German corporate racist fake news


This video from Germany says about itself:

New Year Festival at [river] Main bank, Frankfurt city, 2017. Everything was very peaceful but very cold because of snowing.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Bild article on mass rape in Frankfurt turns out to be fake news

Today, 15:25

Was this New Year’s night in Frankfurt similar to the one in Cologne, a year earlier? The newspaper Bild reported last week that dozens of young men of “Arab” descent in a café in Frankfurt had harassed visitors and groped women. Hundreds of others were said to have caused problems in an entertainment area. Now is certain: it was fake news.

Police in Frankfurt are investigating two sources of the story, a landlord and an alleged customer of his. This Irina A. told Bild that her breasts and pubic area were groped. Yesterday the Public Prosecutor in the German city reported that A. during New Year was not at all in Frankfurt and that her story thus could not be true.

Pub boss Jan M. is said to sympathize with the [racist] Pegida movement and the right-wing populist

How often will I have to repeat on this blog that journalists should stop using ‘populist’ as an euphemism for racist?

party Alternative for Germany. Which oppose the arrival of refugees in Germany. The police called M.’s allegations nonsense and says they “lack any foundation.”

Questions and amazement

The publication in Bild immediately caused many questions. With one exception, operators of other catering facilities did not recognize themselves in the stories of M. and A. They spoke of a normal New Year. Also police were surprised. Police had not received on January 1 and in the days after any report that pointed to large-scale assaults.

Bild has now retracted the story and apologized. “The editors apologize emphatically for inaccurate reporting and the accusations against those involved,” according to a statement. The newspaper is now figuring out how things could come so far.

Bild with a circulation of 1.7 million is the largest newspaper in Germany. Also online the paper is influential. The story therefore also appeared in other countries.

Bild is part of the Axel Springer corporation; with a far-right tradition. In the 1960s they were the inspiration for a firearm attempt on the life of leftist Berlin student leader Rudi Dutschke.

German police say major newspaper’s story about a rampaging Arab ‘sex mob’ was wrong: here.

Neonazi threat in Britain


This 2009 video from Britain is called EDL BNP COMBAT 18 MarchForEngland SIOE: Fascist groups EXPOSED.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Hope Not Hate warns of growing neonazi threat

Tuesday 14th February 2017

VIOLENCE from British neonazi groups is an increasing threat, campaign group Hope Not Hate warned yesterday.

A new generation of far-right activists as part of the white nationalist “alt-right” scene are exploiting websites such as YouTube and Facebook to spread their hate, the anti-fascist group said.

The State of the Nation report said that as the “alt-right” groups are on the political margins, they posed an increasing threat of violence and cruelty to the public.

It also said that the flames of fascism had been fanned by international events, including the election of Donald Trump, growing racist parties in western Europe and authoritarian states in central and eastern Europe.

The resurgence of the far-right terrorist group Combat 18 in Britain and across Europe was a concern, as last year the group expanded in Hungary, and in Sweden, where it has been inactive for many years. Last year, in Switzerland, a nazi concert was attended by 6,000 people, the largest of its kind.

Hope Not Hate chief executive Nick Lowles said: “We are living in very dangerous and uncertain times.

“The British far right remains a small player in this wider picture, but in its many garbs it still poses a growing threat, with the potential for violence and even, possibly, terrorism.”

A Hope Not Hate poll carried out, in conjunction with YouGov, revealed that half of Britons surveyed said that they thought Islam posed a threat to the West.

But 69 per cent of those polled said they thought it is wrong to blame a whole religion for the actions of a minority of extremists.

Racists in the Trump administration


This video from the USA says about itself:

President Bannon? Racist, Islamophobic Breitbart Leader Consolidates Power in Trump White House

1 February 2017

President Trump took the unprecedented step of giving Bannon a full seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council last week. Bannon has emerged as one of the most powerful figures in the White House. On Tuesday, The New York Times ran an editorial posing the question “President Bannon?” The Times wrote, “We’ve never witnessed a political aide move as brazenly to consolidate power as Stephen Bannon—nor have we seen one do quite so much damage so quickly to his putative boss’s popular standing or pretenses of competence.” For more, we speak with Josh Harkinson, senior reporter at Mother Jones. His recent article is headlined “The Dark History of the White House Aides Who Crafted Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban.'”

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Nazis in the Trump White House

13 February 2017

Viewers of the Sunday morning television interview programs were given their first long look yesterday at a top Trump aide, Stephen Miller, the so-called “chief policy adviser” at the White House. What the American public saw was repulsive. If Hollywood casters are looking for someone to play the role of an SS officer in the next World War II movie, they’ve got their man in Miller.

Miller appeared on Fox News, ABC, NBC and CBS. Eyes fixed straight ahead in a glassy stare, his replies to questions consisted exclusively of pre-programmed lies about the unlimited powers of the president in the areas of immigration and national security. He denounced the federal judges who halted the enforcement of Trump’s executive order banning all refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was compelled to point out that Miller was lying through his teeth, and challenged him to provide a shred of evidence for his claims of massive vote fraud depriving Trump of a majority of the popular vote. Even Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace seemed taken aback by the performance.

Asked directly why Trump was leveling personal attacks on judges, the media and even fellow Republicans, Miller employed the central demagogic theme of the Trump cabal to justify its assault on democratic rights. “Our position is that we are the ally of millions of hard-working forgotten men and women all across this country,” he declared, “and President Trump is their champion. That’s our coalition. Our coalition is millions and millions and millions of decent patriotic citizens who just want a pay raise, who just want a good school, who just want a safe community.”

This was said, in bullying tones, about a billionaire president who opposes even an increase in the minimum wage, let alone a genuine rise in the living standards of working people, and whose cabinet picks are pledged to destroy Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, public education, workplace safety regulations and all other forms of social protection for working people.

And who is this “chief policy adviser?”

Miller was profiled by both the New York Times and Washington Post on Sunday. The 31-year-old aide has been an ultra-right activist since his teens. Born into an upper-middle class liberal Jewish family, something went seriously wrong in Miller’s personal development.

He developed a fascination with the extreme right. At Duke University he found a friend in Richard Spencer, the anti-Semitic white supremacist neo-Nazi who has been promoted by Breitbart News. After college, Miller went on to become a spokesman for a series of ultra-right figures in Congress, including Representative Michelle Bachmann and Senator Jeff Sessions. Early in 2016, he joined the Trump campaign, eventually becoming the candidate’s chief speechwriter and a frequent warm-up act at Trump campaign rallies.

Miller is one of a trio of high-profile fascists in the White House. The ultra-right views of White House “chief strategist” Stephen K. Bannon have been widely publicized in the American media, from cover stories in weekly magazines to profiles in major daily newspapers. Bannon ran the ultra-right Breitbart News until last August and made it a focal point for the so-called alt-right.

A New York Times profile published Sunday noted Bannon’s familiarity with the work of Julius Evola, an Italian racist and anti-Semite whose writings were a staple of Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship, and who has been cited as an inspirer of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Bannon cited Evola’s writings in a speech to a Vatican conference of right-wing Catholics in 2014.

A lesser-known but equally repugnant figure is Michael Anton, recently appointed as director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, making him the second-highest press spokesman for the White House after Sean Spicer. A former speechwriter for New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Anton was a Bush White House aide, in which capacity he fervently backed the decision to invade Iraq. He moved on to communications positions with right-wing publisher (and owner of Fox News) Rupert Murdoch and with Citibank, and then a post as a managing director of the huge hedge fund BlackRock.

Last week, William Kristol, publisher of the neo-conservative journal Weekly Standard, revealed that Anton was the author, under a pseudonym, of a screed issued last September and widely circulated in right-wing circles titled The Flight 93 Election. This essay portrayed a Trump victory as the sole hope for the survival of America (and implicitly compared Hillary Clinton to the Al Qaeda hijackers of the doomed United Airlines flight on September 11, 2001).

Anton made an explicitly racist appeal for support for Trump, claiming that “the ceaseless importation of Third World foreigners with no tradition of, taste for, or experience in liberty means that the electorate grows more left, more Democratic, less Republican, less republican, and less traditionally American with every cycle.” As a result, he warned, the 2016 election was the last chance for “my people,” i.e., white Americans.

This argument is so openly racist and authoritarian that Kristol, himself a longtime right-wing Republican operative and warmonger, compared Anton to the jurist Carl Schmitt, a notorious Nazi apologist.

The White House has over the past half-century provided employment for many unsavory and criminal types. But the Trump administration represents an entirely unprecedented descent into the lower depths. The presence of political filth like Bannon and Miller in positions of great power and influence in the White House signifies a terminal crisis of American democracy.

There have already been suggestions, from New York Times columnists Paul Krugman and Roger Cohen, among others, that the Trump administration plans to seize on the next terrorist incident as the justification for the abolition of democratic rights. Cohen even cited the precedent of the Reichstag Fire, the pretext manufactured by Hitler to impose emergency rule in Germany.

These columnists offer no explanation as to how this situation has arisen, let alone any proposal as to how the accelerating descent toward a police state can be stopped. As is typical of Democratic Party propagandists, they say nothing about the obvious connection between the breakdown of democracy and the socio-economic realities of contemporary capitalism.

The threat of dictatorship arises directly out of the oligarchic character of American society. Trump, Bannon, Miller and Anton did not emerge from a Munich beer hall, but from Wall Street and the corporate elite. Trump is a real estate and casino billionaire, with close ties to the media bosses. Bannon was a Goldman Sachs executive and his media venture, Breitbart, has been underwritten by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer. Anton served Rupert Murdoch, then CitiBank, then BlackRock, the world’s largest hedge fund.

There is a growing movement against the Trump administration and its attacks on democratic rights and the social interests of the “bottom” 90 percent of society. This movement requires a clear political strategy and program.

The White House’s omission of Jewish victims of the Holocaust in its statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day raised objections from Jewish groups across the political spectrum but the Trump administration’s combative defense was perhaps the most surprising move by a presidency facing record low approval numbers. Last Monday, Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka refused to admit that that it may have been poor judgment not to specifically acknowledge the suffering of Jews in the Holocaust. Gorka was an odd choice of proxies for the White House to put forward in defense of its Holocaust Remembrance day statement. He has appeared in multiple photographs wearing the medal of a Hungarian group listed by the State Department as having collaborated with the Nazis during World War II: here.

Racist British Conservative politician suspended


This video from Britain says about itself:

Diane Abbott: Beyond Downton Abbey

19 February 2013

See more of Diane Abbott at ‘What’s Left Now‘, a debate about the future of progressive politics.

In response to the hit television serial Downton Abbey, provocative Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott presents a less saccharine, refreshingly outspoken view of British history.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Councillor suspended over Abbott ‘ape‘ tweet

Friday 10th February 2017

A TORY councillor has been suspended over a retweet that compared shadow home secretary Diane Abbott to an ape wearing lipstick, it was revealed yesterday.

This came after Ms Abbott received misogynistic criticism for having told Brexit secretary David Davis to “f*ck off” after he reportedly tried to kiss her in the Commons’ Strangers Bar on Wednesday night.

Faringdon Parish councillor Alan Pearmain has been suspended and is facing an investigation by the Tories after the message he retweeted in December was reported to the Labour Party.

The original tweet showed an ape with the captions “forget the London look, get the Diane Abbott look” and “let’s get fatty back in a zoo!”

English violent racist on trial


This 2015 video from Britain is called Violent white racist attack on Indian in UK.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Racist thug pleads guilty to niqab attack

Tuesday 7th February 2017

A MAN has admitted pulling a niqab off a woman and yelling: “You are in our country now, you stupid fucking Muslim” at a shopping centre.

Peter Scotter, 55, of Sunderland, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday to admit racially aggravated assault by beating and a separate charge of racially aggravated harassment.

Both offences were directed towards a particular religious group, namely Islam, the court heard. Prosecuting, Laura Lax said the victim was with her nine-year-old son when she was almost thrown to the ground by the force of the attack, causing her pain in the neck.

Mr Scotter has 66 previous convictions for 157 offences, including actual bodily harm, breaching a football banning order and racially aggravated criminal damage.

United States Trump’s racist sidekick Bannon and national security


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 February 2017

This past weekend, Donald Trump decided to purge members from the National Security Council, and elevate his advisor and known White Nationalist Steve Bannon to the top post. Ring of Fire‘s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable. Trump’s top adviser thinks we’re in “the great Fourth Turning in American history”: here.

‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ in Texas, USA


Heil Hitler, Heil Trump in the USA. A group of seniors at Cypress Ranch High School in Houston, Texas, were seen giving the Nazi salute as they had a class photo taken.

From the very conservative Daily Mail in Britain:

Texas high school students give Nazi salute and shout ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump‘ as they have class photo taken

Seniors were having class photo taken at Cypress Ranch High School in Texas
A group of ’70 or so’ of the students were having photo taken at the time
At least ten were photographed giving the Nazi salute by other students
They claimed the group was chanting ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ as they saluted

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:10 GMT, 2 February 2017 | Updated: 18:21 GMT, 2 February 2017

A group of Texas high school students gave Nazi salutes and shouted ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ as they had a class photograph taken.

The seniors at Cypress Ranch High School, a public high school in Houston, were posing for the photograph on Tuesday when ‘dozens’ of white students launched into the offensive pose.

Other students who weren’t involved took photographs of the outburst and shared them online and with local media.

‘There was around 70 or so people. It was pretty terrifying,’ they told Click 2 Houston.

One youngster whose siblings attend the school shared how they’d claimed the boys launched into the Nazi salute in response to a group of female students giving the ‘black power fist’.

He revealed other students’ claims that teachers did ‘nothing’ to stop them. Another student said she had found swastikas carved into her desk.

A Massachusetts high school teacher has been suspended from her job after rescinding a college recommendation letter for a student caught making a swastika: here.