White-power movement is hiding among us

In a new book, a UNLV prof and alum examine the white-power movement. An Aryan girl salutes during a 2004 neo-Nazi gathering in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The “88” on her shirt symbolizes an Aryan code for “Heil Hitler.” The white-power movement is recruiting, hating, praying, bonding and rallying. But mostly it’s hiding. American Swastika (Rowman & Littlefield, $35) takes readers into the “free spaces” of the white-power movement, where members emerge to speak their minds without fear of retribution. Researched and written by Pete Simi and Robert Futrell, who met at UNLV, where Futrell is a professor and Simi was a graduate student, the book takes us into the homes of white-power believers, to their rallies, concerts and to children’s birthday parties with swastika-shaped cakes. Simi, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at University of Nebraska, Omaha, was given special access to the groups. He and Futrell, associate professor of sociology at UNLV, talk with the Las Vegas Weekly about the experience, what they learned and why we should care.

viaLas Vegas Weekly : – White-power movement is hiding among us.

Stalin to be celebrated as a war hero for 65th anniversary of Nazi defeat

Stalin is to make a comeback on the streets of Moscow for the first time in decades in a celebration of the Soviet victory over Hitler in the Second World War. Posters and information booths devoted to the Soviet dictator are to go up across the capital under a proposal by Moscow City Council to mark the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany on May 9. The decision outraged rights groups and opposition parties yesterday, who condemned it as another step towards rehabilitating a tyrant.

viaStalin to be celebrated as a war hero for 65th anniversary of Nazi defeat – Times Online.

White supremacist group eyes property in John Day

Leaders of the Aryan Nations in Idaho say they want to move the headquarters of their white supremacist movement to Grant County. Paul R. Mullet, who called himself national director of the movement, was in John Day this week, looking at property to buy for a new “national compound.” The visit stirred concern in many quarters, where residents worried about the neo-Nazi sentiments of the movement and the negative impact that it could have on the community. The group teaches that the white race is the only one descended from Adam, and that Jews and non-whites are the natural enemies of white people. The mission, outlined on the group’s website, is to create a state for the “Aryan race,” separate from all non-whites, and a “lawful Congress of our race.” Mullet, wearing a uniform shirt with a swastika patch on it, said the group’s goal is to create a homeland for white people.

viaWhite supremacist group eyes property in John Day.

Lancaster Unity: Reporting the BNP’ site launches for journalists.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has launched a new website, http://www.reportingthebnp.org/, in a bid to inform reporters about the political tactics of the British National Party (BNP) in the run-up to the general election. The NUJ said: Reporting the BNP gives information on what the BNP actually stands for, with detailed facts and arguments to counter the far-right organisations’ unfounded claims. “Challenging the fascist politics of hate is a job for every fair-minded person in our society, not just a task for committed activists. NUJ members are proud to play our part in exposing the myths on which modern Nazis seek to gain power,” said NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear. The launch of the site comes just ahead of the protest scheduled for Tuesday, in which journalists will come together for the EXPOSE campaign: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, columnist and broadcaster; Mehdi Hasan, political senior editor for the New Statesman; Sunny Hundal, editor of the Liberal Conspiracy blog; and Peter Hain, secretary of state for Wales are among the figures speaking.

viaLancaster Unity: Reporting the BNP’ site launches for journalists..

Russia honours one of its heroes – American paratrooper Joe Beyrle

He is believed to have been the only American soldier to fight against Nazi Germany for both the US and the Soviet armies. Now the extraordinary life of Joe Beyrle is being honoured in a new exhibition in Russia that was opened by his son John, the current US Ambassador to Moscow, to commemorate the Allied victory over fascism. Mr Beyrle, nicknamed Jumpin’ Joe for his exploits as a paratrooper, was only 20 when he was captured by the Nazis three days after parachuting into Normandy with the US 101st Airborne Division on D-Day in June 1944. After seven months in prisoner-of-war camps, in which he was tortured by the Gestapo, he escaped in January 1945 and ran into a Red Army tank battalion. Mr Beyrle raised his hands and shouted the only Russian words he knew — “Americansky tovarishch” or American comrade — and pleaded with the commander to let him fight with them.

viaRussia honours one of its heroes – American paratrooper Joe Beyrle – Times Online.

Rocker-Krieg in Flensburg: Bandidos prügeln Hells Angel in Klinik

Der Rocker-Krieg in Deutschland geht weiter! Anhänger der „Bandidos“ sind am Freitagabend in der Flensburger Innenstadt mit Äxten und Eisenstangen auf ein Mitglied der verfeindeten „Hells Angels“ losgegangen. (…) Die insgesamt acht Männer wurden kurze Zeit später in ihren beiden Fluchtwagen in Neumünster gestoppt und festgenommen. Die Beamten beschlagnahmten verschiedene Hieb- und Stichwaffen.

viaRocker-Krieg in Flensburg: Bandidos prügeln Hells Angel in Klinik – News – Bild.de.

siehe auch: Bandidos attackieren Mann mit Äxten. In Innenstadt von Flensburg haben am Freitagabend acht Mitglieder der Rockergruppe Bandidos einen 41-jährigen Mann angegriffen, der dem Umfeld der Hells Angels zugerechnet wird. Das gesamte Rotlichtviertel wurde abgesperrt. Von “den Rockern” war zunächst nichts zu sehen. Mehr als 40 Beamte, darunter auch Kräfte eines Sondereinsatzkommandos, waren im Einsatz.
Die mit Äxten und Eisenstangen bewaffnete Gruppe attackierte den in einem Fahrzeug sitzenden Mann und verletzte ihn schwer, wie das Landeskriminalamt in Kiel mitteilte. Das Opfer wurde in ein Krankenhaus eingeliefert. Lebensgefahr bestand nicht.