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Posts Tagged ‘migration’

immigraniada….

10.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

That migration is a genuinely bad thing seems to something the political Right and Left can agree. For the Right it is mainly that it is harmful to the country in which migrants settle, for the Left it is harmful for migrants themselves and also for the country from which they migrate. Both sides overlook ...

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continuities of xenophobia

08.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I am not surprised by this revelation in today’s BBC News. Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl wanted to halve the number of Turks living in West Germany in the early 1980s, British official papers cited by a German magazine reveal. He discussed the idea with then UK PM Margaret Thatcher at a meeting in Bonn in ...

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Sufi urbanism – Rumi and Marx against the idiocy of rural life…

04.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

One of the starting points of my interest in the possible linkages between Sufism and commercial culture was Sultan Veled’s couplet on how the soul becomes ‘a city, a market, a shop‘. Sufism is a thoroughly urban, cosmopolitan phenomenon – The notion that Sufism is a mere expression of rural “folk” Islam is a myth, ...

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mixed messages?

12.21.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

anti immigration attitudes are on a new high – according YouGov figures reported on Liberal Conspiracy – but, according to research by British Future, never before were people so “comfortable” with “mixed-race” partnerships (also reported on Liberal Conspiracy) This leaves me slightly nervous, but also optimistic: attitudes relating to family life tend to be more stable and ...

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“Islamification” again…

01.10.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The paranoid myth of the “Islamisation of Europe” is easy to debunk, but doesn’t seem to go away nonetheless. Normally being the anti-Muslim bigots’ favourite fixed idea, it’s the Independent’s turn to talk, rather unhelpfully, about the “Islamification of Britain” – and this time it’s not as usual about immigration and absurdly misrepresented Muslim birth ...

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Islamisation of Europe? Nonsense!

09.09.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve subscribed to daily e-mail updates from Hudson New York as they’ve got a good daily synopsis of the Turkish newspapers. What I found in today’s inbox, however, was more of a junk mail – so obviously bunk that I guess I’m involuntarily repeating what has been said by others over and over again… Soeren Kern’s ...

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