Barcelona Muslims’ mass anti-terrorism demonstration


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“Not in my name” shout Muslims in Barcelona

21 August 2017

“We are all Barcelona” say Muslims who held a demonstration in Barcelona at the weekend denouncing the terror attack that called 15 people.

A comment on this video says:

Conservatives: “Muslims need to speak out if they’re against terrorism!”

Also conservatives [if Muslims do so]: “These Muslims are lying and are terrorist sympathizers!”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Spain: Thousands of Muslims out against jihadi terror

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

THOUSANDS of Muslims voiced their rejection of jihadi extremism on Monday evening, marching through central Barcelona with banners reading: “Terrorism has no religion.”

They paraded from the Plaza de Catalunya, close to where Younes Abouyaaqoub drove a van into pedestrians on Las Ramblas, killing 13 people and injuring over 100 last Thursday.

He had earlier killed the van’s driver. Representatives of three Islamic communities delivered a statement in Catalan, Spanish and Arabic, saying that local Muslims rejected violence and offered support to those injured in the attack.

Improvised placards reading “We are also victims,” “Terrorism has no religion,” “We are all Barcelona, not terrorism,” were held by the crowd.

The demonstration was attended by local politicians, including members of all parties represented in the Catalan parliament and Barcelona City Council.

Suspected members of the same terrorist cell as the van driver, who was shot dead by police on Monday, appeared in a Madrid court yesterday.

Murderous nazi terrorism in Charlottesville, USA


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Survivor of White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville: There’s No Question, This was Terrorism

14 August 2017

We spend the hour examining the “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend that erupted into violence, resulting in three deaths. After a torchlit march of hundreds on the University of Virginia campus Friday night, more than 1,000 white nationalists descended on the city on Saturday to oppose a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

They were met by anti-racist counterdemonstrators, and fights broke out before the rally began. Witnesses report police did little to intervene. Shortly after the protest began, a man later identified as James Alex Fields drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterdemonstrators in what many are calling an act of terrorism. A local paralegal named Heather Heyer was killed in the attack, and at least 19 others were injured. Two Virginia state troopers also died Saturday when their helicopter crashed en route to the scene of the violence.

On Saturday, Trump addressed reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, blaming the violence in Charlottesville on “many sides.” We begin our roundtable discussion with Brandy Gonzalez, who survived the car rampage, and Lisa Moore, a registered nurse who assisted a victim of the car attack.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Rev. Traci Blackmon: The Trump Administration Is Giving Permission to Hate

14 August 2017

On Saturday, President Trump addressed reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, blaming the violence in Charlottesville on “many sides.” We get response from Rev. Traci Blackmon, executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ. “What is happening under this current administration is permission to hate,” Blackmon says.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis

14 August 2017

We continue our roundtable discussion on violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend as thousands of neo-Nazis, KKK members and other white nationalists began descending on the city to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally.

Thousands of counterprotesters met in Charlottesville, including clergy, students, Black Lives Matter activists, and protesters with the antifascist movement known as “antifa.” We are joined by two clergy members and a local Black Lives Matter activist who helped organize the demonstration. Rev. Traci Blackmon is executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ.

During a live interview with MSNBC at the march on Saturday, she was forced to flee as counterprotesters were attacked around her. Cornel West was also on site and describes the scene. We also speak with Jalane Schmidt, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia.

This video from the USA says about itself:

UVA Prof on UVA‘s Historical Ties to KKK & White Nationalist Alums Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler

14 August 2017

Jalane Schmidt, an organizer with the local Black Lives Matter movement and an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, describes the school’s history of connections to the KKK and its alumnus, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.

Nazi murder in Charlottesville, USA commemorated


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Groups hold vigil for Charlottesville car attack victims

13 August 2017

Several groups gathered outside Cincinnati City Hall for the Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville vigil.

By Nina Turner in the USA:

Yesterday [on 12 August 2017] an act of domestic terrorism took the lives of Heather Heyer, a fellow Bernie supporter and coworker in the movement for social justice, and two police officers, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bate. Many others are suffering from injuries. Make no mistake, this was an intentional act of hatred by white nationalists. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this act of terrorism and their families.

Sadly, we know that the history of this country is plagued by racial violence and the false notion of white supremacy. From Native American genocide, to slavery, and the era of lynchings, groups like the Ku Klux Klan have sought to take power from people of color through fear and violence. We will not let them, or fear, win.

Look out for updates on vigils and actions in support of Charlottesville on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” We the people, who believe in what the promise of America can become, must continue our fight for racial justice and equality by being strategic and vocal in opposing this public display of hatred and racism. We will continue this justice journey, and no amount of hatred can stop a people determined to rise together.

In solidarity,

Nina Turner
President Our Revolution

Nazi terrorism kills, injures peaceful anti-racists in Virginia, USA


Peaceful anti-racist demonstrators injured by extreme right terrorism in Charlottesville, USA. AP Photo/Steve Helber

By Greg Evans in the USA:

Car Plows Plows Into Charlottesville Counter-Protesters – UPDATE

August 12, 2017 11:52am

UPDATE A car has crashed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters in Charlottesville, with the Associated Press reporting around 2 pm ET that at least one person on the ground received medical treatment but eyewitness reports on MSNBC saying at least nine people were hurt and bodies “were flying.” An MSNBC producer on scene said the badly damaged car drove away after the crash, with police in pursuit.

By Brennan Gilmore in the USA on Twitter today:

Video of car hitting anti-racist protesters. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims.

Nazi and Confederate flags at racist rally in Charlotteville. Photo Andy Campbell / HuffPost

UPDATE:

One person has died and 19 others have been injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people during a white supremacist rally Charlottesville, Virginia, where attendees clashed with anti-fascists and a state of emergency was declared.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

At least 10 pedestrians struck along route of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

By Joe Heim, Ellie Silverman, T. Rees Shapiro and Emma Brown August 12 at 2:50 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE — This picturesque college town devolved into a chaotic and violence state on Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members — planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to “take America back” — clashed with counterprotesters in the streets. …

By early afternoon, hundreds of [extreme right] rallygoers had made their way from Emancipation Park — where they had expected to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue — to a larger park two miles to the north. …

There, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer urged them to disperse. But he promised that they would gather again for a future demonstration, blaming Saturday’s violence on counterprotesters.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke also spoke, calling Saturday’s events “the first step toward taking America back.” …

They were met by equal numbers of counterprotesters, including clergy, Black Lives Matter activists and Princeton professor Cornel West.

“The worst part is that people got hurt and the police stood by and didn’t do a goddamn thing,” said David Copper, 70, of Staunton, Va. …

A group of three dozen self-described “militia” men, who were wearing full camouflage and were armed with long guns, said they were there to help keep the peace, but they also did not break up the fights. …

By 11 a.m., several fully armed militias and hundreds of right-wing rallygoers had poured into the small downtown park that was to be the site of the rally.

Counterprotesters held “Black Lives Matter” signs and placards expressing support for equality and love as they faced rallygoers who waved Confederate flags and posters that said “the Goyim know,” referring to non-Jewish people, and “the Jewish media is going down.”

“No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” the counterprotesters chanted.

“Too late, f—–s!” a man yelled back at them.

Naundi Cook, 23, said she was scared during the morning protests. Cook, who is black, said she came to “support her people,” but she’s never seen something like this before.

When violence broke out, she started shaking and got goose bumps.

“I’ve seen people walking around with tear gas all over their face all over their clothes. People getting maced, fighting,” she said. “I didn’t want to be next.”

Cook said she couldn’t sit back and watch white supremacists descend on her town. She has a three-year-old daughter to stand up for, she said.

“Right now, I’m not sad,” she said once the protests dispersed. “I’m a little more empowered. All these people and support, I feel like we’re on top right now because of all the support that we have.”

After police ordered everyone to vacate the park, columns of white nationalists marched out, carrying Confederate and Nazi flags as they headed down Market Street in an odd parade. Counterprotesters lined the sidewalks and shouted epithets and mocked the group as they walked by. …

Tensions began Friday night, as several hundred white supremacists chanted “White lives matter!” “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!” as they carried torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus. …

Saturday’s Unite the Right rally was being held to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The city of Charlottesville voted to remove the statue earlier this year, but it remains in the Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park, pending a judge’s ruling expected later this month.

Saturday marked the second time in six weeks that Charlottesville has faced a protest from white supremacist groups for its decision to remove the statue. On July 8, about three dozen members of a regional Ku Klux Klan group protested in the city.

Robert E. Lee was the commanding general of the army of the separatist slave states of the Confederate States of America during the 1861-1865 American Civil War. Before the war, he had been a slave plantation manager in his native Virginia; punishing runaway slaves by having them tied to trees to have them flogged or flogging thm himself.

Nazi in Charlottesville, USA

The caption of this photo on Twitter says:

To those demanding photographic evidence of Nazi regalia in Charlottesville, here’s what’s on display before breakfast. Be safe today

By Andy Campbell, Christopher Mathias in the USA today:

White Supremacists Show Up To A City That Didn’t Want Them, Chant ‘Blood And Soil’

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ― A “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer descended into chaos and violence Saturday in Charlottesville, as thousands of “alt right” activists, Nazis, KKK members, other assorted white supremacists, and armed militia groups fought with anti-fascist groups and other counter-protesters. …

Tensions were high well before the scheduled noon rally. As they marched toward Lee Park, members of the so-called “alt-right” chanted the Nazi phrase “blood and soil!” and “white lives matter!”

Two fences and a line of cops helped to separate the supremacists and counter-protestors. The alt-right side, with their plethora of Confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia on full display, began chanting: “Fuck you faggots.”

British Conservative government covers up Saudi export of terrorism


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Saudi Arabia fueling extremism in UK, Europe: Ex-UK ambassador

13 July 2017

A former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia says the kingdom is directly involved in funding extremism in Europe.

William Patey accused the Saudis of funding and promoting the Salifist Wahhabi ideology urging Britain to address the matter with Riyadh. The ideology has inspired Takfiri terrorists across the globe including Daesh [ISIS] and Al-Qaeda. Patey’s revelations came a day after London said it would not publish, in full, a report on extremist funding in the country, citing security reasons. Britain’s opposition parties said the government was trying to protect its ally, Saudi Arabia, by not fully publishing the report that was commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015.

By Jean Shaoul in Britain:

May government conceals UK-Saudi terror connections

25 July 2017

Survivors and bereaved relatives of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States have demanded that Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May finally publish a report dealing with the foreign funding of Islamist extremism in Britain.

The report is believed to highlight the role of Saudi Arabia in sponsoring Islamist extremism and terrorism.

Last week, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the investigation had been concluded, but would not be published for reasons of “national security.” Both Rudd and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had earlier indicated that the contents of the report would never be made public.

The report will, however, be made available to privy councillors, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, who will be sworn to secrecy about its contents.

The report was commissioned by David Cameron and approved by May, as part of a deal with the Liberal Democrats to secure the party’s support before a crucial vote to carry out airstrikes on Syria in December 2015.

The survivors’ letter adds to the growing number of voices accusing May of suppressing the report due to incriminating evidence relating to Saudi Arabia. There are powerful commercial, but also political, reasons why this is necessary.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest market for UK arms and there are reports that Tory politicians have received nearly £100,000 in gifts, trips and fees from Riyadh. The scandal over the report follows opposition to the government’s refusal to criticise Saudi Arabia for its human rights record and its approval of £3.5 billion of arms sales to the country, which has used these weapons in attacks on civilians in the war against neighbouring Yemen.

Then there is the vital role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in funding Islamist groups that provide essential proxy forces for the imperialist powers in Libya, Iraq and Syria. To acknowledge how blow-back from these filthy imperialist adventures leads to terror attacks in the UK and elsewhere would not only threaten lucrative trade deals, but also expose the war propaganda emanating from London, Washington and other Western capitals that they are backing democratic and “moderate” movements in their efforts to engineer regime change to secure control of the oil-rich Middle East.

Rudd was therefore forced to play down the suggestion that foreign funding was a factor in fomenting Islamist extremism in Britain. She issued a statement, based upon a 585-word summary of the report, saying that most of extremist funding in the UK came from “small, anonymous public donations, with the majority of these donations most likely coming from UK-based individuals.”

Some extremist organisations posed as charities in order to “increase their credibility and to take advantage of Islam’s emphasis on charity,” while being “purposefully vague about their activities and their charitable status.”

The statement acknowledged, “For a small number of organisations with which there are extremism concerns, overseas funding is a significant source of income.” But Rudd refused to say where the money was coming from and insisted that overseas funding was not a significant source for the vast majority of extremist groups in the UK.

Her statement flies in the face of widespread reports from the US and other official sources that Riyadh has spent $50 billion since the 1970s promoting its particular brand of Islamism—Wahhabism—around the globe, in what one think tank described as the “largest worldwide propaganda campaign ever mounted.”

Although these annual expenditures are now believed to be about $4 billion, it is unknown how much is sent to Britain. There are believed to be 110 mosques associated with Wahhabism.

To underscore the degree of Western collusion with such forces, no less than 15 of the 19 Al Qaeda terrorists involved in 9/11 were Saudi citizens who were allowed to fly in and out of the US without hindrance. The now deceased leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, is a member of a billionaire Saudi family with close ties to the Saudi royal family. Relatives of 9/11 victims have filed claims for billions of dollars in damages from Saudi Arabia, citing King Salman and other members of the ruling family as defendants.

Rudd’s statement is contradicted by an email written by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, released by WikiLeaks, describing Saudi Arabia and Qatar as direct supporters of ISIS and other groups. This funding was part of Saudi Arabia’s broader strategy of promoting political Islam as a means of countering the growth of any progressive political tendencies within the working class.

Britain supported Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s use of Islamist terrorist groups for covert operations in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Chechnya, the location of the huge energy resources of Central Asia, facilitating its energy corporations’ access to the region. It gave the nod to Islamabad’s and Riyadh’s funding and arming of the Taliban, which in turn gave succour to Al Qaeda, originally funded by Saudi Arabia and the CIA, and worked closely with them and similar forces as it suited their interests.

In the 1990s, London gave sanctuary to numerous Islamist groups, with several leading figures saying that Whitehall had given them a “green light” so long as they only carried out terrorist activities overseas. Among those involved were Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, the Jordanian cleric sentenced in absentia for terrorist activities who reportedly worked as a double agent for MI5. The security forces used the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), based in London, in an unsuccessful MI6-sponsored attempt on the life of Libya’s then leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and then again in the war for his removal and murder in 2011.

The most recent UK terror attacks two months ago in Manchester and London testify to the closest relations with these Islamist forces.

One of the attackers in the London Bridge killings, Yousseff Zaghba, was stopped at an Italian airport while attempting to travel to Syria, freely admitting that he “wanted to be a terrorist” and carrying ISIS literature. Another was featured in a British television documentary that chronicled his confrontation with and detention by police after he unfurled an ISIS flag in Regent’s Park in London.

The authorities were equally familiar with Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi. In 2011, they allowed his parents, members of the LIFG, to return to Libya to assist the US-NATO regime-change operation against Gaddafi. Abedi himself met Islamic State operatives in Libya, veterans of the Syrian civil war, with whom he maintained close connections in Manchester.

Despite the 16-year-long “war on terror,” these elements move freely in and out of Britain, Europe, the Middle East and the US under what amounts to state protection. They are never stopped at passport control because they are vital intelligence “assets.”

Terrorist attacks by these “assets” also provide the pretext for further repression, surveillance, attacks on democratic rights and the deployment of troops and armed police on the streets.

British authorities are looking with increasing interest at their neighbour across the Channel, where France has declared a state of emergency and is seeking to embed it into law. These measures are of little value in preventing future attacks, but are indispensable for controlling the working class and suppressing social unrest.

British government’s Saudi allies promote terrorism in Britain


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4 July 2017

May accused of suppressing UK ‘extremism’ funding report

British Prime Minister Theresa May has come under pressure over a report into the funding of extremism in the UK.

Opposition MPs say May is reluctant to publish the document because she does not want to damage relations with Saudi Arabia.

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports from London.

Al Jazeera is connected to the government of Qatar. Until recently, the Qatari government had a relatively good relationship with the oppressive monarchies of, eg, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. They sent soldiers (recently withdrawn) to help the Saudi monarchy’s bloody war on the people of Yemen. Which meant self-censorship for Al Jazeera (like for United States CNN) in reporting on Saudi or Bahraini governmental human rights violations.

However, recently a conflict broke out between Qatar and the Saudi, Bahraini etc. dictatorships. With bad consequences for, eg, Egyptian and other foreign workers in Qatar. But, it looks like good effects in less self-censorship in Al Jazeera reporting.

This 6 July 2017 video is more extensive. It is called Are The Saudi’s Funding Islamic Extremism in the UK? – Al Jazeera Investigates.

It turns out that the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist party, with whom the British Conservatives have just made a deal to prop up their wobbly minority government, are not Theresa May‘s only allies with links to terrorism.

From daily News Line in Britain, in its editorial:

Thursday, 6 July 2017

British imperialism’s major ally, Saudi Arabia, is up to its neck in promoting terrorism in the UK

A REPORT by the Henry Jackson Society, published yesterday, named Saudi Arabia as the main foreign promoter of Islamic extremism in Britain, stating that there is a ‘clear and growing link’ between funding from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states and the growth of jihadist terrorist groups in the country.

What makes this report even more damning is the fact that the Society, an independent think-tank based in London, is no ‘leftist’ bunch of apologists for Syria or Russia but is a right-wing organisation that advocates the ‘robust spreading of liberal democracy, the rule of law and the market economy’.

This News Line description of the Henry Jackson Society is rather too concise and too kind.

Like the late United States senator Henry Jackson after whom they are named, they stand for racism, warmongering, corruption and torture.

Even sacked former Henry Jackson Society official and right-wing warmonger Marko Attila Hoare now accuses them of racism.

Nevertheless, the Henry Jackson Society’s recent accusations against the Saudi regime are probably a case of a broken clock being correct twice a day.

Like Turkish dictator Erdogan, besides all his wrong words and wrong actions, was right in criticizing the European Union’s anti-refugee policies (before that same Erdogan made a dirty anti-refugee deal with that same European Union).

Like Theresa May‘s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, another ‘broken clock’, was right in criticizing the Saudi regime for its bloody war on Yemen (before Theresa May humiliatingly made him swallow that correct criticism).

The Henry Jackson Society are rather Johnny-come-latelies in their new criticism of the Saudi regime. Hillary Clinton was earlier than them; though not publicly. This Dear Kitty. Some blog was earlier than them; and was certainly not first.

Even they are shocked at the determination of the British government and the Tory party to ally themselves to the biggest funder of terrorism in the world, and its chief paymaster in the UK.

The report claims that ‘Saudi Arabia has, since the 1960s, sponsored a multimillion-dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the West.’

This funding in Britain has taken the form of funding institutions that have played host to extremist preachers and the report notes that a ‘number of Britain’s most serious Islamist hate preachers sit within the Salafi-Wahhabi ideology’.

The author of the report, Tom Wilson, said: ‘While countries from across the Gulf and Iran have been guilty of advancing extremism, Saudi Arabia is undoubtedly at the top of the list,’ adding: ‘Research indicates that some Saudi individuals and foundations have been heavily involved in exporting an illiberal, bigoted Wahhabi ideology. So it is ironic, to say the least, that Saudi Arabia is singling out Qatar for links to extremism when it has patently failed to get its own house in order.’

In 2007, Saudi Arabia was estimated to be spending at least £1.5 billion a year on promoting Wahhabism worldwide. By 2015 this figure had doubled to over £3 billion, exporting what the report calls the ‘illiberal, bigoted Wahhabi ideology’ responsible for the radicalisation of young people across the world.

The extreme Wahhabi ideology, with its sectarian hatred of all forms of Islam that do not conform to its rigid doctrine, has been the guiding ideology of ISIS, al-Qaeda and many of the individuals responsible for the terrorist attacks that have claimed the lives of innocent men, women and children in the recent attacks in Britain.

The report calls for the Tory government to set up a public inquiry into all Gulf funding sources but in fact an inquiry already exists on Saudi involvement in terrorist funding in the UK.

A government inquiry was commissioned back in 2015 by the then coalition government. It was commissioned at the behest of the Lib/Dem partners in return for their support for the illegal British airstrikes against Syria aimed at bolstering the terrorist groups like ISIS that the Tories claim to be at war with.

This report has been on Theresa May’s desk for months with the Tories refusing to publish it due to the ‘sensitive nature’ of its findings.

What is sensitive is that it exposes the role of Saudi Arabia at a time when the Saudi monarchy is the biggest customer for UK arms sales – worth £4.1 billion since 2015.

Also the Saudis have billions invested in the UK especially in the lucrative London property market.

All this dirty bloodstained money must be protected even if it means covering up Saudi involvement in terrorism.

While Russia, Syria and Iran, who are in the front line of the fight against ISIS and jihadist terrorism, are vilified by the UK and US governments, the real sponsors of terrorism internationally are protected and courted for their wealth and hailed as allies in the fight against Syria and Iran.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for an immediate suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

This does not go far enough. Immediately the working class must demand the breaking off of all relationships with the Saudis, the closure of their embassy and the expropriation of all Saudi assets in the country.