United States right-wingers advocate Charlottesville-style murder


This video from the USA says about itself:

Conservatives Caught Sharing ‘How-To Run Over People’ Video (GRAPHIC)

15 August 2017

[Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News employee] Tucker Carlson’s website the Daily Caller posted a video demonstrating how you should run over liberal protesters. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

The Daily Caller in January posted a video compilation of “cars plowing through protesters,” instructing readers to “Study the technique” as “it may prove useful in the next four years.”

The video was compiled by Mike Raust, the Daily Caller’s video editor. It features a number of clips of people in cars and trucks driving through protestors blocking roads.

“If you are easily triggered, stop watching now,” a text at the start of the video reads. “Too late,” the next text says, as a truck drives through a protester. The compilation is set to a terrible acoustic rendition of Ludacris’ 2002 hit “Move Bitch.”

In an accompanying caption, Raust wrote: “Here’s a compilation of liberal protesters getting pushed out of the way by cars and trucks. Study the technique; it may prove useful in the next four years” — ostensibly a reference to protests in response to Donald Trump’s presidency.

“None of these clips are new, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still fresh,” Raust concluded.” …

As of writing the Raust video remains up on the Daily Caller and Fox Nation websites.

Read more here.

Black Lives Splatter racist decal from nazi site Daily Stormer

This variation on the United States racist “All Lives Splatter” decal which encourages drivers to wound or kill protesters against police brutality is specifically a call to kill or injure supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is from the nazi Internet site Daily Stormer, one of the organisers of the Charlottesville violent fascist rally. The murderer of Heather Heyer got his inspiration from this.

From Esquire:

[Tennessee] State Rep[ublican] Rep[resentative] Matthew Hill has filed a bill that says if a driver hits a protester who is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way, then that driver would be immune to civic liability if the demonstrator is hit and hurt, as long as it wasn’t intentional. “If you want to protest, fine, I am for peaceful protesting, not lawless rioters,” Hill said. “We don’t want anyone to be hurt, but people should not knowingly put themselves in harm’s way when you’ve got moms and dads trying to get their kids to school.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Klan Leader Celebrates Murder Of Heather Heyer

16 August 2017

This kind of behavior and rhetoric is par for the course among KKK members. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Leave it to a Klansman to disrespect a woman killed in a domestic terror attack mere days after her death.

According to the North Carolina-based news station WBTV, Justin Moore, a man who identified himself as the Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of Ku Klux Klan claimed Heather Heyer deserved to die in the attack on counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally.

“I’m sorta glad that them people got hit and I’m glad that girl died,” Moore said in a voicemail to WBTV. “They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebody’s freedom of speech, so it doesn’t bother me that they got hurt at all.”

Moore went on to say that he thinks “we’re going to see more stuff like this happening at white nationalist events.””

Read more here.

08/16/2017 05:30 am ET. Sebastian Gorka, Who Has Downplayed Threat Of White Supremacists, Still Teaches Marines About Terrorism. After Charlottesville, Trump still employs an adviser who has described Islam as the key driver of violent extremism: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror

16 August 2017

Bree Newsome sparked a national debate in 2015 on Confederate monuments and symbols and their place in modern American society when she scaled a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina and removed the Confederate flag from state Capitol grounds. Her action followed the massacre of nine African-American parishioners by a white supremacist at a Charleston church in South Carolina.

As police yelled for her to come down, she grabbed the Confederate flag and said, “You come against me with hatred … I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.” Footage of the event went viral and was seen around the world. The next month, state legislators voted to remove the Confederate flag permanently, following mounting pressure.

We speak with artist and activist Bree Newsome about renewed efforts around the country to remove Confederacy symbols following this weekend’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white nationalists and members of alt-right groups had gathered to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Backlash grows against Trump’s comments on Charlottesville violence

16 August 2017

Demonstrators near Donald Trump’s house have protested the US president’s response to Charlottesville violence.

Trump has moved back to his residence in Bedminster, New Jersey amid growing backlash.

Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Bedminster.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun daily nazi-style hatemongering


This video from England says about itself:

Liverpool’s Boycott Of [Rupert Murdoch‘s] The S*n: As Relevant Now As In 1989

13 April 2017

It’s 28 years since Kelvin MacKenzie presented a press agency report sourced from senior members of South Yorkshire Police and Tory MP Irvine Patnick on the front page of The S*n as ‘The Truth’ of what happened at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

The newspaper has been boycotted in Liverpool ever since.

In more recent times, newer campaigns ­– Total Eclipse Of The S*n and Shun The S*n – have pushed for retailers in the city not to sell The S*n, while in February of this year Liverpool FC announced S*n journalists are not welcome in Anfield’s press box or at the Melwood training ground.

Earlier this month, Roger Alton argued in [Conservative weekly] The Spectator that the club’s ban is wrong. Here Gareth Roberts argues the opposite, and says the ban, and the boycott, are as relevant as ever.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Corbyn slams ‘nazi-like’ Islamophobia in the Sun

Thursday 17th August 2017

Labour leader among 108 MPs condemning article on the ‘Muslim problem’

JEREMY CORBYN joined more than 100 MPs in condemning the “nazi-like language” used in a hate-filled Sun newspaper column that called for a “solution” to the “Muslim problem.”

The Labour leader said recent stories published by the right-wing tabloid “incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities,” which is “wrong and dangerous and must be condemned … in the clearest possible terms.”

He was speaking out after Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh suggested it was “acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem.”

Writing about recent sex gang convictions, Mr Kavanagh claimed that “the common denominator is Islam.”

And he concluded his venomous tirade by asking: “What will we do about the Muslim problem then?”

Mr Corbyn said: “With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Britain and neonazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, we must stand in solidarity and unity with all our communities and not let hate divide us.”

A letter initiated by Labour MP Naz Shah and signed by 107 of her parliamentary colleagues called for Sun editor Tony Gallagher to “not only retract the article” but to “strongly consider whether Mr Kavanagh’s brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper.”

The letter said there was “little doubt” that Mr Kavanagh was comparing Muslims to the supposed “Jewish problem” — which led to the genocide of six million people in the nazis’ “Final Solution.”

Before Kavanagh, his ex-Murdoch media colleague, professional racist Katie Hopkins, had already demanded a “final solution” of the “Muslim problem”.

Press freedom campaigners said the publication of the column exposed the toothlessness of print media regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which replaced the Press Complaints Commission in 2014.

Jewish and Muslim groups have complained to the regulator, but they fear it is powerless because the editors’ code offers religious and ethnic groups no protection against discrimination.

Mediawise spokesman Mike Jempson told the Star: “Public shaming of Trevor Kavanagh’s dog whistling in Murdoch’s Sun may be the only way to demonstrate abhorrence of his views.

“He explained that a comment column counts as “freedom of expression” falling outside the terms of the editors’ code, monitored by Ipso.

While it allows individuals who have been identified in news articles to complain about discrimination, there is no protection against generalised comments.

“In other words, complaints about much of the content of Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer [a nazi newspaper] would not be upheld by Ipso if it were being published today.”

Ipso confirmed that it had received 227 complaints about the column.

The National Union of Journalists called on the press watchdog to carry out an immediate investigation into the prevalence of Islamophobia, racism and hatred being espoused in British newspapers following Mr Kavanagh’s article.

Against Charlottesville, USA nazi murder, Dutch Amsterdam solidarity tomorrow


This video from the USA says about itself:

Historian: Trump Defends White Supremacy to Maintain Elite Power Structure

16 August 2017

Gerald Horne says Trump‘s comments seek to disperse the culpability of white nationalists in the murder of Heather Heyer.

The anti-racist demonstration against the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the most frightening I have ever been to. Yes, I was in the crowd when a car—driven by a man who had been marching in uniform with a neo-Nazi group—slammed into the crowd, killing one and injuring at least 19. But that was only part of it: here.

Amsterdam Charlottesville solidarity demonstration

From Facebook in the Netherlands:

17-8-2017 DEMO AMSTERDAM: SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANTI-FASCISTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Spui, 1012 XA Amsterdam

This Thursday there will be a demonstration in Amsterdam in solidarity with anti-fascists in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Last Saturday, a neo-nazi drove his car into an anti-fascist protest against one of the biggest ever nazi demonstrations in the US, which took place on the same day. This resulted in multiple serious injuries. 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed. Solidarity with all anti-fascists in Charlottesville, Heather’s bereaved, and with everybody affected by extreme right violence.

Last Saturday, a large group of neo-nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, various Alt-Right groups and the National Socialist Movement wanted to come together in Charlottesville under the name “Unite the Right”, in order to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, Confederate general and a symbol of racism and segregation in the US. Already on Friday night, the day before the demonstration, a large group of extreme right activists gathered in Charlottesville. Armed with shields, bats, and torches, they shouted racist chants and attacked a small group of counter-demonstrators.

The following day, the extreme-right already flooded the city in the state of Virginia hours before their planned demonstration. There was a large amount of extreme-right militia members with automatic firearms in attendance. There were also massive counter demonstrations. The day resulted in many fights, and sometime after 12:30 PM, a neo-nazi drove his car into a crowd at an anti-fascist protest resulting in several serious injuries and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

We would like to express our sympathy and our anger in the streets. Anti-fascism is and will always be necessary and is always legitimate. Come on Thursday to Amsterdam, 20:00, Spui!

AFA Nederland
AFA Amsterdam
AFA Den Haag
AFA Noordbrabant
Antifa Utrecht

See also here.

Dutch children learning nationalism, forgetting about slavery?


This music video is called “O la folle entreprise du Prince de Condé“, a song from 1568. It is the original version of the Dutch national anthem (the Wilhelmus), by Spanish soldiers mocking their Protestant enemies. Its original lyrics were in French. In 1568, these Roman Catholic Spanish soldiers fought Protestant enemies in the Netherlands as well, as the Dutch revolt against the king of Spain started.

Before the Dutch general election in March this year, the conservative Christian CDA party proposed that Dutch children should start their school days standing at attention to sing the Wilhelmus. People widely saw that CDA proposal as a concession to the nationalism of Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party. It was also similar to Shinzo Abe’s right-wing nationalist and World War II revanchist government in Japan’s policy on schoolchildren; even on 3-year-old nursery school toddlers.

Ever since the Dutch general election in March this year, political parties are trying to form a new coalition government. To have a majority in parliament, at least four parties are needed.

At present, four parties are negotiating, the CDA; the VVD (pro-big business, the party of Mark Rutte, prime minister in the outgoing government); the Christian Union (even more conservative than the CDA on women’s and LGBTQ issues, but not so pro-big business on the environment); and D66 (secular, pro-big business, but critical of xenophobic tendencies in CDA and VVD). A coalition of these four parties would have a majority of just one seat in parliament.

Today, Dutch NOS TV reports that the four parties have agreed on mandatory lessons at schools on the national anthem. That in itself may not be wrong, IF these lessons are critical and historically accurate. However, there is the danger of nationalist indoctrination; if one reads further in the NOS report:

According to the Algemeen Dagblad daily, the parties also want young people to get a booklet about the history of the Netherlands on their eighteenth birthday. A D66 plan for lessons about colonialism and slavery is said to not have made it [into the coalition government plans].

D66 is not really a left-wing party. Still, they are the most leftist in the proposed right-wing coalition government. Apparently, they acquiesced in the nationalist history lessons plans omitting slavery and colonialism of the three other parties. When Indonesia was still a Dutch colony, Dutch schoolchildren used to learn a lot about colonialism. They were taught that it was supposedly something to have national pride about. After Indonesia stopped being a Dutch colony, declaring independence, Dutch children stopped learning about colonialism. The cruel reality of slavery has never been part of the Dutch education curriculum.

Donald Trump supports pro-slavery generals’ statues and their racist defenders


This video from the USA says about itself:

Full Interview: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Charlottesville, Trump, the Confederacy, Reparations & More

15 August 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks to Democracy Now! in his first major interview since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Coates is the national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics and social issues. His forthcoming book, out in October, is titled “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy”. He is the author of “Between the World and Me,” for which he received the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

From Politico.com in the USA today:

Trump said at a news conference … at Trump Tower in New York City [about his extreme right adviser Stephen Bannon]: “He is a good person, and I think the press treats him frankly unfairly.”

From CNN in the USA today:

Trump: Taking down Confederate memorials is ‘changing history’

As pressure mounts around the country demanding the removal of monuments lionizing the Confederacy, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the removal of such monuments is “changing history.”

“I wonder, is it George Washington next week?” Trump asked.

Trump, in an agitated back-and-forth with reporters in Trump Tower, defended members of the “Unite the Right” protest last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist has been charged with murder for ramming a car into a crowd of counter-protesters. He went on to make a slippery slope argument — equating Confederate general Robert E. Lee with presidents like Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who were slave owners.

But who did not fight on Civil War battlefields against the federal government to keep slavery. And who, unlike Robert E. Lee’s army when invading Pennsylvania, did not enslave free African Americans to sell them down south.

Trump said: “Not all of those people [of the ‘alt-right‘ violent demonstration in Charlottesville] were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee.”

Charlottesville, like many southern towns across the US, has grappled with its Confederate legacy and the decision in the past to honor men who fought to keep the institution of slavery alive. In his comments, Trump lamented the push to take down Confederate statues.

“So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee,” Trump said. “I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

Also from CNN today:

Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

President Donald Trump, in a staggering, impromptu press conference in New York on Tuesday, blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend on both sides of the conflict — equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side — after his top White House aides spent days trying to clean up after Trump’s initial vague response to the violence.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said during a contentious back-and-forth with reporters in the lobby of his Midtown Manhattan building.

“What about the ‘alt-left‘ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right,’ do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump asked. …

“I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement,” Trump said, calling his initial comment a “fine statement.” …

[Trump said] there was some who came out to protest the removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue who were “fine people.”

“You had people in that group [the violent ‘Unite the Right’ demonstrators] that were there to protest the taking down, to them, of a very, very important statue and a renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name,” Trump said. …

Trump’s slippery slope argument [on Jefferson and Washington] is straight out of the ‘alt-right‘ playbook.

Oh and don’t forget the winery plug Trump included in his remarks Tuesday.

President defends far-right marchers and equates Confederate generals Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson: here.

THE AFTERMATH OF TRUMP’S DEFENSE OF ‘BOTH SIDES’ “President Donald Trump spoke again Tuesday on the white supremacist conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, defending his much-criticized initial statement on the protests and offering an even stronger critique of demonstrators and the causes they fought for during the violent weekend gathering.” Trump was clear to say there was violence on “both sides” and referenced the “alt-left.” You can watch the speech here, which white nationalists praised and politicians rushed to condemn. CNN commentator Van Jones was tearfully at a loss at the president’s words, Anderson Cooper opened his show with blistering commentary, and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer called Trump’s speech “a moral disgrace.” [HuffPost]

Trump aide Katharine Gorka helped end funding for a group that fights white supremacy.

All four of Baltimore’s Confederate statues were removed overnight, just days after a white nationalist rally erupted into chaos and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday night to immediately take down the monuments after more than a year of indecision: here.

This Is Why You’re Seeing The Confederate Flag Across Europe. It was shocking to see the flag greet Donald Trump in Poland. But European groups — some of them white supremacist — have waved it for years: here.

THE FEDS WANT THE VISITOR RECORDS FOR A SITE LINKED TO TRUMP PROTESTS “The request is so broad it seems like the administration is trying to obtain ‘an enemies list,’ one legal expert said.” [HuffPost]

So many CEOs resigned from Trump’s manufacturing council that he just disbanded it. Trump’s response to the Charlottesville white nationalism march caused many business leaders to resign in protest: here.

Trump’s Two Big Business Councils Disband Amid Uproar Over Charlottesville. The president took credit for dissolving the groups: here.

Charlottesville, USA murderous nazism, Donald Trump, many protests


Anti-fascist protest in Minneapolis, USA

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA:

Protests continue against Trump and Nazi rampage in Charlottesville

By our reporters

15 August 2017

Over the past several days, tens of thousands of people across the US have marched and rallied to denounce the murderous rampage of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, which left one dead and 19 wounded. The shock and outrage over the virtual occupation of a university town by hundreds of armed fascists has been compounded by President Donald Trump’s statements providing political cover for the perpetrators.

Rallies, protests and candlelight vigils in support of the Charlottesville victims and against the fascists have been held in cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington DC, New Haven, Detroit, Minneapolis, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and the Bay Area.

On Monday, protests were held in many locations, including Nashville, Tennessee; Durham, North Carolina; Minneapolis, New York and Washington, DC. In Nashville, protesters at the state Capitol sought to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate officer and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. In Durham, demonstrators brought down a Confederate monument.

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to protesters in New York City and Washington DC. In Manhattan, thousands gathered outside of Trump Tower, where Trump was visiting for the first time since his inauguration.

Jorge

Jorge, a City College of New York student and paralegal said, “I’m here to protest Trump after the rampage by the KKK and Nazis. This is what Trump has allowed, and he has to acknowledge that. Even if he is impeached, you have Pence and Sessions, who are connected to white supremacists, and this whole administration has given them a platform.”

He continued, “Fascism has never sunk its roots in the US, but has always been around since the 1930s. I think a lot of these small groups were able to grow under Obama.”

After the WSWS reporter compared today’s conditions to the economic crisis in the 1930s, Cruz added, “I completely oppose fascism in all its forms. The fascism of Mussolini or Hitler checked capitalism in some way, but what we have is almost a new form. Trump is so openly catering to the rich.”

Zack, a high school student attending with two of his friends, said, “We go to a school founded on MLK’s ideas, and we came out in order to join the people that oppose what Trump is doing. He hasn’t called out what happened in Charlottesville as terrorism. These are the people that support him and have his back.”

Zack’s friend, Daniel, added, “Trump has a base that supports itself on their own racial ideals. They are really the majority of his base now. They could lead a small uprising, as they already did. They could also expand their influence and use their ideology to suppress people.”

Daniel, Zack and Roscoe

After some discussion about the consensus between Democrats and Republicans over issues such as funding the military, their friend, Roscoe, said, “It has become like a football game, and there isn’t even agreement among the Republicans on a lot of issues. But the military budget goes through and it is just too much.”

Christopher, an unemployed worker, said, “I see an authoritarian state arising now. I came out here, and I normally don’t go to protests, because I feel like silence is complacency. Trump’s statements make Nazis and white supremacists feel emboldened and we should stand up to them and feel emboldened to stand up to them.

Christopher

Trump won’t condemn the violence because he wants to keep these groups up his sleeve for when he is impeached. I’m trying to be optimistic and think this is the rock bottom, but things might get a lot worse before they get better.”

Asked about the Democrats, he added, “I’m not sure how I feel about the Democrats. They are more in line with the corporate interest than our interests.”

Kambale, who was born in the Congo, said, “I’m in the US as a refugee and I hear people telling me now to go back to the Congo. I’m really shocked to see people supporting Trump, but a lot has changed. Two years ago I used to walk around in African-style clothing, but I wouldn’t do that now. You never know who are you going to run into.

Kambale

Something was sparked during Trump’s campaign, and I remember telling my friends that if he doesn’t win the election, this movement will not go away easily. He has agitated people beyond a certain point. I’m worried about matters of life and death. In Charlottesville someone died based on the political narrative of this man.”

Asked his thoughts on the political situation, he added, “I don’t believe the major political parties, and I mean both the Democrats and Republicans, are addressing the issues facing the American people. Also, a lot has stayed the same with Trump. The US military is still in Africa. It is still in the Middle East.”

In Washington DC, WSWS reporters spoke to demonstrators in front of the White House. Some 400 people gathered there and then marched to Trump Hotel in the downtown area.

Emma, a young student, said, “It is obvious that hate has no room here. Yet, we have an armed alt-right in our streets. They were mobilized by the election of a president who sympathizes with them.”

When asked why she thought people voted for Trump, she said: “I think people voted for him because they thought he was an outspoken outsider. They did not like President Obama. People in the Rust Belt felt that they no longer have a place in American society, and this is not true.”

The WSWS also spoke with Jake and Misha, two young students. Jake said, “I thought what we saw yesterday was disgusting. Even members of the media were doing intellectual acrobatics to avoid denouncing the protests. Yet, ‘Love Trumps Hate’ has a very American liberal mentality. There are very few genuine socialists or communists here.”

The WSWS reporter spoke to the students about the role played by Leon Trotsky in diagnosing the situation in Germany prior to Hitler’s rise to power and his struggle to provide a revolutionary leadership for the German working class. Misha said, “I have done a lot of research into this period. Trotsky was a man of action and understood what type of organization was needed to defeat counterrevolution. I believe we need a revolutionary vanguard in this country.”

A member of the Socialist Equality Party spoke before the assembled crowd. He said, “It is clear that Donald Trump represents a mortal danger to the working class that must be removed. But on what basis and under what program? The Democratic Party will not stop the rise of fascism. In fact, the far right is emboldened in large part by the betrayals carried out by what passes for the ‘left’ today. We call for a break with the Democrats and the Republicans. Both are responsible for the rise of Trump and neither party can be trusted to oppose him.” The crowd responded with cheers and applause.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Families Mourn Charlottesville Victims

14 August 2017

Heather D. Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Berke M.M. Bates lost their lives during the Charlottesville protests. Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Heather D. Heyer died standing up for what she believed in.

Friends described her as a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised who was often moved to tears by the world’s injustices. That sense of conviction led her to join demonstrators protesting a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

“We were just marching around, spreading love — and then the accident happened,” a friend, Marissa Blair, said. “In a split second you see a car, and you see bodies flying.”

The authorities said Ms. Heyer, 32, was killed when a car driven by a man from Ohio plowed into the crowd.

“Heather was such a sweet soul, and she did not deserve to die,” Ms. Blair said on Sunday.

Others said Ms. Heyer, who lived in Charlottesville, spoke out against inequality and urged co-workers to be active in their community.

“Heather was a very strong woman,” said Alfred A. Wilson, manager of the bankruptcy division at the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, where Ms. Heyer worked as a paralegal. She stood up against “any type of discrimination,” he said. “That’s just how she’s always been.”

Read more here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Mounting evidence of White House collusion with neo-Nazis

15 August 2017

The rampage through Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend by hundreds of neo-Nazis did not come as a surprise to the Trump White House. On the contrary, both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported the mounting threat of violence by white supremacist groups more than three months ago.

According to a document obtained and made public by Foreign Policy magazine on its web site Monday, the FBI and DHS issued a joint warning that white supremacists had already carried out more violent attacks than any other US-based groups over the past 16 years and “likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year.”

The eight-page intelligence bulletin was issued on May 10, 2017. Its significance was underscored two weeks later when a white supremacist carried out a murderous assault on a Portland, Oregon commuter train, killing two men who tried to prevent him from harassing two … women, one of them wearing traditional [Muslim] dress.

The report, titled “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat of Lethal Violence,” found that US neo-Nazis “were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016… more than any other domestic extremist movement,” including Islamists inspired by ISIS or Al Qaeda.

The targets of the white supremacist extremists (WSE in FBI jargon) in 2016 alone included blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims and Jews. They were stabbed, shot, beaten and in one case attacked with a hatchet. There was one death, numerous injuries, and one attempted mass casualty attack that was detected and disrupted by local police.

The perpetrators “included members of racist skinhead groups, Klan members, and individuals who lacked group affiliations.” Racist prison gangs and individuals recruited over the Internet were involved in some of the attacks.

The FBI-DHS bulletin explained that the targets were not selected exclusively on a racial basis: “A review of incidents since 2000 shows racial minorities have been the primary victims of WSE lethal violence. The second most common victims were other Caucasians, including the homeless, drug dealers, sex offenders and other white supremacists perceived as disloyal …”

In language that is eerily predictive of the Charlottesville attack, the bulletin continues, “Although plot-derived mass-casualty violence remains possible, we judge it more likely that violence will continue to be spontaneous and involve targets of opportunity.”

The FBI-DHS bulletin makes nonsense of any suggestion that the deadly attack in Charlottesville could not have been foreseen. It was precisely as described in the report, involving a “target of opportunity” taking place on the outskirts of the largest assembly of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in recent US history.

There is no doubt that the FBI and DHS were heavily engaged in monitoring the actions of the fascist rioters in Charlottesville and had undercover agents active in their ranks. They would have been well aware of the danger of cars driven at high speed into crowds, not only because this has been a well-publicized technique of ISIS-linked terrorist attacks in Europe, but because an “All Lives Splatter” decal, threatening automobile attacks on demonstrators against police violence, has been widely circulated on right-wing and pro-police web sites.

Black Lives Splatter racist decal from nazi site Daily Stormer

This variation on the racist “All Lives Splatter” decal which encourages drivers to wound or kill protesters against police brutality is specifically a call to kill or injure supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is from the nazi site Daily Stormer, one of the organisers of the Charlottesville violent fascist rally. The murderer of Heather Heyer got his inspiration from this.

From Esquire:

[Tennessee] State Rep[ublican] Rep[resentative] Matthew Hill has filed a bill that says if a driver hits a protester who is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way, then that driver would be immune to civic liability if the demonstrator is hit and hurt, as long as it wasn’t intentional. “If you want to protest, fine, I am for peaceful protesting, not lawless rioters,” Hill said. “We don’t want anyone to be hurt, but people should not knowingly put themselves in harm’s way when you’ve got moms and dads trying to get their kids to school.”

The Patrick Martin article comtinues:

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security at the time the May 10 bulletin was issued warning of white supremacist violence was retired General John F. Kelly, who was recently chosen by Trump to serve as White House chief of staff. Thus, an official with detailed, intimate knowledge of the imminence of ultra-right violence has been standing at Trump’s side for the past three weeks.

If Kelly had been monitoring the activities of the fascist right from the “outside,” so to speak, other top Trump aides, including chief political counselor Stephen Bannon, speechwriter and adviser Stephen Miller, and counterrorism counselor Sebastian Gorka, had multiple contacts from the “inside.”

It was Bannon who boasted he had made his Breitbart News web site the political home of the alt.right, the “respectable” label for white supremacist elements. Miller echoed the language of the Nazis when he branded critics of Trump’s proposed 50 percent cut in legal immigration as “cosmopolitans.” Gorka only a few days ago, in the course of a political rant against Muslims, declared that there was no such thing as a “lone wolf” terrorist and that white supremacists were not a threat to anyone.

According to the New York Times, Bannon and Miller were in meetings with Trump throughout Saturday, where they insisted that he issue an “even-handed” statement that would condemn supposed left-wing violence as well as the obvious right-wing violence.

This is the context in which one must evaluate Trump’s grudging 600-word statement Monday, dragged out of him by political advisers and congressional Republicans, making perfunctory, stilted and obviously insincere criticisms of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK for the violence in Charlottesville.

It was widely noted that Trump required 48 hours of nonstop public shaming before he would distance himself even verbally from the neo-Nazis. Until then, he had equated the victims and the attackers in Charlottesville, condemning violence and intolerance “on many sides.”

The substance of the actions announced was extremely limited. Trump said after meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice “has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others.” This suggests that the probe will be limited to James Alex Fields, the driver of the car, and that the organizers of the fascist demonstration, which included the mobilization of dozens of heavily armed gunmen in militia dress, will go scot free.

Trump read the statement from a teleprompter and refused to take any questions. He again refused to take questions from reporters at a later White House event to announce anti-China trade measures.

No prominent Democrat has demanded that Trump shed his coterie of White House pro-fascists, even after the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which includes a half dozen establishment civil rights organizations, issued a statement Sunday calling for the firing of Bannon, Miller and Gorka.

Meanwhile the Trump reelection campaign—already raising funds and conducting operations more than three years before the 2020 election—released its first campaign ad, a 30-second commercial that brands both Democrats and media figures as “the president’s enemies.” The tone and content of the ad demonstrate that the appeal to ultra-right and fascistic forces will be the axis of Trump’s efforts to mobilize support now and in 2018 and 2020.

This video from the USA says about itself:

White Supremacists Brutalize Black Man In Charlottesville

14 August 2017

De’Andre Harris was participating in the Charlottesville counter protest when he was jumped by white supremacists. Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“As a gang of white supremacists was beating him bloody, De’Andre Harris thought he might not survive and wondered why police were not rushing to defend him.

A few moments before, the 20-year-old Charlottesville resident and four friends, all of them African Americans, were screaming curses at white nationalists marching along Market Street in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday and carrying neo-Nazi flags and yelling racial slurs.

The verbal confrontation soon turned ugly.

As Harris recounted in an interview Sunday, he suddenly found himself fighting as many as five of the marchers.

Harris, a hip-hop artist and assistant special education teacher at a high school, said he did not know why the marchers singled him out, though he had tied a white towel around his neck on which he had scrawled epithets directed at the Ku Klux Klan and police. As he fled into a nearby parking garage, the men caught up with him, hitting with their fists and wooden poles.

But a group of police officers who were only a few yards away when the fight broke out did not attempt to break it up, according to Harris and another eyewitness.

“They were trying to kill me out there,” Harris recalled. “The police didn’t budge, and I was getting beat to a pulp.”

Read more here.

By Joseph Kishore in the USA:

The political and social roots of fascist violence in the US

15 August 2017

The eruption of Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend has come as a shock to millions of people in the United States and around the world. The images of pro-Nazi white supremacists assaulting counter-protesters and the brutal murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer have exposed the socially and politically rancid state of American society. Nazi thugs rampaged through a university town and terrorized students and other residents while smirking policemen stood by and winked their encouragement to the attackers. The country that presumes to preach morality to the world and holds itself up as the beacon of law and democratic stability is breaking apart at the seams.

There is a vast difference between the deep-felt anger of millions of ordinary people over the events in Charlottesville and the formal hand-wringing and hypocritical condemnations of violence by politicians from the Democratic and Republican parties and the corporate media. Their statements reek of insincerity. Their pro forma denunciations of the violence in Charlottesville are devoid of any serious examination of the underlying social and political conditions out of which it arose.

Typical was Monday’s editorial (“The Hate He Dares Not Speak Of”) in the New York Times, which speaks for the Democratic Party. The editors criticized Trump for not condemning the white supremacist groups responsible for the violence. They declared that Trump “is alone in modern presidential history in his willingness to summon demons of bigotry and intolerance in service to himself.” The president is clinging to white supremacists, the editors added, “in his desperation to rescue his failing presidency.”

Were it not for Trump, the Times implies, the streets of America would resound with hymns of brotherly love. But the “Evil Trump” interpretation of history explains nothing. The swaggering thug in the White House is, like the violence in Charlottesville, a symptom of a deep and intractable crisis.

As a political and social phenomenon, fascism is a product of capitalism in extreme crisis. Analyzing the rise of the Nazi movement in Germany in 1932, Trotsky explained that the ruling class turns to fascism “at the moment when the ‘normal’ police and military resources of the bourgeois dictatorship, together with their parliamentary screens, no longer suffice to hold society in a state of equilibrium… Through the fascist agency, capitalism sets in motion the masses of the crazed petty bourgeoisie and the bands of declassed and demoralized lumpenproletariat—all the countless human beings whom finance capital itself has brought to desperation and frenzy.” (“What Next? Vital Question for the German Proletariat”)

Fascism is not yet a mass movement in the United States. The national mobilization of far-right organizations to oppose the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee drew only several hundred people.

Notwithstanding their limited support among the broad mass of the population, however, these reactionary elements enjoy the backing of powerful sections of the state, including the White House itself. They have the financial support of billionaire backers (Stephen Bannon, Trump’s fascistic chief strategist, has developed close ties to hedge fund executive Robert Mercer). And they have the active sympathy of significant sections of the police and military apparatus.

Throughout his campaign and his first seven months in office, Trump and his fascistic advisors have pursued a definite political strategy, based on the belief that they can exploit widespread social anger and political disorientation to develop an extra-parliamentary movement to violently suppress any popular opposition to a policy of extreme militarism and social reaction.

However, Trump is less the creator than the outcome of protracted economic, social and political processes. His administration, composed of oligarchs and generals, arises out of a quarter-century of unending war, four decades of social counterrevolution and the increasingly authoritarian character of American politics. Torture, drone assassinations, wars of aggression, police murder—overseen by both Democrats and Republicans—form the backdrop to the events in Charlottesville.

Trump’s greatest asset has been the character and orientation of his political opponents within the ruling class. He defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election because the Democrats ran as the party of the status quo, the embodiment of complacency and self-satisfaction. Since the election, their opposition to Trump has been oriented entirely to the intelligence agencies and the military, where fascist elements flourish, on the basis of demands for a more aggressive policy against Russia. They are unable and unwilling to advance a program that can command any significant popular support since they represent an alliance of Wall Street and privileged layers of the upper-middle class.

Trump has been able to win a certain base in regions of the country that have been devastated by deindustrialization …

As the Trump administration was intensifying its cultivation of fascistic forces over the past several months, Google—in alliance with those sections of the state particularly associated with the Democratic Party—was implementing a program of censorship targeting left-wing and progressive websites, above all, the World Socialist Web Site. The response of all factions of the ruling class to the social and political crisis that has produced Trump is to seek to block and suppress any challenge to the capitalist system.

Long historical experience has demonstrated that fascism can be fought only through the mobilization of the working class on a socialist and revolutionary program. The fight against the extreme right must be developed through the unification of all sections of the working class, of all races, genders and nationalities. Opposition to fascism must be connected to the fight against war, social inequality, unemployment, low wages, police violence and all the social ills produced by capitalism.

Heather Heyer anti-nazi solidarity vigils in England


This video from England says about itself:

Solidarity with Charlottesville anti fascists, US embassy, London. 14th August 2017.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Vigils will mark US protester’s murder

Tuesday 15th August 2017

SOLIDARITY vigils are set to be held in northern England in memory of an anti-fascist campaigner murdered in the US state of Virginia.

Heather Heyer, 32, died when a racist drove his car at speed into a group of demonstrators opposing a rally staged by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists in Charlottesville on Saturday.

In Manchester, a solidarity vigil will take place today at St Peter’s Square, in front of the city’s central library, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

It has been organised by Greater Manchester Unite Against Fascism. For more details contact northwest@uaf.org.uk.

Another vigil will take place in Leeds tomorrow at 5pm, outside Leeds Art Gallery in the Headrow.

It is being staged by the city’s Unite Against Fascism, Black Lives Matter, Stand Up To Trump, and Stand Up To Racism groups.

James Fields, 20, has been arrested and charged with murder over Saturday’s attack, in which dozens of people were hurt.

Members of the Yazidi Sinjar Women’s Units (YJŞ) currently fighting the Islamic State [ISIS; neither Islamic nor a state] in its self-declared capital Raqqa [in Syria], have sent an exclusive photograph to The Region in which they commemorate Heather Heyer, the anti-fascist activist killed in Charlottesville: here.

MORE CEOs ARE QUITTING OVER TRUMP’S RESPONSE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE ” Three CEOs on the White House manufacturing council resigned in protest Monday over President Donald Trump’s botched response to a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.” While Trump did condemn hate groups on Monday, his response has been considered too little, too late. [HuffPost]

THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CAR ATTACK SUSPECT HAD BEEN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MULTIPLE TIME James Alex Fields Jr.’s own mother had called the police on him at least three times. And the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when Fields Jr. allegedly drove a car into the crowd Saturday, has a powerful message. [HuffPost]

Demonstrators pulled down this Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, USA.