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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The other side of the coin!

Dear Readers:

It's funny (not funny ha ha, but funny weird) how the press and media can twist things to make us poor slobs believe just about anything.

While the major consensus on that Russian jetliner crash is that a bomb was on board and it was likely ISIS that put it there!

MEANWHILE; the press in Egypt is suggesting that it was "The West" (Christians) that put it there.

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian media have reacted with fury as Britain and the United States increasingly point to a bomb as the cause of the Oct. 31 Russian plane crash in Sinai, with many outlets hammering home the same message: Egypt is facing a Western conspiracy that seeks to scare off tourists and destroy the country's economy. The warnings of a plot have been widely promoted by opinion-makers in print, online, and on TV, sometimes hinting and sometimes saying flat-out that the West has restricted flights to Egypt not purely out of safety concerns for its citizens but because it wants to undermine the country or prevent President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi from making Egypt too strong.
And though they seem wild, these conspiracy theories have apparently tapped into the Egyptian mindset — so much so that when Russia last Friday grounded all flights to Egypt, some media speculated that Moscow had fallen victim to British pressure and manipulation.
"The people defy the conspiracy — Egypt will not cave in to pressures," the state-owned Al-Gomhuria newspaper proclaimed in a front-page headline this week. "Egypt stands up to 'the West's terrorism,'" an independent daily, El-Watan, headlined.

Look folks, maybe a lot of people don't realize it, but we are at WAR with these S.O.B.'s in the Middle East.

Oh, I know a lot of them are only concerned with their personal lives and that of their immediate family, but it's getting to the point where this whole thing is becoming an ideological struggle between two civilizations ................., and the sooner we all realize it, the better!


MEANWHILE, there is another side to that coin:

The election of a majority-Muslim city council in a Detroit-area town illustrates the growth of a young, Westernized generation of Muslim-Americans in the US.
It's a generation of American Muslims trying to retain the values of previous generations while establishing itself in a country that still exhibits some Islamophobic sentiments stemming from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For most of its history, Hamtramck, Mich., was a Polish city, but in recent decades it became increasingly Muslim. In 2013, it became the first city in America to have a majority Muslim population, with most immigrants coming from Yemen, Bangladesh, and Bosnia. And last week, it elected a majority-Muslim city council – Muslims now occupy four of the six council seats – likely the first American city to do so. Karen Majewski, the city's mayor, is of Polish descent.
In many ways the new council members epitomize the modern struggles of this young generation of Muslim-Americans. As candidates they were associated with terrorism and saw their citizenship questioned, the Standard Daily reported. After the election, they stressed that their faith will not define their work.
"I'm a very good Muslim," said Abu Musa, an immigrant from Bangladesh who was re-elected to the council, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. "But when I get elected, every single [ethnicity] votes for me, not [only] the Muslims vote for me, but Christians, every single ethnic group."
"I represent every single citizen in Hamtramck," he added. "I'm serving all the city of Hamtramck."
Balancing their faith with their desire to integrate into mainstream American life is a defining struggle for many young Muslims. Fifty-nine percent of Muslim-Americans are between the ages of 18 and 39, the fastest growing demographic in the Muslim-American population. But as they assert themselves politically in towns across the country, they also run into occasional reminders of anti-Muslim sentiment that has persisted in the country since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Last year, The Christian Science Monitor’s Lee Lawrence reported that many of this generation of young Muslims "are as culturally American as the 37 percent of adult Muslims who … were born here and are, in turn, raising American-born children."
Mr. Lawrence added:
Nevertheless, the perception of Muslim as "other" – and a dangerous or suspicious other, at that – persists, stoked by post-9/11 insecurities. One of the reasons is that most Americans know little about Islam and, in many cases, don't know a Muslim personally. When they do, stereotypes fall away, revealing a diverse and dynamic population that is doing what Americans have historically done: figuring out how to be themselves.
Gallup recently reported that, while Islamophobia existed in the US "in premise" before the 9/11 attacks it increased in frequency and notoriety in the decade after. There has been a decline in Islamophobia in America since 2010, according to a 2013 report from the Council on American Islamic Relations, but some recent incidents indicate that prejudice still exists. 
In September, for example, a Muslim high school student was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb. A local Islamic leader blamed the arrest on political leaders creating a "climate of fear."
Such prejudice appears to be fading in Hamtramck, where locals are discovering that Muslim city councilors can accomplish just as much for the city as any other councilor.
Bill Meyer, a Hamtramck community leader who isn’t Muslim, told the Detroit Free Press that Muslims in the city have "helped bring stability, security and sobriety while lessening the amount of drugs and crime in the city."