Tag: Refugees

Oct 04 2017

‘Sweden’s Failed Immigration’ Racist, Naval Gazing

A friend circulated the video below, a ‘Swedish Documentary On Failed Immigration‘,  with some enthusiasm.  I was interested at the time because I had met people in Iraqi Kurdistan who have relatives living in Sweden who appear to have become very well integrated into Swedish society.   However, I do not recommend it, and since I think the film is relevant to some of the ‘concerns’ raised about immigrants in this country, I decided to publish my critique of the film here.

The film begins with a series of questions.  They ask whether it would be cheaper to help refugees by allowing them to stay in their own countries and ending the Western supported wars that are driving them out.   In fact, this is what the majority of refugees would prefer, but the film is not concerned with the preferences of the refugees.   They also ask why there is a preponderance of men among the refugees arriving in Sweden.  This isn’t surprising as a single man can surely travel more efficiently than a woman with  children.   But they don’t ask how they could change this balance through providing more assistance to women and children in war zones.  Their concern is that these refugees, strangers to Sweden, mostly Arab men,  have been given permanent residency in their country.

What really jumped out was this message that Swedish culture is threatened and that Swedes are not allowed to question their countries reception of these immigrants, much less empowered to do anything about it.   The film asserts a concern that the majority of white Europeans (Swedes) in Sweden will soon be lost. In the United States there are those that express similar concerns that the US will soon be a majority black and brown country, which I don’t see happening any time soon here.   But about Sweden, the numbers given in the film itself reduce these  claims to absurdity.

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Aug 24 2016

Talking Peace in Iraq with Dr. Sarah Ahmed

I am so proud of Sarah for the amazing empowered woman she has become, and the wonderful work she is doing.   Please listen to Helen Coban’s interview below to understand Sarah’s take on war and peace, on refugees and reconciliation in the Middle East.   It is her home and her passion.   ……….

You can learn more about Dr, Sarah’s work on her Facebook page “Because I Love Peace

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Dr. Sarah Ahmed talks about her work with survivors of ISIS violence, in Iraq

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Dec 17 2015

Welcome the Refugees; End the Wars

This year, Peace Action New York State has been focused on building strong student chapters. They have been doing a great job.   Judy Bello has had several opportunities to meet these young people who just might be the next generation of dedicated activists.     In September Judy was invited to speak by the Western New York Peace Center at Canisius College in Buffalo. The subject was the war in Syria, a tough one for most Americans to wrap their minds around.   Later she was invited by Peace Action, New York State (PANYS) to give some background on the recent flood of refugees fleeing into Europe, first at Hobart William Smith in Geneva and just this week at SUNY Geneseo.

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Sep 10 2015

The EU Refugee Crisis Flows From Western Wars

The so called “EU Migrant Crisis” has received heavy news coverage, but little contextual information has been forthcoming.    Over the last several months, there has been increasing coverage of the flow of migrants coming across the Mediterranean, mostly from Libyan ports. The current crisis of thousands of refugees flooding into the EU through Turkey …

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