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The 9th Circuit Court ruled in favor of a high school teacher sued by a student upset over the fact that Christianity, literal interpretations of the Bible and creationism were mocked openly.The 9th Circuit Court ruled in favor of a high school teacher sued by a student upset... more
The Local reports that Germany’s commissioner for integration, Maria Böhmer, said that Berlin officials should deal with anti-German views among immigrant students. Böhmer was responding to recent reports of Germanophobia in schools
Two teachers from a Kreuzberg (Berlin) school recently wrote in the GEW Teachers' Union paper of the anti-German harassment some German students experience in schools. They wrote that German students are threatened and bullied, and that the non-German students often receive help from relatives or friends in conflicts. The German students are asked what they are doing there.
Berlin youth coach Oliver Lück (44) says such incidents happen every day. For years he's been working with bully-victims and with the harassers. He told BILD of three cases which particularly moved him:
• Dennis (14) from Reinickendorf - a quiet boy with glasses and pale skin. The problems started once there were more and more foreigners in his class. They called him a wimp. they wanted him to smoke with them, which he didn't want to do. Dennis was pushed around and beaten. They could do whatever they wanted with him, and he had to pay protection money to the older foreign students. In the end, he couldn't take it anymore and thought of suicide. Finally, his parents helped him.
• Lena (15) from Schöneberg - a confident teen, she died her head red and wore black clothes. When she came to the school, she was a foreigner among the other girls, who wore a headscarf. The girls whispered about her, they laughed at her and caller her the 'fire alarm'. Lena began to smoke, and later started up with alcohol and harder drugs.
• Kevin (16) from Neukölln - There were hardly any Germans in his school. The Arab guys provoked him, first with insults, then tripped him and pushed him. At some point, he fought back, and found himself facing twelve boys, relatives of the attackers, who beat him up. From that point on he started dressing like his tormentors and imitating their language. He wasn't beaten up anymore, but had to run errands for the others.
BILD also brings the story of Domitian E. (15), from Berlin-Charlottenburg. He was an outsider from the beginning, since he lighter skin and hair, spoke standard German and respected his teachers.
In August Domitian E. changed schools due to his poor grades. It was supposed to be a new beginning, but it became the worst time of his life. "I was harassed because I speak German," says Domitian.
"Altogether we were 29 students in the class, and besides me there was only one other German student," he says. "The rest were mainly Arabs and Turks."
From the first few days he was discriminated against, harassed and insulted. "They asked me what I wanted here. Since I cam from a gymnasium, I didn't belong." he says that they cursed him behind his back since he came from a 'smart' school, and that his classmates often accosted him in groups, asking him why he didn't speak like they did.
His classmates spoke "Kanake German" (German with a foreign accent and foreign terms). Domitian says he didn't want to speak that way. He avoid the other students and tried not to respond to them. Eventually, he avoided school and became increasingly sick.
Domitian says he was often sick and constantly threw up when he came home from school. He had stomach pains and severed colds. His teachers couldn't protect him from his classmates and nobody listened to him.
When his mother noticed how much he was suffering, she decided to send him to another school. In a few weeks he'll move to a different school where there are more Germans, and where, he hopes, he won't be harassed.The Local reports that Germany’s commissioner for integration, Maria... more
Are we really currently witnessing a slow but sure forward movement by the World-Peace?
. THE INTRODUCTION:
It is indeed heartening to see the unmistakable signs of the promotion of the World-Peace despite numerous human and non-human disasters happening in the world.
. THE DISCUSSION:
Who would have expected that a recalcitrant Israeli government would agree to a UN probe into the flotilla raid? But, it has pleasantly happened, causing the progress of the peace in the West Asia. Already, the Israeli government has eased to some extent its Gaza blockade in the aftermath of the international outcry, resulting from this flotilla-fiasco, over the violation of the human-rights of the common Palestinians!
The international inquiry into the unfortunate deadly 31st May attack on a Gaza [Hamas-ruled]-bound Turkish-owned aid flotilla by the Israeli commandos killing 8 Turks and 1 Turkish-American said to have been resisting violently, shall be done by a four-person UNO panel led by the former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer as chairperson and the Colombian President Alvaro Uribe as vice chairperson with 1 Turk and 1 Israeli as its members, with the mandate to submit its report by the mid-September, 2010.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President said, “We are ready to sit down with Mr Obama face-to-face and put the global issues on the table, man-to-man, freely and in front of the media and see whose solutions are better.”
This statement reflects clearly the desire of the ruling establishment to come out of the current impasse with the USA. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President is said to be a populist leader who is unpopular with both the Hardliners and the Reformists. This is only to be expected because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be actually trying to make Iran a modern nation-State, but without appearing to have been sold out to the Reformists, in an approach of trying to retain the support of the Hardliners.
Naturally, he cannot reform Iran 100% because then he would be chucked out by the Hardliners. This approach is seen as him playing into the hands of the Hardliners by the Reformists. This makes him unpopular with the Reformists. The Hardliners, on the other hand seem to be peeved at his Reformist zeal and so they too seem to be dead against him.
It’s only the majority-constituting ordinary Iranians who seem to be happy with him because of the populist measures put in place by him.
His above-quoted statement is a positive chance for the White House to seize the opportunity. Obama would be prudent enough to open up a constructive dialogue, if not an outright debate-challenge, immediately with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President. Such peace-opportunities crop up rarely. The Wise statespersons do take advantage of such peace-building breaks in the interests of the world-peace.
One more unmistakable sign of the promotion of the world-peace can be seen in the USA’s decision to send an envoy on 6th of August, 2010 to commemorate the Uranium-bombing of the Japanese city Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, any such first and the only Atomic attacks on human population anywhere in the world. This noble gesture by the USA can certainly be seen as the Healing Touch for Japanese people after a period of 65 years by the USA.
It would be enriching to know a bit about these two incidents. The USA air force detonated the Uranium-bomb called ‘the Little Boy’ 1,890 feet above the city of Hiroshima at 8:15 am on the 6th of August, 1945 through the gun-barrel method. The explosion affected the area within a radius of 2.5 km and caused 90,000 deaths immediately followed by 1,40,000 more deaths within few coming months. The harmful radiation from the Little Boy proved more devastating, as it could spread easily all around in view of the presence of a flat terrain.
The USA plane detonated the Plutonium-bomb called ‘the Fat Man’ 1,800 feet above the city of Nagasaki at 11:02 am on the 9th of August, 1945 through the Implosion-method. The Fat Man hit the area within a radius of 2 km worst, caused the death of 40,000 people instantly followed by the death of 70,000 more people within months. Here, the casualties were minimized due to the presence of the hilly terrain which prevented the spreading of the resultant harmful radiation over a larger swath of geographical area.
The hard line Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, perceived to be behind the current J & K turmoil, has been released from the Jail by Omar Abdullah, the J & K Chief Minister. Notwithstanding his long-held hard line position on getting the plebiscite done for the entire Kashmiri population to decide whether to join India or Pakistan in terms of the 1948 United Nations Security Council Resolutions, has now mercifully and peacefully issued an appeal to the people of the J & K to eschew violence that has already resulted into the death of 49 civilians in the last 3 months.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani said, “People should hold peaceful demonstrations and if they are stopped by the police, they should sit down on the roads, raise their hands and ask the police to shoot them. It will be far more effective.”
Fair enough for the cause of the peace in this part of the world. A peaceful demonstration would ensure no damage to the public property or the loss of lives of the security personnel.
Also, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s this peaceful approach ensures that the security personnel aren’t left with any motivation or incentive to kill the protesting civilians. Already, indications are that his release from the prison and his consequent peace-appeal has reduced the incidents of stone-pelting in the state and minimized the human casualties.
We do sense a sense of the peace on the Indian government-Maoist front, also. Of late, there have been no big casualties on this front. The Indian government seems to have been spared by the opposition which was hell-bent upon blocking the parliamentary proceedings as usual, on the price-issue. This seems to have brought some peace on this front, too.
Additionally, the dirty political game of the allegations-counter allegations over the Common Wealth Games Corruption scandal has for the time being buried till these games are over in New Delhi. The warring leaders have decided to open up their shrill mouths only after the end of these games. The Indian government seems to have got some peace on this count till then.
It seems fairly enough that prayers of all those who are meditating and praying collectively or individually for the world-peace are being answered by the Almighty. Now, it is high time that the politically powerful ones on the globe ensured this peace process was kept going on the positive higher side.Are we really currently witnessing a slow but sure forward movement by the... more
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's government announced bold new measures Friday aimed at reconciling with minority Kurds and ending an insurgency that has dragged on for 25 years, but there was no mention of the sweeping amnesty sought by Kurdish rebels.
Interior Minister Besir Atalay told Parliament the government wants to remove all restrictions on the use of the once-banned Kurdish language, create a committee to fight discrimination, restore Kurdish names of villages and establish an independent body to deal with complaints against security forces.
"It is an open-ended, dynamic process," Atalay said.
The rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, launched its fight for autonomy in 1984 and tens of thousands of people have died, with human rights abuses committed by both sides. Fighting has ebbed, but Turkey's civilian and military leaders have acknowledged that force alone cannot solve the problem. Making peace with its Kurdish opponents would also help Turkey in its struggling bid to join the European Union.
Some of the proposed measures would require legislative approval. The ruling party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a strong majority in parliament, and would likely pass the measures despite opponents who say the plan would ignore the sacrifices of slain soldiers and undermine the unity of the state.
"We aim to expand all our citizens' political rights and freedoms," Atalay said. "The democratic overture does not intend to harm our unitary state and national unity, but to strengthen it."
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h9VhSca_oZldvbO-XktR7l7Sa_PgD9BUMJKG0ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's government announced bold new measures Friday... more
Turkey would like to enter in Europe but it's not able to heal the past wounds. So, it comes a new sentence for Orhan Pamuk: he could be forced to pay reparations for thousands of turkish.
Everything starts in 2005 when in an interview with a Swiss magazine, Pamuk said: "We, Turks, have killed thirty thousand Kurds and one million Armenians and nobody, but me, dares talking about it in Turkey. "Turkey would like to enter in Europe but it's not able to heal the past wounds.... more
China may not be a rich place, but even still it has a lot of income inequality. Throughout hte entire country, we see a big difference between incomes in coastal cities and in the rural, inland communities. Overall, the per capita GDP (nominal) in China is about $3,300, compared to those poor bastards with democracy in Taiwan at $17,000 per person, or about $31,000 per person in politically and legally separate Hong Kong. Now, China has a much lower cost of living (*cough cough peasant slavery*), so on a purchasing power basis, so on a purchasing power parity basis, this is something like $6,000 per person per year, compared to $44,000 in Hong Kong, or $31,000 in Taiwan.
In Xinjiang, things are a little less rosy. Not only have they lost control of their homeland and endure a foreign police state, but the basic economics of survival are against them. In rural Xinjiang as a whole, these people live on around $560 per year. In southern Xinjiang, the average is around $330 per year per person. Now remember, this is an average, and income inequality in China is terrible, so the median person is doing even worse. Northern Xinjiang's economy is run "by the Han-dominated Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a quasi-military organization established to pacify the region." For Xinjiang as a whole, the per capita GDP is up to around $2,900, mostly due to the central government's control of the capital Urumqi, and it's money being spent to bring in Han Chinese to assimilate the province.
Chinese policies are made at many different levels with many different objectives. Certainly, the Uighurs do get some breaks. And certainly, the tide of cash from Beijing is lifting many boats. As Han companies come into this Islamic Central Asian area, the character of things has also changed. Halal foods (meaning religiously ok for Muslims to eat) are now an industry dominated by Han Chinese. Ancient landmarks thousands of years old are being demolished by Han companies for "development projects." Curious, since Xinjiang has immeasurably vast expanses of empty, cheap land to develop on - why might Beijing want these testaments of ancient culture destroyed ?
Xinjiang has historically been poor, ever since the demise of the Silk Road, when trade between China and the Middle East and Europe was transferred to boats. The GDP of the province is now around $60 billion, in the Chinese empire whose GDP is around $4 trillion. Also keep in mind, all these numbers reported are from the Chinese government, and may be manipulated up or down for political reasons.China may not be a rich place, but even still it has a lot of income inequality.... more
What's the real story here?
Turkish police arrested four more army officers on Saturday in a widening probe into a possible coup plot that has increased tension between the Islamist-rooted government and secularists.
The case, known as Ergenekon, has affected financial markets in the EU candidate country and threatens to plunge Turkey into a fresh bout of political instability at a time when the global economic crisis has slowed growth and foreign investment.
The two colonels and two lieutenants were arrested in Istanbul for alleged links to a right-wing organisation suspected of plotting to overthrow the AK Party government, state Anatolian news service reported.
Two other officers detained earlier this week as part of the investigation were released, Anatolian said.
Eighty-six people including retired army officers, politicians and lawyers are on trial in a case that has opened the once untouchable military to judicial investigation.
Armed Forces chief General Ilker Basbug held crisis talks with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday after 40 people, including three retired generals, were detained a day earlier. The talks sparked panic selling on the stock exchange and a call for calm from the country's leading business association.
In a new twist, investigators discovered a cache of grenades and bullets linked to the Ergenekon group buried at a picnic area outside Ankara, Turkish media said on Saturday.
The cache was discovered after police found a sketch in the house of a former police chief, media said.
Television stations, consumed by the case, have been broadcasting non-stop images of diggers excavating wooded areas.
Analysts warn that the Ergenekon probe may be explosive in a country with a long history of political and economic instability. Vital EU reforms are on hold and analysts say domestic tensions will delay their implementation.
The secularist establishment, which includes the military, judges and the state bureacracy, says the AK Party is carrying out the arrests as revenge for a 2008 court case that sought to ban the party for anti-secular activities. The AK Party, which has its roots in political Islam, denies this.
Observers says Basbug is under pressure to stand up to a government regarded as hostile to the military. The military has unseated four governments in the last 50 years in Turkey.
Turkey's judiciary, a bastion of secularists who until recently controlled key institutions, has also balked at the latest raids and made its displeasure known after a former prosecutor had his house searched by police.
The leader of the secular main opposition party, Deniz Baykal, said the arrests were reminiscent of "regime change times" during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. (Editing by Tim Pearce)What's the real story here? > Turkish police arrested four more army... more
Germany's Muslims are pious and yet more tolerant than most assume, a new study has found. Its authors are urging authorities to draw the country's Muslim children away from Koran schools by offering public religious instruction.
Dr. Martin Rieger of the Bertelman Stiftung thinks Muslim children should have their own religion classes. Rieger was the director of the study "Muslim Religiosity in Germany," which was provided to SPIEGEL ONLINE ahead of its scheduled publication on Friday.
The study reveals that 90 percent of Muslims define themselves as religous. In contrast a separate survey by the nonprofit German think tank found that only 70 percent of the entire population admitted to being religous. "We need to get the younger Muslims out of the Koran schools," Rieger urges, "and offer them professionally taught classes on Islam."
Calls like that are welcome news to Yunus Ulusoy from the Center for Turkish Studies in Essen, which keeps track of the religiosity of Turkish Muslims. It's a demand, Ulusoy says, "that we've been making for decades because, for Muslims, faith is a very important part of their identity." In his opinion, if the school system doesn't pay any attention to this fact, it only hurts the chances of successfully integrating Muslims into German culture.
(continues at link)Germany's Muslims are pious and yet more tolerant than most assume, a new study... more
Kurs and American lady.