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Islamophobia: Real Enemy Or Western Fiction?

Islamophobia: Real Enemy Or Western Fiction?

 

The leading western mass media - The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Forbes – revealed the shocking results of the report by Triangle Centre on Terrorism and Homeland Security, which specializes in studying terrorism and national security.
 
According to the report, it turns out that Islamists present little threat to the US national security. In 2011 only 20 US Muslims were accused of terrorism. Out of 14 000 murders committed in the USA in 2011, none was committed by a terrorism suspect. The bottom line is that the US Islamophobic sentiments are groundless. At least this is what numerous journalists and political scientists say.
Meanwhile, Islamophobia has turned into a major concern in the USA. Muslims are more frequently treated as enemies.

 

 

 

 
Islamophobia
 
According to Eugene Olkhovsky, Masterforex-V Academy’s leading expert, the notion was introduced by Etienne Dine in the1920s. it meant a negative attitude towards Islam and the Muslim culture.
 
In the 1990s this notion became widely used in and Europe. It was used to describe the negative attitude towards a wave of migration from Muslim countries and the immigrants’ reluctance to assimilate. After the 9/11 attack, the notion instantly migrated overseas, thus acquiring more general meaning: since then Islamophobia has been associated with terrorism and national security.
 
The situation in the USA is far more complicated and controversial than in Europe. There are many differences:
Positive:
1.        The USA was created by emigrants. That is why American citizens cannot condemn other emigrants who want to become Americans, whatever religion they practice.
2.       Dissidents (i.e. representatives of persecuted religious confessions) took shelter in the USA and contributed much to the country’s development.
3.       Territorial, ethnic and religious communities play a huge role in the USA, like in other federative states.
4.       Historically, Americans have other negative stereotypes concerning other nations, ethnic unities and races. Moreover, the Muslim community in the USA is relatively scanty in comparison with Europe.
Negative:
1.       The USA’s melting pot, unlike Europe’s multiculturalism, is aimed at creating a single American nation with similar language, culture, values and history.
2.       The US emigration laws are tough. It is much easier to deport a “persona non-grata” from the country.
3.       The Protestant Church is very strong in the US. It is not so peaceful and tolerant towards other religions (It is not accidental that American Protestant pastors burn the Koran in public).
4.       US citizens are very sensitive about their own and national security.
 
Europe is considered the cradle and stronghold of Christianity. In the past Europe had many confrontations with Muslim countries. It is sufficient to mention the Reconquista and numerous crusades.
Xenophobia was a common attribute of the Old World. It was indirectly supported by Catholic Church and a number of European philosophers. Eventually it gave birth to Nazism, which (as we know) resulted in the world’s most terrible and devastating war of all times – World War II. Europeans have never looked tolerant towards Muslim emigrants. The situation changed after WWII, when Europe was devastated and lacked labor power. Therefore, they had to encourage emigration.
In the 1960s European colonies received independence. Their population got the privileged right to receive residence permits in Europe. It was done in order to preserve the economic and political ties. As a result, thousands of Algerians and Tunisians came to France, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis came to the UK, Somalis and Libyans migrated to Italy, Moroccan started migrating to Spain . The family reunion law allowed any European citizen who was born by emigrants to invite all his relatives for permanent residence.
And finally, Europe is much closer to the Muslim World than the USA.
 
Today there are over 15 million Muslims living in the EU: The Netherlands – 10%, France – 6-7%, Germany and Switzerland – 5%, Great Britain – 3%. However, if to consider the age factor, for example, in Germany Muslim children account for 22% of Germany’s population under 15 years. It means that almost each 4th child in German schools is a Muslim.
It should be noted that Europeans blame Muslim emigrants for sponging and neglecting local traditions and culture. Emigrants and their offsprings seem to face discrimination when trying to apply for a job or to continue their education. For example, the rate of unemployment among UK emigrants is 20% (vs 6% around the UK). It is 21% in Germany (vs 8%) and 22% in France (vs 13%). Over 75% of German Muslims do not continue education after finishing school.
 
Islamophobia: Cui Prodest?
 
1.       Political elite. They want to distract people for burning problems (poor economic performance, inflation, unemployment etc).
2.       National parties and movements. They get an opportunity to use Islamophobia to consolidate their position in the political arena.
3.       External powers. It is beneficial for the USA to encourage Islamophobia throughout the world – in Europe, China, Russia and other powers – because in this case they will support (or at least won’t oppose) its military campaigns in the Middle East. For China, it is about the Uigurian separatists. For Russia, it is about the Northern Caucasus. And finally, it is vital for Israel as. Jews have always confronted the Muslim World. Now the USA and Europe are its major allies in the Middle East.
 
 
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Trump’s Policies Make USA Lose Their Leading Position in the West

More and more international experts are concerned about Donald Trump’s policies. Some of them are concerned that because of him and his actions, the USA may lose their leading role in the Western world.  

 

 

According to Fareed Zakaria, political expert, CNN host and columnist for The Washington Post, Trump’s recent political decisions have made the European Union so united that Putin could never have dreamed of. Even though he is not going to make the Western world collapse, the USA may still lose the number-one status in the Western world.

Publication date: 31 July 12:09 PM

Does China Oust Russia From Central Asia?

As the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse, this is raising a lot of concerns in the international expert community. The Islamic terrorist threat may spread from there to Russian and China, they say.

 

 
According to a Norwegian observer for Dagbladet, there exist 5 countries in Central Asia that can be seen as potential threats to Russia and China. The thing is, the Islamic terrorism may well spread from those countries to their neighbors. They say that Afghanistan is now the biggest potential threat since the amount of armed conflicts in the country are getting more and more frequent and tough. As Taliban (the local terrorist organization) is said to be sponsored and suppled with arm and ammo, the USA seems to be putting the blame for this on Russia.
Publication date: 29 July 11:53 AM

China Invests Heavily In Africa

You probably know that has been investing in a number of countries of strategical importance. There is a lot of African countries on the list. According to several observers, Chinese banks have given such countries over 77 billion euros since 2000.

 

 
Not so long ago, there was a documentary broadcast on the national TV. The documentary is about a railway line in Kenya built by China Road and Bridge Corporation. It praises Chinese engineers and tells the viewer that the Chinese government is ready to support African countries on their way to economic growth.
Publication date: 24 July 11:46 PM

Chinese Economy Is Way Stronger Than Trump Thinks

The Chinese economy has got much stronger. It can now even be compared to the American one, which is viewed to be the world’s strongest economy. Washington clearly underestimates Beijing when saying that the China has been flourishing in the international markets exclusively at the expense of unfair trade.

 

 
Publication date: 23 July 10:48 AM

British Start Getting Disappointed with Brexit, Soros Says

Last year’s Brexit referendum has become a major challenge for the British government, George Soros says. He says that more and more British citizens start getting disappointed with the Brexit.

 

 
The world-famous financier and CEO of Soros Fund Management assumes that now the economic reality starts revealing the real state of affairs and debunk their delusions related to the happy living outside of the European Union. More than 12 months ago, the advocates of the Brexit scenario were trying to persuade people that this choice won’t affect people’s standards of living. Well, since then, the government has been trying to implement this promise at the expense of increasing the internal debt.
Publication date: 14 July 02:40 AM

Two Reasons Why Russia Keeps Losing Influence Over Post-Soviet States

After the USSR ceased to exist, the Kremlin was counting on retaining their influence in the region. However, the truth is that Russia as the major successor to the USSR has been losing its influence over the remaining post-soviet states. There are 2 reasons for that.

 

 
According to the related report recently published by private American analytic company Stratfor, there is a range of new tendencies making it difficult for Russia to stay influential in the post-soviet region, especially when it comes to Ukraine. The two major reasons for that are believed to be the declining role of the Russian language in the region as well as the existing threats of mass protest inside Russia itself.
Publication date: 06 July 01:42 PM

Business with China: New Reality after Blocking Yandex and VK in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has expanded the list of sanctions against individuals and legal entities from Russia. To be more specific, Ukraine imposed sanctions on several Russian online companies, including Yandex, which is Russia’s biggest IT company, as well as some other popular web services like VK, Odnoklassniki, and Mail.ru Group. According to the presidential decree, Ukrainian Internet providers are forbidden to grant access to those blacklisted websites.

Publication date: 06 July 01:13 AM

China Doesn’t Need Russian Gas and Pipelines

Don’t you remember how a couple of years ago Gazprom cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine a number of times. By the way, Ukraine alone used to buy 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas back then. Now Ukraine buys no natural gas form Russia at all. Apparently, Moscow keeps on looking for other outlets. There has been a lot of buzz about China as a new big outlet for Russian natural gas and crude oil. It turns out that two new pipelines should have transferred to China some 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas every year. Yet, this was the maximum amount, and it couldn’t clearly make up for the export of natural gas to Ukraine.

Publication date: 05 July 11:15 AM

Mass Media on Forthcoming Trump-Putin Meeting

For those of you who don’t know, the first official meeting between Donald trump and Vladimir Putin has been confirmed. It’s planned for July 7, during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

 

 
Some observers say that the White House did the Kremlin a favor by being the first one confirming the official meeting during the G20 summit. This announcement helped the sided to get of the rumors around the situation and helped Moscow to save face in the Russian media space.
Publication date: 05 July 06:24 AM

Putin and Trump Part Ways

According to The Daily Telegraph observer Con Coughlin, even if Donald Trump used to seek ways to improve the relations with Russia, today he is probably going to really abandon this idea. The thing is that not so long ago, the U.S. hit a Syrian fight jet, the one belonging to Bashar Asad’s troop. Since Putin and Asad are allies, this fact is definitely going to affect the process of improving the U.S.-Russia relations, and probably suspend this process for the near future.
 
Publication date: 29 June 11:50 PM