, maybe you love your job abroad, but still have family in Lebanon.
Or, maybe you want to move back to Lebanon but all your family has moved out and isn’t there anymore.
Maybe you love the climate in one place, and the lifestyle in the other.
Feel free to give examples of your own.​
8 – Do you ever feel confused about what you want: for example, craving the chaos of Lebanon when you’re abroad where many behaviors are too orderly, and craving order when you’re in Lebanon?
Feel free to give examples of your own.​

9 – Is Lebanon still your home (as much, less, or more than your country of adoption)?

Or is Lebanon just a place to visit?

How often do you visit Lebanon and for what reasons?

Would you prefer to visit more often or less often if your circumstances permitted?

10 – Do you ever feel like you don’t know where home really is?

Or, that you don’t feel 100% at home anywhere?

11 – Have you ever, or do you still suffer from nostalgia or homesickness?

12 – Idealistically, do you feel it’s a patriotic duty to stay and make Lebanon better (even if you don’t personally feel up to the task)?

Or, do you think that everyone should just think of their own well-being and that of their family?

13 – If you’re established abroad and never plan on moving back, how do you feel knowing that in a few generations, your kids / grandkids will probably not be Lebanese anymore?

Jeanine Fakhoury shared this link of The Orange Room on FB.

Questions to Lebanese Emigrants

Here are some questions to Lebanese emigrants.
We would really want to know more details about your emigration experience. Are you happy ?

 

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

In the lexicon of human migration there are still hierarchical words, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else. One of those remnants is the word “expat”.

What is an expat?

And who is an expat?

According to Wikipedia, “an expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (‘out of’) and patria (‘country, fatherland’)”.

Defined that way, you should expect that any person going to work outside of his or her country for a period of time would be an expat, regardless of his skin colour or country.

But that is not the case in reality; expat is a term reserved exclusively for western white people going to work abroad.

Africans are immigrants. Arabs are immigrants. Asians are immigrants.

However, Europeans are expats because they can’t be at the same level as other ethnicities. They are superior.

Immigrants is a term set aside for ‘inferior races’.

Don’t take my word for it.

The Wall Street Journal, the leading financial information magazine in the world, has a blog dedicated to the life of expats and recently they featured a story ‘Who is an expat, anyway?’.

Here are the main conclusions:

“Some arrivals are described as expats; others as immigrants; and some simply as migrants. It depends on social class, country of origin and economic status. It’s strange to hear some people in Hong Kong described as expats, but not others. Anyone with roots in a western country is considered an expat … Filipino domestic helpers are just guests, even if they’ve been here for decades. Mandarin-speaking mainland Chinese are rarely regarded as expats … It’s a double standard woven into official policy.”

The reality is the same in Africa and Europe.

Top African professionals going to work in Europe are not considered expats. They are immigrants. Period.

“I work for multinational organisations both in the private and public sectors. And being black or coloured doesn’t gain me the term “expat”. I’m a highly qualified immigrant, as they call me, to be politically correct,” says an African migrant worker.

Most white people deny that they enjoy the privileges of a racist system. And why not?

But our responsibility is to point out and to deny them these privileges, directly related to an outdated supremacist ideology. If you see those “expats” in Africa, call them immigrants like everyone else. If that hurts their white superiority, they can jump in the air and stay there. The political deconstruction of this outdated worldview must continue.

Mawuna Remarque Koutonin is the editor of SiliconAfrica.com, where this blog was first published. Follow @siliconafrica on Twitter.

 

 

 

Immigrants are highly welcomed…with exceptions

Germany is suffering of lack of qualified engineers and technicians:  The German engineers are going into retirement (about 36,000 every year).

Germany is readying to open up its borders to Polish qualified immigrants (preferably young and educated Poles) in 2011:  A premium will be paid as a welcoming gestures and special technical training centers opened to initiate these Poles into the needed specialties and learning the German language.

In 2009, half a million Polish workers settled in Germany, and by 2011 Poland will be depleted of its potential youth.

In 2004, two million Polish immigrants flooded England and Ireland and had hard time finding jobs:  Going to Germany on the borders will be less hazardous and kind of feeling at home.

By 2011, Germany will witness the least number of unemployed in twenty years:  Barely 3 million representing less than 4%, while the average in the European Union is 10% as in the USA (these are not the effective rates of unemployed that are double what States recognize in statistics).

Irish are back to their traditional immigration frenzies.

In the last two decades, Irish never considered that immigration will be another option:  Investment of multinational financial institutions were flooding this island and the illusion of an economic boom distracted governments into diversifying Ireland economy.  Now the Irish have no excuses laying it on England for buying immigration tickets.

Irish Parents who raised families are now packing to starting a new life in greener pastures.  Ireland governments invested in infrastructures that supported financial transactions and modern airports but not in industries or agriculture.

The game of quick wealth illusion is over:  The Irish are facing the fact that there are no opportunities in their homeland to sustaining their addictive former life-style.  The US will be glad to re-welcome the Irish who have skills in financial transactions and programming.

The US is very lucky to be situated between Mexico and Canada.  Mexico provides cheap young daily workers and capital and Canada is a vast potential for investments in natural resources and qualified graduates.

Giovanni Peri, assistant professor at the University of Davis, wrote in Foreign Policy in Focus that “Mexican immigrants increase production capacity, stimulate investment, and is a catalyst for specialization.

Young Mexican immigrants never had any negative consequences in the US economy in the last 40 years.  Immigrants are basically competing among immigrants but do not rob jobs to Americans.  When immigrants are hired, productivity increases and Americans are elevated to higher ranks such as supervisors and foremen, simply because they know the language; thus, this process increases the base of the lower middle class.”

Peri went on: “Immigrants complement the economy and do not substitute for existing jobs except when highly educated and specialized.  An engineer cannot do anything alone; give the engineer workers and enterprises are created.  With the dynamic market system in the USA, hundred of thousands of jobs are lost and an equal number re-appear.

The more there are able and young workers on the market and the higher are the odds for creating new enterprises.  In the last 40 years, the active potential doubled and salaries increased 40%.  Immigrant salaries are low but still high compared to what they earn in their homeland, even when the higher cost of living is factored in.”

France and Spain are plagued with discrimination tendencies against immigrants converging from northern Africa, even if they are very educated.  Both States are witnessing very high unemployment rates and budget deficit.

The youth of Spain disregarded universities in the last 2 decades in order to reap quickly the fruits of consumerism:  Spain is suffering from depletion of university graduates and no investment would restart the economy before human educated people are recouped.  Near-sighted policies in both States are increasing the economic gap with Germany and the Netherlands.

Russia has lost 10 million of its population in the last two decades and the same process of aging is going on in Japan.  Fresh immigrants are highly welcomed in Russia and Japan.

So, what’s going on in August? (2010)

In this hot August of Lebanon it is sort of “branle-bas de combat” or getting ready to waging war, literally and figuratively, internally and externally.

Thousands of Lebanese immigrants selected August to pay a visit to their motherland. Many have come to get married.

The process of getting married can be extremely lengthy and complicated among Christians of various sects, and as easy as dispatching a spouse among Muslims where the father sign the contract on behalf of his son and then buy an airplane ticket to the new bride to join a husband she had never met face to face.

For example, Christian immigrants have to reconcile with different mentalities:  In Europe, the States require civil marriage prior to religious one, on the ground that religious contracts are not valid by law.

This rational is reversed in Lebanon: You need to get married religiously first, otherwise, registering your civil  marriage that you had contracted outside Lebanon might turn out a headache.

Thus, if you get married religiously in Lebanon then, you better keep mute about this landslide event when you get re-married civil in Europe.

As far as I recall, religious marriage in the USA are as valid as civil marriage:  The priest signature on the contract is highly respected.  (I might be wrong, so do not hesitate to correct me).

One of the fiance asked me: “Do you think a priest might allow me to read my vow written in English?”  I replied:”If you locate a priest willing to allow you to state your own version of why you want to marry then, I will help you edit your vow and teach the priest to read it”.

It is always feasible to finding accommodating priests with a lavish bribe.

As far as I know, the only acceptable version in Catholic churches is that “What has been linked in the sky no man can cancel it”

My niece Joanna is one of the prospective candidate to be wed by the end of August.  She was invited to the church for the wedding of one of her closest friend.

I sensed that she might need support and I accompanied her.  She was all eyes and all ears to the procedure and was awed to what the priest preached and what the couple read together in Arabic; she could have a second thought if she took seriously what religion demands of its hapless souls.

By the way, the elder brother of the potential bride take seriously being a “unchurch” attendant. You might think he is a Jehovah Witness but he thinks he is smarter than these archaic believers of the written archaic Books.

I still cannot fathom the unidirectional attitude of young people as they learn to read and taking strong positions.

I think taking strong positions is a matter of immature ignorance.

Anyway, emigrants coming from the northern cold front of “developed” States in Europe land in Lebanon with haggard pale faces and much weight loss:  I think too much biking to juggle several jobs under cold rains is one of the factors for their nervous wreckage.

Within a week, the pale-faced creatures acquire colors and recover their normal weight in addition to a few extra pounds.

I was invited to an open air restaurant called Gilgamesh to meet the brothers of my niece’s fiance and each of the large platters could easily feed four people of the cold front guests.

I saw a reportage on our local TV of a German family visiting Lebanon; they were apprehensive before they arrive to Lebanon.

Now the kids don’t want to return to Germany:  They are having too much fun and seeing the sea everyday and discovering the high mountains everyday and eating abundant assorted food.

Obviously, they are seeing the hidden ugly realities of Lebanon and what kinds of monstrous crap the Lebanese have to swallow and endure in order to survive the decisions and activities of pseudo governments.

I am not going to be the bad mouthed citizen jeopardizing this touristic season.  Anyway, the fasting season of 40 days for the Muslims is on and prices of all kinds of sugar, rice, fruits, and vegetables will easily double.

Most non-Lebanese touring Lebanon in August are from the Arabic Peninsula States. Temperature there range from 50 to 60 degrees Celsius; people are prohibited leaving their homes from 11 am to 3 pm.  Temperatures in Lebanon are 15 degrees less, but high enough for Northern Europeans to die like flies.

In the external front, this arrogant and racist State of Israel has tried to start problems with Lebanon last week.

The Israeli army invaded our borders in the village of Adeissy in order to remove a tree that obstructed vision  of its surveillance cameras.  The UN waving of flags was of no use.

The Lebanese army sent warning shots but the Israeli bombed the army positions and killed two soldiers and one daily reporter and injured several civilians.

One of the injured Lebanese soldier shot down an Israeli officer and another enemy soldier.  The next day, Israel learned to coordinate with the UN forces to remove a lousy tree that made several victims but confirmed the steadfastness of the Lebanese army to denying arrogant Israel any further humiliation of the Lebanese.

Hezbollah was ready to support the army if confrontation escalated and that is why Israel relented in its stupid activities.

The next day of that engagement, Canada ordered its citizens to scrap visiting Lebanon from their plans.  Three Canadian young relatives visiting us laughed out their government scare tactics saying that Canada usually wants to save money repatriating its citizens.

Young Joseph is a funny guy; he recounted that he was among his Lebanese relatives and they were speaking in Arabic; so Joseph dozed off until he heard his name followed by a hilarious loud laughing.  Joseph asked them: “Am I the one concerned?”  They laughed some more and reassured him “Well, it is nothing”

Joseph says that he managed to capture a third of a conversation. How? Joseph clarified “Lebanese use words from Arabic, French, and English in the same sentence.”  So, Joseph assume that he is understanding something.  

Joseph’s father Nassif (a Lebanese) did not make the effort to teach him and his two sisters Arabic or encouraged them to  speak Arabic in his presence.  If Joseph’s father were Jew, Joseph would have learned archaic Hebrew; the most archaic language still in existence.

Actually, married Lebanese are settled or settling abroad.  No young Lebanese can afford to rent or buy a wretched small apartment in Beirut and the district of Metn.  Real Estates prices jumped 600% in the last two years.

Note:  At the peak of the tourism season, the government is reminded to do extensive road works and spreading asphalt.  Traffic congestion is thus at its peak.

A Way out of History (May 7, 2009)

 

            The citizens of the developed Nations, within their own boundaries, feel that they have no longer any need to learn history or their own history.  History to the citizens of the developed nations is a drag, a waste of time, of no use, totally irrelevant. They are mostly correct in their feeling and appreciation of the uselessness of history relevant to their nation: first, they have reached as a society a level of social cohesion, awareness, appreciation of human dignity and human rights; and second, they are more concerned about their present state of affairs, maintaining their current level of comfort, consumerism choices, creating diverse opportunities, future availabilities for their desires and wishes.  These modern citizens have institutions to continue the good work; institutions to analyze whatever history is appropriate for the nation, institutions for research, for legitimacy, for governance, for economy, for finance, for strategic studies, for learning, for art, for marketing, and for studying the under-developed States and minorities.

History for the citizens of the developed nation is plainly relegated to the under-developed States. The Third World and Fourth World “citizens”, (we should create another term for citizenship for the under-developed world because it is frankly too pompous and inappropriate any which way you define a citizen), have nothing left but “history” for amusement and to give them reference to an illusory identity. History for the “history citizens” has been written by the vanquishers and then translated and interpreted by the colonial powers. The archeological sites in the land of the “amused archaic citizens” were dug out and investigated by the colonial powers and the artifacts were dusted off, cleaned, and conserved in secured museums that the traveling tourists and immigrants never visit.  The chasm between the developed and the “non-developed” States is huge and growing larger by the day.  History is still being taught in the developed nations simply because more immigrants are flocking in and some sort of integration in commendable.

More likely, a citizen would visit an immigrant friend to fill him in on current news and occasionally get a good laugh on stories of their respective ancestors; yes, the immigrant might know more details on the citizen’s ancestors and the history of the citizen’s country.  In fact, hard copy dailies are published to satisfy the voracious curiosities of the immigrants. Storytelling is a cultural trademark among immigrants and getting together is worthless and devoid of any interest if no bickering accompanies the assembly.

If there are rival “civilizations” it must be in the mind of the immigrants. They are attuned to any gesture, tone of voice, slang, or posturing that remind them of their “indignity”, their frequent humiliations, their total dependence on the host nation for understanding, leniency, forgiveness, compassion, and equal treatments under the laws. The immigrants are overachievers, hard working, on constant alert of changes in behavior and special laws, on foreign policies regarding their “homeland”, on unequal measures doled in foreign policies and moral values.

“Civilization clash” is in the mind of the immigrant: the citizen doesn’t care about the agony and tribulation of his immigrant friend.  The immigrant is a sponge for all kinds of curiosities in art, theater, intellectual life, and any association that invites him to participate.  The immigrant is most likely polyglot and can converse in many languages and he has to suffer being mocked for his accent in the local slang; he has to be corrected frequently because accent is the main avenue for integration and acceptance as a civilized individual.

Discrimination is in the mind of the immigrant.  A citizen would immediately recognize an immigrant for miles if he cared to focus a second on the individual.  The citizen in an administrative position has to call upon the cleric, the community leader, or the father of the immigrant before taking any decision for any kinds of permit application; the immigrant is supposed to be looked after as an immature kid no matter how old he is. Equal treatments are the domain of the citizens and interpretations of the law and customs are appropriate when dealing with an immigrant.  The whole gamut of the UN laws for human rights were targeted for the under-developed States that are shaming human kinds in their state of affairs.  Yet, many “non-citizens” would like to experience a new era when embargoes on military hardware, military trainers, and military experts are imposed on dictators, juntas, and oligarchies who are flaunting the UN human rights declarations in their under developed States.

Seriously learning the language of your immigrant friend is the first sign of real friendship. Blatantly observing the differences in culture and customs is an excellent sign of friendship. Vigorously and unabashedly critiquing divergence in opinions is sign of friendship. Make no mistake: any behavior that smack of covert apartheid is quickly sensed by your immigrant “friend”.  Make no mistake: the next generation of your immigrant friend will be exactly you, when you were younger. If you are serious for integration of your immigrant friend then behave as if you are dealing with the next generation, on a par.

A Way out of History (May 7, 2009)

The citizens of the developed Nations, within their own boundaries, feel that they have no longer any need to learn their own history.  History to the citizens of the developed nations is a drag, a waste of time, of no use, totally irrelevant. They are mostly correct in their feeling and appreciation of the uselessness of history relevant to their nation: first, as a society, they have reached  a level of social cohesion, awareness, appreciation of human dignity and human rights; and second, they are more concerned about their present state of affairs such as maintaining their current level of comfort, consumerism choices, creating diverse opportunities, future availabilities for their desires and wishes.  These modern citizens have institutions to continue the good work; institutions to analyze whatever history is appropriate for the nation, institutions for research, for legitimacy, for governance, for economy, for finance, for strategic studies, for learning, for art, for marketing, and for studying the under-developed States and minorities.

History for the citizens of the developed nation is plainly relegated to the under-developed States. The Third World and Fourth World “citizens”, (we should create another term for citizenship for the under-developed world because it is frankly too pompous and inappropriate any which way you define a citizen), have nothing left but “history” for amusement and to give them reference to an illusory identity. History for the “history citizens” has been written by the vanquishers and then translated and interpreted by the colonial powers. The archeological sites in the land of the “amused archaic citizens” were dug out and investigated by the colonial powers and the artifacts were dusted off, cleaned, and conserved in secured museums that the traveling tourists and immigrants never visit.  The chasm between the developed and the “non-developed” States is huge and growing larger by the day.  History is still being taught in the developed nations simply because more immigrants are flocking in and some sort of integration is commendable.

More likely, a citizen would visit an immigrant friend to fill him in on current news and occasionally get a good laugh on stories of their respective ancestors; yes, the immigrant might know more details on the citizen’s ancestors and the history of the citizen’s country than the “original citizen” care to know.  In fact, hard copy dailies are published to satisfy the voracious curiosities of the immigrants. Storytelling is a cultural trademark among immigrants and getting together is worthless and devoid of any interest if no bickering accompanies the assembly.

If there are rival “civilizations” it must be in the mind of the immigrants. They are attuned to any gesture, tone of voice, slang, or posturing that remind them of their “indignity”, their frequent humiliations, their total dependence on the host nation for understanding, leniency, forgiveness, compassion, and equal treatments under the laws. The immigrants are overachievers, hard working, on constant alert of changes in behavior and special laws, on foreign policies regarding their “homeland”, on unequal measures doled in foreign policies and moral values.

“Civilization clash” is in the mind of the immigrant: the original citizen doesn’t care about the agony and tribulation of his immigrant friend.  The immigrant is a sponge for all kinds of curiosities in art, theater, intellectual life, and any association that invites him to participate.  The immigrant is most likely polyglot and can converse in many languages and he has to suffer being mocked for his accent in the local slang; he has to be corrected frequently because accent is the main avenue for integration and acceptance as a civilized individual.

Discrimination is in the mind of the immigrant.  A citizen would immediately recognize an immigrant for miles if he cared to focus a second on the individual.  The citizen in an administrative position has to call upon the cleric, the community leader, or the father of the immigrant before taking any decision for any kinds of permit application; the immigrant is supposed to be looked after as an immature kid no matter how old he is. Equal treatments are covertly the domain of the original citizens;  interpretations of the law and customs are appropriate when dealing with an immigrant.  The whole gamut of the UN laws for human rights were targeted for the under-developed States that are shaming human kinds in their state of affairs.  Yet, many “non-citizens” would like to experience a new era when embargoes on military hardware, military trainers, and military experts are imposed on dictators, juntas, and oligarchies who are flaunting the UN human rights declarations in their under developed States.

Seriously learning the language of your immigrant friend is the first sign of real friendship. Blatantly observing the differences in culture and customs is an excellent sign of friendship. Vigorously and unabashedly critiquing divergence in opinions is sign of friendship. Make no mistake: any behavior that smack of covert apartheid is quickly sensed by your immigrant “friend”.  Make no mistake: the next generation of your immigrant friend will be exactly you, when you were younger. If you are serious for integration of your immigrant friend then behave as if you are dealing with the next generation, on a par.

Bureaucratic Ethnicities (May 14, 2009)

 

The western nations are not helping out immigrants to overcome their ethnicities that they want to forget about and start a new life.  For some weird reasons, not necessarily out to complete ignorance of foreign cultures, bureaucracies in the developed “welcoming nations” of immigrants insist on gathering data with options that are incorrect, confusing, and utterly humiliating to cultured immigrants. 

For example, what is the use of forcing immigrants in selecting their ethnicities according to the color of their skins (white, yellow, or black) or combining continents such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, or others?  For some ridiculous reasons bureaucratic data sheets are shy asking outright for religious affiliations as if this information, which is essentially the most important piece of data that “covert apartheid” are interested in,  is not very important to immigrants.

If you were filling such ridiculous data sheets and do not find the proper slot that is appropriate and convenient to your supposed “identity” then either you leave the slot blank or you insert another slot that does not represent your identity.  In both cases the computer is not happy, data gatherers are not happy, and the whole data sheet is cancelled and the State data center ends up with truncated data or wrong.

My contention is, if the citizens of the “welcoming” nations ,don’t care about their ethnicity or identity then why force redundant issues for immigrants that welcome friendly integration processes?  If the goal is to understand cultural differences then why not focus on the language, religion, and the regions of semi-closed seas and vast lakes  that these immigrants came from?

There are coherence in culture among people living around vast lakes or semi-closed seas such as the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Adriatic Sea, the Great Lakes bordering the USA and Canada, the Tanganyika Lake, Victoria Lake and so on.  It is also feasible to adding semi-arid deserts such as part of the Sahara Desert, the Northern and Southern Arabic Peninsula Desert, the Goby Desert, and deserts in India, China, Russia, and so on.  Why not include the equatorial forests in Brazil, Africa, and South Asia?  These kinds of classifications are far more informative than recognized States by the UN with unnatural borders constantly being disputed and fighting for fictitious adjustment.

If the interested party such as local communities and districts want accurate data then why not communicate with the immigrant communities for feedback in designing and evaluating the relevance of the questions and options?  Would it not be of far greater utility if the targeted immigrants are told the practical and real purpose of data collections? Would not community sharing in devising and designing data sheets be a great learning experience for both the community and the immigrants as to the importance of data and how to use them?  Would it not be of great importance if immigrants are shown how the gathered information is statistically analyzed and the many pitfalls in interpreting statistical results? 

We are all in the same boat because the data gathering specialists and interpreters of results are not of much use if they have not interrelated with their target audience before the project is undertaken.  Good end results are consensual acceptance of a project that need not be ideal but functional and cooperative.  Can we experiment with projects on the premise that immigrants are as intelligent, logical, and sane normal people as those initiating one lopsided projects and very much biased and most of the time irrelevant?

May be a few citizens in the “welcoming” nations appreciate the habit of daily filling data coupons and forms for one thing or another; I am pretty sure that the vast majority of citizens abhor these practices.  Then why force upon the immigrants tons of additional forms to fill?  Would not that be a covert tactic to humiliating and cowing immigrants into a state of fictitious owe to the greatness of a nation that adores bureaucracy in any shape and form?

Only the weakest of politicians drum up the race and identity problems to attrack their bored citizens with clean sweep slate of blank brains.  Those weak politicians have no ideas what to offer the citizens or what the citizens want and need.  Thus, they borrow a few cliché verses from the only Book they were forced to read in their childhood at Sunday schools and starts shouting louder than the street corner’s “preacher”; and they expect the audience to clap the hardest they ever enjoyed a rock concert.


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