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National Socialist Black Metal Musician Arrested in French Terror Probe

National Socialist Black Metal Musician Arrested in French Terror Probe - 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 votes

A Norwegian white power musician who already served time for murder and arson has been arrested in France on "suspicion he was preparing a major terrorist act."

Kristian “Varg” Vikernes and his wife, Marie Cachet, were taken into custody early in the morning of July 16 at their farm near the town of Salon-la Tour in the Corrèze region of central France. The arrest was made by the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence, who say they suspect him of “preparing a massacre.”

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The Trans-Atlantic Traffic in White Nationalism

The Trans-Atlantic Traffic in White Nationalism - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

The following article describes activities by Jared Taylor in France and England earlier this year.  Taylor is not unknown to regular readers of www.IREHR.org.  He is the founder of a scientific racist outfit known as American Renaissance, has been a leading figure in the ranks of the Council of Conservative Citizens and an editor for other white nationalist enterprises.  Leonard Zeskind’s book, Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream, available from IREHR, includes the first and most comprehensive treatment of Taylor—including his friendship with Holocaust denier Mark Weber, his stint as the West Coast editor of PC magazine, and a description of American Renaissance’s first conferences.  The following is taken from an article in Searchlight magazine by Ray Mount.  IREHR congratulates Searchlight for nearly 50 years of monthly anti-fascist and anti-racist publication. Leonard Zeskind added to Ray Mount’s reporting, using material from other sources.

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Spain in Crisis: Austerity and Resistance

Spain in Crisis: Austerity and Resistance - 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 votes

In response to a perceived debt crisis in Spain, the European Union has imposed harsh austerity policies that have thrown the Spanish economy into a tailspin. Unemployment levels are the highest in Europe: 24.4% over-all and 50% for those under age 25. As unemployment grows, consumer demand falls, causing more businesses to fail, leading to further layoffs. Bankruptcies, evictions, and capital flight have reached record levels. Young people with skills are fleeing the country—350,000 in the past four years. And increasingly, senior citizens share their social security and pensions, however meager, with their children and grandchildren. The Spanish people are "paying for dishes they didn't break"—a refrain commonly heard in the streets and printed on protest signs.

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The Vote for Marine Le Pen: An American Anti-Racist View

The Vote for Marine Le Pen: An American Anti-Racist View - 3.6 out of 5 based on 9 votes

It was May 1, 1988 in Paris, and I watched as Jean-Marie Le Pen, a young girl dressed as Joan d'Arc, a line of sash-wearing dignitaries, and 40,000 Front National supporters marched through the streets in a May Day parade. It was the moment that the Front National's racist nationalism broke into the middle of French politics, after years (decades) on the margins. Le Pen won 4.4 million votes, about 14.7% of the total, in the first round of the presidential elections that year. At the time, I was used to monitoring Klan rallies in the American South, which never approximated the size and power of the rally that day. The Front National's fortunes have waxed and waned over the next two-plus decades since. Now, with a stunning six million votes (17.9% of the total) in the in the first round of the French presidential elections, Marine Le Pen has re-established the Front National as a leading voice for racist, anti-immigrant politics in Continental Europe.

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Mapping Norwegian Killer Anders Breivik’s Web Postings

Mapping Norwegian Killer Anders Breivik’s Web Postings - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

The British newspaper The Guardian has done a remarkable service by examining the online trail of bigotry left by Anders Breivik, the white nationalist who murdered 77 innocents in two different killings sprees in Norway last July.

They provide links to Beivik's 1500-page manifesto as well as to those pages that the killer himself linked to. This web page spider web weaves together European far-right groups, American Islamophobic "counter-Jihad" sites, as well as more mainstream sources.

According to Andrew Brown, the journalist for The Guardian who wrote the introduction to the visualization, "Anders Breivik's manifesto reveals a subculture of nationalistic and Islamophobic websites that link the European and American far right in a paranoid alliance against Islam and is also rooted in some democratically elected parties."

You can view the mapping of Anders Breivik's spider web of bigotry here and read the accompanying article here.

 

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Norway Terror Suspect Described As Far-Right Nationalist Islamophobe

Norway Terror Suspect Described As Far-Right Nationalist Islamophobe - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Shortly before midnight on Friday, July 22, police arrested a 32-year-old Norwegian man who allegedly went on a murderous shooting spree at a Labor Party youth camp on the island of Utoya and may also be responsible for the horrific bombing in Oslo earlier in the day.

The man arrested for the attack has been identified as Anders Behring Breivik. Norwegian TV2 reports that Breivik belongs to "right-wing circles" in Oslo. Sources in Norway tell IREHR that Breivik has been known to write posts in right-wing internet forums in Norway, where he has described himself as a “nationalist” and has also written numerous screeds critical of Muslims.

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In the UK elections, what can American anti-racists learn?

The Labor Party lost votes and seats in the parliament. The Tories may yet cobble together a majority coalition and once again install a Thatcherite prime minister. Yet, in the London borough of Barking, the vote for the Labour incumbent increased, and Nick Griffin, the chairman of the white-ist British National Party (BNP), suffered an ignominious defeat. The BNP's loss was all the worst for them because they had held seats on the local council and bragged that they would become the majority ruling party in the borough--a proposition that would have catapulted white nationalism into the center of English politics. Instead, the BNP lost every seat they had held on both the Barking borough council as well as every seat in nearby Dagenham. And they lost several council seats they had in other boroughs as well.

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BNP uses public money to fund party officers

 

Nick Lowles and Sonia Gable report in the November 2009 issue of Searchlight that the British National Party is using money it receives from Europe to support its two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to bankroll the leadership of its organisation. Of the 14 people employed by the two MEPs, only five actually live in the two regions they represent and most fulfil national posts for the party. In the latest abuse of the parliamentary expenses system, the British and European people are funding the BNP. Read the full article here.

 

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