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Put Rohingyas on deserted island!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 5, 2008

That’s what the Prime Minister of Thailand said earlier this week.   Do you get a feeling that these Burmese Muslims are not welcome in Thailand?     

 http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=11231

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej last week said Thailand would place Rohingya refugees on a deserted island, according to the Bangkok Post.

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”To stop the influx, we have to keep them in a tough place,” Samak was quoted as saying by the English-language Thai daily newspaper on Saturday. “Those who are about to follow will have to know life here will be difficult [so] they won’t sneak in.”

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The Thai premier made the statement after emerging from a two-hour meeting of the National Security Council last week, saying that the navy is exploring a deserted island to place the Rohingya refugees living in Thailand.

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Samak also suggested that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should step in and provide financial support to the Thai government which had shouldered the Rohingya burden for quite some time.

 

Word is that the Rohingya, many of whom have become radicalized, have also been sneaking into refugee camps.   Canada has resettled some of them, and we have not been able to determine if the Burmese Muslims being resettled in the US are in fact Rohingya.

We have written about Rohingya on several previous occasions.  Since incompetence on my part keeps me from placing links in here, please use our search function and type in “Rohingya” and our previous posts will be available.

Posted in diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Rohingya Reports | 1 Comment »

Trials and tribulations of refugees in Arizona

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 5, 2008

This is a lengthy but worthwhile article published today in the Tucson Citizen.  It’s mostly about Iraqi and Afghan refugees who have been resettled recently.  Some are doing well, others are unhappy.  Representatives of the refugee agencies involved try to put a good spin on the whole thing.

Check out the comments because for the most part, those commenting are not happy about the whole resettlement issue. 

This is the link http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/local/81733.php

Posted in Iraqi refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Comments Off

The plight of Iraqi Christians in the U.S.

Posted by Judy K. Warner on April 5, 2008

The LA Times has the best article I’ve seen so far on Iraqi Christians who have come to the United States.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-lawyer4apr04,0,7718712.story

Robert DeKelaita, a U.S. lawyer who is himself a Christian born in Iraq, is on a mission to help others gain U.S. asylum….
Over the last decade, DeKelaita has obtained asylum for hundreds of Iraqi Christians threatened with deportation. He travels the U.S. to counsel distraught, uprooted men and women who have fled religious persecution in Iraq.

But each new grant of asylum leaves DeKelaita feeling conflicted; his efforts inadvertently contribute to the slow dissolution of the once-vibrant Christian community in Iraq.

“My heart is really wedded to the idea that they should be safe and secure in their own homeland in Iraq,” DeKelaita, 45, said inside his law office in Skokie, Ill., near Chicago. “What I’m doing is temporary. That’s how I justify it to myself — that they will one day all go back home safely to their homeland.”

We’ve frequently written that the goal for Iraqi refugees should be to return to Iraq and help to rebuild it. But in the case of Christians, that might be impossible.

“No group was happier than Christians when Saddam fell,” DeKelaita said. “But no group is more disappointed with the way things played out.” …

Persecution of Christians has been horrendous. The Archbishop of Mosul was kidnapped and murdered last month. About a million Christians have fled Iraq, leaving only about 500,000.

Unlike Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, Iraqi Christians have no militia to protect them. Many are clustered in villages in the Nineveh plains north of Mosul, where their ancestors lived before the Islamic conquest.

It looks like it will be a long time before Christian Iraqis can return safely, if they ever can. Meanwhile, they should be given preference. And as Ann said in her post yesterday,

http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/iraqi-refugees-arriving-fast-and-furious-now/

we wish the government would tell us how many of the Iraqi refugees that seem to be coming in fast now are Christian.

Posted in Christian refugees, Iraqi refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program | 3 Comments »

Islamic Danger to Americans: Muslim Immigration

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 5, 2008

I just discovered a new blog, new for me at least, entitled “Islamic Danger to Americans.”   Today it posts an article written by Debbie Schlussel about Muslim Immigration.    Check it out here:  http://islamicdanger4u.blogspot.com/2008/04/muslim-immigration-americas-biggest.html

(still have not figured out how to insert links in this new WordPress)

For Debbie Schlussel’s blog see our blogroll at left.

 

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Other Immigration | Comments Off

Boise, ID vulnerable to terrorist attack

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 5, 2008

Today the Washington Post surprised this western city with a report that places it in the Top Ten sites in the country vulnerable to a terrorist attack.  Researchers didn’t say that terrorists were targeting the city only that it was a good target.

The researchers assessed the vulnerability of each city to a terrorist attack based on three things: socioeconomics, infrastructure, and geophysical hazards such as the potential for flooding or fire.

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The analysis measured not whether a city would make an attractive target to a terrorist but rather how well it could withstand an attack, Piegorsch said.
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“This wasn’t a question of what places a terrorist wants,” Piegorsch said. “The targetability is not an issue here; it’s the vulnerability if they were targeted.”

But, in my uneducated opinion, something is up in Boise and I’ve been pointing that out for months.  Go back to the murdered Uzbek refugee post of a few days ago.

Here is the link to the Washington Post  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/04/AR2008040403022.html?hpid=topnews

And here is the link to my post on Boise murdered Uzbeks post a few days ago: http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/refugee-murders-in-boise-id-still-a-mystery/

NOTE:  WordPress has just out of the blue changed how we write posts and I haven’t figured out how to put in links, so until I do, I apologize for the less than professional look!   At least you have the information!

Posted in Changing the way we live, diversity's dark side | 5 Comments »

 
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