Nigel Farage and Ukip’s bigoted populism | @guardianletters | Politics | The Guardian

Nigel Farage continues to insist that we should be worried if Romanians move in next door (Farage remarks branded racist by three senior Labour figures, 20 May), while YouGov finds that 51% of Ukip voters think immigrants and their families (including those born here) should be encouraged to leave Britain. This merely confirms what was already obvious, yet apparently needs to be spelled out: Ukip is a party that spreads and feeds off racism and xenophobia.

For many years the rightwing tabloids have waged a campaign of hysteria about asylum and immigration, while both main political parties have either contributed or pandered to an increasingly fact-free discourse based on the prejudiced assumption that foreigners are a burden on society. The emboldening of Ukip’s bigoted populism is just one of the entirely predictable consequences of this trend.

The class represented by Ukip’s millionaire backers and personified by its leader – a public-school-educated former City trader and professional politician – has a vested interest in diverting social and economic anxieties away from the rich and powerful and towards our friends and neighbours.

via Nigel Farage and Ukip’s bigoted populism | @guardianletters | Politics | The Guardian.

UKIP reported to police for shockingly racist leaflet

Glad my dad and his dad left Oldham in 1913 and that they are both gone now – so they would not have to be ashamed of racism in Oldham.

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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

According to UKIP’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall, Oldham is the “birthplace of UKIP”.

Very appropriate then that Oldham UKIP has just been reported to the police for a shockingly racist election leaflet it’s been distributing.

The leaflet includes this paragraph which explains how Labour candidates supposedly keep winning in Oldham:

UKIP leaflet oldham

Here’s the full story from the Manchester Evening News:

Fresh election race row hits UKIP over claims Asian candidates are intent on rigging the poll

And here’s the offending election leaflet in full, if you can stomach reading it:

UKIPLEAFLET

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Ironic that in the leaflet UKIP complains the police won’t interfere in elections.

Because they are now.

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Related articles by Tom Pride:

Meet UKIP’s PR officer doing a spot of public relations:

A handy detailed guide to UKIP’s policies on the main problems facing Britain today:

Nigel Farage and the man who trashed the pound. Twice.

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Cloud of xenophobia grows in Dominican Republic

Repeating Islands

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Our thanks to Thomas Spear for bringing this information to our attention.

A change to the Dominican Republic’s constitution has revoked citizenship from hundreds of thousands of people. Many were born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian parents, and now find themselves stateless. The politics reflect a growing sense of xenophobia in the country.

Follow this link for an illuminating 12-minute video by Peter Sonnenberg:

For the original report go to http://www.dw.de/cloud-of-xenophobia-grows-in-dominican-republic/a-17642660

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Jean-Marie Le Pen suggests Ebola as solution to global population explosion | World news | theguardian.com

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France’s far-right Front National, has suggested the deadly virus Ebola could solve the global “population explosion” and by extension Europe’s “immigration problem”.

At a cocktail party before an election rally in Marseille on Tuesday evening, days before the European elections in which the FN is leading the polls in France, Le Pen spoke of the “demographic explosion” in the world.

“Monseigneur Ebola could sort that out in three months,” he said in front of journalists.

Later, addressing supporters, Le Pen, 85, said he feared the French population risked being “replaced … by immigrants”.

“In our country and in all Europe, we have known a cataclysmic phenomenon – a migratory invasion that, my friends, we are seeing only the beginning of today.”

Le Pen, who is standing as MEP for the south-east seat, added: “This massive immigration risks producing a real replacement of populations if we don’t arrive in power soon enough to put an end to the politics of decadence that has been followed for decades.”

He said that religion added an “aggravating factor” to this problem because many immigrants were Muslim and Islam had a “conquering vocation … and even more conquering when it feels strong and they feel numerous”

S.peaking in Marseille, which elected an FN mayor in one of its districts in recent elections, Le Pen was followed on stage by his daughter, party president Marine.

Once again, her father undermined her campaign to convince voters the FN has evolved from its days as a vehicle for the extreme right and Nazi apologists.

via Jean-Marie Le Pen suggests Ebola as solution to global population explosion | World news | theguardian.com.

German reporter leaves Turkey after death threats over mine story | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

A correspondent for Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine has been forced to temporarily leave Turkey after he received thousands of death threats over his article on the country’s worst mining disaster.

“I was not withdrawn” by the magazine, Hasnain Kazim, the Istanbul-based correspondent, told AFP in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

“I am just spending a few days somewhere else to be on the safe side. In a few days I will be back in Istanbul and continue to do my work,” he said.

In his article, Kazim quoted a miner from the western town of Soma saying, “Go to hell, Erdogan,” in a show of anger at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s response to the mining disaster that claimed 301 lives.

Kazim said he has received over 10,000 threats via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, adding that a few hundreds of them were death threats.

“Get out of my country you filthy pig,” one Twitter user wrote.

Kazim said he did not express his or Der Spiegel’s views in the article but just quoted a miner.

“I reported from Soma and quoted one surviving worker with the words: ‘I would not have said this earlier, but now I want to tell Erdogan: Go to hell!'”, he said.

“AKP trolls did not see or did not want to see that this was a quote but considered me and Der Spiegel to have said that,” he added, referring to Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“Unfortunately, several papers and TV channels spread that, too – some close to the government to show Germany’s ‘evil’ character, some critical of the government to misuse me as their spokesperson.”

via German reporter leaves Turkey after death threats over mine story | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

GM adds 218,000 older small cars to growing recall list | Reuters

{Maybe GM should jut put out a list of which cars and trucks it has sold in the last ten years are safe? Well, maybe not since it would probably be too short a list to bother with?}

Wednesday’s two recalls add to a string this year that covers almost 11.8 million vehicles in the United States, topping the previous full-year high of 10.7 million vehicles that the company recalled in the U.S. market in 2004. It pushes the number of vehicles that GM has recalled globally this year to about 15.6 million.

via GM adds 218,000 older small cars to growing recall list | Reuters.