Neuseeländische Beobachter sagen: In der Stadt gebe es schon lange eine rechte Szene

Spiegel:

Ein ähnliches Bild zeichnet auch der Sicherheitsexperte Paul Buchanan. In einem Interview mit dem “New Zealand Herald” bestätigt er, dass Christchurch eine “sehr aktive Gruppe von White Supremacists” habe, die auch in den vergangenen 20 Jahren immer wieder Flüchtlinge und Menschen anderer Hautfarbe angegriffen hätte. Über den Terroranschlag sagte er deshalb: “Das überrascht mich nicht, so schrecklich es auch ist”.

Im Internet lassen sich Artikel aus der Zeit nach der Jahrtausendwende über Christchurch finden, die ebenfalls darauf hindeuten, dass die Stadt mit einem rechten Image zu kämpfen hat. “Hat Christchurch ein Rassismusproblem?”, fragte zum Beispiel 2015 das Onlinemagazin “Stuff”.

This article is so interesting, and follows a line I haven’t seen in the Guardian or BBC whatsoever in the last couple days. The UK press seems to take the approach of blaming outsiders who in the words of the prime minister are not “us”.

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America’s rule of law, Mỹ Lai

Guardian:

The United States has announced it will revoke or deny visas to members of the International Criminal Court involved in investigating the actions of US troops in Afghanistan or other countries.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said Washington was prepared to take further steps, including economic sanctions, if the war crimes court goes ahead with any investigations of US or allied personnel.

“The ICC is attacking America’s rule of law,” Pompeo told reporters.

Spiegel:

Angehörige der US-Streitkräfte auf afghanischem Boden mindestens 61 Gefangene mit Folter, Misshandlungen oder durch Verletzung ihrer Menschen­würde gequält haben könnten. Die Mehrheit der Vorfälle habe sich wahrscheinlich zwischen 2003 und 2004 ereignet. Womöglich seien außerdem mindestens 27 Häftlinge von CIA-Agenten misshandelt worden, nicht nur in Afghanistan, sondern auch in Geheim­gefängnissen in Polen, Rumänien und Litauen. Auch diese Fälle sollen sich größtenteils in dem besagten Zeitraum abgespielt haben. Einige der Vorwürfe beziehen sich demnach aber auch auf die jüngere Vergangenheit bis hin zum Jahr 2014.

The Mỹ Lai Massacre was March 16, 1968 — fifty-one years ago today.

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Ich hoffe ich störe

Guardian:

Burke, who is Labor’s spokesman for citizenship and multiculturalism, said rules around banning people who could be seen as supporting terrorism should be applied to all extremist ideologies.

“If someone wants to come to Australia and we know that they’ve been speaking in support of values that have given rise to other forms of terrorism, we don’t give them a visa,” Burke told ABC24.

The department has the ability to block a visa from a person on character grounds if it perceives there’s a risk they will commit a crime, harass people, vilify a segment of the Australian community or incite discord.

Recent speaking tours of US whistleblower Chelsea Manning and British conspiracy theorist and anti-semite David Icke were blocked after their visas were rejected on character grounds.

“Speaking in support of values that have given rise to other forms of terrorism”.

“incite discord”.

Ich hoffe ich störe.

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‘Manifestos’

I’m impressed with how many media outlets are putting scare quotes around ‘manifesto’ today, summarizing and reacting to a piece of writing while failing to provide a link so readers can come to any sort of informed understanding of their own. The Guardian article is representative of most media coverage of the New Zealand shootings I’ve seen and frightening in how poorly it describes both the form and content of the Great Replacement document. bell¿ngcat has some good analysis, as well as a link to the document, but he still doesn’t adequately describe the format and lack of coherency. It’s worth reading bell¿ngcat and at least skimming through the Great Replacement to give you some idea of the horrible reporting that’s being done.

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Fridays for Future

Thousands of students and others at Invalidenplatz this morning. The S-Bahn and Straßenbahn were full of kids on the way over, and soon after our Straßenbahn arrived the police closed down Invalidenstraße. Lots of posters, many in English, addressing adults and the US.

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Us

Guardian:

  • Forty people been killed and 20 injured in a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which occurred during afternoon prayers.
  • Three people – one of them an Australian-born man – are in custody.
  • It was described as “a terrorist attack” by NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and an “extremist, right-wing violent terrorist [attack]” by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
  • Christchurch remains on lockdown.
  • Ardern said: “Many directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here…They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.”
  • The attacker is believed to have livestreamed at least one of the attacks. Police urged people not to share the “distressing” footage, which many Australian news outlets ignored.

Guardian again:

The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, reiterated the police’s plea in a later media conference.

“We should not be perpetuating, sharing, giving any oxygen to this act of violence and the message that is sitting behind it,” Ardern said. “What all of us can at least do is ensure that we do not share, spread or actively engage in that message of hate. We have been given assurance that … at least those platforms where some of those images have been shared, are actively being removed. But I just ask people, don’t share them.”

Australia’s opposition leader, Bill Shorten, also urged people not to watch or share the footage.

“I found the advice of the New Zealand police force to be particularly wise,” he said.

“They have said, and I agree, do not allow this evil into our lives. Do not share the footage. Do not watch the footage. This is not part of normal life.”

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this horrendous act,” Facebook executive for Australia and New Zealand, Mia Garlick, said.

“New Zealand police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the live-stream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video.

“We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware. We will continue working directly with New Zealand police as their response and investigation continues.”

The apparent manifesto of the shooter, which has been removed from his social media accounts, was shared by several media outlets, including ABC News, which read out an excerpt.

The attacks at first glance appear to be nativist. At least one of those arrested is described as “Australian-born”. If the attackers indeed prove to be have been born and bred in Australia and New Zealand then it would seem they very much are “us”.

The Australian opposition leader cautions citizens not to watch footage of the attacks, as they are “evil” and “this is not part of normal life.”

Needless to say, this is all quite chilling. A very few huge corporations control worldwide access to the dissemination of political messages. Those corporations immediately respond to government requests for assistance with censorship.

I cannot read the words of the shooters, to learn what they believe they are doing. I cannot read the words of anyone who supports them, or even know of any support which exists.

I am left with “knowing” dozens of people have been killed. The Australian prime minister tells me the attackers are “extremist, right-wing”. How can I make any sort of assessment of this myself? How can I even decide what I consider to be “right-wing” if discussion of a spectrum is wholly controlled by the state and media corporations?

My only channel for an explanation of who the actors are and what their motivation was is the state which both disowns the attackers and cautions citizens not to access or disseminate information that is not state-sanctioned.

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AL Fürstenstein

Schloß Fürstenstein is a baroque castle which was part of the Riese complex. Some of this you might not believe if you saw it in Indiana Jones or some other movie, or Doom or such computer game. Because the majority of tourists come for the richness of the baroque castle experience the Nazi tunnel aspect is an adjunct to that, next to the nice restaurant, café, gift shops. I had to ask a number of people before I found someone who spoke English or German, and he expected I was looking for Gross-Rosen and was ready to give me directions there. I said no, I was looking for the concentration camp at Fürstenstein. He said that’s gone, it’s been demolished, there’s only a plaque there now, if I want to see a concentration camp I needed to go to Gross-Rosen. When I made it clear I was interested in seeing the plaque he very nicely gave me directions. It’s easy to find he said, it’s right next to the bus parking. And so it is, with no indications anywhere that the plaque is there, or that the bus parking, drives, paths, are all where a concentration camp had been located. The plaque is easy to find, but only if you are looking for it.

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Riese Kompleks Włodarz

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USA nennen Golanhöhen nicht mehr israelisch besetzt

Spiegel:

Die Golanhöhen gelten laut Uno als von Israel besetzt. An diese Wortwahl hielten sich bislang auch die USA in ihrem jährlichen Menschenrechtsbericht. Jetzt ist nur von israelisch kontrollierten Gebieten die Rede.

Das US-Außenministerium hat seine übliche Terminologie für die Golanhöhen in seinem aktuellen Bericht zur Menschenrechtslage verändert. In dem jährlichen Dokument ist nicht mehr von “von Israel besetzt” zu lesen. Stattdessen schreibt die US-Regierung nur noch von “von Israel kontrollierten” Gebieten.

Auch die Abschnittsüberschriften in den Berichten haben sich verändert. Während die entsprechenden Passagen in den 2016 und 2017 jeweils für das Vorjahr veröffentlichten Berichten noch mit der Überschrift “Israel und die besetzten Gebiete” überschrieben waren, lautete der 2018 veröffentlichte Berichtsabschnitt lediglich “Israel, Golanhöhen, Westjordanland und Gaza”.

I bought hardcover books and copied films to physical DVDs for this very reason. This happened during our lifetimes, before our very eyes. We watched it happening — well, at least I watched it happening.

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Wrocław

Note to self: add “Wejście obok” to the list of Polish phrases (because otherwise you could look kind of stupid).

Orange Alternative dwarf. There are dwarves all over Wrocław.

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