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New Campaign Brings Backlash to Duluth Mayor

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) – Last Thursday a new campaign rolled out in Duluth, hoping to battle racism on all levels.

That campaign has sparked a backlash, including messages sent to the Mayor of Duluth.

“I’ve been getting really threatening and ugly emails from all over the world,” said Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

Those messages, says Mayor Ness, have come from White Supremacist groups.

One of the sites we tracked down actually called upon people to contact Mayor Ness, voicing their discontent with his support of the Un-Fair Campaign; even telling them exactly how they can reach the Mayor.

Mayor Ness says he feels the message of the campaign may be misunderstood by some.

“They think this is calling every white person racist and it doesn’t it says racism exists, it’s a problem in our nation and in our community and that white people have a role in being part of the solution,” said Mayor Ness.

In a recent Northland Voices program, organizers of the campaign say they anticipated the edgy campaign could create backlash, but that it was an issue too important not to address head on.

“We have been socialized to not see the privilege in the system for us and until we can see it and understand it…we are not saying most people are conscious of this. In fact it stays the way it is because people are unconscious and we really want to raise this consciousness,” said Sheryl Bowman with the Duluth Human Rights Commission.

As for Mayor Ness, he says he stands strong in his support for the campaign, hoping it opens up more doors for people of all races to take a stand against racism in all forms.

“It can be intimidating but you can’t let yourself be intimidated by it otherwise it just encourages that type of behavior,” said Mayor Ness.

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The 66th Anniversary of Tito’s Yugoslavia

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The nation of Yugoslavia was a creature of the Versailles Treaty, first cobbled together out of the remnants of the old Austro-Hungarian empire and the nations of Serbia and Montenegro. Serbia itself included ethnic minorities such as Slovenes and Croats. These people did not speak the same language or share the same religious confessions. They were simply defined as “South Slavs,” who were put together to create a nation that it was hoped would contain imagined future threats to peace and to reward Serbia, one of the victors in World War I.

This first Yugoslavian nation was a kingdom, and it quickly became a rival of fascist Italy and was for a time a de facto ally of Nazi Germany (which, until Germany absorbed the buffer state of Austria in 1938, was more a rival of Italy than an ally). By 1929, King Alexander had banned all political parties in order to contain the natural centrifugal pressures of this unnatural polity. He was assassinated in 1934, indicating just how strongly the different nationalities within Yugoslavia desired their own states.

The problems of Yugoslavia were replicated throughout Europe, whether the idea was that “bigger is better” or that placing different people within a larger nation was wise statesmanship. Almost from the start, these ideas did not work. For instance, Czechoslovakia — often presented in history as a model nation — was pure invention. The architects of Czechoslovakia took the historically Czech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia, added to them the Slovak people, and then threw in over three million Sudenten Germans. This polyglot, artificial creature had a functioning democracy, significant liberty, and a robust army; however, half its citizens had no desire to remain in Czechoslovakia. Hitler was given an easy chance to add territory to his Reich by demanding that the Sudentenland be allowed to join Germany, which most Sudentenland Germans wanted. Less noticed but just as important was the fact that the five million Slovaks in the eastern third of the nation were just as adamant about ending their forced association with their Czech brethren.

Both Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were invaded and occupied by the Nazis in World War II, with Hitler taking full advantage of the simmering animosities among different peoples forced into one nation. In both Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, the indigenous Communist Party members originally trumpeted the virtues of collaboration with the Nazis. That hidden but vital fact of history — the strong political, as well as military and economic, alliance between Bolsheviks and Nazis throughout the world — was profoundly true in central Europe. Tito — later an opponent of Hitler, after the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 — was initially a cheerleader for Nazism.

After Germany invaded Yugoslavia in May 1941, and after that, Russia, the whole attitude of communists around the world spun 180 degrees. Instead of railing against “Western plutocrats” (e.g., Britain), communist propaganda attacked the “German Fascists” or “Hiterlites” (although never, ever, the “National Socialists” — an outlawed term which if even spoken or written in public could earn one a trip to the Gulag).

When the war ended, the Red Army was sitting astride half of Europe. Stalin kept the three Baltic states, Bessarabia (part of Romania seized during the alliance with the Nazis), much of Poland, and the slice of Finland taken during the Winter War. Docile governments in Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria were established. Additionally, the “Russian Zone” of Germany — which would later become the Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) — was placed under Walter Ulbrich, the man who a few years earlier had attacked the British for fighting the Nazis.

Czechoslovakia would survive in a shadowy independence until 1948, when full Stalinist rule was imposed. Albania, which had borders with only Greece and Yugoslavia and which had been an Italian Fascist possession, remained Marxist but notionally free of the Soviet Union. Yugoslavia, which never joined the Warsaw Pact and was not occupied by the Red Army, formed on January 31, 1946 under strongman Josip Broz Tito (pictured above) as the Yugoslavian Federal Socialist Republic, a one-party communist dictatorship, but notionally freer from the mandates of Moscow.

It was out of Yugoslavia that Milovan Djilas, a principal lieutenant of Tito, soon became one of the most vociferous critics of communism in power and in 1957 wrote the seminal work, The New Class, which exposed from the inside how the statists who ran Marxist Yugoslavia were no better than a superimposition of earlier aristocratic classes, and that the communists who ran the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations were no different in the stark division between the ordinary subjects and the communist elites. Djilas condemned the Soviet crushing of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. He survived Tito by 15 years and witnessed the disintegration of Yugoslavia before his death.

When the Warsaw Pact dissolved in 1989, nine years after Tito died, the six nations that formed Yugoslavia stayed together for a short while in a shaky alliance. Then, just as Lithuanians and Ukrainians sought to separate themselves from the Great Russians of the Soviet Union, so the Slovenes, Croats, Bosnians, Montenegrins, and Macedonians each sought independence from the hegemony of the Serbians. What has followed has been a period of bloodshed in which Muslim Bosnians have killed, raped, and plundered Serbian Eastern Orthodox Christians, and Serbians have done the same to Bosnians.

In some instances the disintegration of Yugoslavia was relatively bloodless, as with Slovenia (just as the “Velvet Divorce” which ended the wholly artificial union of Czechs and Slovaks was essentially bloodless) and the conflict that ended with a new Republic of Slovenia was called the “Ten Days War.” In other cases, such as the battles between Serbs and Bosnians, the conflicts are hundreds of years old, and outside intervention on one side or the other — as with the American participation in NATO’s undeclared war on Serbia — simply increases the violence.

Yugoslavia — a grand failure of a government to preside over a variety of peoples who never wanted to be joined together — ought to be a warning to the world of the risks of hyper-centralism. Nations with different peoples living together peacefully are almost invariably found in places with a great deal of personal liberty and decentralization of power down to the level of a confederacy, such as in Switzerland. No Slovaks today pine about not being Czechoslovakians, and no Slovenians regret not being joined to Serbians. There is a reason why: Liberty is a natural impulse and that yearning is met most easily when government is strongly limited.

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Jan-Peter & Russkij Styag (Русский Стяг) – “Brotherhood In Arms”

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Jan-Peter & Russkij Styag (Русский Стяг) - "Brotherhood In Arms"Russkij Styag (Русский Стяг):

01. Европа пробудись (Europa…) (4:59)
02. Гибель богов (Der Tod der Götter unserer Feinde) (5:21)
03. Верные Друзья (Treue Freunde) (2:59)
04. Не для меня (Nicht für mich) (4:22)


05. Das Wesen der Wahrheit (1:47)
06. Der freie Geist (3:19)
07. Fort von hier… (4:33)
08. Freiheit verwehrt (4:49)
09. Герои P.O.A. (Heroes of R.O.A.) (5:24)

Jan-Peter & Russkij Styag (Русский Стяг):

10. F.S.N. / ф.C.H. (3:26)

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Illinois facing “financial disaster”: watchdog

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois could see its pile of overdue bills climb to an unprecedented $35 billion in five years if the state fails to rein in pension and other costs, a watchdog group said in a report released on Monday.

“Failure to address unsustainable trends in the state’s pension andMedicaid systems will only result in financial disaster for the state of Illinois,” said Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, the financial government watchdog group that produced the report. Msall said the governor and General Assembly need to act now.

The Civic Federation’s five-year budget projection showed the backlog of bills owed vendors and others rising to $9.2 billion when fiscal 2012 ends in July.

Those numbers could balloon to $34.8 billion at the end of fiscal 2017, the report said. The rise was pegged largely to an unsustainable increase in the state’s costs for Medicaid, the health care program for the poor that is jointly funded by states and the federal government.

At the end of fiscal 2011, Illinois had about $8.5 billion in bills, tax refunds and other obligations outstanding despite a big income tax rate hike enacted in January 2011, according to the state comptroller.

Illinois’ fiscal woes and reliance on one-time revenue measures, such as borrowing, have made the state a riskier investment in the U.S. municipal bond market, where it has issued billions of dollars of bonds to make pension payments. Earlier this month, Moody’s Investors Service cut Illinois’ credit rating to A2, the lowest rating among the states it rates.

Medicaid-related bills alone could account for $21 billion of the projected fiscal 2017 bill backlog as Illinois budget appropriations lag rising costs for the program, the watchdog’s report said.

As for pensions, chronic underfunding, exacerbated by investment losses in fiscal years 2008 and 2009, have left Illinois with a $83.1 billion unfunded liability and a funded ratio of only 43.3 percent, according to the Civic Federation. The group called for curbing pension benefit increases for all retirees and current employees.

Illinois has consistently been ranked by the Pew Center on the States as having the lowest pension funding level among states.

Meanwhile, Illinois’ operating deficit, which is projected at $508 million in the current general funds budget, could jump to $3.2 billion in fiscal 2017 if the state continues to spend more than what it collects in revenue, the report said.

A statement from Governor Pat Quinn‘s Office of Management and Budget called the report constructive and said that Quinn, a Democrat, has proposed reforms such as a reduction in the Medicaid reimbursement rate.

It added that Quinn’s fiscal 2013 budget plan will “continue to market the tough decisions necessary to address the state’s financial challenges.”

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Suspect in N.J. Synagogue Arsons Apparently Planned Another Attack

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A Jewish community center in Paramus, N.J., apparently was a potential target of a 19-year-old New Jersey man arrested for two synagogue firebombings, authorities say.  In one of those bombings, a rabbi and eight members of his family narrowly awoke in time to escape their burning living quarters.

Anthony M. Graziano, who apparently acted as a “lone wolf,” was arrested last Monday, just three days after Bergen County authorities and the FBI released surveillance video and photos and posted a $7,500 reward.

Graziano’s arrest led authorities to search 70 other synagogues and Jewish community centers within 10 miles of the suspect’s home. As part of that expanded search, investigators found multiple Molotov cocktails and a bicycle in a wooded area near the Jewish Community Center of Paramus, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said at a Friday press conference.

Anthony GrazianoThe firebombs and a bicycle subsequently were tied to the suspect, who was positively identified, then arrested following public release of surveillance photos.

The photos, taken Jan. 9 at a Walmart in Saddle Brook, N.J., show a young man buying Crush Soda pop, low-grade motor oil, duct tape and hairspray – ingredients authorities determined where used in at least one of the firebombings.

On Jan. 1, a Molotov cocktail was hurled through a window at Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, N.J., igniting the second-floor bedroom of Rabbi Nosson Schuman. The rabbi, his wife, their five children and his parents were asleep at the time, and narrowly escaped.

That arson followed a similar attack on Jan. 3 at Congregation K’Hal Adath Jeshuran in Paramus. There, when members smelled gasoline, authorities discovered a small fire in the rear of the building that had been started with an accelerant but burned itself out before causing significant damage.

“The Jewish community in New Jersey was tremendously on edge, not only because the firebombs could have taken lives and destroyed synagogues, but also because around the same time there was also a rash of synagogue daubings with swastikas, white supremacist symbols, and claims that ‘Jews did 9/11.’” Ken Stern, the American Jewish Committee’s director of  anti-Semitism and extremism, told Hatewatch.

Graziano hasn’t been officially linked to anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed last month on a Hackensack synagogue  that read “Jews Did 9/11” and “14/88.” The latter is a white supremacist slogan for the “14 Words” legacy of the late racist David Lane, and “88” is the neo-Nazi numerical abbreviation for “Heil Hitler.”

“Fortunately, police, public officials and interreligious partners joined with Jewish communal groups to ensure that these cases had the highest priority,” Stern said.  “Additionally, there was an important community forum demonstrating that an attack on anyone’s house of worship was considered an attack on all houses of worship.”

Graziano was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felonies, including nine counts of attempted murder, bias intimidation, arson and aggravated arson. He was ordered held in jail under a $5 million bond. Graziano also is now charged with aggravated arson and bias intimidation for the planned attack on the community center.

“We have no doubt that the arson and attempted murder in Rutherford were a direct result of Mr. Graziano’s hatred of people of the Jewish faith,” Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

The news website reported that “multiple tipsters were integral to identifying Graziano, an unemployed 2010 graduate of Hasbrouck Heights High School, as the alleged perpetrator.” It’s not known if anyone is in line for the $7,500 reward.

After Graziano was arrested, investigators searched a home in Lodi, N.J., where he lives with his mother and siblings. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said evidence taken from Graziano’s room “wasn’t the only indication” of the suspect’s anti-Semitic views, but he wouldn’t elaborate, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities have not disclosed what was taken in the search of the suspect’s home or whether he has been linked to any white supremacist organizations.

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Art plagiarism creates unintended associates for artists

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

he other day I was brought into a discussion regarding a band’s use of an artist‘s image for the purpose of its music. I’m not going to get into details, but basically, a band used an image I recognized as a certain artist’s painting, I called it out as theft and a discussion regarding the differences between appropriation, plagiarism and parody began.

Effectively, there’s a lot of misconception out there regarding what is and is not OK to do regarding art and music. The punk community is especially known for not caring about anything, because of anarchy and all that jazz. Legendary hardcore band Black Flag has had their iconic logo parodied so many times it’s hard to remember the source. Hell, I had a friend in high school who owned a Black Flag shirt because he thought it was a cool logo. Honestly, I couldn’t blame him.

That is a prime example of parody. It’s meant to bring the viewer into the light that is Black Flag. Their logo is so iconic, it’s practically public domain. When bands work off that logo form it is not an attempt to redefine the meaning of those four black boxes. It’s a means of homage. If anything, parodying the Black Flag logo is an attempt to sling shot your band into more notoriety by aligning yourself with the Black Flag identity.

Appropriation is a wonderful word for “creative gray area.” Basically, appropriation is using something to create something new. Andy Warhol is best known for his appropriated works, in that he used the images of celebrities to create new works of art. Most sampling in the hip hop industry comes under this label of appropriation, because they take an existing creative work and make something out of it.

I’m sure I could come up with a sample of Adele so hot I’d get hood producers blowing up my cell. Take something popular completely out of context and make something new. Effectively, appropriation is a really fancy word for collage. It contains elements of the original property while remaining a brand new product. Like a parody, it is recognizable but different.

Then there is plagiarism. Sometimes, it’s hard to define. Other times, it’s extremely obvious. Plagiarism is stealing, and there are no exceptions to that. It is defining and identifying someone else’s work as your own. And when I use the term “identity,” I don’t mean logo. While logos are part of identities, artwork and visual imagery lend themselves just as much to the identity of a band.

Musical artists are more than just bands. They are, in fact, brands. If a musician makes a decent amount of money, they are required to register as an LLC. For a band to be able to make purchases they need a bank account and a recognized, legal standing as a corporation. It sounds dehumanized, but it’s how things are. As a result, a band cannot just use something.

It doesn’t matter if the band does not claim the work as their own: The act of using imagery, music or other creative material within their identity is an inherent claim of identity in and of itself. And to the attempts of justifying that action by claiming you’re not selling it or using it to gain money, I call bullshit.

There is no such thing as a purist artist. Everything in the industry is done to gain capital. Argue all you want that it’s about the music, but a musician needs to make money to continue to make music. Can a musician tour on pure art alone? Hell no. Can an artist paint without funding for canvas and paints? Hell no, that’s expensive.

In the discussion I mentioned earlier, a point to the effect of, “if I were an artist, I would be flattered that my work was used by a band” was brought up. That’s fine, but what if a white power punk band uses your painting as their album art work and suddenly your style and subject matter is forever associated with the neo-Nazi movement? What if, as a direct result of this plagiarism, you are associated with those ideals? Georgia O’Keefe’s work was read as nothing but a bunch of flowery-looking vaginas, an idea she fought until her death. As a result, art history will forever see a vaginal, feminine message in her paintings. She was unable to escape that reading in the same way you would be unable to escape an association with bigotry.

At the end of the day, stealing is stealing. Attempts to justify these actions by saying you aren’t making money or aren’t artistic enough to make your own artwork are just insults to artists everywhere, especially those whose work is stolen. Create something new. It’s not that hard, but I understand that not everyone can major in art.

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Hitler’s Speech at Essen, Party Convention SPEECH OF NOVEMBER 23, 1926

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I WAS always particularly anxious to secure that Parteitag should on principle never be used for the settlement of personal disputes. Such disputes must certainly be settled in one way or another, but just as certainly the Parteitag which once in the year should unite the whole Movement, is not the fitting day for such a settlement. Neither is it the place at which to seek to clarify unripe and uncertain ideas. Neither the length of time available at such a gathering nor its nature admits of giving to it the character of a Council. And it must never be forgotten that in all such cases or those similar to them great decisions have not been made at such Councils: on the contrary, for the most part, world-history pursues its course without paying any attention to them. World-history, like all events of historical significance, is the result of the activity of single individuals – it is not the fruit of majority decisions….

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Toronto ‘rabbi’ Avraham David, led double life as NY immigration lawyer wanted in the U.S. for scam.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

To members of Toronto’s Jewish community he was Rabbi Avraham David, a Torah scholar and author.

But to U.S. investigators he was Earl Seth David, a New York lawyer they allege is behind one of the biggest immigration scams in American history.

David was extradited to the U.S. on Wednesday and appeared in a New York court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, making false statements to immigration authorities and money laundering.

But David, 47, was no rabbi. He’d fled the U.S. in 2006 as authorities closed in on his massive immigration scam.

They allege David made millions of dollars processing up to 25,000 falsified immigration applications.

David operated a law firm where he and his cohorts allegedly forged documents to bolster people’s applications to stay in the United States, including employment offers from phoney sponsors.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Choosers of the Slain. They are a team of Viking ladies on horseback. Well not exactly ladies. Warrior maidens led by feisty FREYA.

If you are a handsome warrior strutting your stuff on the battlefield, watch out for 40 raving beauties on flying horses descending upon the pitch. We do mean raving. The VALKYRIES shriek, howl and cause total confusion. Why? Because they can grab any warrior they fancy, and take him away. There is only one rule; the bewildered chump or champion must be dead first.

So you must fight for your life, because if you fail you could be scooped up by one of the delighted long-legged VALKYRIES with flowing blonde hair and borne off toVALHALLA the Hero’s Heaven.

There you will be forced to feast, force down gallons of mead, and fornicate all night. Then fight fun battles all day. If you get sliced up you’ll be miraculously restored in time for the forced fun and frolics. Could you could cope with this? Oh dear — too late. You have just run onto a sword after a push byVALKYRIES shrieking “He’s mine!”

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Hitler’s speech in Munich: SPEECH OF APRIL 24, 1923

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I REJECT the word ‘Proletariat.’ The Jew who coined the word meant by ‘Proletariat,’ not the oppressed, but those who work with their hands. And those who work with their intellects are stigmatized bluntly as ‘Bourgeois.’ It is not the character of a man’s life which forms the basis of this classification, it is simply the occupation – whether a man works with his brain or with his body. And in this turbulent mass of the hand-workers the Jew recognized a new power which might perhaps be his instrument for the gaining of that which is his ultimate goal: World supremacy, the destruction of the national States.

And while the Jew ‘organizes’ these masses, he organizes business, too, at the same time. Business was depersonalized, i.e., Judaized. Business lost the Aryan character of work: it became an object of speculation. Master and man were torn asunder . . . and he who created this class division was the same person who led the masses in their opposition to this class division, led them not against his Jewish brethren, but against the last remnants of independent national economic life.

And these remnants, the bourgeoisie which also was already Judaized, resisted the great masses who were knocking at the door and demanding better conditions of life. And so the Jewish leaders succeeded in hammering into the minds of the masses the Marxist propaganda: ‘Your deadly foe is the bourgeoisie; if he were not there, you would be free.’ If it had not been for the boundless blindness and stupidity of our bourgeoisie the Jew would never have become the leader of the German working-classes. And the ally of this stupidity was the pride of the ‘better stratum’ of society which thought it would degrade itself if it condescended to stoop to the level of the ‘Plebe.’ The millions of our German fellow countrymen would never have been alienated from their people if the leading strata of society had shown any care for their welfare.

You must say farewell to the hope that you can expect any action from the parties of the Right on behalf of the freedom of the German people. The most elementary factor is lacking: the will, the courage, the energy. Where then can any strength still be found within the German people? It is to be found, as always, in the great masses: THERE ENERGY IS SLUMBERING AND IT ONLY AWAITS THE MAN WHO WILL SUMMON IT FROM ITS PRESENT SLUMBER AND WILL HURL IT INTO THE GREAT BATTLE FOR THE DESTINY OF THE GERMAN RACE.

The battle which alone can liberate Germany will be fought out with the forces which well up from the great masses. Without the help of the German workingman you will never regain a German Reich. Not in our political salons lies the strength of the nation, but in the hand, in the brain, and in the will of the great masses. Now as ever: Liberation does not come down from above, it will spring up from below…. If we today make the highest demands upon everyone, that is only in order that we may give back to him and to his child the highest gift: Freedom and the respect of the rest of the world….

The parties of the Right have lost all energy: they see the flood coming, but their one longing is just for once in their lives to form a Government. Unspeakably incapable, utterly lacking in energy, cowards all – such are all these bourgeois parties and that at the moment when the nation needs heroes -not chatterers.

In the Left there is somewhat more energy, but it is used for the ruin of Germany. The Communists on principle reject the discipline imposed by the State: in its stead they preach party discipline: they reject the administration of the State as a bureaucracy, while they fall on their knees before the bureaucracy of their own Movement. There is arising a State within the State which stands in deadly enmity against the State which we know, the State of the community of the people. This new State ultimately produces men who reject with fanaticism their own people so that in the end Foreign Powers find in them their allies. Such is the result of Marxist teaching….

What we want is not a State of drones but a State which gives to everyone that to which on the basis of his own activity he has a right. He who refuses to do honest work shall not be a citizen of the State. The State is not a plantation where the interests of foreign capital are supreme. Capital is not the master of the State, but its servant. Therefore the State must not be brought into dependence on international loan capital. And if anyone believes that that cannot be avoided, then do not let him be surprised that no one is ready to give his life for this State. Further, that greatest injustice must be corrected which today still weighs heavily upon our people and upon almost all peoples. If in a State only he who does honest work is a citizen, then everyone has the right to demand that in his old age he shall be kept free from care and want. That would mean the realization of the greatest social achievement.


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Skinheads arrested after chance encounter with deputies

Monday, January 30th, 2012

HESPERIA • Two white supremacist gang members — one a parolee at large — were arrested as authorities investigated what first appeared to be a vehicle burglary, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station officials said Friday.

Hesperia SMASH Gang Team members on Thursday arrested transient Jeremy Hagen, 31, and Glenn Petrak, also 31, of Victorville after Petrak was found allegedly trying to break into a vehicle in the 13000 block of Trona Court.

At about 3 p.m., officials spotted Petrak outside a vehicle, according to Susan Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station. It turned out Petrak — a documented skinhead gang member on parole — was working on the vehicle, she said.

Petrak told officials he was staying at a home on Trona Court, Rose said. As part of the terms of his parole, she explained authorities have the right to search the home.

During their search, officials found Hagen — who is also a documented associate of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang and a parolee at large — hiding in the home, according to sheriff’s and Department of Corrections Special Services Unit. Associating with a known gang member or parolee is a violation of the terms of Petrak’s parole, Rose said.

Petrak was booked into Victor Valley jail for violating the terms of his parole and Hagen was arrested for being a parolee at large and also violating the terms of his parole.

A search of court records shows Petrak has been arrested for burglary and possession of a controlled substance as well as other vehicle code violations.

Hagen’s record shows arrests for arson, burglary robbery and drug offenses.

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Far Eastern Terror Group Charged With Bomb Plot

Monday, January 30th, 2012


Five suspects have been charged with plotting a bomb attack aimed at immigrant workers, local investigators in Russia‘s Far East Primorye Territory said on Monday.

The five organized an extremist group which attacked several people of non-Slavic appearance, from May to June 2011.

The criminals also planned a terrorist attack in Vladivostok at the local migration service office, where workers from former Soviet Republics visit to get migration cards.

The defendants bought TNT and detonators for the attack, which they kept at their homes.

The five have been charged with organizing an extremist group, attempting to commit terrorism, illicit trafficking of explosives and disorderly conduct.

In December 2009, six teenage skinheads in Primorye were charged with committing serious racial hate crimes, including murdering two men from Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan.

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Hundreds arrested in Occupy Oakland protests; Alabama groups seek less drastic ways to influence

Monday, January 30th, 2012


On Saturday some 300 people affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement in Oakland, Calif., were arrested during a chaotic day of protests that saw demonstrators break into City Hall and burn an American flag.

A look today at some of the Facebook pages and websites managed by Alabama groups that identify with the movement indicates more constructive efforts at influencing government are being discussed within the organizations here.

Still, a visitor who posted on theOccupy Birmingham Facebook pageon Sunday cited the California events and urged restraint.

“I am glad to see that Occupy Birmingham is not burning the American flag like your compatriots at Occupy Oakland,” said Johnny Creel, whose own Facebook pages says he is a city resident. “… I am confident that Occupy Birmingham espouses non-violent protest.”

The Occupy Tuscaloosa Facebook page included links to online video from the events in Oakland on Saturday without commentary.

The arrests in Oakland came after police fired tear gas and bean bags to disperse hundreds of people, some of whom threw rocks and bottles and tore down fencing outside a nearby convention center, The Associated Press reported.

It was the most turbulent day of protests there since November, when Oakland police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment. An exasperated Mayor Jean Quan, who faced heavy criticism for the police action last fall, called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.”

“People in the community and people in the Occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior,” Quan said.

Protesters clashed with police throughout the day, at times throwing rocks, bottles and other objects at officers. Police responded by deploying smoke, tear gas and bean bag rounds, City Administrator Deanna Santanta said.

“These demonstrators stated their intention was to provoke officers and engage in illegal activity and that’s exactly what has occurred today,” Santana said.

Alabama’s Occupy groups in recent months have supplemented their initial launches on Facebook with websites.

The Birmingham group’s website encourages participation in a protest to oppose a proposed coal mine on the Black Warrior River‘s Mulberry Fork in Walker County. The University of Alabama is a major owner of land and mineral rights sought by the mining company Shepherd Bend, LLC. Opponents say the proposed 1,773-acre strip mine would discharge wastewater 800 feet across the river from a Birmingham Water Works Board intake facility providing tap water daily to 200,000 Birmingham-area residents.

Occupy Birmingham wants its members to join other groups opposed to the idea in a protest outside the Feb. 2 UA Board of Trustees’ meeting.

On Sunday, the Occupy Mobile group sponsored a free, “public technology teach-in” at Serda’s coffee shop aimed at recruiting volunteers to help with its website, to promote online learning and internet safety.

University of Alabama economics Professor Gary Hoover predicted recently that while the movement appears to have gone dormant in some larger U.S. cities such as Boston and New York, as protest encampments have been broken up by police, he feels it will re-emerge on the political and economic landscape this year, especially as the presidential race kicks into gear.

Several of the Alabama sites include posters’ commentary related to a disillusion with GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul.

Earlier this month, a Mobile Municipal Court judge found 16 people associated with the Occupy Mobile movement guilty of minor trespassing charges for remaining in or near a park after police ordered them to disperse.

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Mass grave belonged to Viking mercenaries

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The burial site, containing the bodies of 54 young men, was unearthed at Ridgeway Hill near Weymouth in 2009 ahead of the construction of a new road, but the identity of the bodies within has mystified experts.

Because the men’s severed heads were piled up on one side of the pit, it was assumed they had been the unfortunate victims of a mass execution.

Radiocarbon dating showed that the men had been killed some time around the year 1000, and isotope testing on their teeth found that they were from Scandinavia, suggesting they may have been Viking invaders.

Now an archaeologist from Cambridge University has put forward a theory that the men were a gang of Viking mercenaries who were murdered on the order of the English king Aethelred II.

The monarch, better known as Aethelred the Unready due to his difficult reign, was known for using bands of Scandinavian mercenaries to carry out his bidding.

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New book challenges ideas about Norse invaders

Monday, January 30th, 2012

A new book challenges a traditional view that the Norse period on the Western Isles was marked by violence and slavery.

From Machair to Mountains supports an idea that the Norse intermixed with islanders to a greater degree than has been previously accepted.

The book examines ancient settlements found preserved under sand dunes.

Sites include Neolithic tombs and Norse dwellings.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the new publication which features 20 years of research work.

She said: “The findings show that these remote locations were attractive to human inhabitants from the earliest times and that communities have successfully survived here for thousands of years.

“The project has added substantially to our understanding of the history of the Outer Hebrides and western Scotland.”

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The far right is on the march again: the rise of Fascism in Austria

Monday, January 30th, 2012

In Austria‘s recent general election, nearly 30 per cent of voters backed extremist right-wing parties. Live visits the birthplace of Hitler to investigate how Fascism is once again threatening to erupt across Europe.

Supporters of far right leader Heinz Christian Strache (pictured in the flyers held aloft by the man at the front) gather at a rally in Vienna

Beneath a leaden sky the solemn, black-clad crowd moves slowly towards a modest grey headstone. At one end
of the grave, a flame casts light on the black lettering that is engraved on the marble. At the other end, an elderly soldier bends down to place flowers before standing to salute.

From all over Austria, people are here to pay their respects to their fallen hero. But the solemnity of the occasion is cut with tension. Beyond the crowd of about 300, armed police are in attendance. They keep a respectful distance but the rasping bark of Alsatians hidden in vans provides an eerie soundtrack as the crowd congregates in mist and light rain.

We’ve been warned that despite a heavy police presence journalists have often been attacked at these meetings. If trouble does come then the mob look ready to fight. There are bull-necked stewards and young men who swagger aggressively.

Heinz Christian StracheThe Freedom Party leader Heinz Christian Strache

This is a neo-Nazi gathering and in the crowd are some of Austria’s most hard-faced fascists. Among them is Gottfried Kussel, a notorious thug who was the showman of Austria’s far-right movement in the Eighties and Nineties until he was imprisoned for eight years for promoting Nazi ideology.

Today he cuts a Don Corleone figure as he stands defiantly at the graveside. His neo-Nazi acolytes make sure no one comes near him and our photographer is unceremoniously barged out of his way.

Ominous-looking men with scars across their faces whisper to each other and shake hands. These are members of Austria’s Burschenschaften, an arcane, secretive organisation best known for its fascination with fencing, an initiation ceremony that includes a duel in which the opponents cut each other’s faces, and for its strong links to the far right.

Incredibly, standing shoulder to shoulder with these hard-line Nazi sympathisers are well known Austrian politicians. At the graveside, a speech is made by Lutz Weinzinger, a leading member of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPO), who pays tribute to the fallen.

This is a gathering in memory of an Austrian-born Nazi fighter pilot, who during WWII shot down 258 planes, 255 of them Russian. Such was Major Walter Nowotny’s standing at the time of his death in 1944 that the Nazi Party awarded him a grave of honour in Vienna’s largest cemetery, close to the musical legends Mozart, Brahms and Strauss.

But in 2005 that honour was revoked and his body moved to lie in an area of public graves. The decision infuriated the far right and made their annual pilgrimage an even greater event.

Today, the anniversary of Nowotny’s death, also coincides with Kristallnacht, the ‘night of broken glass’ in 1938 when 92 people were murdered and thousands attacked across Germany as stormtroopers set upon Jews in an outpouring of Nazi violence.

Some 70 years on from that infamous pogrom, the world faces a similar financial crisis to the one that precipitated the rise of Hitler and, in chilling echoes of Thirties Europe, support for far-right groups is exploding. Hitler’s birthplace has become the focus for neo-Nazis across the world.

And so I have come to Austria to investigate how Fascism and extremism are moving, unchecked, into the forefront of its society.

Last September, Austria’s far right gained massive political influence in an election that saw the FPO along with another far right party – Alliance For The Future (BZO) – gain 29 per cent of the vote, the same share as Austria’s main party, the Social Democrats. The election stirred up terrifying memories of the rise of the Nazi Party in the Thirties.

And just as the Nazis gained power on the back of extreme nationalism and virulent anti-Semitism, the recent unprecedented gains in Austria were made on a platform of fear about immigration and the perceived threat of Islam. FPO leader Heinz Christian Strache, for example, described women in Islamic dress as ‘female ninjas’.

Emboldened by the new power in parliament, neo-Nazi thugs have desecrated Muslim graves. Recently, in Hitler’s home town of Braunau, a swastika flag was publicly unveiled.

Austrian far right leader Heinz Christian Strache addresses a rally

Austrian far right leader Heinz Christian Strache addresses a rally

The FPO wants to legalise Nazi symbols, while its firebrand leader has been accused of having links to far right extremists.

After the FPO’s election victory, Nick Griffin, leader of the British Nationalist Party (BNP), sent a personal message to Strache.

‘We in Britain are impressed to see that you have been able to combine principled nationalism with electoral success. We are sure that this gives you a good springboard for the European elections and we hope very much that we will be able to join you in a successful nationalist block in Brussels next year.’

The message followed on from a secret meeting last May in which a high-ranking FPO politician paid a visit to London for a meeting with Griffin.

The relationship between the FPO and the BNP becomes more worrying as I learn of the strong links between Austria’s political party and hard-line Nazis.

Former Waffen SS officer and unrepentant Nazi Herbert SchweigerFormer Waffen SS officer and unrepentant Nazi Herbert Schweiger

Herbert Schweiger makes no attempt to hide his Nazi views. At his home in the Austrian mountains, the former SS officer gazes out of a window to a view of a misty alpine valley. Described to me as the ‘Puppet Master’ of the far right, Schweiger, 85, is a legendary figure for neo-Nazis across the world.

‘Our time is coming again and soon we will have another leader like Hitler,’ he says.

Still remarkably sharp-minded, Schweiger was a lieutenant in the infamous Waffen SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, an elite unit originally formed before WWII to act as the Führer’s personal bodyguards.

This is his first interview for four years and the first he has ever given to a journalist from outside Austria. It happens a few weeks before he is due to appear in court charged with promoting neo-Nazi ideology.

It will be the fifth time he has stood trial for breaking a law, the Verbotsgesetz, enacted in 1947 to halt the spread of fascist ideology. He has been found guilty twice and acquitted twice. It quickly becomes apparent that little has changed in Schweiger’s mindset since his Third Reich days.

‘The Jew on Wall Street is responsible for the world’s current economic crisis. It is the same now as in 1929 when 90 per cent of money was in the hands of the Jew. Hitler had the right solutions then,’ he says, invoking the language of Goebbels.

The room is filled with mementos from his past and indicators of his sickening beliefs. His bookshelf is a library of loathing. I spot a book by controversial British Holocaust denier David Irving and one on the ‘myth of Auschwitz’. On a shelf hangs a pennant from the SS Death’s Head unit that ran Hitler’s concentration camps. Such memorabilia is banned in Austria but Schweiger defiantly displays his Nazi possessions.

If Schweiger was an old Nazi living out his final days in this remote spot, it might be possible to shrug him off as a now harmless man living in his past. But Schweiger has no intention of keeping quiet.

‘My job is to educate the fundamentals of Nazism. I travel regularly in Austria and Germany speaking to young members of our different groups,’ he says.

Schweiger’s lectures are full of hate and prejudice. He refers to Jews as ‘intellectual nomads’ and says poor Africans should be allowed to starve.

‘The black man only thinks in the present and when his belly is full he does not think of the future,’ he says. ‘They reproduce en masse even when they have no food, so supporting Africans is suicide for the white race.

‘It is not nation against nation now but race against race. It is a question of survival that Europe unites against the rise of Asia. There is an unstoppable war between the white and yellow races. In England and Scotland there is very strong racial potential.

Our time is coming again and soon we will have another leader like Hitler

‘Of course I am a racist, but I am a scientific racist,’ he adds, as if this is a justification.

Schweiger’s raison d’être is politics. He was a founding member of three political parties in Austria – the VDU, the banned NDP and the FPO. He has given his support to the current leader of the FPO.

‘Strache is doing the right thing by fighting the foreigner,’ says Schweiger.

He is now in close contact with the Kameradschaften, underground cells of hardcore neo-Nazis across Austria and Germany who, over the past three years, have started to infiltrate political parties such as the FPO.

His belief that the bullet and the ballot box go hand in hand goes back to 1961, when he helped to train a terrorist movement fighting for the reunification of Austria and South Tyrol.

‘I was an explosives expert in the SS so I trained Burschenschaften how to make bombs. We used the hotel my wife and I owned as a training camp,’ he says. The hotel he refers to is 50 yards from his home.

Thirty people in Italy were murdered during the campaign. One of the men convicted for the atrocities, Norbert Burger, later formed the now-banned neo-Nazi NDP party with Schweiger.

Schweiger’s involvement earned him his first spell in custody in 1962 but he was acquitted.

A gathering of the Burschenschaften, a secretive nationalist group with far-right tendencies

A gathering of the Burschenschaften, a secretive nationalist group with far-right tendencies

At Vienna’s Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DOW), I speak to Heribert Schiedel, who monitors neo-Nazi activity. He tells me that the glue between people like Schweiger and the politicians are the Burschenschaften fraternities. Schiedel draws two circles and explains.

‘In the circle on the left you have legal parties such as the FPO. In the circle on the right you have illegal groups. Two distinct groupings who pretend they are separate.’

He draws another circle linking the two together. ‘This circle links the legal and illegal. This signifies the Burschenschaften. They have long been associated with Fascism and have a history of terrorism. Adolf Eichmann, Rudolf Hess and Heinrich Himmler were Burschenschaften – as are prominent members of the FPO in parliament.’

There are Burschenschaften groups all over Austria and 18 in the capital alone. Their activities range from quaint to disturbing.

At the University of Vienna, members of the Burschenschaften come to pay homage to a statue called the Siegfriedskopf (the Head of Siegfried, a warrior from German mythology). Their ritual takes place every Wednesday.
The university authorities wanted to remove the statue, but the government insisted it should stay as it is a protected monument. Instead, the piece was relocated to the courtyard.

Today, the Burschenschaften have been prevented from entering the courtyard and at the main entrance police stand guard as they hand out leaflets. Dressed in traditional uniforms, the Burschenschaften resemble colourful bandsmen and are a far cry from the shaven-headed thugs normally associated with Fascism.

But the groups have a 200-year-old history steeped in patriotism and loyalty to a German state. In 2005, Olympia, one of the most extreme Burschenschaften fraternities, invited David Irving to Austria.

As other students gather, there is tension in the air. One girl whispers that this group recently attacked students protesting outside the Austrian Parliament against the FPO.

A young student with round glasses and a scar on his left cheek, wearing the purple colours of Olympia, is handing out leaflets. Roland denies being a neo-Nazi but he quickly starts relaying his fiercely nationalist views.

Gottfried Kussel (second from right) among the gathering at the grave of WWII Nazi pilot Walter Nowotny

Gottfried Kussel (second from right) among the gathering at the grave of WWII Nazi pilot Walter Nowotny

‘The anti-fascists are the new fascists,’ he says. ‘We are not allowed to tell the truth about how foreigners are a threat.’

The truth, according to Roland, is that Muslims, immigrants and America are destroying his way of life.

‘We are German-Austrians. We want a community here based on German nationalism,’ he adds. ‘We must fight to save our heritage and culture.’

The Burschenschaften hold regular, secretive meetings in cellar bars around Vienna. Journalists are not usually admitted, but I manage to persuade a group of Burschenschaften students to let me see their traditions. Once inside, I find myself in a bar filled with 200 men sitting at long tables drinking steins of Austrian beer.

The Burschenschaften are resplendent in the colours of their fraternities. Old and young, they sport sashes in the black, red and gold of the German flag, and as the beer flows in this neo-Gothic building, chatter fills the room and cigarette smoke rises in plumes up to chandeliers hung from a vaulted ceiling.

‘Prost!’ the man sitting to my right toasts loudly. His name is Christian. He is no neo-Nazi thug, but instead a psychology student. His white peaked cap signifies that he is a member of a Burschenschaften group called Gothia.
Most of the men at this table are Gothia, including the man sitting opposite who ordered the beer. He glares at me again. He has long scars on both sides of his face that run from his cheekbones down to the edges of his mouth, and when he sucks on his cigarette he reminds me of the Joker from Batman. Christian has a dozen wounds from fencing, including five on his left cheek.

‘It is a badge of honour to duel,’ he says proudly, before explaining that this is an annual event and that one of tonight’s speeches will be on the ‘threat of Islam to Europe’.

Suddenly, everyone at our table stands amazed as FPO leader Heinz Christian Strache enters.

He is wearing a royal blue hat – signifying his membership of the Vandalia Burschenschaften – and after shaking hands with each of us he sits at the far end of the table. Shortly afterwards I’m asked to leave.

Although the Burschenschaften claims to be politically neutral, FPO flyers had been placed in front of each guest and it was clear this event was a political rally in support of the FPO – an event that would culminate with these Austrians, including a leading politician, singing the German national anthem.

After my encounter with the leader of the FPO among the Burschenschaften, I contact Strache’s press office to question his membership of an organisation linked to far right extremism, and ask why the FPO wishes to revoke the Verbotsgesetz (the law banning Nazi ideology).

In a response by email, Mr Strache replied that the FPO wants to revoke the Verbotsgesetz because it believes in freedom of speech. He denied having any links to neo-Nazi groups and says he is proud to be a member of the Burschenschaften.

‘The Burschenschaften was founded during the wars against Napoleon Bonaparte in the beginning of the 19th century. These are the historical origins I am proud of,’ he wrote.

Back at Nowotny’s graveside I think of the Puppet Master in his mountain home. How can a former Nazi still hold so much political sway? The Burschenschaften are here, too.

There are no ‘sieg heils’ and no swastikas for the cameras, but it’s clear that Fascism is back. These are not thugs merely intent on racial violence, who are easily locked up. These are intellectuals and politicians whose move to the forefront of society is far more insidious.

Through the political influence of the FPO it is entirely possible that the Verbotsgesetz could be revoked – and if that happens swastikas could once again be seen on Austria’s streets.

The ideas and racial hatred that I have heard over my two weeks in Austria are just as threatening and just as sickening as any I have ever heard. And they are a lot more sinister because they are spoken with the veneer of respectability.

The open defiance of these men honouring their Nazi ‘war hero’, and the support they are gaining in these troubled economic times, should be setting off alarm bells in Europe and the rest of the world.

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Hitler painting fetches €32,000 in Slovak auction

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

A 1913 painting by Nazi Germany‘s dictator Adolf Hitler sold for 32,000 euros ($42,300) in a Slovak internet auction on Sunday, the Darte auction house said.

The starting price for the painting titled Maritime Nocturno was set at 10,000 euros, while an expert put its value at 25,000 euros, said Darte, which sold the painting in a closed VIP auction.

The mixed-media painting depicts a full moon over a glittering seascape.

“The painting has been offered for sale by an unnamed family of a Slovak painter who probably met Hitler personally when he was struggling to become an artist in Vienna during the early 20th century,” Darte owner Jaroslav Krajnak said earlier.

“I look at him as an artist — in 1913, when Hitler painted this picture, he didn’t know what would become of him in the decades to come,” he added.

The auctioning house already sold a painting by Hitler from the same family collection last year for 10,200 euros.

Sunday’s auction also offered a painting by Pablo Picasso for 15 million euros.

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Hitler’s Speech in Nuremberg, Labor-Front SPEECH OF SEPTEMBER 12, 1936

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

HOW Germany has to work to wrest a few square kilometers from the ocean and from the swamps while others are swimming in a superfluity of land!

If I had the Ural Mountains with their incalculable store of treasures in raw materials, Siberia with its vast forests, and the Ukraine with its tremendous wheat fields, Germany and the National Socialist leadership, would swim in plenty! . . .

There was sometimes advanced as an excuse for Russia that she had been through war and through revolution. Well, we stood against twenty-six States in the war and we had a revolution, but I have taken as my fundamental law not to destroy anything. Had I done so there would have been an excuse for rebuilding during another eighteen years.

But that was not our plan. We wanted additional work for our unemployed and the use of the volume of their increased production to increase every man’s share in consumption. Wages are not based on production; production itself is the wage.

If I had wished I could have substituted officials for employers, but nature and reality select best. We do not wish bureaucratic economics as in Russia, nor do we wish to establish economic democracy here.

Yet that does not mean either that we wish to let things drift as they please. Our fundamental economic principles are, first, to unite all the forces existing, and secondly, to educate our people better in their use.

This Labor Front is the greatest element in such education. You are servants of the nation, but you alone are nothing. As part of the organic whole you are everything….

It is hard to build up a new life out of your poverty, but I am not complaining. On the contrary, I find it wonderful to face difficult problems.

Some people say, ‘He has brought out another plan.’ When he had completed the first, why couldn’t he leave us in peace? Now he is tackling problems that cannot be solved.’

I say that they can be solved; there is no problem that cannot be, but faith is necessary. Think of the faith I had to have eighteen years ago, a single man on a lonely path. Yet I have come to leadership of the German people….

People complain of a shortage of this and that – for instance, of a shortage of cotton. I say that in the next four years we shall produce our own German cloth.

Others raise the question of rubber. I tell you that factories will spring from the earth and that in four years we shall ride on our own German rubber tires.

It may then be asked, ‘With what motive power will you drive you cars?’ I say that we shall take gasoline from our own oil and coal.

Whenever I see the Labor Front I am impressed by the word ‘front.’ It signifies one will, one goal of achievement. Life is hard for many, but it is hardest if you are unhappy and have no faith. Have faith. We are not a helpless State.

Nothing can make me change my own belief. I am convinced that the unworthiest among us is he who cannot master his ill fortune.

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NH Bill Would Deny Illegal Immigrants In-State Tuition

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Illegal immigrants could see their tuition costs rise at the state’s public colleges if a bill facing the New Hampshire House passes.

The House votes Wednesday on a bill requiring students to prove they are legal residents of the United States to receive in-state tuition rates. Proponents assume a student would have to sign an affidavit and provide documentation as they do to prove state residency.

Opponents argue any child who grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from its schools should be afforded in-state tuition.

The only current in-state tuition requirement is to have lived in New Hampshire for at least 12 months prior to registering.

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The pro-white movement needs diversity

Sunday, January 29th, 2012


Organizations such as the SPLC and ADL often accuse pro-white organizations of harboring openly hateful people, anti-Semites and lunatics.  Unfortunately, this often turns out to be true.  If a pro-white person, of healthy demeanor, wishes to join other pro-whites as an organization, he will discover that neo-Nazis* are also pro-white and also wish to attach themselves to these organizations.

What is one to do when he is privy to important truths – but the vast majority of other people who recognize those truths are social pariahs?  Should he avoid all contact with any of them?  If he takes this path, then he will be lonely indeed.  He will find himself on a small rowboat in rough seas with no land in sight and all other boats and ships inhabited by the enemy.  He will find that his avoidance of them will  do him little good; he will still be considered an extremist and lumped in with the rest.  If he chooses to avail himself of the networks built by those pariahs, then he will be lumped together with them in the eyes of the rest of humanity and his associations with them will be brought up over and over again as proof of his hate and ignorance.

Being pro-white is an unpopular position to take and, the way things are going, it will remain so for quite some time.  But it is wrong to give up.  To continue the fight, we need organizations to represent us and those organizations need to represent a wide range of attitudes.  Some need to be geared toward suit-and-tie intellectuals while others need to be geared toward thuggish intimidation – depending on what is necessary at the time.  A suit-and-tie intellectual is not very useful to whites who need physical protection from non-white thugs who are out to get him; the law is of little use in such cases.  Send a group of tough street fighters and the situation might be diffused as the aggressors realize they picked the wrong fight.  But it would not be appropriate to send the same street fighters, dressed to intimidate, to a public protest or to an interview with the media.  Some organizations are more orientated toward racial science, while others would focus more on social issues.

An organizations might blend various approaches into one.  But there is one attitude that some pro-white organizations should take care to be clean of: hatred toward people based entirely on what they were born as.  It is one thing to have a distaste for blacks in general, but quite another to declare that one hates all blacks.  Many, in the pro-white movement, hate Jews – some hate all Jews, regardless of affiliation.  There is a reason the wider public disdains such hatred: it is stupid and wrong. By planting themselves in practically all pro-white organizations, these haters succeed in giving anti-white hate groups such as the SPLC ammunition to paint all pro-whites with the same brush.  Thus, in a sense, there is not enough diversity in the pro-white movement.

What we need is an organization that promotes the interests of whites and has no connection, whatsoever, to neo-Nazi groups, the KKK or any other group that is associated with hate (even if that association, in the eyes of the public, is based on ignorance).  Such a clean organization can then publicly boast that it opposes racial/ethnic hatred and that it is a strictly positive organization.  Of course, it would still be accused of being “racist” but it would be a lot easier for this organization to win converts.  The leaders of this organization would be very careful who they let in; anybody with past connections to “hateful groups” (I wish I had a better term) would have to go through a cleansing process of some sort and make public pronouncements that his motivation is to help people.  Not to hurt them.  There would be actual membership and dues would be paid.  There have been some organizations that approximate what I am talking about – such as the EAIF, which unfortunately does not appear to have much recent activity.

Of course, for those pro-whites who disagree with the above conditions and philosophy, there are plenty of other groups they can join.  While in Charlotte, some of us discussed founding such a group but, for the moment, it is only an idea.  We have a name and, possibly, even a logo – but I shall not divulge any of this yet.

*There is always a problem with labels.  When I say “neo-Nazi”, I mean somebody who hates all Jews and is not averse to violence.  I fully realize that there might be some who call themselves “neo-Nazis” who do not fit this description and there might be others who do, but call themselves something else.


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Twitter Blackout: Taking a stand in solidarity to those living in oppressive regimes

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

WASHINGTONJanuary 28, 2012 –Some Twitter users are boycotting the social media outlet today.  They are protesting a recent decision by Twitter to censor tweets from countries that prohibit certain types of conversation.  In other words, Twitter is supporting the repressive regimes that forbit citizens to speak out.  The new Twitter policy will refine terms of usage policy to allow it to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis rather than subject all tweets to a general catch all policy.

This month marks the launch of what eventually became the Arab Spring” when citizens of various nations in the Arab world rose up in protest, rallied, galvanized and eventually kicked several oppressive and totalitarian regimes from power.  The revolution has since been replicated in other areas including Russia, Asia and some say even the Occupy movement in the United States.

Many credit social media with providing the tool used to organize the movements.  While dictators tried in earnest to jail journalists, shut down websites and do everything in their power to keep their people from realizing there is an alternative to repression, young people relied on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as sources of information.  Indeed, the world recognizes the empowering impact of what the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco accomplished.

Twitter, one of the tools of democratic revolution in the Arab world last year, decided to give greater authority to foreign nations wanting to suppress thoughts expressed by their citizens through the medium.  It makes Twitter look complacent in supporting  censorship.

It seems random and as if it came out of left field, but that is not necessarily the case.

One rumor says Saudi investors in Twitter, wanting to head off any outcry by its citizenry, may have enticed billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talaj who bought a stake in Twitter for $300 million last year, to lean a heavy shoulder on the site.  No one knows yet whether this is true.

Detractors call the protest premature, pointless, over reactionary and unnecessary.  But there is something to that famous saying “if you do not stand for something you will fall for anything.”

Staying away from social media for one day does not make those abstaining less intelligent, naïve, idealistic or dumb.  Rather it reflects a collective opposition to a corporation’s decision and solidarity for potentially censored groups.   Also, certainly one day of decreased traffic will not kill the site, if people chose to spend that time with their family, to read a book,  to connect with friends on other social media platforms, to take in a movie, to go for a drive or to simply unplug from the matrix, that should be celebrated as a good thing.  There was a world before Twitter.

What the Twitter Blackout will succeed in doing is sending a message to Twitterthat many do not approve of the  medium turning away from its roots. What made it a success and much supported resource before was the abundance of different thoughts, links, ideas flowing through all day.

Granted, there is the business case for Twitter complying with nations its service reaches and impacts, and it’s hard to support protecting Nazi hate tweets which is banned in Germany.  But at the end of the day, suppressing what a governmend decides is bad could also destroy good  ideas in between.

Further, freedom of expression and thought enabled humans to filter the messages and decide whether they liked it or not.  Even ideas, unpopular in certain eras and areas, like freeing slaves and civil rights garnered supporters and momentum when the public heard and saw them.

Others have called the move social media suicide. It’s hardly that.  Tomorrow, all the Twitter heads and tweeting addicts who chose to sit out today will take to the forum with fervor to make up for those last 24 hours.  In fact, Twitter’s traffic may see a significant upswing on Sunday.

The successes of the Bank America debit card fee protest, the Netflix dump, the Verizon wireless fee for online bill payment, the SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) & PIPA (Prevent Internet Privacy Act) congressional outreach have taught consumers that they have power in their action.

It’s a new world order these days.  The power and juice is not all with those who have the most money and clout any longer. The little guys are making their voices heard and are doing have a pretty good record of success to back them up!

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Casapound Italy raided?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

There are posts on several different blogs stating that the headquarters of CasaPound Italy were raided. Statements as follows- Rome, Jan. 13 – At the beginning of the day, about 50 policemen challenged Casa Pound in Rome, where it was searching the apartment of Gianluca Iannone. The President of Casa Pound Italy along with several other members were transferred to the police station where they are currently being held. This news has just been put through a press release from Casa Pound Italy. They have called a press conference at 12:00 at the  Pound House headquarters which will be broadcast on

At this time the charges are unknown or the subject of the record.


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Austrians angry over rightist ball

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

VIENNA – Austrians who gathered in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis condemned plans to hold a ball of extreme rightists later in the day Friday, saying the event’s timing transformed it into a macabre dance on Holocaust victims‘ graves.

Friday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrated each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Ball organizers insisted that the fact their event fell on the 67th anniversary of the death camp‘s demise was coincidental and denied that those attending the ball were extremists.

But opponents vehemently criticized both the day chosen to hold the WKR ball and the political views of those attending it, suggesting that it regularly attracts elements from the neo-Nazi fringe. The ball was to be held in Vienna’s ornate Hofburg palace, less than a minute’s walk from the memorial event.

The dispute reflects both the distance Austria has come in acknowledging its role in Nazi atrocities and stubborn rightist sentiment among some here, who see themselves as Germans and Germans as the superior race – a common regional building block of anti-Semitism.

Some of the most bitter comments came from the crowd that converged on Vienna’s Heldenplatz, or Heroes’ Square, to lay wreaths for victims of the Holocaust.

“You, who will dance and celebrate here; we remind you of the murder of two-thirds of Europe’s Jews,” proclaimed death-camp survivor Rudolf Gelbard.

Organizers point out that the ball traditionally takes place the last Friday in January, but federal government minister Gabrielle Heinisch-Hosek scoffed at their insistence that this year’s timing with international Holocaust commemorations was coincidental.

Greens’ Party member Niki Kunrath called it a national shame “that right-wing extremists can still assemble in the most magnificent halls” of Austria.

Formally, Austria has moved from a postwar portrayal of being Nazi Germany’s first victim to acknowledging it was Hitler’s willing partner. Most young Austrians reject Nazi ideology and condemn the part their parents might have played in the Holocaust.

At the same time, the rightist-populist Freedom Party – a strong defender of the ball whose supporters range from those disillusioned with more traditional parties to Islamophobes and Holocaust deniers – has become Austria’s second-strongest political force.

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Humane Society Blasts Magazine for ‘Absurd’ Hitler Editorial

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States pushed back Friday against a controversial editorial in a meat industry trade magazine that analogized the organization to Adolf Hitler.

On Friday, the Web site Gawker published an excerpt from an editorial in Meatingplace, written by editor Lisa M. Keefe. In it, Keefe addresses Meatingplace’s readers and says she says is concerned that John Hansen, the head of the Nebraska Farmers Union, is working with The Humane Society.

She alleges that her readers think Hansen is the modern-day version of Neville Chamberlain, who, she writes, was “hung out to dry” by history for “trying to strike a deal with Hitler on the eve of World War II.”

“I was just shocked that the editor would use Hitler in any comparison,” said Joe Maxwell, The HSUS’s director of rural development and outreach. “I think it ignores the horror of the Holocaust, and to somehow try to twist that to an advantage of corporate agriculture and the big meat packers in this country [that] to me was just plain over the top.”

Maxwell said that in the fall of 2010, some of the 51,000 HSUS members from Nebraska suggested that CEO Wayne Pacelle travel to the state to talk with farmers in a town-hall style meeting. Hansen attended the meeting and talked about animal-welfare issues.

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The most racist black guy ever

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Philly murder suspect arrested in NYC

Saturday, January 28th, 2012


Jorge Aldea, who was wanted for the Nov. 25 murder of Louis Chevere in North Philadelphia, was arrested Friday evening in Bronx, New York, police said.

Rosemary Fernandez Rivera, 33, who reportedly spoke to police as a witness in Chevere’s murder, died Monday night after being shot four times at point blank range while she was working at the Caribe Mini Market on Mutter Street near Westmoreland in North Philadelphia.

Police said the woman was likely targeted, because the shooter walked into the store and opened fire without turning his attention to two other employees, or taking any cash or merchandise.

Agents in the FBI’s New York City field office confirmed that Aldea, 23, was arrested without incident. However, details on the man’s connection to New York City were not immediately available.


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Einstein letters about Nazis to be auctioned in US

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Einstein letters about Nazis to be auctioned in US

Three letters by Albert Einstein to a American-German group which campaigned against the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s will go on the auction block in Los Angeles next week.

In one, the father of relativity praises the “Friends of Truth,” a Cincinnati-based German-American group, for not allowing Jews to join it because it would weaken their anti-Nazi message.

“I welcome your association and their work from the bottom of my heart,” Einstein, who made his home in the United States after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, wrote in an August 1934 letter to group member August Hamelberg.

“Every German who has the opportunity, by living away from Germany, to be healthy and stay out of life-threatening danger, should see it as their obligation to do so.

“Your concise brochure is a masterpiece of such action, by avoiding taking political sides with a healthy sense of justice,” he said, referring to four pamphlets with titles including “The Nazi Obsession: Jews and Germans.”

And he said: “You’re absolutely right not to accept Jews in your ranks, as it would weaken your position. For similar reasons, I have so far avoided speaking out openly about this issue.”

In June 1935, he wrote “Your blessed work is all the more honorable as it isn’t only an investment of your time but it asks a great measure of courage and self-reliance.

“If there were only as many like-minded Germans over there, the German community wouldn’t have sunk so low!”

The letters are to be sold at auction on January 31 by LA-based auction house Nate D Sanders, which last October sold an Einstein letter commending an activist for his efforts helping European Jews for nearly $14,000.

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Austrian far right celebrates on Holocaust holiday

Saturday, January 28th, 2012


VIENNA – Austrians gathered in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis condemned plans to hold a ball of extreme rightists later in the day Friday, saying the event’s timing transformed it into a macabre dance on Holocaust victims‘ graves.


Friday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrated each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Ball organizers insisted the fact that their event coincided this year with the 67th anniversary of the death camp’s demise was coincidental and denied suggestions that those attending were extremists.


But opponents vehemently criticized both the day chosen to hold the WKR ball and the political views of those attending it, suggesting it regularly attracts elements from the neo-Nazi fringe. The ball is to be held in Vienna’s ornate Hofburg palace, less than a minute’s walk away from the memorial event.


The dispute reflects both the distance Austria has come in acknowledging its role in Nazi atrocities and stubborn rightist sentiment among some here, who see themselves as Germans and Germans as the superior race — a common regional building block of anti-Semitism.


Some of the most bitter comments came from the crowd that converged on Vienna’s Heldenplatz, or Heroes’ Square, to lay wreaths for the victims of the Holocaust.


“You, who will dance and celebrate here; we remind you of the murder of two-thirds of Europe’s Jews,” proclaimed death camp survivor Rudolf Gelbard. Insisting that Nazi atrocities must never be forgotten, Greens’ Party head Eva Glawischnig declared, “It is all the greater perfidy that there will be dancing today on the graves of Auschwitz.”


Organizers point out that the ball traditionally takes place on the last Friday in January, but federal government minister Gabrielle Heinisch-Hosek scoffed at their insistence that the timing this year with international Holocaust commemorations was coincidence.


She called the timing “a big provocation” in comments to The Associated Press, while Greens’ Party member Niki Kunrath said the fact “that right-wing extremists can still assemble in the most magnificent halls of the country” was a national shame.


Formally, Austria has moved from a postwar portrayal of being Nazi Germany’s first victim to acknowledging that it was Hitler’s willing partner. Most young Austrians reject Nazi ideology and condemn the part their parents might have played in the Holocaust.


At the same time, the rightist-populist Freedom Party — whose supporters range from those disillusioned with the more traditional parties to Islamophobes and Holocaust deniers — has become Austria’s second-strongest political force.


The party, a strong defender of the ball, confirmed Friday that Marine Le Pen, head of France’s National Front, planned to attend the event, along with Belgium’s Philip Claeys of the Vlaams Belang party and other European far rightists.


The Freedom Party itself went on the offensive, saying the real threat to society came from leftists planning to demonstrate against the ball and warning Austrian Jewish leader Ariel Muzicant that it might press charges of incitement against him for encouraging the protests.


The ball is staged mostly by dueling fraternities including far-right members who display saber scars on their cheeks as badges of honor and mix on the dance floor with other guests of various ideological hues. Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache described the event as “an academic ball, not a political ball.”


He accused “extreme-left” opponents of trying to sabotage his party and warned that the protests being organized outside the venue were being organized by anarchists backing “the rule of the street.”


But demonstrations that began as the ball guests started to converge on the Hofburg were generally peaceful, with most of the approximately 2,500 demonstrators respecting police lines separating them from the venue.


In the only reported incident, some of the guests were delayed when the two buses carrying them were briefly blocked by sitting protesters who were quickly removed by police.


“I find this is wrong because today is the liberation day of Auschwitz,” said demostrator Michael Wolfram of the event. “And I think it’s impudent that the right-wing fraternities chose this day to celebrate.”


Although the ball regularly comes under criticism, its overlap this year with the Auschwitz liberation anniversary had increased pressure on organizers and attendees


Because it was listed among other annual champagne-laced Viennese balls, an Austrian committee reporting to UNESCO, the U.N.’s culture organization, struck all the balls from its list of Austria’s noteworthy traditions last week.


While some of the more opulent Vienna balls are criticized as a showcase of the rich, most are devoid of direct political controversy. For centuries, the city’s high society has waltzed blissfully through wars, recessions and occasional firebomb-throwing anarchists opposed to the moneyed decadence they think such events represent.


But the WKR ball started drawing flack as Austrians began to come to grips decades ago with the fact that their country was one of Nazi Germany’s most willing allies instead of its first victim through its 1938 annexation by Hitler.


Bowing to the pressure, the Hofburg palace announced late last year that the ball will have to move elsewhere as of 2013.

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Auschwitz survivor dies in Oswiecim on anniversary of liberation

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Kazimierz Smolen, a 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor who after World War II became director of the memorial site, died Friday on the 67th anniversary of its liberation. Smolen died in a hospital in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town where Nazi Germany operated Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II, said Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum.

Friday is the anniversary of the camp’s 1945 liberation by Soviet troops. Jan. 27 was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations in 2005, and was marked with ceremonies across Europe. Two years after the war ended, Auschwitz-Birkenau became a museum — and Smolen himself served as its director from 1955-1990. He continued to live in the town after his retirement, often attending the memorial ceremonies marking the camp’s liberation.

Sawicki said soon after Smolen’s death the news was announced to Holocaust survivors commemorating the anniversary in Oswiecim. They fell silent for a minute in his honor.

Smolen was born on April 19, 1920, in the southern Polish town of Chorzow Stary. He was a Polish Catholic involved in the anti-Nazi resistance who was arrested by the Germans in April 1941 and taken to Auschwitz in one of the early shipments of prisoners there. He left the camp on the last transport of prisoners evacuated by the Germans on Jan. 18, 1945, nine days before its liberation. He later attributed his survival to good health and extreme luck.

He once explained his decision to return to the camp to manage it as a way of honoring those who were killed there. “Sometimes when I think about it, I feel it may be some kind of sacrifice, some kind of obligation I have for having survived,” he said.

In other gestures of remembrance, Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg apologized for his nation’s role in arresting and deporting Jews after it was invaded by Nazi Germany. During the war, 772 Norwegian Jews and Jewish refugees were deported to Germany. Only 34 survived.

He said it’s time the nation acknowledges that politicians and other Norwegians took part and expressed “our deep regrets that this could have happened on Norwegian soil.” He spoke at a ceremony in Oslo attended by the last surviving Jew in a group of 532 deported from Norway in 1942.

In Turkey, state television on Thursday broadcast the epic French documentary “Shoah,” about the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime. It was the first time the film has been aired on public television in a predominantly Muslim country. “It is a historical event,” filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, 87, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his home in Paris. “It is extremely important that it is being shown in a Muslim country.”

Germany’s Parliament also gathered Friday for a special sitting to remember the Holocaust. Prominent survivor and literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki recalled how the Nazi SS informed members of the Warsaw ghetto’s Jewish council in July 1942 of plans for the inhabitants’ “resettlement” to the east.

Reich-Ranicki, 91, recounted how a “deathly silence” was followed by uproar. He said those present “seemed to sense what had happened: that the sentence had been pronounced for the biggest Jewish city in Europe. The death sentence.”

The Nazis set up the Warsaw ghetto in November 1940, cramming hundreds of thousands of Jews into inhuman conditions. Most who survived disease and starvation in the ghetto were transported to death camps.

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As gangs gain traction in Maine, prison braces

Friday, January 27th, 2012

WARREN, Maine — To prepare for the possibility of housing more gangsters, Maine State Prison officials are writing new guidelines to help identify which prisoners belong to gangs.

Currently there is no way of knowing how many gang members are in Maine State Prison. The prison doesn’t officially record what gangs exist in the system or which prisoners might be affiliated with them.

But based on what Maine Department of Corrections Security Director Gary LaPlante has seen, about 50 prisoners belong to gangs. Compared to other states, he said that’s not much — it’s about 6 percent of the prison population.

The identification system is being developed at a time when Maine is gaining gang members, according to the FBI.

According to the FBI’s 2011 Gang Threat Assessment, Maine has up to 4,000 gang members — all congregated in southern Maine. That’s up from zero in the FBI’s 2009 version of the same report.

Prison officials have heard that some inmates already affiliate with gangs.

“The Aryan Brotherhood is probably the dominant gang. White-supremacist type of gangs are more dominant in numbers in Maine,” LaPlante said. “We have a couple others, but people might not recognize them. Like, we have one called Tango Blast, a [gang] out of Texas.”

After the white supremacist groups, the Crips and the Bloods are tied for the second most popular gangs in the prison, LaPlante said.

Within the entire corrections system in Maine, most major gangs make an appearance, according to LaPlante’s research. He has identified 12 gangs in the system. The rest of Maine has about nine major gangs, according to an FBI report.

But all of these numbers are just from observations. By the end of this year, LaPlante will have created a system to verify gang affiliations so the prison can classify men and create some sort of database. He figured each man must meet at least two criteria to be labeled as a gangster. Tattoos, self-identification and court records that link inmates to gangs might be criteria the corrections department would judge from.

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Nationalist ‘ghost at feast’ in Russia

Friday, January 27th, 2012
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Maksim Martsinkevich, nom de guerre “Machete”, insists he is not a skinhead, even though his pate is smooth as a cue ball. The 27-year-old does not like being called a Nazi, though he once belonged to something called the National Socialist Organisation and spent four years in jail, in part for shouting “Sieg Heil!” at a political debate in 2007.

He also insists that he is not a Russian opposition leader, even though he came second in an internet vote to determine who should speak at a December 24 anti-Kremlin rally that attracted up to 100,000, the largest public demonstration since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Mr Martsinkevich was ultimately denied the stage by the organisers because of his racist views and penchant for throwing the odd “roman salute” in public. Over a cup of coffee at a Moscow Starbucks, however, he complains bitterly about the hypocrisy of it all. “I didn’t even want to speak,” Mr Martsinkevich says. “I just wanted to show that these other so-called opposition leaders are no leaders. If they can’t even win their own vote, what kind of power do they think they are going to get?”

The avowed white supremacist is the most extreme example of a perplexing issue for Russia’s anti-Kremlin protests, which began as a reaction to a December parliamentary election that is widely believed to have been rigged and has mutated into a street movement which has yet to define clear goals, aside from its ubiquitous slogan “For free elections”.

In the current turmoil, hardline nationalism is the “ghost at the feast” in the words of Alexander Verkhovsky, an expert on nationalism at Moscow’s Sova Centre think-tank. He says Russia, like much of Europe, is seeing a resurgence of the far right. “It’s natural. We had an empire, and it collapsed. All post-imperial states see a rise in nationalism. The question is not whether or not there will be a rise in nationalism, the question is what form it will take.”

While Mr Martsinkevich’s internet vote success is ascribed by opposition leaders to either a Kremlin provocation or a prank, it raises a real issue: much of the groundswell of middle class protesters is made up of liberals, standing up for universal human rights and freedoms. But much of it is not. Russian nationalists see democracy as a means to an end, a path to power, but their commitment to a pluralistic political system once they have achieved it is, at best, an open question.

One of the nationalists given the podium at the December rally, Vladimir Tor, told the crowd: “We Russian nationalists are, more than anyone else, interested in freedom and democracy in Russia, because we truly know and truly believe that in fair elections power will go to the majority”.

That many nationalist have swung into opposition against Vladimir Putin, the prime minister seeking to regain the presidency in elections this year, is troubling for the Kremlin which considered such conservatives among their core constituency. When Mr Putin came to power in 2000, he was cheered by many nationalists as a strong ruler who wanted to restore Russian pride. However, nationalists, like all independent political movements, have also felt the bite of Mr Putin’s authoritarian rule.

“The Putin regime has sent 1,500 of my brothers to prison. That is more than all the dissidents sent to prison under Brezhnev,” Mr Tor said during his speech.

Mr Putin advocates a more imperial and militaristic brand of nationalism than most Russians. He rarely has a press conference these days without hinting that dark foreign forces are at work destabilising Russia. He has championed a 19tn rouble ($614bn) spending binge re-equipping Russia’s military and called for the creation of a “Eurasian Union” of former Soviet states.

However, most ordinary Russians seem more drawn to ethnic nationalism, rather than nostalgia for great power. They are more concerned about immigration, which has increased rapidly under Mr Putin due to Russia’s economic growth; about ethnic tensions between neighbourhood gangs; and the budget-draining federal subsidies for the war-torn north Caucasus.

According to a poll by the Moscow-based Levada centre, a sociological research agency, 59 per cent of Russians “strongly” or “moderately” support the ethnic nationalist slogan “Russia for the Russians”, higher than at any time since the poll was first taken in 1998.

Nationalist Russians have deserted the Kremlin camp and swung into opposition, joining a handful of liberal activists who have latched on to the middle-class groundswell of protests.

“We [nationalists and liberals] have very different views about the future development of Russia. But we are united in seeking an end to the regime, free registration of political parties, and free elections,” Mr Tor says in an interview.

A synergy between liberals and nationalists is obvious to many in the opposition: Russia’s liberals have too many leaders and not enough followers, while nationalists have the opposite problem. Liberal ideas were discredited by the economic misery of the Yeltsin years, and the plethora of liberal parties have trouble finding recruits. Meanwhile, polls such as the Levada centre’s show broad public support for nationalist ideas but there is a lack of credible parties and popular leaders.

The most successful opposition leaders have been those who can fuse liberalism and nationalism. Alexei Navalny, the only opposition leader to beat Mr Martsinkevich in the vote for speakers at last month’s rally, is an avowed nationalist, albeit a self-styled moderate one, as well as extolling democracy and fighting corruption.

Russian police block the road ahead of an opposition rally against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

He favours curbs on immigration and argues that the war-torn Caucasus should be treated as “Russia’s Gaza Strip” and politically isolated. He also attracts controversy for addressing gatherings of extremist groups.

Mr Navalny takes offence at the suggestion that he is a racist.

“I would never consider any people ‘second class’,” he tells Boris Akunin, a liberal author, in a published email exchange.

In the Russian context, with its violent skinhead gangs, Mr Navalny is indeed a moderate, though Mr Verkhovsky likens him to far-right European politicians such as Geert Wilders and his Dutch Freedom Party.

The alliances between liberal politicians are in some cases being formalised. Liberals agreed at a meeting this month to share leadership of an umbrella group called the Civic Movement of Russia with leftist hardliners and nationalists – with all three groups given equal power on a steering committee.

Ilya Yashin, a leader of the liberal opposition Solidarity movement, makes a distinction between radical nationalists and “constitutional” ones. “I see nothing wrong with a tactical alliance with constitutional nationalists,” he says.

“I am certainly against what they say but their views certainly have a place in the political system, and they are represented in most European parliamentary democracies.”

Many democrats want to avoid seeing nationalism used to divide the opposition.

Skinheads loyal to Mr Martsinkevich tried to rush the stage at the December rally but were convinced to stand down – by other nationalists.

Some also believe that Mr Martsinkevich may be supported by the Kremlin in an effort to divide and discredit the real opposition. It is a charge he heatedly denies, citing his time in prison.

“They say I’m a Kremlin project. Where do they think I spent the last four years – in Bali?”

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German ban on Nazi symbolism upheld in magazine fight to reprint ‘Mein Kampf’

Friday, January 27th, 2012

A German magazine has backed down in its battle to reprint parts of Adolf Hitler‘s book “Mein Kampf,” opting to black out the pages containing the excerpts in order to avoid legal problems.

The British publisher of the German magazine Zeitungszeugen, Peter McGee, intended to print excerpts of the book in today’s issue of the magazine. “It is long overdue that the German public is exposed to the original text,” Mr. McGee told Der Spiegel magazine. However, legal proceedings initiated by the Bavarian state government dissuaded him.

The Bavarian state government was named the copyright holder of “Mein Kampf” by the Allied Forces after World War II and has blocked every other attempt to have the book printed and sold in Germany since 1945. In order not to jeopardize the entire issue of Zeitungszeugen (which translates as “newspaper witnesses”), Mr. McGee changed his mind just before his magazine went to print, he said.

Germany has strict laws prohibiting the display of Nazi symbols and the distribution of texts inciting anti-Semitism and racial hatred, but “Mein Kampf,” originally published in two parts in 1925 and 1926, is not entirely banned. Editions printed before 1945 can be owned and purchased in second-hand bookshops or online and students and scientists can check them out at libraries. However, it cannot be reprinted and sold. After World War II, only a handful of books containing passages from the text – always accompanied by explanatory notes – were published.

“It’s a symbolic measure,” says Edith Raim from the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich. “Germany has a singular responsibility toward the victims of the Nazi regime. It can’t be seen making money from the writings of the worst war criminal ever.”

In neo-Nazi circles the book has almost iconic value, says Mrs. Raim. Determined right-wingers will get their hands on the book, whatever the legal situation, she believes, and critical works such as the one she is working on will not appeal to them – if it gets published, that is.

“Our book won’t find any buyers in the neo-Nazi scene. It’s going to be a solid scientific work,” she says.

Horst Pöttker, professor for journalism at Dortmund Technical University, wrote the commentary for the excerpts that were blacked out in Zeitungszeugen. “I want as many people in Germany as possible to read a book that had such a strong impact on German history,” he says.

Zeitungszeugen is a weekly magazine, first published in 2009 with an initial circulation of 300,000, later selling about 50,000 copies a week. Each issue contains reproductions of a selection of German newspapers originally printed between 1933 and 1945 and a sleeve of present-day commentary from a pool of German historians, some of them respected authorities like Wolfgang Benz and Hans Mommsen. The reprintings include Nazi titles like “Völkischer Beobachter” and “Der Angriff,” originally published by Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

The fact that the reproductions are easily removed from the commentary sleeve led to accusations that British publisher McGee was trying to profit from Nazi propaganda under the pretext of serving historical interest. In 2009 the Bavarian justice ministry had parts of the second issue containing “Völkischer Beobachter” confiscated, but a Munich court ruled that Zeitungszeugen acted as an educational tool and as such did not violate any German laws.

The plans to reprint parts of “Mein Kampf” have revived the debate about McGee’s motives. Charlotte Knobloch, the former president of the Jewish Council in Germany, says she cannot see any value in the magazine. “Most Germans have a very enlightened approach to their past,” she says. “For those who do need a history lesson, this pamphlet is unsuited.”

In 2015, Bavaria’s copyright for “Mein Kampf” expires. If the Bavarian government gets its way, the ban on reprints will remain. “The dissemination of national socialist ideas continues to be a criminal offense even after the copyright for ‘Mein Kampf’ ends,” the government said in a statement.

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Extreme right, militant and well-connected

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Rheinland-PfalzEast German right-wing extremism is not a problem. Even if the Zwickau terrorist cell has drawn primarily on the views of Saxony and Thuringia, the rich foothills of the network seems right but also up to Rhineland-Palatinate.Because there right groups, fraternities and so-called action agencies such as the Bad Neuenahr are firmly rooted.

Specifically, the “Frankfurter Rundschau” of compounds of Zwickau prison cell on the neo-Nazi Ralf Wohlleben of the “Action Office Rhein-Neckar” had reported. The Ex-NPD functionary said to have designed the website of the “Action Office”. Several are in the southwest German Thuringian Network now be active. The federal prosecutor investigating but did not confirm this yet.

Right-wing extremists are becoming more aggressive and militant

The fact is, however, that the number of violent right-wing extremists continuously for about four years in the country increases. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate, the proportion of violent radicals is estimated at 150 people – this is an increase of about 50 percent compared to 2007. According to the Authority the agitation of the extreme right has become more aggressive and militant. Total nationwide increases in the neo-Nazi camps are listed.Observations over the past year should have confirmed this trend, shares the Ministry upon request.

The authority has to fight in Rhineland-Palatinate, with a dense network of far-right activists, which is not only by numerous parades as recently demonstrated in Remagen. Substantially involved while the “action office for the Middle Rhine” was. The camaraderie in the room Ahrweiler similar structure is considered one of the most active right-wing connections in Rhineland-Palatinate. The “Action Office” serves as a hub for far-right marches and propaganda campaigns. The members keep it close contacts with sympathizers in the Westerwald and North Rhine-Westphalia – such as the right-wing extremist “AG Rhineland” that operates in the area of ​​Cologne, Leverkusen, Wuppertal and Düsseldorf. There are also links with the NPD. Sven Lobeck, NPD chairman in Koblenz, is regarded by observers as the central figure of the “Action Office”.

Autonomous Nationalists copy the Left

Especially the rights of young advertising spaces in the country a major priority, fish for young people at many levels. For ultimately, can not speak of a homogeneous right-wing scene: In addition to the followers of right-wing parties NPD, DVU and Republicans are increasingly the “Autonomous Nationalists” established. These are hardly distinguishable from the left Autonomous scene and have it apart, especially on the “experience of violence.” This group is considered particularly aggressive. Then there are the traditional skinheads. However, most of them are as followers without strict ideological worldview. The “Action Office Middle Rhine” combines these currents

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French Elle Ripped for ‘Racist’ Obama Comments

Friday, January 27th, 2012

French Elle‘s outrageous “compliments” for the Obama family‘s “jazzy” style have sparked a race row. FinallyEllegushes, the First Family is following “white fashion” codes. “Chic” has at last become a “plausible option” for a community until now pegged to “streetwear,” writes columnist Nathalie Dolivo. As if that wasn’t a big enough foot in the mouth, Dolivo adds that the “black-geosie” can always add “ethnic” touches from their “roots,” such as a “batik-printed turban,” to keep it real.

“The saddest thing is that this stupid journalist thought she was doing something positive for us,” a Fashion Bomb Daily reader notes. A stunned French Elle fan asks: “How, in 2012, in a France where there are at least three million blacks and mixed people, can you write such nonsense?” An editor says the article was misinterpreted.

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My Neighborhood White Supremacist & the Kosher Response to Hate

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

On Jan. 24, police arrested 19-year-old Anthony Graziano in connection with the recent firebombings of two New Jersey synagogues and a rabbi’s home. It’s the latest development in a busy season of anti-Semitic attacks that began in early November 2011, when a 40-year-old Jackson Heights man allegedly spray painted swastikas on several buildings in Queens. A few days later, someone added an “ew” on a sign at the Avenue J subway station so that the sign then read, “Avenue Jew.” On Nov. 21, a Jewish man was stabbed on a subway platform as his assailants allegedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs at him.

Among these very real acts of hatred in the New York area, Jews have been targeted in several allegedly “fake” incidents of hatred. The NYPD recently announced that the November firebombing of three cars in Midwood, Brooklynmay have been an insurance scam rather than a genuine hate attack. And David Haddad, whom police suspect may be responsible for a more recent spate of anti-Semitic graffiti, is Jewish. Police think he may have used the guise of anti-Semitism to settle personal vendettas.


Several days after the Midwood car fires, an “ew” appeared on a sign at the Avenue J subway station sign so that it read “Avenue Jew.” Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

These incidents are horrible, regardless of what motivates them, but they are manifestations of attitudes that are unfortunately all too prevalent even in the New York metro area, where an estimated 12 percent of individuals self-identify as Jewish, versus about 2 percent nationally, according to the most recent regional Jewish Community Studyand data from the North American Jewish Data Bank.

After an encounter with a white supremacist in my own neighborhood, I’ve realized just how commonplace intolerance can be in our daily life.

“Excuse me, but I think your shirt is racist,” I said to the stock clerk working the night shift at the Super Stop & Shop in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, as he placed items on the shelves.

As someone who prefers gentleness to confrontation, I’m still not sure what I was thinking when I decided to tell him that I found his “White Pride Worldwide” T-shirt objectionable. But there I was, steeped in righteous indignation.

A demonstrator representing a white nationalist group in Canada carries a flag depicting a Celtic cross surrounded by the phrase “White Pride Worldwide.” It’s the same logo that appeared on the stock clerk’s shirt and was popularized by Stormfront, a white nationalist website. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League classify Stormfront as a hate group. Flickr/Thivierr

He had bags under his eyes, a tattoo of a what appeared to be a naked woman on his forearm and an unkempt mop of gray hair.

He sized me up. “Do you shop here in February?” he asked. ”What’s the difference between me wearing this shirt and this store handing out pamphlets during Black History Month in February?”

“The symbol on your shirt is a symbol of hate, that’s the difference. That cross is on the flag of the Ku Klux Klan,” I said.

I wouldn’t find out until I looked it up later, but the Celtic cross with the slogan “White Pride Worldwide” is actually the symbol of Stormfront, a white nationalist website founded by a former Klansman. Stormfront is classified as a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

“What do you know about the Ku Klux Klan? You need to read a history book about this country after the Civil War. This conversation is over, I’m not interested,” he said, before walking away. Not exactly a victory for open-mindedness near the deli counter.

What really shocked me was that the diverse group of other supermarket employees didn’t seem to see anything wrong with an employee wearing a shirt bearing a white supremacist slogan. His manager, a Latino man, told me that when the stock clerk plays military parade songs on a portable radio in his aisle, they mock him by goosestepping to the music.

The next day, I called the store’s manager, and identified myself as a neighborhood customer and described the stock clerk’s T-shirt. The manager said he was surprised to learn about his employee’s attire. I inquired about Super Stop & Shop’s employee dress code. If cashiers and deli counter attendants are required to wear uniforms, I asked, why shouldn’t that policy be extended to stock clerks, especially when their attire might offend customers? He apologized and asked me not to contact the regional manager until he spoke with the employee in question. He called me back as promised later to let me know that the stock clerk would not be allowed to wear offensive clothing in the future.

After a request for comment from MetroFocus, Stop & Shop corporate spokesperson Arlene Putterman wrote in an email, “…this issue took place months ago and there was a misinterpretation of the tshirt design.” She added that, “the person was instructed not to wear any logoed tshirt in the store in the future.”

As the days wore on after the incident, I wondered, was I perhaps taking this T-shirt too seriously? Maybe sometimes a T-shirt is just a T-shirt?

I got my answer on Nov. 20, 2011, about one week after the Midwood car fires. I found a flyer on my windshield advertising a protest against a neo-Nazi cell that was operating in south Brooklyn. Out of curiosity, I walked the 15 or so blocks from my apartment building to the address on the flyer in Gravesend, Brooklyn. When I arrived, about 30 protesters had already gathered. They were associated with the Jewish Defense Organization, a group that advocates militancy and arranges self-defense classes and gun training for Jewish people. Their logo is of the Star of David with an Uzi sub-machine gun emblazoned across it.

The protesters were there to call for the eviction of a man suspected of running a neo-Nazi cell out of a basement apartment.

It turns out that the man allegedly running the neo-Nazi cell was the stock clerk from my supermarket.

Mordechai Levy, who organized the protest, told me he linked the stock clerk’s Gravesend address to posts on Stormfront’s online forums. (Later I  found a bit more information online about the stock clerk. In 2010, he described himself to a local newspaper as a “white nationalist” committed to preserving “the white race.”)

About 30 protestors organized by the militiant Jewish Defense Organization rallied outside the home of a suspected neo-Nazi on Nov. 20, 2011. Organizer Mordechai Levy, left, said that Jews should keep guns at home for self-defense. MetroFocus/Daniel T. Allen

At the protest, Levy shouted into a bullhorn, “One does not debate Nazis, one destroys Nazis,” and encouraged Jews to obtain legal guns for their homes. “Where do we send Nazis? To the cemetery!” he shouted.

Other protesters at the rally told me that the way to respond to anti-Semitism is with street justice. Joel Mechila, 22, came from a nearby Jewish enclave in Borough Park to support the rally. He said he’s encountered anti-Semitism on the streets in other neighborhoods and that he also supports taking the law into his own hands. He invited me to view a YouTube video in which he shatters the passenger-side window of a car driven by two young women he said were shouting “heil Hitler!” at him in Williamsburg.

But doesn’t calling for and responding to hatred with violence, even against white supremacists, perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence? And, as the Midwood car burnings demonstrate, when there is even a possibility of “fake anti-Semitism,” do these types of reactions make sense?

It seems to me that Jews should respond to hate by working on strengthening our own community, rather than engaging with the haters.

Rather than lashing out at those who may be responsible for fomenting hatred, Jews should focus on celebrating and sharing our peoplehood. This sends a clear message to haters that we can be proud of our identity without discriminating or scapegoating others. In this way, we all become “brand ambassadors” — meeting violence with kindness and sharing the best our community has to offer rather than letting negative attention towards Jews dominate the headlines. This is the kosher response to hatred, and is the gold standard to which any community affected by bigotry must strive.

Several months after my initial encounter, I was walking home late one night and I nearly bumped into the stock clerk on the street. There was a tense moment as we looked at each other, as if we might finish then and there the exchange we started near the butcher’s block. Would he pick a fight? No. I think we both decided to let it be. We walked on.

What would be the point of provoking him further? He appeared closed to the idea that he could preserve his own identity in our pluralistic society without relying on symbols of hate. All I can do is live up to the ideals of my community and respect those of diverse backgrounds. And when I see those pamphlets being handed out at our supermarket during Black History Month, I’ll be sure to take one.

MetroFocus’ Daniel T. Allen is an active congregant of the Chabad of Sheepshead Bay and studied anti-Semitism and civil rights policy at the Baruch School of Public Affairs.

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The 10 Most Racist Moments of the GOP Primary (So Far)

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
The Republican Party is digging deep into the old bucket of white racism, using the politics of fear, hostility and anxiety to win over white voters.

January 25, 2012  |

One cannot forget that the contemporary Republican Party was born with the Southern Strategy, winning over the former Jim Crow South to its side of the political aisle, and as a backlash against the civil rights movement. This is a formula for a politics of white grievance mongering and white victimology; a dreamworld where white conservatives are oppressed, their rights infringed upon by a tyrannical federal government and elite liberal media that are beholden to the interests of the “undeserving poor,” racial minorities, gays, and immigrants.

In keeping with this script in order to win over Red State America, the 2012 Republican presidential candidates have certainly not disappointed. Both overt racism and dog whistles are delectable temptations that the Republican presidential nominees cannot resist. With the election of the country’s first African-American president, and a United States that is less white and more diverse, the GOP is in peril. In uncertain times, you go with what you know. For the Republican Party, this means “dirty boxing,” digging deep into the old bucket of white racism, and using the politics of fear, hostility and anxiety to win over white voters by demagoguing Obama.

Racism is an assault on the common good. Racism also does the work of dividing and conquering people with common interests. While the 2012 Republican candidates are stirring the pot of white racial anxiety, this is a means to a larger end—the destruction of the country’s social safety net, in support of vicious economic austerity policies, and protecting the kleptocrats and financiers at the expense of the working and middle classes.

Here are the top 10 racist moments by the Republican presidential candidates so far.

1. Newt Gingrich puts Juan Williams “in his place” for daring to ask an unpleasant question during the South Carolina debate. This was the most pernicious example of old-school white racism at work in the 2012 Republican primary campaign. Newt Gingrich, a son of the South who grew up in the shadow of legendary Jim Crow racist Lester Maddox, is an expert on the language and practice of white racism (in both its subtle and obvious forms). He has ridden high with Republican audiences by suggesting that black people are lazy, and their children should be given mops and brooms in order to learn the value of hard work. With condescending pride, Gingrich has also stated that he would lecture the NAACP–one of America’s most storied civil rights organizations–that they ought to demand jobs and not food stamps from Barack Obama.

On Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday, under the Confederate flag, in the state of South Carolina, Gingrich defended his racist contempt for African Americans by putting Juan Williams, “that boy,” in his place. During the debate, Juan Williams had gotten uppity and was insufficiently deferential to Newt.

This dynamic was not lost on the almost exclusively white audience in attendance (nor on the white woman who congratulated Gingrich the following day for his “brave” deed). They howled with glee at the sight of a black man, one who dared to sass, being reminded of his rightful place at Newt’s knee. In another time, not too long ago, Juan Williams would have been driven out of town for such an offense, if he was lucky — the lynching tree awaited many black folks who did not submit to white authority.

The symbolism of Newt Gingrich’s hostility to black folks, on King’s birthday, and the personal contempt he demonstrated for Juan Williams, was a classic moment in contemporary Republican politics. This was the “scene of instruction,” when a black man was a proxy for a whole community, a stand-in for the country’s first black president, as Newt Gingrich showed just what he thinks about Barack Obama, specifically and about people of color, in general. In that moment, white conservatism’s contempt was palatable, undeniable and unapologetic.

 2. Herman Cain, in one of the most grotesque performances in post-civil rights-era politics to date, deftly plays his designated role as an African-American advocate for some of the Tea Party and New Right’s most racist policy positions. Most notably, in numerous interviews Cain alluded to the Democratic Party as keeping African Americans on a “plantation,” and that black conservatives were “runaway slaves” who were uniquely positioned to “free” the minds of their brothers and sisters. The implication of his ahistorical and bizarre allusion to the Democratic Party and chattel slavery was clear: black Americans are stupid, childlike and incapable of making their own political decisions, as Cain publicly observed that “only thirty percent of black people are thinking for themselves.”


Doubling down, as a black conservative mascot for the fantasies of the Tea Party faithful, Herman Cain also suggested that anyone who accuses them of “racism” (ignoring all available evidence in support of this claim) were in fact anti-white, and the real racists.


Herman Cain’s disdain was not limited to the black public. He also argued that undocumented immigrants should be electrocuted at the U.S. border by security fences, and that Muslim Americans are inherently treasonous and should be excluded from government. Perhaps most troubling, Herman Cain advocated for extreme forms of racial profiling in which Muslims would have to carry special identification cards.


Racism and anti-black sentiment know no boundaries. Herman Cain demonstrates that some of its most deft practioners are (ironically) people of color.


3. Ron Paul argues that the landmark federal legislation that dismantled Jim Crow segregation in the 1960s was a moral evil and a violation of white people’s liberty. Ron Paul’s claim that the rights of black Americans are secondary to the “freedom” of whites to discriminate, is an almost perfect mirror for the logic of apartheid. Ron Paul’s white supremacist ethic is more than a dismissal of one of the crowning legislative achievements of the 20th century: it is the endorsement of a principle that conveniently allows white people to hate and discriminate in the public sphere at will–and without consequence–against people of color. This “freedom” is the living and bleeding heart of white racism.


4. Rick Santorum tells conservative voters that black people are parasites who live off hard-working white people. Santorum’s claim that “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money” is problematic in a number of ways. First, Santorum channels the white supremacist classic Birth of a Nation and its imagery of childlike free blacks who are a burden on white society. In addition, Santorum’s assumption that black people are a dependent class is skewed at its root. Why? Santorum presupposes that African Americans are uniquely pathological and lack self-sufficiency, ignores the black middle-class, and directly race-baits a white conservative audience by telling them that “the blacks” are coming for their money, jobs and resources. There is no mention of Red State America’s disproportionate dependence on public tax dollars, or how the (white) middle-class and the rich are subsidized by the federal government.


5. In keeping with the class warfare narrative, and as a way of proving their conservative bona fides, Republican candidates have crafted a strategy in which they repeatedly refer to the unemployed as lazy, unproductive citizens who would “be rich if they just went out and got a job.” In fact, as suggested by Mitt Romney, any discussion of the wealth and income gap in the United States (and the destruction of the middle class), should be done in a “quiet room,” as such truth-telling stokes mean-spirited resentment against the rich. Conservatives have an almost Orwellian gift for manipulating language. The financier class is reframed as “job creators.” Programs that workers pay for such as Social Security are equated with “welfare.” Americans who are victims of robber baron capitalism and structural unemployment are painted as dregs who want nothing more than to “live off of the system.” Despite all evidence to the contrary, unions are painted as bastions for the weak, the greedy, and those who hate capitalism.


Race is central here: Conservatives seeded this ground with their assault on the black poor. The invention of the welfare queen by Ronald Reagan became code for lazy, fat, black women who game the system at the expense of hard-working whites. The Right uses the same framing in order to attack immigrants as people who want to destroy the country and steal the scarce resources of “productive” white Americans.


Efforts to shrink “big government” are closely related to the Right’s observation that the federal government employs “too many” blacks. The Republican Party refined its Ayn Rand-inspired shock doctrine and disaster capitalism through decades of practice on black and brown Americans. The racist tactics that were once used to justify the evisceration of programs aimed at helping the urban poor are now being applied to white folks on Main Street USA during the Great Recession.


6. Mitt Romney wants to “keep America America.” The dropping of one letter from the Ku Klux Klan’s slogan, “Keep America American,” does not remove the intent behind Romney’s repeated use of such a virulently bigoted phrase. While Mitt Romney can claim ignorance of the slogan’s origins, he is intentionally channeling its energy. In the Age of Obama, the Republican Party is drunk on the tonic of nativism. From remarks about “the real America,” to supporting the mass deportation of Latinos and Hispanics, a hostility to any designated Other is central to the 21st-century know-nothing politics of the Tea Party-driven GOP. Romney’s slogan, “Keep America America” begs the obvious question: just who is American? Who gets to decide? And should there be moats and electric fences to keep the undesirables out of the country?

7. Rick Perry’s nostalgic memories of his family’s ranch, “Niggerhead.” You cannot choose your parents (or decide what your ancestors will christen the family retreat before your birth). You can, however, choose to rename the family ranch something other than the ugliest word in the English language.


The world that spawned and nurtured Rick Perry’s Niggerhead was none too kind to black people. Jim and Jane Crow were the rule of the land; it was enforced through violence, threats and intimidation. Moreover, Rick Perry grew up in a “sundown town.” These were communities from which blacks were banished by violence, and where white authorities made sure that African Americans would never again be allowed in the area. The whiteness of memory and nostalgia is blinding. While he has finally dropped out of the race, the Niggerhead episode is emblematic of Rick Perry’s obsession with states’ rights, and a broader fondness for the Confederacy and secession. These are traits he shares in abundance with the remaining Republican presidential candidates.


8. Former candidate Michele Bachmann suggests that the black family was stronger during slavery than in freedom. Her claim is not just a simple misunderstanding of history and the importance of family in the Black Experience. No, she is signaling to a tired, white supremacist, slavery-apologist narrative which opines that African Americans were/are not yet ready for freedom, and could only “flourish” under the benign guidance of the Southern Slaveocracy.


In a moment when states such as Arizona and Texas are outlawing ethnic studies programs, and when the Tea Party and its allies are leading an assault on educational programs that are not sufficiently “pro-American,” Bachmann’s claims are part of a broader effort to literally whitewash U.S. history.


When married to her belief in a willful lie that the framers of the United States Constitution were abolitionists who fought tirelessly to eliminate slavery (in reality, both Jefferson and Washington were slaveowners), and a defense of slaveholding Christian whites who “loved their slaves,” Bachmann’s ignorance of the facts transcends mere stupidity and slips over to enabling white supremacy.


9. The Republican Party’s 2012 presidential candidates’ near-silence about how the Great Recession has destroyed the African American and Latino middle-class. This speaks volumes about just how selectively inclusive the Republican Party—which markets itself as the defender of the “American Dream” and of an “opportunity society”—really is. During the Ronald Reagan-Politico debate, the Republican candidates were asked what they would do to address the gross and disparate impact of the Great Recession on black and brown communities. While whites are suffering with an official unemployment rate of almost 10 percent, African Americans have struggled with a rate that is almost two to three times as high. In addition, the black and brown middle-class has seen its income, assets and wealth gutted by the Great Recession, where in 2011, whites have almost 20 times the average net worth of African Americans. As always, when White America gets a cold, Black America gets the flu…or worse.


In that awkward moment, only Rick Perry chimed in and proceeded to recycle the same tired rhetoric about “growing the economy” as a vague cure for all ills. One must ask: how would the Republican candidates have responded if the white middle-class had been devastated in the same manner, and to the same degree, as the black and brown middle-class? I would suggest that for the former, it would be treated as a crisis of epic proportions; for the latter, it is a mere curiosity and inconvenient fact.


Politics is about a sense of imagined community. The Ronald Reagan-Politico debate made clear that while the African American and Latino middle-class is being destroyed, the Republican Party has little concern or interest in remedying such a tragic event. It would seem that the Republican Party’s “big tent” has no room for “those people.”


10. The echo chamber that is Fox News, right-wing talk radio, the conservative blogosphere, and Republican elected officials daily stoke the politics of white racial resentment, bigotry and fear. Ultimately, the Republican candidates would not use racism as a weapon if it were not rewarded by their voters, and encouraged by the party’s leadership. An army travels on its stomach; it needs foot soldiers and shock troops to advance its aims. From the ugly, race-based conspiracy fantasies of Birtherism to the astroturf politics of the Tea Party to a news network whose guests routinely disparage Barack Obama with such labels as “ghetto crackhead” to the bloviating racist utterances by opinion leaders such as Rush Limbaugh, to the common bigotry on display at right-wing Web sites that use monkey, ape, gorilla, pimp, and watermelon imagery to depict the United States’ first black president and his family, it is clear that racism “works” for the Republican Party. To ignore the attraction of rank-and-file white conservatives to such ugliness is to overlook the driving force behind the Republican nominees’ behavior.

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Russian billionaire placed on presidential ballot

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

MOSCOW (AP)Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has been registered as a presidential candidate and will be the only political newcomer in the race.

He joins Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and three veteran party leaders on the ballot for the March vote.

The Central Election Commission’s decision Wednesday to register Prokhorov came a day after it blocked the candidacy of an opposition leader.

Putin is seeking to return to the post he held from 2000 to 2008, and is all but certain to win.

Prokhorov’s candidacy has been seen as an effort to channel discontent among Russia‘s urban middle class, the core of the anti-Putin protest movement. Prokhorov insists he is acting independently, but he has refrained from criticizing Putin directly and has said he would consider serving as his prime minister.


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Theo Angelopoulos, Greek director behind ‘Ulysses’ Gaze’, dies after being hit by motorcycle

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Greek director Theo Angelopoulos poses for a portrait session during 'Incroci di civilta' , Venice literary Festival last April.

ATHENS, Greece — He was known for his slow and dream-like directing style and had enough stamina at 76 to be working on his latest movie.

But award-winning Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was killed in a road accident Tuesday after being hit by a motorcycle while walking across a road close to a movie set near Athens’ main port of Piraeus.

The driver, who was also injured and hospitalized, was later identified as an off-duty police officer.

The accident occurred while Angelopoulos was working on his upcoming movie “The Other Sea.”

Angelopoulos had won numerous awards for his movies, mostly at European film festivals, during a career that spanned more than 40 years.

In 1995, he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for “Ulysses’ Gaze,” starring American actor Harvey Keitel. Three years later, he won the main prize at the festival, the Palme d’Or, for “Eternity and a Day,” starring Swiss actor Bruno Ganz.

“The atmosphere, symbolism and historical context of his cinematic storytelling went beyond the art form that he worked in and inspired young filmmakers,” Greek President Karolos Papoulias said Wednesday. “(This) occurred at a time when he was extremely creative and the country was in need of his insight, making his absence all the more painful.”

Survived by his wife Phoebe and three daughters, Angelopoulos is to be buried Friday at Athens’ First Cemetery.

Greece’s state Ambulance Service, meanwhile, has ordered an inquiry into reports that paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident 45 minutes after they were called.

Born in Athens in 1935, Angelopoulos lived through the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II and the ensuing 1946-49 Greek civil war — recurring themes in his early films.

He studied law at Athens University, but eventually lost interest and moved to France where he studied film at the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris.

After returning to Greece, he worked as a film critic for a small, left-wing newspaper and started to make films during Greece’s 1967-74 dictatorship.

Described as mild-mannered but uncompromising, Angelopoulos’ often sad and slow-moving films mostly dealt with issues from Greece’s turbulent recent history: war, exile, immigration and political division.

It was not until 1984 with “Voyage to Kythera” that his scripts were written in collaboration with others.

Angelopoulos attracted mostly art-house audiences, using established actors including Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau in two of his most widely acclaimed films, “The Bee Keeper” and “The Suspended Stride of the Stalk.”

His bleak landscapes, slow editing pace and long spells without any dialogue meant his movies did not always please filmgoers or critics.

American film critic Roger Ebert wrote of “Ulysses’ Gaze”: “There is a temptation to give ’Ulysses’ Gaze’ the benefit of the doubt: To praise it for its vision, its daring, its courage, its great length. But I would not be able to look you in the eye if you went to see it, because how could I deny that it is a numbing bore?”

In a rare television interview last year, Angelopoulos said his next film was to be about Greece’s major financial crisis. He publicly called on rival political parties to work together to try and ease the hardships facing many Greeks.

“I remain a leftist in total confusion,” he told state-run NET television.

Several months later, the country’s two main rival political parties agreed to form a coalition government to tackle Greece’s enormous debt problems.

“This is an emergency situation. We must realize this. So we must all examine what can be done — the left and right. This is my plea,” he said in the interview. “I am afraid of what tomorrow will bring.”

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