Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler, video


This 21 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Proof Trump WORSHIPS Hitler

Trump keeps a book of Hitler‘s speeches and more. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report.

This 21 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Accidentally Said the Anti-Semitic Part Out Loud

Donald Trump accuses Jewish Americans of “great disloyalty”. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report.

Trump denounces Jews for “disloyalty” if they do not vote for him. … A spokesman for the liberal Jewish group J Street said, “It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal’ … But it is no surprise that the president’s racist, disingenuous attacks on progressive women of color in Congress have now transitioned into smears against Jews”: here.

The Long And Violent History Of Anti-Semitic ‘Disloyalty’ Charges: here.

JEWISH LEADERS BLAST ACCUSATIONS OF ‘DISLOYALTY’ Several prominent American Jewish organizations and leaders have decried President Donald Trump’s claims this week that Jews who vote for Democrats show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” [HuffPost]

Trump Quotes Jew-Turned-Evangelical Christian Calling Him ‘King Of Israel’: here.

TRUMP RAMPS UP WAR ON LGBTQ AMERICANS Through executive orders, agency rule-making and tweets, the Trump administration has been blasting away at the LGBTQ community from the start. Now, the administration is ratcheting up the stakes, in a critical LGBTQ rights case scheduled to come before the Supreme Court this fall. [HuffPost]

‘POSSIBLE MISCONDUCT’ WITH TRUMP TAX RETURNS Democrats say they got a tip from a federal employee that somebody may have tried to interfere with an IRS audit of Trump’s taxes. The revelation came to light in a court filing in Democrats’ lawsuit seeking the president’s tax returns. [HuffPost]

California School District Re-Opens Investigation Into Team Making Nazi Salute: here.

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Belgian right-wingers: ‘Kill pro-climate girls, kill Jews’


This 17 August 2019 Dutch language video shows a reporter of Belgian Knack weekly. She interviews (drunk) far-right visitors of the Pukkelpop music festival. They shout: ‘Leftist rats, fuck off!’

On 15 August 2019, 18-year-old Belgian pro-climate activist Anuna De Wever had been invited to speak at Pukkelpop, one of many music festivals in summer in Belgium, to speak on the 20-27 Sepember global pro-climate strikes.

However, during her speech, a group of far-right men booed and heckled her, made obscene gestures, and threw alcohol at her.

The far-right men had flags depicting the Flemish lion.

The official flag of Flanders depicts a lion with red claws and red tongue. However, the men at the festival had flags with a black lion with black claws and black tongue. Wikipedia writes about that version:

It is not an official symbol. It was, however, used by the Flemish fighting alongside Nazi and SS troops [in World War II], and is as such also known as the collaboration [with Hitler] flag. It is today used by right[-wing] movements.

In this tweet, journalist Jeroen de Preter of Belgian Knack weekly writes about what happened next at Puppelpop. Translated:

About Pukkelpop and Anuna De Wever. Now, my daughter calling on the phone, very upset. After Anuna had been spotted at their tent, young men have stopped them from sleeping with death threats, thrown bottles full of urine at them and destroyed their party tent. Security is protecting them now.

The right-wingers also tore open several other tents as they thought Anuna De Wever might sleep there.

Security later reported they had banned the extreme right version of the Flemish flag at the festival. These flags had been distributed by the racist Vlaams Belang party.

Vlaams Belang youth branch

This photo shows members of the Vlaams Belang youth branch.

Vlaams Belang, like Donald Trump and other right-wingers deny climate change and support Big Oil.

Politicians of Vlaams Belang and also of the ‘moderate Flemish nationalist’ N-VA were very angry that the Pukkelpop organisation had banned the far-right version of the Flemish flag. They talked only about these flags, not what the men of these flags had done to teenage pro-climate girls.

Belgian (‘center-right’) daily De Gazet van Antwerpen, 20 August 2019, interviewed Robert Kaerts about what his 17-year old daughter went through at Pukkelpop. Kaerts is upset that politicians like Peter de Roover (N-VA) do not seem to care about what happened to those 17-year-old girls.

The far-rightists surrounded the girls’ tents all night. They tore open tents to find Anuna de Wever, one of them laid down on top of a girl, they shouted ‘green whores’, ‘kill Anuna’, ‘kill all Jews‘, they threw bottles full of urine, they tore up the party tent.

In spite of security protection, during the next night, there was again an attack on the party tent, and a bucket full of urine was put outside the girls’ tent. Robert Kaerts: ‘I cannot stop racking my brains about what would have happened if they would have succeeded in finding Anuna’.

See also here. And here.

Refugees betrayed, from Hitler till today


This video says about itself:

Voyage of the Damned (1976)

This movie is based on the 1974 book about the voyage of the SS St. Louis in 1939. Over 900 Jews were on board hoping to find sanctuary in Cuba.

By Bill Van Auken:

”Voyage of the Damned:” Hundreds of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the infamous voyage of the German cruise liner the MS St. Louis from Hamburg to the Americas with 937 passengers aboard, nearly all of them German-Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

Even though the Cuban government had sold them visas, when they entered Havana’s harbor on May 27, 1939, the authorities stopped the refugees from disembarking. After waiting for a week in the vain hope that Cuban officials would reverse their decision, the St. Louis sailed to the coast of Florida hoping that the United States would offer refuge. However, the Democratic administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt also turned away the refugees. Attempts to enter Canada and the Dominican Republic were similarly rebuffed.

Left with no option but to return to Europe, the St. Louis docked at the Belgian port of Antwerp on June 17. Within less than a year, Belgium would be occupied by the German Wehrmacht. By the end of the Second World War, 256 of the St. Louis passengers would be murdered in the Holocaust.

Chronicled in the book Voyage of the Damned as well as a film by the same name, the fate of the St. Louis was a symbol and harbinger of the unprecedented barbarism, including Hitler’s “Final Solution”, that would engulf humanity in the course of a global war that claimed the lives of some 85 million people.

It was undoubtedly the tragic and criminal saga of the St. Louis that Leon Trotsky, the great Russian revolutionary and founder of the Fourth International, had in mind when he wrote in a May 1940 manifesto on “The Imperialist War and the Proletarian World Revolution”:

“The world of decaying capitalism is overcrowded. The question of admitting a hundred extra refugees becomes a major problem for such a world power as the United States. In an era of aviation, telegraph, telephone, radio, and television, travel from country to country is paralyzed by passports and visas. The period of the wasting away of foreign trade and the decline of domestic trade is at the same time the period of the monstrous intensification of chauvinism and especially of anti-Semitism. … Amid the vast expanses of land and the marvels of technology, which has also conquered the skies for man as well as the earth, the bourgeoisie has managed to convert our planet into a foul prison.”

These words retain all of their burning actuality under conditions in which “Voyages of the Damned” are being repeated on a daily basis in the central Mediterranean, a watery grave for tens of thousands of migrants and refugees, some 14,000 of them over the last three years alone.

The plight of two rescue vessels stranded off the coast of Europe, the Ocean Viking and the Open Arms, recalls nothing so much as the St. Louis, with the continent’s governments refusing to admit the more than 500 refugees aboard the ships.

A boat carrying refugees in the Mediterranean [Photo: UNHCR/L.Boldrini]

The migrants, most of them from Africa, were rescued off the coast of Libya from which they had fled, some them literally plucked out of the water. The 151 passengers—including 31minors—of the Open Arms, a vessel operated by a Spanish rescue group, have been at sea for nearly two weeks off the coast of Italy. They have been denied entry by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has imposed fines of up to €1 million along with imprisonment for captains entering Italian waters with refugees, together with the confiscation of their ships.

Salvini, who is in the midst of a campaign to form a new, openly fascist government in Italy, has railed against the rescue ships, touting his policy of “absolute prohibition” against their landing and seeking to use the plight of the stranded refugees to whip up anti-immigrant chauvinism in advance of an election.

The Ocean Viking, which has 356 refugees rescued at sea—nearly a third of them minors—crammed into a space meant for 200, has been denied refueling in Malta as well as entry to Italy. The passengers are enduring conditions of suffocating heat and humidity and facing the threat of huge sea swells forecast for Wednesday.

The fascistic rants of Salvini are only the most blatant expression of a policy that has been put in place throughout Europe to bar the entry of refugees. A minister of the social democratic government of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Spain rejected an appeal from the captain of the Open Arms to admit the 31 minors aboard the ship as refugees, asserting that the captain had no “juridical standing” or parental authority to make such a request. He further charged that those aboard the Open Arms rescuing refugees were “compromising the reputation of Spain.”

The immigration minister of Norway, whose flag is flown by the Ocean Viking, said that the refugees should be “transported back to Africa” in order to avoid any “extension of the refugee route”.

The European Commission, which issued a call to European Union (EU) member states to coordinate a solution to the plight of the stranded refugees and show solidarity, reported that not a single government had responded. Every European government, with Germany and France in the lead, has collaborated in erecting a “Fortress Europe” with barbed wire and machine guns defending the EU’s borders and a ruthless campaign to end the rescue missions in the Mediterranean.

A key part of this vicious anti-refugee campaign has been contracted out to Libyan militias, which have been recruited and trained as a coast guard dedicated to hunting down refugees trying to reach Europe. They run concentration camps in Libya where those fleeing for their lives from other parts of Africa and the Middle East are subjected to torture, rape, summary execution and being sold into slavery. A civil war that has devastated the country since the 2011 US-NATO war destroyed its government and infrastructure has further placed migrants’ lives at risk. The bombing of a detention center last month killed some 50 refugees.

The campaign against refugees in Europe is mirrored across the Atlantic, where the Trump administration has added to its mass incarceration of children, its turning away of refugees on the Mexican border and its round-up of undocumented workers in factory raids, the imposition of new regulations aimed at barring legal immigration by those without financial resources. Immigrants already in the US are to be targeted for deportation for the “crime” of using social services such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies.

Asked by a reporter Tuesday whether the poem of Emma Lazarus inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…” still applied, Ken Cuccinelli, Trump’s acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, responded with his own amended version: “Give me your tired and your poor, who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” While hardly poetry, the meaning is clear enough: working class immigrants and refugees need not apply.

TRUMPER: LADY LIBERTY ABOUT ‘PEOPLE FROM EUROPE’ Ken Cuccinelli, the Trump administration’s acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, reinforced his controversial interpretation of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty ― this time giving it a racist twist. [HuffPost]

The Bill Van Auken article continues:

The war against refugees and the scapegoating of immigrants for deteriorating living standards, unemployment and the destruction of social services under capitalism is a global phenomenon. It is employed by governments and ruling oligarchies the world over as a means of dividing the working class and cultivating neo-fascist elements that can be used to counter the growing wave of social struggles and strikes by the working class in country after country.

These policies are rooted not merely in the criminal and twisted mind of a Donald Trump or the fascistic ideology of a Matteo Salvini, but rather in the crisis of the capitalist system and the irreconcilable contradiction between the global integration of production and the capitalist nation-state system. The sealing of borders with razor wire barricades, the building of concentration camps for refugees and the whipping up of xenophobic and fascist forces echo the darkest days of the 1930s, just as the ships stranded in the Mediterranean recall the fate of the St. Louis.

The turn toward these methods is a sign not of strength, but of weakness and deepening crisis, as capitalist governments in the US, Europe and internationally face mounting opposition from working people that threatens revolutionary social and political explosions.

There are powerful sentiments of solidarity and support for refugees and immigrants within the working class that must be mobilized and armed with a socialist and internationalist program, including the right of all workers to live and work in whatever country they choose with full citizenship rights.

Britain: 3,000+ refugees have been on hunger strike in detention centres since 2015: here.

More anti-nazis than nazis in Kassel, Germany


This 6 November 2018 video from Yad Vashem in Israel says about itself:

Lore Mayerfield Stern, born in Marburg, Germany, talks about the [1938] Kristallnacht pogrom in Kassel, and how she and her mother hid in the home of their German neighbors to escape the violence and vandalism.

More about Kassel, today.

This 20 July 2019 German video is about a demonstration by neo-nazi party Die Rechte (the Right Wing) in Kassel today. According to police, 100 right-wingers demonstrated. While over 8,000 anti-nazis protested against them.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Thousands of counter-protesters in Kassel against right-wing extremist protest

In Germany, at least 8,000 people participated in a counter-demonstration against a small, right-wing extremist movement demonstrating today in Kassel.

In the German city, Walter Lübcke was shot dead seven weeks ago at his home. The main suspect is right-wing extremist Stephan E. …

E. is against the [‘too lenient’] immigration policy that the Christian democrat politician advocated, but is said not to have said anything to the victim during his murder. He is also said also to have twice considered shooting Lübcke before. …

Opponents saw the demonstration as a provocation. Because of the location and date: exactly 75 years after the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler.

On Monday, July 22, a man from Eritrea was gunned down on the street and seriously wounded in the town of Wächtersbach in the state of Hesse. On Tuesday, around 500 people gathered at the scene to hold a vigil and express their horror over the act. Just a few weeks ago, a neo-Nazi executed the politician Walter Lübcke in nearby Kassel. The assassin in Wächtersbach, 55-year-old Roland K., had evidently sought out a victim with dark skin. He fired several shots at the Eritrean from his car and then drove away after hitting his target … The perpetrator of the attack is a known racist. According to information from the local radio station, he had boasted in his local bar “Zum Martinseck” that he was planning “to kill a refugee now.” He then drove eight kilometres to Wächtersbach and sought out the local integration office for refugees for a victim: here.

At the same time that new neo-Nazi networks linked to the intelligence services, police and army are being uncovered across Germany, state governments are systematically expanding the powers of all of these forces. In the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the ruling SPD-CDU coalition, headed by Manuela Schwesig (SPD), plans to implement a new, much tougher police law after the summer break: here.

US Trump administration dog whistle anti-Semitism


This 16 July 2019 PBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway asked a reporter to tell her what his ethnicity is after he asked about Trump’s comments telling four minority Congresswomen to go back to their countries. “What’s your ethnicity?” Conway said in response to the question. The reporter, Breakfast Media’s Andrew Feinberg, asked why his ethnicity was relevant to his question.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Trump aide demands of Jewish reporter: “What’s your ethnicity?”

18 July 2019

In a televised incident that gave a moment of insight into the fascistic atmosphere inside the Trump White House, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway reacted to a reporter’s question about Trump’s racist vilification of four Democratic congresswomen by demanding to know his ethnicity.

Conway was speaking with reporters outside the White House Tuesday morning, when Andrew Feinberg, a White House reporter for Breakfast Media, asked her a follow-up question on a previous comment she had made about Trump’s tweets against the congresswomen. Conway had denied that Trump was telling them to go back to their countries of origin when he told them to “leave the country”.

“If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?” Feinberg asked.

Conway replied, “What’s your ethnicity?”

Reporters were visibly staggered by the implications of the question, and Feinberg, who is Jewish, asked her why his ethnicity was relevant to his question.

“Because I’m asking you a question”, Conway said, without any evident effort to actually explain herself. She continued, “My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy.”

Suggesting that her white European ancestry was supposedly more ‘American’ than Feinberg’s East European Jewish ancestry.

Ms Conway ‘forgets’ that early in the twentieth century, racist United States ‘Anglo-Saxons’, including in the United States Congress, used to consider Italian and Irish people to be not really fit to become ‘American’.

This comment appeared to suggest that an official whose ancestry was European has an edge on a reporter—or four congresswomen—whose ancestry might not be. But the sheer non sequitur character of the responses appeared to leave reporters fumbling for words.

There was no attempt by other reporters to pursue the matter, and Conway then began to rant about Trump’s reasons for
targeting the four congresswomen, saying, “He’s tired, a lot of us are sick and tired of this country—of America coming last, to people who swore an oath of office.”

The exchange involving Conway has been hailed by neo-Nazi groups in the US, including the fascist Daily Stormer, which declared her comments, which it directly linked with anti-Semitism, as “almost too glorious to even be real.”

In a subsequent appearance on Fox News, Conway vented more racist poison, describing the four congresswomen—all from racial or ethnic minorities—as “a dark underbelly of people in this country”. She added, in a further suggestion that opposition to Trump was tantamount to treason, “We are sick and tired of people denigrating that American flag, the American military, veterans and America.”

Andrew Feinberg later tweeted, “By asking about my ethnicity … in response to my question, @KellyannePolls inadvertently confirmed that @realDonaldTrump was telling @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib, @AOC, @AyannaPressley to return to Somalia, Gaza, Puerto Rico, and somewhere in Africa.”

Interviewed on CNN, Feinberg added, “I have been a journalist in Washington for about 10 years, and I have never had any government official speak to me that way or ask such an inappropriate question.”

There are undoubtedly multiple factors behind this explosion. Conway’s own husband, George, a prominent attorney who was considered for a top Justice Department position in the Trump administration, has become a vociferous public opponent of Trump, despite his right-wing politics. In an op-ed column published Tuesday in the Washington Post —only a few hours before his wife’s outburst—Conway described how his mother, born in the Philippines, had occasionally been accosted by racists who demanded that she “go back where you came from.”

Conway may have issues with Feinberg himself. He has written several pointed articles on Conway’s blatant violation of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in partisan politics. A report issued last month by the Office of Special Counsel, the executive branch agency that vets political appointees, recommended that Conway be fired for multiple violations of the Hatch Act.

Conway was free to continue her public attacks on Democrats, the OSC said, but she should be employed by the Trump reelection campaign or the Republican Party, not the White House. The White House has refused to allow Conway to testify about this issue before a House committee, defying a congressional subpoena.

But whatever the peculiarities of her personal situation, Conway’s bizarre and semi-deranged response to a predictable press question gives a glimpse of the mood within Trump’s inner circle.

The fascist ranting of the president is not merely a matter of his individual psychology, however odious, but expresses the sentiments of a definite political grouping that shares these sentiments and, when challenged in public, automatically reaches for the clubs of racism and authoritarianism to hit back.