The Self-Appointed Altruists - Part II

Written by Sam Vaknin

NGO's in places like Sudan, Somalia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Albania, and Zimbabwe have becomerepparttar preferred venue for Western aid - both humanitarian and financial - development financing, and emergency relief. According torepparttar 132512 Red Cross, more money goes through NGO's than throughrepparttar 132513 World Bank. Their iron grip on food, medicine, and funds rendered them an alternative government - sometimes as venal and graft-stricken asrepparttar 132514 one they replace.

Local businessmen, politicians, academics, and even journalists form NGO's to plug intorepparttar 132515 avalanche of Western largesse. Inrepparttar 132516 process, they award themselves and their relatives with salaries, perks, and preferred access to Western goods and credits. NGO's have evolved into vast networks of patronage in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

NGO's chase disasters with a relish. More than 200 of them opened shop inrepparttar 132517 aftermath ofrepparttar 132518 Kosovo refugee crisis in 1999-2000. Another 50 supplanted them duringrepparttar 132519 civil unrest in Macedonia a year later. Floods, elections, earthquakes, wars - constituterepparttar 132520 cornucopia that feedrepparttar 132521 NGO's.

NGO's are proponents of Western values - women's lib, human rights, civil rights,repparttar 132522 protection of minorities, freedom, equality. Not everyone finds this liberal menu palatable. The arrival of NGO's often provokes social polarization and cultural clashes. Traditionalists in Bangladesh, nationalists in Macedonia, religious zealots in Israel, security forces everywhere, and almost all politicians find NGO's irritating and bothersome.

The British government ploughs well over $30 million a year into "Proshika", a Bangladeshi NGO. It started as a women's education outfit and ended up as a restive and aggressive women empowerment political lobby group with budgets to rival many ministries in this impoverished, Moslem and patriarchal country.

Other NGO's - fuelled by $300 million of annual foreign infusion - evolved from humble origins to become mighty coalitions of full-time activists. NGO's likerepparttar 132523 Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) andrepparttar 132524 Association for Social Advancement mushroomed even as their agendas have been fully implemented and their goals exceeded. It now owns and operates 30,000 schools.

This mission creep is not unique to developing countries. As Parkinson discerned, organizations tend to self-perpetuate regardless of their proclaimed charter. Remember NATO? Human rights organizations, like Amnesty, are now attempting to incorporate in their ever-expanding remit "economic and social rights" - such asrepparttar 132525 rights to food, housing, fair wages, potable water, sanitation, and health provision. How insolvent countries are supposed to provide such munificence is conveniently overlooked.

"The Economist" reviewed a few ofrepparttar 132526 more egregious cases of NGO imperialism.

Human Rights Watch lately offered this tortured argument in favor of expandingrepparttar 132527 role of human rights NGO's: "The best way to prevent famine today is to securerepparttar 132528 right to free expression - so that misguided government policies can be brought to public attention and corrected before food shortages become acute." It blatantly ignoredrepparttar 132529 fact that respect for human and political rights does not fend off natural disasters and disease. The two countries withrepparttar 132530 highest incidence of AIDS are Africa's only two true democracies - Botswana and South Africa.

The Centre for Economic and Social Rights, an American outfit, "challenges economic injustice as a violation of international human rights law". Oxfam pledges to supportrepparttar 132531 "rights to a sustainable livelihood, andrepparttar 132532 rights and capacities to participate in societies and make positive changes to people's lives". In a poor attempt at emulation,repparttar 132533 WHO published an inanely titled document - "A Human Rights Approach to Tuberculosis".

Muslims - Europe's New Jews

Written by Sam Vaknin

They inhabit self-imposed ghettoes, subject to derision and worse,repparttar perennial targets of far-right thugs and populist politicians of all persuasions. They are mostly confined to menial jobs. They are accused of spreading crime, terrorism and disease, of being backward and violent, of refusing to fit in.

Their religion, atavistic and rigid, insists on ritual slaughter and male circumcision. They rarely mingle socially or inter-marry. Most of them - though born in European countries - are not allowed to vote. Brown-skinned and with a marked foreign accent, they are subject to police profiling and harassment and all manner of racial discrimination.

They arerepparttar 132510 new Jews of Europe - its Muslim minorities.

Muslims - especially Arab youths from North Africa - are, indeed, disproportionately represented in crime, including hate crime, mainly againstrepparttar 132511 Jews. Exclusively Muslim al-Qaida cells have been discovered in many West European countries. But this can be safely attributed to ubiquitous and trenchant long-term unemployment and to stunted upward mobility, both social and economic due largely to latent or expressed racism.

Moreover,repparttar 132512 stereotype is wrong. The incidence of higher education and skills is greater among Muslim immigrants than inrepparttar 132513 general population - a phenomenon known as "brain drain". Europe attractsrepparttar 132514 best andrepparttar 132515 brightest - students, scholars, scientists, engineers and intellectuals - away from their destitute, politically dysfunctional and backward homelands.

The Economist surveysrepparttar 132516 landscape of friction and withdrawal:

"Indifference to Islam has turned first to disdain, then to suspicion and more recently to hostility ... (due to images of) petro-powered sheikhs, Palestinian terrorists, Iranian ayatollahs, mass immigration and thenrepparttar 132517 attacks of September 11th, executed if not planned by western-based Muslims and succored by an odious regime in Afghanistan ... Muslims tend to come from poor, rural areas; most are ill-educated, many are brown. They often encounter xenophobia and discrimination, sometimes made worse by racist politicians. They speakrepparttar 132518 language ofrepparttar 132519 wider society either poorly or not at all, so they find it hard to get jobs. Their children struggle at school. They huddle in poor districts, often in state-supplied housing ... They tend to withdraw into their own world, (forming a) self-sufficient, self-contained community."

This self-imposed segregation has multiple dimensions. Clannish behavior persists for decades. Marriages are still arranged - reluctant brides and grooms are imported fromrepparttar 132520 motherland to wed immigrants fromrepparttar 132521 same region or village. The "parallel society", inrepparttar 132522 words of a British government report followingrepparttar 132523 Oldham riots two years ago, extends to cultural habits, religious practices and social norms.

Assimilation and integration has many enemies.

Remittances from abroad are an important part ofrepparttar 132524 gross national product and budgetary revenues of countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Hence their frantic efforts to maintainrepparttar 132525 cohesive national and cultural identity ofrepparttar 132526 expats. DITIB is an arm ofrepparttar 132527 Turkish government's office for religious affairs. It discouragesrepparttar 132528 assimilation or social integration of Turks in Germany. Turkish businesses - newspapers, satellite TV, foods, clothing, travel agents, publishers - thrive on ghettoization.

There is a tacit confluence of interests between national governments, exporters and Islamic organizations. All three want Turks in Germany to remain as Turkish as possible. The more nostalgic and homeboundrepparttar 132529 expatriate -repparttar 132530 larger and more frequent his remittances,repparttar 132531 higher his consumption of Turkish goods and services andrepparttar 132532 more prone he is to resort to religion as a determinant of his besieged and fracturing identity.

Muslim numbers are not negligible. Two European countries have Muslim majorities - Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania. Others - in both Old Europe and its post-communist east - harbor sizable and growing Islamic minorities. Waves of immigration and birth rates three times as high asrepparttar 132533 indigenous population increase their share ofrepparttar 132534 population in virtually every European polity - from Russia to Macedonia and from Bulgaria to Britain. One in seven Russians is Muslim - over 20 million people.

According torepparttar 132535 March-April issue of Foreign Policy,repparttar 132536 non-Muslim part of Europe will shrink by 3.5 percent by 2015 whilerepparttar 132537 Muslim populace will likely double. There are 3 million Turks in Germany and another 12 million Muslims - Algerians, Moroccans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Egyptians, Senegalese, Malis, or Tunisians - inrepparttar 132538 rest ofrepparttar 132539 European Union.

This is two and one half timesrepparttar 132540 number of Muslims inrepparttar 132541 United States. Even assuming - wrongly - that all of them occupyrepparttar 132542 lowest decile of income, their combined annual purchasing power would amount to a whopping $150 billion. Furthermore, recent retroactive changes to German law have naturalized over a million immigrants and automatically granted its much-coveted citizenship torepparttar 132543 160,000 Muslims born in Germany every year.

Between 2-3 million Muslims in France - half their number - are eligible to vote. Another million - one out of two - cast ballots in Britain. These numbers count atrepparttar 132544 polls and are not offset byrepparttar 132545 concerted efforts of a potent Jewish lobby - there are barely a million Jews in Western Europe.

Muslims are becoming a well-courted swing vote. They may have decidedrepparttar 132546 last election in Germany, for instance. Recognizing their growing centrality, France established - though not without vote-rigging - a French Council ofrepparttar 132547 Islamic Faith,repparttar 132548 equivalent of Napoleon's Jewish Consistory. Two French cabinet members are Muslims. Britain has a Muslim Council.

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