Yeah Nah Pasaran! #005 w Shuddhabrata Sengupta on BJP, CAA, Delhi & fascism in India : February 13, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Shuddhabrata Sengupta, a Delhi-based artist, curator with the Raqs Media Collective and occasional (but gifted) writer. Some of his recent work includes the terrific essay ‘The Garden of Freedom: Lessons that Shaheen Bagh teaches us about citizenship’ (The Caravan, February 2, 2020).

See also : New Delhi election: Kejriwal’s AAP stuns Modi’s BJP with huge win, Al Jazeera, February 12, 2020 | Bushfires stopped Scott Morrison from going to India, but will his absence matter?, Melissa Clarke, ABC, January 22, 2020 | Rise Up: Images From Delhi’s CAA Protests (‘Demonstrators gathered across the city to protest the controversial citizenship amendment act’), HuffPost India, December 19, 2019 | India: Intimations of an Ending: The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right., Arundhati Roy, The Nation, November 22, 2019 | Timeline of the Riots in Modi’s Gujarat, Shreeya Sinha and Mark Suppes, The New York Times, August 19, 2015.

4.30pm, Thursday, February 13, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Putin’s Gangsta State Sends Anti-Fascists To Jail

FTR …

A group of anarchists and anti-fascists have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms after being convicted of belonging to a fictitious terror network imaginatively dubbed ‘The Network’ by Russian authorities.

See : Russia jails members of ‘non-existent’ terror group Set, BBC, February 10, 2020 /// Russian antifascist group given ‘monstrous’ jail terms, Andrew Roth, The Guardian, February 11, 2020 /// «Пензенское дело». Приговор, Media Zone, February 10, 2020 | 86 Years in Prison for 7 Defendants in Network Case, The Russian Reader, February 10, 2020. This last post includes the following note:

… if I were a betting man, I would wager that our tiresome planet’s obnoxious pillars of liberal truth—the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and Al Jazeera, among others—will suddenly weigh in on the case after blithely ignoring it for two years, as will many if not all of the crypto-Putinist “Russia watchers” in our midst, eerily silent until now. Barring a sudden revolution, don’t imagine this is the last such case in Russia, a country that has worried so many people around the world for the last several years that they’re determined not to know anything particular about it except “Putin” and “troll factories.” And don’t imagine that a show trial just as juicy and unjust won’t be coming to a theater near you. Please don’t reprint, repost or otherwise reference this article without prefacing it with my remarks. I’d like to preempt “spontaneous” shows of “solidarity” by people who couldn’t be bothered to do anything when it would have made a difference. Despite the well-known saying, it IS a popularity contest, and seven innocent young men in Penza have lost it. [TRR]

For background to the case, and the situation of the seven convicted men — Dmitry Pchelintsev (18 years jail), Ilya Shakursky (16), Maxim Ivankin (13), Andrei Chernov (14), Mikhail Kulkov (10), Vasily Kuksov (9) and Arman Sagynbayev (6) — see : rupression.com.

KIDNAPPING, ELECTROCUTING, BEATING UP
The FSB fabricates the case about terrorism against antifascists

On the eve of the presidential election and the World Cup repressions began in Russia. Activists are being kidnapped, beaten up, electrocuted, forced to sign and learn investigative evidence, in which law enforcement investigation interested, by heart. Besides tortures and battery, detainees are threatened to be imprisoned for long time: secret services incriminate participation in mythical terrorist organization called “Network”.

The seven will obviously require support and solidarity. In which context, see The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund and keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming benefit gig in Melbourne.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #004 w Alexander Reid Ross (+ frens) on creeping/eco-fascism : February 6, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Alexander Reid Ross, a PhD Candidate in Geography @ Portland State University, Doctoral Fellow @ the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right, author of Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press, 2017) and to some friends @ Ad Astra Comix, a Canuckistanian publisher ‘specializing in comic books with social justice themes’. See also : Transnational White Terror: Exposing Atomwaffen And The Iron March Networks, Team Ross, Bevensee, and ZC (in collaboration with the Autonomous Disinformation Research Network), bellingcat, December 19, 2019.

• Note that this episode is an edited version of a longer conversation which we’ll prolly chuck up as a podcast at some point in the next few weeks.
• Re podcasts, check out Giving the Mic to the Wrong Person, a show str8 outta Portland, which discusses Socialism and Simpsons soundclips /// Posadism and pro-wrestling. Long Live Juan Posadas Thought!

4.30pm, Thursday, February 6, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #003 w Jason Wilson on neo-nazi terrorists The Base : January 30, 2020

Update (February 5, 2020) : The journalist who infiltrated The Base (‘Ryan Thorpe of the Winnipeg Free Press talks about his extraordinary experience going undercover in the neo-Nazi group and outing an army reservist as one of its recruiters’), Nick R. Martin, The Informant, February 3, 2020 /// (January 31, 2020) : The BBC has published an exposé on Alisher Mukhitdino(v) (AKA Alexander Slavros), the Russian-based founder of now-defunct neo-Nazi website Iron March (the one what helped spawn Atomwaffen in the US, National Action in the UK and Antipodean Resistance in Australia).

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to freelance journalist and dog lover (Dr) Jason Wilson about neo-Nazi terror gruppe ‘The Base’. See :

Revealed: the true identity of the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group, The Guardian, January 24, 2020
Prepping for a race war: documents reveal inner workings of neo-Nazi group, The Guardian, January 25, 2020
Neo-Nazi Rinaldo Nazzaro running US militant group The Base from Russia, Daniel De Simone, Andrei Soshnikov & Ali Winston, BBC News, January 24, 2020
Neo-Nazi Terror Group Leader Calls FBI Arrests ‘Witch Hunt’: Eight members were arrested and charged with serious crimes, but The Base leader is not backing down., Ben Makuch and Mack Lamoureux, VICE, January 22, 2020
Virginia Capital on Edge as F.B.I. Arrests Suspected Neo-Nazis Before Gun Rally, Timothy Williams, Adam Goldman and Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times, January 16/20, 2020

You can read more of Wilson’s work on The Guardian, and follow them on Twitter.

4.30pm, Thursday, January 30, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Cheers!

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #002 w Emmi Bevensee : January 23, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to antifascist researcher, student and cat fan Emmi Bevensee about Iron March, fascist ideology and fascism online. You can read Bevensee’s work on their website Rebellious Data, follow them on Twitter, listen to/watch a presentation they gave at The University of Auckland last year on Memes, manifestos, murder: Fascist radicalisation online, and how we can stop it and read ‘The Alt-Right and Global Information Warfare’, a conference paper co-authored by Bevensee and Alexander Reid Ross.

4.30pm, Thursday, January 23, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Cheers!

PS.

Don’t forget to get along to your local Invasion Day/Survival Day event on Sunday. In Melbourne, folks are meeting at Parliament House at 11am — in Brisbane, at Queens Gardens at 10am. See also : SYDNEY & events in Adelaide, Armidale, Ballarat, Darwin, Devonport, Fremantle, Hobart, Newcastle, Perth & Townsville.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! : New weekly radio show on 3CR : January 16, 2020

Hey!

Tomorrow on 3CR Dr Cam and I are debuting our new show: Yeah Nah Pasaran.

Examining, through an anti-fascist lens, ethno-nationalism, white supremacy and neo-fascism in so-called Australia, Aotearoa & around the world. Andy Fleming & Cam Smith talk to writers and fighters about angry blighters.

For our first episode, we’re talking to Jeff Sparrow about his new book Fascists Among Us: online hate and the Christchurch massacre (Scribe Publications, 2019).

Tune in at 4.30pm, Thursday, January 16 on 855AM or livestreaming on the 3CR website.

Cheers!

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“Oh Australibus Tenebris, will you ever win?”

The fascist creeps at metal label Australibus Tenebris — along with their good chums at Cyclonicon Productions, Oath of Damnation and Nocturnal Graves — organised a gig at the Northcote Social Club for February 22.

Past tense.

Sadly for the reich ‘n’ rollers, the gig was cancelled by NSC after the venue fielded some (((complaints))).

The cancellation prompted the usual whining about ‘Antifa pansies’, ‘snowflakes’, ‘little angry non binary sexless things’ and so on and so forth: ho hum.

Of course, this is the second time AT has had a gig cancelled, the previous occasion being in May 2018 when the label had assumed staging ‘Hellraiser’, a series of pop concerts organised by (formerly) Melbourne-based nazi Gareth Jack Sansom.

h/t : Cracks Appearing Distro (from which you can obtain the sweet sticker above, along with lotsa other kewl agitprop)

Bonus! Ustasha

via Jewsagainstfascism

On December 29, 2019, the (Croatian) Club Punchbowl organised a part-ay to celebrate the life of Ante Pavelić, founder and leader of the Ustaša, the genocidal Nazi puppet regime in Croatia. Pavelić was responsible for dozens of concentration camps (run by fascist Croatia, rather than Nazi Germany) including the Jasenovać death camp, the ‘Auschwitz of the Balkans’. Organisers first invited supporters to mass at St Anthony, Croatian Catholic Centre, Summer Hill Church (Pavelić was among Europe’s fascist leadership sheltered by the Vatican after the war).

This isn’t the first time somesuch celebration has occurred at the Club. In 2014, for example, an event to celebrate the establishment of the fascist regime attracted the enthusiastic support of Liberal MP Craig Kelly and received ‘best wishes’ from The Mad Monk himself, Tony Abbott.

Holy Family Catholic church in Geelong also apparently held a special mass for Pavelić, organised by the Croatian Club Geelong: fascist war-criminals adorn the Club walls, and they display the official logo of the pro-Ustaša ‘Croatian Liberation Movement’. Their Facebook post promoting the event contained the Croatian equivalent of ‘Seig Heil!’ (‘Za Dom Spremni!’).

• According to JAF, ‘There’s a problem in Croatian community clubs they don’t want us talking about: the celebration of Nazi genocide. Several clubs celebrate April 10, the establishment of the fascist state in 1941. Several clubs have hosted Holocaust denial talks; staff at a Canberra club wear the fascist Ustaša logo on uniforms; the Bosna Croatian Club in Orchard Hills flies the Croatian fascist flag over their sports club; the Gippsland Croatian Club displays photos of Pavelić (with rumours of much worse).’

• The Croatian Club in Footscray has a building named for Pavelić and statue/bust they refuse to send to the tip, with the usual photos of Pavelić and others (including fascist clergy). The Club hosted the annual Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig organised by bonehead gangs Blood and Honour and the Southern Cross Hammerskins in 2007, and Croatian warbler Thompson: last year, the Victorian state government announced that there was nothing it could do to stop the 2019 memorial gig from going ahead. The gig was later declared to have been cancelled, which is incorrect and a great surprise to the nazis who attended it, but also typical of the substandard reportage on fascism and the far right by Australian meeja.

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New Year /// New Stickers

Merry Crisis And A Happy New Fear!

I gots stickers, and you can gets some by patronising me.

Thanks to everybody who’s been supportive in 2019; I rlly appreciate it!

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Blogging 2019 : A Summary

Another bloody year of semi-regular blogging …

January (3)

Senator Fraser ‘Final Solution’ Anning held a rally in St.Kilda, Invasion Day witnessed large rallies (and some very smol opposition), while the White Rose Society published an exposé on the neo-Nazis, White supremacists and other fascist creeps who naturally flocked to Anning’s banner (oh and Queensland electrician Simon Hickey, ‘The Nazi Sparky’, got slapped in the courts).

February (3)

The Slackest100 debuted for some reason, I reviewed Ginger Gorman’s book Troll Hunting and Blair Cottrell failed in court.

March (2)

Milo Yiannopoulos was one of many pundits defending George Pell and in Christchurch one of Cottrell’s fans murdered 51 Muslims.

April (4)

To begin with, I examined the leading and ongoing role of Facebook in promoting race-hate and bigotry for profit, provided an updated version of A Brief Guide To The Australian Far Right, reported on ABC Radio National’s investigations into Final Solution’s crew, and finally wrote a few words on the same mAd bastard’s ultimately unsuccessful 2019 Australian federal election campaign.

May (4)

After years of urging by conrads, in May I finally launched my patreon (mAssivE props to youse guise for your support!), took a brief look at left electoral campaigns ahead of the federal election, wrote about May Day & Repression of Anarchists in Indonesia and examined the very-sad-for-Shorten results of consuming Labor’s democracy sausage.

June (2)

In June there was further Trouble At The Social Media Mill and I published a (left) podcast guide.

July (3)

In the US, Andy Ngo was A Thing (tl;dr : he’s a threat to our community and provides kill lists for Atomwaffen), in Australia the ABC tried valiantly to manufacture an AltLeft, and in the UK right-wing propagandist Lucy Brown broke with her good chum Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (‘Tommy Robinson’).

August (2)

In August, The Zodiac Killer cheekily tried to criminalise resistance to fascism in the US and on The SUWA show we interviewed Robert Evans and so on and so forth.

September (1)

One solitary, lonesome, single post in September concerned the local boneheads organising a gig for Skrewydriver Ian Stuart Donaldson (the brouhaha about the gig was quite revealing).

October (4)

October saw two posts about Jock Palfreeman, more deets on the bonehead gig referred to in September and some notes.

November (3)

In November, Richard Spencer (remember him?) shockingly confirmed himself to be both: a) very anti-Semitic while; b) still being endorsed by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey; the neo-Nazi website Iron March (what gave birth to Antipodean Resistance, inter alia) sprung a leak and; fascist dimwit Richard Wolstencroft’s MUFF won the (temporary) support of Chasers nightclub in Prahran.

December (2)

Melbourne boy ‘Philthy’ Phil Galea was found guilty of terrorism after being convicted of conspiring to murder local anarchists and leftists (for which crime Lucky Phil will be sentenced in early 2020), while Tarrant’s ’emperor’ Blair Cottrell had his appeal against stirring up fine folks like Phil dismissed.

In summary:

• Tarrant’s (alleged) mass murder in Christchurch in March was one of several culminating points for the Australian far right;
Facebook and YouTube have functioned as a critical platform for the promotion of such activity and, with some minor modifications, will remain so for the forseeable future;
• There was a continuing downturn in far-right street protests following the Christchurch massacre, though Anning provided an electoral pole of attraction for the far right while also some monetary compensation for the handful of nazis he hired in order to produce dank memes;
• Exposure of and resistance to fascist organising, along with lawful penalty and electoral failure, means that in 2020 many right-wing partisans will resume or continue to engage in less public and more covert activities.

See also : Blogging 2018 : A Summary (December 23, 2018).

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Blair Cottrell Has Lost His Appeal

Sad news, my fellow Aussie patriots: Blair Cottrell has lost his appeal against his September 2017 conviction for serious religious vilification. To be precise: a charge of knowingly engage in conduct with the intention of inciting serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of, another person or class of persons on the ground of religious belief or activity, contrary to section 25(2) of the Racial & Religious Tolerance Act.

See : Cottrell v Ross (PDF) | ‘Not surprised’: Right-wing activist’s appeal fails for beheading dummy, Caroline Schelle, The Age, December 19, 2019 | Blair Cottrell fails to overturn effigy beheading conviction, Tessa Akerman, The Australian, December 19, 2019 | Far-right extremist Blair Cottrell loses appeal against conviction for inciting contempt of Muslims, Michael McGowan and AAP, The Guardian, December 19, 2019 | The County Court’s decision sends a powerful message about religious intolerance, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, December 20, 2019.

Cottrell’s previous criminal record is detailed in a report by Geir O’Rourke and Angus Thompson in the Herald Sun (June 11, 2016). Of his offending, they write: ‘Cottrell, 26, was sentenced to four months in prison in May 2012 after being convicted of 13 charges, including seven counts of intentionally damaging property. County Court Judge Michael Tinney convicted the then-22-year-old of throwing a missile, stalking, failing to comply with a community-based order, and two counts of recklessly causing serious injury. In December 2013 he was fined $1000 and sentenced to seven days in jail by a County Court judge for aggravated burglary, property damage, arson, trafficking testosterone, possessing a controlled weapon and breaching court orders.’ Cottrell, as ‘Bruce’, appeared in a documentary about youth in the maximum-security Youth Unit at Port Phillip Prison in Truganina, in which he describes how he abused steroids, stalked his former partner and her boyfriend, tried to kill him, set fire to their house, and eventually got arrested, convicted, and sent to prison.

In this latest judgement, Judge Paul Kidd states (§ 334, 347, 351) that:

I reject, as lacking in all credibility, the appellant’s claim that this video was about the mere absurd, or intended to be humorous. It is a patently disingenuous characterisation, and is self-contradictory. I do not believe him.

I reject completely the many explanations advanced by the appellant that this was not directed to engendering extreme feelings about Muslims in general. His explanations smack of a manufactured post facto rationalisation and are lacking in credibility. I do not believe the appellant.

If this video were directed to the world at large I would have found the charge proved. That said, I find the nature of the target audience further reinforces the inference of intention. The appellant was aware that the material would be accessed by those who viewed the UPF Facebook page. His knowledge of who the target audience would be strengthens the inference that his intention was to incite a response from them. Those accessing the Facebook page may have been members of UPF, members of the UPF Facebook page or people who otherwise shared the opinions of the UPF or were interested in their ideas or the issues they discussed. Given the likelihood of shared views or interests, these people would be more likely to be stirred up by the content.

That Cottrell should have been found to have been disingenuous, self-contradictory, engaged in the manufacture of a post-facto rationalisation and lacking in credibility is unlikely to have generated much surprise in anybody who’s been following Cottrell’s political career since National Alternative helped him launch one back in April 2015 (or, for that matter, Aryan Nations in November 2015). His attitude to women and the media was most remarkably captured in the rape tweet — Cottrell: ‘I keed! I keed!’ — he sent to Sky News’ Laura Jayes although, alongside his criminal record, a previous declaration that manipulating women ‘using violence and terror’ is kosher may have been a warning sign. So too, his eagerness to execute traitorous (((media))) workers — should his rather unlikely phantasy of becoming Chancellor of Australia ever come to pass.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Still, Cottrell does have his supporters, from former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Adam Giles to Republican congressman Steve King to ex-British National Party and neo-Nazi activist Mark Collett, and is regularly featured on ‘The Unhinged’, by Claudia Benitez (on Facebook and YouTube), and was the dubious beneficiary of representation by barrister John Bolton (below, L to R : Bolton, Cottrell, ‘Mark McDonald’ (Squadron 88/The Lads Society), Oscar Tuckfield (NSW Young Nationals/The Lads Society).

Bolton himself has previously been active with Reclaim Australia, used his Freeze Peach to decry the presence of refugees in Eltham, and inter alia organised a farcical ‘International Freedom of Speech Day’ in Sydney in October last year, a YUGE event which attracted the participation of his neo-Nazi client, Nick Folkes (ex-Party for Freedom), ‘Mark McDonald’, NSW True Blue Crew lvl boss ‘Mitch van Dam’, and various members of both grouplets (Dwayne Bullen, Max Towns), other former Reclaimers, and Peanuts — even Rino ‘Bluebeard’ Grgurovic put in an appearance(!).

Among those attending court in support of Cottrell were Benitez (‘Dia Beltran’) and Timmeh! Wilms (above) of ‘The Unhinged’ website and ‘The Cuckables’ podcast. Cottrell’s previous court appearance in November attracted (among others) Benitez, Wilms, Melinda Cassidy, Neil Erikson, Lea Galligah, Kimberley Neave, Kaylene O’Brien, Luke Phipps, Ian Sayer and Tom Sewell. Sewell, like Cottrell, was a leading member of the United Patriots Front. While alleged Christchurch killer Brenton Tarrant described Cottrell as his ’emperor’ a few years before allegedly proceeding to massacre 51 Muslims in March, Sewell tried to recruit this same brave ANZAC to his neo-Nazi grouplet ‘The Lads Society’, the group emerging following the collapse of Facebook’s support for the UPF. Happily enough, The Lads, after losing their bunker in Cheltenham, have recently re-opened an organising and training centre elsewhere in Melbourne. As for Erikson, he returns to court on February 18 next year to contest charges of disrupting Christian and Muslim religious services.

Finally, one of Cottrell’s elderly fanboys, Julian de Ross, has died. You may remember de Ross (AKA Hugh Pearson/Great Aussie Patriarch/John Sobieski/Koala732) from such campaigns as ‘Refugees Out Of Eltham’, ‘Melton Against The Muslims’, ‘Melbourne Loves Milo’, ‘Africans Out Of Cheltenham’ and numerous other daft right-wing stunts.

PS. Bellingcat, in collaboration with the Autonomous Disinformation Research Network, has just published a lengthy article on the Iron March leaks: Transnational White Terror: Exposing Atomwaffen And The Iron March Networks. Note that former UPF goon Shermon Burgess was briefly active on the site, along with the founders and various members of Antipodean Resistance (many of whom have now entered The Lads Society).

In this essay, we use content analysis of archival documents available online, spatial analysis of leaked data, and an hour-long interview of a former Atomwaffen member to expose the origins of Iron March, its founder, and its strategic cultivation of young recruits into a ruthless transnational movement infiltrating the military to generate a fascist revolution by carrying out a brutal campaign against civic infrastructure.

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