Showing posts with label Denmark. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Denmark. Show all posts

Friday, July 20, 2012

To Albert, Mukhtar and African Bus Drivers Everywhere...

That story of Albert from South Africa's First National Bank TV ad (above) feels inspired by the birthday story of a real African bus driver in Copenhagen called Mukhtar,  who was the very surprised subject of a flash mob back in 2009.


 Mukhtar's flash mobbed birthday was also an ad - more here

Friday, May 21, 2010

Africa/ Denmark: Sweet Tears of Immigration

I don't know what country Mukhtar's from but he drives a bus in Copenhagen and little did he know that on May 5th, his birthday, a whole bunch of people had planned to celebrate it with him.

It is also true that the bus company made the video as part of a campaign "Bedre Bustur" (better busrides) and some part had to be reshot, hence restaged, because of camera problems. However, the scenes showing an astonished Mukhter don't seem staged to me.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Africa/Australia/Denmark: The Recourse of Children of Immigrants

IPS' Stephen de Tarczynski reports on the "Interventions into Policing of Racialised Communities in Melbourne" report that was released in mid-March which confirms that police often resort to hostility and aggression when young African-Australians in the country’s second-largest city assert their rights. However, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland argues:
...tension between police and young immigrants "is not a new problem." "With every wave of migration we’ve had problems with youths. If you go back far enough it was the Italian wave, the Greek wave, the Vietnamese wave and what we’re seeing now is a wave of migration coming out of Africa. And predictably we’re seeing tensions with youth...
Below, the must-view AlJazeera report about Danish biker gangs versus minority ethnic gangs in Denmark--Copenhagen to be specific--compounds race tensions with what officials there are calling a turf war over all kinds of illicit trades from drugs to prostitution. It also paints a fuller picture of the La Haine conditions for first generation children of immigrants alienated by and from the system of their host communities, and their recourse...:

Again, this extract from Alenjadro Portes and Min Zhou's segmented assimilation theory (the whole paper PDF is worth the read) sheds some light on what is happening and why it might be harder for new waves of immigrant children to assimilate like those first waves of Italians and Greeks did:
...segmented assimilation thesis recognizes the fact that today’s immigrants are received in various segments of American society ranging from affluent middle-class suburbs to impoverished inner-city ghettos. Such contextual differences mean that paths to social mobility may lead to upward as well as downward outcomes. In the case of those who start from the very bottom, of course, the outcome is not so much assimilating downward as staying where they are. The question is what makes some immigrant groups susceptible to the downward path, or to the permanent trap, and what allows others to avoid it? Major determinants can include factors external to a particular immigrant group, such as racial stratification, economic opportunities, and spatial segregation, and factors intrinsic to the group, such as financial and human capital upon arrival, family structure, community organization, and cultural patterns of social relations. These two sets of factors affect the life chances of immigrant children not only additively but also interactively.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Africa/ Denmark: Before "Out of Africa"

Out of Africa (1985)/ dir. Sydney Pollack

Plans to make a Danish bio-pic of author Karen Blixen early life - before she set forth for (Out of) Africa.

From the way the bio-pic's described, it sounds less like the "how the maker made the work" sort of author bio-pics we've become used to: such as The Hours, Miss Potter or Finding Neverland or even The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. Rather, this sounds more like the "making preparation of the maker" sort of bio-pic, e.g. Curtis Hanson's 8-Mile (2002). Just sayin' the later sort rocks is all.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Somalia/Denmark: Somalis in Denmark al-Qaeda Problem

I'm not sure the Somali community in Denmark had gotten over Danish-Somali Abdirahman Ahmed who blew himself up at a graduation ceremony in Mogadishu a few weeks ago before some Somali axe murderer went after Kurt Westergaard for his cartoons. FP's John Keating blogs how the Undie bomber and axe murderer both point to inter-governmental bottlenecks everywhere:
However, while not acknowledging the Clinton plot, the Danish intelligence agency PET acknowledged the man's ties to African terrorist groups: The person arrested. has close links with the Somali terrorist organisation al-Shabaab as well as with the heads of al-Qaeda in East Africa, the agency said in a statement. He is also suspected of being implicated in terrorist activities when he was in east Africa. The individual arrested has also been a member of a terrorist network implanted in Denmark that has been under surveillance by PET for a long time. The statement doesn't really say whether the individual himself was under observation or when they had become aware of his background before or after he was granted residency in Denmark. There will probably be a lot more investigation in the coming weeks of whether it was the Kenyans or the Danes who messed up. I generally think it's not fair to expect authorities to take every report of a potential security threat seriously, but this case as well as the U.S. plane bombing both highlight how much ground the international community needs to make up on intergovernmental intelligence sharing on terrorism suspects. I have to think that a concerted effort in this area should be a higher priority than new airport scanners or security procedures.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Somalia: What Made Danish-Somali Abdirahman Ahmed Blow Himself Up?

The BBC talks to Ahmed Dhaqane, a local councilor and a prominent member of the Somali community in Denmark, who knew Abdirahman. Is Dhaqane right; are the Somali youths in Europe and the United States plagued by an identity crisis that makes them even more susceptible to al-Shabab rhetoric?

There is also the case of Somali-Americans like Shirwa Ahmed, 26, who carried out a suicide bombing in Somalia in 08 and 17-year-old Burhan Hassan referred to as "a gifted student who had once dreamed of attending Harvard," but left the States for Somalia and ended up getting "shot in the head in Mogadishu," fighting along side al-Shabab. Andrea Elliot adds:
Most of the young Somali-American men suspected of joining Al Shabab had come to the United States as small boys or teenagers, after the 1991 collapse of Somalia’s last fully functioning government.

These young refugees largely settled in the Minneapolis area, struggling to support single-mother households in a poor urban neighborhood that was rocked by the violence of Somali street gangs. But many overcame the obstacles in their paths, making it to college and charting paths as engineers, medical technicians and businessmen.

From Minnesota, these young men showed little interest in the political events of their homeland, relatives and friends recalled. That changed in December 2006, when the Ethiopian military invaded Somalia, routing an Islamist insurgency. The invasion, backed by the United States, prompted an outcry among Somalis in the diaspora.

After the Ethiopians dismantled the Islamist insurgency, its youth and militia wing — known as Al Shabab, which means “youth” — regrouped in southern Somalia and began a new insurgency intended to topple the occupation and install an Islamic state. In its Internet-driven propaganda, Al Shabab aggressively recruited foreign fighters from the West, refashioning a formerly nationalist cause into a religious movement that carried the endorsement of Al Qaeda.

Friends of the men who left described them as having been driven by a mix of nationalist and religious fervor. Some wanted to defend their country against foreign invaders; other saw this “defensive jihad” as their religious duty, the friends said.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tanzania: This Revolution Will Be YouTubed

Bongo Flava by Mzungu Kichaa, featuring Professor Jay. Album: Tuko Pamoja. Label: Caravan Records, 2009.

I gather "Mzungu Kichaa" in Swahili means the "Crazy White Man". Kichaa hails from Denmark and he is one of the pioneers of African Bongo Flava. Check out the rest of his bio.


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