German government neglects nazi threat


This 19 August 2017 video says about itself:

Hundreds of neo-Nazis have rallied in Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess.

Far-right activists gather every year to commemorate the suicide of Hitler‘s one-time deputy, but the gathering has drawn more attention after last weekend’s far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to the death of a young woman.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, December 6, 2018

German government admits over 460 neonazis with active arrest warrants have not been prosecuted

AT least 467 German neonazis remain free to conduct acts of violence and stir up racial tensions despite having active arrest warrants, the government has admitted.

The figures were revealed in response to questions from the opposition Die Linke party which is concerned over the rise of far-right violence across Germany.

More than 100 of the neonazis are wanted for committing a violent crime with authorities warning that further crimes could take place following far-right rallies or music concerts. Around 32 are believed to have fled the country.

Germany has a history of failing to deal with far-right activity. In the most notorious case members of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group evaded arrest for decades, despite an arrest warrant being issued by a Saxony court in 1998.

Between 2000 and 2007, they murdered nine immigrants and a police officer, robbed numerous banks and carried out three bombings.

Die Linke MP Ulla Jelpke said: “The security authorities need to think of something to capture these fugitive nazis more quickly.

“The figures are an alarming sign that the nazi scene remains violent and criminal.”

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Dutch Islamophobic far-right terrorist convicted


Far-right terrorist Vincent T. in the dock

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Three years cell for Vincent T. for his plans to murder Muslims and left-wing people

The Gelderland [ex soldier and ex election candidate for a xenophobic party] terrorist suspect Vincent T. has been sentenced to three years in prison. He was found guilty of preparing murder with terrorist intent, reports Omroep Gelderland regional broadcasting organisation. Against him three years and four months had been demanded by the public prosecutor.

The 44-year-old man from Doornenburg was arrested in the spring and was since then in the extra security prison in Vught. Two gas guns and 1800 bullets were found in the house where he lived with his parents. He had tried to buy a gun that was suitable for the bullets.

Offing left-wing leaders

In chat conversations he indicated that he wanted to murder Muslims and also, eg, … [Surinamese Dutch anti-racist member of Amsterdam local council] Sylvana Simons. He would like to “off prominent left-wingers“.

He also had a leading role in the Facebook group ATB Special Forces, with which he wanted to set up an anti-Muslim militia. In addition, he searched on the Internet for instructions to make a bomb and to hire a contract murderer.

Macaques

According to the court, the accused has passed the phase of “keyboard terrorism”. He had told a member of the Facebook group that he wanted to hang or shoot dead anti-fascists and talked about “shooting macaques”.

Macaques are some species of monkeys. Racists, like in Belgium and in the right wing of the United States Republican party, use the word as an insult against Africans and other non-white people.

“If people are threatened precisely because of their convictions and must fear violence specifically directed against them, then the suspect will also cause serious fears to the population or parts of them”, is stated in the verdict.

Psychological and psychiatric research shows that T. has a poorly developed conscience and a personality disorder. He tends to pretend to be more important than he is. “He is in denial about his structural social failure and he covers it up with accusations towards foreigners.”

Dutch Jehovah’s Witnesses suspect of sexual abuse


This 29 May 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Tonight on A&E: Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Cover Ups. ‘Cults & Extreme Beliefs’

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Police raids at seven buildings in the Jehovah’s Witnesses abuse case

There were police raids at seven premises last month in the context of the investigation into sexual abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses. The public prosecutor confirms this after reporting by RTL News.

The raids took place in, eg, Emmen, in the headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In addition, two community buildings – so-called kingdom halls – and four dwellings of the religious community were searched.

Police were looking for documents of internal ‘lawsuits’.

Internal trials

Jehovah’s Witnesses has an internal system for treating cases like abuse. A complaint arrives at a special committee, after which a procedure is started that is not public.

Possible perpetrators are tried by the society and not reported to the police. Reports of cases are not shared with law enforcement.

At the beginning of August, Jehovah’s Witnesses refused to hand over a document to the Public Prosecution Service in which the confession of a perpetrator in a child abuse case is said to be.

Saudi murderous prince and the USA


This 4 December 2018 video from the USA is called Rand Paul Is Furious He Was NOT Allowed Into CIA Briefing On Murder Of Washington Post Journalist.

Rand Paul is a Republican senator, sometimes critical of United States militarist policy.

In itself, it is good there is now criticism in the United States establishment of the murderous Saudi crown prince, after years of sycophancy.

However, some senators, like Paul’s fellow Republican Lindsey Graham, though now critical of the individual Crown Prince Mohammed, unfortunately don’t extend that criticism to the whole Saudi absolute monarchy, its human rights violations and its warmongering.

This 4 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Senator Graham Wants a More Reliable Fascist in Saudi Arabia – Paul Jay

Senators such as Lindsey Graham want to overthrow the Saudi crown prince MBS in order to have a more reliable ally against Iran and to suppress Saudi masses.

GRAHAM: ‘THERE’S A SMOKING SAW’ Breaking with Trump, senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel said they were even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there was “zero chance” the crown prince wasn’t involved. “There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw”, he said. [HuffPost]

US senators, including leading Republicans otherwise loyal to President Donald Trump, emerged from a closed-door briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday expressing their strengthened conviction that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the October 2 assassination of self-exiled journalist and former regime insider Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul: here.

‘Saudi prince guilty of murdering journalist’, Trump’s own party says


This 4 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

CIA Director Briefs Senate Leaders on ‘Smoking SawLinking Saudi Prince to Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON — The select few senators who were briefed today by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi emerged convinced of the culpability of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and some wanted the facts revealed to all senators.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Senators after CIA briefing: crown prince probably behind Khashoggi murder

A group of prominent American senators is “more certain than ever” that the Saudi crown prince Mohammed has commissioned the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators from both parties say this after a briefing by the CIA.

According to Republican Lindsey Graham, you have to be “deliberately stupid” to deny the crown prince’s involvement.

Graham said after the briefing that it is important to maintain the bond with Saudi Arabia. “But not at any cost. Mohammed bin Salman is a wrecking ball, he is complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, I think he is insane and dangerous”, says Graham.

According to Graham there is no ‘smoking gun‘ in the Khashoggi case, but a ‘smoking saw‘. He refers to the saw with which the journalist was probably cut into pieces. He says that someone must be willfully blind to the facts in order not to conclude that the killing of Khashoggi was carried out by people under the command of the crown prince.

“The image that I already had was only reinforced”, says Democratic Senator Bob Menendez. …

The prominent Republican Bob Corker also says that he does not doubt for a moment that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the murder. “If he were to stand before a judge, he would be convicted within 30 minutes: guilty.” According to Corker, President Trump whitewashes the murder of the journalist because he does not want to condemn the crown prince.

This 29 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Yemen Proves U.S. Foreign Policy Can’t Be Based On Defense Contractor’s Sales: Bernie Sanders

Due to Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, over 85,000 children have already starved to death. Senator Bernie Sanders, along with Barbara Lee, and others are fighting to stop U.S. involvement in that genocide. “We cannot let them determine U.S. military priority” Sanders tells Thom Hartmann and the audience that weapons contractors, pathological liars like Donald Trump, and the Saudi royal family cannot lead U.S. military policy.

Afghan women footballers abused sexually


This 3 December 2018 video says about itself:

Afghan women’s soccer team members accuse officials of sexual abuse | DW News

Some former and current women’s players on Afghanistan’s national football team made allegations of sexual abuse by football federation officials. … Former player Khalida Popal, who reported alleged abuse told DW she’s been waiting for months for FIFA to take action. FIFA is investigating claims that high-ranking Afghan sports officials sexually abused, raped and threatened members of the country’s national women’s football team.

After similar reports about the Sri Lankan women’s cricket team.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Afghan president has instructed the Public Prosecution Service to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against members of the national women’s football team. The British newspaper The Guardian wrote Friday that players have been abused by, eg, the chairman of the Afghan Football Association AFF. …

The FIFA world football association has also begun an investigation and the Danish sportswear manufacturer Hummel has broken its ties with the Afghan federation. …

Training camp

The Guardian spoke with, eg, the former head of women’s football at the AFF, Khalida Popal. She told about the events at a training camp in 2016 in Jordan.

Popal herself lives just like some players abroad.

Ms Popal was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark.

Players who traveled to the training camp from Afghanistan were accompanied by two men. “They were bullying and harassing the girls, particularly the ones from Afghanistan because they knew they wouldn’t speak up.” said Popal. “I confronted them, told them they can’t do that and I’d make a complaint.”

“It continued. These guys were calling on the rooms of the players and sleeping with the girls. AFF staff members would say to girls that they could get them on the team list and would pay them £100 a month if they would say yes to everything. They were pushing and forcing the girls.”

Popal complained to the AFF chairman. The two male officials then received better paid posts within the federation. Nine players living in Afghanistan were expelled from the team because they were supposedly lesbian.

Popal: “The president labelled them lesbians to silence them from speaking out about the sexual abuse in Jordan and abuses by coaches. He beat one of the girls with a snooker cue.”

Abuse, threats, rape

The whistleblower herself started an investigation that lasted six months. This has yielded several examples of sexual abuse, death threats and rapes.

In this way she discovered that the union president had a room in his office with a bed. Players were abused there and then removed from the team, says Popal. If they were to tell about the abuse, then it would appear that they were doing so out of revenge, because they no longer belonged to the selection.

USA GYMNASTICS FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival. The embattled organization filed a Chapter 11 petition as it attempts to reach settlements in dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits. [AP]

Saudi crown prince’s murder of journalist case


This 3 December 2018 video says about itself:

🇸🇦Saudi dissident analyses Khashoggi messages of MBS | Al Jazeera English

The recently released private messages from slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi have revealed possible motives behind his murder and how he described Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “beast”.

Saad al-Fagih – a Saudi surgeon and prominent dissident who heads the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia – spoke to Al Jazeera via Skype from London to discuss Khashoggi’s messages and more.