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Go away to your own country!

June 12, 2011 3 comments

Today, there was no class in the mosque. We wanted to have a picnic, everyone brought home-made nice food. But the weather was a bit chilly and the ground was still wet, so it is decided that we’ll have an “indoor picnic”. That was easy, really easy. We could “control” the children within the mosque, it would have been harder to do that in the park. Other teachers very much liked this idea.

After the “picnic”, I decided to take the students in my class to the park, just to have a walk and spend time together. While we were on the way to the park, two “autochtone” teenage girls were passing by to the opposite direction. There happened a dialogue (I’d rather call it a squabble) between my girls and those two. I hadn’t seen how it started, later learnt from the students.

We were walking with a group of eight-nine students (all with headscarves -normally only two of them wear headscarves regularly, others do not. but it is compulsory to wear it, when coming to the mosque-), they were making jokes, playing with their mobile phones and laughing. There were these two girls a few steps ahead. First, students and the approaching two girls stared at each other, in a strange way. Then the two girls asked ‘what are you doing, why are you laughing?’. ‘We are not laughing at you’, said the students.

(Here, I really do not understand how the discussion came to that point..)
Then the two girls shouted: ‘go away to your own country!’
My girls got really angry.
(Although they always say that they do not like this country, and would prefer living in Turkey, they reacted against these girls.. That’s good, there is a sign of love for this country ­čśë )
All of them had something to tell for those girls.

‘We are alright in this country, if you are not, then you should go away!’, said one of them.

Some nasty memories of mine came to my mind. I remember hearing very similar sentences on the streets of Istanbul, from some old ladies, sometimes from old men.. ‘You, go away to Iran/Saudi Arabia with your headscarf!’, ‘You, brainwashed people of Hezbollah!’..
Those reactions, of course, did hurt. But I believed those old people had different mindsets which make them reject and react against anything or anyone ‘different’ from theirs. So, I just tried to ignore them.

Today, it was different. This time, similar ‘go away’ sentences were said by young people, other fellow girls, who are supposed to share and shape the future.

Sometimes I feel worried about the future. But not always. Today I do. I really do.

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US immigration service surfing on facebook

I have just read the following news:
“USCIS (´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐United States Citizenship and Immigration Services´╗┐)┬áhas just issued a Memorandum to the FDNS (FRAUD DETECTION NATIONAL SECURITY) division explaining the usefulness of Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites as an┬á investigative tool to detect fraudulent activities on the part of applicants or beneficiaries┬á who have submitted applications and petitions to USCIS.”

They are getting crazier and crazier.. They? The states, security agencies, those holding the power, in short, the hegemons. They claim that they have the right to follow applicants and beneficiaries of Immigration Services on Faceboook or other social media.

Hey hegemon, are you also reading this post? Listen, you can report me to my supervisor, for procrastinating on the internet instead of writing my thesis. You can also add me on Facebok, I share many useful links. Unfortunately, I don’t have twitter and MySpace, don’t waste time to find me there.
Greetings,
a.