Rupert Murdoch’s Sun daily nazi-style hatemongering


This video from England says about itself:

Liverpool’s Boycott Of [Rupert Murdoch‘s] The S*n: As Relevant Now As In 1989

13 April 2017

It’s 28 years since Kelvin MacKenzie presented a press agency report sourced from senior members of South Yorkshire Police and Tory MP Irvine Patnick on the front page of The S*n as ‘The Truth’ of what happened at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

The newspaper has been boycotted in Liverpool ever since.

In more recent times, newer campaigns ­– Total Eclipse Of The S*n and Shun The S*n – have pushed for retailers in the city not to sell The S*n, while in February of this year Liverpool FC announced S*n journalists are not welcome in Anfield’s press box or at the Melwood training ground.

Earlier this month, Roger Alton argued in [Conservative weekly] The Spectator that the club’s ban is wrong. Here Gareth Roberts argues the opposite, and says the ban, and the boycott, are as relevant as ever.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Corbyn slams ‘nazi-like’ Islamophobia in the Sun

Thursday 17th August 2017

Labour leader among 108 MPs condemning article on the ‘Muslim problem’

JEREMY CORBYN joined more than 100 MPs in condemning the “nazi-like language” used in a hate-filled Sun newspaper column that called for a “solution” to the “Muslim problem.”

The Labour leader said recent stories published by the right-wing tabloid “incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities,” which is “wrong and dangerous and must be condemned … in the clearest possible terms.”

He was speaking out after Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh suggested it was “acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem.”

Writing about recent sex gang convictions, Mr Kavanagh claimed that “the common denominator is Islam.”

And he concluded his venomous tirade by asking: “What will we do about the Muslim problem then?”

Mr Corbyn said: “With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Britain and neonazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, we must stand in solidarity and unity with all our communities and not let hate divide us.”

A letter initiated by Labour MP Naz Shah and signed by 107 of her parliamentary colleagues called for Sun editor Tony Gallagher to “not only retract the article” but to “strongly consider whether Mr Kavanagh’s brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper.”

The letter said there was “little doubt” that Mr Kavanagh was comparing Muslims to the supposed “Jewish problem” — which led to the genocide of six million people in the nazis’ “Final Solution.”

Before Kavanagh, his ex-Murdoch media colleague, professional racist Katie Hopkins, had already demanded a “final solution” of the “Muslim problem”.

Press freedom campaigners said the publication of the column exposed the toothlessness of print media regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which replaced the Press Complaints Commission in 2014.

Jewish and Muslim groups have complained to the regulator, but they fear it is powerless because the editors’ code offers religious and ethnic groups no protection against discrimination.

Mediawise spokesman Mike Jempson told the Star: “Public shaming of Trevor Kavanagh’s dog whistling in Murdoch’s Sun may be the only way to demonstrate abhorrence of his views.

“He explained that a comment column counts as “freedom of expression” falling outside the terms of the editors’ code, monitored by Ipso.

While it allows individuals who have been identified in news articles to complain about discrimination, there is no protection against generalised comments.

“In other words, complaints about much of the content of Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer [a nazi newspaper] would not be upheld by Ipso if it were being published today.”

Ipso confirmed that it had received 227 complaints about the column.

The National Union of Journalists called on the press watchdog to carry out an immediate investigation into the prevalence of Islamophobia, racism and hatred being espoused in British newspapers following Mr Kavanagh’s article.

Islamophobic bomb attack on United States mosque


This video from the USA says about itself:

Mohamed Omar, Leader Of Destroyed Minnesota Mosque: ‘We Are One Bloomington’ | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

7 August 2017

Mohamed Omar, Executive Director of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., talks about religious leaders of the community showing support after his house of worship was destroyed by an IED.

By Anthony Bertolt in the USA:

Bomber targets mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota

8 August 2017

On Saturday morning around 5 a.m., a bomb flew through a window of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota and exploded as worshippers gathered for a prayer session. Though the explosion caused a fire in the building, there were no injuries.

Citing an anonymous US official, CBS News reported on Monday that the explosive used in the attack was a pipe-bomb type device of “more sophistication” than investigators had expected. The bomb, which FBI investigators have also described as an “improvised explosive device,” was thrown through a window into the imam’s office as prayers began.

Mohammed Omar, the executive director of the mosque, told reporters that a member of the congregation saw a pickup truck speeding away after the blast. He said that the perpetrator may have known which window to throw the bomb into, as it exploded in his office.

The attack invoked an immediate response from neighbors in the local Bloomington community and throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Worshippers returned to the mosque on Monday and flowers were laid at the site.

The mosque’s congregation is made up of people from the area’s Somali community. Minnesota is home to the largest community of Somali immigrants in the United States, many of whom have fled decades of wars and violence stoked by American imperialism.

Minnesota’s Democratic governor Mark Dayton visited the mosque with a delegation of public officials alongside him, including Democratic Representative Keith Ellison, and declared that the bombing was an act of terrorism.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Saturday’s attack in Bloomington.

The FBI also announced that they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the suspect or suspects in the attack. The head of the Minneapolis FBI told a press conference that the investigation of the bombing is a top priority, but officials did not answer questions.

The Department of Homeland Security released a perfunctory two-sentence statement on Saturday evening noting the bombing and condemning attacks on religious institutions. President Donald Trump, who has frequently taken to Twitter to highlight terrorist attacks in Europe [those by violent Muslims, not those by Islamophobes] and is known as a prolific tweeter, has not recognized the attack on his social media account.

The bombing of the mosque in Bloomington comes amid a trend of rising anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attacks in the United States since the election of Donald Trump. Trump made repeated appeals to far-right forces during his presidency and during his campaign.

These forces have been further emboldened by Trump’s actions since January, including his implementation of the anti-Muslim travel ban, which limits travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, as well as the fascistic forces he has surrounded himself with in the White House.

A recent report by CAIR revealed that 2017 is on track to be one of the worst ever years for anti-Muslim bias incidents and hate crimes in the United States.

Between 2014 and 2016 CAIR recorded a 65 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents where there was an identifiable element of religious discrimination and a 584 percent surge in hate crimes targeting individuals or property.

CAIR’s report shows that, compared to the first half of 2016, the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes has risen by 91 percent, almost double what was previously the worst year since the organization began recording such incidents in 2013.

While Muslim-Americans reported in 2016 that harassment was the most frequent type of abuse they encountered (18 percent), this was followed closely by intrusive questioning or targeting by the FBI (15 percent). A significant number of Muslim-Americans also reported being racially and religiously profiled by agents from Customs and Border Patrol and the Transportation Safety Administration while traveling in and out of the country.

CAIR has called for investigations into possible anti-Muslim bias motives in dozens of incidents targeting mosques this year in multiple states in every region of the country including Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Tennessee, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Texas.

Earlier this month, CAIR called on the FBI and local law enforcement to investigate vandalism of Muslim Cemetery Al Maghfirah in Castle Rock, a township south of St. Paul in Minnesota. In addition to damaging property, the vandals spray-painted swastikas and wrote, “Leave, you R dead.”

HOW PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S SILENCE ON THE MINNESOTA MOSQUE ATTACK speaks volumes. [HuffPost]

TRUMP ADVISER SUGGESTS MOSQUE ATTACK IN MINNESOTA COULD HAVE BEEN FAKED Saying it might have been “propagated by the left.” [HuffPost]

Trump’s Islamophobia in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Muslims Debate Donald Trump, Immigration Ban and Islamophobia in Republican Party

22 July 2016

For months Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Since he has risen to prominence, civil rights groups have cited increasing attacks and threats against Muslims in America, often against women wearing headscarves. Muslim groups are now campaigning to register a million new voters in a bid to keep Trump out of the White House. But some American Muslims will vote for Trump. According to a survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 11 percent of Muslims in the U.S. are Trump supporters. We’re joined now by two guests. Saba Ahmed is president of the Republican Muslim Coalition and a Donald Trump supporter. She recently met with Trump and his vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, here at the Republican National Convention. We also speak with Aisha Samad, who is CAIR-Cleveland’s board secretary and a longtime activist in the Muslim community in Cleveland.

By Ramzy Baroud in the USA:

Muslims are not the enemy – conformity is

Friday 14th July 2017

Barring citizens of Muslim countries from travelling to the US is an act of immorality and injustice. Sadly, many in the US say that such discriminatory laws already make them feel safe, writes Ramzy Baroud

TWO officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them and I obliged. Being of Arab background often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant.

In a back room, where other foreigners — mainly Muslims — were holed for “added security,” I was asked numerous questions about my politics, ideas, writing, children, friends and my late Palestinian parents.

Meanwhile, an officer took my bag and all of my papers, including receipts, business cards and more. I did not protest. I am so used to this treatment and endless questioning that I simply go through the motions and answer the questions the best way I know how.

My first questioning commenced soon after September 11 2001, when all Muslims and Arabs became, and remain, suspect. “Why do you hate our president,” I was asked then, in reference to George W Bush.

On a different occasion, I was held in a room for hours at John F Kennedy International Airport because I had a receipt that revealed the immortal sin of eating at a London restaurant that served Halal meat.

I was also interrogated at a US border facility in Canada and was asked to fill several documents about my trip to Turkey, where I gave a talk at a conference and conducted several media interviews.

A question I am often asked is: “What is the purpose of your visit to this country?”

The fact that I am a US citizen, who acquired high education, bought a home, raised a family, paid my taxes, obeyed the law and contributed to society in myriad ways is not an adequate answer.

I remain an Arab, a Muslim and a dissident, all unforgivable sins in the new, rapidly changing United States.

Truthfully, I never had any illusions regarding the supposed moral superiority of my adopted country. I grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza and have witnessed, first hand, the untold harm inflicted upon my people as a result of US military and political support of Israel.

Within the larger Arab context, US foreign policy was felt on a larger scale. The invasion and destruction of Iraq in 2003 was but the culmination of decades of corrupt, violent US policies in the Arab world.

But when I arrived in the US in 1994 I also found another country, far kinder and more accepting than the one represented — or misrepresented — in US foreign policy. While constantly embracing my Palestinian Arab roots, I have lived and interacted with a fairly wide margin of like-minded people in my new home.

While I was greatly influenced by my Arab heritage, my current political thoughts and the very dialectics through which I understand and communicate with the world — and my understanding of it — are vastly shaped by US scholars, intellectual dissidents and political rebels. It is no exaggeration to say that I became part of the same cultural zeitgeist that many US intellectuals subscribe to.

Certainly, anti-Arab and Muslim sentiments in the US have been around for generations, but they have risen sharply in the last two decades. Arabs and Muslims have become an easy scapegoat for all of the country’s failed wars and counter-violence.

Terrorist threats have been exaggerated beyond belief to manipulate a frightened, but also a growingly impoverished population.

The threat level was assigned colours and each time the colour vacillated towards the red, the nation drops all of its grievances, all its fights for equality, jobs and healthcare and unites in hating Muslims, people they never met.

“Terrorism” has morphed from being a violent phenomenon requiring national debate, and sensible policies to combat it, into a bogeyman that forces everyone into conformity and divides people between being docile and obedient on the one hand, and “radical” and suspect on the other.

But blaming Muslims for the decline of the US empire is as ineffective as it is dishonest.

The Economist Intelligence Unit had recently downgraded the US from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy”. Neither Muslims nor Islam played any role in that.

The size of the Chinese economy is soon to surpass that of the US, and the powerful East Asian country is already roaring, expanding its influence in the Pacific and beyond. Muslims are hardly the culprits there, either.

Nor are Arabs responsible for the death of the “American dream,” if one truly existed in the first place; nor the election of Donald Trump; nor the utter corruption and mafia-like practices of the country’s ruling elites and political parties.

It was not the Arabs and Muslims who duped the US into invading Iraq, where millions of Arabs and Muslims lost their lives as a result of the unchecked military adventurism.

In fact, Arabs and Muslims are by far the greatest victims of terrorism, whether state-sponsored terror or that of desperate, vile groups like Isis and al-Qaida.

US citizens should know that Muslims are not the enemy. They never have been. Conformity is.

“In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service,” wrote John Stuart Mill in On Liberty. The English philosopher had a tremendous impact on US liberalism.

I read his famous book soon after I arrived in the US. It took me a while to realise that what we learn in books often sharply contradicts reality.

Instead, we now live in the “age of impunity,” according to Tom Engelhardt. In a 2014 article, published in the Huffington Post, he wrote: “For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does — torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it — will ever be brought to court.”

Those who are “held accountable” are whistleblowers and political dissidents who dare question the government and educate their fellow men and women on the undemocratic nature of such oppressive practices.

Staying silent is not an option. It is a form of defeatism that should be outed as equally destructive as the muzzling of democracy.
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr.

Barring citizens of Muslim countries from travelling to the US is a great act of immorality and injustice. Sadly, many in the US report that such discriminatory laws already make them feel safe, which itself is an indication of how the government and media manipulate consent in this country to produce the desirable results.

As a big fan of hating Edward Bernays’ work, yet appreciating his honesty, I realise the question is not that of Trump alone. Bernays, whose writing on propaganda influenced successive governments and inspired various military coups, was versed on manipulating popular consent of US citizens nearly a century ago. He perceived the masses as unruly and a burden on democracy, which he believed could only be conducted by the intelligent few.

The outcome of his ideas, which influenced generations of conformist intellectuals, is on full display today.

The US is changing fast, and is certainly not heading in the right direction. Shelving all pressing problems and putting the focus on chasing after, demonising and humiliating brown-skinned men and women is certainly not the way out of the economic, political and foreign policy quagmires which US ruling elites have invited upon their country.

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear,” wrote George Orwell.

No matter the cost, we must adhere to this Orwellian wisdom, even if the number of people who refuse to hear has grown exponentially and the margins for dissent have shrunk like never before.

Dr Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for more than 20 years. He is author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com.

Minnesota Governor Calls Mosque Bombing An Act Of Terrorism: here.

English racist anti-Muslim women violence


This video from England says about itself:

Maz Saleem at Cambridge Stand Up to Racism

7 November 2015

Campaigner Maz Saleem talks about her experiences after her father was murdered by far-right racist terrorists.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Spate of attacks on Muslim women prompts protest

Thursday 13th July 2017

CAMPAIGNERS will hold a demonstration in Cambridge today in response to a spate of “cowardly” attacks on Muslim women in the city.

The past week has seen an escalation in targeted attacks on hijab-wearing women including an incident where a mother was abused while collecting her children from Mayfield School. When onlookers came to her aid they were also attacked.

In a separate nearby incident a Muslim woman had an egg thrown at her from a passing car.

Campaigners said that the attacks have led to the victims feeling “insecure, fearful and reluctant to leave the house.”

In response, campaign group Stand Up to Racism is co-ordinating a Solidarity Walking School Bus in which parents, children and supporters will show their solidarity with the victims by walking together along the route where the school run attack took place.

The group aims to show that “anti-racists are the vast majority and that we won’t let the weak but nasty racist minority divide us.”

Local Labour MP Daniel Zeichner said: “Racism and Islamophobia has no place in our society.

“Any attack on a person because of the colour of their skin or religious belief is an attack on us all.”

Protest organiser Zareen Taj, who is also a parent-governor at Mayfield School, said: “The local community based around the school immediately rallied around to show their solidarity with the women faced with these cowardly attacks.

“By organising a Solidarity Walking School Bus we aim both to support them, but also to show that racists are a tiny minority, and are not welcome here.”

The rally will leave Mayfield Primary School on Warwick Road at 3.15pm today.

British Islamophobic acid terrorist arrested


Resham Khan in hospital following an acid attack on 21 June

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Arrest made over acid attack on aspiring model and cousin in east London

‘I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same,’ says victim

Ian Johnston, Agencies

A man has been arrested in connection with an acid attack on an aspiring model and her cousin.

John Tomlin was held on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent over the alleged attack in Beckton, east London, on 21 June. …

Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar, 37, were attacked by a man throwing acid through their car window on Ms Khan’s 21st birthday.

Both suffered life-changing injuries in the attack that took place just after 9.10am on Tollgate Road.

In the days afterwards, Ms Khan said: “I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same.”

In a Facebook post, she stressed he did not want the incident to “fuel a division among people“.

“There will always be a sick and twisted minoritymake peace with each other and the world,” she said.

Mr Mukhtar has said he feels “emotionally wrecked” and “in continuous pain”.

In an emotional interview with Channel 4 News, Mr Mukhtar described the feeling as “like somebody’s ironing me 24/7”.

Scotland Yard said their investigation into the incident was continuing.

British racists’ Islamophobic acid attacks


This Channel 4 TV video from England says about itself:

Acid attack was a hate crime’: London victim speaks out

29 June 2017

A man who was left with life-changing injuries in an East London acid attack has been telling this programme about his ordeal. Jameel Mukhtar was in his car with his cousin Resham Khan when a toxic substance was sprayed through the window.

There’s been a steep rise in acid attacks in recent years. In 2015 the Metropolitan Police said there were 261 such attacks, but last year that soared to 454. Today Mr Mukhtar told this programme he believes he may have been targeted because of his race or religion. Assed Baig heard his distressing story.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Muslims too Scared to Leave Homes Following Acid Attacks

Thursday 6th July 2017

Anti-racists warn wave of terror is being carried out against ethnic minorities in east London

MUSLIMS in east London are fearful of leaving their homes following an alarming rise in the number of acid attacks targeting Asians.

Police have been accused of playing down the nature and number of assaults as residents warn that “Muslim communities are being terrorised.”

A vigil was held in Stratford yesterday evening organised by Newham Stand Up to Racism calling on the government and the police to prioritise their response to the rising number of Islamophobic attacks.

Attacks in London now occur more than daily on average and incidents have been reported in Upton Park, Forest Gate and Mile End in the past few days.

An emergency meeting attended by Tower Hamlets Mayor John Bigg was held on Sunday. He was told: “These attacks are happening on our doorsteps. Our women, our men, our youngsters are feeling unsafe. They are scared to come out of their homes.”

And anti-racist campaigner Maz Saleem, whose father was killed by a nazi sympathiser in a racially motivated murder in 2013, warned that the assaults were acts of terror.

The London Borough of Newham has been branded Britain’s acid attack capital: there have been 415 assaults using corrosive material since 2010 compared with 157 in neighbouring Barking over the same period. But there has been a sharp rise in acid attacks across the capital: 431 assaults last year, up from 261 in 2015.

The rise exceeds national trends, with acid attacks having doubled across the UK over the last decade.

Cousins Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar were left with “life-changing” injuries after they were sprayed with acid in their car last month.

Police initially refused to treat the attack as a “hate crime” but reclassified it as racially or religiously motivated crime after pressure from Mr Muhktar, who described the assault as Islamophobic.

Newham Stand Up to Racism highlighted extreme far-right and nazi material posted on on-the-run chief suspect John Tomlin’s Facebook page. A further post features a crusader with drawn sword held aloft and a roaring lion. It then incites “ordinary Brits” to “wake up and attack.”

Since the attack on the cousins, members of Muslim communities have become increasingly concerned for their safety.

In the wake of the attacks almost 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for a ban on the sale of corrosive liquids without a licence.

Ms Saleem told the Star: “These are act of terrorism. There have been numerous attacks on innocent Muslims in London and surrounding areas. Yet there still has been no government statement and no media outcry. Why?

“We must challenge anti-Muslim hatred in all its forms. The police have yet to recognise it as an Islamophobic act of extreme violent terrorism on innocent Muslims.

“We need to challenge the powers that are failing to properly address and investigate these corrosive attacks on our streets.”