dimanche 18 février 2007

Note Taking VII

Cziesche, Dominic, Conny Neuman, Barbara Schmid, Markus Verbeet and Steffen Winter. “Right Wing Extremism in Germany: Shock Mom and Dad: Become a Neo-Nazi.” Speigel Online International May 2005. 18 Feb. 2007 http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,357628,00.html>.


This article is about why teenagers join neo-nazi organizations and Germany’s immigration problems related to integration. It also tackles the issues of if these teenagers join for a matter of trend or ideology.

“They believe that if foreigners left there would be more jobs and fewer unemployed Turks getting money from the government. There would be no Albanian drug dealers on the streets and no macho Islamic guys hitting on their girlfriends. They would also no longer run the risk of being beaten up by large groups of "Russians" on a Friday night in front of their favorite bar. They say it is always "the Russians" who attack first.”
“The press in the Bavarian town of Aichach had reported on a presumably foreign gang of thugs who had been attacking German youth, seemingly at random. The police downplayed the report, saying they were dealing with an "isolated group." Perhaps they were right, but young people in the town have reported multiple attacks, a circumstance that no one seems to be taking seriously in Aichach -- no one but right-wing extremists. It's a similar situation in the small city of Cloppenburg in northern Germany. 25% of Cloppenburg's residents are now immigrants, and young Russian-born Germans have begun terrorizing the city. The local park is now considered dangerous at night, with passersby reporting knife attacks. Only after local CDU (Christian Democratic Union) politician Hans-Jürgen Grimme was robbed did the local population finally embark on an open discussion of the problems of integration.”

“Many, mostly small communities now face ongoing conflicts as a result of failed efforts to integrate foreign-born Germans and other foreigners. Between 1993 and 2004 alone, Germany experienced an influx of close to 1.6 million immigrants from the former Soviet Union. There were plenty of programs oriented toward language instruction and integration, but hardly anyone had anticipated the resistance among many young immigrants to learning German and assimilating. Indeed, some preferred to barricade themselves into their own miniature societies, complete with their own laws. It was a situation that supporters of nationalist ideologies have since manipulated for their own propaganda purposes.”

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