Anti-fascist demonstration in Rome, Italy today

This music video says about itself:

The song “Bella ciao” was sung by the anti-fascist resistance movement active in Italy between 1943 and 1945. The author of the lyrics is unknown; the music and spirit of the song is based on a folk song sung by rice-weeders on the River Po basin in the early part of the 20th century — “Alla mattina appena alzata”.

A version of this song was recorded for music researchers by Italian folk singer Giovanna Daffini in 1962. Other similar versions of the antecedents of “Bella ciao” appeared over the years, indicating that “Alla mattina appena alzata” must have been composed in the latter half of the 19th century.

The earliest written version is dated 1906 and comes from near Vercelli, Piedmont. Another interpretation of the melody has been given following the discovery in 2006 by Fausto Giovannardi of the CD “Klezmer — Yiddish swing music” including the melody “Dus Zekele Koilen” played in 1919 by Mishka Ziganoff.

By Rob Wells:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Leftists in Rome to protest against the rising tide of fascism

LEFTWINGERS will rally in Rome [today] against the rising tide of fascism in the country, after police attacked an anti-fascist protest in the city of Turin yesterday.

[Today] afternoon’s “No more fascism, no more racism” demonstration is expected to be large, and follows several incidents of fascist shows of force and physical violence in the run-up to the general election on March 4.

Workers have been urged to mobilise for the rally by trade unions and other groups, including the country’s main CGIL confederation, partisans’ association Anpi and the Communist Refoundation Party.

CGIL general secretary Susanna Camusso told the Trade Union Review magazine that the fascists had been fuelled by the fallout of capitalist globalisation which had “generated inequalities even in places where the inequalities [had been] progressively reduced.”

Ms Camusso said that it was urgent that the state use provisions in the constitution to ban Italy’s growing mob of fascist parties, which have gone largely untouched for decades.

Communist Refoundation Party national secretary Maurizio Acerbo said that the ruling Democratic Party had not “lifted a finger” to stop the fascists.

“Only by rebuilding a popular left of opposition to neoliberal policies imposed by the European treaties and by centre-right and centre-left governments can racism and fascism be countered”, he said.

Tomorrow’s demonstration follows a march in Turin by 500 anti-fascists against a rally by the far-right CasaPound outfit last night.

Police surrounded the hotel in which the fascists were meeting, and tried to drive off the protesters using water cannon and tear gas.

The same night, fascists torched a social centre in Brescia, northern Italy. Organisers at the CSA Magazzino 47 centre say rightwingers broke in through the window and doused the interior with petrol before setting it alight.

The final opinion polls before the March 4 election, published last week, showed that a right-wing bloc cobbled together by convicted fraudster Silvio Berlusconi held a clear lead.

Many of its constituent parties hold positions previously advocated by smaller fascist groups, with the Northern League vowing to deport half a million immigrants.

A strong result is expected for the Five Star Movement, which has called for “more tourists, fewer migrants.”

See also here.

The right tries to woo Italians with message of xenophobia. As Italy goes to the polls on March 4 it has one of the highest debt ratio in the EU, distressing unemployment figures, a troubled banking sector and a deteriorating infrastructure. But instead of seeking solutions, most parties are talking about African and Middle East immigrants, writes CONN M HALLINAN.


Neo-fascist violence in Italy

This video says about itself:

Italian Nazi shows no remorse for shooting at migrants

4 February 2018

Leftist politicians are blaming far-right for stirring up racism.

From U.S. News & World Report, about the election campaign in Italy:

Feb. 21, 2018, at 4:12 p.m.

On Tuesday, two men suffered knife wounds while affixing posters for a far-left party in central Italy …

In Tuscany, the mayor of the town of Castelfiorentino said a swastika was scrawled on a monument honoring a young man hung by Italy’s Nazi occupiers in 1945. Mayor Alessio Falorni said there was an attempt in Italy to “bring back to life dead ideologies, but in an insidious way, without citing them directly and by exploiting people’s anger.”

Violence also erupted earlier in the campaign in central Italy when an Italian gunman wounded six Africans in a drive-by shooting.

United States religious anti-Jewish racism

This video from the USA says about itself:

22 February 2018

Lawsuit: College refused to hire coach with ‘Jewish blood’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims the president of a private Baptist college in Louisiana refused to approve a football coach’s hiring because of what he called the applicant’s “Jewish blood.” Joshua Bonadona sued Louisiana College and its president, Rick Brewer, on Wednesday.

Read more here.

From the Forward in the USA:

Baptist College Refused To Hire Football Coach With ‘Jewish Blood’: Lawsuit

February 22, 2018

By Aiden Pink

The president of a private Baptist college in Louisiana

The Southern Baptist Convention was founded as a separate church because of racism; they did not like northern Baptists’ criticisms of slavery.

refused to hire an alumnus applying to be a football coach because of what he called the applicant’s “Jewish blood” a new lawsuit claims.

While the blood of Jews is red, like all other humans’.

Joshua Bonadona, who was raised Jewish but converted to Christianity while a student at Louisiana College, filed suit on Wednesday against the school and its president, Rick Brewer, for violating his civil rights.

Bonadona had an interview to be a defensive backs coach with Brewer and head coach Justin Charles. He claims that during the interview, Brewer asked him about his and his parents’ religious affiliations. Bonadona says he responded by admitting his mother was Jewish but that he was a Christian.

Bonandona resigned his coaching job in Missouri after being assured by Charles that the new position was his, but quickly found out that his hiring had been denied because of his “Jewish descent”.

“Mr. Bonadona asked Justin Charles what that meant, and Justin Charles stated that Dr. Brewer refused to approve Mr. Bonadona’s hiring because of what Dr. Brewer called Mr. Bonadona’s ‘Jewish blood’”. the suit says.

Bonadona subsequently took a new job at a school in Arkansas for less money than he would have received at Louisiana College. His attorney, Bonadona’s attorney, James Bullman, told the Associated Press that while the private Baptist university had a right to take religion into account when hiring, Jews are considered a distinct race under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, thus making Bonadona’s non-hiring an illegal racist employment practice.

“This case has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with Josh’s Jewish heritage and racial background”, Bullman said.

Brewer, an ordained Baptist minister, did not responded to requests for comment from the AP.

Turkish army, United States air force kill Syrian civilians

This video says about itself:

Greece: Kurds in Athens protest in solidarity with the people of Afrin

18 January 2018

Hundreds of Kurds marched through the streets of Athens on Thursday, denouncing to Turkey’s plans to bombard the Kurdish-held region of Afrin in northern Syria.

From daily News Line in Britain about Syria:

Friday, 23 February 2018

ON WEDNESDAY more civilians were killed or injured and material damage caused to the citizens’ houses and public facilities in Afrin city and its villages in the countryside of Aleppo because of the aggression waged on the area by the forces of the Turkish regime and its mercenaries.

SANA’s reporter said on Wednesday that the forces of the Turkish regime and its mercenaries bombarded and fired rockets at the residential neighbourhoods of Afrin city, injuring one family, which includes the father and his four children, in al-Ashrafiyeh neighbourhood.The injured people were admitted to Afrin hospital, according to the reporter.

The reporter added that the Turkish regime continued targeting with different types of weapons the houses, farms, and infrastructure in the villages and towns of Afrin area, causing huge damage to them.

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of popular forces from the National Defence Forces (NDF) supporting the government in Damascus began entering the Kurdish-held region of Afrin to defend the Syrian Kurds against Turkey’s offensive. Turkish state news agency Anadolu said Turkey’s army fired ‘warning shots’ at the Syrian popular forces.

The Turkish regime has been launching a barbaric aggression on Afrin area for 33 days, using different types of weapons and shells, including chlorine gas, leaving more than 630 civilians dead or injured, mostly women and children, in addition to destroying a number of bread production facilities, water pumping stations, schools, a train station, and historical landmarks displacing thousands of civilians in the process. …

More than a dozen civilians lost their lives when the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting the Daesh [ISIS] Takfiri terrorist group, carried out a series of aerial assaults in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr. Local sources told Syria’s official news agency SANA that 16 people, including 9 women, were killed in the US-led aerial attacks against residential buildings in al-Bahra village on Tuesday afternoon.

The sources noted that the death toll is expected to rise as some people had been critically wounded in the airstrikes. The London-based Airwars organisation, which tracks civilian deaths in US-led airstrikes, reported earlier this year that a total of at least 5,961 civilians had been killed as a result of the attacks in Iraq and Syria.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on November 23 last year that 2,759 civilians, including 644 minors and 470 women, had been killed in US-led aerial attacks against civilian areas in Syria over the past 38 months.

The monitoring group added that the US-led air raids had claimed the lives of 98 people, including four children and as many women, between October 23 and November 23 last year.

The SOHR went on to say that the civilian fatalities had been mostly recorded in the northern provinces of Hasakah, Raqqa, Aleppo and Idlib in addition to the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorisation from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.

Russia, Syria and the Kurds ‘agree resistance’ to Turkish invasion of Afrin: here.

Saudi-occupied south Yemen, hell on earth

This July 2017 video is called Yemen: The Destroyed city of Aden.

Today, Dutch NOS TV reports about Belgian journalism student Katya Bohdan.

She went to Yemen to study the bloody war in that country.

Translated from the NOS report:

She ended up in Aden for a week at the end of January. Beforehand, people had told her that she would not find anything interesting there, because the port city was supposedly safe and protected by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

Nothing was less true. Large parts of the city have not yet recovered from heavy bombing in 2015. “There is no infrastructure and garbage is everywhere which is no longer being collected.”

Most hospitals are closed and the fire brigade has also been closed down. “The city is very sad indeed, very baffling to see that.”

So, it turns out that the crown prince of the Saudi absolute monarchy, His Royal Highness Mohammad Bin Salman, the instigator of the lethal invasion of Yemen, prefers spending his riches on playing at being King Louis XIV in his extremely expensive fake Louis XIV castle in France, to at least partly compensating the people of Aden for the death and destruction which he brought to their city.

But it would become even worse. A few days after she arrived in Aden, all hell broke loose. Insurgents, who want to have their own state of South Yemen, fought the government army of President Hadi.

NOS TV uses pro-Saudi occupier euphemisms here.

For decades, there was a dictatorship in Yemen, supported by the United States Pentagon and the Saudi autocracy. A massive ‘Arab Spring’ movement of Yemeni people drove dictator Saleh away. Then, the Saudi rulers imposed Saleh’s vice president Hadi as the new president; in elections in which he was the only candidate. In 2015, popular dissatisfaction led to Hadi resigning the presidency and leaving Yemen. However, then the Saudi regime put Hadi under house arrest in the Saudi capital Riyadh, using his name to form a phantom puppet government to justify their occupation of parts of Yemen. Most soldiers in occupied parts of Yemen are from from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf absolute monarchies, not from Yemen itself.

She had to hide from the bloody fights for two days. “Outside it was much too dangerous, we heard constant bombardments and shelling around us.” Yet she did not feel unsafe in Aden. That only came after returning home. “Now that I think about it, it was very intense and very dangerous.”