Canadian Conservative says don’t vote for racist Prime Minister Harper

This video from Canada says about itself:

5 October 2015

Danny Williams launched his latest scathing attack against Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada. To read the full story: here.

By James Tweedie:

Canada: Harper accused of racism by leading MP in his own party

Wednesday 7th October 2015

Top Tory slams Islamophobia and urges voters to back rivals

A LEADING Canadian Tory urged voters on Monday not to back his party’s “racist” leader Stephen Harper in this month’s elections.

Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams laid into the current prime minister’s Islamophobic policies in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Harper’s government has launched a campaign against the Muslim veil and what he calls “barbaric cultural practices.”

“He doesn’t care if he isolates the issues of women or if he isolates the issue of minorities and even crosses, possibly, that racism line,” said Mr Williams.

On Friday, the Conservatives unveiled their plans to set up a $20 million (£10m) dedicated hotline to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Under the plan, citizens would be urged to report such “cultural practices” as polygamy, forced or child marriage, sexual slavery, genital mutilations and “honour killings,” all of which are illegal in Canada and can be reported, like other crimes, by dialling the normal emergency number 911.

On Monday, the government lost its appeal against an earlier ruling overturning its requirement that Muslim immigrant women remove the veil while swearing the citizenship oath.

Just two women out of more than 650,000 people have chosen not to proceed to the citizenship ceremony based on the requirement to remove their face coverings. However, it’s not known how many women have been put off seeking citizenship because of the measure.

“Why is that a national issue?” asked Mr Williams.

“It’s all about getting elected, at the end of the day,” he said. “If that’s the price we have to pay in order to have Stephen Harper as our prime minister, then we should not vote for Stephen Harper.”

Mr Williams urged Canadians to vote for other parties or to abstain in the October 19 general election, saying: “If you can’t vote Liberal or New Democrat, then don’t vote for him, don’t vote at all, because he’s bad for the country.”

The Liberals and Tories are neck-and-neck in the polls, with the New Democrats — who have a strong base in French-speaking Quebec — trailing in third place.

Last month, Mr Harper faced flak for references to “old-stock Canadians” and his government’s refusal to grant asylum to the family of drowned Syria toddler Aylan Kurdi.

With “old-stock Canadians” Harper did not mean native Canadians who are discriminated against.

Florida Islamophobe’s crusade against Arabic numerals

This video says about itself:

3 September 2013

Hank unravels the fascinating yarn of how the world came to use so-called Arabic numerals — from the scholarship of ancient Hindu mathematicians, to Muslim scientist Al-Khwarizmi, to the merchants of medieval Italy.

By Tom Boggioni in the USA:

Conservative Florida mom vows to stop her children from learning about Islam and Arabic numerals

06 Oct 2015 at 14:29 ET

A Florida mom posted a rambling 15 minute video to her Facebook account complaining that her son’s high school world history class textbook spends an entire chapter on Muslims and advances in the Islamic world, including the “origin of Ay-rabic numerals.”

According to the post by Christian Kayla Normandin, she had previously promised to share a video detailing objections she has with the history book being used in her son’s class. …

Touching upon developments in education, astronomy, architecture, art, agriculture, science and mathematics in the Islamic world, Normandin drew attention to the development of the Arabic numeric system — the most common numeric system used in the world today.

“It even has the origin of ‘Ay-rabic’ numerals,” she read from the book …

Following her review of the chapter, Normandin asserted, “We need to stand up against this, y’all. Our children don’t need to be taught this. It’s not teaching them facts. It’s not teaching them truth. It’s basically telling them that this is going to be the way of life.”

She went on to state that she will go as far as she needs to go to get the textbook pulled, saying, “My children aren’t going to learn this.”

German NPD nazis support anti-refugee professors Münkler and Baberowski

This video says about itself:

Germany’s Neo-Nazi NPD party under scrutiny

27 march 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has decided not to join the initiative of the Bundesrat — the legislative council representing Germany’s 16 states — to outlaw the National Democratic Party of Germany or NPD. This is seen as a setback rather than a final blow to the attempt to ban the neo-Nazi NPD.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

Far-right German National Party promotes Professors Münkler and Baberowski

6 October 2015

Humboldt University Professors Herfried Münkler and Jörg Baberowski are receiving support from the far-right and fascist German National Democratic Party (NPD). The current issue of the NPD party newspaper Deutsche Stimme (German Voice) contains an article titled, “Nazi alarm in the auditorium,” which declares, “left-wing extremists are carrying out a campaign of denunciations at Berlin’s Humboldt University against well-known scholars such as Herfried Münkler and Jörg Baberowski.”

The article sings the praises of Münkler and Baberowski from a fascist perspective. The NPD, founded in 1964, is an openly racist and extreme right-wing party, which refers positively to National Socialism (Nazism) and is officially regarded as unconstitutional. The Bundesrat (upper chamber of parliament) tabled a resolution in December 2013 stating that the NPD’s programme is “largely identical with the teachings of the historical German National Socialism.”

The author of the article is senior NPD functionary Arne Schimmer, who is a member of the party’s federal executive, and sat in the Saxony state parliament from 2009 to 2014. In addition to his work as a journalist for the Deutsche Stimme and as a frequent contributor to the right-wing newspaper Junge Freiheit, he is editor of Hier & Jetzt, a radical right-wing publication published by the pro-NPD foundation Educational Institute for Homeland and National Identity.

Schimmer refers to Münkler and Baberowski as “renowned professors” and praises their work to the skies. He declares that Münkler’s book, Die Deutschen und ihre Mythen (The Germans and their Myths) shows “what a mobilising-motivating force myths continue to possess to this day. Schimmer has clearly taken a liking to Baberowski and his work. He calls Baberowski’s book Verbrannte Erde (Scorched Earth) an “excellent work.”

Schimmer leaves no doubt that he is defending the two Humboldt professors against their left-wing critics because of their right-wing politics. For example, Münkler is an “acknowledged representative of a firm school of realpolitik,” who not only recites Carl Schmitt, the crown jurist of the Third Reich, but is also “interested in power-oriented (and thus also realistic) political concepts.”

Schimmer praises Baberowski especially for his anti-communism. He writes that Baberowski “classifies Stalinism as a power system oriented on the ‘model of the Mafia,’ which had arisen from the ‘pre-modern violent dreams of empire.’” Moreover, he adds, Baberowski dared “to address the scale of the victims of the communist programme of world redemption.”

The fact that the neo-fascist NPD soliderises itself with Münkler and Baberowski confirms everything that the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG, Socialist Equality Party) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) have said and written about the two Humboldt professors in recent months. The PSG and IYSSE have systematically demonstrated the right-wing agenda the two professors pursue, and the role they play in the efforts of the ruling elites to revive German militarism.

The foreword to the book Scholarship or War Propaganda?, which provides an overview of the PSG’s campaign against historical falsification, declares that Münkler “is among the most avid proponents of a more aggressive German foreign policy. He openly advocates that Germany assume the role of Europe’s hegemon, aspiring to become its ‘disciplinarian’ rather than its ‘paymaster.’” In addition, he denies that “Germany bore prime responsibility for the outbreak of World War I.”

For his part, Baberowski has “taken on the more difficult task of downplaying the Nazis’ war crimes.” He “bases himself on Ernst Nolte, who provoked the ‘Historians’ Dispute’ (Historikerstreit) in 1986 and is the best-known Nazi apologist among German historians.” Baberowski’s work on Stalinism contains one of “Nolte’s central theses: the claim that Hitler’s crimes were provoked by Bolshevism and were aimed at self-defence.”

Münkler and Baberowski may not be members of the NPD, but their agenda of whitewashing the crimes of German imperialism, in order to return to an aggressive foreign policy, is shared by the fascists. The Wikipedia entry for the NPD notes that the party “strives for a revision of the historiography of the period of National Socialism.”

Unsurprisingly, then, the NPD also expresses its support for Nolte, who has orbited its periphery for a long time. In February 2014, just a few weeks before Baberowski declared in Der Spiegel, “Hitler was no psychopath, and he wasn’t vicious,” Nolte gave the NPD newspaper Hier & Jetzt an extensive interview, in which he called for “the application of greater understanding of the historical manifestations of fascism.” The interview was conducted by none other than Arne Schimmer.

Münkler’s efforts to whitewash the role of German imperialism in World War I have been applauded in ultra-right circles for some time. Around the same time that Der Spiegel quoted Baberowski’s statements, Junge Freiheit, in an article titled “Emerge from the Shadows,” expressed the hope that the year 2014 could “count as a turning point in the politics of German history, where the nearly fifty years of left and left-liberal monopoly of interpretation begins to erode, and the recovery of the national psyche, which has been pathologised by a permanent moralism of shame, begins.”

Junge Freiheit identifies Herfried Münkler as a trailblazer for this awaited “turning point.” In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung in January 2014, he bemoaned the “fatal role” that the “thesis of sole German guilt put into the world by the Entente powers…still plays today.” In the interview, Münkler also declared, “There can hardly be a responsible policy operating in Europe when one has the idea: It was all our fault. With regard to 1914, that is a legend.”

Since then, Baberowski and Münkler have moved ever further to the right in relation to current political issues. The sharpest expression is found in their present smear campaign against refugees. While Münkler declares, “Multiculturalism will not work,” Baberowski goes a step farther and calls for the practical abolition of the right of asylum. His arguments are fully in line with the fascists; so much so that the Neuruppin NPD has approvingly published and linked to his “words of warning” on its Facebook page.

Danes buy ads apologizing for government’s anti-migrant stance: here.

Nazi arson maybe killed refugee in Germany

This video from Saalfeld in Germany, about people welcoming about 560 refugees at the railway station, says about itself:

5 September 2015

Say it loud, Say it clear – Refugees are welcome here.

Unfortunately, it looks like there is also at least one murderous anti-refugee neo-nazi in Saalfeld.

From Reuters news agency:

One dead in blaze at German asylum shelter, police say

20:45 GMT, 5 October 2015

A person died on Monday in a fire at an shelter for asylum seekers in the east German city of Saalfeld …

Several refugees have previously been injured, but none killed, in dozens of arson attacks on asylum shelters in the past few months.

A police spokesman in Saalfeld, in the Thuringia region, said the cause of the fire was still being investigated and the identity of the victim was also initially unclear. Media said it was a young man from Eritrea.

Stop Pegida neo-nazis in Utrecht, the Netherlands

German Pegida fuehrer Lutz Bachmann, disguising himself as Adolf Hitler

From the Dutch Facebook page BLOCK PEGIDA! No racism, no Islamophobia:

Sunday 11 October 2015, o’clock noon. Neude, Utrecht

To avoid confusion: there are three initiatives against Pegida. This blockade is one of them. “Laat Ze Niet Lopen” also calls for actions: here.

And the International Socialists are organising a demonstration on Janskerkhof at 1pm: here.

The extreme right group Pegida will come to Utrecht on Sunday 11 October to demonstrate. We can not let that happen! Join us and make a stance against racism and Islamophobia: at 12 o’clock we will block the Neude square where Pegida thinks they can demonstrate.

*Violent neonazis*

Pegida is the new version of “eigen volk eerst” (“own people first”). The group has been founded in Germany in 2014 and ever since it is known as a hot spot for neonazis and fascist activists. Ever since they started, notorious neonazis – among them convicted terrorists – have participated in Pegida demonstrations. [1] In December Pegida members attacked thirty migrants after a demonstration. [2] Pegida still welcomes these people to their demonstrations.

Sunday 11 October is the first time Pegida will try to take to the streets in the Netherlands. Their political line is clear: Tommy Robinson [not his real name, which is Stephen Lennon], founder of the English Defense League (EDL), will come to make a speech (if we allow this to happen). Also EDL demonstrations often resulted in violence. [3] Robinson himself has been arrested multiple times and since September he’s suspected to have attacked a Muslim. [4]

German Pegida founder and leader Lutz Bachmann too thinks he can come and spread his racist ideas in Utrecht. He has always been controversial because of his criminal background [5] and because he thinks it is appropriate to pose as a fascist mass murderer. [6]

And then there is Edwin Wagensveld, who is trying to set up Pegida in the Netherlands. The controversial trader in illegal weapons is known as a Nazi friend and he is the one who tries to organize the demonstration in Utrecht. [7]

Despite all this the group still tries to present itself as a moderate, non-violent group of concerned citizens. On their Facebook page they claim to be against violence, but that’s an attempt to keep up appearances for the media. Even though the organisers claim not to accept hateful language, their Facebook page turns out to be an open platform for outright racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

*No fascists in Utrecht!*

Pegida is a typical extreme right attempt to create an image of fear of migrants and Muslims. In reality it is groups like Pegida who are the real danger for an open and inclusive society. In Germany, where Pegida has manifested itself successfully, racist and xenophobe violence has become a common thing: this year alone there has been an attack on migrants almost each day, ranging from graffiti texts to arson and physical attacks on persons. [8]

We will not let this happen here! We accept no fascists in Utrecht! We stand for a city where people are welcome regardless of their skin colour, ethnic background or religion. This means a city where the extreme right will not be accepted. To prevent Pegida from gaining but a centimeter of space, we will block the Neude square from 12 o’clock! For this we need your help! Invite your friends and join in the blockade. Together we will make a strong stance against racism, Islamophobia and extreme right violence.

*Practical stuff*

During the day ACU (Voorstraat 71) will be opened as an info point, from 11:00 am, all day long. If things get chaotic, if you get lost, you can always return to the ACU.

Beware: there is the possibility of violent extreme right people showing up. It is wise to chose one or more buddies to team up with at the blockade. Make sure you are not on your own on your way there, and also leave together afterwards.

Check out this Facebook event regularly for more info.