Internet spreading anti-Semitism
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In his annual report on an anti-Semitism in Australia, Jeremy Jones has reported 517 incidents of “anti-Jewish violence, vandalism, harassment and intimidation in the last year…38% higher than the 21 year average of the database’s history and 31% higher than the previous 12 months.
On the subject of targeting the Internet as a tool to disseminate hatred against Jews, Jones writes: “As more of the communication media moves to on-line platforms, there is more space available for individuals without qualifications to promote views and opinions. Particularly when the site hosting comments is moderated, there is a prospect that antisocial, prejudice-promoting comments are accorded a modicum of respectability as constituting part of public discourse. There is little indication that the number of anti-Semites is increasing, but no question that the reach of their voices is now magnified.”
'Only Way Is Essex' James Argent apologises for 'racist' gaffe
Published Monday, Nov 28 2011, 10:08 GMT | By Daniel Sperling | 5 comments
The Only Way Is Essex star James 'Arg' Argent has apologised for describing a mixed-race comedian as having a "spray tan" look on a BBC radio show.
Argent made the gaffe during an interview with actor Al Pillay on The Late Show with Joanne Good last week.
Cabaret performer Pillay, 52, has an Irish-Jamaican mother and his father is of South African, Indian and Spanish descent.
"Have you ever been to Essex before?" Argent asked while co-hosting the BBC London programme. "I think you'd fit right in. You've got this whole spray tan thing going on. You're browner than me."
Even after Pillay informed Argent that he was "born brown", the reality star continued: "The girls would love you with that tan."
Pillay later urged his Twitter followers to listen again to the show and help him clear up Argent's motive for the remarks.
PART II: 142 Dead, and Rising
Critics demand action, not talk, about disproportionate number of blacks shot by police
BY ALAN MAIMON
© 2011, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted: Nov. 28, 2011 | 12:00 a.m.
How a far-right party came to dominate Swiss politics
Published: 07 Oct 2011 17:45 GMT+1
Updated: 10 Oct 2011 14:45 GMT+1
It has become the biggest party in Swiss politics and one of the most talked-about far-right parties in Europe. Meritxell Mir looks at how the SVP became so successful.
With a strident anti-immigration stance and provocative campaigns, the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has become one of the most successful right-wing populist parties in Europe. It now looks set to repeat its success in October’s federal elections.
For decades, the SVP seemed to be little more than a curiosity in Swiss politics, winning about one in every ten votes in elections. However, since the early 1990s its popularity has rocketed, its share of the vote doubling in 12 years. In the 1995 federal elections, the far-right party got 14.9 percent of the votes. By 2007, its support had risen to 28.9 percent.
“It has become the strongest and most stable extreme-right party in Europe,” says Georg Lutz, director of Swiss Electoral Studies at the Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences in Lausanne.
Today, it’s as strong as ever. The latest poll, published on September 9th and conducted by pollster gsf.berne, showed the SVP way ahead of its opponents, with the support of 28 percent of respondents. The Socialist Party ranked second with 20.5 percent of the vote share, followed by the Free Democratic Party (15.6 percent), the Christian Democratic Party (14.5) and the Greens (9.5).
Armed neo-Nazi scene embraces violence
Published: 28 Nov 11 10:57 CET
The rise of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) has focused attention on Germany's neo-Nazi scene, which experts say includes violent militant cells with professional weapons training. Ben Knight reports.
The worst ever terrorist attack on German soil was carried out by a neo-Nazi at the 1980 Oktoberfest in Munich. That was when 21-year-old Gundolf Köhler detonated a pipe bomb in toilets near the main entrance to Germany’s biggest festival, killing 13 people, including himself, and injuring over 200 others.
In light of this, it seems hard to believe that authorities could have underestimated the threat of far-right terrorism in Germany. But instead of rooting out extremist right-wing networks, intelligence agencies stepped up their efforts against Islamist terrorists over the past decade.
However, for the people whose work brings them close to far-right circles – in many cases helping reformed neo-Nazis to escape the scene, the latest revelations about the terrorist cell known as the National Socialist Underground (NSU) did not come as a shock.
“We weren’t surprised at all,” explained Reinhard Koch, director of ARUG, an initiative based in the western city of Wolfsburg that provides counselling for young people exposed to right-wing extremism. “There have long been signs that at some point such groups would form, and not only for us - it should have been clear to the authorities too.”
On top of that, “It can’t be ruled that there are other such groups,” Koch told The Local. “Weapons caches were constantly being found in this scene or that scene – it happened so often that people stopped even wondering what these weapons were for.”
As far as Koch is concerned, the distance between the ‘ordinary’ neo-Nazi scene and the ‘hardcore’ element prepared to commit murder is very small. “You shouldn’t imagine that there are these nationalist gangs like the Kameradschaften, and then there’s a huge gap and then there’s a terrorist scene,” he said. “It all blends seamlessly together.”
NOVEMBER 28, 2011 · 8:09 AM
Oregon Memorial To Honor Butchered Chinese Miners
It may be too late to seek justice for the 19th century massacre of nearly three dozen Chinese gold miners by white frontiersmen, but one group of friends says it’s never too late to honor their memory.
The friends, who call themselves the Chinese Massacre Memorial Committee, plan to bring a monument to the Snake River cove where the gold miners were robbed and killed on May 25, 1887.
The killers were believed to be a gang of Oregon horse thieves, ranch hands and a 15-year-old schoolboy. They could have robbed the unarmed miners without killing them, said R. Gregory Nokes of West Linn, author of a book about the massacre .
“It was really a savage act of racial hatred,” Nokes told The Oregonian.
The memorial committee plans to have a helicopter deliver the 4-foot-by-5-foot granite monument to the cove for a ceremony commemorating the killings .
The monument will be engraved in English, Chinese and Nez Perce with the words: “Chinese Massacre Cove. Site of the 1887 massacre of as many as 34 Chinese gold miners. No one was held accountable.”
[Source 1: Register Guard]
NOVEMBER 28, 2011 · 8:10 AM
‘U.S. Will Never Be Race Blind’, Says Condoleezza Rice
“It is a birth defect with which this country was born out of slavery; we’re never really going to be race blind,” she said.
NOVEMBER 28, 2011 · 9:29 AM
White Communities In UK Are ‘Forgotten’, New Study Says
People from white working class areas feel they are a “forgotten” community according to a new report.
The report found white people living in those communities felt unfairly treated and “last in line”.
Community cohesion: the views of white working-class communities was published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
November 27, 2011 8:01 PM
Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars
'World fears US as a war-hungry drunk' - ex-Senator
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The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate Mike Gravel say
Court finds Bush and Blair guilty of war crimes
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Published: 23 November, 2011,
Those who lobbied to have George W. Bush and Tony Blair tried for their role in the Iraq War have finally got their wish. Though the verdict of the court carries no legal weight, its supporters believe its symbolic value is beyond doubt.
The court in Malaysia where the trial took place may not have the power to convict, but the verdict against the former British and American leaders was unanimous.
“War criminals have to be dealt with – convict Bush and Blair as charged. A guilty verdict will serve as a notice to the world that war criminals may run but can never ultimately hide from truth and justice,” the statement from the Perdana Global Peace Foundation read.
The foundation was set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, who was always a staunch opponent of the war against the regime of Saddam Hussain in 2003. He previously branded Blair and Bush “child-killers”.
Hungry Americans Occupy Turkey Giveaway
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Published: 26 November, 2011
Canadian shopper says he was accused of smuggling drugs, “abused” by U.S. customs for being black
DETAINED FOR HOURS: Canadian was heading to Watertown to shop
By JAEGUN LEE
TIMES STAFF WRITER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Racism in Germany
A Story of Death Threats and Casual Insults
By Anna Reimann
Racism in Germany: "I feel the presence of an unpredictable threat."
Germany was shocked to learn the extent of the crimes committed by a recently uncovered right-wing extremist group. But racism is hardly an anomaly in Germany. One family's experience shows just how widespread prejudice and hate really is.
Four weeks. Even the timing itself seemed calculated for maximum intimidation.
Four weeks are long enough to begin forgetting, to regain a certain amount of calm. To begin thinking that maybe it was just a bad joke. But four weeks is too short to completely overcome the fear.
Four weeks was the amount of time that passed between the two death threats the Krause family (eds. note: not their real name) found in their mailbox. The first letter came in August 2011. The sender had cut letters out of a newspaper to form a message warning that Mr. Krause and his family would be killed if they didn't leave Germany.
Why? Because Mrs. Krause and the couple's two children have dark skin. Because Mrs. Krause comes from East Africa.
The second letter came in September, and the sender spent far less time on it. He simply drew four crosses on a sheet of white paper -- one for each member of the family. For the son, for the daughter, for Mr. Krause and for Mrs. Krause.
Mr. Krause, a middle-aged professor, had long promised himself not to take occasional incidents of hostility too seriously. He wanted to avoid overreacting, to prevent those who would sow fear from feeling the satisfaction of success.
The second threat letter, however, made stoicism impossible. And since news broke of the neo-Nazi group that apparently killed nine immigrants over the course of several years, his composure has completely evaporated. The perpetrators of the killing spree purposefully chose victims who did not originally come from Germany.
"I am afraid," says Krause. "I feel the presence of an unpredictable threat."
Concerned about Consequences
Krause is not the kind of person who would normally shy away from openly speaking out. He embraces his civic responsibility. "I won't accept insults," he says. But now, Krause is extremely wary of seeing his name in print -- and doesn't even want it known where he is from. He is afraid for the lives of his wife and children, and for his own.
German authorities asked him to keep his story as quiet as possible and to only share it with his closest friends. They were concerned, they said, about the consequences should news of the threats become widespread. The letters are now in the hands of law-enforcement officials.
They have, however, refused to actively pursue the case, says Krause. No guards or police have been posted in front of his house. Krause claims the authorities made it clear to him that he simply wasn't prominent enough for such measures. Instead, he is to follow a few simple rules: Only go to places that are well-lighted and where there is plenty of human activity. And to always monitor his rear-view mirror when driving. They also assured him that threats such as the ones he received aren't particularly rare and that it was probably just some crank.
Arab students demand apology after being hauled from flight on Thanksgiving following 'security alert'
Passengers travelling from Charlotte to Washington delayed four hours
U.S. Airlines said it was 'out of an abundance of caution'
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Last updated at 3:44 PM on 26th November 2011
November 25, 2011
Elimination of Violence Against Minority Women
NOVEMBER 26, 2011 · 10:13 AM
Immigrants In Ireland Are ‘Under Siege’, Say Black Community Leaders
Leaders of the black community in Ireland have said that immigrants here are “under seige” – and that there is evidence of “widespread” attacks against them.
Community leaders described a “regime” of “verbal, physical and psychological attacks on immigrants and Black Africans in particular”.
A recent Gallup survey found that 73 per cent of black Africans in Ireland believed that discrimination based on ethnicity or immigration was widespread in Ireland.
[Source: The Journal Ireland]
Too-white TV must tune in to the real Team Australia
November 26, 2011
MORE than 2 million Australians were born in Asia and our Indian-born population has more than trebled in a decade, but mainstream television, other than SBS, rarely reflects this fact.
Newsreaders and current affairs show hosts are almost exclusively white. And while The Slap was hailed for mirroring contemporary life, the average family drama is still palely Eurocentric. Is this an innocent case of the blonde leading the bland or a subtle form of racism?
NOVEMBER 26, 2011 · 10:13 AM
White Man Sues Houston Police Alleging Racial Profiling In Black Neighborhood
A northeast Houston man has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming he is the victim of racial profiling because he is white.
Kelly D. Allen was handcuffed and searched after being stopped near his home off Jensen in 2009, and he claims in a lawsuit filed this week that he was only stopped because he was driving through a black neighborhood.
In his lawsuit, which he filed without an attorney, he claims HPD officers stopped him because a drug informant had claimed a white man had purchased marijuana.
NOVEMBER 26, 2011 · 10:14 AM
Australian Police Face Racial Abuse Claims
Two African teenagers claim they were racially abused by eight police who unlawfully detained and assaulted them in a raid in search of two allegedly stolen packets of corn chips, according to court documents.
The boys claim police used capsicum spray while yelling that they were “black c—s”.
Lawyer Tamar Hopkins, the principal of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, said she had seen similar cases.
“The pattern of excessive force and racial targeting claims made by members of the African community to community legal centres against members of Victoria Police is extremely concerning,” she said.
The family allege that the chip raid took place on April 28, 2009, when Zacharia, then 17, and Kot Gatlwak, then 16, were in a bungalow with several other minors and police raided it demanding “where did these chips come from?”.
They claim that Zacharia was sprayed in the face at close range without warning, then the whole bungalow was sprayed.
When his mother wanted to leave the main house to investigate an officer allegedly threatened to spray her, and then sprayed Zacharia’s brother Abraham.
A three-month-old baby inside the house vomited all night.
The court documents claim that Zacharia was hit with a baton, dragged, punched and handcuffed before being released.
NOVEMBER 26, 2011 · 10:16 AM
‘Black Peter’ Gets The Boot From Canadian ‘Sinterklaas Parade’
Organizers of New Westminster’s Dutch Sinterklaas celebrations will pull “Black Peter” from their traditional parade next weekend after com-plaints that the black-faced helper carries racist undertones.
Members of the African-Canadian community had complained that Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, a young person in blackface makeup, is offensive and outdated and should not be included in the Dec. 3 event.
This will be the first time since 1985 that Black Peter will not accompany Sinterklaas as he heads to New Westminster Quay aboard a paddle wheeler boat.
“We will not have Black Peter,” organizer Tako Slump said Friday.”We did all our research and came up with the understanding that they do have a point. We can assure the African-Canadian community that there will not be any offensive black faces.”
Bernard Piprah, an organizer of the annual Black History Month symposium at Douglas College, had argued the Black Peter character comes loaded with offensive, racist stereotypes.
According to the Dutch tradition, Black Peter is responsible for carrying a book full of the names of naughty children, along with a rod and a sack to take the bad children away. He also scatters candy for children.
“[The character] is degrading, and it’s racist, and it’s incredibly outdated,” Piprah said. “You can’t erase that. You can go to your local library and read that this Black Peter was a slave. He beat children. He was dumb, and he spoke buffoonish Dutch. There are just so many insulting aspects to that character, and I can’t believe they’re celebrating it in New Westminster.”
[Source: Times Colonist]
Race variation in jail sentences, study suggests
• Minorities more likely to be jailed for certain crimes
• Differences remain the subject of contention
James Ball, Owen Bowcott and Simon Rogers
The Guardian, Saturday 26 November 2011
The study of jail sentences was based on an analysis of more than one million court records. Photograph: Alamy
Offenders from ethnic minorities are more likely than their white counterparts to be sentenced to prison for certain categories of crimes, according to an analysis of more than one million court records.
The study, carried out by the Guardian, found black offenders were 44% more likely than white offenders to be sentenced to prison for driving offences, 38% more likely to be imprisoned for public disorder or possession of a weapon and 27% more likely for drugs possession.
Asian offenders were 41% more likely to be sent to prison for drugs offences than their white counterparts and 19% more likely to go to jail for shoplifting.
Iceland rejects Chinese tycoon’s land proposal
By Anna Andersen | ASSOCIATED PRESS NOVEMBER 26, 2011
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - A Chinese entrepreneur’s bid to create a vast nature retreat in Iceland was turned down by the north Atlantic island nation’s government yesterday, amid concern the deal would have handed a major chunk of territory to a foreign investor.
Iceland’s interior ministry said it had rejected an application by the Zyongkun Group, a company controlled by Huang Nubo, a 55-year-old former Chinese government official, in part because no foreign buyer had ever bought so much land in the country.
Iceland says no to Chinese tycoon's land purchase: ministry
(AFP) – 1 day ago
REYKJAVIK — Iceland on Friday denied a request by a Chinese property tycoon to purchase a large swathe of land in the northern part of the island for a tourist resort, Interior Minister Oegmundur Jonasson said
Huang's representative in Iceland, Halldor Johansson, expressed "disappointment" and said he was "astonished" by the decision, according to news website visir.is.
He said Icelandic legislation did not specify any restrictions on the size of land that could be bought.
Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir also said she regretted the decision.
"The decision is a disappointment," she told visir.is, adding that the ruling had been based on "a very narrow interpretation of the law."
She stressed however that it was in Jonasson's power to make the decision, and that he had not sought out the government's opinion.
Friday's decision is final and cannot be appealed, Jonasson said.
Jonasson added that in his personal opinion, "I think we should put a halt to foreign ownership of Icelandic land", a reference to the uproar brought on last year when Canadian company Magma bought an Icelandic electricity producer, HS Orka.
Icelandic observers had suggested that Huang's purchase could help Beijing get a foothold in the Arctic region, as the melting ice cap means lucrative oil and gas deposits under the seabed could soon become accessible and shorter shipping routes open up.
Nurse fired for treating Muslims
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Published: 25 November, 2011
former medic in Dearborn, Michigan is going after his old employers with a sex discrimination suit. According to John Benitez Jr, he lost his job with the city’s Department of Health because he provided medical care to Muslim patients.
Benitez, 63, has spent half his life as a registered nurse. In September 2010, he joined the ranks of Dearborn’s Health Department to assist patients in one of the largest Muslim communities in America. Even with a booming population of immigrants practicing Islam, the nurse says that his supervisor told him that they were off limits.
Benitez says that his former employer lectured him against providing care to female Muslim patients that sought help, and instead asked him to send them to her, a Muslim, for treatment. According to the suit recently filed, the Muslim supervisor told Benitez that “conservative” Muslims, specifically women garbed in hijab head scarves, would not want to be touched by a male nurse. Benitez followed the instruction until November 17, when according to the legal filing, a doctor questioned him "about the cumbersome and unusual practice of taking women wearing a head scarf to the nursing supervisor for care.” As a trained, licensed medical professional — and employee of the city — Benitez should have been providing care to anyone in need. After the doctor confronted him about it in November and said the supervisor’s instructions were “improper,” Benitez went back to treating everyone that came in.
Only two weeks later, Benitez was fired.
Hungry Americans Occupy Turkey Giveaway
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Published: 26 November,
On Police Brutality, Living While Of Color, & Why Brutality At OWS isn’t Shocking
Posted by: karnythia
November 23rd, 2011
I’ve seen a lot of posts talking about OWS, police brutality, race, gender, & intersectionality. Many of those posts include links to the famous stories of police brutality. And those stories are important & should be told. But, by only talking about those stories I worry that we’re giving the impression that police brutality is relatively rare in communities of color. I’ve posted in the past about the cop who called me a nigger when I was 12 & the time my (then) 13 year old husband was beaten up by a cop. But, those weren’t our only run ins with abusive police officers. Experience has taught me to worry about the cops. I think of them as a risk to navigate more than I think of them as people who are here to protect me or my family. My husband & I have already had the talks with our oldest son about how to act when he’s stopped by the cops. Notice I said when he’s stopped.
That’s because I have been stopped while doing everything from taking a walk to grocery shopping to helping someone move. My father in law runs a Medicar service that primarily caters to the elderly who need help getting from their homes to doctor’s appointments. My husband used to ride along to help him out, since it’s a family business. One day they were stopped by the police because some cop decided a white van leaving a hospital on the West Side of Chicago fit the description of a tan truck that had been involved in a robbery in the Loop. They forced them out of the vehicle at gunpoint while a bunch of elderly people watched & worried. When it became clear that they didn’t fit the description? The cops told them they were free to go and left. That’s it. No apology, no consideration for all the people in the vehicle, but then everyone involved was a POC.
Train passenger Tasered 'NINE times for carrying 99p toy gun' by police - and SURVIVED
By JAMES WHITE
Met police Tasered man carrying toy gun on train
Scotland Yard says stun gun used on Justice Livingstone following reports of a man waving a weapon
Sandra Laville, crime correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24
"So then they jumped at me and used the Taser four times at my chest. That did not have any effect, I felt no current. They then held me down, grabbed on to my head and pinned me down and shot me in the back of the head with the Taser three times and I felt the current.
"They tied my legs and took me off the train to the platform."
Scotland Yard denied any other firearm had been used.
Livingstone said he was taken to a police station in Victoria where he claims officers made fun of what he was wearing – a long trench coat and black hat. He was stripped naked, he said, and refused access to a lawyer.
He was eventually sent to Bethlem Royal hospital in Beckenham where he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. But on Wednesday, after he made an appeal to the mental health tribunal, he was released and is now at his home in south London.
NOVEMBER 24, 2011 · 7:57 AM
Klan Symbols Target Mayor, Aldermen In South Arkansas Town
Hate Crimes Targeting Blacks in Huttig, AR
"The town of Huttig has been racially divided ever since January when their black mayor Tony Cole fired their white Police Chief, Byron Sartor. Since then, the police chief has been re-hired, but as of last month was fired again sparking hate crimes throughout the town."
"As mayor, it doesn't look good to see my citizens act this way." "Some folks don't know how to grow up."
He's referring to people who are posting signs like this that read "welcome the KKK." And the mayor has even received letters like this one that starts with to Tony the ape. Above all, Cole says he's mostly worried for his family.
"That's a big concern of mine is that our families are well and well protected."
"I'm standing in front of a sign that as you can see behind me has been spray painted. That's because the sign used to say the KKK is here-one of many hateful acts taking place in the town of Huttig."
Other signs include one like this that targets Cole and another black city council member. The sign was posted in a nearby alligator pond hinting where Cole should be.
NOVEMBER 24, 2011 · 7:57 AM
British Deputy Prime Minister Targets Racial ‘Ceiling’ In Banks And Sport
Nick Clegg says banks and football clubs must do more to end the “racial ceiling” and offer equal opportunities to the UK’s ethnic minorities.
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Nuclear power 'gets little public support worldwide'
By Richard Black
British women are the fattest in Europe as a QUARTER are classed as obese
Obesity levels far worse than Germany, Italy and France
More than one in five British men classed as obese
By CLAIRE BATES
Last updated at 3:01 PM on 25th November 2011
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