Lawyer tells it like it is and gets the heave-ho from refugee workers

Correction:  Una Hardester reports that Mr. Serjanej is not a Muslim, so I have made that correction.  She reports that he gave workshops to both Congolese and Iraqi refugees on this subject of violence to family and pets and that such behavior was unacceptable in America.  Thus some members of those ethnic groups he was trying to reach may be other than Muslims. 

Be sure to read Mr. Huston’s comment to this post—a comment which I have posted here as well.


Just now I was going through old e-mails and assorted alerts not planning to write anything else today and looking forward to my summer reading of Ayn Rand when I saw that someone was writing about us—RRW.  Well, it wasn’t much about us.  It was mostly about young naive refugee workers not wanting to hear the truth when it didn’t suit them— didn’t fit their politically correct notion of how the world should be! 

Here is what blogger Peter Huston had to say

Now Americans tend to be very ethnocentric, idealistic people and therefore the way they deal with people who tell them things they don’t wish to hear, particularly if these things don’t fit their ethnocentric ideals is often interesting. At times, they will go so far as to argue with people about things they know nothing about if these people have experiences that don’t meet their idealistic view of the world.

The lawyer in Peter Huston’s* post is a man I wrote about here last summer.  He is an Albanian who I had fun writing about when he told his audience of new immigrants and refugees that it wasn’t acceptable to beat their wives and dogs in America even if that was something  one grew up with in one’s own Islamic culture.

Artan Serjanej was a 43 year old former refugee who put himself through law school and then volunteered at the local refugee center to teach refugees about their rights in the USA as well as the importance of not beating one’s wife or dog.

His remarks got my attention as I mentioned, and prompted my “not necessarily nice comments” as Huston says.  Of course I was commenting on male dominated (often Islamic) culture that doesn’t sit well with us—conservative women with our world view.  Liberal women, on the other hand, seem to be able to chalk it all up as cultural relativism when they aren’t busy trying to hide the reality of Muslim misogyny altogether.

Anyway this is how we get drawn into this post:

He made some comments to the local newspaper to the effect that some refugee men came from places like he came from (the Muslim country of Albania), where it was acceptable to beat one’s wife or children and that therefore he was doing his best to tell them it wasn’t acceptable here and keep them out of trouble.

Sadly, the Daily Gazette in Schenectady now has a paid-only reading policy but if you’d like you can read the comments he was quoted as making here at Refugee Resettlement Watch: HERE! Now, Refugee Resettlement Watch is an interesting blog that contains much useful information but they clearly have an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim agenda. Therefore this article is also mixed in with the bloggist’s interesting but not necessarily very nice comments.

If you are now saying, o.k., get on with the story, this is the part that has me rolling on the floor laughing.

It does look like although Serjanej’s comments are undoubtedly the truth as he sees it, and I’m quite inclined to accept his opinion in this matter as he undoubtedly knows more about Albanian culture than I do, they could have been better chosen.

In response to these comments, Una Hardester, 22 year old idealist activist, and her companions, insisted that since Serjanej’s comments should not have been voiced as they were not consistent with the view of the world or the view of refugees that they wished to promote. Therefore they did not invite him back to participate in any more programs. Their programs were now sanitized and politically correct. The cultural gap between some refugees and the young American activist community was again preserved! Oooooh Rah! Mission accomplished!

Seriously, did it ever occur to you humanitarians that by silencing Serjanej you may now be responsible for violence to some women and children whose husband’s and father’s do not get his message about what behavior is unacceptible in America.

*I see we mentioned Peter Huston’s blog here in June.

Iraqi refugee czar: Human Rights First welcomes power grab at White House

No surprise here.  Human Rights First wanted an Iraqi refugee czar in the White House way back even before Obama was inaugurated.  They said then they wanted 60,000 Iraqis to come to the US within two years.  We probably have reached our goal of 17,000 for this year and many are angry and unhappy because they have few jobs and live in substandard housing, but that’s o.k. with the folks fighting for Human Rights I guess.

This is how they praise one more Obama move to take power from the US State Department that we told you about here, yesterday.

Human Rights First welcomes Friday’s White House announcement that the administration will appoint Samantha Power, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council, to coordinate the work of the many U.S. agencies engaged on issues that affect Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons.

In its blueprint “How to Confront the Iraqi Refugee Crisis,” issued last December, Human Rights First urged the incoming Obama administration to appoint a White House coordinator to ensure that plans to assist Iraqi refugees and IDPs were integrated into broader policy and strategy in Iraq and implemented across all relevant federal agencies. Ms. Power’s extensive experience with refugee and humanitarian issues and her deep commitment to these issues make her an excellent pick. We look forward to working with her in this new capacity.

One of Ms. Power’s first responsibilities will be to implement reforms to improve the resettlement process for vulnerable Iraqi refugees, including those who have been at risk because of their ties to the United States.

You know when you check out some of these non-profits you realize they really aren’t huge, just a gaggle of activists with a couple of high salaried people at the top (like Michael Posner).  They mostly agitate and lobby and everyone thinks they somehow represent masses of people.  They don’t.  Check out Human Rights First’s Form 990, there isn’t much there.

6-year-old Bhutanese refugee girl killed in Atlanta area accident last week

The girl and her family had only been in the US two weeks when a Georgia man, driving carelessly, passed a bus when the little girl and her mother were attempting to cross the street.   I should have posted this last week when it happened.

Suk Maya Monger was memorialized Thursday, two weeks after her family relocated to the United States and two days after she was hit and killed by a Lincoln Navigator as she crossed the street. 

According to Ellen Beattie, executive director of the International Rescue Committee, the family were refugees from Nepal still trying to take care of the basics of living in the United States in a Clarkston apartment.


The Mongers borrowed money from a United Nations program to cover the cost of coming to the United States. The family is expected to be self-supporting within six months and that money must be repaid.

In the meanwhile, Beattie said, the IRC will move the family to another apartment. Suk Maya was hit near their current home, and it’s a permanent reminder of the tragedy.

“The mother is very, very distraught on top of a lot of other things they went through,” Beattie said. “She is very much in shock and has not been able to accept that she will never see her daughter again.”

This tragedy followed on the heels of the Bhutanese refugee murder that occurred in Jacksonville, FL last month and the robbery at gunpoint of another Bhutanese refugee in Atlanta ten days ago, here.

We will be resettling 60,000 Bhutanese (ethnic Nepalese) over the next 5 years.

Rifqa Bary is fighting for her life

Update September 7th:  Jerry Gordon at New English Review has more on the case here.

Update August 26th:  Pamela has an update story with more details of the Bary family plans to skip the country at American Thinker today.

Just now as I was writing the “Joker” post I hopped over to Atlas Shrugs figuring Pamela Geller would be having a good laugh over it too, but instead I found her far from laughing over Obama and instead making a desperate appeal to her readers to help save Ohio teen Rifqa Bary.   Rifqa is a Muslim convert to Christianity and is hiding in Florida from a family she believes will kill her if she is returned to them.  

Honor killings are becoming all too common, lets help Rifqa not be the next one.   Please visit Atlas Shrugs and see what you can do to help.

This is so funny! Obama joker poster created by Palestinian

It was inevitable that the mainstream media was on a desperate hunt to find out who the evil-doer was who created that controversial poster of Pres. Obama as the ‘joker’ —the Batman character.  If you haven’t seen it, you will when you open this link to learn about who this racist right wing crazy person was.

Well, he wasn’t a conservative crazy, only a Chicagoan from a Palestinian immigrant family who happens not to be wild about Obama.

When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from “Batman” began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image?

Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain?

Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago.

Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe’s Photoshop software.

Read on at the Los Angeles Times to see how it was done.

Alkhateeb thinks Obama is better than Bush on foreign policy issues but not on domestic issues.

“After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ,” Alkhateeb said. “From my perspective, there wasn’t much substance to him.”

Although Alkhateeb claims he was making no political statement with the artwork, he’s plugged into the Washington debate. Though born in the United States, his Palestinian family closely follows Middle Eastern politics.

“I think he’s definitely doing better than Bush was,” Alkhateeb said of Obama. Alkhateeb’s views on foreign relations align with the Democrats, he said, while he prefers Republican ideals on domestic issues.

Alkhateeb’s assessment of Obama: “In terms of domestic policy, I don’t think he’s really doing much good for the country right now,” he said. “We don’t have to ‘hero worship’ the guy.”

The article tells us how efforts are being made to pull the image down, but I think the proverbial cat is out of the bag—I see innumerable ads for T-shirts and other memorabilia with the image.  What’s the government going to do now, track  down all the wearers and arrest them?