antifa notes (september 30, 2014)

Briefly:

Australian Defence League/Patriots Defence League Australia

I wrote a piece about the Australian Defence League (ADL) for New Matilda. You can read it here. The Patriots Defence League Australia, an ADL splinter group, was planning on holding a rally at Hyde Park in Sydney on Saturday (September 27), but folks on the ground report they were a no-show. In related news, Joumanah El Matrah writes (Muslim women don’t deserve this, Herald Sun, September 29, 2014):

AND so it begins. Around Australia, Muslim women have come under attack: one is beaten, another is sworn at, another has her hijab pulled off her head, injuring her neck.

Social media is rife with accounts of abuse as well as warnings to Muslim women to keep themselves and their children indoors until “it” is over — “it” presumably being the repetitiously declared and obsessively reported war against IS …

Australia First Party

The leader of the Australia First Party, Dr Jim Saleam, is spitting chips because he’s once again been denied a visa to visit New Zealand to hang with the neo-Nazis in Right Wing Resistance (New Zealand) and their chums in the National Front. This is the second time the doctor’s been refused, the last being in October 2013. See : Immigration bars ex Nazi, Michael Forbes (Fairfax), October 26, 2013.

Golden Dawn

Today’s Grauniad carries an article by Michael Safi on Golden Dawn’s (GD) fund-raising activities in Australia. See : Golden Dawn: Australian branch of far-right Greek party raises cash. While two GD Euro MPs, Eleftherios Synadinos and Georgios Epitideios, are set to tour Australia in October, it appears as though no visa has yet been issued to them, suggesting that the tour if it happens may be delayed until November.

Squadron 88

The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) has published a report on the Sydney shenanigans of the boneheads belonging to Squadron 88. The boneheads have adopted Dr Jim’s mate Ross ‘The Skull’ May as their mascot, and promised to bring the world more exciting agitprop featuring The Skull in the near future.

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The SUWA Show, Friday, September 26, 2014 + Strategies of Resistance: Beyond the Border

On Friday’s SUWA Show Dr Cam & I have a chat with Liz Thompson about borders and things. On Monday, Liz is part of a panel at The Wheeler Centre to discuss:

Strategies of Resistance: Beyond the Border
The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM
Monday 29 September 2014

Australia’s border policies have become increasingly punitive over the past decade, under a succession of governments, as we push the ‘problem’ of asylum seekers who come by boat beyond our borders.

Our speakers will talk about government deterrence rhetoric and policies, the industry and experience of offshore detention, and strategies for protest. They’ll look at campaigns like Boycott Biennale and artistic responses, and draw on their personal experiences. With Aran Mylvaganam, spokesperson for the Tamil Refugee Council and activist for refugee rights, writer and activist Angela Mitropoulos and migration agent Liz Thompson.

Chaired by Mark Davis, journalist and reporter for SBS’s Dateline.

(We also talk about the Australian Defence League and some other stuff.)

Tune in at 5.30pm on 855AM or livestream at 3CR.

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“Anti-Terror Raids Embolden Australian Defence League And Far Right Groups”

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I wrote an article for New Matilda on the Australian Defence League et al.

You can read it here.

I’ll probably add a few more thoughts here laters probably …

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Briggs : Bad Apples + #ShepLife

Briggs — Shepparton’s finest rapper, unofficial mayor, and winner of the 2014 National Indigenous Music Award’s National New Talent of the Year award — has a new album out on Golden Era Records, ShepLife. The second single off the album is ‘Bad Apples’; the first, with Gurrumul, is ‘The Hunt’: both tracks get ***** from me.

The National Album Launch Tour starts in Maroochydore on Friday, October 3 and ends in Melbourne on Monday, November 3. Get into it!

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Squadron 88 + The Skull = lulz

“Hi, I’m Squadron 88. You may remember me from such media headlines as ‘Wake up white Australia’: Anti-Semitic flyers distributed in Sydney and Right to be a bigot comments have emboldened racists …”

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Oh dear: good old Squadron 88 have a new spokesperson: Ross ‘The Skull’ May. The silly old bugger has a message … or had. After having been bitchslapped on the Stormfront forum by Peter Campbell (“Whitelawtowers”), the bonehead/s of Squadron 88 (“truewhitewarrior”) have thought better of publishing a promo video on YouTube. Titled ▶ SQUADRON 88. SKULLISM EP.1 DARKIE PATROL. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d_pAdpJ5Ps) the very short promo vid declares that The Skull & Squadron 88 will be setting up ‘darkie patrols’ in Sydney to apprehend black men before they rape white women.

Or words to that effect.

Why Squadron 88 has now elected to place The Skull at the centre of their propaganda efforts is a bit of a mystery, but presumably the fact that The Skull is already a well-known figure — halps. But who is ‘The Skull’? May has been around for some time. Here he is with his fuehrer, Jim Saleam, at an Australian Nazi Party mini-Nuremberg rally in the early 1970s:

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Again in January 2005:

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Again in December 2006, halping Dr Jim Saleam hand out Australia First propaganda in Cronulla:

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And again in 2009, entering the now-defunct annual fascist gathering known as the Sydney Forum:

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Otherwise, The Skull may be found at most Australia First Party events in Sydney, and constitutes a fitting sidekick for Dr Jim’s moustache.

Bonus Ralph!

Ralph Cerminara, the self-proclaimed President of the always-outrageous Australian Defence League, has gotten some media attention recently, first for declaring his intention to burn down mosques, harass Muslim women on the street and plan another Cronulla (Australian man warns of another Cronulla riot after being bashed for filming Muslim women, news.com.au, September 9, 2014) and secondly for his sterling military record (Ralph Cerminara, soldier who warned of another Cronulla riot, is a fraud, according to military impostors website, Matt Young, news.com.au, September 12, 2014). Note that the previous self-declared President of the ADL was a whinging Pom named Martin Brennan. In 2011 Brennan was deported to E-E-England as an illegal immigrant.

Wankers, the lot of ‘em.

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La Revolución de Octubre 1934 (José Muñoz Congost)

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On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Asturian October 1934 revolution Exilio Libertario, a Melbourne-based group of Spanish anarchist exiles, have published in PDF format a booklet in Spanish written by compañero José Muñoz Congost.

[La Revolución de Octubre 1934 (José Muñoz Congost)]

See also : The Asturian Commune of 1934, José Luis Mulas Hernandez, Kate Sharpley Library.

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Socialist Alternative 0 Christopher Pyne 1

On August 29, my favourite Tory politician (and federal education minister) Christopher Pyne wrote an article for Uncle Rupert’s The Australian decrying anti-Semitism on Australian university campuses and identifying the neo-Cliffite political organisation Socialist Alternative as a major culprit. Subsequently, the SAlt club at Monash University has been deregistered and a SAlt member at LaTrobe University faces disciplinary action as a result of alleged harassment of a fellow student. Note that in WA, the SAlt club at the University of Western Australia has also been deregistered.

This isn’t the first time SAlt have been accused of anti-Semitism, previous allegations having surfaced in September 2006 (see : Anti-Semitism on campus?), March 2009 (see : Socialist Alternative: socialist jihadists of the far Left subsisting on a diet of anti-Semitism, lentils and tofu) and March 2014 (see : Socialists deny anti-Semitism slander, Mel Barnes, Green Left Weekly, March 22, 2014): SAlt deny all such allegations.

SAlt has issued a public statement on the decision and there’s an online petition calling on the Monash Student Association to rescind their decision; in related news, the AUJS is celebrating the defeat of a motion to support the BDS campaign at Monash: “The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has welcomed the Monash Student Council’s rejection of the highly offensive and unproductive Boycott Divestment Sanctions propaganda movement. The rejection of BDS, which came after extensive AUJS advocacy, was overwhelming. Just 4 councillors voted in favour, 2 abstained, and 11 voted against.”

See also : Max Brenner, chocolate and blood (September 13, 2011) | The Man Who Wants To Smash My Face With A Baseball Bat, Michael Brull, New Matilda, September 5, 2014.

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Australian government supporting terrorists (PKK)?

Update (September 16) : Is Australia arming ‘terrorist’ PKK fighters?, The Age, September 15, 2014.

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Huh.

The Australian government has announced it will be transporting arms to Kurdish groups fighting IS/IS in Iraq:

Australian troops to deliver arms in person in Iraq
Dan Harrison
The Age
August 31, 2014

This is quite remarkable given that one of these groups, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), is proscribed under Australian law as a terrorist organisation. Given that the US government is similarly committed to supplying arms, and given that Australian foreign policy is typically in lockstep with the US, the status of the PKK may well change … a fact which, if nothing else, reveals the highly pragmatic nature of The War on Terror™. Chomsky:

The fact of the matter is that there is no War on Terror. It’s a minor consideration. So invading Iraq and taking control of the world’s energy resources was way more important than the threat of terror. And the same with other things. Take, say, nuclear terror. The American intelligence systems estimate that the likelihood of a “dirty bomb,” a dirty nuclear bomb attack in the United States in the next ten years, is about 50 percent. Well, that’s pretty high. Are they doing anything about it? Yeah. They’re increasing the threat, by increasing nuclear proliferation, by compelling potential adversaries to take very dangerous measures to try to counter rising American threats.

This is even sometimes discussed. You can find it in the strategic analysis literature. Take, say, the invasion of Iraq again. We’re told that they didn’t find weapons of mass destruction. Well, that’s not exactly correct. They did find weapons of mass destruction, namely, the ones that had been sent to Saddam by the United States, Britain, and others through the 1980s. A lot of them were still there. They were under control of U.N. inspectors and were being dismantled. But many were still there. When the U.S. invaded, the inspectors were kicked out, and Rumsfeld and Cheney didn’t tell their troops to guard the sites. So the sites were left unguarded, and they were systematically looted. The U.N. inspectors did continue their work by satellite and they identified over 100 sites that were systematically looted, like, not somebody going in and stealing something, but carefully, systematically looted.

See also : PKK – from terrorist threat to ally?, Deutsche Welle, August 31, 2014: “The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is banned in Germany. The EU deems it a terrorist group. Now, however, regarding the threat from ‘IS,’ some German politicians appear ready to begin discussions over reconsidering.” | The possibility of breaking up Iraq, Kurdish Anarchists Forum, anarchistan, August 28, 2014 | Chomsky On The Prospect of Kurdish Independence: Noam Chomsky interviewed by Namo Abdulla, Rudaw, February 15, 2011 | Australian Federal Police (AFP) ~versus~ Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), August 20, 2010.

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antifa notes (august 26, 2014) : golden dawn + squadron 88

Huh: it never rains, it pours.

1) Golden Dawn

Yesterday the ABC published a report on the upcoming Australian tour by two Golden Dawn (GD) MEPs, Eleftherios Synadinos and Georgios Epitideios:

Golden Dawn: Members of controversial Greek far-right political party to visit Australia
Dan Oakes
August 25, 2014

As noted, real estate guy Iggy Gavrilidis is Chief Swinging Dick for GD Down Under. You may remember Iggy from such stunning victories as the joint GD/Australia First Party rally in Brisbane in May (where the handful of fascists who assembled had to flee in a maxi taxi driven by an Indian gentleman LOL). See : So who were these nazis anyway? Australia First & Golden Dawn in Brisbane (May 4, 2014).

In any event, assuming the dynamic duo pass the character test — ie, the Australian government elects to allow elected fascists into the country — and assuming also that GD intend to publicise their meetings, there’s a fair to good chance that their presence in Australia will not go unopposed. For more information on fun in Melbourne see The Disrupt & Dismantle Golden Dawn Welcome Collective event page. No doubt further infos will be available if/when the two old fascists make it in.

For moar infos on GD’s record of political violence, see : The 60 case files of the criminal organisation Golden Dawn, Jail Golden Dawn, August 24, 2014. See also : Ευρωβουλευτές της Χρυσής Αυγής στην Αυστραλία/Members-of-Golden-Dawn-to-visit-Australia; SBS, August 26, 2014.

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2) Squadron 88

In other news, a tiny mob of nazis called ‘Squadron 88′ (88 = HH = Heil Hitler) has gained some media attention after some of the boneheads distroed a nazi tract in Bondi:

‘Wake up white Australia’: Anti-Semitic flyers distributed in Sydney
Stephanie Anderson
SBS
August 26, 2014

In brief, Squadron 88 is a new, ad hoc organisation consisting of a few young boneheads from Sydney closely aligned to the Australia First Party. Curiously, AF member David Pallor supports the boneheads: you may remember David from several years ago — when he had some legal difficulties arising from his sale of nazi merch (2008) — and more recently, when he failed to turn up to his own rally in Brisbane.

LOL.

As well as producing shitty anti-Semitic samizdat, the groupuscule has been making a bit of a nuisance of itself in other ways. But moar on that later …

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Free the refugees – Nadya & Masha, don’t speak at #FODI [#PussyRiot]

On August 31 in Sydney, two former members of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alekhina, are scheduled to talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI). You may remember FODI from such Dangerous Ideas as Honour Killings Are Morally Justified.

Unfortunately, the St James Ethics Centre, the hosts of FODI, is implicated in Operation Sovereign Borders, the Australian government policy framework for the multi-billion dollar industry that is Fortress #STRAYA: “Australia’s asylum seeker policy has delivered up to $10bn to private contractors, with offshore contracts alone valued at $859,363 per person.” Consequently, a group of women from Sydney, Too Many Girls In The Pit, have requested Nadya and Masha reconsider their participation in FODI and seek other venues to address their audience.

Below is the open letter the women (blog | Twitter) have addressed to Nadya & Masha.

See also : Crossborder Operational Matters.

Dear Ms Masha Alyokhina and Ms Nadya Tolokonnikova,

We are a group of women who have recently read that you will speak at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas #FODI in Sydney, Australia. We understand you will be in conversation with journalist, Ms Masha Gessen, about your work for Zona Prava, about Putin’s and the state oppression of your people and about your activist and art work and punk music, as part of Pussy Riot. We have been following this work and your more recent fight against prison conditions.

We are greatly concerned about another group who are also detained and some of whom have undergone torture, imprisonment and a lack of freedom of movement. We are highly disturbed with how the government is treating this group, namely refugees who come by boat, and with how refugees are indefinitely detained in conditions that amount to human rights abuses.

We ask that you both choose to not speak at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas #FODI and choose another forum to get your important messages out. We request this because the hosts behind this festival, the St James Ethics Centre and its foundation (the St James Ethics Centre Foundation), have strong links to the indefinite detention of refugees. The cultural aspect of this event helps to soften the St James Ethics Centre’s image despite these links, which are often unknown.

In Australia, we now have militarised borders under the government’s policy and framework, Operation Sovereign Borders. Lt General Angus Campbell is the head of Operation Sovereign Borders and decisions made by the National Security Committee of Cabinet do not have to pass Cabinet. Refugees who seek asylum run up against this group of military persons, politicians and national security services. The operation itself has been run under secrecy and deception.

Operation Sovereign Borders refers to refugees who are detained offshore such as on Christmas Island, Manus Island and Nauru, or onshore. Our national government and the previous one have spent billions of dollars each year to lock up refugees who come by boat. The billions are spent on corporations and small businesses, non-government organisations and on detention centres, camps and the land to provide poor services and premises. This is spent without a guarantee of refugees’ basic safety. There is evidence from the refugees themselves and from others within and outside the system that this environment causes mental illness, trauma, extreme uncertainty and bodily pain due to ailments, which aren’t medically attended to. There is also evidence of abuse from guards and virulent racism. Families are sometimes separated.

The refugees have no freedom of movement and depending on the government’s desperate need to silence, have highly restricted access to lawyers and other advocates. Despite this, a lot of the information we are able to get is from refugees contacting people outside the camps, from lawyers and other advocates, former detention industry workers, non-government actors, from the government accidentally releasing info and from committed journalists. There has been increasing overseas media coverage about the current state but the government continues to act with impunity.

The Festival’s host, the St. James Ethics Centre and its foundation, has two board members who have direct connections to Operation Sovereign Borders. One board director of the St James Ethics Centre is Major General Andrew James Molan. Major General Molan is the paid Special Envoy of Operation Sovereign Borders. He helped design the operation and promoted the current government’s refugee policies prior to its election.

Another St James Ethics Board Director of concern is Douglas Snedden. Mr Snedden is also an independent director of Transfield Services, a multinational corporation that profits from the service provision of indefinitely detained refugees on Nauru and from 2014, Manus Island. Most recently, the national government under high secrecy ordered the detainment of 157 Tamil refugees on a prison ship. These same refugees are now being detained on Nauru.

Transfield Services entered the service and welfare provision on Manus Island after a particular series of brutal events. There was violence towards the refugees at the hands of various actors, which resulted in many injuries and the murder of a refugee known as Reza Berati. There are ongoing reports of abuses, including punishment, for when refugees try to inform people outside the camps of the abuses and when there is understandable protest on Manus Island.

• The St James Ethics Centre presents the staging of its ideas as neutral and the fallacy that its organised forums have no relevance to the indefinite detention of refugees. We reject this.
• The St James Ethics Centre runs on manufactured controversy in organising cultural events and profits off this controversy but neutralises the importance of having board directors who profit from the human rights abuses of refugees.
• We believe that the Festival of Dangerous Ideas allows the St James Ethics Centre to build its brand. This branding and reputation flows on to the reputations of corporations and government policies, which make up Operation Sovereign Borders.
• The Centre and its foundation with board directors who profit from this brutal system reduce this profiting to the sharing of ideas and an ‘inevitable’ conflict of interest such as on their governance page.
• The St James Ethics Centre’s charity status lists refugees and those seeking asylum as beneficiaries. We reject this when two of the directors of the centre and its foundation drive and profit from mandatory detention and Operation Sovereign Borders.

Nadya and Masha, we look forward to hearing about your activism, art and ideas at a different forum, a forum that does not have such strong ties to an industry that for profit, political gain and electoral stability oversees immense human rights abuse such as indefinite detention and an absence of refugee processing. In conclusion and in the spirit of solidarity, we created a mixtape for you both. A world where there is no mandatory detention—where refugees are free—is possible.

In solidarity,

Too Many Girls In The Pit.

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