Antifascist News Notes // July (Updated)

Arthur Jones, who is running uncontested in the Republican primary for a US congressional seat in Illinois, doubled down on denying the Holocaust occurred calling it an extortion racket during an interview with CNN’s Alysin Camerota.

Mark Hosenball // Trump’s ambassador lobbied Britain on behalf of jailed right-wing activist Tommy Robinson | Reuters – Brownback raised the case of the activist known as Tommy Robinson in a June meeting with Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s Ambassador to the United States, according to a British official and two sources close to the organizers of a pro-Robinson demonstration planned for London on Saturday.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, though he also uses other aliases, is a founder of the English Defense League, which has organized violent demonstrations against Islamic immigrants in the UK in the past decade. More recently, Robinson has branded himself a journalist and campaigner against Islamic extremism, a move that won him contacts with American anti-Muslim activists.

Robinson was arrested in late May outside a courthouse in Leeds, England, while making video recordings about a trial related to child molestation and jailed for 13 months for violating English law limiting publicity during criminal trials.

Brownback raised the jailing of Robinson during a meeting with Darroch that covered a range of “religious freedom issues”, the British official confirmed earlier this week.

Brownback told Darroch that if Britain did not treat Robinson more sympathetically, the Trump administration might be compelled to criticize Britain’s handling of the case, according to the two sources in contact with organizers of the planned pro-Robinson demonstration.

Diamond and Silk: Maxine Waters a “Domestic Terrorist” | Video | RealClearPolitics //
WATTERS: Maxine is in a bit of a beef with some of the top Democrats. Chuck Schumer told her to pipe down with all the crazy talk about rushing people at restaurants, and now a bunch of black Democrats are saying, “Hey, leave Maxine alone, Crying Chuck,” it’s just a little civil war over there on the Democratic side. What do you guys think?

DIAMOND: Oh, yes, it is and the President is right. Maxine Waters’ IQ is very low. Anytime a Congresswoman go around and she – we look at her as a domestic terrorist. She is telling Americans to attack other Americans. It’s a problem.

But you know what? Maxine Waters and her rhetoric is like the gift that keeps on giving to the Republican Party, so we want her to keep talking.

SILK, VIDEO BLOGGER: That’s right.

DIAMOND: Because she represents the party of divisiveness.

WATTERS: That is true. She does help Republicans a lot. I wouldn’t go so far as to call her a domestic terrorist. That might be a little over the line

‘Unmasking Antifa Act’ includes 15-year prison term proposal | TheHill – The “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” legislation introduced in the House, carries a potential 15-year prison sentence for those caught engaging in behaviors typically associated with the “antifa” movement of anti-fascist activists. Under the act, anyone “wearing a mask” or in disguise who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person … in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege” would be subject to a fine or up to 15 years in prison. // Indonesia: Solidarity Update on the Anarchist Prisoners in Yogyakarta // The May 1st protests that took place at the UIN Yogyakarta area, against the New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) and the monarchy-feudalism related to Sultan Ground/Pakualaman Ground. Resulted in 11 comrades being detained at the Yogyakarta Regional Police Station (Polda Yogyakarta) suspected of destruction and arson of State facilities (a Police Station).

The comrades were supposed to be transferred to Cebongan Prison at the end of June, but due to further investigation, on June 29 only 4 comrades were transferred to Cebongan Prison and another 2 comrades were transferred one week later. And 5 comrades are still detained at Yogyakarta Regional Police Station, including Brian Valentino (Ucil). We have received information that the 5 comrades will be transferred to Cebongan Prison at the end of July.

For now the prisoners of war class that are still being held at Yogyakarta Regional Police Station are in good health and full of spirits as usual. As for the condition of the class war prisoners who were transferred to Cebongan Prison, we don’t know any information about them so far, however we will give the any updates as soon as we know the information about them. We hope that our comrades around the world will continue to show solidarity with the Yogyakarta anarchist prisoners (such as writing letters) to keep the fire inside their souls burning and so that they do not feel isolated or alienated behind the prison bars and walls.

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By Ashley Gorski, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project // The Trump Administration Is Hiding a Crucial Report on NSA Spying Practices | American Civil Liberties Union // The report is from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which was created by Congress to be an independent, bipartisan agency. Its mission is to help ensure that national security laws and programs don’t infringe on individual rights. As part of that mission, the board has issued several significant oversight reports addressing government surveillance. While we have not always agreed with the conclusions of these reports, they have played a vital role in the democratic process by educating the public about the powerful spying tools at the government’s disposal. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency’s illegal mass surveillance programs, the board’s work informed the public debate by prompting the declassification of additional details about these secret programs. Recognizing the board’s importance as a mechanism for transparency, Congress required that it make its reports public to the greatest extent possible. But now the Trump administration is wrongly trying to keep its findings secret.

Aaron Rupar // Mueller indictment shows Russian hackers launched attacks on Hillary on same day Trump asked them to – ThinkProgress – After Trump won the election, administration officials tried to downplay his public encouragement of Russian hackers as a joke. But the latest indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller indicates Russia was indeed listening, and took Trump seriously.

According to the indictment, on the same day Trump made those comments, Russian hackers “attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provided and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.”

Kevin EG Perry // The Baby-Faced Terrorist Who Planned to Murder a British MP – VICE – He became a member of the EDL at the age of 15, although apparently quickly became disillusioned with them because they weren’t antisemitic or homophobic enough for him. After meeting Nick Griffin at a Charlene Downes memorial, he joined the BNP – against the wishes of his parents. Once he’d finished school in Blackpool, Renshaw headed to Manchester Metropolitan University to study Economics and Politics. It was during his first year as a student that he began building his reputation as a BNP Youth spokesperson, and he applied to start a BNP society as part of the Student Union. His application was rejected. “They don’t allow fascist organisations apparently,” he said later. “They won’t let us, but we’re going to try and do it anyway. Whether they like or not.”

Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison – UNICORN RIOT – Judge Hovland had forbidden Fallis’ defense team from mentioning treaty rights or other issues related to her arrest at anti-pipeline protests near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation border. The case against Red Fawn had centered around allegations she fired a gun during her arrest on October 27, 2016, when a massive police and military raid seized indigenous treaty lands on behalf of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The gun allegedly fired by Fallis was later revealed to have belonged to Heath Harmon, an undercover FBI informant who was romantically involved with Red Fawn at the time of her arrest.

Margaret Wright // For anti-abortion fundamentalists, these unfounded conspiracy theories aren’t fake news | The NM Political Report – Epperson fixates on communist and socialist ideologies, portraying them as modern-day work of the 18th-century Bavarian Illuminati interwoven with Freemasons and international (dogwhistle: Jewish-controlled) banking cartels. Epperson contends these hidden forces directed major U.S. historical events, from the colonial revolution against British rule to the Cuban missile crisis and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. To Epperson, most politicians and every left-leaning activist aren’t to be trusted; they might all be compromised. The Catholic Church, too, has been infiltrated by this secretive power grab, along with public schools, the scientific theory of evolution and popular culture.

The book shares a lot with the white supremacist-enabling “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and Pat Robertson’s anti-Semitic “New World Order,” along with other paragons of paranoia like “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” (credited by InfoWars as “the book that crystallized the awakening of Alex Jones”). And they’re all updated versions of narratives that originated with pro-monarchy, pro-authoritarian reactions to the Age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution.

If Israel is Jewish, it cannot be democratic, because of the lack of equality; if it’s democratic, it cannot be Jewish, because a democracy does not bestow privilege based on ethnicity. But now the nation-state law makes it plain. Israel is for Jews only, on the books. It’s easier this way for everyone.

by Gideon Levy, Ha’aretz

// / Opinion: A Law That Tells the Truth About Israel

The Knesset is about to legislate one of its most important laws ever, and the one most in keeping with reality. The nation-state law will put an end to Israel’s vague nationalism and present Zionism as it is. The law will also put an end to the farce about Israel being “Jewish and democratic,” a combination that never existed and could never exist because of the inherent contradiction between the two values that cannot be reconciled, except by deception.

If the state is Jewish, it cannot be democratic, because of the lack of equality; if it’s democratic, it cannot be Jewish, because a democracy does not bestow privilege based on ethnicity. So now the Knesset has decided: Israel is Jewish. Israel is declaring that it is the nation-state of the Jewish people, not a state of its citizens, not a state of the two peoples that live within it, and has therefore ceased to be an egalitarian democracy, not just in practice but also in theory. That’s why this law is so important. It is a truthful law.


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