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Russian Racists Murder Another Judge

Prime Minister Vlaldmir Putin is continually warning Russians about dangers from Chechen terrorists, but rarely explores dangers posed to Russian democracy by Russian nationalists who harken back to days when the Tsar’s word was supreme and no one bothered about any such thing as human rights. Yesterday, Federal Judge Eduard Chuvashov was leaving his apartment when a young man confronted him in the hallway and fired a few bullets into the body of the judge. The assailant than fled. Chuvashov has been responsible for several high profile cases in which racists were found guilty and sentenced to jail. There is scant doubt his killing is payback time for a man who refused to remain silent in the face of real terrorism. In fact, last week he found guilty two racists and sentenced them to jail.

Russia is ostensibly a democracy but the law of guns has more prominence than the rule of law. The Russian people need a government committed to democracy and ready to use all its resources in tracking down murderers. The time is now.

Me Racist? No Way, Says New Zealand MP

The word, “racism” is among the most abused in the world since just about everyone can, at some point, be accused of being a racist. New Zealand MP Hone Harawira has come under severe criticism and accusations that he has engaged in racist talk just because he had a few choice words to pose about white people. While on a trip to Brussels, the MP decided to take in Paris and the side trip wound up getting him in trouble. Someone discovered he had written an email in which he referred to white people as “motherf..ers,” but he actually meant the expression as a term of endearment. After all, some of his best friends are white, or at least partially white. However, despite the remarks, Mr. Harwira is upset because someone termed them to be racist. According to the New Zealand MP, racism is “the power to impose your racial views on the rest of society” and since he lacks that power, he is, by definition, not a racist.

I am with the MP. After all, just because I refer to you as a “motherf…er” I am not insulting you, I am merely explaining your relation to your mother. How can someone who discusses his own mother wind up being a racist?

Jimmy Carter Speaks The Truth!

Jimmy Carter is not among the most beloved former presidents of the United States because of his comments on the need for peace in the Middle East, but he is the only ex=president around who does not wander the world seeking handouts in the guise of $100,000 speech payments. He has devoted himself to the cause of peace, and while many, including me, do not always agree with his views, he is to be respected for his fight in the cause of peace. Carter, a southerner, expressed his horror at the undignified, boorish behavior of Congressman Joe Wilson. “I think it’s based on racism. There is an inherent feeling among many Americans that an African American should not be the president.”

Those who opposed George Bush did not shout in Congress while he spoke, “you lie,” even though the evidence was overwhelming that he did lie–about the WMD, torture, etc.. Wilson’s remarks are the proverbial tip of the iceberg of hate and anger that an African American(who was never even born in America!) is now the president. The outbursts of Tea Party ranters reflects deep seated emotions which have nothing to do with issues, and everything to do with who Barack Obama is.

Joe Wilson’s son shouts there is not a racist bone in the body of his father. He is correct on that point. No one said the racism was in his body, it’s in his head. Ironically, the Joe Wilson’s of today who shout about the rising national debt were remarkably silent when George Bush doubled the national debt!

Racism In Australia Ignored

There is a propensity among those who have been in power to acknowledge their source of power could possibly be constructed on the exploitation of others. A group of men whose origin is from India were playing pool in a bar in Victoria when some whites began to utter insults and curse them. The Indians decided just to leave the bar and head home, but the whites were insistent and within moments they assaulted the men and beat them up. As the beatings proceeded a crowd gathered to watch the festivities.

The police denied reports from India that about 70 had observed the beating insisting there were ONLY twenty odd people. The police were in no hurry to issue a statement about the assaults and it was not until the press of India became aroused did anyone become interested in getting to the root of the problem.

After all, they were only a group of Indians.

Is There Racism In Israel Society?

During the past two thousand years, people of the Jewish faith have continually encountered bigotry and prejudice because of their religious background. Under Muslim rule, Jews were always second class citizens who paid special taxes or wore special clothes or were denied certain entry into certain occupations. Under Christian rule, they were tortured, forced to convert and thousands were killed. One would logically assume that people who have suffered would avoid mistreating minorities, but such is not the case in Israel. Several Jewish children of Ethiopian heritage have been denied entry into schools as well as encountering daily prejudice.

Gideon Levy, writing in Haaretz, poses questions: “how many self righteous and tsking parents would have agreed to register their children in a class with a majority of children of Ethiopian origin? And how many would rent an apartment to an Arab student?” He points out that many “clubs” exclude Ethiopians, Arabs, Druze and foreigners whose skin is dark. Israel invests NIS 577 for the education of Arab children in east Jerusalem and NIS 2,372 in Jewish children in West Jerusalem.

How does a modern society like Israel explain why 70,000 Arab Israelis live in unrecognized villages, many of which lack electricity or running water? If anyone uses expressions such as “apartheid” or “racism” in reference to Israel, the usual response is to raise the battle cry of “anti-semitism.” Yes, there are anti-semites in the world. But, there are also Israel semites who are bigoted and anti-Muslim and anti-Arab. Any Jew who is bigoted against Muslims or Christians or non-Jews denies the heritage of the Jewish fight for social justice “FOR ALL HUMANITY.”

UN Charges Australia With Racism

The United Nations has charged that Australia breached international obligations on human and indigenous rights by imposing racial restrictions on Aborigines during a crackdown on child abuse in Outback communities. James Anaya also depicted Australia’s relations with its Aborigine population as still influenced by racism policies. Aborigines represent about 2% of the population, and extensive amounts of money have been spent to assist their lives in the past two decades, but the reality is they are the poorest, unhealthiest and most oppressed group in the country.

A few years ago, in an effort to deal with child abuse, the government suspended its own laws against discrimination so they could ban alcohol and hardcore pornography. New policies compel Aborigines to adhere to government restrictions on how they can spend their own money. The government argument undoubtedly is the belief Aborigines are unable to make decisions on how to live their own lives. No matter how one examines this argument it is racist.

Was Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates An Act Of Stupidity?

The furor surrounding the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates in his own home is still causing ripples after President Barack Obama made clear he regarded the entire episode as an example of stupidity. Sergeant James Crowley, the white policeman who was summoned to the home of Professor Gates after receiving a complaint about a break-in, insists he acted properly and the president had no right to term his actions stupid. He thought it was incorrect for the president to wade “into what should be a local issue.” Supporters of Crowley argue Gates was responsible for his own arrest by overreacting.

The president’s words are very clear concerning the matter. “I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three– what I think we know separate and apart from this incident– is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately and that’s just a fact.”

The bottom line is–who believes if Gates was a white man in his sixties and opened the door, showed an ID and explained the situation that he would have been arrested? If he had been white, the police officer would have laughed with Gates and waved goodbye. A few months ago I reported a burglary and a police officer came to my door. I am a white haired man of 78. He never asked for an ID as proof that it was my apartment. I told him someone stole my wallet while I was downstairs working at my computer. He gently had me sit in a chair, rummaged around my paper strewn table and found the wallet. He smiled at me and said goodbye. That’s what happens when one is white skinned and in their seventies.

Sorry, Sgt. Crowley, YOU ARE THE ONE WHO OVERREACTED!

He’s Not Blond, Shoot Him, He’s The Attacker!

A pregnant Muslim woman who wears a headscarf was stabbed outside of a German courtroom being repeatedly stabbed by a neighbor who insisted since she was Muslim, that, by definition, means she is a terrorist. Her husband rushed to the aid of his wife and was also stabbed by the neighbor, but he was also shot in the leg by security guards who thought, since he was not blond haired, he must be the attacker. Obviously, when a Muslim woman is stabbed by a German citizen, it goes without question anyone going to her assistance must be part of the world wide al-Qaeda network. The attacker who plunged his knife into a pregnant woman 18 times, is only identified as Alex W. and is in custody. Marwa Al-Sherbini’s body was flown to Egypt where thousands marched behind her coffin shouting expressions such as: “there is no God but God and the Germans are the enemies of god.”

A German government spokesperson said if the attack was racist, the government “naturally condemns this in the strongest terms.” Although the murder has featured prominently in the Egyptian press, few German newspapers have played up the attack. In 2004, there was a media uproar when filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim because of his allegedly anti-Muslim films.

The good news is that representatives from the main Jewish group in Germany visited the husband who is still in the hospital. Stephan Kramer, of the Central Council of Jews, told the media: “You don’t have to be a Muslim to act against anti-Muslim behavior, and you don’t have to be a Jew to act against anti-Semitism.” Well said.

Blame It On Minorities Gets Votes In Bulgaria!

The world-wide recession has sparked a rise in racism and blame economic problems on the presence of ethnic minorities within a country. The recent election in Bulgaria witnessed a remarkable victory for right wing racist parties that used anti-Turkish rhetoric in seeking electoral victory. Ahmet Dogan, a Bulgarian politician who is of Turkish ethnicity and heads the Movement for Rights and Freedom (HOH) was the target of numerous attacks by the Order Law and Justice Party(RZ5) whose leader Yane Yanev ran on an anti-Turkish platform of blaming problems on that ethnic group. Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov, was openly racist and termed Turks and Romas as the “bad human capital of Bulgaria.”

Among the victims in this victory by right wing racists is any hope of enabling Turkey to become a member of the European Union. Borisov, who is close to the ideas of French President Sarkozy in matters dealing with Turkey, made clear his views by saying, “I am convinced that Turkey will not meet the membership criteria for at least 20-30 more years.”
Hatred has won the battle in many parts of Europe during the past few months. The question is whether failure on the part of Obama to offer economic success will result in similar outcomes in America.

Is the “N-Word” Offensive?

An association in Sweden that works for African rights is upset because a state agency wants to preserve the name of a neighborhood called “Negem”(the Negro) in the Swedish town of Karlstad. “I’m extremely upset. the N-word is racist and this just confirms the nature of Sweden today, said Kitimbwa Sabuni of the National Afro-Swedish Association. A private citizen in the town asked for state agency to decide if there was need for a name change because he believed it was offensive to black people. The name Negem was chosen in 1866 when the town was designating certain parts of the community.

First of all, the word, “Negro” was perfectly acceptable in American history and was the word used by progressive forces in the country. It never had the connotation of “nigger” which was always used in a derogatory manner. If one reads the speeches of Martin Luther King, he always used the word Negro. Perhaps, revisionists would like to revise the speeches of King and remove the word he believed was appropriate.

This is the silly season in operation.