Nazi infiltration of British army, trial

This video says about itself:

British Soldiers Arrested On Suspicion Of Right-Wing Terrorism

5 September 2017

CNN has reported that four British soldiers alleged to be members of banned UK neo-Nazi group National Action have been arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terror. The men were detained as part of a “pre-planned and intelligence led” operation, according to West Midlands Police … All four suspects are being held by police. A spokesman for the British Army confirmed the arrests. The men, aged 22, 24, 24 and 32, are from England and Wales.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Saturday, March 24, 2018

National Action: Soldier tells trial he knew little about banned nazi sect

A SOLDIER accused of membership of a proscribed neonazi terrorist group claimed yesterday that a more senior colleague handed him propaganda leaflets at an army base.

Private Mark Barrett said that Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen gave him two National Action flyers and had made racist “jokes”.

The serviceman also alleged that he was asked to draw pictures of a swastika and a World War II German tank, which were found in his accommodation.

After he was arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence at Alexander Barracks, Cyprus, he told authorities that he found Cpl Vehvilainen “intimidating” and that he “scared the crap” out of him.

Pte Barrett, Cpl Vehvilainen and a 23-year-old man who cannot be named in the press are on trial at Birmingham Crown Court accused of National Action membership.

Pte Barrett claimed that he put the leaflets he had been given in his wallet and did not look at them again until they were found after his arrest.

He said the extent of his knowledge of National Action was “they’re a bunch of racist guys”.

National Action were banned in December 2016 after a series of events including posting on Twitter in support of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Asked about drawings in his sketchbook, Pte Barrett said: “Yeah I’ve got a book, a drawings book, but basically there’s pictures that Vehvilainen asked me to do.

“I like to draw and always have done, so I drew a couple of pictures for him and that was it.”

He added: “I don’t think the pictures themselves were specifically racist. I just think it had, excuse me, the swastika on them.”

Cpl Vehvilainen is charged with possession of a terrorist document — a manifesto written by Norwegian nazi Anders Breivik — and two counts of stirring up racial hatred relating to two online forum posts.

The trial continues on Monday.


Dutch neo-nazis support Russia-bashing, oppose Wilders

This cartoon from Britain jokes about the present British Conservative government blaming Russia for all which they themselves ruin. Leading, eg, to a BBC Photoshop job on British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn‘s hat, adding Kremlin buildings, to make him look ‘Russian’ to help the Conservative government‘s anti-Russia hysteria.

Boris Johnson and Russia, cartoon

This is cartoon by Mike Bryson from Britain about Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Russia.

European Union joins UK in ratcheting up anti-Russia campaign: here.

Labour is right to focus on dodgy oligarch property rather than bang the war drums: here.

Jeremy Corbyn is hardly the only person smeared as a ‘tool of Russia’. Whether one is Green party leader Jill Stein in the USA; former United States Democratic party chair Donna Brazile; a Black Lives Matter protester against a police killing in Wisconsin, USA; or a Canadian First Nations person and/or Canadian environmentalist; the political establishment claims they don’t have actions and ideas of their own, but only move if Putin in the Kremlin pushes buttons to make them move.

Part of the establishment propaganda says that supposedly the whole political extreme right is pro-Russia. That propaganda aims at forcing people who for extremely valid reasons dislike the extreme right to become uncritical of the hysteria about Russia.

However, is the whole political extreme right really pro-Russia?

Let us look for an answer to that question at the Dutch neo-nazi party Nederlandse Volks-Unie (NVU; Dutch Peoples-Union). Founded in 1971, with as key purpose to rehabilitate convicted World War II war criminals, Dutchmen who had joined Adolf Hitler’s SS.

Soon, the then NVU leader, NATO bookkeeper Joop Glimmerveen, emphasized another main NVU point: opposition to immigrant workers. Dutch extreme right parties founded later copied that policy. Most of these other parties have disappeared by now. At the moment, Thierry Baudet’s FvD party and Geert Wilders’ PVV party exist.

What is the relationship between the NVU and the PVV?

The NVU fuehrer Constant Kusters has repeatedly advocated voting PVV in elections without NVU participation.

The NVU agrees with Wilders’ bashing of Polish, Romanian and other East European workers.

When Wilders organises demonstrations against Moroccan Dutch people and other Muslims, whether in Arnhem or in Rotterdam, the Nederlandse Volks-Unie sends friendly delegations to participate.

When Wilders organises a demonstration in The Hague, the NVU neo-nazis with their orange-white-blue flags (which used to be the flags of the Dutch nazis when they collaborated with Hitler’s 1940-1945 occupation of the Netherlands) and their nazi salutes are prominently present.

When the NVU and other far rightists organised a march to a part of The Hague where many immigrants live, hoping to provoke fights, Geert Wilders said he wanted to join that march.

To some extent, this is surprising. When Wilders broke with his old party (the pro-Big Business governing VVD party for which he used to be an MP), and founded the PVV, he claimed that the new party wanted to have nothing to do with racist parties like the Vlaams Belang in Belgium and the National Front in France. As Wilders was supposedly just critical of the Islamic religion.

However, when Wilders needed voters’ signatures to participate in elections, a Wilders aide asked for signatures on an Internet site of Dutch Holocaust deniers.

And a few years later, Wilders invited French National Front fuehrerin Marine Le Pen to The Hague as a political ally (the NVU welcomed that). This year, Wilders invited the Vlaams Belang to participate in his Rotterdam Islamophobic demonstration.

So, is all well between the NVU and the PVV? Not completely. Wilders, like some other European rightists, supports the political right in Israel. While the NVU wants to kill all Jews, outside or inside Israel; right-wing or left-wing. (In this, the NVU also differs from Norwegian neo-fascist mass murderer Breivik. Breivik wrote that Hitler was wrong killing all Jews, as he should supposedly only have killed left-wing Jews). The NVU used to emphasize that this, Israel, was the only point in which they strongly differed from Wilders.

However, then came a 4 March 2018 NVU propaganda video (no, I don’t link to nazi propaganda). NVU fuehrer Constant Kusters said he had found a second disagreement with Wilders. Wilders had gone to Russia to meet local MPs. Kusters reacted that was wrong; and that the NVU supports NATO governments’ sanctions against Russia. He said Wilders was already wrong to obey Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as his master, but that now he wrongly also obeyed a second master, Russian President Putin.

A background to this is the NVU view on the Ukraine war. Like neo-fascists in Sweden, Italy and elsewhere, some of whom joined Ukrainian extreme right paramilitaries to fight in the war in eastern Ukraine, the NVU has links with the Ukrainian anti-Semitic and anti-Russian extreme right. A local NVU leader went to Kyiv to strengthen the friendship of the NVU with Ukrainian neo-nazi paramilitary organisations. Wilders going to Moscow does not square with these NVU policies.

Ex-Austrian President Waldheim, new film

This 28 February 2018 video says about itself:

The Waldheim Waltz‘: Berlin Review. Director: Ruth Beckermann. Austria. 2018. 93 minutes. There’s little waltzing in The Waldheim Waltz.

By Stefan Steinberg in Berlin, Germany:

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

The Waldheim Waltz: A timely film about the World War II role of former Austrian president

20 March 2018

In 1938, shortly after the German annexation of Austria and prior to the war, Waldheim joined the National Socialist German Students’ League, affiliated with the Nazi Party. He later became a member of the SA (Nazi “Brownshirts”) Mounted Corps.

During the war, Waldheim served on the staff of German Army Group E, which specialized in brutal anti-partisan operations in Greece and Yugoslavia from 1942 to 1945. In this capacity, as early as March 1943, he became part of the German military administration in Thessaloniki. Army Group E was involved in the deportation of the city’s Jewish population to destruction in concentration camps. At that time, Jews constituted a third of the total population of the city.

Remaining silent on his activities at that time, Waldheim was able to pursue a successful political career after the war. He was Austria’s foreign minister from 1968 to 1970, General Secretary of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981 and Austrian president from 1986 to 1992. Waldheim’s lies and obfuscations regarding his past were symptomatic of the response of the entire Austrian elite.

As Beckermann points out in the interview below, after World War II Austrian authorities claimed the country had been a victim of Hitler, and emphasis was continually placed on the number of Austrian casualties in the war (including all the Austrian citizens who had fought alongside the Nazis). This version of history effectively blotted out the country’s role in the Holocaust. It was the Austrian establishment’s big lie.

The truth about Waldheim’s role in the war emerged from research undertaken by the World Jewish Congress (WJC), based in America. As a young woman, Ruth Beckermann was a member of the initially small group of activists in Austria who politically intervened and recorded Waldheim’s election campaign. Beckermann’s own video footage from that time of meetings for and protests against Waldheim is combined with carefully selected recordings of testimony by members of the WJC, television interviews with Waldheim and many others involved in the campaign.

In the increasingly heated atmosphere of the election campaign, supporters of Waldheim fiercely defended their candidate and became increasingly hostile to those, including Beckermann herself, calling upon him to address his wartime collaboration with the Nazis. The aggressive reaction by Waldheim supporters also included openly anti-Semitic jibes and threats.

In 1996, Beckermann released her film East of War (Jenseits des Krieges) dealing with a related subject—the 1995 “German Wehrmacht Army Exhibition” (Wehrmachtsausstellung), the first such event in postwar Germany to deal with the crimes committed in World War II by the German army. The exhibition travelled to 33 German and Austrian cities and attracted some 800,000 visitors.

In that documentary Beckermann interviewed visitors to the exhibition who either had experienced or were involved in Nazi war crimes. She noted in her film journal at that time, “Looked through the film material so far. Here they are again, the men that I filmed during the Waldheim campaign ten years ago.”

Now, more than thirty years later, Beckermann’s new film assumes burning importance under conditions where the ultra-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) now governs the country in alliance with the conservative Austrian Peoples Party (ÖVP).

I spoke to Ruth Beckermann:

Stefan Steinberg: Could you explain the significance of your film about Kurt Waldheim in relation to Austria’s postwar history?

Ruth Beckermann: Following World War II, Austria claimed it had been a victim of Hitler. It was the country’s big lie. Part of this lie was masking the role played by Austria in the oppression of the Jews. I remember as a small child a neighbour showing me a menorah, the traditional Jewish candle holder. He said it had been given to him, but I knew even at that young age it was obviously part of the property stolen from Jews who had been sent to the camps.

Such things were common knowledge in Austria after the war, but nobody said a thing. The Waldheim affair was the first time all this came to the surface. It had an enormous impact.

There had been rumours before about Waldheim’s past, for example in the 1960s, but the publicity surrounding his presidential campaign in 1986 made it possible to conduct an important debate about his role, and the role of Austria under the Nazis. It also revealed the extent to which anti-Semitism still prevailed.

The timing of the affair was significant. 1986 also marked the beginning of the political ascendancy of Jörg Haider [1950-2008], leader of the fascist Freedom Party. It appears the gradual eclipsing of one right-winger, Waldheim, opened up opportunities for another.

The difference is that Haider openly acknowledged Austria’s role in the war, while Waldheim sought to cover it up. When he was no longer able to deny the allegations made against him, Waldheim responded in the well-known manner, i.e., that he had only been doing his “duty.” [In an interview with the ORF national television network in March 1986, Waldheim claimed, “I did nothing during the war that was not also done by hundreds of thousands of Austrians, that was my duty as a soldier.”—Steinberg].

For Waldheim, this was true. His family had deep roots in the Austrian People’s Party [actually, its predecessor, the Christian Social Party] before the war. If Waldheim wanted to make a political career in the party then he had to accommodate to the Nazis.

Stefan Steinberg: In the film we witness the extraordinary statement in defence of Waldheim by the Social Democratic [SPÖ] leader and one-time Austrian chancellor Fred Sinowatz.

Ruth Beckermann: If you examine the political parties and main institutions, the police, the army, the judiciary, there was a broad continuity in terms of personnel from the period of the war, and that included the SPÖ. That explains why the Social Democrats provided political cover for those conservatives who contended that Waldheim’s service in an SA cavalry unit didn’t make him a Nazi. When confronted with the charge of Waldheim’s collaboration, Sinowatz declared on television, “Waldheim wasn’t a Nazi, only his horse was.”

Stefan Steinberg: What was the role of the US in the Waldheim affair?

Ruth Beckermann: Washington sought to use the Waldheim affair to undermine the United Nations. It was a period of decolonisation. Nations had freed themselves from their old colonial rulers and could express themselves for the first time at the United Nations.

The PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] was active at the time. Under these conditions, the US administration sought to use the case of Waldheim to undermine and discredit the UN as a whole. In 1987, the US Justice Department announced it was putting Waldheim on a watchlist, meaning that he could not enter the US.

Stefan Steinberg: Your film is very relevant to the current situation, where the current Austrian government is a coalition of the ÖVP and the far-right Freedom Party. Leading German newspapers have been supportive of the new coalition, arguing that the Freedom Party is now mainstream.

Ruth Beckermann: The Freedom Party is not mainstream. It’s not true. It is the extreme right. At the start of the year one of the ministers in the new government, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, went so far as to say he wanted refugees and asylum seekers to “concentrate at one place.” He said they should be “concentrated” into special centres. [This was seen as a reference to concentration camps.]

At the time of the first Austrian government involving the Freedom Party, in 2000, there was broad condemnation of the party led by Haider, including from the European Union. Now nobody says anything. Viktor Orbán [far-right Hungarian prime minister] has been to Vienna to meet up and make plans with the new government. The Freedom Party has taken over key ministries and is developing politics for the future. It is a dangerous situation.

German Pegida Hitler copycat falsely accuses refugee of murder

The image of Lutz Bachmann styled as Adolf Hitler was published by the Dresden Morgenpost after a reader spotted it on Facebook

This image of Lutz Bachmann, fuehrer of the racist Pegida organisation in Germany, who had styled himself as Adolf Hitler, was published by the Dresden Morgenpost.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Police investigates possibly hatemongering tweets by Pegida founder

The German police are investigating whether Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann is guilty of hate speech when he falsely accused a man of murdering a 14-year-old girl on Twitter. Last Wednesday, the girl was killed in her home in Berlin by knife stabbing.

Extreme right-wing groups reacted furiously to her death on social media. According to them, the authorities covered up the identity of the perpetrator, because it supposedly was an immigrant. Members of the right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland

Dear NOS: Once again, neo-fascist organisations like the AfD are not ‘populist’. They are racist.

, the largest opposition party of parliament, also shared these messages on Twitter and Facebook.

Bachmann actively participated in spreading the accusations. He wrote on Twitter that a Chechen man, whom he called an “ex-refugee and the beast of the Caucasus”, was the perpetrator. He also placed two photos with a link to the personal Facebook page of the Chechen.

The man turned out to have nothing to do with the murder. The German police arrested a 15-year-old classmate of the girl on suspicion of the murder. …

The Pegida founder is controversial in Germany. For example, he has been convicted several times for burglaries, violence and drug possession. He is now suspected of hate speech, for which he was also condemned in 2016 after he had abused refugees on social media. He then had to pay a fine of 9600 euros.

British nazis jailed for Islamophobic crimes

This video says about itself:

Austrian Police Charge 8 People on Suspicion of Neo-Nazi Crimes After Vienna Anti-Islam Demo

11 March 2015

Austrian police have charged eight participants in the country’s first protest against perceived “Islamization” with yelling “Heil Hitler!” and other actions that contravene Austria’s anti-Nazi laws. Beyond shouting slogans, police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said Tuesday that some suspects flashed the Hitler salute or other gestures associated with the Nazis during last month’s demonstration, which was modeled after Germany’s PEGIDA movement. Police say the suspects, seen on photos and videos, have yet to be identified.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Britain First leaders jailed for anti-Muslim hate crime

Prosecutors say harassment could have let rapists walk free by endangering ongoing trial

British nazis are on record defending rape.

Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent

The leaders of far-right extremist group Britain First have been jailed for anti-Muslim hate crimes after targeting people they incorrectly believed were involved in an ongoing rape trial.

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen were convicted on several counts of religiously-aggravated harassment following a trial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, which heard their actions could have caused rapists to walk free.

Fransen was sentenced to 36 weeks imprisonment and Golding for 18 weeks by a judge who said their crimes were “deliberately planned against targeted victims”.

Judge Justin Barron said their words and actions “demonstrated hostility” towards Muslims and Islam, adding: “I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case for their own political ends.

“It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants.”

The judge said the court had received a number of emails both in the defendants’ support and against them, but the verdict was based ”solely on admissible evidence heard in court”.

Golding, 36, was convicted of one count of religiously aggravated harassment and acquitted on two others.

His deputy, 31-year-old Fransen, was found guilty of three counts of the same offence and cleared of one.

They were arrested in May after distributing leaflets and posting of videos during a rape trial at Canterbury Crown Court, where three Muslim men and a teenager were later convicted and jailed.

In one incident, Fransen went to the home of one of the defendants, Tamin Rahmani, and shouted racist abuse through the front door.

His pregnant partner Kelli Best was alone with their two children, aged three years and 18 months, at the time of the incident on 9 May.

In a video played in court, Fransen could be seen banging on the door and shouting: “Come out and face me you disgusting rapist, come on.”

Prosecutors said it was one of several incidents of Fransen and Golding “filming and harassing people” they incorrectly believed were involved in the trial.

“In each case, they instead targeted innocent members of the public”, a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

“They filmed the abuse and then released it on social media and through the Britain First website.

“They also posted offensive leaflets through the letterboxes of houses in the area where the rape trial defendants lived.” …

The defendants, both of Beeches close in Penge, will be sentenced later in the afternoon.

Their actions endangered the trial of three men and a 17-year-old boy who were jailed in September for raping a drunk 16-year-old girl who had asked them for directions, after taking her to a flat above a kebab and pizza restaurant in Ramsgate.

Jaswant Narwal, from the CPS, said: “The prosecution case demonstrated these defendants were not merely exercising their right to free speech but were instead aiming religiously-aggravated abuse at innocent members of the public.

“The victims suffered the distress of the abuse followed by additional stress when the footage was uploaded to the internet.

“This offending also related to an ongoing criminal trial and the actions taken by Fransen and Golding could easily have derailed the justice process.”

The “campaign” was one of a series of similar stunts by Britain First, which selectively highlights crimes it believes to be convicted by defendants from Muslim backgrounds.

The group gained international notoriety when Donald Trump shared several of Fransen’s Twitter posts last year, sparking a diplomatic row after Theresa May condemned the action.

Both Fransen and Golding have since been banned from Twitter in a crackdown on extremism and hate speech, but Britain First continues to have a large following on Facebook …

They are due to stand trial in Northern Ireland next month over separate allegations of inciting hatred at the “Northern Ireland Against Terrorism” rally in Belfast. …

Britain First, which started as a splinter group from the British National Party, is believed to have fewer than a hundred active members.

It has forged links with extreme nationalist movements across Europe, seeing Fransen attend a march in Poland where she called Islam a “cancer moving through Europe”, adding: “Our children are being bombed, our children are being groomed and our government does nothing.”

The Finsbury Park terror attacker, Darren Osborne, read Britain First posts before his attempted massacre of Muslim worshippers, while neo-Nazi Thomas Mair repeatedly shouted the group’s name while murdering Labour MP Jo Cox.

Britain First is among the organisations perpetuating the idea of a cultural “war against Islam”, a report found last week …

“Fascist organisations are growing, particularly when mainstream politicians such as Trump and others in Europe ape far right rhetoric”, said Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism. “It is high time that they be held responsible for hate speech.”

Florida far-right school murderer’s swastikas on his AR-15

This video from the USA says about itself:

White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women

16 February 2018

Seventeen people were killed and at least 15 other people were wounded Wednesday at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

More evidence has emerged showing that the gunman, a 19-year-old former student named Nikolas Cruz, shared a common trait with many other men who have carried out mass shootings: He had a record of abusing and threatening women.

On Thursday, a white nationalist hate group called the Republic of Florida Militia also claimed the gunman was a member who had trained with the militia … Former classmates of Cruz did describe him as politically extreme and espousing racist beliefs.

For more, we speak with George Ciccariello-Maher, a visiting scholar at the Hemispheric Institute at New York University and the author of “Decolonizing Dialectics”, and Trevor Aaronson, executive director and co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer to The Intercept.

From the Forward in the USA:

Parkland Gunman Had Swastikas Etched Onto His AR-15 Magazines

February 28, 2018

By Ari Feldman

The teenage gunman who stormed the hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, killing 17 people, had swastikas etched into his AR-15 bullet magazines, CBS reported. Cruz is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder.

CBS’ source — a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation into the shooting — also said that Cruz had 180 rounds of ammunition left when he fled the scene. Police responders found Cruz trying to pass as a student escaping from the high school.

Cruz reportedly fired 150 rounds during the shooting.

Police still do not have a motive for the shooting or why Cruz stopped when he still had bullets left.

Students at thousands of schools throughout the US walked out of class on Wednesday to protest school shootings in the wake of the massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students at many schools left class at 10:00 a.m. local time for 17 minutes, one for each of the victims in Florida’s shooting. Other demonstrations were longer, with students gathering to give speeches on school violence and the broader social crisis in the US: here.

The social and political roots of mass shootings in America: here.

California, USA police helping neo-nazis

This video from the USA says about itself:

Police Teaming Up With Neo-Nazis Now

9 February 2018

Police in California worked with neo-Nazi groups to pursue anti-racism activists. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Mark Thompson, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with “anti-racist” beliefs, court documents show.

The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizer’s identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies after protesting at a Sacramento rally. The defendants were urging a judge to dismiss their case and accused California police and prosecutors of a “cover-up and collusion with the fascists”.

Defense lawyers said the case at the state capital offers the latest example of US law enforcement appearing to align with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups while targeting anti-fascist activists and Donald Trump protesters after violent clashes.”

Read more here.