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    No Obama for Deutschland: Ethnic Minorities Still Overlooked in German Politics

    In Germany, 18 percent of all residents have an immigration background, but those with foreign roots are practically absent from the corridors of political power. Little is set to change with this month's election. Despite the promises of equality, the glass ceiling remains thick within many political parties.

    Danial Ilkhanipour, a Social Democratic Party (SPD) political candidate for Germany's federal parliament, is campaigning at full tilt. With his black hair slicked back and wearing a white shirt, a suit and his SPD badge, the 27-year-old has turned up at a metro station in Hamburg every morning at 6 a.m. since May, where he stands distributing fliers and chatting to commuters on their way to work. He is still there after they finish work.

    One day, early in August, an older woman stopped to talk to him. "No, I won't vote for the (center-left) SPD anymore," she told him. "Give me a chance -- I'm the new candidate," Ilkhanipour replied. "And please convince two of your neighbors to vote SPD too!" he adds. She is just one of the 1,000 people he speaks to each day, he said.

    Danial Ilkhanipour, the son of an Iranian immigrant, was born in the north German town of Elmshorn and grew up in Hamburg. As well as challenging the Greens and the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, he faces criticism from within his own party, given that he replaced a candidate positioned more to the left of the party. Ilkhanipour is one of the few German politicians with an immigrant background, who aspire to win seats in the German parliament during the Sept. 27 general election.

    In recent years the German government has trumpeted itself as a supporter of German immigrants, hosting a high-profile Islam Conference and an Integration Summit. After all, some 15 million people in Germany come from an immigration background, making up 18 percent of the population. But the fact remains that in the German parliament they are represented by just 11 politicians, making up less than 2 percent of the Bundestag.

    And the picture is unlikely to improve with the pending national ballot. The leading parties have selected candidates with immigration backgrounds, but usually in areas where they have little chance of winning.
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    Well look on the bright side, one might be able to convert him to Paganism.

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    Good idea. If Ilkhanipour and the other Iranians in Germany were all followers of Avestan/Zoroastrian faith, it would be easier to keep them separate until we find a way to resettle them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hauke Haien View Post
    Good idea. If Ilkhanipour and the other Iranians in Germany were all followers of Avestan/Zoroastrian faith, it would be easier to keep them separate until we find a way to resettle them.
    Is there some sarcasm here?

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    So wait... are they saying Germany could have a Polish Obama? A Russian Obama? A Greek Obama?

    Not all of those immigrants are non-European. Certainly their white skin defaults them to unimportant for Liberals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kogen View Post
    So wait... are they saying Germany could have a Polish Obama? A Russian Obama? A Greek Obama?

    Not all of those immigrants are non-European. Certainly their white skin defaults them to unimportant for Liberals.
    Well they'd still be non-German = foreign, so like Obama in a sense.

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    Parsis in India, for example, do not accept converts and proscribe endogamy, so the remaining problems from our point of view are the disruption caused by their heterogeneity as an alien element in our society and the resources wasted on sustaining them that could sustain additional Germans instead. Nevertheless, disentanglement is easier under these conditions.

    Ironically, universalist pressure from the outside has led to liberal currents in Zoroastrianism that stress the freedom of individuals to convert to the faith, and the freedom of the adherent to marry outside of the faith.

    Of course, the German people should not place anyone from any non-German group in any significant position of power, no matter what the political and religious beliefs of the outsider may be.

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    Germany is missing out on something special, then.













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    Ethnic minorities still overlooked in German politics
    And the problem is what ?

    Typical is that these minorities are against multiculturalism in their own lands.

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    About the obama videos: Why are we not doing anything about this ? Do you think Germany will do anything if they get a leader like this ? I have heard about those videos, but had not seen them until this thread. To say the least I am very pi**ed and saddened. Everybody should e-mail these videos to everyone they know!

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