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Archive for April, 2008

More refugees from Malta: Have we gone mad?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 30, 2008

Arghhhhh!   Many months ago I wrote that we were going to take refugees from the Mediterranean island of Malta—simply to do a good deed.   These are not refugees!  They are African illegal aliens who have broken into Malta because the boats they were using to get to the mainland of Europe could not reach their destination.  Here is an update— we are taking them.

This would be like us sending our illegal aliens from Mexico off to Malta. 

To date, the UNHCR is continuing the screening process and has referred more than 260 cases which are now in process. A group of 15 Somalian refugees are departing from Malta for the United States tomorrow, and in the next few weeks, another group of refugees will be embarking on their journey to resettle in the U.S.

Ambassador Bordonaro observed that all refugees are assigned a sponsor agency that provides initial services such as housing, food, and clothing, as well as referral to medical care, employment services, and other support during a transition period lasting up to two years in order to ensure integration and assimilation. “I have personally met many of the refugees who are part of the programme,” Ambassador Bordonaro said, “and they will make outstanding U.S. citizens.”

Our ambassador actually thinks this is a great idea.   “Outstanding citizens!”  I guess she hasn’t been in touch with Shelbyville, TN or Emporia, KS recently.

And, of course the officials in Malta are tickled pink that because we understand the illegal alien issue so well we are happy to take theirs. 

In his remarks, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tonio Borg noted that this process, which commenced a year ago, is a clear declaration that the United States does understand the illegal immigration problem which is being faced by Malta. “This is a continuous process that should lead towards having hundreds of people to be resettled in the United States. This is a sign of friendship between two countries whereby the United States is clearly helping out Malta.”

Silly question I guess, but doesn’t all this actually encourage more Africans to take boats to Malta?

Update:  Can you believe it!  The morning after I wrote this post the Times of Malta is reporting 3 new boats arriving this week!  Did Ambassador Bordonaro run down to the shore to greet them?

And yet another Update moments later:   Here is another glowing article about the so-called “refugees” going to the promised land.  

Asked whether the resettlement of refugees in the US could bring more asylum seekers to Malta, Dr Borg [Malta’s Foreign Affairs minister] said he did not think the numbers would increase because of this possibility. He added that this was a convenient argument that some countries put forward to avoid burden sharing.

I wonder did Dr. Borg not know about the three boats just landed this week?  And, I wonder which part of our “burden” is he sharing.

Here is another post on the spring migration from Africa to Europe.

Posted in Asylum seekers, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | 4 Comments »

Avoiding assimilation through Muslim homeschooling

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 29, 2008

A friend sent me to VDARE today to see an immigration article she was recommending.  I couldn’t find it, but this one written by Joe Guzzardi, almost a month ago, jumped right out at me.  Homeschooling is something both Judy and I know a good bit about, having done it for many years.  We know very well the advantages of getting your children out of the public school system and we know how to make sure homeschooled children have many normal American kid activities. 

So it was disturbing to read this story about Muslims choosing homeschooling to keep their children from relating to American children—to make sure they don’t waiver from Islamic strictures.   Read about how one Muslim father was infuriated to see his daughter talk to a boy when leaving a class.  It reminded me of the poor Iraqi girl killed by her father in order to preserve his honor when he learned she was friendly with a British soldier.  

Guzzardi asks a logical question and discusses the ramifications, but doesn’t volunteer the answer. 

Here’s the common sense question I ask myself. If Islam is the most important thing in a Muslim’s life, then why migrate to a Christian country?

I know that if Christianity were paramount to me, I would never consider moving to an Islamic country, even if it were allowed.

And, knowing what we now know about immigrant Muslim resistance to assimilation, what’s in it for the United States? [nothing]

Since few Muslims will become Americans—at least as we define the concept—then the federal government owes it to us to honest about the ultimate outcome of its immigration policy.

The only thing that can come of leaving our doors open to the Islamic nation is a more balkanized America.

Why would Muslims who do not wish to assimilate come to America? 

The answer is that Islam requires its adherents to spread across the entire globe and to make Christians subservient to Islam. As preposterous as it probably sounds to you, Muslim immigrants are here to make America an Islamic (shariah governed) country someday even if it takes 100 years, or 500 or a thousand.   Because we Westerners don’t think in terms of religious supremacism, the answer to Mr. Guzzardi’s logical question will, for most, continue to be elusive.

 

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Muslim on Muslim crime

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 29, 2008

Yesterday Jihad Watch had a good post about a mob of Jihadi Muslims in Indonesia burning a mosque of another sect of Islam, the Ahmadiyya.    The mob shouted “kill” “kill” as it torched the place.

Guess we will soon hear that we need to take more Ahmadiyya asylees, refugees, and immigrants due to the religious persecution they are experiencing.  But, who is doing the persecuting?  Muslims!  Against Muslims!

See the Jihad Watch post and note the comments.   The first reader to tell us that the Refugee Resettlement program is taking Ahmadiyya gets a gold star.

We have written about the Ahmadiyya community on many occasions during their failed attempt to get a special exception to the zoning in order to establish  a facility for 10,000 in a rural part of Maryland.  See Walkersville archives here.    I guess the Jihad Watch article demonstrates that fears of some citizens of Walkersville were not unfounded, the Ahmadiyya convention facility might have some day attracted violence as other sects of Islam attempt to wipe them out.

Coincidentally, the Frederick News Post also yesterday published a profile of Steve Berryman spokesperson for Citizens For Walkersville the grassroots group that was successful in protecting their small town from a well-funded and well-organized Ahmadiyya Community campaign to build a compound in the town.  Note the folks in Frederick are not shy about commenting.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | 3 Comments »

Sign a petition to help Iraqi Christians

Posted by Judy K. Warner on April 29, 2008

We’ve reported on Father Keith Roderick of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) as part of a delegation that went to Jordan to check out the condition of Iraqi Christian refugees there. Now Fr. Roderick has alerted us to an effort by his group to bring the Iraqi Christians to the attention of the Bush administration and the UN. He wrote:

Iraq’s ancient Aramaic-speaking Christian community is facing a grave crisis that will ultimately impact other Christian communities in the Near East….

I visited with refugees in Jordan and Lebanon recently. It was obvious that they had been specifically targeted by Islamic extremists because they are Christians. In Iraq, they live with the daily threat of bombings, kidnappings, beheadings, vandalism, discrimination, extortion, and even death. The persecution comes from all sides — Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish extremists. Iraqi Christians are in urgent need of help.

Here is the petition he hopes will gain attention for these persecuted Christians:

Dear President Bush,

With each attack it is becoming more evident that an unexpected casualty of the war is finally surfacing: Iraq’s Christian community is facing extinction.

As a result of religious persecution, ongoing national instability and death threats, approximately 400,000 Iraqi Christians have fled the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.  Many of the 600,000 Christians who remain in Iraq are internally displaced.

The United States, having powerful leverage with government leaders in Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in the north, is in a position to guarantee the survival of Iraq’s endangered Christians and other religious minorities.

I’m asking you to use the power and influence of the U.S. government to defend religious liberty in Iraq and create conditions that allow displaced Christians and other non-Muslim minorities to return to their homeland and live and worship in peace.

Please encourage the U.S. government to work towards developing a secure homeland province for religious minorities in Iraq.  The United States, together with United Nations agencies, should facilitate the voluntary return and resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons after effective security measures are taken.

Sincerely,

We urge you to sign the petition. It asks for the right action. We want to see the ancient Christian communities in Iraq saved. but that might not be possible. In lieu of that, Christians need their own homeland within Iraq. Fr. Roderick wrote that it is Islamic extremists who have targeted Christians. As we pacify Iraq and make it safe for ordinary Muslims, we need to make it safe for ordinary Christians (and other religious minorities) also.

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An Anatomy of Surrender

Posted by Judy K. Warner on April 28, 2008

That’s the title of a stunning piece by Bruce Bawer in the Spring issue of City Journal. The subtitle is “Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia.”

Bawer shows by dozens of examples that Europeans especially, but Americans too, are submitting to the claims of Islam, to the detriment of our free speech and our other freedoms, and at the cost of lives and more.  Here are some excerpts:

The Western media are in the driver’s seat on this road to sharia. Often their approach is to argue that we’re the bad guys. After the late Dutch sociologist-turned-politician Pim Fortuyn sounded the alarm about the danger that Europe’s Islamization posed to democracy, elite journalists labeled him a threat. A New York Times headline described him as MARCHING THE DUTCH TO THE RIGHT.

….Perhaps no Western media outlet has exhibited this habit of moral inversion more regularly than the BBC. In 2006, to take a typical example, Manchester’s top imam told psychotherapist John Casson that he supported the death penalty for homosexuality. Casson expressed shock—and the BBC, in a dispatch headlined imam accused of “gay death” slur, spun the controversy as an effort by Casson to discredit Islam.

….When the Mohammed cartoons—published in September 2005 by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten to defy rising self-censorship after van Gogh’s murder—were answered by worldwide violence, only one major American newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, joined such European dailies as Die Welt and El País in reprinting them as a gesture of free-speech solidarity. Editors who refused to run the images claimed that their motive was multicultural respect for Islam. Critic Christopher Hitchens believed otherwise, writing that he “knew quite a number of the editors concerned and can say for a certainty that the chief motive for ‘restraint’ was simple fear.” Exemplifying the new dhimmitude, whatever its motivation, was Norway’s leading cartoonist, Finn Graff, who had often depicted Israelis as Nazis, but who now vowed not to draw anything that might provoke Muslim wrath.

….The elite media regularly underreport fundamentalist Muslim misbehavior or obfuscate its true nature. After the knighting of Rushdie in 2007 unleashed yet another wave of international Islamist mayhem, Tim Rutten wrote in the Los Angeles Times: “If you’re wondering why you haven’t been able to follow all the columns and editorials in the American press denouncing all this homicidal nonsense, it’s because there haven’t been any.” Or consider the riots that gripped immigrant suburbs in France in the autumn of 2005. These uprisings were largely assertions of Muslim authority over Muslim neighborhoods, and thus clearly jihadist in character. Yet weeks passed before many American press outlets mentioned them—and when they did, they de-emphasized the rioters’ Muslim identity (few cited the cries of “Allahu akbar,” for instance). Instead, they described the violence as an outburst of frustration over economic injustice.

….When polls and studies of Muslims appear, the media often spin the results absurdly or drop them down the memory hole after a single news cycle. Journalists celebrated the results of a 2007 Pew poll showing that 80 percent of American Muslims aged 18 to 29 said that they opposed suicide bombing—even though the flip side, and the real story, was that a double-digit percentage of young American Muslims admitted that they supported it. U.S. MUSLIMS ASSIMILATED, OPPOSED TO EXTREMISM, the Washington Post rejoiced, echoing USA Today’s AMERICAN MUSLIMS REJECT EXTREMES. A 2006 Daily Telegraph survey showed that 40 percent of British Muslims wanted sharia in Britain—yet British reporters often write as though only a minuscule minority embraced such views.

You get the idea. The long article is well worth reading in its entirety.

It is this attitude that makes me oppose bringing Muslims here as refugees. If we were strong defenders of western civilization and American culture we would insist that Muslim immigrants and refugees live by our standards. We would not put up with polygamy, female genital mutilation, sharia finance, honor killings, Saudi-financed mosques and imams and radical curricula, college professors who support Islamic extremism, taxi drivers who refuse to carry passengers with wine or dogs, women who will not remove their veils for drivers licence photos, or any of the other ways that Islamism and sharia law are creeping into our society. But our elites in government, the media, education and entertainment are anything but strong defenders of our civilization.  In these circumstances we cannot afford to increase our Muslim population. Although individuals of the Muslim faith can be fine people, that is not the issue. The issue is the continual pushing of Muslim practices and laws within western societies. We need to fight that in any way we can.

Oh, and here is what I meant by “at the cost of lives and more”:

Back in 2001, Unni Wikan, a distinguished Norwegian cultural anthropologist and Islam expert, responded to the high rate of Muslim-on-infidel rape in Oslo by exhorting women to “realize that we live in a multicultural society and adapt themselves to it.”

….Last year, [Norway’s] most celebrated lawyer, Tor Erling Staff, argued that the punishment for honor killing should be less than for other murders, because it’s arrogant for us to expect Muslim men to conform to our society’s norms.

….In July 2007, a planned TV appeal by British cops to help capture a Muslim rapist was canceled to avoid “racist backlash.” And in August, the Times of London reported that “Asian” men (British code for “Muslims”) in the U.K. were having sex with perhaps hundreds of “white girls as young as twelve”—but that authorities wouldn’t take action for fear of “upsetting race relations.” Typically, neither the Times nor government officials acknowledged that the “Asian” men’s contempt for the “white” girls was a matter not of race but of religion.

 Can’t we please come to our senses?

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Rising food prices put refugees in camps at risk

Posted by Judy K. Warner on April 28, 2008

We’re going to hear a lot about rising food prices. People all over the world are starving, in the hundreds of millions. An article in the Ottawa Citizen  by Kate Heartfield about the refugees from Burma on the Thai border is headlined: “As the price of rice rises and refugee rations decrease, a vulnerable people will starve.”

While Canada congratulates itself on rescuing a few thousand refugees from the Thailand-Burma border, it seems willing to watch 140,000 starve, as rice prices threaten to shrink their rations to nearly nothing.

Burma is the source of a number of refugee populations throughout Asia. On the Thailand border, many refugees are from the Karen minority. Thailand refuses to allow most refugees to enter mainstream society and find work.

So the Karen families have been stuck in the camps for years, relying on food rations and watching for the Burmese soldiers that are still close enough to shoot.

 There’s good information about the Burmese refugee situation in general. Then back to the price of food.

Donors are tired of feeding refugees from one of the world’s longest-running crises. The aid organizations have already cut every “luxury” (i.e., mosquito nets) they can.

Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, world food prices go through the roof.

In January, the consortium was paying about $350 Canadian per tonne of rice. On Thursday, the price hit $1,000 a tonne.

Mr. Dunford has been working in the border area since 1984. “We’ve seen our ups and downs and crises in the past, but this is on a different scale.” He compares it to a natural disaster — that’s how fast and how damaging the inflation has been.

Without extra aid, here’s what will happen:

The current daily ration is 2,126 calories, consisting of rice, beans, fish paste, oil, chilies, salt, sugar and fortified flour. If prices stay where they are now, each refugee will be limited to 944 calories a day, and the rations will consist only of rice and salt. If prices keep increasing, the ration will go to 555 calories a day.

The likely result: malnutrition, starvation and desperate people leaving the camps to make money in Thailand, illegally, any way they can.

The problem is that the need is so great all over the world. The U.S. provided $2 billion in worldwide food aid last year and is set to increase that to help in the current crisis. But it is more likely that aid will go to governments for their citizens rather than to refugees in camps. Look for greater suffering to come. 

Our government could help the situation immediately by ending the stupid ethanol program. While people are starving we are pouring our corn into our gas tanks. The current corn crop should go to feed people, not to satisfy environmental groups and the ethanol industry.

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Keep the heathens out!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 28, 2008

This is a horrible and heartwrenching story from Iraq.  Hat tip: The Unbeliever.   A 17-year-old fell in love with a British soldier and when her father found out he choked her to death.  He got off because it was a so-called honor killing sanctioned by Islam and also apparently just fine with the democratically elected government of Iraq.  Is this what we are fighting for?

 Here is a shortened version of the story (for the longer version, if you can stomach it, go here).

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl has been murdered by her father in an ‘honour killing’ after falling in love with a British soldier in Basra, The Observer can reveal.

Rand Abdel-Qader was killed after her family discovered she had formed a friendship with a 22-year-old infantryman she knew as Paul. Rand, who met the soldier while working on an aid project for displaced families, was suffocated by her father and then hacked at with a knife. All the time he was calling out that his honour was being cleansed, said Rand’s mother.

The father was arrested, held for two hours, then released without charge. ‘Not much can be done when we have an “honour killing”,’ said Sgt Ali Jabbar of Basra police. ‘You are in a Muslim society and women should live under religious laws.’

Rand’s mother, who divorced her husband after the killing, is now in hiding from her family and being looked after by a local charity. ‘She has been threatened by her husband’s family and is very scared,’ said a charity spokeswoman.

An MoD spokesman said there was no official policy on advising troops how to behave with Iraqi women, indicating that Paul would not have been told that their friendship might be putting her life at risk. ‘They are not told: don’t go and fall in love.’

Though this is believed to be the first ‘honour killing’ involving a British soldier, there were 47 such killings of young women in Basra last year, though only three convictions, said the Basra Security Committee. 

When we merrily admit thousands of Muslim men from Iraq in the refugee program (this year!) what makes all you do-gooders think the MUSLIM practice of honor killings won’t come with them? 

We should, however, immediately admit women with guts like this poor girl’s mother and the Christians who are truly in trouble!

I feel sorry for the British soldier but it’s this ignorance of Islam that will be our undoing. 

Honor killings are already happening in America, see our previous post here.

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | 4 Comments »

Because no one asked….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 27, 2008

I just found this blog with that name, and it’s from Canada.   Today “crazybengal” had this to say about a film called “Real Islam revealed”: 

Another thing that is not mentioned in the film is the need for muslim immigrants to integrate into western society. Also, the need for our governments to stop giving in to muslim immigrants’ demands that WE accomodate THEIR cultural requirments so as to be consistent with Sharia law – that makes US the dhimmis. Stop the multi-culti liberals amoung us who are bending over to accomodate muslims, trying SO HARD to prove that they are not racist. Islam is not a race. 

However, the video takes it one step further and proposes a halt to all Muslim immigration to Europe and the United States.   I’m mentioning that here because it is an idea we are hearing more frequently.

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More on the Rohingya problem

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 27, 2008

Here is another article that reports on the demonstrations in Asia the other day.   I was interested in adding this bit of information to our growing Rohingya file. 

Five Western envoys to Bangladesh, including European Commissioner Dr. Stephen Frane, Italian envoy Italla Maria Marta Ochi, Dutch envoy Ria Tan Tushar, Swedish envoy Brith of Horford, and Candian envoy Richardson, visited Cox’s Bazar from 21 to 24 April to look for ways of solving the problems of the Rohingya refugees.

“The envoys came to Cox’s Bazar to solve the Muslim refugee problem….

So, several countries are actively involved in possibly bringing more Rohingya to the West.  I was glad to see the US had no envoy involved in this jaunt.

Read about Jihadi training camps at Cox’s Bazar in this earlier post.

See all of our discussion on Rohingya Muslims here.

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Maoist election puts things into sharper perspective regarding Bhutanese refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 27, 2008

As we reported before, the United States has agreed to take 60,000 Bhutanese refugees from camps in Nepal.   The Bhutanese who are of Nepali descent are divided on whether they want to be resettled in the West.  Many are holding out in hopes Bhutan will take them back.  This article adds more clarity while it reports a dramatic shift in policy by the newly elected Nepal government. 

Kathmandu, April 27 (IANS) The historic victory of Nepal’s former Maoist guerrillas in this month’s crucial election and their bid to lead the new government has cast a dark shadow over the process started by the US and other western governments to offer Bhutanese refugees in Nepal new homes abroad.

The Maoists, who fought a 10-year armed battle to overthrow Nepal’s Shah kings, are opposed to the US-led initiative by seven western governments to resettle over 105,000 Bhutanese, who have been languishing in refugee camps in Nepal for almost two decades after being evicted by the royalist government of Bhutan in the 1980s.

‘We oppose the process started (under the Girija Prasad Koirala government of Nepal) to resettle the Bhutanese refugees in third countries,’ said Maoist foreign affairs chief Chandra Prakash Gajurel, who was also one of the winners in the April 10 election.

‘How can Nepal give documents to the Bhutanese to go abroad when they are not Nepali citizens?’ Gajurel told private radio station Ujala FM. ‘Our party will try to ensure they go back to Bhutan.

‘From there, they can go to foreign countries if they want to.’

The Maoist announcement comes even as the International Organisation for Migration and the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Nepal (UNHCR) jointly started flying out Bhutanese refugees from closed camps in eastern Nepal to the US, Australia and New Zealand. 

Then here is a critical statement to help our understanding of why Bhutan definitely does not want them back now.

……15 rounds of negotiations failed to see any thaw in Bhutan’s attitude with the Druk government saying the refugee camps had been infiltrated by Maoists and to allow the refugees back home would be tantamount to ‘importing’ terrorism. 

Then finally comes some real explanation about how we got in the middle of this.  

As the donor governments, which helped to keep the camps in Nepal going, began to grow weary of the deadlock and started cutting aid, the US, also goaded by the fear of a militant movement brewing in the camps, played a major role in persuading the Koirala government last year to allow the refugees to go abroad.

For readers who wish we weren’t mucking around all over the world, this last is revealing.   A “militant movement” might be brewing in camps so we should take them to America where our melting pot will do its magic and militants will be transformed into kitchen workers and meat packers too busy chasing American materialism to be bothered with their Maoist politics.  

This last may in fact be the great myth that volags have about the Islamists too—once in America the melting pot goes to work and poof any wish to bring Shariah law to the world is forgotten.  Not!

See all of our posts on this controversial resettlement here.

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