Parents of Muslim girls fear ‘jihad prostitution’
“These girls going to Syria will end up in prostitution.” Without hesitation Rachma el Hamdaoui (over 50) of the The Hague Mother and Daughter Foundation explains the greatest fear of parents of prospective jihad brides.
El Hamdaoui has in the The Hague Schilderswijk neighbourhood a discussion group with girls who walk around with jihad plans; and now, she speaks at a meeting of Muslim women in Gouda.
According to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) twenty Dutch Muslim women are in Syria. Five of them come from Gouda. They marry without parental consent. Not in the mosque, but for example in an apartment, a Gouda district police officer knows. Such marriages are invalid according to Islamic rules which their parents use.
The young women travel after their man, the mujahid (warrior). Or they are persuaded via WhatsApp messages from the front area to come to Syria to marry their hero. They have most often met him through jihadi social media. …
Sex with twenty, thirty, a hundred rebels
But there are also other views. In September last year the Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Bin Jeddo sounded the alarm. He wanted to put an end to the jihad al-nikah, also described as sex jihad. Young women traveling to the Chaimbi Mountains in Tunisia, where Al Qaeda fighters are fighting against the Tunisian regime; and especially to Syria to satisfy warriors. Some girls, according to the minister, have sex with twenty, thirty or even a hundred rebels. …
Pubescent girls traveling
In Dutch Muslim communities there is fear that their daughters landed in Syria in a very different world than the one they were dreaming about. El Hamdaoui: “They are often teenagers who want to travel. They know nothing, they cannot estimate the consequences of their actions.”
Muslim parents read disturbing stories on Arabic sites. They read about young women who are married (briefly) before sexual activity, and then divorce immediately afterwards. There are indications that the sex jihad is not entirely a figment of the imiginations of evil spirits. Thus, the prominent Tunisian Muslim scholar Sheikh Farred Elba stated (to the BBC and others) that he knew young women who had got trapped in this. He said there was medical evidence of that as well.
There are no signals that Dutch girls are in sexual jihad in Syria and go from hand to hand, according to the Gouda police district officer. However, what does happen is that, if it does not click between the “lovers” , the girl is married off to another mujahid. And if that man is killed, another warrior is quickly brought in.
In the eyes of the Muslim women who were gathered in Gouda, that smells like prostitution. As one of them says: “Our prophet has never meant that.”
This video from the USA says about itself:
Pentagon Study Finds 26,000 Military Sexual Assaults Last Year, Over 70 Sex Crimes Per Day
8 May 2013
http://www.democracynow.org – A shocking new report by the Pentagon has found that 70 sexual assaults may be taking place within the U.S. military every day. The report estimates there were 26,000 sex crimes committed in 2012, a jump of 37 percent since 2010. Most of the incidents were never reported.
The findings were released two days after the head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention unit, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, was arrested for sexual assault. We air highlights from Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on military sexual assault and speak with Anu Bhagwati, executive director and co-founder of Service Women’s Action Network. “The numbers are outrageous and I think we’ve reached a tipping point,” Bhagwati says. “The American public is furious.”
From Stars and Stripes in the USA:
Army’s top sex assault prosecutor suspended after assault allegation
By Chris Carroll and John Vandiver
March 6, 2014
WASHINGTON — The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after a lawyer who worked for him recently reported he’d groped her and tried to kiss her at a sexual-assault legal conference more than two years ago.
Two separate sources with knowledge of the situation told Stars and Stripes that the Army is investigating the allegations levied against Lt. Col. Joseph “Jay” Morse, who supervised the Army’s nearly two dozen special victim prosecutors — who are in charge of prosecuting sexual assault, domestic abuse and crimes against children.
Attempts to reach Morse via phone and email for comment have thus far been unsuccessful.
Morse was removed from his job when the allegations came to light, one source said. To date, no charges have been filed in the case.
The suspension comes at a time the military is dealing with rising reports of sexual assault.
Morse, chief of the Trial Counsel Assistance Program at Fort Belvoir, Va., was responsible for Army prosecutorial training and assistance worldwide. He also was lead prosecutor in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to the mass murder of 16 Afghan civilians in 2012.
Sources told Stars and Stripes that the female Army lawyer alleged that Morse attempted to kiss and grope her against her will. The alleged assault reportedly took place in a hotel room at a 2011 sexual assault legal conference attended by special victims prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., before he was appointed as chief of the Trial Counsel Assistance Program.
An Army official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter confirmed an investigation was under way.
“We can confirm that this matter is currently under investigation and that the individual in question has been suspended from duties pending the outcome of the investigation,” the official said. “Given that this is still an open case, we are precluded from providing any additional information at this point.”
The suspension follows on the heels of a late February announcement by the Army it had suspended 588 troops and employees in “positions of trust” — including sexual assault response personnel — for suspected offenses including sexual crimes and alcohol abuse.
According to an Army biography, Morse was commissioned as an aviation officer in 1993 and became a judge advocate in 2001. Among his assignments, he has been a trial counsel, senior defense counsel and staff judge advocate. He received his law degree from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, and is a graduate of Army’s Air Assault, Airborne and Ranger schools.
Stars and Stripes reporter Jennifer Hlad contributed to this report.
This video from the European Parliament says about itself:
9 Sep 2010
Joe Higgins MEP explains why he voted in favour of the resolution condemning French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his racist policies of scapegoating and deporting peoples from the Roma minority in France.
By Luke James:
O’Grady slams EU elite bid to outdo far-right Thursday 6th March 2014 Blaming jobless and migrants ‘delivers little’ Europe has lost its appeal to ordinary people as political leaders dodge real issues in a scramble to “outdo extremists,” TUC leader Frances O’Grady said yesterday.
Ms O’Grady‘s shot at the European elite was made in front of an audience of hundreds of workers at the annual congress of Germany’s trade union body in Berlin. The city houses the Bundestag federal parliament from which Chancellor Angela Merkel has planned and imposed harsh austerity policies upon the continent.
Britain’s TUC general secretary was clear Ms Merkel’s plan had “delivered little in quality jobs, wage rises or living standards.” “Too many politicians are attempting to outdo extremist parties who are quick to blame Europe’s problems on the unemployed, disabled or migrant workers,” she said. “Instead, we need practical solutions to the problems working families face, like a return to paying a decent rate for the job to stop wage undercutting.”
Ms O’Grady’s criticism came after the Star revealed Ukip‘s latest far-right links yesterday. A Dudley council election candidate is accused of being a former BNP member and the party’s new Boston branch chairwoman was a card-carrying member of the National Front in the 1970s.
Left anti-EU electoral coalition No2EU said it was the latest proof that Nigel Farage’s party does not represent working-class people. Spokesman Brian Denny said: “Ukip right-wing policies do indeed chime exactly with the EU’s neo-liberal agenda, for instance Ukip and the EU agree that railways belong in the private sector. “But what is more worrying is that the EU and the IMF are openly supporting the fascist putsch in Kiev and offering billions in aid in return for mass privatisation.” Ms O’Grady said unions in Britain and Germany must explore joint action to reverse attacks on workers’ rights. She said Britain could import the practice of worker representation on company boards while Britain showed how a minimum wage could be implemented in Germany. “Workers deserve a bigger say in decision-making at work, higher wages that will stimulate growth, and a more secure future for their children,” she said.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre
Thursday 6 March 2014 11.28 GMT
A Swedish artist has been selected to create official memorials at the sites of the 2011 Norwegian massacres carried out by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.
The competition, called Memorial Sites After 22 July, was won by Jonas Dahlberg, who will create three artworks at a cost of 27m Norwegian kroner (£2.7m) to the government in Oslo.
This video is about Zoetrope, a Jonas Dahlberg sculpture.
The most striking memorial is called Memory Wound. The 43-year-old artist has sliced a three-and-a-half-metre-wide slit into the Sørbråten peninsula, which faces the island of Utøya where Breivik killed 69 people. It marks a “symbolic wound” in the landscape.
One hundred cubic metres of the stone cut from Sørbråten will be transferred to the governmental quarter in Oslo, where another memorial will mark the spot where a car bomb was detonated by Breivik that resulted in eight deaths.
A temporary pathway in the capital, between Grubbegata and Deichmanske library, will also be made by Dahlberg, who will later take trees from Sørbråten to create a permanent amphitheatre in the government quarter called Time and Movement.
Breivik, now serving a 21-year prison sentence, told an Oslo court in 2012 that his victims – many of whom were teenagers attending the Labour party’s annual summer camp – were facilitating the “Islamisation of Norway”.
The jury for the competition, who reached a unanimous decision, included representatives of the Labour party and victim support groups. Dahlberg beat 300 other entries, including former Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller. Two memorials will be unveiled on 22 July 2015 – the fourth anniversary of the attacks – with the amphitheatre to come at a later date.
“It is a big responsibility and in many ways the most important work I have done,” Dahlberg told the Guardian. “I was already honoured to be considered when I was invited to be in the competition, so to have won now is a bit hard to grasp.”
The Swedish artist, who lives and works in Stockholm, said he hoped the memorial would provide a state of reflection through its “poetic rupture”. He said: “It should be difficult to see the inherent beauty of the setting, without also experiencing a sense of loss. It is this sense of loss that will physically activate the site.”
The headland of the Sørbråten memorial will be engraved with names of all the victims; visitors will be able to read them but not reach to touch them. “People will find their own way through the landscape around the cut,” said Dahlberg, “looking down at the channel and at the victims’ names from high up, or looking out to Utøya, establishing their own private ways of seeing and remembering.”
Mari Aaby West of the Norwegian Labour party youth league and John Hestnes, of the national support group for victims of the 22 July attacks, had passed on positive feedback from victims’ families who had viewed the designs, said Dahlberg, who did not speak directly to the relatives.
A statement from the jury for Public Art Norway, which included West and Hestnes, said Dahlberg’s idea to make a physical incision in the landscape stood like a “symbolic wound”.
It said: “The void that is created evokes the sense of sudden loss combined with the long-term missing and remembrance of those who perished. The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner.”
Designs for two memorials in the government quarter are not finalised, but Dahlberg explained his temporary pathway would lie beside an existing walkway, taking pedestrians off their usual path.
“The design physically relates to the interruption that occurred in the everyday life flow of Norwegian society,” he said. “Yet it is indeed everyday life that must carry on.”
Breivik received the maximum sentence available under Norwegian law. His prison term will be reviewed every two years after he completes a decade in jail.
Britain: Legoland forced to close after far-right extremists target proposed Muslim fun day booked by radical cleric (even though it was cancelled): here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
Stephen Lawrence: Justice For A Murdered Son Part 1
13 Jan 2012
Eighteen years after Stephen Lawrence was stabbed in South London by racist youths, two men have finally been found guilty of murder in a case that has been marred by incompetence.
This video is Part 2.
This video is Part 3.
And this is Part 4.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Stephen Lawrence report: Theresa May orders public inquiry into police spies
Home secretary tells MPs judge-led inquiry will be launched into work of undercover officers following publication of Ellison report
Rob Evans and Vikram Dodd
Thursday 6 March 2014 12.04 GMT
Theresa May has announced a public inquiry into the work of undercover police officers shortly after the publication of an independent inquiry that found Scotland Yard had spied on Stephen Lawrence‘s family.
Her move follows an independent inquiry into potential corruption and the role of undercover policing in the Lawrence murder inquiry, which found that Scotland Yard had planted “a spy in the Lawrence family camp” – whose existence was previously concealed.
May told the Commons that what the review into police corruption in the original murder investigation revealed was “deeply troubling”.
The independent inquiry by Mark Ellison also found the spy and other undercover officers gathered personal details about Doreen and Neville Lawrence, the parents of the murdered teenager.
The information obtained included “discussion of the progress, reasons and details of the decisions made by the Lawrence family” connected to their campaign to force the Metropolitan police to investigate their son’s racist murder properly.
Ellison, working for the home secretary, also criticises the police for arranging a meeting between this spy – known only as N81 – and an officer who was part of the internal team drafting the response by Sir Paul Condon, the then Met commissioner, to the inquiry led by William Macpherson into the Met’s handling of the murder investigation.
The lawyer found that the opening of such a channel of communication at that time was “wrong-headed” and “inappropriate”.
He added: “The reality was that N81 was, at the time, an MPS [Metropolitan police service] spy in the Lawrence family camp during the course of judicial proceedings in which the family was the primary party in opposition to the MPS.”
He also said: “The mere presence of an undercover MPS officer in the wider Lawrence family camp in such circumstances is highly questionable in terms of the appearance it creates of the MPS having a spy in the family’s camp.”
The undercover officer known as N81 was a member of the special demonstration squad and worked alongside Peter Francis, the whistleblower who has revealed many details of the squad’s work.
N81, whose name has not been revealed, was deployed in a group “positioned close to the Lawrence family campaign”. The spy gathered “some personal details relating to” the murdered teenager’s parents.
Elsewhere in the report Ellison also concluded that a public inquiry would have “limited” potential to uncover further evidence regarding corruption in the original murder investigations, a conclusion likely to frustrate the Lawrence family. But his comment about an inquiry was focused on a review of those murder investigations – not the activities of undercover police officers.
Ellison said there were also serious concerns that material on the corruption issue believed to have been held by the Met could not be found.
His report also concludes:
• There were “clear defects” in the level of information the Met police gave to the 1998 public inquiry into the murder.
• There are reasonable grounds for suspecting a detective, John Davidson, in the original Lawrence investigation acted suspiciously, and may have had a relationship with the father of one of the suspects.
See also here.
Damning report levelled allegations of corruption and spying on police investigating the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence: here.
This video from the United States Senate, 29 January 2014, is called Udall Presses CIA to Address Crisis of Confidence Stemming from Obstruction on Detention Study.
From the New York Times in the USA:
C.I.A. Employees Face New Inquiry Amid Clashes on Detention Program
By MARK MAZZETTI
MARCH 4, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency’s attempt to keep secret the details of a defunct detention and interrogation program has escalated a battle between the agency and members of Congress and led to an investigation by the C.I.A.’s internal watchdog into the conduct of agency employees.
The agency’s inspector general began the inquiry partly as a response to complaints from members of Congress that C.I.A. employees were improperly monitoring the work of staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to government officials with knowledge of the investigation.
The committee has spent several years working on a voluminous report about the detention and interrogation program, and according to one official interviewed in recent days, C.I.A. officers went as far as gaining access to computer networks used by the committee to carry out its investigation.
The events have elevated the protracted battle — which began as a fight over who writes the history of the program, perhaps the most controversial aspect of the American government’s response to the Sept. 11 attacks — into a bitter standoff that in essence is a dispute over the separation of powers and congressional oversight of spy agencies.
The specifics of the inspector general’s investigation are unclear. But several officials interviewed in recent days — all of whom insisted on anonymity, citing a continuing inquiry — said it began after the C.I.A. took what Senator Mark Udall, Democrat of Colorado, on Tuesday called an “unprecedented action” against the committee. …
The episode is a rare moment of public rancor between the intelligence agencies and Ms. Feinstein’s committee, which has been criticized in some quarters for its muscular defense of many controversial intelligence programs — from the surveillance operations exposed by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden to the Obama administration’s targeted killing program using armed drones.
The origins of the current dispute date back more than a year, when the committee completed its work on a 6,000-page report about the Bush administration’s detention and interrogation program. People who have read the study said it is a withering indictment of the program and details many instances when C.I.A. officials misled Congress, the White House and the public about the value of the agency’s brutal interrogation methods, including waterboarding. …
Then, in December, Mr. Udall revealed that the Intelligence Committee had become aware of an internal C.I.A. study that he said was “consistent with the Intelligence Committee’s report” and “conflicts with the official C.I.A. response to the committee’s report.”
It appears that Mr. Udall’s revelation is what set off the current fight, with C.I.A. officials accusing the Intelligence Committee of learning about the internal review by gaining unauthorized access to agency databases.
In a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, Mr. Udall made a vague reference to the dispute over the C.I.A.’s internal report.
The letter gave no details about the “unprecedented action,” but Mr. Udall said that it was important for the committee to “be able to do its oversight work — consistent with our constitutional principle of the separation of powers — without the C.I.A. posing impediments or obstacles as it is today.”
Mr. Obama ended the C.I.A.’s detention program in one of his first acts in the Oval Office, and he has denounced the interrogation methods as illegal torture. …
Mr. Brennan, who was a senior C.I.A. official at the beginning of the Bush administration when the interrogations were first begun, has found himself in an awkward position.
During his confirmation hearing last year to become C.I.A. director, he said that he had always been opposed to the techniques and that he had voiced his opposition to other agency officials. He did not say to whom he had expressed these misgivings, and former C.I.A. officials at the time said they could not recall Mr. Brennan’s having opposed the program.
In a statement last year, Mr. Brennan said that the interrogation methods once used by the C.I.A. “are not an appropriate method to obtain intelligence” and that “their use impairs our ability to play a leadership role in the world.” But he has sparred frequently behind closed doors with Senator Feinstein about the committee’s voluminous report.
The Senate’s investigation into the C.I.A. program took four years to complete and cost more than $40 million, in part because the C.I.A. insisted that committee staff members be allowed to review classified cables only at a secure facility in Northern Virginia. And only after a group of outside contractors had reviewed the documents first.
See also here.
Rachel Maddow: CIA spying on Congress ‘is death of the Republic stuff’: here.
CIA: [We] Only Spied On Senate Because They Took Documents Proving We Lied: here.
This video is called NATO Airstrike Kills 5 Afghan Soldiers.
NATO air strike kills or injures 13 Afghan soldiers in Logar province
By Ghanizada – Thu Mar 06 2014, 10:16 am
At least 13 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured following an air strike by coalition security forces in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan.
The ministry of defense of Afghanistan confirmed the report and said the incident took place in Charkh district early Thursday morning.
Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the defense ministry of Afghanistan said Thursday that the airstrike left 5 Afghan army soliders dead and 8 others injured.
Gen. Azimi further added that the incident took place around 3:30 am local time in Charkh district.
He said an investigation has been launched in this regard and further details will be disclosed soon.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, ”We can confirm that at least five Afghan National Army personnel were accidentally killed this morning during an operation in eastern Afghanistan.”
This video says about itself:
How G4S Lost The Plot At The Manus Detention Centre
10 June 2013
Keep out! – Papua New Guinea – The Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea is suspiciously secretive about anyone being able to visit or investigate.
By Richard Phillips in Australia:
Artists boycott Sydney biennale over Australia’s asylum seeker regime
6 March 2014
Nine Australian and international artists have withdrawn their works from the forthcoming 19th Biennale of Sydney in protest over sponsorship arrangements with Transfield Holdings, a transnational corporation that is profiting from Australia’s mandatory detention of hundreds of asylum seekers.
Transfield, a major corporate sponsor of art and music in Australia, is involved in construction, maintenance and infrastructure management in Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.
The artists’ decision followed an open letter last month to the biennale’s board of management, signed by more than half the 90 artists participating in the event. The letter called on the festival to end its longstanding funding arrangements with Transfield.
Transfield Services, a company subsidiary, was last week awarded a $1.22 billion, 20-month contract to run “garrison and welfare” operations at detention camps on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and the island state of Nauru. Transfield Services were paid $300 million last year for its already existing operations in Nauru. Last week’s announcement saw the company’s share prices soar by 24.5 percent. Financial analysts expect increased profits throughout Transfield’s businesses as Australian governments increase their contracting out of services.
About 1,300 asylum seekers are incarcerated in overcrowded and squalid conditions on Manus Island, and over 600 on Nauru, in violation of international refugee law and human rights conventions.
Following on from the previous Labor government, the Abbott Liberal-National Coalition government is deliberately using the primitive conditions in the camps, combined with indefinite incarceration and a ban on any detainees ever living in Australia, to deter all refugees from seeking asylum in Australia. Last month, state-sanctioned repression at Manus Island killed 23-year-old Iranian Kurd Reza Berati and wounded more than 70 other refugees, 13 of them seriously.
Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Charlie Sofo, Gabrielle de Vietri and Ahmet Ögüt, the first group of artists to boycott the festival and relinquish their artist’s fees, made their decision last week, after a blunt refusal by the biennale’s board to end its ties with Transfield.
Yesterday, another four artists—Agnieszka Polska, Sara van der Heide, Nicoline van Harskamp and Nathan Gray—withdrew from the event, which begins on March 21 and is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts event.
This video from Australia says about itself:
Refugee activist Sam Castro urges direct action against companies associated with detention centres
1 March 2014
After the refugee rights rally for Rezza Barati, and all the other asylum seekers held on Manus Island, and all the other dentention centres around Australia and offshore, Samantha Castro, refugee rights activist, calls for direction action against the corporations in the “supply chain”, which enables the detention centres, in Australia, and offshore, to operate.
The Richard Phillips article continues:
The response of the biennale’s nine-member board, chaired by Transfield executive director Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, to the open letter was arrogant and predictable. It categorically rejected the artists’ appeal, declaring that the festival would “no longer exist” without Transfield’s sponsorship. The board’s “loyalty to the Belgiorno-Nettis family,” it declared, “must override claims over which there is ambiguity.”
In other words, the biennale belongs to Transfield and nothing will be allowed to disrupt this arrangement. Belgiorno-Nettis told the media the artists were “exploiting” the festival’s relationship with Transfield and their actions were “offensive, simplistic and misleading.” Transfield Services, he claimed, was “doing good work.”
This “good work” involves overseeing the horrendous conditions at Nauru, where hunger strikes, suicides and other self-harm incidents are common. The facility is “like a concentration camp,” a former nurse who worked at the facility, told the media. These conditions led to a large-scale protest last July during which asylum seekers burnt much of the facility to the ground before being brutally suppressed by security guards contracted to Transfield Services.
Transfield, which has made millions from Australian military contracts, has close connections with all levels of Australian government. Tony Shepherd, for example, was Transfield Services chairman, as well as head of the Business Council of Australia, before being appointed chairman of the Abbott government’s cost-cutting National Commission of Audit last October.
In a statement announcing their boycott, Castro, Ólafsson, Sofo, de Vietri and Ögüt appealed to other artists to do the same. They declared that any involvement in the biennale would link them to “a chain of associations that leads to the abuse of human rights.” This was demonstrated by refugee Reza Berati’s death and Canberra’s intensifying “warfare on the world’s most vulnerable people.”
The artists said they were not prepared to “add value to their [Transfield’s] brand and its inhumane enterprise” and called for an end to Australia’s mandatory detention policies. “We stand with our local and international communities that are calling for the closure of Australia’s offshore detention facilities.” The statement added: “In the pervasive silence that the government enforces around this issue, we will not let this action be unnoticed.”
The four artists who announced their boycott yesterday expressed similar sentiments. All nine artists called on the biennale to acknowledge the absence of their work from the exhibition, register it on the event’s website and signpost it at the exhibition.
The decision by the artists to end their association with the Sydney Biennale is courageous, reflecting growing opposition among broad layers of young people and the working class to Canberra’s anti-refugee regime.
These sentiments, however, should not be limited to protests to the biennale board or futile appeals to the federal government, which is also the largest sponsor of the art festival, and, along with the Labor Party, responsible for the demonisation and maltreatment of asylum seekers.
Artists should turn to the working class and a political fight for the abolition of the profit system that is fuelling attacks on basic democratic rights as well as the drive to war and social counter-revolution.
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Gabrielle de Vietri told the World Socialist Web Site on Monday that she and the other boycotting artists had received wide support and offers of assistance within Australia and internationally.
“We are strongly opposed to the government’s mandatory detention policy and its treatment of asylum seekers,” de Vietri said. “I was devastated by the death of Reza Berati. I didn’t know him, of course, but it’s appalling that this young man has been killed. These people—including children—are being treated worse than criminals.”
“Berati’s death, however, is not a surprise, given the conditions in which these people are forced to live, conditions that violate over 100 human rights laws. And there will be more deaths unless this changes.”
De Vietri said in the lead-up to the biennale’s opening on March 21, she and other artists would discuss how to develop their campaign against Transfield’s sponsorship of the art festival.
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UN reports expose conditions in Australia’s offshore refugee camps
[12 December 2013]
Further testimony emerged this week from witnesses of the brutal violence inflicted on refugees detained in an Australian-run camp on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island on the night of February 17–18. One refugee, 23-year-old Iranian Kurd Reza Berati, was killed, and several others were seriously wounded in the attack: here.
This video says about itself:
N/S Part 01: Antisemitic Incidents in Ukraine
“Nazi/Skinheads: The Holocaust by Bullets and Modern Antisemitism in Ukraine” is a feature-length documentary that explores the evolution of the Holocaust in Ukraine’s past as well as the Neo-Nazi groups of its present.
By Julie Hyland:
The fascist danger in Ukraine
6 March 2014
A politically sinister propaganda offensive is underway in the media to either deny the involvement of fascists in the US-backed coup in Ukraine or present their role as a marginal and insignificant detail.
The New York Times, for example, asserted, “Putin’s claim of an immediate threat to Ukrainian Russians is empty,” while Britain’s Guardian dismissed as a “fancy” claims that events in Crimea were an attempt to “prevent attacks by bands of revolutionary fascists,” adding that “the world’s media has [not] yet seen or heard from” such forces.
This is an obscene cover-up.
The reality is that, for the first time since 1945, an avowedly anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi party controls key levers of state power in a European capital, courtesy of US and European imperialism. The unelected Ukrainian government, headed by US appointee Arseniy Yatsenyuk, includes no fewer than six ministers from the fascist Svoboda party.
Less than a year ago, the World Jewish Congress called for Svoboda to be banned. But the party’s founder and leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, who has spoken repeatedly of his determination to crush the “Russkie-Yid mafia that controls Ukraine,” was feted by US and European Union officials as they prepared last month’s coup.
Following the 2010 conviction of John Demjanjuk as an accomplice in the murder of nearly 30,000 people in the Nazi concentration camp at Sobibor, Tyahnybok called him a hero. Tyahnybok’s deputy, Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn, founded a think tank called the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center.
Svoboda was the major political force in the Maidan protests that overthrew Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. In return for providing the shock troops for the coup, it has been given control of vital ministries.
Svoboda co-founder Andriy Parubiy acted as “security commandant” in the protests, directing attacks by the Right Sector—an alliance of fascists and extreme right-wing nationalists, including the paramilitary Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian National Self Defense (UNA-UNSO). Dressed in uniforms modelled on Hitler’s Waffen SS, its members boast of fighting Russia in Chechnya, Georgia and Afghanistan.
Parubiy is now secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, overseeing the Defence Ministry and the armed forces. Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector, is his deputy.
Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Sych is another leading Svoboda figure, as is Oleh Makhnitsky (prosecutor-general), Serhiy Kvit (Education Minstry), Andriy Makhnyk (Ecology Ministry) and Ihor Shvaiko (Agriculture Ministry).
Others reportedly connected to UNA-UNSO are Dmytro Bulatov (youth and sports minister) and the “activist” journalist Tetyana Chernovol, who was named chair of the government’s anti-corruption committee.
In 2010, Svoboda’s official forum posted a statement reading: “To create a truly Ukrainian Ukraine in the cities of the East and South…we will need to cancel parliamentarism, ban all political parties, nationalise the entire industry, all media, prohibit the importation of any literature to Ukraine from Russia…completely replace the leaders of the civil service, education management, military (especially in the East), physically liquidate all Russian-speaking intellectuals and all Ukrainophobes (fast, without a trial shot. Registering Ukrainophobes can be done here by any member of Svoboda), execute all members of the anti-Ukrainian political parties….”
One of the first acts of the new government was to abolish minority rights for Russian-speakers. Moves are also afoot to overturn the law that bans “excusing the crimes of fascism.”
In recent days, representatives of the Right Sector have been busy attacking Jews, Russian Orthodox Christians and legal figures. Two YouTube videos show a Right Sector leader Aleksandr Muzychko—who described his credo as fighting “communists, Jews and Russians for as long as blood flows in my veins”—physically attacking a regional prosecutor in Rovno and forcing Rovno regional parliament members to hold a session at gunpoint after he brandished a Kalashnikov, demanding, “Who wants to take away my machine-gun? Who wants to take away my gun? Who wants to take away my knives? I dare you!”
This video says about itself
24 Feb 2014
Aleksandr Muzychko is a notorious nationalist leader. Back in 2007 he pledged to fight against “communists, Jews and Russians for as long as blood flows in his veins,” openly saying that leading the fight against all of the above mentioned groups is his “credo.”
This video about Aleksandr Muzychko in Rovno is called Ukraine: ‘I dare you take my gun!’
The Julie Hyland article continues:
The US and European bourgeoisie, along with their media lackeys, are well aware of these facts.
Their attempts to portray the extreme right as a marginalised minority that has emerged almost overnight are equally bogus. There are numerous academic documents that detail the role and significance of the extreme right in Ukraine stretching back decades. They also illustrate how, having first reared its head again in the wake of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the restoration of capitalism, the far right has risen to prominence, its ascendancy prepared ideologically over many years. The rise of the far right accelerated markedly following the Western-orchestrated “Orange Revolution” in 2004.
Per Anders Rudling (Organised Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Ukraine: Structure, Influence and Ideology, 2006), cites the critical role played by the Interregional Academy of Human Resources (MAUP), a private university founded in 1989 that “operates a well-connected political network that reaches the very top of the Ukrainian society.”
In 2008, the US State Department listed MAUP as “one of the most persistent anti-Semitic institutions in Eastern Europe.” Rudling states that MAUP has “educated more government officials, diplomats and administrators than any other university” in Ukraine.
MAUP’s speciality is churning out extreme-right propaganda disguised as academic research portraying Bolshevism and the October revolution as the creations of “international Jewry.” On this basis, it asserts that the crimes of the Stalinist dictatorship against the peoples of the Ukraine were part of the same “Jewish conspiracy.”
In June 2005, participants at the Fourth World Wide Conference organised by MAUP included David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and the extreme nationalist and former Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, Levko Lukianenko.
Lukianenko presented a paper that argued that the 1932-1933 famine, in which millions of Ukrainians died, was the work of a Jewish-run satanic government. Delegates at the conference called for the deportation of all Jews from the Ukraine.
At the time, Lukianenko was allied with the two leading figures in the Orange Revolution, Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko. The two were backed by Washington and the European powers as part of a campaign to secure the presidency of Ukraine against the pro-Russian incumbent Viktor Yanukovych.
In January 2005, Yushchenko replaced Yanukovich as president. He was at the time on MAUP’s board of directors. Lukianenko was part of Tymoshenko’s electoral bloc. Only weeks before the June 2005 MAUP conference, Yushchenko made Lukianenko a “Hero of the Ukraine.”
At the end of 2005, MAUP held a conference under the title “The Jewish-Bolshevik Revolution of 1917—the Source of the Red Terrorism and the Starvation of Ukraine.” Not for nothing does Rudling note, “In the wake of the Orange Revolution, Ukraine has witnessed a substantial growth in organised anti-Semitism.”
So great was the stench of fascist reaction that, in July of that year, leading Ukrainian academics issued an appeal for the Orange leaders to disassociate themselves from the “xenophobic stance” of MAUP. “We would like to ask high government officials: at whose cost are these large-scale anti-Semitic campaigns being waged?” the appeal asked. “Do we not have a ‘fifth column’ that wishes to bring foreign ethno-political conflicts into our territory?”
The objective of this fifth column was to poison the ideological climate with reaction, as aspiring oligarchs jostled for control of Ukraine’s resources and the imperialist powers pressed forward with their plans to dominate Ukraine in order to isolate and ultimately colonise Russia.
This is the real record of the reactionary forces that the imperialist powers are aiding and abetting in Ukraine, and on whose behalf they are prepared to plunge Europe, and indeed, the entire world, into a Third World War.
In 1929, the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) was formed in Vienna. From the beginning, the OUN attracted a number of extreme right-wing and militarist groups such as the Ukrainian Military Organisation (UMO), consisting of Polish-Ukrainian war veterans, the Union of Ukrainian Nationalist Youth (UUNY) and tellingly the Union of Ukrainian Fascists (UUF): here.
This video from Romania says about itself:
28 Jan 2013
A documentary made by the National Roma Center in cooperation with E-Romani Glinda from Sweden.
From The Local in France:
‘Concentrate’ Roma in ‘camps‘: far-right runner
Published: 04 Mar 2014 13:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2014 13:26 GMT+01:00
A National Front party candidate running in Paris’s municipal elections has caused outrage by suggesting the best way to deal with the country’s Roma population was to “concentrate” them in “camps”. It is just the latest outrageous gaffe made by National Front affiliates.
In a blog posting, the top candidate on the National Front’s electoral list in Paris’s posh 6th arrondissement lashed out at the presence of Roma people in his district and offered up a solution that has caused outrage among anti-racism campaigners.
Paul-Marie Coûteaux, a candidate for Marine Le Pen’s “FN-Rassemblement Blue Marine” party, wrote in his February 19th post: “But what can the Minister of the Interior do–apart from concentrating these foreign people in camps–where life would undoubtedly be so below what they counted on that they would prefer to flee such inhospitable territory?”
The comments were naturally seized upon by anti-racism campaigners in a country which has often been criticized for its policy of mass deportations of Roma, which reached record levels last year.
In a statement SOS Racism denounced “Coûteaux’s “vile words” and announced it would press charges of racism in the coming days “in light of the severity and wretchedness of this anti-republican text.”
His words also provoked outrage among Twitter users. “Apart from this the National Front are not racist hey? Paul-Marie Coûteaux wants to replay the night of the long knives,” wrote one of the many tweeters who compared his words to Hitler’s policies.
“Couteaux” means “knives” in French.
National Front election threat
The ensuing anger his comments drew online and in the French press came just weeks before municipal elections are to be held across the country.
There are concerns the National Front, with its anti-immigrant and anti-Europe stance, could put up a strong showing as it attempts to continue its recent march towards mainstream power. …
‘I’d prefer to see her hanging from a tree’
In October Anne-Sophie Leclere, who was due to run on the party’s ticket in the northern French region of Ardennes in March, was suspended by the party after comparing Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black, to a monkey in a Facebook post.
The post included a photo montage of a baby monkey, with the caption “18 months”, next to an image of Taubira with “now” written below it. Leclere attempted to explain the post to a TV news reporter.
“Honestly, she’s a wild animal, coming on TV with that devil’s smile,” Leclere told France TV.
“I’d prefer to see her swinging from a tree than in government,” she added, denying that she or the photo were racist, claiming, “I have friends who are black.”
Only last month another National Front candidate was barred from running for election after it was discovered he had a tatoo honouring a unit of Hitler’s SS division that operated in France.
Critics say this type of incident and the words of candidates such as Coûteaux reveal the true colours of the National Front’s members.
“Concentrating Roma in camps,… yes the National Front has changed… or not! It’s the same old shop, again and again,” Tweeted Damien Toumi.