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GERMANY | German Council of Jews chairman condemns "immensely dangerous"PEGIDA movement

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 08:24 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

In light of recent marches by the controversial PEGIDA movement, Germany's Central Council of Jews (ZdJ) has come to the defense of Muslims in Germany. Chairman Josef Schuster has warned to not underestimate the group. The newly-elected chairman of the council, Josef Schuster, said in Saturday's edition of the ...
GERMANY | Activists turn to social media to fight Germany's spurt of right-wing protests

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 17:05 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

A wave of right-wing protests in several German cities has received widespread media coverage in recent months. In October, protests organized by the "Hooligans Against Salafists" (HoGeSa) ended with sporadic violence in Cologne. Self-proclaimed "hooligans" from rival football clubs and far-right extremists joined forces to create HoGeSa to protest against ...
NETHERLANDS | Geert Wilders on race hate charge over anti-Moroccan chant

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 15:04 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will be prosecuted in the Netherlands for alleged discrimination and inciting hatred against Moroccans during election campaigning in March, prosecutors said on Thursday. The charges stem from an incident in The Hague, when Wilders led an anti-Moroccan chant in a cafe, which was broadcast nationally and prompted ...
ISRAEL | Israeli police crackdown on far-right anti-Arab group with series of arrests

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:27 | Source: Independent | | Click here for original article

The group appears to be a reincarnation of the Kach movement Israeli police have arrested 10 people in a crackdown against a far-right anti-Arab group a day after three of its members were indicted for setting fire to the only school in Jerusalem where Arabs and Jews ...
RUSSIA | Russian nationalist suspected in high-profile killings to remain in detention

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 20:37 | Source: rapsinews.com | | Click here for original article

The Moscow City Court on Tuesday upheld the detention of Ilya Goryachev, who is charged with involvement in a notorious extremist movement and complicity in the murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov, the court’s press service told RAPSI. The court thus dismissed an appeal filed by Goryachev’s attorney seeking to release him ...
GERMANY | 15,000 march in anti-Islam PEGIDA demonstrations in Dresden

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:09 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

A record number of demonstrators turned out last night to march in support of the far-right populist PEGIDA group. The name loosely translates to "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West." "The people are with us!," the group's founder Lutz Bachmann shouted at the crowd. Monday's turnout was 50 percent ...
FRANCE | Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’: Marine Le Pen appoints Sébastien Chenu as cultural adviser

Monday, 15 December 2014, 18:40 | Source: Independent | | Click here for original article

Party traditionalists allege that over half of senior FN figures promoted since Ms Le Pen replaced her father as leader are homosexual The deep rifts within Marine Le Pen’s far right movement in France have been exposed by the appointment of a senior gay activist as her “cultural” adviser. The recruitment of ...
GERMANY | Thousands of Germans hold anti-racism rally in Cologne

Monday, 15 December 2014, 18:22 | Source: Press TV | | Click here for original article

Thousands of people stage a march against racism and right-wing extremism in the German city of Cologne on December 14, 2014. Thousands of people staged a peaceful march in the western German city of Cologne against racism, xenophobia, and right-wing extremism on Sunday. The Sunday demonstration, in which 15,000 people ...
GERMANY | State interior ministers debate anti-Islamization group PEGIDA

Monday, 15 December 2014, 18:15 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

There were mixed opinions on Thursday as Germany's interior ministers met in the western city of Cologne to discuss the growing "anti-Islamization" protest group PEGIDA, whose German name translates to Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. Ralf Jäger, the Social Democratic (SPD) interior minister for North Rhein-Westphalia, described PEGIDA ...
SWEDEN | Sweden Democrat: Pay migrants to leave

Monday, 15 December 2014, 18:11 | Source: thelocal.se | | Click here for original article

The Sweden Democrats' party secretary Björn Söder. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT The party secretary of the Sweden Democrats has suggested that migrants should be given a cash incentive to leave Sweden and suggested that minority groups needed to "assimilate" more to be considered true Swedes. "It would be good with a repatriation grant," ...
GERMANY | Dresden police brace for march of the

Monday, 15 December 2014, 18:07 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Pegida supporters, seen here in Dresden, include neo-Nazi elements as well as ordinary Germans with concerns about immigration. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP Its members have been dubbed the “pinstriped Nazis” and they take pride in the law-abiding nature of their demonstrations, referring to them as “evening strolls” though German cities. But the ...
USA | Nine white Mississippi teenagers plotted race attacks that led to murder

Monday, 15 December 2014, 18:03 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Two women in Mississippi have pleaded guilty to a hate-crime conspiracy to attack black people in Jackson that culminated with the June 2011 murder of James Anderson, who was beaten up and run over with a pickup truck. The guilty pleas of Shelbie Richards and Sarah Graves bring the total number ...
SPAIN | Madrid: gay couple attacked by neo-nazis

Monday, 15 December 2014, 17:54 | Source: thelocal.es | | Click here for original article

A young gay couple were attacked by ten Neo-Nazis in Madrid on Friday with one of the pair needing to be admitted to hospital after the assault. The pair aged 17 and 23 were attacked by nine men and a woman, all dressed in black Neo-Nazi attire including military-style boots, the ...
NORWAY | Norway police take action against right-wing extremists

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 20:26 | Source: tnp.no | | Click here for original article

The Police Security Service (PST) has launched a raid against a group belonging to the right wing extreme environment in Rogaland. During the operation, police have seized drugs, propaganda material and a variety of powerful weapons, reported NRK. Some of the seized weapons reportedly have the logo of the extreme right organization ...
KOREA | Need to stop far-right conservatives' turn to terrorism

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 20:26 | Source: The Hankyoreh | | Click here for original article

Something happened that should never have happened in Korea today (12 December). On the evening of Dec. 10, Korean-American Shin Eun-mi and Hwang Seon, former spokesperson for the now defunct Democratic Labor Party, were giving a lecture at Shindong Cathedral in Iksan, North Jeolla Province. They were talking about a visit ...
GERMANY | Merkel’s bloc accused of “anti-immigrant” sentiments

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 16:09 | Source:worldbulletin.net | | Click here for original article

German opposition parties have accused Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat bloc of creating an anti-immigrant political climate that has resulted in a growing number of attacks on buildings housing refugees. “As mainstream political parties start to make racism socially acceptable, violent right-wing gangs feel encouraged," Bernd Riexinger, chairman of the Left ...
SWEDEN | The rise of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats: 'We don't feel at home any more, and it's their fault'

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 15:56 | Source: Observer | | Click here for original article

Kevin is the future of the far right in Sweden. At 16, the computing student – who sports a beanie hat and a wispy beard – is active in the youth wing of the Sweden Democrats, the anti-immigration party that has forced a snap election after flexing its muscles ...
ARGENTINA | 25 found in mass graves in Argentina dating from dictatorship

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 15:50 | Source: telesurtv.net | | Click here for original article

The most recent findings implicate the Argentine Army in the torture and killings at the La Perla concentration camp in the Cordoba province, in Argentina’s interior. The Perla trials are part of 15 ongoing judgements in Argentina related to crimes against humanity committed during the last military dictatorship. A former Argentine ...
GERMANY | German police see rise in far-right extremism: report

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 15:45 | Source:Yahoo News | | Click here for original article

German police have noted a significant rise in far-right extremism and attacks targeting foreigners, a news report said Sunday, amid national debate about a new Islamophobic movement. The trend is seen as a backlash against a sharp increase in refugees arriving in Germany, Europe's biggest economy and top destination for asylum-seekers ...
GERMANY | Neo-nazis burn asylum homes, Merkel condemns racism

Friday, 12 December 2014, 21:34 | Source: newhub.shafaqna.com | | Click here for original article

The German government has condemned a xenophobic attack on three buildings housing refugees in the southeastern German town of Vorra, which burned down in what police suspect was an arson attack by neo-Nazis. Fire tore through the buildings sited in different parts of the town, 50 kilometers (32 miles) northeast ...
GERMANY | German prosecutors re-open probe into deadly 1980 Okoberfest attack

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 21:38 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

The federal prosecutors' office in Karlsruhe announced on Thursday that it had reopened an investigation into the 1980 bombing of the popular beer festival (memorial pictured above) that left 13 people dead and around 200 others injured. A statement posted on the office's website said Chief Prosecutor Harald Range had decided ...
GERMANY | Bulldozer attack on Nazi concentration camp

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 23:04 | Source: The Telegraph | | Click here for original article

An allied soldier with one of the liberated prisoners in Langenstein-Zwieberge A month after the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign was stolen from Dachau, another former Nazi concentration camp has been attacked in Germany. Unknown assailants used a stolen bulldozer to smash their way into the memorial at the site of ...
FRANCE | "Torture can be useful to make people talk": Le Pen

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 22:40 | Source: thelocal.fr | | Click here for original article

In the wake of the damning American Senate report on the CIA’s torture practices French far-right leader Marine Le Pen risked a backlash when in an interview she claimed there are times when torture can "be useful to make someone talk". The report uncovered the brutal CIA interrogations of al-Qaeda ...
SWEDEN | Swedish opposition offers government talks to help block far-right

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 12:24 | Source:Reuters | | Click here for original article

Sweden's center-right opposition on Tuesday offered to strike a deal with the government on voting procedures in parliament to allow minority governments to rule and prevent the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats from effectively holding a veto. Sweden was plunged into political chaos last week when the Sweden Democrats - who hold the ...
GERMANY | Anti-Islamist protests end peacefully in Dresden and Düsseldorf

Monday, 8 December 2014, 20:38 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

Dresden had a relatively large turn-out on Monday, with a PEGIDA-organized protest attracting over 7,500 anti-Islamist demonstrators. The Bild newspaper reported that over 10,000 people had turned out in Dresden to protest against the threat of Islamism in Germany: The umbrella group "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West," or PEGIDA ...
GERMANY | Obscuring the Past: Intelligence agency destroyed files on former SS members

Sunday, 7 December 2014, 21:50 | Source: Spiegel.com | | Click here for original article

Preparations have already been made for Ernst Uhrlau's retirement party next Wednesday when he steps down from his post as the head of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence agency, on his 65th birthday. The office of the chancellor has selected a posh location in Berlin for his farewell party ...
GERMANY | Anti-Islamist protests with right-wing ties expand in Germany

Sunday, 7 December 2014, 20:39 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

A recent anti-Islamist demonstration in Dresden that made a point of avoiding right-wing symbols drew thousands. Now, the PEGIDA movement is spreading to other cities - and drawing neo-Nazis into the fold. Posters with slogans like "Foreigners out!" are absent at the weekly demonstrations by the group "Patriotic Europeans ...
GERMANY | Anti-Islamist protests with right-wing ties expand in Germany

Sunday, 7 December 2014, 20:17 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

Posters with slogans like "Foreigners out!" are absent at the weekly demonstrations by the group "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West." Instead, the group known in Germany by its acronym PEGIDA is trying to paint a more friendly picture by drawing on the German flag, slogans like "We ...
GERMANY | German city braces for large far-right protest

Saturday, 6 December 2014, 22:18 | Source: AP | | Click here for original article

The eastern German city of Dresden is bracing itself for one of the biggest far-right marches the country has seen in years. City officials said Friday that organizers have told them 8,000 people will take part in the protest, which is billed as a march against Islamic extremism. Monday's protest is organized ...
FRANCE | France horrified by anti-Semitic rape and robbery of couple in Paris

Saturday, 6 December 2014, 22:12 | Source: Independent.ie | | Click here for original article

French President Francois Hollande Two young men of African and North African origin have been formally accused of committing a hate crime after police said they attacked a young Jewish couple in a flat in Créteil, east of Paris, earlier this week. The couple were tied up and robbed at gunpoint ...
POLAND | Polish company to continue selling toy Nazis

Friday, 5 December 2014, 12:22 | Source: i24News | | Click here for original article

'We believe that through good fun we can teach history'-CEO Robert Podles Screenshot"Colbi toys refuses to remove Nazi-themed toys" With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, a Polish toy store has announced that it will keep selling Nazi-themed toys despite outcry from the public. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Cobi Toys CEO ...
GERMANY | "Anti-Nazi" app to thwart far-right protests in Berlin

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 19:37 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

Marzahn-Hellendorf, a district in Berlin, was supposed to be the site of a large, far-right demonstration on November 22, but it never happened. "There were four events by anti-Nazi supporters, so [right-wing supporters] avoided it," says Jessica Zeller at the Association for Democratic Culture in Berlin. She told DW the ...
JAPAN | Police in Japan place anti-Korean extremist group Zaitokukai on watchlist

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 19:13 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Osaka city mayor Toru Hashimoto, who confronted Zaitokukai's then leader Makoto Sakurai in October and labelled his supporters racists. Photograph: EPA Police in Japan have placed a rightwing extremist group on its watchlist for the first time amid growing international pressure to crack down on a rise in hate speech ...
POLAND | Thousands of bodies, victims of the Nazis, discovered in Poland

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 18:36 | Source: AFP | | Click here for original article

More than 70 years after the Second World War, the remains of Italian and Soviet soldiers have been exhumed close to a former German prisoner of war camp, where they died from starvation, disease and inhumane conditions. ...
GERMANY | Anti-fascist and anti-immigration groups face off in Dresden

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 18:31 | Source: France24.com | | Click here for original article

Anti-immigration protesters. Screen grab from a video by Filmproduktionen.For the past seven weeks, activists protesting Germany’s immigration policy and the spread of Islam in the West have been marching each Monday in Dresden, a city in eastern Germany. In response, counter-protests have been organised to denounce rampant xenophobia. ...
LATVIA | Latvian politician 'praised Nazi shooting of gays'

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 17:11 | Source: The Telegraph | | Click here for original article

Ms Priede represents the Kandava district in western Latvia Photo: @IngaPriedeV/Twitter Latvia's ruling party has been forced to distance itself from comments by one of its members which appeared to praise the Nazi extermination of homosexuals. Inga Priede, a member of the Unity party, has resigned after making the comments in ...
DENMARK | Danish People's Party support hits historic high

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 20:39 | Source: thelocal.de | | Click here for original article

If an election were held today, the far-right Danish People’s Party (DF) would sweep into power. For the first time ever, DF has topped all other parties in an opinion poll. In the poll, conducted for TV2 and Politiken by Megafon, the anti-immigration party received 21.2 percent of the vote, a ...
RUSSIA | Neo-Nazi gang connected to Kremlin murdered anti-fascists, immigrants and judges

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 20:26 | Source: romea.cz | | Click here for original article

The Moscow Regional Court has been the venue recently for a closely watched trial in the BORN (Bojové organizace ruských nacionalistů - Combat Organization of Russian Nationalists) case. Members of the group have been charged with murdering several anti-Fascists, attorneys, immigrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia, a journalist and ...
GERMANY | In Berlin, Jews and Muslims fight for each other

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 20:16 | Source: forward.com | | Click here for original article

This past summer, Armin Langer, a 24-year-old rabbinical student in Berlin, came to speak at the Sehitlik mosque in Neukoelln, a district of the German capital with a large Muslim population. Langer is the co-founder of the Salaam-Schalom Initiative, a Neukoelln-based intercultural dialogue group. His pre-scheduled presentation at the mosque, ...
FRANCE | French Far-Right Elder Hostile to Renaming Party

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 20:11 | Source: ABC News | | Click here for original article

This is Marine Le Pen's moment. Re-elected to lead the far-right National Front party, France's rising political force, she is basking in the limelight, her eyes set on her dream job: to become president of France in 2017. But something is amiss in the House of Le Pen. The warm ...
BULGARIA | MP quits parliamentary group of Bulgaria's nationalist Patriotic Front

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 19:28 | Source: Sofia Globe | | Click here for original article

The Patriotic Front won 19 out of 240 seats in Bulgaria’s National Assembly in October 2014 early parliamentary elections, and currently supports the centre-right coalition cabinet headed by Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, although it is considering withdrawing its support. Velizar Enchev, who was alone on November 7 in running against the ...
SPAIN | Nazi football louts kill rival fan

Monday, 1 December 2014, 12:53 | Source: Hnh/antifeixistes.org | | Click here for original article

Nazi football louts belonging to Atletico Madrid’s hooligan mob, Frente Atletico, murdered Francisco José Romero Taboada, 43, a supporter of the rival Deportivo de La Coruña in Madrid yesterday. Early reports from Spain suggest that Romero, known as “Jimmy”, was beaten to death and thrown into a nearby river when the ...
FRANCE/RUSSIA | Former Russian spy lent €2mn to Le Pen senior

Monday, 1 December 2014, 10:45 | Source: EUobserver | | Click here for original article

A former KGB officer lent €2 million to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the president of the National Front, on top of other Russian loans to the French far-right party, Mediapart reports. The Paris-based online news agency said on Saturday (29 November) the money was wired by a Cypriot firm, Vernonsia Holdings, ...