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Far Right Feedback Loop: Virginia Hale, the “Alt-Right” and Breitbart

posted by: David Lawrence | on: Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 15:42


Earlier this month Breitbart London received round condemnation from the press for deliberately publishing misleading news.

Writing on the site, Virginia Hale declared that a “mob” of “more than 1,000 men” attacked police officers and “set Germany’s oldest church alight” on New Year's Eve.

These claims were quickly dispelled by the German press. Dortmund’s police force clarified that no “extraordinary or spectacular” incidents had occurred. The German news site Ruhr Nachrichten, which had been cited as a source for the Breitbart story, accused the site of “using our online reports for fake news, hate and propaganda”.

Breitbart News Network is no longer a fringe publication: the ultra-right outlet boasted 45 million unique readers in the immediate run up to and aftermath of Donald Trump’s election.

Hale has contributed almost 400 articles to Breitbart’s British arm since December 2014. Worryingly, even a cursory look at her Twitter account reveals both an obsessive preoccupation with race and an active dialogue with the white nationalist leaders of the so-called “alt-right”.

Until very recently, a pinned tweet immediately confronted you with a rant about “white genocide”, a term that has long been used in racist circles to refer to a deliberate campaign of mass immigration, integration and miscegenation conducted by sinister (and often Jewish) elites.

According to Hale, the end goal of such a ‘genocide’ is to turn whites “into hated minorities in our own homelands”.

In other tweets Hale alleges that there is an attack on “white men and Western civilisation in the pursuit of their destruction”. In one tweet she shares an infographic blaming an alleged drop in European IQ levels on immigration.

In yet another she posts a photo of racist abuse spray painted onto a UK mosque with the caption: “Going to call this one as genuine rather than the usual hoax,” alongside a smiling face.

Such poisonous views do not exist in a vacuum. Hale can be seen discussing the fine points of immigration with popular white supremacists such as “alt-right” founder Richard Spencer, of the National Policy Insititute (NPI), Julius Ebola and the self-described fascist Mike Peinovich (aka Mike Enoch) of ‘The Daily Shoah’ podcast and TheRightStuff, who was recently ‘doxxed’ (exposed) as having a Jewish wife.

Alongside Kevin MacDonald of the Occidental Observer and racist vlogger Colin Robertson (aka Millennial Woes, also recently doxxed and exposed) in Scotland, Hale has even made contact with Matthew Heimbach, considered by many to be the face of a new generation of neo-Nazis.

Hale in conversation with Richard Spencer of the NPI

Hale in conversation with Richard Spencer of the NPI

Spencer, credited with coining the term “alt-right” and an effective leader of the loose movement, asserts that there is a symbiotic relationship between the “alt-right” and Breitbart.

“Breitbart has elective affinities with the alt-right and the alt-right has clearly influenced Breitbart,” Spencer told The Daily Beast in 2016. “In this way, Breitbart has acted as a “gateway” to alt-right ideas and writers.”

It is alarming that Spencer, a man who believes forcibly sterilising minorities is a viable route to a white ethno-state, could make this claim about one of the most popular ‘conservative news’ sources on the net.

Unfortunately evidence of this rightwing feedback loop can be found in the content of Hale’s writing, much of which fits into white nationalist narratives.

Article titles include: “Whites Need Not Apply: BBC Advertises ‘Black, Asian Or Minority-Only Positions”, “Islamic Academic: Migrants Want Eurabia, Globalists Using Migrants to Destroy The West” and ‘African Migrants Riot Against ‘Racist’ Italians: ‘Allah Will Guide Us in Revenge’.

Hale’s relentless association of Islam and immigration with social degradation ensures the comment sections of her articles become a toxic sewer of race-baiting, Islamophobia, nativism and conspiracy, populated by the likes of Julius Ebola and Millennial Woes.

Odious racist vlogger Colin Robertson, aka Millennial Woes, commenting on Hale’s article: “Antifa Writer Beaten Up By Muslims Shouting ‘Filthy White’”

Odious racist vlogger Colin Robertson, aka Millennial Woes, commenting on Hale’s article: “Antifa Writer Beaten Up By Muslims Shouting ‘Filthy White’”

Selective and fake news is targeted to appeal to the biases of its audience, and “alt-right” racists are a section of the Breitbart readership that appear well-known to Hale.

It is therefore depressing but unsurprising that Hale would pen an article, as she did about New Year’s Eve in Dortmund, that exaggerates and obfuscates wildly in order, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung paper, to create “an image of chaotic civil war-like conditions in Germany, caused by Islamist aggressors”.

The pernicious ideas of the “alt-right” have filtered into Breitbart and, in Hale’s case, so blurred the lines between the two that they end up looking one and the same.

 Posted: 24 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Senior UKIP Leader Slams Party's European PR Man As “Total Liability”

posted by: David Lawrence | on: Friday, 13 January 2017, 16:57


Hermann Kelly, UKIP’s European press spokesman, has been slammed by top UKIP official Suzanne Evans for a public attack on Brendan Cox, HOPE not hate can reveal.

Evans referred to the UKIP PR man as “bloody Kelly” and a “total liability” after he released a series of tweets making derogatory comments about the widower of Jo Cox MP and claiming that Turkey was “on the same side as ISIS, Saudi and Qatar”.

Suzanne Evans' reaction

Suzanne Evans' reaction

Kelly has a long history of making inflammatory statements through his official Twitter account in his post as Director of Communications for UKIP’s European group, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD). Kelly uses the same account to publicise the official press statements of the EFDD.

Evans, UKIP’s current Deputy Chair and Health and Parliamentary spokesman, vented her frustration to the now defunct Reform UKIP! grassroots pressure group in a private message after seeing Kelly’s provocative statements.

Evans is considered a moderate voice within the party and decried the “far right” within UKIP during her leadership bid late last year.

Kelly has previously used social media to share wildly Islamophobic memes and “news” articles from notorious rightwing conspiracy sites.

With tensions high in the wake of the ISIS terror attacks in Nice last July, Kelly chose to demonise Islam as a “death cult” that “thrives on violence”. Attached was a quote attributed to (but in fact misquoting) Winston Churchill: “Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog”.

Even more worryingly Kelly has posted content from the notorious conspiracy website InfoWars, including an article ‘Feminised males will allow Muslims to conquer Europe’.

InfoWars is run by rightwing firebrand Alex Jones, who has alleged that the Sandy Hook massacre (where 20 children and six staff were murdered at an elementary school) was a “false flag” attack by the American government in order to introduce gun control, and that President Obama was responsible for the Olklahoma tornado outbreak in 2013.

InfoWars remains a popular website among so-called “alt-right” circles.

Kelly has previously been criticised for referring to two Muslim MEPs as “Taliban” and singing pro-IRA songs in a Brussels pub while employed by UKIP to manage its public image. Kelly has also been accused of hounding an ethnic minority UKIP advisor to withdraw an official racism complaint made against a member of the Sweden Democrats, UKIP’s extreme-right ally in the European Parliament.

One of tweets by Hermann Kelly that provoked Suzanne Evans’ disapproval

One of tweets by Hermann Kelly that provoked Suzanne Evans’ disapproval

When we asked the European spokesman to comment on his Twitter history, Kelly’s full statement read: “Who cares... you are a political campaign group masquerading as a charity.”

Unfortunately for Kelly, it appears as if leaders in his own party do in fact care and are beginning to take notice of his irresponsible and contemptible public statements.

Hermann Kelly, UKIP’s Director of Communications for its European Parliament group, the EFDD

Hermann Kelly, UKIP’s Director of Communications for its European Parliament group, the EFDD

 Posted: 13 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Five Star Movement’s founder calls for vote to reject UKIP, citing “improper use” of EU Parliament funds

posted by: David Lawrence | on: Monday, 9 January 2017, 17:31


Beppe Grillo, leader of Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), has urged his party to cut ties with UKIP due to political differences and “discomfort” at the recent EU money scandal.

M5S members will vote on leaving their Eurosceptic group “Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy” (EFDD) co-chaired by Nigel Farage.

Grillo wrote on his blog that M5S had “reconsidered the nature of the EFDD group”, stating that the two parties no longer shared common goals in the wake of Brexit.

However he also cited the Italians’ displeasure in the wake of the misspending scandal surrounding the EFDD’s related political party, the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE) and related foundation (IDDE).

News broke in November that UKIP had channeled almost £400,000 of ADDE money - funded by taxpayers - on polling ahead of the Brexit campaign and Farage’s failed bid for a seat in Parliament at the 2015 General Election. The IDDE was also found to have misspent almost €34,000.

Improper use

"We not also hide a certain discomfort with the improper use of the Foundations' capital (to which we have given up and will continue to give up) by some colleagues EFDD, in reference to the news published and from which we take the necessary distance," said Beppe Grillo.

MS5’s 17 MEPs allied with UKIP’s 22 to form the EFDD following the 2014 European elections, securing lucrative EU funding for both groups.

The relationship between UKIP and M5S was precarious from the off: beyond Euroscepticism the environmental M5S shared little in common with the far-right party. In his blog Grillo made reference to the fact that UKIP and M5S have voted together on just 20% of issues over the past two-and-a-half years.

Uneasy

It is also understood that the Italians have long been uneasy about the presence of the extreme right within the EFDD, which includes Holocaust denier Robert Iwaszkiewicz of Congress of the New Right, a party so extreme it was rejected even by Marine Le Pen’s Front National. The EFDD also includes the Sweden Democrats, a party with Nazi roots which is enjoying an ever-closer relationship with UKIP.

In a move that would provide the “necessary distance” from both the EU money scandal and the extreme European fringe, MS5 is now in talks to unite with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), a pro-EU group led by EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt.

Farage has responded in an official statement:

"In political terms it would be completely illogical for Five Star to join the most Euro fanatic group in the European parliament. The ALDE group doesn’t support referenda or the basic principle of direct democracy. ALDE are also the loudest voice for a EU army. I suspect if Five Star joins ALDE it’s support will not last long."

 Posted: 9 Jan 2017 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Nigel Farage’s aide faces 20 years behind bars

posted by: David Lawrence | on: Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 21:04


A senior aide to Nigel Farage has pleaded guilty to concocting a scam to extort money from drug dealers. He now faces up to 20 years behind bars as well as a £200,000 fine and deportation.

George Cottrell, 22, told a gang of drug traffickers on the dark web that he could launder up to £122,000 a month for them whilst protecting their anonymity. However, Cottrell intended to retain the money and blackmail the traffickers.

Unfortunately for Cottrell, he was in fact communicating with American undercover agents.

Cottrell was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in June after accompanying Farage to the Republican National Convention with Farage, at which Farage gave a speech. Cottrell has been held behind bars since.

Cottrell, who was previously in charge of Farage’s private office and was part of UKIP’s media team, made the following confession to court on Monday:

'I falsely claimed that I would launder the criminal proceeds through my bank accounts for a fee. Rather than launder any of the money, though, I intended to retain the money.'

Cottrell’s uncle, Alexander, the 3rd Baron Hesketh, defected to UKIP from the Conservatives in 2011 and has since donated substantial amounts of money to UKIP.

Farage has tried to distance himself from Cottrell, telling The Daily Mail: “I can’t be responsible for everyone around me”.

 Posted: 3 Jan 2017 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments