Husbands, ladders, bathtubs more dangerous than terrorist Muslims


This video from Britain says about itself:

Trump: Now Will We Win The War On Terror? Russell Brand: The Trews

10 February 2017

In today’s Trews we look at Donald Trump’s recent interview with Fox‘s Bill O’Reilly.

From the New York Times in the USA, 11 February 2017:

Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists

In the four decades between 1975 and 2015, terrorists born in the seven nations in Trump’s travel ban killed zero people in America, according to the Cato Institute. Zero. …

Last year Americans were less likely to be killed by Muslim terrorists than for being Muslim, according to Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina. The former is a risk of approximately one in 17 million; the latter, one in one million.

The bottom line is that most years in the U.S., ladders kill far more Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Same with bathtubs. Ditto for stairs. And lightning.

Above all, fear spouses: Husbands are incomparably more deadly in America than jihadist terrorists.

And husbands are so deadly in part because in America they have ready access to firearms, even when they have a history of violence. In other countries, brutish husbands put wives in hospitals; in America, they put them in graves.

Yet Trump is raging about a risk from refugees that seems manageable, even as he talks about relaxing rules on another threat, guns, that is infinitely more lethal.

“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools,” Trump said last year. “My first day, it gets signed, O.K., my first day.” Trump hasn’t in fact signed such an order, but his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, backed him up at her confirmation hearing last month, saying that guns might be necessary in schools because of “potential grizzlies.”

Pentagon-Saudi war on Yemen helps al-Qaeda


This video from the USA says about itself:

Deaths in U.S. Raids Enable Al-Qaeda’s Rising Influence in Yemen

4 February 2017

CODEPINK‘s Medea Benjamin says Trump will continue U.S. policy that enables Saudi Arabia to commit atrocities in the region.

“[al-Quaeda] is on our side in Syria”–email from policy advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Feb 2012): here.

Nazi terrorism not terrorism, according to Trump?


This video about Canada says about itself:

Suspect in Quebec Mosque Shooting Known for Far-Right Views

31 January 2017

According to reports, the suspect in the recent deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City was known online for his far-right views. On Sunday night, 27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette walked into the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center during evening prayers and shot and killed six men. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Quebec, he currently faces six counts of first-degree murder and five attempted murder charges. According to the Canadian News Network CBC, Bissonnette followed several profiles that embrace right-wing ideologies on his Facebook page, including Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party.

Alexandre Bissonnette is not only a fan of Marine Le Pen, but also of United States President Donald Trump.

The bloodbath of which Alexandre Bissonnette stands accused was called ‘terrorism‘ by the Canadian Prime Minister.

Now, if reports are correct, the government of Donald Trump will no longer consider mass murderers like Alexandre Bissonnette, Anders Breivik in Norway, or Dylann Roof in the USA, terrorists.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Donald Trump administration ‘wants to cut white supremacism from counter-extremism programme’

Plans reportedly underway to rename Countering Violent Extremism programme to ‘Countering Radical Islamic Extremism’

Lizzie Dearden

According to the European police organisation Europol, just 0.4% of terrorism in Europe was by Muslims in the years 2007-2009. Only 6% of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005 were carried out by Islamic extremists. I don’t know about the most recent years, but very probably terrorism is still mostly non-Muslim, mainly extreme right. So, is Trump planning to let the majority of terrorists off the hook?

Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly pushing to erase neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the US government’s counter-extremism programme by moving it to focus exclusively on Islamist terrorism.

American officials briefed on the proposed changes told Reuters the Countering Violent Extremism (DVE) initiative could be renamed to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”.

If this report is true, then not only white supremacists will get off the hook; the word ‘violent’ would be scrapped as well. Which suggests that a Muslim who is not violent, but only speaks ‘radical’ *words* will NOT get off the hook. If that rule would apply not only to Muslims, then not only Alexandre Bissonnette, but also his inspirers like Ms Le Pen and President Trump might be prosecuted by the government. However, it looks like the Trump administration works according to the principle ‘One law for them, and quite another law for us’.

The reclassification would remove its work combating far-right attacks and mass shootings, such as the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, which are rarely classified as terrorism by American authorities.

“Violent extremist threats come from a range of groups and individuals, including domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists in the United States, as well as international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and Isil (Isis),” reads the current description of CVE on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website.

But Mr Trump’s rhetoric has focused exclusively on the dangers of “radical Islam”, seeing him criticise Barack Obama for being “weak” on Isis.

The position sparked his executive order suspending the US refugee programme and immigration from seven predominantly Muslim “countries of concern”.

The President claimed the move would prevent “bad dudes” coming to the US, despite the fact that countries linked to previous terror attacks were not on the list, as well as warnings the “Muslim ban” would fuel propaganda efforts by Isis and other jihadi groups.

Proponents of the existing CVE programme fear any move to rebrand it would make it more difficult for the government to work with Muslim counter-extremism groups already unsettled by Mr Trump’s policies and divisive statements. …

Terrorism is defined in the US Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

The definition, used by the FBI and other American agencies, does not specify any groups and encapsulates all extremism from Islamism to anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism.

MI5, the UK’s domestic security agency, admits that there is “no agreed definition of terrorism internationally”, while the Terrorism Act 2000 defines it as violent threats or action “for the purposes of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause”.

The DHS and White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Christian Picciolini began Life After Hate in 2009 to reach out to hate groups. Organization helps people leave the groups and acclimate to the wider world. Picciolini and his colleagues use their insider knowledge to provide support. It was given $400,000 in January by Barack Obama’s outgoing administration. That was out of a total of $10 million earmarked for anti-extremism groups. But the money is threatened by Donald Trump’s plans to redirect budgets. He wants to move all anti-extremism money to fight radical Islamists: here.

Trump’s Disregard For Islamophobic Hate Crimes Shows He Cares Little About Muslim American Lives: here.

One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported — Right-Wing Terrorism. Many Of The Cases Trump Omitted Were Inspired By Conservative Misinformation And The American “Alt-Right”: here.

Behold, The ‘Alt-Right’ ‘Proud Boys’: Fedora-Wearing, Non-Masturbating Defenders Of ‘Western Culture’: here.

Dutch racist pro-terrorist sacked


This video says about itself:

Geert Wilders sparks racist chant storm

20 March 2014

A parliamentarian member of the Dutch far-right Freedom Party has resigned in protest against a speech made by party leader Geert Wilders.

During the meeting he encouraged supporters to chant racist slogans against Moroccans.

Wilders addressed the meeting:

“So I ask you what do you want in this city more or less Moroccans?”

The crowd chants, “Less. less.”

Wilders continues: “We will fix it.”

The crowd laughs.

Ronald van Vliet will keep his seat, but as an independent.

Read more here.

The Dutch mail service has dismissed an employee for racist sayings on the Internet.

The man from Zwolle had, eg, reacted to the recent bomb attack at the Besiktas football stadium in Turkey, which killed 44 people.

He wrote on Facebook:

What a pity there are only 29 deaths, there should have been many more, but at least these 29 [people from Turkey; the initial figure in media reports] won’t come here [to the Netherlands], great.

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Will British nazis be considered terrorists?


British National Action nazi march

By Charlotte England in Britain today:

British neo-Nazi group ‘to be classed as terror organisation and banned’ in unprecedented move

Fascist group tweeted picture in support of terrorist who killed MP Jo Cox

A British neo-Nazi group is expected to be labelled a terror organisation and banned in a landmark first for the UK.

An order proscribing fascist group National Action is due to be laid before Parliament on Monday. It will be the first time membership of a far-right group has been outlawed in the UK.

The self-styled “nationalist youth movement” has praised and glorified Thomas Mair, the white supremacist who murdered Labour MP Jo Cox in what a court described as a terrorism offence, and employs anti-Semitic language lifted direct from Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party.

The group’s Yorkshire branch, which is believed to consist of about 100 fascists, also encourages ‘lone wolf activism’ on its website, a phrase which usually refers to acts of terrorism committed by individuals.

Proscribing organisations is difficult because groups “often skirt around the law”, a senior government source told The Sunday TimesNational Action, however, has been deemed to have “crossed the line and glorified terrorism”.

One tweet by the group reportedly showed a picture of Mair with the message: “ … Jo Cox would have filled Yorkshire with more subhumans!”

Another read: “only 649 MPs to go.”

The group has also altered its listing on Google to read: “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain!”, a slogan which echoes the phrase Mair said in court when asked to give his name soon after being charged with Ms Cox’s murder.

Mair received a life sentence for the killing when he was convicted last month. The 53-year-old was revealed to have a Third Reich eagle monument, embellished with a swastika, and other Nazi paraphernalia in his bedroom, along with information on white supremacist neo-Nazi movements in the UK and abroad.

The Yorkshire branch of National Action has been accused of seeking to incite the murder of Jewish people, tweeting a derogatory term used by the Nazis to describe Jews during the holocaust: “Tykes gassin K#kes is our motto, #Yorkshire needs you #AntiCommunism #ProNationalSocialism #DefendBritain.”

The groups Twitter account has now been suspended.

National Action is not unique in the UK. The North West Infidels said on social media the group believes Ms Cox “got what she deserved” because of her liberal views and … urged supporters to “fight extremism with extremism”.

The British government appears to be taking the threat posed by the far-right more seriously than in the past, leading to speculation other groups could be banned in the near future.

Speaking after Mair’s conviction, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “I am determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms, including the evil of far right extremism.”

People at risk from far-right indoctrination now account for 25 per cent of all cases receiving help from Channel, the official scheme for those deemed likely to engage in violent extremism, The Times reported.

National Action’s monthly update for November, posted on the group’s website, dismissed reports it could be proscribed as “below discussion on grounds of extreme ignorance”.

“We neither sanction or endorse terrorism,” it said.

MPs and Peers, however, are reportedly expected to have approved the order banning the group by the end of the week.

Anyone joining or drumming up support for proscribed organisations faces criminal prosecution. Groups can also have their assets frozen.

The Home Office said: “As a matter of routine, we do not comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.”

Dutch neonazi anti-mosque firebombers sentenced


This 4 January 2016 Dutch video is about the Selimiye mosque in Enschede in Overijssel province. Racists had advocated burning mosques on the Internet. The video is about security measures because of that.

Dutch daily Metro reported on 27 October 2016 about five violent extreme rightists, on trial for firebombing another mosque in Enschede.

The court convicted these five members of the xenophobic ‘Dutch Self Defence Army’ paramilitary gang to four years in prison, some of it on probation, for terrorism. People, including children, were in the mosque. The flames nearly reached a bituminous part of the building. If that inflammable material would have caught fire, then the consequences would have been lethal.

The aim of the ‘Dutch Self Defence Army’ militiamen was to scare the local Muslims and local authorities into not providing housing for refugees.

On the Internet, the men had praised Adolf Hitler. They had provided a picture of a cleaning solution with the caption ‘remover of Moroccans‘. Another picture showed an African man, run over by a car. The neonazis had captioned that picture: ‘Goddamn, now I have nigger blood polluting my car paint’.

Are white terrorists not terrorists?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Why Isn’t There Wall-to-Wall Coverage of The Kansas Crusaders?

17 October 2016

Thom compares the media coverage of the arrest of three men in Kansas who were plotting to harm immigrants with coverage of previous events perpetrated by Muslims. Is the difference in coverage a reflection of the media’s views on race?

By Chauncey DeVega of Salon in the USA:

The Right Wing

White Privilege Wages Jihad: Kansas ‘Militia Members’ Aren’t Considered ‘Terrorists’ Because They’re Not Muslim

The three white men planned to unleash a killing spree and to bomb a house of worship—what should we call them?

October 19, 2016

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it had arrested three white men, Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein, who as part of a militia group called the Crusaders planned to bomb a housing complex and mosque in Garden City, KansasAllen, Wright and Stein had stockpiled 2,000 pounds of ammunition and numerous homemade bombs to conduct the attack.

Their intended victims were Somali immigrants. In information gathered by the FBI, Stein, the apparent ringleader, told his followers, “If you’re a Muslim I’m going to enjoy shooting you in the head.” Stein also wanted his confederates to “if you start using your bow on them cockroaches, make sure you dip them in pig’s blood before you shoot them.”

The destruction and murder would have been total. Allen, Wright and Stein planned to spare no one from their hateful wrath; babies and children would be killed along with adults. Stein told his fellow militia members, “When we go on operations there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a 1-year-old. I’m serious. I guarantee if I go on a mission those little fuckers are going bye-bye.”

Their ultimate goal was to “send a wake up call” to (white) Americans about the “threat” posed by Muslims. Stein said “the only fucking way this country’s ever going to get turned around is it will be a bloodbath and it will be a nasty, messy motherfucker.”

In this political moment, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s tendrils are everywhere: Stein is an avid supporter of Trump and was organizing a “security detail” to protect his hero and champion when he visited Pennsylvania and Ohio in late October.

The bomb plot by Allen, Wright and Stein is part of a larger pattern. As reported by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 79 mosques were attacked last year. The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented how the number of hate crimes against Muslims has increased this year.

The murderous actions planned by Allen, Wright, and Stein are the very definition of terrorism: politically motivated violence against a vulnerable civilian population.

The headlines from major American news outlets, however, described Allen, Wright and Stein as “militia members” instead of “terrorists.”

White privilege takes many forms in America. Terrorists are nebulous brown “Arabs” and “Muslims.” White privilege deems that such a label not be applied by the mainstream news media and in the popular discourse to white Christians such as Allen, Wright and Stein.

On these matters, white privilege also imperils public safety. Since 2002 more Americans have been killed by white Christian right-wing terrorists than by Muslims or Arabs. As reported by Duke University’s Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security in 2015, “Law enforcement agencies in the United States consider anti-government violent extremists, not radicalized Muslims, to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face.” In its announcement about the arrest of Allen, Wright and Stein, the FBI also referred to the Crusaders as “domestic terrorists.”

But the right-wing media and the Republican Party has chosen to actively suppress that information — as was the case with West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center’s findings about the threat posed by right-wing anti-government groups, which were met with protests, derision and threats to cut research funding. In all, the image of the Muslim-Arab bogeyman with a suicide vest hiding under the beds of white middle America does more political work for conservatives than a mature discussion of the significant dangers posed by white right-wing radicals and terrorists in the “sovereign citizens” and militia movements.

White privilege also deems that certain questions will not be asked about the Crusaders and its nefarious plans to kill Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kansas.

What are people like Allen, Wright and Stein learning in their churches and other places of worship? Are the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security monitoring those sites?

Who radicalized Allen, Wright and Stein?

What role does Fox News, the Republican Party and the right-wing media play in teaching white Christians like Allen, Wright and Stein to hate Muslims?

Where were Allen, Wright and Stein’s family members and neighbors? Are they aiding and abetting them? Why didn’t they call the police earlier?

Given that 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is openly hostile toward Muslims, should he be held responsible for encouraging violence and terrorism against that community?

It is no coincidence that the Crusaders’ terrorist attack was planned for Nov. 9 — the day after the election. The political movement of fascist Donald Trump has normalized political violence in contemporary American politics. Allen, Wright and Stein’s plan to kill Somali immigrants in Garden City is a reflection of that reality.

At his rallies, Trump extols the virtues of such behavior. Like a political thug in a banana republic, Trump threatens to put Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival, in prison if he wins the presidency. Moreover, Trump’s supporters have even been recorded as threatening Clinton’s life. Trump’s foot soldiers have attacked Black Lives Matter and other protesters and sucker punched an elderly woman in the face at a rally in North Carolina. Armed Trump minions have also pointed guns at protesters.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the question is not “will there be blood on Election Day and thereafter?” but rather how much blood will be spilled by Trump and the basket of human deplorables — a rabble that includes terrorists — over which he wields control like a political Rasputin.

At least, in the Netherlands, when a gang of Islamophobes (also admirers of Adolf Hitler) firebombed a mosque in Enschede, the public prosecutor did call them terrorists.