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

• We also have a Facebook page for the show, which you’re invited to ‘Like’ and to ‘Follow’.
• I have a Patreon account which youse are also invited to support (and if youse do youse get some sweet stickers …)

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.

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!

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).

Iron March Leaks : Aussie Pride Edition (1)

[Update (November 16, 2019) : Perhaps inevitably, the exposure of the nazis on Iron March has triggered a backlash. First, the Proud Boys have been mobilising to report Twitter accounts which details the leaks, with some smol degree of success. (Seemingly, the Boys want to protecc the reputation of Proud Boy Joseph Evans, who posted on the site as ‘OvenEngineer’.) Secondly, billionaire meathead Jack Dorsey and Twitter have suspended the account of The Jewish Worker (@jewishworker), much preferring the public use the platform to familiarise themselves with Richard Spencer‘s antisemitism than the news & views of Jewish workers. Finally, ironmarch-web.now.sh is down but ironmarch.exposed is up.]

[Update (November 15, 2019) : One local forum user, ‘Neizbezhnost’, has been exposed as 25yo Territorian Steve Braddy. See : Inside the twisted world of a braggart Australian neo-Nazi, Mark Schliebs, The Australian, November 15, 2019.]

A few days ago, a digital pixie uploaded the contents of defunct neo-Nazi site Iron March (IM: 2011–2017).

See : Massive White Supremacist Message Board Leak: How to Access and Interpret the Data, Bellingcat Investigation Team, November 6, 2019 | Neo-Nazi forum Iron March exposed in massive data dump, Claire Goforth, The Daily Dot, November 7, 2019 | Leak from neo-Nazi site could identify hundreds of extremists worldwide, Jason Wilson, The Guardian, November 7, 2019 | Inside the Private Messages of Neo-Nazi Group Atomwaffen Division, Kelly Weill, The Daily Beast, November 8, 2019 | Members of violent white supremacist website exposed in massive data dump, Dan Goodin, arstechnica, November 8, 2019 | Neo-Nazi Web Forum Iron March Has SQL Database Dumped on the Internet Archive, Tom McKay, Gizmodo, November 8, 2019.

The dump is rather large, contains lots of intriguing details, and will take some time to sort through. Still: ‘At least three members of the U.S. military were registered users on the influential neo-Nazi forum Iron March, according to an analysis of an anonymous data dump from the site this week. And one of them, a Marine, was apparently using Iron March to try to recruit people for a fascist paramilitary group he wanted to launch in the U.S.’.

The database is accessible through various means, but The Jewish Worker has published it in a more-easily searchable format here and/or here. There’s also been discussion about some of the technical details inre communications on the site and the various alternatives (Discord, Skype, encrypted email services) its users sometimes employed, with one blogger asking: ‘How do right-wing extremists secure their communications? The recent Iron March data leak gives insight into how its members tried to communicate outside the message board’ (Communications Security on Iron March – An Intelligence Analysis, Key Findings, November 9, 2019).

Above : ‘Daddy Terror’ AKA Benjamin Noyles AKA Benjamin Raymond.

Curiously, one of the users cited in the keyfindings analysis, ‘Daddy Terror’ (AKA Benjamin Noyles AKA Benjamin Raymond, the founder of National Action), both ‘encourages people to act more sensibly so they don’t get themselves doxed by leftists’ and also claims (January 16, 2017) that, inre the exposure of US neo-Nazi activist Mike Enoch/Peinovich, ‘slackbastard is familiar to me as a grizzled australian antifa (maybe I am mistaken), the type of person you expect to be an internet antifascist, in his 40’s most likely and so I imagine there was a large team around him and he is probably getting money from somewhere’.

Note that, while a number of members of National Action have been jailed after having been found to be members of a proscribed terrorist organisation, ‘Daddy Terror’ Benjamin remains very much at-large. (On NA and its legal travails in the UK, see : ‘The Evolution of Extreme-Right Terrorism and Efforts to Counter it in the United Kingdom’, CTC Sentinel – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Vol.12, No.1, January 2019; ‘”Only bullets can stop us!” The banning of National Action in Britain’, Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol.12, No.6, December 2018).

The site, established by ‘Alexander Slavros’ AKA Alisher Mukhitdinov, gained some notoriety for helping give birth to Atomwaffen, though was also the launchpad for the Australian neo-Nazi groupuscule ‘Antipodean Resistance’ (AR). Indeed, just a few days prior to the leak, it was reported that: ‘Last year, a German offshoot of the U.S. neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division announced its existence to the world with a chilling video declaring “National Socialism is alive.” Now, it’s issuing death threats to left-wing German politicians’ (The German Branch of a U.S. Neo-Nazi Group Has a ‘Kill List’ of Left-Wing Politicians, Tim Hume, Vice, November 6, 2019), while in June Shane Burley and Alexander Reid Ross discussed how I was the target of alt-right death threats across the internet – here’s what happened next (The Independent, June 19, 2019).

As for the Australian contingent on IM, there were approximately 50+ users, most of whom left very interesting online trails. Some are known fascists: Lisa Beulah/Sandford AKA ‘Eva’ gets a guernsey, as does Matthew Grant AKA ‘Matty G08’ — Grant is the leader of the ‘Eureka Youth League’ (a tiny offshoot of the ‘Australia First Party’, but for yoof) — and even Shermon ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’ Burgess AKA ‘Aussie_Patriot’; others are more obscure. One example is ‘Sigurd79’ AKA Steven Pidgeon. Pidgeon appears to be Very Normie on his social media profiles — on Twitter he describes himself as a ‘Law and Business (HRM) Student – Aspiring Lawyer with a passion for law reform – Looking to leave the world a better place’ — but his postings and messages on IM suggest a rather more complex picture.

Further investigation will no doubt reveal more interesting facts about the Australian users of IM, but in the meantime it’s worth reiterating the site’s status as the birthplace of AR, and the critical role played by users ‘Xav’ and ‘kehlsteinhaus’. Based in Melbourne, the dynamic nazi duo provide some detail about themselves that’s likely to end in tears, but you can read background material elsewhere on the blog: Who are Antipodean Resistance? (August 2018 Update) /// Jacob Hersant : An Antipodean Resistance Lad (April 13, 2018) /// Who are Antipodean Resistance? (September 28, 2017).

TO BE CONTINUED …