Monday, June 1, 2009

NOT WANTED: Gays, Jews, Americans, Atheists: Turkish staggering xenophobia -

In time of a (fianancial) crisis countries tends towards a more nationalistic approach and xenophobia is always growing. The latest figures shows that clearly. But religion plays a significant role in what happens in Turkey, a country which wants to be seen as a tolerant and multi-cultural society. I put some figures of a recent survey under Danish Muslims together with the latets results of the Istanbul’s Bahçeşehir University.



The number of Turks who said they believe that ethnic or religious diversity adds to life’s richness was only slightly higher than those who said they believe ethnic or religious diversity harms the country’s unity, which shows comparing to the Danish survey an enormous difference: 65% of the Danish thinks that ethnic diversity is added value to their country image against 29% who disagree.



Your neighbors:

Three of four people in Turkey said they do not want a neighbor who drinks alcohol

Three out of four said they do not want neighbors who do not believe in God.

62% said they do not want a Jewish neighbor

52% percent said they do not want to live next to a Christian.

87% of respondents saying they do not want a gay neighbor, among the highest figures in Europe.

26% of Turks said they do not want a neighbor of a different race or color.

43% said they do not want American neighbors.

66% said that they don't want neighbors who do not follow any religion.

75% said they do not want neighbors who do not believe in God.

36% said they do not want neighbors whose daughters wear shorts

67% said they do not want neighbors who are living together outside of wedlock.

14% said they do not want a neighbor who wears a veil

33% said they do not want one who wears a black chador.

The survey was conducted among people 15 years of age and older. One of the most striking findings of the survey was that the young are the most intolerant group as far the "wanted neighbor" criteria was concerned, with the highest level of intolerance demonstrated among those aged 15 to 18.

Danish survey:
'Your Muslim neighbor' (Din muslimske nab) a survey among Danish Muslims show the following results:
55% of them want restrictions on critic on religion

64% want that freedom of expression must further be restricted
(Compare this with 'secular' Danish; only 10% wants restriction on criticize of religion and only 10% wants further restrictions on freedom of expression)

18% of the Danish Muslims wants introduction of Sharia law in Denmark.

18% supports the Islamitic violent Jihad

41% sees the wars im Iraq and Afghanistan as an attack on Islam.

11% of the Muslims supports the radical and violent Islamtic organization Hizb-ut-Tahrir which wants to establish the Caliphat,

6% supports Al-Qaida.

Although there is a difference in education between the elderly and the youngsters who were raised and educated on a Western way there is no significant difference in opinion between them:
58% of the Danish Muslims under the age of 35 wants that critic on religion must be outlawed against 54% of the Danism Muslims of the age of 35 and older.

İn the Netherlands 51% of the Muslims sees homosexuality as something wrong and sinful.

In the end, the social, political and economical backgrounds doesn't matter, a majority of the Muslims in general rejects the Western values and norms.



Some banks are doing well...


Plenty of financial institutions have come through the financial crisis relatively unscatered...the world is not at its end, unless what some doom-thinkers try to teach us.
Every bank has been hammered in the past two years, no doubt about that, but some have done much better than others: investors in the City groups and the Royal bank of Scotland have been all but wiped out, and the Chinese banks now dominate ranking by market capitalisation.
And what to think about Rabobank, according to the Economist 'a wonderfully dully co-operative bank in the Netherlands'. Rabobank is the only bank worldwide that still can boast a AAA rating from the Standard & Poor's.


But over a longer time span, from the moment the bubble started, only a handful of big firms have delivered capital gains. They include America's Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse based in Zurich Switzerland, BNP Paribas of France and Banco de Santander of Spain. The USA based banks lost, the Chinese and most European leading banks survived. But against which price?
Note; The Dow Jones announced that stocks of City group and GM will not be traded anymore at the New York stock exchanged.

Day Opening - June 1


Caravaggio

The Renaissance and its immediate aftermath is generally associated with Florence, where most of the big names practiced their craft. But the rest of Italy in those couple of centuries produced their fair share of masters who don’t get as much publicity. Caravaggio, who bridges the Renaissance and the Baroque period, hailed from Milan and did things his own way. He eschewed idealized models and strove instead to paint as he saw – the truth, so to speak.