The Hidden Racism in Canada

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https://perfectthedays.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/the-hidden-racism-in-canada/

Is there a hidden form of racism in Canada? Is education the solution? Peyman ADL DOUSTI HAGH speaks his heart out.

Rumi is an Iranian poet, who once asked four questions. Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is the purpose of being here? And what is the purpose of leaving here? These are the questions that each person is trying to answer themselves each day. These are not easy questions which can be answered with a stroke of a pen.

My first name is Peyman and the most accurate English spelling of my name is Peymon, it means promise, and I also have three last names. My first last name is ADL — it means justice, my second last name is DOUSTI — it means friendly — and the last part of my last name is HAGH, which means righteous. I do not know why my grandfather selected these three names as a family name. Overall, I like this last name, it means something to me and I do my best to follow through with what my last name means.

In 1970, I was born in Iran, and witnessed the 1979 Revolution in Iran. I experienced eight years of war from1980 – 1988, between Iran and Iraq. In 1991, I came to Canada as a landed immigrant, and in 1995 I became a Canadian citizen. I came with a dream to Canada of becoming who I wanted to become. I wanted to attend a university to earn a degree and have a dream job that I wanted. I learned the hard way that there is this hidden racism in Canada which would not allow me to become who I wanted to be. I began to read Hannah Arendt books and in one of her books she writes that meritocracy is a source of inequality. She touches my heart and it is as if she is talking about me. She elucidates her point by asserting that well-to-do families would attend higher education at prestigious universities and others who do not have power, they never would be able to attend such universities and would fall behind in the academic world and would never be able to gain meaningful employment – a departure from Max Weber’s idea that education would increase an individual’s life opportunities. It is not true. It is a person’s skin color which enables individuals to gain employment in their chosen fields.

Time passed by and I began to read more books in the area of social science, and noticed people in Canada are obsessed with my English accent. Is it a source of superiority for them to recognize me? I was reading a book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett “The Spirit Level New Edition: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone” and on page 163 these authors assert rightly that “we judge people by their accent, clothing, language, choice of reading matter, the television programmes they watch, the food they eat, the sports they play, the music they prefer, and their appreciation – or lack of it – of art … This is how elites become established and maintain their elite status.” The above claim becomes more clear by reading “The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future” by John Ibbitson and Darrell Bricker where the authors introduce the concept of Laurentian Consensus which determines in what direction Canada is moving forward.

For example, most English speaking individuals pronounce ‘tion’ like ‘sh’. Next time when you watch Peter Mansibridge on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, pay attention to how he pronounces ‘tion’. He pronounces it like letter “c”. I began to think about Arthur de Gobineau “The Inequality of Human Races” and incorporating all these ideas into one idea, I came to a final conclusion. When people in Canada say there is a hidden racism, it means still people in Canada believe in the inequality of human races and still people in Canada live in the dark ages. A person may say it is unjustifiable to claim that Canada is in the dark ages. It is a fact that Canada resides at the epicenter of dark ages. This nation believes in its military superiority against developing nations and relies on its muscles to resolve its differences with them. All those elements need to know that globalization would alter their way of life.

My aim for the future is to learn how to write in proper English and hopefully my application will be accepted by a university. I will be pursuing a masters program in the field of Political Science and a PhD in Political Science. Perhaps, this is one vision that I can accomplish and not be judged by my ascribed status. I believe that through a quality higher education, I would be able to challenge the conventional wisdom of society.

All in all, all human beings are complex entities and it is a daunting task to assume each person can be defined with several abstract concepts. Each person has multiple layers as Erving Goffman claims, “we are actors and audiences of one another”. These life experiences make us act differently at different social setting.


Sober Reflection on Aftermath of James Forcillo Conviction Verdict

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On Monday January 25th, 2016 a Toronto Police Officer James Forcillo was found guilty at a Toronto court house for one count of attempted murder. This was a sad news to hear that a police officer who sworn to protect citizens from harms, an impartial judicial system convicted of a crime that caused many emotional pains to family of Sammy Yatim. Particularly, mother of Mr. Yatim is in a state of continues emotional pains that she loss her son for something which was preventable.

Mr. Forcillo conviction opened the gateways for other individuals who claim sustain injuries from the police forces in Canada to seek criminal and civil remedies for their pain and suffering.

The idea is not about wining or losing, the problem reside here that what did go wrong so it would not happen again? After all Mr. Forcillo is a human being too and he should have support of his community to understand what went wrong and not to repeat it.  This is the problem of the judicial system that creates a winner and a loser system and it has nothing to do to re-establish order in society.

US Drones Down and Role of Canada

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I red the below article and decided to respond to it. I just made a slight polishing.

http://www.vanguardcanada.com/2016/01/22/u-s-military-reports-record-number-of-drone-crashes/#comment-1848

Dear Sir/Madam:

I am reading this article and several questions came to my mind.

1. What is the deadline to this war?
2. What is the actual target which needs to be eliminated?
3. Why is the Western powers keeping developing nations at poor state of misery?
4. According to the manifesto of “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”1 the US wants to be recognized as a global constable. Than why should Canada be part of that project when it has a military budget of $12 billion dollar annually compare to the US which has an annual budget of $778 billion? 2
5. There are reports on the YouTube that these drones are targeting innocent civilians. Why should anyone support such a program?3

In my view this war is designed to keep the Middle Eastern nations at state of destruction and vulnerability so the Western powers would make progress.

You may think, I am an anti – Canada or all sort of ideas like by labeling me as not one of Canadian for dissuading others not to go to war. In fact, I am a friend of Canada and this war on terror has one dimension. It reflects what the power elite wants. The below is my blog, it illustrates my characteristics that  I dislike any form of violence and only advocate peaceful resolutions to the problems.

https://padldoustiblog.wordpress.com/

End note:
1. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf
2. http://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex/milex_database
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpzk7OdbjBw

“Complexity of Human Entity”

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Rumi is an Iranian poet, who once asked four questions. Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is the purpose of being here? And what is the purpose of leaving here? These are the questions that each person is trying to answer themselves each day. These are not easy questions which can be answered with a stroke of a pen. It is the intention of this paper to illustrate what my name means to others and that there is a beginning in my life and how that beginning shaped my life; finally, I would like to have some understanding about where my life seems to be leading me.

My first name is Peyman and the most accurate English spelling of my name is Peymon, it means promise, and I also have three last names. My first last name is ADL — it means justice, my second last name is DOUSTI — it means friendly — and the last part of my last name is HAGH, which means righteous. I do not know why my grandfather selected these three names as a family name. Overall, I like this last name, it means something to me and I do my best to follow through with what my last name means.

In 1970, I was born in Iran, and witnessed the 1979 Revolution in Iran. I experienced eight years of war from1980 – 1988, between Iran and Iraq. In 1991, I came to Canada as a landed immigrant, and in 1995 I became a Canadian citizen. I came with a dream to Canada of becoming who I wanted to become. I wanted to attend a university to earn a degree and have a dream job that I wanted. I learned the hard way that there is this hidden racism in Canada which would not allow me to become who I wanted to be. I began to read Hannah Arendt books and in one of her books she writes that meritocracy is a source of inequality. She touched my heart as if she was talking about me. She elucidates her point by asserting that well-to-do families would attend higher education at prestigious universities and others who do not have power, they never would be able to attend such universities and would fall behind in the academic world and would never be able to gain meaningful employment – a departure from Max Weber’s idea that education would increase an individual’s life opportunities. It is not true. It is person’s skin color which enables individuals to gain employment in their chosen fields.

Time passed by and I began to read more books in the area of social science, and noticed people in Canada are obsessed with my English accent. I know that my English accent was not a problem for them, but a source of superiority for them to recognize me or them? I was reading a book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett “The Spirit Level New Edition: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone” and on page 163 these authors assert rightly that “we judge people by their accent, clothing, language, choice of reading matter, the television programmes they watch, the food they eat, the sports they play, the music they prefer, and their appreciation – or lack of it – of art … This is how elites become established and maintain their elite status.” The above claim becomes more clear by reading “The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future” by John Ibbitson and Darrell Bricker where the authors introduced the concept of Laurentian Consensus which determines in what direction Canada is moving forward. For example, most English speaking individuals pronounce tion like sh. Next time, watching Peter Mansibridge on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and pay attention how he pronounces tion, he pronounces it like letter “c”. I began to think about Arthur de Gobineau “The Inequality of Human Races” and incorporating all these ideas into one idea, I came to a final conclusion, when people in Canada say there is a hidden racism, it means still people in Canada believe in the inequality of human races and still people in Canada live in the dark ages. Furthermore, a person may say it is unjustifiable to claim that Canada is in the dark ages. It is a fact that Canada reside at epicenter of dark ages, this nation believes in its military superiority against developing nations and relying on its muscle to resolve its differences with them. All those elements need to know that globalization would alter their way of life.

My aim for the future is to learn how to write in proper English and hopefully my application will be accepted by a university. I will be pursuing a masters program in the field of Political Science and a PhD in Political Science. Perhaps, this is one vision that I can accomplish and not be judged by my ascribed status.

All in all, all human beings are complex entities and it is a daunting task to assume each person can be defined with several abstract concepts. Each person has multiple layers as Erving Goffman claims we are actors and audiences of one another. These life experiences make us act differently at different social setting. This paper illustrates why I am enrolled in this program to earn a Certificate in Professional Communication and to make my way to higher education to challenge the conventional wisdom of society. This is my task for life.

 

Off the Terrorist Radar

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On Tuesday January 19th, 2016 The Globe and Mail published an article that NATO nations did not invited Canada to a round table to discuss the war on terror. It appears that some individuals are disappointed how the NATO nations are not interested to engage Canada on police of War on Terror.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/defence-minister-denies-canada-cut-out-of-anti-is-decision-making/article28256992/

In fact, it is a good news for Canada that the NATO nations did not invite Canada to this round table to discuss policy of war against terrorist groups in the Middle East region. There is no clear objective to accomplish and these nations are seeking wars,  let them have the wars that they want. Now, these ruthless terrorist entities have Canada’s name off their target list and it is less likely for Canada to become targeted by these undesirable groups. They seek war, they will have war, they want peace, they will have peace. Canada is a peacekeeper nation and builds nations, and not destroying nations and leaving them at derelict state of misery.

A Name Known as Persian Gulf forever

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/why-sajjan-will-be-wrestling-with-military-spending/article28225295/

Reading The Globe and Mail newspaper daily and watching Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on television. It comes to a person’s attention that Canada has begun to use the accurate historical name of Persian Gulf rather than calling it “Gulf”. Why is that? Because, recently, the Saudi Arabia is making news headline in negative terms with western nations that how this nation is masterminding terrorist acts around the world by aiding terrorist entities to cause unrest globally. The western nations as well as Canada is using proper name of Persian Gulf to illustrate to the Saudi Arabia that it needs to correct its behavior, it does not mean that Canada is willing to recognize proper name of Persian Gulf.

The fact comes down to this, it is called Persian Gulf no matter what.

US Sailors in the Persian Gulf

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In January 2016, two US military vessels were traveling in the Persian Gulf body of water and they lost their direction to their destination as the Islamic Republic of Iran intercepted the vessels and apprehended the soldiers. The US administration contacted the appropriate individuals in Iran and the soldiers were released without any harm.

This media outlet which is posted in this blog begins to manipulate public sentiment that the US sailors were treatment inappropriately by the regime in Iran.

The reporter begins to say that the US sailors were on their knees on their vessels and their hands were on back of their heads. The reporter goes further and says that a female sailor was asked to cover her hair with a scarf.  Examining the reality of this even from a rational viewpoint. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s soldiers indeed ordered the US sailors to go on their knees, this action is always taking during time soldiers are placed under arrest not to humiliate them, but to immobilize them and their hands were placed on the back of their heads so that they are incapacitated to engage in a hand to hand combat. The matter of fact is, the US sailors were not carrying humanitarian aid to any destination. They were carrying weapons with themselves. These are trained soldiers to fight with others to death.

The video clip illustrates that the US woman sailor is wearing a hejab, in fact, it is a law in Iran for a woman to wear a head scarf. Thus, as long as, she is in Iran, she must obey the law.

The interesting parts are here that one US sailor apologized for trespassing on Iran’s boundary. The media outlet is depicting the soldier’s diplomatic manner as a coercive measure by the regime in Iran. The last part of the video clip comes down to this that all the soldiers are sitting side by side in a room, and some of them are in relax positions and are not fearful of anything. They are about to enjoy a nice meal with each other. These soldiers were not afraid of anything and they were behind bars.

The real question is, why the US and the Islamic Republic of Iran decided to have a public relation in this manner on the eve of lifting economic sanction against the regime in Iran?

Vancouver Police Department – Middle Eastern Men

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On Friday January 15th, 2016 the Vancouver Police Department released a video clip, which illustrated some Middle Eastern men were walking inside of the Pacific  Shopping Center in Vancouver, BC and were taking pictures from inside of the mall. The spokesperson for the police said that these Middle Eastern men did not commit a crime, but police wants to speak to them. The spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department raised more questions than ensuring well being of society.

  1. Since these men did not commit a crime, than why should they speak with the police?
  2. If this was truly a police investigation, should not police began to establish a surveillance around the mall to monitor every corner of the mall to ensure the safety and well being of the citizens?
  3. Now, when this police is acting undercover to monitor the area, if some individuals were having a diabolical plan for that intended mall, at that time, they could apprehend the culprits red handed, than why did not the police do that?
  4. The police acts illustrate its mentality that how it perceives toward the Middle Eastern men. The Middle Eastern men are dangerous and cannot be trusted. Every act of them must be put under microscope to be examined by the police. Really?
  5. Why is the police using its position to raise fear mongering among the general population that the Middle Eastern men are not to be trusted?
  6. Enough is enough of this back-lashing at the Middle Eastern men. We are decent, law abiding citizens.

Canada has Constitution that does not allow police to make an arbitrary arrest (the moment a police stops a person, s/he loses her/his civil liberties and is under arrest), and what this police has done so far, it is expanding its power of arrest beyond its boundary. This police needs to know its boundary that this police is not above the law. There is one interesting point about this local police to know. According to the police act, this police is not a legal entity. A question pops in mind, than how does it enforce the criminal law when it is not a legal entity, which is beyond me?