Muslims more integrated in US than FranceI do agree that the US economic model is better than the French one at welcoming immigrants, but Muslims are a special case. Many of them will NEVER integrate. The only reason why they appear more integrated in the US is because they are not as numerous as they are in France. Yet:
Muslims more integrated in US than France
Arab and Muslim immigrants in the US generally identify themselves as Americans and integrate with relative ease into a society that prides itself on social mobility and has more tolerance for cultural and religious differences, Haddad said. "To identify as French you have to renounce your faith and have to renounce you previous identity as though your previous self didn't exist. In the US you don't have to," she said. Arabs are a tiny minority in the United States, making up less than one percent of the population, according to the census bureau. They also constitute only about a quarter to a third of the country's Muslims, estimated at six million to seven million people or about two percent of the population. "There's no clear connection between the European and the American Muslim experience," she said, explaining that Muslims in the United States are less isolated and homogeneous than their European counterpart.
Japan appoints head of breakthrough nuclear reactor in France
A Japanese engineer turned ambassador has been named to head the international project to build a multibillion-dollar experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France, a Japanese official said Tuesday. Japan's Ambassador to Croatia Kaname Ikeda, a nuclear engineer by training, was named director general of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) organization, slated to be launched in or after 2007. The decision was made Monday in Vienna at a meeting of high-ranking officials from the project's participating countries, a Japanese official said. The six ITER partners -- the European Union, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea and China -- agreed in June to bring the main facility to Cadarache, southern France, after Japan withdrew its bid to host the 10-billion-euro (12-billion-dollar), 30-year project. Instead of splitting the atom -- the principle behind current nuclear plants -- the project seeks to harness nuclear fusion: the power of the sun and the stars.