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Life in prison for German neo-Nazi for 10 murders – CNN

Beate Zschaepe, 43, was a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a right-wing terror group responsible for the murders of eight ethnic Turks and one Greek citizen (known as the Ceska murders) and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings in the city of Cologne and 15 bank robberies.

The verdict was announced at a court in Munich in Bavaria, southern Germany, where Judge Manfred Goetzl noted the “particular severity” of Zschaepe’s guilt as he handed down the sentence.

Zschaepe was convicted on all charges, including the 10 murders, 32 counts of attempted murder related to the Cologne bombings, robberies and membership of a terrorist group, according to the verdict. The defendant was driven by a clear ideology and her crimes were “politically motivated,” the judgment reads.

The trial was one of the longest in German history, lasting more than five years, and one of the most scandalous, as evidence emerged that police had failed to investigate right-wing motives in several of the murder cases. The revelations led to an inquiry into how police had neglected to follow key leads.

It was only after two members of the NSU — Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt — died following a botched bank robbery in an apparent suicide pact and left behind a video confessing their crimes that police began investigating the group in connection with the murders.

Following their deaths, Zschaepe set fire to the apartment in Zwickau where the three lived before handing herself in to police. During the trial, she confessed to arson but claimed not to know about the murders until after they happened.

The judgment alleges however that, along with Mundlos and Boehnhardt, Zschaepe was the third founder — and key member — of the NSU, and that she burned the apartment with the intention of destroying evidence of their crimes.

The trial had gripped the German nation since it began in 2013, but acquired new significance as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees entered the country in 2015 and 2016, triggering a spike in racially motivated attacks and a shift to the right by several political parties as they sought to counter the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann welcomed Wednesday’s announcement, calling the sentence “a just punishment” for “the cold-blooded and unprecedented series of crimes by the NSU.”

Zschaepe’s lawyer, Mathis Grasel, pledged to appeal the verdict, which he described as “legally untenable.”

‘Wholly criminally responsible’

In her final speech in court last week, Zschaepe spoke of her “sincere regret” and repeated her claim that she did not know about the murders until after they happened, German media reported.

Zschaepe’s current lawyers were calling for a maximum sentence of 10 years, while her first legal team, dropped partway through the trial, were seeking her immediate release, according to media reports of the trial.

The federal prosecutor had called for a life sentence, arguing that Zschaepe “is wholly criminally responsible for her actions” and describing her as an “ice-cold, calculating person,” reports said.

Prison sentences were also handed down for four accomplices, according to the verdict.

Ralf W., convicted of being an accessory in the nine Ceska murders, was sentenced to 10 years in prison; Holger G. received a three-year sentence for supporting a terrorist organization; and Andre A. was sentenced to two years and six months for the same crime. Adolescent Carsten S. received a three-year sentence in a youth facility for aiding and abetting the Ceska murders.

Kevin Tschierse reported from Berlin and Judith Vonberg wrote in London. CNN’s Nadine Schmidt and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.

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BEN NORTON: Western media outlets have finally begun reporting on the neo-Nazi threat that is growing inside Ukraine, which is a close Western ally against Russia. Well, one of the most scandalous reports now shows that another key U.S. ally, Israel, is in fact arming some of these neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine who have carried out attacks on ethnic or religious minority groups, including the Roma, and also Jews inside Ukraine. Journalist Asa Winstanley wrote about this for the website The Electronic Intifada in an article titled Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Asa Winstanleys report reveals that the neo-Nazi militia the Azov Battalion, which is part of the Ukrainian National Guard, posted online propaganda, including video showing it using Israeli Tavor rifles.

As I said, the Azov Battalion, which began as a neo-Nazi militia, is now incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard and is fighting pro-Russian separatists. And in Asa Winstanleys report, he also quotes a letter from the Israeli Defense Ministry that it wrote in response to a lawyer who had requested an end to Israeli military aid to Ukraine, citing the reports of Nazis attacking Ukrainian Jews, and also Roma in Ukraine.

Joining us to discuss this is Max Blumenthal. Max is an award-winning journalist and the editor and founder of the website The Grayzone Project, where he has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Max previously here at The Real News reported on how the United States has directly armed Nazis in Ukraine by arming the Azov battalion, and in fact, the Azov battalion has posted photos on its website showing it meeting with American military officials. So today were going to talk about how Israel, which claims to defend international Jewry, is in fact arming Nazis in Ukraine. Thanks for joining us, Max.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Great to be on.

BEN NORTON: So can you just respond to this shocking report from Asa Winstanley that Israel, which, again, claims to speak on behalf of international Jewry, is arming anti-Semitic, violent neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. It would be shocking to those who didnt know Israels history. This actually didnt shock me at all, especially given the fact that U.S. Congress has enacted a prohibition on selling arms to the Azov Battalion this year thanks to the efforts of representative Ro Khanna. Ill explain why a little bit later. But just to summarize this really excellent report by Asa Winstanley, which is really authoritative in explaining the origins and ideology of Azov and the danger they present to Ukraine and to Europe as a whole.

The Defense Ministry of Israel has confirmed several shipments of arms and tenders for weapons sales to Ukraine, to the Ukrainian military. The Azov Battalion has posted photos of its soldiers on its own YouTube channel and social media channels with the Tavor rifle. And the Tavor rifle is one of the most distinctive weapons in the Israeli arsenal. It is the standard issue rifle for Israeli soldiers, and it was recently used in some of the atrocities committed on the border of Gaza. And it replaced the Uzi, which is another really distinctive Israeli weapon. So theres no mistake here. This is clearly an Israeli weapon, and it reflects what was seen in the Israeli Defense Ministry documents which were turned up by Israeli human rights lawyers and were obtained by Asa and the Electronic Intifada. And basically, the Israeli Defense Ministry has refused to deny shipping weapons to the Azov Battalion.

The reason that they have kind of some plausible deniability about directing weapons to neo-Nazis is that the Azov Battalion has been incorporated into Ukraines National Guard through the Interior Ministry, which is run by an ultra-right nationalist named Arsen Avakov. So Israel is basically just sending weapons to the Ukrainian military, which is now filled with hardcore neo-Nazi ideologues. But theres no disputing the truth of the headline to Asa Winstanleys article. Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine. The self-proclaimed Jewish state is literally arming neo-Nazis. And that should shock everyone, but at the same time its not shocking given Israels history, which I can kind of briefly explain.

BEN NORTON: Yeah, well talk more about that in a moment. But first lets talk more about the Azov Battalion. We mentioned that this is a neo-Nazi, an avowedly neo-Nazi militia. It uses the [wolfsangel], which is a Nazi symbol, and many of its members have SS tattoos and white supremacist tattoos. Can you talk more about what the Azov Battalion is, and also specifically its founder, Andriy Biletsky?

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Well, the Azov Battalion grows out of the Patriot of Ukraine, which was a violent racist militia. That was sort of the street wing of the, or the military wing of the Social National Party, founded after the end of the Cold War by Andriy Parubiy and Oleh Tyahnybok, two politicians who remain extremely influential in Ukraine. Azov has been the shock troops, function as the shock troops of the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine in the fight against pro-Russian separatists around the Donbass. They operate training camps in the country not just for potential soldiers but for children, and they function as fascist indoctrination centers.

Theyve been visited by Western media, and USA Today sent a reporter to one of these camps, spoke to a drill sergeant who said, kind of laughingly, that no more than half of his men are hardcore neo-Nazis. There are Nazi symbols all over their uniforms. Another sort of spokesman, someone more higher up, someone higher up in the eyes of the Battalion, told the Guardian that actually only 10 to 20 percent of the Battalion consists of ideologically hardcore neo-Nazis. Gregor Monteux is one of the foreign fighters who has come to assist the Azov Battalion, and was arrested on his way to attack mosques and synagogues in France with an incredible arsenal of explosives and advanced weapons after training with Azov. And they believe in this ideology of the Reconquista, or the reconquest of Europe.

Their leader Andriy Biletsky has sworn, after he was elected to Parliament, that he would eventually dissolve Parliament and that his ultranationalist forces would take power. And they started to kind of make some moves in that direction. Besides attacking Roma camps all over the country and menacing religious minorities, they have deployed a national corps to Kiev to supposedly restore order. And as part of their ideologic-. As part of their, you know, sort of their, one of their ideological goals or political goals is to discredit what they see as a corrupt technocratic government thats foreign-run and initiate the Reconquista from Ukraine, and spread it outwards to the, and restore order in the other white nations. So their mission extends well beyond Ukraine.

So this is the group that Israel is now arming. And I should also mention that, you know, we had reported earlier that the U.S. was arming the Azov Battalion. They sent us officers to meet with Azov officers in the field to discuss logistics. Thats probably, possibly no longer taking place because of the congressional prohibition. But Canada recently sent its military attache Colonel Brian Irwin to meet with Azov officers. And Canada has had to actually defend this meeting in an official statement to Asa Winstanley. And they said that, I mean, this is absolutely pathetic. They said-. Im not quoting directly, Im paraphrasing. That they aim to encourage diversity and tolerance in Ukraine through these person to person contacts. So you know, theres nothing like arming neo-Nazis to encourage tolerance, is there. It actually speaks to the ideological tendencies of the foreign minister of Ukraine, Im sorry, of Canada, who is a Canadian Ukranian, Chrystia Freeland, whose grandfather was a Nazi. Grandfather was a Ukrainian Nazi collaborator, a hardcore Nazi ideologue, who was welcomed into the West as so many other former Ukrainian Nazi collaborators were. And when he was exposed as such by Russian diplomats in Canada, Justin Trudeau responded by expelling those diplomats rather than, you know, punishing Freeland for lying publicly lying about this fact.

So whats going on here is that the U.S., this is what I think is going on, the U.S. is unable to arm Azov, and it makes it harder for them to arm the Ukrainian military, because Azov is incorporated into the National Guard. So they are turning to their allies. And one of the allies that the U.S. has always relied on is kind of this back channel to arm fascist death squads during the Cold War, was Israel.

BEN NORTON: Yeah. And we saw this in the war in Guatemala. The Guatemalan civil war, where Israel, along with the U.S., helped arm Rios Montt, who was a genocidal dictator; carried out [inaudible]. But really quickly getting back to Israel and Ukraine here, Ill just note that Andriy Biletsky, who is the founder of the Azov Battalion, hes now a lawmaker in the Ukrainian Parliament. And Asa Winstanley quotes him in his article, and notes that Biletsky has, quote, pledged to restore the honor of the white race. And he has also proposed laws forbidding so-called race mixing. But before we [inaudible] here, Max, Im wondering if you could briefly talk about why you werent surprised to hear that, that Israel today is arming Nazis in Ukraine, given its history.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Because of what you just explained, which is Israels history of working as a kind of proxy for the U.S. to arm forces that are committing human rights abuses, or that are fascistic. And, you know, to give the U.S. some kind of distance. During the 1980s, I think it was in 84, in one of the rare periods where there was intelligence reform and Congress actually put the brakes on some of the excesses of the so-called intelligence community, the Congress passed the Boland amendment, which required the executive, the president, to put his signature on any covert action that took place. And this was to slow down the arms to the, to the Contras in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the fascist forces in Guatemala. And so the U.S. turned to Israel and Guatemala. Efraim Rios Montt, this right-wing dictator, genocidal dictator, who you mentioned actually said that our soldiers are, you know, reflect the Israeli spirit. And he openly praised Israel for not just supplying them with weapons, but training them. So I think this scenario is in play again. And the U.S. can easily turn to Canada, as well. It doesnt seem like Canada has particularly ashamed of the fact that it just held these high-level military meetings with a neo-Nazi battalion.

BEN NORTON: Well have to end our discussion there. I was joined by the journalist Max Blumenthal, who has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis who have embedded themselves in different government institutions in Ukraine, which is a close Western ally, and an ally of NATO. And we were discussing a shocking recent report by Asa Winstanley in The Electronic Intifada about how Israel is arming the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine. As always, Max, thanks for joining us.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Thanks for having me.

BEN NORTON: For The Real News, Im Ben Norton.

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He asked the delegations to finish their work by July 6 at 10 p.m. Brussels time.

Fearful of a repeat of the G-7 disaster in which Mr. Trump refused to sign off on the joint communiqu, escalated a trade war and publicly derided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada the emissaries from the NATO countries all agreed.

Two senior European officials said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were also keen to avoid another confrontation similar to the G-7, and the NATO declaration was completed days before leaders set foot in Brussels.

It achieved several goals critical to NATO officials.

Against Russian objections, the military alliance would formally invite Macedonia to join. It would establish an Atlantic Command post, hosted by the United States in Norfolk, Va., to coordinate a swift alliance response in the event of, for instance, a war in Europe between Russia and NATO allies.

And, most important, allies pledged to build up their militaries and provide 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels, all ready to use in 30 days or less, by 2020 a force to quickly respond to any attack on an alliance member.

Jamie Shea, a NATO deputy assistant secretary general, called the declaration the most substantive agreement that the alliance had put out in years. But its success, according to the American and European officials, lies in the feverish work before the summit meeting to keep it away from Mr. Trump.

When you read the communiqu, and take into account the work that took place, this is one of the meatiest NATO summits that I can recall, said Deborah Lee James, a former secretary of the Air Force in the Obama administration.

Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, said in an email on Thursday that the summit meeting was extraordinarily successful, and the outcomes are now strengthening the alliance and trans-Atlantic security.

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Intent on shaking up the ultimate ‘sacred cow’ for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative — and at times irreverent — quest to answer the question, “What is anti-Semitism today?” Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics?

Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum (including the head of the Anti-Defamation League and its fiercest critic, author Norman Finkelstein) and traveling to places like Auschwitz (alongside Israeli school kids) and Brooklyn (to explore reports of violence against Jews), Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and – surprisingly – often wryly funny.

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Biopolitics, Racialism, and Nationalism in Ancient Greece: A Summary View

The following is a brief summary of the ancient Greek theory and practice of biopolitics, racialism, and nationalism. These themes, which are so taboo in the West today, were integral to the Hellenic way of life at the founding of our Western civilization and of our unique tradition of civic self-government. I will also refer […]

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The Phony Martyrdom of Tommy Robinson – jacobinmag.com

Last month, an irate Steve Bannon fulminated against Britains liberal elite and insisted that Tommy Robinson was the fucking backbone of this country.

Bannons comments came after a soft-soap radio interview with former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage. It was left to Farage, of all people, to clarify that, far from being the backbone of the country, everybody hates Tommy Robinson.

Farage is not far wrong. Though a cause clbre for the Trump reactionaries, Robinson remains deeply unpopular in Britain. Serving his fifth prison term as Bannon spoke, he is the backbone only of a violent, schismatic far-right subculture.

Nonetheless, a Trump-appointed diplomat lobbied the British government on Robinsons behalf, claiming to be concerned for his safety in jail. Here, the administration gave voice to the self-pitying propaganda of Robinson and his social media supporters. Robinson claimed through a social media outrider that he had been put in a jail with a 71 percent Muslim population, in a cell opposite the mosque where Muslim prisoners could spit or throw feces at him. This was reiterated on Breitbart by Telegraph journalist James Delingpole. Upon his release Robinson bemoaned his mental torture in conditions supposedly comparable to Guantnamo Bay, a claim that actual former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg gently skewered.

The lies of Robinsons weaselly little cult, if that isnt a euphemism, collapse fairly quickly. Robinson spent a short period in HMP Onley, a category C prison. There is no mosque in the jail, and under a third of its inmates are Muslims. Robinson was under protection the entire time. His complaints while in jail indicate that he protested of mental torture in part so that he could demand extra spends and enhanced status and privileges.

Nonetheless, mainstream platforms echoed Robinsons story of martyrdom. Far-right provocateur Raheem Kassam was shopped around the news by public relations firm CapitalHQ. He duly appeared on the BBC, as did Rebel Media boss Ezra Levant. As Owen Jones points out, if such interviews were supposed to challenge the far rights mouthpieces, they failed abysmally. Kassam was allowed to style himself as a legal commentator, and his connection to Breitbart and the far right went unmentioned.

The irony is that Robinsons supporters are exactly the sorts of people who typically decry Britains prisons as soft touch holiday camps. Here they compared a short stretch in a low-security prison to the global kidnapping and torturing rings linked to Guantnamo Bay. For a man who has served several jail terms, usually for violent offenses, this is weirdly melodramatic. Britains jails may be rough and overcrowded, but this mass conversion to the cause of prison reform would perhaps be less absurd if they honestly admitted why Robinson was jailed to start with.

In a softball interview with Robinson after his release, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson claimed that he was arrested for attempting to cover the trial of a sexual grooming gang in the UK, for speaking out loud in the sidewalk. Bannon likewise claimed that he was jailed unfairly, on a harsh application of a technicality regarding reporting restrictions. The Spectators Rod Liddle claimed not to be remotely a fan of Robinson, but asserted that he had been arrested for simply being Robinson.

Many of his supporters are more careful. UKIP leader Gerard Batten, who shares Robinsons Islamophobic obsessions, told Infowars that Robinson was trying to protect the victims of the industrialized rape gangs that weve got operating up and down this country now.

But even he half-apologetically coughed out a disclaimer about Robinson breaking the law. Islam-baiter Douglas Murray, writing in the National Review, claimed that Robinson had been persecuted for exceptionally brave citizen journalism but admitted that he had committed an offense.

The reality is rather pathetic. Robinson knowingly endangered the trials of individuals potentially guilty of serious sexual assault against minors. In the first case, in May 2017, he brought a camera into the courtroom. British courts do not allow photography or filming, in order to preserve fair trials and prevent jury intimidation.

Robinsons interest in the trials did not owe to some deep concern over sexual violence against children. When leading English Defence League (EDL) member Richard Price was locked up on child pornography charges, Robinson stood by him, and EDL members organized a campaign in his defense. But in this case the suspects were Asian and many were Muslim.

Robinson has long cleaved to the Islamophobic rights lunatic theory identifying links between Islam and pedophilia. He tried to make racist propaganda out of the trials for Canadas far-right Rebel Media. The judge duly handed him a suspended sentence. The following year, while still serving the suspended sentence, he committed the same offense, knowing full well he would be arrested.

As Britains top source of populist racism, the Sun, pointed out, Robinsons willingness to wreck these trials didnt make him a hero but a nasty thug and a grandstanding idiot. Surprisingly perhaps showing proprietorial concern for its own racist racket the Sun was the only outlet to take such an uncompromising line.

If journalists are now queuing up to indulge the laments of Tommy as BBC journalists now routinely call him this is not entirely new. There has long been a curious sympathy for Robinson in parts of the British media. He is, in large part, a media creation.

Robinsons major political contribution was to cofound the English Defence League, an anti-Muslim street gang that effectively existed from June 2009 to October 2013. The EDL first emerged amid a major dispute on the far right, whose principal force at the time was the British National Party (BNP).

The BNP had shed its overt neo-Nazi sympathies as part of chairman Nick Griffins media-friendly electoral strategy. Hugely successful on its own terms, this secured Griffin TV appearances including the BBCs flagship Newsnight and Question Time, and built a base of close to a million votes between 2000 and 2009.

That success depended, however, on a tacit division of labor on the far right. As BNP activist Lee Barnes explained, the rival National Front would be left to organize those nationalists [sic] who are not interested in political electioneering but in street activism. Foot soldiers molded under longtime BNP leader John Tyndall remembered that Griffin was once a devout advocate of Tyndalls strategy of backing up rights for whites with well-directed boots and fists.

By 2008, even as Griffins tactical detour brought votes and media coverage, some BNP factions itched to return to the purer fascist ideal of controlling the streets. They also distrusted Griffins role as a well-paid representative in a European parliament they considered an abomination and leveled claims of financial corruption. These early factional moves against Griffin overlapped with the formation of the EDL.

The EDL partly grew out of a violent fringe of soccer hooligans (casuals) in Luton. These Men-in-Gear (MIGs) were known for their hatred of the local Muslim minority. The main founder, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, took the pseudonym Tommy Robinson from one of the notorious local casuals. It briefly fused with a right-wing anti-Muslim group called March for England, organized by far-right YouTuber Paul Ray.

But Ray claims to have been driven away by an influx of BNPers. Both Robinson and right-hand man Kevin Carroll were ex-BNPers with convictions for violent offenses. Key EDL organizer Chris Renton was a known BNP activist. Davy Cooling, an activist in the Luton division, was a BNP and MIG member. Sean Corrigan, who ran the EDLs online forum, was a BNP activist from St Albans. Alan Spence, its northeast regional organizer, was a former BNP candidate.

With the organizational spine drawn from the extant far right, the foot soldiers were recruited from among right-wing football casuals and organized into local divisions. Alan Lake, one of the groups funders and strategists, explained that this was a deliberate calculation. The hooligans were motivated, traveled under their own steam to matches, and were partial to violence.

This old tactic mimicked the National Fronts infiltration of football gangs in the 1970s, partly to organize attacks against black people, Asians, the Left, and trade unionists. In 2009, it provided the physical heft with which to attack Muslims and anyone who might look like a Muslim. Finally, some ideological inspiration was drawn from Ulster Loyalism. The slogan No Surrender, often shortened to NS on far-right message boards (or NFSE for No Fucking Surrender Ever) was taken from the ideology of Loyalist paramilitaries, who backed it up with bullets. Linked to this was the strong Crusader theme in EDL ideology; recalling the bloody medieval struggle against Islam, its main visual icon was the St Georges cross on a shield.

With this coalition mobilized by a rousing ideology of violent struggle, Robinson and his allies repackaged an old far-right strategy: march and grow. Big street mobilizations aim to gain media attention and excite potential supporters.

As academics Paul Jackson and Martin Feldman have documented, the EDLs main innovation is to link this to a successful Facebook strategy. This was the vehicle, the outlet, for thwarted fascist organizers, football casuals, various neo-Nazis, and a periphery of young white men in Stone Island gear.

How was a media star born of such unpromising material?

At this stage, there was no Tommy cult. Robinson did not appear in public unmasked, and details about him were scarce.

It wasnt until June 2010 that his real identity, far-right background, and history of football violence were revealed by the antifascist magazine Searchlight. At that point, the leadership was under attack by a weird alliance between Paul Ray, the Ulster Freedom Fighter leader and Combat-18 supporter Johnny Adair, and German neo-Nazi and Israel Defense Forces fan Nick Greger. In the ensuing organizational changes seeking to staunch the attacks, the leaders role was consolidated and a string of new regional organizers appointed.

This meant two things. First, local organizers could complement national mobilizations with local initiatives such as anti-Muslim graffiti, violent flash demonstrations (in Oldham), placing pig heads near mosques or potential mosques (in Nottingham), descending on fast-food restaurants to warn against the sale of halal meat (Blackburn), or attacking Asian residences (in Nuneaton).

Second, Robinson became the EDLs undisputed leader and main spokesperson, flanked by his deputy Carroll.

It was then that Robinsons public persona was developed. He proved extremely adept at running rings around interviewers, and also had a certain laddish charisma. His unpolished speaking style played into his self-representation as the underdog facing down slick professionals.

The justification for giving such a fringe, violent figure these platforms was that this would expose him. This had already failed with the BNP, and most journalists seemed to know very little about Robinsons history, his politics, or even how to challenge his most offensive claims. Meanwhile, Robinson carefully stuck to rehearsed lines: reiterating, for example, that he was not against all Muslims, despite obsessively tracking alleged Muslim wrongdoing.

A typical example was a BBC Radio 4 appearance when he was politely quizzed by Sarah Montague, who declined to ask the obvious questions. Strikingly, the one fleeting occasion on which Robinson has been substantively challenged was when rapper Akala shredded him on the BBC. Nonetheless, broadcasters continued to find him compelling. The day after he appeared at a European counter-jihad meeting in Denmark, the BBC paid to fly him home for an appearance on The Big Questions, hosted by right-wing anchor Nicky Campbell.

The Desmond media remained staunchly supportive. By 2011, after two years of violent mobilizations, racist attacks, and many disclosures of fascist involvement in the EDL, the Star still felt confident enough to publish glowing promotional material for EDL mobilizations, give friendly interviews to Robinson on his plans for a new political party, and enthuse that the EDL had visibly growing support, attracting people across Britain to its ranks. It uncritically quoted Robinsons claim that the EDL had no problems with race and looked forward to it becoming a political force which people would have to take very seriously.

As the organization developed, and frequently faced counter-mobilizations led by the Left, it began to broaden its targets. Early on, the organizations website had detected the menace of communism in the Labour Party and trade-union movement. As the Institute of Race Relations reported, in addition to the catalog of racist attacks, the EDL had attacked left-wing gigs, socialist and pro-Palestine stands, a trade-union bookshop, and antifascist meetings.

In 2011, in response to student protests against tuition-fee rises, Robinson threatened that next time such a protest occurred, the EDL would be there to stop attacks on the police. These students, he said, lived off their dads fucking bank cards and couldnt understand what it is to be a working-class member of this community. Later, it set itself up as a protector of neighborhoods during the English riots in summer 2011. In this respect, it started to resemble a classic fascist movement.

Nonetheless, the student protests died out, and the EDL failed to build on the riots. It was also tarnished by its alleged association with Anders Behring Breivik, who killed sixty-nine Norwegian schoolchildren in 2011. The EDL continued its protests targeting Muslims, including two attempts to march on Tower Hamlets (a borough of London with a large Muslim population) in 2011 and 2013. In July 2013, an EDL protest in Birmingham spiraled into a riot, for which fifty people were imprisoned. But the protests were starting to dwindle, and were constantly hampered by opposition, as in Walthamstow in 2012.

Quitting the EDL in October 2013, Robinson was suddenly minted as a born-again antiracist hero. He appeared on a platform alongside his confederate Kevin Carroll and ex-Islamist-turned-counter-jihad entrepreneur Maajid Nawaz.

Robinson and Carroll claimed that they had quit the EDL because of mounting far-right infiltration. The Quilliam Foundation, which Nawaz cofounded with Ed Husain, took credit for this breakthrough in race relations, claiming that Robinson had seen the error of his ways. It came a year after the foundations government funding was cut off. Since then, it has been funded by right-wing anti-Muslim groups in the United States. Immediately after Robinsons salvation was declared, Nawaz issued requests for government funding to help his ongoing rehabilitation.

There was reason to be skeptical of this apparent conversion. The Quilliam Foundation had previously staged the apparent conversion of EDL activists Leighton Evans and Harry Burns. Quilliam arranged for Evans to be interviewed by the Guardian, and it became glaringly apparent that no conversion had taken place. Robinson had claimed he was EDL till I die when he was interviewed by the BBCs Andrew Neil only months before.

There was no evidence that Robinson had changed his views about Muslims. He had still attended anti-mosque protests and made the same formulaic far-right speeches, until the brink of the announcement. He was still fond of physically intimidating his critics.

Robinson later alleged that the Foundation paid him 2,000 a month to leave the EDL in order to take credit for his conversion. But Robinson was already on the way out, looking for a more respectable platform. He had flirted with setting up a new party or joining UKIP. After quitting, his personal assistant made it clear that he was looking to form a new non-street-based organization. There was no conversion. It says a lot about the UK counter-jihad industry, Tommy Robinson himself, and the British media that they were all so open to such a stunt.

Parts of the media, especially left-wing pundits, did raise mild skepticism over Robinsons conversion. But many swallowed his contrition whole, and he was quickly invited onto BBC Newsnight for an interview with an unusually tame Jeremy Paxman. Given the chance to repudiate his racism, he deflected.

Comedian Omar Hamdi broke bread with Robinson and found that the new, grown-up Tommy Robinson has some serious things to say. The BBC produced a documentary featuring Robinson and Mo Ansar, which implied that the encounter between the pair on the BBCs The Big Questions had caused Robinsons change of heart. Seeing Robinsons media standing, and obviously impressed by Quilliams ability to capitalize, the enterprising Tory candidate Afzal Amin attempted his own publicity stunt, offering EDL members cash to canvas for him and stage a phony march and climbdown for which he could claim credit.

This rebranding persisted even after Robinsons open return to Islamophobic activism. In 2015, when he launched Pegida UK (imitating the German far-right movement), he was again invited onto news programs to explain his new moderate agenda. He told Channel 4 that he had kept the EDLs righteous message, but we dont want the booze and the football hooligan element. In the Spectator, James Delingpole insisted that Britains most hated man isnt that hateful.

Delingpole a preposterous, posh reactionary seems to have met Robinson and been charmed by his earthy thuggishness, declaring that he was unfairly made into a pariah. Swallowing Robinsons self-published hero myth, the Telegraphs Jamie Bartlett considered him a marginalized voice, victimized by very aggressive policing tactics and civil liberties violations.

The fact that journalists keep saying that Robinson is a plucky underdog and a victim surely ought to make them wonder if theyre being played.

Yet the trope of the plucky underdog persists in part because of another egregious idea: that this goon represents the legitimate grievances of the white working class.

This trope is echoed by his supporters, such as Delingpole, and the oleaginous Douglas Murray. But it frequently appears in mainstream news reporting. Journalists want him, one senses, to be their fantasy of the white working class: an uneducated geezer, a bit of a character with a colorful past who might, with indulgence, grow up and be educated into a more mature position by his class betters.

This discourse ascribing far-right success to the legitimate grievances of the white working class has a disgraced and disastrous pedigree. The cult of victimhood is classic far-right language. Insofar as it has been echoed by pundits and opportunistic politicians, it has resulted in pandering attempts to placate the far right with racist policies. More recently, it has been used by Robinson and his acolytes to rationalize murder.

But what sort of grievances are we talking about? The latest to take up this cri de coeur is none other than Maajid Nawaz, today a radio presenter.

Rather than recanting his promotion of Robinson, he uses this platform to draw attention to what he terms the legitimate grievances driving Robinsons support. He claims that these grievances include a cultural blind-spot to extremism coming from brown people, adding that grooming gangs were allowed by Labour councils in the name of antiracism. And thus, he concludes, Robinson is simply trying to say what cant be said in the British media.

Nawaz, to give him his due, is an intelligent and facile opportunist. It would be surprising if he didnt know that every other news day is extremism coming from brown people day. Nor is he unaware that the UKs ongoing participation in extraditions, kidnappings, internment, secret prisons, assassinations, drone attacks, and war are all justified by extremism coming from brown people.

Likewise, whatever grossly inflammatory, inaccurate, headline-grabbing material the Quilliam Foundation has published on grooming gangs in northern England, there is no obvious connection between outrage at the sexual exploitation of children and being an anti-Muslim racist. Unless you make a racist connection, there isnt one.

Nawazs repetition of the loony far-right conspiracy theory that Rotherham council covered up sexual abuse to further their politically correct agenda should be taken for the brazen cynicism that it is. And the British press has hardly been reticent in covering this scandal, and in blaming brown people for it.

Its also important to notice how the language of grievances works out in practice. Consider the anger of Darren Osborne, who used a van to mow down a crowd of pedestrians outside Finsbury Park mosque.

What were his grievances? Police claim that Osborne was goaded into action by Tommy Robinsons posts and videos. Court evidence suggested that it took a month, digesting this material, for him to become obsessed with Muslims. This probably simplifies matters greatly. Nonetheless, it is significant that Robinson termed Osbornes murderous attack a revenge attack and blamed the mosque for creating terrorists and radical jihadists and promoting hate and segregation.

Robinson was rationalizing the killing. And he did so in a way characteristic of his rhetoric.

Between 1997 and 2003, the Finsbury Park mosque was under the leadership of Abu Hamza, against the wishes of its trustees and despite legal action on their part. During that time, a number of jihadist cadres were molded at the mosque. A combination of police action, and intervention by Muslim organizations and the Charity Commission, reopened the mosque under new leadership in 2005.

The idea that this mosque, let alone worshippers and anyone who happened to be outside, gave an unemployed Welshman anything to avenge, makes sense only if you make the racist assumption, like Robinson does, that Islam is extreme and all Muslims are extremists.

Nonetheless, the media continued to crave Robinsons input, with ITVs Good Morning Britain giving him a platform the day after the attack to say that the Quran was an incitement to violence. Not despite the fact that a man inspired by Robinsons ideology had just been jailed for murder, but because of it.

And again, on the day that Osborne was found guilty, the BBC saw fit to invite Robinson onto Newsnight for yet another softball interview. Again, not despite the fact that a man inspired by his ideology had just been jailed for murder, but because of it. Asking no difficult questions grotesquely in the circumstances they handed Robinson a platform to play the martyr.

The extraordinary fact about Tommy Robinson, therefore, is not that a wicked nation has tormented him, but that he receives such docile goodwill from a variety of quarters, above all the broadcasters, despite all that he has said and done.

But he isnt a martyr, he is a clever fascist. And that isnt stigmata, its blood on his hands.

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Dublin, GA.Minnie Francis Steinmann, age 84, passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 at Serenity Place following a brief illness.Minnie was born March 14, 1934 in Hazlehurst, GA. She was the daughter of the late Emory and Ada Francis. Minnie was a loving mother and Granny. She enjoyed her flower garden, bird watching, (especially hummingbirds), and her cat, Tiger.In addition to her parents, Minnie was preceded in death by: -Sons: Jerry Steinmann and…

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Did Hitler have children?

For many years, the record books stated that Adolf Hitler did not have any biological children. He only married his longtime girlfriend the day before he committed suicide, after all, and was likely too involved in his political efforts to bother with being a father. However, recent information has surfaced that alleges that Hitler may have had a ‘secret son’, born to a French teenager who encountered Hitler while he was on leave in the military. According to the memoir written by Jean-Marie Loret, Hitler’s claimed son, they began an affair during this time and his birth was the result of that affair.Loret’s mother, Charlotte Lobjoie, says she had an affair with the man in 1917, when she was only 16 years old to Hitler’s 28 years of age. She didn’t tell her son about his father’s identity until right before she died. According to military documents, cash deliveries were made to Lobjoie during the time when Germany occupied France. They also found paintings with Hitler’s signature in her attic and there was a painting Hitler had done that looks just like the woman claiming to have his son. Lobjoie died in the 1950s, and after Loret learned the possibility of who his father was, he set out for the truth.Loret hired historians, geneticists, and others to help verify the claim that his mother had made. He did have the same blood type as Hitler, as well as similar handwriting. Pictures proved that they also looked eerily similar in many ways. The official record still states that Hitler had no children. Loret died in 1985, in a time when potential DNA testing or other means weren’t even an option. If Hitler was the father of this man, however, he does have a lineage through Loret’s own children.Loret’s attorney has pointed out that his surviving children might be eligible to get royalties from Mein Kampf, if they can be proven to be descendants of Hitler. Of course, no one is in a hurry to admit their relation to Adolf Hitler, a known Nazi and one of the most evil people in 20th century history, as most people see him. Loret wrote a memoir in 1981 called Your Father’s Name was Hitler, which is where he discusses finding out, the affair he was told about, and what his mother said about his father before she died. Facts are still being validated and as of yet, no official record of this relationship has been made.

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Beate Zschaepe, 43, was a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a right-wing terror group responsible for the murders of eight ethnic Turks and one Greek citizen (known as the Ceska murders) and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings in the city of Cologne and 15 bank robberies. The verdict was announced at a court in Munich in Bavaria, southern Germany, where Judge Manfred Goetzl noted the “particular severity” of Zschaepe’s guilt as he handed down the sentence. Zschaepe was convicted on all charges, including the 10 murders, 32 counts of attempted murder related to the Cologne bombings, robberies and membership of a terrorist group, according to the verdict. The defendant was driven by a clear ideology and her crimes were “politically motivated,” the judgment reads. The trial was one of the longest in German history, lasting more than five years, and one of the most scandalous, as evidence emerged that police had failed to investigate right-wing motives in several of the murder cases. The revelations led to an inquiry into how police had neglected to follow key leads. It was only after two members of the NSU — Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt — died following a botched bank robbery in an apparent suicide pact and left behind a video confessing their crimes that police began investigating the group in connection with the murders. Following their deaths, Zschaepe set fire to the apartment in Zwickau where the three lived before handing herself in to police. During the trial, she confessed to arson but claimed not to know about the murders until after they happened. The judgment alleges however that, along with Mundlos and Boehnhardt, Zschaepe was the third founder — and key member — of the NSU, and that she burned the apartment with the intention of destroying evidence of their crimes. The trial had gripped the German nation since it began in 2013, but acquired new significance as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees entered the country in 2015 and 2016, triggering a spike in racially motivated attacks and a shift to the right by several political parties as they sought to counter the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD). Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann welcomed Wednesday’s announcement, calling the sentence “a just punishment” for “the cold-blooded and unprecedented series of crimes by the NSU.” Zschaepe’s lawyer, Mathis Grasel, pledged to appeal the verdict, which he described as “legally untenable.” ‘Wholly criminally responsible’ In her final speech in court last week, Zschaepe spoke of her “sincere regret” and repeated her claim that she did not know about the murders until after they happened, German media reported. Zschaepe’s current lawyers were calling for a maximum sentence of 10 years, while her first legal team, dropped partway through the trial, were seeking her immediate release, according to media reports of the trial. The federal prosecutor had called for a life sentence, arguing that Zschaepe “is wholly criminally responsible for her actions” and describing her as an “ice-cold, calculating person,” reports said. Prison sentences were also handed down for four accomplices, according to the verdict. Ralf W., convicted of being an accessory in the nine Ceska murders, was sentenced to 10 years in prison; Holger G. received a three-year sentence for supporting a terrorist organization; and Andre A. was sentenced to two years and six months for the same crime. Adolescent Carsten S. received a three-year sentence in a youth facility for aiding and abetting the Ceska murders. Kevin Tschierse reported from Berlin and Judith Vonberg wrote in London. CNN’s Nadine Schmidt and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.

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BEN NORTON: Western media outlets have finally begun reporting on the neo-Nazi threat that is growing inside Ukraine, which is a close Western ally against Russia. Well, one of the most scandalous reports now shows that another key U.S. ally, Israel, is in fact arming some of these neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine who have carried out attacks on ethnic or religious minority groups, including the Roma, and also Jews inside Ukraine. Journalist Asa Winstanley wrote about this for the website The Electronic Intifada in an article titled Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Asa Winstanleys report reveals that the neo-Nazi militia the Azov Battalion, which is part of the Ukrainian National Guard, posted online propaganda, including video showing it using Israeli Tavor rifles. As I said, the Azov Battalion, which began as a neo-Nazi militia, is now incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard and is fighting pro-Russian separatists. And in Asa Winstanleys report, he also quotes a letter from the Israeli Defense Ministry that it wrote in response to a lawyer who had requested an end to Israeli military aid to Ukraine, citing the reports of Nazis attacking Ukrainian Jews, and also Roma in Ukraine. Joining us to discuss this is Max Blumenthal. Max is an award-winning journalist and the editor and founder of the website The Grayzone Project, where he has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Max previously here at The Real News reported on how the United States has directly armed Nazis in Ukraine by arming the Azov battalion, and in fact, the Azov battalion has posted photos on its website showing it meeting with American military officials. So today were going to talk about how Israel, which claims to defend international Jewry, is in fact arming Nazis in Ukraine. Thanks for joining us, Max. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Great to be on. BEN NORTON: So can you just respond to this shocking report from Asa Winstanley that Israel, which, again, claims to speak on behalf of international Jewry, is arming anti-Semitic, violent neo-Nazis in Ukraine? MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. It would be shocking to those who didnt know Israels history. This actually didnt shock me at all, especially given the fact that U.S. Congress has enacted a prohibition on selling arms to the Azov Battalion this year thanks to the efforts of representative Ro Khanna. Ill explain why a little bit later. But just to summarize this really excellent report by Asa Winstanley, which is really authoritative in explaining the origins and ideology of Azov and the danger they present to Ukraine and to Europe as a whole. The Defense Ministry of Israel has confirmed several shipments of arms and tenders for weapons sales to Ukraine, to the Ukrainian military. The Azov Battalion has posted photos of its soldiers on its own YouTube channel and social media channels with the Tavor rifle. And the Tavor rifle is one of the most distinctive weapons in the Israeli arsenal. It is the standard issue rifle for Israeli soldiers, and it was recently used in some of the atrocities committed on the border of Gaza. And it replaced the Uzi, which is another really distinctive Israeli weapon. So theres no mistake here. This is clearly an Israeli weapon, and it reflects what was seen in the Israeli Defense Ministry documents which were turned up by Israeli human rights lawyers and were obtained by Asa and the Electronic Intifada. And basically, the Israeli Defense Ministry has refused to deny shipping weapons to the Azov Battalion. The reason that they have kind of some plausible deniability about directing weapons to neo-Nazis is that the Azov Battalion has been incorporated into Ukraines National Guard through the Interior Ministry, which is run by an ultra-right nationalist named Arsen Avakov. So Israel is basically just sending weapons to the Ukrainian military, which is now filled with hardcore neo-Nazi ideologues. But theres no disputing the truth of the headline to Asa Winstanleys article. Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine. The self-proclaimed Jewish state is literally arming neo-Nazis. And that should shock everyone, but at the same time its not shocking given Israels history, which I can kind of briefly explain. BEN NORTON: Yeah, well talk more about that in a moment. But first lets talk more about the Azov Battalion. We mentioned that this is a neo-Nazi, an avowedly neo-Nazi militia. It uses the [wolfsangel], which is a Nazi symbol, and many of its members have SS tattoos and white supremacist tattoos. Can you talk more about what the Azov Battalion is, and also specifically its founder, Andriy Biletsky? MAX BLUMENTHAL: Well, the Azov Battalion grows out of the Patriot of Ukraine, which was a violent racist militia. That was sort of the street wing of the, or the military wing of the Social National Party, founded after the end of the Cold War by Andriy Parubiy and Oleh Tyahnybok, two politicians who remain extremely influential in Ukraine. Azov has been the shock troops, function as the shock troops of the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine in the fight against pro-Russian separatists around the Donbass. They operate training camps in the country not just for potential soldiers but for children, and they function as fascist indoctrination centers. Theyve been visited by Western media, and USA Today sent a reporter to one of these camps, spoke to a drill sergeant who said, kind of laughingly, that no more than half of his men are hardcore neo-Nazis. There are Nazi symbols all over their uniforms. Another sort of spokesman, someone more higher up, someone higher up in the eyes of the Battalion, told the Guardian that actually only 10 to 20 percent of the Battalion consists of ideologically hardcore neo-Nazis. Gregor Monteux is one of the foreign fighters who has come to assist the Azov Battalion, and was arrested on his way to attack mosques and synagogues in France with an incredible arsenal of explosives and advanced weapons after training with Azov. And they believe in this ideology of the Reconquista, or the reconquest of Europe. Their leader Andriy Biletsky has sworn, after he was elected to Parliament, that he would eventually dissolve Parliament and that his ultranationalist forces would take power. And they started to kind of make some moves in that direction. Besides attacking Roma camps all over the country and menacing religious minorities, they have deployed a national corps to Kiev to supposedly restore order. And as part of their ideologic-. As part of their, you know, sort of their, one of their ideological goals or political goals is to discredit what they see as a corrupt technocratic government thats foreign-run and initiate the Reconquista from Ukraine, and spread it outwards to the, and restore order in the other white nations. So their mission extends well beyond Ukraine. So this is the group that Israel is now arming. And I should also mention that, you know, we had reported earlier that the U.S. was arming the Azov Battalion. They sent us officers to meet with Azov officers in the field to discuss logistics. Thats probably, possibly no longer taking place because of the congressional prohibition. But Canada recently sent its military attache Colonel Brian Irwin to meet with Azov officers. And Canada has had to actually defend this meeting in an official statement to Asa Winstanley. And they said that, I mean, this is absolutely pathetic. They said-. Im not quoting directly, Im paraphrasing. That they aim to encourage diversity and tolerance in Ukraine through these person to person contacts. So you know, theres nothing like arming neo-Nazis to encourage tolerance, is there. It actually speaks to the ideological tendencies of the foreign minister of Ukraine, Im sorry, of Canada, who is a Canadian Ukranian, Chrystia Freeland, whose grandfather was a Nazi. Grandfather was a Ukrainian Nazi collaborator, a hardcore Nazi ideologue, who was welcomed into the West as so many other former Ukrainian Nazi collaborators were. And when he was exposed as such by Russian diplomats in Canada, Justin Trudeau responded by expelling those diplomats rather than, you know, punishing Freeland for lying publicly lying about this fact. So whats going on here is that the U.S., this is what I think is going on, the U.S. is unable to arm Azov, and it makes it harder for them to arm the Ukrainian military, because Azov is incorporated into the National Guard. So they are turning to their allies. And one of the allies that the U.S. has always relied on is kind of this back channel to arm fascist death squads during the Cold War, was Israel. BEN NORTON: Yeah. And we saw this in the war in Guatemala. The Guatemalan civil war, where Israel, along with the U.S., helped arm Rios Montt, who was a genocidal dictator; carried out [inaudible]. But really quickly getting back to Israel and Ukraine here, Ill just note that Andriy Biletsky, who is the founder of the Azov Battalion, hes now a lawmaker in the Ukrainian Parliament. And Asa Winstanley quotes him in his article, and notes that Biletsky has, quote, pledged to restore the honor of the white race. And he has also proposed laws forbidding so-called race mixing. But before we [inaudible] here, Max, Im wondering if you could briefly talk about why you werent surprised to hear that, that Israel today is arming Nazis in Ukraine, given its history. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Because of what you just explained, which is Israels history of working as a kind of proxy for the U.S. to arm forces that are committing human rights abuses, or that are fascistic. And, you know, to give the U.S. some kind of distance. During the 1980s, I think it was in 84, in one of the rare periods where there was intelligence reform and Congress actually put the brakes on some of the excesses of the so-called intelligence community, the Congress passed the Boland amendment, which required the executive, the president, to put his signature on any covert action that took place. And this was to slow down the arms to the, to the Contras in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the fascist forces in Guatemala. And so the U.S. turned to Israel and Guatemala. Efraim Rios Montt, this right-wing dictator, genocidal dictator, who you mentioned actually said that our soldiers are, you know, reflect the Israeli spirit. And he openly praised Israel for not just supplying them with weapons, but training them. So I think this scenario is in play again. And the U.S. can easily turn to Canada, as well. It doesnt seem like Canada has particularly ashamed of the fact that it just held these high-level military meetings with a neo-Nazi battalion. BEN NORTON: Well have to end our discussion there. I was joined by the journalist Max Blumenthal, who has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis who have embedded themselves in different government institutions in Ukraine, which is a close Western ally, and an ally of NATO. And we were discussing a shocking recent report by Asa Winstanley in The Electronic Intifada about how Israel is arming the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine. As always, Max, thanks for joining us. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Thanks for having me. BEN NORTON: For The Real News, Im Ben Norton.

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He asked the delegations to finish their work by July 6 at 10 p.m. Brussels time. Fearful of a repeat of the G-7 disaster in which Mr. Trump refused to sign off on the joint communiqu, escalated a trade war and publicly derided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada the emissaries from the NATO countries all agreed. Two senior European officials said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were also keen to avoid another confrontation similar to the G-7, and the NATO declaration was completed days before leaders set foot in Brussels. It achieved several goals critical to NATO officials. Against Russian objections, the military alliance would formally invite Macedonia to join. It would establish an Atlantic Command post, hosted by the United States in Norfolk, Va., to coordinate a swift alliance response in the event of, for instance, a war in Europe between Russia and NATO allies. And, most important, allies pledged to build up their militaries and provide 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels, all ready to use in 30 days or less, by 2020 a force to quickly respond to any attack on an alliance member. Jamie Shea, a NATO deputy assistant secretary general, called the declaration the most substantive agreement that the alliance had put out in years. But its success, according to the American and European officials, lies in the feverish work before the summit meeting to keep it away from Mr. Trump. When you read the communiqu, and take into account the work that took place, this is one of the meatiest NATO summits that I can recall, said Deborah Lee James, a former secretary of the Air Force in the Obama administration. Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, said in an email on Thursday that the summit meeting was extraordinarily successful, and the outcomes are now strengthening the alliance and trans-Atlantic security.

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Amazon.com: Defamation: Yoav Shamir, Abraham Foxman …

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Biopolitics, Racialism, and Nationalism in Ancient Greece: A Summary View

The following is a brief summary of the ancient Greek theory and practice of biopolitics, racialism, and nationalism. These themes, which are so taboo in the West today, were integral to the Hellenic way of life at the founding of our Western civilization and of our unique tradition of civic self-government. I will also refer […]

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The Phony Martyrdom of Tommy Robinson – jacobinmag.com

Last month, an irate Steve Bannon fulminated against Britains liberal elite and insisted that Tommy Robinson was the fucking backbone of this country. Bannons comments came after a soft-soap radio interview with former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage. It was left to Farage, of all people, to clarify that, far from being the backbone of the country, everybody hates Tommy Robinson. Farage is not far wrong. Though a cause clbre for the Trump reactionaries, Robinson remains deeply unpopular in Britain. Serving his fifth prison term as Bannon spoke, he is the backbone only of a violent, schismatic far-right subculture. Nonetheless, a Trump-appointed diplomat lobbied the British government on Robinsons behalf, claiming to be concerned for his safety in jail. Here, the administration gave voice to the self-pitying propaganda of Robinson and his social media supporters. Robinson claimed through a social media outrider that he had been put in a jail with a 71 percent Muslim population, in a cell opposite the mosque where Muslim prisoners could spit or throw feces at him. This was reiterated on Breitbart by Telegraph journalist James Delingpole. Upon his release Robinson bemoaned his mental torture in conditions supposedly comparable to Guantnamo Bay, a claim that actual former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg gently skewered. The lies of Robinsons weaselly little cult, if that isnt a euphemism, collapse fairly quickly. Robinson spent a short period in HMP Onley, a category C prison. There is no mosque in the jail, and under a third of its inmates are Muslims. Robinson was under protection the entire time. His complaints while in jail indicate that he protested of mental torture in part so that he could demand extra spends and enhanced status and privileges. Nonetheless, mainstream platforms echoed Robinsons story of martyrdom. Far-right provocateur Raheem Kassam was shopped around the news by public relations firm CapitalHQ. He duly appeared on the BBC, as did Rebel Media boss Ezra Levant. As Owen Jones points out, if such interviews were supposed to challenge the far rights mouthpieces, they failed abysmally. Kassam was allowed to style himself as a legal commentator, and his connection to Breitbart and the far right went unmentioned. The irony is that Robinsons supporters are exactly the sorts of people who typically decry Britains prisons as soft touch holiday camps. Here they compared a short stretch in a low-security prison to the global kidnapping and torturing rings linked to Guantnamo Bay. For a man who has served several jail terms, usually for violent offenses, this is weirdly melodramatic. Britains jails may be rough and overcrowded, but this mass conversion to the cause of prison reform would perhaps be less absurd if they honestly admitted why Robinson was jailed to start with. In a softball interview with Robinson after his release, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson claimed that he was arrested for attempting to cover the trial of a sexual grooming gang in the UK, for speaking out loud in the sidewalk. Bannon likewise claimed that he was jailed unfairly, on a harsh application of a technicality regarding reporting restrictions. The Spectators Rod Liddle claimed not to be remotely a fan of Robinson, but asserted that he had been arrested for simply being Robinson. Many of his supporters are more careful. UKIP leader Gerard Batten, who shares Robinsons Islamophobic obsessions, told Infowars that Robinson was trying to protect the victims of the industrialized rape gangs that weve got operating up and down this country now. But even he half-apologetically coughed out a disclaimer about Robinson breaking the law. Islam-baiter Douglas Murray, writing in the National Review, claimed that Robinson had been persecuted for exceptionally brave citizen journalism but admitted that he had committed an offense. The reality is rather pathetic. Robinson knowingly endangered the trials of individuals potentially guilty of serious sexual assault against minors. In the first case, in May 2017, he brought a camera into the courtroom. British courts do not allow photography or filming, in order to preserve fair trials and prevent jury intimidation. Robinsons interest in the trials did not owe to some deep concern over sexual violence against children. When leading English Defence League (EDL) member Richard Price was locked up on child pornography charges, Robinson stood by him, and EDL members organized a campaign in his defense. But in this case the suspects were Asian and many were Muslim. Robinson has long cleaved to the Islamophobic rights lunatic theory identifying links between Islam and pedophilia. He tried to make racist propaganda out of the trials for Canadas far-right Rebel Media. The judge duly handed him a suspended sentence. The following year, while still serving the suspended sentence, he committed the same offense, knowing full well he would be arrested. As Britains top source of populist racism, the Sun, pointed out, Robinsons willingness to wreck these trials didnt make him a hero but a nasty thug and a grandstanding idiot. Surprisingly perhaps showing proprietorial concern for its own racist racket the Sun was the only outlet to take such an uncompromising line. If journalists are now queuing up to indulge the laments of Tommy as BBC journalists now routinely call him this is not entirely new. There has long been a curious sympathy for Robinson in parts of the British media. He is, in large part, a media creation. Robinsons major political contribution was to cofound the English Defence League, an anti-Muslim street gang that effectively existed from June 2009 to October 2013. The EDL first emerged amid a major dispute on the far right, whose principal force at the time was the British National Party (BNP). The BNP had shed its overt neo-Nazi sympathies as part of chairman Nick Griffins media-friendly electoral strategy. Hugely successful on its own terms, this secured Griffin TV appearances including the BBCs flagship Newsnight and Question Time, and built a base of close to a million votes between 2000 and 2009. That success depended, however, on a tacit division of labor on the far right. As BNP activist Lee Barnes explained, the rival National Front would be left to organize those nationalists [sic] who are not interested in political electioneering but in street activism. Foot soldiers molded under longtime BNP leader John Tyndall remembered that Griffin was once a devout advocate of Tyndalls strategy of backing up rights for whites with well-directed boots and fists. By 2008, even as Griffins tactical detour brought votes and media coverage, some BNP factions itched to return to the purer fascist ideal of controlling the streets. They also distrusted Griffins role as a well-paid representative in a European parliament they considered an abomination and leveled claims of financial corruption. These early factional moves against Griffin overlapped with the formation of the EDL. The EDL partly grew out of a violent fringe of soccer hooligans (casuals) in Luton. These Men-in-Gear (MIGs) were known for their hatred of the local Muslim minority. The main founder, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, took the pseudonym Tommy Robinson from one of the notorious local casuals. It briefly fused with a right-wing anti-Muslim group called March for England, organized by far-right YouTuber Paul Ray. But Ray claims to have been driven away by an influx of BNPers. Both Robinson and right-hand man Kevin Carroll were ex-BNPers with convictions for violent offenses. Key EDL organizer Chris Renton was a known BNP activist. Davy Cooling, an activist in the Luton division, was a BNP and MIG member. Sean Corrigan, who ran the EDLs online forum, was a BNP activist from St Albans. Alan Spence, its northeast regional organizer, was a former BNP candidate. With the organizational spine drawn from the extant far right, the foot soldiers were recruited from among right-wing football casuals and organized into local divisions. Alan Lake, one of the groups funders and strategists, explained that this was a deliberate calculation. The hooligans were motivated, traveled under their own steam to matches, and were partial to violence. This old tactic mimicked the National Fronts infiltration of football gangs in the 1970s, partly to organize attacks against black people, Asians, the Left, and trade unionists. In 2009, it provided the physical heft with which to attack Muslims and anyone who might look like a Muslim. Finally, some ideological inspiration was drawn from Ulster Loyalism. The slogan No Surrender, often shortened to NS on far-right message boards (or NFSE for No Fucking Surrender Ever) was taken from the ideology of Loyalist paramilitaries, who backed it up with bullets. Linked to this was the strong Crusader theme in EDL ideology; recalling the bloody medieval struggle against Islam, its main visual icon was the St Georges cross on a shield. With this coalition mobilized by a rousing ideology of violent struggle, Robinson and his allies repackaged an old far-right strategy: march and grow. Big street mobilizations aim to gain media attention and excite potential supporters. As academics Paul Jackson and Martin Feldman have documented, the EDLs main innovation is to link this to a successful Facebook strategy. This was the vehicle, the outlet, for thwarted fascist organizers, football casuals, various neo-Nazis, and a periphery of young white men in Stone Island gear. How was a media star born of such unpromising material? At this stage, there was no Tommy cult. Robinson did not appear in public unmasked, and details about him were scarce. It wasnt until June 2010 that his real identity, far-right background, and history of football violence were revealed by the antifascist magazine Searchlight. At that point, the leadership was under attack by a weird alliance between Paul Ray, the Ulster Freedom Fighter leader and Combat-18 supporter Johnny Adair, and German neo-Nazi and Israel Defense Forces fan Nick Greger. In the ensuing organizational changes seeking to staunch the attacks, the leaders role was consolidated and a string of new regional organizers appointed. This meant two things. First, local organizers could complement national mobilizations with local initiatives such as anti-Muslim graffiti, violent flash demonstrations (in Oldham), placing pig heads near mosques or potential mosques (in Nottingham), descending on fast-food restaurants to warn against the sale of halal meat (Blackburn), or attacking Asian residences (in Nuneaton). Second, Robinson became the EDLs undisputed leader and main spokesperson, flanked by his deputy Carroll. It was then that Robinsons public persona was developed. He proved extremely adept at running rings around interviewers, and also had a certain laddish charisma. His unpolished speaking style played into his self-representation as the underdog facing down slick professionals. The justification for giving such a fringe, violent figure these platforms was that this would expose him. This had already failed with the BNP, and most journalists seemed to know very little about Robinsons history, his politics, or even how to challenge his most offensive claims. Meanwhile, Robinson carefully stuck to rehearsed lines: reiterating, for example, that he was not against all Muslims, despite obsessively tracking alleged Muslim wrongdoing. A typical example was a BBC Radio 4 appearance when he was politely quizzed by Sarah Montague, who declined to ask the obvious questions. Strikingly, the one fleeting occasion on which Robinson has been substantively challenged was when rapper Akala shredded him on the BBC. Nonetheless, broadcasters continued to find him compelling. The day after he appeared at a European counter-jihad meeting in Denmark, the BBC paid to fly him home for an appearance on The Big Questions, hosted by right-wing anchor Nicky Campbell. The Desmond media remained staunchly supportive. By 2011, after two years of violent mobilizations, racist attacks, and many disclosures of fascist involvement in the EDL, the Star still felt confident enough to publish glowing promotional material for EDL mobilizations, give friendly interviews to Robinson on his plans for a new political party, and enthuse that the EDL had visibly growing support, attracting people across Britain to its ranks. It uncritically quoted Robinsons claim that the EDL had no problems with race and looked forward to it becoming a political force which people would have to take very seriously. As the organization developed, and frequently faced counter-mobilizations led by the Left, it began to broaden its targets. Early on, the organizations website had detected the menace of communism in the Labour Party and trade-union movement. As the Institute of Race Relations reported, in addition to the catalog of racist attacks, the EDL had attacked left-wing gigs, socialist and pro-Palestine stands, a trade-union bookshop, and antifascist meetings. In 2011, in response to student protests against tuition-fee rises, Robinson threatened that next time such a protest occurred, the EDL would be there to stop attacks on the police. These students, he said, lived off their dads fucking bank cards and couldnt understand what it is to be a working-class member of this community. Later, it set itself up as a protector of neighborhoods during the English riots in summer 2011. In this respect, it started to resemble a classic fascist movement. Nonetheless, the student protests died out, and the EDL failed to build on the riots. It was also tarnished by its alleged association with Anders Behring Breivik, who killed sixty-nine Norwegian schoolchildren in 2011. The EDL continued its protests targeting Muslims, including two attempts to march on Tower Hamlets (a borough of London with a large Muslim population) in 2011 and 2013. In July 2013, an EDL protest in Birmingham spiraled into a riot, for which fifty people were imprisoned. But the protests were starting to dwindle, and were constantly hampered by opposition, as in Walthamstow in 2012. Quitting the EDL in October 2013, Robinson was suddenly minted as a born-again antiracist hero. He appeared on a platform alongside his confederate Kevin Carroll and ex-Islamist-turned-counter-jihad entrepreneur Maajid Nawaz. Robinson and Carroll claimed that they had quit the EDL because of mounting far-right infiltration. The Quilliam Foundation, which Nawaz cofounded with Ed Husain, took credit for this breakthrough in race relations, claiming that Robinson had seen the error of his ways. It came a year after the foundations government funding was cut off. Since then, it has been funded by right-wing anti-Muslim groups in the United States. Immediately after Robinsons salvation was declared, Nawaz issued requests for government funding to help his ongoing rehabilitation. There was reason to be skeptical of this apparent conversion. The Quilliam Foundation had previously staged the apparent conversion of EDL activists Leighton Evans and Harry Burns. Quilliam arranged for Evans to be interviewed by the Guardian, and it became glaringly apparent that no conversion had taken place. Robinson had claimed he was EDL till I die when he was interviewed by the BBCs Andrew Neil only months before. There was no evidence that Robinson had changed his views about Muslims. He had still attended anti-mosque protests and made the same formulaic far-right speeches, until the brink of the announcement. He was still fond of physically intimidating his critics. Robinson later alleged that the Foundation paid him 2,000 a month to leave the EDL in order to take credit for his conversion. But Robinson was already on the way out, looking for a more respectable platform. He had flirted with setting up a new party or joining UKIP. After quitting, his personal assistant made it clear that he was looking to form a new non-street-based organization. There was no conversion. It says a lot about the UK counter-jihad industry, Tommy Robinson himself, and the British media that they were all so open to such a stunt. Parts of the media, especially left-wing pundits, did raise mild skepticism over Robinsons conversion. But many swallowed his contrition whole, and he was quickly invited onto BBC Newsnight for an interview with an unusually tame Jeremy Paxman. Given the chance to repudiate his racism, he deflected. Comedian Omar Hamdi broke bread with Robinson and found that the new, grown-up Tommy Robinson has some serious things to say. The BBC produced a documentary featuring Robinson and Mo Ansar, which implied that the encounter between the pair on the BBCs The Big Questions had caused Robinsons change of heart. Seeing Robinsons media standing, and obviously impressed by Quilliams ability to capitalize, the enterprising Tory candidate Afzal Amin attempted his own publicity stunt, offering EDL members cash to canvas for him and stage a phony march and climbdown for which he could claim credit. This rebranding persisted even after Robinsons open return to Islamophobic activism. In 2015, when he launched Pegida UK (imitating the German far-right movement), he was again invited onto news programs to explain his new moderate agenda. He told Channel 4 that he had kept the EDLs righteous message, but we dont want the booze and the football hooligan element. In the Spectator, James Delingpole insisted that Britains most hated man isnt that hateful. Delingpole a preposterous, posh reactionary seems to have met Robinson and been charmed by his earthy thuggishness, declaring that he was unfairly made into a pariah. Swallowing Robinsons self-published hero myth, the Telegraphs Jamie Bartlett considered him a marginalized voice, victimized by very aggressive policing tactics and civil liberties violations. The fact that journalists keep saying that Robinson is a plucky underdog and a victim surely ought to make them wonder if theyre being played. Yet the trope of the plucky underdog persists in part because of another egregious idea: that this goon represents the legitimate grievances of the white working class. This trope is echoed by his supporters, such as Delingpole, and the oleaginous Douglas Murray. But it frequently appears in mainstream news reporting. Journalists want him, one senses, to be their fantasy of the white working class: an uneducated geezer, a bit of a character with a colorful past who might, with indulgence, grow up and be educated into a more mature position by his class betters. This discourse ascribing far-right success to the legitimate grievances of the white working class has a disgraced and disastrous pedigree. The cult of victimhood is classic far-right language. Insofar as it has been echoed by pundits and opportunistic politicians, it has resulted in pandering attempts to placate the far right with racist policies. More recently, it has been used by Robinson and his acolytes to rationalize murder. But what sort of grievances are we talking about? The latest to take up this cri de coeur is none other than Maajid Nawaz, today a radio presenter. Rather than recanting his promotion of Robinson, he uses this platform to draw attention to what he terms the legitimate grievances driving Robinsons support. He claims that these grievances include a cultural blind-spot to extremism coming from brown people, adding that grooming gangs were allowed by Labour councils in the name of antiracism. And thus, he concludes, Robinson is simply trying to say what cant be said in the British media. Nawaz, to give him his due, is an intelligent and facile opportunist. It would be surprising if he didnt know that every other news day is extremism coming from brown people day. Nor is he unaware that the UKs ongoing participation in extraditions, kidnappings, internment, secret prisons, assassinations, drone attacks, and war are all justified by extremism coming from brown people. Likewise, whatever grossly inflammatory, inaccurate, headline-grabbing material the Quilliam Foundation has published on grooming gangs in northern England, there is no obvious connection between outrage at the sexual exploitation of children and being an anti-Muslim racist. Unless you make a racist connection, there isnt one. Nawazs repetition of the loony far-right conspiracy theory that Rotherham council covered up sexual abuse to further their politically correct agenda should be taken for the brazen cynicism that it is. And the British press has hardly been reticent in covering this scandal, and in blaming brown people for it. Its also important to notice how the language of grievances works out in practice. Consider the anger of Darren Osborne, who used a van to mow down a crowd of pedestrians outside Finsbury Park mosque. What were his grievances? Police claim that Osborne was goaded into action by Tommy Robinsons posts and videos. Court evidence suggested that it took a month, digesting this material, for him to become obsessed with Muslims. This probably simplifies matters greatly. Nonetheless, it is significant that Robinson termed Osbornes murderous attack a revenge attack and blamed the mosque for creating terrorists and radical jihadists and promoting hate and segregation. Robinson was rationalizing the killing. And he did so in a way characteristic of his rhetoric. Between 1997 and 2003, the Finsbury Park mosque was under the leadership of Abu Hamza, against the wishes of its trustees and despite legal action on their part. During that time, a number of jihadist cadres were molded at the mosque. A combination of police action, and intervention by Muslim organizations and the Charity Commission, reopened the mosque under new leadership in 2005. The idea that this mosque, let alone worshippers and anyone who happened to be outside, gave an unemployed Welshman anything to avenge, makes sense only if you make the racist assumption, like Robinson does, that Islam is extreme and all Muslims are extremists. Nonetheless, the media continued to crave Robinsons input, with ITVs Good Morning Britain giving him a platform the day after the attack to say that the Quran was an incitement to violence. Not despite the fact that a man inspired by Robinsons ideology had just been jailed for murder, but because of it. And again, on the day that Osborne was found guilty, the BBC saw fit to invite Robinson onto Newsnight for yet another softball interview. Again, not despite the fact that a man inspired by his ideology had just been jailed for murder, but because of it. Asking no difficult questions grotesquely in the circumstances they handed Robinson a platform to play the martyr. The extraordinary fact about Tommy Robinson, therefore, is not that a wicked nation has tormented him, but that he receives such docile goodwill from a variety of quarters, above all the broadcasters, despite all that he has said and done. But he isnt a martyr, he is a clever fascist. And that isnt stigmata, its blood on his hands.

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KJV New Defenders Study Bible: Henry Morris … – amazon.com

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Ms. Minnie Steinman Dublin, GA.Minnie Francis Steinmann, age 84, passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 at Serenity Place following a brief illness.Minnie was born March 14, 1934 in Hazlehurst, GA. She was the daughter of the late Emory and Ada Francis. Minnie was a loving mother and Granny. She enjoyed her flower garden, bird watching, (especially hummingbirds), and her cat, Tiger.In addition to her parents, Minnie was preceded in death by: -Sons: Jerry Steinmann and… Dublin, GA.Minnie Francis Steinmann, age 84, passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 at Serenity Place following a brief illness.Minnie was born March 14, 1934 in Hazlehurst, GA. She was…

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Did Hitler have children?

For many years, the record books stated that Adolf Hitler did not have any biological children. He only married his longtime girlfriend the day before he committed suicide, after all, and was likely too involved in his political efforts to bother with being a father. However, recent information has surfaced that alleges that Hitler may have had a ‘secret son’, born to a French teenager who encountered Hitler while he was on leave in the military. According to the memoir written by Jean-Marie Loret, Hitler’s claimed son, they began an affair during this time and his birth was the result of that affair.Loret’s mother, Charlotte Lobjoie, says she had an affair with the man in 1917, when she was only 16 years old to Hitler’s 28 years of age. She didn’t tell her son about his father’s identity until right before she died. According to military documents, cash deliveries were made to Lobjoie during the time when Germany occupied France. They also found paintings with Hitler’s signature in her attic and there was a painting Hitler had done that looks just like the woman claiming to have his son. Lobjoie died in the 1950s, and after Loret learned the possibility of who his father was, he set out for the truth.Loret hired historians, geneticists, and others to help verify the claim that his mother had made. He did have the same blood type as Hitler, as well as similar handwriting. Pictures proved that they also looked eerily similar in many ways. The official record still states that Hitler had no children. Loret died in 1985, in a time when potential DNA testing or other means weren’t even an option. If Hitler was the father of this man, however, he does have a lineage through Loret’s own children.Loret’s attorney has pointed out that his surviving children might be eligible to get royalties from Mein Kampf, if they can be proven to be descendants of Hitler. Of course, no one is in a hurry to admit their relation to Adolf Hitler, a known Nazi and one of the most evil people in 20th century history, as most people see him. Loret wrote a memoir in 1981 called Your Father’s Name was Hitler, which is where he discusses finding out, the affair he was told about, and what his mother said about his father before she died. Facts are still being validated and as of yet, no official record of this relationship has been made.

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