So much for the lone wolf theory. According to Norwegian journalist @ketilbstensrud, Breivik’s lawyer says his client belongs to an international network of right-wing extremists. He planned his actions for a long time, and has requested his hearing on Monday be open to the media so that he can “reveal all”. There’s also strong suspicion that Breivik was funded by an international network.http://www.tweetdeck.com/twitter/bat020/~DqCoY
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Oh, delicious irony, how sweet do you taste!
What do a punk song and a WW2 address have in common? Both have been banned for criticising Geert Wilders’ anti-islamic PVV, the Freedom Party. Is freedom of speech doomed in the Netherlands? Not if it’s up to cultural historian Thomas von der Dunk.
Von der Dunk was invited to deliver an annual address named after the Dutch resistance hero Willem Arondeus. The address is aimed at underlining the relevance of World War Two to the present day. Von der Donk planned to criticise Geert Wilders’ PVV party, which he claims is discriminatory and undermining the rule of law.
But Von der Dunk is apparently not allowed to say this in the Netherlands, and his address has been cancelled. The organisation says his speech was “too politically coloured”. But Von der Dunk says it’s impossible to avoid politics in an argument about social issues.
There’s more at Radio Netherlands.
Moron Le Pen is as ignorant of her own history as she is of Islam:
The recently appointed leader of France’s far-right National Front party has once again turned her fire Islam, saying it is “absolutely not compatible” with a secular society. [Marine] Le Pen, who took over as head of the party two weeks ago, has regularly faced accusations of Islamaphobia.
“I think that France can be secular because it’s a Christian culture and you notice that in Muslim countries they have more difficulty,” she told LCP, the French parliament’s TV channel.
“Muslim countries that are secular got there in general by force,” she continued, citing the examples of Turkey and Iraq.
In December, the 42-year-old compared Muslims praying in the street to the German occupation during World War II, shortly before she took over from her father Jean-Marie as head of the anti-immigrant party.
“Secularism is absolutely not compatible … not natural in Islam, because Islam mixes the spiritual and the temporal,” she told LCP on Friday.
“France is France. It’s a country with Christian roots and that’s also what’s given us our identity. It’s secular, we’ll hold this identity and we won’t let this identity be changed.”
But, of course, her goose-stepping fascism and racism are completely compatible with secularism.
Today’s editorial in The Daily Telegraph, a paper which used to b a home for sceptical Toryism, calls for a right-wing populism based on hatred of Muslims.
The French, morally sophisticated and classy as ever:
Marine Le Pen has put paid to the idea she would put a softer face on France’s National Front for elections in 2012 with anti-Muslim comments that have aroused a storm of criticism. Le Pen, the likely next far-right challenger for the French presidency, compared overflowing mosques in France with the Nazi occupation — remarks indicative of a drift to the right in parts of Europe that could let the National Front eat into support for the ruling conservative UMP party in 2012.
Le Pen, the frontrunner to succeed her father Jean-Marie Le Pen as head of the party, made the comments on a television show last Thursday with about 3.4 million viewers watching. On Monday she dismissed any suggestion of a gaffe. “My comments were absolutely not a blunder, but a completely thought-out analysis,” she told a news conference, adding she was merely saying out loud what everyone thought privately.
Not to be outdone, Napoleon II has proposed banning Muslims from praying in public:
After his expulsions of gypsies and a crackdown on immigrant crime, the French President will warn that the overflow of Muslim faithful on to the streets at prayer time when mosques are packed to capacity risks undermining the French secular tradition separating state and religion.
He will doubtless be accused of pandering to the far Right: the issue of Muslim prayers in the street has been brought to the fore by Marine Le Pen, the charismatic new figurehead of the National Front, who compared it to the wartime occupation of France.
Her words provoked uproar on the Left, whose commentators took them as evidence that far from being the gentler face of the far Right, Ms Le Pen, 42, is no different from Jean-Marie, 82, her father, who has been accused of racism and Holocaust denial.
According to his aide, Mr Sarkozy agrees with the junior Le Pen that the street cannot be allowed to become “an extension of the mosque” as it does in some parts of Paris, which are closed to traffic because of the overflow of the faithful. Local authorities have declined to intervene, despite public complaints, because they are afraid of sparking riots.
“People overreacted to Marine Le Pen’s comments,” said the aide, referring to the furore in which she was accused of rabble-rousing racism. “She is right: this phenomenon is unacceptable.”
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Perhaps the people of Vienna will receive a lecture on ‘extremism’?
“Red Vienna” has been a socialist and then social democratic stronghold since the 1920s. There was never any chance of Michael Häupl, the incumbent and long-serving SPÖ (social democratic) mayor, losing his job. But the customary absolute majority in Vienna’s gargantuan mock-gothic town hall is gone, perhaps for a long time. That makes yesterday’s vote a bit of a watershed.
Former dental technician Heinz-Christian Strache, the loud extreme right leader who is heir to the late Jörg Haider, was the real winner of the poll. He came second with a staggering 27% to the SPÖ’s 44%. That is the social democrats’ worst result since 1996, when Haider was in his prime, and the second worst result ever.
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Thousands of people turned up to an event in Leicester to show their opposition to the far-right English Defence League (EDL) last weekend.
A report in The Graun also noted that the Tea Party is forging links with the EDL, highlighting shrill racist lunatic Pamela Geller:
An Observer investigation has established that the EDL has made contact with anti-jihad groups within the Tea Party organisation and has invited a senior US rabbi and Tea Party activist to London this month. Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a regular speaker at Tea Party conventions, will speak about Sharia law and also discuss funding issues.
The league has also developed links with Pamela Geller, who was influential in the protests against plans to build an Islamic cultural centre near Ground Zero. Geller, darling of the Tea Party’s growing anti-Islamic wing, is advocating an alliance with the EDL. The executive director of the Stop Islamisation of America organisation, she recently met EDL leaders in New York and has defended the group’s actions, despite a recent violent march in Bradford.
The EDL also plans to meet up with their neo-Nazi friends across Europe if and when Geert Wilders’ trial comes to an end:
French and Dutch “defence leagues” will join the EDL and several other anti-Islamic organisations on 30 October to coincide with the end of Wilders’s trial for hate speech and inciting racism.
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Wilders’ party is part of the government and used his weekend victory speech to declare an Europe-wide anti-Muslim hate campaign:
On October 2, Wilders took his anti-Islam campaign to Germany, where he is trying to help start a branch of his Freedom Party. He told supporters in Berlin that Germany needed a political movement “that opposes the Islamization” of the country:
“Today there is a ghost going around Europe. It is the ghost of Islam,” Wilders said. “This danger today is also political. Islam is not just a religion, as many believe. Islam is above all a dangerous political ideology.”
Europe never learns, does it.