German police collusion with racists against journalists


This 22 August 2018 German TV video is about collusion between an off-duty policeman, his colleagues and the extreme right against press freedom in Dresden city.

By Peter Schwarz in Germany:

German government and police unite with far-right to clamp down on press freedom in Dresden

25 August 2018

An intervention by the police against a camera crew in Dresden has shed light on the close ties between the German government, police and right-wing extremists.

The camera crew from the television channel ZDF, which was filming a protest by the far-right Pegida movement against a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on August 16, was detained by the police for 45 minutes following a provocation by a demonstrator. They were questioned and prevented from carrying out their work. Both Saxony’s Minister President Michael Kretschmer and the Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar backed the police and endorsed the attack on press freedom. It subsequently emerged that the Pegida demonstrator who provoked the incident is an employee of the state criminal police (LKA).

This is not the first time that the police have stood by as right-wing extremists attack journalists, or even persecuted the victims. The German Journalists Association (DJV) has maintained the blog augenzeugen.info (eyewitness.info) for two-and-a-half years to document these incidents. The incident in Dresden attracted nationwide attention because the attack was on ZDF, one of the largest public broadcasters, and the journalists documented it as it happened.

Reporter Arndt Ginzel, who works for the ZDF program “Frontal 21,” published a video online that left no doubt about what took place. He commented on the video, “Saxony police officers become agents of Pegida/AfD supporters and block TV team.”

The video features Pegida supporters shouting slogans as they marched along the street. A man wearing sunglasses and a German [flag] hat then turns around, shouts “lying media”, approaches the camera, and threatens the cameraman, “You filmed my face. You’re not allowed to do that. Frontal shot. You have committed a criminal offense.”

A few meters away, half a dozen police officers hang around their police car and do not respond to the incident. They only approach when the demonstrator calls them, and then they question the journalists. “This is now a police operation”, says one of the officers, when a journalist demands a justification.

Saxony Minister President Michael Kretschmer immediately gave his backing to the actions of the police. “The only people who appeared serious in this video were the police”, he commented on Twitter. He told DPA that as minister president, his job was to defend the police officers, adding, “And that’s what I’m doing.”

Even as protests mounted, those responsible in Dresden maintained their defense of the police actions. Police chief Horst Kretzschmar dismissed the accusation that the police had hindered press freedom. A criminal complaint was presented, “which left us with no alternative”, he said.

In reality, according to Ginzel, a demonstrator only made a criminal complaint for insulting behavior after the police questioning was long underway. And this had obviously caused confusion, he said.

The accusation that the cameraman committed an offense by filming the demonstrator against his will is also wrong. “Pictures of meetings, marches and similar events in which the pictured people participated” are explicitly allowed to be shared without their permission, according to paragraph 23 of the Artistic Copyright Law.

Nonetheless, Minister President Kretschmer tweeted six days after the incident, “I made my opinion clear. It has not changed. … I consider [the pro-Pegida allegations] to be irresponsible!”

A few hours later, Saxony’s Interior Ministry was forced to admit “that the citizen who verbally protested against recordings by a camera crew in Dresden last Thursday is an employee of the state criminal police.” He took part in the demonstration as a private citizen and is currently on holiday, the ministry added.

The Interior Ministry refused to say which position the man occupies in the state criminal police. According to the latest reports, the man involved is Maik G, an auditor for economic crime who writes reports and also appears in court for the LKA.

The close collaboration between right-wing extremists, the police and the government could not be more obvious. An LKA employee participates in a right-wing extremist demonstration, provokes a camera crew, and then hands them over to his colleagues in the police, who illegally detain them. The police chief and minister president back the police, blame the camera crew, and denounce them in the style of Pegida implicitly as “unserious.”

The incident triggered nationwide protest. The daily Frankfurter Rundschau remarked, “Sections of Saxony’s police actually seem to be so imbued with Pegida’s spirit that they are assisting the right-wing mob and enforce existing laws to the disadvantage of the constitutional order. The press is being prevented from performing its obligation to gather information, the threat posed by the right-wing in the law, which reinterpret the law into a potential criminal offense.”

Federal Justice Minister Katarina Barley (Social Democrats, SPD) also spoke out. “The events in Saxony are extremely concerning and must be urgently and comprehensively investigated by the authorities in Saxony”, she said.

Barley should be careful what she wishes for. And this is not only due to the fact that the SPD is part of the government in Saxony, ensuring that the notoriously right-wing Christian Democrats (CDU) have a majority. More importantly, what is happening in Saxony is only a microcosm of a process that is well advanced at the national level.

The grand coalition of the CDU, Christian Social Union and SPD has largely adopted the AfD’s policies, especially on the issue of refugees, and is going out of its way to praise the right-wing extremist party. The latest report by the domestic secret service, for which the federal government bears responsibility, gives the right-wing extremists a clean bill of health.

Neither the AfD, nor the open Nazi apologists in its ranks, nor Pegida are mentioned as targets in the report. By contrast, anyone who criticizes capitalism and advocates for a socialist program is immediately denounced as a “left-wing extremist” and stigmatized as being “opposed to the constitutional order.” The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) is identified as a “left-wing extremist party” and as an “object of observation.” The SGP has initiated a campaign against this.

The events in Dresden, together with the whitewash of the AfD in the secret service report, confirm that in the face of increasing social and international tensions, the ruling elite is resorting to the authoritarian methods of Bismarck and the Weimar Republic. At the time, it was a conspiracy of right-wing forces within the state apparatus that helped Hitler come to power to suppress all social and political opposition and destroy the workers’ movement.

Today, the grand coalition’s policies of social spending cuts, the strengthening of the state apparatus and militarism … is meeting with growing opposition. The grand coalition no longer has a majority according to the polls. Their readiness to retain democratic forms of rule is therefore rapidly evaporating.

The same applies to the so-called opposition parties. The daily Tagesszeitung, the mouthpiece of the Greens, expressed its understanding for Kretschmer’s behavior. The Greens are involved in a number of governments and even hold the position of minister president in Baden-Württemberg.

Kretschmer “unconditionally defended his police force. That’s what minister presidents should do”, stated a TAZ comment on Thursday. “Because even if it was a right-wing extremist demonstrator who provoked the operation with his impertinence, and although three quarters of an hour is a long time to confirm someone’s identity, and also although this all ultimately led to the police preventing the journalists from doing their job without cause, one could easily confuse this with a somewhat unhelpful routine measure, perhaps even with a particularly firm enforcement of constitutional principles.”

The TAZ merely criticized the fact that Kretschmer could “not rely on his police.” The exposure of the Pegida provocateur as an LKA employee, the paper said with disapproval, would now “cost him dearly.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Far-right protester who blocked press was police employee

A FAR-RIGHT protester who blocked a German TV crew from filming a protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dresden has been exposed as an off-duty police employee.

The demonstration was organised by the far-right Alternative for Germany party and the anti-Islam Pegida movement when Ms Merkel visited the eastern city last week.

They chanted nazi-era slogans about the “lying press” and tried to block journalists from filming.

A man confronted a crew from public broadcasters ZDF and said: “Stop filming me. You’re pointing the camera straight at me, you’re committing a crime.”

Police subsequently held the journalists for 45 minutes after the man complained.

Justice Minister Katarina Barley described the revelations as “alarming” and called for an urgent investigation by the Saxony authorities.

Broadcaster ZDF accused the police of acting as Pegida’s “executive” by blocking the filming and said it was a clear restriction of press freedom.

A statement by the Saxony state interior ministry said its employee had taken part in the protest in a private capacity while on leave.

British Daily Mail lies on French immigrants


By Sam Tobin in Britain:

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mail forced to take down article littered with ‘lies, inaccuracies and factual mistakes’

THE DAILY MAIL was forced to delete an inflammatory article about illegal immigrants in a French suburb after it was described as “a sum of lies, inaccuracies, factual mistakes and data/quotes with no sources.”

French activist Marwan Muhammad identified 15 mistakes in Andrew Malone’s report, headed “Powder keg Paris”, including a claim that there are “as many as 300,000 illegal immigrants” in Saint Denis, “according to French parliamentarians.”

He pointed out that French parliamentarians actually “say the exact opposite” and suggested that Mr Malone had obtained the figure from “far-right websites that are known to invent statistics, spread fake news and stigmatise communities.”

Mr Muhammad said: “We too in France have tabloids who couldn’t care less about the truth, but I really have to say you’re in a league of your own. Everything in your paper is wrong.

“If this is your definition of journalism, then don’t be surprised when people call you a racially obsessed tabloid with no ethics.”

Trump’s war on children continues, corporate media silent


This 3 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Refuses To Reunite Children With Their Familes

Trump doesn’t think it’s his responsibility to reunite the families he’s torn apart. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, James Thompson, and Adrienne Lawrence, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

By Eric London in the USA:

US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout

4 August 2018

Over 570 immigrant children remain in detention centers and foster facilities throughout the United States weeks or months after the government separated them from their parents this past spring.

Some 460 parents have already been deported without their children, many after being coerced into signing forms waiving their right to reunite with their sons or daughters. In many of these cases, the parents will never see their children again.
The government has deemed hundreds of parents “ineligible” to reunite with their children on the grounds that they have criminal records. This deliberate mass theft of children by the government is among the most shameful events in US history.

These crimes are being ignored by the corporate media. Since the beginning of August, the New York Times opinion page has featured eight op-ed pieces or editorial board statements relating to allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia … but none about the conditions facing immigrants. The Washington Post has published seven opinion pieces or editorial board statements about Russia … and none about immigrants.

The children languishing in detention are living a nightmare. On Wednesday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association confirmed a report that a child died of a respiratory illness shortly after leaving an Obama-era family detention center in Dilley, Texas.

This week, reports revealed that guards at different Southwest Key immigrant foster/detention centers were arrested for raping and molesting detained children. One HIV-positive federal contractor forced oral sex and attempted to penetrate a number of boys detained at a facility in Mesa, Arizona. The victims were all unaccompanied children. In a separate case, a second federal contractor at a Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, Arizona slipped into children’s’ rooms and molested them.

According to a new study by Syracuse University, the Trump administration specifically targeted parents crossing the border with children for criminal prosecution at a higher rate than those without children. “The Administration has not explained its rationale for prosecuting parents with children when that left so many other adults without children who were not being referred for prosecution”, the Syracuse report said.

Susan B. Long, coordinator of Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, told Buzzfeed News: “It wasn’t like [the prosecutions] were automatic; this was a conscious choice.” She continued: “We have yet to know the number of separations due to them being criminally prosecuted …We looked really hard for things to suggest data is unreliable or make you doubt it. We were so shocked. The Border Patrol data indicated they referred only one parent, and there were lots of separations.”

On Thursday, the Trump administration filed papers in court seeking to abdicate any responsibility for reuniting children with their parents. The Department of Justice said nonprofits and immigration attorneys should instead be responsible for locating parents.

Nonprofits should use “volunteers” to track parents and children, the court filings said. “Plaintiff’s counsel [the American Civil Liberties Union] should use their considerable resources and their network of law firms, NGOs, volunteers, and others, together with the information that Defendants [the Department of Justice] have provided (or will soon provide), to establish contact with possible class members in foreign countries.”

The filing continues: “Plaintiffs’ counsel should ascertain whether each possible class member wishes to be reunified with his or her child, or whether he or she wishes to waive reunification.” The ACLU “would then be responsible for providing Defendants with a final, unequivocal, written confirmation of whether each possible class member wants to be reunified with his or her child.”

This document should be introduced as evidence that the US government is committing crimes against humanity. The requirement that parents prove “unequivocally” that they wish to be reunited with their children is the type of malicious demand that could have been put forward by the Nazis.

Judge Dana Sabraw, who is overseeing the lawsuit, issued an order to compel the Trump administration to provide information about the separated children and their parents by August 10. Since the Trump administration has already flouted court-ordered deadlines, the order is little more than a suggestion.

Meanwhile, the administration is planning to drastically slash the total number of refugees it will accept in 2019. According to sources within the White House, the number of refugees seeking to escape imperialist war and persecution who are admitted could fall to 15,000 from its present annual level of 45,000.

Politico reported Thursday that Trump’s fascist aide Stephen Miller is directing the intensification of the anti-immigrant campaign. “Behind the scenes, Miller, 32, has been contacting every relevant Cabinet secretary to convey his interpretation of the president’s thoughts on the refugee cap in an effort to sway the decision, said a former White House official familiar with the discussions”, the publication wrote.

“Inside the country, the Miller cadre intends to make life more difficult for undocumented immigrants already living and working here”, Politico continued. “US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said another Republican close to the White House, intends to continue with its increased focus on worksite enforcement.”

This confirms the World Socialist Web Site warning in its July 26 Perspective that an intensification of workplace raids means the administration is fighting to divide growing social opposition in the working class along racial and national lines.

The Trump administration’s attack on immigrants is bound up with the Republican Party’s efforts to mobilize its fascistic base in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. According to a July 18 Gallup poll, the total percentage of Republicans who list immigration as the most important issue in the US increased from 17 percent before the administration implemented its “zero tolerance” family separation policy in May to 35 percent in July.

As a result of this increase, immigration has now overtaken “dissatisfaction with government” as the most important issue on voters’ minds as the election approaches.

Outside of this section of far-right Republicans, Americans overwhelmingly support family reunification and the provision of citizenship rights to undocumented people. But the Democratic Party, working in collaboration with the military-intelligence agencies, the Trump administration and the major tech corporations, has conducted an operation against left-wing, pro-immigrant and anti-fascist views on social media platforms like Facebook.

On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it had banned an event page for an “Abolish ICE” rally called by activists demanding the reunification of immigrant parents and children and the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Facebook cited an analysis by the Atlantic Council warning of accounts that are “left of the political spectrum” and “sought to promote divisions and set Americans against one another.”

No such censorship is needed for the corporate media, where the attack on immigrants has already been relegated to the back pages.

The corporations, the two major parties, the bourgeois press and the entire political establishment are guilty of horrific crimes against immigrants and are seeking to block opposition among workers and youth to these crimes. The only way to defend democratic rights and ensure that workers have the right to travel from country to country free of harassment is to break with the two parties of American capitalism and build a mass revolutionary socialist movement.

Donald Trump news


This 31 July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Administration Can’t Drug Kids Anymore

“A federal judge reportedly ordered the Trump administration on Monday to stop administering psychotropic medication to migrant children without obtaining permission from their parents or guardians, finding that the practice violated child welfare law.

The Washington Post reported that U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ordered that officials must get consent or a court order to give the medication to migrant children. The psychotropic medications can still be given without permission under emergency circumstances.

Gee also ordered that the migrant children be removed from the Texas facility where the drugs were administered, Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, except for those found to be a danger to themselves or others, according to the newspaper.”

Read more here.

The Trump administration is planning to provide the American ruling elite with a windfall of $100 billion through changes to Treasury Department rules for how capital gains taxes are calculated: here.

REPORTER: HOSTILITY TOWARD MEDIA WILL GET SOMEONE HURT CNN reporter Jim Acosta was abused by a febrile crowd at a Tampa, Florida, rally for President Donald Trump Tuesday night, with attendees shouting abuse at the newsman and giving him the middle finger. “Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa”, Acosta wrote in sharing a video of the scene. “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt”, he added. [HuffPost]

TRUMP: YOU NEED ID TO BUY GROCERIES At the same rally, “populist” Trump told the Florida crowd you need an identification card to buy groceries — an apparent justification for voter ID laws. The crowd, knowing it was untrue, cheered anyway. [HuffPost]

TRUMP PUSHES FOR INCREASED TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS The Trump administration plans to increase pending tariffs on $200 billion of imported Chinese goods to 25 percent in the hope of pressuring Beijing into trade concessions. The original proposed levy was 10 percent. [Bloomberg]

TRUMP’S 2020 CAMPAIGN WILL GET UGLY Vanity Fair goes inside the disorganized Trump campaign for 2020 — and it’s going to get very ugly, very soon. [Vanity Fair]

Trump chief of staff John Kelly has agreed to stay on until at least the 2020 presidential election at the request of Trump himself.

Noam Chomsky on corporate media’s ‘Russia’ obsession


This 27 July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky on Mass Media Obsession with Russia & the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era

The New York Times reports special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing President Trump’s tweets as part of Mueller’s expanding probe into Trump’s ties to Russia. This latest revelation in the Mueller investigation is part of a nearly 24-hour stream of headlines about Trump, Russia and the administration’s various scandals. But is the mainstream media missing the real stories amid its obsession with “Russiagate”? For more, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor Noam Chomsky on media manipulation in the Trump era.

A comment on this video says:

MSM [Main Stream Media] Isn’t Covering Climate Change, Teacher’s Strike, Income Inequality, Police Terror, illegal Foreign Wars, The Effect Of The Tax Cuts, Student Debt Crisis, Homelessness, Electoral College, Super Delegates, Gerrymandering [three factors helping Trump ‘win’ the 2016 election, apart from the Clinton factor], Supreme Court Hurting Worker’s Right Joining Unions

I might add the recent passing of Trump’s Pentagon budget, the biggest military budget in United States history, by the United States House of Representatives. Apart from the Republicans, 139 Democratic representatives voted for Trump’s budget; only 49 against.

I might add Donald Trump’s attack on ‘Dreamer’ immigrant young people; let down by corporate Democratic politicians, who, instead of attacking Trump from the left, prefer screaming ‘Russia! Russia!