In some ways, every country is as many countries as the people who live in it. If you can socially navigate away from bother or threat, that’s what you do. If not: keeping quiet may be what you have to do for a while.

The “politics of hate” are difficult everywhere because the communities that generate the same — not only in Islam: look at Russia — enable criminals to acquire power, and then they are interested in being powerful and holding on to power, not in the doing of good things. The wrong personalities get their hands on the wheels and levers of governance, and then they are hard to deal with.

It’s good to hear from you.

Some people “check in” — and they’re far more interesting than me, but it’s hard to see the same fully when they feel constrained or intimidated by their political atmosphere from sharing background, insight, or news at length.

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