Category Archives: Apartheid

Brazilian judge approves ‘gay conversion therapy’, sparking national outrage | World news | The Guardian – idiocy, hatred, anti-science ideologies arise anew with neo-nazism and fascism!

Council president Rogério Giannini, a psychologist based in São Paulo, said its 1999 decision prohibiting “sexual conversion” therapy had already faced off other legal actions and even a proposed bill in Congress.“There is no way to cure what is not a disease,” Giannini told the Guardian. “It is not a serious, academic debate, it is a debate connected to religious or conservative positions.”He noted that the ruling also said academic research into sexual conversion therapy should be allowed, which the council has never banned.“We have no power over research,” he said. “The way it was put by the judge gave the impression that we prohibited research which is not true.”As hashtags like #curagay (“gay cure”) trended in Brazil, Twitter users used memes and GIFs to ridicule the decision.“They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no,” tweeted one Brazilian using the name Ubiratan.

Source: Brazilian judge approves ‘gay conversion therapy’, sparking national outrage | World news | The Guardian

The White House Is Doxxing America | Dame Magazine

For writers and journalists, for activists, and for people directly affected by unjust policy and legislation, asking questions, seeking justice, and speaking out is an innate part of our work, of our livelihood, of who we are as humans. The attempt to silence people through public shaming and the tacit threat of a public and threatening pile-on are tools the federal government appears to now be using to effectively silence the most vulnerable people in our society. Many are already familiar with this culture in online spaces and in some locales, but blatantly and openly bullying constituents at the Federal level in the U.S. is new. And it does not smell like democracy.

Source: The White House Is Doxxing America | Dame Magazine

Germany: AfD Accuses Google of Sabotaging Campaign – SPIEGEL ONLINE _ Google says no to hate ads, so on to Facebook and Twitter to target hate and racist political messages!

As part of its digital campaign strategy, AfD has even brought on American consultants with the Harris Media advertising agency. The Texas consulting firm specializes in customers with “controversial” messages who range from Donald Trump and the gun lobby to France’s far-right Front National. Their task is to adapt Kunkel’s print campaign for the digital world. Two Harris employees have also embedded themselves in the digital “war room” inside the AfD’s national headquarters in Berlin.But it appears that the American pros are running into hurdles — with one of the most important advertising platforms around. Officials with AfD have complained that Google is blocking large parts of its advertising campaign. “We aren’t having difficulties with any other platform,” said campaign manager Kunkel. He said that Facebook and Twitter are treating AfD like a normal customer. “But Google is sabotaging us, creating a disadvantage for us relative to our political competition.”Dividing the Pie Between Google, Facebook and TwitterThe dispute shines a spotlight on the role the U.S. Internet giants are playing in the current German election. For the first time, the criteria used by major American internet platforms to decide on what paid political content can be disseminated to their users — and what cannot — is playing a central role in a German election.

Source: Germany: AfD Accuses Google of Sabotaging Campaign – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Video: Soldiers assault woman who resists as they weld her door shut | The Electronic Intifada

 

When the Israeli soldiers showed up at the house on 13 August, Rania called her aunt, one of the buildings owners, who lives in Hebron’s Old City.“She arrived within half an hour,” Rania told the human rights group B’Tselem. “The officers were trying to screw the door shut just as she came in. She went up to them and tried to stop them. She pressed herself against the door and held on to it. The female soldier tried to get her away from the door, but couldn’t.”What happened next can be seen in the video above, filmed by Rania.Israeli forces did eventually weld the door shut, causing the family considerable hardship.“Before they welded the back door shut, I would go in and out of the house through the market,” Bassem explained. “Now, I have to get home by walking on the rooftops of the houses near the market. It’s dangerous at night, because the military watches the rooftops in the area.”The alternative is to go through one of the military checkpoints, where Palestinians face long delays and routine harassment.“On top of this, my wife is pregnant, and I’m worried she’ll go into labor at night and we’ll have to get to hospital,” Bassem added, noting that occupation forces rarely agree to open the emergency gate in the checkpoint.No excuse“The excuse provided by the security forces that the measure was needed to prevent ‘suspects’ from going through the house is unfounded and has no basis in reality,” B’Tselem said.“Even if there were any truth to it, it could not justify such severe harm to the al-Muhtaseb family,” B’Tselem added. “This case is another example of Israel’s policy of segregation and restrictions on Palestinian movement in central Hebron, coupled with abuse, violence and daily harassment by security forces and settlers.”As a result, life in the Old City of Hebron has become intolerable for Palestinians, and thousands have left the area – likely the intended goal of Israel’s policies.

Source: Video: Soldiers assault woman who resists as they weld her door shut | The Electronic Intifada

Same-sex marriage survey: Facebook accounts targeted with homophobic slurs – Facebook selling targeted hate ads in Australia now.

Soros has been the target of several right-wing, anti-semitic conspiracy theories, but it is not clear exactly how same-sex marriage in Australia relates to this.At least two other anti same-sex marriage pages have linked the vote to another right-wing conspiracy theory, cultural Marxism.Australian Christian Lobby not worried about marriage campaign vilification law Read moreMany readers took issue with a Facebook post from the Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher, which listed five reasons not to vote for same-sex marriage, saying the vote would affect freedom of speech, religion, education, association and employment.The post attracted many comments, with several pointing out the vote would not affect any of these things: “Come on Archbishop, you know that the vote is not about any of these things. As a trained lawyer you must understand that changing the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act does not affect any of these freedoms. Please don’t be dishonest with the public.”We only received one submission involving a pro same-sex marriage Facebook post, which was from an individual’s account rather than an organisation or page.

Source: Same-sex marriage survey: Facebook accounts targeted with homophobic slurs | Australia news | The Guardian

Man arrested for driving truck towards anti-fascist protesters in Washington state | US news | The Guardian

When the truck, which sported a Confederate battle flag decal as well as American flags, sped through the intersection of West 6th and Washington Streets, it was followed by a motorcyclist who had been seen leaving the Patriot Prayer rally. Both were stopped by police.The motorcyclist tore off his protective gear and made for counter-protesters before he was stopped. The driver of the truck was apprehended and cuffed. Vancouver police reported two arrests.Protesters claimed that a second truck, white and carrying four passengers – one wearing the black polo-shirt uniform of the “Proud Boys” group, another wearing a Donald Trump cap – was also driving at high speed through the streets, reversing and veering dangerously close to protesters.Greg Liascos, who attended the event, said he saw occupants of the second vehicle “throwing things from the truck” at counter-protesters. Occupants reportedly also used pepper spray. When a plastic bottle and a tennis ball were thrown back, the driver reportedly commenced revving the vehicle and “driving up and reversing down streets” at up to 40mph.

Source: Man arrested for driving truck towards anti-fascist protesters in Washington state | US news | The Guardian

AfD′s Alice Weidel called German government ′pigs′ in racist email, report says | News | DW | 10.09.2017

Germany has been “overrun by Arabs, Sinti and Roma” states an email reportedly written by the AfD’s Alice Weidel. If real, the email could sully Weidel’s image as her far-right party’s more moderate voice.

Source: AfD′s Alice Weidel called German government ′pigs′ in racist email, report says | News | DW | 10.09.2017

AfD′s Alice Weidel called German government ′pigs′ in racist email, report says | News | DW | 10.09.2017

Germany has been “overrun by Arabs, Sinti and Roma” states an email reportedly written by the AfD’s Alice Weidel. If real, the email could sully Weidel’s image as her far-right party’s more moderate voice.

Source: AfD′s Alice Weidel called German government ′pigs′ in racist email, report says | News | DW | 10.09.2017

Why we have to cut off the head of fascism again and again | Books | The Guardian

The 43 Club was founded in early 1946. It was comprised, at first, of tough, well-trained Anglo-Jewish former servicemen. These men set about disrupting the public meetings of the resurgent fascist movement. They also infiltrated it, at great personal risk, to gather intelligence – to learn their enemy’s plans so as to then sabotage them. They fought the fascists on the streets of British cities, and attracted increasing numbers to their cause. They were disciplined, principled and restrained. They were highly effective tactically, and didn’t hesitate to use brute force when it was required. By 1949 the fascist movement in Britain was effectively finished. Mosley had moved to France.Much of this is told by a founding member of the 43 Group, Morris Beckman, in an extraordinary book called The 43 Group: Battling with Mosley’s Blackshirts, published by the History Press. It’s a story of heroic resistance, also a kind of secret history of that rather murky period. I have borrowed heavily from Beckman’s account of that resistance in my new book, The Wardrobe Mistress. It is a novel of the London theatre in those years, and of the simultaneous revival of fascism in Britain. I end the story in a graveyard, with a kind of echo of the Nazi salute. Fascism may at times seem to fade away but it does not die. Whenever it raises its head, as Beckman and his friends understood and as did those protesters in Charlottesville, it must be resisted. Its head must be cut off, yet again.

Source: Why we have to cut off the head of fascism again and again | Books | The Guardian

Fake Assanges Drive Far-Right Messages – DFRLab – Medium

@DFRLab identifed a number of tweets from the @RealAssange account which used the term #Antifa in late August, racking up thousands of engagements (retweets and/or likes). Most were deleted before they could be archived, but they achieved hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of engagements.Some of these tweets linked the term #Antifa with billionaire George Soros, who is regularly attacked by far-right (and pro-Kremlin) conspiracy theorists. Others attacked CNN and Black Lives Matter, two other perennial targets of the far-right.

Source: Fake Assanges Drive Far-Right Messages – DFRLab – Medium