Sunday, June 29, 2008

Heart of Darkness



Nice website, if you follow the link you will be right on the Congo river. Interesting travel organisation.

Mbeki proposed to arrange a meeting between Tswangirai and Mugabe. Made me think of the meeting Mandela set up with Mobutu and Kabila. It's understandable in that case that Mugabe would refuse such an offer from Thabo Mbeki.

Mobutu thought Mandela was a friend, but he was in fact ushering him to the exit. Mobutu was haited by most of the heads of states of the countries surrounding Congo because he had been an American allie most of the time, while they were fighting the Apartheid government.

It's therefore logical probably that you see a Kenyan minister attacking Mugabe the most vocally, because his position is similar to that of Tsvangirai. He has a different relation with the west.

Would be interesting to see what Museveni is going to say about this. He needs to stay good friends with his American friends.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

How politicaly active are migrants on the Internet?

The virtual diaspora on the internet of migrants from Russia and turkey in Germany is being studied at the Wilhelms University of Westfälen in Muenster.
Which potential does the net have for migrants and their selforganisations?

Which results both at home and abroad have resulted from this?

In what relation do these activities stand in the offline activities of migrants and of what takes place in both the country of origin and the country of residents?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mobilize the Immigrant Vote /California Campaign

Voter Mobilization Sample Tools
Planning & Training

Included in This Tools Packet:

Sample Voter Mobilization Program Planning Worksheet (English and Spanish)

Sample Precinct Walk Rap (English and Spanish)

Sample Precinct Walk Training (English and Spanish)

We would like to extend special thanks to PILA (Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action) and SCOPE (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education). The above tools build on templates originally created at these organizations and we recognize their leadership and innovation in systematic electoral organizing and leadership development.


Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) Campaign 2006
Sample Voter Mobilization Planning Worksheet

Overall Goals and Strategies
1. How do you see your electoral work forwarding your organization’s mission?
2. What are your overarching goals for your electoral work this Fall 2006?
3. How will you link your voter mobilization work to the ongoing work of your organization?
4. Will you be collaborating with other organizations for this voter mobilization project? How?

Voter Contacts
5. Describe the targeted group you are seeking to educate and mobilize to the polls. (This could include specifics on age; race/ethnicity; geography; voting history; and those living within a certain political boundary such as a City Council, Assembly or Congressional district. Example: Our target group is always, sometimes and new Korean voters ages 18-40 in Central Los Angeles, where we are trying to build a stronger membership base.)

6. Approximately how many voters are in this targeted group? How many will you attempt to contact? How many will you actually contact prior to the final four days of Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) weekend and Election Day? (For example: There are 25,000 Korean voters age 18-40 in Central Los Angeles; we will attempt to contact 6,000 in 15 precincts, those precincts where we already have a critical mass of members. Our goal is to contact 3,000 in those 15 precincts.)

7. How will you contact voters prior to Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) weekend and Election Day? How many weeks will your contact program be? How many mobilizations will you have to have to reach your contact goal? (For example: we will have a six-week door-to-door program prior to Get-Out-the-Vote weekend and Election Day; we will have six volunteer Saturday mobilizations with the goal of having at least 40 volunteers each Saturday, contacting at least 300 targeted voters each Saturday; in addition, we will have a 5-person stipended team who will do phoning three nights a week who will contact an additional 200 voters per week.)

8. What will be your criteria to decide whether or not to re-contact voters and mobilize them to the polls over GOTV weekend and Election Day? How will you re-contact these “supportive voters” to remind them to get to the polls? (For example: Our “supportive voters” will be all voters who commit to vote yes on Proposition 1C. Our goal is to have 30 phoners the night before the Election and 50 Election Day volunteers to re-contact the 1000 supportive voters we will have identified.)

Volunteer Recruitment and Development
9. How many volunteers do you want to participate in your voter mobilization program? What are your training or leadership development goals with these volunteers?

Political Education
10. What are your political education goals for your contact with voters? (For example: Do you want to educate voters on certain ballot initiatives? Do you want to educate voters and poll them on one of your organization’s campaign issues that is not on the ballot?)

11. What are the key tools or materials you will use for your voter education and mobilization work?

Sample Work Plan Grid

GOALS
What are the measurable goals for your GOTV program? KEY ACTIVITIES & TIMELINE
How will you achieve your goals? List specific activities with projected dates.

OUTCOMES
What concrete results do you expect? How will you measure whether you’ve achieved your goals?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Obama en Wouter Bos

Pas toen het zeker was dat Obama gekozen zou worden tot democratische kandidaat heeft Bos zich snel tot hem bekeerd. Hij weet namelijk dat hij aan de goede kant van de streep moet zitten om straks een graantje mee te kunnen pikken van de nieuwe democratische regering in de VS. De realiteit is dat niemand in Nederland een cent gaf voor de kansen van Obama. Men dacht dat Obama geen schijn van kans had. Wat denkt zo'n allochtoon wel zou Bos gezegd kunnen hebben. Zei hij niet iets ongelooflijk bots over Turken in zijn Bos tapes? Vond hij niet dat migranten kandidaten die tijdens de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen van 2006 gekozen waren een risico voor de PvdA waren?

Het grappige is dat zulke mensen als Bos zich zo laten kennen. Ze projecteren hun ideeen over migranten in Nederland op Amerika. De wereld is echter groter dan Nederland en zeker niet de maat der dingen. Kennelijk brengt Nederland op dit moment politici voort die op gevoel en op kille berekening varen.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

joods-christelijke en humanistische wortels?

Het CDJA laat in deze bijdrage zien dat ze graag wil inspelen op onderbuikgevoelens jegens migranten. Laat ik daarom, ik weet dat men dit toch niet leest, nog een keer Mike Huckabee citeren met zijn keiharde kritiek op Europa en de manier waarop partijen zoals het CDA met migranten willen omgaan:

"It is also difficult for us to understand that life for European Muslims is different from life for American Muslims. Muslims in Britain or the Netherlands or Germany are second-class citizens because those countries have more homogenous populations that don’t readily integrate outsiders."

"Europe is a much more fertile breeding ground for terror than the United States. Unintentionally, some of our closest allies are producing some of our clearest threats. Because of our special relationship with Britain and all our similarities with them, most Americans don’t realize that it is very different to be a Muslim citizen of Britain than a Muslim citizen of the United States, so we have trouble accepting that doctors in Britain become terrorists. We have to understand that while educated Muslims in Europe may not be materially deprived, many of them feel socially and emotionally deprived by a lack of acceptance. Earlier this month we saw the arrest of German citizens plotting a terror attack against American targets there. Also this month we saw Danish citizens arrested for plotting an imminent bombing. Both plots had links to Al Qaeda. "

En dan hier eventjes een aantal citaten uit het CDJA verhaaltje:
Jongeren: partij is veel te onzichtbaar in islamdebat.

‘De CDA’ers zeggen steeds maar: we moeten vooral kijken naar wat we delen’, legt Van der Molen zijn frustratie uit. ‘Maar politiek gaat juist over de dingen waar we het niet over eens zijn. Daar liggen de problemen. Daar moeten oplossingen voor komen.’

De jongerenbeweging van het CDA probeert de moederpartij weer op scherp te krijgen. Op hun congres riepen de jongeren het CDA op meer aandacht te geven aan de joods-christelijke en humanistische wortels van Nederland en pal te staan voor de rechtsstaat. De oproep komt aan de vooravond van het landelijk congres van het CDA aanstaande zaterdag.

‘De partij had een redelijk herkenbaar standpunt over de islam’, vindt Van der Molen. Geen geknuffel meer. Verhagen die de sharia taboe verklaarde. Een streng asielbeid. ‘Maar daar is nu weinig meer van terug te zien.’


Hoe moet het dan wel? Om te beginnen zou het CDA eens goed moeten nadenken over de islam. Geen obligate oproepen tot respect meer, maar kijken naar waar de islam botst met de Nederlandse samenleving.

‘Het probleem is dat wij nooit tegen elkaar hebben gezegd wat we belangrijk vinden in Nederland’, vindt Van der Molen. ‘Wat is wel en niet acceptabel? Sommige belevingen van de islam belemmeren de rechtsstaat. Daar moeten we hard tegen optreden. Die radicale imams hoeven hier niet te staan. Als dingen niet kloppen, moeten we dat zeggen. Uit die kramp moet het CDA komen.’

Hij begrijpt wel waarom het CDA dat niet doet. CDA’ers hechten traditioneel erg aan rust en stabiliteit. De partij is juist altijd opgekomen voor het recht van religieuze groepen om hun eigen boontjes te doppen. Het CDJA wil niet tornen aan de rechten, maar ziet wel schaduwkanten.

Van der Molen: ‘Doekle Terpstra zegt dan: ‘Als je zo scherp debatteert, dan krijg je verdeeldheid.’ Mijn antwoord: er staan nu groepen buiten de Nederlandse samenleving. Dat is het echte probleem. En niet de toon van het debat.’

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Caroline



J'étais cool, assis sur un banc.
C'était au printemps.
Il cueille une marguerite : ce sont deux amants.
Overdose de douceur.
Ils jouent comme des enfants.
Je t'aime un peu beaucoup à la folie passionnément.
Mais à la suite d'une douloureuse déception sentimentale,
D'humeur chaleureuse, je devenais brutal.
La haine d'un être n'est pas dans nos prérogatives.
Tchernobyl.
Tcherno-débile.
Jalousie radioactive.
Caroline était une amie, une superbe fille.
Je repense à elle, à nous, à nos cornets vanille,
A sa boulimie de fraises, de framboises, de myrtilles,
A ses délires futiles, à son style pacotille.
Je suis l'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
Caroline...

Comme le trèfle à quatre feuilles, je cherche votre bonheur.
Je suis l'homme qui tombe à pic... pour prendre ton cœur.
Il faut se tenir à carreaux.
Caro, ce message vient du cœur.
Une pyramide de baisers, une tempête d'amitié,
Une vague de caresses,
Un cyclone de douceur.
Un océan de pensées.
Caroline, je t'ai offert un building de tendresse.
J'ai une peur bleue.
J'suis poursuivi par l'armée rouge.
Pour toi j'ai pris des billets verts, il a fallu qu'je bouge.
Pyromane de ton cœur,
Canadair de tes frayeurs,
Je t'ai offert une symphonie de couleurs.
Elle est partie, maso, avec un vieux macho
Qu'elle avait rencontré dans une station de métro.
Quand je les vois main dans la main fumant le même mégot,
Je sens un pincement dans son cœur, mais elle n'ose dire un mot,
C'est qu'je suis l'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
Caroline...

Claude MC prend le microphone, genre love story raggamuffin
Pour te parler d'une amie qu'on appelle Caroline.
Elle était ma dame, elle était ma came, elle était ma vitamine,
Elle était ma drogue, ma dope, ma coke, mon crack, mon amphétamine,
Caroline...
Je repense à elle, femme actuelle, 20 ans, jeune et jolie.
Remet donc le film à l'envers, magnéto de la vie.
Pour elle, faut-il l'admettre, des larmes ont coulé.
Hémorragie oculaire.
Vive notre amitié.
Du passé, du présent, je l'espère, du futur,
Je suis passé pour être présent dans ton futur.
La vie est un jeu de cartes,
Paris un casino.
Je joue les rouges, cœur,
Caro...
Je suis l'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
Caro
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
Caroline...
Je suis l'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
L'as de trèfle qui pique ton cœur...
Caroline...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Foreign students in Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden has abuot 800 foreign studenst that study at the NHL and CHN. Recently I heard that some of those students have a real hard time the first year they get here. The reason for that is that they can't look for work in the first six months. The IND, immigration services of the Netherlands, refuses to give them their papers in time. And once they get them they are only valid for half a year.

I visited two Universities in the US recently, Berea and Athens. The villages are totally focused on on students. It brings a city to life. It would be great if Leeuwarden tried to take more advantage of the great potential those students give this city.