American neonazis in Scotland

No nazi gig in Scotland

By Peter Lazenby and Zoe Streatfield:

Rudd urged to block visit by US nazi band

Saturday 15th October 2016

Anti-racists fear violence at Edinburgh gig

ANTI-RACIST group Hope Not Hate has called on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ban a US neonazi rock band from entering Britain for a concert.

White power band Bound for Glory (BFG) is due to play in Edinburgh next Saturday and it is feared that hundreds of neonazis will attend, mainly from outside Scotland.

The group has organised an online petition, sent a letter to Ms Rudd and urged the Scottish government to ban the concert.

Hope Not Hate director Nick Lowles warned: “This will be the largest white power concert ever to take place in Scotland.”

A neonazi concert in Cambridgeshire last month was attended by 600 fascists.

Bound for Glory were refused entry to Britain in the 1990s, with the lead singer blaming “the Jewish-controlled government.”

Mr Lowles said: “Most of those attending the BFG gig will be from England and Germany, with as few as 100
people actually coming from Scotland.

“This means that over 400 nazis will be staying in the city and, with the movement’s history of violence, this is a clear threat to the diverse communities of Edinburgh.”

He said the concert was being organised by London-based Vicky Pearson — who has been involved in the Blood and Honour neonazi music scene — and her Scottish-based boyfriend Thomas Stenhouse.

Volunteers running the Morning Star’s weekly sales stall in Glasgow are regularly confronted by neonazis shouting “Sieg heil.”

Volunteer Tommy Morrison said: “Sometimes they are mob-handed. They try to cause trouble and cause fights.”

He appealed for more volunteers to staff the stall.

Regular volunteer and Communist Party member Keith Stoddart, a pensioner, chased off a fascist last Saturday.

“A young guy from National Action ran up to the stall and grabbed a flag and ran away.

“I ran after him — the guy stopped, gave a nazi salute, and shouted ‘Race traitors’ and ran off.

“I wanted to engage with him and explain how fascist and racist beliefs damage our communities, not just get the flag back.”

British corporate media promote racism

This video from Britain says about itself:

The Sun Newspaper Is Racist With Rupert Murdoch At The Helm

12 August 2016

A break down of everything Murdoch owns and the front page of the worst rag in Britain.

From lies and cover ups about the Hillsborough disaster to forcing racist articles down your throat on a daily basis with no substance and very little thought.

Boycott the Sun.

Music ‘A piece for two fingers’ by Kevin Mcleod.

Additional narrative content James O Brien LBC Radio.

By Ben Cowles in Britain:

Brands vulnerable to media exposure

Friday 14th October 2016

Ben Cowles discusses the Stop Funding Hate social media campaign with its founder RICHARD WILSON

“DRIP by drip our society is being poisoned with headlines selling hatred,” begins a video by Stop Funding Hate. “Right now the press use fear and division to sell more papers and they don’t care what we think because hate pays.”

Stop Funding Hate is a social media-based grassroots campaign aiming to deter companies like Virgin, Waitrose and Specsavers from inadvertently funding racism by paying for advertisement space in the Daily Mail, Daily Express and the Sun. The hope is that the advertisers will see that the hate speech presented in these papers is damaging to society and that they will pull their ads from those publications.

Intrigued by the campaign, I got in touch with Richard Wilson, the campaign’s co-founder, and posed the following questions.

What motivated you to start Stop Funding Hate?

Katie Hopkins’s article in the Sun last year comparing migrants to “cockroaches” was a real wake-up call for me. I’ve met survivors of the Rwandan genocide and have friends from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where similar language was used to incite ethnic killings. I was seeing comments from Congolese friends on Facebook horrified to see this dehumanising language in the UK — a country that they had taken to be safe and stable.

Then the UN put out a statement pointing out that the Sun was using the language of genocide, warning that “history has shown us time and again the dangers of demonising foreigners and minorities […] It is extraordinary and deeply shameful to see these types of tactics being used […] simply because racism and xenophobia are so easy to arouse in order to win votes or sell newspapers.”

Research by Liz Gerard has shown that the anti-migrant coverage has actually been intensifying, with the Daily Express and Daily Mail in particular running an increasing number of anti-migrant front pages each year. At the same time community tensions are rising and there are growing divisions in our society. I’m personally quite worried about what will happen if things continue in this direction.

So far, you have aimed the campaign at Virgin, Specsavers and Waitrose. Why have you chosen these companies specifically?

Virgin and Waitrose are companies known for a particular set of values, which many people would say are fundamentally at odds with advertising in newspapers like the Sun, Mail and Express. Specsavers are clearly also a well-loved company, about which people have a lot of positive feelings. Again their association with these very aggressive and divisive newspapers just doesn’t sit right.

Specsavers issued a response after members of the Facebook community expressed their displeasure at one of their advertisements and threatened to boycott the company. How do you feel about the company’s response?

We were amazed by the scale of the public response to the Specsavers ad. We hadn’t originally identified them as a key company to engage with. But when we saw that they had an advert next to an anti-migrant front page headline in the Daily Express, we put a couple of things on social media that a lot of people picked up.

We think it’s commendable that Specsavers have responded to public concern over this issue rather than ignoring it. We know that this idea of “ethical advertising” is a new and emerging one, but we hope that Specsavers and other companies will start to factor it into their future marketing plans.

It’s a sad reality that migrant-bashing sells papers. The Sun, Mail and Express are more interested in profit than genuine reportage. But though we may completely disagree with what they say, they can exercise the freedom of expression (as long as it’s not hate speech, of course). Do you think what they print is hate speech?

The UN has stated unequivocally that elements of the British media are engaging in hate speech — and they’ve called on the government to do more to tackle it.

We are fully committed to freedom of expression, not just for newspapers but also for the customers of companies like Virgin, Waitrose and Specsavers who may want to express a view on these companies’ association with the anti-migrant press. We recognise that there are good reasons for treading carefully in the area of government regulation so the UN is actually going further than what we are calling for.

Our campaign is also about freedom of choice. The overwhelming majority of people in the UK don’t buy — and might never buy — the Sun, Daily Mail or Daily Express. Yet it’s currently very difficult to avoid shopping with one company or another that advertises in these newspapers.

Freedom of expression also means that the public has the right to question, criticise and challenge big media outlets like the Sun, Mail and Express. Yet the aggressive behaviour of the press can mute or even silence such criticism.

Obviously the Mail, Express and Sun are the most shameless offenders when it comes to migrant bashing. But the Telegraph and the [Murdoch-owned] Times generally also portray migrants in an unfavourable light. Will you focus on them also?

This is a campaign that focuses very specifically on the most extreme cases. We don’t take sides in political debates. This is not about whether people like or dislike a particular newspaper, but rather whether that newspaper is engaging in activities that are causing significant social harm. In this respect the evidence we’ve seen suggests that the Daily Mail, Express and Sun are in a category all of their own.

Of course companies care about the way people (especially their target market) perceive their brand, but if we really want them to change, wouldn’t we have to affect their bottom lines? Is this type of thing what you’re hoping to achieve or is media attention enough?

I think ultimately brand perception does affect the bottom line, otherwise companies wouldn’t invest so much in it.

Alongside that, supporters of the campaign are already making their own individual choices over whether to continue shopping with the companies we are engaging with.

We aren’t telling people what they should or shouldn’t do — and I don’t think we need to, as everyone’s individual circumstances are different. But if enough people get involved in the campaign, we do think it could have a significant impact on the bottom line, alongside those less tangible things like brand perception.

Some might describe campaigns such as yours as mere clicktivism. How would you respond to that? Though social media has great power to rally voices around a cause, does Stop Funding Hate have the momentum to keep going?

I wouldn’t make such a big distinction between online and offline campaigning. Whether it’s a Facebook page, a phone call, or a letter, these are just tools that can be used, more or less effectively, to communicate and organise. The key thing is how well you use those tools.

Whether or not our own campaign succeeds, we think it’s likely that this issue — and the public concern surrounding it — will not go away until we see a significant improvement in the way that the British press behaves towards migrants and other demonised groups.

How do you see things moving forward for the campaign?

We are currently working on a major new campaign focusing on one of the UK’s leading ethical brands, with a new video that we hope to release very soon. We’ve also got some big plans for the Christmas period, which is obviously the “peak” advertising season for many companies.

The campaign keeps on growing and gaining new supporters — from faith groups and academic experts to people who work within the media and are horrified by the way things have been going. Our biggest challenge is staying on top of all of the excellent ideas and offers of help that keep coming in.

Ben Cowles is the deputy features editor for the Morning Star. His twitter handle is @Cowlesz

If you wish to support or contribute to the Stop Funding Hate campaign then you can find their Facebook page here or sign the petition here.

‘German neonazis murdered nine-year-old girl’

Neonazi Uwe Böhnhardt and the murdered girl Peggy, EPA photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Neo-Nazis also possibly killed nine-year-old German girl

A German neo-Nazi trio, held responsible for at least ten racist murders, is possibly also behind the murder of a girl of 9 years of age. Remains of the child’s corpse were found this summer, and now it appears that there are DNA traces of Uwe Bönhardt on them, German media report.

Bönhardt committed suicide in 2011, together with the second member of the trio of the Nationalzozialistischer Untergrund (NSU) Uwe Mundlos. The third member Beate Zschäpe, is in jail and on trial.

The NSU is now also linked to the murder of the 9-year-old girl. She disappeared in May 2001 in the city of Lichtenberg (Bavaria). A mushroom collector found this summer remains of her body in a forest.

For the murder of the girl a man was convicted, but that verdict was overturned in 2014 because of errors in the trial.

German police also claimed for years that the NSU murders of Turkish and Greek immigrants were supposedly not by racists, but because of conflicts between Mediterranean countries’ criminal gangs.

The murders by Böhnhardt, Mundlos and Zschäpe were only a small minority of the total murders by German neonazis.

Did the NSU murder still more children? Here.

Austrian nazi murder threats against presidential candidate

Nazi death threat to Van der Bellen tweet

This picture shows a Twitter message by an Austrian neonazi. The number 88 in his Twitter name stands for twice the eighth letter in the alphabet=HH=Heil Hitler. Its (bad) German says, translated:

I will shoot Van der Bellen, so that his body will have as many holes as a golf course, and he will fall down in the grass. That will mean one fucker less.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Austrian presidential candidate gets death threats from neonazi

Today, 13:25

The Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen is getting permanent police protection after a threat by the extreme right. On Twitter a man threatens to “shoot as many holes into him as in a golf course.” Van der Bellen is now permanently protected by three policemen.

The threat comes from a relatively new Twitter account with a picture of a man with swastika tattoos. On that account are several tweets in which Van der Bellen is attacked.

The Ministry of the Interior takes the threat very seriously. The police has started an investigation and has asked Twitter to block the account. …

On December 4, Austrians will go for the second time this year to the polls to elect a president. In May, the leftist Van der Bellen

Van der Bellen should be called centrist rather than leftist. He used to be active on the right wing of the Green party, but is not a member anymore.

beat with a very small difference the candidate of the right-wing populist FPÖ party

Journalists should learn to limit the use of the label ‘populist’ to the late nineteenth century-early twentieth century left-wing United States farmers’ movement of that name. Today, it is a vague term of abuse; often, by journalists too cowardly to call neo-fascist parties like the NPD in Germany, National Front in France, Golden Dawn in Greece, or FPÖ in Austria, ‘neo-fascist’.

, Norbert Hofer. Also in the run-up to that polling day Van der Bellen was threatened regularly.

The result, a narrow victory for Van der Bellen, was declared invalid because of irregularities. Last month, the new election’s date was moved because the adhesive strips of the envelopes for the postal voters were not really adhesive.

Another neonazi threatened to murder Van der Bellen not with a gun, but with knives.

Racism and anti-racism in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

Diane AbbottStand up to racism #StopRacism2016

October 8th, 2016. Confronting The Rise In Racism – Stamp Out Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Vicious Racists Target Abbott

Saturday 8th October 2016

New shadow home secretary faces ‘misogynoir’ attacks on social media

VILE racist slurs were directed at new shadow home secretary Diane Abbott yesterday following her promotion in the Labour reshuffle.

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP was bombarded with discriminatory comments and pictures on social media that the Star has decided not to print.

Defenders of the long-time ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came out to condemn the discrimination as “misogynoir” — attacks specifically aimed at black women.

Some commentators attempted to disguise their derogatory reactions to her promotion from shadow health secretary as concern for politics by claiming that she was too “inexperienced” for the role — despite Ms Abbott having started her post-university career at the Home Office, having been a staunch anti-racism campaigner and the first black female MP.

Campaigner and journalist Owen Jones wrote on Twitter: “There’s plenty of useless, bungling and/or mediocre white male politicians who don’t get the bile Abbott does. Why is this exactly?”

After the reshuffle Mr Corbyn said: “I am very proud that the Labour Party now has five MPs in our shadow cabinet from the BAME community — the highest number ever in any cabinet or shadow cabinet.”

As well as Ms Abbott, Shami Chakrabarti is now shadow attorney general, Dawn Butler shadow minister for minority ethnic communities, Clive Lewis shadow business secretary and Kate Osamor shadow secretary for international development.

Ms Abbott is scheduled to speak today at a Stand Up to Racism rally in response to divisive rhetoric used by Tory PM Theresa May to pander to the far-right after the Brexit result.

Former shadow minister for the cabinet office Jon Ashworth was promoted to shadow health secretary.

His elevation to the key post will be seen as an olive branch to the Labour right after they criticised Mr Corbyn for strengthening his team with his allies from the left.

Sir Keir Starmer, former head of the Crown Prosecution Service who quit the shadow cabinet in June, has been invited back as shadow Brexit secretary.

Veteran chief whip Nick Brown, who is a long-standing ally of former Labour leader Gordon Brown, replaced chief whip Rosie Winterton.

The appointments of Mr Brown and Mr Starmer are said to be a signal from Mr Corbyn that he wants to reach out to back-bench critics — and their acceptance shows that they are prepared to unite after his landslide re-election.

Mr Corbyn has also appointed Sarah Champion to the role of shadow women and equalities minister, and Jo Stevens as shadow Welsh secretary.

Ms Champion was one of dozens of Labour frontbenchers who quit in the coup against Mr Corbyn’s leadership in June — only to ask for her job back a month later.

Charlotte, USA anti-police brutality protesters in jail

This video from the USA says about itself:

California Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Man Was Demoted in 2015 for Sexually Harassing Female Officer

29 sep. 2016

The El Cajon police officer who shot Alfred Olango dead has been at the center of controversy before. Last year, Richard Gonsalves was sued for sexual harassment after making lewd propositions and texting explicit photos to his subordinate officer. He was demoted to officer from sergeant. Gonsalves was just served with a second suit in August of this year, after the harassment continued. Despite the lawsuits, Gonsalves remained on the force. We speak to Dan Gilleon, attorney for the family of Alfred Olango and Officer Christine Greer, the plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Richard Gonsalves.

From the Charlotte Uprising site in North Carolina, USA:


We demand an immediate end to repression of demonstrators in Charlotte!

Call/Email CMPD, Mecklenburg County Sheriff, Mayor Roberts, Attorney General Roy Cooper, & Governor Pat McCrory

Jail Liaison – Karla Gary
OFFICE PHONE: 980-314-5550

Public Information Manager – Anjanette Flowers Grube
OFFICE PHONE: 980-314-5170
CELL PHONE: 704-634-5072

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Phone: 704-336-2241

Governor Pat McCrory
Phone: (919) 814-2000

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Telephone: (919) 716-6400

Since demonstrations began against the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott, police in Charlotte have been mass arresting protesters & legal observers, using chemical weapons, and violating their most basic rights.

Jamil Gill (aka King Mills), who many around the country and the world know for his on the ground livestreams from the first nights of protest, has been a particular target of police repression ever since the protests began. He was arrested and issued an outrageous bond of $320,000, which the movement fought and reduced to a still obscene amount of $162,000.

He was bonded out early in the day on September 28, and subsequently REARRESTED by police as he ate lunch! This is a clear attempt to intimidate and harass Gill, and an attempt by the state to silence and have a chilling effect on the rest of the movement.

During demonstrations on September 21, police attacked the protests and killed 26 year old Black man Justin Carr. Continuing their targeting Black and Brown people and a total lack of transparency by the CMPD, they are falsely accusing Raquan Borum for Justin’s death.

The police have continued to violate arrestee’s legal rights by:

Instructing the National Guard and police to blockade the jail (at least three times since the uprising began) to prevent the release of arrestees whose bond was paid
Using bogus excuses like fire drills, ‘suspicious packages,’ and even characterizing our jail solidarity team gathering at the jail as a ‘protest’ to lock down the jail for hours
Intentionally delaying the release of arrestees
Not publishing arrestees’ names online, impeding our ability to provide them legal support

We need you to call and email the jail, Charlotte and state officials and demand that they stop violating arrestees’ rights!

Script for call or email –

“Hello –

My name is _______ and I am a resident of ________. Can I speak to ?

I am calling to demand that you stop the repression of demonstrators in Charlotte.

We demand an end to the attacks on Jamil Gill! Stop the arrests of all protesters!
We demand that an independent investigation of the killing of Keith L Scott and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept!
We demand that you stop purposefully obstructing the release of arrestees!
We demand that all the charges against those who have been arrested are dropped!

Hands off #CharlotteUprising! The whole world is watching, and we won’t stop until our demands are met and the people get justice!

By Charlotte Uprising – 09/29/2016

Louisiana police release video of officers killing six-year-old Jeremy Mardis in 2015: here.