Kaum noch Demonstrationen in M-V

Vergangenen Herbst fanden rund 100 rechte Demonstrationen und anderweitige Aktionen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern statt, auch das Jahr 2016 war aufgrund des Wahlkampfes geprägt von zahlreichen Anti-Asyl-Versammlungen. Seitdem ist es auf den Straßen ruhig geworden – dies hängt vor allem mit dem Verlust der NPD-Fraktion und dem Parlamentsneuling AfD zusammen.Ohne Unterstützung der NPD floppen Neonazi-Kleinstaktionen im LandeFast täglich kam es im Herbst 2015 zu asylfeindlichen Kundgebungen oder Demonstrationen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, auch das Ostsee-Bundesland wurde angesichts steigender Flüchtlingszahlen von der Protestwelle erfasst. Seitdem sind die Zahlen anreisender Asylbewerber stark rückläufig, das Thema wird medial nur noch am Rande aufgegriffen.Die rechtsextreme Szene hat mit der veränderten Situation zu kämpfen. Dutzendfach gepostete „Arsch hoch“-Aufrufe, die auf Facebook auf etlichen Seiten geteilt werden, verfangen im Gegensatz zum vergangenen Jahr nicht mehr. Mitte Oktober wollte Rechte in Wismar eine Demo auf die Beine stellen, doch gerade einmal ein Dutzend Teilnehmer sorgte für reichlich Enttäuschung; die Versammlung wurde aufgelöst, bevor ein Meter marschiert wurde. In Waren führten Szene-Aktivisten am vergangenen Wochenende ein „Heldengedenken“ durch, dort fanden sich laut Polizei nur 20 Personen ein.Demonstrationen abgeblasenLediglich in Stralsund versammelten sich Anfang des Monats etwas über 100 „Patrioten“, um laut Motto „Gemeinsam für Deutschland“ auf die Straße zu gehen. Doch auch bei den Initiatoren, die sich erst im Zuge steigender Asylbewerberzahlen radikalisiert hatten, machte sich angesichts der recht wenigen Anhänger Ernüchterung breit. „Unser letzter Aufruf. Wacht auf, organisiert euch“, heißt es in einem Fazit mit resigniertem Unterton.Ein weiterer entscheidender Faktor dafür, dass an dunklen Herbstabenden nicht mehr durch zahlreiche Städte marschiert wird, dürfte der Ausgang der Landtagswahl am 4. September sein. Die NPD misslang nach zwei Legislaturperioden deutlich der Wiedereinzug in das Schweriner Schloss. Rund 40 Prozent der Wähler gingen verloren, am Ende reichte es lediglich für 3,0 Prozent.Unter dem Label Mvgida war die NPD maßgeblich an der Organisation und Durchführung zahlreicher Anti-Asyl-Demonstrationen beteiligt. An einer deutlichen Mehrheit der zwischen September und Dezember vergangenen Jahres laut Zählung von ENDSTATION RECHTS. über 100 durchgeführten Versammlungen war die rechtsextreme Partei direkt oder über Unterstützer beteiligt.

Source: Kaum noch Demonstrationen in M-V | ENDSTATION RECHTS.

Hundreds of Jewish scholars of holocaust history call on Americans to ‘mobilise in solidarity’ against Trump

‘Our reading of the past impels us to resist any attempts to place a vulnerable group in the crosshairs of nativist racism’  Mr Trump’s presidential campaign has emboldened the American far-right, energising white supremacists and helping to unleash a swarm of online anti-Semitism AFP/GettyHundreds of Jewish scholars of the holocaust have signed a statement condemning the “hateful and discriminatory language and threats” against minorities during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and called on Americans to “resist attempts to place vulnerable groups in the crosshairs of nativist racisms.”The statement, signed by more than 250 Jewish professors from across America, expresses the need to “evaluate where the country stands” following the election, and “resist the degradation of rights that Mr Trump’s rhetoric has provoked.”Published in the online LA-based Jewish Journal, the message opens by stating: “As scholars of Jewish history, we are acutely attuned to the fragility of democracies and the consequences for minorities when democracies fail to live up to their highest principles.

Source: Hundreds of Jewish scholars of holocaust history call on Americans to ‘mobilise in solidarity’ against Trump | The Independent

Trump’s CIA choice riles civil liberties crowd

The choice of the 58-year-old Kansas Republican alarms privacy advocates, who are already gearing up to fight his nomination. President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise decision Friday to nominate Rep. Mike Pompeo to run the CIA would place a hawk who has butted heads with Muslim-American groups and wants to roll back reforms of domestic surveillance programs atop one of the nation’s leading spy agencies.The choice of the 58-year-old Kansas Republican, a rising star on the Intelligence Committee who was just reelected to his fourth term, alarmed privacy advocates, who are already gearing up to fight his nomination. The American Civil Liberties Union swiftly blasted Pompeo for beliefs it said raise “serious civil liberties concerns about privacy and due process.”But the announcement was cheered by his colleagues in both parties, intelligence professionals and former CIA and National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden, who has been highly critical of Trump’s lack of knowledge on national security matters.“Frankly … when I saw the choice I was heartened,” Hayden said Friday at an event sponsored by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.“Kansans can be proud Mike Pompeo will lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and will be in a position to protect our national security at a time of increasing and varying global threats,” Sen. Pat Roberts, who chaired the Senate Intelligence panel from 2002 to 2006, in a statement.Pompeo “has had the kind of military and private sector experience commensurate with the demands of a CIA director,” the Kansas Republican added. “He is a good and wise selection. I was proud to recommend him to the transition team and will work to ensure his Senate confirmation is swift.”A former Army officer, Pompeo, 52, graduated first in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated from Harvard Law School before working at Williams and Connolly, a top D.C. law firm. He joined the Intelligence Committee in 2013 and has also been a vocal member of the controversial special committee investigating the deaths of four American diplomats and spies in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that Democrats have slammed as a political witch hunt.

Source: Trump’s CIA choice riles civil liberties crowd – POLITICO

Far-right party’s ‘opportunistic’ launch in Merrion Hotel called off

The planned launch of a far-right party has been cancelled after Dublin’s Merrion Hotel pulled the plug on the event timed by organisers to capitalise on the election of Donald Trump.Justin Barrett: Has spoken at neo-Nazi events.The National Party has an anti-immigrant, anti-Europe and anti-abortion agenda. Its president Justin Barrett, a far-right campaigner, has previously spoken at neo-Nazi events.Merrion Hotel manager Garrett Power said the event was not taking place today. A spokeswoman for the hotel confirmed the event was cancelled but would not say why. The cancellation came after a backlash online from the public, politicians, and business figures.James Reynolds, the party’s deputy president, told the Irish Examiner Mr Barrett would instead give interviews today. The party was registered in August, he said, adding “we had meetings around the country, which were well attended”.READ NEXT Limerick in grip of homeless crisisHe did not disagree the event was happening on the back of Mr Trump’s election as president of the US. “We chose at the opportunistic time to have a press conference.”Mr Reynolds is current national treasurer of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association. He said his role with the party was separate. The ICSFA’s spokeswoman said it would have a board meeting tomorrow at which Mr Reynolds association with the farming group would be discussed.

Source: Far-right party’s ‘opportunistic’ launch in Merrion Hotel called off | Irish Examiner

Xenophobia skyrocketing in Hungary, surveys reveal

Since it has been assessed, xenophobia in Hungary has never been as high as it is today, Hungarian online news portal index.hu reported today based on two separate surveys. This comes after a massive campaign by the Hungarian government against “migrants” prior to the October referendum on the EU’s planned refugee quotas, which ended as invalid.According to data collected by the Tárki Social Research Institute in October, some 58% of Hungarians currently appear to be xenophobic. Tárki has measured xenophobia in Hungary for the past 25 years.A separate survey by Závecz Research, commissioned by index.hu, found that the Roma (Gypsy) minority is no longer the most rejected in the country, but Arabs – this despite the fact that, since the Hungarian government raised a fence along the countryʼs southern border, refugees have bypassed Hungary for more than a year now. According to Tárki data, before 2012 some 30% of Hungarians were seen to be xenophobic, a figure which grew to around 40% by 2015. In a single year, the ratio of Hungarians believed to be xenophobic based on research data has soared to a record 58%.Tárki places respondents into three major groups: xenophobic, xenophile (attracted to foreign cultures), and undecided. When Tárki first assessed Hungarians on the issue in 1992, some 73% of respondents said they were undecided, 15% claimed to be xenophobic, and 12% xenophile. By today, according to the latest Tárki data, the ratio of undecided has dropped to 43% (from last year’s 53%) and the number of xenophiles has dropped to just 1% (from last year’s 6%), while the number of xenophobes has risen to 58% (from last year’s 41%).

Source: Xenophobia skyrocketing in Hungary, surveys reveal | The Budapest Business Journal on the web | bbj.hu

Slovakia comes to grips with proudly neo-Nazi party

The wave of far-right parties across Europe has been gathering steam from Greece to France and Germany. While most of the continent’s extreme forces have taken pains to steer clear of Nazi imagery, Slovakia’s answer to the trend celebrates it.Kotleba — The People’s Party Our Slovakia — won almost 10 percent of the seats in Parliament in March. It openly admires the Nazi puppet state which the country was during the World War II.Party members use Nazi salutes, blame Roma for crime in deprived areas, consider NATO a terror group and want the country out of the alliance and the European Union.The party takes its name from its leader, Marian Kotleba, previously chairman of the banned neo-Nazi Slovak Togetherness-National Party, which organized anti-Roma rallies and admired Nazi rule in Slovakia.Thousands have signed a petition demanding that the party be banned. Analysts say the party’s popularity could grow even further.Its simple slogan — “With courage against the system!” — attracts young people fed up with corruption and the inability of mainstream parties to deal effectively with the post-communist country’s problems.In contrast to most of Europe’s far-right groups, “it’s truly neo-Nazi, it advocates the legacy of the Nazi war state,” says Eduard Chmelar, a Slovak political analyst.Miroslav Mares, an expert on extremism from the Masaryk University in the Czech city of Brno, said the party belongs to the “hard core of right-wing extremism” in Europe. He said it has only some features similar to Greece’s Golden Dawn party and to Hungary’s Jobbik at its beginning.

Source: Slovakia comes to grips with proudly neo-Nazi party – StarTribune.com

Anti-Defamation League Task Force Issues Recommendations to Stem Hate That Surged on Social Media During 2016 Presidential Campaign

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Task Force on Harassment and Journalism today issued a broad set of recommendations to reverse a surge in harassment on social media and other online channels. The recommendations follow ADL’s four-month investigation into the harassment of journalists on Twitter, which concluded with an Oct. 19 report detailing a troubling, year-long rise in anti-Semitic hate against reporters from all sides of the political spectrum during the presidential campaign.The Task Force recommends 25 separate actions that industry, policymakers and the government, the legal community, journalists, and the public can take to combat online hate. These include technical changes to make reporting hate speech and abuse easier for victims and witnesses; more concerted collaboration between social media and online platforms to stop the harassment; a government study to determine the full scope of cyberhate affecting society; and new laws to cover cyber threats and make illegal new types of online abuse – which include practices that extend threats into the physical world.“We all have a collective obligation to confront online hate, and we must do so urgently. It’s normalizing anti-Semitism, hate and prejudice, and fracturing our society in a way that is unsustainable,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO and National Director. “We must do everything we can to ensure that the Internet remains a medium of free and open communication for all people. We look forward to working with the social media platforms, policymakers, and others to implement these recommendations as quickly as possible.”

Source: Anti-Defamation League Task Force Issues Recommendations to Stem Hate That Surged on Social Media During 2016 Presidential Campaign – eNews Park Forest