• Anti Muslim Bigotry,  Stateside,  The Right

    Texas state rep to Muslims: pledge allegiance to America or stay out of my office

    There was a time not so long ago when Republicans actively sought the votes of American Muslims and won big majorities among them. In 2000 the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council endorsed George Bush over Al Gore and Ralph Nader. Shortly after Bush’s inauguration Kerri Houston of the American Conservative Union said that Muslim voters delivered Florida for President Bush. She wrote, “Muslim-Americans nationwide voted for Bush by an 80 percent margin–closer to 90 percent in Florida.Without their thousands of votes in the Sunshine State, a newly inaugurated Al Gore would currently be proposing a new slate of excuses for picking the American pocket.” Looking back at that election, Farid…

  • Stateside,  The Right

    GOP African-American/Jewish outreach watch

    Not only has it been revealed that Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the third leading Republican in the US House of Representatives, addressed a conference of a white nationalist group organized by David Duke in 2002 (here’s a photo of one of his fellow conference speakers), but he made some remarkable comments about Duke when the former Ku Klux Klan leader was considering running for Congress in 1999: Another potential candidate, state Rep. Steve Scalise (R), said he embraces many of the same “conservative” views as Duke, but is far more viable. “The novelty of David Duke has worn off,” said Scalise. “The voters in this district are smart enough to…

  • Cuba,  The Right

    Did Castro regime and Daily Caller combine in smear effort?

    Robert Menendez is a US senator from New Jersey, a liberal Democrat and chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, who happens to be an outspoken opponent of the Castro regime in Cuba. In November 2012, when Menendez was running for reelection, the conservative website the Daily Caller published claims by two women in the Dominican Republic that the senator had paid them for sex. The FBI found no evidence for the allegations, and three Dominican women who originally implicated Menendez later recanted their stories. Now evidence has emerged that the Cuban government concocted the report about Menendez and the prostitutes. According to a former U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of…

  • The Right

    Unprovoked attack by neo-nazis at London music festival

    My attention has been drawn to this worrying story which does not seem to have been picked up by the mainstream media. One man has been stabbed after a group of “neo-Nazi Polish fascists” attacked a free music event in Tottenham, north London. Officers were called following reports of a disturbance at Markfield Recreation Ground on 21 June in which a free community music festival was taking place. Footage has emerged of the disorder which occurred during the “unprovoked attack”, which saw rocks and fireworks being hurled. A 24-year-old Polish man was stabbed during the incident. He was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where his condition…

  • Stateside,  The Right

    Political shocker in Virginia

    This is the most stunning result so far of the political year in the US. Eric Cantor, the House of Representatives Majority Leader and the second most powerful Republican (after Speaker John Boehner) in the House, has lost his party’s nomination in Virginia’s Seventh District to Dave Brat, an economics professor who ran with tea party support. The unhappiness with Cantor among the GOP’s rightwing grassroots was clear when the congressman tried to defend his conservative credentials before a raucous convention of Seventh District Republicans last month. Update: The Washington Post reports: A seemingly critical issue for Cantor was immigration. The majority leader had championed a Republican version of the…

  • Obama,  Russia,  The Right,  Ukraine

    Putin envy on the American Right

    Last fall I posted about how Vladimir Putin (with his unapologetic anti-gay policies and his supposed defense of “Christian values”) was making some American conservatives weak at the knees. Paleocon Pat Buchanan especially was in full swoon: While much of American and Western media dismiss him as an authoritarian and reactionary, a throwback, Putin may be seeing the future with more clarity than Americans still caught up in a Cold War paradigm. As the decisive struggle in the second half of the 20th century was vertical, East vs. West, the 21st century struggle may be horizontal, with conservatives and traditionalists in every country arrayed against the militant secularism of a…

  • Business,  Media,  The Right

    Coca Cola and the “America the Beautiful” brouhaha

    Here in the US the brouhaha de la semaine concerns a Coca Cola ad broadcast during the Super Bowl: It features American girls singing “America the Beautiful” in English, Spanish, Keres Pueblo, Tagalog, Hindi, Senegalese French, and Hebrew. While many found it heartwarming, you’ll never guess whom it upset: Conservative talk radio is criticizing a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad that featured multiple languages, with Rush Limbaugh joking it might be a ploy from Republican leaders on immigration reform. ….. “I thought maybe the Republican leadership was behind the Coke commercial … when I saw it,” Limbaugh said in an apparent reference to immigration reform. “I said, ‘Whoa, who got hold…

  • Science,  Stateside,  The Right

    Republicans and evolution

    According to a recent Pew Research poll, more self-identified Republicans now reject the theory of evolution than accept it. Forty-eight percent of Republicans believe “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” while 43 percent believe “humans and other living things have evolved over time.” This compares to 33 percent of the general population who reject evolution and 60 percent who accept it. Among Democrats, the ratio is 27 to 67 percent and among Independents 28 to 65 percent. Most startling, however, is the change in results among Republicans from a poll in 2009: While belief in evolution held steady among Democrats…

  • Stateside,  The Right

    Teller of dubious Jewish “joke” wins GOP state senate nomination

    On September 17, at a rally for Ken Cuccinelli, Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, local party official John Whitbeck told a “joke.” In his “joke,” Whitbeck said that it was an old tradition for the “head of the Jewish faith” to meet with the new pope and present him with a piece of paper, which the pope ceremonially rejects. “Well, this time around the pope said, ‘I gotta find out what’s on this piece of paper,’” said Whitbeck. “So he actually takes it from the head of the Jewish faith, he opens it, he looks at it, he closes it. And his counterpart says, ‘What was it?’ and he…

  • Syria,  The Right

    Egregious tributes to Mandela

    Reuters reports: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two and a half years into a blood-soaked rebellion against his rule, mourned Nelson Mandela’s death on Friday, calling his life an inspiration for freedom fighters and a lesson to tyrants. ….. The Syrian presidency added its voice to the chorus with a statement on its Facebook page on Friday, calling the South African statesman “an inspiration in the values of love and human brotherhood”. “His history of struggle has become an inspiration to all the vulnerable peoples of the world, in the expectation that oppressors and aggressors will learn the lesson that in the end it is they who are the losers,” the…