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Official in Party that says “Islam does not belong to Germany” Converts to Islam

25 January, 2018 - 19:44

Arthur Wagner, a leading AfD party official in the state of Brandenburg, Germany has converted to Islam. This is noteworthy considering he comes from a party which takes an adversarial position toward Islam, holding that “Islam does not belong to Germany.” The AfD has seen its political fortunes ascend the past year as it made major inroads on its anti-immigrant, anti-Islam platform in elections.

Wagner, didn’t give any detailed reasons for his conversion or resignation from the AfD. His only comment has been that he converted for “personal reasons,” and that he was not pressured to quit after his conversion by the AfD. It would stand to reason however that despite the AfD’s claim that it doesn’t discriminate against Muslims it would be difficult to be a member of a party whose avowed stance is anti-Islam.

The Atlantic published an article titled “the strange cases of anti-Islam politicians turned Muslims.” The article also gets into a bit of murky psycho-social analysis about conversion, and a not completely factual claim about their historically not being any or many cases of European critics converting to Islam before the rise of anti-Islam political parties. In fact there are many stories of European converts from the past who were critics of Islam or anti-Islam, many of them would settle in Muslim nations.

Greece: Neo-Nazi Group Threatens Muslim Association

19 January, 2018 - 20:03

It boggles the mind that an organization would name itself after an group that used to attack slaves but it’s not surprising coming from a neo-fascist organization that wants to “purify” Greece.

via. AlJazeera English

Athens, Greece – A neo-Nazi organisation has threatened the Muslim Association of Greece and pro-migrant organisations, amid an uptick in anti-immigrant violence in the Greek capital.

On Thursday, the organisation said it had received a menacing phone call from Crypteia, a far-right group that attacked the home of an Afghan child last year.

“We are the group that kills, burns, hits and tortures immigrants, mainly Muslims,” the caller said, according to Anna Stamou of the Muslim Association of Greece.

The caller contacted the organisation from a blocked number and identified himself as part of Crypteia.

He boasted of the group’s attack on the home of an 11-year-old Afghan refugee, identified only as Emir in Greek media, in November.

Then, masked men had attacked the boy’s home after he gained national attention for being prevented from carrying a Greek flag during a school parade. They threw beer bottles and stones at the home, shattering the windows, and left a note reading: “Go back to your village. Leave.”

“We reported [Thursday’s phone call] to officials here, then late at night we discovered that many organisations had the same threat,” Stamou told Al Jazeera, explaining that the Greek Forum for Migrants and others received similar phone calls.

Other civil society groups, which requested anonymity, confirmed that they were among those threatened.

“We are not intimidated as groups, Muslims or anti-fascists. The whole society is being targeted by these actions,” Stamou added. “We don’t accept threats.”

Crypteia’s name is an apparent reference to a group of ancient Spartans who were notorious for attacking slaves. The vigilante outfit is believed to have stemmed from the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party, which has 16 seats in the Greek parliament.

Greek police were not immediately available for comment.

There are around 200,000 Muslims in Athens, according to the Muslim Association of Greece, a civil society group advocating for indigenous Muslims, Greek converts, refugees, migrants and others.

In 2010, the Pew Research Center said there were 500,000 Muslims in the country, but this number has increased with refugees and migrants, most of whom come from Muslim-majority countries.

Tina Stavrinaki, legal officer at the Racist Violence Recording Network, said it was clear that “Muslims are the target”.

“They said the same thing [to all the groups threatened],” she told Al Jazeera.

“They said they take responsibility for attacks against migrants almost everywhere.”

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In 2017 Attacks Increased by 44% Against Muslim Americans

12 January, 2018 - 18:07

2017 saw another spike in hate crimes against Muslims, however some see a silver lining in a report study that finds that less people support Trump’s “Muslim ban” than previously.

via. Middle East Eye

When President Donald Trump announced his “Muslim ban” – a law that would keep citizens from six predominately Muslim states from entering the US – around this time last year, the country witnessed a wave of Islamophobia. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) found that 2017 was one of the worst years for Muslims in America, with attacks on community members increasing by 44 percent from the year before.

Since then, the so-called Muslim ban has morphed into several versions, with many states’ supreme courts weighing in on the legality of Trump’s executive order, which for now targets Iran, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

But this week, a study published in Political Behaviour, a quarterly academic journal, found that Trump’s anti-Islamic sentiment has backfired in some ways.

A team of political scientists from the University of Delaware, Michigan State University and University of California in Riverside found a silver lining to a survey they conducted. Trump’s anti-Muslim actions, which became a cornerstone of his election campaign and later his immigration policy, have changed national perceptions of the controversial law.

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Dutch Reporters Blast US Ambassador Pete Hoekstra For Lying About “No-Go Zones”

11 January, 2018 - 18:36

US Ambassador to The Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra (R) gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the US embassy, in The Hague, on January 10, 2018 after presenting his diplomatic credentials to The Netherlands’ King. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

The US Ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra, was under the impression that he could bullshit his way out of being held accountable for lies he propagated about “no-go zones” in the Netherlands (where Muslims supposedly don’t allow non-Muslims to enter), and Muslims are burning Dutch politicians to death.

The Dutch press, unlike the US media, seems to be more independent and less of a bunch of sycophants seeking to curry favor with whoever is in power.

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CJ Werleman on Quilliam’s Faulty Report Tying Culture, Race To “Grooming Gangs”

5 January, 2018 - 19:47

Quilliam, a UK-based “counter-extremism” organization favored by racists and bigots on both sides of the pond, and one whose funding we’ve exposed and whose leaders’ ideological affiliations we’ve analyzed in the past released a report whose basis and conclusion run on the familiar, tried and true racist formula of attempting to tie culture, religion to criminality. CJ Werleman discusses why it isn’t only absurdly flawed but a reward for its racist backers.

via. Medium

Given all of the above, it’s not surprising then that the report found that 84 percent of 264 convictions of grooming gang members were men of Asian origin, and even less surprising, it concluded with an assertion these gangs of mostly British-Pakistani men “have been influenced by the cultural conditions of their home country and a wider failure of British society to integrate these men into their adoptive culture.”

Basically, it reads as the sum total of every racist, white nationalist’s wet dream: a report that not so subtly evangelizes the purity and perfection of white society, one that is corrupted only by external villains and influences. The report reads like the platform of any ultranationalist, far right political party, blaming the demise of Western society on immigration, multiculturalism, and lack of ethnic assimilation. “We’’ll be saved, our jobs will return, and our streets will be safer when they leave or stop arriving” is the subtext to every racist narrative.

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