• Anti Fascism,  antisemitism,  History

    When 20,000 pro-Nazis rallied in New York

    On February 20, 1939, more than 20,000 people gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York for a rally sponsored by the pro-Nazi German-American Bund. Watch this remarkable footage from the rally: At that time Hitler had been in power for more than six years and Kristallnacht— the opening salvo in the Holocaust– had happened the previous November. The ostensible reason for the rally was to mark George Washington’s birthday. Note the disturbing blend of Nazi ideas and symbols with those of American patriotism. A New York Times report the day after the rally provides some context for the video.

  • Anti Fascism

    Azad Ali of MEND and Haitham al-Haddad – Democracy and Hellfire

    Azad Ali of the Islamist political group MEND and the Salafi hate preacher Haitham al-Haddad want you to vote. The “community” can win here, Haddad said in the webinar held on May 14 with support from MEND. And what a prize it could secure. Maybe up to 30 “good Muslim” MPs who are ours, ours alone, and do not serve “other communities”: We should not be shy that, yes, we want our representatives. What’s the point of democracy if you say that, well, no, see, I don’t want to put my people. No! What’s the point? I want to put my people. This is the whole point of democracy. So…

  • Anti Fascism,  Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn and Khomeinist Iran

    Is Jeremy Corbyn telling the truth about his work for Press TV, the propaganda arm of the Iranian regime? Business Insider, among others, has challenged him to substantiate this claim: “I presented other programmes in which I was able to raise a number of human rights issues, not just in Iran but other countries as well – and the money I was paid, which wasn’t an enormous amount actually, went on my constituency office.” On whether he accepts criticism for appearing on Press TV, he added: “Obviously, they are free to make the criticism they wish.” “I used the opportunities to address the issues of the Western relationship with the…

  • "Ikhwanophobia",  'Islamic State',  Anti Fascism,  Islamism,  Your View

    WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE ?

    This is a cross post by Amir Pars at Quilliam The original can be viewed here The bird of life is singing on the bough His two eternal notes of “I and thou” O hearken well, for soon the song sings through And would we hear it, we must hear it now Ask me who I regard the greatest Muslim personality of history, and I will struggle to pick one from the abundance of riches. Is it the great Abu Nasr Al-Farabi, known as Alpharabius, who was perhaps the most eminent of philosophers and scientists in the height of the Islamic golden age? A man with insatiable curiosity in science, poetry…

  • Anti Fascism

    Fascists sing anti-fascist song

    The PFLP claimed responsibility for a massacre of four rabbis in a synagogue last week, and called the murders “heroic.” The PFLP handed out sweets to celebrate the murders: Here is a video of the PFLP singing the anti-fascist song Bella Ciao, which was originally sung by the Italian partisans of the Second World War, who were fighting Nazis. Welcome to the 21st century.

  • Anti Fascism,  Anti Muslim Bigotry,  EDL

    Exiting the Echo Chamber: Ivan Humble and Manwar Ali on Radio Suffolk

    ‘This country will be an Islamic state within 30 years’ says Barry from Felixstowe Manwar Ali, a Suffolk Imam who runs the charity JIMAS, was a mujahedeen fighter in the 80s and 90s but is now trying to stop Muslims going to Syria or Iraq. Ivan Humble used to be the Eastern regional organizer for the EDL, but left it earlier this year to focus on improving relations between communities. Even while still an EDL activist he’d had the unusual distinction of being praised by EDL News (an anti-EDL site) for trying to promote dialogue with Muslims following the murder of Lee Rigby. Yesterday both men were the guests of…

  • Anti Fascism

    Gateway to terror: a new report from Hope not Hate

    Today Hope not Hate is launching a new report exposing the terrorist connections of al-Muhajiroun, the group led by Anjem Choudary. Gateway to Terror reveals that at least 70 people who have been convicted of terrorism or terror-related offences, or who have actually participated in suicide attacks, have been linked to the group. We reveal that the man who narrated a recent 58-minute al-Shabaab video, threatening a number of moderate British Muslims, is from Tower Hamlets and has also been linked to the group (al-Shabaab is the militant Islamist group fighting for control of Somalia). We expose the growing connections between Choudary and the northern Iraqi Ansar al-Islam group, an affiliate…

  • Anti Fascism,  Anti Muslim Bigotry,  EDL,  Racism

    Waiting for the Fascists

    What a lot there has been about the turning of Tommy Robinson, once leader of the EDL. I don’t want to make light of the fear the EDL inspired in Asian shopkeepers who were victims of their haphazard campaign against Islamic extremism, but I always thought they were a feeble lot compared to the real horrible Eurofascists like Jobbik in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece.  Not even Fascists in fact, a bunch of thuggish nationalists with a football hooligan element. It is to the credit of the UK that (a) it has a history of being very poor at producing full blown Fascist movements and (b) that the stated…

  • Anti Fascism

    Power to the EDL!

    I mean the English Disco Lovers, of course. As their new website explains: The English Disco Lovers (EDL) are a pro-disco, anti-racism group. We aim to spoof the slogans and emblems of The English Defence League, showing them for what they really are – racist, outdated and not the type you’d invite to your disco! Unus Mundas, Una Gens, Unus Disco (One World, One Race, One Disco)! In solidarity, I’ll post my two favorite disco songs: “Turn the Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson: And “Disco Inferno” by the Trammps: Feel free to blast them from your window if the other EDL ever marches down your street. (Hat tip: BabbaZee)

  • Anti Fascism,  Hungary,  India,  Roma

    Roma in Hungary: time to pay attention

    “A significant portion of the Gypsies are unfit for coexistence. Not fit to live among human beings. These people are animals and behave like animals. … From his animal skull only inarticulate sounds come out and the only thing he understands is brute force… This must be solved, immediately and in any way.” Zsolt Bayer, Hungarian journalist and founder member of the ruling Fidesz party, Magyar Hirlap newspaper, Jan 5. Crude racism of this kind sadly isn’t unusual in Hungarian society. Openly talking about using force or ‘solving’ the issue “in any way” in a national newspaper is however still a significant step. It is particularly concerning when the journalist…