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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 25 September 2012, 10:56
Last week I reported that Muslim-hater Pam Geller (through the American Freedom Defence Iniative) was placing 10 adverts on the New York subway which describe Muslims as "savages". The adverts have been placed to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly, at which most world leaders will attend.
The posters simply say: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
I'm not going to reproduce the offending posters but I did like this article on Huffington Post and the responses from the public
@lsarsour Linda Sarsour
@DanielTutt Daniel Tutt
@iamalik_ Imran Ali Malik
In the war between Hatemongering and Humanity, support Humanity. Defeat Islamophobia. #MySubwayAd
Posted: 25 Sep 2012 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 23 September 2012, 14:26
We've updated our website by adding several new groups to our Hate Group section on our website.
New 'hate groups' include Al-Muhajiroun, Britain First, English Democrats and the National Front. We already had sections on the British National Party, English Democrats and the New Right discussion group featured.
We will be adding new groups every couple of months.
To view the profiles, click here:
Posted: 23 Sep 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 22 September 2012, 21:50
The $100,000 bounty put on the head of the man who made the Innocence of Muslims film by Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour is irresponsible, counter-productive and just downright wrong.
While he claims he is doing this to frighten off other potential blasphemers, he is in fact only adding to the problem. His 'bounty' will be used by racists and anti-Muslim haters as proof of Islam as an intolerant religion and only encourage them to carry out more stunts like this provocative film. His bounty will also breathe new life into the Islamist and salafist demonstrations which could lead to more violence and deaths which in turn will further portray Islam as a violent and intolerant religion.
Up until now most of the demonstrations have been orchestrated by Islamist and ultra-conservative Salafist groups, who were only too keen to use the inflammatory film for their own political purpose. While many Muslims were offended by the film, and its insulting portrayal on Mohammad, the overwhelming majority ignored the protests and distanced themselves from the violence. And, as we saw so graphically yesterday, as 30,000 marched in Benghazi and ransacked Islamist militia compounds, there was even a Muslim backlash against those stocking the violence.
This has all been undermined by Bilour and his outrageous and idiotic announcement.
The bounty is morally and politically wrong. Freedom of speech should be sacrosanct in a democracy and while there should be legal limits when it comes to incitement and violence this freedom to criticise should extend to all religions and political views. I'm sure that most Muslims probably agree with this too, just as most Christians, Jews and even atheists would.
The Pakistani Government have distanced themselves from Bilour's comments but that is simply not good enough. The only way to prove that his views were wrong and not shared is by sacking him immediately. And they need to do that soon.
Posted: 22 Sep 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 22 September 2012, 14:52
Anjem Choudary's motley crew, the Defenders of the Prophet, held an embarrassingly poor demonstration outside the French Embassy yesterday, to protest against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which published mocking cartoons of Mohammad.
Attendance for the two hour protest fluctuated between 50 and 100 people.
The English Defence League threatened a counter-protest but only a couple of them turned up.
Embarrassing for both organisations really.
Posted: 22 Sep 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 22 September 2012, 09:15
While the anti-Muslim haters of the self-defined ‘Counter-Jihad’ movement whip up fear and hatred against all Muslims, over in Libya there is a real, grassroots ‘Counter-Jihad’ operation going on. Tens of thousands of people have protested against Ansar al-Sharia and other Islamist groups, who people believe were responsible for the assault on the US consulate and the deaths of four Americans, including the US Ambassador.
Militia compounds have been taken over and the headqauarters of Ansar al-Sharia has been set alight.
While the assault on the US consulate might have been the spark, this popular uprising reflects a more general unhappiness with the activities of the Islamist militias since the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi.
So you would imagine that the self-defined ‘Counter-Jihadists’ would have been cheering on this popular anti-Islamist uprising. But no, they were too busy spreading their general anti-Muslim hatred.
Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shruggs website focuses on her anger that CNN cut short an interview about her new poster campaign on the New York subway, in which she describes Muslims as “savages”.
Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch reports on US collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood, whilst the English Defence League website simply tells the “Muslim world” that they “should get used to being offended.” Over at Gates of Vienna, probably the most important international ‘Counter-Jihad’ blogsite, they carry a clip from SUN TV where “Michael Coren talks about the House of Civilization versus the House of Islam.”
In fact, I’ve just spent the last 30 minutes going through as many of the so-called Counter-Jihadist websites that I can and I cannot find a single mention of the popular protest in Benghazi. But then again they wouldn’t report it as it does not find into their general mindset that all Muslims are the problem.
* HOPE not hate has established a unit to monitor these anti-Muslim haters.
Posted: 22 Sep 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 21 September 2012, 11:20
Today is the International Day of Peace. It is a day when we should reflect on the hatred and turmoil around us; a day when we should seek to do something – however small it may be – to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation.
It is hard to believe that peace appears possible when there are so many wars and conflicts around the world. Over the last few days we have witnessed a depressing spiral of abuse and violence over the Innocence of Muslims film. This provocative film was deliberately designed to provoke a reaction from those in the Muslim world. Most have resisted. Unfortunately, some extremists from the ultra-conservative spectrum of the Muslim community have been only too willing to reciprocate and have used the video to push their own intolerant agenda – with fatal results.
Closer to home, it has now been revealed that the man arrested for conspiracy to commit murder of four people in Greater Manchester, including two female police officers, was a supporter of the English Defence League.
With so much hatred around let us pause and call for peacehttp://action.hopenothate.org.uk/peace
It would seem that hatred and violence is everywhere. But this is not the case. The media might focus on the extremists and on conflict but the vast majority of people – most of us reading this message – want to live in peace. We want to get on with our lives and raise our families in a world without hate. Just as those behind the insulting Innocence of Muslim video are a tiny handful of right-wing extremists from the 'counter jihadist' and Christian fundamentalist fringe, so those violently protesting do not represent the vast majority of Muslims. The problem is that non-Muslims do not always hear the Muslim 'voice' condemning that violence and too often only the extremists are heard. I am glad that some lessons have been learned and this time around mainstream Muslims organisations have joined the calls for calm and attacked those using violence.
The International Day of Peace gives us a chance to say that extremists do not speak for us. We have produced a simple logo which we are urging out supporters to share with their friends and leave a message on our Peace Wall.
Make a stand for a better world
The Olympics showed that a positive, peaceful and inclusive identity can be created. It might not last as the memory of the Olympics fades and economic realities bite, but it does show what is possible. It also shows how people – of all colours, backgrounds and faiths – can find a positive identity which we all share, and in which we all have a place.
Hatred and extremism is with us and HOPE not hate will be unrelenting in opposing it. Let us also celebrate what is good within society and remember that the vast majority of us, from whatever background or creed, want to live peacefully together.
Please join us in making a stand for peace and write on our Peace Wall.
Posted: 21 Sep 2012 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 20 September 2012, 15:50
I really fear we are going to see a downward spiral of violence and anti-Muslim hatred over the coming days and possibly weeks. The so-called 'Counter-Jihadists' (real definition ‘Muslim haters’) know full well that an incendiary video, poster, cartoon or burning will create a reaction from extremists across the world.
I'm sure that most Muslims are offended by insulting language and images of Mohammad but the protests we are seeing with depressing frequency are the work of extremists who are using these incidents for their own warped ends. This is not a case of Muslim rage - as some media outlets have described - but extremists using these insults to further their own extremist agenda.
There have been two protests in London so far. One, last Friday, was organised by Anjem Choudary and his Al-Muhajiroun network. Then on Sunday there was another protest, this time organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir. There were about 1,000 people on this protest, which is a fair number but hardly representative of the wider Muslim community. So incensed were Hizb ut-Tahrir that their demo carried the slogan "America - Get out of Muslim lands."
Last week there was the Innocence of Muslims video. This week we have a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, publishing obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Next week we will have Pam Geller's outrageous "savage" posters (http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/2179/geller-stokes-anti-muslim-hatred)
But I fear that this will only be the beginning. These Muslim haters know that any stupid stunt is going to cause a reaction, and probably a violent one at that. These Islamist extremists and Salafists, who are behind the vast majority of the protests, will happily respond by organising yet more demonstrations. The Muslim haters know that the images of Islamists attacking buildings and murdering people only reinforce the view of some that Islam is a violent and intolerant religion. The Islamists know that offensive and provocative cartoons will reinforce the view of some Muslims that the Western world hates Islam.
There is a depressingly symbiotic relationship between the Muslim haters and the very people they claim to oppose. They need each other. In fact, they welcome the actions of the other to justify their own activities.
This has to stop but this is not going to happen on its own. None of us can stay silent on this now or we risk the whole agenda being dominated by extremists on both sides who have no interest in reducing the tensions. Civil society has to demand an end to this. Community and faith leaders have to speak out before the violence gets out of control. Politicians, who all seem depressingly silent on the issue, need to become more vocal.
These extremists don't speak for anyone except themselves and if the mainstream majority - of all faiths and none - don't speak up soon and isolate the extremists then the downward spiral of violence and extremism will continue.
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 20 September 2012, 10:42
US 'Counter-Jihad' activist Pam Geller is stoking anti-Muslim hatred by producing a poster for the New York subway which declares Muslims as 'savages'.
The advert, which will go up in ten subway stations next week to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly, reads:
"In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) initially refused the posters but have been forced to by a court order.
Geller told Sky News: "I will not abridge my freedoms so as not to offend savages.
"I won't take responsibility for other people being violent.
"I live in America and in America we have the first amendment."
These posters are obviously designed to stoke up hatred against Muslims and coming so shortly after the Innocence of Muslims film, again produced by Counter-Jihadists, will create a reaction from Muslims and give ammunition to Islamist extremists.
We are entering a very dangerous period where 'Counter-Jihadists' and Islamist extremists are feeding off each other's extremism to justify their own activities. I'll be writing more about this shortly.
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 17 September 2012, 11:33
Great news! At the end of last week European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic announced new rules for the funding of pan-European political parties and their associated think-tanks. One of these changes now requires EU funding only be given where these parties and foundations observe the values of the European Union, “namely respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”. The last part, on minority rights, is a new addition.
The BNP will now struggle to receive any additional EU money.
These rule changes are a result of pressure first exerted by HOPE not hate after we learnt that the BNP, along with French and Hungarian fascist MEPs were to receive €300,000 of public money to fund their political work. We immediately contacted British MEPs, who were unaware of this, and they began demanding a rule change.
We have choked off a €100,000 a year funding stream from the BNP. This is a great victory.
The BNP is furious. That's €100,000 they can't spend on their racist literature. They were also hoping to establish a think-tank to access even more money. That too should be stopped.
All we have to do is convince the European Parliament and European Commission that the BNP, and their French and Hungarian counterparts, do not comply with these new rules. We plan to send a briefing to the EU, EP and all MEPs in the next few weeks.
I'm also pleased to announce that issue four of the HOPE not hate magazine is out. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/gethope/
The new issue reveals how a leading anti-Muslim activist in the United States has offered to donate to the EDL's co-leader Kevin Carroll's campaign to become a police commissioner. We expose the violent nazis who are behind a campaign of intimidation and violence across Merseyside. We explore online radicalisation and how Al Qaeda is increasingly adopting the same tactics to incite as their violent far-right counterparts and carries an interview with Frances O'Grady, the first female General Secretary of the TUC.
You can subscribe to HOPE not hate magazine here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/gethope/
HOPE not hate has scored a huge victory by blocking funding for the BNP. Please help us continue our work by reading our magazine.
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 16 September 2012, 06:01
Today's Observer reports on a new survey, conducted by YouGov, which seems to suggest that despite the positiveness of the Olympics Britain is still a country where many people are deeply hostile to immigration, multiculturalism and Muslims.
The YouGov survey, conducted with 1,750 respondents, found that 41% of people would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to stop all immigration, compared with 28% who said they would be less likely to support a group that promoted such policies.
In addition, 37% admitted that they would be more likely to support a political party that promised to reduce the number of Muslims in Britain and the presence of Islam in society, compared with 23% who said it would make them less likely.
The only positive was that young people are considerably more tolerant of newcomers and people of other faiths than the older generation.
The question I would like to pose is how racist is Britain? The full survey will be released in the next few days so I shall save my full comment until then.
Posted: 16 Sep 2012 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 15 September 2012, 07:07
I would just like to draw attention to the article one of my colleagues put up on our website yesterday about changes to the public funding of EU political parties and assocatiated think tanks. One consequence of these changes is that it will make it virtually impossible for the British National Party to receive the public funding it got earlier this year.
The changes, announced by the European Commission's Vice President, came after protests from MEPs from across the political spectrum. They were alerted to this by HOPE not hate.
In stopping the BNP get their hands on £100,000 a year of public money shows that HOPE not hate is making a difference.
Here's the full article:
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 15 September 2012, 05:27
Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking at the Exchange Knowledge on Far Right Extremism conference. The event brought together 70 academics, researchers and practitioners and I have to say it was one of the best academic events I had been to. The day was organised by Matthew Goodwin and sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.
I spoke about the ‘Evolution of the far right’, and there were numerous other sessions more specifically about the BNP, EDL and far right violence.
The conference was the beginning of an eight-month project designed to increase and share the understanding on current research on far right extremism and for academics, policymakers and practitioners to learn from one another. Certainly from a quick look around the room it really was a ‘who’s who’ of people at the forefront of work in this area.
Campaigning against the far right, as carried out by HOPE not hate and others, has long been too detached from research but I really do believe that this is going to change. The more we know about why people are attracted to the far right, the wider issues of public and policy anxieties and research-based policy and campaigning responses then the more successful we are likely to be.
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 14 September 2012, 20:24
English Defence League leader Stehpen Lennon is threatening to show the disgusting ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film. HOPE not hate believes that if he does he should immediately be prosecuted for incitement.
The film has been produced by rabid anti-Muslim haters in the US and is deliberately designed to whip up tensions, hatred and violence. Steve Klein, a right wing Christian evangelical who was one of those behind the film, boasted to the US blogsite Huffington Post: “We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen" after the deaths of four Americans in Libya.
Only today 20-year-old Azhar Ahmed, from Dewsbury, was found guilty of sending a grossly offensive message when he wrote on facebook: “all soldiers should die and go to hell”. If he got convicted of that then Lennon should be prosecuted for airing the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film. He should also be held accountable for any British citizens who are attacked as a consequence.
Lennon might think he will be able to win back the growing number of his dissenters within the EDL by this move but let him be under no illusion that there will be severe consequences if he does broadcast it.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 | There are 12 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 13 September 2012, 08:39
The attack on the US consulate in Libya, in which four people including the US Ambassador were killed, and the US embassy in Cairo highlight the on-going dangers from political and religious extremism throughout the world.
On one side there are the Salafists, extreme conservative Sunni Muslims who favour a 'literalist' interpretation of Islam (and from whom so-called violent or 'Salafi jihadists' are often drawn). On the other side is the growing ‘Counter-Jihad’ movement in Europe and North America which is whipping up anti-Muslim hatred.
The pretext for the attacks in Libya and Egypt was the production of an anti-Islam film ‘The Innocence of Muslim’. Enraged with a really derogatory portrayal of Mohammad, people spontaneously attacked the two US diplomatic buildings in the belief that the US Government was somehow responsible. However, it now appears that this film was indeed a pretext and the attacks were planned sometime before and were carried out two days ago to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11.
The film ‘The Innocence of Muslim’ is no innocent movie but a disgusting piece of cheap propaganda to elicit exactly the sort of reaction that we witnessed in the Middle East. It depicts Mohammad in the human form, claims he is a fraud and even portrays him as gay. The film was supposedly produced by Californian estate agent Sam Bacile, who claims to be an Israeli Jew who raised $5m from 100 Jewish donors to fund the film.
And that is where the trail runs dry. ‘Sam Bacile’ claims to have gone to ground but it is questionable whether he really exists or at least what he has said about himself is true. Everyone who has seen the film doubts that $5,000 was used to make it, let alone $5m.
What can be proved is the involvement of two hardline Muslim haters with strong links to extremism and the far right. The first is Steve Klein, a Hemet, California based insurance salesman who claims to have led a “hunter-killer team” in Vietnam and is known to have links to the extreme Christian right and the militia movement.
According to Max Blumenthal “Klein is also closely affiliated with the Christian right in California, organizing resentment against all the usual targets — Muslims, homosexuals, feminists, and even Mormons. He is a board member and founder of a group called Courageous Christians United, which promotes anti-Mormon, anti-Catholic and anti-Muslim literature (including the work of Robert Spencer) on its website. In 2002, Klein ran for the California Insurance Commissioner under the American Independent Party, an extremist fringe party linked to the militia movement, garnering a piddling 2 percent of the vote.” (http://maxblumenthal.com/2012/09/meet-the-right-wing-extremist-behind-anti-muslim-film-that-sparked-deadly-riots/)
Klein is also linked in to the Counter-jihad world of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.
According to an article on the Huffington Post blog, Klein boasts of inspiring ‘Sam Bacile’ to produce “The Innocence of Muslims,” promising him he would be “the next Theo Van Gogh,” referring to the Dutch columnist and film director who was murdered by a Muslim extremist.
"We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen," Klein told Huffington Post.
The film is being promoted by Pastor Terry Jones, the evangelical preacher from Florida who threatened to burn the Koran in 2010 but backed down after the publicity directly led to US soldiers being killed in Afghanistan.
HOPE not hate followers will also remember that Jones was invited to Luton to address an English Defence League demonstration, which prompted us lead a campaign to have him banned from the country. The Home Secretary did just that but Jones later went on to form links with the National Front and the minuscule England is Ours group of hardline fascists.
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney was quick to denounce the Obama administration for supposedly appeasing extremism by criticising the film. “I think it’s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values,” Romney said. “The statement was akin to an apology, and I think was a severe miscalculation.”
Quite why Romney believes a film that deliberately seeks to insult and whip up hatred against Muslims goes against US values remains to be seen, unless that is Romney believes that whipping up hatred against a religion is very much part of the US values he is determined to represent.
Regardless, perhaps Romney should look a bit closer to home before making his next outburst. One of his foreign policy advisors is John Bolton, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations under the last Bush administration. Bolton is a strident critic of Islam and has shared platforms with some of the most prominent ‘Counter-Jihadists’ (anti-muslim) activists around, such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.
Indeed, Bolton was scheduled to speak at the Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) conference in New York on Tuesday, the day of the attacks in Libya and Egypt, though he later cancelled. If he had attended he would have shared a platform with some of the world’s leading anti-Muslim activists, including the EDL’s Stephen Lennon (speaking under the name Tommy Robinson) and Kevin Carroll.
Bolton would have also heard a speech from Dr. Babu Suseelan, a Hindu Human Rights activist, who utilised rhetoric eerily reminiscent of the 1920s Nazi propaganda warning that Islam was a threat because “Muslims will breed like rats.”
Suseelan, an associate of the American Freedom Alliance, continued by telling the audience “Islam can be stopped. It can be wiped out!” During his unsettling speech, Suseelan called on the audience to “join together to wipe out Islam” saying “there is nothing wrong with wiping out Islam.”
Ironically, to laughter and applause, Suseelan ended his speech by saying that “freedom loving people should join together to do so.”
While Bolton seemingly has time for muslim-haters such as Pam Geller he was quick to pin the blame for the death of Ambassador Stevens, and three other consulate staffers, directly on Obama.
The danger from Salafi extremists is growing, much to the delight of the anti-Muslim haters in the Counter-Jihad world as this just justifies and re-confirms their own warped mindset.
Posted: 13 Sep 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 15:24
The British far-right should be having a ball. With the economy faltering, austerity biting and economic pessimism growing, the conditions for racism and racist scapegoating could hardly be better. But racist groups are contracting and morale is dropping. Will it always be like this?
I’ve just co-authored an essay on the current state of the British far right and I would like you to read it. It charts the recent decline of the British National Party following its disastrous defeat in Barking and Dagenham. It examines how the English Defence League appeared to be replacing the BNP as the main far right threat, but no more. Thousands once joined EDL marches and they counted over 90,000 supporters online but this now seems a distant memory as the group declines amid internal warfare and demoralisation.
I would like you to read my view about the current state of the far right and tell me what you think
Posted: 12 Sep 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 07:34
It's general election day in the Netherlands and while it appears that support for Geert Wilders' PVV is dropping it is far from clear that they will lose seats in Parliament. This could once again see them holding the balance of power and so dictating the Government agenda.
HOPE not hate will be following the election with a blog and comments from our Dutch sister organisation.
Posted: 12 Sep 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 06:16
Yesterday was the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the USA. It was a time for those who lost their loved ones, and others who were present on that fateful day in New York and Washington DC, to pause and remember what happened.
But for a few others it was a timely excuse to whip up some more anti-Muslim hatred. At a hotel in downtown New York a few hundred 'counter-jihadists' - the polite name for anti-Muslim haters - gathered for the '911 Freedom Congress', a one-day event organised by the newly formed Stop Islamisation of Nations (SION).
The event has been organised by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, the two leading activists in the US 'counter-jihad' movement. Among the other speakers were George Bush Jnr's former Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and NY State Senator David Storobin. Speakers from the UK included Paul Weston, leader of the British Freedom Party, and his deputy Kevin Carroll, who also heads up the violent English Defence League.
A surprise speaker, according to event organiser Pamela Geller, was EDL leader Stephen Lennon, who she claims to have snuck into the country. This is despite Lennon's long list of convictions and having been stopped from entering the US in 2010.
We will produce a full report from inside the event over the next few days.
To learn more about the growing threat of the 'Counter-Jihad' movement I would advice everyone to get a copy of the new report, 'The Counter-Jihad Movement: the global trend feeding anti-Muslim hatred'. It profiles over 550 organisations and individuals and is the most comprehensive resource into this dangerous political trend.
Posted: 12 Sep 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 7 September 2012, 11:42
I'm delighted to announce that the latest issue of HOPE not hate is now out. It contains 48 pages packed with news, views, investigations and interviews.
With TUC Congress starting next week we are delighted to carry an interview with Frances O'Grady, who will shortly become the first female General Secretary of the TUC. She talks about the challenges ahead and her concerns that the austerity cuts will lead to increased racism and scapegoating. She concludes:
"The work of the HOPE not hate campaign has been extraordinary and incredibly important. I want to thank you all for the hard work that you have done as part of our bigger movement.
“You have been on the front line in the fight against fascism and we stand shoulder to shoulder with you. The next few years are going to get tougher and your work will continue to be vital.”
To read the full interview please buy a copy of HOPE not hate or subscribe for just £20. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/
Posted: 7 Sep 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 September 2012, 08:02
STALINGRAD 1942 : THE HOUR OF COURAGE HAD STRUCK THE CLOCK
We know what’s at stake and how great the foe’s power,
And what is now coming to pass.
The hour of courage has struck on the clock
And our courage will hold to the last.
The bullets can kill us, but cannot deter;
Though our houses will fall, we shall remain.
Anna Akhmatova, 1942
13 September, 06.45, 1942 the Nazi onslaught on Stalingrad commenced with a bloody vengeance. The sky turned brown from the dust of fragmented buildings, the ground vibrated because of the power of the explosions. The Fascist army's advance continued but faced the most ferocious resistance imaginable. The horror of fighting the Soviet troops on their favoured terrain, the approaching Russian winter, fast became a reality for Hitler's Generals. While German tanks entered the outskirts of Stalingrad the Soviets dug in preparing to fight for every district, every street, every house.
Almost six months later , 2 February 1943 and the defeat of the Nazi forces which had sought to encircle and destroy Stalingrad was complete. Out of each Red Army division sent to defend the city no more than a few hundred soldiers survived, 1.1 million casualties, of which 485,751 lost their lives.
For Hitler the defeat at Stalingrad was the beginning of the end. The story of the Red Army's sacrifice had a powerful effect across the world, especially on resistance movements in occupied Europe. The Russians who had taken the brunt of the German onslaught since 1941 were now turning the tide and a year later would be joined by the Allied forces opening up the second front with the D-Day landings landings at Normandy.
Philosophy Football's 1942-2012 Stalingrad range marks the battle's 70th Anniversary. Inspired by Anna Akhmatova's poem the designs are based on a medal, a fuselage, a propaganda poster, a book title from the time and the slogan with which the Russian people greeted their eventual victory. " Nobody is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten!"
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Posted: 4 Sep 2012 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments