London anti-fascists against neonazi bookshop attackers


Bookmarks bookshop manager Dave Gilchrist shakes hands with London Assembly member Ushmen Desai at the protest against the neofascist attack

By Ben Chacko in London, England:

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Huge Bookmarks solidarity demo sees fascists chased away

A STRONG showing of solidarity with socialist booksellers Bookmarks easily saw off a handful of disruptive fascists at the weekend.

Hundreds of socialists, feminists and anti-racists thronged the central London bookshop and adjacent Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon, listening to speakers call for a new mobilisation against the far right in the wake of a fascist attack on the shop a week before.

The crowd heard from Stand Up to Racism co-convener Weyman Bennett, Jewish Socialists’ Group’s David Rosenberg and former National Union of Teachers president Louise Regan — as well as dozens of messages of solidarity received from those who couldn’t be there, including 103-year-old Cable Street veteran and communist Max Levitas and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“Half a dozen” far-right agitators, quickly identified by organisers as belonging to the so-called Democratic Football Lads’ Alliance, tried to film and provoke some of the attendees outside the church but were rapidly chased off by activists, including historian and author Louise Raw, who had earlier addressed the event.

Unite Against Fascism’s Paul Sillett told the Morning Star the fascists had “turned up and tried to intimidate people” and were a group who had “on occasion provided security for far-right outfit Generation Identity.

“They try to film people and then share their faces and names”, Mr Sillett said, pointing to Vinnie Sullivan’s Reality Report which targets left-wing events and shares camera footage “to set people up for assault.”

The group were quickly dealt with as Bookmarks had arranged a “proper stewarding operation” following Saturday August 4’s attack.

Ms Raw said “when the DFLA declined to leave, several of us chased them across the road and away.

“I was particularly impressed with the anti-fascist sisters — particularly those who chased them off in summer frocks and flip flops!”

She stressed: “What’s important is the tremendous success of the day, hundreds upon hundreds of people coming together to stand up to fascism.”

Ms Raw was one of several speakers to summon up the spirit of Cable Street in her address to the event, which heard Ruth Levitas read out a message on behalf of her uncle Max, who was arrested in 1934 for whitewashing No To Fascism on a plinth at Trafalgar Square and fought two years later at Cable Street, where communists and Jews of the East End defeated the British Union of Fascists led by Oswald Mosley.

“The struggle continues”, Mr Levitas had told her. “We fight on. It’s a long struggle.”

Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights author Judith Orr said that while the election of Donald Trump had emboldened fascists, the outlook in Britain was hopeful “because of Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning victory.

“People want something different. That’s only going to be won by the collective struggle of our class”, she said.

A giant We Are Corbyn banner adorned one wall of the church hall and each mention of the Labour leader’s name drew applause from the audience, with Mr Bennett and Mr Rosenberg among those pointing to his unparalleled record of standing up to fascism and racism.

Mr Rosenberg read out a message in which Mr Corbyn said the attack on Bookmarks showed how frightened fascists are “by ideas for a different world of social justice and equality.”

The day “went fantastically well,” Bookmarks manager David Gilchrist told the Morning Star. “Turnout was huge. It’s like what we’ve experienced all week, solidarity visits, people buying books.

“It’s a reflection of how seriously people are taking the situation.

“There were old friends and lots of new faces — this is the beginning of the unity we need to fight the fascists.”

THE spirit of Cable Street was evoked in Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church at the weekend as the left came together to vow a fightback against the growing threat of the far right. The solidarity event with Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop attacked by far-right activists a week earlier, attracted hundreds upon hundreds of people across the afternoon, with speaker after speaker pointing to the need to unite and fight against fascism: here.

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German university boss collaborating with AfD neofascists against students


This video says about itself:

[Extreme rigt party] AfD again questions German memorials to Nazi era | DW English

23 February 2018

Remembrance is not something the German AfD is keen on. At least not as long as it means remembering Germany’s difficult past. It has already objected to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin. This time it’s the “Stumbling Stones” commemorating Nazi victims.

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei in Germany:

Defend the Student Council! Stop the right-wing conspiracy at Berlin’s Humboldt University

9 August 2018

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) and the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) condemn in the sharpest terms the attack by university President Sabine Kunst (Social Democratic Party—SPD) on the Student Council at Humboldt University and her complicity with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). We support the Student Council’s decision not to publish the personal details of politically active students and we demand Kunst’s immediate resignation as HU president, as well as the publication of information on and the ending of all connections between the university administration and right-wing extremist circles.

While the presidents of Berlin’s two other major universities refused to publish the personal details of politically active students following a request by AfD politician Martin Trefzer, Kunst filed a lawsuit against the students of her own university in late July. She wants to legally compel the Student Council to publish the full names of all council members and their deputies as Trefzer demanded. To carry through the far-right conspiracy, Kunst intends to revoke the Student Council’s autonomy and change the statute providing for it that was initially adopted by the students themselves.

If Kunst is successful in carrying out her authoritarian actions, there will be dangerous consequences. The lists being demanded by her and the AfD will be used by right-wing extremist groups to intimidate and attack students with oppositional views. In its press release, titled “HU administration and the AfD against students,” the Student Council warned, “We are well known by name by those affected by this—HU students. However, we don’t want to be known by our political enemies, who want to slander us.”

The president’s claim that the suit is merely about legal oversight or avoiding abuse of power by individual student officers is a lie. “When the university administration talks about publishing the names of the council members ‘internally at the university’, that means they will automatically go to the AfD”, wrote the Student Council. “This is because the university employs AfD members and members of the so-called New Right as teachers, among them Markus Egg and Jörg Baberowski, and, until last semester, Gottfried Curio, who now sits in the federal parliament for the AfD.”

Under no circumstances should the names of the Student Council members be published and handed over to the AfD, which enjoys close ties to far-right terrorists and neo-Nazis capable of violence. The university administration also has no right to this information. When students anonymously criticised the militarist positions of Professor Herfried Münkler on the blog Münkler-Watch in 2015, the university administration demanded their names so it could launch a crackdown against them.

It is high time to stop Kunst and the right-wing offensive against students at Humboldt University! Right-wing extremist networks and authoritarian measures should never again be allowed to prevail at this university, of all places!

Jörg Baberowski, a professor of Eastern European history, is at the centre of the far-right conspiracy at Humboldt University. Baberowski is an internationally known Nazi apologist and ideological pioneer of the far-right. His writings are characterised by the downplaying of the crimes of the Nazis and the Third Reich. “Hitler was not a psychopath, he was not vicious. He did not want to talk about the extermination of the Jews at his table”, he told Der Spiegel in 2014.

US American nazi website The Daily Stormer hails Baberowski

This screengrab shows US American nazi website The Daily Stormer hailing Baberowski.

Baberowski’s historical revisionism goes hand in hand with the far-right agenda he is pursuing politically. It is now known that he is the organiser of a right-wing extremist discussion circle, which also includes the Social Democrat and racist Thilo Sarrazin; Michael Klonowsky, who is a personal adviser to AfD leader Alexander Gauland; and right-wing publicists such as Dieter Stein (Junge Freiheit), Karlheinz Weißmann (Cato), and Frank Böckelmann (Tomult). Earlier this year, the so-called “Statement 2018” emerged from this fascistic network. It railed against alleged “illegal mass migration” and declared its solidarity with xenophobic demonstrations.

The news magazine Die Zeit has regularly carried reports about Baberowski’s “right-wing salon.” It listed him as part of an entire “New Right network of think tanks”, with close ties to the AfD. Die Zeit wrote: “For a few years, right-wing intellectuals, writers and publicists have met at a long secretive debating club in Berlin at the initiative of historian Jörg Baberowski … In private surroundings, Baberowski discussed with his guests the history of Islam in Europe and freedom of speech—and connected conservatives with right-wing extremists.”

Facebook post by Baberowski’s department

Facebook post by Baberowski’s department

Baberowski not only exploits his connections in politics, the media and the military to carry out his right-wing extremist agenda, but also the university infrastructure. While he has long listed his anti-refugee interviews, newspaper articles and radio contributions on his HU website, he recently employed the Facebook page of his Department of Eastern European History within the Institute of History to spread the far-right’s propaganda.

A 24 July post that has since been deleted ranted in the manner of the AfD or Pegida against the “dictatorship of the moral guardians and the tyranny of the majority”, and lamented, “This country is at the end of the road. It will never again recover from the intellectual civil war unleashed by the fanatics. The pact between the republic of virtues and the lawyers of understanding has finally been severed. Perhaps this reality should be recognised and any talks brought to an end. There’s no point to it any more.”

Baberowski has long been demanding that students critical of his right-wing tirades be thrown out of the university and suppressed by authoritarian means. He sued the Bremen Student Council in 2017 because it criticized his right-wing standpoint. Kunst, who has been president of Humboldt since May 2016, supported Baberowski’s course from the outset. After his defeat in the courts, she released an official statement from the university administration declaring that it would not tolerate any criticism of the “outstanding scholar” and threatening legal action against his critics.

This was a threat to the entire student body, which by a large majority opposes the AfD’s far-right politics and the transformation of HU into a right-wing think tank. In recent years, several student organs have adopted resolutions or statements speaking out against Baberowski, Münkler and other right-wing and pro-militarist professors. In April 2017, the student parliament adopted a resolution by a large majority that called on Kunst to “publicly withdraw her declarations of solidarity with Prof. Baberowski” and “unequivocally condemn his right-wing, anti-refugee positions.”

Kunst reacted by intensifying her threats. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, she denounced the students of her own university and sought to portray Baberowski and Münkler as victims of a defamation campaign. Sven Wurm, the spokesperson for the IYSSE, who has warned of the dangerous developments at HU for several years, stated in an open letter to Kunst: “In reality, it is you who are defaming and suppressing freedom of speech. What you falsely portray as defending ‘academic debate’ is in fact a modern form of state co-option. You want to determine what can and cannot be said at the university, and which regulations should apply. You have no respect for the opinions and democratic rights of the students.” He continued: “In terms of content, the issues at stake in the dispute with Baberowski are of great social significance. At stake is the attempt to reevaluate Hitler’s role and Germany’s crimes in the First and Second World War without any opposition being raised.”

Already in February 2014, the IYSSE stated in an open letter to Kunst’s predecessor, Jan-Endrik Olbertz (Christian Democratic Union): “The efforts to justify a historically false narrative coincide with a critical turning point in German history. They are closely bound up with the declarations of President Joachim Gauck and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that it is time to end the decades of Germany’s military restraint. The revival of German militarism requires a new interpretation of history that downplays the crimes of the Nazi era.”

With her crackdown on the Student Council, Kunst stands fully exposed as a supporter of this agenda. It is now clear that the appointment of the SPD politician to head Humboldt University was a deliberate political decision. Involved is the defence of Baberowski’s far-right network, the accelerated drive to revive German militarism, and the suppression of all opposition to this among students.

Already in earlier positions as president of the University of Potsdam and minister of science in the Brandenburg SPD-Left Party government, Kunst strengthened the influence of right-wing and militarist tendencies at universities. In 2015, she appointed Sönke Neitzel as professor of the German army study programme “War and conflict studies”, Like Münkler and Baberowski, Neitzel works systematically to rewrite the history of the First and Second World War so as to whitewash the crimes of German imperialism and prepare new ones. In a recent interview in the magazine Zeit Geschichte titled “Learn from the Wehrmacht?” he praised the tradition-setting role of Wehrmacht soldiers for the German army’s military interventions in the post-World War II era.

Kunst’s actions at Humboldt University correspond to the grand coalition’s right-wing agenda and the SPD’s role within it. With its decision to continue the grand coalition, the SPD consciously chose to make the AfD, which won only 12.6 percent of the vote in last year’s federal election, the official opposition, so as to strengthen the far-right’s influence and implement its programme in practice. The doubling of defence spending, brutal social spending cuts across Europe, and a crackdown on refugees are central to the grand coalition’s programme, along with the strengthening of the repressive powers of the police and the suppression of any domestic left-wing or socialist opposition.

The current report by Germany’s domestic Secret Service (Verfassungsschutz), which was published a few days ago with a foreword by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (Christian Social Union), reads like a document from the AfD’s party headquarters. The AfD is presented as a “victim” of alleged “left-wing extremists,” and the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei is officially listed among the “objects under surveillance” by the Secret Service. Its “misdeed” is not “left-wing extremist” violence, but rather its public advocacy of a socialist programme against “the existing state and social order, invariably slandered as ‘capitalism’, against the EU, supposed nationalism, imperialism, and militarism.”

The parallels to the 1920s and 1930s are striking. As then, the ruling elite is responding to the deep crisis of capitalism, extreme levels of social inequality, and mounting conflicts between the major powers with anti-democratic and authoritarian forms of rule. It is deliberately encouraging the growth of far-right forces to enforce their reactionary policies against mounting opposition within the population.

Hitler did not come to power in 1933 by riding a wave of popular support, but by means of a conspiracy involving influential figures in politics, business and the military. After the Nazis suffered a major defeat in the 1932 parliamentary elections and were plunged into crisis, President Paul von Hindenburg, who was elected with the support of the SPD and the Centre Party, appointed Hitler chancellor on 30 January, 1933. Two months later, all of the bourgeois parties voted in parliament for the Enabling Act, which laid the basis for the Nazis’ terror regime.

Today, the influence of the far-right over the ruling elite’s policies stands in even greater contrast to the views and convictions of the vast majority of the people. The AfD does not have a mass base but is viewed with deep hostility. In May, tens of thousands protested in Berlin against a march by the AfD, which managed to mobilise just 2,000 supporters from across the country. In the workplaces and universities, the AfD and the ruling elite’s right-wing policies are despised. According to a recent poll, 67 percent of the population is concerned about the rightward shift of German politics.

The IYSSE urges all students not to be intimidated by Kunst’s threats, but instead to organise a powerful counter-offensive. Humboldt University cannot be permitted to be transformed into a centre for right-wing extremist and militarist propaganda, as it was prior to the First and Second World War. All measures against politically active students must be withdrawn and a student-led investigation initiated into the activities of right-wing extremist networks at HU.

The following questions must be answered:

• To what extent and by whom were the right-wing activities at Humboldt University financially supported?

• Are or were university rooms made available for Baberowski’s “right-wing salon?”

• Which other members of the teaching staff participated in the meetings with Baberowski?

• What discussions took place between Kunst and the grand coalition, or the SPD-Left Party-Green coalition in the state of Berlin, about protecting Baberowski from criticism?

• Was the crackdown on left-wing and critical students coordinated with the Verfassungsschutz, which describes any criticism of capitalism in its latest report as “left-wing extremism?”

To stop the right-wing conspiracy at HU, the IYSSE appeals to all students, university clubs and academics who are not prepared to allow the return of German militarism to proceed unopposed: Organise protests and demonstrations at HU and other universities to demand the resignation of Kunst and Baberowski!

The chief task is to mobilise support among the working class, to inform workers about the dangerous developments at Humboldt University, and win them to a socialist programme against war, capitalism and fascism. Make contact with the IYSSE and SGP, and help to organise this struggle!

War and fascism, never again!

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

Stop Kunst, Baberowski and the right-wing extremist conspiracy at Humboldt University!

Nazi murder plot in Sweden


Swedish NRM nazis march this year in Ludvika, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Swedish neo-Nazis arrested on suspicion of murder plot against journalists

In Sweden, a member of the neo-Nazi movement NMR has been arrested on suspicion of plans to kill two journalists.

The Swedish name of these nazis is Nordiska motståndsrörelsen; NMR. Translated in English: Nordic Resistance Movement, NRM.

On the man’s computer, the police found documents with information about two journalists working for the Swedish media company Mittmedia, Swedish media report. Among the data there were also photos of the homes of the journalists.

The authorities also found a home-made rifle, ammunition, silencers and a bag with a hidden compartment to hide a weapon. …

The Säpo secret service carries out a larger investigation and has found several self-made weapons at other NMR members’ homes.

Stop Internet censorship


This video from Washington D.C. in the USA says about itself:

Metro will not offer separate trains for the Unite the Right rally

6 August 2018

On Monday, Metro confirmed in a statement that they will not offer separate trains for the so-called “White Civil Rights” rally — called “Unite the Right” — planned for the coming weekend in D.C.

The Metro management decided that after strong protest by Metro workers against privileged transport for these white supremacists … only accessible for those showing their swastikas, Ku Klux Klan hoods, or Confederate flags?

Protesters against United States Aryan Nations nazis, photo by Maggie Winters

By Andre Damon in the USA:

Fight back against internet censorship!

9 August 2018

In July 2017, the World Socialist Web Site published an exposure of the fact that changes to Google’s search algorithms had massively slashed traffic to left-wing, anti-war and socialist publications. Over the course of dozens of articles, we established that Google, together with the other technology monopolies, was engaged in a campaign of censorship of oppositional viewpoints, in close collaboration with the US intelligence apparatus.

In the ensuing year, every claim made by the WSWS, initially denied by the technology giants, has been established as fact. Google, Facebook and Twitter have all acknowledged that they have promoted “trusted” news outlets, while restricting the distribution of “alternative” sources of information. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that it is promoting publications like the New York Times and the [Rupert Murdoch-owned] Wall Street Journal, while demoting and blocking “sites that have intense followings” but are supposedly “not widely trusted beyond their core audiences.”

Under conditions of growing social and political opposition, censorship is taking ever more overt forms. Just last week, Facebook announced that it had shut down the official event page for a left-wing counter protest to “Unite the Right 2”, a neo-fascist demonstration scheduled in Washington on August 12, the anniversary of last year’s Nazi rally in Charlottesville.

The Washington police plan to escort the fascists to the scene of this weekend’s rally and “protect” them from anti-fascist demonstrators. And the Washington, D.C. transportation authorities had been pushing a plan to provide separate Metro cars for fascist demonstrators, which it abandoned only in the face of mass opposition by transit workers.

United States anti-fascist demonstrators, photo by Marc Nozell/Flickr (CC-BY)

Even as the extreme right receives state support and promotion, the major technology companies have begun censoring far-right organizations as a cover for their aim of shutting down left-wing opposition to capitalism, war and inequality.

This week, Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify all removed or blocked the content of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, censoring his podcasts, videos and livestreams. The companies justified their actions by claiming Jones had violated their policies against “hate speech” and “harassment.”

Long experience has shown that political censorship by the state and corporations does not harm the fascistic right but strengthens it by burnishing its absurd claims to oppose the state and political establishment. Jones’ censorship by the technology giants has received widespread coverage in all major newspapers and TV networks, which have largely ignored the censorship of left-wing news outlets. The extreme right, moreover, enjoys support at the highest levels of the military, the police and the state.

The censorship of the far right creates a political precedent for censoring left-wing political movements—the main target. It justifies the false moral equivalency between fascism and left-wing opposition to capitalism, claiming that both represent forms of political “extremism.” Such reactionary amalgams are being used throughout Europe and in Australia to implement far-reaching attacks on democratic rights.

The World Socialist Web Site, which has been a central target of the censorship campaign, has led the fight against the attack on free speech. In a letter to Google published nearly one year ago, the WSWS demanded that Google “stop blacklisting the WSWS and renounce the censorship of all the left-wing, socialist, anti-war and progressive websites.” It added, “Censorship on this scale is political blacklisting. The obvious intent of Google’s censorship algorithm is to block news that your company does not want reported and to suppress opinions with which you do not agree.”

In January, we issued an open letter calling for “socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists” to join “an international coalition to fight Internet censorship.”

This appeal received the support of numerous principled journalists, including WikiLeaksJulian Assange, John Pilger and Chris Hedges, along with thousands of workers and young people. The campaign to censor the Internet is intersecting with the attempt to drive Assange from his forced refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In June, the Socialist Equality Party in Australia organized a powerful demonstration in defense of Assange, demanding that the Australian government secure his safe return to Australia.

As the technology giants intensify their efforts to censor the Internet, the World Socialist Web Site is expanding and intensifying its campaign against internet censorship on the basis of the demands outlined in the open letter:

* Safeguarding the Internet as a platform for political organization and the free exchange of information, culture and diverse viewpoints, guided by the principle that access to the Internet is a right and must be free and equally available for all.

* Uncompromising insistence on the complete independence of the Internet from control by governments and private corporations.

* Unconditional defense of net neutrality and free, unfettered and equal access to the Internet.

* The banning and illegalization of government and corporate manipulation of search algorithms and procedures, including the use of human evaluators, that restrict and block public visibility of websites.

* Irreconcilable opposition to the use of the Internet and artificial intelligence technologies to carry out surveillance of web users.

* Demanding the end to the persecution of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and the complete restoration of their personal freedom.

* Advocating the transformation of the corporate Internet monopolies into public utilities, under internationally coordinated democratic control, to provide the highest quality service, not private profit.

* The fight against Internet censorship and the defense of democratic rights cannot be conducted through appeals to capitalist governments and the parties and politicians who serve their interests, but only in uncompromising struggle against them. Moreover, this struggle is international in scope and totally opposed to every form and manifestation of national chauvinism, racism and imperialist militarism. Therefore, those who are truly committed to the defense of democratic rights must direct their efforts to the mobilization of the working class of all countries.

In the United States, which is at the center of campaign by the ruling classes of the world to censor the Internet, the Democrats have led the way in channeling the demands of the intelligence agencies for a crackdown on domestic opposition. The Democrats have focused their criticism of the Trump administration not on its fascistic attacks on immigrants, its warmongering, its abolition of net neutrality, or its tax cuts for the wealthy, but on the right-wing, neo-McCarthyite claim that Russia is “sowing divisions”. This campaign is being intensified in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Meanwhile, the array of pseudo-left organizations that operate in the orbit of the Democratic Party, and which represent privileged sections of the middle class, have ignored the censorship drive and covered up its far-reaching implications.

This demonstrates that the fight against Internet censorship must be rooted in the working class, the vast majority of the population. The defense of free speech online is essential for the working class as it enters into struggle to defend is social rights and oppose inequality, war and the capitalist system.

We call on all of our readers to take up the fight against internet censorship by contacting us today.

This November 2011 video from the USA is called State Department Veteran Peter Van Buren Defies US Censors to Recount Failed Iraq Reconstruction.

From The Contrary Perspective blog in the USA, 8 August 2018:

I Have Been Permanently Banned from Twitter

With a President who vociferously defends his use of Twitter to circumvent political norms, evade his ostensible “handlers”, and to stoke racial and xenophobic tensions, Twitter has become an important free-speech frontier. But Twitter is a private company and has chosen to silence accounts it deems abusive or dangerous.

Not Donald Trump’s support for armed white supremacists or encouragement of violence against adversaries, not Alex Jones for peddling politically-charged and dangerous conspiracies, but one of our contributors, Peter Van Buren for reasons they obscure. The US Government tried to silence Peter when he worked in the State Department, but he did not expect the same treatment from a social media “free” enterprise. – Ed.

Peter Van Buren

Some of you are aware I have been permanently banned from Twitter as @wemeantwell.

This followed exchanges with several mainstream journalists over their support for America’s wars and unwillingness to challenge the lies of government. After two days of silence, Twitter sent me an auto-response saying what I wrote “harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence someone else’s voice.”

I don’t think I did any of that, and I wish you didn’t have to accept my word on it. I wish instead you could read what I wrote and decide for yourself. But Twitter won’t allow that. Twitter says you cannot read and make up your own mind. They have in fact eliminated all the things I have ever written there over seven years, disappeared me down the Memory Hole. That’s what censorship does; it takes the power to decide what is right and wrong away from you and gives it to someone else.

Hate what I write, hate me, block me, don’t buy my books, but please don’t celebrate handing over those choices to some company.

I lost my career at the State Department because I spoke out as a whistleblower against the Iraq War. I’ve now been silenced, again, for speaking out, this time by a corporation. I am living in the America I always feared.

This post originally appeared on Peter’s We Meant Well blog.

From Jewish daily The Forward in the USA, 9 August 2018:

Nearly a year after the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, the Anti-Defamation League launched an interactive map that details extremist and anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S., the organization announced Thursday.

Hovering above the ADL H.E.A.T. (Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism) Map, which is black and features color-code dots over a white-outlined map of the U.S., is a statistic: There were 3,023 incidents of extremism or anti-Semitism in the country in 2017 and 2018. The dots represent extremist activities, such as extremist-related murders, terrorist plots and attacks, anti-Semitic incidents and white supremacist propaganda on and off campus.

‘Hitler Was Right’ Republican Wins Missouri Primary: here.

‘Britain needs a new Anti-Nazi League’


Thousands march through London as part of the Anti-Nazi League in 1978

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Labour calls for new movement following the rise of the far right

LABOUR spoke out today for the launch of a new nationwide movement to resist racism and the growth of the far right in Britain.

The move follows an increase in fascist demonstrations, the storming of Bookmarks bookshop and Tory MP Boris Johnson’s Islamophobic comments.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said anti-racists should build on the work of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL), which was founded in the late 1970s in response to the growth of the National Front and was backed by trade unions and leading musicians of the time such as The Clash.

This music video is called The Clash at Rock Against Racism Victoria Park London 1978.

Mr McDonnell said: “We can no longer ignore the rise of far-right politics in our society. Maybe it’s time for an ANL-type cultural and political campaign to resist.”

He said the movement successfully combated the far right through the mass mobilisation of trade unionists and anti-racist campaigners.

“The ANL pioneered highly influential cultural movements like Rock Against Racism [prompted by the racist gestures of the likes of Eric Clapton and David Bowie] which attracted tens of thousands of people of all ages to anti-racist festivals and protests”, he said.

“We should seriously look at emulating the work of the ANL and Rock Against Racism at a time when the far right once again poses a genuine threat to our society.”

Mr McDonnell gave the example of Mr Johnson’s inflammatory comments about Muslim women who wear face veils.

Mr Johnson stands accused of stoking Islamophobia for political gain after saying this week that Muslim women wearing burkas look like bank robbers and that it was “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letterboxes.”

SNP MP Stephen Gethins said the “grotesquely offensive” comments were not an “accidental gaffe” but a “calculated and callous insult” against Muslim women.

“It’s about time the Tory Party heeded the calls from former co-chair Sayeeda Warsi and challenged the open Islamophobia being trumpeted within their ranks”, he said.

Party chairman Brandon Lewis has asked Mr Johnson to apologise for the comments.

Mr McDonnell also raised concerns about demonstrations over the jailing of ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and pointed to the attack at Bookmarks in central London on Saturday as proof of a rise of the far right.

Ukip has suspended three party members involved in the incident, including Luke Nash-Jones.

Solidarity with Bookmarks means mobilising against fascism: here.

The left and labour movement need to get organising in our communities to defeat the growing far right threat. British politics is undoubtedly at a fork in the road, with two very different paths ahead, writes JYOTI WILKINSON.

British anti-nazi demonstrators

Back off Boris — anti-racists to protest outside MP’s office: here.

Boris Johnson’s Islamophobic taunts are no accident: here.

British racist ‘Tommy Robinson”s John Lennon musical parody


This 7 August 2018 music video from Britain is a parody of the John Lennon song Imagine.

It says about itself:

Yaxley Lennon [Yaxley-Lennon is the real name of British neofascist ‘Tommy Robinson‘] – Imagine (NSFW)

Tommy Robinson’s John Lennon tribute act.

LYRICS:

Imagine there’s no Muslims
It’s easy if you try
No halal butchers
Just bacon and pork pies

Imagine all the rape trials
Live-streamed on Facebook
And YouTube

Imagine there’s no paedos
It isn’t hard to do
Just get rid of all the Muslims
That would solve that issue

If I knew sex offenders
I’d say so on Facebook
And YouTube

You may say that I’m a nobhead
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day they’ll all fuck off
And the world will be as one

JOHN McDONNELL’S clarion call for a new wave of nationwide opposition to racism and the rising tide of far-right violence is timely: here.

Portland, USA police helps armed neofascists


This video from the USA says about itself:

6 August 2016

Portland Police Under Investigation For Use Of Rubber Bullets And Stun Grenades On Protesters

By Alec Andersen in the USA:

Portland police attack anti-fascist counter-protesters at neo-fascist rally

7 August 2018

The violent intervention by city police against peaceful counter-demonstrators protesting a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday has provoked widespread public outrage. The protesters attacked by the police were marching in opposition to armed, neo-fascist provocateurs assembled under the leadership of Joey Gibson and his “Patriot Prayer” group.

Some 400 far-right demonstrators convened at Portland’s Riverside Park Saturday, wearing black shirts with fascist slogans

One of the ‘Patriot Prayer’ neofascists had a shirt on with ‘[Chilean murderous dictator] Pinochet did nothing wrong‘ on it.

and carrying signs denouncing immigrants and promoting “white nationalism”. The group was primarily comprised of members of Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys, but represented a number of “alt-right” and other neo-fascist organizations.

The neo-fascist rally drew about 1,000 counter-protesters from a variety of anti-fascist, labor, clergy and other organizations, including the anarchist Antifa group. The counter-protesters chanted “We remember Charlottesville”, referring to the neo-fascist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year that ended with a neo-Nazi driving his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters, killing Heather Heyer and wounding 19 others.

Demonstrators at the Saturday rally held up signs recounting a slew of assaults and murders by the far-right over recent years, including the stabbing to death of Ricky Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche by a white supremacist affiliated with Patriot Prayer onboard a public light rail train in Portland last year. Scattered scuffles broke out between members of the two groups, but the event remained relatively peaceful for several hours.

Dozens of local police in full riot gear stood between the two groups for several hours before police, without warning, declared the counter-demonstration a “civil disturbance” and began lobbing “flash bang” stun grenades into the crowd. Over a loudspeaker mounted on a truck, police claimed they had observed rocks and bottles thrown at officers and commanded the counter-demonstrators to disperse.

Simultaneously, police charged at the crowd with batons. They chased the retreating crowd through the streets, beating protesters and journalists with their batons while firing volleys of flashbangs and tear gas at them.

At least two people suffered major injuries from the police rampage and had to be rushed to the hospital after exploding flashbang grenades broke one woman’s arm and sent shrapnel flying through a man’s helmet and into his skull. Hospital staff told the man he would have died had he not been wearing a helmet. Several others suffered bruises from police batons and there were other minor injuries. The police actions drew vociferous praise from the fascist demonstrators, one of whom noted approvingly that the police did “a nice job”.

Police arrested four people, all anti-fascist demonstrators, on charges ranging from misdemeanor disorderly conduct to felonies, including “unlawful use of a weapon” (a slingshot), “attempted assault” and “assaulting a police officer”.

While Antifa protesters were reported to have thrown rocks and water bottles at police during the assault, the Portland Police Bureau’s claim that the police attack came in response to “projectiles” thrown at officers by anti-fascist protesters is directly contradicted by video and witnesses. Photographer Doug Jones told the Guardian that “the first missile I saw and heard came from the Patriot Prayer side.”

Willamette Week reporter Katy Shepherd wrote on Twitter: “Standing at the police line, I did not see anything thrown prior to crowd control being deployed. There may have been. My impression was that things were settling down before the first flashbang exploded.”

Patriot Prayer was founded by Gibson, who is presently running against Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell in the midterm elections, in 2016 as a far-right organization inspired by the skirmishes between pro-Trump and anti-fascist elements during the election. His group advances an extreme nationalist and xenophobic perspective under the guise of defending “free speech”. It has held numerous rallies along the West Coast, most of them in Portland due to its location just across the Columbia River from the group’s headquarters in Vancouver, Washington.

Patriot Prayer rallies are characterized by provocations designed to trigger violent clashes with counter-demonstrators, which Gibson then holds up as evidence of the supposed “intolerance” of the left and to portray the far-right as persecuted for its political beliefs. The group’s ideology, though somewhat vague, is an amalgam of extreme nationalism and racism that attracts a cross-section of the most backward and fascistic social layers, including the openly white supremacist and xenophobic Proud Boys.

These provocations escalate until skirmishes break out between Gibson’s far-right supporters and counter-protesters. On Saturday, as at previous events, Gibson and his body guards charged into the crowd of protesters, setting off clashes before he was pulled away.

Saturday’s rally was the largest yet for the group, which has carried out similar actions in Seattle, Berkeley and elsewhere. A police rampage on behalf of fascist demonstrators has become a pattern at such events.

At a Savannah, Georgia, event held by an assortment of armed, far-right and neo-Nazi groups earlier this year, thousands of police violently attacked counter-demonstrators and arrested several of them for violating a 1951 anti-Ku Klux Klan law against wearing masks during demonstrations. …

Major media outlets have since celebrated the police crackdown as having prevented greater violence from emerging, justifying the assault as necessary given the supposed danger the counter-protesters posed.

Berkeley police encourage harassment of anti-fascist protesters: here.