French racists attack mosque in Corsica

This French video is about a mosque in Ajaccio in Corsica, set on fire by racists in the night of 8 April 2012.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Muslim prayer hall sacked by Corsican mob on Christmas Day

The crowd chanted racist slogans

Jon Stone

A crowd has attacked a Muslim prayer hall on the French island of Corsica on Christmas Day.

Around 150 people gathered in the island’s capital Ajaccio after firefighters were attacked while responding to an emergency call from a deprived district of the city.

The crowd ostensibly assembled to show support for the ambushed firefighters, but some people present began attacking a nearby Muslim prayer hall.

Windows were broken at the prayer hall and some of the mob were reported to have attempted to burn copies of the Koran found in the building.

The AFP news agency reports that the crowd shouted racist slogans, including “Arabs get out”.

French PM Manuel Valls said the break-in was “an unacceptable desecration” while interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the people who had attacked the firefighters on Thursday night would be identified and arrested.

He added that there was no place for “racism or xenophobia” in France.

Mr Cazeneuve in itself is correct in this. However, then there should be no place for the anti-Roma racism of Cazeneuve’s prime minister Valls either.

The ambush on the firefighters is said to have been carried out by “hooded youths”.

France earlier this month saw the far-right Front National win the first round of its regional elections.

The party was however largely defeated in a second round of run-off voting after widespread tactical voting by supporters of other parties.

Destruction at Ajaccio mosque, 26 December 2015, photo by AFP

This photo shows the destruction at the Ajaccio mosque today.

According to NOS TV in the Netherlands today, the racist mob attacked not only a mosque, but also a kebab restaurant. No one is said to have been arrested.

On December 25 and 26, the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica saw anti-Muslim riots as protesters attacked a local Muslim prayer hall in the capital, Ajaccio, ransacked it, and burned prayer books, including copies of the Koran. After the riot, local authorities ordered a ban on all protests and gatherings until January 4: here.

Paedophile priest arrested in Italy

This video from the USA saays about itself:


March 2002 Reuters International news report says Boston Catholic cathedral is [in] “a firestorm amid the largest sex scandal in church history.” Report features SNAP Board Member Mark Serrano in New Jersey and Phil Saviano, Founder of New England SNAP Chapter, in Boston. Former Massachusetts priest David Holley is profiled. Holley died in a New Mexico prison in November 2008. One of the first U.S. priests to be sent to prison for sex crimes against children, he was serving out a sentence of 275 years.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Anto[n]ello Tropea: Paedophile priest ‘who used Grindr to meet teenage boys’ arrested in Italy

The 44-year-old claimed he was a physical education teacher when approached by police

Shehab Khan

An Italian priest has been arrested after allegedly meeting teenage boys through gay dating app Grindr, according to Italian media reports.

Priest Anto[n]ello Tropea was arrested after suspicions were raised when police reportedly discovered him in a car with a teenager in a secluded area.

The 44-year-old, who is the priest of a parish in Messignadi in southern Italy, is said to have claimed he was a physical education teacher when approached by police. He was apparently found with “suspicious items” in his bag.

Italian media also claims an Italian bishop allegedly told Tropea to avoid talking to the police.

According to La Repubblica newspaper, a two-month police investigation discovered the priest using the dating app under the name Nicola.

It also alleged the bishop had told Tropea to avoid the police and had shrugged off pervious rumours about him.

He was allegedly angry about an anonymous letter about Tropea and warned his charge to “avoid speaking to police.”

See also here.

Revenge on innocent London Muslims for Paris attacks

This video from the USA says about itself:

Muslims Take Stand Against ISIS

16 November 2015

Muslims all over the world are standing up to condemn the actions taken by ISIS and other terrorist organizations. The campaign “Not In My Name” was started to demonstrate that the majority of Muslims do not support Islamic extremists who perpetrate acts of terror, like the ones in Paris this month. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

Read more here.

“Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind,” tweeted London-based journalist Shehnaz Khan on Friday, quoting the Quran. Khan also included two hashtags with that message: #TerrorismHasNoReligion and #NotInMyName.

Following the wave of terror attacks that killed more than 130 people in Paris last week, many Muslims and others around the world have revived the hashtag #NotInMyName to take a stand against the Islamic State and the extremism they preach.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Hate crime against Muslims trebles after Paris attacks

Saturday 5th December 2015

HATE crime against Muslims in London has more than trebled since the recent Paris attacks, according to Scotland Yard figures revealed yesterday.

In the week to Tuesday November 10 — three days before the massacre in the French capital — police in London received 24 reports of Islamophobic incidents.

The number almost doubled to 46 in the following seven days to November 17, during which the atrocity in Paris took place.

And there was a further rise in the week ending November 24, when the tally soared to 76.

This is a whopping increase of 216 per cent. The majority of incidents involved harassment and verbal abuse.

Steve Rose of the Tell Mama (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) project said Muslims who wear Islamic clothing such as loose robes and headscarves are most at risk of harassment and violence.

This is particularly a problem for lone women in public — as attackers, who are often white men, see them as easy targets.

Mr Rose told the Star: “What proved alarming in the wake of the most recent Paris attacks was the number of women reporting incidents to our service.

“Perpetrators were often white male. This dynamic comes down to the perception of Muslim identity and how some men wrongly feel they can bully, threaten, and attack women.

“That perception often stems from Islamic clothing and the ethnicity of the individual.”

A woman wearing the niqab full-face veil who was standing near the doors of the 333 bus in south London was physically assaulted on Wednesday.

A white man aged around 55 punched her twice in the back. He “calmly walked off the bus and muttered something to the woman,” according to Tell Mama.

No passengers helped her even though they witnessed the attack.

A Met Police spokesman said that extra officers are on patrol and that they are in contact with local mosques “while closely monitoring the situation.”

But often many victims do not report to authorities.

The key to tackling underreporting is to “encourage and empower Muslim communities about the benefits of reporting hate incidents” so they can receive confidential support, Mr Rose said.

Muslims are more likely to be targeted in religiously motivated attacks than followers of other faiths — as shown by analysis of the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Tory PM David Cameron has announced that Islamophobic incidents will be recorded as a separate category like anti-Semitic attacks have been for some time.

British Muslims’ anti-terror, pro-peace campaign

This video from England says about itself:


22 January 2010

Buses in London are carrying Islamic messages of peace and respect, as part of a national campaign launched today to reassert the peaceful principles of the faith.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Muslims use buses to promote peace

Friday 4th December 2015

A GROUP of British Muslims released pictures yesterday of a new bus campaign that would drive forward the message of peace in the wake of last month’s Paris terrorist attacks.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is to cover 100 London buses with the French flag’s colours and posters proclaiming unity against extremism.

What a shame that the London mosque of this liberal Muslim organisation was recently attacked by racist arsonists.

Its British-based leader Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said the Ahmadiyya community has repeatedly condemned extremism and that the Paris attacks can never be justified.

He said: “Under no circumstances can murder ever be justified and those who seek to justify their hateful acts in the name of Islam only defame it in the worse possible way.”

The group will also publish full-page newspaper adverts and distribute 500,000 leaflets nationwide with their “Love for all, hatred for none” ethos to emphasise the need for peace.

Rafiq Hayat, the community’s head in Britain, said: “We stand united with all who oppose extremists.”

Spotlight, new film on sexual abuse in the Catholic church

This October 2015 video from the USA is called Spotlight: Director Tom McCarthy Behind the Scenes Movie Interview.

By Joanne Laurier in the USA:

Spotlight: A telling exposé of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

3 November 2015

Directed by Tom McCarthy; screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer

Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight is a taut, quasi-political thriller that chronicles the Boston Globe’s landmark 2002 exposure of widespread child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston area.

The ‘Spotlight’ in the title refers to the newspaper’s four-person investigative unit that brought to light the long-term, systematic cover-up by Church officials of the abuse carried out by more than 70 local clergy. The Globe, having been recently acquired by the New York Times, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for the story.

In McCarthy’s movie, the Spotlight team consists of its blunt editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), and researcher Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James).

Spotlight opens with a brief sequence in which Father John Geoghan, a serial pedophile whose history of abuse was a factor in triggering the investigation, is walking out of a Boston police station a free man. (In his 30-year career, Geoghan molested at least 130 children.) The Globe’s new editor-in-chief Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber)—non-Bostonian and non-Catholic—pushes the Spotlight team to start looking into sexual abuse by priests.

A resistant managing editor Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) points out that 53 percent of the newspaper’s subscribers are Catholic. Furthermore, the Archdiocese is a powerful Boston institution run by the formidable Cardinal Bernard Law (Len Cariou).

But there are other “outsiders” besides Baron. One of them is the class-action attorney of Armenian descent, Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci), who has been struggling unsuccessfully to bring the clergy abusers to justice (“This city … Yankees, Irish, making the rest of us feel like we don’t belong. They’re no better than us. Look how they treat their children. Mark my words, Mr. Rezendes, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.”)

There is no shortage of individuals willing to apologize for and protect the Church within the Boston establishment. Jim Sullivan (Jamey Sheridan), one of Robby’s golfing partners, is a Church consigliere, and another close associate, Peter Conley (played by Paul Guilfoyle), is a goodwill ambassador for the institution. The latter says to the Spotlight chief: “Marty Baron is a Jew with an agenda of his own. He’s not from here and can leave anytime. You, on the other hand …” Sensitive public documents routinely go missing from government files.

The Globe’s original January 2002 exposé took note of the Church’s desperate cover-up: “In interviews over the last several months, lawyers who were involved in the private [settlement] cases said the church’s primary objective was clear—to avoid public scandal at whatever cost.

“One attorney who was privy to the church’s strategy said the archdiocese was so eager to keep victims from going public or taking claims to court that it even paid some dubious claims.”

In addition to the obstacles created by the stonewalling and evasions of Church officials and their supporters, the events of 9/11 temporarily put the team’s research on the back burner.

Eventually, the journalists prevail with the help of victims from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) (“When a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal,” says one of its members. “How do you say no to God?”).

Also rendering the investigators valuable assistance is Richard Sipe (the telephone voice of Richard Jenkins), a former priest, now a psychotherapist. He is an expert on predator clergy and explains that they tend to search for victims among the poor and vulnerable. Sipe shocks the journalists when he states that his research indicates that at least six percent of the Church’s priests are offenders (“A recognizable psychiatric phenomenon”).

The depth and extent of the Church’s corruption and wrongdoings overcome any initial reluctance on the part of the Globe and its Spotlight writers, many of them lapsed Catholics, to unearth the truth.

McCarthy’s Spotlight is a compelling work with non-stop momentum, in the tradition of All the President’s Men (1976), about the Watergate scandal, and The Insider (1999), the exposé of the tobacco industry. This is something that the American film industry does well. The appearance of Spotlight suggests that Hollywood’s muckraking capabilities have not been entirely discarded or forgotten.

The director, whose previous valuable works include The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007) and Win Win (2011), is a sensitive craftsman who has brought together a tight-knit ensemble cast obviously committed to the project. Keaton and Ruffalo are riveting and Tucci is particularly outstanding as a noble, self-sacrificing, relentless exposer of the Church’s human collateral damage.

An actor-turned-filmmaker, McCarthy is not a great visual stylist, and Spotlight has a somewhat unexciting, monochromatic look. It is, above all, the performances and the chemistry between the actors that make the film effective. Moreover, an intelligent movie like Spotlight stands out in an industry dominated by cartoons and special effects.

One of the film’s strengths is that it shows the Catholic hierarchy as an essential component of Boston’s political and social superstructure. The Church functions as one of the ideological linchpins in the subjugation and oppression of the working class population.

The sexual abuse scandal is hardly unique to the Boston area. The movie’s postscript provides a list of hundreds of cities all over the US and the globe in which sexual abuse by priests has been uncovered.

Regarding the systemic character of the abuse, the WSWS wrote in 2002: “The crisis over sexual abuse by members of the priesthood underscores the profoundly reactionary and anachronistic character of the Catholic Church as an institution. Its corrupt and hypocritical officials, living like kings, preach against sin and vice, oppose birth control and abortion, inveigh against homosexuality, enthusiastically advocate censorship and intellectual repression, universally ally themselves with the powers that be and generally make life miserable for tens of millions of people.

“Every aspect of the sexual abuse crisis—the pain and suffering of the victims, the misery and sexual dysfunction of the priests, the callousness of Church officials—suggests a diseased institution whose practices and beliefs run counter to elementary human needs and inevitably breed the unhealthiest of psycho-sexual climates. The Catholic Church’s essential being flies in the face of modern society.”

The Boston Globe had a good day with its report on the Catholic Church. In several interviews, director McCarthy laments the ongoing demise of newspapers and the accompanying rise of the Internet.

In his old-fashioned liberalism, the filmmaker leaves several things out of account. If McCarthy wants to know why the population and especially younger people are turning away from such outlets as the Boston Globe and the New York Times, he need only consider the media coverage of the “other” significant event touched upon in Spotlight, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and related developments. The American media refused to seriously investigate the 9/11 suicide attacks and has ceaselessly justified the wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, the vast NSA spying, police killings and every conspiracy and attack on the population. The major newspapers and television channels have effectively become extensions of the Pentagon and the CIA.

Incorruptible reporters are few and far between at the leading media outlets, and not generally sent to work on the most politically sensitive stories. Regardless, Spotlight is straightforward, entertaining and propelled by captivating performances.

British sexually abusive Bishop Peter Ball and Prince Charles

This video from Britain says about itself:

Church Inquiry Into Bishop Peter Ball Abuse Cover Up

The Church of England has announced an independent inquiry into allegations of a cover up of sexual abuse in the church, looking at whether the behaviour of a former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, was overlooked because of his connections within the church and the establishment.

Originally broadcast on the BBC on October 5th, 2015.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Links probe: Prince and the groper

Saturday 28th November 2015

Charles’s ‘supportive letters’ to be scrutinised

THE royals are set be dragged into an investigation as to whether Prince Charles made “inappropriate attempts” to interfere in the case of a pervert bishop, it was was revealed yesterday.

Prince Charles is alleged to have written letters of support to former bishop Peter Ball, 83, before the religious leader was “cautioned” for gross indecency in 1993 after sex abuse claims were exposed.

Ball was jailed for 32 months in October after admitting to sexually abusing 18 young aspiring priests who he let stay in his home as part of his “Give a Year to Christ Foundation” 22 years ago.

Clarence House was forced then to deny that Charles got involved in the judicial process on behalf of Ball, former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who had described the prince as his “loyal friend.”

Current — and former — MPs, councils and schools were also revealed on Friday to be the focus of 12 investigations into child sex abuse after a number of “high-profile” allegations have been made.

Justice Lowell Goddard, who is leading the “ambitious” inquiry, said that “certain people of public prominence associated with Westminster” will be scrutinised.

Lambeth, Nottinghamshire and Rochdale councils will also be probed in the wake of sex abuse claims, as well as Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.

Residential school Knowl View in Manchester and Cambridge House boys’ hostel in Rochdale will also be investigated over allegations that the late Rochdale Lib Dem MP, Cyril Smith, had molested children on both sites.

Ms Goddard continued: “The investigation will focus on high-profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current or former members of parliament, senior civil servants, government advisers and members of intelligence and security agencies.

“It will consider allegations of cover-up and conspiracy and review the adequacy of law enforcement responses to these allegations.”

The investigations are set to be part of Britain’s largest-ever public inquiry.

Archbishop and MPs wrote in support of bishop later convicted of sexual offences. Raft of public figures stepped forward to defend Peter Ball in letters revealed after freedom of information requests: here.

Prince Charles: The 15-page contract that reveals how the Prince of Wales tries to control the media. Behind the soft-focus image you see on television lies a ruthless machine that demands control of every aspect of interviews: here.

Prince Charles has been routinely sent secret Cabinet papers for decades. Revelation after FoI battle follows release of so-called ‘black spider memos’ sent by the Prince to ministers: here.

Unelected Prince Charles sees cabinet papers before elected ministers: here.