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Links 1 through 10 of 36 by Latoya Peterson tagged xenophobia

"Following the events in Norway and PxC's growing protagonism in Spain, the blog Unite Against Fascism and Racism (Unitat contra el feixisme i el racisme [cat]) exposes the ideological similarities between Norway's murderer Anders Behring Breivik and Josep Anglada, which is based on the belief that European principles are threatened by Muslims and the effects of immigration.
"The conflation of immigration and Islam is evident, clearly, in point 5 of the PxC Programmatic Declaration [es].  According to this document, globalization is associated with 'massive waves of illegal immigration,' which in turn, endanger the social well being and identity formation of the welcoming States." 

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"The chilling manifesto advocates an armed campaign against the Muslims it says are overrunning Europe. A hate-filled brew of political, ideological and militaristic cant, the treatise denounces Europeans who support multiculturalism and argues for spectacular violence using tactics similar to those seen Friday, such as adopting a police disguise to fool victims before killing them."

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"Their positioning rests on two major acts of sophistry. The first is an elision between Western values and liberal values that ignores the fact that liberal values are not fully entrenched in the West and that other regions of the world also have liberal traditions. Nowhere is this clearer than with gay rights, where whatever gains do exist are recent and highly contested. Thirty American states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, and only a handful of states have passed gay marriage through the popular legislative process. Not only is gay equality not a Western value, it’s not even a Californian value. The second is a desire to understand Western “values” in abstraction from Western practice. This surge in extolling Western virtues has coincided with an illegal war that has been underpinned by both authorized and unauthorized torture and a range of other atrocities and a spike in the electoral and political currency of racism and xenophobia."

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"You may remember that Boroz previously demanded that a full line of foods encompassing “all ethnic groups” be available. So how is that 50-50 thing going to work? How would you determine that 50 percent of your vegetables are Asian? And will Chinese people be allowed to purchase Oreos?

Boroz additionally had these complaints:

After visiting the store, Boroz said too many of its products are Chinese, the deli is insufficient and many of the products’ packages do not have English translations.

How many of the “American” products have Chinese translations? Since we’re being all 50-50 here.

As somebody who cannot read much Chinese, I haven’t had any real difficulty in the Chinese grocery store. I can’t think of anything that didn’t have an English label. But if I didn’t know what it was, I probably wouldn’t buy it anyway."food

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Post from July, 2010, but the info is still relevant.--AP

"'Accent might reduce the credibility of non-native job seekers, eyewitnesses, reporters or people taking calls in foreign call centers,' said Shiri Lev-Ari, lead author of 'Why Don’t We Believe Non-native Speakers? The Influence of Accent on Credibility,' written with Keysar and published in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology."

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""In the introduction to "Alien/Asian: Imagining the Racialized Future" -- a special issue of the academic journal "MELUS" that explores the depiction of Asians in science fiction and fantasy -- Stanford University Asian American Studies professor Stephen Sohn notes that visions of an Asian-dominated future stretch back to the roots of the modern speculative fiction genre, the era of pulp novels and penny dreadfuls.

He cites by way of example Jack London's 1906 short story "The Unparalleled Invasion," set in what was then the far-distant year of 1976; it chronicles a rising China, empowered by the incredible fertility of its people to become a ravening horde that threatens to overrun the "civilized" nations of the West. The "Chinese problem" is neatly solved by genocide, in which the allied Western Nations bombard China with volleys of infectious disease, whose catastrophic impact on the population is described by London in ornate detail."

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"This is what Republican politics surrounding Arizona's tough new immigration law look like on the ground: an image of an adorable toe-headed [sic-LDP] baby placed next to the claim that Democrats who opposed the state's controversial immigration law "invite drugs and violence into our neighborhoods, schools and communities."

In case the reader doesn't get the less-than-subtle hint that the Democrat in question -- in the case of a GOP mailer obtained by TPM, two-term state Rep. Rae Waters -- is somehow inviting hordes of blood-thirsty illegal immigrants into Arizona's peaceful suburbs, the Republican Party also offers up a photo of a shot-up stop sign next to this message: "By voting against 1070, Rae Waters would rather leave our border full of holes. Our neighborhoods are next."

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"Reps. Duncan and Moore’s 'us vs. them' mentality exemplifies the mainstreaming of extreme right-wing Islamophobia. Once hawked by fringe figures, the 'creeping Sharia' delusion is finding champions among staunch conservative leaders like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose crusade against all-things-Islamic culminated in his call for 'a federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States' at the Value Voters Summit this month."

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"The 14th Amendment, with its guarantee that anyone born here is an American, protected my siblings and me from being countryless. Today, in the growing clamor over illegal immigration, there have been calls to repeal this amendment, with the pejorative "anchor baby" invoked as a call to arms. The words suggest that having a child in America confers some kind of legal protection on illegal parents, that it gives them a foothold here.

But in reality, merely having a baby on American soil doesn't change the parents' status. As a so-called anchor baby, my existence did nothing to resolve my parents' situation; if anything, it only added to their stress."

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"More significantly, the protests also signaled the emergence here of a new type of ultranationalist group. The groups are openly anti-foreign in their message, and unafraid to win attention by holding unruly street demonstrations.

"Since first appearing last year, their protests have been directed at not only Japan’s half million ethnic Koreans, but also Chinese and other Asian workers, Christian churchgoers and even Westerners in Halloween costumes. In the latter case, a few dozen angrily shouting demonstrators followed around revelers waving placards that said, 'This is not a white country.'"

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