Sunday, November 13, 2005

Paris riots - some informed opinions please

There has been a great amount of rubbish being written about the Paris riots with lots of very much uninformed opinions being bandied about.

Sadly, the issue is being used by some xenophobic Americans to push their own cause against "illegal" immigrants in the United States and for "assimilation". Nothing could be further than the truth.

These young Frenchmen (they are invariably male) of Algerian and Moroccan descent are indeed Muslim, but that is totally irrelevant.

They are rioting so that the French government and their fellow French citizens will pay attention to their plight, which is high unemployment and discrimination. They are also protesting the "French" way, reminiscent of the 1960s riots by students. It is nothing to do with religion.

It is not because they are unassimilated. French policy took care of that. When their parents and grandparents arrived from Algeria and Morocco, they were expected to become French. Unfortunately, little help was given to them. Nor was the rest of France educated about welcoming them.

They are alienated and marginalised. Whose fault is that?

I have had good discussions with my human about this and he has considerable expertise on these issues as he used to work in a government policy area dealing with policies on new migrants (and he knows a lot about French, American, British, Canadian etc policies too).

Amazingly, the best analysis has come from an Australian newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald.

Leave la France: for some it's the only option from Jame Button in Paris
Reasons to hate by Paul McGeough

Definitely read these to form an informed opinion. People who profess an opinion to push their own misguided views without real knowledge are idiots.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


I had a great day today. Lots of lap time. I helped my human watch the pilot of Firefly. We missed it on TV (it was on too late) so catching up from the boxed set.

We also watched the second part of the documentary on TV tonight called 1421: When China Discovered the World (a PBS/Pearson/Paladin co-production). Very interesting, we hope more facts come to light.


Blogger Marc said...

You are one wise kitty, Keiser. And by the way, I LOVE Firefly. I want to marry Simon.

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