Spanish neo-fascists love Franco, sexism, bullfighting


This 23 November 2014 video says about itself:

Spain: Watch Nazi-saluting supporters celebrate General Franco [at] 39th anniversary [of his death]

W/S Far-right activists doing Nazi salute
M/S Far-right activists doing Nazi salute
C/U Swastika
M/S Spanish flag
W/S Stand selling Spanish flags
SOT, Miguel Menendez Pinar, grandson of [Franco era fascist MP] Blas Piñar (in Spanish):

“It has been the [‘center right’ Partido Popular] PP who has ended with the right of the workers, a conquest achieved by Franquismo”
C/U Supporters clapping and chanting Blas Piñar
W/S Priest chatting to elderly man
C/U Priest chatting to group of people
M/S Protest sign reading (in Spanish) “Right to decide – [Catalan independist] Artur Mas is a son of a whore? yes, yes, yes”
SOT Manuel Canduela, Democracia Nacional leader (in Spanish):

“The communism of Podemos is the salvation of Spain, the salvation of Spain is a man whose name is Pablo Iglesias (Iglesias means church[es] in Spanish) but his name must be Pablo burn Iglesias”

M/S Audience listening to Canduela speak [CUTAWAY]
M/S Journalist filming the speech [CUTAWAY]
W/S Man waving [Mussolini‘s] Italian Social Republic flag
W/S Police M/S Police van
W/S Rally held, Royal Palace of Madrid in the background [CUTAWAY]

SCRIPT Around 300 far-right activists gathered on Orient Square in Central Madrid to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the death of General Franco, Sunday. The Spanish leader lost his life on November 20, 1975.

Organised by several far-right political parties and nationalist organisations including Nudo Patriota Español, Movimiento Católico Español and Patriotas, the event also marked the anniversary of the death of Jose Primo de Rivera, the founder of [fascist party] Falange Española who was executed by the Spanish republican government on November 20, 1936.

During the rally, officials from the different parties gave speeches about the current situation in the country, targeting the rise of leftist political party Podemos as a cause for of concern. Swastikas and other fascist symbolism were on display, including one attendee waving the flag of the Italian Social Republic [of Mussolini].

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The new far-right Spanish party Vox demands the expulsion of 52,000 [so-called] illegal immigrants from Andalusia. Vox is willing to support a new center-right government in this state only if this happens.

Vox … participated in elections for the first time in December and received, to everyone’s surprise, ten percent of the votes= in Andalusia, in the south of Spain. As a result, the anti-immigration party holds the key of the new regional government in their hands. The center-right Partido Popular and the liberal

rather: neoliberal right-wing, anti-Catalan nationalist

Ciudadanos have already decided to cooperate, but they can not manage to form a government without Vox’s tolerance.

Deportation

The expulsion of 52,000 [so-called] illegal immigrants is a prominent point on the list of conditions of Vox. In addition, the party wants to abolish subsidies for Islamic centers and associations, feminist organizations and other ‘ideological’ NGOs.

There must also be more [so-called] help to pregnant women to stop them from having abortions, and there must be a revision of biology lessons in schools so that they do not teach ‘scientifically unproven things’.

Meaning evolution biology.

A number of local laws can also be abolished as far as the party is concerned. This includes a law that recognizes the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people. The party also demands that a law on the Franco past should disappear, a law allowing excavations of victims of the dictatorship.

Bullfighting

Vox further suggests that there should be a new holiday to celebrate the Reconquista (the [medieval] reconquest of Spain from the Moors). A new law must also be adopted to protect bullfighting.

Today, representatives of Vox and the PP met at a secret location in Madrid, with the aim of completing the agreement for a new government in Andalusia.

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New York Times abuses #MeToo to smear Bernie Sanders


This 3 January 2019 video from the USA is called New York Times Smears Bernie 2020 As Sexist.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

The New York Times’ #MeToo smear against Bernie Sanders

5 January 2018

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a lengthy front-page article alleging that Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was rife with sexism and discrimination against female campaign staffers. The article, headlined “For Bernie Sanders, Claims of Sexism in 2016 Campaign Hang Over 2020 Bid”, has all the earmarks of a politically motivated fabrication.

It is an amalgam of vague and unsubstantiated accusations, none of them alleging sexual assault or any other form of criminal behavior. For the most part, the actions described are at worst boorish. The accused who are named all deny the charges, making it impossible for the reader to determine the truth of the allegations.

Timed to coincide with the opening of the campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination, the article represents an effort by the Times, which speaks for the dominant factions of the Democratic Party and the forces on Wall Street and in the military/intelligence establishment with which the Democrats are allied, to torpedo a potential presidential run by the Vermont senator. …

The Times article is an attack on Sanders from the right. It is motivated by fear of the growth of working-class struggles and the development of class-conscious opposition to the entire political establishment and capitalism.

In the 2016 election, Sanders won mass support by presenting himself as a socialist and basing his primary campaign on an appeal to class issues—wages, jobs and hatred of the corporate-financial oligarchy. …

Under conditions today of a convergence of economic and geopolitical crises and the greatest crisis of class rule in the US since the Civil War—and amidst a resurgence of the class struggle in the United States and internationally—the Times is determined to banish anything from the 2020 campaign that might arouse the seething anger of workers and young people.

Indian religious right violence against women, Gandhi statue


Policemen and others view state-owned buses that were vandalised as BJP supporters attack women across Kerala state in India

This is a photo of policemen and others viewing state-owned buses that were vandalised as supporters of the right-wing BJP party attack women across Kerala state in India.

By Ben Chacko:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Violence erupts across Kerala as BJP supporters attack women across the state

VIOLENCE flared in many parts of Kerala today as a “general strike” called by Hindu chauvinists in protest against women’s right to enter a temple saw supporters of India’s ruling BJP clash with police, feminists and communists.

The strike was called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, a local platform organised by the BJP’s street fighter wing the RSS to co-ordinate resistance to last September’s Supreme Court ruling that women should be allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, a decision which right-wing Hindu groups say offends its deity.

The BJP sees the mass action as a counter-attack following the 5.5 million-strong “women’s wall” organised in support of women’s rights by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on New Year’s Day.

In contrast to the women’s wall, the BJP protest was marked by repeated outbreaks of violence, with RSS vandals torching a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Kayamkulam and attacking vehicles delivering food packets to the poor in Alappuzha, scattering the prepared meals on the ground.

CPI-M offices were attacked across the state and 79 buses were wrecked. The party, which leads Kerala’s government, said large numbers of civilians, mostly women, had been attacked.

Pinarayi Vijayan said the action was a clear attempt to subvert the ruling of the Supreme Court and repeated that protecting women’s right to enter the temple was a duty of the police.

“Violence will not be tolerated … the Sangh Parivar” [Hindu community groups aligned to the BJP] “is organising violence in the street,” he said.

Mr Vijayan dismissed BJP claims that the communists were imposing women on Sabarimala, insisting: “The [Keralan] government has no intention of making any woman enter the temple. But those who visit voluntarily will be provided with protection.”

Indian women’s massive anti-sexism protest


This 1 January 2018 video from India says about itself:

The formation of the Kerala government’s Women’s Wall is underway today to counter forces against women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple. Over a million women were said to be in attendance and had formed a 620-km wall from north to south Kerala. #WomensWall

By Ben Chacko:

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Millions join ‘women’s wall’ against oppression in Kerala

MILLIONS of women lined up in a “women’s wall” stretching almost 400 miles from Keralan capital Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod in the north of the state to stand against the oppression of their sex today.

The wall, which saw women line roads and motorways across the Indian state make clenched-fist salutes and listen to speakers condemning sexism and discrimination, was organised by civil and religious organisations brought together by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), which leads Kerala’s government.

The show of force comes after confrontations over women’s right to enter a temple in Sabarimala in the state. Upheld by India’s Supreme Court, women’s right to go inside has been defended by the Keralan government but women seeking to do so have come under attack by Hindu chauvinists and ministers from Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP have openly called on followers to defy the court’s ruling and prevent entry.

Keralan Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said: “Addressing women’s issues is part of the CPI-M’s class struggle. Such an initiative is required to protect the progressive traditions of the state” at a time when the BJP was threatening to “drag [India] back to the era of darkness.”

The party estimated the number of women participating at five million. Kerala’s Health Minister KK Shailaja took her position as the “first link” in the chain at one end, while CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat was the final link at the other. Ms Karat declared that Kerala’s women had “written history” and sent a powerful message to the whole of India.

At Chettukundu in Kasaragod women in the line were attacked by stone-throwing “Sangh Parivar goons”, the party reported. The term refers to a number of community organisations linked to the BJP, the most prominent of which is the party’s street fighter wing, the RSS.

The CPI-M said the attack exposed the “cowardice” and “isolation” of the BJP in Kerala and that the success of the wall meant “the divisive forces led by RSS-BJP have been defeated once again.”

Rights organisations regularly name India as the worst country in the world to be born female, citing widespread infanticide of baby girls, child slavery, domestic violence and a rape culture that is often encouraged by government ministers.

A woman shouts slogans against gender discrimination as they gather to form part of a hundreds kilometer long 'women's wall' in Thiruvananthapuram

RIOT AFTER WOMEN ENTER INDIAN TEMPLE The two women who broke with centuries of conservative taboo Wednesday to enter a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala are now in hiding, after violent protests left at least one person dead. [CNN]

Irish Catholic mass grave children to be reburied


This 7 April 2018 video says about itself:

Children of Shame (Crime Documentary) – Real Stories

Tuam, a quiet town in the west of Ireland. Tuam, a name that traumatised the whole of Ireland in the spring of 2014, when an unimaginable story was revealed. A hidden mass grave containing the remains of some 800 children was discovered on the former grounds of a home for single mothers, a hell on earth where children died from ill treatment, and were shamefully buried in secret and forgotten.

Up until the 1990s, dozens of these detention centres were run by religious orders, but the country is still reluctant to confront the ghosts of its past.

Provisional gravestone in Tuam, Ireland, for possibly 796 mass grave children

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Ireland wants to rebury hundreds of children’s dead bodies from mass grave

The Irish government has decided to dig up hundreds of baby dead bodies on the site of a former shelter for unmarried mothers near the town of Tuam, in the west of Ireland.

Research should provide more clarity about abuses in the Catholic institution. The children must also still get a dignified funeral.

The mass grave was discovered in March 2017. Some of the corpses have already been excavated, but a major legal change is required for the large-scale digging. The Irish government hopes that parliament will soon agree, so the digging can start in the second half of next year.

On the grounds of the Catholic shelter, 796 children were probably buried. It has been recorded that they have died, but not where the bodies have gone. Probably the children were buried there illegally, possibly without the rest of the family being informed.

Initial research has shown that it mainly concerns children up to two or three years old, including prematurely born infants. Experts suspect that many bodies date from the 1950s.

Decent funeral

“We do not know exactly what lies ahead, but we are convinced that we should do this”, says Irish Prime Minister Varadkar. “We dig up the remains and give the children the decent funeral they did not receive before.”

The shelter at Tuam was run by the Catholic Church from 1925 to 1961. It had a remarkably high mortality rate, but it never clarified why that was. Malnutrition probably played a role.

There were ten such houses in Ireland in the last century, where a total of 35,000 women were taken care of. Not only at Tuam children are buried, three other shelters are said to also have children’s mass graves.

Jeffrey Epstein child abuse scandal in the USA


This 29 November 2018 CBS News TV video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta allegedly helped cover up sex crimes by Jeffrey Epstein

CBSN’s Tanya Rivero speaks with Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie Brown about Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s role in Jeffrey Epstein’s prosecution. Epstein is a multimillion dollar hedge fund manager accused of sexually abusing underage girls in his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

By Matthew Taylor in the USA:

Jeffrey Epstein case exposes how US justice works for the rich

By Matthew Taylor

10 December 2018

The crimes and prosecution of billionaire money manager Jeffrey Epstein have received a great deal of attention in the past weeks from the news media. Most reports have centered upon the role of [Donald Trump’s] Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, who, in his previous role as the top federal prosecutor in Miami at the time of Epstein’s sentencing, had to sign off on the sweetheart deal he received.

Acosta claims the 13-month sentence Epstein received for two charges of soliciting prostitution was the harshest sentence that could be imposed, but reports from the Miami Herald and other sources have exposed this as a lie. Throughout the early 2000s and probably earlier, Epstein sexually abused scores, perhaps hundreds of young girls, most of them between the ages of 13 and 16. He is also alleged to have engaged in human trafficking on a massive scale, pimping out his harem of desperate youth to his circle of financiers, politicians, and lawyers.

Throughout the investigation into his crimes, his prosecution, sentencing and jail term, and right up to the present day, Epstein has been aided by a pliant judiciary and multiple prosecutors who, because of his great wealth, treated him as though he were their client, rather than a serial sex offender. They helped Epstein and his legal team minimize public scrutiny of his case, worked diligently to substitute more serious charges with lesser ones, and ultimately violated federal law by failing to notify any of Epstein’s victims of the plea agreement reached.

The investigation and prosecution of Epstein have illustrated a fundamental fact of modern life: there are two justice systems, one for the rich, and one for everybody else.

Epstein started his career in New York decades ago, working as a derivatives specialist for Bear Stearns before founding his own investment firm. The full extent of his wealth is unknown, and the Miami Herald has noted that he has never been listed in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans “largely because the magazine has never been able to determine the source or the size of his wealth.”

Though the exact figure is unknown, Epstein had the means to purchase, in addition to the Palm Beach mansion and private airliner where he committed many of his crimes, a private island in the Caribbean, a 10,000-acre ranch in New Mexico, and a Manhattan mansion that occupies an entire block of New York City real estate, the largest private residence in that city.

From 1999 to 2005, investigators in the Palm Beach area established that Epstein had set up a network whereby he would pay young girls, recruited from high schools and shopping malls, $200-$300 to give him “massages” at his mansion. Then he would pressure them into sexual acts. He would then offer them money to recruit other girls, essentially building what investigators labeled a “sexual Ponzi scheme”.

Typically Epstein and his network of “schedulers” would target poor working-class girls. His victims came from disadvantaged families, single-parent homes or foster care. Many of the girls were “one step away from homelessness”, according to the Herald. One victim, age 14 when she met Epstein, told the newspaper, “Jeffrey preyed on girls who were in a bad way, girls who were basically homeless. He went after girls who he thought no one would listen to and he was right.”

Throughout the course of their investigation, reporters “identified about 80 women who say they were molested or otherwise sexually abused by Epstein from 2001 to 2006.”

Palm Beach police opened an investigation of Epstein in 2005 after the parents of one of his victims reported his activities. Over the course of several months, investigators identified approximately 35 victims. Upon hearing about the investigation from one of the girls the police had interviewed, Epstein unleashed a multi-million-dollar counteroffensive, beginning with retaining the services of his longtime friend, the notorious right-wing lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

Dershowitz hired a team of private investigators to interview his client’s victims, dig up information he thought would discredit their stories, and intimidate them into keeping silent, sometimes by posing as police officers. He also met with Palm Beach County State’s Attorney Barry Krischer to discuss the case, after which both Krischer and lead prosecutor Assistant State Attorney Lanna Belohlavek began to obstruct the investigation.

After the State’s Attorney’s office refused to indict Epstein in 2006 on felony sex charges and instead referred his case to a grand jury that only heard testimony from two of his victims, Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter publicly accused his superiors of obstructing the investigation and the prosecutor’s office was forced to turn the investigation over to the FBI. Epstein was indicted on misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution.

After the federal investigation began Epstein, who was a longtime donor to the Democratic party and a personal friend of former president Bill Clinton, hired a small army of lawyers to represent him, most notably one-time Clinton special prosecutor Ken Starr.

Throughout the subsequent months, federal prosecutors worked hand in hand with Epstein’s team to assure the billionaire would spend a minimal amount of time in prison, and that his case would be kept out of the public eye.

Emails obtained by the Miami Herald detail this collaboration. In one, lead prosecutor A. Marie Villafana wrote to Epstein’s lawyers, “On an avoid the press note … I can file the charge in district court in Miami which will hopefully cut the press coverage significantly. Do you want to check that out?”

In another email, Villafana details her efforts to minimize the charges against the man she was prosecuting: “I’ve been spending some quality time with Title 18 [the U.S. criminal code] looking for misdemeanors.” Throughout this period, prosecutors often communicated with Epstein’s attorneys via private emails, suggesting that they did not want public scrutiny of their negotiations.

After months of discussion, Epstein agreed to a plea deal whereby he would plead guilty to two state counts of soliciting prostitution and receive a 13-month sentence. In return, prosecutors agreed to shut down the investigation and grant immunity to Epstein’s co-conspirators, who were unnamed in the deal. Prosecutors also agreed to conceal the plea agreement from Epstein’s victims until after his sentencing, a violation of the federal Crime Victims Rights Act.

Included in the language of Epstein’s plea agreement was an acknowledgment by prosecutors that Epstein had provided assistance in an unrelated case. There was media speculation that it may be related to an investigation of two Bear Stearns executives whom Epstein testified against. Epstein had been a major investor in that company prior to its collapse and absorption by JP Morgan Chase at the beginning of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Epstein’s privileged status continued after his sentencing. He was allowed to serve his sentence in a private wing of the Palm Beach County jail, rather than be sent to prison where his status as a sex offender might place him in danger. He was also granted work release for six days a week, 12 hours a day, in spite of the fact that under Florida law sex offenders are barred from that program. He paid the sheriff’s deputies who guarded him and was generally given the VIP treatment by his jailers.

Upon his release, Epstein was to serve a year under house arrest. This he did, jetting back and forth between his mansions in New York and Palm Beach, with frequent excursions to his private island, all court-approved.

Epstein’s special treatment continued for years after he completed his sentence. In 2011 he tried to get his sex offender status reduced in the state of New York. The federal prosecutor assigned to the case argued on Epstein’s behalf, claiming that his victims had not cooperated in the case and that Epstein had never technically been indicted. The judge denied the petition expressing astonishment that a prosecutor would make such an argument.

Had Epstein not been a wealthy man, he would have surely served decades in prison for his crimes. Of course, were it not for his great wealth he would not have had the means to commit his crimes on such a vast scale to begin with. Because of the unique agreement he struck with prosecutors, the full extent of his sex trafficking network may never be known. It is only due to the exposé published by the Miami Herald, and the role of Trump’s current Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta in his plea agreement, that the Epstein case has come to public attention.

Epstein still has legal difficulties. Multiple lawsuits have been filed by his victims to overturn his plea agreement. Whatever the outcome of these lawsuits may be, they will not negate the central truth that has been once again been exposed: in the United States there are two sets of laws, one for the masses of people, and a different one altogether for the wealthy, where their privileged status protects them from the consequences of even the most heinous and repulsive actions.