First, Peni Moore.
Disturbing assessments of Bainimarama are tempered by Peni Moore, a self-declared anarchist who runs the Women’s Action for Change lobby and sat on the committee that drafted his charter for Fiji’s future.
“I’m quite extreme in my views, but they were taken on board in the charter process – in which the military was not involved,” she told the Herald.
~ The quixotic shades of Bainimarama, Paul McGeough, The Age, November 30, 2009.
Secondly, FAB: the Federation of Bulgarian Anarchists (a member of The International of Anarchist Federations (IAF or IFA), founded in 1968; the FAB joined in 2008).
The FAB has denounced Jock Palfreeman, supports the Bulgarian government’s case against him (in which the Roma he intervened in order to defend have disappeared, and his motivation was provided by way of some form of mental pathology), and joined the far right in calling for the imposition of the maximum penalty. Still, despite the best efforts of the FAB, soli demos were held in Canberra, Australia and Athens, Greece on Monday, November 30 (and possibly in London, England, as well).
That said, the FAB can now rejoice at the news that Jock has been found guilty of murder, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Moaron that — and them — later.
But speaking of nutzis…
Seven German far-right radicals have been convicted of inciting racial hatred and violence with a neo-Nazi radio station on the internet, a court said on Tuesday.
The court in Berlin found the group responsible for broadcasting European Brotherhood Radio on the web between June 2006 and March 2009 playing neo-Nazi music, conducting interviews with right-wing extremist leaders, espousing racist violence and denying the Holocaust.
The defendants, among whom was a 31-year-old woman, received sentences ranging from a jail term of two years and nine months to a 16-month suspended sentence.
The two leaders of the group already had criminal records for activities in the neo-Nazi scene.
Not unusually, the female neo-Nazi — “Sandra F” — was also a government informant:
Sandra F. had been an informant for the Office of Constitutional Protection in Lower Saxony, or Verfassungsschutz, from late 2007 until she and the other accused were arrested in March.
She was recruited to spy on the nationalist German People’s Union (DVU) and received a modest compensation for the information she provided.
It appears that her involvement with the radio station was not known to the Verfassungsschutz until the state police began investigating her and her co-defendants, the paper reported.
The case therefore has uncomfortable echoes of previous instances of out-of-control, far-right informants for the Verfassungsschutz.
In 2003, when the federal government tried to ban the far-right National Democratic Party, the case collapsed amid farce when the country’s highest court discovered that many sections of the party’s platform may have been written by paid informants of the security services.
Happily, in Australia, running a neo-Nazi radio show is perfectly legal, and you can listen to local members of Blood & Honour (an organisation which, sadly, is banned in Germany) courtesy of internode.net any time of the day or night. Oh, and if you’re in the mood for getting a swastika tattooed on your forehead — or an image of Uncle Adolf on your chest — give the Blood & Honour organiser for Victoria, Justin O’Brien, a call on (03) 9888 8668. Alternatively, why not drop by Justin’s studio for a chat? Hold Fast Body Art enjoy doing walk-ins and they always have time to sit down and talk to you about ideas and designs, The Jewish Question, and why we have to rid Australia of Asians, blacks, and homosexuals.