‘Trump to Britain, don’t postpone, ban’

This video series from England says about itself:

Highlights of Stand Up to Trump Protests in London

In response to the xenophobic and racist executive order signed by Donald Trump, the new president of United States of America, which immediately barred entry to the US to any national of countries (namely Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) which have been most damaged by past and present US adventurism and violence sponsored by the US government or its allies or carried out directly by the US military and/or those of its allies, regardless of whether these nationals were US residents/citizens, protests erupted around the world.

Following a nationwide round of protests on 30th of January 2017, around the UK, a second round of protests were held, in London, on the 4th of February 2017, as a repeat show of public disapproval of the executive order as well as disapproval of the reaction of United Kingdom’s prime minister, Theresa May, who had already invited Donald Trump to a state visit to the UK and refused to rebuke the executive order, which was signed by Trump shortly after her visit with him at the White House, where they were photographed holding hands while walking together.

This video shows highlights of protests held at the US embassy in London, followed by a march toward Whitehall, and further protests opposite Downing Street (the UK prime minister’s official residence).

Some of the common slogans shouted by demonstrators were:

No hate. No fear. Refugees are welcome here,
Say it loud. Say it clear. Refugees are welcome here,
Say it loud. Say it clear. Donald Trump’s not welcome here,
Theresa May, shame on you,
Shame on you Theresa (May), Fascist appeaser,
No ban. No wall. Equality for all,
No state visit.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Delay his trip? No, bar Trump for good

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Activists want US president’s visit cancelled not postponed

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for US President Donald Trump’s visit to Britain to be cancelled following reports yesterday that it may only be postponed.

The White House denied that the fear of widespread protest had forced Mr Trump to run scared and tell Theresa May that he did not want to go ahead with his state visit.

Anti-racist and anti-war campaigners said that the Tories’ lack of an overall win in the general election was proof that Mr Trump was not welcome in Britain.

Stand Up to Racism co-convener Sabby Dhalu said: “Theresa May quite rightly paid a price at the general election for, among other things, rolling out the red carpet for Trump.

“The British people have spoken: Trump and his hatred are not welcome here.”

After the terror attack on London Bridge earlier this month Mr Trump posted a series of hateful posts, including criticism of Muslim London Mayor Sadiq Khan for offering assurances to the British public.

Mr Trump stormed: “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement.”

Stop the War coalition convener Lindsey German called for an end to the “special relationship” between Britain and the US, condemning it for causing “so much war and misery”.

And Stand Up to Trump’s Maz Saleem said: “Jeremy Corbyn warned Theresa May about the outcome if she invited Trump. He spoke for millions when he said Trump was not welcome.

“There is another superpower in the world: it is made up of Muslim, Christian, Jew, black and white, LGBT and straight people, men and women, young and old.

“We are the majority and reject the politics of hate and division. Our message is of unity and hope.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also called for the visit to be pulled, citing Mr Trump’s attack on Mr Khan and his withdrawal from the Paris climate deal as reasons.

The invitation to visit had been given on behalf of the Queen by a fawning Ms May when she rushed to meet Mr Trump in Washington in January, days after his inauguration.

Downing Street refused to comment, saying only that the invitation remained unchanged.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S FRIEND SUGGESTS HE’S CONSIDERING FIRING SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy floated the idea Monday. Anderson Cooper’s reaction was swift. [HuffPost]

Rally against Islamophobia in Cambridge, England

This video says about itself:

Confused Islamophobes Target American Sikhs: The Daily Show

26 April 2016

Hasan Minhaj sits down with designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia to find out how Islamophobia is affecting America’s (non-Muslim) Sikh population.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Activists rally round Muslims after hate attack on mosque

Monday 12th June 2017

DEMONSTRATORS staged a display of solidarity with Muslims at the weekend after a hate crime targeting a mosque.

The Cambridge collective of Stand Up to Racism organised the rally after after strips of bacon were left on four cars outside the Omar Faruque mosque and cultural centre in the city on Thursday.

The gathering on Saturday at the city’s Guildhall was initially planned to celebrate the result of the general election, which Cambridge Stand Up to Racism co-ordinator Richard Rose described as a victory for grassroots activism.

The result was also a slap in the face for the Tories’ anti-immigration dog-whistle politics and austerity, he added.

After the attack on the city’s mosque, Stand Up to Racism appealed to people to show their support for the Muslim community and celebrate multiculturalism.

Cambridge’s Labour MP Daniel Zeichner — an honorary member of the city’s Stand Up to Racism committee — was re-elected with a thumping 13,000 majority in the marginal seat, seeing off a challenge by Lib Dem candidate Julian Huppert.

Mr Rose said: “Cambridge Stand Up to Racism deplores the recent incident at Omar Faruque mosque, where bacon was left on cars of fasting Muslims.

“This offensive act in no way reflects the feelings of the vast majority of Cambridge residents, who are proud of our diverse, multicultural city.

“The divisive scapegoating politics fuelled by Theresa May was firmly rejected in Cambridge, as elsewhere.

“We are determined not to allow a small number of racists to divide us.”

Anne Frank’s stepsister’s lecture on Holocaust and xenophobia

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Jewish Survivor Eva Schloss Testimony Part 1

4 April 2012

You are watching Eva Schloss, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Eva and explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and witnesses, visit http://vhaonline.usc.edu.

These videos are brought to you by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, which was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994. The Institute has video testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors, witnesses, liberators, and others. Each individual’s video testimony was indexed with the specific terms, names, places, and dates applied to noted in each minute of video.

This video is the sequel.

From De Balie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

‘I blame the world for the Holocaust. I blame the world for the refugee crisis.’

Eva Schloss

The 18th Freedom Lecture will be by the 88-year-old Eva Schloss. In 1938, Eva’s family emigrated to Amsterdam, after the annexation of Austria by the Nazis. In Amsterdam, Eva meets Anne Frank, who happens to live on the other side of the street. In 1944, before their deportation to Auschwitz, Eva and her family are imprisoned in a detention center located on the Max Euweplein. Next to the former district court, now known as De Balie. Eva Schloss survives Auschwitz, and did not speak about the horrors she experienced for forty years. After the war, Eva’s mother married Otto Frank, Anne Frank‘s father. So Anne Frank is Eva’s step sister. Eva Schloss lectures almost every day, in that she relates her own history to current events, and speaks out against racism and xenophobia in the Western world.

In June, Eva will return to De Balie, to reflect in this emotionally loaded place on her life and current events during her Freedom Lecture.

After the lecture, we will have a conversation with author, columnist and trainer Babah Tarawally and architect Arna Mackic about the ways in which their personal refugee story recurs in their work. How do they relate to the past, and in which ways do they feel a certain responsibility to speak out publicly against issues such as racism and xenophobia? And what are the differences between the situation for refugees then and now?

Actress and film maker Martha van der Bly currently works on a documentary about the impressive story of the life of Eva Schloss, Eva’s Mission, and will give an introduction.

The evening will end with the performance ‘One in a Million’ by the Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh, who became famous after the documentary about his life, ‘Dance or Die’. In the performance, Ahmad shows that freedom is not self-evident for so many people around the world. With ‘One in a Million, Ahmad does not only tell us his own personal story, but the story of millions of people. The performance is accompanied by music of the German composer Max Richter.

About Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss has regularly spoken about the Holocaust at educational institutions since 1985. For her dedication to this work, Northumbria University awarded her an honorary doctorate in Civil Law. Also, she has become a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust in the UK. The positive as well as the negative influence that the story of Anne Frank has had on Eva’s live, is described in Eva’s autobiography After Auschwitz (2014).

This programme is a cooperation between De Balie and Martha van der Bly. Please find more information on the film Eva’s Mission here.

Language: English

Sami blood, film on racism in Sweden

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26 January 2017

Eliza Morris interviews Director Amanda Kernell about her new film Sami Blood.

By David Walsh in the USA:

10 June 2017

There are still compelling reasons to pay attention to interesting, artistic films, such as Sami Blood (Sweden), Past Life (Israel) and Radio Dreams (Iran-US), all of which opened in the US in early June.

Most of the films in movie theaters in the US at the moment are poor, juvenile or worse. As a result, the public is increasingly turning away. From 2009 through 2012, North American box office grew by slightly less than two percent. 2016 was one of the worst years in the history of the American film industry in terms of ticket sales per person. The decline seems likely to continue this year. Revenues climb solely because of the rising cost of movie tickets.

The exhaustion of the large film studios’ (i.e., conglomerates’) collective imagination has reached a dangerous, nearly provocative level. …

Sami Blood

There are films that are painful and pleasurable at the same time. Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood, from Sweden, is not an easy film to watch. It creates considerable unease and anxiety, reflecting the internally conflicted, nearly impossible situation of its central character.

The film, Kernell’s first feature-length work, is set in Sweden primarily in the 1930s. Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok), 14, is a reindeer-herding Sami girl, who is sent to a state boarding school aimed at “civilizing” its students.

The Samis are an indigenous people inhabiting northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Like other indigenous peoples, they have long faced racism and oppression.

One of the early scenes is memorable. Elle Marja is rowing herself and her younger sister, Njenna (Mia Sparrok), across a beautiful, tranquil lake. They are on their way to the boarding school, leaving their mother and everyone they know behind. Njenna cries quietly. “I don’t want to go,” she says simply, while her sister pulls the oars.

Elle Marja is a bright, ambitious girl. She wants very much to assimilate into the Swedish population. She sharply tells her sister, “You must speak Swedish.” Meanwhile local farm boys call them “dirty Lapps,” although one seems to be Sami himself.

One day, officials come to the school in a car and the girls and boys line up in their native costumes. The event starts out like some sort of stuffy but harmless bureaucratic ceremony. Horrifyingly, the officials are there to measure and photograph the Sami children, as part of research into “racial characteristics.”

Elle Marja wants to continue her education, she starts dreaming of another life, but her teacher (Hanna Alström) somewhat regretfully lets her know that “You people don’t have what it takes” to get by in the wider world. Eventually, Elle Marja takes off, for Uppsala, a large city. She tries to impose herself on the family of a Swedish boy she has met. Every effort to fit in ends in awkwardness for her, if not humiliation. At one point, a young guest at the family’s house, an anthropology student, asks her patronizingly to perform a traditional Sami singing style.

In any case, she needs money to pay for her schooling. She goes back home and demands a sum of cash. In an outburst, she tells her mother: “I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be with you. I don’t want to be a f–––––– circus animal.”

Kernell’s film is made with great sensitivity and attention to detail. The director was born in 1986 in the far north of Sweden to a Swedish mother and Sami father. Sami Blood was reportedly inspired by the experiences of Kernell’s grandmother. The filmmaker told an interviewer that the treatment of the Samis was an “untold” story and a “dark chapter” in Swedish history. The film, she said, is about someone “leaving what you’re from, becoming another.” What are the consequences for Elle Marja when she “cuts all ties”?

The worst part of the story is that in order to make a life for herself, Elle Marja has to absorb into herself elements of racism and contempt for her own people. This is what Swedish society does to her. In one especially difficult scene, Elle Marja, who is trying to pass herself off as a “normal Swede,” is obliged to shoo away her own beloved sister, pretending not to understand what she is saying and blurting out, “Get away, you filthy Lapp.” Njenna may never forgive her for this.

The drama is remarkably intimate. We know at times almost more than we want to know about Elle Marja’s predicament. Kernell also provides hints of broader social processes–the concern with “race” and eugenics, for example. In the same interview, she said that she did not want to “explain” anything, but simply tell the story.

This is not the occasion to enter into a polemic on that score once again, especially in regard to a film that, for the most part, is moving and clear-sighted and a filmmaker who is obviously conscientious and humane.

However, it is one thing to recognize that artists for the most part are more expert at “showing” the world than explaining it, that they are seized by powerful impressions that have a strong element of intuition. It is another to make a positive program, as so many artists do today, out of “not explaining.” In our view, the filmmaker or novelist requires “high intellectual powers,” in Aleksandr Voronsky’s phrase, and cannot make progress without “immense, very persistent and complex rational activity.”

Sami Blood is an extraordinary, deeply felt film. But it is probably the sort of work that can only be done once. Even as it is, its strong emotional content should not blind us to certain tendencies that may endanger Kernell’s development: the relative narrowness, the intense immediacy.

James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, on film

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I Am Not Your Negro Official Trailer 1 (2016) – James Baldwin Documentary

5 January 2017

Directed By: Raoul Peck

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

On 10 June 2017, I went to see this film.

Unfortunately, not so many people in the cinema for this important work. It includes both historic footage of Baldwin, and texts written by him, spoken by actor Samuel L. Jackson.

The subject is James Baldwin and three fighters for African Americans: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. Baldwin started to write a book, Remember This House, about these three, but it was still unfinished when he died. Baldwin noted that these three men were all different, yet had common ground. Eg, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X got closer to each other’s positions as time progressed.

Baldwin knew all three of them personally, and was deeply shocked when all three were murdered in the 1960s. He was older than all of them, and had expected that King, Malcolm X and Evers would all survive him.

The film is also about another person, younger than Baldwin, whom he survived: fellow African American author Lorraine Hansbury. The film tells how Baldwin and Hansbury in the 1960s had a conversation with Robert Kennedy, then Attorney General of the USA. Baldwin and Hansbury told Kennedy how African American children, when going to newly integrated schools, were attacked by white supremacists. They suggested that Robert’s brother John F. Kennedy, then president of the USA, should walk along these children into a school as a sign of government commitment to anti-racism. Robert Kennedy rejected that idea.

This hurt Baldwin, as school integration was why he had returned to the USA. He had left his native country for Paris because of racism. In the 1950s, he had returned as he had seen in a French newspaper a photo of a 15-year-old black schoolgirl, Dorothy Counts, harassed by racists in North Carolina in the southern USA. The film shows clips of white demonstrators against school integration, brandishing nazi swastika signs.

In the meantime, the FBI spied on Baldwin whom they considered a public enemy because of his criticism of racism. Baldwin’s 1,884 pages long FBI file attacked him for being gay. They thought they could use that against him; in a time when there was homophobia, including in more or less progressive sectors like the world of literature, sections of the black liberation movement, sections of the women’s liberation movement and sections of socialist movements. The FBI spied on Lorraine Hansberry and many other African American authors for many decades as well. Lorraine Hansbury, contrary to Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers was not murdered: she died, 34 years old, from lung cancer, and according to Baldwin (not quoted on this in the film) from the stress in her strenuous fight against racism and homophobia.

Baldwin wrote that he had not joined the organisations to which his three murdered fellow fighters against racism belonged. He had not joined Medgar Evers’ NAACP. He was from the north of the USA, where in his experience the NAACP was too middle class, while he was from a poor background. He also did not join the Nation of Islam (NOI; Malcolm X’s organisation in the 1950s) or the Black Panther Party, ‘because I don’t believe white people are all devils’. That might have been a reason not to join the NOI; but it was inaccurate for the Black Panther Party, which militantly opposed white supremacy, not individuals who happened to be white; though the media often wrongly depicted them as ‘black racists’. Baldwin said he had a good white teacher at primary school, to whom he was grateful.

The film does not tell why Baldwin never finished the book Remember This House. I do know that in his later years, Baldwin suffered from cancer; which killed him in 1989, like it had killed Lorraine Hansbury.

The film does not stop with Baldwin’s death. It also includes recent scenes, eg, of the Black Lives Matter movement after the deaths of people like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The film mentions war, including a clip of a Martin Luther King speech against the Vietnam war, shouting: ‘Stop the bombing! Stop the war!’

Baldwin says on violence in the film: ‘If Israeli armed forces – I have nothing against that country, I am not anti-Semitic – use violence, they are often depicted as heroes in the USA. If Irish people use violence against British occupation, many Irish Americans and other white people see them as freedom fighters. If Poles use violence against Russians, they are often depicted in the USA as freedom fighters. However, if negroes, if black people, do similar things, then suddenly they are depicted as criminals or monsters’.

In the beginning of the film, Baldwin tells about films he saw when he was small. The ‘heroes’ were often white men killing native Americans. Young Baldwin identified with these ‘heroes’, until he found out that as a ‘negro’, white people, especially white people in authority like policemen, treated people like him rather similarly to those ‘Indians’.

The film has many clips from Hollywood movies. Nut just Westerns with much violence: also films, and TV commercials, in which everyone seems to be white and everyone seems to be happy. Baldwin comments that superficial imagery like this leads to narrow-mindedness and denial of social problems in the USA.

A sharply critical review of Baldwin as a political activist and of the film is here. The reviewer reproaches the film with saying too little about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X; and saying these two came closer together, but not elaborating in what sense. It also criticizes Baldwin and filmmaker Peck for neglecting class and capitalism and their relationship with racism. That is not completely fair. In the film, Baldwin connects the white supremacist United States society to ‘the Chase Manhattan bank‘. Also, in the limited time of a documentary film one cannot extensively discuss too many intricate subjects. This harsh criticism of the Baldwin film is a bit surprising as the same site was rather more positive on another Peck film; and on yet another one.

Finally, Baldwin said that, in spite of being aware of many bad things: ‘I am an optimist; because I am alive’.

An important film worth seeing!

Nazi murders woman

This video says about itself:

Nazi Policies towards Women

How women were treated in the Third Reich.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Polish man suspected of knifing a Rabobank employee in Utrecht … is a self-proclaimed misogynist with nazi sympathies.

Lukasz S. was already convicted in Poland in 2013 for attempted murder or manslaughter, RTV Utrecht writes.

He killed the Utrecht woman, Ms Corrie van den Brink. Before, he had written on Facebook that feminists should be raped. Besides Hitler, he also admired Dutch xenophobic politician Geert Wilders. He is a fundamentalist Christian.

British violent racists use London Bridge atrocity as pretext

This video from the USA says about itself:

Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate | Suzanne Barakat

5 December 2016

On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful bigotry and express our allyship with those who face discrimination.

By Felicity Collier in England:

Hate crimes against Muslims rocket as death toll rises to 8

Thursday 8th June 2017

SADIQ KHAN warned yesterday that there has been a spike in the number of racist incidents since the attacks on London Bridge.

Provisional figures released by the London mayor’s office show that on Monday there were 54 recorded incidents, compared with a daily average of 38 so far this year.

Of these, 20 were recorded as Islamophobic hate crimes, compared with a daily average of 3.5 this year, which is the highest daily figure so far this year.

It is also higher than after the Paris attacks in November 2015 and after the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.

The figures come as the death toll from the London Bridge attack on Saturday evening rose to eight after police recovered a body, believed to be Frenchman Xavier Thomas, 45, from the Thames.

He is thought to have been struck by the terrorists’ van on the bridge and witnesses reported him being thrown into the water.

Mr Khan urged Londoners yesterday to report any hate crimes to the police.

“One of the greatest things about London is our defiant unity in the face of adversity — and that will not change in the aftermath of this horrific attack,” he said.

“Just as the police will do everything possible to root out extremism from our city, so we will take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.”

The secretary of the al-Madina Mosque in Barking, east London, Ash Siddique said a number of women had been attacked on their way to the mosque, including one who was grabbed around her throat at a bus stop.

Anti-Islamophobia charity Mend has set up an online form for reporting instances of hate crime against Muslims.