Neo-fascist violence against British journalist Owen Jones


This 21 June 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

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By Robert Stevens in Britain:

Guardian columnist Owen Jones attacked by fascist thugs in London

19 August 2019

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the vicious attack on Owen Jones, the Guardian columnist and prominent Labour Party activist, by fascist thugs in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The attack is the latest in a series on prominent left-wing figures and political organisations. On his twitter account Jones describes himself as “Socialist, antifascist, Guardian columnist, author…” He has over 1 million followers between his Twitter and Facebook pages.

Jones was attacked by a group of four men after coming out of a pub in Islington, London at around 2am. He had been celebrating his birthday with his partner and five friends. Jones sustained injuries to the head and back in the attack. A photo showed scrapes on Jones’ back.

Describing the events after his party, Jones told the Guardian, “We were about 30 metres away, saying goodbye to each other, when four men charged directly towards me: one of them karate kicked my back, threw me to the ground, started kicking me in the head and back, while my friends tried to drag them off, and were punched trying to defend me.

“It was clearly a premeditated attack and I was their target. They all attacked me and only assaulted my friends when they tried to defend me.”

On twitter he added, “The group then scarpered: I don’t know if they said anything in the melee. I’m fine other than a big bump on my head and a cut back.”

Jones said the assault was bound up with “the rise of an emboldened far right, which is increasingly violent, and targeting minorities and people on the left.” He told the Guardian, “In the past year I’ve been repeatedly targeted in the street by far right activists, including attempts to use physical assault, and homophobic abuse. I’ve had a far-right activist taking pictures of me, and posting threatening messages and a video.”

“Because of this, and escalating threats of violence and death, I’ve had the police involved. My friends felt it was a matter of time until this happened. Give the context, it seems unthinkable that I was singled out for anything other than a politically motivated premeditated attack.”

Jones has posted videos of various attacks, one of which can be viewed here.

Jones is followed down the street and verbally abused by a fascist mob, including the far-right provocateur James Goddard. One shouts, “Why are you doing the dirty work for Corbyn?”

Goddard asks Jones, in relation to Corbyn, “Why do you support a communist?”

Jones is gay and the abuse dished out includes homophobic slurs.

The journalist posted a tweet Saturday reproducing a photo taken previously by a far-right activist of Jones in a pub, with a threatening message. The photo is captioned, “Picture today Islington London Owen Jones.”

Above the post, a message read, “It gets worse hope not hate [the name of an anti-racist group] I can get that close to your like minded people its [sic] scary. Do not underestimate my talents of my past and present I even know your address [sic] of all you radicals.” It was signed, “Scott Timothy … and I’ve had enough.”

On Sunday afternoon, Jones told the BBC, after being asked if his attackers said anything to him, “It is very difficult when you’re suddenly on the floor being kicked in the head.” He added that “I’ve had evidence since, which I can’t discuss … which suggests political motivations.”

He added, “What happened—to be clear—is they spotted me in the pub, waited for us to leave, and then launched their attack when we were away from the pub—it was planned, not a random attack.”

In the last year alone, three leading figures on the left in the UK have been attacked by far-right forces, along with other incidents in which left-wing groups have been targeted in violent assaults.

In July last year, Steve Hedley, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union assistant general secretary was savagely assaulted in a pub by fascists after he spoke at a Stand Up to Racism demonstration in London. Hedley was left bleeding heavily from a head wound. His partner was also assaulted, including being hit by a chair, and ended up in hospital. No charges were laid by the police over the attack.

In March, Labour leader Corbyn himself was subject to an attack by a far-right thug at the Finsbury Park Mosque’s Muslim Welfare House. John Murphy approached Corbyn and smashed an egg in his clenched fist into the side of the Labour leader’s head while he was sitting down eating with his wife, Laura. Murphy was only given a 28-day sentence for “common assault” despite previously threatening to kill … Muslims in online posts.

It emerged during the 2018 trial of Darren Osborne—who killed a Muslim worshipper and injured 12 others when he ploughed a hired van into a crowd outside Finsbury Park Mosque in 2017—that he had planned to murder Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Last August, fascists attacked the Bookmarks bookshop in central London, run by the Socialist Workers Party. Again, no charges were brought by the police.

In January this year, far-right activists surrounded a Rail, Maritime and Transport union picket line at Victoria Station in Manchester, verbally abusing striking guards.

Only weeks ago, more than 100 supporters of fascist Tommy Robinson marched through Manchester city centre, holding an unprecedented demonstration inside the privately owned Arndale shopping centre. As part of their rampage, they smashed up the stall of a left-wing organisation, the Revolutionary Communist Group.

The police have said they will be look at CCTV footage relating to the attack on Jones, but as is demonstrated by the incidents listed above, they have done little or nothing to arrest and charge any perpetrators.

It is beyond doubt that if anyone from the wider left had committed such crimes as the attack on Jones, they would have been immediately rounded up, arrested and charged.

The SEP warned after Corbyn’s attacker received a paltry prison sentence that the attack on the Labour leader must be taken as “a serious warning of the dangerous right-wing political climate being whipped up by Britain’s ruling elite and its media outlets.”

The attack on Britain’s most prominent left journalist underscores these warnings and raises the necessity for heightened political vigilance and security regarding fascist provocateurs, combined with a determined political counteroffensive for socialism based on a mobilisation of the working class.

Among the tens of thousands who tweeted their support for Jones after the attack was Corbyn who said, “Owen believes it was politically motivated, and we know the far right is on the march in our country. An attack on a journalist is an attack on free speech and our fundamental values.”

… Among the leading forces giving succour to the far right are the Blairites—who speak in similar terms as the fascists about the danger of a “hard left”, “communist” government if Corbyn were ever to take power.

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Faroe Islands religious homophobic politician


This 2012 video from the USA says about itself:

Pastor Advocates Electric Fence for Gays

CNN’s Gary Tuchman talks to church members about their pastor‘s controversial anti-gay sermon.

From PinkNews in Britain:

Christian MP wants to roll back same-sex marriage to ‘correct wrongdoings’

By Nick Duffy, August 16, 2019

A Christian MP in the Faroe Islands has pledged to roll back same-sex marriage, if his party returns to power.

Same-sex unions have been permitted in the Faroe Islands, a self-governing region of Denmark which is home to 50,000 people, since 2017.

However, Centre Party MP Bill Justinussen has vowed to roll back the law, if his party returns to power in the August 31 elections. …

The right-wing lawmaker’s party has never won more than three of the 33 seats in the Faroese Parliament (Løgting), but has served in government on a number of occasions as a junior coalition partner.

Same-sex marriage passed the body by a vote of 19 to 14 in 2016, after polling suggested that around two-thirds of residents supported the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.

A year later, a London-based gay couple accidentally became the first to tie the knot there.

Leslie Travers and Richard McBride, 48 and 37, had wanted a quiet, fuss-free wedding, and did not find out they were the first gay couple to be married in the country until their union attracted attention from local media.

Others same-sex weddings have since taken place.

The British Overseas Territory of Bermuda became the first region in the world to roll back same-sex marriage in 2018, passing a law to re-ban unions after weddings had already begun.

However, same-sex marriages became legal for the second time in October 2018, after a second court ruling struck down the fresh law.

Same-sex weddings have been permitted in Denmark itself since 2012.

Israeli minister supports gay conversion quackery


This 14 July 2019 video says about itself:

Israelis call to sack education minister over gay therapy comments | AFP

Israelis hold protest against Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz who has spoken of his belief in therapy to convert gays to heterosexuality and claimed he has engaged in the practice, leading to calls for him to be sacked.

From Associated Press, 15 July 2019:

Israel’s Education Minister Defends Gay‘ Conversion’ Therapy

Hundreds called for Rafi Peretz’s resignation after he made the controversial remarks in a weekend interview

By Shahar Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new education minister’s remarks in favor of “conversion therapy”, a controversial technique that seeks to turn gays into heterosexuals, came under widespread criticism and led hundreds to protest Sunday.

Rafi Peretz, who leads a small religious nationalist party, said in a televised interview over the weekend that he supports
conversion therapy and has performed it. …

It was Peretz’s second major controversy in just a month on the job. Last week, he elicited uproar, particularly from overseas Jews, when he compared intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews to a second “Holocaust”. …

Health officials have said that conversion therapy is scientifically dubious and possibly even dangerous.

Etai Pinkas-Arad, a Tel Aviv city councilman in charge of LGBT affairs, said that conversation therapy can “in some cases cause death by suicidal attempts” and called on Peretz to be fired.

Cynically, one might say that Mr Peretz is not even the worst homophobe in Israel. While this government minister advocates subjecting LGBTQ people to quackery which may kill them (but which they also may survive), Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar advocates killing them.

Peretz, a former chief rabbi in the Israeli military, “shouldn’t be holding this position any longer, or relevant position in the future,” he said.

Hundreds protested in Tel-Aviv on Sunday, calling on Peretz to resign. …

While [Prime Minister] Netanyahu likes to boast about Israel’s broad acceptance of gays, he has been attacked by LGBT activists for homophobic comments by members of his coalition, which is dominated by religious and conservative politicians. Last year he was also criticized for voting against surrogacy for gay fathers, presumably under pressure from his Ultra-orthodox coalition partners.

YouTube pro-corporate media, anti-independent media


This 12 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

BOMBSHELL: YouTube Now Crushing Independent News, Pushing Corporate News

This 8 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

YouTube has now become corporate media, it is destroying independent channels like The David Pakman Show, and David presents the details and data.

YouTube is part of the Google corporation, which practices censorship.

YouTube’s conspiracy theory crackdown has one big winner: Fox News [HuffPost]

YouTube Paid Neo-Nazi Thousands Of Dollars For Hate Videos: here.

LGBT YOUTUBERS SUE GOOGLE FOR DISCRIMINATION A group of LGBTQ YouTubers say they have been unfairly targeted with discrimination and suppression of their content because of their sexuality, a new federal lawsuit against the platform alleges. [HuffPost]

Trump attacks LGBTQ people’s children


This 10 November 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Psychology Study Says Trump Voters Are More Homophobic, Islamaphobic, And Sexist

A new psychological study released this week shows that researchers were accurately able to predict a person’s voting patterns – specifically whether they voted for Trump or Clinton in 2016 – based on previous interviews that determined the level of sexism, homophobia, or Islamophobia that a person exhibited. This study helps to confirm claims that Trump voters are far more racist and sexist and that those traits helped push Trump into the White House, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: LGBTQ COUPLES’ KIDS AREN’T CITIZENS A government policy that de-recognizes parents’ marriage means that some immigrant children can lose automatic rights to American birthright citizenship, despite the fact that their parents are U.S. citizens. That policy poses a unique threat to LGBTQ families, and could change the decades-old legal understanding of what the word “family” even means. [Daily Beast]

NEW BILL WOULD HARM CHILDREN A new bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would harm undocumented immigrant children by detaining them longer and allowing officials to send them back to life-threatening situations in their home countries. Immigrant rights advocates argue it wouldn’t even deter undocumented families from coming to the U.S. [HuffPost]

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Trump administration is considering conducting a nationwide militarized sweep to arrest 10,000 immigrants: here.

Brazilian far-right Bolsonaro not to New York


This 15 April 2019 video says about itself:

Bolsonaro presidency a threat to the Amazon?

About 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest is located on Brazilian territory. While scientists have highlighted its importance – both as an irreplaceable biodiversity treasure and an essential global climate regulator – deforestation continues. During his election campaign, Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro frequently criticised environmentalism, boasting strong ties with the agribusiness industry, and threatening to leave the Paris climate accord.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Brazilian President Bolsonaro has canceled a trip to the United States after controversy about his election as “person of the year” by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. Following protests by activists, major sponsors of the event withdrew.

Bolsonaro was to be highlighted this month by the trade organization at a gala dinner in a hotel in New York. In the run-up to the event, protests against the arrival of the far-right president grew because of his controversial statements about women and LGBTQ people.

The newspaper The Financial Times, consultancy firm Bain & Company and airline Delta Airlines withdrew as sponsors because of all the fuss. In addition, New York City Mayor De Blasio called the Brazilian president a “dangerous man”.

Protest at event location

A petition against Bolsonaro‘s visit to the US was also signed more than 60,000 times. The initiators accuse him of racism, hatred of women and homophobia. Activists protested in recent days at the hotel where the event was to take place.

The Brazilian president says he is canceling the trip because of all opposition to his arrival and the personal attacks by the mayor of New York.

This 18 April 2019 video says about itself:

Bolsonaro Has Been Banned From A New York Museum

A gala event planned to honor Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right president at the American Museum of Natural History has been canceled after after widespread criticism and public outcry.

DALLAS COUNCIL AND LGBTQ GROUPS SET TO PROTEST BOLSONARO Another U.S. visit will likely bring another round of protests and official rebukes of far-right Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, as American activists and lawmakers opposed to his his racist, sexist, homophobic and environmentally destructive policies attempt to make him unwelcome in the U.S. [HuffPost]

BRAZIL’S FINANCIAL ELITES LOSE FAITH Jair Bolsonaro pitched himself as a populist savior, but the right-wing authoritarian has relied heavily on the support of Brazil’s wealthy classes and financial elites. Less than six months into his presidency, the elites’ elation and optimism has given way to anxiety. [HuffPost]