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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 30 August 2012, 13:54
Richard Millet, a French writer and editor, has sparked controversy for his comments on Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass killer, whom he described as “without doubt what Norway deserves”.
While he claims that he does not agree with what Breivik did, he says he is “as much a child of a broken family as of an ideological and racial fracture caused by immigration from outside Europe over the last 20 years.”
Breivik acted alone but there are many others who either agree with what he did or try to justify it with their own racist outlook on life.
Posted: 30 Aug 2012 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 30 August 2012, 13:04
It was really great to see Beverley Knight sing "I am what I am" at the Paralympics last night. It was obviously a really poignant song, which she sang brilliantly.
Beverley Knight has been a long-time supporter of the HOPE not hate campaign and she is one of our patrons. We are totally proud of her.
If you missed it - or would like to watch her sing it again - you can do by clicking here:
Or tweet to congratulate her @beverleyknight
Posted: 30 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 17:35
A group of Muslim women in Glasgow have created an exhibition to challenge stereotypes. The exhibition called I Speak For Myself features Muslim women photographed with personal messages challenging convention.
It's really great to report something positive though of course it is a shame that these women are having to do this in the first place.
Posted: 29 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 17:30
Here's another US Republican who appears quite proud to play the race card.
What's more shocking is that she was actually born in Mexico herself.
Posted: 29 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 16:45
It is being alleged that an African-American camerawoman, working for CNN at the Republican convention, was subjected to appalling racism today when a woman in the audience threw some nuts down on the floor as said: "This is how we feed animals."
The story was broken by a TV presenter David Shuster on twitter. CNN confirmed an incident took place but didn't want to say anything more while the Republicans were not returning media calls.
This is truly shocking and disgusting. It is believed that the woman was escorted out but surely that can't be the end of the matter. Only yesterday a MSNBC anchor said that the Republicans were bringing 'race' into the Presidential election. Perhaps he should have re-phrased that by using the word 'racists'.
Posted: 29 Aug 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 27 August 2012, 06:51
Hundreds of people, of all colours and background, marched through Joplin, Missouri, in solidarity for the Muslim community after their local mosque was destroyed by a fire.
The fire, which the local Muslim community believe was a hate crime, occurred three weeks ago and just a day after a white supremacist killed six Sikhs at a temple.
The rally was organised under the slogan “that love is stronger than fear or hatred.”
Many of those attending the event remembered the support given by the local Muslim community to the victims of the 2011 tornado in Joplin, which killed 161 people. The mosque was turned into a relief centre.
"It's amazing," rally organiser and college student Ashley Carter said in a telephone interview during the event. "People who are of completely different cultures and beliefs are here having a conversation with each other, which is awesome."
"There are really no words we can use to convey how appreciative we are and how much this means to us," said Kimberly Kester, spokeswoman for the Islamic Society of Joplin. "Everyone is coming together to be a stronger community."
Posted: 27 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 24 August 2012, 12:03
Here's the latest from Norway:
After reading the conclusion of the verdict, the judges went on to describe the bloodcurdling events of 22 July last year, before going through each victim and how they were killed. Again the victims families had to suffer how Breivik had executed their dear ones, but this time knowing that the terrorist would spend 21 years in detention prison, without any possibility of being released for the first ten years.
“I am relieved that we have a verdict”, said Labour Youth leader, Eskil Pedersen. Pedersen hopes that the prosecutors will not appeal againstthe verdict, and that this is the final word on this case.
Labour Party Secretary General, Raymond Johansen, called Breivik a calculated, political terrorist and pointed out that Breivik nurtured his hatred with material he found on the internet, and that other people share Breivik’s world view.
After the first psychiatric report that concluded that Breivik was insane, most commentators thought that even if this report had been heavily contradicted by several other experts and reports, there was reasonable doubt enough about Breivik’s sanity to find him insane.
Obviously the judge had so little confidence in the first report that they decided to rule it out.
Reactions to the verdict so far have been positive, and according to an opinion poll in today’s Verdens Gang, 72 per cent of the Norwegian people agree with the verdict.
Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 24 August 2012, 09:38
Just got this in from our colleagues at Vepsen in Oslo
From Tor Bach
After a ten weeks trial the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik today received his sentence. Unanimously the judges gave Breivik 21 years in prison, dismissing the claim that he is is insane.
There was a lot of excitement before the verdict was read and most experts expected the Oslo District Court to rule that Breivik is insane. Surprisingly all five judges ruled in the opposite direction.
Before the ruling, Breivik’s lawyers claimed that the terrorist would not appeal a verdict if he was found sane. What the prosecutors decide on depends on the premises of the verdict. The judges will spend all the rest of the day reading the reasons for the verdict, and updates will follow later today.
Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 24 August 2012, 09:11
Judges in Norway have declared that Anders Behring Breivik 'sane' and so guilty of the murder of 77 people last July.
More news to follow
Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 19 August 2012, 08:46
Really pleased to have been invited to speak at the Knowledge Exchange Conference on Far Right Extremism, which will be held in London on 14 September.
The conference, which is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), will present the latest research on far right extremism, as well as underlying tensions relating to immigration and integration.
It will bring together 80-100 national and local policy–makers, academics and researchers, and practitioners and the topics include: public attitudes toward core far right issues such as immigration; recent developments and trends within the far right, and likely future directions; the profiles and attitudes of supporters; assessing the impact of far right extremism; current and possible policy responses; and local models of experience.
This conference marks the beginning of a six-month knowledge exchange partnership, which is geared toward strengthening links between academics, policy-makers and practitioners and as such appears a really important event.
Posted: 19 Aug 2012 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 14 August 2012, 16:00
The Conference of European Rabbis has spoken out about a new mobile app version of the forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.
The App, created entirely in Arabic by a developer named AHMED ELSERETY, is believed to be the first mobile version of the famous antisemitic work, first published in Russia in the early 20thCentury, which describes the Jewish plot to control the world.
Although the app clearly states that many throughout history have dismissed the document as a forgery, the President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, explained why it was unacceptable nonetheless. He said, “Although the Protocols of the Elders of Zion can and should be available for academics to study in its proper context, to disseminate such hateful invective as a mobile app is dangerous and inexcusable.”
“As an App, it is much less likely to be used responsibly by historians and much more likely to be used by antisemitic conspiracy theorists and their fellow travellers to pursue their racist agenda. I will be writing to Apple to insist that it be immediately removed” Rabbi Goldschmidt continued.
The app was released earlier this year but has not been discovered until now because it is only available in Arabic. It is filed under the category ‘Education’ and costs 69 pence to download.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 14 August 2012, 09:24
In just under a fortnight, over the August Bank holiday weekend, Thorpe Underwood Estate in York will play host to the Islamia Village, a weekend retreat organised by the Islamic Network Project. According to its advertising literature the Islamia Village is a four day retreat which “combine incredible lectures with amazing recreational activities you get a truly breathtaking Islamic experience. Learn, relax, and be inspired in peaceful Islamic surroundings. Islamia Village is a dream come true, a hidden gem in the heart of the countryside.”
The range of activities in such a setting does seem truly impressive, that is until you look a bit more closely into some of the speakers set to address the event. Among them are several who preach extreme hatred against homosexuals, including calls for them to be killed.
They include Murtaza Khan, who has described homosexuality as an “abominable action which goes against humanity” and stated that the correct punishment for such acts is death. Also speaking will be Assim Al-Hakeem who holds equally hostile views to homosexuality. His website also calls for ‘apostates’ – those who abandon a religion – to be killed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Assim Al-Hakeem was banned from three University campuses earlier this year.
Another speaker at the event is Abu Usamah At-Thahabi, who has also said that the punishment for homosexuality should be death. Hate seems to run through much of his preachings and he too has called for Muslims who renounce their religion to be killed “in the Islamic state”. On non-Muslims he has said: “We hate the people of the kufr (non-Muslims). We hate the kuffar.”
Finally there is Abuz Zubair, who suggests that those Muslims who believe in evolution should be killed. Responding to a Muslim who articulated support for evolution, Abuz Zubair said “the call to evolution is a call to kufr and apostasy”. He went on to quote a fatwa of Ibnal-Uthaymeen which stated that someone who teaches evolution “should be stopped by any means necessary even if it means his execution” and that if teaching continues “this person should be executed because he is an apostate and apostates are executed”.
Not everyone approves of homosexuality and of course people who follow one religion are likely to believe that theirs is preferable to another and while we should accept that people are allowed to have their own views, even to the point where we might deem them unpalatable, there comes a point where dislike of another becomes hated and intolerance. This is especially the case when violence is explicitly advocated.
Hate is hate and it should be opposed from whatever quarter it comes from. Just as we should speak out and campaign against those who promote racial superiority and those ‘Counter-Jihadists’ who vilify and demonise all Muslims so we must be prepared to speak out against those Muslims who preach hatred and violence against homosexuals, women and people of other religion.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 | There are 7 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 13 August 2012, 16:46
HOPE not hate patron Eddie Izzard has written a great piece in today's Daily Mirror on the Olympics and what it says about us as a nation.
Posted: 13 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 6 August 2012, 16:26
Mark Potok and the Southern Poverty Law Center report that Sikh temple shooting suspect Wade Michael Page is "a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band." The best evidence for this, right now, is a 2010 interview that Page gave to Label 56, to talk about his band End Apathy.
Read the full story here:
Posted: 6 Aug 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 6 August 2012, 11:23
There's a brilliant editorial in today's Sun newspaper. I'm reproducing it in full:
IN the crucible of the Olympic cauldron, a new Great Britain is being forged.
Proud. Confident. Successful. And above all, inclusive.
There are moments in a nation’s lifetime when in a few days giant and lasting strides can be made.
This is such a time.
And how wonderful, how incredible, that it has taken a three thousand-year-old event to provide the glue that is finally binding Modern Britain together.
When the Olympic Games were founded in Greece around 800BC, the aim was to create a spirit of harmony through the shared comradeship of sport.
Today, that noble aim is as relevant at London 2012 as it was in the dust of ancient Athens.
In those scenes of celebration on our TVs that are coming almost too fast to count, we see how our nation is changing — and for the better.
Danny Boyle got it right on opening night. We’ve become a human kaleidoscope of a country where those of every race, faith and background are a part of a huge and mostly happy family united by being proudly British.
Let’s not go overboard. It is exactly a year ago that Britain was burning as young rioters rampaged through our towns.
But we knew then that such criminality was not a true reflection of the state of Britain, particularly younger Britain. And so it has proved.
Like those representing Team GB on the track in the Olympic Stadium on Super Saturday, the 80,000 in the stands presented the genuine, multicultural face of these lands: Decent, sporting, tolerant, fair-minded and free of bigotry or racism.
That is why the far Right are wasting their time. They have lost.
No one makes this clearer than 10,000 metres hero Mo Farah, who came here as a refugee from the murderous violence of Mogadishu.
Asked if he would have rather won his gold for Somalia, he snapped back: “Look mate, this is my country.”
Mo, Jessica Ennis with her Jamaican dad and a host of other Team GB athletes have backgrounds that reflect Modern Britain, where at long last it is becoming a case of what you achieve that matters in life — rather than where you come from.
That should give us extra reason to cheer as we salute Andy Murray’s vanquishing of Roger Federer and Ben Ainslie’s coronation as best Olympic sailor of all time.
And when the Games are over and the flames of the Olympic cauldron flicker and die, let’s make sure we carry the torch of hope forward into a better future.
Posted: 6 Aug 2012 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 6 August 2012, 11:03
BNP leader Nick Griffin is blaming the media for the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. Writing on twitter, Griffin said: "Media insistence on confusing Muslims with Asians have claimed more innocent victims in USA."
Firstly, he seems to be suggesting that if the media had been more specific with their classifications then the white supremacist killer would have been more accurate in his targeting. So, according to Griffin, dead Muslims cannot be considered innocent.
More importantly though, by blaming the media for these killings Griffin is excusing himself and other racist and white supremacists from the role they play in winding up their followers. That is where the real blame lies.
Posted: 6 Aug 2012 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments