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I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS! - Please help

posted by: Rupy Kaur | on: Monday, 30 November 2009, 10:05


Hello, I hope you're very well this Monday morning.

Now I only have 5 days to go so I really need to push the promotion of this and was hoping you could help. How? Just post this link on your wall if you can, just so we can spread a bit more awareness.

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/skydive/

Thank you,

Rupy x

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Walking free?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 27 November 2009, 08:23


It seems that former Combat 18 leader Will Browning continues to have a charmed life. Yesterday he walked free from Southwark Crown Court after a hung jury failed to reach a verdict in his trial for incitement to racial hatred.

Browning, who led the nazi terror group in the late 1990s and was behind at least two attempted bombing campaigns, was on trial with schoolboy friend Jon Denny-Mallen, a tattooist from Jersey. Denny-Mallen was cleared by the jury.

Browning told the court that he had left C18 after Chris Castle was murdered by former C18 leader Charlie Sargent. Although he did eventually drop out of the group, he has performed with his nazi band No Remorse on the continent.

He will now have to wait until 7 December to hear whether he will be retried or the case will be dropped.

If anyone has any information on Will Browning or the old Combat 18 network please do contact me at nick@hopenothate.org.uk

 Posted: 27 Nov 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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He could only write a letter

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 26 November 2009, 08:40


As the people of Cumbria struggled under some of the worst flooding for decades, local MEP was gallivanting around Europe. Over the past week Griffin launched his General Election campaign in Barking (though his walkabout was actually in the neighbouring constituency of Dagenham & Rainham), joined fascists for a rally in Spain and argued against climate change in the European Parliament.

I guess the people of the North West, for where Griffin is supposed to represent, should be thankful that he managed to find time to write a letter on their behalf. But then again, after reading the letter, it is clear that Griffin is more interested in making cheap political points about EU expansion than seriously helping his constituents.

 Posted: 26 Nov 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Back in circulation

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 23 November 2009, 16:02


After a two week trip to Rwanda and the Congo and then a week off suffering from an unwelcome parasite I picked up while on my travels I am now back in circulation.

Much of my focus, as I guess it will be over the next six months, is on Barking & Dagenham, where the BNP pose a real threat both in the local council elections and in the General Election. Griffin's decision to stand in the Barking seat is a game changer. It will vastly increase BNP activity and exposure in the media and his hope will be that his presence will generate the media frenzy which propelled them to 12 council seats in 2006.

With control of the council and even a parliamentary seat at stake, I think I will be getting acquainted with the borough quite intimately over the next few months.

 Posted: 23 Nov 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Rupy Live on air

posted by: Sam Tarry | on: Saturday, 21 November 2009, 22:55


Catch Rupy Kaur on Fuse FM

Catch Rupy Kaur on Fuse FM

Rupy Kaur HnH high flyer is live on air from 10.30am at https://fusefm.co.uk/listen

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15 Days to Goooooooooooooooo!!! - Let's inject a dose of optimism within the world of politics

posted by: Rupy Kaur | on: Friday, 20 November 2009, 19:44


Hello lovely people!

For the last 5 weeks I have been receiving one hour of physiotherapy, from the NHS, each day to help improve my posture. During that time my posture has improved and my physiotherapist has been excellent. I have one more week to go and then it’s the build up to my dive!!! I’ll come back to this later…

Looking back over the last 5 weeks the BNP have been prominently in the press, they’ve appeared on Question Time and have set their sights upon Barking. They have also changed their constitution allowing ‘non whites,’ to join. It has been reported today that the first to join is an anti-Islamic Sikh, who has wished to join the party for many years but has been barred due to the colour of his skin. As coming from a Sikh family myself, I am appalled by hearing such news.

Firstly, the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, stressed the importance of equality amongst all living humans and animals. He stressed that there needs to be equality with such things like race, gender, faith and caste. The BNP do not promote equality and therefore this person, in my opinion, cannot be a ‘true’ Sikh.

Secondly, I believe there could be danger with this new constitution and this first new type of member joining. It may influence other past ‘typically barred’ members to join the party which could on the ‘outset’ appear to justify the party’s existence. I cannot see the reasoning for them wanting to join though – it’s illogical. By law the BNP may seem to be more acceptable but by nature they are still the same. Why fight for a party which denies a person’s right to be labelled as the nationality that they were born or have been brought up in, and not provide them with equal rights with the law?

There is nothing British about the BNP. I know for a fact that Manchester (my home city) is proud of being multi-cultural and celebrates it loud and clearly.

People are becoming disillusioned with politics. Let’s stop this from happening. Let’s inject politics with a dose of optimism. Collectively, we are the optimism that the world of politics needs, to prevent parties like the BNP, from becoming mainstream. That’s what the HOPE not Hate campaign is all about – it emphasises the notion of HOPE and with this, optimism follows.

I’m so optimistic that as a SIKH who believes in EQUALITY am jumping out of a plane, in 15 days time, to raise awareness and funds for the HOPE not Hate campaign. I know for a fact that there are thousands of volunteers around our country spreading the message of hope and have certainly encouraged voters to stand up for what is right – firstly, by encouraging people to vote, and secondly educating them about the real intentions of the BNP, so that they don’t vote for them.

Going back to my physiotherapy – as a knock on effect of my Cerebral Palsy, I developed curvature of the spine. My physio has been working extremely hard with me in trying to straighten it. The results have been dramatic and I am extremely happy. My physio is from the Netherlands. If the BNP were the main government to exert power over Britain, it has been predicted that the NHS would collapse over night…

I’ll let you think about that one…

Meanwhile spread the news of my jump and keep sponsoring –

www.hopenothate.org.uk/skydive/

It also seems appropriate to post this link too – check out Peace Mala –

http://www.peacemala.org.uk/

Thank you,

Rupy :o)

 Posted: 20 Nov 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Human dignity

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 9 November 2009, 15:47


On one April morning, in 1994, the militia attacked. Grenades were thrown through windows. For the almost 12,000 people huddled into the Church of Saint Jean, praying at a special mass, there was no escape. The Hutu militia, known as the Interahamwe, backed up by police and army units, had surrounded the church and were determined to ensure no one survived. Those who dared leave the church were shot on sight. Eventually the Interahamwe entered the church and, picking through the bodies of those who had already died, butchered those who remained.

Over 11,400 people were killed on this one day. It was by no means the worst atrocity of the Rwandan genocide, yet the memorial that marks the onslaught is very different from most of those that literally litter the scarred country. There are no bodies, no skulls or even bullet holes – like at so many others. The church has been cleaned, repaired and is now in use again.

What marks this church out are the beautiful stained-glass windows, obviously put in since the massacre. They were paid for by relatives of those who perished here as a mark of respect to their loved ones. To me this church reminds us of the hatred people are capable of, but also the resilience and dignity.

Of all the memorials and genocide sites that I have visited since I have been here, this has certainly had the most profound effect on me.

My first week in Rwanda has mixed travelling with work. After a couple of days in the capital, Kigali, I headed out into rural Rwanda to areas that are certainly off the beaten track. While Kigali is undergoing massive change – with new hotels, a shopping centre and even high rise tower blocks sprouting up – life in much of the countryside appears to have changed little. In three days travelling through small villages I did not see a domestic vehicle. Power appeared at a minimum and many houses consisted of little more than a living room with a low table but nothing else and a second room that was used as a bedroom.

I even managed a quick trip into Congo but that did not go according to plan as we ended up being held in a police station for a few hours after being caught by plain clothes police taking a photo of a street sign. They claimed that I needed a special permit, though were not able to produce any evidence that such a permit was required or even existed, and suggested we could buy our freedom by oiling their palms with several hundred dollars. We stood our ground and after an amusing telephone call with a fictitious British Ambassador, whom we informed the local police chief was going to ring him personally, we were released.

 Posted: 9 Nov 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Dissecting the Dowsons

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 November 2009, 14:43


The leak of the BNP membership list last month has turned the spotlight on the party's Belfast call centre, the tensions it has caused in the party, and the links between the man who runs it and a charity that has received a six-figure sum in EU funding. Matthew Collins and Simon Cressy investigate.

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/Jim-Dowson-Dissecting-the-Dowsons

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Through the keyhole

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 November 2009, 13:34


Jim Dowson (left) with Nick Griffin

Jim Dowson (left) with Nick Griffin

Today we start a serialisation from the current issue of Searchlight Magazine which features a special investigation into the heart of the BNP. We highlight the organisational set-up, the secret locations and the people running the fascist party. We expose how the running of the party has been outsourced to a rabid Loyalist anti-abortionist in Belfast and we reveal that this man is receiving European Union money for peace and reconciliation.

We have also been busy working with the media. Many of the revelations and exposés we have read in the newspapers over the past few weeks have originated from Searchlight.

Forty-seven years after Searchlight was first formed we are proving that we are still ahead of the game.

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/Jim-Dowson-From-rags-to-riches

 Posted: 4 Nov 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Why?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 1 November 2009, 05:26


What makes a person turn on their neighbour they have lived alongside for twenty, thirty or even forty years? What makes a child take up a weapon and use it on their one-time friends? How can the world seemingly stand by and watch 800,000 people, out of a population of just nine million, get slaughtered in ten-week period? How can I, as a politically aware person, know so little about a genocide that happened in my adult lifetime?

These questions and many more are occupying my thoughts as I pass over Libya, on my way to Rwanda. I am going to this small, hilly country, nestled between Kenya to the east, Uganda to the north, Congo to the west and Burundi to the south, as part of a cricket charity that I’m involved in – Cricket Without Boundaries. We teach cricket to kids, train up local coaches so they can continue to develop the game after we have left and spread an Aids Awareness message. It is a great charity – consciously run on a volunteer basis – which is just as rewarding for those who take part as it is for the young people who get involved.

I first came out here two years ago and found it a deeply moving experience. I made friends with many local people, visited the orphanages and the memorials established to remember the genocide and I marvelled at the apparent capacity of a nation to heal itself in such a short space of time. I made a 12-minute film of the trip – part of which can be seen on the CWB website – something I look back on with a mixture of emotion and pride.

But there remains a lot of unanswered questions and finding answers to these are a major reason why I am here. What really happened? How can hatred consume people? Can a nation truly overcome such horrors and can past tribal loyalties really be broken down and forgotten and in its place a new Rwandan identity emerge?

But nagging at the back of my mind is the question of how we allowed it to happen? Was a small African country so politically and economically insignificant that Britain and other Western countries thought it unnecessary to intervene? Despite it being one of the worst genocides of the 20th century, John Major, the British Prime Minister at the time, did not even make a reference it in his memoirs. His Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd made a passing comment but that was to simply admit that the issue was not on their radar.

What was worse was that what foreign intervention did occur largely focused on propping up the existing regime.

I don’t exclude myself from self-examination. In 1994 I was volunteering at Searchlight. I was young and probably naive but I was certainly politically aware. Why do I know so little about the worst genocide in my lifetime? Can I really just blame institutions like the UN when I did nothing?

I am not going to find answers to all these questions over the next few days but I hope to leave with a greater understanding of what happened and why. I also want to leave with a sense of optimism – like I did last time – in the capacity of human beings to overcome the ultimate horrors of what we can do to one another.

As we battle against the BNP back in the UK let us not forget where the politics of hate can ultimately lead.

 Posted: 1 Nov 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments