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GREECE | Rise of far right in Greece worries mainstream

Monday, 30 April 2012, 23:08 | Source: San Jose Mercury News |

Reeling from a vicious financial crisis that has cost them pensions and jobs, Greeks have been turning away in droves from the mainstream politicians they feel have let them down. Another political force is trying to tap the void, with blunt promises to "clean up" the country. It's ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Czech extremists invite German nazis to tomorrow's 1 May demo in Prague

Monday, 30 April 2012, 22:55 | Source: |

The Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) has invited two leading German neo-Nazis to address the demonstration it has convened for tomorrow, 1 May, in Prague. The neo-Nazis' annual 1 May party will be spiced up this year by some truly "special guests". A veteran of ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Five Czechs convicted of far-right extremism

Saturday, 28 April 2012, 16:24 | Source:ČTK |

An appeals court in Tabor has meted out four suspended three-year sentences and one prison sentence of 3.5 years to Czech extremists for having contributed to the public Internet discussion of the neo-Nazi movement White Justice. According to the indictment, they promoted a movement that seeks the suppressing of rights ...
DENMARK | Hedegaard walks free in racism case

Saturday, 28 April 2012, 16:00 | Source: Hope not hate |

From Tobias Alm in Copenhagen Lars Hedegaard, chairman of the Islamophobic Danish Free Press Society, has incredibly escaped conviction on charges of making public racist statements. In 2009, he had claimed in interview: “Muslims rape their own children…You hear that all the time…In Muslim families girls get raped by their ...
GERMANY | German police swoop on right-wing extremists

Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 14:34 | Source: Deutsche Welle |

Police and state prosecutors say they have raided 20 residences and offices belonging to right-wing extremists in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, alledging 'significant crimes' including violence. Police in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia conducted coordinated raids on alleged right-wing extremists early Wednesday, including the offices of ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Police prevent neo-Nazis from attacking Romani residents in Břeclav

Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 14:31 | Source: Romea.cz |

Convening shortly after noon on Saturday, approximately 2 000 people set out from the Břeclav train station to express support for a 15-year-old boy who was brutally beaten last weekend by three allegedly Romani men. One of the conveners of the event was the right-wing extremist Workers' Youth (Dělnická mláde˛ ...
FRANCE | France, Racism and Marine Le Pen

Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 14:16 | Source:spearsworld-wire |

A Comment by Sophie McBain That Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party and power-suited reactionary, should win one in five votes is a terrible indictment of French politics today. Marine is altogether more polished, both physically and politically, than her bulldog father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder ...
GREECE | Golden Dawn: Amid The Crisis, Greece’s Old Fascists Get A New Face

Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 14:05 | Source: greekreporter.com |

“The touch of the cat” is the name of the admittedly effective tactic followed by Greece’s most extremist party, the Golden Dawn. Just like the cats detect their pray walking on their toes, Golden Dawn quietly observes Greek voters becoming more and more vulnerable, ready to attack them. Founded ...
RUSSIA | ‘Zenit most racist team in Russia’

Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 13:54 | Source: RT |

The reigning Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg are “the most racist team” in the country. That is according to former CSKA Brazilian star Vagner Love, who recalls his voyages to the Petrovsky Stadium as a nightmare. The 27-year-old Flamengo forward faced the same kind of treatment earlier this ...
FRANCE | The vote for Marine Le Pen - a dangerous development

Monday, 23 April 2012, 14:35 |

By Graeme Atkinson The record vote for right-wing extremist Front National (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s first round of the French presidential elections continues to be hyped up to 20% by chunks of an international media looking for a sensation and, unfortunately, generating rather more heat than light. ...
GREECE | Nazi followers attack PASOK deputy

Saturday, 21 April 2012, 22:18 | Source: ekathimerini.com |

ASOK deputy Petros Efthymiou was at the receiving end of an attack by a number of the neo-nazi Chrysi Avgi party at Maroussi in northern Athens on Saturday afternoon. Some 100 men chanted slogans against all politicians and abused Efthymiou, who was holding an election rally at the site, before ...
AUSTRIA | Vienna removing antisemite's name from avenue

Friday, 20 April 2012, 17:16 | Source: MercuryNews.com |

The name of a Vienna mayor known for his anti-Semitic views will be removed from a section of Vienna's posh Ring avenue, an official announced Thursday, in a change hailed by Jewish representatives but denounced by Austria's rightist party. The section now called Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring will be renamed Universitaetsring ...
HUNGARY | Socialists call for probe into Jobbik mayor’s talk of “civil war”

Friday, 20 April 2012, 17:02 | Sources: MTI/Budapest Times |

The main opposition Socialists have initiated a meeting of parliament’s national security committee in connection with a sound recording posted by commercial television channel atv’s website which allegedly contains the mayor of Gyongyospata, of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, discussing the possible outcome of a “civil war” with people who ...
DENMARK | Racist trash talk lands politician in hot water

Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 17:26 | Source: cphpost.dk |

A screenshot from Tina Petersen's Facebook account captures the distasteful joke (Facebook screenshot provided by Ekstra Bladet) Tina Petersen, a former MP for Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and current Svendborg city councillor, posted a photo on Facebook that compared Muslims to rubbish. “Hehe ... Remember to take out the big trash ...
COSTA RICA | Nazi cop fired!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 17:20 | Source: Insidecostarica.com |

Costa Rica security minister, Mario Zamora, has taken quick action to sack the police official who posted on his personal Facebook page, pictures with a Nazi flag and making Nazi gestures. The photos sparked a controversy over the last 24 hours, in which Ronald Herrera Borges, dressed in a Fuerza ...
CANADA | Data shows Saskatchewan hate crimes often violent

Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 22:57 | Source: The Leader-Post |

According to Statistics Canada although the number of police-reported hate crimes committed in Saskatchewan was low, most were violent. The results are based on data collected in 2010 and were released this week. In Saskatchewan, in 2010 there were 22 police-reported hate crimes and 54.5 per cent of those ...
COSTA RICA | Costa Rica police investigate photos of their own in Nazi gestures

Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 22:51 | Source: insidecostarica.com |

Photographs posted on his Facebook profile have landed policeman Murdock Ronald Herrera, dressed in police uniform and with gestures and emblems evoking the Nazi ideology, in the middle of an investigation by the country's police force. Deputy security minister, Celso Gamboa, has confirmed the investigation and added that the images ...
RUSSIA | Football official jokes about racist incidents

Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 22:49 | Source: RIA Novosti |

Christopher Samba The Russian football official responsible for fans’ behaviour has joked about the country’s record on racism, saying that bananas such as those thrown at black players in recent incidents “always make you happy”, in comments at a press conference Tuesday. Fans have thrown bananas at Brazilian left-back ...
SWEDEN | Minister in 'racist circumcision outrage'

Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 22:36 | Source: thelocal.se |

Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth's participation in a "racist spectacle" in which she carved up a cake depicting a naked black woman has sparked outrage and prompted calls for the minister's dismissal. "In our view, this simply adds to the mockery of racism in Sweden," Kitimbwa Sabuni, ...
ISRAEL | Beitar Jerusalem fans beat Jewish musician for protesting against their racism

Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 22:25 | Source: eurasiareview.com |

Militant supporters of the controversial Beitar Jerusalem Football Club, known for their anti-Palestinian, anti-Ashkenazi Jewish attitudes, harassed and beat a middle-aged Jewish woman who objected to their anti-Arab slogans in the second such attack in less than a month, according to the Haaretz newspaper. Contrary to last month’s assault ...
USA | National Guard sergeant linked to Nazism fired

Monday, 16 April 2012, 20:56 | Source: Hannibal Courier Post |

A Missouri National Guardsman accused of proclaiming himself a neo-Nazi has been fired from his state job as a member of a military honor guard that appears at funerals of veterans. While a local funeral home acknowledged that periodically members of that group are utilized during funerals in the Hannibal ...
POLAND/UKRAINE | Racism, anti-Semitism concerns linger in Poland, Ukraine as tournament nears

Monday, 16 April 2012, 20:45 | Source: Washington Post |

Racism remains a very real problem in European soccer despite widespread campaigns to quash its presence from the world’s most popular sport. But from former England captain to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez , instances of on-field racism remain while rabid fanbases too frequently resort to racist chants and taunts to ...
EUROPE | Is racism fine with UEFA? Eastern Europe will be watching closely

Monday, 16 April 2012, 20:34 | Source: CNN |

What's worse: racist monkey chants or being one minute late? The answer appears to be 60 seconds of tardiness, if the fines dished out by UEFA this week are anything to go by. European football's governing body caused outrage by fining Manchester City €30,000 (£25,000) for running onto the pitch ...
GREECE | Hard Times Lift Greece’s Anti-Immigrant Fringe

Friday, 13 April 2012, 09:09 | Source: NYT |

On a recent morning in the upper-middle-class neighborhood of Papagou here, members of the Greek ultranationalist group Golden Dawn stood at an outdoor vegetable market campaigning for the coming national elections. “This is our party’s program, for a clean Greece, only for Greeks, a safe Greece,” Ilias Panagiotaros, the group’s ...
FINLAND | Finns Party MP’s assistant suggests armbands for immigrants

Friday, 13 April 2012, 01:33 | Source:helsinkitimes.fi |

According to the Turun Sanomat, Finns Party MP James Hirvisaari, who was last year convicted and fined by Kouvola District Court for incitement to ethnic or racial hatred, is in trouble again. This time the cause is his parliamentary assistant Helena Eronen, who suggested on her blog on the ...
POLAND | Euro 2012: anti-semitic football merchandise on sale in Poland

Friday, 13 April 2012, 01:30 | Source: Daily Telegraph |

Football merchandise bearing anti-Semitic slogans and calling for attacks on visiting fans is on sale in Poland just weeks before hundreds of thousands of football fans descend on the country for the 2012 European championships. At one outlet in the shadow of the stadium belonging to Widzew Lodz, one of ...
RUSSIA | Ten Moscow students jailed for racist bomb attacks

Thursday, 12 April 2012, 19:11 | Source: SOVA Centre |

A Moscow court today sentenced 10 university students to up to 13 years in prison on "terroism" charges for staging bombing attacks against security buildings and Muslim targets. The students admitted in court to having been members of a gang called the Autonomous Military Terrorist Organisation that operated ...
USA | Key Georgia Militia members plead guilty in terror plot

Thursday, 12 April 2012, 19:07 | Source: splc |

Two members of a Georgia militia — arrested late last year in a plot to bomb federal buildings , assassinate public officials and attack cities with deadly ricin — pleaded guilty today to conspiracy charges in a Gainesville, Ga., courtroom. Accused ringleader Frederick W. Thomas, 73, and Emory Dan Roberts, ...
SWITZERLAND | Swiss magazine in racism row over Roma child shooter

Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 01:08 | Source: thelocal.ch |

The Swiss news magazine Weltwoche is facing angry accusations of racism in the German-speaking world after publishing a front page picture of a gun-toting child with a headline that warns of a looming Roma crime wave. Switzerland's Federal Commission against Racism is considering whether to take action against ...
BELGIUM | Belgian far-right emulates the Dutch xenophobic website

Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 01:05 | Source: euractiv.com |

The far-right Vlaams Belang launched a website yesterday (10 April) that invites people to report crimes committed by illegal immigrants, mirroring a similar site in the Netherlands set up by the far-right Freedom Party. The website created by Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) invites people to file anonymous tips about ...
POLAND | Far-right rally on plane crash anniversary

Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 00:59 | Source: Gulf-Times.com |

Several thousand far-right activists chanted anti-government slogans in Warsaw yesterday as they gathered to honour Poland’s former president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia in 2010 along with many of the country’s ruling elite. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the late president’s twin and leader of Poland’s main opposition ...
RUSSIA | Russian nationalists unite to form new party

Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 12:48 | Source: RIA Novosti |

A number of prominent Russian nationalists united on Thursday to announce the creation of a potential new political force – the National Democratic Party. “We intend to file for party registration in the near future and then take part in elections, at which we are counting on doing well,” party ...
UKRAINE | Jewish man in critical condition after nazi assault

Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 12:37 | Source: Haaretz |

A Jewish man is in critical condition after being assaulted by a neo-Nazi gang in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, the city's Jewish community reported on Monday, as local police attempted to determine the motivation behind the incident. According to Jewish community representatives, an ultra-Orthodox student by the name of Aharon ...
HUNGARY | Jobbik and Christian Democrat youth wing demand removal of Soviet war memorial

Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 12:34 | Source: Hope not hate/politics.hu |

4 April was the anniversary of the day the Red Army pushed the Nazi Wehrmacht and SS out of Hungary in 1945. On each anniversary, the presence of the Soviet War Memorial in Szabadság tér is brought up, for while the Red Army did liberate Hungary from the Nazis, it ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Nazis outnumbered by counter-protesters at Chanov housing estate by two to one

Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 12:16 | Source: Romea.cz |

Ultra-right extremists from the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) and neo-Nazis from the National Resistance (Národní odpor - NO) carried out their provocation ton Saturday at the Chanov housing estate on the outskirts of Most, which is predominantly occupied by Romani people. Organisers expected between ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Opponents of nazis will not blockade DSSS march but will hang banners instead

Saturday, 7 April 2012, 16:01 | Source: Romea.cz |

Activists from the initiative Hate is No Solution do not intend to blockade tomorrow's march through the Chanov housing estate by ultra-right extremists from the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) and neo-Nazis from the National Resistance (Národní odpor - NO). Miroslav Bro˛ told the ...
ITALY | Bossi quits amid scandal accusations

Saturday, 7 April 2012, 15:56 | Source: Malta Today |

Umberto Bossi, the firebrand leader of Italy's opposition Northern League party, has resigned after allegations that taxpayers' money was used to pay for renovations at his villa and holidays for his children, the party has said. The move, announced at a meeting of the league's federal council in Milan, is ...
RUSSIA | Spartak Moscow creates fund to fight racism

Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 21:57 | Source: Novosti |

Spartak Moscow owner Leonid Fedun has announced that his club is financing a programme aimed at stamping out racism and anti-Semitism in the Russian game. Russian football has been blighted by isolated yet persistent episodes of racism in recent years, including the throwing of bananas at dark-skinned players such as ...
GERMANY | Germany's Far-Right Turns to Environmentalism

Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 22:43 | Source: Spiegel.de |

Environmentalists are often associated with the political left. But now neo-Nazis have discovered nature's charms too. In addition to selling organic vegetables and publishing a magazine on the environment, Germany's far-right NPD party has co-opted green campaign issues. Party members use it as a dubious means to make the NPD ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Czech right-wing extremists charged over bomb attack plans

Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 22:36 | Source:CzechPosition.com |

Eight men and one woman aged between 22 and 37 arrested in raids across the Czech Republic last week have been charged with planning attacks against specific people and buildings, the anti-organized crime unit (ÚOOZ) announced Tuesday, without revealing more information about the intended targets. Two of those detained are ...
EUROPE | Extremism by the numbers

Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 22:23 | Source: GlobalPost |

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UKRAINE | Ukraine's nationalist party embraces Nazi ideology

Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 22:18 | Source: GlobalPost |

Meet Svoboda, an up-and-coming party in Ukraine. It's nationalist, pro-Nazi, and poised for the parliament. In this great city of western Ukraine, the worst of the European experience is creeping back into democratic politics. In L’viv, it comes under the guise of Svoboda, a party calling for a ...
HUNGARY | Antisemitism takes the stage in Hungary

Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 22:13 | Source: GlobalPost |

First went the director, then the prima donna. A political tug-of-war over an historic theater in the Hungarian capital has reignited concerns about growing anti-Semitism in this Eastern European nation. Budapest’s picturesque New Theater has long been a popular mainstay among the local cultured and urbane, who tend to be ...
SWEDEN | Malmö mayor's future 'hangs in the balance'

Monday, 2 April 2012, 19:44 | Source: thelocal.se |

Social Democrats in Malmö say Ilmar Reepalu is an "embarrassment" to the party and that his future as the city's mayor may be in jeopardy following recent comments labelled as "anti-Semitic" by Sweden's Jewish community. Reepalu sparked a scandal last week in an interview with liberal-leaning magazine NEO in which ...
HUNGARY | Refugee claims from Hungary soar -UN

Monday, 2 April 2012, 19:33 | Source: Toronto Star |

The vicious attack three summers ago outside a supermarket in southwestern Hungary is a lasting, grave memory for Laszlo Sarkozi. After exiting the store in the city of Szekszárd with his wife, Ilona, and three young children, Sarkozi, a Hungarian Roma, says he was swarmed by knife-wielding members of the ...