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From Jean-Luc  Mélenchon’s Left Populism, Andréa Kotarac Defects to far-Right Populism.

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From Populist Left to Populist Far-Right.

Many on the French left have long been wary of La France insoumise, the self-styled Left Populist Movement, “point de ralliement (rally) of Jean-Luc  Mélenchon.

One issue has been its ‘sovereigntism’.

That is, putting the demand of popular sovereignty – against the ‘oligarchy’, domestic and European – at the centre of its politics.

A couple of days ago this type, Andréa Kotarac, decided that the far-right rally of Marine Le Pen, the  Rassemblement national, was a better bet for this nation-centred strategy.

French far-left candidate slammed as ‘stink bomb’ for defecting to far right

France 24.

High drama in the French campaign as a far-left candidate calls for voters to back the far right – earning the would-be MEP some choice insults from French far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Andréa Kotarac, a former regional adviser to Mélenchon’s far-left France Unbowed party (La France Insoumise), announced Tuesday that he was leaving the party and would instead back the far right in European Parliament elections in order “to block” President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move (La République en marche) party. Mélenchon responded by calling Kotarac a “stink bomb” and a “traitor”.

In fact there is already a legal process to stop Marine Le Pen’s Party using this support in their election publicity.

 

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May 16, 2019 at 5:39 pm

The Resistible Rise of the National Populist Brexit Party.

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Nigel Farage, the Brexit Party and National Populism.

Last week Lewis Goodhall published a widely read piece,  Brexit: The conditions are ripe for the biggest backlash imaginable. The “referendum itself might be considered as mere prologue to the main populist act” the Sky political correspondent observed, “ultimately, the referendum will be best understood as the apotheosis of a eurosceptic battle, not as the populist war itself.” Attending a public meeting of the Brexit Party he observed, “I’ve never been to a Trump rally – but I imagine, from everything I’ve seen and heard – that what I experienced on the Fylde wasn’t a million miles away.”

Today opinion polls put the party that is standing in the European elections on the ‘simple’ programme of leaving the European Union with no withdrawal agreement is outperforming Labour and Conservatives combined.

The Observer reports today,

The Opinium survey for the Observer places the Brexit party on 34%, when people were asked how they intended to vote on 23 May, with Labour slipping to 21% and the Conservatives collapsing to just 11%. Ominously for Theresa May, support for the Tories at the European elections is now less than a third of that for Farage’s party, and below that for the Liberal Democrats, who are on 12%.

The Brexit Party was formally launched on the 12th of April. It is now standing candidates across the country for the 23rd of May contest and intends to run in the next General Election. Apart from the support from former Conservative Minister Anne Widdecombe and Annunziata Rees-Mogg the sister of leading Tory Brexiteer, Jacob Rees Mogg, the party attracted attention for the candidacies of former Revolutionary Communist Party members, Claire Fox, Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, James Heartfield and Stuart Waiton now contributors to the Trump admiring libertarian Spiked. George Galloway, former leader of the ‘socialist’ Respect, endorsed the list. A microscopic group the Communist Party of Great Britain-Marxist Leninist, has joined in, calling for support and the hardest Brexit possible.

Matthew Goodwin, the author with Roger Eatwell of National Populism (2018) considers that the Brexit Party indicates that Farage’s party shows that in Britain  “political de-alignment’ is underway. With some echoes of Trump’s support, the Brexit Party is part of the rise in Europe national populist parties. There are conflicts over “values”, “Brexit is certainly one of them but there are many others such as immigration, terrorism, refugees, climate change, minority rights and the steady advance of social liberalism.” Goodwin concludes that this “is also coinciding with a breakdown of tribal loyalty to the main parties, which is making it easier for new populists and other challengers to break through.” (1)

In 2014 Christophe Gilley (Le Crépuscule de la France d’en haut) developed a similar theme. The tribune of la France “périphérique”, the ‘left behind” zones away from the globalised metropolises, asserted that political disaffection led to the “marronage” (on the model of the runaway slaves called ‘maroons’ who established their own free communities in the Caribbean) of the “popular” classes from traditional political parties. For the author voting for (what was then) the Front National indicated defiance of the “modèle mondialisé” (2)

National Populism.

National Populism is a sketch of these populist parties, largely centred on Europe. From UKIP, the French Front National (now Rassemblement National) – never in government – to President Trump, Orban’s Hungary, Matteo Slavini’s  Lega in Italy, the Freedom parties in the Netherlands and Austria.

To explain their growth the book begins with some reasonable sounding phrases, concern at  “rapid ethnic change” a fear of relative deprivation, under the effects of  “neoliberal globalisation” (whose economics are not explored). It continues with the perceived threat of  “ethnic destruction” as the springboard for the National Populist demand for “national independence and identity”. The book ends with this claim, “We do not think the term “racism” should be applied solely because people seek to retain the broad parameters of the ethnic base of country and its national identity, even though this can involve discriminating against outside groups.” (3)

Goodwin’s earlier study of UKIP (with Robert Ford) described Farage’s old party as appealing to “the ageing, shrinking and left behind white working class” which Labour had ignored in its “modernising” years under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. This continues to another sweeping generalisation, “White working class voters no longer saw Labour as a party sensitive to their concerns but as part of the problem.” (4)

It is too early to map the sociology of the Brexit Party. Or to indicate to what degree ‘ethnic’ issues motivate its supporters. But perhaps Goodhall offers a clue. In an outline of the pro-Brexit forces from an after the Referendums, he states, “It was not so much people versus elites but a clear coalition of wealthy and poor, connected and isolated, northern and southern. Far from an outsider clique, its campaign leaders were senior cabinet minister The Brexit Party’s message is simple and familiar: they took your country from you, now they’ve taken your democracy too. And “they” are the elites, those who hate the culture of the people, the values of the people, the democracy of the people.”

A central feature of the Brexit Party itself has yet to be examined. It is, in the mould of a number of new European populist parties, not just Leader dominated but entirely the property of one Nigel Farage. It is, he says, “a company not a political party“. This is in many senses a trait not just of right wing populists. Farage’s rival French President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche, was created like a business ‘start up’ and has only a gestural internal life. La France insoumise of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is a “movement” a “un lieu de Rassemblement” that is a rallying point, with no competing internal platforms. Policies are decided on-high and then approved by E-Mail. As quickly as anybody who displeases the owner of the Brexit Party critics of Mélenchon discover that they are out on a limb. (5)

Farage’s outfit is everything but the creation of the ‘left behind’ the peripheral regions, the downtrodden working class. It has nothing in common with the British labour movement, created by workers themselves. It is the spin of ponces working in offices on the model of Trump and his alt-right communication specialists – a milieu Farage, along with finance capital, is intimately linked with. It is, and in this we agree with Goodwin, if nothing else, it is national populist, putting their idea of the nation above everything else, against the “non-people”, the rootless cosmopolitan internationalists. That is, it is against the left, the labour movement, and democratic politics.

Betrayal

The Brexit Party has one main story, that of ‘Betrayal”. Apart from the hard-right media, such as the Express, this is promoted by the former leftists of Spiked,  “This betrayal narrative” states Chris Gilligan “that Spiked share with Farage, George Batten (UKIP’s new leader) and Tommy Robinson (former figurehead of the far-right English Defence League (EDL), and currently an ‘adviser’ to UKIP), is a recurring theme in Spiked commentary on Brexit.” Spiked itself boils it down to demanding democracy against the willful manipulations of pro-EU politicians. (6)

This portrayal of the Brexit issue as a conflict between the “democracy of the people” and the treacherous ‘Oligarchy’ may be hard to shape by advocates of Left-wing populism. Chantal Mouffe has spoken of how all demands for democracy could be taken up by the left, may find hard to reshape in their own image. The Brexit Party has, if nothing else, a “strong libidinal investment” in its national “form of identification”. Jean-Luc Mélenchon declares in an interview with El pais this week, that he continues to consider himself not in terms of left and right but in relation to ” “El pueblo y la oligarquía” , the people (against) the oligarchy Jean-Luc Mélenchon ( “Los tratados de la UE niegan a Francia sus necesidades”). But only under 10% of French voters identify with his rally as part of the People. (7)

The difficulty becomes all the more acute in that a large part of the British left, inside or outside the Labour Party has not stood up for the democracy of the peoples, a project to work with the rest of the European left to transform the European Union. There have been feeble attempts to ignore the need to confront Farage, and describe the British divisions over Brexit as a conflict between “two” rival nationalisms. Rhetoric about ‘elites’ may not have reached the paranoiac delirium of Jaun Banco’s recent Crépuscule and its attack on the “imperium” of the “oligarchie parisienne”. But we have seen in the Full Brexit (which brings together Communist Party of Britain members and Spiked writers, including the Brexit Party candidate James Heartfield), and in the writing of New Left review contributor, Wolfgang Streeck, a willingness to indulge the fantasies of the hard-right about a European Empire.  (8)

Is it any wonder that the Weekly Worker prints this last Friday,

The second important motion debated concerned LAW’s attitude to the European elections – especially in view of George Galloway’s call to support the right wing Brexit Party on May 23. Perhaps surprisingly, this had been met with various degrees of approval from some Lexiteers, including comrades on LAW’s unofficial Facebook group.

Can the Labour Party’s European election campaign “unite” both sides of the Brexit debate? Given the issues discussed here, nothing is less probable. The Brexit Party is more than a virtual ballot box and Net operation: it has tapped into public opinion. Only a sustained effort to uproot them, to face them down with an internationalist pro-European stand, and work to expose their hard right, anti-popular politics, can build the electoral coalition to defeat them. If need be street action against the Brexit Bullies may be called for.

Today,

Nigel Farage has meltdown on Andrew Marr accusing him of ‘worst interview ever’.

Nigel Farage flew into a rage at Andrew Marr during a heated exchange, accusing the BBC presenter of ‘the most ridiculous interview ever’. Farage grew increasingly incensed throughout the interview after Marr repeatedly brought up a series of controversial comments the Brexit Party leader had said in the past. He was asked whether he still supported ‘replacing the NHS with a private insurance based system’ and also whether he still believed global warming was the ‘stupidest thing in human history’. The Brexit Party leader also appeared to forget he had advocated a second referendum on membership of the EU, after telling Marr that conducting one would be ‘the ultimate betrayal’. Marr proceeded to play a clip from January 2018, where Farage said ‘we should have a second referendum’. Growing increasingly frustrated, he told Marr: ‘Do you want to discuss these European elections or not?

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  1. Are these the last gasps of our old political order? Matthew Goodwin. Unherd. 5th of May.  See also his: The end of trust in our political class

  2. Page 174. Christophe Gilley Le Crépuscule de la France d‘en haut 2017 (2014)

  3. Page 75 National Populism. The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy. Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin. 2018.

  4. Page 133. Revolt on the Right. Explaining Support for the radical Right in Britain.  Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin. 2014.
  5. À propos du mouvement «La France insoumise». Mélenchon. “ les processus de « démocratie interne » sont également à l’œuvre. Mais dans le mouvement, on s’efforce de ne jamais en faire un sujet de conflictualité interne. Il n’y a donc pas de « majorité », de « minorités », pas de plateformes concurrentes, pas d’orientation générale opposée les unes aux autres. Autrement dit : le mouvement se soucie d’abord d’être inclusif et collectif davantage que formellement « démocratique », sachant à quelles violences et dérives conduisent les soi-disant pratiques « démocratiques » organisées par les règlements intérieur des partis traditionnels. Le mouvement n’a qu’une référence idéologique commune a tous ses membres : le programme.
  6. Brexit and ‘left’ cover for Farage and UKIP by Chris Gilligan
  7. Page 71. For a Left Populism. Chantal Mouffe. Verso. 2018.
  8. Wolfgang Streeck – The European Union is a liberal empire, and it is about to fall

Brendan O’Neill defends National Populism, but will he stand up for Claire Fox and the RCP’s Line on Ireland?

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A Populist Hero Is Something to Be.

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The dangers of anti-populism

Spiked. Brendan O’Neill.

It isn’t populists who threaten life, liberty and democracy in Europe – it’s anti-populists.

I always (note Only always?)  find it perplexing when people claim that the new national populism is a threat to life, liberty and democracy in Europe.

Because there is indeed a threat to life, liberty and democracy (note to ed: add, pursuit of happiness…?) in Europe today.

But it isn’t coming from populists. It’s coming from anti-populists. (note to ed, please  underline emphasis)

And so it goes…

The real danger in Europe today, in political terms, isn’t populism – it’s anti-populism. The real danger is the shrill, often violent backlash of the technocratic elites (note: nifty turn of phrase) against the rise of national populist sentiment.

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why do the political and cultural elites, most notably in the UK, seem willing to trash democracy itself in order to crush (note, isn’t that a bit mildly put) populist sentiment?

‘Trashing’ democracy is definitely bad.

So in the spirit of populist reason and the legacy of European civilisation, like Notre Dame itself, as transmitted by the voice of this blog we ask O’Neill to explain himself to his mates in the Brexit Party.

It’s an affair  whose flames are consuming more than wood and stone; they are consuming tradition, the past itself, the legacy of the Revolutionary Communist Party, O’Neill’s spiritual birthplace.

It’s something which has has led nationalist populist sentiment to take a merry turn against his lot in Spiked:

IRA row: Warrington Brexit MEP candidate quits

BBC.

A Brexit Party candidate for Warrington has quit at the failure of another would-be MEP to apologise for comments about the IRA bombing of the town.

European elections candidate Sally Bate said she had resigned because Claire Fox refused to condemn the attack.

Fox was a leading member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) which defended the 1993 bombing.

Ms Bate said Nigel Farage should remove her from the party list and “stand together with victims of the atrocity”.

Tim Parry, 12, and Johnathan Ball, three, were killed in the IRA attack on 20 March which left 56 others injured.

An RCP newsletter at the time of the bomb stated that the party defended “the right of the Irish people to take whatever measures necessary in their struggle for freedom”.

Tim’s father Colin Parry has urged voters in the North West to reject Ms Foxbecause she did not offer any apology for her former views.

In a statement, Ms Fox said: “Terrible things happened – mercifully, a peaceful resolution has emerged following the Good Friday Agreement.”

She added: “I do not condone the use of violence.”

Ms Fox is top of the list of Brexit Party candidates for the North West, meaning she would be the first to claim any European Parliament seat which the group wins in elections on 23 May.

Ms Bate was listed seventh.

Announcing her resignation from the Brexit Party, Ms Bate said: “I am unhappy with Claire’s statement since she has not categorically condemned the violence inflicted by the IRA.

“I stand by Colin Parry and his family and all victims of the Warrington bomb and in view of Claire’s ambiguous position on the issue I cannot continue to stand beside her as a Brexit candidate…”

Cde Rogan has today tweeted this thread which Brendan is welcome to follow: 

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Étienne Chouard, Alain Soral, The Far-right, Political Confusionism and the Gilets Jaunes.

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Face au fascisme on ne pense plus; il ne faut plus penser – c’est tabou. L’antifascisme est une forme plus évoluée, plus subtile que l’antisémitisme, mais pas moins contre-révolutionnaire. Il crée une attitude de réflexe et de haine.”

Faced with Fascism, one stops thinking; one mustn’t think any more – it’s taboo. Antifascism is the more evolved form, subtler than anti-semitism, but no less counter-revolutionary. It creates a reflexive attitude of hatred.

Groupes radicaux pour l’abolition de l’argent et de l’État

From, Précieuses pépites. Étienne Chouard.

(citations of his cherished nuggets, 1031 pages long, from the Situationists, James Madison, Gandhi, Pastor Neimöller, Edmund Burke, George Orwell……)

Alain Soral has been condemned to a year in gaol for Holocaust denial. As the would-be sorcerer’s apprentice of a Red-Brown alliance, his balance-sheet has until recent years largely been a negative one. The most public initiative, the ‘anti-Zionist’ electoral list he helped organise with Dieudeonné, with the support of a few former leftists, and Tehran inclined Islamists, was a failure.

Égalité et Réconciliation¸ trumpeting the cause of workers and peoples, with right-wing national values, against globalist elites, appeared submerged in the malestrom of populism. As part of a “conspi” turn it could be said that Soral, who never fails to inject anti-semitism into the public domain, helped set out some markers, but little more. His site has had a small, if real, (according to reports) echo amongst the anti-gay marriage and anti-‘genre theory’ movement, which combined the traditional far-right, Catholic ‘ultras’ and some conservative Muslims. To escape from this impasse Soral has recently tried to engage – before his imprisonment has temporarily cut this short – with the Gilets Jaunes…with more success, if still limited.

It is the fashion in some quarters to look at the Gilets Jaunes through rose-tinted spectacles. After all, what could be more heartening than to discover, as perhaps prophesied by Jean-Claude Michéa, the work of those “en bas” in revolt against the neoliberal elite. The left which has, since, apparently the Dreyfus Affair, sought to integrate the left into a world ruled by finance is shaking. Woven in the by those who have been “solidaires depuis toujours”, acting through the heart of their “idenitité populaire la plus spécifique”, the French People have arisen…. (Notre Ennemi le capital. 2017)

No doubt there are worthy projects to wrestle inside the Gilets Jaunes movement, and fight for leftism and below within it. Reports, though not those broadcast by the professionals of tinting roses, the SWP, if their most recent General assembly (not universally recognised) indicate that they have decided to not offer any recommendation to vote for the coming European elections. A victory of sorts, though one finds it hard to imagine the good faith of any leftist sitting in a room with those who argued for supporting for a variety of hard-right lists – as happened..

Instead we have Étienne Chouard, a teacher, whose Mother worked for the – some might say – elitist Tel Quel literary and theoretical journal of Philippe Solars,  known for its 1960s structuralism, ultra-Maoist phase, and violent ‘anti-totalitarian’ turn in the 1970s. He says he is “a seeker of the original cause of social injustices”. The blogs he runs, such as Plan C, and his own personal site, advance the cause of “une Constitution Citoyenne, écrite par et pour les citoyens.”

Chouard is popular amongst the Gilets Jaunes – significant enough to be cited at length in the media, the latest appearance being in Saturday’s Le Monde (13.4.19). His audience on social networks is astronomical. He is probably the best known promoter of one of the Gilets Jaunes central demands, direct democracy through the idea of government by referendum. “référendum d’initiative populaire”. A one-time leftist, who dabbled in anarchism and the ultra-left, and who claims inspiration from  Cornelius Castoriadis he has expressed sympathy for Nigel Farage, yet voted Mélenchon in the last Presidential elections. The life-long grass-roots activist has now declared that he will back François Asselineau, a hard-right Frexit (French Brexit)  campaigner who runs the small UPR. It is also opposed to NATO. Le Monde notes he is far from alone amongst the Gilets Jaunes in backing this far-right party.. (12.4.19. Gilets jaunes » : François Asselineau et le « Frexit » font recette sur les ronds-points) that the UPR is known for promoting “conspiracy” ideas. (1)

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Chouard is the ideal type of “ confusionism”, melding together the far-right ideas with leftism. But this rhetoric does not stop at issues such as the European Union. As the reader of (one can believe this, see above) over 3,500 books on philosophy, politics and stuff, he has views on many areas. His freethinking has led him to express opinions doubting the official version of 9/11, and to express interest in the conspi site, Réseau Voltaire. Chouard has also had ties, notable ties, with Alain Soral over the years. His notorious description of Soral as a “resistant” did not go down well. He has stood back, preferring the calmer waters of the UPR, for his own red-brown alliance, from aligning himself with the sulphurous holocaust denier.

Despite the jolly film (judging from its trailer…) J’veux du soleil, by François Ruffin, there seems, as yet little indication of the français de souche amongst the Gilets Jaunes, reaching out to minorities, the “urban nomadic proletariat”.  But he doubtless found somebody prepared to listen to Michéa when it comes to official left and liberal anti-fascism.

(1) See also COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE : ÉTIENNE CHOUARD ANNONCE PUBLIQUEMENT QU’IL VOTERA POUR LA LISTE DE L’UPR AUX ÉLECTIONS EUROPÉENNES )

François Asselineau‘s ‘souverainiste‘ platform has two main targets, the European Union and the United States.[32] He insists that France should leave the Eurozone,[33] the European Union, and NATO.[32] According to Asselineau, the EU and NATO “as seen from Washington…are the political and military side of the same coin, that of the enthrallment of the European continent to their ‘buffer zone’ so as to surround and contain the Russian continental power”.[33] He says the process leading to European unification was launched solely upon orders from the American government.”

You can guess his views on Assange and Brexit….

Alain Soral, Red Brown National Populist, sentenced to one year in prison for Holocaust denial.

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Alain Soral sentenced to one year in prison for Holocaust denial

le Monde.

The prosecution had required six months of imprisonment against the far right essayist, and 15,000 euros fine against his lawyer, Damien Viguier.

The right-wing essayist Alain Soral was sentenced on Monday, April 15, to one year in prison  for Holocaust denial.

Mr. Soral, 60, was tried in Paris for challenging the existence of the Holocaust and published on his website contentious conclusions of his lawyer in another case. His counsel, Damien Viguier, was sentenced to 5,000 euros fine for complicity, because of the content of these conclusions.

The prosecution had demanded six months in prison against Mr. Soral, and 15,000 euros fine against Damien Viguier.

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In 2016, the site of Alain Soral, Equality and Reconciliation, had published a drawing representing, on a “one” titled “Chutzpah Hebdo” , the face of Charlie Chaplin in front of the Star of David, with, written in a bubble, the question “Shoah where are you? ” Shoah où t’es ?  , Referring to a controversial first page of Charlie Hebdo after the attacks in Brussels , ” Dad where are you? » « Papa où t’es ? ».

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French far-right activist Alain Soral jailed for Holocaust denial.

Radio France International.

Multiple convictions over a contested image

The conviction concerns an image published on Soral’s website Egalité et Réconciliation (Equality and Reconciliation) in 2016 in which a fictional newspaper called “Chutzpah Hebdo” bears a caption reading “disoriented historians”.

Before a Star of David, a likeness of Charlie Chaplin surrounded by a shoe, a wig, a bar of soap and a lampshade asks “Holocaust, where are you?”

The image was a reference to a controversial cover of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting a young man asking “Daddy, where are you?” surrounded by dismembered body parts, published in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels of 22 March 2016.

A court ruled the image on Soral’s site to be an instance of Holocaust denial and fined Soral 10,000 euros with the possibility of imprisonment in case of non-payment.

Monday’s conviction and sentence concerned a text by Viguier that Soral published on the same site in November 2017

In the text, Viguier says the shoes and wig were a “reference to memorial sites and sites of pilgrimage” that were “brought together to stir readers’ imaginations.”

Concerning the wig, Viguier wrote “haircuts occur in all places of concentration for reasons of hygiene,” and said claims that Nazis made soap from human fat and lampshades from human skin were “war propaganda”.

Viguier posted a message on Soral’s website saying they would both appeal the court’s decision.

This sentence may seem harsh but Soral has many previous convictions.(1)

His rabid anti-semitism is only one aspect of a political stand which goes from support for the Syrian regime, the Venezuelan government, hostility to “communitarian” identitarian gay, feminist politics, alliance with the Front National, a Liste Antisioniste (anti-Zionist),

Claiming links with the French Communist Party, the PCF,  in the late 1980s and early 1980s (which they deny, and,  although he has shown a membership card it is hard to prove any activity), Soral came to the public scene through the manifesto, Vers un front national . This followed his anti-EU campaigning against the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.

In some respects this could be considered a template for new red-brown (rouges-bruns) alliances which have more recently marked European politics, above all, over the question of the European Union.

The Manifesto was signed by Jean-Paul Cruse a former member of the Mao-spontex Gauche prolétarienne, and appeared in one time ‘counter-cultural’ paper ‘Idiot international’ founded by Jean-Edern Hallier. It proposed ‘authoritarian politics needed to rebuild the country, to assemble the forces of civilisation against the market, and to advance the cause of the Nations. against Zionism and the stock market. The « front » aimed to group together « the Gaullist hard-liner, Pasqua, Socialist ‘patriot’ Chevènement, communists and ultra-nationalists.

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Soral has been closely associated with the French comedian and fellow Holocaust denier, Dieudonné.

His web site  Égalité et Réconciliation offers a red-brown perspective, trumpeting the rooted population against the elite, and combining the “working class” left with the values of the right (Gauche du travail et droite des valeurs ). It intends to continue the perspective of the pre-Great War  Cercle Proudhon, which united a minority of radical, but patriotic   trade unionists with the radical far right maurrassien current.

It is marked by conspiracy theories of all kinds, centring around ‘Zionism’.

Soral has had links with  the ‘Union des organisations islamiques de France (UOIF), and individual ‘anti-Zionist’ Muslims,  Camel Bechikh, and ‘Albert Ali alias Abdelaali Baghezza, ancien responsable des Jeunes Musulmans de France amongst others. He has also had ties with far-right Catholic traditionalists.

Backing for Arab nationalism is long-standing, and continues with support for the Syrian regime.

It is hard to keep up with all the details of this ‘red-brown’ alliance, which can be seen via the above links.

Recently Égalité et Réconciliation has been an enthusiast for the Gilets Jaunes.

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  • Le , la cour d’appel de Paris a confirmé le jugement du  par lequel Alain Soral était condamné à une amende de 3 000 € pour incitation à la haine raciale à la suite de propos tenus dans le cadre de l’émission Complément d’enquête sur France 2, le . Entre autres propos de la même veine, celui-ci affirmait : « la formation qualifiante pour exister dans les médias aujourd’hui, c’est d’être sioniste : si t’es antisioniste, si t’es judéo-critique ou quoi que ce soit tu dégages […] »123.
  • Le , Alain Soral est condamné en première instance à 2 500 euros d’amende, un euro symbolique de dommages et intérêts, 3 000 euros au titre des frais de justice, ainsi qu’à la publication, à ses frais, du jugement dans deux journaux, pour diffamation envers le maire socialiste de Paris Bertrand Delanoë, après avoir porté à son encontre des accusations d’enrichissement illégal et de pédophilie, dans une vidéo datée du  sur le site d’Égalité et Réconciliation124. Cette condamnation est confirmée et alourdie en appel, le , avec 2 000 euros de dommages et intérêts et 5 000 euros au titre des frais de justice125.
  • Le , le juge des référés de Bobigny, saisi par la LICRA, ordonne l’interdiction et le retrait des ventes « dans un délai d’un mois » de l’Anthologie des propos contre les juifs, le judaïsme et le sionisme, de Paul-Éric Blanrue et la censure partielle de quatre ouvrages réédités par Kontre Kulture : La France juive d’Édouard DrumontLe Salut par les Juifs de Léon BloyLe Juif international d’Henry Ford et La Controverse de Sion de Douglas Reed. La maison d’édition et Alain Soral sont également condamnés à verser, « à titre de provision », 8 000 euros à la LICRA, ainsi qu’à payer une partie des frais de justice126. La LICRA a également demandé la réparation du préjudice subi pour incitation à la haine raciale et à l’antisémitisme par l’édition du livre Anthologie des propos contre les juifs, le judaïsme et le sionisme. Dans un délibéré daté du , le TGI annule cette condamnation127. Néanmoins, la condamnation d’Alain Soral est à nouveau confirmée définitivement en appel128 et l’ouvrage de Paul-Éric Blanrue figure sur le site de la maison d’édition avec la mention « interdit à la vente à partir du 13 décembre »129.
  • En , l’Union des étudiants juifs de France a déposé plainte contre Alain Soral pour une quenelle réalisée devant le mémorial de la Shoah, à Berlin, qu’il avait ensuite diffusée dans une vidéo en 130. Le , Alain Soral est condamné par le tribunal correctionnel de Paris à verser 100 jours-amendes d’un montant unitaire de 100 euros pour injures à caractère racial, soit 10 000 euros d’amende, ainsi que 14 001 euros de dommages-intérêts au profit des sept associations qui s’étaient constituées parties civiles131. Le , la cour d’appel de Paris réduit la peine à 5 000 euros d’amende et 15 000 euros de dommages et intérêts aux sept associations parties civiles, auxquels s’ajoutent 500 euros à chaque fois pour les frais de justice d’appel132.
  • Le , Alain Soral est condamné à 2 000 euros d’amende, 2 000 euros de dommages et intérêts et 3 000 euros de frais de justice, pour diffamation envers le vice-président du Front national Louis Aliot, après l’avoir qualifié de « con du mois », de « suceur de sionistes », de « saloperie » et de « crétin », dans une vidéo publiée le  sur le site d’Égalité et Réconciliation. Le directeur de la publication de ce site a également été condamné à 1 500 euros d’amende avec sursis133. Ayant fait appel, Soral est à nouveau condamné à verser 2 000 euros à Louis Aliot134.
  • Le , Alain Soral est condamné à 6 000 euros d’amende, 3 000 euros de dommages et intérêts et 2 000 euros de frais de justice, pour provocation à « la haine, la discrimination ou la violence » à l’égard du journaliste juif Frédéric Haziza et de la communauté juive. Il avait, en , publié une vidéo dans laquelle il estimait que Frédéric Haziza faisait « un boulot de censeur tribaliste » et dénonçait « une arrogance, une domination et une malhonnêteté communautaire ». Le tribunal a estimé qu’Alain Soral, « mû par sa vindicte personnelle à l’encontre de Frédéric Haziza, (…) passant du particulier au général et radicalisant ses propos, s’est exprimé dans des termes qui, à l’évidence, visent non pas les seuls juifs sionistes, mais bien les juifs dans leur ensemble »135. Le tribunal a également ordonné à Alain Soral de supprimer les propos concernant Frédéric Haziza de la vidéo dans un délai de huit jours, sous astreinte de 1 000 euros par jour. Il a en outre été condamné à verser un euro de dommages et intérêts et 1 000 euros de frais de justice à la Ligue des droits de l’homme et à l’association « J’accuse », les parties civiles de la Licra, d’SOS Racisme et de l’UEJF ayant été déclarées irrecevables pour des raisons de procédure136,137. Le , la cour d’appel de Paris confirme la condamnation d’Alain Soral à 6 000 euros d’amende pour provocation à la haine envers Frédéric Haziza et les juifs, et lui ordonne de supprimer les propos concernant Frédéric Haziza d’une vidéo circulant sur internet138.
  • Le , le tribunal correctionnel de Paris a également condamné Alain Soral à 4 000 euros d’amende pour diffamation publique en raison de l’orientation sexuelle à l’encontre de Pierre Bergé, en raison de propos tenus dans son livre Dialogues désaccordés, coécrit avec Éric Naulleau. Outre l’amende, le tribunal correctionnel a condamné Alain Soral à verser à Pierre Bergé 10 000 euros de dommages et intérêts, solidairement avec l’éditeur du livre, Hugues Robert de Saint Vincent139. Le , la cour d’appel de Paris condamne Alain Soral à verser 17 000 euros à Pierre Bergé et demande la suppression du passage le concernant des exemplaires commercialisés ; l’éditeur préfère retirer l’ouvrage de la vente140.
  • Le , le tribunal correctionnel de Paris condamne Alain Soral à verser 60 jours-amendes de 50 euros — soit 3 000 euros —, sous peine d’emprisonnement, pour avoir lancé fin 2013 un appel aux dons sur Internet afin de payer la condamnation dont il avait écopé pour des propos diffamatoires à l’encontre de Bertrand Delanoë. Entre juillet 2013 (avant son appel aux dons) et mars 2014, les enquêteurs ont pu déterminer qu’Alain Soral et son association Égalité et Réconciliation ont encaissé au total plus de 350 000 euros141.
  • Le , le tribunal correctionnel de Paris condamne Alain Soral, en tant que directeur de la publication du site d’Égalité & Réconciliation, à 5 000 euros d’amende pour injures et injures antisémites, en raison de commentaires publiés sur le site par des internautes s’en prenant au journaliste Frédéric Haziza. Il doit également verser 3 000 euros de dommages et intérêts, 2 000 euros pour les frais de justice, un euro de dommages et intérêts à la LICRA et 1 000 euros pour les frais de justice142.
  • Le , le tribunal correctionnel de Paris condamne Alain Soral à 10 000 euros d’amende pour injure raciale à l’encontre de Frédéric Haziza à la suite d’un texte publié sur son site internet. Il doit également lui verser 5 000 euros de dommages et intérêts et 3 000 euros pour les frais de justice, ainsi qu’1 euro de dommages et intérêts et 1 000 euros de frais de justice à quatre associations de lutte contre le racisme. Il est par ailleurs déclaré coupable du délit de provocation à la discrimination religieuse pour d’autres passages du texte ainsi que le commentaire d’un internaute143.
  • Le , Alain Soral en tant que responsables de site est condamné144 car il a relayé un article d’Hicham Hamza, auteur du blog conspirationniste (ou complotiste)145,146,147 Panamza.com, qui est condamné en diffamation pour avoir traité Caroline Fourest de « désinformatrice » sur la base d’une séquence de son film Les Obsédés du complot. Sur son blog, il avait accusé Caroline Fourest d’avoir tronqué le sous-titrage d’un dialogue dans son reportage sur les réseaux complotistes mais la cour a admis l’explication de la journaliste qui indiquait que la mauvaise retranscription relevait « d’une erreur de sa monteuse lors du montage du documentaire » « en raison des propos « confus » et « inaudibles »148 ».
  • En juin 2016, il écope de six mois de prison avec sursis pour « apologie de crimes de guerre et contre l’humanité » pour des propos visant Serge et Beate Klarsfeld ; il doit également verser 5 000 euros de dommages et intérêts à chacun des époux, ainsi que 2 000 euros à la LICRA149.
  • Le , Salim Laïbi, chirurgien-dentiste, polémiste, a déposé plainte avec constitution de partie civile contre Alain Soral auprès du TGI de Marseille, pour diffamation à la suite du post Facebook de Alain Soral : « On ne l’entend plus le dentiste obèse ! Il n’appelle plus au djihad anti-Gaulois. C’est pourtant sa ligne depuis des mois ». Selon le quotidien La Provence, Alain Soral refusera de se rendre aux convocations du juge d’instruction malgré un mandat d’amener. Il est également absent à l’audition du  au TGI de Marseille, où son avocat, Me Drici Lahcen, affirme « que son client n’a pas dépassé les limites de la liberté d’expression »150 et que ce n’était pas sa page Facebook. Le , Alain Soral est condamné par le tribunal correctionnel de Marseille pour diffamation publique à une amende pénale de 2 000 euros151.
  • Le , Binti Bangoura, une top modèle et chanteuse française d’origine africaine, dépose plainte contre Alain Soral152,153. Alain Soral est convoqué le  devant le tribunal de Paris, sur citation directe, pour « injures raciales », « menaces », « harcèlement » et « envois réitérés de messages malveillants »154. En novembre 2016, il est condamné à 120 jours-amende de 50 euros (une peine transformée en emprisonnement si la totalité de l’amende n’est pas acquittée) et à verser 8 000 euros à la jeune femme (dommages-intérêts et frais de justice)155,156.
  • Le , Alain Soral est condamné à trois mois de prison ferme pour contestation de crime contre l’humanité et injure raciale, par le tribunal correctionnel de Paris, pour avoir publié sur son site — à la suite des attentats de Bruxelles — un dessin jugé négationniste157. La sentence est confirmée en novembre 2017 par la cour d’appel de Paris158.
  • Le , il est condamné à 6 000 euros d’amende pour avoir publié et mis en vente sur le site d’Égalité & Réconciliation une affiche jugée négationniste, diffamatoire et incitant à la haine envers les Juifs ; il est également condamné à verser solidairement 2 000 euros à la Licra, partie civile et à l’origine de la plainte dans ce dossier159.
  • Le , il est condamné à six mois de prison avec sursis et 10 000 euros d’amende pour avoir publié des caricatures antisémites sur le site d’Égalité & Réconciliation160.
  • Le , il est condamné à deux peines d’emprisonnement avec sursis pour provocation à la haine, après la diffusion de deux dessins jugés antisémites sur le site d’Égalité & Réconciliation161.
  • Le , il est condamné à un an de prison ferme pour injure et provocation à la haine raciale, par le tribunal correctionnel de Bobigny162,163.
  • Le , il est condamné par la Cour d’appel de Paris à trois mois d’emprisonnement avec sursis et 5 000 euros d’amende, pour avoir indiqué de faux directeurs de la publication sur le site d’Égalité et Réconciliation. Cette condamnation est confirmée en cassation le 22 janvier 2019164.
  • Le , il est condamné à un an de prison ferme avec mandat d’arret pour négationnisme de la Shoah. Son avocat, Damien Viguier, est condamné à 5 000 euros d’amende dans la même affa

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

April 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm

Shamima Begum: accused of responsibilities to face up to, she has rights.

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Was Begum a member of the  Isis all-female Al-Khansaa Brigade, who enforced women’s dress rules?

This has caught the headlines.

Shamima Begum: IS bride ‘given legal aid’ for citizenship fight

BBC.

Legal aid has been granted for Shamima Begum – who joined the Islamic State group aged 15 – to fight the decision to revoke her UK citizenship.

The 19-year-old, who left east London in 2015, was stripped of her citizenship in February, after she was found in a Syrian refugee camp.

Her family has previously said it planned to challenge the decision.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Legal Aid Agency’s decision to assist Ms Begum made him “very uncomfortable”.

Legal aid is financial assistance provided by the taxpayer to those unable to afford legal representation themselves, whether they are accused of a crime or a victim who seeks the help of a lawyer through the court process.

It is means-tested and availability has been cut back significantly in recent years.

This Blog agrees with this statement:

The I’ . Florence Sneed reports, nevertheless has also reported on  this:

Shamima Begum: Isis bride ‘was discipline enforcer for group’s morality police’

Shamima Begum, who left London aged 15 to join Isis, served in the terror group’s “morality police” to help enforce strict rules among female members, according to reports.

Ms Begum is said to have been allowed to carry a Kalashnikov rifle and earned a reputation for being a strict “enforcer” on issues such as women’s clothing.

The teenager, who is now 19, previously said she was “just a housewife” after being tracked down to a Syrian refugee camp earlier this year.

But sources have said she had a paid role as an enforcer of discipline in which she likely ordered the imprisonment and lashing of women in Raqqa, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

It reported that Ms Begum is also thought to have been actively trying to recruit other women across Europe during her time in city.

Other reports suggest the teenager – who has since been stripped of her British citizenship – went as far as preparing suicide vests and sewing them on to would-be bombers.

The Independent added this detail,

One activist quoted by the newspaper said Begum had been seen holding an automatic weapon and shouting at Syrian women in the city of Raqqa for wearing brightly coloured shoes.

“Members of our group from Raqqa knew her well,” said Aghiad al-Kheder, an activist from Deir ez-Zor who founded an anti-Isis collective that published information about Isis crimes from sources on the ground.

This leads to the following report, (Independent)

Isis: British women led by Aqsa Mahmood ‘running sharia police unit for Islamic State in Syria’

The ICSR says it monitors 25 British female jihadists who have left their lives in the UK to support Isis.

The brigade’s women are reportedly paid a monthly salary of 25,000 Syrian Pounds (roughly £100), says TRAC, for duties that are not involved with acts of terror – instead insurgency operations.

They are not the only all-female brigade, either, with another – Umm Al-Rayan – also created around the same time.

Security services believe that it is likely that the women will know the true identity of ‘Jihadi John’, the Isis fighter believed to be the person responsible for the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

According to Syria Deeply, the al-Khansaa brigade has also been tasked with cracking down on civilian women who fail to abide by the ultra-strict brand of sharia law implemented by Isis, including that women be fully covered in public and be chaperoned by a male.

An Isis official in Raqqa reportedly said: “We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law.

“There are only women in this brigade, and we have given them their own facilities to prevent the mixture of men and women.”

These are serious charges which Begum must face up to.

It will be interesting to hear the response from this quarter.

Shamima Begum said that at the time she had accepted Isis’s line that the Manchester bombing was justified as form of retaliation. But she went on to say that it wasn’t “fair” on the women and children killed in Mancheser.

And she suggested there was an equivalence between the Manchester bombing and the mass murder by the West in the Middle East.

Certainly it is utterly hypocritical to hear denunciations of violence from those who backed mass slaughter in Iraq and Afghanistan, urged on the devastation of Libya and support the bombing and starving of Yemen.

The West is responsible for the horrors of Isis. Had it not been for its imperialist wars in the Middle East, there would have been no Isis for Shamima Begum and her school friends to join.

Many liberals fall into the trap of seeing a division between “good” and “bad Muslims”—such as Shamima Begum who deserve to feel the full force of the law. But any Muslim that dares to question British foreign policy is considered to be a “bad Muslim” by the British state.

Socialist Worker. 20th of February 2019.

Begum, if the case against her is proved, was an active participant in genocide.

There is no doubt whatsoever about the nature of the mass killings carried our by Daesh.

Only the politically confused can try to excuse the genociders of ISIS and aided by the Islamic Morality Police by pointing to the crimes of Western powers.

Only hypocrites and liars can throw responsibility for their crimes onto ‘the West’. 

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April 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Bye Bye Assange: George Galloway (Hard Brexit Candidate for the North West England in Euro Elections), Cries “Shame!”

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We’re all tears.

2012.

Respect MP criticised by anti-rape campaigners after claiming having sex with a woman when she is asleep is not rape
“not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion.”

“Woman A met Julian Assange, invited him back to her flat, gave him dinner, went to bed with him, had consensual sex with him, claims that she woke up to him having sex with her again. This is something which can happen, you know. I mean, not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion.”

Lawyers and anti-rape campaigners said Galloway was wrong and the law is clear that consent is required every time someone has sex.

Galloway said he was speaking out because “a reign of intellectual terror has descended in Britain” on this issue and he believed the sexual assault claims were part of a “setup” intended to deliver Assange into the hands of the US authorities angered at his publication of state secrets.

“It is staggering just how ignorant, factually and morally incorrect George Galloway can be,” said Katie Russell, spokeswoman for Rape Crisis England and Wales. “It is very concerning that an elected MP should display such ignorance of the law for all the women and men he represents. It sends a negative message to all the women and girls who have experienced sexual violence and a disturbing message to perpetrators. He says he doesn’t believe these women or these allegations and that is a very powerful statement because every woman or girl who has made an allegation of sexual violence deserves to have that treated fairly.”

Let not this overshadow the following historic announcement.

Who is backing Galloway, what alliances has he made?

We also ask for any leakers to tell us…

Meanwhile Assange gets more support:

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April 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm