PACIFIC NORTHWEST ANTIFA NOTES // #33456834

“For internet companies, the call discusses commitment to transparency and enforcement of community standards and reviews of algorithms that push users to extremist content. Signatory governments and companies also make commitments to work together, including supporting academic research, ensuring cooperation with law enforcement, and developing interventions to redirect users away from violent and extremist content.
So what does the White House object to? It’s not entirely clear.
A spokesperson told the Post that it’s about concerns the document runs afoul of free speech principles and the First Amendment.
”We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” the White House told the Post. “Further, we maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech, and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging.”
A White House spokesman did not return Recode’s request for comment on what, specifically, in the call the administration objects to along First Amendment lines.” – <https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/15/18625059/christchurch-call-white-house-jacinda-ardern-shooting>
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Dr. Bernd Wagner // Die Stasi & Neonazis in der DDR – Nazis in der DDR? Eigentlich undenkbar, wenn es nach der Propaganda der SED nach. Sie definierte die DDR als “antifaschistischen Staat” und hob hervor, Nazismus “mit Stumpf und Stiel ausgerottet” zu haben. Doch schon lange haben Rechtsextremismusforscher, wie der Berliner Historiker Harry Waibel nachgewiesen, dass es durch die Geschichte der DDR hindurch rechtsradikale Tendenzen gab. Sie wurden durch Aktionen von Gruppen und Einzeltätern sichtbar, die sich verdeckt oder offen zum Nationalsozialismus bekannten und Nazi-Ideologie verbreiteten, sei es durch Hakenkreuzschmierereien, selbstgefertigte Flugblätter oder Sprechchöre bei Konzerten oder Fußballspielen. Auch begegneten Ausländer in der DDR immer wieder rassistischer Gewalt, ebenso wie Menschen, die aus Nazi-Sicht als “undeutsch” galten. Dazu gehörten Punks ebenso wie Homosexuelle oder Menschen, die als Linke verortet wurden.
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Sascha Ruppert // While the Assad regime has proven itself resilient by organising a political marketplace with its loyal cronies and is zealously proclaiming a Pyrrhic victory to the international community, there is growing discussion in Europe about the possibility of a rehabilitation of the Syrian regime.1. Italy, currently governed by a populist alliance between the Five Star Movement and the far-right Lega Salvini Premier, suggested that it might reopen the Italian embassy in Damascus. Hungary and Poland, also ruled by right-wing populist parties, are eagerly joining in this reflection. The common ground for this rapprochement attempt is clearly linked to the so-called refugee crisis, which is increasingly treated as a prioritised policy issue by populist parties.2. Despite their attempts to represent themselves as products of democratic processes, Hungary as well as Poland’s populist governments remain the main threat to the EU’s liberal orientation.3. Beyond this they become the main obstacle for a formulation of a common policy at the EU level, to deal adequately with this humanitarian crisis.
https://international-review.org/an-authoritarian-marriage-of-convenience/
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Die Gruppe soll sich “L’Oiseau Noir” (deutsch: “Schwarzer Vogel”) genannt haben: Die französische Justiz hat eine rechtsextreme Organisation zerschlagen, die offenbar Anschläge auf Synagogen und Moscheen plante. Es habe fünf Festnahmen gegeben, wurde mitgeteilt. Ziel der Gruppe, die “ideologisch Neonazis nahesteht”, seien “jüdische oder muslimische Kultstätten” gewesen.

Die Festnahmen erfolgten zwischen September und Mai. Die Anschlagspläne seien noch wenig detailliert gewesen, hieß es weiter. Einzelheiten über mögliche Anschlagsziele wurden nicht genannt. Unter den Festgenommenen sollen auch ein Polizist und ein Jugendlicher sein.
https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/frankreich-polizei-nimmt-neonazis-fest-anschlagsplaene-a-1271852.html
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New York activists to call for release of Moldovan prisoner Pavel Grigorchuk, Thu. 6/13
New Yorkers Will Deliver Appeal to New Government to Free Opponents of Oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc

Thursday, June 13, 12:30 pm at Moldovan Mission to UN, 35 E. 29Street

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On Thursday, June 13, New Yorkers who are part of an international appeal to free jailed antifascist activist Pavel Grigorchuk will rally at the Moldovan Mission to the UN, located at 35 E. 29 Street in Manhattan, and deliver a letter to the new government appealing for the release of Grigorchuk and other opponents of wealthy oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

The appeal comes amidst a fierce political struggle in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital. On June 8, the elected Moldovan Parliament established a new governing coalition of the Socialist Party (PSRM), led by President Igor Dodon, and the AKUM bloc, led by new Prime Minister Maya Sandu. Oligarch Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party (PDM) is trying to cling to power, using its control of the country’s Constitutional Court to try to invalidate the Parliamentary elections and appoint a PDM official as “interim president,” and deploying its supporters to occupy government buildings.

Pavel Grigorchuk has been jailed several times by the Plahotniuc regime, including as one of the “Petrenko Group” of political prisoners, whose case is currently being considered by the European Court of Human Rights. Opposition leader Grigory Petrenko, Grigorchuk’s co-defendant in that case, was forced to leave the country, along with other opposition activists, attorneys and human rights defenders.

Grigorchuk has been imprisoned for three months over a minor altercation with a member of Plahotniuc’s party. He has reported on the human rights abuses in Chisinau’s Detention Center PU-13, where several political prisoners and former Plahotniuc confidants are held. Some face serious health issues. Grigorchuk and others have formed a political prisoners’ association and appealed to the new government to unite with them to end the abuses of the old regime.

Along with calling for Grigorchuk’s freedom and an end to prison abuses, the New York rally will call on the U.S. government to recognize the new government of Moldova, not just in word but deed, by ending its longstanding relationship with Plahotniuc.

 

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