Dutch neonazis want to ban foreign languages, Nelson Mandela

This video about the second world war is called Nazi Collaborators – Season 1 Episode 10 ”The Dutch Collaborators”.

In 1971 the extreme right Nederlandse Volks-Unie party was founded with as its main aim rehabilitation of Dutch nazi criminals who had collaborated with Hitler.

Dutch daily De Gelderlander of 28 December 2017 reports on the local elections which will be on 21 March 2018.

In Arnhem city, one of the participant parties will be the neonazi Nederlandse Volks-Unie (NVU). Earlier this year, they demonstrated jointly with their fellow xenophobe Geert Wilders of the PVV party against the new, Moroccan Dutch, mayor of Arnhem.

The NVU election platform says they want to make it illegal to speak foreign languages. There will be an exception for tourists, they say. And usually, xenophobes of this type also don’t mind if bosses of multinational corporations from the USA, Japan or Germany don’t speak Dutch after years in the Netherlands. This linguistic bigotry is against working class people.

Another NVU election platform plank is changing the name of the Nelson Mandela bridge to Willem Alexander bridge, after the king of the Netherlands. The NVU considers the first South African president after the end of apartheid ‘a communist terrorist’. Already in the 1970s, when they were founded, they supported white supremacy in South Africa.


Extreme right in Austrian government, British comment

 Newly sworn-in Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, left, and new vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Monday, December 18, 2017


Fascists in Vienna

TWELVE months ago Europe’s left sighed with relief after Alexander Van der Bellen, a Green, saw off the far-right Freedom Party’s (FPO’s) Norbert Hofer to become president of Austria.

The respite has been short-lived, with Mr Van der Bellen approving at the weekend a coalition deal that brings the fascists into government in Vienna after all.

A media that has been at pains to downplay the resurgence of far-right politics across Europe likes to avoid the word fascist. It tends to term the FPO “right-wing populist” …

Like most far-right groups, the FPO affects a populist anti-Establishment stance, one belied by its pro-privatisation and tax cuts economic policies and its willingness to go into coalition with the conservative People’s Party.

But these are hardly adequate terms for a party founded by an ex-nazi who was an officer in the SS during the second world war.

Its hostility to immigrants is extreme, and it doesn’t take a mathematical genius to work out that when its leader Heinz-Christian Strache — now vice-chancellor of the Austrian government — called earlier this year for “zero and minus immigration,” he meant deportations and the expulsion of people of foreign origin.

The FPO has said — again this year — that “fascistic Islam” must be banned, claims “Islamification” is a terminal threat to the Austrian way of life and wants to outlaw “Muslim symbols.”

In the deal it has struck with the People’s Party, it takes control of Austria’s defence, interior and foreign ministries.

Surely Europe should be up in arms about this power-grab by a gang of xenophobic racists?

Not a bit of it. The march of the radical right across Europe is not confined to Austria.

Le Pen, who saluted the FPO’s new status as “excellent news for Europe” on Saturday, came second in the French elections, after all — and the man hailed as the saviour of liberal Europe for beating both her and the left seeks to rule by decree rather than through parliament and has legislated for a permanent state of emergency granting extraordinary powers to the police.

The FPO’s momentum is mirrored by that of the AfD in Germany, the Italian far-right are increasingly breaking into asylum centres and even attacking newspaper offices, xenophobic governments in Warsaw and Budapest are stamping on the opposition and Ukraine has become a playground for openly neonazi paramilitary groups.

Brussels is happy to wink at the rising tide of filth — European Council president Donald Tusk is already pushing for even harsher treatment of refugees fleeing war and genocide in the Middle East — so long as the fascists are on board with Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), the “European Defence Union” hailed by Jean-Claude Juncker as a stepping stone to the joint EU military to “fight the resource wars of the 21st century” … .

Austria’s enthusiastic support for Pesco will end the country’s official neutrality — as it will for Ireland — further embedding both countries into the aggressive Washington-led Nato alliance.

It is no coincidence that Britain, where Labour’s appeal has been revolutionised by Jeremy Corbyn, has the weakest far right in Europe, or that a recent Financial Times poll of attitudes in Austria, France, Italy, Germany and the UK found the lowest (while still worryingly high) levels of Islamophobia here.

There is no defence from the far right in Establishment institutions. This is a battle for the left.

Thousands protest as fascists sworn into government in Vienna: here.

The entry Monday of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) into the Austrian government marks a political turning point for all of Europe. In a country traditionally seen in the post-World War II period as part of Western Europe, where anti-fascism became a pillar of the official state ideology following the crimes of Hitler’s Third Reich, politicians with close ties to the neo-Nazi scene and ultra-right circles are wielding power. The police, military and intelligence services are all controlled by FPÖ ministers: here.

German nazi army officer’s race war plot

This video says about itself:

24 July 2017

German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen visited Hammelburg military barracks, Monday, where former Lieutenant Franco A, who was later charged with masterminding an assassination plot of senior German politicians, was stationed until his arrest.

Von der Leyen followed several training exercises at the camp before outlining her opinion that the military training ground should be expanded.

Ursula von der Leyen, German Minister of Defence (German): “The armed forces are involved in 16 different missions at the moment. That means the soldiers are prepared for missions in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, to name just a few of the 16 missions. Hammelburg will also play a huge role in the future, and the fact that the armed forces are growing again after 25 years is demonstrated [by] the fact that we hire more soldiers, 18,000 in the next 7 years, which means that we need more training. Hammelbach will get an investment of over 70 million euros in the next 5 years. That is urgent if you look at the infrastructure.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Far-right soldier ‘planned attack to start race war

Thursday 14th November 2017

A GERMAN soldier has been charged with planning “false flag attacks” to inflame a race war after an earlier case against him was dropped.

The man, an army lieutenant known as Franco Hans A, was arrested in April along with two suspected accomplices and has been charged by federal prosecutors with planning an act of violence and violations of weapons and explosives laws.

More serious charges of plotting a terrorist attack were dismissed by the German criminal court last month after a lack of evidence.

He planned to attack those he accused of sympathising with refugees

The arrest of Mr Franco A has rocked Germany with a wide-ranging investigation into 275 far-right sympathisers in the country’s armed forces.

The German Defence Ministry probe earlier this year discovered nazi-era memorabilia, including posters and munitions, in army barracks.

It found soldiers performing nazi salutes and abusing servicemen from minority ethnic backgrounds.

In a statement, prosecutors said: “Motivated by a nationalist attitude, he planned to carry out an attack at an unknown time on high-ranking politicians and public figures who stood up for what the accused regarded as an especially refugee-friendly policy.

He wanted people to believe that his attacks were related to radical Islamist terrorism committed by somebody who had been granted asylum.”

Mr Franco A had stockpiled firearms, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and 50 explosive devices, some of which had been taken from military storage.

He planned to pose as an undocumented refugee and claim benefits while living in a hostel for several months.

The far-right has seen a resurgence in Germany with the Alternative for Germany winning seats in parliament for the first time in September’s election.

Violent Britain First nazi on trial

This video says about itself:

Britain First claims special relationship with Trump

3 December 2017

A leader of the far-Right British group ‘endorsed’ by Donald Trump gleefully boasted yesterday that she now has a ‘special relationship’ with the US President.

Jayda Fransen achieved international notoriety last week when Mr Trump shared her inflammatory anti-Muslim videos with his 44 million followers.

But it sparked a war of words between the President and Theresa May and led to plans for a ‘working visit’ to the UK next month to be ‘kicked into the long grass’.

Fransen, 31, deputy leader of Britain First, said: ‘I think the special relationship may have broken down between May and Trump’.

More news on the British neonazi paramilitary gang Britain First, recently promoted by United States President Donald Trump.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Violent Britain First supporter in court

Tuesday 5th December 2017

A BRITAIN FIRST supporter gave a nazi salute and shouted: “White power” before driving at a curry house owner, a court heard yesterday.

Marek Zakrocki, 48, threatened to “kill a Muslim” before launching his attack outside Spicy Night in Harrow, north-west London.

The defendant, who was originally charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and battering his wife.

Prosecutor Denis Barry said: “It’s plain that his conduct is very likely to have been motivated by his views about our diverse society.”

During the rampage on June 23, Mr Zakrocki was also heard to say: “I’m going to kill a Muslim. I’m doing it for Britain.”

Following an altercation in the street, he drove his van at 5mph at restaurant owner Kamal Ahmed.

Police found a nazi coin in Mr Zakrocki’s pocket and a stash of Britain First flyers and newspapers at his home in Harrow. He admitted to donating to the fascist party in the past.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC remanded the defendant into custody to be sentenced on January 12.

Jayda Fransen: Twitter suspends Britain First leader retweeted by Donald Trump. Account taken down for breaching policy prohibiting ‘organisations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes’: here.

Trump supports British nazis, stop his state visit

This 29 November 2017 video from England is called Londoners respond To Donald Trump Retweeting Britain First Videos.

How those anti-Islam videos probably ended up in Trump’s Twitter feed, and a look at how the State Department warned they could endanger embassies.

British Conservative Damian Green: ‘Thousands’ of pornographic images found by ‘shocked’ police, former officer says. Officer who examined the computer used by Theresa May‘s deputy said it would be ‘ridiculous to suggest anybody else’ could have stored the pornographic content: here.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Pressure grows to stop Trump’s state visit

Friday 1st December 2017

MPs across House show fury at US leader’s public support for the far right

THERESA MAY should be true to her word and cancel Donald Trump’s invitation for a state visit, having declared that peddlers of hate should be banned from Britain, MPs said yesterday.

Labour’s Paul Flynn was one of many who suggested that the US president be charged with inciting racial hatred on arrival to Britain after he retweeted a series of posts by far-right activist Jayda Fransen.

Widespread condemnation both in and out of Parliament has followed Mr Trump’s sharing of anti-Muslim videos posted by Ms Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First.

Her group, best-known for social media bigotry and videoing its members harassing mosque-goers, was a major influence on Thomas Mair, who killed MP Jo Cox in June 2016.

Mr Flynn said of Mr Trump: “He has disgraced himself again and again and he worries us, because his impulsive finger is on the nuclear button.

“If he’s allowed to come to this country now, he should be treated as anyone else who breaks the law and charged with inciting racial hatred.

“The government should withdraw the invitation.”

Labour former minister Chris Bryant agreed that the US president was “a repeat offender”.

He added: “You cannot stand up to this kind of action, you cannot stand up to horrible racism, or pretend to do so, and invite the man in through the front door.

“The Prime Minister, when she was home secretary, said homophobes and racists who will stir up hatred in this country will not be allowed in and, if they come to this country, they’ll be arrested.

“That’s what should happen in this case and the Home Secretary [Amber Rudd] knows it.”

Tory MP Peter Bone asked Ms Rudd if the PM could make “the world be a better place” by persuading Mr Trump to shut down his Twitter account, which has 44 million followers.

Ms Rudd appeared to back the suggestion by replying: “It’s interesting to note [Mr Bone’s] advice regarding Twitter accounts — I’m sure many of us might share his view.”

Labour MP Naz Shah said Ms May, when she was home secretary, had banned people from Britain for having “promoted organisations peddling the hate-filled ideology of fascism.”

She added: “Not only has the commander in tweet done this, he has defended it, publicly chastising the British Prime Minister for her comments.”

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said that Mr Trump’s online activities were “offensive to all decent British people.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also said Ms May should withdraw the invitation and demand an apology on behalf of the British people.

An invitation for Mr Trump’s state visit had been extended and accepted but the dates are yet to be agreed, Ms Rudd said.

Ms May stated that the president was “wrong” to retweet the videos — purportedly showing violent acts by Muslims.

At a press conference during a visit to Jordan, Ms May said: “Britain First is a hateful organisation. It seeks to spread division and mistrust among our communities.

“It stands in fundamental opposition to the values we share as a nation — values of respect, tolerance and common British decency.”

Mr Trump responded by berating the Prime Minister about British domestic policy, again via Tweet, saying: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”

The US leader has also received criticism from the Lords with Labour former cabinet minister Lord Hain saying there could be no question of a state visit until Mr Trump at least expressed some remorse.

He described Britain First as a “nazi group with a vicious record of attacks, racism, Islamophobia and anti-semitism.”

This video from the British Parliment says about itself:

30 November 2017

House of Commons discuss Donald Trump’s tweets

UK Parliament discusses Donald J. Trump’s re-tweeting of inflammatory videos from British far-right account rife with anti-Muslim content.

Conservative MPs call on Donald Trump to delete his Twitter account.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Islamophobia didn’t emerge from nowhere

Friday 1st December 2017

THERESA MAY appears to imagine that, while she’s on her Middle East trip, she can afford to ignore online abuse thrown at her by her ex-bestie Donald Trump.

Her strongest remark is that the US president was “wrong” to share three videos designed to foster hatred against Muslims.

“The fact that we work together does not mean that we are afraid to say when we think that the United States have got it wrong and to be very clear with them,” she asserted.

The problem is that May regards telling Trump he’s wrong as the end of the matter, even when the US president responds that she should “focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom” rather than on his championing of the ravings of the Britain First fascist group.

The Tory leader is transfixed by Trump’s status as US president and the convention of British prime ministers playing second fiddle to White House residents.

Labour shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry demands that Britain should “stand up to Trump”, which would be a novel development, although British subservience to Washington goes far beyond one single president.

Islamophobia has not emerged from a vacuum. This virulent phenomenon was spawned by a philosophy developed in tandem with wars of conquest waged by successive US presidents and backed by British prime ministers.

Nor is it specific to far-right groups such as Britain First, upon which May concentrated her fire.

Clipping Britain First round the ear may be gratifying, but the impact of this tiny group’s hate-spewing efforts are minuscule compared with those of one of the most powerful and unpredictable elected politicians in the world, who has forwarded their videos to his 43.7 million Twitter followers.

After Trump provided the oxygen of publicity to Britain First, why did BBC and Channel 4 TV programmes feel the need also to offer its deputy leader broadcast time to state her case?

Trump has previous form in his Islamophobic immigration policy, his slanderous comments directed against London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a stream of crass observations that confuse jihadist death cults with Muslims in general.

May has previously threatened to ban from Britain or prosecute anyone guilty of hate crimes. Trump cannot be exempt from that.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s attempt to avoid the logic of the Prime Minister’s words by drawing attention to joint US-British intelligence work to monitor and disrupt terrorist plots misses the point entirely.

Such co-operation would continue regardless. It need not be accompanied by a grovelling welcome to Britain whenever this Islamophobic oaf chooses to visit.

The Tory government too has to clean up its own act in light of the refusal of both May, when she was home secretary, and her predecessor as prime minister, David Cameron, to condemn the vile attempt by Tory London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith to ape Trump’s smearing of Khan.

The House of Commons debate was necessary to highlight widespread public revulsion, but it leaves a nagging fear that an atmosphere of moral superiority for Britain’s political class might prevail.

Much remains to be done in Britain too when, for instance, the Ofsted school inspectorate still includes guidance that Muslim schoolgirls of four or five should be questioned over wearing the hijab as this “could be interpreted as sexualisation” of children.

Now is not the time for mutual back-slapping but for serious organisation to confront the scourge of Islamophobia.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump

8 November 2016

Four days before the US presidential election, white supremacists gathered for a rally in Pennsylvania.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Theresa May is appeasing an apologist for fascism in the White House

Thursday 30th November 2017

THERESA MAY’S acknowledgement that it was “wrong” of US President Donald Trump to share online Islamophobic videos posted by the Britain First fascist group marks a step forward — but only a baby step.

It provides some clarification after Brexit Minister Lord Callanan danced on eggshells, trying to distinguish between Trump and the office he holds.

Callanan’s response boiled down to condemnation of Britain First while drawing a veil over presidential responsibility for spreading its hatred to his 43.6 million Twitter followers.

Even his cack-handed attempt to square the circle of government desire to woo the Trump administration despite awareness of the president’s support for white supremacy and Islamophobia was too much for Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

She simply had nothing to say in the absence of guidance from the Prime Minister.

Callanan suggested that Trump might not have heard of Britain First as though his ignorance justified his action, but this doesn’t diminish his culpability for watching the provocative — and probably falsified — videos and choosing to disseminate them.

Doing so is fully in line with his consistent record of spreading hatred against minorities in US society — Muslims and Mexicans — and defending white supremacists as good people.

Britain First leaders are largely irrelevant in this saga. Trump’s virulent national, racial and religious prejudices and our government’s willingness to treat them as trivial to avoid unpleasantness with the White House are what count.

Brendan Cox, whose MP wife Jo Cox was murdered by Britain First advocate Thomas Mair, is spot on to denounce Trump for having “legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours.”

May insists that Trump’s planned visit to Britain next year will proceed as normal.

Proceed it might but not as normal, since all anti-racists must mobilise to tell this bigoted clown that he is not welcome here.

By Ed Mazza in the USA:

11/30/2017 10:30 pm ET

Sen. Lindsey Graham (Republican-S.C.) seemed to struggle with his memory Thursday as he defended President Donald Trump.

“What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook not fit to be president,” Graham told CNN this week.

Just one problem: The “kook” and “unfit” label didn’t necessarily come from the American press.

It came from Sen. Graham.